There were a number of Kelsall clergymen in the 16th to 18th centuries identified in a database for clergy of the Church of England

This identifies the following based on a search for Kelsall and some variant names.

Some of these can be identified in lists of Cambridge and Oxford alumni available online:














Most of these clergymen can be linked to trees or histories included elsewhere on this site.


At least four clergy on the list are related to the James Kelsall of Audley tree. William Kelsall was Vicar of Audley from 1592 (when he succeeded his father-in-law, Andrew Beech) to 1619, and in 1646 when he was ejected by the Parliamentary Committee together with his son John who was also his curate. John Kelsall succeeded his father as Vicar in 1649; Cambridge alumni records show that he was the same person listed in the clergy database as curate of Leek in 1665. Richard Kelsall, deacon/curate at Barthomley and Haslington about 1705-1716 was a great grandson of William. (There are some discrepancies in dates between dates from the clergy data base and my research; I believe William died in 1649.).

A fourth member of the Audley family, John Kelsall was grandson of William Kelsall. He was Curate of Audley 1665, vicar of Cheswardine, Shropshire 1666-1676 and Vicar at Quarrington, Lincolnshire 1684 to 1689. His son Edward Kelsall was Curate at Boston, Lincolnshire 1700, and Vicar at Boston 1702-1719. This family is described further in the Scott tree.

Theophilus Kelsall, listed in the clergy database as Curate of Prescot St Helens 1716, and Vicar of Childwall 1722-1735. From the research of Helen Kelsall Wilson, The Rev. Kelsall was the son of Theophilus Kelsall of Stapleford, Cheshire. Rev. Kelsall was educated at Cambridge, B.A. 1710. He was aged 16 in 1707 and died in February 1734. There is a monument to Theophilus Kelsall in the Church of All Saints, West Derby. Stapleford Hall is near Tarvin, about 4 miles from the village of Kelsall. He married Anne Wareing in 1717 and had children John, Phebe and Mary. The Theophilus buried in Chester in 1721 may be the father.

John Kelsall was Rector at St Helen’s Pinxton Derbyshire from 1670 to 1686. He may be the same John Kelsall, who was a preacher Ashbourne (Derbyshire) in 1662, Hathersage (1662) and Vicar of Mayfield (Staffordshire).

Roger Kelsall, Chaplain at Smallburgh (Norfolk) 1662 and Roger Kelsall, Vicar of Wormingford (Essex) 1664-1684 may be the same person. Notes for the latter in the Cambridge alumni on line sat that he was admitted to Cambridge 1659, “of Cheshire”, perhaps lecturer at Ashbourne and father of another Roger, admitted to Cambridge 1698, and expelled from college after he joined the Quakers. The reference to Ashbourne may be a link to the John Kelsall described above. This is discussed further here.

Thomas Kelsall, Curate of Chale in 1541 may have been related to Henry Kelsall of Reading. Chale is on the Isle of Wight, Hampshire. Henry who died in about 1494 had property interests on the Isle of Wight, and elsewhere in Hampshire. His children’s names are not known but he had a nephew Thomas.

At this point I have limited information regarding three entries from the clergy database:

Humphrey Kelsall, was a schoolmaster at St Martin in the Fields, London in 1675. There was a Humphrey in the Bradshaw tree, died 1886, but it is pure speculation to connect them.

Joseph Kelsall, Vicar/rector, Tarvin, 1679-1680

Robert Kelsall, Rector Reydon (Suffolk) 1683-1744

Not in the clergy database, another John Kelsall was active in Quaker circles in the late 17th C and early 18th C. John was one of the two brothers born to John and Elizabeth Kelsall (nee Cragg) in the Covent Garden district of London. John was born 8 September 1683, and Joseph, 9 September 1684. After the parents died the boys were taken by their grandmother to Querndale near Lancaster as told in detail here. John was sent to schools at Abbeystead and Lancaster and to the Quaker Schools at Yealand and Penketh near Warrington (one of the ‘Dissenting Academies’).  On completing his education John became a schoolmaster at Dolobran in Wales before moving to work in Coalbrookdale in Shropshire.  Then, as a clerk to the famous Quaker ironmaster, Abraham Darby, he moved to Dolgellau in Merionethshire. Later, he reportedly “fell into adversity, and after wandering to Bristol and to Ireland, is last heard of at Chester”. He may be the John Kelsall of Boughton buried Newton 1743 ages about 60 (recorded in Society of Friends (Quaker) Burials).