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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Ezekiel Nichols 1910 #CensusSunday

1910 census of Franklin county, Va. has Ezekiel Nichols and his wife Elizabeth and son Ezekiel B. Nichols age 15. Didnt know he had a wife Elizabeth until I found this.


Friday, November 28, 2014

Muirchertach Ua Briain, King of Munster and High King of Ireland #52ancestors

Muirchertach mac Toirdelbach Mor Ua Briain, (descendant of Brian Boru of the House of O'Brian) High King of Ireland is my 23rd great grandfather.... 

Muirchertach Ua Briain (c. 1050 – c. 10 March 1119), son of Toirdelbach Ua Briain and great-grandson of Brian Bóru, was King of Munster and later self declared High King of Ireland.

Major political divisions of Ireland similar to those in Muircheartach's timeMuirchertach was a son of Toirdelbach Ua Briain, a previous Dalcassian king of Ireland. In 1086 his father died and the province of Munster from which he had claimed kingship of Ireland had been split between his three sons: Tadc, Muirchertach and Diarmait. Tadc died soon after, and Muirchertach banished Diarmait from Munster, claiming its kingship for himself.
King of Munster
Between 1086 and 1101, Muirchertach consolidated and strengthened his position as province-king of Munster. He went on forays into Mide and Leinster in 1089 and took the kingship of Leinster and fought for the Viking town of Dublin. In 1093, he accepted the submission of Domnall mac Flainn Ua Maíl Shechnaill, the Uí Néill king of Tara, and also made peace with his brother Diarmait at Cashel.
King of Ireland with opposition
In 1094, Muirchertach fought the kings of Leth Cuinn and Gofraid, king of Dublin. He went with his army to Dublin and banished Gofraid, and brought about the killing of Domnall Ua Maíl Shechnaill. He asserted supremacy over the Uí Néill kingdom of Mide.
In 1101 he declared himself High King and travelled the island provinces. It was in this year that he gave the fortress at on the rock of Cashel as a gift to the Church.
Alliance with Arnulf de Montgomery
In an effort to gain military support against Henry I, Arnulf de Montgomery sent his steward, Gerald of Windsor, to Ireland to negotiate terms with Muirchertach. According to a Welsh chronicle (Sean Duffy, p. 45, 1997), Arnulf "though to make peace with the Irish and to obtain help from them. And he sent messengers to Ireland, that is Gerald the Steward (Gerald of Winsor) and many others, to ask for the daughter of King Murtart for his wife. And that he easily obtained; and the messengers came joyfully to their land. And Murtart sent his daughter and many armed ships along with her to his aid. And when the earls had exalted themselves with pride because of those events, they refused to accept any peace from the king."
De Montgomery and his brother Robert, were however defeated by Henry and fled to Ireland. He fought for Muirchertah, aiding his defeat of Magnus Barelegs, but when de Montgomery attempted to seize the kingship for himself, Muirchertach "took his daughter away from Arnulf and gave the wanton girl in an unlawful marriage to one of his cousins. He resolved to kill Arnulf himself as a reward for his alliance, but the latter ... fled to his own people and lived for twenty years afterwards with no fixed abode." (Sean Duffy, 1997, p. 46).
Magnus Barelegs
In 1102, Muirchertach cemented an alliance with Magnus Barefoot, King of Norway by marrying his daughter Blathmin Ua Briain to Magnus's son, Sigurd I Magnusson. Muirchertach now took part in a campaign with Magnus to assert control over Ulster, successfully defeating opposing Irish forces. After a year of campaigning, as his army was readying to depart back to Norway, King Magnus was ambushed and killed by an Irish army in Ulster. With Magnus's death, Muirchertach's daughters marriage was disavowed by the Norwegians, weakening Muirchertachs proclaimed position as High King.
In 1114 the king became sick to the point where "he became a living skeleton". In response to the king's misfortune, his brother Diarmait took control of the kingship of Munster and banished Muirchertach. The following year Muirchertach regained his strength and undertook a campaign to regain control of Munster and successfully captured Diarmait. Only later did the king regain control of Munster.
In 1119, Muirchertach Ua Briain died.
Anthony Condon (1979, p. 398) remarked of Ua Briain:
"Muirchertach Ua Briain was an ambitious, modernizing and outward-looking king whose goal was to make himself king of Ireland as much as William Rufus and Henry I were kings of England; in reality his position was, perhaps, more analogous to that of Phillip I in France ... but his actual authority in Ireland, especially at the height of his power in the first years of the twelfth century, greatly exceeded that of Phillip in France. ... Ua Briain ... pursued a vigorous foreign policy which was to carry his activities beyond his own shores."
In the latter regard, Condon (1979, p. 415) views "Ua Briain's activities in the Irish Sea area [as] a mixture of old and new, of pragmstisim and idealism ... But they are invested with a modern purpose. Ua Briain makes one marriage with the king of Norway, and another with one of the most powerful non-royal families in Europe; he treats with the king of Scotland; his aid to the Welsh princes acts as a stabilizing influence in Welsh politics; he incurs trade sanctions from the king of England, and negotiates their suspension. Altogether, Muirchertach Ua Briain lifted his head above the domestic power struggle and sought to involve Ireland in the international politics of Europe, so that some sixty years later, these activities were still well remembered, and are reflected in the vitae of St. Flannan of Killaloe."


