Sir Sir Ralph GRAY

Male Est 1577 -

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  • Name Sir Ralph GRAY  [1
    Prefix Sir 
    Born Est 1577  [1
    Gender Male 
    • Excerpt from "Notices of an English Branch of the Malet Family", by Arthur Malet, published 1885, pp 45, appendices R1-3:


      Thomas Malet, son and heir of Richard Malet and Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Andrew Luttrell. Thomas Malet succeeded his father, who died in 1552. As his father's first wife was alive in 1547-8, his son Thomas must have been very young at the time of his father's decease.

      Thomas Malet was Sheriff of Somerset in 1576; he married* Elizabeth, daughter of Humphrey Colles of Barton and his wife Elizabeth; they had four children:

      1. John Malet, afterwards knighted.
      2. George Malet.
      3. Dorothy, married first to Sir Thomas Palmer,** who died in Spain, second to Sir Ralph Gray.
      4. Mary, married Arthur Hatch, who, born in 1557, died June 7th , 1625.

      George Malet received a license, 42 Elizabeth, A.D. 1600, to alienate lands in East Pennard, Ditcheat, and Wotton, Somerset, to William Malet and Edward White, gents.

      As Thomas Malet's will,*** in which he enumerates many of his manors, was proved in 1580-1, he could not have been more than thirty years of age at his death.

      * From the Rev. F. Brown's Extracts.

      Humphry Colles of Barton, Somerset, June 10, 1565.[Crynaer, 24.] My wife Elisabth--My son John Colles--My daughter Philippa--marriage had between Thomas Malet, Esq. and Elisabeth Colles my daughter--My daughter Jane, etc.--My sons Amos Poulett and Thomas Malet, etc. May 3, 1571.

      ** Sir Thomas Palmer of Fairfield, Somerset, deceased, 1605-6. Feb. 8. Administration granted to Lady Dorothy Palmer relict. He died in partibus ultra maribus.

      *** [Darcy, 4.] To my son John Malet my chayne of gold and all my household stuffe; my wife to have the occupation of them during her life; she to be under obligation of £500 to leave the same and the value to him--To my wife L1,000 and jewels and plate, and the tenement called Quantock in the parish of Spaxton--To everie of my two daughters 1,000 marks at 18 or marriage. If they die, then to my son John Malet -- 500 marks to my son George -- £20 to the poor -- My son John executor, my father-in-law Sir John Speke, Knight [who had married his mother] -- My brother John Colles, Esq., my brother Pymme, Esq., and George Dodington of Dodington, overseers -- To my son George Malet my house and demaine of Shirehampton, he paying to my heirs £4 yearly, and lands in Pennard -- to my wife my house and Demayne of Corypoole and lands called Swingdon and Padnaller during her widowhood.

      Until my son John Malet come to 21 my overseers shall receive rents, etc., of my Manors of Aysserberte, Oke, Lydeard, Shirehampton, Laurence Weston, Wraxhall, Pennard, Charlinch, Dowdon, and Coursely, and after the death of my wife of the Manors of Enmore, Sutton, etc., until my eldest son is 21. Witness, Alexander Pym, etc.

      Proved by John Coles, Alexander Pym, and George Dodington, overseers, during the minority of John Malet. Feb. 1, 1580-1.
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    Person ID I7368  Southwest
    Last Modified 24 Jan 2010 

    Family Dorothy MALET,   b. Est 1577, Enmore, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Est 1607  [1
    Family ID F2272  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S1780] Family History, Malet, Arthur, Arthur Malet, (Harrison & Sons, St. Martin's Lane, London, England, MDCCCLXXXV (1885)), M8W994S136., pp 45.