Thursday, May 7, 2015

Descendants of Ade de Rowenhall le Kinge ~ The Homersley's "In the Beginning Story"



Descendants


of


 Ade de Rowenhall le Kinge




by Elmo Len Holmes and Greg Holmes



THE HOMERSLEY’S ‘IN THE BEGINNING STORY’




Great rivers may begin as spring creeks that burst forth merging into larger waters that flow to the sea and so many great families. Thus a metaphor is born and so is a family history. History is a fickle mother to generations of persons who desire to know their personal “In the beginning story”. It is a tale that may be twice told about firelight as the shadows of ancestors’ play the imaginations of the listeners. Each generation the tale of the “In the beginning” changes, but it keeps on being told ‘till some chronicler records the tales for posterity.

To be remembered in a hundred years is a miracle. To be remembered in a millennium may be divine.

Viewing history from a nine and one half-century prospective can be daunting. It may be compared to my co-writer and Cousin Greg Holmes’ comment, “This genealogy may be compared to felling a giant oak with a pen knife.”


ADE LE KINGE OF PROVENCE


1260 AD

Ade le Kinge was born in medieval Provence in what today is modern France. The year was 1260 and the circumstances of his early life are presently unknown. He may have spoken Provence, which was a form of Latin. Thirteenth century Provence was abuzz with many languages and ideas. We can only surmise at his rationale to move his household to Stafford-shire, England with the destiny of having a new last name. Time and diligent study may reveal what is now obscured. Last names were a relative newcomer to the world of thirteenth century Provence.

“Those who knew that secret in the late 12th century were well on their way to becoming heretics. Instead of allowing the ancient traditions of an early and distinctly un-Roman Christianity, heavily flavoured by the Old Time Religion of the Neolithic Mother-Goddess, to become occult and marginalized, the basic instinct toward absorbing spiritual components of the region kicked in and produced a popular version of Christianity that drew directly on all of these elements. By the turn of the 13th century, Provence was a hotbed of Troubadours and Cathars, and by the end of the century, after the Church’s crusade against the heretics, much of it lay in ruins.

Notwithstanding, the title or last name that translated as "the King" may have had some significance; however, the incomplete literature is contradictory.


PROVENCE TO STAFFORD-SHIRE


ROB’TO OF PROVENCE IS BORN 1288 AD



It is over a thousand miles from Provence to Stafford-shire; yet, the apparently intrepid Ade le Kinge did just that. Research has shown the children of his unknown spouse to be Rob’to born 1288 in Provence and Hugo born unknown. 



Staffordshire, England in the 13th century had been a thoroughfare for maunders since the last ice age. To weave the threads of time is to begin to tell of King Henry III (1207-1272) beginning to forge an identity for the Britons. It is impossible to keep genealogy and history apart; they are strange bedfellows.  The emergence of a common identity for the Britons, whose loose confederation of tribes, was like an emerging volcano on the medieval world’s stage.



For our ancestor to have left a “footprint” in the sands of time of the medieval world is totally remarkable! Somehow, he was aligned with the forces of Henry III and his consort and Queen Eleanor of Provence (1223-1291). It is obvious to the writers that Ade le Kinge was of service to them as a confederate for he was given lands of the King (le  Kinge) in Staffordshire in Totmonslow Hundreds Staffordshire.




His etymological metamorphous was now in the cocoon stage as living on the lands of the king. Also, in David Horovitz’s dissertation the geographical site of Kingsley was a manner in  ancient Tattersal Parish. This place was "the glade, clearing of the king" or "chieftain9". The earliest kinsman of what would become Homersley stated they were of Kingsley.

           


NOTES AND COMMENTS

Ade = Adam (Latin to English)   Ada or Adam, Ade (m.) Adam

Latin has rules and with those rules the basic name will change indicating a parent or a child. The child’s name will be given in it’s basic form – that is the nominative form, but the end of the parents name will change somewhat (the genative form). Putting this as simply as possible, the child may be called after one of the parents, but the spelling of each name while it looks almost the same will end differently.




Please note that in the genealogy it lists: Ade de Rowenhall Le King  as contrasted in the extract Adam le Kyng of  Rowenhale.


