Ancestry of the BEAUCHAMP Family
1. Thomas Basset, a Magna Charta Surety, 1215. He had a daughter, Alice (Mabel).
2. Alice (Mabel) Basset married (1) William Malet, Magna Charta Surety, 1215, descendant of William Malet, Lord Malet, general and companion of William the Conqueror, Baron of Curry, and High Sheriff of Somerset and Dorset.
They had five children as follows:
1. Hugh Malet.
2. William Malet.
3. Mabel Malet, married Hugh de Vivonia, Baron of Chewton and steward of Poitou, who held West Kingston in 1214. They had three children: John, who d.s.p.; William de Vivonia, who married Maud Ferrers; and Helewise Vivonia, who married Walter de Wahull.
4. Hawise (Howise) Malet. See below.
5. Bertha Malet.
Alice (Mabel) Basset (Malet) married (2) John Biset.
3. Hawise (Howise) Malet married (1) Hugh de Poyntz, who died in April 1220, and (2) Robert de Musegros, of Berwain and Norton, Knight of King Henry III. He was Keeper of Savernake Forest, May 4, 1252. He held the Manors of Brynham, Cherlton, and Norton. He died January 29, 1253 or 1254 (Ref.: Harleain Society, "Knights of Edward I, p.230). (Note: Mussegros is a canton of Fleurigny-sur-Andelle in the arrondissement of Les Andelys.
The name is presumed to have been derived from Musgrave or Mewsgrave, "the keeper of the king's hawks, or the king's equerry." Roger de Mucelgros, who is said to have been at Senlac, was a tenant-in-chief in Herefordshire in 1086 (Domesday), where he gave his name to Lude-Muchgros. His descendants spread to many parts of England and in the 13th century the family held estates in Somerset, Dorset, Gloucester, and Hereford. Charlton Musgrove in Somerset is named from it, hence the baronets Musgrove. (Ref: Crispin & Macary, "Falaise Rolls").
They had two children as follows:
1. John Musegros. See below.
2. Mabel Musegros, Lady of Finborough.
4. John Musegros (Mucegros), Knight of Charlton, Norton, and other estates, was born August 10, 1232, and died May 6, 1275, holding Manors of Northton, Brywham as 1/2 fee, Cherlton 1 fee, and Stavill 1.2 fee, co. Somerset, Berton Regis and lands at Knemerton, Boyton, Lit. Cumpton, Hatherle, and Langeford, co. Gloucester. The following record is taken from "Knights of Edward I.":
"Protection, going to Ireland, May 10, 1259. Sheriff of Devon, July 9, 1261, Constable of Exeter, July 9, 1261, to July 18, 1263. Holds 1 knight's fee at Botyngton and Kemerton, co. Gloucester, late of Richard, Earl of Gloucester, August 10, 1262. Protection during the Welsh war March 22, 1263. Safe conduct for him and several knights coming to the King with horses, households, and goods, July 7, 1264. Made Constable of Salisbury Castle for him and other knights lately in munition of Bristol Castle to stay in with their households, December 19, 1264, to May 31, 1265. Safe conduct coming to the King, February 14, 1254, but not to come till sent for March 12, 1265. To leave Kenilworth Castle as he values his life, August 26, 1265. Sir John de Mucegros was against the King, and had 40/- rents and advowson at Sotesbrok, co. Berkshire."
He married Cecily Avenal, Lady of Bicknor, Taynton, and Longford, daughter of William Avenal, of Bicknor, and his wife, Aline. Cecily died August 10, 1301. William Avenal was born about November 1202, and died April 21, 1236.
John and Cecily had a son and heir, Robert.
5. Robert de Musegros, of Charlton and Norton, born in 1252, was age twenty-three and more in 1275. He died on December 27, 1280. He married Agnes Ferrers, who was living in May 9, 1281.
They had a daughter, Hawise.
6. Hawise (Howise) Musegros was born December 21, 1276, and was living as late as June 24, 1340. She married (1) William de Mortimer, (2) John de Ferrers, and (3) John de Bures, who died at Bodington, December 22, 1350. The origin of this family was Bures near Bayeux, who owned an important castle there. Michel de Bures was, according to the Egerton manuscripts in the British Museum, the first of the name who came to England.
