Barnard of Epworth, Lincolnshire, England
John Barnard [a] b abt 1520, Epworth, Lincolnshire, England, d Aug 1592, Epworth, Lincolnshire, England. He md [1] Margery abt 1545, [2] Joan abt 1763, and [3] Anne Wright 2 Jan 1567/68, Epworth, Lincolnshire, England. She was b abt 1540, prob Lincolnshire, England.
Children of John Barnard and Anne Wright were:
  • Rev. Richard Barnard bapt 30 Apr 1568, Epworth, Lincolnshire, England.
  • Francis Barnard bapt 5 Jan 1570/71.
  • Joan Barnard bapt 17 Feb 1783/84.
Rev. Richard Barnard [b] bapt 30 Apr 1568, Epworth, Lincolnshire, England, d Mar 1641, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England. The identity of his wife is not known.
Children of Richard Barnard and unknown wife were:
  • Besekiel Barnard bapt 18 Oct 1602.
  • Hosell Barnard bapt 30 Apr 1605.
  • Masakiell Barnard bapt 27 Sep 1607, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England, d Weymouth, MA; md Mary.
  • Mary Barnard bapt 24 Sep 1609.
  • Beniamine Barnard bapt 11 Oct 1613, d 11/12 Oct 1613.
Mary Barnard bapt 11 Oct 1613, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England, d 1676, Providence, RI. She md Roger Williams 15 Dec 1629, Essex, England, son of James Williams and Alice Pemberton.
a. He had at least four children by his first wife, Margery, who was buried 11 Mar 1761/62, and possibly one child by his second marriage to Joan, who was buried 2 Jan 1567/68.

b. He was a prominent Puritan clergyman who initially was drawn to the separatist movement, but shortly came back to the the established church. He apparently attracted the attention of the daughters of Sir Christoper Wray, the Lord Chief Justice, as a boy, and they were his early patrons and sent him to Cambridge, where he book his B.A. in 1594/95 and his M.A. in 1598. He published many works, including "The Faithful Shepherd" in 1607, "Ready Way to Good Works" (1635), "a Guide to Grandjurymen with Respect to Witches", and "Ruth's Recompense", among others. He was Vicar of Worksop, Nottinghamshire, 1601, and then in 1613, Vicar of Batcombe, Somerset, England until his death there in 1641. He appears in the Dictionary of National Biography, Vol. 2.
NEHGS: NEHGR 113:189-192, Barnard of Epworth, Co. Lincoln, by G. Andrews Moriarty, Jul 1959.
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