Richard Noakes,yeoman of Worcester (England) c1680 is the furthest I have got back in my Noakes line. I only know about after that date. All his descendents that I have traced were from the City of London, Islington, Hackney and East London in general. There were 4 generations of clockmakers. One of these James Noakes (d. 1816) has a watch on exhibition in H J Heinz collection in the Carnegie Museum Pittsberg, Penn.