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Lewis LATHAM (son of John LATHAM)65 was born 1584 in Elstow, Bedfordshire, England65, and died 15 May 1655 in Elveston, Bedfordshire, England65. He married Elizabeth (LATHAM) on 15 May 165565.

 Includes NotesNotes for Lewis LATHAM:
[Sherman, Lucy Ancestors.FBC.FTW]

LEWIS LATHAM was of the Cadet branch of the Lathams of Lancaster County, and bore the arms of that family; he was falconer to King Charles of England. The name of his wife is not given. Frances Latham, his daughter, was baptized in Parish of Kempston, Bedford, England, February 15, 1609-10, Lewis Latham was of Estow, Bedford, England.

FRANCES LATHAM married William Dungan, a perfumer of St. Martin's in Field's Parish, London. Their children were: 1. Barbara, married James Barker, Dep. Governor for Rhode Island, 1678. 2. William. 3. Frances, married Major Randall Holden, born in Salisbury, Wilts, England. 4. Rev. Thomas, Dep. 1678-1681, was one of the 47 who took grant of 5,000 acres to be called East Greenwich. In 1684 was minister of the First Baptist Church of Cold Springs, Pennsylvania.

Frances Latham Dungan married (second) Jeremiah Clarke and came to New England with him. He held many important offices in R. I. and he died at Newport in 1667.

Frances Latham Dungan Clarke is known as the Mother of Governors. Her third husband was the Rev. William Vaughn. She had four children by her first husband; from the descendants of these children are many distinguished statesmen. There were seven children born of her second marriage, and these too have given many governors to the country. Each one of Frances Latham Clarke's sons served his country, or church, with public service, and each daughter married men who did the same." She was undoubtedly a very attractive woman, her three marriages would indicate, One can imagine the gathering of distinguished men and women in the "Common Burial Ground" of Newport, on that September day of 1677, when Frances Vaughn, recently widowed for the third time was laid in her grave.

There was her eldest Clarke son, then governor; her daughter Mary, with her husband, then Deputy-Governor John Cranston and later governor; and their son Samuel, who before the century closed would also be a governor; her daughter Sarah, sometime the wife of Governor Caleb Carr; Barbara with her husband, James Barker, to be chosen the next year as deputy governor; Frances and her husband, Major Randall Holden, ancestors of several of Rhode Island's governors and one of Washington: Weston Clarke, then attorney-general; James, Latham, and Jeremiah Clarke, with their sons and daughters, and Rev. Thomas Dungan, who perhaps was the one to say the last sacred words over his mother's grave. (Quoted from: "Frances Latham--Mother of Governors," by Louise Tracy.)

1. Sir John Dungan, wife Margaret Forster.

2. Thomas Dungan, fourth son of Sir John (not proved).

3. William Dungan, born about 1607, died at St. Martins in the Fields, London. Buried September 20, 1636. Married in 1626 Frances Lathan, born February 15, 1609, daughter of Lewis and Elizabeth Latham.

About one year after the death of William, his widow. Frances Latham, married Jeremy Clarke, Gent. with whom almost immediately she and her four children sailed for New England to make their future home in Rhode Island, Children: Barbara, born about 1628; married Hon. John Barker. Frances, born about 1630; married Major Randal Holden. Thomas, born about 1634; married Elizabeth Weaver. William.

