John Vertue

(born 23 Sep 1707 Debach died 13 Mar 1746 Woodbridge, Suffolk)

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Maternal grandmother: not known

Maternal grandfather: not known


Paternal grandmother: Abigail ??? (born abt 1659 Debach )  

Paternal grandfather: Simon Vertue (born 1650 Debach died 29.8.1694 Debach)   View NotesHide notes  

Simon Vertue was the eldest son of George by the time of writing his will in 1669 - see attached images


Mother: Abigail ??? (born 1682 Debach)  

Father Simon Vertue (born 1681 Debach died 27 Feb 1711 Debach)  

Sister: Abigail Vertue (born 1704 Debach )  

Brother: Simon Vertue (born 1705 Debach died 1742 )   View NotesHide notes 2 children  

Simon was a Merchant Tailor living in London according to attached will believed to be his which also shows he married Hannah Roberts in 1733. At that time (1733) he subscribed to poems on several occasions according to records on Ancestry.

In the will he also mentions cousins Stephen Abbott and John King.

Gearing Roberts. The Mark of Bridget Couttier. Benja Cooke - the last line of the will, witnesses. Gearing Roberts died in 1783 at the age of 78 and was presumably a relation of his wife, see also attached burial record and FMP have probate records for him.

See also attached Indenture, in Ancestry’s Freedom of the City section. For the cost of £35, quite a large sum at the time, Simon signed 7 years of his life away to become an apprentice Merchant Taylor. 

”This indenture witnesseth, That Simon Vertue son of Simon Vertue late  of Doabauch in the County of Suffolk Yeoman deceased (the sum of thirty five pounds being paid or secured to the Master ...) ... to Philip Glass – Citizen and Merchant Taylor of London ... 7 years ... He shall not commit Fornication nor contract Matrimony within the said Term. ... He shall not haunt Taverns or Play-houses, nor absent himself from his said Master’s Service Day nor Night unlawfully: But in all Things, as a faithful Apprentice, he shall behave himself towards his said Master, and all his, during the said Term...” Extract - view image for full story.

Wife: Hannah Roberts (born 1710 )   View NotesHide notes  

Presumed to be the brother of Gearing Roberts, from names of cousins, nieces, etc named in his will. Also, Gearing was mentioned in Simon’s will of 1742. Parents assumed to be the same, due to burial in the 'middle', inside St Margaret Lothbury church in London. In his will he expressed his desire to be buried close to them.

Daughter: Hannah Vertue (born 1739 East Bergholt, Suffolk died 1817 Hackney, Middlesex)   View NotesHide notes  

Hannah Vertue left a sizeable will, see attached. Also was named in will of Gearing Roberts as his niece, see attached.

Gearing Roberts was buried in St Margaret Rothbury and asked to be buried near his mother and father and was located in the middle. John Roberts also named on his will but died shortly before him aged 72 was also buried in the middle. The only matching Roberts buried in the middle who could have been their parents were James, buried 3rd June 1723 and Ann, widow, buried November 1st 1729 - both in the middle - see attached images.

Daughter: Ann Vertue (born 1742 died 1813 )   View NotesHide notes  

On children’s birth records she is listed as Marie Anne L’Heureux. However, all the evidence is that her original name was Ann Vertue. The church was the French Church of Threadneadle Street and Peter Guillebaud’s name was also “Frenchified” to Pierre.

Hannah Roberts in her will of 1818 describes Peter Guillebaud as her brother-in-law, even though by then he had remarried. Gearing Roberts describes Ann as his niece in his will of 1782. Both these factors make me sure Ann is daughter of Simon Vertue and Hannah Roberts.

Ann’s burial at non-conformist Bunhill Fields, 10th May 1813, put her age as 71. This is how I arrive at her birth in 1742.

Wife: Esther Wainwright ? (born abt 1710 ?? ) married 2.6.1730 Melton  

Son: John Vertue (born 24.2.1736 East Bergholt, Suffolk ) 8 children   View NotesHide notes  

Baptised 23 Mar 1736, familysearch - also gives birth date.