Sunday, November 23, 2014

Anthony King 1850 #CensusSunday

The year was 1850 and my ancestor Anthony King and his wife Peggy were living in Floyd County with their children and his father Anthony King.  89 year old Anthony (the elder) was born in New Jersey and was not living with his wife at the time. Peggy's son Mike was 3 years old at the time.


Friday, November 21, 2014

Sir Robert de Brent III, Knight of Glastonbury #52ancestors

Sir Robert de Brent III, Knight of Glastonbury is my 19th great grandfather....

Sir Robert de Brent, born about 1280, Cossington Manor, Somerset. Like his father was also a knight and benefactor to Glastonbury Abbey. Upon the death of his father-in-law, inherited the Manors of Ford (Somerset) and Charing (Kent), amongst others. Died 1351 and buried Glastonbury Abbey, Somerset. Married Claricia de la Ford c.1309. 


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

46/47 Henry D. King and Sarah Ann Bartlett #52ancestors

As the year draws to a close we grow ever closer to that 52nd week in the 52 weeks challenge. For week 46 I will share everything I have on my 46th and 47th ancestors....

Number 46 on my ancestor list is Henry D. King, the son of John King and Sarah Addair, and the husband of Sarah Ann Bartlett. Sarah Addair was the daughter of James Addair, Sr. Sarah AKA Sally Bartlett was the daughter of Reuben S. Bartlett and Elizabeth Jackson. 

Henry's father John King was a private in the Revolution, but his friends called him Captain as was the custom in the area.  

James Addair was born abt. 1750 and he died abt. June 13, 1823 in Montgomery Co., VA.

He married three times.
1st. Wife - He married Annis Harbison abt. 1767
2nd wife - Unknown
3rd wife - Martitia (Letitia) Page

James Military records
James was in the militia in the colonial years. He also fought in the Revolutionary War.
He signed the Oath of Allegiance in Oct. 1777.

James Addair's Ferry.
William Tabor signed a petition for James Addair to open a ferry boat in 1791.

James owned several Plantations in Va. After James died His son (James Jr.) then took over his Estate.
After James Jr. died, in 1847 there was a lawsuit of, Summers VS Tunnell regarding the ESTATE OF JAMES ADDAIR JR.

James and Annis’s Children
James Jr. Adair born 1768; died March 24, 1845, Pulaski Co., Virginia. James Jr. never married.
Jane Adair born 1770; died February 10, 1835 Jackson Co., Alabama. She married John Kirby, son of Richard Kirby and Sarah Small.
Thomas Adair born abt. 1775; died abt. 1840 in Tennessee. He married Elizabeth (Betsy) Kirby abt. 1794, daughter of Richard Kirby and Sarah Small.

James And his unknown wives Children
Elizabeth Addair died before 1846
Sarah Addair died before 1846
John Addair died before 1846 (My G.G.G. Grandfather) His wife is unknown to me.
William Addair died before 1845
Marry Addair died before 1846
Susanne Addair born 1789, Montgomery Co., VA; died Oct. 02, 1845 in Pulaski Co. VA.

Henry was the brother of Massie Ann Wimmer; Mahala Wimmer; Elizabeth Schilling; Rosanna King; Nancy Burnett; and Catharine King

Sarah was the sister of  Samuel Bartlett. 

