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  • ID: I39460
  • Name: Gilbert de ABRAM 1 2
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1365 in Abram, Wigan, Lancashire, England
  • Death: AFT 1419 2
  • Note:
    Manor of Abram, Lancashire:

    Before the Conquest, as after, ABRAM appears to have been a member of the manor and fee of Newton. Henry II gave it to Warine son of Godfrey, and his descendants, assuming the local name, held it to the 17th century. This Warine confirmed a grant by his nephew, William de Occleshaw, to Cockersand Abbey, for the souls of King Henry and others. His son Richard was a benefactor to the same house, granting Bernegrenes, on the south of Walter's Pool, with other lands and liberties. Richard de Abram was in possession in 1212, holding the manor as 4 oxgangs by a rent of 4s.; a third part had been given in alms. John son of Richard confirmed the previous grants to Cockersand and added a ridding by Glazebrook (8). Warine Banastre granted an oxgang of his demesne to the same canons, and Robert son of Robert Banastre gave a general confirmation about 1250.

    The family pedigree cannot be traced satisfactorily (11). A Gilbert Abram died about 1470 leaving two daughters as heirs; Constance married Henry Byrom and Isabel married James Holt; and the later holdings of these families probably represent the inheritance of the daughters. The manor, however, continued in the male line to Thomas Abram, who died in 1606, also leaving two daughters to divide the property. The elder, Susan, married Henry Lance, of a Cornish family, and the manor was assigned to her; the younger daughter, Mary, married Philip Langton of the Lowe in Hindley. All adhered to the ancient religion, and suffered accordingly under the persecuting laws in force.

    (8) In 1246 John de Abram quitclaimed his right in 200 acres of land to Peter de Burnhull.

    (11) Adam de Abram occurs in 1246. In 1270-1 Robert de Abram and Robert and Adam his sons were defendants. From one of these may descend the John son of Richard son of Robert de Abram mentioned in 1342. Richard de Abram, probably the head of the family, was a juror in 1288. John son of Richard de Abram was a defendant in 1301; Simon de Holland was plaintiff. John de Abram seems to have died soon after his father, for in 1305 the defendants in a case concerning land were Richard son of John de Adburgham, Agnes widow of John, Maud widow of Richard (probably the grandfather), Henry de Huyton, William and Roger de Bradshagh, Simon de Holland, John Gillibrand, and William son of Roger de Ashton; the plaintiff was Richard son of Adam del Lache. This list probably includes all or most of the freeholders. Many years later, in 1324-5, Richard del Lache claimed common of pasture from Richard de Abram. In 1324 an agreement was made between Adam de Kenyon and Richard de Abram that the latter should marry Adam's daughter Godith, her portion being 40. William de Abram was a juror in 1387. Soon afterwards there are several references to Gilbert de Abram, who was a juror in 1416. In 1419 a proclamation was issued forbidding armed men to go about to the peril of the king's peace, with special reference to Gilbert de Abram and his sons John and William, who had entered the lands of Richard del Lache at Abram. John de Abram, probably the son of Gilbert just mentioned, appears to have died about the beginning of 1446, when the writ Diem clausit extremum was issued. William de Abram, gentleman, and Joan daughter of John de Abram, occur in suits of 1445.

    ['Townships: Abram', A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 4 (1911), pp. 111-115. URL:]

    Father: William de ABRAM b: ABT 1340 in Abram, Wigan, Lancashire, England

    Marriage 1 Spouse Unknown
      1. Has Children Margaret de ABRAM b: ABT 1393 in Abram, Wigan, Lancashire, England

      1. Title: VCH - Lancashire:. URL:
        Media: Book
        Page: IV:311-22, see notes for Thurstan Holland, d. >1376
        Text: father of Margaret
      2. Title: VCH - Lancashire:. URL:
        Media: Book
        Page: IV:111-5
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