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by Len Holmes


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: 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

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

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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.

Scottish Records Association calendar-and-related-problems

Medieval source material on the internet: 
Heralds' Visitations and the College of Arms

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.


One of the surprises of writing for a blog such as Judy Shubert’s Genealogy Traces is that one never knows what the results will be.

Greg Holmes, co author of this entry, wrote an article on some research we had done on Elias Eph Homesley.


A new name arose on genealogy research radar, Glenn GABBARD, who is a descendant of Joseph  HOMESLEY and Mary SMITH.  He well informed us that Mrs. Carrie Homesley CUNNINGHAM came to his ARKANSAS family farm when he was younger and discussed ancestry in preparation for a book about the Homesley kin. The beauty of genealogy is that one generation may offer building blocks for the next to study and learn, and Mrs. Cunningham did just that.

Glenn Gabbard’s father and mother are Leonard Raymond GABBARD (July 11, 1915-August 31, 2009), Belle Homesley (1919-November 23, 2003). Glenn states that his dad bought a few copies and Mrs. Cunningham delivered them by car.

Glenn’s siblings are Norman Gabbard, Carolyn Gabbard Norman, and an Aunt Mabel Shumate. (There is much research that shows intermarriages of the Homesley and Shumate families.) Mr. Gabbard, a retired carpenter for the University of Arkansas, was laid to rest in McCord Cemetery, Elkins, (Find A Grave Memorial#8127536)  WASHINGTON, Arkansas, where so many of his wife’s family had settled at or before the founding of the county.

Glenn’s mother  BELLE HOMESLEY  was the daughter of  LEROY PATRICK HOMESLEY (29 Jun 1894 - 14 May 1990) and CASANDRA FOSTER who were married about 1918 in WashingtonArkansasFind A Grave Memorial #8127536.

Belle Homesley’s sister was Mabel Homesley SHUMATE
(October 10, 1921-October 10, 2013)

Mabel Homesley Shumate
October 10, 1921 - October 10, 2013

From the Moores Chapel Funeral Home Website:
Mabel Homesley Shumate, age 92, passed away October 10, 2013. She was born October 10, 1921 in DurhamArkansas to Lee Roy “Pat” and Cassie Homesley. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Belle Gabbard and her husband Howard.
She graduated from Elkins High School where she was a member of the championship girl’s basketball team. Basketball remained one of her favorite things throughout her life. She graduated from the Fayetteville Business School and was a lifelong resident of the Elkins/Durham area except for 1942-1944 when she lived in HoustonTexas and worked in the shipyards during World War II. She married William Howard Shumate on June 9, 1946 and they became the proud parents of three sons. She worked on the family farm while he was a postal carrier in Fayetteville. She was a member of the Elkins Church of Christ for 60 plus years. She was a living testament to her faith. She was a leader of the White River 4-H Club and a charter member of the White River EPA group and worked tirelessly to help defeat the landfill on Hobbs Mountain. She participated in trash pick-ups along Highway 16 East and helped man the recycling trailer at Elkins well up into her later years. She was an avid sports fan and loved her Arkansas Razorbacks. She was a faithful supporter of the Elkins Elks teams and attended many games. She showed the referee’s no mercy when she did not agree with their calls. She loved driving out into the pasture to check the cattle and continued to do so until just a few years ago. She had strong political views and enjoyed debating with anyone who was brave enough to take her on. She was a domino shark and each kid and most of her grandkids have been thoroughly trounced by her.
She is survived by three sons, Allen (Donna) of Elkins, Arkansas, Darrell (Sandy) of Mineola, Texas and Ed (Jan) of Elkins, Arkansas; seven grandchildren, Jennifer Walker (Jamie) of Butler, Pennsylvania, Brian Shumate (Stephanie) of Elkins, Arkansas, Melissa Douglas (Robert) of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Allison Shumate (Micah) of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Sara Shumate of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Brooke DeLucci of Elkins, Arkansas and Courtney Shumate of Elkins, Arkansas; seven great-grandchildren, Gavin Shadrick of Russellville, Arkansas, Grant Shadrick of Bella Vista, Arkansas, Caleb Shumate, Trevor Shumate and Braden Shumate all of Elkins, Arkansas and Zayne Walker of Butler, Pennsylvania; three step-great-grandchildren, Angel (Tyler) Morris of California, Jay Walker of Arkadelphia, Arkansas and Ben Napier of Elkins and one step-great-great-grandchild arriving in 2014; two nephews, Glen and Norman Gabbard and one niece, Carolyn Norman; numerous great-nieces and nephews. She is also survived by very special friends, Jim and Betsy Martin who gave generously of their time and love to her and Geneva Long who spent many hours with her on the phone and loved her dearly, as well as many other friends and neighbors. All of us want to thank our Jan for her devotion to caring for her and putting her own life on hold, we could not have done it without you. Always know that she loved you dearly even when she was giving you a hard time. The family also wishes to thank the wonderful people from Washington Regional Hospice who made it possible for her to remain in her home until she left us on her birthday.