An early record of Adam in Stafford(shire):




Gaol Delivery of the County of Stafford.


Extracts.


Robert de Standon, Roger de Swynnerton, William son of Robert de Cavereswelle, John Coyne of Weston, William de Pus, Stephen de Wylaston, Henry de Colton, Richard de Berdesmor, Adam le Kyng of Rowenhale, John son of Simon de Cherleton, William de Bagenholt, and Robert de Knipersle, are sureties to produce Margaret de Bagenholt to stand to her trial for harbouring (de receptamento) Stephen de Bagenholt her son. m. 33, dorso18.


Another early record of Ade, or translated, Adam, is in an inquisition made in the full county of Stafford(shire) in 1294/96 by twelve persons including Adam le Kyng of Rowenhall4.




STEPHEN DE BAGNAL FELON. 22 EDW. I.   (Edward I  was King of England for 35 yrs and this 22 EDW I implies that this note was formed in the 22nd year  of his reign. (1294 AD)


"An Inquisition made in the full county of Stafford by


William de Blakelegh, Richard de Redeyerd, Simon son of


William de Fotesbrok, Hugh de Dokeseye, Thomas de Onylegh,


Adam le Kyng of Rowenhall, Ralph the smith of Chedle,


William de Adderdeleye, William de Wythehurst, Richard de


Delf, Henry de Locwode, and John the Clerk of Farleye, who


say upon their oath that twelve acres of land and two acres of


meadow, which Stephen de Bagenhold held, who abjured the


Realm for felony, have been in the King's hands a year and a


day ; and that the aforesaid Stephen held the aforesaid land and


meadow in capite of William de Bagenholt ; and Roger de


Swynnerton, Henry de Creswelle, William de Wrottesleye, and


Henry the Clerk of Alrewas, Coroners of the County of Stafford"4.


This is the first record we have of the existence of four coroners of


the County. It will be seen that of these the first three were knights of


good family.   This is from :  Collections of Staffordshire


le Kinge may refer to someone who is a king maker….it seems that from the transition to the part of England that we know as England  leKinge adopted the name of Homersley.  Who his mate was is unknown at the time.  The information about Adam leKinge of  Rowenhall  reflects the reign of Edward I.


Edward I (17 June 1239 – 7 July 1307), also known as Edward Longshanks and the Hammer of the Scots (Latin: Malleus Scotorum), was King of England from 1272 to 1307. The first son of Henry III


Henry III (1 October 1207 Р16 November 1272), also known as Henry of Winchester, was King of England, Lord of Ireland and Duke of Aquitaine from 1216 until his death.[1] The son of King John and Isabella of Angoulême,


It also implies a King’s Thane  which is Early English History. a member of any of several aristocratic classes of men ranking between earls and ordinary freemen, and granted lands by the king or by lords for military service. 




This makes sense and Rowehall may have arisen from such a gift.  Perhaps that is where the Homersley name was born.


From "Cheddleton, Staffordshire Genealogy" on FamilySearch.org   "Parish History, Cheddleton (St. Edward), a parish, in the union of Cheadle, N. division of the hundred of Totmonslow and of the county of Stafford, 3 1/2 miles (S. by W.) from Leek; comprising the townships of Basford, Cheddleton, and Consall or Cunsall".8  It further states that "Cheddleton St. Edward is an Ancient parish. Other places in the parish include: Basford, Cellar Head, Chadderton, Wetley Rocks, Consall, Cunsall, Rownall, and Cheddleton and Rownall".8


Also a further definition  : Staff(ordshire). Philippa who had been the wife of John de Cokefeld sued Robert de Dutton for the manors of Great and Little Rowenhale excepting three bovates and an acre of land in Little Rowenhale. Robert called to warranty John de Cokefeld, who is to be summoned in co. Oxon to be in Court on the Quindene of Hillary. m. 42.




A bovate is an old English unit of land area measurement equivalent to one-eighth of a carucate.



