It is my belief that most all PYES are descended from, or named from the family started by Hugh Fitz William, Fitz Norman de LaMare de Kilpeck of Herefordshire, England. I do not attempt to trace all branches of the PYE family, but I believe that herein is groundwork to which all branches of the PYE family can be tied.
I also attempt to trace other families who married PYEs, and which have furnished genetic material for later PYE generations. I know that this is not without error and I am aware that I am repeating genealogies which, although they were believed in ancient times, are now considered to being purely legendary; and I am aware that some of this material is contradictory.
It is my opinion that OPIE family of Cornwall is a first or second generation offshoot from Hugh Fitz William, Fitz Norman De LaMare, which went from Herefordshire to Cornwall between 1190 and 1240. Fornjotnr: Was a king in Kvaenland, (Queanland), which was north of the Gulf of Bothnia in present-day Finland, near the present Finnish-Swedish border. The early Danish settlers of Norway were in such awe of the size of the Finno-Ugrian people with whom they came into contact that they did not consider that they were men. These Jotuns, as they were called, were considered to be giants, and/or semi-gods by the Danes, and the Danes reasoned that the legendary Jotun King Fornjotnr, must have been the same individual as the Ymir of Danish mythology, and that his gigantic descendants must have been the frost giants.
Anciently, the Finno-Ugrian people of this area were known as the Kvaenir, and are so mentioned in Egil's saga. These people were referred to as the Kainu and the Cvena. They were the Cwenas of Othere (Ottar), and were known as such by King Alfred. Their ancestors had come into Finland from the Northeast and were of Komsa culture.
They spent some period of time in the Ob River Valley, and some of these Finno-Ugrians settled on the Yenesei. Anciently, they were known as the gigantic Ugrians or Yugorians. They were the Jotuns and frost giants of Norse mythology and the Gigantes of Titans of Roman and Greek mythology. One group went into the Black Forest area of Germany, and was to furnish the inspiration for the "Giant" stories of that area. Adam of Bremen and Tacitus knew these people and the former said that the gigantic Finns of this time were superior in strength and swiftness to the wild animals of the forest. The Danes believed that these giants had their original home in Jotunheim, or Utgard, outside of the limits of the Earth and Sea, and that they were descended from an earlier and wilder race of men. "There were giants in the earth in those days": (Genesis 6 Paragraph 4) It was a mixing of these Komsa culture Finno-Ugrians with the Tosna culture Danes, who (it is estimated) entered and settled south Norway about 600 B.C., which ultimately formed the Norwegian race. They met, fought, and gradually mingled in the Trondheim Fjord area of Norway. They became the Halfdanes, and the name, Halfdan, was common throughout Norway. Norse mythology tells of the struggles and conflicts between these two peoples.
Kari The Wind: His brothers were: Thrugelmir, the father of Bergelmir, Loro, the father of Loki, who is prominent in Norse and German Mythology. Kari was also the brother of Aegir, or Hler, who lived on Laeso in the Kattegat, and another whose name is unknown, but who was (according to legend) the father of Balthorn, who was the grandfather of Odin, Vili, Nd Ve. Loki was the Jotun who caused the death of Baldur or Sigfried.
Frosti or Jokul:
Snjo The Old:
Thorri Blackfrost: Jotun King of Kvaenland, a brother of Wese, Drifa, Fonn, and Mjoll.
Gore or Gare: A Jotun Prince in Finland. A brother of Norr, who is reported to have discovered, settled and named Norway. Norr married a sister of Prince Rolfe. Goe, sister to Gore and Norr, married Prince Rolfe, who was son of Asathor, the son of the Swede-Jotun of Button Mountain and his wife, Alvhild, who was the daughter of Eystein of Hedmark. Goe and Prince Rolfe had a son who became king Solve in Finland. Eystein of Hedmark's father was King Rolfe of Hedmark. Gore or Gorr settled the Lofoten Islands.
Sveidi or Sveithi: The Vikman, died 760. He was brother of Heiti and Beiti. He married the daughter of Olaf I King of Vestfold, and his wife, who was a daughter of King Solor.
Haldan the Old: Died 800
Ivar: The Jari of the Uplands, (a brother of Vors), married Thyra, daughter of Eystein Glumra (Rattle), Jari of Throndheim.
Eystein of Vors: 870. Jarl av Maera and Nord Trondelag on Trondheim Fjord. He was known as Eystein the Noisy, or as the Orator. He married Aseda of Jutland, daughter of Rognvald, the Mountain High, who died in 840. The village of Maera still exists on Throndheim Fjord. This was the center of the pre-Christian Old Norse religion. During pagan times, there was a great hall with statues of Odin, Thor and Freya. This was the last stronghold in Norway to resist Christianty. Olaf Trygvason destroyed statues and forced the people av Maera to become Christian or die. He was sainted for this act and is today recognized as Patron Saint of Norway. He destroyed the statues around 995.
