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Martha
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(1747 - 1823)

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Lanier, Jr.

(1712 - 1752)

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Lanier, Sr.

(1682 - 1743)

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Lanier, Jr.

(1655 - 1719)

John
Lanier, Sr.

(1631 - ????)

Clement
Lanier

(1590 - 1661)

Nicholas
Laniere

(1542 - 1612)


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Nicholas Laniere

 

 

Born: Abt. 1542, Rouen, FRANCE
Died:  Abt. 28 Jan 1611/12, ENGLAND

 
Nicholas Laniere was born about 1542 in Rouen, FRANCE.
 
Nicholas served as a court musician to King Henry II of France, playing flute and coronet.  During the Protestant persecutions in France, the Lanier family fled as Huguenots to England.  Safe passage was arranged by Queen Catherine de' Medici. 
 
Nicholas arrived in 1561 and settled in St. Olave Parish, Hart Street, London.  After arrival in England he served in the court of Queen Elizabeth I of England.
 
The name of Lanier's first wife is unknown.  Following royal court customs, he married her some time before 1565.
 
 
Nicholas' second marriage was to Lucretia Bassano, daughter of Italian musician Anthony Bassano and Elena DeNazzi.  The Bassano family was originally from Bassano del Grappa, Veneto, Italy. 
 
Nicholas was a very wealthy man, having extensive holdings in Blackheath, and the surrounding country, south of the Thames and about five miles east of the London Bridge. 
 
 
 
Children of Nicholas Lanier and Lucreece Bassano
Name Date of Birth Date of Death Spouse
John Lanier Abt. 1565 Bur. Dec 1616 Frances Galliardello
Alphonse Lanier Abt 1567 Nov 1613 Emelia Bassano
Innocent Lanier Abt. 1569 1625  
Jerome Lanier Abt. 1572 Bur. 01 Dec 1659 (1) Phrisdiswith Grafton
(2) Elizabeth Williford
Andrea Lanier Abt. 1582 Bur. 02 Nov 1660 Joyce Perry
Ellen Lanier Abt. 1584 Bur. 03 Aug 1638 Alphonse Ferrabosco
Frances Lanier Abt. 1586   Thomas Foxe
Mary Lanier Abt. 1588 Bur. 13 Oct 1676 (Unmarried)
Clement Lanier Abt. 1590 Abt. 1661 Hannah Collet
Katherine Lanier Abt. 1590 Bef. 02 Sep 1660 Daniel Farrand
 
 
Three generations of this remarkable family served British royalty as court musicians, poets and artists.  Their six sons were all musicians to Kings and Queens; three of their four daughters married musicians.  At least eight of their grandchildren became members of the Royal Orchestra.
 
 
In 1604 Nicholas Lanier (Sr.) was named "Musician of the Flutes".  After his death about 1612, his son Andrea succeeded him "for life".
 
 
 
 

LANIER FAMILY HISTORY
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~fairbanks/lanier/history.htm

 
                                         
  The will of Nicholas Lanier, Gentleman, was dated 28 January 1611/12, and was proved July 1612.  It reads, "To Lucreece, my wife, all my lands, and goods; to sons John, Alphonse, Innocent, Jerome, Clement, 12 shillings; to Andrea 20 pounds if he does not have my place; my four daughters, three of whom are unmarried, I leave to the discretion of my wife, Lucreece, my sole executrix."  
 
                                         
Lucreece died and was buried in East Greenwich, England, on January 4, 1633/34.
                                         
                                         
                                         
                                         
    SOURCES      
             

NICHOLAS LANIER
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_Lanier,_the_Elder

 

LANIER FAMILY HISTORY
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~fairbanks/lanier/history.htm

             
    THE ANCESTRY OF GEORGE WASHINGTON
Sons of Liberty Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution
http://www.revolutionarywararchives.org/washancestry.html
   
             
    ROYAL DESCENT
The Lanier Family Connection the Washington Family
http://jimserver.net/genealogy/royal_desc.html
   
         
    THE LANIER HOMEPAGE
http://www.mindspring.com/~wdlanier/sampson.html
   
                                         
                                         
                                         
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