John Vertue would have been 40 when John Constable was born in his birthplace. Attached pictures of East Bergholt by Constable.

“John Constable was born in East Bergholt, a village on the River Stour in Suffolk, to Golding and Ann Constable. His father was a wealthy corn merchant, owner of Flatford Mill in East Bergholt and, later, Dedham Mill. Golding Constable also owned his own small ship, The Telegraph, which he moored at Mistley on the Stour estuary and used to transport corn to London. Although Constable was his parents' second son, his older brother was mentally handicapped and so John was expected to succeed his father in the business, and after a brief period at a boarding school in Lavenham, he was enrolled in a day school in Dedham. Constable worked in the corn business after leaving school, but his younger brother Abram eventually took over the running of the mills.”

“...Constable adopted a routine of spending the winter in London and painting at East Bergholt in the summer. And in 1811 he first visited John Fisher and his family in Salisbury, a city whose Cathedral and surrounding landscape were to inspire some of his greatest paintings.

“From 1809 onwards, his childhood friendship with Maria Bicknell developed into a deep, mutual love. But their engagement in 1816 was opposed by Maria's grandfather, Dr Rhudde, Rector of East Bergholt, who considered the Constables his social inferiors and threatened Maria with disinheritance.

“...Constable painted several oil sketches of the view towards East Bergholt Rectory, showing the fields where he walked with his beloved Maria Bicknell. He painted this lively impression of the rising sun glowing over and through the fields from an upper floor window at the back of his family home. His response to the scene is expressed through energetic brushstrokes and the use of intense reds and greens - the expanded chromatic range that Constable was using in his oil sketches at this time.

“Constable's description of East Bergholt appeared in the letterpress to the second edition of Lucas-Constable mezzotints, English Landscape:

“East Bergholt, or as its Saxon derivation implies, 'Wooded Hill', is thus mentioned in 'The Beauties of England and Wales' … It is pleasantly situated in the most cultivated part of Suffolk, on a spot which overlooks the fertile valley of the Stour, which river divides that county on the south from Essex.

“The beauty of the surrounding scenery, the gentle declivities, the luxuriant meadow flats sprinkled with flocks and herds, and well cultivated uplands, the woods and rivers, the numerous scattered villages and churches, with farms and picturesque cottages, all impart to this particular spot an amenity and elegance hardly anywhere else to be found.”

Wife: Sarah Ralph (born 22.2.1733 died 1811 )  

Daughter: Sarah Vertue (born 4.11.1764 died 27.11.1821 )   View NotesHide notes  

Gravestone inscription at Woodbridge Church:

In memory of Sarah the wife of Jacob Sizer who departed this life November 27th 1821 and is buried in a vault opposite this stone. And of the said Jacob Sizer who died June 8th 1837 aged 64 years.

Also of Charles Vertue Lankester son of Thomas and Ann Lankester of Stowmarket who died 24th June 1837 aged 9 months.

Also of Ann widow of the above Jacob Sizer who died April 27th 1852 aged 69 years.


Mentioned in the will of cousin William King Byles

Son: John Ralph Vertue (born 22.1.1767 Woodbridge, Suffolk )   View NotesHide notes  

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Daughter: Mary Vertue (born 27.7.1768 Woodbridge, Suffolk )  

Son: Stephen Vertue (born 10.11.1769 Woodbridge, Suffolk )  

Son: Simon Vertue (born 25.7.1772 Woodbridge, Suffolk died 16.3.1860 Woodbridge, Suffolk)   View NotesHide notes  

Woodbridge Quay Church, buried 19th March 1860 Quay Burial Grnd

Woodbridge Church inscriptions:

In the adjopining vault are deposited the remains of Simon Vertue, who died March 16th 1860, aged 87 years.

Also those of Ann, his beloved wife who died Nov 29th 1852, aged 79 years.