Henry and Sarah were the parents of Joseph KING; Nancy Rachel Bartlett (KING); Eliza Vest (KING); Robert KING; Thomas KING; Sarah T. KING and Reuben H. KING

Some family trees mistakenly call him Henry Robert King, but John King's will calls him Henry D. King.

Henry and Sarah Bartlett King are my 3rd great grandparents...






Saturday, November 15, 2014

Breaking through Brick Walls Mug

New mug in the gift shop for those late night oil burners out there who like to break brick walls. #Genealogy #FamilyHistory
Keep hunting!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Hugh le Despenser, 1st Earl of Winchester #52ancestors

Despenser, Earl of Winchester is my 19th great grandfather.
   →  Pop 
your father →  Mamie C. Nichols (Collins) 
his mother →  Martha Collins (BARTLETT) 
her mother →  Nancy Rachel Bartlett (KING) 
her mother → Sarah Ann King (Bartlett) 
her mother →  Reuben S. BARTLETT 
her father →  John Garner Bartlett 
his father →  WILLIAM BARTLETT 
his father →  WILLIAM BERKLEY 
his father →  Margaret (Brent) Bartlett 
his mother →  Margaret Peshall 
her mother →  Anne Peshall 
her mother →  Anne Sheldon 
her mother →  Muriel Throckmorton 
her mother → Thomas de Berkeley, 5th Baron Berkeley 
her father →  Maurice Berkeley, de jure 3rd Baron Berkeley 
his father → James de Berkeley "The Just", 1st Baron Berkeley 
his father →  Sir James de Berkeley 
his father →  Elizabeth le Despenser, Baroness Berkeley 
his mother → Hugh Despenser the Younger 
her father →  Hugh Despenser, Earl of Winchester 
his father
Hugh le Despenser, 1st Earl of Winchester
Hugh le Despenser (1 March 1261 – 27 October 1326), sometimes referred to as "the Elder Despenser", was for a time the chief adviser to King Edward II of England.[1]
He was the son of Hugh le Despencer, 1st Baron le Despencer (or Despenser), and Aliva Basset, sole daughter and heiress of Philip Basset. His father was killed at the Battle of Evesham when Hugh was just a boy, but Hugh's patrimony was saved through the influence of his maternal grandfather (who had been loyal to the king).[2]
He married Isabella de Beauchamp, daughter of William de Beauchamp, 9th Earl of Warwick and Maud FitzJohn. He served Edward I on numerous occasions in battle and in diplomacy and was created a baron by writ of summons to Parliament in 1295. However, when he became close to Edward II his place was always with the king, which worried the barons. To that time, his highest office was justice of the forests.[3]
He was one of the few barons to remain loyal to Edward during the controversy regarding Piers Gaveston. Despenser became Edward's loyal servant and chief administrator after Gaveston was executed in 1312, but the jealousy of other barons - and, more importantly, his own corruption and unjust behaviour - led to his being exiled along with his son Hugh Despenser the younger in 1321, when Edmund of Woodstock, Earl of Kent replaced him as Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports.
Edward found it difficult to manage without them, and recalled them to England a year later, an action which enraged the queen, Isabella, the more so when Despenser was created Earl of Winchester.


When Isabella and her lover, Roger Mortimer, led a rebellion against her husband Edward, they captured both Despensers—first the elder, later the younger. Queen Isabella interceded for Hugh the elder, but his enemies, notably Roger Mortimer and Henry, Earl of Lancaster, insisted both father and son should face trial and execution.
The elder Despenser was hanged immediately in his armor at Bristol on 27 October 1326. He was then beheaded and his body cut into pieces for the dogs. His head was sent for display to Winchester, which had supported the king.[4]


  1. ^ "Despenser, Hugh le (1262-1326)". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.
  2. ^ Fryde 28
  3. ^ Gwilym Dodd, Anthony Musson, The Reign of Edward II: New Perspectives, pp. 214-217.
  4. ^ Rev. John Milner, History of Antiquities of Winchester, p. 213.


  • Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America Before 1700 by Frederick Lewis Weis, Lines: 72-31, 74-31, 74A-31, 93A-29
  • Fryde, Natalie (1979). The tyranny and fall of Edward II, 1321-1326. ISBN 0-521-54806-3.
  • Karau, Björn: Günstlinge am Hof Edwards II. von England - Aufstieg und Fall der Despensers, MA-Thesis, Kiel 1999. (Free Download: http://www.despensers.de/download.htm)
  • Despenser, Hugh le (1262-1326) (DNB00). Wikisource.
  • Hunt, William (1888). "Hugh Despenser". Dictionary of National Biography.
Arms of Despencer: Quarterly 1st & 4th: Argent; 2nd & 3rd: Gules, a fret or, over all a ribbon sable Born 1 March 1261 Died 27 October 1326 Title Earl of Winchester Other names The Elder Despenser Nationality English Wars and battles Despenser wars War of Saint-Sardos Isabella's Campaign Siege of Bristol † Offices Advisor of Edward II of England Predecessor none Successor Lewis de Bruges Spouse(s) Isabella de Beauchamp

Friday, November 7, 2014

Henry Lincoln, Sr. #52ancestors

Born about 1318 near Badby, Northamptonshire, England, Henry Lincoln was the father of Henry Jr., and the grandfather of Isabelle Lincoln Spencer. Henry, Sr. died about 1357 in Bedfordshire, England. He was about 39 years of age at the time. 


Henry Lincoln, Sr. is my 19th great grandfather.
   →  Pop 
your father →  Rufus S. Nichols 
his father →  Tressie (King) Nichols 
his mother →  Michael O. King 
her father →  Margaret (Wright) King 
his mother → James Wingfield Wright 
her father →  William Wright, III 
his father →  John Wright Jr 
his father →  John Wright, Sr. 
his father →  Anne Minor - Wright 
his mother → Col. John Washington 
her father →  Amphyllis Washington (Twigden) 
his mother →  Anne Twigden 
her mother →  Anne Dickens 
her mother →  Anne Thornton 
her mother → Julian Spencer 
her mother →  William Spencer of Badby & Everdon 
her father →  Thomas Spencer of Badby & Everdon 
his father →  Isabelle Lincoln 
his mother → Henry Lincoln, II 
her father →  Henry Lincoln, I 
his father


Thursday, November 6, 2014

Saint Ramon the Holy, Count of Barcelona #52ancestors

Ramon Berenguer IV (Catalan pronunciation: [rəˈmom bəɾəŋˈɡe]; c. 1113 – 6 August 1162, Anglicized Raymond Berengar IV), sometimes called the Holy, was the Count of Barcelona who brought about the union of his County of Barcelona with theKingdom of Aragon to form the Crown of Aragon.  

Ramon Berenguer IV inherited the county of Barcelona from his father Ramon Berenguer III on 19 August 1131. On 11 August 1137, at the age of about 24, he was betrothed to the infantPetronilla of Aragon, aged one at the time. Petronilla's father,Ramiro II of Aragon, who sought Barcelona's aid against Alfonso VII of Castile, withdrew from public life on 13 November 1137, leaving his kingdom to Petronilla and Ramon Berenguer, the latter in effect becoming ruler of Aragon, although he was never king himself, instead commonly using the titles "Count of the Barcelonans and Prince of the Aragonians" (Comes Barcinonensis et Princeps Aragonensis), and occasionally those of "Marquis of Lleida and Tortosa" (after conquering these cities). He was the last Catalan ruler to use "Count" as his primary title; starting with his son Alfonso II of Aragon the counts of Barcelona styled themselves, in the first place, as kings of Aragon.
The treaty between Ramon Berenguer and his father-in-law, Ramiro II, stipulated that their descendants would rule jointly over both realms, and that even if Petronilla died before the marriage could be consummated, Berenguer's heirs would still inherit the Kingdom of Aragon.[1] Both realms would preserve their laws, institutions and autonomy, remaining legally distinct but federated in a dynastic union under one ruling House. Historians consider this arrangement the political masterstroke of the Hispanic Middle Ages. Both realms gained greater strength and security and Aragon got its much needed outlet to the sea. On the other hand, formation of a new political entity in the north-east at the time when Portugal seceded from León in the west gave more balance to the Christian kingdoms of the peninsula. Ramon Berenguer successfully pulled Aragon out of its pledged submission to Castile, aided no doubt by his sister Berengaria, wife of Alfonso the Emperor, who was well known in her time for her beauty and charm.

