Friday, February 17, 2017

Sam Houston's Proclamation

219. Texas (republic). PRESIDENT, 1836-1838 (Houston).
[Proclamation offering rewards for the recapture of James Humphreys, charged with the murder of Captain Joseph Powell, and Charles Richards, charged with the murder of a friendly Indian, Captain Toby 
Dated at Houston August 17, 1837, and signed by President Houston and R. A. Irion, Secretary of State.]

[Houston Printed at the Telegraph Office, 1837]

Filmed from the Holdings of the Texas State Library Austin, Texas

By the President of the Republic of Texas
Proclamation for the Apprehension of
James Humphreys and Charles Richards
17th August 1837

Whereas, official information has been received that James Humphreys who had been committed by the civil authorities of the County of Brazoria on the charge of having assassinated Capt. Joseph Powell, at Columbia in June last; and was transferred by said authorities to then Military Post of Velasco for safe keeping, did escape on the night of the 10th instant in irons from said Post. Said Humphreys was born in the County of Orckney, Scotland, is about twenty eight years of age, five feet eight inches high, dark complexion, black hair and eyes and by profession a Physician.

Now therefore I Sam Houston President of the  Republic of Texas, do, by these presents, in the name of said Republic offer a reward of Two hundred dollars for the apprehension and delivery of the said Humphreys to any Judge or Justice of the Peace, of the Republic, in order that he may be dealt with according to the Law.

And whereas, Charles Richards, who had been committed on the charge of having murdered a friendly Indian, known by the name of Capt. Toby, near this place, in the month of May last, by the Civil Authorities of Harrisburg County; and did escape in irons on the night of the 10th instant from the guard who had him in custody. Said Richards is about forty five years old, stout made, fair and curly hair; a small piece off the end of his nose; is addicted to drinking, and resides near St. Augustine.

Therefore, I do, by the authority aforesaid, hereby offer a reward of Two hundred Dollars for the apprehension and delivery of the said Richards to any Judge or Justice of the Peace, of the Republic, in order that he may be dealt with according to Laws.

In testimony whereof, I have caused the Seal of the Republic of Texas to be hereto affixed; Done at the City of Houston this 17th day of August one thousand and eight hundred and thirty seven.
Signed Sam Houston and R. A. Irion, Secretary of State 


Charles Richards is my 3rd great grandfather

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

FERRERS - A Fortunate Ancestry

A Fortunate Ancestry

Genealogy, as in any art form, evokes emotion that flows like honey from the 
pen of the writer to its destination in the mind of the reader. 
One such narrative is of the noble 
Norman house of Walchelme de Frerrars. 
He is of the Ferrar family that originated in Ferbered, Normandy. 
The ancient re'gime manor house was the site of a Knights Templar building and 
a 7th century Benedictine abbey, being a thousand years old when 
destroyed during the French Revolution.

Taking their name from the ubiquitous elements, the family Ferrar
is no exception. This noble family operated one of the most 
ancient of forges at St. Hilliary, at the site of its armor shops.
This family had the double distinction of being 
Armorer and Master of the Horse for the Duke of Normandy. 
Proof of such history was attached to the hooves of war horses of the 
Duke of Normandy horse shoe with an escutcheon inaugurating a 
manorial custom of nobility and hereditary status as the 
Master of the Horse, the Marechal.

The Marechal, a Vassal of the Duke of Normandy distributed the contributions by the King as to the value of horses lost and the hotel fees of the companions of the horse. The accomplishment of a dual role of this noble family caused it to become one of the richest families in the English domain.
 The study of this genealogy is a clear example of how the feudal system of vassals worked to secure lands for the English monarchs and those who served or warred with them for centuries. 
Viewing this genealogy from the 21st century causes history to come alive within the minds of the writer and reader alike. It is a rare treat to view the Bayeaux Tapestry and see causes and effects of a civilization and persons who bare our Western European ancestry within the very cells of our bodies today. And for generations to come. 
The most recent common ancestor of the Ferris family as it was known in North America is historically and genetically recorded with our
 4th Great Grandfather of the writer and most of the present 
Holmes researchers
Garnett Homesley abt 1776-aft 1870

If we move back in time four generations we find the marriage of Sarah Woodson 1662-1716 to Edward Mosby about 1660-1742.
 Edward Mosby is a genetic match from the Mosby family. Sarah Woodson is a genetic match from the Woodson family.