Glenn’s great grandparents were John Buck Homesley (May 15, 1855-April 28, 1953)
and Ellen Springton (1858-1935) married December 17, 1865 in WashingtonArkansas. The couple had thirteen children born in Washington, Arkansas from 1876-1906.

There is not a complete record of the John Buck Homesley family, and anyone reading this is welcome to add much needed information.

Child 1: Douglas Homesley born June 18, 1876 and died June 17, 1943 San FranciscoCalifornia

Child 2: May Homesley born April 11, 1878 and married Lister Bailey

Child 3: Clyde J Homesley born February 1, 1886

Child 4: Hattie Homesley born 1887

Child 5: Ina Homesley born 1888-1989 and married John Ballard (1884-1970). Their children: Lucille, Pauline, Ralph, Thelma Teague, Lee Roy, Melba, Ruby Rude, Agnes, Gladys Buchanan

Child 6: Guy Homesley born 1902-11/18/1963 United States Navy WWII San BrunoCalifornia

Child 7: Herbert Monroe Homesley born May 4, 1906- unknown and married Lennie Mae Wiseman

Child 8: C. J. Homesley born 1882-1950 Rogers Cemetery, Rogers Arkansas

Child 9: Maud Homesley born 1885

Child 10: Elise Homesley born unknown

Child 11: Natalie Homesley born unknown

Child 12: Dennis Homesley 1890-1976 Rogers Cemetery, Rogers, Arkansas

Child 13: Leroy Patrick Homesley who is Glenn Gabbard’s grandfather

James Holmesley
Jane Jennie Womack 

Glenn’s great, great grandparents were James Holmesley (January 3, 1805, Kentucky-September 15, 1881, Wesley, Madison, Arkansas) and Jane Jennie Womack (1803, Kentucky-1899, Elkins, ClarkArkansas) with burial at Mt. Olive Cemetery.
The Holmesley/Womack marriage produced seventeen children. The documentation
is incomplete on some and any reader is welcome to submit verified data.
These births are not in date order.

Child 1: Nancy Narcissa Holmesley (1834-1858) of RichlandMadisonArkansas

Child 2: Willilam D. or J. Holmesley (1836-?) of RichlandMadisonArkansas married Lucinda Homesley (b. 1838 of MadisonArkansas. Their children are Mary J. Homesley Fowler (1857), John R. Homesley (1859)

Child 3: Sarah Homesley (1837-1927) born in Richland and died in Washington, Arkansas. Sarah married James Henry Lollar (b. abt. 1837 in AR) on an unknown date had five children: Eliza, Fannie, Dudley, Lizzie and Tennie

Child 4: Jane Homesley (1841-1867)

Child 5: Holford Randolph Homesley (1837-?)
Holford Homesley Co. I Pvt/ Sixteenth Arkansas Confederate Infantry

Child 6: Lucinda Homesley (1844-?)

