Note: [ralphroberts.ged] [roberts.GED] [roberts.GED] [temp.FTW] [6958.ged] 1589 MAR: At the request of his father, married Mary Tregian ( poor kinswoman of Queen Elizabeth I). Her father, a very wealthy man by 1560, was penniless after being found guilty of harboring a seminarian Catholic priest in 1577 and refusing the amorous advances of his kinswoman of above. Before dying in Lisbon in1608 had 18 lawful children (see Dictionary of National Biography, 1st ser. [London, 1872], pp. 64, 135-9, under Tregian, Francis, "Troubles of our Catholic Forefathers Related by Themselves," ed. by John Norris). 1623 ITEM: The Visitation of Berkshire for that year listed a second wife, Dorothy, daughter of Nicholas Stevens of Bouldthorpe, Wiltshire (see The Harleian Society, vol. 56, 1905, p. 150). 1641 REL: The Lyford churchwardens' "presentments for 1641 state, "....we present Mr. Thomas Yate and his (second) wife for popish recusants." 1650 LAND: Forfeited part of his estates as a Royalist after the family had already suffered imprisonment and fines for their adherence to the Roman Catholic faith refusing to attend the new Church of England in their parish church (see Violet M. Howse, Lyford A Parish Record, 1981). 1654 WILL: 7 Aug, proved 1660. Named one grandson, John Yate, as his legatee probably indicating that his sons had preceded him in death. Probate documents in 1658 stated that he had also two minor grandchildren, George Yate and his sister Elizabeth Yate, wards of their mother Elizabeth Yate. This was probably Mary as his other sons were not married to an Elizabeth.
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