My Devereux ancestors
Devereux is a surname found throughout the French-speaking world and in many other countries. It is of Norman origin, meaning d'Évreux or "from Évreux", a town in Normandy, France. The name is also found in Wexford, where the Normans first landed in Ireland from Pembrokeshire in Wales.  The similar name Devereaux is an alternate spelling of the surname resulting from the various ways of pronouncing it - the placename is pronounced "Ev-rer" (without pronouncing the final "r") and the surname may be pronounced Dever-o, Dever-oo, Dever-ooks, Dev-erah, Dev-rah, Dev-ruh, Dev-rix (Wexford), or Devereux.  Source: Wikipedia

The following history on the Devereux family is from various sources including
 "Medieval English Ancestors of Robert Abell" by Carl Boyer, 3rd

01. Sir Walter Devereux , of Bodenham, Weobley and Whitchurch in Herefordshire, died 25 June 1402. He married in 1383/4 Agnes Crophull, who married second John Parr of Kendal, and married third John Merbury, as his third wife. She was sole heiress of Weobley, and received Lyonshall late in life. She died 3 Feb. 1436.  He was a commissioner from 1382, and Constable of Builth Castle in Radnorshire from 8 Feb. 1382 for about twelve years. From 9 Nov. 1385 he served many terms as justice of the peace in Herefordshire. He was a king's esquire in the expedition to Scotland in 1385. He received Weobley in 1386 on proff of age of his wife. Apparently he did not support King Richard II during the political crisis of 1387-1388, but he was knighted by 1391 and did go to Ireland with Richard II in Sept. 1394.  He served as Sheriff of Herefordshire in 1401, the year he was a Member of Parliament. He was a member of Sir Edmund Mortimer's expedition to Radnorshire, and was wounded when the English were defeated by the Welsh at the battle of Pilleth on 22 June 1402, and died three days later.  His wife Agnes Crophull was, by her second husband John Parr, the great-great-grandmother of Katherine Parr, the last wife of King Henry VIII.

02. Sir Walter Devereux , son  of Walter and Agnes of Salisbury in Wiltshire, was born about 1387. He married Elizabeth Bromwich of Herefordshire. She was called Maud in Burke's Peerage.

03. Sir Walter Devereux , son of Walter and Elizabeth of Weobley and Bodenham in Herefordshire, Branston, Cottesbach and Newbold Verdon in Leichestershire, and Market Rasen in Lincolnshire, died 22 or 23 April 1459. [CP, 5:321].  He married Elizabeth Merbury, daughter of Sir John Merbury.

04. Sir Walter Devereux , son of Walter and Elizabeth  of Woebley and Bodenham (and Lyonshall in Herefordshire, Branston, Cottesbach and Newbold Verdon in Leichestershire, and Market Rasen in Lincolnshire, born about 1433, was slain in the battle of Bosworth, 22 Aug. 1485.  He married first, before 26 Nov. 1446, Anne De Ferrers, who was aged eleven years, eight months in July 1450, daughter and heir of Sir William de Ferrers of Chartley. She died 9 Jan. 1468/9, aged 30.  On 17 March 1452/3 he and Anne had a grant of livery of her father's lands, she being aged 14 and more. By right of his wife he became Lord Ferrers of Chartley. He was aged about 27 when his father died in April 1459. He was with the Duke of York in the skirmish at Ludford, but surrendered and threw himself on the mercy of King Henry VI; he was allowed to live but had to forfeit his lands, which he redeemed later on payment of a fine of 500 marks. Nonetheless, he was Knight of the Shire for Herefordshire in 1460. He was with Edward, Duke of York, on the advance from Glouchester to London in Feb. 1460/1, and was present at the council held in Baynard's Castle on 3 March 1460/1, where it was resolved to elevate the Duke of York as King Edward IV. He was knighted after the battle of Towton, 29 March 1461, and then raised to the rank of baron, and on 20 Feb. 1461/2 he was awarded an extensive grant of forfeited lands. In Nov. 1462 he accompanied King Edward IV in his expedition to the North, and on 18 June 1463 he was appointed Constable of Aberystwyth Castle for life. On 16 Nov. 1469 he was granted the offices of Constable of the castles and Steward of the lordships of Brecknock, Hay and Huntington, as long as Henry, grandson and heir of Humphrey, Duke of Buckingham was a minor. On 28 July 1470 he was appointed SHeriff of Caernafon, and master forester of the Snowdon Hills in Wales, for life.  With other lords he swore, in the parliamentary chamber in Westminster on 3 July 1471 to accept Edward, Prince of Wales, as heir to the Crown. He was elevated to K.G. on 24 April 1472. He was among those to be selected on 20 Feb. 1472/3 to be a tutor and councillor to the Prince until he was fourteen years old.
He went to France with King Edward IV in July 1475, and was present at the conference at Saint-Christ in Vermandois when the king agreed, on 13 August 1475, to withdraw his troops to England.  After he was killed in the battle of Bosworth 22 Aug. 1485, which ended the rein of King Richard III, he was attainted of high treason by the Parliament which met 7 Nov. 1 Hen VII (1485). There he was adjudged to have forfeited lands which he had held fee simple, fee tail, or for life.

05. Elizabeth Devereux
, daughter of Walter and Agnes was born abt. 1452 of Chartley, Herefordshire, England.   She married Sir Richard Corbet, son of Roger Corbet (1412) and Elizabeth Hopton abt. 1469.  She died in 1451. I descend from their son Robert Corbet who married Elizabeth Vernon.


Surnames that married into my Devereux family






My Descent From The Devereux Line

Generation Father Mother
22 Sir Walter Devereux (-1402) Agnes Crophull
21 Sir Walter Devereux (1387-1436) Elizabeth Bromwich
20  Sir Walter Devereux (-1459) Elizabeth Merbury
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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