Son: Daniel Vertue (born 15.10.1775 Woodbridge, Suffolk )  

Son: William Vertue (born 15.10.1775 Woodbridge, Suffolk )  

Son: William Vertue (born 8.10.1778 Woodbridge, Suffolk )  

Daughter: Esther Vertue (born 1736 East Bergholt, Suffolk )  

Daughter: Hannah Vertue (born 1736 died 21.8.1826 Woodbridge, Suffolk) no children   View NotesHide notes  

“In memory of Hannah Stuart. Widow. Formerly Hannah Vertue. 21st August 1826 aged 90 years.” -

Mentioned as an aunt in the 1811 will of William King Byles, see attached images.

Husband: John Stuart (born 1735 )  

Son: George Vertue (born 25.3.1741 Woodbridge, Suffolk died 9.2.1768 Woodbridge, Suffolk) 2 children   View NotesHide notes  

George, the Son of Mr John and Mrs Esther Vertue of Woodbridge (late of Maningtree in Essex) was born March 25 1741 and baptized at their House April the 17th following - from parish record (click on book icon)

Wife: Mary ??? (born 1745 Woodbridge, Suffolk )  

Daughter: Elizabeth Vertue (born 12.2.1767 Woodbridge, Suffolk )  

Son: George Vertue (born 31.5.1768 Woodbridge, Suffolk died 11.5.1851 Norwood, Lambeth)   View NotesHide notes  

Was a tailor. Buried Norwood Cemetery, Norwood Road, Lambeth, Surrey

Born (after the Father’s Decease) May 31 and baptized at the Mother’s House in Woodbridge June 20 1768 - see baptism record (book icon)

Daughter: Abigail Vertue (born 1742 Woodbridge, Suffolk )  

Daughter: Mary Vertue (born 8.2.1746 Suffolk ) 10 children  

Husband: William Byles (born 30.6.1737 St Mary Quay, Ipswich died 22.1.1802 Ipswich, Suffolk)  

Son: William King Byles (born 1773 Cambridge died 1811 )   View NotesHide notes  

Baptised 16 DEC 1773, Independent, Cambridge, Cambridge, England - IGI

Son: Simeon Byles (born 1775 Cambridge )   View NotesHide notes  

Male Christening: 21 NOV 1775 Independent, Cambridge, Cambridge, England - IGI

Daughter: Mary Byles (born 1777 Cambridge )   View NotesHide notes  

Female Christening: 18 March 1778 Independent, Cambridge, Cambridge, England - IGI

Son: Edward Byles (born 1778 Cambridge )   View NotesHide notes  

Male Christening: 30 SEP 1778 Independent, Cambridge, Cambridge, England - IGI

Son: George Byles (born 1780 Cambrige )   View NotesHide notes  

Male Christening: 18 MAY 1780 Independent, Cambridge, Cambridge, England - IGI

Son: Thomas Byles (born 1781 Hoxton, London )   View NotesHide notes  

On igi, christened 20th May 1781, Pavement Chapel New North Road-Independent, Hoxton, London.

Daughter: Hannah Vertue Byles (born 1782 Hoxton, London )   View NotesHide notes  

On igi, christened 18 Jul 1782, Pavement Chapel New North Road-Independent, Hoxton, London.

Daughter: Maria Byles (born 1784 Hoxton, London )   View NotesHide notes  

On igi, christened 16th Sept 1784, Pavement Chapel New North Road-Independent, Hoxton, London.

Son: Robert Byles (born 1787 Hoxton, London )   View NotesHide notes  

On igi, christened 14th Feb 1787, Pavement Chapel New North Road-Independent, Hoxton, London.

Daughter: Ann Byles (born 1789 Hoxton, London )   View NotesHide notes  

On igi, christening recorded 8th Oct 1789, Pavement Chapel New North Road-Independent, Hoxton, London. However, the event was also recorded in Norwich, Norfolk on the same day - and so is probably a recording of the same event, showing that Ann’s parents had an interest in both places at that time. 

