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 (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/2:1:MZS8-S5F : 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 http://www.hints-village.com/jonfloy.html
*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
https://books.google.com/books? 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* cousins.in 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?" ChristianCourier.com. Access date: October 3, 2016. https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/573-was-matthew-mistaken- 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

Thought, Word and Deed by Thou Divine Majesty - written by Len Holmes

Larry Eubanks, Rev. PhD.

Writes an inspired blog on “thinking about the Bible” topics as he flows
seamlessly onto a world stage of contemporary Christian writers.

In his September 16, 2016, blog he writes that to understand the New Testament one should stop reading it, temporarily. We are invited to open the Old Testament and begin to know it better as the Prophets proclaim the Glory of God to his people for all generations what God is with and without all the Law and the Prophets.

As a Christian in the pre-apocalyptic era, how do I think about the Holy Bible?
I think in a rationally emotive fashion as my learning has occurred. We are products of ecclesiastical thought offered in my case from those who were inspired to or not to impart foundations for Christian beliefs for me to grow into the furthering of Christ's Kingdom here on earth, as it is in Heaven.

We think like the ancient Greeks as Dr. Eubanks adroitly states that if you were to ask a Greek about time he would include lots of ideas, examples of mathematics, to prove a point. I would give that kind of answer due to the Western education I have received.

In contrast, if one asked a Jew about time as Dr Eubanks points so well, a story would be told. Both answer the question well. And again as Dr Eubanks mentions the Holy Bible as canonized is a Jewish book in thought. Yes, the New Testament is written in Greek; but the ideas are Jewish that is Christian faith.

It comes down to this.
It is an acceptance that the Holy Bible is the inspired word of God. The ancient Jews of the Old and and some of the New Testament would agree with that.. When Jesus said, “All the Law and the Prophets,” that is what was meant.
On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Matthew 22:40 KJV

He unabashedly stated to love God and your neighbor, and on those two principals of love hangs all the law and the prophets all neatly tied in one package.
 How simply complex conundrum of a paradigm this is for the modern day Christian. It is the purpose of story telling, like any art form to invoke an emotion. Jesus Christ is the superstar of invocation in past, present and future of our lives.
One emotion that is arguably present in Christians and non-believers of all times from (the beginning) is anger that arises from the question, who is my neighbor?

It is embedded in the sacredness of the Eucharist to be in love and charity with your neighbor and if not, make it right.

Anger arises in Christians even when their cup is spiritually full, maybe too full, which implies that we should get out of the pew and share our love and blessings with our neighbor whomever they are, even if we have to turn the other cheek in doing so.
 I think Christianity is a religion of pay-it-forward for the debt Christ paid, not just for our sins, but for the sins of the whole world. He died and rose again that those who believe on him will have eternal life. What about those who do not believe? He died for them as well. Who are we to criticize for whom Christ died and rose again on the third day? Yet, the simple emotion of anger keeps us from addressing the eternal notion. Is it our darker nature that causes this? We are commanded to be Christ-like, but can we be one hundred percent? No.

The beginning of knowledge is FEAR of the LORD; 
we are not to lean on our own understanding.

The first seven verses of Proverbs written by King Solomon, an ancestor of Jesus of Nazareth, is as a tree in a garden with many levels of meaning in its parts.

First, the number seven in Jewish thinking is a number that expresses completeness. That is my Greek thinking about Jewish writing showing. Yet, in these seven proverbs it gives seven simple steps for loving your neighbor as Jesus commanded.
First idea
This is a King of Israel, seed of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob giving prophecy who was an earthly ancestor of Jesus of Nazareth and Son of David.
Solmon Says

Second Idea

What it is...?


To perceive the words of understanding

To know wisdom and instruction.

Third Idea

To perceive the words of understanding
receive the instruction of


Fourth Idea 
Give Subtlety
to the simple.

My Greek learning interprets the Jewish narrative:
Subtlety offers gullible persons insight. Matthew Henry states, “We have to feel our own ignorance to be taught”.
And to the young knowledge and discretion. 

Fifth Idea
The same rules apply to all. 