From John Astro's work

Elstow, Bedfordshire, England.
He was Sergeant Falconer to the King. He descended from a junior branch of the house of Latham in Lancaster County, and bore the same coat of arms. The senior branch had ended in Isabel, daughter and heiress of Sir Thomas Latham, of Latham. He died in 1385, and his daughter Isabe married Sir John Stanley, Kt., from whom were the Stanleys, Earls of Derby. Thus the estates passed into another name, and were long held by the Stanley family. Latham house was defended with much heroism, and successfully by the Countess of Derby, in 1644; her forces numbering three hundred men, while the Parliamentary army, under Sir Thomas Fairfax, besieged her with two thousand soldiers. After three months of siege, the redoubtable Countess was relieved by the forces of Prince Rupert. This old house, or castle, had a moat twenty-four feet wide and six feet deep, with an outer barrier of palisades; and the outer walls had nine towers, with six pieces of artillery on each. The year after this successful defence, it was taken by General Egerton, with four thousand men; but only when the ammunition was wholly expended. The present Latham House was built about 1750, by the celebrated architect Leoni, and is situated in the middle of a large park, its dimensions being 156 by 75 feet, and the architecture Grecian in style. The present proprietor is the Earl of Latham (created 1880), great grandson of Richard Wilbraham, who married Mary Bootle, daughter and sole heir of Robert Bootle of Latham House. The Knowsley estate (which also passed into the Stanley family with the marriage of Isabella Latham to Sir John Stanley) is now the seat of Lord Derby. At Knowsley Park may be seen many interesting family portraits, including one of James, the seventh Earl, who was husband to the heroic Countess. For many generations, the Lathams exerted a powerful influence in the county of Lancaster, and to all descendants of Lewis Latham, the manor which bears his name, and where his ancestors lived for so long a period, must ever be cherished, with interest as great as the place where he himself had his abode. Elstow, where Lewis Latham was buried, and where doubtless he lived most, if not all of his life (save when his occupation took him to London), is situated two miles from Bedford, in the county of the same name. Here the celebrated John Bunyan was born, in 1628. The office of Falconer, which was held by Lewis Latham during the reign of King Charles I, was one of importance and distinction in those days. The Master Falconer was Sir Patrick Hume, and associated with him as Falconers, were thirty-three gentlemen, of whom one is the subject of this sketch. He also appears to have served under Andrew Pitcairn. (The following were some of those who held the office of Master Falconer; Sir Thomas Monson, 1615; Sir Patrick Hume, 1618; Sir Allen Apsley, 1669; Earl of Burford, afterwards Duke of St. Albans, 1682). "Lewis Latham of Elstow, County Bedford, Gent.," is the designation given to this ancestor, and in his office as falconer, he was stationed near London, or at any of the places where the king might desire his attendance. It is impossible rightly to appreciate the office or the man occupying it, without some general idea of the art of falconry; and it was indeed an art requiring careful and patient study. The only English authority cited in the article on Hawking (or Falconry) in the British Encyclopedia, is one written by Symon Latham, brother of Lewis. There are three editions in the British Museum, of the work alluded to (1615, 1633 and 1652); and it may be interesting in this connection to give the title page, as illustrating something of the purpose of the work. The title is as follows: "Latham's Falconry or the Falcon's Lure and Cure in two Books. The first containing the ordering and training up of all Hawkes in general; especially the Haggard Faulcon Gentle. The second teaching approved medicines for the cure of all diseases in them. Gathered by long practice and experience and published for the delight of noble mindes, and instruction of Faulconers in things pertaining to this Princely art. By Symon Latham, Gent." On the title page of the first edition. there is a wood-cut of the Haggard Faulcon, and a representation of different instruments used in the art of Falconry: also the motto, "In opem me copia fecit," on same page. The dedication is to "Sir Thomas Munson Baronet, Master of his Majesties Armory, and master of the Hawks to his Highness."
1609, 2, 15. His daughter Frances was baptized at Kempston, and two other daughters were baptized at Elstow, viz., Elizabeth
1617 and Sarah 1618.
1625, 7, 15. Warrant to pay Andrew Pitcairn, master of the Hawks, to the use of Lewis Latham, Eustace Norton, and the rest of the under falconers the stipend formerly allowed them when the King was Prince of Wales.
1627, 8, 18. Warrant (from Sec. Conway to Attorney General Heath); to prepare grants of the place of Sergeant of the Hawks to Lewis Latham with 65 per annum and of the place he had of Falconer to Richard Berrick.
1632, 3, 20. His brother William was buried at Elstow. He made Lewis executor of his will, and also mentioned brother Simon and sister Ursula, wife of William Carter, and Elizabeth, wife of Thomas (???). (Simon died at Bletsoe.)
1655, 5, 15. "Lewys Lathame Gent, deceased ye 15th day of May." (The Parish Register of Elstow, commences with 1641.)
