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JAMES FLAGG (c. 1440 - 1527) of East Bradenham, co. Norfolk
JOHN FLAGG (c. 1465 - 1536) of Shipdham m. Margaret Wenne
RICHARD FLAGG (c. 1500 - c. 1550) of Shipdham m. Margaret Unknown (d. 1558)
JOHN FLAGG (c. 1534) of Shipdham m. Elizabeth Unknown
ALLEN FLAGG (aft. 1570 - 1632) of Hardingham m.
Edmumd Deveroys m. Ursula Pitcher
Nazareth Deveroys (bp. 1586)
THOMAS FLAGG (bp. 1621 - 1698) of Watertown m. Mary Unknown (d. aft. 1702)
This family's name is now spelled "Flagg", but the people in this genealogy spelled it as Flegg, or occassionally some other variant with an "e" rather than an "a".
Unknown Flagg may be William Flagg, born about 1400 in or near East Dereham, co. Norfolk. [Ref, p. 414-5]
Children of Unknown Flagg:
JAMES FLAGG (c. 1440 - 1527) of East Bradenham
Parents: Unknown Flagg
James Flagg was born about 1440, probably in or near East Dereham, co. Norfolk. [Ref, p. 415-7] He died in 1527 in East Bradenham. [Ref, p. 415-7]
James was a prosperous yeoman. [Ref, p. 415-7]
In his will, proved on 1 Jul 1527, James asks to be buried in the church yard at East Bradenham. He mentions his son John, his three daughters and his wife Margaret. [Ref, p. 415-7]
Children of James Flagg:
JOHN FLAGG (c. 1465 - 1536) of Shipdham
Parents: James Flagg [Ref, p. 415-7]
John Flagg was born about 1465. [Ref, p. 417-9] He died in 1536 in Shipdham, age about 70. [Ref, p. 417-9] He married Margaret Wenne about 1490. [Ref, p. 417-9] Margaret was the sister of Thomas Wenne of Shipdham and East Dereham, who mentioned his sister Margaret Flagg in his 1 Dec 1533 will.
John is mentioned in the 1480 will of his uncle Sir (Rev.) William Flagg, who wanted him to go to Cambridge and become a priest. John, however, became a yeoman. [Ref, p. 417-9]
Doubtless, most of his father's lands were settled on John by enfeoffment. [Ref, p. 417-9]
John settled in Shipdham before 1500. [Ref, p. 417-9] He was on a on jury on 27 Mar 15 Henry VII (1500). [Ref, p. 417-9] He paid taxes in the subsidy of 15 Henry VIII (1523). [Ref, p. 417-9]
John signed his will on 25 Jan 1535/6. He asked to be buried in the churchyard at Shipdham. He mentioned his wife Margaret, son Richard, daughter Joane, son William. [Ref, p. 417-9]
Children of William Flagg and Margaret Wenne:
RICHARD FLAGG (c. 1500 - c. 1550) of Shipdham
Parents: John Flagg [Ref, p. 417-9]
Richard Flagg was born about 1500, probably in Shipdham. [Ref, p. 422] He probably died about 1550. [Ref, p. 423] He married Margaret Unknown. [Ref, p. 423] She was buried on 10 Oct 1558 in Shipdham. [Ref, p. 423]
His father left Richard goods in his will and gave him lands in Shipdham by enfeoffment. [Ref, p. 422]
Richard was a church warden between 1543 and 1546 in Shipdham. [Ref, p. 422] He paid taxes in the 27 Henry VIII (1545) and 3 Edward VI (1548) subsidies in Shipdham. [Ref, p. 422]
Children of Richard Flagg and Margaret Unknown:
JOHN FLAGG (c. 1534) of Shipdham
Parents: Richard Flagg and Margaret Unknown [Ref, p. 14-15][Ref, p. 423]
John Flagg was born about 1534. [Ref, p. 428] He married first Christian Cornell on 1 Jun 1564 in Shipdham. [Ref, p. 428] She was buried there on 11 Sep 1566. [Ref, p. 428] He married second Elizabeth Unknown. [Ref, p. 428]
In June 1570 a fine was levied between Robert Danney, querent, and John Flegge, junior, and wife Elizabeth, deforciants, of a messuage and 12 acres in Shipdham. [Ref, p. 428] John was called "junior" to distinguish him from an older cousin. [Ref, p. 428]
Children of John Flagg and Christian Cornell:
Children of John Flagg and Elizabeth Unknown:
ALLEN FLAGG (aft. 1570 - 1632) of Hardingham
Parents: John Flagg and Elizabeth Unknown [Ref, p. 432]