Sixth Idea
A wise person will seek out interpretation of the meanings of scripture and dark sayings, within such as Samson's knot in Judges where Samson was the last Judge and a Nazarene like Jesus, Isaac and John the Baptist.

Within the times of Samson the number seven appears in that seven times the nation of Israel turned against God. The lesson here is that God had rather forgive than judge.

Seventh Idea

The truest knowledge is the fear of the Lord. Fools and blasphemers cannot grasp this concept of loving the Lord your God with all that is within you.

These seven ideas from Proverbs command us to love one another, and our neighbor as they provide the Christian reflection for Matthew 22:40. The old becomes new again!

Len Holmes

Monday, September 26, 2016

Homersley Genealogy by Len Holmes

Henry VIII (28 June 1491 – 28 January 1547)
King of England from 21 April 1509 until his death. He was the first English King of Ireland, and continued the nominal claim by English monarchs to the Kingdom of France.


Edward VI (12 October 1537 – 6 July 1553)
He was crowned on 20 February at the age of nine.

1 October 1553, Gardiner crowned Mary at Westminster Abbey
She died on 17 November 1558

Elizabeth I (7 September 1533 – 24 March 1603)
Crowned 15 January 1559
44 year reign

James VI and I (19 June 1566 – 27 March 1625) was King of Scotland as James VI from 24 July 1567 and King of England and Ireland as James I from the union of the Scottish and English crowns on 24 March 1603 until his death 1625. James was the son of Mary, Queen of Scots, and a great-great-grandson of Henry VII, King of England and Lord of Ireland (through both his parents), uniquely positioning him to eventually accede to all three thrones. James succeeded to the Scottish throne at the age of thirteen months, after his mother Mary was compelled to abdicate in his favour. Four different regents governed during his minority, which ended officially in 1578, though he did not gain full control of his government until 1583. In 1603, he succeeded the last Tudor monarch of England and Ireland, Elizabeth I, who died without issue. [Wickapedia]

Charles I (19 November 1600 – 30 January 1649[a]) was monarch of the three kingdoms of England,
Scotland, and Ireland from 27 Mar 1625 until his execution in 1649. 

Charles was crowned on 2 February 1626 at Westminster Abbey, but without his wife at his side
because she refused to participate in a Protestant religious ceremony.


At about 2:00 p.m. Charles put his head on the block after saying a prayer and signaled the executioner when he was ready by stretching out his hands; he was then beheaded with one clean stroke.

Yet in one clean stroke the world changed. The English Monarch's age was stopped by Oliver Cromwell 1649, after the proclamation of the republican Commonwealth.

NOTE; DOCUMENTS DURING THIS TIME HAVE TWO DATES: Julian Calendar 45 BC-1582; Gregorian cutting 10 days from the calendar in 1582 (so that 15 October 1582 followed 4 October 1582 cutting 10 days from the calendar in 1582 (so that 15 October 1582 followed 4 October 1582).

Charles II (29 May 1630 – 6 February 1685) [c] was King of England, Scotland, and Ireland. He was King of Scotland from 1649 until his deposition in 1651, and King of England, Scotland, and Ireland from the restoration of the monarchy in 1660 until his death.

Recognised by Royalists in 1649 
Gregorian Calendar prominent.The regnal calendar ("nth year of the reign of King X", etc.) is used in many official British government and legal documents of historical interest, notably parliamentary statutes.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_English_monarchs

Scottish Records Association
http://www.scottishrecordsassociation.org/index.php/news-archive/11-news-events/archive/12-the- calendar-and-related-problems

Medieval source material on the internet: 
Heralds' Visitations and the College of Arms http://www.medievalgenealogy.org.uk/sources/visitations.shtml


This text has many citiations of Homersley in 1614 and features the years of 1663 and 1664.
This is the text that shows the intermarriage of the Floyer and Homersley families with Arms and trees noted. The Arms of the families are unique and are modified from time to time to reflect lineage, residence, royal offerings. The laws of primogeniture usually follow. (Eldest son rule)


Page 117 features an early scheme of the descendancy of Homerlsey of Homersley. Remember that we are viewing a family that there is about 400 years already of presence in England. If you recall, the Homersley genealogy begins in Provence, France (what is now) in the 13th century AD.

