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Note: N14495 PHILIPPA WILFORD (1524-June 15, 1578)
Philippa Wilford was the daughter of John Wilford of London. Her first husband was Sir John Hampden of Great Hampden, Buckinghamshire, Theydon Mount, Essex and other places (d. December 20, 1553). They had no children. On July 21, 1554, between two and three in the afternoon, Philippa was betrothed to Sir Thomas Smith (1513-August 12, 1577). They were married two days later, between nine and ten in the morning. Smith had been deprived of his offices when Queen Mary succeeded her brother to the throne. With this, his second marriage, he quit his new house at Ankerwyke and moved into the one that was part of Philippa's jointure, Hill Hall in Theydon Mount. In 1557, he began to rebuild this house. He and Philippa had no children, but he did have an illegitimate son (1547-73). When Queen Elizabeth succeeded Queen Mary, Smith returned to public life. He was in France as ambassador from September 1562 until 1566, returned in April 1567, and was sent back again in 1571-2. It was usual for ambassadors to France to take their wives with them. During his last years, spent at Hill Hall, Smith was in ill health, probably suffering from cancer of the throat. He made his will on February 18, 1577. Among other bequests, he left his library (350 books) to Queens' College. His principal heir was his nephew, William Smith (c.1550-1626), but he did not immediately enter into his estates. According to his entry in the History of Parliament, Philippa held some in jointure and "was concerned with getting as much from the estate as possible." William later accused the executors of his uncle's will of failing to finish the house at Theydon, which Sir Thomas had begun, and of disposing of the furniture after Philippa's death. Philippa made her will on May 21, 1578 and it was proved July 13, 1579.
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