Mary Pritchard

#3119, b. circa 1593
     Mary Pritchard was born circa 1593.1 Mary and Thomas Hooker, son of (--?--) Smithson, were married 21 September 1619 St. Ann's, Blackfriars, London, England, Text: 21 Sep 1619 Thomas Hooker, Gent., of St Mary, Strand, Bachelor, 27, & Mary Pritchard, of same, Spinster, 26; consent of her mother, a Widow; at St Ann's, Blackfriars, London. Book: Burials. Collection: London: - Marriage Licenses, 1611-1828.2,3,4,5 Mary and John Hooke were married before February 1636/37.
     As of 21 September 1619, her married name was Hooker. Her married name was Hooke (--?--).

32. Petition of Mary Hooke, keeper of the King's tennis court at St. James's, and John Hooke, her husband, to the King. Before the death of her late husband, Thomas Hooker, there was 3,000l. due to him in 1630, whereof he abated 1,000l. for renewing the lease of the tennis court, and by his will left the other 2,000l. for the portions of his children. In May 1633 petitioner received 1,000l., and for the King's play since 1630 to 2nd May 1636 there is due 632l. 7s. Prays a Privy Seal for 1,632l. 7s. [½ p.] Underwritten.

32. i. Direction to the Lord Treasurer to give order for a Privy Seal for payment of what is due. St. James's, 25th February 1636–7. [¼ p.] Annexed.

32. ii. Statement of the accounts of the above petitioners, initialed by the King. [1 p.]

From: 'Charles I - volume 348: February 23-28, 1637', Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Charles I, 1636-7 (1867), pp. 457-478. tennis. Date accessed: 28 June 2008.6

15. Mr. Hooke's claim to the tennis court at St. James's House referred to Mr. Martin, the Earl of Denbigh, Col. Ludlow, and Mr. Holland.

From: 'Volume 2: August 1649', Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Interregnum, 1649-50 (1875), pp. 258-296. URL: tennis. Date accessed: 28 June 2008.

Who was the "John Hooke" who apparently married Mary (Pritchard) Hooker around 1636?

In July 1654, in an attempt to "clean up the books" regarding the "King's servants and creditors" there is a report that includes, "The business is a close design, the contrivers of which, Mr. Oldisworth and Wm. Thomas, do not appear. Those who appear for the servants and creditors are Thos. Manley, clerk of the kitchen, who should not be admitted because he went to Oxford, but he pretends to be a discoverer; Mr. Jackson of the sequestration office, who has bought at a low scale many warrants of the creditors, &c; and Mr. Hooke, keeper of the Tennis Court, St. James's, who has had more than his due from the Committee for sale of goods, Mr. Rous being his kinsman."

Who is "Mr Rous?" Well, in 1653, he was apparently, Francis Rous, the Speaker of Cromwell's Barebones Parliament, among other things. He would be a descendant of the Rous of Branshott.
A John Hooke married Barbara Rous, (say 1580) and daughter Ann married John Pym (1604). So, we are talking a couple of generations removed. But, family is family.
By 1637 (when John Hooke apparently married the widow of Thomas Hooker) and later was identified as the keeper of the Tennis Court, and as a member of the parliament (council) he was in London.

Other documents, actually, have the same information, but with the name "Hooker" and relating to the Rev'd Hooker that came to the US. More research needs be done.

The Tennis Court
The tennis court in St. James's Field was built between 1617 and 1619 by Gedeon Lozer. Lozer built the court and a dwelling house on a piece of ground in the south-west corner of the field which measured 140 feet along St. James's Street and 80 feet along the old highway (B on fig. 58). (PRO, LR1/56,f.226) The court itself measured 100 feet by 35 feet; it was built of brick, covered and paved with tiles, and on its east side was a lean-to or walk. (PRO, E317/Midd.42) In 1631 a reversionary lease of this property was granted to Thomas Hooker, keeper of the tennis court. (Cal. S.P.Dom. 1625-6, p. 577) By 1663 Hooker's lease had passed to Martha Barker, who in that year sub-let part of the house and the tennis court to Robert Havercampe, 'with the Curtaines and nets thereunto belonging together with the benefitt of the Rackets, balls, sockes and shoes belonging to the game of Tennis there exercised', and freedom to appoint 'the markers for the use of such as should play in the said Court'. (PRO, C9/31/67) When Pall Mall street was laid out along its present course the tennis court was left standing and projecting across the western end of the street; it was eventually pulled down about 1679 (see page 323).

from p 323:

Two such buildings were the old tennis court and the house attached to it (see page 25), which must have almost blocked the west end of the new street (B on fig. 58), and in 1664 the commissioners notified Martha Barker, the then owner of the Crown lease, that they 'thought fitt to have it [the tennis court] taken down to enlarge the said way'. She was offered £230 as compensation but was unwilling to accept, and her under-tenant, Robert Havercampe, claimed that satisfaction should be offered to him, as he had already lost custom to the value of a hundred pounds through rumours of the impending demolition of the court. (ref. 11) The tennis court was eventually cleared away in or before 1679, thus opening up the west end of Pall Mall. (PRO LRRO63/14, p. 72)
From: 'The Bailiwick of St. James', Survey of London: volumes 29 and 30: St James Westminster, Part 1 (1960), pp. 21-28.
URL: tennis. Date accessed: 28 June 2008.

Children of Mary and Thomas

Family of Mary and John

Last Edited=21 Sep 2020


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