Name: Elizabeth Kenn
Birth: JUL 1593
Note: Died age 70yrs 4 mnths
Death: 23 NOV 1663 1
Burial: Ashburnham, Sussex
MEM: Kenn Somerset: as child with parents
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Change Date: 13 JUN 2012
Heir of father.
Also married 2ndly John Ashburnham (d 15 Jun 1671) of Ashburnham, Sussex, in 1649, as his 2nd wife. Died (year?) aged 70 years and 4 months. No issue.
Her youngest dau Elizabeth married William Ashburnham.
Elizabeth Kenn (1593-1663) married John, 1st Lord Poulett (1586-1649), in 1613. John Poulett was an ardent supporter of Charles I and was an active Royalist commander in the Civil War. When he died in 1649, Elizabeth married his old friend and ally Jack, son of John Ashburnham. The ties between the Poulett and Ashburnham families were further strengthened when Elizabeth's youngest daughter, also named Elizabeth, married William Ashburnham, Sir John's eldest son by his first marriage.
Robert Peake's picture of Elizabeth shows the lady at the age of twenty-two, three years after her marriage to Lord Poulett. Seated, she wears the latest fashions of the day. Around her neck, she has a stiffly starched lace golilla, or standing band, and matching cuffs. Her beautifully embroidered dress, with its revealing, low-cut neckline, or decolletage, contrasts with the gown worn by Anne Knollys in her portrait by the same artist, which is done up right to the neck in the style of the 1580s. Elizabeth's hair is softly brushed back and surmounted by a jeweled and feathered caul, an indoor head-dress worn by ladies. The black spot on her face is not a blemish but a patch of either velvet or silk applied with glue. Such patches were thought to be highly attractive and remained in fashion until the end of the 17th century. But the lavish use of material decoration visible here - embroidery, jewelry, precious metal thread, bows, earstrings and starched lace - ceased to be fashionable after 1630.
?The King to Stallinge, commends the suit of Sir Robert Stewart, brother of the Earl of Orkney, to Elisabeth, daughter of the late Christopher Kenn, his warde."
This Elizabeth, however, married, first, John Poulett, created Baron Poulett of Hinton St. George, in 1627, who died 1649; secondly, John Ashburnham, ancestor of the Earl of Ashburnham.
She is mentioned as his second wife, in the inscription on his tomb in Ashburnham Church.
(NOTES AND QUERIES.)
Father: Christopher Kenn
Mother: Florence Stallinge
- Note: 22 in portrait, 3 yrs after marriage
- Margaret Poulett b: in Hinton St George, Somerset
- Type: Web Site
Author: Jorge H. Castelli
- Text: Kenn and other families researcher: Nicholas Deas, Yatton