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Pedigree of the Family of Gunter of Abergavenny and of London

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Pedigree of the Family of Gunter of
Abergavenny and of London
G. W. Gunter
In his 'A History of Monmouthshire'-Vol I, Part II— The Hundred
of Abergavenny, page 161-Colonel J. A. Bradney set out a 'Pedigree
of the Family of Gunter of Abergavenny and of London'. At the head
of this pedigree he wrote: "A good deal of this pedigree is from an
engraved sheet by John Evan Thomas, the sculptor. He, however, is quite
wrong in making James Gunter to be the fourth son of Robert of the
Priory; two or three generations are missing."
The purpose of this paper is to show that there were indeed three
generations missing between Robert Gunter of the Priory, who lived from
c.1540 to 1615, and James Gunter of the Gunter Mansion in Cross Street,
Abergavenny, who lived from 1693 to 1752.
The missing generations were those of 1. Richard Gunter (I), third son
of Robert Gunter of the Priory, who lived rom c. 1570 to 1648; 2. Richard
Gunter (II), eldest son of Richard Gunter (I), who lived from say 1600
to 1662/3, and 3. Richard Gunter (III), eldest son of Richard Gunter (II),
who lived from say 1654 to 1701. His only son was the aforementioned
James Gunter.
The evidences that link Robert Gunter of the Priory, Abergavenny, with
James Gunter of the Gunter Mansion in Cross Street, Abergavenny, are
as follows:
Milborne 664.
22 March 1614.
A Lease in which Robert Gunter of Abergavenny leased for the term
of 1000 years messuages and named parcels of land, including Cae
yr gwraig, in the parish and lordship of Llanelen, co Mon., to
Richard Gunter (I), his third son; these lands being the same as those
defined in the Inq post mortem on Robert Gunter of the Priory,
Abergavenny, on 21 September 1615. PRO C/142/684/36 26064.
Milborne 1412.
8 June 1648.
The Will of Richard Gunter (I) of Monk Street, Abergavenny, dated
8 June 1648, proved 6 July 1648. Richard (I) refers in his Will to
his grandchildren Mary and Elizabeth, but not to their brother
Richard (III) who had not yet been born. Richard (I) left his mansion
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