Sir John Bromfield [49074]


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Sir John Bromfield [49074]

  • Born: 1225, Kent, England
  • Marriage: Unknown

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Estimated birthdate. The surname was given in WEC as "Brumfield", although "Bromfield" is the currently accepted spelling. There is a wonderful rural legend associated with this union that bears repeating, for its entertainment value if nothing else. The legend has to do with the "Crawling Field", and as it did not appear in William Chute's work; our family records make no mention of the source. I found a variation of the story on a web site devoted to the parish and village of Bromfield. My grandfather George M. Chute, Jr., had to have heard it from somewhere, but didn't think enough of the story to include it in his supplement. I can understand why.
"The parish and village of Bromfield lie immediately to the west of Ludlow. The village stands between the rivers Onny and Teme which eventually merge a little way downstream. In the fork formed by the two rivers stands the remains of a Benedictine Priory. What is left is mainly in the form of St. Mary's Church, the nave of which was originally the name of the priory, and there is still ample evidence of its Norman origins. In the church is a memorial to Henry Hickman who was born at nearby Lady Halton. It is believed by many that he was the first to experiment successfully with anaesthetics.
To the south of the village are some fields which bear the unusual name of 'crawl meadows'. Legend tells us that a certain maid of Bromfield fell in love with a landless knight. Her father disapproved and vowed that if she married this landless knight her marriage portion would only be as much land as she could crawl over between sunset and sunrise. Dressed in leather to protect her delicate skin, she managed to crawl a distance of four miles."
Coincidentally, our next Chute in line, Cuthbert, suddenly appears in records having married into "landed gentry". The designation did not appear after his father's name. Was his wife Jane Bromfield the plucky "maid of Bromfield"?

Type: Book
Author: William Edward Chute
Title: Chute Genealogies: A Genealogy and History of the Chute Family in America
Title: 1894
Location: Privately held

Type: Book
Author: Charles H. Pope
Title: THE CHENEY GENEALOGY: Descendants of WM. of Roxbury and John of Newbury
Publisher: Boston: Charles H. Pope
Date: 1897, September 1995
Location: Chute Family Records

Type: Book
Author: Abraham Hammatt
Title: The Hammatt Papers: Early Inhabitants of Ipswich, Masssachusetts 1633-1700
Publisher: Genealogical Publishing Company
Date: 1880-1899; 1991
Page(s): 53
Location: Chute Family Records


Early Settlers of Rowley, Massachusetts <>
Type: Book
Author: George Brainard Blodgette, Amos Everett Jewett
Title: Early Settlers of Rowley, Massachusetts
Publisher: New England History Press, Somersworth
Date: 1933; 1981
To Purchase Source: Click on graphic.
Location: Chute Family Records

Type: Web Site
Author: Paul Noyes
Title: Noyes Family Web Site
URL noyes/wgal18.html#I4277


John married.

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