Muskett Family Lineage:
This family originally resided and possessed lands in the parish of Haughleigh [Haughley], in Suffolk, in the reigns of Henry VIII. Edward VI. and Elizabeth I. and a branch continued there until the year 1774.
WILLIAM MUSKETT, esq. who was living at Haughleigh [Haughley] in 1565, purchased in 1598, an estate in Rockland St. Peter’s, called “Ladies Manor” having been the property of Lady Bigod. He died in 1619, and was survived by his son, ROBERT MUSKETT, esq. a wam adherent of royalty during the troubles which clouded the time of Charles I. He was survived in 1630 by his son, SIMON MUSKETT, esq. who removed from Haughleigh [Haughley], and took up his abode at Bisingham [Bressingham], in Norfolk. The daughter of this gentleman married Henry Bloomfield, esq. of Fersfield, grandfather of the Rev. Francis Bloomfield, of Fersfield and Billingford, who wrote the History of Norfolk.
His son, JOHN MUSKETT, possessed landed property in Brisingham [Bressingham] and Fersfield. In the latter he held a lease of forty-two acres of pasture from the Duke of Norfolk, at the yearly rent of three shillings and six-pence, which land is now in the occupation of one of his descendants. His son, ANDREW MUSKETT, settled at Thelton [Thelveton] in Norfolk, anno 1659, and adopting the sentiments of the Quakers, suffered much in those persecuting times. He left four sons and one daughter, viz. John, Andrew, James, Charles, and Elizabeth. The eldest son, JOHN MUSKETT, resided at Newton-Flootman [Newton Flotman] in Norfolk in 1748, and acquired a considerable estate in Roydon and Tebinham [Tibenham], but leaving large family, the property was sold at his decease. He married first, Miss Hart, daughter of Mr. Charles Hart, of Hapton Hall, and had one son, John, and two daughters. He espoused, secondly, Anne, daughter of Mr. Ephraim Heywood, of Diss in Norfolk, and had further issue, viz.
• Benjamin of Rockland
• Mary, married to William Richardson, esq. of Langbarf, in the county of York.
• Sarah, married to J. Whiting, esq. of Epsom.
• Rhoda, married to — Hart, of East Grinstead, Essex.
The eldest son of the second marriage, JOSEPH MUSKETT, of Easton in Norfolk, raised a large fortune by his indefatigable industry as an agricultural and land agent, and purchased considerable estates. In 1808, he bought from the trustees of Henry Hobart, esq. the parish of Intwood; the manor and estate of Lord Rosbery in Plumstead Parva [Little Plumstead]; and the manor and parish of Clipsby [Clippesby]. He wedded Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Salsbury, esq. of Chevely, in the county of Cambridge, and left two sons, JOSEPH-SALSBURY MUSKETT, now of Intwood, & HENRY MUSKETT, of Clipsby [Clippesby], who married Emily, daughter of Thomas Grant, and has issue, Henry, Emily, Julia, and Clara.
Coat of Arms – Argent [silver], two bars gules [red], between six lions’ heads caboshed [with the head cleanly separated from the neck so that only the face shows]. Crest – Out of a ducal coronet a demi-antelope, sable [black] ringed and chained or. [gold]