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Researchers should be aware that whilst it can be safely assumed that the name Goldstraw originates from the name Goostrey, we are not, as yet, aware of any proven link to Michel, lord of Goostrey, from whom the Goostrey family name originates (Goostrey of Goostrey). There is more than one reason why a person/family uses a name. Whether a Goldstraw or Goostrey you may well be descended from Michel and thence Wulfric (lord of Croxton) at the time of Edward the Confessor and William I . Or ... at some later time in history your ancestor may have taken the name simply because that is where he came from.
I am sure that we would all like to think that we are of the same blood line as Wulfric - this would give us all a common ancestor with the most celebrated Clive of India ! Regrettably genealogy does not allow us to make assumptions. 
See the notes of  M.S.J. Goldstraw "The Arms of Goostrey"

The Lord of the Manor of Goostrey

The following information has been kindly submitted by Joan Bell.

Miscellaneous notes about Goostry/Goostree/Goostrey/Gostree

From “The History of the County Palatine and City of Cheshire, evidence in public offices, the Harleian and Cottonian MSS, Parochial Register, and various private collections”, by Ormorod (date 1882)

Goostrey was known as Gostrel in the Domesday Book, probably comprising the two manors of Bernulfshawe and Gostre, property of the founder of the Barony of Montalt – Hugo de Mara also known as Hugh Fitznorman. He gave his share of “Gostrey” along with Lawton to the Abbey of St Werburgh. Ormorod’s translation of the Domesday entry records: “The families of Croxton, Twemlowe, Gostre, Bonetable, Bernulschaw, and Aston passed the manor and lands of Barnshaw and Goostrey to the Abbey of St Werburgh”. Particulars of the grants are in the charter of the Abbey (Harl MSS 1965.35 and 35(b))

A charter was granted to the convent by Michel de Gostre by which the abbey was empowered to embank a lake for the use of the mill, and also to serve them as a vivary or fish pond. [There is no date for this, but it is linked to another reference given a date of 1249-65].

Ormorod suggests that a mansion house must have existed at an early period in Goostrey. Later on, Ormorod continues:
Goostry gave name to a family, originally most probably seized of the manor. They rarely occur in the rolls of the Palatine [of Cheshire], but the following brief and interesting pedigree (Harl.MSS.2059.245) shows the descent of their estate here from about the reign Edward III [1327-1377] to the temp.  Henry VII [1485-1509] and connects them with the Kinsey of Blackden of whom little is known.

Michel de Gostre (who could scarcely have been identical with the before-mentioned Michel or Michael, the benefactor of the Abbey, though there was also a Thomas de Gostre  living in his day) was grandfather of Thomas de Gostre  (temp. Richard III [1483-85]) to whose name is appended a curious note. He married a daughter of  … Hamond of Bancroft ‘against his father’s will and his own worshippe, and through evil councell he did such things for quiche he was done to death for yt was shame and greefe to his fader and his frendes’

There then follows a family tree showing the following:

1. Michel de Gostre
1.1 His son Thomas married Alianore, daughter of William Mainwaringe

They had three children:
1.1.1. Thomas, married Hamond of Bancroft (temp Richard II [1377-1399]), had four daughters [not named]
William, married Alice daughter of Richard Hadley.
.Roger [for whom no marriage or descendants are shown]

William had 3 children: Thomlyn, married the daughter [no first name given] of Jenken Rowley and had one daughter, Anne who married William Vernon and had issue which died s.p. (which William was living 7 Hen. 5 a widower) Wilkin or William, married [not given], had land in Blackden.
Jenken, who had land in Blackden of gift of father. Wilkin had two children:, wife of Robert Kinsey, who had a son William Robertson Kinsey, coheir with his aunt to the Gostre Estate (1498)., coheir to Anne Vernon, married firstly to Thomas de Eaton (from whom Eaton of Blackden) and secondly  Jack de Snelstone in or about 1498.

[Note that some of these names appear in the IGI: Thomas Goostrey and Alinora (formerly Manwaring) had a son Thomas born about 1307; William born about 1310; Roger about 1313 (all recorded at Sandbach)]

A survey of Goostrey Church taken in 1569 (Harl MSS 2151.66) notices the arms of Kinsey, and a tablet  “Anne, wife of John Kinsey of Blackden died 18 Feb 1665”.

Ormorod then goes on:

There is also reference to the family of Barnshaw – Roger de Berneshagh, a commissioner. The rarity of this name may in some measure be accounted for by supposing the family borne the alias of Gostre, or of Grene. The Grenes presumably the ancestors of the Grenes of Congleton.

[There is information under the township of Croxton. There is a reference to Liulph de Croxton, or Tremlowe, who one geneologist had made the son of Wulfric, but Ormorod thinks it more likely he was the grandson. He also goes by the names of Walthew, Orme, and William.
Ormorod goes on:

If however it can be proved that Liulph de Croxton and Tremlowe were two successive proprietors, and not one generation as the geneologists have uniformly made them, Wulfric, the grandfather of the first, will be thrown back to the Conquest or to the time of the Confessor, and there will then be no difficulty in point of time in crediting the interpolation  before mentioned which, after calling the second generation Walthew, makes Wulfric the grandfather of  “Margeria filia Walthei, filia Wulfrici”, which Margeria  undoubtedly brought Marton in marriage to the grandson of the Norman Baron of Kinderton. [A footnote says that the male ancestor of the Croxtons was undoubtedly one of the “five brethren” who came in at the Conquest. These can be assumed to be brothers of the first Baron of Halton. There is then a reference to Ledolf de Crocstun, sheriff to the end of the reign of King John, who witnesses the assignment of the 2nd Baron of Halton. Ormorod concludes that there must have been two or three Lidulfs successively in the period previously thought to have been one.] Ormorod continues:

