THE LIFE AND TIMES OF
Sir John Cremer
The son of George Cremer and Elizabeth Williamson of Seche, Norfolk. Elizabeth Williamson was the daughter of Adam Williamson of Keswick, Cumberland.
John Cremer was baptised John Scryme in North Runcton church on the 15.11.1598,
he was one of eleven children.
On the 17.2.1620 he was admitted to Gray's Inn in London (see Foster p.162), here he studied law in the hope of one day becoming a barrister.
While in London he met Sarah Filmer the daughter of Sir Edward Filmer and Dame Elizabeth Argall of East Sutton, Kent. She was born on the 3.8.1606.
Sir Edward Filmer was born 17.1.1566 at East Sutton, Kent. He was the owner of Little Charlton, East Sutton and three other manors in Kent.
In 1593 he was appointed Justice of the Peace for Maidstone and he recorded his activities in a his notebook which is now deposited with the Kent Achieves Office.
He was Knighted by King James 1 at Whitehall on the 23.1.1603 on the eve of the coronation.
In 1614/5 he became High Sheriff of Kent.
He was also Captain of the Light Horse for the Lathe of Aylesford.
He died on the 2.11.1629 at East Sutton and left a substantial will.
In 1585 he married Elizabeth Argall. She was born in 1570 at East Sutton the daughter of Sir Richard Argall and Mary Scott. She died 9.8.1638 and was buried at East Sutton on the 11.8.1638.
Together Sir Edward and Elizabeth Filmer had 18 children, they are listed below:
Mary (1586-1647), Margaret (1587-1612)
,Robert (1588-165),Edward (1589-1648)
,John (1590-165),Elizabeth (1592-)
, Judith (1594-)
, Catherine or Katherine (-1662), Reginald (or Rainold) (1596-1637)
, Thomas (1598), Anne (1599-)
, Jane (1600-)
, Thomas (1601-1602), Susanna (1603-1611),Richard (1605-)
I presume John Cremer and Elizabeth Filmer lived around the area of Saint Margaret's, Westminster because this is where their children are all baptised. The marriage date of John and Elizabeth is yet to be found but I expect it to be about 1633.
They had the following children all baptised at St Margarets, Westminster:
Randolph Cremer baptised 14.2.1634
Anne Cremer baptised 15.11.1639
Elizabeth Cremer baptised 21.10.1640
Elizabeth Cremer baptised 6.5.1642
George Cremer baptised 14.9.1643
I question the first name that of Randolph Cremer because according to the history of Blomefield Vol IX page 65 it says the following:
She bore four children to her husband however after
a few days she returned them to God who
gave them and took them away.
As you can see from the Inscription above she had four children and I would think that John Cremer would have named his first son after himself or his father, So Randolph just does not seem right to me.
John Cremer was made Sheriff of Norfolk in 1658/9 and the following year on the 5.7.1660 he was knighted by King Charles the Second. He was also made Lord of the Manor of North Runcton and Setch.
Only six months later Sarah Filmer passed away she died on the 28.1.1661. Sir John Cremer didn't waste anytime and a year later he married Ursula Fabian the daughter of Edmund and Sara Fabian of London. They married on the 7.2.1662 when Ursula was 25 years old. She was born on the 12.6.1637. As far as I've been able to find out they had no children born to them.
Sir John Cremer died on the 20.12.1666 and he left a will dated and proved in 1668.
Below is a transcription of that will:
Niece Anne to be sole exec. to whom gives all except messuages and lands in Gaywood.
Anne to pay to Thomas & Anne Cremer, son and daughter of Captain Thomas Cremer decd. £100p.a. for 5 years.
Sarah Cremer daughter of my cousin Francis Cremer of Ingoldisthorpe £100 p.a. for 5 years.
Property & lands in Gaywood to Mary Cremer, daughter of cousin Jeffrey Cremer, she paying to her grandfather Theophilus Hares £20 p.a. for life.
Manor of Kenwiclet? which has by lease on mortgage & which purchased in names of Sir Edward Filmer & Charles Creamer in trust for me & my heirs, to be sold & money distributed:
To male cousins £100 and to each of their children £5. Any overplus to be laid out for building of a church in Setchy and for the erection of 4 almshouses.
100 acres of pasture and fenne land in Setchey abutting south upon Setchy River for maintenance of said poor forever.
All tenants to be freed of last half year's rent, they bestowing the same about the necessary repairs of their farms.
£20 to man servant.
Godson John s of Thomas Creamer of Grimston, clerke and heirs, the messuage and lands I purchased in my father's name in trust.
Cousin Ellen Ward house she lives in for life.
Cousin Turner of Westwinch house & lands live in
Servants £5 each
4/- each to poor of Setchy, N Runcton, Westwinch & Snettisham
If niece fails to follow will then default to cousin Frances of Ingoldisthorpe and cousin Thomas Grimston, clerk.
As you can see as Sir John Cremer had no living heirs he made his niece Anne Cremer who was the only living child of Sir John Cremer's brother, Edmund Cremer sole executor of his will.
Also he leaves nothing to his wife Ursula so from this I presume she had died before him.
In 1669 Anne Cremer married the Earl William Lord Fitzwilliam of Milton, Northamptonshire and in 1720 their son called John Earl Fitzwilliam had a tablet erected in North Runcton Church to commemorate Sir John Cremer.
The tablet is written in latin but the transcription reads:
In hopes of a joyful resurrections lyes interred in this church Sir John Cremer knight and Lord of this manor of North Runcton Sechey cum Hardwick who dyed at Sechey an dom 1668. Whose niece and sole heirefs Ann Cremor daughter and only child of Edmund Cremor of West Winch Esquire married ye Right Hon William Earl Fitzwilliam of Milton in Northamptonshire by whom she had 4 sons and 6 daughters all of which are now deceased except John, now Earl Fitzwilliam, who to ye pious memory of his ancestor has caufed this monument to be erected anno domini 1720.
That's it for now. I hope you enjoyed the brief but interesting history of Sir John Cremer, when and if I find out more I'll update this page.
© Michael & Wendy Bird 2001
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