Ancestry of the de Bracy Family

Ancestry of the de BRACY Family

The Lygon family in England traces its history from the Manor of Madresfield in Worcestershire. This manor has been in continuous possession of the descendants of its first owners, the de Bracys, from near Domesday (1086) down to the present time.

The manor has passed from father to daughter twice in that time, once in 1420 when Joan, only child of William de Bracy, married Thomas Lygon, who took up his residence there. The other time was in 1713 when Reginald Pyndar married Margaret Lygon, whose eldest son became heir to the manor assumed the surname of Lygon. It still remains in the possession of the Lygons and was the seat of Sir William Lygon, 8th Earl Beauchamp of Powyck. (Ref: "The Lygon Family and Connections" (1947)).

This record of the de Bracys and Lygons goes back to the time of the Norman Conquest, and when Warndon and Madresfield were possessed by the early de Bracy ancestors. Robert de Bracy was a favorite name in the de Bracy family and one "Robert" held the manor of Warndon in Worcester at Domesday. This was before the time surnames came into general use in England. (Ref: Nash II, p.452). A Richard de Bracy of Worcestershire occurs in 1168, and a William de Braci in 1176-77.

First Generation

1. William de Bracy is the first name shown in connection with the manor of Warndon in 1166 (Red Book Exchequer). He was succeeded by his son, Robert.

Second Generation

2. Robert de Braci was the successor to William in 1192. In 1196 Robert de Braci of Madresfield held one knight's fee; in the Book of Fees he is recorded as holding one hide in Holdfast, half a hide in Easton, and two hides in Warmedon in 1208-09. Walter de Baldenhall made a claim against him of half a Knight's fee in Madresfield as his share of the inheritance of this Knight's fee which six sisters had divided between them. He died in 1220. (Ref: Nash II, p. 318).

A Robert de Braci was justice of assize in a plea of novel disseisin at Dunstable in 1228; but whether he was a member of the Worcestershire family does not appear. The first Bracy mentioned in the Muniments is Humphrey de Bracy of Eldfield about 1250. His exact relationship to the Madresfield Branch is, however, obscure and the Deed in which he is named did not originally form part of the family papers.

Third Generation

3. Robert de Bracy, who accompanied Maude de Cantilupe to Scotland in 1252 held one-third of a carucate at Ashton in the Hundred of Oswaldelawe. He had been in the company of John Esturmy, who was a rebel, and his land was in consequence taken into the king's hands.

Fourth Generation

4. William Braci, probably son of Robert de Braci, was Lord of Madresfield in 1250. He was exempted in 1253 from being put on the assizes and juries (Patent Rolls 199). He made a grant of Land in the Manor to Gilbert Fremon of Clevelode. This was in the last years of the reign of King Henry III and is the earliest mention of Bracy of Madresfield in the Muniments. A positive date for this William de Bracy is afforded by the grant to Richard, son of Adam Chut, in 1280. A subsidy of 10 shillings for his lands in Madresfield was paid by him in 1280. In 1283 William de Bracy and Robert de Bracy were witness to a charter of Great Malvern Priory.

William de Bracy's wife was Maud de Warren (Warenne), daughter of William de Warren, sometimes called William de Blauminster who is mentioned in 1281. Eyton in his Antiquities of Shropshire (Vol X, p. 15-21) shows that William de Warren was a great-grandson of William, 2nd Earl of Warren, who died in 1135, and his wife, Isabella de Vermandois, granddaughter of King Henry I of France. William de Bracy was in ill health in 1282, but lived until 1289, when he died and was buried at Great Malvern. (Vic. Hist. Worc., Vol IV, p. 120.)

In 1290 there is a mention of the Lady Maud in the Muniments. The Henry who appears in the grant to Maud de Bracy, wife of William, was probably her younger son; he and his wife Alice were parties to a Fine concerning land in Clevelode in 1323; this Henry de Bracy was father of Robert who is witness to a charter of his cousin in 1345.

