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by Greg Holmes

Ancestry of
Garnet Homesley


Greg  Holmes
Len Holmes

In the year of 1776, with the announced Independence of the American Colonies into a confederation of sovereign states, a yeoman perhaps desiring gentrification named Homesley and his wife bore a son. They named him Garnet Homesley of Cumberland County, Virginia. Little is known of his rural upbringing or his absolute parentage, but recent DNA matches have concluded that it may have been Benjamin Homesley and his life-long loyal wife
Jemima Self.

Recent studies have revealed that Garnet may have been of a Baptist family of colonial Virginia. Revolution in religion, politics and economics are formed by the wealthy as the yeoman and knaves are swept along in the impending floods of ideas and morals. This may be why no christening records are extant due to the faith of the parents. Baptist does not paedobaptize and kept scant records. This is a stark contrast to the highly literate, state run Anglican Church who tracked everyone from birth to death.

DNA tests arise where paper proof is not extant. Wars, famine and fires destroy paper evidence, yet the family’s chemical signature remains a constant through the centuries, never lying often surprising with obtuse answers to the descendants who have sought diligently for facts rather than fantasy in this newest form of genealogy research.

Among the first paper proof found of Garnet Homesley is 1810 with Garnet being about thirty-four. By this time, he is widowed with three sons according to the Warren County Kentucky Census. Being curious genealogy writers, we often ask: “Why is Garnet Homesley in Warren County, Kentucky during 1810?” One possible answer is business; yet, another is family. Being seasoned researchers, we are trained to look at the whole document. The whole document of the 1810 Warren Census reveals the name of Richard Wilmot. This Richard Wilmot may have been Jemima Self Homesley’s mother’s (Jemima Wilmot Shelton Self’s) brother. This leads one to speculate that land transactions from land grants were changing hands in Kentucky and there was money to be made. This seemed to be a life long interest of Garnet’s on his migrations through the American South.

Alas, most of the records of Warren County were destroyed in 1800 and 1864. Through DNA matches we theorize that Garnet’s first wife was Elizabeth Huffstetler, daughter of John Huffstetler and Eve Whisenhunt Eaker Huffstetler Short.

Elizabeth Huffstetler

Born 1780/1782

Lincoln County, North Carolina

There are no records to prove that Elizabeth Huffstetler married Garnet Homesley about 1796 in Lincoln County, North Carolina. DNA strongly suggests that we have a direct match to Garnet with her. At this time in our research and leaving a legacy for future researchers to build, we think this is correct until disproved.

Elizabeth Huffstetler Homesley left not much of a footprint in the world in which she lived and died. It is believed that Elizabeth was born about 1780 in Lincoln County, North Carolina where so much of the story of this family takes place. One reason why this family ended up in what was formerly Tryon County, North Carolina was that was where the Philadelphia Wagon Road ended from the migration from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. It is also believed that Garnet’s three sons: Elias, Lawson and James, were born in or near Lincoln County, North Carolina, in contradiction to the 1850 US Census, which states that James Holmes was born in South Carolina. Elizabeth perhaps died at James’ birth. The only fact here is that census records are very subjective.

As an interesting note, Elizabeth Huffstetler had a younger brother named Henry Huffstetler who named three of his sons, amongst others, Elias, Lawson and James. This repetitive naming pattern lasted for many years.

Elizabeth Huffstetler’s mother was Eve Whisenhunt Eaker Huffstetler Short. Eve was born about 1742 at Muddy Creek, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Eve Whisenhunt married Christian Eaker about 1760, their children being born in Anson, Mecklenburg and Tryon Counties, North Carolina. Mecklenburg County was formed from Anson County in 1762. Tryon County was formed from Mecklenburg County in 1768. Tryon County was divided into Rutherford and Lincoln Counties in 1779. So the families moved around in North Carolina probably less often than counties changed names during this period. Eve and Christian Eaker’s children were Barbary born 1761, Catherine born 1764, Peter born 1765, Christian born 1768 and Daniel born 1773.

 It is noted here that Eve and Christian’s daughter, Catherine Eaker, born 1764 married Enoch Parker; and that several of Eve’s family members were in Carroll County, Georgia by 1830. Enoch Parker was also in Carroll County, Georgia by 1830, listed next to Garnet Holmes on the 1830 Federal Census.

Christian Eaker was born about 1724 in Ratzweiler, Alsace, France. He was the son of Hans Peter Eaker 1689-1773 and Veronica Gillman 1689-1741. Hans Peter Eaker is believed to have emigrated from Bern, Switzerland to Pennsylvania aboard the ship “Lydia” in 1741. “Peter Ecker/Eaker, Sr., a shoemaker, and his two sons, Peter, Jr., and Christian Eaker arrived in Philadelphia in 1741. Peter, Sr., was a widower, and he married 2nd Margaret Mary Stutter Holshauser, widow of Jacob, 23 November 1742 Lancaster County, PA.” Peter Eaker and his family traveled to what is now the Lincoln and Gaston Counties area by 1748. Christian left his will on 25 June 1776, his will proved in July 1777 in Tryon County, North Carolina.

Eve married John Huffstetler about 1780 in Lincoln County, North Carolina. They had Elizabeth about 1780, and Henry about 1784. Some of Henry’s descendants started going by the last name “Huffstickler”. John Huffstetler was born about 1750 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Eve and John separated about 1788, Eve staying in Lincoln County and John making his way to Logan County, Kentucky by 1796 where he had fifty acres of land surveyed on 3 August 1796. John died in either Logan or Barren County, Kentucky about 1802/1805. After separating from John Huffstetler, Eve lived with Peter Eaker, her son, for about three years and then moved in with David Short about 1791. It is thought that Eve married David Short after John Huffstetler died, as she and John separated but apparently never legally divorced.

There is an interesting land grant entry in Lincoln County, North Carolina which shows that Garnet Homesley and Elizabeth Huffstetler were neighbors starting about 1791 when Elizabeth, her mother Eve, and her brother Henry moved in with David Short; that is, David Short’s land adjoined the Homesley’s land.

“Grant # 1684, file #2072, Entry #1278, Jan. 23, 1800, Book 112, page 222, for Christian Eaker, fifty acres of land on the Muddy Fork of Buffalow joining David Short on the North side of said creek and Benjamin Homesly’s land. The survey chain bearers were Henry Hufstitler and Enoch Parker.”

