Tuesday, August 15, 2017

US History Timeline: How and Where the Family Fits In

I thought I would take a look at a fairly basic US History timeline and see how and where my family fits in. Who was where when major events took place, such as the founding of colonies, wars, arrival of immigrant groups, major westward migrations, etc. Now my people did not make it beyond the Mississippi River, so Westward Expansion will take a hit on my timeline. Immigration after the Civil War won't get much attention either, since ALL of my ancestral families were here by the mid-1850s. The 20th century timeline will be dealt with in broad terms since the families were basically selling family farms and moving to the city - primarily Indianapolis. Just to let you know, this will not be an all-inclusive events timeline.

I will try to break the timeline into 25 year blocks. A few blocks may generate more than one post.

1607 - 1625:

1607: Jamestown, Colony of Virginia founded. [England]
1614: Dutch colony of New Netherland founded.
1619: First indentured servants arrive in Virginia, system evolves into slavery.
1620: Mayflower passengers found the colony of Plymouth. [England]

[No pre-1625 action in Virginia or New Netherland]
1620: William Brewster arrives on the Mayflower.
1621: Arrival of Jonathan Brewster & Thomas Prence.
1623: Arrival of William Oldham & sister, Lucretia.
1624: William Oldham banished from Plymouth; Jonathan Brewster & Lucretia Oldam married.

Next up: 1626-1650 = lots of action!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Roche Family

First Generation
 
1.  John Roche1 was born in Wixley, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom.1 He died in Wixley, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom.1 John Roche was the father of John and Brian and brother of Thomas Roche.
 
John Roche had the following child:
 
2 i. Brian Roche, born Wixley, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom; married Elizabeth [Roche], Wixley, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom; died 12 May 1514–29 May 1514, Wixley, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom.
 
Second Generation
 
2.  Brian Roche1 (John-1) died on 12 May 1514–29 May 1514 in Wixley, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom.1 He was born in Wixley, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom.1 Brian Roche is believed to be the father of Grizel, wife of John Boteler. The baptismal record of Philip Boteler seems to verify this:Philip Boteler, son of John Boteler, son and heyer of Phillip, and son and heyer of Grysill, daughter and heyer of Bryan Rooche, wiff of the said John Boteler, who was born the xj. day of December in the yere of Our Lorde mdXXXIIIJ. [11 December 1534]
Roche was Serjeant of the Kitchen and Purveyor to the Royal household for Henry VII and Henry VIII. Brian made his fortune by contracts for victualling [providing food] for the army and navy at home and abroad.

Brian Roche's will was dated 12 May 1514 and proved 29 May 1514. He named his wife Elizabeth, son and heir Nicholas, brother William and uncle Thomas. Roche made bequests to the Wixley Church in Yorkshire and for repairs to the highway between Buntingford and Royston in Hertfordshire.

Curiously, he did not mention his daughter Grizel, although she was referred to as her father's heir in 1534.. Grizel would name her eldest daughter Elizabeth and a son Nicholas.
Brian Roche and Elizabeth [Roche]1 were married in Wixley, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom.1 Elizabeth [Roche] was born (date unknown).
 
Brian Roche and Elizabeth [Roche] had the following child:
 
3 i. Grizel Roche, married John Boteler, 10 Jun 1540, Watton Woodhall, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom; died 26 feb 1581/2, Watton Woodhall, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom.
 
 
Third Generation
  
3.  Grizel Roche1 (Brian-2, John-1) died 26 feb 1581/2 in Watton Woodhall, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom.1
Grizel Roche and John Boteler1 were married on 10 Jun 1540 in Watton Woodhall, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom.1 John Boteler was born 26 aug 1514/5 in Watton Woodhall, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom. He died bef 6 mar 1575/6 in Watton Woodhall, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom. He was buried 6 mar 1575/6 in Watton Woodhall, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom.
 