This fact means that all descendants of Edward Mosby and Sarah Woodson are double related. 
The Woodson line goes to her father, Colonel Robert “Taterhole” Woodson. He survived the Jamestown massacre by hiding in a potato hole as a young child while his family was murdered. His wife Elizabeth Ferris 1638-1689 is also a genetic match. 
Her father was Richard Ferris 1596-1637. He changed the spelling of his name at his emigration to the Colony of Virginia. It is the writer's opinion that he wanted to sever his name with the politics of his aristocratic English Ferrer family. Richard had married Sarah Hambleton 1616-1690, also a genetic match.
 His father was Nicholas Ferrar 1560-1620 and he was married to Mary Wodentnoth 1552- 1634. They both died in London, Middlesex England.
From: Twigs and Branches L. Jones
Nicholas Farrar was a distinguished member of the Virginia Company; Of the town of Hertford, in 1570, was taxed on L60.6.8. On August 13, 1590 administration on the goods of John Farrar of Hertford was granted his widow Mary. This John Farrar was the father of Nicholas Farrar, Sr. of London. The books of the Skinners Company show that at Michaelmas, 1564, Nicholas Farrar, son of John Farrar, of the town of Hertford, was apprenticed to John Harvey, a Skinner and merchant adventurer, and that he took up his freedom December 1574, became a member of his company, and was its master in 1613.
Nicholas Ferrar, born 1544, died April 1620, was an eminent merchant of London and a leading member of the Virginia Company. He traded extensively with East and West Indies, and other parts of the world and was the friend of many of the important men of the day. Raleigh, Hawkins, Drake and Sandy's were frequently his guests. At his house in St. Sythe's Lane, meetings of the Virginia Company were often held.
His father John Ferrer 1540-1590 married Mary Cecily Kelke in 1568 at Hertford. 
His father John Ferrer 1500-1573 married into the important de Lacy family: Hugh De Lacy being a direct descendant of Geoffrey Plantagenet and Matilda of England making Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine 24th generation grandparents. 

It is important to note here that the earliest history of our family, the Homersley, is of the lands that Eleanor of Aquitaine possessed and caused our Homersley family to migrate to England during the Norman Conquests and after.

The father of John Ferrer was Henrie Farrer who died about 1549 and was married to Agnes Barcroft Ferror (Horsfall) Lady

The next ones I will group as one for the sake of brevity. 
Records of these Barons of Groby show they are our genetic ancestors. 
There were five Barons of Groby named
From Wickepedia

Barons Ferrers of Groby (1300)

William Ferrers, 1st Baron Ferrers of Groby (1272–1325) 

Henry Ferrers, 2nd Baron Ferrers of Groby (1303–1343) 

William Ferrers, 3rd Baron Ferrers of Groby (1333–1372) 

Henry Ferrers, 4th Baron Ferrers of Groby (1356–1388) 

William Ferrers, 5th Baron Ferrers of Groby (1373–1445) 

Elizabeth Ferrers, 6th Baroness Ferrers of Groby (1419–1483)
Edward Grey, Baron Ferrers of Groby (c. 1415–1457) was summoned to 
parliament in right of his wife from 14 December 1446 to 26 May 1455 
(women were not permitted to attend in their own right) 

John Bourchier, Baron Ferrers of Groby (died 1495), second husband of the 6th 
John Bourchier, Baron Ferrers of Groby (died 1495), second husband of the 
6th Baroness, also held the title in right of his wife from 
1462 to her death in 1483 

• Thomas Grey, 1st Marquess of Dorset (1451–1501) 
(created Marquess of Dorset, 1475), was the
son of Sir John Grey of Groby, who was the son of the 
6th Baroness and her first husband
Thomas Grey, 2nd Marquess of Dorset (1472–1530) 
was summoned to parliament as Baron 
Ferrers of Groby in 1509 

Henry Grey, 1st Duke of Suffolk (1517–1554) 

The barony was forfeit in 1554, when the Duke of Suffolk 
was tried for high treason and executed. 

Barons Grey of Groby 

Henry Grey (c. 1547–1614), nephew of Henry Grey Duke of Suffolk,
was created Baron Grey of Groby, 21 July 1603. 