Child 7: Louisa Jane Homesley (1848-1922) married James Calhoun Thomas (1842-1899). Their children:  James, Sarah, Mattie, Butler, and Boone.

Child 8: Elizabeth Loucressy Homesley (1848-1867)


Child 9: Katie Katherine Homesley (1881-?) married George Washington Lollar January 24, 1867. Their children: W.F., Mary, John, Viola Tranquil, Ollie, and Roda

Child 10: John Buck who is recorded earlier

Child 11: James Walker Dave Homesley (1885-1940) married Rebecca Jane Springton March 14, 1878 in Washington, Arkansas. Their children: Randolph and Cora

Child 12: Burrell James (1859-1925) married Josephine Shipman June 05, 1879 in Washington, Arkansas.  They had three children: Lula, Mary, Alice

Child 13: Viola Tranquil Homesley (1853-1949) married William Albert Jeffers in 1874. Their children: Denver Hays, John, Levi, Lillie, Rosy, Lester, Harlan

Child 14: Francis Marion Homesley (?-1902) married Alabama Hannah. Their children: William Moses, Jefferson E., Sarah E., Bennett S.
These children’s names were mistranslated often on official records as being Homsby. This illustrates a point to scrutinize all spellings.

Child 15: Randolph L. Holmesley has no data

Child 16: Sydney E. Homesley (?-1878) married Nancy Sanders abt 1863. They had the following children:  Simon, Stephen, LulaFrances and John

Child 17: Elizabeth Homesley (1849-1867)



Glenn’s great, great, great grandparents are John R. Holmesley (1773-1857)
and Mary Jane James (1778-1860). These ancestors of ours had 
eleven children that we have recorded. 

These ancestors must have been very stout and hardy people. John R. was born in CumberlandVirginia, married in LincolnNorth Carolina and died in Wesley, Madison, Arkansas. My, those pioneers got about! As an interesting note: Hawkhunter has extensive notes on the journey to Arkansas on John R.’s Find A Grave page. His wife, Mary Jane James, was born in Virginia, and the families must have migrated to Lincoln, North Carolina. She is interred in Wesley, Madison, Arkansas.

Mrs. Carrie Homesley Cunningham had interviewed many of the early Homelsey family and made extensive notes in her book: Historical Record of the Holmesley Family. She discussed the name spelling with some descendants and they concluded that John R, Burell J., Levi and Stephen spelled the name HOLMESLEY.  
Mary Jane James’ ancestry is a lengthy one that goes for generations and will be the subject of another writing.

Child 1: Stephen Holmesley (1797-1864) born in Lincoln, North Carolina and married Defesy Vaughn in 1825 in WayneMissouri. Stephen and Defesy’s children are: Mary Martha Holmesley Lewis, Marion Franklin Holmesley (1841-1887), Didema Holmesley (1826-?), Leonidus (1837-?), Syndey E. Holmesley (1849-?), Beda (1847-?), Lethea Holmesley (1849?-?) all being born in Prairie Arkansas.
Stephen Holmesley built one of the first mills on Yokum Creek in Washington Arkansas.

Child 2: Elizabeth Holmesley (1802-1867) married first Michael Master and then Jesse W. Hock (Hawk).  The children with Jesse Hock are Permela, Jacob, Sarah, Lucinda Evaline, Daniel Henry, and George Washingon.
It is said that Michael Masters’ death in 1831 was the first recorded death of a non-native in Washington, Arkansas. There were six children from the first marriage: John, Nancy, Margaret, Ruhama Elizabeth, David Jackson, Elizabeth.

Child 3: James Holmesley married  Jennie Jane Womack is entered above as the 2nd great grandparents of Glenn Gabbard. There is an interesting note about James Holmesley in that he built the first one of the first buildings in the pioneer town Fayetteville. 