John Boteler and Grizel Roche had the following child:
 
4 i. Elizabeth Boteler, born ca 1550, Watton Woodhall, Hertfordshire, England; married Sir Henry Coningsby, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom; died ca 3 Feb 1613/4, prob. North Mimms, Hertfordshire, England.
 
Sources:
1. Robert Edmond Chester Waters Esq., B.A., Genealogical Memoirs of the Extinct Family of Chester of Chichley: Their Ancestors & Descendants, I (London: Robson & Sons, 1878), 158-160.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Coningsby: Gen. 9-13 & Sources

Ninth Generation
  
9.  Thomas Coningsby12 (Thomas-8, Thomas-7, John-6, Thomas-5, William-4, Roger-3, John-2, John-1) was born circa 1419 in Rock, Worcestershire, England.12 He died in 1498 at the age of 79 in Ake or Rock, Worcestershire, England.12 Thomas has a monument in Rock Church with amorial bearings and quarterings. The monument was built by his son, Sir Humphrey Coningsby.
Thomas Coningsby and Catherine Waldyff1,3 were married in Prob. Rock, Worcestershire, England, United Kingdom.12 Catherine Waldyff12 was born in 1427 in Stoke-Gifford, Gloucestershire, England.12 She died in 1464 at the age of 37 in Rock, Worcestershire, England.12
 
Thomas Coningsby and Catherine Waldyff had the following child:
 
10 i. Sir Humphrey Coningsby, born ca 1458, Hampton Court, Hertfordshire,, England; married Alice Ferriby/Ferebie, 1480–1489, Prob Hertfordfshire, England, United Kingdom; died 2 Jun 1535, Aldenham, Hertfordshire, England.
 
 
Tenth Generation
  
10.  Sir Humphrey Coningsby13 (Thomas-9, Thomas-8, Thomas-7, John-6, Thomas-5, William-4, Roger-3, John-2, John-1) was born circa 1458 in Hampton Court, Hertfordshire,, England.12 Alternate birthplace: Rock, Worcestershire. He died on 2 Jun 1535 at the age of 77 in Aldenham, Hertfordshire, England.12 Son of Thomas Coningsby and Catherine Waldyff, Humphrey was "bred to the Bar." Coningsby began his legal career as an attorney of common pleas. He was named in warrants of attorney in 1474. Humphrey was deputy for the sheriff of Worcestershire in 1476.

From 1480 - 1493 he served as third protonotary*. Coningsby surrendered the position to John Caryll on the condition that Caryll passed it on to Humphrey's son, which he did. Coningsby served as clerk of assize on the western circuit and became a member of the bench of the Inner Temple during the 1480s. In 1493, he was named a justice of the peace for Hertfordshire.

In November 1495, Sir Humphrey was appointed serjeant [English barrister of the highest rank]. Among his clients were Queen Elizabeth, the Duke of Buckingham and Peterborough Abbey. He was named a King's serjeant in 1500. Coningsby had been knighted Sir Humphrey by 1509, when on 21 May, he the first justice of the King's bench appointed by Henry VIII. He held that position until 28 November 1533.  

Sir Humphrey purchased large estates of Stottesdon, Shropshire, Hampton's Court and Hope under Dinmore, Herefordshire, Penn's Place and Pigott's, Hertfordshire and North Piddle, Worcestershire. In 1509, Coningsby built the south chapel, south aisle and west tower of the village church in Rock.  He added the chantry of our Blessed Lady and St. George in 1510 and opened a free grammar school in 1513.

On 26 October 1527, he purchased the wardship of his grandson and heir apparent Humphrey Coningsby. The boy had become the ward of the King upon the death of his mother, Cecily Salway.

Humphrey married three times. [1] Alice Ferreby, the mother of his children. [2] Anne, daughter of Christopher Moresby, Esq. and widow of James Pickering, Esq., who died 5 Oct 1523. [3] Isabel, died before Humphrey wrote his will in 1531 and was buried at Gray [White?] Friars Church, London. (see below)

(The Wikipedia article on Humphrey has his wives as Isabel Ferreby. Alice Francis and Anne Moresby, who died in 1523. Since Isabel was named in his will, this appears to be in error.)