Henry Grey, 2nd Baron Grey of Groby (c. 1600–1673) 
(created Earl of Stamford in 1628) 

This sentence bears re pasting as it is germain to the genealogy: 

The barony was forfeit in 1554, when the Duke of Suffolk was tried for high treason and executed. This is most likely the reason why Richard Ferrer became Richard Ferris. 
The 6 Earls of Ferrer and a Brother 
1st Earl Derby Robert Ferrers 27th Great Grandfather 1062-1139 

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Robert I de Ferrers, 1st Earl of Derby (c. 1062 – 1139) was born in Derbyshire, England, a younger son of Henry de Ferrières and his wife Bertha Roberts (I'Aigle). His father, born in Ferrières, Normandy, France accompanied William the Conqueror during his invasion of England. The family was rewarded with a grant of Tutbury Castle in Staffordshire and 114 manors in Derbyshire 
2nd Earl Derby Robert Ferrers, the younger.

26th Great Grandfather
Margaret Perceval 

He died in 1162 succeeded by 
3rd Earl Derby William de Ferrers who died 1190
married to
 Sybil de Brose
and died at the Seige of Acre 1190

Note from Wickipadia:
William de Ferrars Preceptory No.530 is a Knight Templar preceptory named after William de Ferrars. This preceptory is stationed in Burton upon Trent
From Wickapedia:
William de Ferrers was one of the earls who joined the rebellion against King Henry II of England led by Henry's eldest son, Henry the Younger, in the Revolt of 1173–1174, sacking the town of Nottingham. Robert de Ferrers II, his father, had supported Stephen of England and, although Henry II had accepted him at court, he had denied the title of earl of Derby to him and his son.[1] 

In addition, William had a grudge against Henry because he believed he should have inherited the lands of Peveril Castle through his mother. These, King Henry had previously confiscated in 1155 when William Peverel fell into disfavour.

With the failure of the revolt, de Ferrers was taken prisoner by King Henry, at Northampton on the 31 July 1174, along with the King of Scots and the earls of Chester and Lincoln, along with a number of his Derbyshire underlings and was held at Caen. He was deprived of his castles at Tutbury and Duffield and both were put out of commission (and possibly Pilsbury.) In addition to defray the costs of the war Henry levied a so-called "Forest Fine" of 200 marks.

He seems to have afterwards regained the confidence of Henry II., and he showed his fidelity to the next Sovereign, (King Richard I.), by accompanying him in his expedition to the Holy Land, and joined the Third Crusade and died at the Siege of Acre in 1190

4th Earl Derby & Earl Ferriers Earl of Chester Sheri of Nottinghamshire Derbyshire & Lancashire Sir William de Ferrers

25th Great Grandfather
Agnes De Kevelioch
5th Earl Derby Constable of Bolsover Castle Sir William de Ferrers 

24h Great Grand Uncle 1193-1254
married Agnes of Chester buried
 Merevale Abbey Warkwickshire
His brother and our 
23rd Great Grandfather Constable of Scotland Sir William de Ferrers 1240-1267

husband of
Anne deSpenscer
Note: Plantagenet Ancestry: A Study In Colonial And Medieval Families, 2nd Edition: This is an important note in the study of our genealogy and our understanding of how lands were distributed then.
About 1260 the 6th Earl of Derby gave his brother William (our direct line) the Manor of Bolton in Great Bolton Lancashire with all his lands in the wapentake (comparable to a hundred) of Leyland, Lancashire including the manors of Bisbam, Bolton, Bretherton Charnock (in Charnock Richard) Chorley Heath, Duxbury, Charnock, Heath Chrnock, Mawdsley Shevington and Welch Whittle, Henry de Ferrers
. The Domesday Book records over 200 manors given to Henry de Ferrers. Henry married Bertha and had three sons one daughter, Amicia, who married Nigel of d'Aubigny (we have genetic matches to Aubigny)
. William inherited the Norman estates
 and third son Enguelnulf Vauquelin de Ferrers
 Seigneur of Ferrieres St Hilaire, Eure in Upper Normandy.
Note from Wickepdia:
Valkelin fought Hugh I the Bearded of Montfort-sur-Risle in battle in 1045 in which both were killed. Hugh I was the father of Hugh de Montfort, proven Companion of William the Conqueror.
Our family was a strong Norman family who were descendants of Vikings that subdued the Saxons of England .and was one of the single most important political events in history. The background is that Edward the Confessor died heir less.and his brother in law Harold Godwinson William of Potiers had felt that William was the logical choice to be king. Harold's entrails were liquefied with a spear at the Battle of Hastings.William reformed England removing all the English from the church and government, William invited the Jews and commanded them to make credit links between England and what is now France. Also the English Church was literally destroyed for there is no masonry above the ground from before the Norman Conquest.