Rognvald: Jarl of Maera, More and Romsdahl, was able through his military might and his influence with the Kings and Jarls of Norway, to bring about the unification of Norway under Harold Fairhair, and he supported Harold in his efforts to become King of all Norway. Rognvald gave his full support and even administered the oath to Harold, creating him as Norway's king. Harold made Rognvald Jarl of North and South More, as well as Maera, after Harold's victory of Solsked in 869 over Muntheof, King of More, Nokve and Raumsdal (Romsdahl). Rognvald was the close friend and kinsman of Halfdan the Black, father of Harold Fairhair.
The other kings of Norway who supported Harold were confirmed as Jarls of their territories instead of continuing as kings. Those who objected or resisted were driven out of Norway. Many of them went "a Viking". Some went to Iceland. Rognvald married Ragnhilda, daughter of Rolfe Neffia and his wife, Asseline. Rognvald was a brother of Huldrich, also known as Malhucs or Malahucius, and of Sigurd Riki, who was the father of Guthorm, a famous viking marauder. Because Harold Fairhair recognized his debt to Jarl Rognvald, he favored him and his family even over his own sons. Two of Harold's sons, Halfdan Haaleg (Longleg), and Gudron Ljome (Gleam), became jealous of Rognvald, and surprised him in his great hall at Maera in 894. They murdered Rognvald by bloodeagleing him. They also killed sixty men who were Rognvald's retainers. Halfdan Haaleg, one of Harold Fairhair's sons who perpetrated this crime, was later captured while visiting the Orkney lslands. The capture was made by Jarl Peat "Turf" Einar, a son of Jarl Rognvald, and Halfdan Haaleg was, in turn, bloodeagled by Peat Einar's orders to avenge the murder of his father. Upon hearing of his son's punishment for his crime against Jarl Rognvald by Peat Einar, Harold Fairhair, being sympathetic to Peat Einar, administered mild punishment, barely inconveniencing the Jarlof the Orkneys.
The sons of Harold Fairhair and the brothers of Alof Arbot, who married Thorir, Jarl av Maera, were: Eric Bloodaxe, Sigurd Hrisi, Bjorn, Haakon I, Olaus Giersted, Olaf Farman, Halfdan (Longlegs) Haaleg, and Gudron Ljome (Gleam), and others. Harold Fairhair died in 933 at 83 years, after a seventy-year reign. Harold Fairhair was actually a brother-in-law of Rognvald, having married 0ffa, a daughter of RoIf Neffia. She was sister of Rognvald's wife, Ragnhilda. During the attack on Rognvald, his great hall at Maera was burned.
Thorir: Succeeded his father as Jarl av Maera. He was known variously as; Thorri the Silent, Thore Tegjande, and as Thorri av Maera and More. He married, as her first husband, Alof Arbot, (The Fecund), daughter of Harold Fairhair, King of Norway and his wife, Snefrida. Secondly, Alof Arbot married Haakon, Jarl of Hlade, by whom she had Sigurd of Hlade, a half-brother to Thorbard and Berglioth. Thorir was a full-brother to Rolf the Ganger (Rollo or Robert I of Normandy), who conquered Normandy in 912 and also a half-brother of Peat or Torf Einar, Jarl av the Orkneys. Also, he was a full-brother to Hrollager, who married Emina, and became ancestor of the Bigod family, and of Ivar, who was killed in a raid on the Hebrides. He was also half-brother to Hallad, fourth Earl of the Orkneys, and of Hrollaur, who settled at Eyiaford, Iceland. Thorir was called "Thorri the Silent" by his brothers Peat Einar and Rolf the Ganger, because he did nothing. He remained silent after his father was murdered. They felt that as Rognvald's successor as Jarl of More and Maera, he should have avenged Rognvald's death. However, in that his wile was Alof Arbot, a daughter of King Harold Fairhair and a sister of his father's murderers, he remained silent and left the avenging of his father's death to his half-brother, Peat Einar.
Torf Peat Einar was the father of Thorfinn I, known as Skulicleiffer, "Skull Cleaver", and grandfather of Thorold, Sieur de Pont Audemer, who married Wewa, daughter of Harold VIII Blatand, first christian king of Denmark, and his wife, Cyrid (Cynthia), Queen of Sweden. Thobard, Fitz Thori: Also known as Thorbert, Thoribert, or Herbert, the Northman av Maera. As a young, boy, he was the steersman in the fleet of his uncle, Rolf the Ganger, when they took over Normandy from King Charles the Simple in 912. Thorbard was a brother of Berglioth, who married Grjotgard. Berglioth and Grjotgard were parents of Haakon, father of Sigurd, who was the father of Jarl Haakon, Sigurdso the Great, who ruled Norway from 97O to 995. Thorbard was given, by his Uncle Rolf, the Grand Fief of Maera in Normandy, named for their village in Norway, a name which the French of the area soon converted to La Mare, or La Grande Mare. It still exists near St. Opportune and is next to Pont Audemare, which was assigned by Rolf to Thorbard's cousin, Thorold, who was ancestor to the Beaumonts and the Newburgs. In Norway and in Normandy, Maera was often written "Mara".