Will dated 15 November 1531: Humphrey requested to be buried in the Church of the White Friars, London  near the grave of wife Isabel, Aldenham [death within seven miles], or Rock [death within 40 miles] - depending upon his place of death.  He died 2 June 1535.

By Alice, Sir Humphrey had the following children:
[1] Thomas, Earl of Coningsby, married Cecily Salway. Predeceased his father.
[2] William, educated at Eaton, ellected Fellow of King's College at Cambridge [1497], studied law at Inner Temple, appointed a Judge to the King's Bench 4 months before his death on 5 July 1540.
[3] John, inherited estate at North Mimms.
[4] Elizabeth, married Richard Berkeley and Sir John Fitz-James.
[5] Amphillis, married Sir John Tyndall.
[6] Margaret, married Sir Christopher Hilyard.
[7] Jane, married George Raleigh, Esq.

*protonotary / prothonotary: principal clerk of a court
(Much of the information above is from an add-on to a RootsWeb World Connect tree posted by Darlene Athey-Hill citing the Humphrey Coningsby entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography)
Sir Humphrey Coningsby and Alice Ferriby/Ferebie1,3 were married in 1480–1489 in Prob Hertfordfshire, England, United Kingdom.12 Alice Ferriby/Ferebie1 was born circa 1460 in Ferreby, Lincolnshire, England.1 She died on 5 Oct 1523 at the age of 63 in Aldenham, Hertfordshire, England.1
 
Humphrey Coningsby and Alice Ferriby/Ferebie had the following child:
 
11 i. John Coningsby Esquire, born bef 1512, North Mimms, Hertfordshire, England; married Elizabeth Frowyke, North Mimms, Herefordshire, England, United Kingdom; died Jun 1547, prob Hertfordshire, England.
 
 
Eleventh Generation
 
11.  John Coningsby Esquire13 (Humphrey-10, Thomas-9, Thomas-8, Thomas-7, John-6, Thomas-5, William-4, Roger-3, John-2, John-1) was born before 1512 in North Mimms, Hertfordshire, England.12 He died in Jun 1547 at the age of 35 in prob Hertfordshire, England.12 He was buried on 14 Jun 1547 in St. Dunton's in the West, Fleet Street, London, England.12 John Coningsby was born before 1512, possibly as early as 1480. [undocumented source] Coningsby was Commissioner of gaol delivery in 1530. He was exempted from attending the King in war for August 1544. John was Receiver General for the Duchy of Lancaster. He was appointed Sheriff of Hertfordshire on 23 November 1546, a position Coningsby held until his death. John held properties of Sherlands manor, Maresehall manor, Hadley and South Mimms.

There is a gravestone at St. Dunstans in the West inscribed to the memory of John and his wife, Elizabeth.
John Coningsby Esquire and Elizabeth Frowyke1 were married in North Mimms, Herefordshire, England, United Kingdom.12 Elizabeth Frowyke12 was born circa 1516 in North Mimms, Herefordshire, England.12 She died in 1546 at the age of 30 in Rock, Worcestershire, England.12 Elizabeth was the daughter of Henry and Ann Frowyke of North Mimms. Although the gravestone at St. Dunton's is in memory of both John and Elizabeth, it is possible that  she was interred in the chapel of St. Catherine's  in North Mimms.
 
John Coningsby and Elizabeth Frowyke had the following child:
 
12 i. Sir Henry Coningsby, born 1546–1547, North Mimms, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom; married Elizabeth Boteler, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom; died 21 Jan 1590, North Mimms, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom.
 
