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DEATH or, THOMAS WAKEMAN, ESQ. —We regret to have to record the demise of this gentleman, which took place on Thursday, the 23rd of April. He had been in a delicate state of health for some time, which prevented his attending many of the meetings connected with antiquarian researches, in which he took the most active interest. In August last, at the annual meeting of the members of the Monmouthshire Antiquarian Society, at Trelleck, he was unable to be present, but a paper on "The Antiquities of Trelleck," which he had prepared, was read by Octavius Morgan, Esq., M.P., who prefaced the valued contribution by passing a high eulogium on the writer, whose absence they all regretted. Mr. Wake- man was a man of great industry, and displayed much perseverance in any work he took in hand. His notes on the architecture of, Caldicot Castle, the ecclesiastical remains of Runston, Sudbrook, and Dinham, the ruins of Castle Troggy, Llanvair Castle, Pencoyd Castle, and the ancient domestic residences of Pentre bach, Crick, Tymawr, and the Garn, and his antiquarian researches in the neighbourhood of Monmouth, in all of which he displayed much study, acuteness, T and r learning, are known to many of our readers. No man, we believe, possessed such a vast amount of papers relating to the county, and up to his death he was engaged in preparing a most important topographical work, which, had he lived long enough to complete, would probably have proved the chef d'aiuvre of his antiquarian studies. Up to the time of his decease, which took place, as before stated, on the 23rd instant, he appears to have had all his faculties unimpaired, for on the evening of the 22nd he had written a letter to this office, asking for some particulars respecting a place called Hodelhaard or Hodelhay alias Graig Thomas, in the neighbourhood of Usk, and also a place in the town called The Sanctuary of St. John of Jerusalem," formerly forming a part of the possessions of the Knights of St. John. He like- wise mentioned that he had found in a document in the reign of Charles I., The Procurators of Pont y Clevion," named as owners of an orchard, near the town, but that he had not been able to discover who the Procurators were, or to what purpose the rent of the property had been applied. This was probably the last letter he wrote before his death. His notes on the antiquities above-mentioned were generally published with those of Octavius Morgan, Esq., M.P., F.R.S., V.P.S.A., and President of the Monmouthshire Anti- quarian Society, and presented to the subscribers. Mr. Wakeman was of a kind, friendly, and socia- ble disposition, and many of the poor in his neigh- bourhood have lost a good friend. He was a Justice of the Peace, acting for the Skenfrith division, and died at his residence, The Graig, near Monmouth in the 80th year of his age. Lineage.—JOHN LE WAKE, or WAKEMAN, according to the pedigrees preserved in the family, was living at the Norman Conquest, and rn. the dau. and heiress of Malcolm de Vuseburne, or Visberye, a king's thane, and settled at Ripon, in Yorkshire, the chief magistrate of which town was called the Wakeman, but whether the family took its name from the office, or the office from this individual, is uncertain. From him descended WILLIAM WAKEMAN, of Drayton, who m. a dau. of — Godespane, and had issue, i. WILLIAM, his heir. n. John, last abbot of Tewkesbury, and 1st bishop of Gloucester, who had a grant of the present arms of the family. He d. 1549. III. Thomas, of Southwick, in the parish of Tewkes- bury. iv. Richard, of The Mythe, near Tewkesbury. The eldest son. WILLIAM WAKEMAN, m. a dau. of — Clerke, and had issue. His 2nd son, RICHARD WAKEMAN, of Beckford, co. Gloucester, younger brother of Roger Wakeman, Esq., of Drayton, had a grant of the present arms in 1586, being the same that had been previously granted to the bishop. He m. Joan, dan. of William Thornbury, Esq., and d. in 1597, leaving issue by his said wife (who d. in 1598). The eldest son, JOHN WAKEMAN, of Beckford, a barrister of the Inner Temple, m. Margaret Lewknor (widow), daughter of Edward Nevill, Lord Abergavenny, and had issue, a dau. who d. in infancy. He m. 2ndly, Ursula, dau. of Edward Gifford, Esq., of Chillington, and by her had issue. He m. 3rdly, Ann Rogers (widow), nee Ward, and by her had issue, one dau,, Jocosa, who m. Edward Napper, Esq., of Oxfordshire, The eldest son, EDWARD WAKEMAN, Esq., of Beckford, a barrister of the Inner Temple, m. Mary, dau. of Richard Cotton, of Warblington, co. Sussex, and by her (who d. 17 July, 1676) had issue. His second son, SiR GEORGE WAKE- MAN, a physician, was created a bart. in 1660, and in 1670 was appointed physician to the Queen; he d. s. p. Mr. Wakeman d. 9 Sept, 1659, aged 67. His eldest son, RICHARD WAKEMAN, Esq., of Beckford, a major in the royal army, temp. CHARLES I and II, suffered severe losses in the civil war, and at the battle of Worcester was seriously wounded. He m. Ann, dau. of Benedict Hall, Esq., of Highmeadow, co. of Gloucester, and d. 31 Aug. 1662. His 2nd son, HENRY WAKEMAN, Esq., m. Frances, dau. of William Higford, Esq., of Dixton, co. Gloucester, by Dorothy his wife, dau. of Robert, Viscount Tracy, and had issue. The 2nd son, HENRY WAKEMAN, Esq., 111,. twice; and dying 1787' left issue only by his 1st wife, Mary, dau. of Edmund Bracy, Esq., ofBeoley, co. Worcester, viz., six daus. and five sons. I. William, of Beckford, d. unm. 1836. II. Edmund, whose only dau., Teresa-Appolonia, m. William-constable Maxwell, Esq., of Everingham, co. York. III. Henry, M. Frances Baily, and d. 7 April, 1820, leaving issue. His eldest son, Henry, of London, m. Mary Bowyer, of Kempsey, co. Worcester, and d. 1814, having had issue. Walter, who m. Sybilla-Philadelphia, dau. of — Passmore, of London, and has issue, William- Plowden, b. 1829; Walter, b. 1832; and Sophia Sybilla, who d, 1839. Mary. Elizabeth, who is married. iv. Walter, who died without issue. v. CHARLES. The 5th son, CHARLES WAKEMAN, Esq., b. 1 June, 1753; m. 24 Feb. 1784, Anne. 2nd dau., of Thomas Davis, Esq., of Chepstow, and co,heiress of her brother, Thomas Davis, junior, and by her (who d. 23 Jan. 1839; left at his decease, 17 March, 1836, one surviving son, THOMAS WAKEMAN, Esq., of The Graig. « THOMAS WAKEMAN, Esq., of Graig House, co, Mon- mouth, b. 1778, d. 23 April, 1868. Arms—Vert, a saltier, wavy, erm. Crest-A lion's head, erased, vomiting smoke and flames. Motto-Ora et labora. Seat-The Graig, Monmouth.

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