Theberton or Thewardetdna
This estate appears to have been anciently vested in the Bygods and Segraves,
for they presented to the church, as Mr. Kirby states, until after the year
1350; but soon after that period, the Abbot and Convent of Leiston were patrons.
The lordship of this parish was the inheritance of the Jenney family. William
Jenney, Esq., of Kuotishall and Theberton, was succeeded by John Jenney, Esq.,
his son and heir, who had issue, by Maud his wife, Sir William Jenney, Knt., one
of the Judges of the King's Bench, in 1477.
Sir William married, first, Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Cawse, Esq., and by
her had issue four sons and as many daughters: namely, Sir Edmund Jenney, Knt.,
his successor; Hugh, living in 1473; Nicholas, of Heringfleet; and Richard, of
the same parish. Of the daughters, Margaret married to Christopher, Lord
Willoughby de Eresby; Eleanor, married, first to Sir Robert Brewse, Knt., and
secondly, to Sir Robert Fienes, Knt. Thomasine became a nun; and Catherine
married to John Berney, Esq., of Gunton, in Norfolk.
The Judge married, secondly, Eleanor, widow of Robert Ingleys; but by her had no
issue. He died Dec. 23, 1483, and was, with his first lady, interred in this
Theberton Hall is now the estate and residence of the Rev. Charles Montagu
Doughty, eldest surviving son of the late Rev. George Clarke Doughty, of this
place, vicar of Hoxne, rector of Denham and Martlesham, in this county; of whose
progenitors the following particulars are given in "Burke's History of the
The Rev. George Doughty, younger brother of the Rev. Samuel Doughty, rector of
Martlesham, in this county, by Mary his second wife, daughter of Robert Park,
Gent., and relict of Robert Morss, Gent., left at his decease, in 1724, an only
surviving son, Samuel Park Doughty, of Martlesham, Esq.
He married Mary, daughter of _______ Tramell, Esq., of Kesgrave; and by her had
issue, Samuel, who died in infancy; George, his heir; and three daughters. Mr.
Doughty deceased in 1749, and was succeeded by his only surviving son, George
Doughty, Esq., of Leiston, and subsequently of Theberton Hall, High Sheriff for
this county, in 1793. He married Anne, daughter of John Goodwin, Esq., of
Martlesham Hall; and by her had issue two sons, and as many daughters.
The Rev. George Clark Doughty, his eldest son and heir, succeeded; who married
Catherine, only daughter and heiress of Ezekiel Revett, Esq., of Hoxne, and by
her (who died in 1804, aged 28 years) had three sons and three daughters;
namely, George Thomas, who died in 1802; Chas. Montagu, his heir, as above; and
Frederick Goodwin, born at Hoxne, in 1800.
At the demise of his father, in 1832, he inherited an estate at Martlesham,
which comprises the manor and advowson of that parish; and married, in 1833,
Beatrice, daughter and co-heiress of Bear Admiral Sir Chas. Cunningham, of Oak
Lawn, in Hoxne. Harriet, his sister, married the Rev. D'Eye Betts, who holds the
rectory of Mendlesham, and resides at Woodbridge.
ARMS. Doughty: argent; two bars between three mullets, sable. Crest: a
There is also in this parish "Theberton House," the seat of Thomas Milner
Gibson, Esq., M.P.
1. For a more particular account of this family,
see the parishes of Knotiahall and Bredfield.
Topographical and Genealogical, The County of Suffolk, 1844, Augustine Page