 
Twelfth Generation
  
12.  Sir Henry Coningsby1,4 (John-11, Humphrey-10, Thomas-9, Thomas-8, Thomas-7, John-6, Thomas-5, William-4, Roger-3, John-2, John-1) was born in 1546–1547 in North Mimms, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom.1,4 He died on 21 Jan 1590 at the age of 44 in North Mimms, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom.1,4 Sir Henry Coningsby was knighted at Theobald's in 1582, as Knight of the Weld and Nort Mimms. He served as Sheriff of Hertfordshire in 1569 and 1582. Sir Henry married Elizabeth, daughter of Sir John Boteler of Watton, Woodhall. His sister, Anne married Sir Philip Boteler, Henry's brother-in-law.

Henry will was dated 27 November 1587 and proved 21 January 1590/1.
Sir Henry Coningsby and Elizabeth Boteler1 were married in Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom.12 Elizabeth Boteler4 was born circa 1550 in Watton Woodhall, Hertfordshire, England.4 She died circa 3 Feb 1613/4 at the age of 64 in prob. North Mimms, Hertfordshire, England.4
 
Henry Coningsby and Elizabeth Boteler had the following child:
 
13 i. Elizabeth Coningsby, born ca 1574, Grimston, Norfolk, England; married Thomas Meautis, ca 1590, Westham, Essex, England; died Aug 1641, prob. Westham, Essex, England.
 
 
Thirteenth Generation
 
13.  Elizabeth Coningsby5 (Henry-12, John-11, Humphrey-10, Thomas-9, Thomas-8, Thomas-7, John-6, Thomas-5, William-4, Roger-3, John-2, John-1) was born circa 1574 in Grimston, Norfolk, England.6 She died in Aug 1641 at the age of 67 in prob. Westham, Essex, England.5 She was buried on 19 Aug 1641 in prob. Westham, Essex, England.5
Elizabeth Coningsby and Thomas Meautis5 were married circa 1590 in Westham, Essex, England.5 Thomas Meautis, son of Henry Meautis and Anne Jermy, was born circa 1572 in West Ham, Essex, England.7 He died in 1614 at the age of 42 in West Ham, Essex, England.5 Thomas Meautis was Clerk of the Privy Council. He was a "confidential friend and secretary" to Sir Francis Bacon.
 
Thomas Meautis and Elizabeth Coningsby had the following child:
 
14 i. Frances Meautis, born ca 1596, West Ham, Essex, England; married Sir John Thorowgood, bef 1613, England; died ca 1650, West Ham, Essex, England.
 
Sources:
1. Darryl Lundy, "Coningsby," database, Lundy Consulting, The Peerage (www.thepeerage.com/p40742.htm#1407419: accessed 25 July 2017), Coningsby Family.
        2. John Millman, "The Genealogy of the Jermy Family," database, John Millman, The Tripartite Website (myweb.tiscali.co.uk/tripartite/jermyhomepage.htm: accessed 20 August 2016), Jermy family.
        3. Robert Edmond Chester Waters Esq., B.A., Genealogical Memoirs of the Extinct Family of Chester of Chichley: Their Ancestors & Descendants, I (London: Robson & Sons, 1878), 259-263.
        4. Lundy, The Peerage, Coningsby family.
        5. Nina Green, "The National Archives Prob 11/45/221," database, Nina Green, Oxford Authorship Site (www.oxford-shakespeare.com/PROB_11_45_221.pdf: accessed ), ; citing National Archives of Britain.
        6. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints [LDS], "Ancestral File," database, FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 25 July 2017), Eliz. Coningsby birth; submission 2011.
        7. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints [LDS], "Ancestral File," database, FamilySearch (www,familysearch.org : accessed 25 July 2017), Thomas Meautis birth; submission 2011

Friday, August 11, 2017

Coningsby: Gen. 5-8

 Fifth Generation
  
5.  Thomas Coningsby1 (William-4, Roger-3, John-2, John-1) was born circa 1300 in Morton Bagot, Warwickshire, England.1 Thomas Coningsby was servant to Edward of Woodstock, eldest son of King Edward III and father of King Richard II, who became known as the Black Prince. Thomas fought at the Battles of Poitiers and Najera [Nazers] in Spain. Coningsby was taken prisoner in Brittany and kept in the castle of Longue. His ransom was to marry Theophania, daughter of Sir John Allmayne, knight and Lord of the castle.

