NameAdam Newington , 14G Grandfather
Birth1481 [778]
1Alice Colepeper [778], [94], 14G Grandmother
FatherAlexander Colepeper (ca1470-1541)
Notes for Adam Newington
Sir Adam Newington of Witherden, parish of Ticehurst, Sussex. Knight. [778]
Notes for Alice (Spouse 1)
Alice appears also (with parents) in the 1619 Visitation of Kent [94], letting us extend her pedigree. However, no Newington marriage is mentioned in the Visitation, and Alice herself appears in only one version of the visitation (the Stowe version).

With this marriage to the Colepeper family we now have a wealth of information available to us. In particular, the Colepeper family has been researched in meticulous and scholarly detail by a number of people, summarised in the web page [780]. In addition, the Sussex Archaeological Collections [781] have extensive articles on the Culpepers.

I am, as a matter of course, highly suspicious of this marriage, and of the two Newington marriages in the next two generations (to Cheney and Dawtrey). To me, they just reek of invention. Sir Adam Newington, the first known ancestor of a bunch of gentry, marrying into the famous Colepepers.... hmm... well, it’s convenient at the very least.

I have never seen any good reference for this marriage. (I don’t count Berry as a good reference.) That’s not to say it didn’t happen, of course, but I’d like to see some primary evidence, not just 1,000 IGI references, which aren’t worth anything at all.

In 2011, some years after I wrote the above, I finally got to see a copy of her father’s will. Alexander Colepeper wrote his will in 1540 and in it he says “To Alyce Colpepper one other of my doughters one yerely pencon of £3. 6. 8. for 20 yeres but if she be advanced in maryage then the saide pencon to cease and to be utterly voyde.”

So Alice was unmarried in 1540. However, she was born before 1495, as that is when her father married his second wife (Constantia Chamberlain). In other words, if she ever married Adam Newington, she was at least 45 years old.

Moving right along, we now see that her grandson was reputedly born in 1518, which would have been some years before she even married. This whole story is clearly nonsense. It cannot possibly have been the daughter of Alexander Colpeper and Agnes Davy who married Sir Adam.

Is it possible that a different Alice Colepeper was meant? I suppose so.

Apparently, the parish records of St. Mary the Virgin Church record a marriage of Adam Newington and Alice Colepeper in 1483, so this would certainly be a different Alice Colepeper. I know nothing more about this Alice Colepeper, except that these parish records reputedly confirm the later Cheyney and Dawtrey marriages also. However, I’ve not seen these parish records, and it’s not clear to me that this information comes from actual parish records, so I remain highly suspicious.
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