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Margaret Gernon

Female - Aft 1352


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  • Name Margaret Gernon  [1, 2
    Gender Female 
    Died Aft 1352  [3
    Siblings 2 siblings 
    Person ID I8092  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of JTS, Ancestor of TNH, Ancestor of TWK
    Last Modified 6 Jan 2018 

    Father John Gernon,   b. of East Lavington, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Alice de Plessis,   d. Aft 1301 
    Family ID F3612  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Geoffrey de Gresley,   d. Abt 1332 
    Married Abt 1318  [4
    Children 
    +1. John Gresley,   b. Abt 1328, Drakelow, Burton-upon-Trent, Derbyshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1395  (Age ~ 68 years)
    Last Modified 3 Nov 2015 
    Family ID F937  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Conjectured as a daughter of Sir John Gernon and Alice de Plessis. "William F. Carter has called attention to a 1583 pedigree of the Gresley family in which Geoffrey de Gresley (who died about 1332) married Margaret, daughter of Sir John Gernon of Lanington near Oxford. He thought Lanington probably referred to the Gernon land at Lavington in Wiltshire and that 'near Oxford' was simple carelessness. As we have seen, John Gernon also held land in Chilworth and Coombe in Great Milton, only six miles from Oxford. The description in the Gresley pedigree would fit our John I Gernon, and the chronology is favorable." [F. N. Craig, "The Marbury Ancestry", citation details below.]

      The parentage of this Margaret Gernon has been the subject of genealogical confusion; for many years she was believed to be the daughter of a different Sir John Gernon by his wife Alice de Colville, a descendant of Henry II, and this was a crucial connection in the line of royal descent long given for the colonial immigrant William Wentworth (1616-1697). That this Margert Gernon could not have been a daughter of Alice de Colville was demonstrated by Eugene A. Stratton in "The Cutting of a Royal Line: William Wentworth of New Hampshire" in The Genealogist (new series) 7-8:127, 1986-87. Subsequent research has uncovered other interesting ancestry for William Wentworth, including three different lines of royal descent ranging from speculative to unimpeachable.

  • Sources 
    1. [S363] F. N. Craig, "The Marbury Ancestry: Gernon and Rycote Lines." The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 153:164, April 1999.

    2. [S789] The Wallop Family and Their Ancestry by Vernon James Watney. Oxford, 1928.

    3. [S53] The Magna Charta Sureties, 1215: The Barons Named in the Magna Charta, 1215, and Some of Their Descendants Who Settled in America During the Early Colonial Years by Frederick Lewis Weis. Fifth edition, with additions and corrections by Walter Lee Sheppard, Jr. and William R. Beal. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1999.

    4. [S806] The Gresleys of Drakelowe: An Account of the Family, and Notes of its Connexions by Marriage and Descent from the Norman Conquest to the Present Day, by Falconer Madan. Oxford, 1899.