My Audley ancestors

The following history on the Basset line includes segments from these books:
 "Medieval English Ancestors of Robert Abell" , "Paternal Ancestry Of Homer Beers James"

Among the Norman knights who accompanied William, the Conqueror, into England in 1066 were Adam de Aldiyhley and his two sons, Lydulph and Adam. These received, as did others of William's associates, large possessions from the conquered lands as a reward for their services. Lydulph, the elder son, had a son Adam, and Adam, the younger son, had a son William, and these two young Normans, both grandsons of the old Norman warrior, married wives of the Saxon family de Stoneley; Adam de Alditheley married Mabella, daughter and heiress of Henry de Stonleigh, and received with her in marriage portion the two adjacent estates of Stonleigh and Balterley. They were the ancestors of the noble family of Audley, so called by the shortening of the name from Alditheley to Audley.  Source: "Kin of Mellcine Thurman Smith"


01. Adam De Audithley , who died between 1201 and 1211, was son of Liulf (Lydulph).


02. Henry De Audithley , son of Adam was in great favor with Ranulph de Meschines, Earl of Chester and Lincoln (the most powerful subject in England in his time).  Henry de Alditheley obtained from Ranulph de Meschines a grant of Newhall in Cheshire, with manors in Staffordshire and other parts, and for his adhesion to King John, in that monarch's struggle with the insurrectionary barons, a royal grant of the lordship of Storton, in Warwickshire, part of the possessions of Robert of Summerville. In the four first years of the reign of King Henry III. he executed the office of sheriff for the counties of Salop and Stafford, as deputy for his patron, the great Earl Ranulph. In the 10th year of Henry III. this Henry de Alditheley was appointed governor of the castles of Carmarthen and Cardigan, and made sheriff the next year of the counties of Salop and Stafford and constable of the castles of Salop and Bridgenorth, which sheriffalty he held for five years. Upon his retirement from office, he had a confirmation of all such lands, whereof he was then possessed, as well as those granted to him by Ranulph, Earl of Chester, and Nicholas de Verdon, as those in Ireland, given him by Hugh de Lacy, Earl of Ulster, whose constable he was in that province. He subsequently obtained divers other territorial grants from the crown, but, notwithstanding, when Richard Mareschal, Earl of Pembroke, rebelled, and made an incursion into Wales, the king, Henry III., thought it prudent to secure the persons of this Henry, and all the other barons-marchers. He was afterwards, however, constituted governor of Shrewsbury, in the place of John de Lacy, Earl of Lincoln, and on the death of John, Earl of Chester, governor of the castle of Chester, and also that of Beeston, then called the "Castle on the Rock," and soon after made governor of Newcastle-under-Lyne. This powerful feudal baron married Bertred Mainwaring, daughter of Ralph de Meisnilwarin (note: no connection to my other Mainwaring line has been found yet.)


03. James De Audithley , son of Henry and Bertred was a great favorite of Richard, Earl of Cornwall, at whose coronation as King of Almaine (Germany) he assisted. He had livery of his lands in the 31st year of King Henry III., and was constituted in two years afterwards constable of Newcastle-under-Lyne. Being one the lords-marchers he was actively employed for some years against the Welsh, and was appointed governor of the castles of Salop and Bridgenorth, and sheriff of the counties of Salop and Stafford. He was the Justice of Chester, sealed 1259. In the 47th year of Henry III., he was made Justice of Ireland; and in the same year, upon the misunderstanding between the king and the barons, regarding the provisions of Oxford, being referred to the arbitration of monarch of France, he was one of the noblemen who undertook for the king therein. The next year we find him with Roger de Mortimer and the other barons-marchers, giving battle to Llewellyn, Prince of Wales, and afterwards joining the Earl of Gloucester at Evesham in rescuing the king, who had become captive to the Earl of Leicester at the battle of Lewes. In the 52nd year of Henry III., he performed a pilgrimage to the shrine of St. James in Galicia, in Spain, and the following year embarked in the Crusade with the king and Prince Edward. He married Ela Longespee, daughter of William Longespee, Earl of Salisbury. She was living in 1282.