Not only does this entry show that Garnet Homesley and Elizabeth Huffstetler, Eve’s daughter, were neighbors in 1796 when we believe the two were married, it names:

Christian Eaker, Eve’s son

David Short, whom Eve lived with starting in about 1791

Benjamin Homesley, Eve’s neighbor

Henry Hufstitler, Eve’s son

Enoch Parker, Eve’s son-in-law

Eve’s parents were John (Johan) Adam Whisenhunt (1719-1784) and Anna Barbara MNU (1721-1801). John Adam Whisenhunt was the son of Phillip Peter Visinand (1684-1744) and Anna Helena Neff (1695-1750). Phillip Peter Visinand was born in Heilsbruck, Edenkoben Germany, and died at Muddy Creek, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Anna Helena Neff was born in Bad Durkheim, Germany and passed away in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Phillip Peter Visinand and Anna Helena Neff departed from Rotterdam, and arrived in Philadelphia with their family aboard the “Snow Lowther” on 14 October 1731.

Eve’s siblings were George Michael Whisenhunt (1734-1815), Margaret Whisenhunt (1738-1800), Phillip Whisenhunt (1738-1791), Catharine Whisenhunt (1741-1810), John Nicholas Whisenhunt (1743-1831), John George Whisenhunt (1749-1833),  and Anna Barbara Whisenhunt (1751-1801).

Garnet’s paternal great grandparents
were possibly
 Dr John Hamersley of Prince George County, Virginia,
Agnes Mosby Binford 1693-1738

The destroyed records of Prince George County, Virginia, as well as other counties in storied old Dominion State paired with the strong genetic matches form hypotheses which in turn equals rationale for the thinking genealogist. Since this is a treatise on possibilities, we will allow the future to judge this rationale.

Who was Dr. John Hamersley?

“The Baptist Quarterly” Volume VIII 1936-1937 page 316
Says Doctor John Hammersley came to Albemarle Sound, on the Perquimans River in North Carolina.
It is assumed that he came from Staffordshire, England.
It is presumed that John Hammersley moved to Prince George County, Virginia, around 1718 as he, Phillip Claude and John Berry proved the will of Richard Pigeon on 10 March 1718 in Prince George County, Virginia. We have yet to find any earlier documentation of John Hammersley in Prince George County, Virginia.

There is a land deed from John White to John Hamersly in Prince George County on 9 September 1718.

Seven court records from 1719 in Prince George County appear concerning John Hammersley.

In 1720, six court records show up. John proved several persons’ wills, and was security for others in 1719/1720.

“The William and Mary Quarterly”, Ser. 1, Vol. 10, No. 4 (July 1903), p. 261: mentions Dr. John Hamersley as security for the will of Nicolas Wyatt.

“The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography” Volume 4, p. 238 mentions Dr. Hamersley is the only medical man noted of the period. Irony takes the stage with his association with Charles Norden, a prominent early Baptist and schoolmaster.

John Hammersley wrote a letter in 1741/1742 to Nicholas Eyers, a Rhode Island Baptist leader, giving an account of the state of Baptist affairs in Virginia.

There is a twenty-two year span, from 1720 court records to 1741/1742 when John wrote the letter to Nicholas Eyers, from which no records have been found concerning Doctor John Hammersley.

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.

*genetic match

Agnes Mosby Binford (1693-1738)
John Binford (born abt 1687) married Agnes Mosby  (Sep 12, 1719)

Children of Agnes Mosby and John Binford are:
James Binford ( b. 1726), Charles City, VA, USA, (d. 15 Nov 1801), Westmoreland, PA
Agnes Binford, b., Prince George, VA, USA, d. (06 Jul 1793).
John Binford, b., Prince George, VA, USA, d. (1717).
Mary Binford Ellyson, b., Prince George, VA, USA, d. (11 Mar 1791)

Evidence of Mosby from Ray Homesley’s Book “Benjamin Homesley and His Descendants”

Page 7 of Ray’s book shows:
(Cumberland County, Virginia, Court Order Book 1758 - 1762)
"Page 151 dated February 25, 1760 shows Ann Homesly, infant daughter of Jane Homesly, with approbation of the court made choice of Stephen Mosby to be her Guardian, who with Jacob Mosby his security, entered into and acknowledged Bond for securing the said Infants' Estate and indemnifying the court."
Jacob Mosby was Agnes’ brother, Stephen was Jacob’s son

Page 7:
"Stephen Mosby, Guardian of Ann Homesly, an orphan, returned an account of the profits of disbursement of said orphan's estate..."
this account included a credit by Joseph Mosby

 Page 7:
"...that all cash due her (Jane) from the said Mr. McLaurine, Micajah Mosby and others might (after funeral charges are paid) be given to her daughter Nancy Homersly..."
Micajah Mosby was a cousin to Agnes

Page 9:
"A list of Vestrymen for Southam^ shows George Carrington*, John Netherland*, Wade Netherland*, Littlebury Mosby*. These men are listed as witnesses to the court orders which bound out Benjamin*, Ann*, and Joseph Homesly."
* genetic match
^St. James Southam Parish has served Goochland, Cumberland, and Powhatan counties
The aforementioned items show that, in Cumberland County, Virginia, there were five Mosby men who came together concerning Jane’s children, the children’s father being a Homersley.

Author, Greg Holmes comments: “I find it astounding to find a related female Mosby (Agnes Mosby) and a male Hamersley (Doctor John Hammersley) living in the same parish three counties away from Cumberland County.” (Martins Brandon Parish, Prince George County, Virginia

Garnet Homesley's
Great Great Grandparents
Edward Mosby and Sarah Woodson
Henrico, Virginia

In researching the hypothetical trees of the ancestry of Garnet Homesley it became apparent that Garnet’s possible ancestry was one of the heart and soul of the earliest families of the emerging American Colonies.  Edward Mosby and Sarah Woodson became icons to me of the colonial spirit. They did not lead virtuous lives, but seemed typically human and fallible persons who loved their families well. To the future researchers who may find these documents useful we are grateful.

The Mosby Family

“Je Le Feray Durant Ma Vie.”   [I Will Endure to the End.]
So it is with many families who immigrated to the Shires of Henrico County, Virginia, some had somewhat aristocratic ancestry and some are unknown to history. The Mosby family’s journey began in the land of the Ancient Planters with the immigration of Edward Mosby (Mosely). The story of his connection to Mosersby Hall in Lancashire is circumspect. With the destruction of the Charles City County it makes it difficult to tie the lines of the Mosby family, adroitly.

What may be recorded for posterity is the birth of Edward Mosby about 1660 in Henrico Shire Colony of Virginia. By 1688 Edward married Sarah Woodson, the daughter of Robert Woodson and Elizabeth Ferris. This marriage is proven by a Deed of gift from her father of Henrico Shire, Virginia in 1689. By 1705, Edward Mosby is on a tax list with 105 acres of land; this is perhaps a wedding present from his father-in-law, Robert Woodson.

