Researchers should be
whilst it can
be safely assumed that the name Goldstraw originates from the name
we are not, as yet, aware of any proven link to Michel, lord of
from whom the Goostrey family name originates (Goostrey of Goostrey).
is more than one reason why a person/family uses a name. Whether a
or Goostrey you may well be descended from Michel and thence Wulfric
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
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
celebrated Clive of India ! Regrettably genealogy does not allow us to
Goldstraw "The Arms of Goostrey"
Lord of the Manor
The following information
has been kindly submitted by
Miscellaneous notes about
From “The History of the
County Palatine and City of
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,
the two manors of Bernulfshawe and Gostre, property of the founder of
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.
translation of the Domesday entry records: “The families of Croxton,
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
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
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
with the Kinsey of Blackden of whom little is known.
Michel de Gostre (who could
scarcely have been identical
the before-mentioned Michel or Michael, the benefactor of the Abbey,
there was also a Thomas de Gostre living in his day) was
of Thomas de Gostre (temp. Richard III [1483-85]) to whose name
appended a curious note. He married a daughter of … Hamond of
‘against his father’s will and his own worshippe, and through evil
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
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
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:
188.8.131.52 Thomlyn, married the daughter [no first name given] of Jenken
Rowley and had one daughter, Anne who married William Vernon and had
which died s.p. (which William was living 7 Hen. 5 a widower)
184.108.40.206 Wilkin or William, married [not given], had land in Blackden.
Jenken, who had land in Blackden of gift of father.
220.127.116.11 Wilkin had two
18.104.22.168.1Anne, wife of Robert Kinsey, who had a son William Robertson
Kinsey, coheir with his aunt to the Gostre Estate (1498).
22.214.171.124.2Alice, coheir to Anne Vernon, married firstly to Thomas de
Eaton (from whom Eaton of Blackden) and secondly Jack de
in or about 1498.
[Note that some of these
names appear in the IGI: Thomas
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
the arms of Kinsey, and a tablet “Anne, wife of John Kinsey of
died 18 Feb 1665”.
Ormorod then goes on:
There is also reference to
the family of Barnshaw –
a commissioner. The rarity of this name may in some measure be
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.
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
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
two successive proprietors, and not one generation as the geneologists
have uniformly made them, Wulfric, the grandfather of the first, will
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
before mentioned which, after calling the second generation Walthew,
Wulfric the grandfather of “Margeria filia Walthei, filia
which Margeria undoubtedly brought Marton in marriage to the
of the Norman Baron of Kinderton. [A footnote says that the male
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
one.] Ormorod continues:
This last Lidulp,
sheriff of Cheshire in the
I [1189- 99] and John [199-1216], the surviving temp. Henry III
lord of Tremlowe, Croxton, Goostrey, Cranage and half of Winnington,
a second brother, Randle, to whom he gave the fourth of Cranage, and
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
of all his lands in Cheshire, except a moity of his land in Gorestree
on his son Michael.
There is a family tree: The
Croxton and Mainwaring of
Arms of Croxton – sable, a lion rampant Argent, debruised by a bend
Or and Gules. The tree reads as follows:
Wulfric, lord of Croxton
under Ornus de Tuchett, living
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
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
and living temp Henry III. Confounded in the Cheshire pedigrees with
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
Michael, lord of a moity of Goosetrey from whom Goosetrey of Goosetrey.
There is a separate
reference, not part of the family
Gilbert, who had issue Warin de Clyve. Omorod goes on:
About the time of King John
and Henry III, Warin de
a younger son of Lidulph de Tremlow, assumed his local appellation from
the township. From him the noble and distinguished family of Clive
There is a later reference:
Cicely, daughter of William
de Goostree married 1339
Said to have will dated 1366, and to be living in 1382.
From “The Tale of
Ipstones” which records some old
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:
Alice at Lichfield Street.
Items taken from The
Cheshire Sheaf (a series of notes
history dating from the early part of 20th Century)
A Nantwich Clockmaker (June
“The writer noticed
recently in a house in Bangor a
grandfather clock with a painted dial bearing the name of the maker – W
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
Church Briefs on Behalf of
Cheshire People and Places
1936, p 108)
Goostrey (£1,145. 6s.
0d). Church built ? mid
Cheshire Pleas of Quo
Includes a plea from
In the 14th Century the
Black Prince vigorously attacked
and franchises of the ‘barons’ of Cheshire, as well as those of
bodies and private persons.
In the time of Prince
Arthur in 1499, there was an
similar attacks. The object of the proceedings was probably to raise
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,
guilds, forresters, master sergeants of peace).
Bridges of Cheshire in the
time of James I [1603-1625]
Over Peever: A horse
bridge, the one half maintained by
the other by Barneshawe and Goostree in Northwich Hundred.
1619: One horse bridge over
Goostre brook to be built
by the said town. The other horse bridge over Peever Eye, betwixt
and Over Peever in Bucklowe Hundred to be built and maintained by the
July 3 1443
Goosetrey-Goustree (and others) recognizance
that the said Johanna keep the peace towards William Nayler, wright.
Subsequent references suggest these may be in the Welsh Records
“temp.” occurs several
times and means “in the time off”
several times and seems to mean
this particular reference is unclear.