Allen Flagg was born after 1570. [Ref, p. 432] He was buried on 21 Apr 1632 in the churchyard in Hardingham. [Ref, p. 433] He married Nazareth Deveroys on 30 Jul 1611. [Ref, p. 433] Nazareth was the daughter of Edmund and Ursula (Pitcher) Deveroys. [Ref, p. 433] She was baptised on 3 Apr 1586 in Hardingham. [Ref, p. 433]
Allen's parentage is elablished by the will of his elder half brother Michael Flegg of Shipdham, who left his brother Allen's son Michael Flegg of Hardingham, a bequest in his will. [Ref, p. 432]
Allen settled in Hardingham, a small parish about six miles from Shipdham, as early as 1611. [Ref, p. 432]
Allen left no will. [Ref, p. 432]
Children of Benjamin Flagg and Alicia Unknown:
THOMAS FLAGG (bp. 1621 - 1698) of Watertown
Parents: Probably Allen Flagg and Nazareth Deveroys [Ref, p. 439]
There is little dispute that Thomas is the grandson of John Flagg, but it is not completely clear who his parents are. Bartlett [Ref, p. 439] argues that he is the Thomas, who was baptised in 1621 as the son of Allen Flagg and Nazareth Deveroys. There is no other record of any Thomas in the area. The main problem with the hypothesis that he is Allen's son is his age: how could he be born about 1621 and say that he 21 in 1637? Bartlett argues that this may have been a deliberate deception to avoid problems with emigrating as a servant. He also petitioned to get out of training on 5 Apr 1681, which is consistent with his being 60 at the time. Flagg [Ref, p. 15] argues that Bartholomew and Alicia Unknown are his parents, but there is no evidence that they had a son named Thomas. Bartholomew was the first cousin once removed of Allen Flagg. He was the son of John and Aveline Flagg, the grandson of Richard Flagg and the great-grandson of Richard Flagg.
The naming of Thomas's children is notable. His first son is Gershom, which means "exile" and was sometimes given to first sons born in New England. John was the name of Thomas's grandfather; Bartholomew and Michael were the names of Thomas's brothers; Elizabeth was the name of Thomas's grandmother; Allen was the name of his father.
Thomas Flagg was baptised on 6 May 1621 in Hardingham, co. Norfolk. [Ref, p. 439] He died on 6 Feb 1697/8 in Watertown. [Ref][Ref, p. 20] He married Mary Unknown. [Ref][Ref, p. 20] She died between 30 Dec 1702 and 21 Apr 1703. [Ref, p. 440]
On 11 Apr 1637 Richard Carver of Skratby (probably Scratley, a part of Ormsby), husbandman, was examined prior to going to New England. Going with him was his servant, Thomas Flege, age 21. [Ref]
Thomas bought 39 acres from Jonathan Whitney of Sherborne for £40 on 7 Nov 1664. [Ref]
Thomas Flagg would not join the church; hence, he was never a freeman. [Ref, p. 440] He was a selectman in Watertown several times between 1671 and 1685. [Ref, p. 439] On 3 Nov 1673, Thomas Flagg, Sr. and John Whitney were chosen to see John Coolidge, Sr. and Thomas Heastings for refusing to deliver the town bull that had been let to them. [Ref, 2;197] He was on the grand jury on 10 Jul 1693. [Ref, p. 440]
Thomas signed his will on 5 Mar 1697; it was proved on 16 Feb 1698. He mentions his sons Thomas, Michael, Allen and Benjamin; his daughter Rebecca Cook. [Ref, p. 20] Mary signed her will on 30 Dec 1702. She mentioned her son Benjamin; her daughters Mary Bigelow, Elizabeth Bigelow and Rebecca Cook. Samuel Bigelow was the executor. [Ref, p. 21]
Children of Thomas Flagg and Mary Unknown:
MARY FLAGG (1657 - 1720)
Parents: Thomas Flagg and Mary Unknown [Ref][Ref, p. 132]
Mary Flagg was born on 14 Jun 1657. [Ref, p. 132] She died on 7 Sep 1720 [Ref, p. 132], age 67 years and 8 months [!] in Waltham. [Ref] She married Samuel Bigelow on 3 Jun 1674. [Ref][Ref, p. 132]
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