As with so many of our proven and unproven ancestors, religious and social dissension follows a pattern though all the ages.

Edward and Sarah Woodson Mosby were Quakers, not Anglicans. Edward Mosby was also a carpenter by trade. Records show that he contributed twenty-five pounds of tobacco to the building fund for a new meetinghouse at Curles Plantation.

Sarah Woodson Mosby died by 1716 and Edward left with small children married Mary Watkins widow of Henry Watkins at the Curles Meeting House and they had no issue from the marriage.

By 1719, the Quaker monthly meetings were at the home of Edward Mosby.

Edward seemed to be plagued with business disappointments. Many of the contracts for buildings and bridges he constructed were delayed for years in being paid for by the persons and county governments who hired Edward. This led to some strains in relations with Edward Mosby. Not only was he not paid by the Quakers, but also he was kicked out of the monthly meeting house for “disorderly walking” on July 25, 1724.

This rule implies not physical walking but not following the “Quakerly path of conduct”. This took the effect of an excommunication. Edward had been a member in good standing for over twenty-five years. He had built two meetinghouses, made coffins for his friends and neighbors. They shunned him for the rest of his life.  This also means that his family, including his wife, did as well. This made the last seventeen years very lonely.

No further records are seen of Edward Mosby.

The records state that Edward Mosby died in 1742. He seemed to have died intestate and his family had mostly moved away. When he died the sheriff ordered that all his lands and possessions are sold with all the money going to the county. 

To show why truth is stronger than fiction: The cost of his burial was forty shillings and that was the same cost that he was not paid by the Quakers for his labors.

An analysis of the family of Edward Mosby and Sara Woodson Mosby
Edward Mosby (1660-1759) married Sarah Woodson (1666- bef 1716)


Child 1
Jacob Mosby (1704-1780) married Susannah Cox (1703-1782) on 1736 at Henrico, Virginia.
Jacob Mosby, of Cumberland Co., guardien of Jacob Mosby the younger an infant, only son and heir-at-law of Stephen Mosby late of said Co., deceased, deed to Poindexter Mosby of same Co. all that tract of land in Cumberland Co. whereon said Jacob Mosby in his life time and the time of his death dwelt containing by estimation 400 acres adj. Revd. Robt. McLaurin Francis G. Steger and Col. Thos. Tabb. Recites that "by decree of the general Court of this Colony bearing date at the Capitol the seventh day of May in the year of our Lord 1764 in a suit in Chancery there pendening in which Alexander Spiers, John Bowman & Company of the City of Glasgow merchants and partners were plaintiffs and Alice Oneder Mosby widow and Administratrix &c of the said Stephen Mosby deceased and the said Jacob Mosby the younger party to these presents his grandfather & guardian defendant it was among other things decreed and ordered that the said Jacob Mosby should sell" .... the tract of land aforesaid. Oct. 22, 1764 , D. B. 3, p. 525.

Child of  Jacob Mosby and Susanna Cox
Stephen Mosby (1732-1763) married Alice Oneder Minor (1737-?)
"Stephen Mosby, Guardian of Ann Homesly, an orphan, returned an account of the profits of disbursement of said orphan's estate..." (Ray Homesley’s Book)
There were at least five other children born to Jacob Mosby and Susannah Cox Mosby. Their listing here would have no bearing on the Homesley analysis.

Child of Edward Mosby and Sarah Woodson
Benjamin Mosby (1690-1772) married Mary Poindexter (b?-d?) 1718.
Their third child Littleberry C Mosby(1728-1809)  married Elizabeth Netherland  on 1748.
It is believed that Elizabeth Netherland Mosby was a sister to Vestryman Netherland of Southham Parish who bound out the Homesley children in part to her nephew and neice Stephen Mosby and Alice Minor Mosby. Another child of Littleberry Mosby’s was Mary Ann Mosby (b. 1733-?) who married John Netherland  (Vestryman Netherland.)

Another child of Littlerberry C Mosby, Theodosia Mosby (1742-1790) married Col. Joseph Powell Carrington on 1763 who was a daughter in law of Vestryman George Carrington of Southam Parish.
Child of Edward Mosby and Sarah Woodson
Agnes Mosby Binford marries Dr John Hamersley (Homersley)
They have a son (unknown Homersley)
       This unknown Homesley marries Jane Nance
Around 1759, Jane MNU Homersly came from possibly Prince George County, Virginia to Cumberland County, Virginia. She might have wanted her children, who would soon be orphans, to be in the hands of the better established Church of England. We don’t know much about her life prior to going to Cumberland County, other than her maiden name may have been Nance.
In attempts to establish Jane, last name possibly Nance, in our tree, we turn to the Nance couple from Prince George County who had a daughter named Jane. That couple was John Nance (1695-1762) and Jane Smart (1687-1761). James Smart Sr and James Smart Jr, believed to be cousins of Jane Smart, both were born in Prince George County, Virginia. Both were documented Baptist preachers in South Carolina. Some family members of the Smart family being Baptist, and James Sr and James Jr becoming Baptist preachers, was in “keeping of the company” that Doctor John Hammersley kept.
 Jane Smart* was the daughter of Matthew Smart* born about 1650 and possibly Jane Goodard born about 1654.
John Nance* (1695-1762) was the son of John Nance* (1645-1716) and Sarah Gookings (1670-1716), both of whom were born in Prince George County, Virginia. John had prominent ancestors back in England, and he has a lengthy family tree to be noticed.
In his will, John Nance* (1695-1762) left his daughter Jane a shilling sterling. His will was signed 28 February 1761, and certified in Lunenburg, Virginia  6 July 1762. Jane’s siblings mentioned in her father’s will were John, Thomas, Richard, William, Frederick, Sarah, Phebe, Susannah, Elizabeth and Molly.

*genetic match

In closing, the Holmes cousins have presented what we believe to be solid research and speculation as to exactly who were the generations that preceded Garnet Holmes.  It is our hope that generations to come will take the challenge that this story of our family represents  and enhance or disprove the representations that we have presented as our unique American family.


I understand it that your (Judith Richards Shubert) Homsley line goes back to William Holmsley 1825-1901 who married Callie Catherin Martin.