Richard Archard, upon learning of Thomas' capture, entered the Manor of Morton Baggot until Thomas' return. Following the death of Thomas, Archard alleged that Coningsby's son, John was a bastard. John was forced to go to Brittany to get proof of his parents' marriage.
Thomas Coningsby and Theophania "Tyffany" Allmayne1 were married circa 1329 in Conke, Armorica, Brittany.1 Theophania "Tyffany" Allmayne1 was born circa 1300 in Conke, Armorica, Brittany.1
 
Thomas Coningsby and Theophania Allmayne had the following child:
 
6 i. John Coningsby, born bef 1330, Morton Bagot, Warwickshire, England; married Alice Stoner, England.
 
 
Sixth Generation
 
6.  John Coningsby1 (Thomas-5, William-4, Roger-3, John-2, John-1) was born before 1330 in Morton Bagot, Warwickshire, England.1
John Coningsby and Alice Stoner1 were married in England.1 Alice Stoner1 was born circa 1332 in Outwell, Norfolk, England.1
 
John Coningsby and Alice Stoner had the following child:
 
7 i. Thomas Coningsby, born ca 1362, Shropshire, England; married Blanche Hawcliffe, Shropshire, England, United Kingdom.
 
 
Seventh Generation
  
7.  Thomas Coningsby (John-6, Thomas-5, William-4, Roger-3, John-2, John-1) was born circa 1362 in Shropshire, England.
Thomas Coningsby and Blanche Hawcliffe1 were married in Shropshire, England, United Kingdom. Blanche Hawcliffe was born circa 1368–1372 in England.
 
Thomas Coningsby and Blanche Hawcliffe had the following child:
 
8 i. Thomas Coningsby, born 1395, Neen Sollars, Shropshire, England; married Elizabeth Whethill, Neen Sollars, Shropshire, England, United Kingdom; died 1498, Neen Sollars, Shropshire, England.
 
 
Eighth Generation
 
8.  Thomas Coningsby1 (Thomas-7, John-6, Thomas-5, William-4, Roger-3, John-2, John-1) was born in 1395 in Neen Sollars, Shropshire, England.1 He died in 1498 at the age of 103 in Neen Sollars, Shropshire, England.1 In 1460, Thomas Coningsby had to prove in court that he was descended from Sir Roger Coningsby and Joan Bagot in order to recover Morton Bagot.
Thomas Coningsby and Elizabeth Whethill1 were married in Neen Sollars, Shropshire, England, United Kingdom.1 Elizabeth Whethill1 was born circa 1398 in Whethill, Shropshire, England.1
 
Thomas Coningsby and Elizabeth Whethill had the following child:
 
9 i. Thomas Coningsby, born ca 1419, Rock, Worcestershire, England; married Catherine Waldyff, Prob. Rock, Worcestershire, England, United Kingdom; died 1498, Ake or Rock, Worcestershire, England

Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Coningsby Family: Generations 1-4

After days of confusion, frustration and evaluation here is the Coningsby line. Hopefully, someone with access to English records can double-check some of the questionable details.

First Generation
 
1.  John Coningsby1 was born circa 1162–1170 in Coningsby, Horncastle, Lincolnshire.1 He died supposedly killed in Battle of Chesterfield in 1216 at the age of 54 in England.1 The story of John Coningsby offers up several questions. (1) How could John have died in a battle that took place 50 years after his presumed death? (2) Does he fit the timeline for the Coningsby lineage? (3) Did Coningsby even exist?