Thorbard became known as Le Sieur de la Mare. He was given Rolf's daughter, his cousin-Grisele or Griselda, as his wife. Grisele's mother was Gisele, daughter of King Charles the Simple, Carolovingian King of France, who died in 929, and his wife, Egvina (Eadyth, Edgiva or Eadgifu), the granddaughter of King Alfred the Great of England. The term "The Simple', applied to King Charles, was not derogatory in nature. It meant: open, straightforward, and honest. Gisele was sister of King Louis IV of France.
Walter Fitz Herbert: Walter Fitz Herbert av Maera married Arabelle, daughter of Ivres de Belleme the Marquis d'Alencon, and Siegneur de Belleme, and his wife, Godchild, daughter of Hilduin of Ponthieu, born about 930. Godchild was sister of Hughes I, Count of Ponthieu, who married another Gisele of France by whom he had Engelram, who married Adeliza, sister of William the Conquerer. Arabel was sister of William II, Count of Alencon and Belleme, who died in 1028. Ives de Belleme was son of Fulk, Count of Corbonais and his wife, Rolais. William Fitz Walter Fitz Herbert: The Sieur de la Mare (Mara) married Clovisa (Louisa) de Goz, daughter of Clovis (Louis) de Goz, Vicomte D'Avranches, brother of Thorstein (Thurstan) de Goz and son of Ansfrid the Dane.
Norman Fitz William Fitz Walter de Mara: Was The Sieur de la Mare, mentioned in the Breton Charter dated 1030. He married the daughter of Roger de Pitres (Pistries), Viscount of Gloucester, (brother of Durand the Sheriff) and his wife, the Viscountess Adelisa, daughter of Eudes, (Endowain). Count of Brittany and Ponthieve, born 999, died Jan. 7, 1079. Eudes was first married to Agnes Canhiart and to Lucia de Baladon, daughter of Drogo de Baladorn. Eudes (Endowain) was the son of Geoffrey, Duke of Brittany, and his wife, Hawise if Normandy. Geoffrey was the son of Conan I, "The Tort", who died in 992. Hawise was the daughter of Richard the Fearless of Normandy, and his wife, Bertha, who died in 1084. Roger de Pitries' son was Walter of Gloucester, who married Emma, daughter of Drogo de Baladon. The half-brother of Vicountess Adeliza was Brian Fitz Count, a son of Eudes and Lucia de Baladon, another daughter of Drogo de Baladon. William Fitz Norman de Mara: Was the Sieur de la Mare at Battle of Hastings. He was living in 1114. He appears on the Falaise Roll with his brother, Hugh de la Mare, Seneschal of Chester. His other brothers were Robert, Ranulph or Rainald, and Geoffrey. Ranulph was Dafifer of Chester. William was given extensive holdings in Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire. Some of the land he inherited had been property of his great uncle, Brian Fitz Count. He became Baron of Kilpeck in Archinfield and built Kilpeck Castle and Kilpeck Church. He held Hereford Parva. His other holdings included Venn, Fenn, & Hopton Soller. He also held Rencomb, Cerney and Trewsbury of Richard de Clare through Robert Fitzroy. Hugh de la Mare, brother of William was direct ancestor of Barons of Montalt in Chester and of the Chester de la Meres.