Written by Len Holmes

Friday, November 11, 2016

Remembering Our Patriots

These young men are not forgotten, even though their names are not known to me. They are probably sons or sweethearts of my Richards or Proffitt family, as they were tucked away with my Great-aunt Dewey Richards' and Louise Richards Lee Proffitt's collection of family pictures. Dewey, born in 1898, never married. One of these young men may have been her sweetheart. When Dewey died, she left all of her belongings with her younger sister, Louise, who cared for her in her later years. Or one or two of them could be Louise's brother-in-laws, one of the Proffitt boys.

On the back of this one "This is the cutest boy in the world."

And finally, this one.

Photograph collection of Louise Proffitt and Dewey Richards given to nephew, Joe Cronin, Sr. and subsequently given to cousin, Judith Richards Shubert.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016



The Floyer name enters the already ancient 300 years of Homersley genealogy with William Homersley 1st x 9 Cousin of Garnett Holmes; (15th great grandson of Ade de Rowenwal, our common ancestor, and his daughter by an unknown wife, Margaret Homerlsey (1548-1597) who married Richard Flyer (1546-?) Hints, Stafford, England about 1571.

UK, Extracted Probate Records, London, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812 
NOTE: Margaret Homerlsey 1548-1597 is the 9th great grandaughter of Ade de Rowenwald.
They had a son, Ralph Flyor (3
rd  x 5) 1572-1643, who resided at Oxford, England, married Margery Weston (1577-1609) England & Wales Christening Records, 1530-1906.

Ralph and Margery had four children; Richard, Francis, Mary, Lettice. 

Richard Flyor/Richard Floyer (29 Jul 1603 Hints, Stafford - 27 Aug 1679) married 21 Mar 1645 Manchester, Warwicke to Elizabeth Eleanor Babington (1618-1679) ; (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "Ancestral File," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 2016-08-28), entry for Elizabeth Or Eleanor BABINGTON)
Richard and Eliz. Foyer have 7 children. Matthew Floyer (13 Dec 1646-?) marries Anne Scott, Abt. 1667, Hints, Stafford.; Elizabeth Floyer (28 Nov 1647 -?) married Thomas Goring, 02 Jun 1668. Florence (1653-?), John,* (copied from
*Peter, True, Samuel

1. The John mentioned above proved to be a prominent Physician and helped to establish a family seat that lasted for generations. . There is additional reading about Dr. John Floyer.
2. Francis Flyor died in the first year.
3. Mary Flyor seems to separate in England with her husband, Thomas Moseley who emigrates to the British Colony of Virginia, Isle of Wight with their son sho will become Capt. William Moseley 12 Jan 1628- Feb 1685- of Essex, Virginia. (4th Cousin - Remote Cousin Warner Davenport) marries Marha Brasseur. This line continues nine more generations till the 1940s . It continues with the famly of Warner Davenport. 

To offer a grounding here; this represents the great grandchildren of William Homersley who was a 1st Cousin nine times of Garnett Holmes.

Mary Floyer, (07 May 1605-1692) marries Thomas Moseley (1585, Moseley, Staffs, W Midlands, England-1659). Thomas Moseley is genetically matched with my DNA at Family Tree DNA .. My DNA!

4th Cousin - Remote Cousin Warner Davenport is spelled MOSELEY and has twelve other matches in the Autosomal DNA ; with the spelling of Mosley there are eight. To go into the Moseley and Mosley Autsosomal DNA comparisons is not practical here; however, data about Mr. Davenport's DNA comparison is that 15 centiMorgans are present (about 10 centiMorgans is the minimum for kinship.)

