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Countess Maud Herbert

“Whoever leads an auspicious life here and governs the commonwealth rightly, as my most noble father did, who promoted all piety and banished all ignorance, has a most certain way to heaven.” Henry the VIII of England

Countess Maud Herbert is my 16th Great Grandmother, she is from the Alda Tribble line in our family tree.

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Maud Herbert, Countess of Northumberland was born in 1448 at Pembroke, Pembrokeshire, Wales and died circa 27 July 1485. She was buried in Beverley Minster, Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire, England, UK [1] [2].

Parents: William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke1 b. 1423 and Anne Devereaux1 b. between 1436 and 1442, d. 1486

Married: Henry Percy (1446-14899), 4th Earl of Northumberland, son of Henry Percy, 3rd Earl of Northumberland and Alianore, Lady Poynings.

Children: Eleanor Percy, Duchess of Buckingham b. 1470, d. 13 Feb 1530.

Citations:

  1. [S1388] Tudor Place, online http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/index.htm, Herbert1.
  2. [S1388] Tudor Place, online http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/index.htm, Herbert1, 27 Jul 1485/1495.
  3. Find A Grave Memorial # 101559676.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Percy,_4th_Earl_of_Northumberland

At some time between 1473 and 1476 Percy married Maud Herbert (1448 – 27 July 1485/1495), a daughter of William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke (1423-1469) by his wife Anne Devereaux. They had eight children:

Henry Percy, 5th Earl of Northumberland (14 January 1478 – 19 May 1527), who married Catherine Spencer. Alianore Percy, Duchess of Buckingham[4] (d. 1530), wife of Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham. Sir William Percy (d. 15 September 1540), who married firstly Agnes Constable and secondly Margaret Soothill, widow of Sir John Normanville. Alan Percy (born 1479), Master of St John's College, Cambridge Josceline Percy (1480–1532), who married Margaret Frost. Arundel Percy (1483–1544). Anne Percy, Countess of Arundel (27 July 1485 – 1552), second wife of William FitzAlan, 18th Earl of Arundel. Elizabeth Percy.
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Maud Percy, Countess of Northumberland’s Timeline

1448
1448
Raglan, Pembrokeshire, Wales
1450
1450
Age 2
Monmouthshire, England, United Kingdom
1470
1470
Age 22
Alnwick, Northumberland, England
1474
1474
Age 26
Leconfield, Yorkshire, England
1477
January 13, 1477
Age 29
Leconfield, Yorkshire, England
1480
1480
Age 32
Leconfield, Yorkshire, England
1481
1481
Age 33
Leconfield, Yorkshire, England
1483
1483
Age 35
Leconfield, Yorkshire, England

 

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You are the Result

“Walking. I am listening to a deeper way. Suddenly all my ancestors are behind me. Be still, they say. Watch and listen. You are the result of the love of thousands.” Linda Hogan

John Harris was my 14 great-grandfather, born in 1513 in Gloucestershire, England. His father was 38, and his mother, Johanna, was 38.

John Harris, a man of Hatherup, county of Gloucester, England, born as early as 1513 in England. He married Anne Annis about 1533. His will was dated October 22, 1553, and proved June 4, 1554. Left the lease of the house in which he dwelt to his daughter Alice Wynchcumbe (Winchkome, Winchcombe) and if she should die before it expired, the remainder of the term was to belong to her daughter. His two sons, William and John Harris, received seventy-two acres of land, a sheep pasture and also ten sheep and a bullock apiece. The residuary legatee and executrix was his wife Anne Harris. (Plus names of overseers and witnesses). The will of Annis Harris, widow, of Hatherup, was made June 17, 1585, and proved Feb. 5, 1585/6. She gave her daughter Alice Winchcombe a new gown, three sheets, etc. and made small personal gifts to Anne, James, John and Thomas Winchcombe, William, Anthony, and John Harris the younger and some friends. The residuary legatee and executor was Richard Harris. Note: Hatherup and Fairford, two neighboring parishes in the county of Gloucester, and the printed index of wills at Gloucester, containing references to several wills of Harrises of Hatherup brought the search to a satisfactory conclusion. Hatherup is situated on a hill rising from the valley of the river Coln in one of the most picturesque districts of Gloucestershire. The village itself is a mere appendage to the manorhouse, now called Hatherup Castle and the home of Sir Thomas Bazeley.

Created by: Marjorie Harris McLean Record added: Dec 07, 2013

 

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Oliver Abener Purchase

“History remembers only the celebrated, genealogy remembers them all.” Laurence Overmire

Oliver is my 12 great grandfather reaching back from my grandfather Gray.

Oliver Abner Purchase was born in 1552, at Dorchester, Dorset, England,  to Oliver Abner Purchase and Mary Purchase (born Perkins).
Oliver was born in 1522, in Dorchester, Dorset, England.
Mary was born in 1528, in Dorchester, Dorset, England, United Kingdom.
Oliver was baptized in 1602, at Connecticut.
Oliver married Thomazine Purchase (born Harris) on  1577, at age 25.
Thomazine Purchase was born in 1556, in Dorchester, Dorset, England.
They had 11 children: Aquilla Purchase, Thomas Purchase and 9 others.
Oliver passed away of c in 1633, at age 81.
He was buried in 1633.
Thomazine died in 1633 too, she was 77. She may have died of smallpox. There was an epidemic of that raged through Dorchester, Massachusetts at that time.
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Christopher Huntington and Ruth Rockwell

Christopher Huntington was born on July 25, 1624 to Simon Huntington and Margaret Baret. As a child of around nine years, his family emigrated to Windsor, Connecticut. His father died while crossing the ocean and was buried at sea.

