The Royal Lineage of Anne Barham (Wescott Family)

In my blog, The Cofer/Copher Families- Part 2 ,  I ended up letting you know that Thomas Cofer II’s line continues with his parent’s, Thomas Cofer, Sr. and “Oliff” Olive Ward.  They lived their lives in Isle of Wight, VA.  They had nine children, slaves, and land.  Thomas Cofer, Sr.’s parents were John Coffer and Jane Bennett.  Janes’ father was Richard Bennett, Jr.  Richard Bennett’s father, was Richard Bennett, Sr.

And, this is where I begin this blog.  Richard Sr. married Anne Barham.

In older genealogies, the last name of Anne is unknown.  But, due to the wills uncovered from those of the Pierce family wills and Barham family histories, genealogists have been able to connect Anne to the Barham’s.  (By the way, Elizabeth Pierce is the stepdaughter to Thomas Bennett, Richard’s father… oh the tangled vines!)

Are you confused yet?

Richard Bennett, Sr. and Elizabeth Pierce are half siblings.  This is the Elizabeth Pierce who was engaged to a John Filmer when he died.  He left his estate to her.  It is not known exactly how this John is related to the Filmer’s.

However, there is still a lot of discussion about Anthony Barham who mentions his “brother-in-law Richard Bennett” and to “Mother Bennett” per Barham’s 1641 will.

A lot of genealogists concur that the relationship was by way of Anthony Barham’s marriage to Elizabeth Pierce, a child of Alice Pierce’s first marriage before Thomas Bennett. There are a several others who use the same will of Anthony thinking that perhaps Anne was a sister of Anthony Barham, but I have not found anything to substantiate this.  Regardless, there is quite the royal pedigree with the Barham’s.

MeMa, Ruby Chapman Wescott, would have been quite tickled at the Royal lineage that this line has.

Anne Barham, my 10th great grandmother, she was born in 1625 in Broughton, Kent, England. She was the daughter of Robert Edward Barham (1598-1648) and Katherine (Filmer) Barham (1597-1662).  In the 12th century, the last name was known as “de Berham”.  There were two manors called Barham, or Barham Court, one situated in the parish of Barham near Canterbury; the other in the parish of Teston, on the Medway near Maidstone.  You can read more about the Barham’s at Barham History

Katherine was the third daughter of Sir Edward Filmer and Elizabeth Argall.  Her uncle  was Captain Samuel Argall who opened a new and safer route from Portsmouth, England to Jamestown in 1609.  In 1613 he led the expedition that captured Pocahontas, an Indian Princess and brought her to Jamestown as a hostage in order to keep local Indians from attacking the settlement.

“The Abduction of Pocahontas” by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris, painted around 1910, recreates the arrival of Captain Samuel Argall (at left) at Jamestown with Pocahontas as his captive. Argall kidnapped her in 1613 “for the ransoming of so many Englishmen as were prisoners with Powhatan: as also to get … armes and tools … [and] some quantities of Corne, for the colonies relief.” The Europeans, who regarded Pocahontas as a princess, were surprised that her father did not redeem her, but in a matrilineal society she could not inherit her father’s power and so was relatively unimportant. ~ Virginia Museum of History & Culture
Katherine’s brother, Sir Robert Filmer, was the eldest child.  He was an English political theorist who defended the divine right of kings. His best known work, Patriarcha, or the Natural Power of Kings, was published posthumously in 1680. (Source: Wikipedia)

Katherine’s nephew, Sir Robert’s first son, is Sir Edward Filmer.  He was Gentleman of the Privy Chamber both to king Charles I and II.   A Privy chamber was the private apartment of a royal residence in England.  The gentlemen of the Privy chamber were servants to the Crown who would wait and attend to the King and Queen at court during their various activities, functions and entertainments.

Robert’s cousin was Nicholas Barham of Chillington, Queen Elizabeth’s Sergeant-At-Law and a Member of Parliament.   In 1572, Nicholas conducted the prosecution of the Duke of Norfolk for conspiring with Mary (Queen of Scotts) to kill Queen Elizabeth. Both the Duke and Mary were beheaded.  The following February Barham was engaged in prosecuting the duke’s secretary, Robert Higford, at the Court of Queen’s Bench, on the charge of adhering to and comforting the queen’s enemies. Higford was found guilty and, like his master, condemned to death.

