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  • Sir John Hungerford, of Down Ampney (c.1513 - 1580)
    Birth: 1513 - Down Ampney, Gloucestershire, England Death: 28 Dec 1580 - Gloucestershire, England Spouse: Bridget 1514 Margaret Lady Fettiplace _________________________________________________...
  • Anne Hungerford, * (c.1468 - 1522)
  • Robert (Baron Hungerford) Hungerford, 2nd Baron Hungerford (1409 - 1459)
    Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America Before 1700 Page 59. 35 Robert Hungerford, d. 18 May 1493, 2nd Lord Hungerford, of Heytesbury, co. Wilts; m. Margaret Botreaux, d...
  • Robert Hungerford, Sir (c.1285 - 1352)
    Served as a Knight of the shire for the county of Wiltshire 9 times - The Hungerford Cartulary - Wiltshire Record Society Introduction p xv Sir Robert de Hungerford (c1285-1352) founded a chantry i...
  • Anne Leigh (c.1615 - 1684)
    The identity of Anne, wife of John Leigh, is conjectural, I believe, and not based on reliable evidence. Her brother Thomas Hungerford left his daughter Sarah (born about 1654, probably in Boston) in...

The object of his project is to establish the most accurate record of the Hungerford family as is possible, and ultimately present a sourced and referenced tree on Geni. The backbone is already there, and the profiles of the "main players" have many managers and followers associated with them.

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The Hungerford family acquired their name from the town of Hungerford, a market town and civil parish in Berkshire, 9 miles west of Newbury.

About the Town

The town of Hungerford dates back to at least 1101-18 and was derived from the term "hunger ford" meaning "ford leading to poor land" according to Dictionary of English Place-Names. An old legend suggests that "Hingwar the Dane" (Ivarr the Boneless, d. 873?) drowned accidentally while crossing the Kennet, and that the town was named after him.

Another source (Wikipedia) suggests that Hungerford is a Saxon name meaning 'Hanging Wood Ford'. The town’s symbol is the six-pointed star and crescent moon.

Dates

Useful reference and conversion for Regnal Years:

"Instead of our normal calendar year, the year written was the number of years since the year in which the Reign of the then current Monarch began. Regnal years run from the day the Reign began, so e.g. King Charles II came to the throne on 29 May 1660 his first Regnal year ran from 29 May 1660 to 28 May 1661 and a date which we would know as 3rd June 1672 could have been written "3rd June 13 Charles II" ie the 3rd day of June in the 13th year of the reign of King Charles II (an added complication is that 3rd could be written, not numeric & the month could be shown numerically or abbreviated & in Latin) Please be aware that Regnal years are not from the Coronation, but from start of the Reign (accession) which was usually the day the previous Monarch died, abdicated or was dethroned".

The Hungerford family

The history of the family has been extensively studied, and apparently several volumes on the family history have been published. (If anyone has access to any of these we would love to hear from you). There is conflicting information published on the internet, and our aim must be to establish what is correct!

To this end it would be helpful if people were to share links to sources which are deemed to be good, and point those researching the family in the direction of reliable sources and publications.

For advice on naming conventions for this period please look at Medieval Kingdoms of Western Europe

Strategy

Perhaps the best strategy is to start at the top and work our way forwards - examining individual generations one at a time. Swamping this page with screeds of information straight away will only confuse. Focussing on individual generations one at a time, moving on only when we can agree that the most accurate information has been established, will help make this a worthwhile project.

The way to do this is through a series discussions linked to this project which will focus on the profile under scrutiny. Once information has been agreed upon we can add the information, sources etc. to the profiles and move on to the next generation.

See expanded line of Descent at the bottom of this page

1st Generation

The earliest profile on Geni is Walter de Hungerford

  • Born: about 1140, Heytesbury, Wiltshire, England
  • Died: about 1231 (aged 91) Heytesbury, Wiltshire, England
  • Buried: Warminster, England
  • Married: Mary de Heytesbury (no evidence of this has been found)

To date no sources have been located for the above information. A summary of the research done is given on his profile and will be added to should more information come to light. For now it should be noted that the information recorded is hearsay and has not beensubstantiated.

Father of Everard de Hungerford (1160 - 1186)

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2nd Generation

Everard de Hungerford

  • Born: before 1160, Heytesbury, Wiltshire, England
  • Died: after 1186 (26) Heytesbury, Wiltshire, England
  • Married: - before 1186 to "unknown".

Father of Walter de Hungerford

This is generally the earliest de Hungerford recorded in most published genealogies. A discussion about this profile has been initiated to establish the most accurate information.