Christopher married Ruth Rockwell, daughter of William Rockwell, a prominent and highly respected member of the community on October 7, 1652. Ruth was born on August 16, 1633 in Windsor, Connecticut. Christopher and Ruth moved to Saybrook, Connecticut probably in the spring of 1654 (because birth of one child appeared in the Windsor records in 1654, and the death of another appeared in May of 1654 in Saybrook). They stayed in Saybrook until the spring of 1660 when he and many of his fellow citizens organized themselves into a church lead by Reverend John Fitch.

They moved to the Valley of the Yantic (Connecticut). He and his brother, Simon, helped to lay the foundation of a community, which was later called Norwich. His name occurs often in the earlier records of this town, and always in honorable relations. His house lot was one of the prominent localities in the settlement. In 1668, the general court granted him 100 acres of land (not more than 20 acres of it meadow).

In 1678, he was appointed town clerk. In 1685, he was one of the 12 patentees of the new town of Norwich. In 1686, his name occurs as one of the committees “to make provisions for maintaining the Reverend Minister. He passed away in 1691 and his grave is unmarked.

His children: Christopher and Ruth, twins, died as children; Ruth Huntington married to Samuel Pratt; Christopher Huntington married to Mary Bushnell; Thomas Huntington married to Elizabeth Pratt Backas; John Huntington married to Abigail Lathrop; Lydia or Lydyah Huntington; Ann Huntington married Jonathan Bingham; Suzan Huntington married to Samuel Griswold. (Source information taken from Huntington Genealogical Memoir 1633 to 1915. Copy owned by Eva C. Johnson of Springville, UT)

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John Huntington

John Huntington was born in Norwich, Connecticut to Christopher Huntington and Ruth Rockwell on March 15, 1666. He married Abigail Baker Lathrop on December 9, 1686. She was the daughter of Samuel Lathrop and Elizabeth Scudder and was born in May 1665. As the records show, John was a man who commanded the respect and esteem of his fellow townsmen. On Dec 21, 1691 he was appointed constable in Norwich.

We know very little else, except that he died between 1695 and 1703. Eva C. Johnson’s Huntington book (Springville, UT) lists his death date as October 4, 1696. We know that he had passed away by 1703 because the record of the General Assembly held at New Haven on October 1703 states the following, “This court doth remit to the widow Abigail Huntington, what is due from her estate to the colony by the seizure of the inspector of Norwich, what is due from her estate is left out of the list to now added.” Abigail was a widow for many years and died November 19, 1745.

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Diaries and Journals

I can’t even begin to tell you the thrill that I get when I find someone in our family that has a diary or a journal. I have read a few journals of family members, and honestly…once I start reading the journal, I can’t stop. Usually, before I have been handed a journal or diary there is a preface of “there are lots of misspelled words or something to that effect”. I am not reading about a slice of their life without knowing that this person that wrote these words was doing so with little light, some education, and who knows how tired they were. Let’s not kid ourselves reading and writing before 1930 was done at leisure time. Some people had very little, if any leisure time.

If they had a farm, they had to think about their crop. Their crop was their livelily hood, without it they could not sustain themselves. The work was grueling, they were up with the light, and sometimes worked until they had no light. Children had to be taken care of, and the water had to be brought in the house. Animals had to be taken care of, and sometimes there was a crop grown just for the animals.

It is remarkable to me when I stumble on to a person that has something that has been treasured from one generation to another, even with misspellings and bad grammar. In the end that doesn’t matter, its the time they took from their day to give us a glimpse of their life. People they mention, sometimes there are recipes. I have a blueberry lemon cake in one journal that is so wonderful. They took the time to measure all the ingredients for the recipe to hand over to a daughter in law. It was a favorite of her son.

There is one heart wrenching journal that tells of a mom that lost her son. He didn’t die, he went on to disguise himself as an Italian. He was mixed with Black, Native American, and White. He found a job with some Italians that excepted him as he was, but he was infatuated with a girl. He told her he was Italian, and he moved up north to work in construction. His mom got the letter that he would never come back to see her because he didn’t see himself as the mix he was, but as an Italian. He wanted her to know how much he loved her, but hoped that she would understand. Her journal told of her heartbreak, and how she felt betrayed by her son. She would also write how much she loved him, and how her retreat was going down to the river to cry for the son she lost.

Another relative wrote about her family building a town, and having a saw mill. They also had an inn, and one day they found a pregnant run away slave. It was just before the civil war, and they brought her into their home. She would have a little girl and her name was Hazel. Mary and Hazel lived in the house with the family, and my great aunt was named after Hazel. This same family had arguments at the table about how to help the slaves and not helping the slaves. One of the older sons wanted to buy slaves from the market, and then free them once they have worked off what he had paid for the slave. His thought was, if they purchased the slaves and educated them they could have a good life. The father did not agree with the son. He said if they purchased slaves they would be contributing to more slaves being sold. Mary would often tell the family of her days in bondage, and how she was treated before she ran away. If the family were caught harboring a slave, the family would have had to relinquish Mary, as well as pay a $500 fine. During the civil war Mary and Hazel were sent up north, so they would not have to endure the war.

When you are lucky enough to come upon a diary or journal, treasure it! It will transport you to a place that you’ve never dreamed.

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William Mobley Sr.