My Vernon ancestors

The following history on the Vernon family is from various sources including
 "Medieval English Ancestors of Robert Abell"

01. Sir Richard De Vernon , of Hadden and Baslow in Derbyshire, and Harlaston in Staffordshire, was living in 1330. He married first Alianore de Frenes, daughter of Giles de Frenes (or Fenes) of Pitchcott Manor, Buckinghamshire. He married second, it has been alleged, Juliana De Vesci; the widow Juliane Vernon was assigned dower in 1378. However, she was identified as daughter of William de Vesci of Harlaston, Staffordshire, who died in Gascony shortly after 7 Oct, 1253, by his second wife Agnes de Ferrers, whom he was said to have married in 1244, about a century too early. When Sir Richard died in 1376, his son Richard being a minor, the custody of Pitchcott Manor, Buckinghamshire, was granted to Thomas of Woodstock, son of King Edward III. Juliana was called Felicia in the 1623 Visitation of Shropshire. In 1323 he was sued by his son's widow, Maud, for a third of Fitchcock Manor in dower, but a grant of free warren was made to Sir Richard in 1328.

02. Sir Richard De Vernon ,
son of Richard and Juliana, died shortly before 3 Feb. 1322/3. The name of his first wife is not known. He married second, after 1313, Maud de Camville, daughter of Sir William de Camville, K.B., by an unknown first wife, and heiress of Clifton Campville, Staffs., and Arrow and Bramcote in Warwickshire, and lands in Ireland; Maud was living in 1348, but was apparently dead in 1351, when her daughter and son-in-law appointed attorneys to represent them in Ireland.  He was of Haddon and Baslow in Derbyshire, and Pitchcott in Buckinghamshire. He was the heir apparent, but died before his father. His widow, Maud, claimed dower in Pitchcott in 1323 and 1331, and was coheir in 1338 with her four sisters. She was not the mother of Richard de Vernon's son William, as Maud's inheritance went entirely to her daughter Isabel to William's exclusion. In addition, Isabel's descendants quartered the Camville arms but not the Vernon arms, showing that Isabel was the heiress of her mother.

03. Sir William De Vernon , son of Richard and Maud, of Haddon, Derbyshire, and Harlaston, Staffordshire, born in 1313, was dead by 1346, when two-thirds of Pitchcott Manor, Bucks, was in the custody of the Earl of Northampton. His wife was either Margaret de Stockport or Margaret Stopford depending on which source you want to go with.  He succeeded his grandfather early in 1331, "when Isabel widow of his grandfather and Maud widow of his father claimed dower in Pitchcott."

04. Sir Richard Vernon , son of William and Margaret, of Haddon, Derbyshire, and Harlaston, Staffordshire, died 8 Sept. 1376. He married Juliana De Pembrugge (of Pembridge, of Carolingian descent), who was aged 60 in 1409, and died in 1410. In 1377 she made a vow of chastity before Robert, the Bishop of Coventry and Lichfield. On returning home with the king's license, she was assaulted and wounded by William Bagot and others, and imprisoned first at Paulerspury in Northamptonshire and then Warwick Castle. In 1409 she was heir to her brother, Sir Fulk Pembridge, inheriting the castle and lordship of Tong in Shropshire and Aylestone in Leicestershire.  Richard was of Haddon, Appleby, Baslow, Harlaston and Pitchcott. In 1361 he was going to Gascony in the company of Richard de Stafford, husband of his aunt Isabel. In 1362 he was in England, and appointed John de Lanton as his attorney in Ireland. In 1364 he was licensed to go on pilgrimage. In 1367 some people broke into the dwelling house of his manor at Meaburn Maulds in county Westmorland, and trespassed on his park, free warren and fisheries, and wounded some of his people at the manor of Newby in Morland in Westmorland.

05. Sir Richard Vernon
, son of Richard and Juliana, of Haddon, Derbyshire, and Harlaston (or Harleston), Staffordshire, and of Appleby, Tong, Pitchcott and other properties, born about Feb. 1370 (aged 7 1/2 on 8 Aug. 1377), died in 1400.  He married Joan Griffith (daughter of Sir Rhys ap Gruffudd of Wichnor in Staffordshire.  In 1400 Pitchcott Manor was granted by Edmund Earl of Stafford to Nicholas Bradshow during the minority of Richard Vernon.

06. Sir Richard Vernon , son of Richard and Joan, a minor in 1402/3, died 24 Aug. 1451, and was apparently entombed in Tong Church with his wife. He was married by 25 Nov. 1410 to Benedicta Ludlow, who was living in 1427.  He was JP for Staffordshire in 1417 and for Derbyshire in 1422, as well as Sheriff of Staffordshire in 1416-1417 and of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire in 1424. He served as M.P. for Staffordshire in 1419 and 1421, and for Derbyshire in 1422 and 1426 and later. He was Speaker of the Parliament at Leicester in 1426. He was steward of the Duchy of Lancaster estates from 1424 to 1444. He served as Treasurer of Calais from 1445 to 1451. In 1450 he granted Pitchcott Manor for life to his son Thomas subject to a rent charge during his own life to one Roger Palmer.

07. Sir William Vernon , son of Richard and Benedicta, of Haddon in Derbyshire, Harlaston and Kibblestone in Staffordshire, as well as Tong and Pitchcott, born about 1418, died July 1467. He married about 1435 Margaret Swynfen, daughter of William Swynfen, and heiress of Sir Robert Pype, of Wall in Staffordshire, who died in 1490. They were the ancestors of the Vernons of Tong and Haddon.  He was Knight of the Shire for Derbyshire (1442-1451 and 1467) and Staffordshire (1455-1456), and Treasurer of Calais, as well as Knight Constable of England.

08. Sir Henry Vernon , son of William and Margaret, born in 1445, died 13 April 1515. He married in 1467 Anne Talbot, who died 17 May 1494. He was of Hadden, Derbyshire, and built Haddon Hall. He served as Sheriff and Governor and Treasurer to Arthur, who was Prince of Wales and the eldest son of King Henry VII.  There is a tradition that the Prince frequently lived with Sir Henry at Haddon, where there was an apartment called the Prince's Chamber, with his arms cut in several places.

09. Elizabeth Vernon, daughter of Henry and Anne, was born abt. 1481 in Haddon Hall, Derbyshire, England.  She married Sir Robert Corbet, son of Sir Richard Corbet and Elizabeth Devereux abt. 1497.  Elizabeth died on March 29, 1563 in Moreton Corbet, Shropshire, England.  I descend from their daughter Dorothy Corbet who married Sir Richard Mainwaring.


Surnames that married into my Vernon family




Vernon Researchers
Helen Vernon is researching this surname and is compiling a list of descendants of Richard Vernon, the earliest Vernon ancestor that can be traced.  She has information on the line from 996 AD to the current day.  If you would like to help her with her research, she can be contacted at


My Descent From The Vernon Line

Generation Father Mother
18 Sir Henry Vernon (1441-1515) Ann Talbot (1445-1494)
17 Sir Robert Corbet (1477-1513) Elizabeth Vernon (1481-1563)
16 Sir Richard Mainwaring (1499-1558) Dorothy Corbet (1498-)
15 Sir Arthur Mainwaring (1520-) 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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