John Vertue Notes:

Lived in Manningtree, Essex - but married in Melton by license. As non-conformists they chose not to marry at their local church. See Sue Peggram’s notes at

The will of
Hannah Vertue - page 1, who could be Hannah Vertue ...
Vertue’s will of 1817, page 2. Possibly Hannah Vertue,...
Vertue’s will of 1817, page 3
Vertue’s will of 1817, page 4
Vertue’s will of 1817, page 5
Vertue’s will of 1817, page 6
Vertue’s will of 1817, page 7
Vertue’s will dated 1817, page 8
Vertue’s will dated 1817, page 9
1768 baptism of
George Vertue "(after the Father’s Decease)"....
1835 marriage
of Sarah Vertue to Lankester Webb in local newspa...
licence for Thomas Anthony Jenkenson and Ann Vertue, c...
Simon Vertue
paid £35, a large sum on 2nd May 1722, for his ap...
Simon Vertue in
the apprentices records 28 May 1730. Another re...
The will of
John Vertue of St Botolph without Aldgate in 1681
The 1814 will
of Henry Vertue, victualler of The Swan. Don't kn...
The will of
Sarah Vertu in 1708 - was she related?
The will of
Hannah Stuart (neé Vertue) 1826, page 1
The will of
Hannah Stuart (neé Vertue) 1826, page 2
The will of
William King Byles, 1811, page 1
The will of
William King Byles, 1811, page 2
The will of
William King Byles, 1811, page 3
The will of
William King Byles, 1811, page 4
The will of
William King Byles, 1811, page 5 - proved December ...
John Constable,
East Bergholt Church: part of the west end seen...
East Bergholt
Rectory by John Constable, 1810. In the Philadelp...
East Bergholt
Church by John Constable in 1810
A Church Porch
by John Constable “This view of the church in ...
A Hayfield at
East Bergolt, 1812 by John Constable.
The 1847 will
of Ann Townsend of Walworth, page 1. Probably the...
The 1847 will
of Ann Townsend of Walworth, page 2. Probably the...
Ann Vertue’s
marriage to Thomas Lankester in the Ipswich Jour...
Death of Ann
Vertue on 29th November 1852, in the Ipswich Journ...
Ann Roberts,
widow, buried 1st Nov 1729 in middle
James Roberts,
buried 3rd June 1723 in the 'middle' St Margaret...
Benjamin Fuller
and Ann Roberts, married 4th October 1726 St Be...
John Roberts,
buried in the middle, 14th January 1783 aged 72, ...
Will of Sarah
Vertue (née Ralph), 1811. Page 1
Will of Sarah
Vertue, page 2
The will of
Mary Vertue, 1686, page 2
The will of
Mary Vertue, 1686, page 3 - latin proving
Gearing Roberts
will dated 1782, he died in 1783 and the will w...
The will of
Gearing Roberts, 1782, page 2
The will of
Gearing Roberts - page 3, latin proving
The last will
and testament of Georgius Vertue, 1669 in which h...
Vertue’s will dated 1669
George Vertues
1669 will, page 3
Vertue’s will of 1742
Vertue’s will of 1742, page 2
Vertue’s will of 1742, page 3
Roberts, mentioned in Simon Vertue’s 1742 will, buria...
George Vertue
Snr last will and testament, 1850
Vertue’s burial record 1851, aged 83

Census records:

1841 Brewer’s Lane, Woodbridge, Suffolk
Vertue Simon M 68 1773 Suffolk 2452
Vertue Ann F 68 1773 Suffolk 2462
Smith Emily F 20 1821 Suffolk

1851 Brewers Lane, Woodbridge, Suffolk
Vertue Simon Head Married M 78 1773 Retired Bankers Clerk Woodbridge, Suffolk 2452
Vertue Ann Wife Married F 78 1773 Gt Glemham, Suffolk 2462
Backhouse Emma Servant Unmarried F 22 1829 House Servt Sutton, Suffolk

1851 Gipsey House Road, St Marys Lambeth, Surrey
Vertue George Head Widower M 82 1769 Retired Taylor , Woodbridge, Suffolk 727
Chatfield Hephzibah Grand Daughter Unmarried F 18 1833 Croydon, Surrey 726