Though a carucate might nominally be regarded as an area of 120 acres (490,000 m²) (0.49 km²), and can usefully be equated to certain definitions of the hide, its variation over time and depending on soil and fertility makes its actual figure wildly variable: see e.g. Stenton, F.M., 'Introduction', in Foster, C.W. & Longley, T. (eds.), The Lincolnshire Domesday and the Lindsey Survey, Lincoln Record Society, XIX, 1924, especially pp. ix-xix


Great and Little Rowenhale by Sir Vivian de Stuandon (Philippa's nephew)




Sir Thomas de Dutton, 6th Lord of Dutton


7th Lord of Dutton, High Sheriff, High Sherif of Cheshire married Phillipa



 Adam's son Roberto was deeded and held the estate in Homersley from 1318. The estate was passed from his brother Hugh, as Adam their father passed away in 1318. Roberto started going by Roberto de Homersley. For over the next one hundred years members of this family lived and died at Homersley in
Staffordshire.

   

"Sir Richard St George, Norrey", who conducted the "1614 Visitation of


Staffordshire", recorded the following: “Homersley of Homersley.


Arms – Gules, three ram’s heads erased or14.”




HOMERSLEY

 Then, the following, which solidifies that the Homersleys of Staffordshire were originally granted the arms:

"The fact that the Homersleys (of Botham) were able to demonstrate and describe their arms to the Staffordshire Visitation commissioners (1614) is actually the first of two documentary proofs that it was the Staffordshire Homersleys who had been granted them in the first place14..."




It was by utter coincidence that later in the same year the addition of the crest above the shield was a grant of arms to Sir Hugh Hamersley by "William Camden, Clarenceux King of Arms", 28 November 1614.14 




Roberto de Homersley


Born 1288


Provence, France




Son of


Ade le kinge de Rowenhall



The wife of Roberto de Homersley is presently unknown. However, to this unknown union two sons were born named Adam 1325-1389 (Adam is English for the Latin Ade), and William Homersley 1320-1371. William was born at Homersley, and later in life became a Member of Parliament. Adam was listed in a court case in 1369 as Adam "Homeresleye" of "Kyngelsye", and in 1377 was listed as Adam de Homersle(y). These references can be found at:




ROBERTO HOMERSLEY’S SONS
WILLIAM DE HOMERSLEY AND ADAM DE HOMERSLEY


Roberto's sons William de Homersley born 1320 and Adam de Homersley born 1325 were the patriarchs of two distinct but related families of Staffordshire, England, and have populated Staffordshire for centuries. This genealogy follows a branch of the family of Adam de Homersley, though his brother William's genealogy is outlined. Family members who are listed as being from Homersley at some point in life are also listed.


From: "William Salt de Banco (The Kings Bench) Trinity, 43 E III, Staffordshire; Peter de Caverswelle, Chivaler, sued Adam Homeresleye of Kyngelsye and three others in 1369 "for forcibly breaking into his close at Caverswelle, and chasing and taking his hares and rabbitts pheasants and partridges of warren."


From: William Salt, Extracts from the Plea Rolls Page 194 Stafford. "Adam de Homersley was a witness in a court case." Page 76, "Adam de Homersle sued William Galpyn..." in 1377.


Adam 1325-1389 had one son born about 1350, and a grandson named Adam Homersley born 1380. This Adam 1380 had a son Radulphus de Homersley 1397-1459. Radulphus' wife was Isolda MNU. They had a son FNU Homersley born about 1425 at Kingsley. Though his first name is not known, his wife some say was the Lady Oliver Yardley/Yeardley, former spouse of Oliver Yardley/Yeardley.They had a son Thomas10 Homersley born about 1450 who married Alice10 MNU born about 1450. They were married about 1475. Of notable significance here is that Thomas and Alice left Homersley and Kingsley, their branch of the tree going to different places, notably Sandon Parish10.


Thomas15 and Alice15 had a son, Richard Homersley15 born 1475. He married Margery MNU around 150010.  Richard 1475 and Margery had Rafe born about 1501 in Sandon, Staffordshire; Richard born about 1505 in Stone, Staffordshire; Elizabeth born about 1510 in Sandon; John born about 1515 in Sandon; and Thomas born about 1520 in Sandon10. Richard 1475 was listed as Bailiff of Staffordshire in 1529, 1538, and in 154410. Richard 1505 was listed as Bailiff of Staffordshire in 1550, 1555, and 156210, and was the paternal grandfather of Sir Hugh Hamersley, Lord Mayor of London in 1627.