4. Lettice Floyer born 17 Nov 1607 Shropshire, England.

A genealogical and heraldic dictionary of Great Britain by Sir Edmund Burke, pp 421-423 id=9mNHAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA422&lpg=PA422&dq=john+floyer+His+grandfather+Ralph+Floyer,&s ource=bl&ots=viWqayQDyB&sig=x9YbgBUa_Y2yXrVTexKzFbwpl8A&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUK EwjDs_3A96rPAhXF2yYKHU7qBQQQ6AEIJDAB#v=onepage&q=john%20floyer%20His %20grandfather%20Ralph%20Floyer%2C&f=False

Reference Entry
Floyer, Sir John (1649-1734), physician
Denis Dunbar Gibbs
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Published in print September 2004 |
Published online September 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780198614128 | DOI:
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

E-ISBN: 9780198614128 
This is a scholarly study worth the reading. When one does read this account of the Flyor family since angle Saxon times. I am an unabashed lover of Coats of Arms. The landed gentry that the Floyer arose from were granted arms after serving the Monarch. This was of a time when literacy was rationed and signs meant something. The arms show three arrows. There are a couple of stories and one of them is in the reading, but the one I like is that they were a family of arrow makers. Sometimes Fletcher is a name associated with arrow making as well. The sets of a single arrow also implies flyer, an early name for an arrow. I can see Flyer becoming the name. Anyone who has had more than a casual glance at Stafford English estates has noticed the ubiquitous Yew, Taxus baccata, native to England and over to Iran. It was grown purposfully for arrows or flyers.

Closing Comments
The family Floyer represents a paper trail and genetics that unfolds daily. Genetics makes a viable stance in a genealogy as paper trails fade. Never forget that in genealogy as well as other sciences there is an equal and opposite reaction for every action. For example, The Mosley, Moseley families of England gave way to other autosomal* an ever cascading blanket of immortality. Mirroring post and present.rather like a Jacob's Ladder of ancestral dynasties ascending and descending. In a metaphor.

*Autosomal: Pertaining to a chromosome thats not a sex chromosome. People normally have 22 pairs of autosomes (44 autosomes) in each cell, together with 2 sex chromosomes, X and Y in a male and X and X in a female. 

Len Holmes
October 11, 2016

Monday, October 3, 2016

Addendum to: Thought, Word and Deed

Addendum to: Thought, Word and Deed

Jesus of Nazareth was no Nazirite; He was the true Branch.
In the 9-27-2016 article I started to mention that Jesus was a Nazarite. Upon fact checking myself I realized that would be an error. Two words stating that the Jesus of Nazareth was no Nazirite.

Nazareth is the geographical locality of where the Old Testament prophesied the Messiah would have lived. Viewing these two words from an English language perspective they look superficially synonymous. From the usage in Hebrew they are totally different.

"...and being warned by God in a dream, he [Joseph] departed for the regions of Galilee, and came and resided in a city called Nazareth, that what was spoken through the prophets might be fulfilled, 'He shall be called a Nazarene,' " (Matt. 2:22,23)

(NOTE the 7's incorporated that show completeness below)
Thus there were fourteen generations in all, from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Messiah. It is not possible to find a singular prophet using this idea. It is possible to know that St. Matthew generally interpreted prophets as meaning a more general term. St. Matthew made no mistake. It's the story here that matters.

God in his wisdom takes us to a wide spot in the road that was Nazareth. Jesus of Nazareth, as he identified himself, to the Apostle Paul, came into the world to save sinners from this insignificant wide spot in the road. God consistently uses the commonality of persons to self identify.

Some have suggested that the question hints that the town had a bad reputation, while others contend that Nathanael probably viewed the community merely as insignificant. The city is not mentioned in the Old Testament, the Apocrypha, the Talmud, nor by Josephus. One scholar notes that the geographical location of the city, overlooking the plain of Esdraelon, generated a certain disposition of “aloofness” which invited the scorn of the neighboring communities. (J.W. Charley, Baker Encyclopedia of Bible Places, John Bimson, Ed., Grand Rapids: Baker, 1995, p. 224)*

*Jackson, Wayne. "Was Matthew Mistaken in the 'Nazarene' Prophecy?" Access date: October 3, 2016. in-the-nazarene-prophecy

The term Nazarite is as ancient as Judaism.

To be a Nazarite one had to be an oath taker which Jesus of Nazareth was not. Nazarites' tradition holds that the candidates are set aside and cannot perform or partake in a Levitical litany of ideas.

For example, Nazarites could not go near a corpse. How could have Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead?
Nazarites may not drink wine. In Jesus' earthly ministry, the very first miracle was changing the water into wine. Secondly, the Last Supper would not have happened.!