The Filmer’s owned East Sutton Estate through “John Argall, who sold this manor to his brother-in-law, Sir Edward Filmer.  The family of Filmer was originally seated at the manor of Herst, in the parish of Otterden, where Robert Filmer lived in King Edward the II’s reign.”   (Source: Edward Hasted, ‘Parishes: East Sutton’, in The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 5 (Canterbury, 1798), pp. 375-385. British History Online

East Sutton Estate is now East Sutton Park Prison, an establishment that holds both adult and young offender women in open conditions and its primary focus is on preparing residents for a successful reintegration back in to the community. (Source:

Pictures courtesy of June and Larry Shaputis, Jim Clark and Paul Lauff, who were  allowed to take pictures and videos in October 2007 of some of the public areas inside the manor, the manor grounds, and inside the nearby church where many of the Filmer family are buried.  Other photos owned by the people above and the East Sutton Prison can be viewed at the links below.  Here you can see the inside of the churches and the estate.

East Sutton Park Prison.

East Sutton Park Manor and Church, Kent, England photos by Paul Lauff


East Sutton Park Manor and Church, Kent, England photos by Jim Clark

The pictures from the church at the above link have beautiful images of dedications to our ancestors.

Edward died and the East Sutton Estate passed to his brother Robert who was created a baronet (the holder of a rank of honor below a baron and above a knight) in 1674 in honour of their father’s loyalty to the Crown.

Katherine’s sister, Elizabeth, married William Faulkner “citizen & draper of London”.

Both her father and brother, Reginald Filmer, had extensive business dealings in London in the early 17th Century and is how they met William Faulkner.  They were the parents of John Forkner (Faulkner), Sr., a leather craftsman, specializing in footwear, who emigrated to Maryland in 1665 with his wife. Members of the Faulkner line served in the American Revolution.

Katherine Barham’s will was dated November 1, 1662; her son Richard was the executor.

Katherine died Dec 1662 in East Sutton, Kent, England. She was 65 years old. Katherine was buried in St Andrew, Holborn, London, England. SOURCE: Wikipedia

Elizabeth Argall and Edward Filmer, together for fourty four years, had 9 sons and 9 daughters as seen in this burial brass plate at their burial place.

Father, Mother, nine sons bottom left, nine daughters bottom right.

All with their names above and below. AD 1638

Image result for brass plate to Sir Edward Filmer

Printed around the edges – “Under this rest, in the certain hope of the Resurrection, the bodies of Sir Edward Filmer, Knight, and Dame Elizabeth his wife, the daughter of Richard Argall, Esq. They lived together fortie four years, and had issue eighteen children, viz.: nine sonnes and nine daughters. He departed this life ye 2nd November, Ao. Di. 1629; she ye 9th August, Ao. Di. 1638.”

Detail of Brass to Sir Edward Filmer, East Sutton church

Katherine’s mother was Elizabeth Argall, whose brother was governor of Virginia; her grandmother was Mary Scott, daughter of Sir Reginald Scott of Scotts Hall, Kent.                             (Scot’s Hall (or Scott’s Hall) was a country house in Smeeth, between Ashford and Folkestone in southeast England. It was the property of a gentry family, the Scotts. ) There was a time when one could ride from Scot’s Hall to London without leaving Scott Property, according to JR Scott.

Elizabeth Argall was a direct descendant of Sir William Balliol, brother of John Balliol, King of Scotland, and thus descended from David I of Scotland. (Source: Barham Booklet)

Her lineage, our lineage, from Elizabeth, is as follows:


But, according to the, “we are all special, which means none of us are. If you’re vaguely of European extraction, you are also the fruits of Charlemagne’s prodigious loins. A fecund ruler, he sired at least 18 children by motley wives and concubines, including Charles the Younger, Pippin the Hunchback, Drogo of Metz, Hruodrud, Ruodhaid, and not forgetting Hugh.”  He is also Cindy Crawford’s 41st-great-grandfather and my 40th great grandfather.