Why would a future Englishman be in Provence in the 13th century?

Answer is a soldier.
16 November 1272 – 7 July 1307Not for those specific times, but that was Edward I. More than likely he, as a common soldier was employed by his mother the famous Eleanor of Provence. So you can begin to see the English population there which was intermingled with lots of Vikings. After all, William was a Norman of France and routed as much of the Viking power out. But it has only been since 1066 that the change began, and oh how it did. The Viking descendants had begun with the earliest invasions of England and the setting up of the Saxon State such as Mercia where the present political boundaries Stafford Shire.

The earliest Homerlsey portrayals are written and discussed in Judith Richards Shubert's Blog, Genealogy Traces. She is a 4th great granddaughter of Garnett Holmes.

Ade le Kinge de Rowenhall which translates Adam who lives on lands of the King at Rowenwald; or as my 4th Cousin would say, he was a King of Rowenwald because he lived on land of the King.

Adam of Rowenwald, Staffordshire
That is 194 years after the 1066 Conquest. Many records are vague in this time period or absent. The rich and powerful were the ones who left records. Literacy was restricted, heavily. 

Adam had two sons by unknown women most likely in Provence.
By the early 1300s the shape of the name Homersley at Homerlsey was emerging as a family. 
One son, Adam de Homerley 1325-1389 created the additional name of Kingsley.
Unfortunately, this is our line to Garnett and it is not as published or as colorful as the brothers' line.

Greg Holmes would say, it is from the Dilhorne, Staffordshire that we descend. So far that is correct.

That is what the majority of the finds in the 4 or 5 Visitation Books are: 
cousins, and my goodness they glow bright on a tree.

Margaret Hamersley (Hamersley and Homersley are used it seems at random) is the 9th Cousin 6 times removed. Yet her children's names by Floyer are also spelled Flyor and/or Flyer. Their ignoble arms are shown.

At this branch of the Homersley family the Floyer show up as distant autosomal cousins.

Sarah Homersley is an 8th cousin and daughter of Thomas Homersley of Botham, and marries William Trafford of Swithamly Grange, Staffordshire.

page 288 Homersley in 1614 Visitations

The Heraldic Visitations of Staffordshire 

Made by Sir Richard St. George

I think it is important to share everything at this juncture in life. We collectively know more family data than any generation in history. Genealogy research for all of us has gone from our heads in musty courthouse basements and old libraries with a pencil and paper to writing letters defending positions that took weeks to exchange now can be done in the blink of an eye. I intend to research till I can't. All I want to do is to spread information. New researchers are welcome.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Once Around the County in Newberry

Newberry School is just a few miles east of Mineral Wells, Texas, in the county of Parker. Newberry Cemetery now is the resting place for my grandparents, J. D. Gailey and Edna Puckett Gailey, and their daughters, Irene Gailey Stone, and Maedelle Gailey Carlyle, plus several other relatives. Irene, Maedelle and my mother, Vernelle, lived near the school as small children and told stories about going to school in Newberry. I can only assume it was the same school building, as my mother and her twin were born in 1921.

The Pucketts named in the picture below are my mother's first cousins once removed: Gerald, Iona, and Stella were children of Travis Austin Puckett and Nancy Catherine Mayo.
In 1924 Richard Gerald Puckett, age nineteen; Stella Puckett, age twelve; Iona Puckett, probably age 10 or eleven.

Thelma Doss, writer for the Mineral Wells Index said Esta Lea Daniel Ashley was quick to identify all the students and teachers in this 1924 picture. I do not know when she did this, but the newspaper clipping was given to me by my aunt Irene Gailey Stone. Esta Lea and her twin sister, Para Lea were good friends with my aunt. My cousin and Irene's daughter, Linda Kay Stone Cox and I took Irene to visit with them in 2005 in their home in North Richland Hills, Texas.

Para Lea Daniel Moore, Irene Gailey Stone, and Esta Lea Daniel Ashley

Once Around the County
by Thelma Doss

Homsley Reunion, Seymour, Texas

Homsley Reunion, Seymour, Texas
Copyright (c) 2015 by Judith Richards Shubert