Yet, in all this contradiction, there is a greater name attached to Jesus of Nazareth: the true Branch. Now, truly I tell you that Jesus may be viewed as Jesus, the true Branch of Nazareth.

It becomes very clear then, that what the Gospels are doing is not making Jesus out to be the 'vow taker' but 'the Branch,' for the meaning of Nazareth is 'branch,' a very powerful messianic title used by a number of prophets:
Isaiah 4:2: 'In that day the Branch of the Lord will be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth will be the pride and the adornment of the survivors of Israel.'
Isaiah 11:1: 'Then a Shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse, and a Branch from his roots will bear fruit.'
Isaiah 60:21: 'Then all your people will be righteous; they will possess the Land forever, the Branch of My planting, the work of My Hands, that I may be glorified.'
Jeremiah 23:5: 'Behold, the days are coming,' declares the Lord, 'When I will raise up for David a righteous Branch. And He will reign as King and act wisely and do justice and righteousness in the Land.'
Jeremiah 33:15: 'In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch of David to spring forth; and He shall execute justice and righteousness on the earth.'
Zechariah 3:8: 'Now listen, Joshua the High Priest, you and your friends who are sitting in front of you, indeed they are men who are a symbol, for behold, I am going to bring in My Servant the Branch.'
Zech. 6:12: 'Then say to him, 'Thus says the Lord of Hosts, 'Behold, a man whose Name is Branch, for He will branch out from where He is; and He will build the Temple of the Lord.'
These are the major cites where the Coming One, Yeshua the Messiah, was entitled 'Branch.' There is much to this and it all began when God put an end to the rebellion of Israel in the Wilderness, specifically concerning who installed Aaron as High Priest. For the rebel Korah said it was because Aaron was Moses' brother, that Moses made Aaron High Priest. And God instituted a dead branch (also known in English as a staff or rod), to be His witness as to whom He had chosen to be High Priest. It was when this dead branch came to life, sprouted and had almonds on it (Numbers 17:8), that God revealed to Israel whom He had chosen. It was when Yeshua, a dead 'branch' came back to life, glorified,, that all Israel could know that God had made Yeshua both Lord and Messiah (Acts 2:36).

It was out of the turbulence of rebellion that God established who was to be His anointed one, Aaron. And now the concept of a branch would become a symbol for the Messiah, used by many prophets. So, when Matthew (2:23) and others call Yeshua a 'Nazarene', they are not referring to the vow, but to the place of His having been recognized as having grown up in, for they are also very well aware of the prophecies that say the Messiah will be a 'Branch,' which is the meaning of the name of Nazareth.

It gets very interesting when we read John 19:19 which is: 'Pilate also wrote an inscription and put it on the cross. It was written, 'Jesus the Nazarene, the King of the Jews.' It can equally be translated like this: 'Jesus My Branch, the King of the Jews.'

The above was extracted from: NAZARITE OR NAZARENE?, by Avram Yehoshua.

Len Holmes

Friday, September 30, 2016

Quakers Homersley and Hamersley - by Len Holmes

Staffordshire England Quaker Research
Hammersley Genetic match to WOOLRICH 
Genetic match to LAKER

It is known that the Hamersley family lived for many generations in Stafford, England. 
Villages of Hamersley/Homersley
Leek, Basford, Cheddleton and others

It is clear that the Homersley/Hamersley families were yoeman farmers for generations. Planned marriages were common, as well as those more of choice.

The extant literature suggests that Thomas Hamersley of Basford used his home as a Meeting Place for the Friends' monthly meetings.

ANNO 1669. On the 12th of September, Thomas Hamersly [Hamersley], Robert Miller [Mellor], John Stretch, William Heath, and Joshua Dale, taken at a Meeting in the said Thomas Hamersly [Hamersley]'s House at Basford ... [BESSE]

Thomas Hamersley of Basford in Cheddleton, Staffs, yeoman
 (of Basford, Cheddleton parish, yeoman, absent from Leek church)
1642 [....] (as Hamersly, charged for gaol committal)
1661 [BESSE]
 (his house at Cheddleton used as a Quaker meeting place)
1669 R196 [TURNER] (as Hamersly, a Quaker, imprisoned for religiously assembling)
1675 [BESSE] (as Hamersly, of Bradford[sic], a Quaker had goods confiscated)
1681 [BESSE] Thomas Hamersly, of Basford (a Quaker, goods confiscated for non-payment of tithes)
1682 [BESSE]

This represents [1642-1682] 40 years of conflict with the local authorities.

