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Theberton Parish

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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 parish church.1

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 Commoners."

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 mullet, sable.

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.

County of Suffolk

Topographical and Genealogical, The County of Suffolk, 1844, Augustine Page

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