1653, 5, 6. Will, proved at London, 1655, 9, 1. (Registered in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 316 Aylett). Ex., wife Winifred. Witnesses, Robert Farnell, Jane Farnell, Susanna Farnell. "In the name of God Amen. The sixth day of May in the year of our Lord God, one thousand six hundred fifty and three, I, Lewis Latham of Elstow, in the county of Bedford, gentleman, being of perfect health and memory do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament, in manner and form following, that is to say, First and especially I bequeath my soul into the hands of Jesus Christ my blessed Saviour and Redeemer with full and certain assurance of the free pardon and remission of all my sins in and by and through the merits death and passion of Jesus Christ my Saviour and Redeemer." "To my two sons Henry Lutham and John Latham 12d. apiece if they demand it. To my daughters Ann Seager, Frances Clarke, Katherine Garrett and Elizabeth Bibble, 12d, apiece if they come to demand it. To Ellen Sherringham my daughter, 12d. if she come to demand it." To Winfred Dewnes he gives I bedstead with all furniture thereto belonging, and "all the rest of my goods, chattels and cattle whatsoever I give and bequeath to Winifred, my loving wife." Evidently Winifred was his second or third wife, and Winifred Dewnes her daughter by another husband. Probably the real estate was already deeded or passed by entail.
1657, 9, 13. His son Henry's child, Lewis, died. His son John was a Justice of the Peace in Bedford this year.
1662, 5, 9. His widow, called "wife of Latham, the King's Sergeant Falconer," petitioned for arrears of her husband's wages. Her patron, Sir Lewis Dyve (the royalist and defender of Sherborne Castle), desired a warrant for her of 30 or 40 from the late privy seal. (A pation was required to be well acquainted with if not of the same county as the petitioner, and Sir Lewis Dyve was seated at Brombam in Bedfordshire, not far from Elstow.)
1662, 5, 13. Warrant to pay to Mrs. Latham, widow of the late King's falconer, 40 out of the privy seal dormant of 10,000. Fortunately the portrait of Lewis Latham, in oil, has been preserved, through the care of several generations of his descendants in this country; and lately multiplied in photographic copies that serve as excellent mementos of the venerable sire. The insoription on this ancient portrait states that it is "The effigy of the Honourable Lewis Latham, Faulconer to his Majesty, King Charles I, who died at age of one hundred years." Whether he had indeed reached such an extreme age is doubtful, but that
he had attained a goodly number of years, the portrait itself gives evidence. A descendant who was born only seventy years after the death of Lewis, makes the following incidental reference to him. "Frances, the wife of Wm. Vaughan, died September, 1677, in the 67th year of ber age. She was daughter of Lewis Latham. She was sometime wife of Lord Weston, then wife to Wm. Dungan, by whom she had one son and three daughters. Her son Thomas Dungan married and settled in Pennsylvania, and was the first Baptist minister in them parts. Her daughter Barbara, married to James Barker of Rhode Island.
After Mr. Dungan died, she married Mr. Jeremiah Clarke and came over to New England with her four children, above mentioned. She had by her husband Clarke, five sons. After he died she married Mr. Vaughan." The descendant alluded to, who made the above entry in his journal, was himself a man of note, both in Rhode Island and in Massachusetts, where he removed; holding the office of Assistant, and of Judge of Court of Common Pleas, etc. He was in the fifth generation of descent from the James Barker whose marriage he alludes to, and bore the same name. His statements in his journal were careful and
have nearly all of them been verlfied as accurate. It is evident that Lewis Latham's daughter could only have been married to her first husband a short time, and that very early in life, for her second husband died in 1636. She named a son "Weston" Clarke, in honor evidently of her first husband. Through his daughter Frances, the blood, though not the name of Lewis Latham has been perpetuated to an extraordinary degree, both in Rhode Island and the whole country. She doubtless brought her father's portrait with her on coming to America. The tombatone erected to her memory is still to be seen and read in the common ground, Newport, R. I. The inscription is as follows: "Here Lyeth ye Body of Mrs. Frances Vaughan, Alius Clarke, ye mother of ye only children of Capt'n Jeremiah Clarke. She died ye 1 Week in Sept. 1677, in ye 67th year of her age." It is not known what Lord Weston it was whom Lewis Latham's daughter, Frances, married for her first husband. Sir Richard Weaton, Chancellor of Exohequer to James I, was created Baron Weaton in 1628, and Earl of Portland in 1633, the peerage becoming extinct in 1688. He had a younger son Nicholas who died without issue, but whether married or not is not stated
in Burke's Extinct Peerage. From Burke's General Armory something is learned of the Latham coat of arms. "Latham, Co. Lancaster, represented in the famale line by the Earl of Derby. Or, on a chief indented az. three plates (but occasionally three ?? as in Sir Harris Nicolas's Tournament Roll, temp. Edward III). Crest, an eagle reguard, or, rising from a child's cradle, gu., depicted in ancient windows of A??bury Church, Harl. MSS. 2157. In an old Visitation of the county of Lancaster, in the College of Arm??, it is stated that a child was found in an eagle's nest upon the estate, and adopted by one of the Lathams.
This, it is assumed, was the origin of the crest."

More About Lewis LATHAM and Elizabeth (LATHAM):
Marriage: 15 May 165565

 Includes NotesMarriage Notes for Lewis LATHAM and Elizabeth (LATHAM):
[Sherman, Lucy Ancestors.FBC.FTW]

Also seen marriage date as 1628, and 1608, in Kempston, Bedfordshire, England

Children of Lewis LATHAM and Elizabeth (LATHAM) are:
  1. +Frances LATHAM, b. Abt. 15 Feb 1608/09, Kempston, Bedfordshire, England65, d. Sep 1677, Newport, R.I.65.
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