He accompanied Duke William to the battle of Senlac, by whom he was given two manors in Somersetshire, one in Hertfordshire, mentioned in the Domesday survey. The two manors in Somersetshire are known as East Bower and West Bower, Bridgewater. Walter, his son, held a small manor near Calne in Wiltshire, to which he gave the name of Bures. Pierre de Bures was Viscount of Dieppe and Arques during the war of 1173-1174. The family prevailed in England, in the counties of Stafford, Somerset, Berks, Gloucester, and others, for several centuries (Ref: Crispin and Macary, pg. 66).
John Bures and Hawise Musegros had a daughter, Catherine.
7. Catherine Bures married May 21, 1329, Giles de Beauchamp, of Beauchamp's Court, in Alcester, co. Warwick, third son of Walter de Beauchamp, who was a younger son of William de Beauchamp, Lord of Elmley. He was the steward of the household of King Edward I. He inherited the lordship of Alcester, the manor-house of which, called Beauchamp's Court, he had license to fortify in the 14th year of King Edward III. with a wall of lime and stone, and to embattle it; and he obtained similar permission regarding his house at Fresh-Water, in the Isle of Wight, in the 16th year of the same reign, 1342-43.
This Giles was succeeded by his son, John.
8. John de Beauchamp, of whom little is mentioned, was in an expedition against France in the 3rd year of Richard II. He married Elizabeth St. John, thought to be daughter of John St. John.
They had two sons as follows:
1. William de Beauchamp, his
successor. See below.
2. Walter de Beauchamp, from whom the Beauchamps, Barons of St. Amand, derived.
9. William de Beauchamp, of Powyck and Alcester, was sheriff of the shires of Worcester and Gloucester. He married before March 5, 1414 Catherine Ufflete, daughter and eventual co-heir of Gerard de Ufflete.
He died before 1431 and was succeeded by his son, John.
10. John de Beauchamp, Knight, purchased from Thomas de Botreaux the other moiety of the manor of Alcester, which had continued in that family for divers descents. In the 17th year of King Henry VI, on May 2, 1447, he was elevated to the peerage, in consequence of the many good and acceptable services performed by him to that king, and to Henry V., his father, by the title of Lord Beauchamp, Baron of Powycke.
He was also constituted Justice of South Wales, with power to exercise that office personally or by deputy; and before long in the 28th year of King Henry VI., was raised to the office of Lord Treasurer of England, and became a Knight of the Garter. He died in 1475. He married Margaret Ferrers.
He was succeeded by his only son, Richard, then forty years of age.
11. Richard de Beauchamp, Knight of the Bath, 2nd Baron of Beauchamp and Powyck, was born in 1435. He married Elizabeth Stafford, daughter of Humphrey Stafford, Knight.
They had the following daughters:
1. Elizabeth Beauchamp, married Robert Willoughby, Lord Willoughby of Broke, and they had an only son, Edward, who predeceased his father, leaving by his wife, Elizabeth Neville, daughter of Richard Neville, Lord Latimer, three daughters of whom, the eldest, Elizabeth, alone left issue; which Elizabeth married Fulke Greville, 2nd son of Fulke Greville, of Milcote, co. Warwick, and from that union descended the extant Earls of Brooke and Warwick, the Barons Willoughby of Broke, etc.
2. Anne Beauchamp. See below.
3. Margaret Beauchamp, married Richard Rede, Esq., of Co. Gloucester.
Richard de Beauchamp died in 1496, leaving no male heir, thus the Barony of Beauchamp expired, while the estates of the deceased lord devolved upon the above daughters as co-heiresses. Elizabeth, Lady Willoughby of Broke, having the manor of Alcester, and her sisters Powyke and the other lands in co. Worcester.
12. Anne Beauchamp, 2nd daughter and co-heir of Richard Beauchamp, 2nd and last Lord Beauchamp of Powycke, married not later than 1490, Richard Lygon, Senior, eldest son of Thomas, born at Madresfield Court, who did not outlive his father very long, so he does not appear very often in the record. He was over thirty years old at his father's death.
