Henry Chickering1,2

M, b. circa 1560, d. before 7 July 1627
FatherStephen Chickering b. c 1533, d. 1576
MotherAnne Dey b. c 1541
St Andrew's, Bamfield Courtesy of Suffolkchurches.co.uk
     Henry was born circa 1560 in Wicklewood, County Norfolk, England. Henry married Mary (?) circa 1588. They are on record in the parish of Bramfield from 1588 until 1595. At some time soon after this he moved his family to Ringefield where they spent the remainder of their lives. Henry made his will on 11 July 1626.

The Will of Henrye Chickeringe of Ringefield in County Suffolk, 11 July 1626. to wife Mary £5, she to have maintenance for one year. To son John Chickering £5. To daughter Judith, now wife of Robert Webster of London, £10. To daughter Mary, now wife of Thomas Aldred of Brampton, £15. To son Symon, after the death of wife Mary, the freehold late purchased in Thorington in Suffolk, known by the name of Swayles, containing ten acres more or less. If son Symon, die unmarried the executors to sell the said land, the sum received to be equally divided amongst my children, excepting Henrye. To son Reynold 20s., if he give an acquittance of all demands. To son-in-law Nicholas Wolnough £5. All the rest of goods, chattels, etc. debts being paid, to two sons, John Chickeringe and Francis Chikeringe; son Henry to be supervisor; and executors shall not do aught herein without the consent of said son Henry. To the poor of Ringefield 5s. Witness: Robert Cobbe, Francis Austen, and William Harte.3

Henry departed this life in Ringefield. His will was probated on 7 July 1627.4


Mary (?)


  1. [S1333] Marriages and Deaths, page 96 - Chickering, Jonas, Esq. Boston, 8 Dec., in the 57th year of hes age. He was seized with an apoplectic fit at the house of a friend, about 11 o'clock in the evening, and being immediately carried to his own residence in Boylston Street, died very soon after his arrival there. In the death of Mr Chickering, the City has met with as great a loss as has happened to it in the death of an individual for many years. His kind and unassuming manners are known to everyone who made his acquaintance. His funeral was probably the largest which has ever been in Boston.
    Mr. Chickering descended from an ancient and highly respectable family long resident in the County of Norfolk, England. In the time of Henry VIII, Thomas Chickering of Wymondham, in that county, deceased leaving a widow Claare, and three children, the eldest of whom Stephen, became of Wicklewood, a village adjoining that of Wymondham, where he died in 1576. By his wife Anne, he had five sons and two daughters.
    Henry the eldest removed to Ringefield in the Co. of Suffolk and died in 1627, leaving five sons and two daughters.
    Henry the eldest son, was of Wreatham, and together with his brother Francis, and a nephew Nathaniel, emigrated to this country about the year 1635, and settled at Dedham, where he held important offices, and was representative to the General Court for several years. He died in 1671, and his only son John Chickering of Charlestown, became heir to his large estate. . .
  2. [S1337] George Walter Chamberlain, The English Ancestry of the Chickerings of New England, page 228 - Henry Chickering, yeoman, born probably about 1560, lived in the parish of Bramfield, co. Suffolk, England, from 1588 to 1595 or perhaps for a longer period and is found in the parish of Ringsfield, in the same county, 11 July 1626, when he made his will, which was proved 7 July 1627. [see Register, Vol. 63, p. 282.] He married Mary ___, who was living 11 July 1626. As the extant parish registers of Ringsfield do not begin until 1751, we can derive no information from them relating to his immediate family.
  3. [S1335] Elizabeth French, Genealogical Research in England, page 282.
  4. [S1335] Elizabeth French, Genealogical Research in England, page 282 - Proved 7 July 1627, and commission issued to Francis Chickeringe, one of the executors named in the will, with power reserved for the other executor. Commission issued 14 July 1627 to John Chickering, the other executor named in the will. (Archdeaconry of Suffolk (Ipswich)), 1627-28, f.1.).