According to Clutterbuck's
History & Antiquities of Hertford: [p. 445]
"Sir Roger was sonne to John, sonne to John Lord and Baron of Coningesbie, which Baron of Coningesby married the sister of the Lord Bartholomew Badlesmere: he was, for his rebellion against Kinge John, disinherited, and after, in a battle which the Barons and disinherited gentlemen gave ths Kinge att Chesterfield, in Darbyshire, slayne in the field; and so the Barony, which had contynned in that name from the Saxons till then, vvas then finished, as by auncient recorde doth appeare. After the death of hym, John, his father, he putt himself under the protection of Guy de Beauchamp, erle of Warwick, his kinsman, and was steward ofhis house as appeareth by his patent yett extant. The Erie married him to Johan, the eldest daughter and one of the heires of Sir Roger Bagott, knt. lord of Morton Bagott; he marryed in the time of Henry the Third, and died in the time of Edward the First."

The most serious problem with this account is that the Battle of Chesterfield in Derbyshire referred to above took place in 1266, 50 years after the deaths of King John and Baron Coningsby.

Researcher Robin Wood suggests, in a post at the link below, that John de Coningsby might have been a member of the Marmion family that held lands at Coningsby, Scrivensby and Horncastle in Lincolnshire. John's possible father, Roger of Coningsby may have been Roger de Marmion. A Marmion married into the Boteler family about two centuries later. [https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/soc.genealogy.medieval/pdEd9KrIH9Q]

The Coningsby Pedigrees at Fabpedigree.com also suggest that John Coningsby and his father Roger were regarded as "fictional." This may have been based on Wood's article.  
 
John Coningsby and _______ Badlesmere1 were married.1 _______ Badlesmere1 was born circa 1175 in Castle Tong, Kent, England. She was the sister of Batholomew Badlesmere.
 
John Coningsby and _______ Badlesmere had the following child:
 
2 i. John Coningsby, born ca 1205, Coningsby, Horncastle, Lincolnshire; married Margaret/Margerie de Solers, England.
 
 
Second Generation
 
2.  John Coningsby1 (John-1) was born circa 1205 in Coningsby, Horncastle, Lincolnshire.1 Several sources estimate that this John was born about 1225, rather than 1205. This places him much closer in age to Magraret/Margerie.
John Coningsby and Margaret/Margerie de Solers1 were married in England.1 Margaret/Margerie de Solers1 was born circa 1225 in Shipton Solers, Gloucester, England.1 Margaret/Margerie was the daughter of Sir Roger de Solers [b. c1190]
 
John Coningsby and Margaret/Margerie de Solers had the following child:
 
3 i. Roger Coningsby, born bef 1244, Coningsby, Horncastle, Lincolnshire; married Joan Bagot, bef 1265, Morton Bagot, Warwickshire, England; died aft 1316, Morton Bagot, Warwickshire, England.
 
 
Third Generation
  
3.  Roger Coningsby1 (John-2, John-1) was born before 1244 in Coningsby, Horncastle, Lincolnshire.1 He died after 1316 at the age of 72 in Morton Bagot, Warwickshire, England.1 According to the early accounts of the family, again referencing Clutterbuck, Roger was placed under the protection of Guy de Beauchamp, the Earl of Warwick. Roger was a steward to the Earl. Beauchamp married him to Joan, the daughter and one of the heiresses of Sir Roger Bagot, Lord of the Manor of Morton Bagott, Warwickshire.
Roger Coningsby and Joan Bagot1 were married before 1265 in Morton Bagot, Warwickshire, England.1 Joan Bagot1 was born circa 1244 in Morton Bagot, Warwickshire, England.1 She died after 1329 at the age of 85 in Morton Bagot, Warwickshire, England.1 Joan was the daughter of Roger Bagot and granddaughter of Lord William Bagot and Isabel de la Hyde of near Stafford.

From Clutterbuck's
History & Antiquities of Hertford: [p. 446]
Isabell, which was the wife of William Bagott the elder, made a release of her thirds of Morton Bagott to Sir Roger Coningsby, knt. under a deed with this seale, dated anno 34 Edward I.