The only references to Richard Lygon in the Muniments are in August, 1507, when he acquired 'Brodmedow' in Powycke, on March 1, 1508, and on June 2, 1511, when he granted a lease of a messuage called Brightyntone. He was Justice of the Peace in Worcester in 1509 and in 1510 had custody of the lands, wardship, and marriage of Richard, son and heir of William Reade, his brother-in-law. (Letters and Papers Foreign and Domestic Henry VIII, 1510, p. 321).
He and his wife had the following children:
1. Richard Lygon, Jr, his
successor. See below.
2. Thomas Lygon, d.s.p.
3. John Lygon, married Eleanor Hickford.
4. Edward Lygon, d.s.p.
5. George Lygon, a priest, who graduated as Bachelor of Canon Law at Oxford in 1531. This explains why he did not share in the disposition made by his mother, though he was one of the executors. He died in 1593.
6. William Lygon, is mentioned as living in Powycke in 1568.
7. Roger Lygon, married Katherine Buckler, daughter of Sir William Denys of Pucklechurch and therefore a sister of the wife of Roger's nephew William Lygon. Roger died in 1584.
8. Michael Lygon, married Usula Hornyold. He died about 1583.
Richard Lygon, Sr. died in Madresfield on May 1, 1512.
13. Richard Lygon, Junior, eldest son, was 21 years of age when his father died, and was probably born in 1490. On September 15, 1512 he granted his mother for her dower in Gloucestershire the Manor of Mattysdon. He married, not later than 1511 in Worcester, Margaret Greville (Grevell), daughter of William Greville (Grevell), a Justice of the Court of Common Pleas in 1510, who had been one of the feoffes of Richard Beauchamp. With her he acquired Arle Court near Cheltenham, where he appears to have lived during his mother's life.
After her death there was some differences between him and his younger brother, which was settled by a friendly arbitration. In 1523, Richard was on a commission to collect the subsidy in Worcester (L. & P., p. 1361). He was knighted at the coronation of Queen Anne Bolelyn on May 30, 1535. In 1534, he was on the commission to make inquisition (P. M.) on the lands and heir of John Lytilton of Frankley Weston. He was Sheriff of Gloucestershire 1534-35 and of Worcestershire 1548-49.
In 1535 he was Justice as a session held at Great Malvern and bound over James Asche, parson of Staunton, to the council for calling the king antichrist. In 1536, Sir Richard Lygon was called to furnish 100 men to be sent against the northern rebels and to attend the king in person. He served in the French War, 1544. In 1545, the expenses of the Hundred Courts of the town of Slaughter were held by Richard Lygon, Chief Steward, and also he was Chief Steward of the King's Court at Cheltenham. Margaret, his wife, died in 1542, and Richard married (2) Joan, who survived him. Sir Richard died March 20, 1556.
He and his first wife had the following children:
1. William Lygon, eldest son, of Redgrove and Madresfield, born in 1518, was 44 years old at his father's death. While still under age he married in the autumn of 1529 Eleanor Dennis, daughter of Sir William Dennis (Denys) of Durham in Gloucestershire and his wife Anne Berkeley, daughter of Maurice Berkeley, Lord Berkeley, who died in 1506, and his wife, Isabel Meade The contract of marriage contains interesting particulars as to the provision for the young people. Richard Lygon and William Dennis were to find their children in apparel according to their degree, and William Dennis was to find his daughter lodging so long as Margery and Anne Lygon were alive.
