Name: Thomas Leake
Residence: Halam, nr Southwell, Notts, England
Change Date: 13 AUG 2009
Thomas Leake, a younger son of Leake, of Hallam, Notts.
It is not certain whether the Leakes were Saxons or Normans. The name doesn't appear in the list of those who came over with the conqueror, and this suggests Saxon rather than Norman origin. The first allusion to the family in the manor history tends to the same conclusion, for Alan de Leca buys lands from Robert Earl Ferrers, grandson of the first Earl, and the land is described as having been "the said Alan's Parents." It is possible that these purchased the land from Earl Robert's father or grandfather, but it seems more probable that the de Lecas were owners before the Conquest.
Cox, in Magna Britannia, says that after some continuance here the Leakes migrated, some to Sutton-in-Scarsdale in Derbyshire, and others to Stanton or Staunton, in Leicestershire. The latter branch changed their name to Staunton. Staunton Harold is so called from Harold de Leca who resided there. Another branch of the family settled at Hallam by Southwell, and were known as the Leekes of Hallam. http://www.geocities.com/iona_treasure/leakes.html
William Thorold married 1st. Dorothy, daughter of Thomas Leake, a younger son of Leake, of Hallam, Notts.
(Reports and papers of the Associated Architectural Societies, Architectural and Archaeological Society of the County of Lincoln, Northamptonshire Architectural and Archaeological Society, Yorkshire Architectural and York Archaeological Society, Worcestershire Archaeological Society. v. 9. 1867 . Page 34.)
Thomas Leake (qv), father of Bess of Hardwick, is said to have be born abt 1458 in Kirk Hallam, Derbyshire.
Thomas Leeke of Hasland gentleman. Will dated 14 September 1523, proved September 1523. ... lands etc in Hasland, acres of land in Kirk Hallam and land...
(Chesterfield wills and inventories, 1521-1603?. By Lichfield Joint Record Office, J. M. Bestall, Dudley Vincent Fowkes. 1977. Page 2.)
- Dorothy Leake