According to Wikipedia, “Charlemagne had eighteen children with eight of his ten known wives or concubines.[130] Nonetheless, he had only four legitimate grandsons, the four sons of his fourth son, Louis. In addition, he had a grandson (Bernard of Italy, the only son of his third son, Pippin of Italy), who was illegitimate but included in the line of inheritance. Among his descendants are several royal dynasties, including the Habsburg, Capetian and Plantagenet dynasties. By consequence, most if not all established European noble families ever since can genealogically trace their background to Charlemagne.”

Agh, the tangled vines we weave.  Well, I like to think I am pretty special, coming from such lineage.  Don’t you?

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11 thoughts on “The Royal Lineage of Anne Barham (Wescott Family)”

  1. Thank you for presenting the genealogy in such an interesting and succinct way! My Barham lineage is through Judkins Barham (d ca 1838 in NC), son of Robert Barham of VA. I am a 6th generation Arkansan now living in my Barham ancestors’ VA, and an avid Barham researcher.

    Alexandria VA


  2. Is there a chance you know “for sure” the father of Thomas Bennett (b. 1580)? Would Edward happen to be the brother of Thomas? Thanks so much!


    1. Hi Fredda, thanks for reading. I replied to your email and sent you the page from Southern Historical Families I, page 72. Thanks again and let me know if can help. Your email address bounced back. If you provid your email address, I’ll be happy to respond with the source.


  3. Good post highlighting the Barham’s and helps greatly with genealogical research. My family line also comes from Richard Bennett and Anne Barham via Richard Bennett Jr. to his daughter Jane Bennett into the Coker family. I also have a line from the Carrell’s onto the Hart’s with Priscilla, daughter of Capt. Charles Barham. Both lines, the Coker’s and the Hart’s, they have besides that of Barham marriages, also close generational intermarriage with the Washington’s of Surry County so it seems that a common kinship group appears to be in play.

    I’ve been doing my best to dig into where these various ancestor planter families came from and their role not only in Virginia but their origins and the reasons for coming to Virginia. In most cases for those ancestors that have either histories back to England or through their particular behavior in Virginia, it seems that many were of former Royalist extraction, at least those certain families on my line. For example the Browne’s of Surry County, just north of Isle of Wight County, Col. Henry Browne stepped down from the Governor’s Council due to Richard Bennett’s (The Puritan Governor, not our Richard Bennett) period of rule over the colony.

    There is another website called which also has the various Barham’s and includes Robert and Katherine but has no further idea about their descendants. Here’s an interesting excerpt:

    “This Katherine, the wife of Robert Barham, can boast of a portrait in the parish church of East Sutton, where there is a very fine brass showing the figure of Sir Robert Filmer, and his lady, and of his nine sons and five daughters, all of whom are named. Katherine is one of these named figures, but of course the accuracy of the likeness cannot be guaranteed. The Filmers were ardent Royalists at the time of the Civil War, and it is probable that some of the younger generation of Barhams were involved with them.

    A report on the movements of suspected Royalists drawn up by Cromwell’s Secret Service, and dated 31st December 1656, includes the name of Edward Barham, who it is stated had traveled from St. Andrew’s Holborn to East Sutton. Affra, one of the daughters of Robert Barham senior, had married a man from St. Andrew’s in 1633, and may have been the suspected Edward’s aunt. After this notice the Barhams of Boughton Monchelsea fade completely out of the picture.”

    Anyways, excited to read more posts in your word press blog and to find a fellow distant cousin.

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    1. It’s always nice to meet another cousin! Very interesting! Thank you for the kind compliment and for reading my blog. Yes, this is my maternal line and the majority trace back to England whereas my paternal roots trace to mostly Ireland and Scotland. A lot of intermarriages in the Virginia area for sure!

      I’ll have to look and see if I have done research on Capt. Charles. I can only dig in on long holidays until I get to retire! 😄

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