A search of marriage records of upper northwest Alabama, Lauderdale County and surrounding counties in Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee shows:
1- Dorinda Homesley married Elbert Spain 3 April 1844 in Lauderdale County, Alabama
2-Minerva Homesley married Jeremiah Gray 7 April 1842 in Lauderdale County, Alabama
3- William Homesley married Callie Catherin Martin 29 November 1849 in Hardin County, Tennessee
4- Ardery Homesley married Newell Spain 23 April 1846 in Lauderdale County, Alabama
5- Martha Homesley married Davis Smith 14 April 1849 in Lauderdale County, Alabama
6- Eletha Homesley married John Blake Hurst 24 December 1857 in Lauderdale County, Alabama

These records were found on

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Based on the dates of the above mentioned marriages, these six Homesleys would have been born in the 1820's and 1830's

An exhaustive search of census records reveal only one Homesley family in the Lauderdale County, Alabama region/surrounding counties.

In 1830, Elias Homesly is found in Hardin County, Tennessee, and in 1840 E Homesly in Lauderdale County, Alabama.

The known names and the unknown names of these brothers and sisters, as well as the known birthdates and approximate birthdates gives us:

Dorinda b:abt 1824
Minerva b:abt 1824
William 1825-1901
Ardery b:abt 1827
Marion 1829-1905
male b:abt 1830
Martha b:abt 1831
female b:abt 1833
female b:abt 1836
male b:abt 1837
Eletha 1838-1862

The 1850 Lauderdale County, Alabama census reveals a few things.
It shows Marion, age 20, and Oletha, age 11. These two children being listed shows it is once again the same Homsley family.
The 1850 census also shows Elias' wife's name is Olliss.
This census shows Elias (spelled Eph?) was 54 in 1850, thus he was born about 1796. (His age has been mistook for 34, but upon careful comparison of the first digit to other 3's and 5's on the same page, it looks to be 54)
His birthplace is listed as North Carolina.

Elias being born in North Carolina is of high significance because it ties him to the only Homesley families known to be in North Carolina in 1796 - brothers Benjamin and Joseph Homesley and their families. 

Posted by
Greg Holmes
January 09, 2014

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From Ray Homesley's book "Benjamin Homesley and His Descendants" are found Benjamin Homesley's children and Joseph Homesley's children.

Children of Benjamin Homesley and Jemima Self: Joseph, Stephen, Doshia, Jean and Ana

Children of Joseph Homesley and Mary Smith: Garnet, John, Burrell, Patcy, Sarah, Polly and Chaney

Both of these Homesley families lived in Lincoln County, North Carolina.

To whom was Elias Homesley born? We know he was born about 1796 in North Carolina, and that he married Olliss who was born in Kentucky.

  • Joseph (Benjamin's son) married Barbary Fulks about 1805. On the 1810 census, Joseph and Barbary had three sons under 10 years of age. This rules out Joseph and Barbary as Elias' parents as Elias would have been about 14 in 1810.
  • Stephen Homesley (Benjamin's son) married Esther Roberts in 1809. This rules out Stephen and Esther as Elias' parents.

  • Burrell Homesley (Joseph's son) apparently never married nor had any children.
  • John Homesley (Joseph's son) married Mary Jane James around 1795 in Lincoln County, North Carolina. John's sons James and Burrell were born in Kentucky about 1805 and 1807 respectively, but by 1811 John's family was in Missouri as John's daughter was born there in 1811. Between 1805 and 1811, when John was in Kentucky, Elias would have been 9 to 15 years of age; not of age to marry Olliss of Kentucky.

  • Garnet Homesley married Elizabeth Huffstetler, about 1795 in North Carolina. (Garnet started going by the last name "Holmes" between 1820 and 1830).
    In 1810, Garnet Homsley is listed on the Warren County, Kentucky census with two males under 10, and one male 10 thru 15. This male between 10 and 15 is believed to be Elias Homesley.

    Garnet lived in Kentucky from about 1810 to around 1816/early 1817, as he bought land back in North Carolina in late 1817. Elias must have stayed back in Kentucky, marrying Olliss when he was about twenty in 1816, and retaining the spelling of his last name of "Homesley" prior to Garnet going by "Holmes" starting in the 1820's.
    Garnet's younger two sons were Lawson and James, both of whom took up the "Holmes" name by 1830.
It is interesting to note here that Garnet's son James Holmes named three of his sons Lawson, James and Elias. Also, Henry Huffstetler (Huffstickler in later years), brother of Elizabeth Huffstetler, named three of his sons Lawson, James and Elias.
Elias Homesley moved to the Pickwick Lake area prior to 1830 as he is listed on the census in Hardin County, Tennessee in 1830.

Posted by
Greg Holmes
January 12, 2014


Dr. John Hammersley ~ England to USA

Garnet Holmes' ancestors seem to have come from a Baptist family from Staffordshire, England. Doctor John Hammersley, believed to be Garnet's paternal great grandfather, was both from Staffordshire and a staunch Baptist. John Hammersley wrote late in life from Martin's Brandon Parish, Prince George County, Virginia, a letter to Rhode Island Baptist leader Nicholas Eyers on July 28, 1742, giving an account of his brethren Baptists in Virginia. A search turns up a Baptist, and Quaker, Homersley family in Staffordshire, England during the mid to late 1600's. It is believed that Doctor John Hammersley came from that family. His last name would have been "Homersley" at birth.

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

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

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

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

Benjamin Laker, whom some give the title of father of the Baptist church in North Carolina, rather than Paul Palmer, made his rounds all across the Albemarle Sound area, including Chowan, Perquimans and Camden counties and was widely known there prior to his death in 1702, about the same time that Doctor John Hammersley arrived to the Perquimans River.

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

Greg Holmes


Ancestors of Jemima Self

by Elmo Len Holmes and Greg Holmes



Jemima Jane Wilmot married Stephen Charlton Shelton about 1759 in Northumberland County, Virginia. Their issue:  Stephen W. Shelton 1760-1828 and William Shelton 1761-1787. Stephen Charlton Shelton died in 1761 leaving Jemima Jane Wilmot Shelton widowed in Northumberland County, Virginia in 1761. William Self, 1704-1791 was in Northumberland County in 1761. It is the writers' contention, and this is original research, that William Self married Jemima Jane Wilmot Shelton in 1761/1762 in Northumberland County, Virginia. Not only are there DNA matches to Jemima Wilmot's direct ancestors, there are also matches to her and Stephen Charlton Shelton's direct descendants. This would mean that Jemima Jane Wilmot Shelton was the mother of William Self's children, and that Hannah, William Self's wife mentioned in his will, was his second wife.




