Francis BERNARD Thomas BERNARD John BERNARD William BERNARD Alice BERNARD Richard BERNARD Mary BERNARD Mary Elizabeth WOOLHOUSE Alice HASELWOOD Mini tree diagram

Francis BERNARD4,6,1,2

also known as Francis of Kingsthorpe BERNARD5

15583 - 16135

Life History


Born in Abington, Northamptonshire, England.3

24th Oct 1604

Birth of son John BERNARD.7


Birth of daughter Alice BERNARD in Turvey, Bedfordshire, England.9


Birth of son William BERNARD in England, UK.8


Birth of son Richard BERNARD in Turvey, Bedfordshire, England.3,10


Birth of daughter Mary BERNARD.11


Died in Turvey, Bedfordshire, England.2

(most likely)


Buried in Turvey, Bedfordshire, England.1,2

21st Nov 1630

Died in Kingsthorpe, Northamptonshire, England.4

(less likely)


Died in Kingsthorpe, Northamptonshire, England.5

(less likely)

Other facts


Married Mary Elizabeth WOOLHOUSE


  • I began probing this Bernard ancestry in the Barnett line in July 2009, so there are nuances and details unclear to me.  I am analyzing and evaluating differences between the genealogical sources.

    There are discrepancies in the reports of this child and his father.  Some call him and his father Richard, while others reports they are both named Francis.  Some have a generation missing, such as Patricia Boen, who reports that the son Richard was born in 1590 of a father born in 1526.  This is possible, but is a great gap.  Other genealogies have another generation in between. Some name the son of Francis (born 1526) as Richard and some have him as Francis.  Some also name the elder Bernard as Richard, but this seems to be an error.

    A common date of birth for the son is 1555, but Carla Dye reports the son named Thomas was born in 1555, and the son named Francis was the one married to Mary Woodhouse, and he was born in 1558.  The name of the wife is a difference here also.  Some sources report here as Elizabeth Woolhouse, while others, like Carla, report her name as Mary Woodhouse.  It seems logical that her name was Mary Elizabeth.

    Francis Bernard
    Born 1558 in Abington Hall, Abington, Northamptonshire, England
    Died 21 Nov 1630 in Kingsthorpe, Northamptonshire, England
    Francis Bernard 1530-1602, Alice Hazelwood 1525-1612
    Mary Woodhouse b Abt 1570 in St Magnus Parish, London Bridge, London, Middlesex, England, d Aft 1625 in Kingsthorpe, Northamptonshire, England
    William Bernard 1598-1665, Robert Bernard 1600-1665, Margaret Bernard 1625-1683
    --   Carla Dye,

    Some sources report places of death of Francis/Richard in Bedfordshire and birth of his children in Bedfordshire, while other knowledgeable descendants report that Francis Bernard who was married to Mary Woodhouse/Woolhouse moved to Kingsthorpe in Northamptonshire and his children were born there.  Perhaps someone has confused two lines of Bernards, in Bedfordshire and in Northamptonshire.

    Here is part of a genealogy discussion on this topic.

    Re: Francis Bernard and Mary Woodhouse
    Posted by: Kinter BernardDate: June 15, 2006

    Francis Bernard (ca 1553-1620) [cf 1555 and 1558] was the son of Francis Bernard (1520-1602) [cf 1526] and Alice Haselwood. Francis was one of five sons and seven daughters. He moved to Kingsthorpe at some point and had issue. I have a family group sheet for this family which was prepared in the 1930's by a member of the LDS.


    Re: Francis Bernard and Mary Woodhouse
    Posted by: Kinter Bernard Date: June 19, 2006
    In Reply to: Re: Francis Bernard and Mary Woodhouse by Dianne Rutherford  of 1547

    Yes, I am related to you but Francis Bernard Sr and Alice Haselwood are the connection. Francis Jr married Mary Woolhouse and they had several children. However, the timing is a problem. I've seen several different dates for Margaret Benard [alternate spelling for Bernard in some sources] Gaines' birth, the most common one being around 1625. However Francis Bernard is supposed to have died in 1620.

    Francis [Jr] was married twice, the first time to Mrs. William Mercer and it is my understanding, from looking at Napier-Higgins that they had two daughters. Then he married Mary Woolhouse who was the sister to Francis' brother Richard's wife Alice. I am descended from Richard and Alice. As far as I know, Francis Jr. did not have a daughter named Margaret.

    Mary's father was indeed Anthony Woolhouse.


    This indicates that Mary's surname was spelled as Woodhouse or as Woolhouse.  Also Kinter tells us that Francis Bernard b abt 1553/1558 DID have a brother Richard, who was, in fact, Kinter's direct ancestor.  This name Richard is left out of the long list of children Carla Dye reports for Francis Sr, but included in some genealogies as the only son and as the husband of Elizabeth (or Mary) Woolhouse.  Note also that Kinter says he has not found a daughter Margaret for Francis, but only for his brother Richard.  Perhaps the child reported above by Carla Dye, Margaret Bernard 1625-1683, as a child of Francis and Mary Woodhouse was actually a child of his brother Richard.


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