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Lawrence Dowse of Legbourne, England : his ancestors, descendants and connections in England, Massachusetts and Ireland / compiled under the direction of William Bradford Homer Dowse


He married, probably about 1592, Elizabeth Paulett, daughter and Heiress of Hamden Paulett and became by this marriage possessed of 
Berry-Court in Nether Wallop, Hants. In 1623 he settled the manor of Broughton on his son Hamden Dowse who was married 
to Amabel Benn. 

In 1630 Francis Dowse appointed one of his younger sons, Giles Dowse, Rector of Broughton. 

23 July 1603, Sir Francis Dowse of Somerset at Whitehall was made Knight before the coronation of King James. 

Sir Francis Dowse made no regular will but only a nuncupative one in which only a few of his children are mentioned. 

Sir Francis Dowse late of Berry Court in the parish of Nether Wallopp, co: Southampton, deceased on 12 Jan. 1648, made his will nuncupa¬ 
tive and gave to his daughter Mrs. Miller £210 and to her 3 children £10 each. To his son Mr. Giles Dowse £200 toward payment of his 
debts and £40 a year for life and to this son’s 3 children £10 each. To the poor of Wallopp £5 and to Goddard his man £10. He willed that the 
watchers should be satisfied for their pains by his son Mr. Thomas Dowse and “devised him to give them content.” Residue to said Thomas Dowse 
his sonne. There being present Thomas Goddard, Ann Jerome, Michael Ling, John Prangnell, confidence Dalby. 19 Nov. 1649 Commission to 
Thomas Dowse Esq. son of the deceased to administer, etc. (P. C. C. Fairfax, fo 1 . 172.) 

On folio 181, this same will is repeated but in place of the witnesses is that of “Mai: Walker, advocatus.” The will was con¬ 
firmed 3 Dec. 1649, in the suit between Thomas Dowse Esquire the eldest son and residuary legatee, Plaintiff, and Giles Dowse, 
Hester Miller, alias Dowse, widow relict of John Miller deceased and Mary Coney alias Dowse, wife of George Coney Esquire, chil¬ 
dren of said Sir Francis Dowse deceased, etc., etc. 

Sir Francis Dowse contributed to his Majesty’s Expedition against the Scots in 1639. 


i. Anne 6 , b. about 1592; m. Sir Philip de Carteret, Seigneur of S. Ouen and of Serk, Jersey, b. Feb. 1583-4. (Payne’s Armo- 
riale of fersey Families, 83.) 
ii. Thomas, b. about 1595; m. a daughter of Sir Gerard Fleetwood, 
iii. Hamden, b. about 1597, probably died without issue. His father settled the Manor of Broughton on him and his wife 
Amabel, daughter of Sir Anthony Benn, Recorder-of London, in 1623. After his death she married at St. Benet and St. Peter, 
Paul’s Wharf, London, 25 May 1640, Anthony Fane and after his death, Henry Grey, 4th Earl of Kent. She eventually 
sold the manor to Sir John Evelyn of West Dean, Wilts., and it passed out of the Dowse family. 
iv. Hester, b. about 1599; m. John Miller. 
v. Katherine, b. about 1601; m. John Cowper of Ditcham. 
vi. Francis, b. 1602. 
vii. Gabriel, b. about 1604. 
viii. Giles, b. about 1606; m. and left three children. Sir George Coney in his will of 15 Sept. 1665, gives, “To the three daugh¬ 
ters of Mr. Gyles Douse dec’d £30 which said sum was (as is supposed) left in my hands, or in the hands of my late 
wife in trust for them at their full age of 21 years.” To this amount he adds £10 “for interest.” 
ix. Mary, m. Sir George Coney before 1648 and died before 1665. 

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