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Biography of Thomas Constable (-1676) and his descendants


This family was connected to the Thorotons by the marriage of Thomas Constable's granddaughter Frances Wheeler to Thomas Thoroton (1663-1721).

Thomas Constable was a resident of the parish of St Paul, Covent Garden, London. He died in 1676, and left his estates to trustees for his sons Robert Constable and John Constable. As both died without issue, the trustees then held the estates for his four daughters Jane Fairbanks, Bridget Heames, Frances Wheeler and Mary Bealing during their lifetimes, and then for their children in equal shares. Thomas Constable also directed that the estates were to descend after this point only to his grandchildren's male heirs.

Papers in the Thoroton Hildyard Collection relate to the division of the proceeds of the remaining unsold portion of the estate, the Cardiff Forest [Whitland] estate in Carmarthenshire, Wales. Robert Thoroton of Screveton was one of the beneficiaries. Negotiations concerning this estate continued from the 1730s to the 1760s. 


  • Thomas Constable (-1676) of London 
    • Robert (1635-). No issue 
    • John. No issue 
    • Jane (1631-), married Matthew Fairbank (d before 1702) in 1659 
      • William Fairbank. No issue 
    • Bridget (1633-), married Thomas Heames, citizen and painter stainer of London. No issue 
    • Frances (1634-), married Richard Wheeler (d before 1702), citizen and haberdasher or hosier, in 1686 
      • Constable Wheeler (1654-), citizen and upholsterer of London 
      • Richard Wheeler, died without issue between 1746-1764 
      • Frances Wheeler (1664-), married Thomas Thoroton (1663-1721)
      • Elizabeth Wheeler (d 1735), married James Jeffs of the Middle Temple 
        • Daughters, names unknown 
    • Mary, married Richard Bealing, citizen and draper of London 
      • Mary Bealing, married William Lilly, apothecary of London 
        • Richard Lilly 
        • Marmaduke Lilly 
        • Daughters, names unknown 
      • Marmaduke Bealing, unmarried 
      • Elizabeth Bealing, married Thomas Carr, laceman of London 
        • Richard Carr 
        • Another son, name unknown 
        • Daughters, names unknown

Archive Collections

Published Sources

  • There are no known published sources relating to the Constable family.  

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