William Wilmot was buried by the British with all the honors of war, having achieved the unique distinction of being the last to shed his life's blood in an engagement between American and British troops during the Revolution. Robert Wilmot was a 3rd Lt. In the Baltimore Militia. 
Source:  Maryland Historical Magazine

Jemima Jane Wilmot-Shelton's parents were Robert Wilmot 1721-1773 and Sarah Merryman 1729-1781. This couple were married on 15 December 1748 in Baltimore, Maryland. Robert Wilmot and Sarah Merryman's children were Jemima Jane Wilmot about 1743- about 1776, Sarah Wilmot Talbot 1749-1815, John Wilmot 1752-1807, William 1752-1782, Robert born 1757, Eleanor Wilmot 1759-1821, Benjamin Wilmot 1760-1827, and Richard Wilmot 1773-1840. Sarah Merryman was a daughter of John Merryman 1703-1777 and Sarah Rogers 1708-1775. Sarah was born to Col. Nicholas Rogers 1692-1720 and Eleanor Pierpoint 1697-1758.


It is interesting to note here that Richard Wilmot 1773-1840 lived in Warren County, Kentucky, in 1810 and he is listed on the census one page away from Garnet Homesley. We, the writers,  believe this is more than coincidence.

Robert Wilmot 1721-1773 who married Sarah Merriman, was the fifth child born to John Wilmot Jr 1682-1748 and Rachel Owings 1683-1761. Their children were Constant Wilmot Cromwell 1705-1749, Hannah Wilmot Moore 1711-1792, Ruth Wilmot Frankland, 1711-1730, John Wilmot III (Averilla Carr) 1713-1783, Richard Wilmot (Mary Gittings) 1719-1797, Robert Wilmot 1721-1773, Rachael Wilmot 1723-1759, and Dinah Wilmot Townson 1725-1774.





Rachel Owings 1683-1761 was a daughter of Richard Owings 1662-1716 and Rachel Bealle 1662-1729. Rachel Bealle's parents were Ninian Beall 1625-1717 and Ruth Polly Moore 1652-1707. Ninian Beall's parents were Dr James Beall and Anne Marie Calvert. One of the most colorful stories in American History is the story of Ninian Beall, to whom we have a direct genetic match.  This larger than life ancestor was about 7’ tall and red haired Scotsman, adventurer, soldier and father. The name given to him was Ninian by his father and mother which was after St Ninian who brought Christianity to the Celts and that of a Druid Priest.  He was captured by Cromwell and shipped as a war criminal to Barbados and then as further punishment to the Colony of Maryland where he was an indentured servant.

In 1699, Ninian Beall gave land on the Patuxent River for
"Ye erecting and building of a house for ye Service of Almighty God."

Records at Annapolis give the following memoranda of Ninian's Offices:

    1688 - Lt. Ninian Beall

    1676 - Lt. of Lord Baltimore's "Yacht of War, Royal Charles of Maryland, John Goade, Commander"

    1678 - Captain of Militia of Calvert County, Maryland

    1684 - Deputy Surveyor of Charles County

    1688 - Appointed Chief Military Officer of Calvert County

    1689 - Major of Calvert County Militia

    1690 - One of the 25 Commissioners for regulating affairs in Maryland, until the next assembly

    1692 - High Sheriff of Calvert County

    1693 - Colonel, Commander in Chief of Maryland forces

    1694 - Colonel of Militia

    1697 - On a Commission to treaty with the Indians

    1679 - 1701 - Member of General Assembly

    1696 - 1699 - Representative of Prince Georges County in the House of Burgesses

1) Coldham, Peter Wilson. Settlers of Maryland 1679-1783. Consolidated Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co, Inc.  2002


Ancestors of John Nance 1695-1762

By Elmo Len Holmes and Greg Holmes

John Nance was born in the new world where, a little over a decade after he passed away, it was penned that "all men are created equal"; in stark contrast to the affluence some of his ancestors beheld in Europe. We know he was born sometime around 1695 in Prince George County, Virginia Colony. He married Jane Smart about 1715, as their first child was born in 1716. In John's will, dated 28 February 1761 in Lunenburg County, Virginia Colony, he lists his children John, Thomas, Richard, William, Frederick, Sarah, Jane, Phebe, Susannah, Elizabeth and Molly.
A transcript of John Nance's will can be found at:



John passed away in 1762 in Lunenburg County. He was the child of John Nance, Sr. and Sarah. Sarah's last name has been given to be Gookin and Soakings. There is speculation that John Nance, Sr. had two wives, Sarah Gookin and Sarah Soakings. John Nance, Sr. signed his will on 9 June 1716 in Prince George County, Virginia. Both names Gookin and Soakings are given in his will.
A transcript of John Sr’s will can be also found at:




John Nance, Sr. was born about 1645 in Prince George County, Virginia Colony, the son of immigrants Richard Nance, Sr. (1604-1665) and Alice (1604-1653). Richard Nance, Sr. was born in St. Keverne, Cornwall, England in 1604. Since Richard and Alice were born in England, it would be fitting here to include an interesting article about the Nance Coat of Arms, found at:

In 1639, Richard received 300 acres in Henrico County, Virginia Colony,for the transportation of six persons from England to Virginia: Alice (his wife), Robert Perry, Robert Chappell, George Prebedy, Edward Rolvlington and Mary Uncars. 

Another very interesting article concerning Richard Nance
is on as follows:



Richard Nance was the son of John Harry Nance and Jane.
John Harry Nance was born about 1585 in Illogan, Cornwall, England.
He died in 1629 in Cornwall, England. Jane, his wife, was born a bout 1585.
John Harry Nance was given the manor house and farm named "Rosecarnon" in 1603
by his grandfather. John Harry Nance's parents were Richard Nance of Trewynnard
1558-1585 and Alice Harry 1562-1590. Richard Nance of Trewynnard's parents were
John Nance Esquire 1521-1607 and Margery Arundell 1525-1610.


John Nance Esquire in 1561, being an only son, inherited the entire Nance fortune. In 1603 he gave "Rosecarnon" to his grandson, John Harry Nance, yeoman of Illogan.

John Nance, Esquire is said to be the first family member of the Illogan Nances to go by the name Nance. Earlier generations may have went by "de Nans", Nans being a place in Cornwall, England. Margery Arundell is related to the Arundell’s of Maryland.