Child 4: Jane Holmesley (1811-1870) married Benjamin Drake 1831 in Madison, Arkansas. I have recorded seven children: Burrell, Rachel, Minerva, Betsy, Delphia, John, Nancy, William and Elizabeth.  Jane died in HopkinsTexas.

Child 5: Levi Holmesley (1813-1880) married Zimarou Wagnon. They had eight children: Frances Monroe, Randolph Lafayette, Burrell Wagnon, Wesley Stanford, Mary Lucinda, John N, Joel Oliver, Levi Thomas.

Child 6: Mary Holmesley (1815-1872) married William Martin Mullen on 1831 in Wesley, MadisonArkansas.

Child 7: Narcissa Nancy Holmesley (1816-1833) married an unknown Ernest.

Child 8: Julia Holmesley (1817-1836) married Randolph Coffey.

Child 9: Burrell James Holmesley (1807-1891) married Lucinda Wagnon (1814-1866) on January 1832 in Cane HillWashington ArkansasBurrell James and his family migrated to Comanche, Texas and are interred there. This family are true pioneers of Comanche, Texas being one of the FIRST FIVE FAMILIES.
"Early settler of Comanche County, Texas. He and first wife, Lucinda, had the following children who survived to adulthood: Julia 1832-1836; Thomas Jefferson 1834-1903; Amanda 1836-1918; James Monroe, 1838-1881; Martha Jane 1841-1891; William L. 1843-1860; Francis Marion 1845-1943; Burrell Sutton 1849-1915; Arabella 1852-1940." 
Child 10: Catherine Cynthia Katie Holmesley (1803-1885) married John Ben Austin (1802-1847) on 1825 Wayne, MadisonArkansas.  
Living in Richland Township, Madison County, Arkansas in October 1850
(Federal Census data)
Oct., 1850 Census, Madison Co. AR.
Cynthia Austin 46 Farmer NC
William "" 22 School Teacher AR
Mary "" 20 AR
Benjamin "" 18 AR
James "" 16 AR
Nancy " " 14 AR
Thomas " " 10 AR
John "" 7 AR

Child 11: Betsy Holmesley born 1819.


Glenn Gabbard’s 4th Great Grand Parents are Joseph Burrell Homesley, Sr.
(1750-1799) perhaps born in England; Joseph is interred in Lincoln North Carolina
He married Mary Smith or White 1772 at Cumberland, Virginia.

Some research states that Glenn’s 4th Great Grandmother’s last name was Smith. John R. Holmesley mentions that it was White. Further research is needed to solve this mystery.

One can only wonder what the trip from Cumberland, Virginia to Lincoln, North Carolina was like and what the journey was like for the travelers. The Lincoln County they arrived at was unsettled and occupied with Native Americans eight miles south of CherryvilleNorth Carolina near where the important Battle of King’s Mountain would take place.

The early days of Joseph’s life is shrouded in time’s dark veil. It is recorded that Joseph’s mother Jane died when he was six years old. Oddly enough she left a verbal will home where she died with the rectory of the Church of England’s priest, Rev. McClaurine of Southam Parish. He reported this to the vestry and they made some fateful decisions for Joseph and his brother, Benjamin, and little sister, Anne. These children were bound-out as was the custom of the day. Wealthy colonists left money for education for their children.  This was not the case for Joseph and his siblings. They were given to community families who wanted them. With the whisk of a quill pen on paper the Vestry of Southam Parish Church of England decided the fates of the Homesley children in Cumberland County, Virginia.

In Joseph’s case he was bound out to a Joseph Akin. (Page 151 Cumberland Court Order Book.) At least over the next sixteen years he lived and worked for the Akin family until in 1772 Joseph married.

Benjamin Homesley, the eldest son, being born about 1748 means that he was about thirteen and bound out to Robert Beck. (Cumberland County Court Order Book 1758-1762, page 120.) Prominent Homesley author, Ray Homesley, suggests that Benjamin may have been the father of Benjamin’s given name.