 This last Lidulp, sheriff of Cheshire in the reigns of Richard I [1189- 99] and John [199-1216], the surviving temp. Henry III [1216-1272] lord of Tremlowe, Croxton, Goostrey, Cranage and half of Winnington, had a second brother, Randle, to whom he gave the fourth of Cranage, and from whom the families of Granage, Ermitage, Tremlowe and Le Brun descended.
Lindulph had issue Richard, Robert and Michael. From the last two sons named descended severally the families of Winnington and Goostrey.
Richard settled his lands in Gorestree on his son Michael.

Richard de Croxton, son and heir of Lidulph, had a grant from his father of all his lands in Cheshire, except a moity of his land in Gorestree settled on his son Michael.

There is a family tree: The Croxton and Mainwaring of Croxton, with Arms of Croxton – sable, a lion rampant Argent, debruised by a bend compare Or and Gules. The tree reads as follows:

Wulfric, lord of Croxton under Ornus de Tuchett, living in the time of
Edward the Confessor and William I

Two sons are shown:
1. William (Harl MSS 2119.143) and sometimes called Orme (called
Wultheus filius Wulfrici in an interpolation in Booth’s pedigree, ibid
p156, b, which interpolation is probably correct.
Ormus filius Wulfrie (possibly).

Willam had a son and a daughter:
1.1 Ledulf de Crocstun, witness to a deed of William Fitz-Nigell, temp Henry I [there is a reference to “see Val 1 page 690”]
Margery filia Walthei filii Wulfrici, wife of Gilbert Venables, Baron of  Kinderton.

Ledulph is shown with two sons and a daughter:
Lidulph de Tremlow (and de Croxton), Lord of Tremlow, Croxton, Cranage, half of Winnington, Goosetrey. Sheriff of Cheshire temp Richard I and John and living temp Henry III. Confounded in the Cheshire pedigrees with the preceeding Ledolf of  whom he was a son or grandson.
Randle, ancestor of Cranach of Cranach 

1.1.1 Lidulph is shown to have three sons:

Richard, son an heir.
Robert, lord of a moity of Winnington, married (1)Margery, daughter of Robert de Wynynton, from whom Winnington of Winnington; (2)Mathilda, daughter of Richard de Wilbraham (from whom Leftwich of Leftwich).
Michael, lord of a moity of Goosetrey from whom Goosetrey of Goosetrey.

There is a separate reference, not part of the family tree, to Gilbert, who had issue Warin de Clyve. Omorod goes on:

About the time of King John and Henry III, Warin de Clive said to be a younger son of Lidulph de Tremlow, assumed his local appellation from the township. From him the noble and distinguished family of Clive traces its origin.

There is a later reference:

Cicely, daughter of William de Goostree married 1339 Roger de Swetenham. Said to have will dated 1366, and to be living in 1382.

Other miscellaneous references

From “The Tale of Ipstones”  which records some old parish records at the back:

Nov 5 1712 Edith uxor Samuelis Gossney(?) buried
May 1714 Samuel Goostrae and Francis Snow de par de Ipstones mar fs Thomas massey et E

Families in the Archdeaconry of Stafford 1532-1534: Henry Golstre and Alice at Lichfield Street.

Items taken from The Cheshire Sheaf (a series of notes on Cheshire
history dating from the early part of 20th Century)

A Nantwich Clockmaker (June 23 1943)

“The writer noticed recently in a house in Bangor a grandfather clock with a painted dial bearing the name of the maker – W Massey, Nantwich…. The clock is said to be the property of some people of the name of  Goldstraw who came to Bangor from Nantwich towards the close of the last century.”

Church Briefs on Behalf of Cheshire People and Places (Dec 1936, p 108)

Goostrey (£1,145. 6s. 0d). Church built ? mid 1700s. Unfit.

Cheshire Pleas of Quo Warranto 1499

Includes a plea from Gostre.

In the 14th Century the Black Prince vigorously attacked the privileges and franchises of the ‘barons’ of Cheshire, as well as those of monastic bodies and private persons.

In the time of Prince Arthur in 1499, there was an outburst of similar attacks. The object of the proceedings was probably to raise money for the marriage of the young Earl of Chester [later Henry VIII] to Katherine of Aragon in 1501.

Writs related to common privileges (markets, fairs, trade guilds, forresters, master sergeants of peace).

Bridges of Cheshire in the time of James I [1603-1625] (1925)

Over Peever: A horse bridge, the one half maintained by Over Peever, the other by Barneshawe and Goostree in Northwich Hundred.

1619: One horse bridge over Goostre brook to be built and maintained by the said town. The other horse bridge over Peever Eye, betwixt Goostree and Over Peever in Bucklowe Hundred to be built and maintained by the said towns proportionately.

July 3 1443

Johanna de Goosetrey-Goustree (and others) recognizance for 20s [£1] that the said Johanna keep the peace towards William Nayler, wright.
 Subsequent references suggest these may be in the Welsh Records Office.

“temp.” occurs several times and means “in the time off” (Concise Oxford Dictionary)

 “Hen” occurs several times and seems to mean “Henry” although this particular reference is unclear.

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