Alice Harry 1562-1590 was a daughter
of John Harry 1550-1648 and Anne Harris 1540-1640.
Anne Harris was a daughter of Lord William Harris 1518-1559 and Jane Semer.
Lord William Harris was the son of Sir William Harris 1480-1556 and Lady Johanna Smythe. An interesting article concerning Sir William Harris, High Sheriff of Essex:



Lady Johanna Smythe was not only married to Sir William Harris, High Sheriff of Essex, her father Sir John Smythe 1487-1538 served as High Sheriff of Essex. Sir John Smythe's wife was Gourney Cooke. Sir John Smythe's father was Sir William Smythe 1460-1527. Sir William Smythe's parents were Sir William Smythe I of Putney, and Lady Margaret Smyth Baroness Cromwell, of the Nottinghamshire Cromwells. Sir William Smythe I's parents were

Sir Knight Templar John Carrington Smythe 1390-1429 and

Lady Joan Binn 1390-1421.

Lady Margaret Smyth Baroness Cromwell's father was Sir Robert Cromwell, Baron 1390-1461. He died in the Battle of Towton Field, Nottinghamshire, England. His father was Sir John Cromwell, Baron born 1364. Sir John Cromwell's parents were Sir Richard Cromwell 1338-1368 and Maud Bernake 1337-1419.

Maud Bernake was born to John Bernake 1305-1346 and Joan Marmion 1313-1361.

John Bernake was born to Sir William Bernake 1284-1339 and Alice Driby 1284-1341.

Alice Driby was born to Robert Driby 1250-1321 and Joan Tattershall 1250-1339.

It is interesting to note that Joan Tattershall was allegedly a direct descendant of 
Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne.

Hugh le Despencer, 1st Baron le Despencer


Joan Marmion was the daughter of John Marmion 1292-1335 and Maud de Furnival 1295-1361. John was the 2nd Baron de Marmion. He was born to John 1st Baron de Mamion 1266-1322 and Isabel de Peck 1270-1337. Maud de Furnival was the daughter of Thomas de Furnival II 1246-1332 and Joan de Spencer 1258-1322. Joan de Spencer's father was Hugh de Spencer 1st Baron de Spencer and her mother was Aline Basset Countess of Norfolk. Hugh served as a Justiciar under King Henry III.



Aline Basset's parents were Sir Philip Lord Wycombe Basset 1190-1271 and Hawise de Lovaine 1215-1256. Philip Basset was born to Alan Lord Wycombe Basset 1175-1232 and Aline de Gray 1154-1233. Alan Basset was a child of Thomas Basset 1099-1182 and 
Alice Adeliza de Dunstanville 1134-1186. Thomas Basset's father was 
Ralph Judiciar Basset 1076-1127. Alice Dunstanville was born to Alan Reginald de Dunstanville 1120-1150 and Emma de Langetot 1116-1157.



Aline de Gray 1154-1233 was a daughter of Philip FitzRobert de Gray 2nd Earl of Gloucester 1122-1167 and Sedzilla de Berkeley 1135-1190. Philip FitzRobert de Gray's parents were Robert de Caen 1st Earl of Gloucester and Mabel Fitzhammon de Caen.



Robert de Caen was born to Henry I Beauclerc Plantagenet, King of England, 
and Sybilla Corbet 1075-1157.

Sedzilla de Berkeley's parents were Sir Roger III de Berkeley 1105-1170 
and Lady Hawise de Beaumont 1124-1197.


The Ancestry of Agnes Mosby 1703-1738

By Elmo Len Holmes and Greg Holmes

If there are enchanted names in family histories, the name of Mosby most certainly is included, as it is a pure slice of American pie.  It is an Everyman story in that the lineage links nobodies to nobility, soldiers who were servants of the noble cause of freedom ringing through the centuries.

Agnes was born to the marriage of Edward Mosby (1660-1759) and Sarah Woodson  (1666-1716) having at least nine known storied Henrico,Virginia. 

Although the evidence is sketchy,  Agnes’s father, Edward Mosby, is descended from Richard James Mosby (Moseley) born  1625 in England.  Agnes’ mother, Sarah Woodson, daughter of  Col. Robert “Potato Hole: Woodson. (1634-1716)  and Sarah Elizabeth Ferris who married in 1656 at Henrico.



The book: “The McKenney Family, Butler County Kentucky" by James K. Galau, Chapter 9. The Mosby Family illustrates the genealogy of the Mosby family beginning with Edward who appears in the records paying for the funeral; of his father-in-law’s funeral and taking charge of a minor, Judith Parsons. His own Richard married Judith in later life. The necessary records for positive proof have been destroyed; however Charles City and Henrico did adjoin each other lending strong evidence to the fact that Edward and Sarah are the ancestors of Agnes Mosby.


According to writer J ALAN LOVEL, and his own depositon ROBERT WOODSON, was born at the plantation of his parents. FLEUJR DE HUNDRED (PIERCEYS HUNDRED) on the south side of the James River, which was an original landed proprietor's home. For the novice reader HUNDRED, implies that a hundred men may be raised to defend the area.  It was during these early years of his life that a nickname was given that saved his life. History records a massacre from Native Americans on April 14, 1644 as he and his brother were thrust into a pit dug for the: ”keeping of potatoes” thus a name was born “ POTATO  HOLE WOODSON”
Source: Genealogies of Virginia Families, From the William and Mary Quarterly Historical Magazine, Volume V, Thompson-Yates (and Appendix), Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1982.

From “Adventures of Purse and Person” by Scott Schaffer he married Ellizabeth Ferris on October 21, 1687

SARAH ELIZABETH FERRIS’ family history is rooted in conjecture and depending on the point of view of the writer so goes the history. There is much discussion about the names of Ferris, Farrar, and her father altering the spelling of the name out a disagreement in the family. Even the name of her mother is held in disputed research being Hambleton (Hamilton) which if accurate list royal blood.






DR. WOODSON, of DORSETSHIRE, ENGLAND; MARRIED SARAH WINSTON (1595-1659) in Devonshire, England and by 1619 they had migrated to Henrico as the guest of Sir Alexander Yeardley, Governor and his wife Temperance Flowerdew on the ship “George”. This reads like a typical historical entry, however, it is fraught with some important life choices that Dr Woodson made. He would not cause Sarah Winston to give up her Quaker beliefs, rather he forfeited his inheritance. This is likely the rationale for Gov. Yeardley offering him the post as physician to the militia and land holdings in the New World. Dr. Woodson is the progenitor of the Woodson’s of the New World that are well documented thanks to an account written by TARELTON WOODSON (ABT 1681-AFT 1761) who married his 1st cousin Ursula Fleming (mothers were sisters). The couple had about seven double first cousins for genealogists to wrangle into the family tree. The couple married despite the Quaker admonition forbidding first cousins to marry none the less be persecuted, fined and jailed for their religious convictions especially in Virginia. It is a conclusion of the writer that Sarah Winston Woodson was a shepherdess of Quakers in Virginia.


