|My De Ferrers ancestors|
The following history on the De Ferrers family is from various sources including "Medieval English Ancestors of Robert Abell" of which is primarily based on the research in Cokayne's Complete Peerage [4:190-199]
01. Walkelin De Ferrieres, earliest recorded ancestor was born abt. 1010 in Tutbury, Staffordshire, England. He sided with Philip Augustus of France and was slain in the civil wars which occurred in Normandy during Duke William's youth. His name has also been recorded as Gaulchline. His wife's name is unknown.
02. Henry De Ferrieres, son of Walkelin was born abt. 1036 in Normandy, France. He married Bertha (Roberts?) abt. 1061. She was born abt. 1040 in Gostenois, Normandy, France and died in Darly, Derbyshire. Henry was buried in Tutbury in Staffordshire.
03. Robert De Ferrieres, son of Henry and
Bertha was born abt. 1062 in Derbyshire, England. He was the 1st Earl
of Derby. He married Hawise De Vitre, daughter of Andre,
seigneur de Vitre in Brittany, by Agnes, daughter of Robert, Count of
Mortain. Robert died in 1139.
05. William De Ferrieres, son of Robert and Margaret was born abt. 1130 in Derbyshire, England. He was the 3rd Earl of Derby. He died while on crusade at the siege of Acre, Palestine, before 21 Oct. 1190. He married Sybil De Braiose, who was living 5 Feb. 1227/8; she had remarried Adam de Port of Basing.
06. William De Ferrieres, son of William and Sybil was born in 1162 in England. He died after suffering long with the gout, on 22 Sept. 1247. He married in 1192, Agnes (De Meschines) of Chester, sister and coheir of Ranulph de Blundeville, Earl of Chester and Lincoln, and third daughter of Hugh de Kevelioc, Earl of Chester, by Bertrade, daughter of Simon de Montfort, Count d'Evreux. They had livery of her share of her brother's lands, including the castle and manor of Chartley, Staffordshire, and the castle and vill of West Derby, Lancashire, on 22 Nov. 1232. She died 2 Nov. 1247, and the King had livery of her inheritance. William supported King Richard and was rewarded with lands and honors; at Richard's second coronation he was one of four who carried the canopy over the king's head. He supported King John, and was further rewarded; and he supported King Henry III, assisting at his coronation - all in opposition to the rebelling barons.
07. William De Ferrers, son of William and Agnes 5th Earl of Derby,
born about 1193, died at Evington near Leicester, 24 or 28 March 1254, and
was buried at
Merevale Abbey on the 31st. He married first, in her father's
lifetime, thus before 14 May 1219, Sibyl Le Marshal, third daughter of
William le Marshal, Earl of Pembroke, and his wife Isabel de Clare, daughter
and heir of Richard de Clare, Earl of Pembroke. He married second, in or
before 1238, Margaret De Quincy, first daughter and coheir of Roger
de Quincy, Earl of Winchester, by his first wife, Helen de Galloway, first
daughter and coheir of Alan de Galloway, Constable of Scotland. He
accompanied King Henry III to France in April 1230, and was Constable of
Bolsover Castle from
28 Feb. 1234/5 to 3 July 1236. He paid homage to the King and had livery of
Chartley Castle and the rest of his mother's lands on 10 Nov. 1247. He was
invested as Earl 2 Feb. 1247/8 at Westminster, and attended Parliament that
month. He suffered with gout from his youth, and his death was due to
the affects of injuries sustained when he was accidently thrown from the
litter in which he was carried into a river.
10. Sir John De Ferrers, only son of
William and Anne was born on June 20, 1271. John inherited the
turbulent spirit of his father, joined the Earl of Hereford and others, in
the 25th year of Edward I., in opposing the collection of the subsidies
granted by the parliament then held in St. Edmundsbury, to the crown, but
the ferment was allayed by the king's confirming Magna Charta, and the
charter of the forests; and by declaring that in the future no tax should be
imposed upon the subject without the consent of the parliament, and at the
same time granting a pardon to the discontented lords and their adherents,
in which pardon John de Ferrers is especially named. Soon after this he
petitioned Pope Nicholas III., that his holiness should interfere to procure
him the lands of his late father which had been conferred upon Edmund, Earl
of Lancaster, but his suit was ineffectual. He was subsequently in the
Scottish wars, and was then raised to the peerage as stated above. He
married as her 2nd husband, Hawise Muscegros, daughter and heiress of
Robert de Muscegros, of Charlton, co. Somerset, by whom he acquired a great
increase in fortune. In the 34th year of Edward I., he was again in the wars
of Scotland, and, subsequently, in the 4th year of Edward II., the year
following he was constituted seneschal of Aquitaine. John died in August of
1312 in Gascony.
11b. Eleanor De Ferrers, daughter of John and Hawise married Sir Thomas De Lathom. Eleanor is the grandmother of Isabel De Lathom, the wife of Sir John Stanley of whom I also descend.
12. Sir John De Ferrers, son of
Robert and Margaret 3rd Baron Chartley, born and baptized in Southoe,
Huntingdonshire, on or about 10 Aug. 1333, was slain at Najera, Spain, 3
April 1367, according to a poem by Chandos Herald, lines 3443-5 [CP,
5:314b]. He married as her second husband, by license dated 19 Oct.
1349, Elizabeth De Stafford,
daughter of Ralph Stafford and Margaret D'Audley who was great-granddaughter
of King Edward I. On 13 Dec. 1353
the King took his homage and he had livery of his grandmother's lands. He
accompanied the King in the invasion of France Oct. 1359 to 1360, and in the
invasion of Navarre in 1367. He also petitioned the Duke of Lancaster to
restore to him the lands forfeited by Robert, Earl of Derby, and other
properties [CP, 5:313].
14. Sir Edmund De
Ferrers, son of Robert and Margaret 5th Baron Chartley, was born about
1387, and died 17 Dec. 1435. He married Ellen de la Roche, who
died 4 Nov. 1440, Lady of Castle Bromwich, Worcestershire, having married
second Sir Philip Chetwynd [CP, 5:317-319] of Ingestre, Staffordshire (as
his first wife), who died without issue on 10 May 1444. He had livery
of his father's lands on 14 April 1413. Soon after he carried on a private
war, with the help of his brothers Thomas and Edward, against the Erdeswikes
of Sandon, near Chartley. He received a pardon on 24 Jan. 1414/5 for all
treasons, murders and other offenses committed up to 8 Dec. 1414, except for
any murders committed after 19 Nov. 1414 [CP, 5:317g]. He went to Frances
with King Henry V in Aug. 1415 and was at the
siege of Harfleur,
and then in the
battle of Agincourt on 25 Oct. 1415. He was in the relief for Harfleur
with the Duke of Bedford in Aug. 1416. Accompanying Henry V to France again
in Aug. 1417, he was at the
siege of Rouen
from July 1418 to Jan. 1418/9 in the division commanded by the Earl of
Huntingdon. He was also in the siege of Melun from July to Nov. 1420, and
that of Meaux from Oct. 1421 to May 1422.
16. Anne De Ferrers,
daughter of William and Elizabeth was born on in Nov. of 1438. She
married Sir Walter Devereux, son of
Sir Walter Devereux and Elizabeth
Merbury. Anne died on Jan. 9, 1469. I descend from their
daughter Elizabeth Devereux who
married Sir Richard Corbet.
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