Like his father, William Lygon before his
possession to Madresfield lived at Arle, and seems to have been
in possession of the family estates at Mattisdon, Uckington,
Dormiston, and Cromhall in Gloucestershire; he was also one of
the justices of the Hundred of Cheltenham. In 1538, he was among
the gentlemen listed by Lord Cromwell as meet to be preferred in
the King's service (Patent Rolls, p. 49). On July 9, 1540, he had
a grant. He and his wife had a daughter, Cicely Lygon,
who married in 1559, Edward Gorges, Esq., of
Wroxall, born in 1537, died August 29, 1568, son of Edmund
Gorges. They had a son Ferdinando Gorges,
Knight, colonizer of Maine, born about 1565, died at Ashton Court
near Bristol, England, May 1647, married (1) Anne Bell,
buried in London August 6, 1620, daughter of Edward Bell and
Margaret Barley, married December 21, 1621, (2) Mary
2. Henry Lygon. See below.
3. Ursula Lygon, married Humphrey Andrews.
4. Elizabeth Lygon, married Ralph Sheldon.
5. Mary Lygon, married John Mintridge.
6. Susanna Lygon, married Christopher Savage, Esq., of Elmsley Castle, and of Upton, co. Gloucester.
7. Barbara Lygon, of Hanley Castle, probably unmarried.
8. John Lygon, 3rd son, had a grant of annuity of 9 pounds out of Cromhall from his father on May 20, 1534. He was living in London in 1568.
9. Ferdinand Lygon, died in Spain.
14. Henry Lygon, the 2nd son, born in 1524, in St. Leonard Upton, co. Gloucester, had lease from his brother William of a wood at Cromhall, in 1554, and is described in 1556, as of Upton St. Leonard in the city of Gloucester. In 1560 and 1568, he was in the service of Henry Berkeley, Lord Berkeley, with whom he is said to have been "in much estimation." When he died on July 31, 1577. he was seized of a capital messuage in Kingsgrove, Gloucestershire, with lands in Little Sodbury. He married Elizabeth Berkeley, daughter of John Berkeley, of Stoke Gifford, thus one more connection to the Berkeley family. He is probably the Henry Lygon of Upton, whose will was probated in the Consistory Court of Gloucester, 1577.
He and his wife had four children as follows:
1. Henry Lygon, d.s.p.
2. Arnold Lygon, knighted by King James I, on July 23, 1603. It is probably Sir Arnold Lygon who was sheriff of Worcestershire in 1608-09. He married (1) Joan, widow of John Baker; (2) Margaret, daughter of Sir John Talbot of Grafton, and widow of his first cousin, Richard Lygon, and lived with her at Beauchamp's Court. He died in 1612; Dame Margaret died on February 24, 1632, and was buried at Bromsgrove.
3. Mary Lygon, married Samuel Clinton. They had seven children.
4. Elizabeth Lygon. See below.
15. Elizabeth Lygon, married Edward Bassett of Uley Manor, son of William Bassett of Uley and his wife, Jane Ashe, daughter of John Ashe, of Somersetshire. Edward Bassett, husband of Elizabeth descended through nine successive generations, from Anceleme Bassett, Knight, who married Margaret Berkeley, daughter of Thomas de Berkeley, Lord Berkeley, to whom the heirs of her body, her father had formerly given the moitie of the manor of Uley in the hundred of Berkeley to hold of him by the service of the fourth part of a knight's fee, and by two suits to his hundred of Berkeley yearly.
"Ancelme Bassett and Margaret (Berkeley)
Bassett had issue: John Bassett, Kt., died without issue and
Edmond Bassett, Kt., who by Isabell his wife, daughter and
co-heir of another Bassett, had issue: Sir Symon Bassett, Kt., a
gentleman as remarkable in his time as any that then lived in his
county, as more than forty records do witness, married Maud,
daughter and co-heir of John de Bitton, and had issue: Sir John
Bassett, d.s.p., and Maurice Bassett, who had issue: John
Bassett, father of William Bassett, father of Edward Bassett, who
married Isabel (The name Isabel and Elizabeth are used
interchangeably), daughter of Henry Lygon, Esq., much esteemed by
Henry Lord Berkeley."
Elizabeth and Edward had the following children:
1. William Bassett, married daughter of William Davy, and had issue.
2. Barnaby Bassett, married Elizabeth Dorney, daughter of John Dorney of Uley, and had issue.
3. Edward Bassett, married daughter of Mr. Danyell (Daniel) of Marlborough, and had issue, one daughter.
4. Giles Bassett, unmarried 1630, died 1640.
5. Elizabeth Bassett, married (1) William Clavile, by whom she had no issue; (2) Thomas Poyntz, and had issue.
6. Margaret Bassett, married Samuel Shellam, of Woodchester, and had issue five children.
7. Susan Bassett, married Michael Dorney, and had issue.
8. Jane Bassett, married Dr. John Deighton. See below.
16. Jane Bassett , born in 1584 in Uley, co. Gloucester, married Dr. John Deighton (Dighton) of Gloucester, a surgeon, born about 1583, Uley, co. Gloucester, died May 16, 1640. According to one record, they had six children. The record from "The Ligon Family in England" only names two children; John and Frances, but other records expand on the other names. The town of Dighton, MA was named in the latter part of the 17th century in honor of the Dighton family.