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3rd Generation

Walter de Hungerford

  • Born: circa 1186, Heytesbury, Wiltshire, England
  • Died: Heytesbury, Wiltshire, England

Married Unknown

Children

See the Discussion initiated to establish the most accurate information.

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4th Generation

Walter I de Hungerford icn_check.gif Burke's Peerage

Title Burke's Peerage & Baronetage, 106th Edition, Charles Mosley Editor-in-Chief, 1999 Page: 2508

Born abt. 1230 Hungerford, Berkshire, England

Died not established

Married- Maud de Heytesbury born 1255 Heytesbury, Wiltshire, England

Children

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5th Generation

Walter II de Hungerford, Sir: living 1308 fl - flourished Burkes Peerage. b. ca 1260? icn_check.gif

Born about 1260 Heytesbury, Wiltshire, England: living 1308 fl - flourished Burkes Peerage

Married ? nn dau. de Heytesbury before 1286

Children

MP Wilts 1316, commr 1327–28 to investigate extent of property held by the Despensers (see BP&B 2003 FALMOUTH, V); married ?1st Joan(e) –; married ?2nd, as her 2nd husband, Geva, widow of Adame de Stokke, and died without issue 1354 (Burkes Peerage)

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6th Generation

  • Married 1st. Geva Stock; 2nd. Margaret
  • Born about 1314 - Heytesbury, Wiltshire, England
  • Died after 1355
  • Married Elizabeth Fitzjohn

Children

  • Sir Thomas de Hungerford icn_check.gif
  • Peter de Hungerford
  • John Hungerford
  • Alice Hungerford
  • Walter Hungerford icn_check.gif

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Adding profiles to the Project

The extended Hungerford tree is enormous - it would probably be best at this stage not to add it all to the project but exercise restraint whilst we establish the correct tree!

Noteworthy people of the name Hungerford

  • Bruce Hungerford (1922-1977), Australian Concert Pianist
  • Cyrus Cotton "Cy" Hungerford (1889-May 25, 1983) was an American editorial cartoonist who produced daily cartoons for the Pittsburgh Post
  • Edward Hungerford (1875- July 29, 1948) was an American journalist and author.
  • George William Hungerford (b.1944), Canadian lawyer and two-time Olympic gold medalist rower made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1984
  • J. Edward Hungerford (25 February 1883 - 25 April 1964) was an American silent film screenwriter.
  • Margaret Wolfe Hungerford (1855-1897), Irish novelist whose light romantic fiction was popular throughout the English-speaking world in the late 19th century.
  • Thomas Arthur Guy Hungerford, AM (5 May 1915 – 19 June 2011), popularly known as T. A. G. Hungerford, was an Australian writer, noted for his World War II novel The Ridge and the River, and his short stories that chronicle growing up in South Perth, Western Australia during the Great Depression.
  • Thomas William Hungerford (born 1936) is an American mathematician who works in algebra and mathematics education.

References

Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991.

Extracts

"...Down Amney, rather more than two miles westward and over two miles northwest of Cow Neck, is a pleasant scattered village of open roads and rose-hung cottages. The church is removed fully half a mile;"

"Towards the west end is an inscription to Sir John Hungerford, who died in 1634, set up to his memory, and as a Memento Mori for himself, by his son Sir Anthony Hungerford, who married Elizabeth Lucy, daughter to a certain Sir Thomas Lucy of Charlcote".

"Hear some of the chief things in the history of those men of this "great race and noble house "of Hungerford who in the direct line preceded Sir Anthony; in order that they may keep company in your mind with those other magnificent English families of whom I have written something heretofore: the Fettiplaces, the Besils, the Untons and the rest. The earliest known of their name is Everard de Hungerford, who was alive in 1160 and afterwards there lived a Walter, who married into the Heytesbury estates (the Hungerford way) late in the thirteenth century, and thus virtually founded the family. They emerge into more articulate history with another Walter, who sat in three Parliaments between 1331 and 1336; and splendour first began to dawn upon them in Sir Thomas, the next heir, who also entered the House of Commons, and became the first Speaker expressly so styled, though Peter de Ia Mare had preceded him in the post without the title. Sir Thomas "avait les paroles pur les communes d'Angleterre en cet parliament. " It was he who purchased the Down Amney manor and estates in 1374. Dying in 1398 his son, Sir Walter, Lord Hungerford, followed him; a strong Lancastrian in the Wars of the Roses; Speaker, he too, in the Parliament of 1414, the last he sat in. He took a high part in the French wars under Henry V; and it is said that he, and not the Earl of Westmoreland, really uttered the famous wish for ten thousand of the idlers at home in England, in Shakespeare's Henry the Fifth. This Sir Walter died in 1449, leaving a son of the same name. They kept terribly to a certain few names, Walters and Anthonys; they even at times, it is said, bestowed the same name upon brothers of one roof tree. This Walter in 1425, during his father's lifetime, had got himself taken prisoner of war by the French and had to be ransomed at a cost of three thousand marks. In the Bibliothèque Municipale of Tours in France they still preserve a missal of the fifteenth century, splendidly bound and jewelled, which was quite probably deposited as a portion of the ransom. It was long in the possession of the de Bueil family".

