Genealogy of the Cushing Family V02

Ursula Willoughby-Edwards See below for meaning of the codes. HP01 KN01 WC01 AE01 (Cushing)

Person Chart

Additional Names

Additional Names Name
Name at Birth Ursula Edwards
Married Name Cushing


Father Date of Birth Mother Date of Birth
EDWARD de Willoughby Dec 1490 MARGARET Nevill HP01 KN01 WC01 AE01 09/03/1495

Person Events

Event Type Date Place Description
Birth 27/07/1515 Hardingham, Norfolk, England
Marriage 02.08.1537 Hardingham, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
Death 01/03/1588 Hardingham, Norfolk, England



On the direct Cushing ancestor heritage line HP01 leads to all the House of Plantagenet Kings and Queens of England. Follow the direct line via capital first names to THOMAS then follow his wife URSULA b1490 and the code HP01. Dates before 1500 are usually approximate as births and deaths were often not registered only names of children. I have used Wills, graves, encyclopaedia references, books and web sources such as Wikipedia and have only recorded on this tree plausible dates, the web is unfortunately full of impossible records!
The Life Summary of URSULA
I would love to know the back story to "Ursula". I have done quite a bit of research into this. She was certanly living with the rest of the Willoughby family after her birth, but is shown as being born in Hardingham on 27 July 1515 to an Edward, and the Willoughtby family were from Willoughby near Nottingham, it looks like she was named after her father (Edwards) but was she legitimate or iligitamate? Where did the name Ursula apear from? If legitimate why not be named Willoughby? There was an another Ursual Willougby who was the daughter of Sir John Willoughby, of Risley and Frances Willoughby Wife of Sir John Potts, MP, 1st Baronet of Mannington and Sir Clement Spelman. Edward Willoughby, was 24 and if this Ursula is legitimate her mother would beMargaret Nevill, who was 20. I have put connections via pathways here through Ursula but as other routes take the reader back to the same ancestors ligitimacy does not matter here to much as you get to the same places just by an alternative pathway as thgese families married into the same families repeatedly. Steven G W Cushing

On the direct Cushing ancestor heritage line follow WC01 from THOMAS’s wife URSULA b1490 as an alternative by direct route to WILLIAM the Conqueror via the Norman Kings rather than the less direct line via his half sister Lady CHRISTINE de Conteville b1035. From her you can also go to WILLIAM via the same code as she was his half sister, thus via her father.

You can get to Henry VIII via AE01 at URSULA Cushing. John Neville (brother to MARGARET Neville (URSULA Cushings mother) was married, in 1534, to Catherine Parr (1512–1548), daughter of Sir Thomas Parr of Kendal, Westmorland, and widow of Sir Edward Borough (d. 1533), son of Thomas Burgh, 1st Baron Burgh. She afterwards became the sixth wife of King Henry VIII. It all gets rather complicated a relationships in this family were let's just say, fluid.
There is some debate about the records which show Ursula as the mother of Peter as she was 43 years of age when he was born. It is true that woman's fertility peaks between the late teens and late-20s after which it starts to decline slowly. While many sources suggest a more dramatic drop at around 35 this is unclear, since few studies have been conducted since the 19th century. One 2004 study of European women found fertility of the 27–34 and the 35–39 groups had only a four-percent difference. At age 45, a woman starting to try to conceive will have no live birth in 50–80 percent of cases but can still give birth. Ursula was 43 and it is unlikely that Peter was the son of another John and Ursula in the same place of birth. There is also some doubt on the birth date of Ursula or even who was her father and mother.


Description Page Quality Information Evidence
Legacy NFS Source: Ursula Edwards - Original Secondary Direct
Legacy NFS Source: Ursula Edwards - Original Secondary Direct
Legacy NFS Source: Ursula Edwards - Original Secondary Direct
Legacy NFS Source: Ursula Edwards - Original Secondary Direct
Legacy NFS Source: Ursula Edwards - Published information: birth-name: Ursula Edwards Original Secondary Direct



Ursula (Edwards) Willoughby 1515–1588 BIRTH 27 JUL 1515 0

Ursula (Edwards) Willoughby 1515–1588 BIRTH 27 JUL 1515 1