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Sir Nathaniel Booth, 4th Baron Delamer of Dunham Massey, My 4th cousin

Sir Nathaniel Booth, 4th Baron Delamer of Dunham Massey was born in 1709. He was the son of Hon. Robert Booth and Mary Hales. He married Margaret Jones, daughter of Richard Jones. He died on 9 January 1770, without surviving issue. Sir Nathaniel Booth succeeded to the title of 5th Baronet Booth of Dunham Massey on August 2, 1758. He had two sons who died young. On his death, his barony became extinct.

Rev. Sir George Booth, 6th Baronet of Dunham Massey

Rev. Sir George Booth, 6th Baronet, was born on March 20,1724. He was the son of John Booth and Mary Pickering. He married Hannah Turner, daughter of Henry Turner, circa 1745. He died on November 7, 1797 at age 73. His will was probated in January 1798. Rev. Sir George Booth was a chaplain to his cousin, the 4th Baron Delamer and was the Rector in 1758 at Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, England. On his death, his Baronetcy became extinct.

Sir William Bothe, Sheriff of Cheshire

Sir William Bothe was the son of Sir Robert Bouth and Douce Venables. He married Maud Dutton, daughter of John Dutton. He died in 1476. Sir William Bothe lived at Dunham Massey, Cheshire, England. He was also known as William Booth and had four sons.

Sir Robert Bouth

Sir Robert Bouth was the son of John Bouth and Joan Trafford. He married Douce Venables, daughter of Sir William Venables. He died on September 16 1450. Sir Robert Bouth held the office of Sheriff of Cheshire. He lived at Dunham Massey, Cheshire, England.

William Booth, Archbishop of York, (1388 - 1464)

William Booth (or, in his style, Bothe) was the first of what became a virtual Episcopal dynasty. The son of Sir John Booth of Barton, Lancashire and Joan, daughter of Sir Knight Henry Trafford, he served the see of Coventry and Lichfield, culminating his career as Archbishop of York (1452-64).

The Archbishop of York is the 2nd highest ranking cleric in the Church of England, second only to the Archbishop of Canterbury. He is the Bishop of the Diocese of York and the province of York which covers the northern portion of England as well as the Isle of Man. The Bishop of York is a member ex-officio of the House of Lords and is styled the Primate of England. William's half-brother, Lawrence, was successively Bishop of Durham (1457-76) and also became the Archbishop of York (1476-80). York Minster is the seat of the Archbishop of York, it is the the second largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe.

Lawrence Booth, Archbishop of York, (c. 1420 - 1480)

Lawrence Booth was Prince-Bishop of Durham and Lord Chancellor of England before becoming Archbishop of York. A member of the ancient Cheshire family of Booth which remained seated at Dunham Massey until the middle of the eighteenth century, Lawrence Booth started out reading both civil and canon law at Pembroke Hall, Cambridge, becoming a Licentiate. He was elected Master of his college in 1450, a post he held until his death and later was also appointed Chancellor of the University of Cambridge. While at Cambridge he started a movement for both a School for the Arts and a School of Civil Law and is believed to have produced his first miracle. Outside Cambridge Booth's career also advanced quickly. In 1449 he was appointed a Prebendary of St. Paul's Cathedral and on November 2, 1456 became Dean of the Cathedral. He was also a Prebendary of York Minster and of Lichfield Cathedral. From 1454 to 1457 he was Archdeacon of Richmond.

Booth's activity was not confined to the Church; he was also active in the Government. He became Chancellor to Queen Margaret and in about 1456 he became Keeper of the Privy Seal and in that same year on January 28 he was appointed one of the tutors and guardians of the Prince of Wales. He was Lord Privy Seal until 1460. On September 25, 1456 Booth was installed as Bishop of Durham. This was both an important ecclesiastical appointment and an equally important civil one as the Bishop of Durham enjoyed civil authority over a large area of northern England almost until the reign of Queen Victoria.

Although from a Lancastrian family, he cultivated relations with the Yorkists and after the fall of Henry VI Booth adapted himself to the new status quo. He submitted himself to Edward (the former Earl of March, now King) in April of 1461 and by the end of June Booth was beating back a raid led by the Lords Ros, Dacre and Rugemont-Grey who brought Henry VI over the border to try and raise a rebellion in the north of England. Edward named him his confessor. Although he temporarily lost control of the See of Durham, it was restored to him in 1464 when he made submission to King Edward IV and he was never imprisoned. He took an active part in Edward's government thereafter and on July 27, 1473 was made Lord Keeper of the Great Seal which office he held until May of 1474. In October 1473 he led a delegation to Scotland to formally sign the marriage treaty between the newborn son (later James IV of Scotland) of James III and Edward's third daughter Cecily.

In 1476 Booth was translated to the Archdiocese of York following on from where his half-brother had been until his death in 1464. He was the only Bishop whom Edward IV inherited that was ever promoted to higher office. He was Archbishop until his death on May 19 1480 and was buried beside his brother in the Collegiate Church of Southwell which both he and his brother had generously endowed.

Richard Booth, (1607 - 1687)

Richard Booth, a descendent of the Dunham Massey Booths was the son of Richard Booth and Elizabeth Massey, born in 1607 in England. Richard married Elizabeth Hawley in Stratford, Connecticut around 1640. They were one of the founding families of Stratford. Six of their eight children reached maturity and raised large families of their own. The Booth family members were influential citizens throughout Connecticut. Their monuments in the Stratford Congregational Church Burying Ground are among the largest.



In the 18th Century, they used to say about Cheshire : "the tree of hospitality is seldom out of blossom."