Frances Michell, nee Preston, widow of William Jermy of Bayfield

Monuments and Memorials


One has to assume that the Michell children installed the various memorials for Frances and John Michell in Norfolk and Yorkshire. Whilst the ones in Letheringsett and Forcett do provide an extensive chronicle of the family, the monument in St Michael, Aylsham seems wholly inappropriate, and in quite poor taste.

The marble slab on top of the tomb of her first husband William Jermy (who died in 1752), at St Michael, Aylsham tells the story of how Frances remarried at her house in Pall Mall in 1754, had three children, and died in 1791. It also mentions that her second husband's remains were moved from Letheringsett in Norfolk to Forcett in Yorkshire 25 years after he died in 1766. There is absolutely nothing about the person who is buried in the tomb itself. The arms on the Preston and Michell families also adorn the slab, not those of William Jermy. One can only assume that her children had this installed after her death. What was there before?

Tomb of William Jermy at St Michael, Aylsham

FRANCES widow of WILLIAM JERMY Esq. Married May 20th 1754 by special licence at her house in Pall-Mall JOHN MICHELL Esq. 2nd Son of SIMON MICHELL of St John's Clerkenwell and a Member of the Middle Temple at Lincolns-Inn. By whom she had issue AMELIA, CHARLES & GEORGE born and christened in Pall-Mall.
She died November 18th 1791 at Kensington In the 67th year of her age. And was Buried at Forcett in Yorkshire, to which place shortly after the remains of her Husband JOHN MICHELL Esq. Member and Recorder of Boston in Lincolnshire was remov'd from Letheringset in this County the place of his Internment.
He died Decbr 12th 1766 at Bayfield In the 57th year of his age.

Tomb of William Jermy at St Michael, Aylsham

Arms: Quarterly: - 1 and 4, A chevron between three swans (Michell of Deptford, Kent, Azure, a chevron between three swans argent); 2 and 3, On a fesse three bucks' heads cabossed (Hutton? Argent, on a fesse sable three bucks' heads cabossed or); impaling Preston.

St Andrew, Letheringsett

Under this Marble are deposited the Remains of JOHN MICHELL Esq. He was the son of Simon Michell, Esq of Clerkenwell, London. Was twice married. First to Hannah Hall, Daughter of a Citizen of London, who died without issue, and afterwards to FRANCES the widow of WILLIAM JERMY of Bayfield Hall Esq., and Daughter of JACOB PRESTON of Beeston Esq., who survives him, and by whom he has left two Sons and a Daughter, CHARLES, GEORGE and AMELIA. He departed the 12th Day of December 1766 in the 57th Year of his Age.
Removed April 19 1792 to Forcett, Yorkshire

St Andrew, Letheringsett

Sacred to the Memory of John Michell Esq. He died at Bayfield on the 12th and was buried in this chapel on the 22nd day of December 1766. And on the 19th day of April 1792, was removed from hence for Reinternment at Forcett in Yorkshire: He was the second son of Simon Michell Counsellor at Law at Dorton in the County of Bucks: His first wife Hannah daughter and coheir of Samuel Hall of the Borough of Southwark died on the 28th day of October 1749: and is buried in the Michell vault at St John's Clerkenwell: His second wife Frances died at Kensington on the 18th day of November 1791 and is buried at Forcett

St Cuthbert, Forcett, Yorkshire

Beneath this marble lie the remains of John Michell Esq., of Boston in the County of Lincoln. He died at Bayfield Hall, in the County of Norfolk on the 12th day of December 1766, in the 57th year of his age. He was the second son of Simon Michel Esq, of Clerkenwell in the City of London, Counsellor at Law, and was twice married: First to Hannah daughter & Coheiress of Samuel Hall Esq., of London, by whom he had no children. And secondly to Frances youngest daughter of Jacob Preston Esq., of Beeston, and widow of William Jermy Esq., of Bayfield. Born in the County of Norfolk, by whom he left issue - Charles, George & Amelia. Frances died at Kensington on 18th day of November 1791. In the 67th year of her age, and was buried in this church. To which shortly after the remains of her husband John Michell Esq., were moved from Letheringsed in the County of Norfolk to this place of interment.