Hele Family

Devon & Cornwall Notes and Queries vol. VII, (1912-1913), Exeter: James G. Commin. 1913, p. 21.


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Prepared by Michael Steer

Hele is an old family name in Devon where they held a manor in the parish of Bradninch from an early date. One of the first on record was Roger De la Heale who was lord of Heale, temp. Henry III. The family is conjecturally descended from Erchenbald, who held lands from the Count of Mortain, recorded in the Domesday Book (1086).The Note relates to an earlier query (vol 7, p. 223). The article, from a copy of a rare and much sought-after journal can be downloaded from the Internet Archive. Google has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. These books, on which copyright has expired, are available for free educational and research use, both as individual books and as full collections to aid researchers.

Note 4. HELE FAMILY (VI, par, 209, p. 223). - John Hele, Esqr., and Master Joseph Jackson are named as his "loving brothers" in the will of John Doddridge, of Bremridge, Esqr., Recorder of Bristol, and nephew of Sir John Doddridge, the Judge, will dated 28th Jan., 1658/9, and proved P.C.C. 20th June, 1659 (380 Pell).

The M.I. to John Doddridge in Cheshunt Church shows his first wife to have been Jane, second daughter of Nicholas Hele, of St. George's, co. Somerset, Esqr.

The will of Nicholas Hele, of St. George's (alias Easton-in-Gordano), Somerset, but at the time of his death of St. Andrew's, Holborn, Esqr., was dated 8th Aug., 1640, and proved P.C.C. 29th Jan., 1640/1 (6 Evelyn). The will shows him to have been the Nicholas Hele - son of Sir John Hele, of Wembury, and brother of Sir Warwick Hele - who, according to the Visitation of 1620, married Dorothy, d. and h. of "Edward Stradlinge juxta Bristow," and had two daughters, Mary ǣt. 3, and Jane ǣt. 1. The will names his daughter Mary, wife of Mr. Thomas Hooke, and her children, his daughter Jane Hele, and his son John Hele.

It seems clear from the above that Joseph Jackson's wife was Mary, elder d. of Nicholas Hele and widow of Thomas Hooke.

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