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We know very little of the early days of George Monoux, but according to Heralds' ' College he was descended from John Monoux of Stanford, in the County of Worcester. There is no evidence of his place of birth, although several writers say he was born in London. However, we do know that he spent the best part of his life as a London citizen, and showed himself a man of considerable ability. He had much influence in the City and became possessed of great wealth. His first wife, Joan, probably died in 1500, and he afterwards married Ann, the former wife of Robert Watts, but of this "some-time consort" we know little. George Monoux had two sons-Thomas, who died in 1537, and George who also died before his father and left a son, William, who died without issue. 'The heir to the property of Monoux was George, the son of Thomas, who was born in 1529. Monoux had also two daughters-one married to William Woodball, and Elizabeth, who was twice married, first, to Sir Thomas Denny of Hoo, in Norfolk, and, secondly, to Robert Dacres of Cheshunt in Herts.
There were other branches of the Monoux family, and for a long time they flourished in Bedfordshire. In Sandy Parish Church there are several monuments to various members of this family, which came to an end by the death of Sir Philip Monoux, Bart., in 1814.
The Monoux Arms and Crest are as follows :-ARMS : Argent, on a Chevron Sable, between three Fig Leaves, Vert, three Besants, Or. On a Chief Gules, a Martlet between two Anchors erect, Argent. CREST: A Bird Blue, Beak and Legs Gules, Wings Or, in his Beak an Acorn-slip proper.