Hamersley/Stafordshire Data
Thomas Hamersly l6 March 1684 Uttoxeter FM Ann Hammersley 11 September 1685 Uttoxeter FM
Presumable birthdates marriage

Thomas Hamersley
 m 4 Aug 1677 Leek FM: Ann Cosnot [?Cossinet]
Children: John Hamersley b 24 Aug 1678 Leek FM Sarah Hamersley b 13 Sep 1680 Leek FM Thomas Hamersley b 10 Aug 1683 Leek FM Ann Hamersley b 28 Nov 1687 Leek FM

The first son could be the husband of Lydia Laker, daughter of Benjamin Laker
John Hamersley b 24 Aug 1678 Leek FM

The FM means Friends Meeting.

What is present in the genealogy suggests that Thomas Hamersley was the husband; however, that is a real age discrepancy (22 yrs) but not atypical for the era.

The John Hamersley data in the genealogy suggests approximate dates based on common genealogical assumptions of about b. 1683 to d. 1645, which is not out of line with the son of Thomas Hamersley and Anne Cosinet.

We know from the gleanings of American colonial Virginia, most likely Martin Brandon's Parish, perhaps in the home of John Hamersley that meetings were held. It is noted that the views changed more to Baptist, most likely with the influence of the Laker reasoning of Protestant ideals.

The marriage may have occurred at a Friends Meeting where no record now exists. This is still hyperbole. It causes additional wrinkles in descendants.

One of the purposes of genetic genealogy is to provide answers where brick walls appear and there is no literature to support claims of ascent of descent.

There are genetic matches to Laker, Mosby and Binford.

I will list them subsequently; however, the updated model of the genealogy does show these matches in detail.

Notes from genealogy
Some associated with Doctor John Hammersley include Robert Norden, Matthew Marks*, Matthew’s daughter Sarah Marks* who married Nicholas Robertson*, Benjamin Laker’s daughter Lydia Blighton Clements and Benjamin Laker’s grandson William Blighton

The genetic match of WOOLRICH family from Pershore, Worcs?
Sarah Cossinet m 10 Nov 1682 Stafford FM: Thomas Woolrich c1652-....
Ann Cosnot [?Cossinet] m 4 Aug 1677 Leek FM: Thomas Hamersley
Sarah and Ann could be sisters. The trees that are listed on Family Tree DNA and the match show

Derek Shaw

5th Cousin - Remote Cousin here is how that goes
From Roots Web
 There is a Thomas Woolrich:
who marries a

Birth: in repute of Shalford, Straffordshire, England

Emigrated to Abington, Pennsylvania • Note: 
Bought the first land sold by William Penn in Bucks County, Pennsylvania on April 1, 1681. Had sister Susanna who married Robert Heath (cf Roberts, EARLY FRIENDS FAMILIES .., p. 390). Haines, op cit, p 101, writes that Thomas Jr, ". . yeoman, who had a deed to the 1000 acres in Bucks County, Pa. on which Robert Heath built the Heath Mill 
and which is now the town of New Hope. . . (he) remained in England at Shalford." Compiler's note: The "Jr" referred to here who remained in England was the father, Thomas Sr.
• Children
1. Elizabeth WOOLRICH b: 1683 in of Abington PA (presently Montgomery Co) 

2. Cossinet WOOLRICH b: SEP 11 1684 in Leeke, ENG 

3. Josiah WOOLRICH b: JUN 17 1686 in Leeke, ENG 

4. Rebecca WOOLRICH b: SEP 27 1687 

5. Rebecca WOOLRICH b: JUL 3 1692 


7. John WOOLRICH b: MAY 22 1695 

8. Samuel WOOLRICH 

The match is with Elizabeth Woolrich who married a Holcomb.The other known sister here with children, Mary married a Holcomb as well.There are 16 matches I am working on here to see data.

We share 9 Centimorgans of DNA and we are examining abt 393 years for the same DNA to be present.

Len Holmes

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Armor - by Len Holmes

To feel divinely inspired is a gift of God and not of anyone else. We are to baptize ourselves in its glory and radiate it to the world so that our lives may be like a city on a hill showing for to all the world the true greatness of how God has been revealed to us through Jesus Christ.

