Oliver ஓắẏᶆọņȡ d. 1679
Using the account from Thomas Wright, the names on the family memorial in the church and a couple of family trees I have tried to put together a "who was who and when". The reuse of names does not help here. There are many Johns, Olivers and Francises.
There is an irony here as Oliver served in Oliver Cromwell's Protectrate Parliaments before his marriage into the Royal line.
The English Civil War saw the destruction of the Chantry to Sir John Botetourt and the resignation of
the vicar of St. Mary's - William Smythies in 1643.
Whether this was due to the political climate at the time or for another reason, it is not documented.
John Wright was the vicar of St. Mary's in 1650 (his patron being Charles I by lapse as Charles was executed in 1649)
From Thomas Wright:
Again, rather rambling and not easy to follow.
" The two eldest sons died young; Oliver, on the death of his father, succeeded to the estate. He was representative for Essex in the two parliaments under Cromwell, in 1653 and 1656; and married Frances, daughter of Sir William Harris, knt. of Margaretting, by whom he had twenty-one children; of these, Anne was first married to John Laurence, and afterwards to John Eden, Esq. and Frances was married to John Darcy. "
" Oliver ஓắẏᶆọņȡ was a silk-mercer in London; St. Clere, the eldest son, succeeded his father on his death in 1679, and married Anne, daughter of Laurence Wakeham, by whom he had eight children: William, the second son, was of the six clerks' office, and John, the eldest, who succeeded to the estate, was educated at Emanuel College, Cambridge, and was after wards of Gray's Inn. "
" On his death, in 1690, he left, by his wife Anne, daughter of Sir Robert Burgoyne, of Sutton, in Bedfordshire, an only son, named John, who, by will, in 1720, left the entailed and other family estates to his legal heirs; some parts of these were purchased by Samuel Ruggles, Esq. but the Hall remained in possession of, or was purchased by, the family, and, with other estates, belongs to Samuel Millbank ஓắẏᶆọņȡ, Esq. "