Person:Thomas Leonard (5)

Thomas Lennard
chr.23 May 1577 Sevenoaks, Kent, England
m. 16 Nov 1564
  1. Henry Lennard, 12th Lord Dacre1569/70 - 1616
  2. Anne Lennard1572 - 1624
  3. George Lennard1573 - 1619
  4. Mary Lennard1574 -
  5. Thomas Lennard1577 - 1638
  6. Margaret Lennard1578 -
  7. Elizabeth Lennard1580 - 1581
  8. Elizabeth Lennard1581 - 1631
  9. Frances Lennard1583 - 1625
  10. John Lennard1584 -
Facts and Events
Name[5] Thomas Lennard
Gender Male
Christening[1] 23 May 1577 Sevenoaks, Kent, England
Will[3] 3 Apr 1636
Burial[4] 6 Nov 1638 Herstmonceux, Sussex, England
Probate[3] 12 Nov 1638

Disputed Lineages

Some websites show this Thomas as having had several children who lived in Massachusetts. This is contradicted by Thomas Barrett-Lennard, who on page 240 of his history of this family, cited below, asserts that Thomas died without leaving any children. This is supported on page 242 by reference to an "ancient MS. pedigree", which states that Thomas was unmarried in 1628, and by Thomas's will, which does not mention any children, makes Sir Francis Barnham, his brother-in-law, his executor, and which leaves the residue of his property to his great nephew, Thomas Lennard. The will may be ordered from the National Archives site (link below), and indeed mentions no children.

References
  1. Barrett-Lennard, Thomas; Thomas Barrett-Lennard Dacre; and Henry Barrett-Lennard. An account of the families of Lennard and Barrett. (Norwich: T. Barrett-Lennard], 1908 ([London : Printed by Spottiswoode & Co.])), p. 216.
  2.   Barrett-Lennard, Thomas; Thomas Barrett-Lennard Dacre; and Henry Barrett-Lennard. An account of the families of Lennard and Barrett. (Norwich: T. Barrett-Lennard], 1908 ([London : Printed by Spottiswoode & Co.])), p. 240.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Will of Thomas Lennard or Leonard of Sundridge, Kent, in Church of England. Province of Canterbury. Prerogative Court. Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate Records, 1384-1858, PROB 11/178/327.

    The will mentions:
    -his godson Thomas, second son of the late Richard Lord Dacre (who receives Thomas's entire personal estate)
    -his brother-in-law Sir Francis Barnham (made executor)
    -Francis, Lord Dacre, eldest brother of his godson, Thomas Lennard. Francis is to receive Thomas's entire personal estate if Thomas Lennard (the godson) should die before the age of 21.

  4. Barrett-Lennard, Thomas; Thomas Barrett-Lennard Dacre; and Henry Barrett-Lennard. An account of the families of Lennard and Barrett. (Norwich: T. Barrett-Lennard], 1908 ([London : Printed by Spottiswoode & Co.])), p.242.
  5. Barrett-Lennard, Thomas; Thomas Barrett-Lennard Dacre; and Henry Barrett-Lennard. An account of the families of Lennard and Barrett. (Norwich: T. Barrett-Lennard], 1908 ([London : Printed by Spottiswoode & Co.])), p. 240.

    An example of his signature (Tho: Lennard) is shown here.