Name: Thomas Gerard
Birth: 9 JAN 1486/87 in Brynhill of Brindle, Chorley, Lancashire, England
Death: 7 NOV 1523 in Battle of Berwick on Tweed, Northumberland
Burial: 17 NOV 1523
Reference Number: 3516
Resource: Edwin Beitzell. Gerard and Cheseldine Families
Ancestor Chart made by Dr. David Spalding. GeorgeWash. Univ. Wash. DC
Robert Garrett, Researcher. Employed by W.W.Folger of Tennessee.
Plantagenet Ancestry 17th Century Colonists byFaris pg 113
Edwin Beitzell: "Sir Thomas suceeded his grandfather to the estates of Byrn, Bromley and Kegsley and other land holdings. He employed the famed Lancashire Archers against the Scots in 1513 to aid Thomas, Earlof Surrey while Henry VIII was busy in his wars in France. He is credited with behaving with great valor at Flodden Field when the Earlof Surrey defeated and killed James IV of Scotland. He married Margaret, daughter of Sir Edmund Trafford of Trafford in Lancashire."Of her, he had eight children.
Faris states on pg 269 that Margaret Trafford married Thomas Gerard, Knight of Kinglsey and Bryn. He was the Son of Peter Gerad of Kingleyof Magna Carta Surety descent and descended of Charlemaign. If one isto follow the Gerad family to its origin one must remember this.
Before Thomas Gerrard was killed in the battle of Berwick, he had already discussed with his young brother William the future of NewHall. William knew that he was not the first born or the second born son, so he was not eligible to inherit New Hall. Through the generosity of Thomas of Kingsley and Byrn, they came to an agreement that Thomas would leave Newhall to William to be inherited by William's baseborn son, Thomas. After Thomas died and the Castle at Newhall went to William and Thomas, the children of Thomas began a lawsuit to retain the castle or home at NewHall. William and son, Thomas won the suit. There are lots of court records in existance telling of this case. And so it was that Thomas the grandfather of Dr. Thomas Gerard of Maryland inherited Newhall and subsequently the property went to his son John and then to Thomas Gerard.
Faris indicates that Gerard's mother was Margaret Stanley, daughterof Thomas Stanley, Knight of Hooten. Faris, too, states that he was killed while fighting the Scots at Berwick on 7 Nov 1523. He left a will dated 13 Sep 1522 which named his wife, four sons and fourdaughters.
Father: Peter Gerard b: 13 AUG 1460 in Kingsley, Bryn, Lancashire, England
Mother: Margaret Stanley b: 12 MAY 1462 in Cardiff, South Glamorganshire, Wales, England
Margaret (Margery) Trafford b: 6 JUN 1490 in Trafford, Lancashire, England
- William Gerard b: 19 JUN 1518 in Newhall, Lancashire, England
- Thomas Gerard b: ABT 1505 in Newhall, Lancashire, Englan
- James Gerard b: ABT 1516
- Henry Gerard
- Peter Gerard
- Margaret Gerard
- Elizabeth Gerard b: ABT 1520
- Catherine Gerard