Other Homersleys who served as Bailiff of Staffordshire included John Homersley in 1570, 1580, 1586 and 159710, and also William Homersley in 158510.

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"How did we arrive at this genealogy?"


Dr John Hammersley, of Prince George County, Virginia Colony, USA, was recorded in County legal records in 1718-1720. He was also recorded in "A History of Baptists in Virginia" by Reuben Edward Alley. Being Baptist in the American colonies at that time was rare, and so in England in that day. A search for Baptist records in England reveals "Berryhill's meetings were reported at Norton-le-Moors, and lasted until another Thomas Hammersley (1647), of nearby Dilhorne, emigrated to America where he established a Baptist Church which for some years corresponded with the church in Staffordshire from which he migrated".11

And also,


"Doctor John Hammersley emigrated to Albemarle Sound, on the Perquimans River at the north of Carolina...".12


We can only assume that Doctor John Hammersley was a child of Thomas 1647, being that both immigrated to the Albemarle Sound area. A search of marriage and baptism records in Dilhorne, Staffordshire, England reveal a continuous ancestry in Dilhorne from Thomas Homersley 1647 back in time to another Thomas Homersley born about 1520, as follows:


- Thomas Homersley 1647 was baptized 13 February 1647 in Dilhorne. He was the son of     Thomas Homersley 1617. Thomas 1647 married Ann Younge on 10 July 1669 in Dilhorne


- Thomas Homersley 1617 was baptized 29 June 1617 in Dilhorne. He was a child of Richardi Homersley 1586 and Hellena Meakin.


- Richardi Homersley was baptized 15 July 1586 in Dilhorne, the son of Richard Homersley. Richardi married Hellena Meakin at All Saints Parish, Dilhorne, England.


- Richard Homersley, born about 1550, was named as the father of Richardi.


- Thomas Homersley, born about 1520, was named as the father of Margaret Homersley born 1564 in Dilhorne, and Jane Homersley born 1565 in Dilhorne.


Thomas Homersley, born about 1520, birthplace unknown, is the earliest ancestor, that we know of at this time, of this family from Dilhorne.




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 THE MIGRATION TO PENNSYLVANIA

A cousin who descends from Doctor John Hammersley of NC/VA has a DNA match to a cousin who lists James Hamersley 1710-1770, born in England and immigrated to Pennsylvania.


Therefore, there is a common ancestor for James Hamersley of Pennsylvania and Doctor John Hammersley of NC/VA.




A family tree on Ancestry.com titled "Hammersley/Skinner Family Tree" by John Clay, shows James Hamersley, born 1710 in London, England, and died in 1770 in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. James' father was William Thomas Hamersley 1687-1752. This lineage goes back to Richard Homersley 1475 and Margery MNU 1482.


Louis Gordon Hamersley, a descendant of William Thomas Hamersley 1687, had a memorial tablet made in honor of him. On the tablet it states that William Thomas Hamersley was a "great grandson of Sir Hugh Hamersley Lord Mayor of London 1627."5 Sir Hugh's father was Hugh Hamersley 1541-1567. Hugh 1541’s father was Richard Homersley 1505-1568, and Richard 1505's parents were Richard Homersley 1475-1539 and Margery MNU born about 1482. This same Richard and Margery had a Thomas born about 1520!



The common ancestor(s) of James Hamersley of PA and Doctor John Hammersley of NC/VA, now revealed, are Richard Homersley 1475-1539 and Margery MNU 1482!


We also have a DNA match to a cousin who lists Andrew Hammersley of Tuscarawas County, Ohio. This Andrew Hammersley was also a descendant of William Thomas Hammersley, and in turn, another descendant of Richard Homersley 1475 and Margery MNU 1482!