Anne, the youngest, is bound out to Stephen Mosby (1732-1763) and Abenoday Minor Mosby (b. 1731 Lunenburg, Virginia). Page 151 same book dated February 25, 1760. It is my genealogy guess that Ann being about one year old was absorbed into the Mosby family with whom we have a verified genetic link. Tragedy befalls the Mosby household on October 22, 1763 when Stephen Mosby dies leaving his wife Abenoday or Alice Oneda and two Mosby children, Priscilla (1759), and Jacob (b 1761) along with the bound out Anne Homesley.

According to some recently located records  Priscilla Mosby married Robert Gilliam about December 24, 1786 in Cumberland County, Virginia.This is to certify that I have given my consent to a marriage between my son Robt Gilliam and Priscilla Mosbey.
Witness my hand James GILLIAM, 22nd Decemr, 1786.
Wit: Stephen May and Wm. Thweatt
This is to Certify that I do, Volentaley [sic] give my Consent to a Marriage between Robt Gilliam and my Daughter Presellia Mosbey, without Reserve, witness my hand Allsey Mosbey, 24th Decembor 1/86 [1786]. Wit: William Thomas (Thweatt?), John Sullivant Senr.
 Robert GILLIAM, the son of James GILLIAM and Martha Isbell, his wife and Robert was born 1 May 1766 in Lunenburg CountyVA. Robert married Priscilla Mosby.

Records indicate finance problems with Stephen Mosby after his death and his son Jacob was not it appears mentally sound.  It seems that the lands were sold or given back to their grandfather Poindexter Mosby.

Glenn Gabbard’s further ancestry is shrouded in time.  We know that this unknown Homersley had died about 1759. Jane died about October 1761.

One can almost see the crisp fall Virginia wind whistling through the ancient tombstones as they lay Jane Homersley in her grave. With the Anglican Book of Common Prayer’s words of ashes to ashes and dust to dust they covered her till the day of judgement.

Three children stood almost alone: Benjamin, Joseph and little Ann.  The family life they knew ended and a new life journey for them beginning.

These descendants would cover the map of America creating their own destiny and set the stage for an emerging American nation in war and peace.

This leaves me in wonder and awe of this American story.

Thanks to Hawkhunter.






Shumate, Mabel Homesley, obit, Moores Chapel Funeral Homewebsite accessed 4-9-14
Find A Grave Memorials,
Jim Hawkins, Find A Grave Memorials, Hawkhunter
Ray Homesley, author.
Mr. Glenn Gabbard, personal notes and correspondence.
Cunningham, Carrie Homesley, Historical Record of the Holmesley Family, author.


Elizabeth Frances Holmes

Elizabeth Frances Holmes

Garnett Holmes had three sons: Elias Eph Holmes, Lawson B. Holmes and James A. Holmes. His third son, James A. is my ggg-Grandfather, as well as Greg Holmes’, another author on this blog.

James A. Holmes (1805-abt 1904) married Mary Polly McDonald about 1827 perhaps in Alabama. The couple had five children. The focus of this story is about his only daughter, Elizabeth Frances Holmes Isbell.

We do know through solid research that Elizabeth was born in 1833 in Carroll, Georgia. When she was about fifteen she married Hugh Gentry (Hughel) Isbell (1824-1889) on 26 Oct 1848 in Shelby, Alabama.

They lived and farmed in Shelby, Alabama near Monovello and Sterrett, Alabama at least through 1860. By 1870, Hugh and Elizabeth Frances were living near Hillsboro, Alabama. By this time Hugh was 55 years and Elizabeth was 45 years. In 1870, the census snapshot shows us this growing family:
Hiram 24, William Yancey 21 (already widowed), James W., Julia C. 14, Abel 10, Susan 6, and Mollie, a granddaughter 4. 

By about 1890, Elizabeth Frances Holmes Isbell and her husband were living in Lamar, Alabama in the  Crews community with her brother and my gg-Grandfather, Elias S Holmes and his second wife, Josephine Caroline Hawkins. They must have all been Methodists at this time in our family history: for there are church records in Lamar County at the Mt. Hebron Methodist Church with their memberships. Her official record for the church is recorded as Eliz Homes.

