John WHATELY 1
John was a draper in Henley-in-Arden in Warwickshire, and the first documented Whately in his line. The surname probably originated from the hamlet of Whateley on the border between Warwickshire and Staffordshire, 23 miles to the north of Henley-in-Arden. John's wife Margaret, five sons and four daughters are known from his will. They include William (qv) who was also a draper, John who was Vicar of Crowle in Worcestershire, and Thomas of Henley-in-Arden. William and Thomas were executors for their father in 1554. The next son George settled in Henley Street in Stratford on Avon, where he was a woolen draper, Alderman and Bailiff (in 1563 and 1583). The youngest son was Robert, a baker in Henley-in-Arden. Their daughter Philippa had a son Richard Barnhurst.
John married Margaret. (Margaret died Abt 1557, Of in Lapworth, Warwickshire 2.)
1 Probate, John Whately, Will 1554 no 23, Consistory Court of Bishop of Worcester, Worcestershire County RO.
Probate, Margaret Whately, Will and Inventory 1557 no 33, Consistory Court of Bishop of Worcester, Worcestershire County RO.