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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


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