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San Diego Sarah  •  Link

There were several hundred Honywoods in circulation in southeastern England in the mid-1600s, all descended from one woman by the sound of it.

In THE TOPOGRAPHICAL HISTORY OF SURREY. — KINGSTON HUNDRED.
By Edward Wedlake Brayley, John Britton, Edward William Brayley, Gideon Algernon Mantell
Page 36

"In this part of the area [immediately in front of the communion-table [OF THE CHURCH AT KINGSTON-ON-THAMES], on a blue-colored slab, is an almost obliterated inscription in memory of Mrs. Mary Morton, widow of George Morton, of East-Ware in Kent, esq.; and mother of Sir Robt. Morton, knt., sometime captain in the Netherlands; Col. Sir Thos. Morton, knt.; and Sir Albert Morton, knt., principal secretary to King Charles I.

"Mrs. Mary Morton died in April, 1634. She was the daughter of Robert Honywood, of Charing, in Kent (and afterwards of Marks Hall, in Essex), esq., by Mary, his wife, "the wonder of her sex and this age, for she lived to see near 400 issued from her loines.'""

"In the church at Lenham, in Kent, a little village between Ashford and Maidstone, is an inscribed brass in memory of Richard Thompson, esq., who died in 1642." He was grandchild to that truly religious matron Mary Honywood, who had at her decease, lawfully descended, 367 children; 16 of her own body, 114 grand-children, 228 in the 3rd generation, nine in the fourth; whose renown lives with her posterity, whose body lies in this church, and whose monument may be seen at Mark's Hall, in Essex, where she exchanged Life for Life." — Mrs. Honywood died in 1620, in the 93rd year of her age."

https://books.google.com/books?pg=PA1&lpg=PA1&dq=…

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

L&M footnote: Sir Robert Honeywood was one of the commissioners appointed in 1659 to mediate between Sweden and Denmark.

As of August 2020 the Parliamentary biographies for 1640-1660 are still in preparation. They are supposed to be posted this year; will Covid-19 aid or delay this, who knows. Sir Robert wasn't an MP in 1604-1629 or 1660-1690. As he was an Envoy in 1659, hopefully we will learn more about him from these pending biographies.

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

Ah-ha: From BARONS OF NEW ROMNEY IN PARLIAMENT.
Page 54 in their list of Members of Parliament:

"1659 SIR ROBERT HONYWOOD, Knt., of Pett in Charing and
Markshall in Essex. Other Honywoods sat for Hastings,
Hythe, and Canterbury."

He didn't last long:

"The returns for the next Parliament, 1660, are missing,
but according to Hasted the Members were:
Sir NOETOK KITATCHBULL and JOHK KITATCHBULL, Esq."
https://www.kentarchaeology.org.uk/Research/Pub/A…

This should read Sir NORTON KNATCHBULL and JOHN KNATCHBULL, a father and son routine. However, Sir Norton by a licence issued 27 Nov. 1662, married as his second wife, Dorothy, da. of Sir Robert Honeywood of Charing, Kent, wid. of Sir Edward Steward of Barking, Essex. It's all in the family.
https://www.historyofparliamentonline.org/volume/…

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