In the middle years of his rule, Ramon Berenguer turned his attention to campaigns against the Moors. In October 1147, as part of the Second Crusade, he helped Castile to conquer Almería. He then invaded the lands of theAlmoravid taifa kingdoms of Valencia and Murcia. In December 1148, he captured Tortosa after a five-month siege with the help of Southern French, Anglo-Norman and Genoese crusaders.[2] The next year, FragaLleida andMequinenza in the confluence of the Segre and Ebro rivers fell to his army. The reconquista of modern Catalonia was completed.
Ramon Berenguer also campaigned in Provence, helping his brother Berenguer Ramon and his infant nephewRamon Berenguer II against the Counts of Toulouse. During the minority of Ramon Berenguer II, the Count of Barcelona also acted as the regent of Provence (between 1144 and 1157). In 1151, Ramon signed the Treaty of Tudilén with Alfonso VII of León and Castile. The treaty defined the zones of conquest in Andalusia as an attempt to prevent the two rulers from coming into conflict. Also in 1151, Ramon Berenguer founded and endowed the royal monastery of Poblet. In 1154, he accepted the regency of Gaston V of Béarn in return for the Bearnese nobles rendering him homage at Canfranc, thus uniting that small principality with the growing Aragonese empire.

Ramon Berenguer IV died on 6 August 1162 in Borgo San DalmazzoPiedmont, Italy, leaving the title of Count of Barcelona to his eldest surviving son, Ramon Berenguer, who inherited the title of King of Aragon after the abdication of his mother Petronilla of Aragon two years later in 1164. He changed his name to Alfonso as a nod to his Aragonese lineage, and became Alfonso II of Aragon. Ramon Berenguer IV's younger son Pere (Peter) inherited the county of Cerdanya and lands north of the Pyrenees, and changed his name to Ramon Berenguer.


Ramon Berenguer IV el Sant, comte de Barcelona is your 24th great grandfather.
   →  Pop
your father →  Rufus S. Nichols
his father →  Tressie (King) Nichols
his mother →  Michael O. King
her father →  Margaret (Wright) King
his mother → James G Wright
her father →  Mary Whitledge Grant
his mother →  William Grant, of Crichie
her father →  Elizabeth Grant
his mother →  Jean Erskine
her mother → Sir Alexander Erskine, Baron of Gogar
her father →  Margaret Campbell
his mother →  Archibald Campbell, 2nd Earl of Argyll
her father → Isabel Stewart of Lorn, Countess of Argyll
his mother →  John Stewart, 2nd Lord Lorn
her father →  Robert Stewart, 1st Lord of Lorn
his father → Sir John Stewart of Innermeath
his father →  Isabella Margaret, Countess of Fife, and Angus, Heiress of Hokettle MacDuff
his mother → Mary de Monthermer, Countess of Fife
her mother →  Joan of Acre, Countess of Gloucester & Hertford
her mother →  Edward I "Longshanks", King of England
her father →  Eleanor of Provence, Queen consort of England
his mother →  Raymond Bérenger IV, comte de Provence
her father → Alphonse II Bérenger, comte de Provence
his father →  Alfonso II el Casto, rey de Aragón
his father →  Ramon Berenguer IV el Sant, comte de Barcelona
his father

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Ramon Berenguer IV, Count of Provence and Forcalquier #52ancestors

Ramon Berenguer IV (1198 – 19 August 1245), Count of Provence and Forcalquier, was the son of Alfonso II of Provence and Garsenda de Sabran, heiress of Forcalquier.
He was the first Count of Provence to live in the county in more than one hundred years.[1]

After his father's death (1209), Ramon was imprisoned in the castle of Monzón, in Aragon until he was able to escape in 1219 and claim his inheritance. He was a powerful and energetic ruler who addedForcalquier to his domain.
He and his wife were known for their support of troubadors, always having some around the court. He was known for his generosity, though his income did not always keep up. He wrote laws prohibiting nobles from performing menial work, such as farming or heavy labor.[2]
Ramon had many border disputes with his neighbors, the Counts of Toulouse. While the Albigensian Crusade worked in his favor, Ramon was concerned that its resolution in the Treaty of Paris left him in a precarious position. When Blanche of Castile sent her knight to both Toulouse and Provence in 1233, Ramon entertained him lavishly, and the knight left well impressed by both the count and his eldest daughter, Margaret. Soon after, Blanche negotiated the marriage between Margaret and her son, Louis, with a dowry of ten thousand silver marks. Ramon had to get contributions from allies for a portion, and had to pledge several of his castles to cover the rest. Ramon and Beatrice travelled with their daughter to Lyon in 1234 to sign the marriage treaty, and then Margaret was escorted to her wedding in Sens by her uncles from Savoy, William and Thomas[3]

