Here, gathered in our beloved South Dakota, are a few members of our Williamson / Mattson Clan. Charles and Luella are to be blamed (be kind, they didn't know what they were doing). We're generally a happy bunch and somewhat intelligent (notwithstanding our tenuous grasp on reality). I'm also proud to say that most of us still have our teeth.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Our 15th Great Grandfather, Edward IV King of England.

From the Fortress of Solitude
Pleasant Grove

Hello All,
A week or so ago I posted the news about an error on our family line to the Stewarts of Scotland found on the LDS Genelogy site. I've since corrected the error and started investigating our new, accurate family lines and found a direct line to Edward IV of England. This is the relationship chart:

Edward's Royal Crest

15th Great Grandfather Edward IV King of England and Mistress Elizabeth Lucy or Waite
Elizabeth Plantagent married Sir Thomas Lumley
Sybill, Baroness Hilton Lumley married Sir William Hilton
William Hilton married Margaret Metcalf
Mark Roger Hilton married Ellen Manwaring
Thomas Roberts married Rebecca Hilton
John Harmon Sr. married Sarah Roberts
Samual Harmon married Mercy Simpson
John Harmon married Mary Hasty
Martha Harmon b. 1740 and William Williams B. 1740 Prince George Maryland.
Nancy Ann Williams married William Cantwell
Martha Cantwell married Jacob George
Frances George married Henry Fiddler
Eldora Elizabeth Fiddler married Edwin Sherman Pierce
Walter Edwin Pierce married Vesta Althea Dennis
Violet Mae Pierce married Walter Albert Mattson
Luella Mae Mattson married Charles Ray Williamson
Kim, Victor, Kevin, Janice, Jon, Jilane, Lisa, Anette

The Life of our Great Grandfather Edward IV

We begin with a description of Edward IV by Thomas More:

He was a goodly personage and very princely to behold; of heart courageous, politic in counsel, in adversity nothing abashed, in prosperity rather joyful than proud, in peace just and merciful, in war sharp and fierce, in the field bold and hardy, and nevertheless no further than wisdom would, adventurous.

More goes on to add ' He was of visage lovely; of body mighty, strong and clean made; howbeit in his latter days, with over liberal diet, somewhat corpulent and burly but nevertheless noy uncomely. He was in youth greatly given to fleshy wantoness, from which health of body in great prosperity and fortune, without a special grace, hardly refrains.'

The extrovert Edward was popular with the people, especially the Londoners and the ladies. Inclined to be lazy and easy going, he could act with alacrity when necessary and was highly efficient, although possessed of the ruthless streak that was inherent in the House of York.

Facts on Edward IV

Born: 28-Apr-1442
Birthplace: Rouen, France
Died: 9-Apr-1483
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Windsor Castle

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Royalty

Nationality: England
Executive summary: King of England, 1461-83

Edward IV, King of England, son of Richard, Duke of York, by Cicely Neville, was born at Rouen on the 28th of April 1442. As a boy he was styled Earl of March, and spent most of his time at Ludlow. After the Yorkist failure at Ludlow field in October 1459, Edward fled with the earls of Salisbury and Warwick, his uncle and cousin, to Calais. From there in the following July he accompanied them in their successful invasion of England, to be welcomed in London, and to share in the victory over the Lancastrians at Northampton. After the acceptance of Richard of York as heir to the crown, Edward returned to the Welsh marches, where early in the new year he heard of his father's defeat and death at Wakefield. Hastily gathering an army he defeated the earls of Pembroke and Wiltshire at Mortimer's Cross on the 2nd of February 1461, and then marched on London. He was acclaimed by the citizens in an assembly at Clerkenwell, declared king by a Yorkist council, and took possession of the regality on the 4th of March. Soon after the new king and the Earl of Warwick went north, and on the 28th of March won a decisive victory at Towton.

Edward owed his throne to his kinsmen the Nevilles, and he was content for the time to be guided by them. For himself he was young and fond of pleasure. Still he made frequent progresses, and took some part in the fighting that went on in the north during 1462-63. But he was absent from the final victory at Hexham on the 14th of May 1464, and was at the very time engaged in contracting a secret marriage with Elizabeth, daughter of Richard Woodville, Lord Rivers, and widow of Sir John Grey of Groby (d. 1461). The marriage was disclosed at Michaelmas, much to the vexation of Warwick, who in pursuit of his foreign policy had projected a match with a French princess. Edward heaped favors on his new relatives; his father-in-law was made treasurer, and great marriages were found for his wife's sisters and brothers. In foreign affairs also Edward thwarted Warwick's plans by favoring an alliance with Burgundy rather than France. There was, however, no open breach until 1469, when Warwick, taking advantage of the unpopularity of the Woodvilles, and supported by the king's next brother George, Duke of Clarence, appeared in arms. Edward was surprised and made prisoner at Middleham, and Rivers was beheaded. For six months Edward had to submit to Warwick's tutelage; then on the occasion of a rising in Lincolnshire he gathered an army of his own. Sir Robert Welles, the leader of this rebellion, made a confession implicating Warwick, who fled with Clarence to France. The king thought himself secure, but when Warwick and Clarence made terms with the Lancastrian exiles, Edward in his turn had to seek refuge in Holland (September 1470). His brother-in-law, Charles of Burgundy, at first refused him any assistance, but at last furnished him with money, and on the 14th of March 1471 Edward and his brother Richard landed with a small force at Ravenspur near Hull. Marching south he was welcomed at London on the 11th of April, defeated Warwick at Barnet three days later, and the Lancastrians at Tewkesbury on the 4th of May. From that point forward, Edward's possession of the crown was secure. His position was strengthened by the birth of a son (2nd of November 1470, during his exile), and by the wealth which he acquired through the confiscation of the estates of his opponents. Clarence had made his peace with Edward, but was at enmity with his other brother Richard of Gloucester, who now married Warwick's second daughter and claimed a share in the Neville inheritance. Their rivalry and Clarence's continued intrigues furnished Edward with his chief domestic difficulty; the trouble was ended by the judicial murder of Clarence in 1478.