"The Down Amney line flows, however, not through him, but through Lord Walter's second son Edmund, upon whom his father settled this property. He was knighted after that battle of Verneuil in 1424 at which the English are said to have advanced "lentement et sagement en bel arroi sans se trop échauffer. " He was the first to reside here; and is the immediate ancestor of all the Hungerfords of Down Amney, of Windrush, and of Black Bourton. After his death I do not discover any notable brilliance, political or military, in the family records. A Thomas succeeded Edmund; and there followed an Anthony, who died in 1559; a John, who died in 1583; and then the Sir John and the Sir Anthony of the monument I have mentioned in the church. There is no doubt about the connection with Shakespeare history; it was the park of Sir Anthony's father-in-law the poet robbed; 'and this same father-in-law upon whom the poet is alleged to have written a bitter ballad, lost in the abyss. By this marriage Sir Anthony had an only daughter; he remarried without issue. This daughter Bridget married Edmund Dunch of Wittenham, and so the Down Amney line ends, with whatever sadness you are capable of. The other branches lingered on till the middle of the eighteenth century; and the family seems ultimately to have died out under circumstances very similar to the Hanger ruin, of which I have still to speak. Stet nominis umbra. After the succession of the Dunches the Down Amney estates were purchased by James Craggs, Secretary of State to George I, whose daughter Harriet married Richard Eliot, of Port Eliot. His son Edward, created Baron Eliot of St. Germans in 1784, assumed the additional surname of Craggs in 1789. He died in 1804, and was succeeded by his son John the second baron, created Earl of St. Germans in 1815".

Internet Resources and Links

(Apart from online trees)

There are references to Hungerford in the following -

Publications

  • A General and Heraldic Dictionary of the peerages of England, Ireland, and Scotland, Extinct, Dormant, and in Abeyance. England - John Burke (See also link to eBook below)
  • The Hungerford Cartulary - Wiltshire Record Society - edited by by J.L. Kirby
  • Hungerfordiana: or Memoirs of the family of Hungerford, Author: Richard Colt Hoare, Sir

There was a private printing (100 copies) of 'Hungerfordiana' by Sir Colt Hoare, Bt., Shaftsbury dated 1st January 1823. Our public library has an original copy. There are 149 pages including index, together with a fine etching of the Gatehouse to Down Ampney.

Containing pedigrees and texts on various branches of the family, it names Everard de Hungerford 1160 and William de Hungerford, Abbott of Waverley 1276 as the earliest members found. Descent is given from Walter de Hungerford who was married to Maud of Heytesbury through their son Walter 1308.

Families directly des. from all the royal fams. in Europe (495 to 1932). By Mrs. Eliz. M. Leach Rixford. Burlington, Vt. 1932. (175p.):35

FULL TITLE Families Directly Descended from All the Royal Families in Europe (495-1932) and Mayflower Descendants by their Lineal Descendant Mrs. (Oscar Herbert) Elizabeth M.Leach Rixford.

  • A Guide to Farleigh-Hungerford, Co. Somerset - John Edward Jackson. British Library series - History of Europe.
  • The Hungerford Name in History - Ancestry.co.uk publication

On-line Trees etc.

The following pages have Sources added worth exploring.

Other Resources of Interest

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Line of Descent - not all processed - as on Geni

Those with links - processed or under scrutiny - the subsequent generations are as they are listed on Geni and are subject to change as investigation progresses.

For the purpose of this exercise I have used the de Villiers numbering system as explained at The South African Genealogical Reference Project.

1st Generation

Hearsay

Walter de Hungerford

  • Born: 1140, Heytesbury, Wiltshire, England
  • Died: 1231 (aged 91) Heytesbury, Wiltshire, England
  • Buried: Warminster, England
  • Married: Mary de Heytesbury

Father of Everard de Hungerford (1160 - 1186)

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2nd Generation

Hearsay

1. Everard de Hungerford

  • Born: before 1160, Heytesbury, Wiltshire, England
  • Died: after 1186 (26) Heytesbury, Wiltshire, England
  • Married: - before 1186 to "unknown".