On 5 June 1219, Ramon married Beatrice of Savoy, daughter of Thomas I of Savoy. She was a shrewd and politically astute woman, whose beauty was likened by Matthew Paris to that of a second Niobe. Their children included four daughters, all of whom married kings.
  1. stillborn son (1220)
  2. Margaret of Provence (1221–1295), wife of Louis IX of France
  3. Eleanor of Provence (1223–1291), wife of Henry III of England
  4. stillborn son (1225)
  5. Sanchia of Provence (1228–1261), wife of Richard, 1st Earl of Cornwall
  6. Beatrice of Provence (1231–1267), wife of Charles I of Sicily
His daughters were all educated and literate.[4]

Ramon Berenguer IV died in Aix-en-Provence. At least two planhs (Occitan funeral laments) of uncertain authorship (one possibly by Aimeric de Peguilhan and one falsely attributed to Rigaut de Berbezilh) were written in his honour.
Giovanni Villani in his Nuova Cronica had this to say about Raymond:
Count Raymond was a lord of gentle lineage, and kin to them of the house of Aragon, and to the family of the count of Toulouse, By inheritance Provence, this side of the Rhone, was his; a wise and courteous lord was he, and of noble state and virtuous, and in his time did honourable deeds, and to his court came all gentle persons of Provence and of France and of Catalonia, by reason of his courtesy and noble estate, and he made many Provençal coblas and canzoni of great worth.[5]
*Raymond was a member of the House of Barcelona although his county was in France. Raymond was the grandfather of Edward the first of England.


Raymond Bérenger IV, comte de Provence is my 25th great grandfather.
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your mother →  Pvt. Garnett Hancock, WWII Veteran
her father →  Burrell H Hancock
his father →  Samuel Austin Hancock
his father → Peter Hancock, CSA Soldier
his father →  Mary Elizabeth Witt Hancock
his mother →  William Witt
her father →  Jane Witt
his mother →  Sarah Harbour
her mother → John Witt, Il
her father →  Ann Witt
his mother →  Walter Daux
her father →  Richard Daux
his father →  Henry Daux
his father →  Mary Dykes
his mother → Henry Radcliffe, 2nd Earl of Sussex
her father →  Elizabeth Radcliffe, Countess of Sussex
his mother →  Henry Stafford, 2nd Duke of Buckingham
her father → Humphrey Stafford, Earl Stafford
his father →  Anne Neville, Duchess of Buckingham
his mother →  Joan Beaufort, Countess of Westmorland
her mother → John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster
her father →  Edward III of England
his father →  Edward II of England
his father →  Edward I "Longshanks", King of England
his father →  Eleanor of Provence, Queen consort of England
his mother →  Raymond Bérenger IV, comte de Provence
her father

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

44/45. Leroy Garner Bartlett and Olivia King #52ancestors

Number 44 on my ancestor list is Leroy Garner Bartlett, the husband of Olivia King and father of George Riley Bartlett and Olivia Reed. Leroy was the son of William Judson Bartlett and Elizabeth Powell and the Grandson of Garner Bartlett and his wife Ellendar (or was it Elinor?)  Olivia was the daughter of John King Jr.


Sunday, November 2, 2014

Sir Walter Devereux, Lord Chancellor of Ireland #52ancestors

Sir Walter Devereux is my ancestor but not through the Bond family as I am not a descendant of Wright Bond. He is however related to me through my Linville line... 

Sir Walter Devereux (1411 – 22 April 1459) of Bodenham and Weobley was a loyal supporter of the Richard of York, 3rd Duke of York during the Wars of the Roses. He was Lord Chancellor of Ireland from 1449 to about 1451.       