The only serious enterprise of these latter years was the short French war of 1475, from which Edward was bought out by the treaty of Pecquigny. As foreign policy it was inglorious, and involved a departure from Edward's earlier plan of a Burgundian alliance. However, it shows a certain recognition of England's need to concentrate her energies on her own development. The annual subsidy which Louis XI agreed to pay further served Edward's purposes by providing him with money for home government, and enabled him to avoid possible trouble through the necessity for too frequent parliaments and heavy taxation. So Edward's personal rule became in its character autocratic; but it was in the art of courting popularity and concealing despotism that he most shows himself as a type of tyranny. He lacked neither ambition nor capacity, but was indolent and only exerted himself spasmodically. He could be ruthless, but was not habitually cruel. His strongest weapons were the fine presence, the affable manners (even with citizens), and the love of pleasure and entertainments which secured his personal popularity. In his last years he was given to self-indulgence and scandalous excesses, which did not, however, alienate the London citizens, with whose wives he was too familiar. Most of the power at court was in the hands of the Woodvilles, in spite of their unpopularity; the more arduous work of administration in the north was left to Richard of Gloucester. If as a prince of the Renaissance Edward was the first to rule tyrannically in England, he also deserves credit as a patron of the new culture and friend of William Caxton; he further resembles his Italian contemporaries in the commercial purposes to which he applied his wealth in partnership with London merchants.

Edward died at Westminster on the 9th of April 1483, and was buried at Windsor. By Elizabeth Woodville, who died on the 8th of June 1492, he had two sons, King Edward V and Richard of York, who were murdered in the Tower of London; and five daughters, of whom the eldest, Elizabeth, married King Henry VII. Of his numerous mistresses the most notorious was Jane Shore. Before his marriage he had been contracted to Lady Eleanor Butler, and this was alleged by King Richard III to have made his children by Elizabeth Woodville illegitimate.

Father: Richard, Duke of York (d. 1460)
Mother: Cecily Neville
Wife: Lady Eleanor Talbot (d. 1468)
Wife: Elizabeth Woodville
Son: Edward de Wigmore (d. 1468, by Eleanor)
Daughter: Elizabeth of York (b. 11-Feb-1466, d. 11-Feb-1503, by Elizabeth)
Daughter: Mary of York (b. Aug-1467, d. 23-May-1482, by Elizabeth)
Daughter: Cecily of York (b. 20-Mar-1469, d. 24-Aug-1507, by Elizabeth)
Son: King Edward V (4-Nov-1470, d. c. 1483, by Elizabeth)
Daughter: Margaret of York (b. 10-Apr-1472, d. 11-Dec-1472, by Elizabeth)
Son: Richard, Duke of York (b. 17-Aug-1473, d. c. 1483, by Elizabeth)
Daughter: Anne of York (b. 2-Nov-1475, d. 23-Nov-1511, by Elizabeth)
Son: George, Duke of Bedford (b. Mar-1477, d. Mar-1479, by Elizabeth)
Daughter: Catherine of York (b. 14-Aug-1479, d. 15-Nov-1527, by Elizabeth)
Daughter: Bridget of York (b. 10-Nov-1480, d. 1517, by Elizabeth)
Daughter: Elizabeth Plantagenet. (b. c. 1464, by Elizabeth Lucy)
Son: Arthur Plantagenet, 1st Viscount Lisle (d. 3-Mar-1542, by Elizabeth Lucy)
Daughter: Grace Plantagenet
Daughter: Mary Plantagenet
Mistress: Elizabeth Lucy

1 comment:

  1. Hi,

    Looks like we may just have started at the same point. I have attached our tree as far as we know it and sent your details to mum who has dedicated so many years of her life to tracing our family. Seems our lines may have separated after the first Lord William Hilton.

    Kind regards,
    Helen Shorrocks - daughter of Doreen Britton.

    Edward IV King of England (1442 - 1483)
    is your 14th great grandfather
    Elizabeth Lucy (1460 - )
    Daughter of Edward IV
    Sibill Lumley (1485 - 1518)
    Daughter of Elizabeth
    William Hilton Lord (1516 - 1562)
    Son of Sibill
    William Hilton (1535 - 1600)
    Son of William
    Eleanor Hilton (1576 - )
    Daughter of William
    Ann Horsley (1603 - 1690)
    Daughter of Eleanor
    John Horsley (1622 - 1687)
    Son of Ann
    Rebecca Horsley (1649 - 1690)
    Daughter of John
    Samuel Sigston (1683 - 1734)
    Son of Rebecca
    Samuel Sigston (1719 - 1763)
    Son of Samuel
    William Sigston (1749 - 1798)
    Son of Samuel
    Mary Sigston (1791 - 1805)
    Daughter of William
    Sarah Sigston Winn (1812 - 1875)
    Daughter of Mary
    Sarah Kennedy (1845 - )
    Daughter of Sarah Sigston
    Herbert Britton (1881 - 1943)
    Son of Sarah
    Doreen Britton
    You are the daughter of Herbert - (not you?)

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