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William Champernoun

Male Abt 1438 - 1464  (~ 26 years)


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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  William Champernoun was born about 1438 in of Modbury, Devon, England (son of Hugh Champernoun and Alice Bois); died on 7 Oct 1464.

    Notes:

    He was admitted a member of Lincoln's Inn in 1453.

    William married Elizabeth Chuderlegh before 1458. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. John Champernoun was born about 1458 in of Modbury, Devon, England; died on 30 Apr 1503 in Aston-Rowant, Oxfordshire, England.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Hugh Champernoun was born on 24 Nov 1417 in of Modbury, Devon, England (son of Richard Champernoun and Isabel Bonville); died between 8 Oct 1443 and 10 Jan 1444.

    Notes:

    Burgess (M.P.) for Barnstaple, Devon.

    Hugh married Alice Bois. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 3.  Alice Bois (daughter of John Bois).
    Children:
    1. 1. William Champernoun was born about 1438 in of Modbury, Devon, England; died on 7 Oct 1464.


Generation: 3

  1. 4.  Richard Champernoun was born in in of Modbury, Devon, England (son of Richard Champernoun and Katherine Daubeney); died on 20 Jan 1420.

    Richard married Isabel Bonville. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 5.  Isabel Bonville (daughter of John Bonville and Elizabeth Fitz Roger).
    Children:
    1. 2. Hugh Champernoun was born on 24 Nov 1417 in of Modbury, Devon, England; died between 8 Oct 1443 and 10 Jan 1444.

  3. 6.  John Bois

    Notes:

    Called "John Bois of Wood" on page 162 of Vivian's 1895 edition of the 1531, 1564, & 1620 visitations of Devon, which makes us suspect that someone in the train of transmission was making the little bilingual joke.

    Children:
    1. 3. Alice Bois


Generation: 4

  1. 8.  Richard Champernoun was born on 29 Jun 1344 in Suddon, Somerset, England (son of Thomas Champernoun and Eleanor Rohaut); died on 20 Jan 1419.

    Other Events:

    • Baptised: Wincanton, Somerset, England
    • Alternate birth: of Modbury, Devon, England
    • Alternate death: Aft 26 Feb 1419

    Notes:

    "On the Sunday following his baptism, his great-grandfather and godfather, Sir Richard Lovel, held a feast at la Mersh, by Wyncaulton for all who attended to bear witness to this event. He was a knight by 27 May 1379 and served as Sheriff of Devonshire 1368-69, 1381-82, and 1387-88." [The Ancestry of Dorothea Poyntz, citation details below]

    Richard Champernoun was the direct ancestor of several well-known adventurer-explorers.

    Ancestor of Sir Walter Ralegh:

    Richard Champernoun (d. 1419) = Alice Astley
    Joan Champernoun (d. 1419) = John Courtenay (d. <1406)
    Philip Courtenay (1404-1476) = Elizabeth Hungerford (d. 1476)
    Philip Courtenay (1430-1489) = Elizabeth Wonwell (1432-1482)
    Margaret Courtenay (d. 1527) = John Champernowne (1458-1503)
    Philip Champernowne (d. 1545) = Catherine Carew (d. 1546)
    Katherine Champernowne (d. 1594) = Walter Ralegh (1505-1581)
    Sir Walter Ralegh (1554-1618)

    And of Sir Humphrey Gilbert, a man loathsome even by the standards of imperialist chancers:

    Richard Champernoun (d. 1419) = Alice Astley
    Joan Champernoun (d. 1419) = John Courtenay (d. <1406)
    Philip Courtenay (1404-1476) = Elizabeth Hungerford (d. 1476)
    Philip Courtenay (1430-1489) = Elizabeth Wonwell (1432-1482)
    Margaret Courtenay (d. 1527) = John Champernowne (1458-1503)
    Philip Champernowne (d. 1545) = Catherine Carew (d. 1546)
    Katherine Champernowne (d. 1594) = Otho Gilbert (d. 1547)
    Sir Humphrey Gilbert (1537-1583)

    And ancestor of Francis Champernowne and his father Arthur Champernowne, both of whom were associates of Sir Ferdinando Gorges in his early efforts to settle and develop the coasts of what are now Massachusetts and Maine. Gorges was married to Mary Fulford, sister of Arthur Champernowne's wife Bridget Fulford. Francis settled permanently in Massachusetts in 1637.

