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KETT'S REBELLION: The Norfolk Rising of I549
KETT'S REBELLION: The Norfolk Rising of I549 by Stephen K. Land

Page 43: In 1549 Robert Kett was some fifty-seven years old and a man of extensive property in the Wymondham area. He was married, probably to Alice Appleyard, daughter of another local landowner, and was father of four, or perhaps five, sons. He was himself the fourth of the five sons of Thomas Kett of Forncett who had died in 1536. Two, and possibly three, of his brothers were dead by 1549, but William, the eldest, was living. William Kett, Robert's senior by some seven years, is described as a "butcher" - which means a grazier rather than a purveyor of meat - and as a mercer. He may well have owned a mercer's shop in Wymondham, but he was, no less than his brother, primarily a wealthy gentleman farmer. He may in fact have been the wealthier of the two, for he was the elder and had inherited the portion of at least one of their deceased brothers.

Descendants of Thomas Kett: This outline descendant chart shows the close relationship between the Appleyard and Kett families.

1 Thomas Kett b: 1460 in Forncett d: 1536    
.. +Margery Wadker d: 1549
........ 2 Robert Kett b: 1492 in Wymondham, Norfolk d: 07 Dec 1549
............ +Alice Appleyard b: 1493 in Bracon Ash, Norfolk
................... 3 William Kett b: 1515 in Wymondham, Norfolk
....................... +Anne Beckham
............................. 4 Richard Kett b: Abt. 1560 in Wymondham, Norfolk
................... *2nd Wife of William Kett:
....................... +Dorothy Brewer
............................. 4 Jeremy Kett b: in Wymondham, Norfolk d: 1640
................................. +Elizabeth Appleyard b: 12 Dec 1562 in Dunston
................... 3 James Kett b: 1517 in Wymondham, Norfolk
....................... +Agnes b: Abt. 1518 in Wymondham, Norfolk
............................. 4 John Kett b: 1539 in Wymondham, Norfolk d: 15 Sep 1617
............................. 4 William Kett b: 1542 in Wymondham, Norfolk d: 1614
................................. +Agnes
........................................ 5 Robert Kett b: 1580 in Moulton, Norfolk
............................. 4 Robert Kett b: 1545 in Wymondham, Norfolk d: Jan 1582/83
................... 3 George Kett b: 1532 in Wymondham, Norfolk d: 1592
....................... +Frances b: Abt. 1553 in Wymondham, Norfolk
............................. 4 Robert Kett b: Abt. 1575 in Wymondham, Norfolk
................................. +Margaret Appleyard b: 03 Apr 1594 in Dunston
............................. 4 Richard Kett b: Abt. 1577 in Wymondham, Norfolk
................................. +Elizabeth Appleyard b: 17 Dec 1579 in Dunston
................... 3 Richard Kett b: 1534 in Wymondham, Norfolk d: 28 Sep 1601
....................... +Margery Betts
................... 3 Loye Kett b: 1535 in Wymondham, Norfolk d: 1614
....................... +Elizabeth Witherley b: in Frammingham
............................. 4 Henry Kett b: Abt. 1560 in Wymondham, Norfolk d: 1611
................................. +Amy
........................................ 5 George Kett
........................................ 5 Henry Kett b: in Diss d: 1651
............................................ +Mary
.................................................. 6 John Kett
.................................................. 6 Henry Kett
.................................................. 6 Thomas Kett
.................................................. 6 Richard Kett
.................................................. 6 Mary Kett
........................................ 5 Richard Kett b: in Norwich
........................................ 5 Thomas Kett
............................. 4 Margaret Kett b: Abt. 1562 in Wymondham, Norfolk
................................. +Christopher Breeze
................... *2nd Wife of Loye Kett:
....................... +Elizabeth b: Abt. 1539
........ 2 William Kett b: 1485 in Wymondham, Norfolk d: 1549
............ +Joan
................... 3 Thomas Kett d: 1545
....................... +Unknown
............................. 4 Cassandra Kett b: 1531
............................. 4 Elizabeth Kett b: 1534
........ *2nd Wife of William Kett:
............ +Elizabeth
........ 2 Thomas Kett b: 1500 d: 1553
............ +Agnes
................... 3 Francis Kett b: Abt. 1547 in Wymondham, Norfolk d: 1589
................... 3 Valentine Kett b: Abt. 1530 in Wymondham, Norfolk d: 10 Mar 1604/05
....................... +Alice b: Abt. 1534 in Wymondham, Norfolk
............................. 4 Anthony Kett b: Abt. 1556 in Wymondham, Norfolk d: 1561
............................. 4 Phillip Kett b: Abt. 1558 in Wymondham, Norfolk
............................. 4 Robert Kett b: Abt. 1560 in Wymondham, Norfolk
............................. 4 Frances Kett b: Abt. 1562 in Wymondham, Norfolk
................... 3 Thomas Kett b: 1535 in Wymondham, Norfolk d: 1612
................... 3 Adam Kett b: 1540 in Wymondham, Norfolk
....................... +Elizabeth d: 1634
............................. 4 Nicholas Kett
............................. 4 John Kett d: 1580
............................. 4 Stephen Kett
................................. +Ann Castleton
........................................ 5 Henry Kett
.................................................. 6 Richard Kett b: in Norwich & Roughton d: 1740
............................................................. 7 Henry Kett b: 1708 in Dickleburgh & Seething d: 1772
....................................................................... 8 Thomas Kett b: 1746 in Seething d: 1820
........................................................................... +Lucy Gurney
....................................................................... *2nd Wife of Thomas Kett:
........................................................................... +Hannah Gurney
.................................................................................. 9 George Samuel Kett
................... 3 Unknown Kett
................... 3 Unknown Kett
................... 3 Unknown Kett
................... 3 Unknown Kett
........ 2 John Kett b: Abt. 1488
........ 2 John Kett b: Abt. 1490
............ +Alice

 

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