"Johane, which was the wife of Roger Coningesby, doih give, graunt, and confirme unto John de Coningesby, her sonne, by Roger, all her manor of Morton Bagott, with all the appurtenances and service, as well of freemen and tenants as other villaines, together with all her landes in Vlenhale, all which landes Roger de Coningesby, her late husband, held by her; all which 1 warrant to my said sonne John against all men. These being witnes : William Blaunchfrorne, William de Sutton, Richard , Alexander de Holte, Alexander the sonne of Walter de Stodeley. Dated att Middleton, thc Wednesday after Michellmas, anno regni regis Edwardi filii regis quatrodecimo."
Roger Coningsby and Joan Bagot had the following child:
 
4 i. William Coningsby, born ca 1265, Coningsby, Horncastle, Lincolnshire; married Beatrix de Frecie, 25 Jan 1299; died aft 1346, Pas de Calais, France.
 
Fourth Generation
  
4.  William Coningsby1 (Roger-3, John-2, John-1) was born circa 1265 in Coningsby, Horncastle, Lincolnshire.1 He died after 1346 at the age of 81 in Pas de Calais, France.1 Sir William Coningsby was knighted by King Edward III in 1346 following the Battle of Crecy in France. He was buried at Calais, France as late as 1351. Some skepticism exists here as William would have been in his 80s at the time of his knighthood and death.
 
William Coningsby and Beatrix de Frecie1 were married on 25 Jan 1299.1 Beatrix de Frecie1 was born circa 1265 in Neen Sollars, Shropshire, England.1 Beatrix was the daughter of Ingram de Frecie. Her maiden name is various given as de Frerie, de Frecie, de Fearne and de Frene.
 
William Coningsby and Beatrix de Frecie had the following child:
 
5 i. Thomas Coningsby, born ca 1300, Morton Bagot, Warwickshire, England; married Theophania Allmayne, ca 1329, Conke, Armorica, Brittany

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

And now for the rest of the story.....

As I continue digging into the Coningsby quagmire, it may be that a fairly simple answer exists. John's very existence has been brought into question by a couple of websites. Fabpedigrees has the Coningsby family pedigree and suggests that the existence of John, who died in 1216 [or 1266] and his father Roger may be "fictional." I believe that this may be based on a Google Groups post that suggests Coningsby may be tied to the Marmion family which held Coningsby and Horncastle. It is further suggested that John de Coningsby's father may have been a Roger de Marmion.

I have no idea if the suppositions are close to being fact. As I suggested in an earlier post, sometimes you can trace a family line back too far! 😝

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

When the Timeline and the Historical Account Don't Fit

I'm currently working on the Coningsby family, a project that takes me back to the late 1100s and early 1200s. The subject of frustration is one John Coningsby. John reportedly met his fate at the Battle of Chesterfield in Derbyshire, as one of the Barons opposing King John. Simple, right?

Oh not so, dear reader! The Barons opposing King John fought the First Barons War [1215-1217]. King John died in 1216. The Battle of Chesterfield, Derbyshire took place during the Second Barons War in 1266.

The Coningby pedigrees and other sources vary on the inclusion of dates. What is clearly available is that Baron Coningsby was alive "anno 2 King John," the 2nd year of the reign of King John. John ascended to the throne following the death of King Richard I in 1199. Year two would have been 1200 or 1201. That establishes that John Coningsby was alive in 1200/01.

King John died in 1216, during the First Barons War. Therefore, if Coningsby fought against King John and was killed in battle, then it was during that military conflict.

The problem is that the Battle of Chesterfield took place 50 years later. Those sources that give a birth for Baron Coningsby, place the event about 1162. He would have been in his 50s in 1216 and over 100 in 1266.

The single source noting John Coningsby's death is Richard Clutterbuck's History & Antiquities of the County of Hertford  published in1815. On page 445, Clutterbuck states that John
was, for his rebellion against Kinge John, disinherited, and after, in a battle which the Barons and disinherited gentlemen gave ths Kinge att Chesterfield, in Darbyshire, slayne in the field; and so the Barony, which had contynned in that name from the Saxons till then, vvas then finished, as by auncient recorde
doth appeare.
 