Fifth Generation

5. Robert de Bracy is first shown fighting against King Henry III at the famous Battle of Evesham in 1265, and had lands as Ashton (Inquisitions October 1265). Evesham is only a few miles from Madresfield. In the Patent Rolls he is frequently mentioned as a conservator of the peace and as a commissioner for Worcester 1297 to 1310, and in Gloucester 1313 (Close Rolls) and for various purposes up to 1321. Robert de Bracy was a witness in Worcester 1282 and 1289, assessor of the Subsidy for Worcester 1283.

In 1291, he was a witness to a charter of the Bishop of Worcester. In 1297, he was enrolled as a Knight of Essex, non-resident, for defense of the coast, and having lands worth 20 pounds in Salop, was summoned to serve overseas. These lands were evidently those of his wife, for he and his wife Maud _______ had a suit on account of lands in Salop June, 1301 (Close Rolls). Robert de Bracy was Knight for the shire of Worcester 1300 to 1305 (Parliamentary Writs) and was appointed to raise Knights in Worcester for defense of the realm January 14, 1300 (Close Rolls). These were probably for service against the Welsh or Scots against whom King Edward I. was waging war.

In the Madresfield Muniments his name occurs in eight deeds; the earliest for which there is a positive date is on June 17, 1302, and the latest in 1316. In 1316, Robert held three Knight's fees in Wermyndon, Madresfield and Leye, and Peter de Salso Marisco (Saltmarsh held a messauge of him in Hagberewe by the service of a half of a Knight's fee and rendering a pair of gloves yearly. A settlement of the manors of Madresfield, Warmyndon, and Leigh was made by him in 1317, on Robert de Bracy, son of William de Bracy, and Joan his wife. The younger Robert de Bracy was clearly a grandson, and the settlement was probably made on the occasion of his marriage.

When the elder Robert de Bracy died does not appear, but it was probably after 1321 when Robert de Bracy(No. 7, below) occurs as a witness. This Robert de Bracy was a commissioner for raising the men of Worcester against the Scots August 5, 1316. He was Overlord of Hanley Castle June 20, 1327 and an overlord in Salop May 25, 1335.

Sixth Generation

6. William de Bracy, son of Robert, does not appear often in the records, as his father evidently lived to be aged. On February 28, 1320 he was inspector of a charter of William de Blauminster because Blauminster had given Stone Church lands to Reney Abbey. A grant of free warren in his lands was made to Robert de Bracy in 1328, in which year William was appointed keeper of the manor of Hanley Castle and of the chase at Malvern. William de Bracy was Knight for the Shire of Worcester in 1338.

Seventh Generation

7. Robert de Bracy, his son, is mentioned in June 1333, when he and his brother Richard were accused of hunting unlawfully in Malvern Chase. Robert de Bracy was clearly a great huntsman; in 1334 there was a complaint against him for breaking the bishop's park at Blockley; in 1347 Hugh Le De Spencer complained that Sir Robert accompanied by his brother Richard and Walter de Bradeles, the parson of Madresfield, had entered his chase at Malvern, co. Worcester, and carried away his deer and fish (Patent Roll, p. 469).

There was a like charge against Sir Robert in 1354. However, this did not interfere with his appointment to act on a variety of commissions in the county, nor with his service a a justice of the peace. He was commissioner of Oyer and Terminer, when about 1343 he investigated the shortage of the Collector for the town of Wyche in Worcester. In 1345 he was Lord of Madresfield. He fought as a knight at Crecy in the division of the Prince of Wales.

He was with Thomas Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick, and was therefore in the thickest of the fight. Wrottelsey in his "Crecy and Calais" (p. 179) says: "Among those who served in person who were exonerated from the assessment to find men at arms and arches, was Sir Robert Bracy who served in the retinue of Thomas Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick, at the date of the passage of the Hogue in Normandy and at the Battle of Crecy and siege of Calais."

