Jane Empson

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Jane Empson, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), died before 14 February 1587/88, when her will was proved.1

Jane married (1), as his 2nd wife, John Pynchon, son of William Pynchon;2 she married (2) Thomas Wilson, Esq., whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), at Terling, Essex, England, 15 July 1576.1

Hale/House errs in making Jane a daughter of Richard Empson, Knt., executed in 1509. Jane was having children in the 1560's; simply not possible if she were born in 1509 or before. Jacobus certainly missed this chronology issue!

The bibliography of Hale/House gives W.F. Adams, 1898, Pynchon Family in England and America as a source. That book cites the Heraldic Journal, vol 2 (Apr 1866), copying the Pynchon account virtually verbatim. It's worth noting that those two sources call Jane an heiress, not daughter and heiress.1,3

Family 1

John Pynchon d. 29 Nov 1573
  • John Pynchon+2 d. 4 Sep 1610
  • William Pynchon1 d. 13 Oct 1591
  • Edward Pynchon1 d. aft. 10 Nov 1587

Family 2

Thomas Wilson, Esq. d. bef. 19 May 1581
This person was last edited on11 Sep 2019


  1. [S119] Donald Lines Jacobus and Edgar Francis Waterman, Hale, House and Related Families, Mainly of the Connecticut River Valley (1952; reprint, Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1978), 722, further cited as Jacobus and Waterman, Hale/House Families.
  2. [S119] Jacobus and Waterman, Hale/House Families, 723.
  3. [S2054] George Edward Cokayne, The Complete Peerage: Or a History of the House of Lords and All Its Members From the Earliest Times: Revised and Much Enlarged (13 in 14 vols., London, England: The St. Catherine Press, 1910-1940), 12B:218 (Vaux), further cited as CP.