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Richard Homersley b: abt 1475 m: Margery MNU


Thomas Homersley b: abt 1520    /   Richard Homersley b: abt 1505
Staffordshire, England                        Stone, Staffordshire, England


Richard Homersley b: abt 1550    /   Hugh Hamersley b: abt 1541
Dilhorne, Staffordshire, England           Staffordshire, England


Richardi b: abt 1586                     /     Sir Hugh Hamersley b: 1565
Dilhorne, Staffordshire, England            London, England


Thomas Homersley b: 1617          /      William Hamersley b: 1617
Dilhorne, Staffordshire, England            London, England


Thomas Homersley b: 1647           /      Thomas Hamersley b: 1641
Dilhorne, Staffordshire, England              England     


Dr John Hammersley b: abt 1675  /      William Hamersley b: 1687
Dilhorne, Staffordshire, England              London, England
d: abt 1745 Prince George County, VA   d: 1752 New York, USA


                                                              James Hamersley b: 1710
                                                                London, England
                                                                d: 1770 Pennsylvania, USA                 

                        


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WILLIAM DE HOMERSLEY, MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT

WHO CHANGED HIS SEAT


"His is the first case of an M.P. for a borough changing his seat13. In 1344 he appears as surety in Cheddleton, the place where the family he founded held land for 200 years afterward. He is an attorney at Cheddleton and at Newcastle in 1348; in 1354 he is attorney for Ralph, Earl of Stafford, and as such doubtless was first returned for Stafford. He was a Royal Commissioner to enquire into the export of wool in 1354. Still in the retinue of the Earl of Stafford, he went to Ireland in 1371."13


"His descendants included the Hamersleys of Bottom (Botham), since rechristened "Ashcombe" by the Sneyds."13  His "family first lived at Botham Hall, Cheddleton, before moving to Basford".1


The following is a briefly outlined genealogy of some of William de Homersley's descendants. It is included here for reference.



Adam de Homersley was born in 1350 in Kingsley, Staffordshire, England.  He died in 1380 in Staffordshire, England. 




Ralph Homersley was born in 1380 in Staffordshire, England.  He married Jane Barrat in 1418 in Homersley, Staffordshire, England.  He died in Homersley, Staffordshire, England.  




William Homersley was born in 1420 in England.  He married Maude in 1445.  He died in 1471 in Homersley, Staffordshire, England. 




Thomas Homersley of Hardwyke was born about 1450 in Staffordshire, England.  He married  Margaret Bate Robynson in 1470 in Staffordshire, England.  He died after 1529 in Staffordshire, England. 




Robert Homersley was born in 1475 in Homersley, Staffordshire, England.  He married Joan in 1498.  He died in 1539 in Homersley, Staffordshire, England. 




John Homersley was born in 1515 in Botham, Staffordshire, England.  He died in Oct 1582 in Cheddleton, Staffordshire, England.  He married Margaret Rowley Cheddleton, Staffordshire, England. 




Thomas Hamersley was born about 1550 in Bootham, Staffordshire, England.  He married Catherine Cotton in 1572 in Botham, Staffordshire, England.  He died in May 1621 in Cheddleton, Staffordshire, England. 




William Willum Hamersley was born in 1574 in Newcastle Under Lyme, Staffordshire, England.  He married Mariam Mary Snead Sneyd on 15 Jun 1609 in Chester, Cheshire, England.  He died in 1665. 




Thomas Hamersley was born in 1612 in Botham, Staffordshire, England.  He married Margaret about 1652 in Staffordshire , England.  He married Marg. Whitakers on 13 Nov 1672 in Leek, Staffordshire, England.  He died on 01 May 1684 in Basford, Staffordshire, England. 



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 Homersley



If we the writers put what we know about the place called Homersley in one hand, and what we don't know about Homersley in the other hand, well, one hand would fill up faster.




Homersley was possibly in or near Kingsley in the authors' opinions. The only thing for sure right now (2015) about Homersley is no one seems to currently know exactly where it was. Much like the origin of the family name of Homersley, the place called Homersley is a mystery waiting to be revealed.




Kingsley is a parish being part of Totmanslow South.




Some towns around Kingsley, but definately not a complete list, included:


Dilhorne

Caverswall

Upper Holme

Rownall

Bagnal

Cheddleton

Basford

Bucknall

Weston Coyney



"Hugo le Kinge filius Ade le Kinge dedi fr. Roberto de Homersley frater meo totam terram meam in Homersley".2  Ade de Rowenhall le Kinge passed away apparently in 1318.




Some family members who left their mark on Homersley and/or Kingsley include:


Adam de Homersley, son of Roberto de Homersley, was born in 1325 and passed away after 1380 in Kingsley.


