Re: Stephen Rookwood b. 1520-1530 md. Eldred
It is disappointing that no one has yet come forward with an answer to your query about the antecedents of Stephen ROOKWOOD but perhaps the following comments (which I tried unsuccessfully to e-mail to you) may be helpful.
As I am sure you are aware, Nicholas ELDRED, gent., of Knettishall, Suffolk, England in his will of 27August1566 (proved at Bury St Edmunds on 17Feb1566/7) mentioned his sons Thomas, Edmund & William, his son (in law) Stephen ROOKWOOD (spelt Rockood in the will) and his wife Bridgit (who, almost certainly, was not the mother ofThomas, Edmund, William or the unnamed daughter, as I think one can deduce from the wills of Bridgit's parents Alexander AYLMER (will, at Stratton, Norfolk, 8Oct 1548) & Anne (will, in the name JACOB/BRADLOVE, probably at Norwich, 14Feb1561/2). How certain are you that the daughter's name was in factAlyce? Although I may nothave searched as thoroughly as I should, I have not yet been able to find any authentic documentary evidence herein the U.K. to confirm the daughter's name.
To the best of my knowledge we do not know the position of that daughter in the family relative to Thomas, Edmund & William and my best estimate is that she married Stephen ROOKWOOD between 1548 & 1554, most probably at Knettishall or Thetford (where Nicholas was Mayor for a while in 1552) or Bury St Edmunds (where Nicholas had property 1526/1547).
One guess is that Stephen may have been a relative of the Edmund ROOKWOOD, gentleman and farmer of the Manor, who was co-author of the Riddlesworth Town Survey (in Latin) of 12March1584.(The parish of Riddlesworth was adjacent to Gasthorpe & Knettishall).
The fate of Nicholas ELDRED's son Thomas is,of course, of special interest. Although it has been suggested that it was he whobecame the Tallow Chandler of Ipswich who married Margery STUDD and had theson Thomas ELDRED (who, it now seems most probable, was the one whowent round the world with Thomas CAVENDISH 1586-88), I have for some timebeen considering (without, as yet, convincing proof) the possibility that that son of Nicholaswas the Thomas ELDRED who became Rector of Stanningfield, Suffolk (right next door to the seat of the ROOKWOOD family at Coldham Hall)for whose estate an Admon.wasissued to his (second) wife Joan on 15Feb1572. But that is another story (although one to which contributors to this Rookwood Forum may perhaps be able to contribute)................................