Ancestors of Elizabeth Huffstetler

by Elmo Len Holmes and Greg Holmes


If anyone ever said that the Holmes family had ancestors who came to America from Germany, they were right. While no marriage license has been located, DNA results show Elizabeth Huffstetler married Garnet Holmes (Homesley) about 1795, and was the mother of his sons. We're related by DNA to the Huffstetler, Whisenhunt, and associated lines who were Elizabeth Huffstetler's ancestors. Also, we are related by DNA to Elizabeth's brother Henry Huffstetler whose last name changed to "Huffstickler".


A few other facts lend credence to the Elizabeth Huffstetler/Garnet Holmes (Homesley) marriage. Garnet and Elizabeth named their three sons Elias, Lawson, and James. Henry Huffstetler, Elizabeth's brother, named three of his many sons Elias, Lawson, and James. Another fact, that cannot be overlooked, is that Elizabeth, Henry, and their mother Eve moved in with David Short about 1792. David Short lived next to Benjamin Homesley. So Garnet and Elizabeth were neighbors up until 1795, the approximate year of their marriage, as their oldest son Elias was born in 1796 in North Carolina. Also, on the 1800 census, only Eve and Henry are listed with David Short.


Sarah Holmes, who was listed with Garnet on the 1850 Randolph County, Alabama census, is believed to be listed with Garnet as far back as on the 1820 Lincoln County, North Carolina, USA census.


Three of Elizabeth Huffstetler's grandparents immigrated from Germany to Pennsylvania,her fourth grandparent was born in Pennsylvania. Some of Elizabeth's ancestors were from Switzerland prior to moving to Germany.



From Pennsylvania, her father, her mother and her mother's parents were part of a migration to parts of North Carolina, including Lincoln County, North Carolina where Elizabeth and her brother Henry were born.

Elizabeth Huffstetler was born about 1780 to John Huffstetler 1749-1804 and Eve Whisenhunt-Eaker 1742-1820.


John Huffstetler was born 9 March 1749 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He married Eve Whisenhunt about 1780 North Carolina. They had Elizabeth, born about 1780, and Henry, born about 1783. John and Eve separated about 1788. John then lived in York County, South Carolina, and then Logan County, Kentucky. He was granted fifty acres on the Little Whippoorwill Watercourse in Logan County, Kentucky. The survey date for that fifty acres was on 3 August 17961. John Huffstetler died about January 1804/1805.



Eve Whisenhunt was born 30 November 1742 at Muddy Creek, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. She married Christian Eaker about 1760 in Pennsylvania. Eve and Christian's children were Barbary Eaker 1761-1805, Catherine Eaker 1764-1853 (who married Enoch Parker), Peter Eaker 1765-1846, Christian Eaker 1768-1839 and Daniel Eaker 1773-1853.


Christian Eaker died about 1777 in North Carolina. Eve remarried to John Huffstetler4 and they had Elizabeth Huffstetler born about 1780 who died prior to 1810, and Henry Huffstetler4 born 1783 and died after the 1850 census was taken in Pontotoc County, Mississippi. After Eve separated from John Huffstetler about 1788, she lived with her son Peter Eaker4 for three or four years. Then, about 1792, Eve moved in with David Short4. It is believed that Eve and her son Henry were listed in the household of David Short on the 1800 Lincoln County, North Carolina census. Listed next to David Short on the 1800 census is Benjamin Homesley. It is believed that Eve passed away on 5 May 1820 in Lincoln County, North Carolina.


John Huffstetler was born to Jacob Hochstattler 1701-1776 and Maria Eva Trautmann 1709-1750. Jacob was born in Zweibrucken, Germany; Maria Eva in Kaiserslautern, Germany. This couple was married 16 January 1730 in Lambsborn, Kaiserslautern, Germany. They arrived on 1 September 1736 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with their children Johann Georg, Johann Adam, Catharina Elisabetha. Their son, Michael was born on board the ship crossing the Atlantic. This family sailed on the ship "Harle", Ralph Harle of London but last from Crowes was the Shipmaster2.


Jacob Hochstattler was born to Christian Hochstattler 1679-1731 and Marie Eve Elisabetha MNU 1679-1719. "Christian Hochstattler was originally from the Bern territory of Switzerland in Schwartzenburg, and later moved to the Rhine Palatinate in the Zweibrucken Territory of Germany."2

Christian was born to Christian (Sr) Hochstetler 1624-1697 and Maria Rolin born 1633. Christian (Sr) was born in Wahlern, Bern, Switzerland and passed away in Winterkraut, Switzerland.

Christian (Sr) Hostettler was a son of Peter Hostettler 1579-1660 and Catherina Rohrbach. Peter was born in Wahlern, Bern, Switzerland and died in Schwartzenburg, Bern, Switzerland.


Maria Eva Trautmann, 1709-1750, was born to Johann (John) Heinrich Trautmann born about 1682 at Lambsborn, Kaiserslautern, Germany, and Susanna Hayntz, born about 1687 in Germany. John and Susanna were married 22 February 1707 in Lambsborn. John's parents were Michael Trautmann 1656-1736 and Elizabeth Schweitzer born about 1660 in Grobundenbach, Germany. Apparently Michael was born and died in Lambsborn. Michael's father was Georg Trautmann born 11 November 1630 in Lambsborn and passed away 4 November 1680 in Lambsborn. Georg married Anna Elisabeth Romer about 1652, and they had Michael's siblings Ruprecht Trautmann 1652-1732, Anna Ottilia Trautmann 1655-1730, Agnes Trautmann 1664-1730, Johann Georg Trautmann 1668-1749, and Anna Catharina Trautmann 1675-1716.

Georg Trautmann's (1630-1680) father was Jacoby Trautmann 1585-1635. Jacoby Trautmann and spouse Unknown had Friedrich, Joes, Peter, Rosina, Theobald as well as Georg.

Jacoby's parents were Jacob Sartor Trautmann 1557-1607 and Barbara MNU 1561-1624. Jacob Sartor Trautmann's parents were Jacob Trautmann 1535-1589 and Otillia Schneider 1539-1589. Jacob Trautmann 1535-1589 was born and died in Lambsborn as well as his father Peter Trautmann 1500-1550. Ottilia Schneider's parents were Hansen Schneider 1500-1560 and Ottilia Beyer 1500-1558.

Ottilia Beyer was born to Cuntz Beyer 1475-1540 and Ottilia Kitschinger 1490-1522. Both Cuntz and his bride Ottilia were born and passed away in Annaberg, Sachsen, Germany, as was Ottilia's father Leonhard Kytschinger 1460-1528. Leonhard's wife was Walpurga MNU 1465-1521; Leonhard's father was Jakob Kytschinger born about 1440 in Annaberg.