    Richard Champernoun (d. 1419) = Alice Astley
    Joan Champernoun (d. 1419) = John Courtenay (d. <1406)
    Philip Courtenay (1404-1476) = Elizabeth Hungerford (d. 1476)
    Philip Courtenay (1430-1489) = Elizabeth Wonwell (1432-1482)
    Margaret Courtenay (d. 1527) = John Champernowne (1458-1503)
    Philip Champernowne (d. 1545) = Catherine Carew (d. 1546)
    Arthur Champernowne (1524-1578) = Mary Norreys (d. 1570)
    Gawen Champernowne (1554-1591) = Roberta d'Orge
    Arthur Champernowne (1580-1650) = Bridget Fulford
    Francis Champernowne (1614-1687)

    It's notable that the Champernoun family was rich, and rich for a long time. In the direct male line, the earliest known individual, Jordan de Cambernon (d. >1172), married a granddaughter of Henry I. His 3XG-grandson Richard de Champernoun married a granddaughter of King John. So why did Arthur Champernowne and his son Francis involve themselves in the risky, high-stakes business of financing fishing colonies in Newfoundland and on the coast of Maine? The answer is, because their line of Champernowns had lost all their money.

    Arthur's maternal grandfather, remarkably, was Gabriel d'Orge, count of Montgomery, who at a joust in 1559 accidentally killed Henri II, king of France. Despite the dying king's forgiveness, so traumatized was the count by this -- and so immediate and complete was his exclusion from French courtly society -- that in due course he converted to Protestantism and became a leader of the Huguenots. He was one of the few Huguenots to escape the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre, from which he fled to England. The queen mother, Catherine de Medici, demanded his extradition, which Elizabeth I refused. In 1573, d'Orge raised a fleet in an unsuccessful attempt to relieve the siege of La Rochelle. The next year, he tried to raise an insurrection in Normandy but was captured and executed. Just before his execution he was told that all his property and that of his children would be confiscated and all their titles stripped.

    (All of which sounds remarkably like a Dumas novel, and in fact a novel about Gabriel, The Two Dianas (1846-47) was published with Dumas' name on it, albeit mostly or entirely written by his friend and collaborator Paul Meurice.)

    The count's daughter Roberta had married the Devon squire Gawen Champernowne, father of Arthur, and Gawen had become a close ally of the count. Now their branch of the family was substantially penniless. It's little wonder that Arthur and Francis looked to the potential riches of the New World, despite the risks involved.

    Richard married Katherine Daubeney before 13 Aug 1394. Katherine (daughter of Giles Daubeney and Eleanor de Wilington) was born in in of South Ingleby, Lincolnshire, England; died before 1419; was buried in Dodbrooke, Devon, England. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 9.  Katherine Daubeney was born in in of South Ingleby, Lincolnshire, England (daughter of Giles Daubeney and Eleanor de Wilington); died before 1419; was buried in Dodbrooke, Devon, England.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: Bef Feb 1419

    Children:
    1. John Champernoun was born in in of Inceworth in Maker, Cornwall, England; died on 2 Jun 1449.
    2. 4. Richard Champernoun was born in in of Modbury, Devon, England; died on 20 Jan 1420.

  3. 10.  John Bonville was born about 1371 in of Chewton, Somerset, England (son of William Bonville and Margaret d'Aumarle); died on 21 Oct 1396.

    John married Elizabeth Fitz Roger before 18 Oct 1377. Elizabeth (daughter of John Fitz Roger and Alice) was born on 15 Aug 1370 in of Chewton, Somerset, England; died on 15 Apr 1414. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  4. 11.  Elizabeth Fitz Roger was born on 15 Aug 1370 in of Chewton, Somerset, England (daughter of John Fitz Roger and Alice); died on 15 Apr 1414.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: 16 Apr 1414

    Children:
    1. 5. Isabel Bonville
    2. William Bonville was born on 12 Aug 1391 in Shute, Devon, England; died on 18 Feb 1461 in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England.