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Friday, May 20, 2016

Simon Milbourne

          Simon (John2, Piers1) Milbourne (Milborne), b. 1435, Tillignton, Herefordshire, England is my 16th gt. grandfather. He married Joan Baskerville, daughter of Ralph and Anne Blackett (or Blakett) Baskerville.  The Baskervilles had held Eardisley, at one point in their history, which is in the NW section of Herefordshire and very close to the border of WalesSimon and Jane had the dubious honor of having 13 daughters. Some reports I’ve read claim they had a son, John.  John was mentioned as the son of Simon in 1469 in a land grant. [PROCAT record (C 146/751]Apparently this son died without issue and during the life of his father.

The ladies were:
Blanche        m. James Whitney
Elizabeth       m1. Thomas Mornington (Monington); m2. John Whittington
Sybil             m1. Richard Hacklyut; m2. John Breynton
Alice             m1. Harry Parry; m2. Thomas Baskerville
Katherine      m. Thomas Barton
*Anne           m. William Rudhall
Agnes           m. Thomas Walwyn
Jane             m. Richard Cornwall
Joyce           m. Thomas Hyett
Margaret       m. John Bishop
Julianne        unmarried
Elinor            m. James More (Moore)
Joan             unmarried

          During the course of researching this family, I discovered an abundance of conflicting birth dates for the daughters. Since there seemed to be no specific place to find dates, which didn’t involve international travel, I have decided to present these women in random order. In a day when arranged marriages was the norm, Simon must have had his hands full arranging suitable marriages and then providing a dower for each girl. He did have some land, but still, it must have been a struggle for him.
          Anne Milbourne m. William Rudhall and from this couple I have two lines of descent.  They had at least 6 children, 2 sons and 4 daughters. Their son (a.) John, (1498-1530) married Isabella Whittington. Their daughter Joan (b.), (c 1510-?) married John Scudamore, 4th gt. grandson of Owain Glyndwr, National Hero of Wales and a descendant of the Princes of Powys.
          John (a.) and Isabella Whittington Rudhall had at least 5 children, one of which was another John. This second John was married to Mary Fettiplace. They had a son, William*.
          Mary’s parents were Richard and Elizabeth Bessiles Fettiplace. Richard’s parents were John and Jane (possibly Joan) Fabian Fettiplace. John Fettiplace was a member of King Henry VI’s household and his father was Thomas Fettiplace who married Beatrice de Portugal, the illegitimate d/o Lopo Dias de Sousa and Elizabeth Plantagenet.  Elizabeth was the d/o John of Gaunt and Blanch Plantagenet. John of Gaunt was the s/o Edward III, (Edward II, Edward I). Blanche was the 2x great granddaughter of King Henry III.

[Rudhall Coat of Arms]

Now, back to John and Mary Fettiplace Rudhall.
       Their son, William*, married Margaret Croft.
William and Margaret’s daughter, Joanne, married Sir Walter Pye, Knight Attorney General, court of Wards and Liveries.

          Returning to Anne Milbourne and William Rudhall we pick up the second descent through their daughter Joan Rudhall (b.) who married John Scudamore, of Holme Lacy in Herefordshire.
a.)  Their daughter Elizabeth Scudamore married Humphrey Baskerville. They had 8   children. One was named Bridget.
b.)  Bridget Baskerville Married Roger Bodenham and they had at least 4 children. They had        a daughter named Blanche.
c.)  Blanche Bodenham married Edward Lingen. There were 8 children from this                         marriage, including a daughter named Blanche.
d.)  Blanche Lingen married John Pye, a son of Sir Walter and Joanne Rudhall Pye, as                mentioned above. It is said they had 23 children but I’ve only discovered the names of          6.
Curiously, Blanche’s older brother, Henry Lingen, who was greatly distinguished in his service to Charles I, married John Pye’s sister, Alice. Henry and Alice Pye Lingen had 15 daughters and 2 sons, but only 2 of this numerous family left issue and both sons died without issue. Henry was MP (Member of Parliament) for 1661.
          It is said that all the Pyes of Herefordshire were Catholic and Loyalists. They supported the Stewart’s financially, raised troops and fought in their armies. Walter, a s/o Sir Walter and Joan Rudhall Pye, went into exile with the Stewart’s in France and remained there.  Sir Walter was an investor in the West Country Adventures and helped to finance Lord Baltimore’s settlement in Newfoundland. Eventually that colony moved to the Chesapeake Bay area of Maryland, where a grandson of Sir Walter became a land owner. This Edward Pye settled in the Port Tobacco, La Plata area of Charles County.  He is my 9th gt. grandfather.

Visitation of Herefordshire, Robert Cooke, 1569


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