Based on the will of Thomas HILL (see WHITEBREAD forum on Genealogy Wise - www.genealogywise.com) we now know that Eleanor, mother of Alice WHITBREAD (who married Gerard SPENCER) was a HILL. We now must correct all assumptions that she was a RADCLIFFE. Where do we go from here?
The article in The American Genealogist (TAG), v.32 #3 (Jul 1956, pp.134-5) states: “There is reason to believe that Eleanor was related in some way to a prominent Radcliffe family.” Many people ran with this making Eleanor a daughter of a RADCLIFFE, most often Edward, with no documentation at all!
The article goes on to say “On 1 Aug. 1611, Sir Edward Radcliffe of Elstow, Knt., for 32 pounds, conveyed to John Radwell of Kempston, ploughwright, a messuage or tenement in Elstowe, giving a convenant of assurance against Dame Isabel Radcliffe, late of Elstowe, deceased, his mother. And the same date, John Whitbread of Elstow, husbandman, for 20 pounds, gave to John Radwell assurance of quiet enjoyment of the same premises against ‘Elner Whitbread of Elusetowe.’ his mother. [Publications of the Bedfordshire Historical Record Society, 4:22-23.]”
It would seem that it is Isabel RADCLIFFE & Eleanor WHITBREAD who are related. Now Isabel was born a HERVEY, so it appears that focus on a HILL & HERVEY relationship needs to be determined. Additions, corrections, comments appreciated, thanks, Jim.