Susanna Hayntz, born about 1687 and married Johann Heinrich Trautmann, was a daughter of Hans Conrad Hayntz 1665-1710 and Anna Margaretha Steckelin born 1669 and died in New York, USA in 1712. Her father was John Steckelin 1649-1700, born and died in Mesienheim, Germany. Hans Conrad Hayntz was born to Hans Conrad Anthes 1631-1700 and Anna Maria Werner, born about 1639 in the Netherlands.

While Elizabeth Huffstetler's (1780-bef 1810) father's ancesters had deep German roots, her mother's ancestors had Swiss and German roots. The paternal lineage of Elizabeth's mother, Eve Whisenhunt, goes back to Switzerland. The name is spelled different ways throughout the history of this family. For purpose of this article, the early spelling is "Visinand" and the latter "Whisenhunt".


Eve Whisenhunt was born in 1742 at Muddy Creek, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to John (Johann) Adam Whisenhunt 1719-1784 and Anna Barbara MNU 1721-1801.


John (Johann) Adam Whisenhunt  "arrived in Philadelphia from Rotterdam aboard the "Snow Lowther" on October 14, 1731 with his parents."3

Adam migrated from Heidleburg Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania, to Rowan County, North Carolina between 1754 and 1759.3 "Records do indicate he owned property first along Abbott's Creek before moving west of the Catawba to Indian Creek."3


John Adam Whisenhunt was born in 1719 in Edenkoben, Germany. Eve Whisenhunt's siblings were George Michael Whisenhunt 1734-1815, Margaret Whisenhunt 1738-1800, Philip Whisenhunt 1738-1791, John Nicholas Whisenhunt 1743-1831, John George Whisenhunt1749-1833, Anna Barbara Whisenhunt 1751-1801, and Catherine Whisenhunt 1752-1806.

John Adam Whisenhunt died in Lincoln County, North Carolina, in 1784 and left a will.


John Adam was born to Philip Peter Visinand 1684-1744 and Anna Helena Neff 1695-1750. Philip Peter was born in Edenkoben, Germany. He married Anna Helena Neff on 9 July 1710 in Edenkoben. They arrived in October 14, 1731 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, aboard the ship "Snow Lowther"3. Philip Peter and Anna Helena lived at Muddy Creek, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where Philip Peter Visinand was a member of the Muddy Creek German Reformed Church.4

In addition to John Adam Whisenhunt 1719-1784, Philip Peter Visinand and Anna Helena Neff had Anna Maria Visinand, Heinrich Visinand, Johann Nicolaus Visinand, and Johann Peter Visinand.

Francois Visinand 1647-1700 and Anna MNU born about 1664 were the parents of Philip Peter Visinand. Francois was born in Canton of Vaud, Switzerland, and passed away in Edenkoben, Germany. This family moved from Switzerland to Germany sometime between 1678 and 1684.Francois was a winemaker at Heilsbruck, Edenkoben, Germany, where he became known as Franz.3 Francois was born to Estienne Visinand 1610-1651 and Andreaz Daunet 1630-1651. Andreaz was a daughter of Jacques Daunet born 1580.


"The Visinand family lived in Switzerland near the French border. They were French speaking and were winemakers."Near the French border was Corsier, Canton of Vaud, Switzerland, where Estienne Visinand was born to Jean Visinand 1583-1625 and Eve Mellin 1583-1625. Jean was also born in Corsier as was Eve. Jean and Eve were married on 7 February 1609 in Corsier. Jean's father was Guillaume Visinand born 1555 in Lausanne, Canton of Vaud, Switzerland.

1) Jillson, Willard Rouse. The Kentucky Land Grants. Vol. I-II. Louisville, KY, USA: Filson Club Publications, 1925.

2) LoriCovert61, "Roesslein/Hufstedler Family Tree",, 2007

3) lcase5152, "Larry Case Family Tree",, 2007

4) Lorena Shell Eaker, "The Shoe Cobbler's Kin",  Gateway Press, 1976

5) RonilueGarrison, "RBG Family Tree",, 2010




 Ade de Rowenhall le Kinge

by Elmo Len Holmes and Greg Holmes


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

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

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


1260 AD

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

An early record of Adam in Stafford(shire):

Gaol Delivery of the County of Stafford.


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

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

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

"An Inquisition made in the full county of Stafford by

William de Blakelegh, Richard de Redeyerd, Simon son of

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

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

William de Adderdeleye, William de Wythehurst, Richard de

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

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

meadow, which Stephen de Bagenhold held, who abjured the

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

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

meadow in capite of William de Bagenholt ; and Roger de

Swynnerton, Henry de Creswelle, William de Wrottesleye, and

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

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

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

good family.   This is from :  Collections of Staffordshire

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

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

Henry III (1 October 1207 – 16 November 1272), also known as Henry of Winchester, was King of England, Lord of Ireland and Duke of Aquitaine from 1216 until his death.[1] The son of King John and Isabella of Angoulême,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sir Thomas de Dutton, 6th Lord of Dutton

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

Roberto de Homersley

Born 1288

Provence, France

Son of

Ade le kinge de Rowenhall

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


"How did we arrive at this genealogy?"

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

And also,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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


Richard Homersley b: abt 1475 m: Margery MNU

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

Kingsley is a parish being part of Totmanslow South.

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



Upper Holme






Weston Coyney

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2) Graham Nassau Gordon Milne, "The Descent of Hughes",

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

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

5)  bammaw111, "JStaton Family Tree",, 2013

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

7) Gary Smith, "Andrew Smith's Relatives",, 2014

9) The Internet surname Database,Name Origin Research, 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Anonymous said…
Hi friends, this is the first time I have seen your website pages. I was interested to see the Homesley name. My mom was a Homesley.
I have an interesting family history book written by Carrie Holmsley Cunningham about 60 years ago. It contains 96 pages of family reecords...all relating to the Homesley family. Many references are to families in Texas.
If you are interested in this book, please let me know.

So glad to hear from you. I will definitely get in touch by email. My name is Judith Richards Shubert, and I, too, have a copy of the book you are speaking of. It belonged to my father, Leon F. Richards, son of John Robert Richards, a descendant of the Homsley / Homesley's we write about here. I am so glad you have found us. If you are interested in the DNA analysis or have done the DNA testing, Greg and Len Holmes would very much like to correspond with you. My email is if my email does not reach you for some reason.

Again, thanks for leaving your comments.


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