04. Hugh De Audley , son of James and Ela, brother it is presumed of Nicholas, Lord Audley of Heleigh, was summoned to parliament as "Hugh de Audley, Seniori," on May 15, 1321, in the 14th year of King Edward II. He had been engaged during the reign of King Edward I. in the king's service, and was called "Senior," to distinguish him from his son. Being concerned in the insurrection of Thomas, Earl of Lancaster, in the 15th year of Edward II., the baron was committed a close prisoner to Wallingford Castle, but making his peace with the king he obtained his release, and suffered nothing further. He sat in the parliament of the 11th and 14th years of King Edward II. He married Isolde De Mortimer, daughter of Edmund De Mortimer of Wigmore. He left two sons, the eldest being Hugh, by whom he was succeeded.


05. Hugh De Audley , son of Hugh and Isolde was summoned to parliament in the lifetime of his father as "Hugh de Audley, Juniori," from November 20, 1317, to May 15, 1321, and after the death of his father as "Hugh de Audlie," from December 3, 1326, 20th year of Edward II., to the 10th year of Edward III. Hugh, Lord Audley was created Earl of Gloucester, April 23, 1337. He died in 1347. He married Margaret De Clare on April 28, 1317, daughter of Gilbert De Clare and Princess Joan of Acre who is the daughter of King Edward I. 


06. Margaret De Audley , daughter of Hugh and Margaret was born abt 1318.  She married Ralph Stafford, Lord of Stafford, son of Edmund Stafford and Margaret Basset.  I descend from their daughter Elizabeth Stafford who married Sir John De Ferrers.


Surnames that married into my Audley family






My Descent From The Audley Line

Generation Father Mother
27 Adam De Audithley (1145-1203) Emma FitzRalph (1150-)
26 Henry De Audithley (1175-1246) Bertred Mainwaring (1197-)
25 James De Audithley (1225-1272) Ela Longspee (1226-1299)
24 Hugh De Audithley (1250-) Isolde De Mortimer (1270-1328)
23 Hugh D'Audley (1289-1347) Margaret De Clare (1292-1342)
22 Ralph De Stafford (1301-1372) Margaret D'Audley (1318-1347)
21 John De Ferrers (1331-1367) Elizabeth Stafford (1337-1375)
22 Sir Robert De Ferrers (1359-1413) Margaret Le Despencer (1415-)
21 Sir Edmond De Ferrers (c1387-1435) Ellen Roche (-1440)
20  Sir William De Ferrers (1412-1450) Elizabeth Belknap (1471-)
19 Sir Walter Devereux (1433-1485) Anne De Ferrers (1438-1469)
18 Sir Richard Corbet (1451-1493) Elizabeth Devereux (1452-1541)
17 Sir Robert Corbet (1477-1513) Elizabeth Vernon (1481-1563)
16 Sir Richard Mainwaring (1499-1558) Dorothy Corbet (1498-)
15 Sir Arthur Mainwaring (1520-1590) Margaret Mainwaring (1521-)
14 Richard Cotton (1539-1602) Mary Mainwaring (1541-1578)
13 George Abell (1561-1631) Frances Cotton (1565-1630)
12 Robert Abell (1589) Joanna (1610-1671)
11 Caleb Abell (1646-1731) Margaret Post (1653-1700)
10 Zachariah Loomis (1681-1751) Joanna Abell (1682-1759)
9 Ebenezer Jones (1718-1800) Zerviah Loomis (1724-1808)
8 Miles Jones (1764-1812) Mehitable Adams (1771-1812)
7 Miles Jones (1794-1885) Pamelia Turner (1805-1883)
6 Darius Benjamin Jones (1834-1918) Marquerite Cowan (1835-1906)
5 Nathaniel Henry Hawk (1858-1944) Anna Irene Jones (1868-1936)
4 Ernest August Schwiening (1873-1944) Grace Myrtle Hawk (1885-1984)
3 William Edward Marshall (1901-1981) Irene Sophia Schwiening (1908-1992)
2 William Edward Marshall
1 Tod Howard Marshall

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