Father of Walter II de Hungerford

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3rd Generation

Hearsay

1 Walter de Hungerford

  • Born: circa 1186, Heytesbury, Wiltshire, England
  • Died: Heytesbury, Wiltshire, England
  • Married Unknown

Children

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4th Generation

1 Walter I de Hungerford icn_check.gif

  • Born abt. 1230 Heytesbury, Wiltshire, England Birth date not established
  • Died not established
  • Married- Maude de Heytesbury

Children

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5th Generation

1 Walter II de Hungerford icn_check.gif

Born about 1260 Heytesbury, Wiltshire, England: living 1308 fl - flourished Burkes Peerage

  • Married ? nn dau. de Heytesbury before 1286
  • Children
  • 1. Sir Robert de Hungerford icn_check.gif

MP Wilts 1316, commr 1327–28 to investigate extent of property held by the Despensers (see BP&B 2003 FALMOUTH, V); married ?1st Joan(e) –; married ?2nd, as her 2nd husband, Geva, widow of Adame de Stokke, and died without issue 1354 (Burkes Peerage)

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6th Generation

  • Married 1st. Geva Stock; 2nd. Margaret
  • Born about 1314 - Heytesbury, Wiltshire, England
  • Died after 1355
  • Married Elizabeth Fitzjohn

Children

  • 1 Sir Thomas de Hungerford icn_check.gif
  • 2 Peter de Hungerford
  • 3 John Hungerford
  • 4 Alice Hungerford
  • 5 Walter Hungerford icn_check.gif

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7th Generation

  • Born about 1329 - Farleigh, Somerset, England
  • Died 3 Dec 1397/8 - Farleigh, Somerset, England
  • Married 1st Eleanor Strug (c.1334-1376)
  • Married 2nd Joan Hussey in about 1376

Children

  • 1 Robert Hungerford (born bef. 1378) dspm icn_check.gif Burkes Peerage
  • 2 Thomas Hungerford (born bef. 1378) dspm icn_check.gif Burkes Peerage
  • 3 John Hungerford (born bef. 1378) dspm icn_check.gif Burkes Peerage
  • 4 Sir Walter Hungerford 1st Lord (Baron) Hungerford - created 7 Jan 1425/6. Born 22 6 1378 icn_check.gif Burkes Peerage
  • 5 Grace Hungerford
  • 6 Ralph Hungerford
  • 7 Peter Hungerford
  • 2 Peter de Hungerford
  • 3 John Hungerford
  • 4 Alice Hungerford
  • 5 Walter Hungerford

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8th Generation

  • Born 22 June 1378 Farleigh-Hungerford, Somerset, England
  • Died 9 August 1449 Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
  • Married 1st Eleanor de Berkely
  • Married 2nd Katherine de Peverell

Children

  • 1 Thomas Hungerford;
  • 2 Elizabeth de Hungerford;
  • 3 Walter de Hungerford; v.p.icn_check.gif Burkes Peerage
  • 4 Joan de Hungerford;
  • 5 Robert Hungerford, 2nd Baron/Lord Hungerford; icn_check.gif Burkes Peerage
  • 6 Sir Edmund de Hungerford; icn_check.gif Burkes Peerage Killed in action v.p.
  • 7 Alice Hungerford;
  • 8 William de Hungerford;
  • 9 John de Hungerford
  • 10 Elizabeth de Hungerford - married Sir Philip Courtney icn_check.gif Burkes Peerage
  • 4 Margaret de Hungerford; married Sir Walter Rodney. icn_check.gif Burkes Peerage
  • 5 Grace Hungerford m. Sir Eudes de Stourton
  • 6 Ralph Hungerford
  • 7 Peter Hungerford

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9th Generation

  • Born between 1409-1413
  • m. Margaret de Botreaux, Baroness Botreaux
  • Died 7 Feb
  • Married: Margaret Burnell (dau. of Edward Burnell and Alice Le Strange) 1416,
  • Children: Order¿
  • 1 Thomas Hungerford (Sir Knight) icn_check.gif Burkes Peerage m Bridget Shelley
  • 2 Philippa Hungerford m. Thomas St. Maur
  • 3 Edward Hungerford icn_check.gif Burkes Peerage m. Anne Grey
  • 4 Bridget Hungerford
  • 5 Anne Hungerford
  • 6 Margaret Hungerford
  • 7 Walter Hungerford icn_check.gif Burkes Peerage m. Margaret St. Leger
  • 8 Jane Hungerford
  • 9 Lettice/Letitia Hungerford
  • 10 John Hungerford (1429-1486) (source - Tudor Place)
  • 7 Alice Hungerford;
  • 8 William de Hungerford;
  • 9 John de Hungerford
  • 10 Elizabeth de Hungerford - married Sir Philip Courtney icn_check.gif Burkes Peerage
  • Margaret de Hungerford; married Sir Walter Rodney. icn_check.gif Burkes Peerage