The Andrews go way back in our family tree, with the oldest known ancestor Thomas Andrews born in 1163 in Winwick in the Daventry district of Northamptonshire in England, and today’s ancestor is a namesake of this earliest known Andrews.
When Thomas Andrews V and his twin brother Edward were born in 1437, the family still resided in the Daventry district, now in the village of Charwelton. Their father’s name was Richard, and their mother was Catherine Burbeck, of whom we know precious little. Richard and Catherine had nine children altogether, and the twins had only one older brother. How many of the children grew up to be adults we do not know, but when Thomas was 13 and his youngest sister 5, his father died. His mother passed on when her youngest child was, or would have been 18.
Our great-grandfather to-be went on to marry Joan Clarell in 1467 in the south-west Northamptonshire village of Edgcote where Joan had been born in 1446, and the two had eight children together. The family lived in Charwelton where Thomas’ family had been living all along. Thomas, it appears, was a merchant.
In 1496 at the age of 59, and six years after his wife, Thomas passed on on the 11th day of December. A brass plate covers their grave in the Holy Trinity Churchyard in Charwelton (see below), and there is also a depiction of their children (see featured image).
Rest in Peace, Great-Grandpa Andrews. This week, we remember you and your family.