William Homersley born 1320 in Homersley and died after 1371. William was the son of Roberto de Homersley. William's son Adam born about 1350 in Kingsley and died about 1380. Adam married Maude, and they had Roberto born 1380 and Ralph born about 1382 in Homersley. Ralph married Jane Barratt. Ralph and Jane had William born 1420 in Homersley, and passed away in 1471 in Homersley. William had married Maude around 1450, for they had Thomas "of Hardwycke" Homersley born about 1450 in Homersley.


Thomas "of Hardwycke" married Margaret Bate Robynson, they had at least three sons and one daughter: Robert born 1500 in Homersley; John born 1510 Homersley; Thomas 1512 in Homersley; and Margery born 1520 in Homersley.




 HAMMERSLEY IN THE AMERICAN COLONIES


Doctor John Hammersley, believed to be Garnet Holmes' paternal great grandfather, was both from Staffordshire and a staunch Baptist. Doctor John Hammersley wrote late in life from Martin's Brandon Parish, Prince George County, Virginia, a letter to Rhode Island Baptist leader Nicholas Eyers on July 28, 1742, giving an account of his brethren Baptists in Virginia.


A search turns up a Baptist, and Quaker, Homersley family in Staffordshire, England during the mid to late 1600's. It is believed that Doctor John Hammersley came from the family from Dilhorne. His last name would have been "Homersley" at birth.

In the article "Early Staffordshire Baptists" in "The Baptist Quarterly Volume XXXVIII", page 201, it states that a Thomas Hammersley of Dilhorne, Staffordshire, England, "emigrated to America where he established a Baptist Church which for some years corresponded with the church in Staffordshire from which he migrated." Thomas' name was "Homersley" at birth. He was baptized as an infant on 13 February 1647 in Dilhorne.


The article "Our Public Worship" in "The Baptist Quarterly, Volume VIII 1936-1937" tells of a "Baptist Church at Berry Hill (Staffordshire, England), which, by Professor Mawer of the Place-Name Society, is at last identified as a mile-and-a-half from Stone in Staffordshire..... The (Berry Hill) church changed its name to Stone." It also tells of "Doctor John Hammersley emigrated to Albemarle Sound, on the Perqimans River at the north of Carolina..... (where) His friends resumed correspondence with the Orthodox General Baptists in 1702, and secured a gift of books to the Carolina settlers, then the sending of Ingram from Southwark to be Elder at a new Stone or Stono..."

Since Doctor John Hammersley's friends resumed correspondence with the Orthodox General Baptists in 1702, it is presumed that the new church was the same Baptist Church that Thomas Hammersley established in America years earlier which corresponded with the church (Stone) in Staffordshire from which he migrated.



Paul Palmer, dubbed by many as the father of the Baptist church in North Carolina, preached at the Camden Church in Camden County, North Carolina. This church was built in 1727 and is considered the oldest Baptist church in North Carolina. It's name was later changed to Shiloh Church. But in the article "The Shiloh Baptist Church (NC) 1727-1927" in "North Carolina Baptist History" it says that there were three arms of this (Camden) church at first. www.baptisthistoryhomepage.com/nc.shiloh.200.yrs.annvrsy.html One was on the Chowan River, the next was in Perquimans County, and then the Camden (Shiloh) Church. So these three early churches probably met at “meeting houses” prior to 1727.



Benjamin Laker, whom some give the title of father of the Baptist church in North Carolina, rather than Paul Palmer, made his rounds all across the Albemarle Sound area, including Chowan, Perquimans and Camden counties and was widely known there prior to his death in 1701, about the same time that Doctor John Hammersley arrived to the Perquimans River.



It is almost certain that Benjamin Laker knew Thomas Hammersley. It is presumed that this Thomas Hammersley was the father of Doctor John Hammersley, and that the church meeting house that Thomas Hammersley established upon arrival in America was the church in Perquimans County.




"Familiars" with Doctor John Hammersley in Prince George County, Virginia, in the 1710's,  and 1720's included descendants of Benjamin Laker; which of itself  further solidifies that Thomas Hamersley knew Benjamin Laker in and prior to 1701 when Laker passed away.