By 1889, her husband of many years had died, and in 1893 Frances sold their farmland and seemed to live with her youngest son Abel Isbell in Jefferson County, Alabama. In 1919 Elizabeth Frances Isbell Holmes died and was laid to rest in Mt. Hebron near Crews Depot at the Methodist Church Cemetery.



One of the genetic cousins to the HOLMES and HOMESLEY families was the BRENT family of Charles, Maryland and its environs. The colonization of colonial America was a multipurpose tangle of religious, economic and social relationships that often overlapped. The colony of Maryland was no exception. The Brent families were facilitators of all the relationships of Maryland’s settlement and future.

The story of the BRENT family begins in England with Lord of Lark Stoke and Admington Sir Richard BRENT (1573-1662) and Elizabeth REED (1578-1631) when they married in 1594 in Warwickshire, England. The couple had nine children, but the focus of this story is on their youngest son, Giles BRENT (1606-1671) who became the Deputy Governor of Maryland.
Giles BRENT was born in Gloucestershire, England and migrated to the English colony probably because of his second son status and the laws of primogeniture of England. He arrived with his more famous sister Margaret BRENT and a retinue of servants. The future deputy governor continues his flamboyant, entitled lifestyle in the colonies with at least two marriages that set the stage for colorful conflict and drama. He had familial ties with the CALVERT family who owned Maryland during these tumultuous times that shaped the face of the future United States of America.

Giles BRENT developed a successfully large plantation on Kent Island where he positioned himself to become the Counselor, Treasurer, Deputy Governor, judge and burgess of the Colony of Maryland much to the dismay of the stayed CALVERT family. Politicians are no different today than in the 1600’s in that they will only share so much of the “limelight”.

Giles BRENT (46) was a man of his own destiny when he refused to destroy the Native American culture on Kent Island and in the CALVERT'S eyes the audacity to marry Mary KITTYAMAQUAND (1643), the sixteen-year-old daughter of the tyack or emperor of the PISCATAWAY TRIBE. The CALVERTS believed that this was a direct threat to their authority in that they believed that Giles BRENT sought the inheritance of the lands of the tribe. This is one of the ironies of colonial history; the lack of cultural understanding between the Native American cultural beliefs contrasted English Common Law theories of land ownership in that the lands belonged to the tribe rather than the Emperor. The final episode for Giles BRENT in Maryland was when he began to speak out against the CALVERTS and he migrated to the Colony of Virginia.

Giles BRENT and Mary KITTYAMAQUAND had seven children:
Giles BRENT, JR. (1652-1679); Mary BRENT FITZHERBERT (1632-?); Richard BRENT; Katherine BRENT MARSHAM (1649-1690); Henry BRENT: Margaret BRENT PLOWDEN; William BRENT (1677-1709).

Giles BRENT, JR (05 Apr 1652-1679) was born at the family plantation in Stafford, Virginia named “Retirement”. Giles, Jr had at least two marriages: Mary Brent (his first cousin) 1671 and perhaps Frances Hammersley.

Giles BRENT, JR. and his first wife Mary BRENT BRENT evidently had a stormy relationship because by 1677 she obtained a legal separation on grounds of extreme cruelty. Some records state that a first divorce of its kind in the colonies was recorded; however, he died and she administered his estate. Giles, Jr died at the age of twenty-seven at Potomac, Middlesex, Virginia. In his short life span, he left an indelible mark for the future of the burgeoning English Colonies by participating in the iconic Bacon’s Rebellion (1676-1677).
Giles BRENT, JR led a thousand men to join Nathaniel BACON rebel forces near Jamestown, Virginia.  Due to the indiscriminate racist killings of Native Americans, BRENT changed sides and joined the forces of Governor William BERKLEY. The rebellion resulted in the burning of Jamestown, Virginia thus moving the capitol to Williamsburg, Virginia.