The children were as follows:
1. John Deighton, born 1606, in
Uley, co. Gloucester. Also it is reported that he was christened
on April 9, 1607, at St. Nicholas, Gloucester City, co.
Gloucester, England in Uley, co. Gloucester. He married Mary
Anstye, born about 1607.
2. Jane Deighton, christened April 5, 1609 or April 15, 1609, St. Nicholas, Gloucester City, co. Gloucester, England. She married (1) John Lugg, born about 1609, of Gloucester, co. Gloucester, England.
They had the following children:
1. Jane Lugg, born January 11, 1628, in Gloucester City, Gloucester, England.
2. Esther Lugg, born February 24, 1632, in Gloucester City, co. Gloucester, England. She married James Bell, born about 1632. They had nine children, all born in Taunton, Bristol County, MA.
3. Unknown Lugg, born November 11, 1637, Gloucester City, co. Gloucester, England.
4. Elizabeth Lugg, born March 7, 1638, Boston, Suffolk County, MA.
5. Mary Lugg, born August 1642, Boston, Suffolk County, MA. She married Nathaniel Barnard, born about 1638, of Boston, Suffolk County, MA.
6. John Lugg, christened August 4, 1644, Boston, Suffolk County, MA.
Jane Deighton came to America with John Lugg. He died and she married (2) Jonathan Negus.
3. Frances Deighton, born in 1610 in
Gloucester City, co. Gloucester, England. She was mentioned in
her father's will in 1639; and was baptized in the parish of St.
Nicholas, Gloucestershire City, March 1, 1611. She married at the
Whitcombe Magna Parish Church, co. Gloucester, February 11, 1632,
Richard Williams of Gloucester City, son of William
Williams of Synwell, died September 1618, and his wife Jane
Richard Williams was born January, 1608, baptized January 28, 1606 in the parish of St. Mary the Virgin, in Wooten-Under-Edge, near Gloucester, England. He died in Taunton, MA, 1692-93, and his will was probated October 10, 1693, entered October 11, 1694. They came to America about 1636 to Massachusetts, and seem to have settled in Dorchester, MA, and were members of the first Church there.
Soon afterwards they moved to Taunton, MA where Richard had taken up land, about 1636-37. He was one of the original purchasers, of Taunton, from the Chanset Indians. He is called "The Father of Taunton." Here a home was made where their children were born. Their first farm, of over 100 acres, was on the east side of the Taunton River. Richard Williams' name stands second on the original "first purchasers" of Taunton.
This purchase was made in 1637, from the General Court of Plymouth Colony, and is known as the Tetiquit Purchase, and includes the present towns of Taunton, Raynham, and Berkeley. Its boundaries were fixed by Captain Miles Standish and John Brown in 1640. He also made other purchases of land in 1668, 1672, and 1680. The town of Dighton, MA, is named to honor and perpetuate his wife's family name of Dighton.
He was a tanner and a deacon of the church and, at his death, was the largest owner of the Taunton Iron Works, which his wife continued to administer after his death. Taunton is the oldest settlement in Bristol County and in point of time, third in the Plymouth Colony, after Plymouth itself, to be incorporated in 1639.
Frances and Richard had the following children:
1. John Williams, born 1634, in Gloucester,
England. Another source has him baptized about 1636. No other
2. Elizabeth Williams, born in 1635, in Gloucester, England. Another source has her baptized about 1636, died young.
3. John Williams (?) According to Mormon records, he was born about 1635, in Taunton, Bristol County, MA. Possible confusion with the John listed as 1. above. No other information available.
4. Samuel Williams, born and baptized about 1637-38, in Taunton, Bristol County, MA.
5. Nathaniel Williams, born November 17, 1639, in Taunton, Bristol County, MA. He married in 1688 Elizabeth Rogers, daughter of John Rogers and his wife Ann Churchman, granddaughter of Thomas Rogers, the Mayflower Pilgrim.