In 1348 Sir Robert Bracy was Commissioner of Oyer and Terminer to investigate the death of John, son of William de Cartere, killed at Worcester. It was found that certain persons had violated the sanctuary of the Church of St. Mary at Worcester and killed the said John (Patent Rolls, p. 179). Also in 1348 he was exempted for life from serving on assizes, etc. (Patent Roll, p. 452). He was knight of the shire of Worcester in 1361 (Close Rolls, pp. 65-66), but was dead before 1378, as Juliana _____, his wife, as relict of Robert de Bracy, was patron of the church at Warndon in 1378 (Nash II, 452).

In the deeds of Madresfield, Robert II de Bracy appears only between 1344 and 1357. But he may be identified with the Robert de Bracy who was on the commission of peace for Worcestershire in 1362, and was a commissioner of array in that county in 1366. The Robert de Bracy who was keeper of Salcey Forest, Northants, in 1378-89, forester of Dean in 1384, and warden of the Marshalsea in 1383, is probably the younger son of Robert II.

Eighth Generation

8. William de Bracy succeeded his father, Sir Robert de Bracy. There is reference to William Bracy, son of Robert, in 1346 when he accounted for one-fifth of a Knight's fee in Holdfast, which Robert de Bracy formerly held. William de Bracy was a patron at Warndon, 1370 to 1376 (Nash). On May 6, 1385, William de Bracy, as Lord of Warndon, joined with his wife Joan _______ in a grant to John Henry of Smyghte; this Deed is the earliest on which a Bracy seal showing the arms (a fess, in chief two mullets) has been preserved.

William Bracy, Lord of Madresfield, occurs in deeds between 1388 and 1390, and William Bracy, Lord of Warndon and Madresfield in 1396; but whether these deeds refer to the father or the son is uncertain. In 1376 William Bracy went to Ireland with James Butler, Earl of Ormond, on the King's service. He probably died about 1390 as his wife, Lady Joan Bracy, held her first court for the manor of Madresfield in that year.

Ninth Generation

9. William de Bracy, son of William de Bracy, married in 1404, Isabel _______ and had an only daughter, Joan. See below. In the 7th year of King Henry VI (1428-29) William was an esquire returning into the exchequer to attend the King in person with horse in arms in France. This was probably after Joan of Arc had captured Orleans in that year and the English were marshaling their forces against her. (Nash II, 452).

He presented to the church at Madresfield in 1415-19-20-33 and in 1431 he was returned as Lord of the manor of Madresfield (Feudal Aids V., p. 327). He is described in 1431 holding Madresfield by the service of half a Knight's fee. In September 1432 he and his wife are joined in a lease of a messuage called Holond in Madresfield. He was witness to a deed relating to land at Madresfield on January 10, 1435.

He must have died before February 6, 1450, when Isabel demised the Manor of Madresfield to her grandson William Lygon, reserving to her use the Gatehouse within the upper and lower chambers and two chimneys attached thereto. There is no later reference to Isabel, who must have been about 70 years of age in 1450 and probably died not long after.

Tenth Generation

10. Joan Bracy married, before 1423 (proably 1419), Thomas Lygon, son of Richard Lygon. On January 20, 1423, the Manor of Madresfield of Warndon was settled by William and Isabel Bracy on Thomas and Joan Lygon.


1. William Lygon, married Elizabeth Arundel, daughter of Rainford Arundel

2. Thomas Lygon. See below.

Eleventh Generation

11. Thomas Lygon, second son of Thomas Lygon and Joan Bracy, born at Madresfield Court, married Anne Gifford, daughter of Nicholas Gifford.


1. Jane Lygon

2. Richard Lygon, eldest son of Thomas. See below.

He died on April 10, 1507.

Twelfth Generation

12. Richard Lygon, Senior, eldest son of Thomas, born at Madresfield Court, 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. He married not later than 1490 Anne Beauchamp, born in 1434, and died in January 1502-03 (also said to have died in 1496), without male heirs.

This was a very important marriage, for Anne Beauchamp was 2nd daughter and co-heir of Richard Beauchamp, 2nd Lord Beauchamp of Powyck, which title is now held by Richard Lygon's descendant, the present Sir William Lygon, 8th Earl Beauchamp of Powyck. Richard died in 1512.