In 1679, young Giles BRENT, JR. converts from Catholicism to Anglicanism because his death is recorded at Christ Church in Middlesex County, Virginia where he is interred.

Genealogy research has a new element with the advent of genetic testing to enhance family history studies. Using the genetic clues often presents more problems to solve than linear research.

The Y DNA genetic clues arrive in the form of earliest known ancestors who have been tested through Ancestry and Family Tree Maker. The two companies seem to have different approaches to the DNA markers. Family Tree Maker's 37-Marker test lists individuals with whom we have a common ancestor. Our Holmes group has no other matches to any Holmes families listed. In fact, with Family Tree Maker we are a miscellaneous group. In Ancestry's 200,000 markers, there is no Holmes either, but there are families who seem to have familial relationships with the Holmes group of our DNA.

I have begun to develop family trees from the matches of these markers and have databases that reveal how the family matches are related.

The families that are interrelated are the Robertson, Greenhaugh, Mosby, Brent, Hatcher, Childers, Baugh, Branch, Burton, James, Talliferro, Foster James, Womack and etc. These name spellings represent a consensus by me of the etymological variations over hundreds of years. I have named this the “Cousins Model” of research. I am sure the wheel is still round; however, there is nothing new under the sun. When considering the use of YDNA research it appears to me to be in my case the name of Holmes linearly which is the traditional research method. This had not been the case as it has been discoveries through the female line that have provided the most results.

Family Tree Maker says that this is coincidence. I am happy with any coincidence that provides answers to my genealogy queries.

The first analysis is of the descendants of William Robertson 1620-1708 and Eleanor Dreghorn Pitcairn 1634-1708 of Aryshire, Scotland.  (For a more complete bio sketch of this couple, go to Find A Grave).
One of the early trees developed was a match to John Greenhaugh, which is 458 names over three hundred years of American history.
John Greenhaugh m Unknown and had Elizabeth Greenhaugh who married Benjamin Hatcher of Varina Plantation, Henrico, Virginia. The couple had eleven children between 1668-1685 with information available.
The Robertson’s family may have had fourteen children and down through the centuries the name varied in spelling including Robinson. One clue about the Robertson family is they were ardent Presbyterian.
Jeffery Robertson (1654-bef 1739), son of William and Eleanor, was an immigrant to Henrico, Virginia. He married Elizabeth Bowman (1655-1735) in 1698 in Henrico, Virginia. Elizabeth Bowman’s family has ancestry to the early match of John Greenhaugh (05 Mar 1614-03 Mar 1703). John was an immigrant from Lancastershire, England to Henrico, Virginia. There are some name spelling differences in Greenhaugh, but no definitive data has been drawn.
Anyone with research ideas is welcome to post on this blog about their research conclusions. John Greenhaugh’s wife is a mystery, but some evidence points to her being a Childers. John had one daughter: Elizabeth Greenhaugh (1648-1728) married Benjamin Hatcher (1648-?) of Varina, Dale Parish, and Henrico, Virginia on June 1687.
The Greenhaugh tree now becomes a descendant of the family of William Hatcher (1613-1680). William Hatcher’s family adds the following lines to the genealogy: Edward Hatcher, Sr. (1636-1711) and Mary Ward; Henry Hatcher (1639-1677) and Ann Lound; Jane Hatcher (1641-1710) and William Addie Branch (m 1661), Abel Gower (m 1677), William Baugh, Jr (1656); Susannah Hatcher (1646-1699) and Thomas Burton (1634-1685). 
I will make this data available to anyone who asks. I have data bases on the following families: John Greenhaugh, Edward Mosby, Sarah Woodson, Jane Homersely, Francis Hammersley, Mary Brent, Giles Brent, as well as Holmes and Homesley.

Genetics has advanced the ability to resolve genealogy queries.
Please post any questions to Genealogy Traces.



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