For we are the new wine skins of the new wine of the new Covenant as Levi was contrasted at his calling.

I would not say where the greatest manifestation occurs, but it does happen often where the Holy Spirit is present in a community of believers. We must take time to be Holy, whether we are members of a sprawling metropolitan congregation or a tiny rural one or not one at all. That happens through prayer and the power of the Holy Spirit working in the lives of all, reaching out to infect others with the love that GOD had for the world that he sent his only begotten son that we might believe and feed on Him.

But how does this happen? The answer is prayer without ceasing. It is possible and practical in today's world to pray without ceasing. It is a state of mind and consciousness about how you and GOD interface. The Lollard's were an excellent example as they were always “lolling” a prayer. We, too, may loll if we have our hearts, souls and minds tuned to GOD and follow the directions for prayerful spiritual tuning.

We are equipped for spiritual protection in warfare if need be and for our own personal focus in the joy and presence of the Lord in our lives. We are offered all the equipment needed for complete domination. 
Let's metaphorically dress ourselves: we are covered from head to toe in the armor of light that glorifies of the Greatness of God.

Our soul has been washed in the Blood of the Lamb which is the helmet of salvation, for our mightiest foes are invisible, not visible like men. This is fraught with meaning in that we as Christians spend much time fighting with each other who worship One God, as the Prophet Abraham did, and not about the dark forces that oppose us.

We girt our loins with quality of truth and wear the breastplate of the quality of righteousness,
 as these are two more powerful military metaphors which arm us against the forces of darkness. Light reflects darkness, absorbs everything into a black hole of a bottomless pit set up and designed to trap anyone who has self deception in an eternal tailspin, for GOD is not mocked.
 To have our loins girt with the quality of truth implies we wear a belt that helps us be prepared to give and move in the quality of truth of Jesus Christ that is firmly established in GOD's Word. This gives more range of motion to the quality of our spirituality. 
The breastplate of righteousness (attached to the girdle) is a free gift of God given to all at the crucifixion of Jesus and is worn in our combat against the foes of darkness, not man. We have to realize that apart from GOD we may do nothing; that is why righteousness and truth are connected. I believe that wearing this breastplate connected to the girdle allows us to make decisions in our lives and lifestyles that what we believe in our hearts that we may love unfeigned.

We are to shod ourselves with the preparation gospel of peace. 
We are shod with the sure foundation of Jesus Christ.

And he said unto me, To build it an house in the land of Shinar: and it shall be established, and set there upon her own base. Zechariah 5:11 KJV and here it designs a firm and solid knowledge of the Gospel, as it publishes peace by Jesus Christ, which yields a sure foundation for the Christian soldier to set his foot upon, and stand fast on. (Gill's Exposition)
We are to above all, take the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. The type of military metaphor here is the type of shield that stood in front of the soldier and covered him completely. St. Paul likens this to faith in GOD being submissive to His will. (Elliot)
This shield protects us from these metaphorical arrows that would cause violent temptations. These fiery darts of temptations faith is said to quench, when, by the help of grace obtained of Christ, it overcomes them. (Poole)

Here we go with the Greek education: Homer used the word shield as a door. Many metaphors and ancient tales have been spun about doorways. However, as we strive to be more spiritual in our daily lives that blocking shield represents a hermitage in which we can formulate ideas in which Thomas Merton said, "Though there are certainly more ways than one of preserving the freedom of the sons of God, the way to which I was called....”

Clearly the "powers" and the "elements," which in Paul's day dominated men's minds through pagan religion or through religious legalism, today dominate us in the confusion and the ambiguity of the Babel of tongues that we call mass-society. Certainly I do not condemn everything in the mass-media. But how does one stop to separate the truth from the half-truth, the event form the pseudo-event, reality from the manufactured image? It is in this confusion of images and myths, superstitions and ideologies that the "powers of the air" govern our thinking - even our thinking about religion! Where there is no critical perspective, no detached observation, or time to ask the pertinent questions, how can one avoid being deluded and confused?
Thomas Merton. Faith and Violence: Christian Teaching and Christian Practice. Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press, 1968: p. 150.

Len Holmes
September 28, 2016

Homsley Reunion, Seymour, Texas

Homsley Reunion, Seymour, Texas
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