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Re: Huddleston/Eyre connection 15th.cent.
Posted by: Barbarann Ayars Date: November 16, 2001 at 23:02:37
In Reply to: Huddleston/Eyre connection 15th.cent. by Annette Hudleston Harwood of 784

Here is what you seek: Robert Eyre of Padley (d. 1460) has 11 sons. Here are a few: Ralph, who married Elizabeth, dau and co-heiress of Wm Oxspring. Edmund, who married Agnes, dau and heiresss of Edmund Ashurst. Robert Eyre (retainer to Lord Hastings) who had three children: Joan Eyre, married Thomas Meverell; Agnes Eyre married Richard Stafford; Robert Eyre who married Elizabeth, daughter of Nicholas Huddleston of Sawston, Cambridgeshire. (She may well have been Elizabeth Anne, a common naming of girls in the period). At any rate, this couple had: Anne Eyre, who married Thomas Barley of Dronfield Woodhouse, Margaret Eyre, who married Robert Barley of Barlow, Mary Eyre, who married Richard Draycott of Painley, Staffordshire, and Dorothy Eyre who married Alex Neville of South Leverton, Nottinghamshire. Sources for this data are Derbyshire Gentry of the 15th Century,by Susan Wright, and Familiae Minorum Gentium, by Joseph Hunter, where there is listed Elizabeth as dau of William Huddleston.

This family is huge and famous in Derbyshire, and notorious, as these were Catholic recusants, and two priests were martyred by the Catholic church, having been caught, drawn and quartered for having held masses at Padley Manor. Consequently, the current church has enshrined the site, and the chapel of Padley is restored and is a pilgramage site today. Much of the history of this Eyre family can be seen, touched and studied at Hathersage, where, at the church, there are about thirty brasses of the family, with reproductions that are used for rubbings.

For more about this family, which is part of the lineage of David Blackwell, who is foremost in the field currently, for the Derbyshire Eyres as they relate to the Blackwall/Blackwell family of Bakewell, try to visit Genuki (it's a site)where much of his work is available to anyone who cares to read it. He also has undertaken to try to build a free electronic library where you can read transcribed books of some rarity that are hard to access in most libraries. Use any search engine to access Genuki, and do a search, entering David's name on the Genuki search engine within the site. Remember to come up for air!The other singular writer about the Eyre family in Derbyshire is Rosamond Meredith, of Sheffield, England, who wrote her thesis on this family. Unfortunately, her work can only be gotten through the University of Sheffield and is surely more than you need for your purpose.

Hope I have helped, and if you need more, please email me.


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