CHAFE, Thomas I (c.1611-62), of Sherborne, Dorset and the Middle Temple.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1660-1690, ed. B.D. Henning, 1983
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Family and Education

b. c.1611, 1st s. of John Chafe, merchant, of Exeter, Devon by Anne, da. of William May of North Molton, Devon. educ. M. Temple 1631, called 1638. m. lic. 28 Dec. 1641 aged 30, Catherine, da. of Sir Thomas Malet, j.K.b. 1641-2, May-Dec. 1660, of St. Audries, Som., 1s. 5da. suc. fa. 1619.1

Offices Held

Bencher, M. Temple 1659; j.p. Dorset July 1660-d., commr. for assessment Aug. 1660-d.


Chafe’s grandfather, of Somerset origin, migrated to Exeter where he was twice mayor. Chafe became a lawyer, and, though doubtless an Anglican and a Royalist in sympathy, took no part in the Civil War. His father-in-law, the father of John Malet and Michael Malet, was associated with the 1st Earl of Bristol over the Kent petition of 1642, and