George Argent of St. Leonard Parish, Shoreditch, Middlesex Co. England, gent, mentioned a lot of relatives in his 1653 will: his already deceased wife, deceased son William, and deceased daughter Anne Ivy. His Ivy grandchildren living in Virginia. His granddaughter Ann Ivy who was living in England. His living son, George. His living daughters, Elizabeth Potter, Jane Steward, Mary Hodges, and sons in law, Henry Potter and Thomas Steward. His friends: Robert and Thomazine Earle. His servant, Rebecca Coulter.
But the most important people he mentions are his cousins: William Argent, John Glascock, John Langley, and Mary Riggden.If he considered them cousins, they must all share a common grandparent or great-grandparent!
Fortunately for us, a fellow named Kenelme Jenoure from Much Dunmow, Essex (this surname was also spelled Jenour and Joyner) was made a baronet in 1628 by Charles I. His ancestry was later published in a book called 'The English Baronetage' in 1741.The common ancestor for George Argent and his cousins appears to be Richard Jenoure (1510-1542) who married a Miss Catesby and had the following children:
Dorothy , married William Argent, gent
Mary, married William Tiffin
Janes, married John Walters
Anthony, married Jane Zouche
Andrew (1538-1622), married Grysogona Smith
According to the Visitation of London 1633, 1634, 1635, Philip Glascock of Much Dunmow, Essex, married a daughter of Andrew Jenoure and had sons Henry, Francis, Andrew, and John Glascock.
According to the same visitation, a John Langley of Cornhill, London, married Martha, a daughter of Andrew Joyner in Dunmoe, Essex, they had a son, John, born 1612.
So far we have John Langley and John Glascock as first cousins, but what about the Argents and Mary Riggden?
According to 'Lincolnshire pedigrees' Robert Rigdon married Mary Argent, a daughter of John Argent M.D. This Dr. John Argent had entered Cambridge in the late 1580s and also studied at Oxford before becoming a noted physician, lecturer, and president of the College of Physicians from 1625-1633 before dying in 1643. It certainly appears that his daughter, Mary Rigdon, is George Argent's cousin Mary. Dr. John Argent also had a son, John, who traveled to the Caribbean and Virginia in 1622 where his adventures were recorded by John Smith.
Dr. Argent also acquired land in Bermuda during the 1630s which was eventually passed to George Argent. A William Argent was presented to Parliament in 1611 as the 'son and heir of John Argent of London,esq.'
William Harvey, the physician who made discoveries about the human heart and blood circulation, mentioned that Dr. Argent treated a relative named Sir Robert Darcy before he died in 1618. Robert's brother, Sir Christopher Darcy, married Mary Rigdon, a granddaughter of Dr. Argent, according to the same 'Lincolnshire pedigrees.'
While George Argent's (d. 1653/4) exact relationship to Dr. John Argent remains uncertain, it appears to have been close as he calls Dr. John's daughter, Mary, his cousin. I am also not certain of George's exact relation to William Argent and Dorothy Jenoure, but I suspect they are either his parents or grandparents. John Glascock and John Langley both certainly descended from Richard Jenoure, and I am confident George Argent does too.
Does anyone know if George Argent Jr. ended up in Bermuda?