Rev William WHATELY


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1. Martha HUNT

Rev William WHATELY 2

  • Born: 21 May 1583, Banbury, Oxfordshire 3
  • Christened: 26 May 1583, St Mary, Banbury, Oxfordshire 1
  • Marriage (1): Martha HUNT on 16 Nov 1602 in St Mary, Banbury, Oxfordshire 1
  • Died: 10 May 1639, Banbury, Oxfordshire 3
  • BuriedMale: 14 May 1639, St Mary, Banbury, Oxfordshire 1

bullet  Notes:

The eldest son, William was born in Banbury, and educated at Christ College Cambridge. He married Martha Hunt (qv) in 1602, and influenced by his father-in-law George Hunt (qv) to take up a clerical career was incorporated into St Edmund Hall Oxford, where he obtained his MA in 1604. He was appointed curate at Banbury in 1605 and vicar in 1610. He was a Puritan, had a reputation as a persuasive preacher (known as 'The Roaring Boy of Banbury'), and many of his sermons were published. He was also author of two influential and controversial treatises on marriage - A Bride Bush (1619) and A Care Cloth (1624). His portrait is in the National Portrait Gallery.

William and Martha had four children who survived to adulthood. Their eldest son William was an apothecary in Aldermanbury in London, and the next son George may have been a miller in Banbury - they both married. Their youngest son was Thomas (qv). Their daughter Hopestill also married.

PCC: William Whately PROB11/180 dated 26-6-1639

Additional sources:
DNB (1901, 2004) - William Whately
Joseph Foster (1891) Alumni Oxoniensis 1500-1714. Oxford University Press.
Potts, W (1958) A History of Banbury. Banbury Guardian: Banbury


William married Martha HUNT, daughter of Rev George HUNT and Unknown, on 16 Nov 1602 in St Mary, Banbury, Oxfordshire.1 (Martha HUNT was buried on 10 Dec 1641 in St Mary, Banbury, Oxfordshire 1.)



1 Church Register, Transcripts of Banbury, Oxfordshire FHS ref OXF-BAN01.

2 Church Register, Transcripts of Banbury, Oxfordshire FHS ref OXF-BAN01 (baptism of son Thomas).

3 Biography, Dictionary of National Biography, OUP 1901.

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