6. Joseph Williams, born February 7, 1641, in Taunton, Bristol County, MA. He married Elizabeth Watson, born January 18, 1648, in Plymouth, Plymouth County, MA. They had the following child:
7. Thomas Williams, born about 1645, in
Massachusetts. Additional data not available.
8. Elizabeth Williams, born in 1647, died in 1724, married John Bird, born in Dorchester, Suffolk County, MA, 1641, died in 1732.
9. Hannah Williams, born 1649 or 1650, of
Taunton, Bristol County, MA. She married John Parmenter,
born about 1649.
10. Benjamin Williams, born in June 1651, of Taunton, Bristol County, MA. He is also listed as being born in 1652 and 1657, and married to Rebecca Macey, born about 1656, of Taunton, Bristol County, MA.
4. Katherine Deighton, married (1) Samuel Hackburne, (no children listed in available records) and married in 1644 (2), as his 2nd wife, Thomas Dudley, an eminent Puritan, second Governor of Massachusetts, 1634-1650. He arrived in America in 1630, settling in Boston and founding the First Church. He was a founder of Harvard College in 1637; owned large estates, appointed Sergeant Major General, then the highest military office in the Colony. He died in Roxbury July 31, 1653.
They had the following children:
1. Deborah Dudley, born in 1645, in Roxbury, Suffolk County, MA., married Capt. Jonathan Wade.
2. Joseph Dudley, Governor of Massachusetts, born in 1647, in Roxbury, Suffolk County, MA., married Rebecca Tyng.
3. Paul Dudley, born in 1650, in Roxbury, Suffolk County, MA., married Mary Leverett, born about 1649.
4. Dorothy Dudley, born about 1652. married Rev. John Allin, born about 1614.
Katherine Deighton married (3) Rev. John Allin. Date of Marriage unknown.
5. Damaris Deighton (?). Note: These last three names were found only in the Mormon IGI data base. There was no additional data.
6. Mary Deighton (?). See 5. above.
7. Thomas Deighton (?). See 5. above.
MEHETABLE WILLIAMS born June 7, 1676, married Feb 11, 1695, in Taunton, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, INCREASE ROBINSON, JR, (son of INCREASE ROBINSON and SARAH PENNIMAN) died 1738, buried 1738.
MEHETABLE ROBINSON born Jan 12, 1695, Taunton, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, married Feb 6, 1717, in Taunton, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, EBENEZER COBB, born May 13, 1694, Taunton, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, (son of EDWARD COBB and SARAH HACKIT) died Jan 2, 1770, Hanover, Morris County, New Jersey, buried Jan 4, 1770, Hanover, Morris County, New Jersey. MEHETABLE died Aug 2, 1781, Hanover, Morris County, New Jersey, buried Aug 4, 1781, Hanover, Morris County, New Jersey.
JOHN COBB born Dec 17, 1723, Taunton, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, occupation Ore Foundry, Sheriff, married 1747, in Hanover Twp., Morris County, New Jersey, RHODA SMITH, (daughter of RICHARD SMITH and SARAH (---) SMITH) died 1765, Hanover Twp., Morris County, New Jersey, buried 1765, Hanover Twp., Morris County, New Jersey. JOHN died 1797, Hanover Twp., Morris County, New Jersey, buried 1797, Hanover Twp., Morris County, New Jersey.
RACHEL COBB born 1762, Schooley, New Jersey, married Nov 3, 1780, in Schooley, New Jersey, WILLIAM HALSEY, JR., born March 23, 1760, Columbia, New Jersey, (son of WILLIAM HALSEY, SR. and (---) (---) HALSEY) died Feb 21, 1832, Piney Creek, Alleghany Co., No. Carolina, buried Feb 23, 1832, Piney Creek, Alleghany Co., No. Carolina. RACHEL died Nov 4, 1847, Piney Creek, Alleghany Co., No. Carolina, buried Nov 6, 1847, Piney Creek, Alleghany Co., No. Carolina.
(The first sixteen
generations are from
The Paternal Ancestry of Homer Beers James
by Homer Beers James, published 1993.)