Walter Devereux was born in 1411 in BodenhamHerefordshire to a senior Walter Devereux (or Deverois, 1387–1420) and his wife Elizabeth Bromwich.[1] His maternal grandparents were Thomas Bromwich, Lord Justice of Ireland and Catherine Oldcastle.
His paternal grandparents were an elder Walter Devereux (c. 1361–1402) and Agnes Crophull.[a] Agnes was mother of Sir Thomas Parr by a second marriage to John Parr of Kendal; and paternal grandmother of William Parr, 1st Baron Parr of Kendal, a noted courtier under Edward IV of England and grandfather of Queen Catherine Parr. Agnes Crophull's third husband was John Merbury, the father of Walter Devereux's wife by a previous marriage as indicated below.
His arms were: Argent a fesse gules, in chief three torteaux.   
He married Elizabeth Merbury. She was a daughter of Sir John Merbury,[2] Chief Justice of South Wales and his wife Alice Pembridge. They had the following children:
His first residence was Bodenham and the core of his Devereux family estates. With the death of his grandmother, Agnes Crophull, in 1436, he inherited the remainder of his Devereux lands including Lyonshall Castle.[4] She withheld her Crophull lands, though, and deeded a life interest in them to her third husband, John Merbury.[2] With his death in 1438, Walter Devereux inherited the Crophull lands[5] including Weobley,[c] and the Merbury estates.
Walter Devereux was a knight by 1429 when he first represented Hereford in Parliament.[6] He would represent Hereford again in 1434, 1436,[7] 1440,[8] 1450, and 1459. Devereux was appointed to collect the tenth and fifteenth in 1336 and 1440 granted to the king by Parliament,[9][10] and was entrusted again in 1441 with collection of a tenth and fifteenth to fund an expedition by the Duke of York to defend English possessions in France.[11] In 1446, he was also entrusted with collecting a loan to the king.[12] He was justice of peace for Hereford in 1441,.[13] He served as sheriff of Herefordshire in 1447,[6] and Gloucester in 1455.[14]
Walter Devereux[15] served with the Richard of York, 3rd Duke of York in France, and remained his supporter throughout the War of the Roses. In 1441 Devereux was granted protection and appointed an attorney while on service with York in France,[16] and within a year had been knighted. In 1442 and 1445 he was in garrison at Arques (Normandy), and was listed as a captain.[17] On 19 December 1445 he was leading a garrison detachment at the Siege of Conches.[18] After York made a declaration at Ludlow in February 1452 declaring his loyalty to the King, but wishing to free the Court from bad advisors. The King did not respond, and York took to the field calling in his supporters including Walter Devereux, and marched on London. The King marched out to meet them, and eventually found York entrenched at Dartford Heath. The confrontation was resolved peacefully, but skirmishing followed leading to Devereux being attainted for treason by Parliament in 1452. At this time Devereux began holding Wigmore Castle for the Yorkists.
On 22 May 1455 the first Battle of St. Albans was fought north of London traditionally marking the opening of the War of the Roses. A Yorkist victory that included the capture of the King, it restored the Duke of York to complete power. Shortly after the victory Parliament pardoned Walter Devereux.[15] As the King and the Lancaster party maneuvered to reverse their losses, outbursts of lawlessness grew on the Welsh Marches. Walter Devereux, Constable of Wigmore Castle, was up in arms. In the summer of 1456, he descended on Hereford with the castle’s garrison and captured the mayor and justices. Devereux then brought before the justices several local men whom the justices were obliged to condemn to death, and then he had them hanged. Devereux followed this by mustering a force of 2000 archers from Gwent, and marched on the castles at Carmarthen and Aberystwyth, which he took by assault. Afterwards he declared a commission of ‘oyer and terminer’ to judge and condemn more people whom he believed hostile to York. Among his prisoners were Edmund Tudor, the king’s half-brother, and Robert Rees, Keeper of the Welsh Seal.
Devereux was granted land in Drogheda in Ireland in 1459.[1]       

He was appointed Lord Chancellor of Ireland in 1449. His term was brief and likely uneventful. In 1451, Richard Plantagenet, 3rd Duke of YorkLord Lieutenant of Ireland appointed his son, the 8-year-old Edmund, Earl of Rutland, as the new Lord Chancellor. Since Rutland was under age, his duties were taken over by Deputy Chancellor Edmund Oldhall.    

Walter Devereux died on the 22nd or 23 April in 1459.[1]      

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