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.

Thirteenth Generation

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 Fulford.

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.

Fourteenth Generation

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.

Fifteenth Generation

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.


Sixteenth Generation

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 Woodward.

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 information available.

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:

1. Mehetable Williams, born June 7, 1676.

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.

They had a daughter Hannah Bird, born December 16, 1677, in Dorchester, Suffolk County, MA., died in 1728, married John Dean, who was born in Taunton, MA, in 1674, and died in 1724. This line continues through Anna Dean, John Barney, Sarah Barney, Benjamin Barney Belcher, to Aurelia Belcher, died in 1864, married about 1844 Arthur MacArthur, born at Glasgow, Scotland, January 26, 1815, died in Atlantic City, NJ, August 24, 1896.
He was Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia from 1870 to 1888. Their son was Lieut. Gen. Arthur MacArthur, father of Gen. Douglas MacArthur, born at Little Rock, Arkansas, January 26, 1880. He commanded the entire Pacific Theater in World War II. against the Japanese. He later was the Commander of all Allied Forces in the Korean War. He was removed from his command by President Harry Truman, due to a conflict between the two men.

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.

Seventeenth Generation

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.

i. MEHETABLE ROBINSON born Jan 12, 1695.

Eighteenth Generation

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.

i. JOHN COBB born Dec 17, 1723.

Nineteenth Generation

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.

i. RACHEL COBB born 1762.
ii. CLISBY COBB born ca 1750, Hanover Twp., Morris County, New Jersey, occupation
Ore Foundry, Patriot, Farmer, died Aug 17, 1815, Maiden, Surrey County, North Carolina, buried Aug 19, 1815, Maiden, Surrey County, North Carolina.
iii. SAMUEL COBB born Hanover Twp., Morris County, New Jersey.

Twentieth Generation

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.

i. SARAH HALSEY born April 29, 1783, Piney Creek, Alleghany Co., No. Carolina, married March 7, 1800, WILLIAM HOWELL.
ii. MARGARET HALSEY born Oct 24, 1785, Piney Creek, Allegheny Co., No. Carolina, married JOSEPH HASH.
iii. RACHEL PERSILLA HALSEY born April 26, 1787, Piney Creek, Alleghany Co., No. Carolina, married ISAAC PACELY.
iv. JAMES HALSEY born Piney Creek, Alleghany Co., No. Carolina, married PATTIE PEAK.
v. SYLVESTER HALSEY born Piney Creek, Alleghany Co., No. Carolina, married July 24, 1828, MARY YOUNG. SYLVESTER died July 12, 1856.
vi. WILLIAM HALSEY, III born 1789, Piney Creek, Alleghany Co., No. Carolina, married April 27, 1814, in Grayson County, Virginia, JUDA PEAK, born Aug 9, 1791, Virginia, died May 5, 1876, Piney Creek, Alleghany Co., No. Carolina, buried May 8, 1876, Piney Creek, Alleghany Co., No. Carolina. WILLIAM died Aug 28, 1849, Piney Creek, Alleghany Co., No. Carolina, buried Aug 31, 1849, Piney Creek, Alleghany Co., No. Carolina.
vii. MARY HALSEY born Piney Creek, Alleghany Co., No. Carolina, married (1) Dec 29, 1819, NATHANIEL VANNOY, married (2) ANDREW ROBINSON.
viii. SALLY/SARAH HALSEY born Piney Creek, Alleghany Co., No. Carolina, married (1) May 11, 1825, PETER DAVIS, married (2) PLEASANT PERKY.
ix. OLIVE HALSEY married July 8, 1834, DAVID CREEP (CRESS/CREP).
x. CLIKSLEY HALSEY born Piney Creek, Alleghany Co., No. Carolina, died March 20, 1857.

(The first sixteen generations are from
The Paternal Ancestry of Homer Beers James
by Homer Beers James, published 1993.)

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