Doctor John Hammersley had taken up residence in Prince George County, where he first shows up in court documents there in 1718. He is listed also in court documents there in 1720. Court documents dated around 1720 through the war were destroyed in the war.




It is believed that Doctor John Hammersley married Agnes Mosby-Binford about 1728 in Prince George County, Virginia, and they had at least one child, a son, first name unknown. Agnes had been married to John Binford, their first child born in 1724, but their last child was born in 1727.




Doctor John Hammersley and Agnes' son born abt 1728, first name unknown we speculate was possibly John Homersley. He married a woman named Jane around 1748/1750, for that was about when their children started being born, Joseph about 1748, Benjamin about 1750 and Ann/Nancy around 1760. By 1759 Joseph, Benjamin and Ann/Nancy went by the last name "Homesley"




Jane apparently was widowed around 1759, and she apparently left Prince George County, Virginia, for Cumberland County, Virginia. There is no record of her husband in Cumberland County, Virginia. However, there are records of the Mosbys, Agnes Mosby's relatives, in Cumberland County, Virginia, and of their interactions with Jane.




Stephen Mosby was made the Guardian of Ann/Nancy Homesley, Jacob Mosby was Stephen's security. Jacob Mosby was Agnes Mosby's brother. Joseph Mosby paid one pound sterling to the account of Ann(Nancy) Homesley in a record on 3 August 1762. Jane was owed money from Micajah Mosby at the time of her death. Littlebury Mosby was a witness to the court orders which bound out Joseph, Benjamin and Ann/Nancy Homesley.




Jane was widowed and took sick in 1761, all her children having been "bound out". Jane passed away in 1761 while being cared for at Reverand Robert McLaurine's house in Cumberland County, Virginia. We believe that Jane was Jane Nance, daughter of John Nance and Jane Smart who lived in Prince George County, Virginia.




 "When Robert McLaurine, minister of Southam Parish, appeared in Cumberland County court in 1761 to confirm the authenticity of the nuncupative will of Jane Homersley, the court clerk noted that the woman had "taken sick" at the parson's home and had been cared for there "in her last sickness16".




It is noted here that Jane had married first name unknown Homersley, who went by the more traditional spelling "Homersley" rather than "Hammersley". After his death, their children went by "Homesley".



1) David Horowitz, "A Survey and Analysis of Place Names of Staffordshire" (PhD Diss, University of Nottingham, 2003)




2) Graham Nassau Gordon Milne, "The Descent of Hughes", http://www.happywarrior.org/genealogy/page2.htm




3) Reuben Edward Alley, "A History of Baptists in Virginia", Virginia Baptist General Board




4) "Collections for a History of Staffordshire", Staffordshire Record Society, Yearbook 1911




5)  bammaw111, "JStaton Family Tree", Ancestry.com, 2013




6) W.H. Duignan of Walsall, "Staffordshire Place Names", Oxford University Press, 1902




7) Gary Smith, "Andrew Smith's Relatives", Ancestry.com, 2014








9) The Internet surname Database,Name Origin Research, www.surnamedb.com 




10) John Clay, an unamed family tree, Rootsweb's World Connect Project, 2013




11) Alan Betteridge, "The Baptist Quarterly", Volume XXXVIII October 1999, No. 4




12) W.T. Whitley, "The Baptist Quarterly" New Series. Volume VIII, 1936-1937




13) From the "Collections for a History of Staffordshire", Staffordshire Record Society, 1880




14) "Collections for a History of Staffordshire, Volume 5, Issue 2", edited by William Salt        Archaeological Society, Part II-Volume V.  1884




15) books.google.com, Lichfield Joint Record Office, "A List of Families in the Archdeaconry of Stafford: 1532-3", Staffordshire Record Society, 1976




16) John Kendall Nelson, "Blessed Company: Parishes, Parsons, and Parishoners in Anglican Virginia"




17) Friedrich Heer, "The Midieval World. Europe 1100-1350." Trans. Janet Sondheimer. New York: The World Publishing Co., 1961




18) Plea Rolls for Staffordshire: Gaol Delivery, 21 Edward I', Staffordshire Historical Collections, vol. 6 part 1 (1885), pp. 279-289.




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