Was Clutterbuck in error as to John Coningsby's place of demise? Did he confuse 1266 for 1216? I have not found a battle at Chesterfield taking place in 1216. Castles at Rochester, Dover and Winchester were under siege in 1216. The Battle of Lincoln took place in 1217. Did John dies during one of these sieges? The Coningsby family was of Lincolnshire. Was John defending his home shire.

Without supporting or conflicting documentation, it would seem that Mr. Clutterbuck had the circumstances correct, but the geography in error.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

The Tey/Tay Family

First Generation
  
1.  John Tay/Tey1 was born in Layer-De-La-Haye, Essex, England, United Kingdom.1 During the 15th century, the Tey family became Lords of the Manor of Layer de la Haye and neighboring parishes in Essex. The Manor House was located at the site of the present-day Layer Hill Farm. (www.essexinfo.net/layerdelahayepc)
John Tay/Tey and Mary Hussey were married.1 Mary Hussey1 was born (date unknown).
 
John Tay/Tey and Mary Hussey had the following child:
 
2 i. John Tay/Tey, born Brightwell, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.
 
 
Second Generation
 
2.  John Tay/Tey1 (John-1) was born in Brightwell, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.1
 
John Tay/Tey had the following child:
 
3 i. John Tay/Tey, born Brightwell, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.
 
 
Third Generation
 
3.  John Tay/Tey1 (John-2, John-1) was born in Brightwell, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.1
 
John Tay/Tey had the following child:
 
4 i. Sir Henry Tay/Tey, born Brightwell, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.
 
 
Fourth Generation
 
4.  Sir Henry Tay/Tey1 (John-3, John-2, John-1) was born in Brightwell, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.1
 
Henry Tay/Tey had the following child:
 
5 i. Sir Thomas Tay/Tey, born Brightwell, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.
 
 
Fifth Generation
 
5.  Sir Thomas Tay/Tey1 (Henry-4, John-3, John-2, John-1) was born in Brightwell, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.1
 
Thomas Tay/Tey had the following child:
 
6 i. Margaret Tay/Tey, born ca 1500, possibly Ardleigh, Essex, England; married Sir John Jermy, ca 1525, Brightwell, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.
 
 
Sixth Generation
 
6.  Margaret Tay/Tey1 (Thomas-5, Henry-4, John-3, John-2, John-1) was born circa 1500 in possibly Ardleigh, Essex, England.2
Margaret Tay/Tey and Sir John Jermy12 were married circa 1525 in Brightwell, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.2 Sir John Jermy23, son of Edmond Jermy and Anne Boothe, was born circa 1496–98 in Prob Metfield, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.2 He died in Nov 1560 at the age of 64 in Brightwell, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.2 He was buried on 13 Nov 1560 in St. Stephen's Church, Colmanstrett, London, England.2 Sir John Jermy of Metfield and Brightwell in Suffolk was made a Knight of the Bath at the coronation of Anne Boleyn in 1533. In 1539, he attended a reception of Lady Anna of Cleves. Son Francis became High Sheriff of Suffolk in 1586/7.
 
John Jermy and Margaret Tay/Tey had the following child:
 
7 i. Anne Jermy, born ca 1530, Brightwell, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.
 
Sources:
1. Walter C. Metcalfe, editor, Visitation of Essex: 1552, 1558,1570, 1612 (London: Mitchell & Hughes, 1878/9), 297; digital images, archives.org, archives.org (www.archives.org : accessed .
        2. John Millman, "The Genealogy of the Jermy Family," database, John Millman, The Tripartite Website (myweb.tiscali.co.uk/tripartite/jermyhomepage.htm: accessed 20 August 2016), Jermy family.
        3. Nina Green, "The National Archives Prob 11/45/221," database, Nina Green, Oxford Authorship Site (www.oxford-shakespeare.com/PROB_11_45_221.pdf: accessed 20 August 2016), Meautys Family; citing National Archives of Britain.