The Forest of Mara, now the de la Mere Forest, is named for this
family. William Fitz Norman de Mara married Mabilia Le Gos (de Goz),
born 1064. She was a natural daughter of Hugh The Wolf, Viconte
D'Avanches (born 1048), the Earl of Chester, and daughter of the sister
of his wife, Ementrude. They were the daughters of Hugh, Count of
Beauvasis and Clermont, and his wife, Margaret de Montidier, daughter
of Hilduin IV de Rameru, Count of Montidier and Roucy, who died in
1063, and his wife, Adelaide of Rheims. Hilduin was son of Hilduin III
and his wife, Alixe de Roucy. Hugh The Wolf was the son of Richard
Logos, Vicome D'Avranches and his wife, Emma, the daughter of Herluin
de Burgo de Conteville and his wife, Arlotte de Falaise, who was also
the mother of William The Conquerer. Therefore, William the Conquerer
was a half brother of Emma, and of Adeliza and of Bishop Odo of Bayeux,
and of Count Robert de Mortain. The last three mentioned people were
full brothers and sister to Emma. The Kilpeck Area had originally
belonged to Cadvan (Cadiand) ap Bleddyn, brother of King Meredith of
Archinfield, who was father of King Griffin, whose daughter, Meirig
(Mary) married Hugh, the following:
Hugh Fitz William Fitz Norman de Mara (de la Mare) de Kilpeck: Lord of
Kilpeck Castle and a Crusader. He was born in 1076 and died in 1171. He
was the Baron of Kilpeck. While on the second crusade, he was captured
by the Saracen Chieftain, the Emir Mohammed (Amiraud). He had a child
by the daughter of Emir Mohammed. The child was later known as Susan
Pye (ap Hugh), and she later married Gilbert A'Becket, following his
captivity when, as a crusader, he too was held captive by Emir
Mohammed. They became the parents of St. Thomas A'Becket, Archbishop of
Canterbury, (born December 21, 1117), and his sister, Susan, who
married Harvey Walter of West Dereham, Norfolk, as his first wife.
Thomas Costain's story. "THE BLACK ROSE", and the old border ballads,
i.e.: "Lord Beichan and Susan Pye", "Lord Batemen", "Young Bekie", etc.
tell the story of the romanace of Suan Pye and Gilbert A'Becket. Also
legend reports that out of respect for his Sacacen mother, St. Thomas
caused a golden moslem crescent to be hung over the high altar of
Canterbury Cathedral. It was still hanging there in 1969. Susan Pye
A'Becket died when her second child, St. Thomas, was born. (* other
records indicate that Susan Pye A'Becket died in the Great fire of
London in 1212.) Susan probably never knew she would be called "PYE".
The name was later applied to all children of Hugh. Gilbert remarried
Rohese of either Rouen or Caen. Upon his deliverance from the Saracens
and his return to England, Hugh Fitz William Fitz Norman de Mara de
Kilpeck rebuilt Kilpeck Church (The Church of St David) and presented
it as a thanks offering for his deliverance from the Saracens to the
Monastery of St. Peter at Gloucester. Hugh was a brother to Robert,
Richard, Henry, William, Geoffrey and Rainald de la Mare. This second
William de la Mare married Katherine, sister of Sir Robert, Sir Richard
and Sir John de Penrice (Penris) and of Alica de Langton. It was this
second William de la Mare who accompanied Henry de Bellomont in the
Norman thrust into Wales. He started the building of Oxwich Castle on
Gower Peninsula, Wales. Rainald (Ranulph) de la Mare was mentioned by
William of Tyre for his part in fighting in the Holy Land during the
Crusades. The de la Mare arms were the arms of Av Maera: two golden
lions on a blue field. Rolf the Ganger, a younger son of Jarl Rognvald,
not being eligible to bear the arms of Maera, adopted two golden lions
on a red field as his arms; the arms of Normandy. Now, back to Hugh
FItz William Fitz Norman de Mara de Kilpeck. Upon his return to
England, he married Meirig (Mary), a Welsh princess, the daughter of
King Griffin ap Meredith ap Bledyn ap Cynvyn of Archinfield, and
received Saddlebow as his dower. Although Griffin was referred to as
King Griffin, and is so mentioned in the Herefordshire Domesday, he
actually died in 1128 before the death of his father, King Meredith,
who was a brother of Cadvan (Cadiand), who had owned the Kilpeck
(Chipeete) Area before the Norman Conquest.
King Griffin's wife, was Gwerfyl, daughter of Gwrgenau. Hugh and his
wife Meirig (Mary) were the parents of John ap Hugh (Pye) of Saddlebow,
Thomas Pye of Saddlebow, who was the ancestor of King Edward I, Anne
Boleyn, and of Queen Elizabeth I. Hugh was also the father of Henry de
Kilpeck, who inherited Kilpeck Castle, following Hugh's passing, Henry
became ancestor of the de La Beres and Plugenets. John, Thomas and
Henry were half brothers of Susan Pye, who married Gilbert A'Becket.
The name, Pye, was adopted at this point and is a contraction of ap
Hugh, which in Welsh means children or son of Hugh. However, in the
Welsh dialect of Archenfield (Erging) and Ewias in Herefordshire, (*In
Welsh Hereford is "Caeffawdd" it sounds more like Apee, and so it
developed into "Pye". At Saddlebow, there is an ancient medieval
building which looks like a military stronghold, which is now used as a
barn. It is made of stone, possibly granite, with slits which were
probably used to allow bowmen to shoot. In this area, Welsh laws and
customs prevailed to the end of the 12th century. Archinfield (Erging)
was sometimes written "Urging'.
John ap Hugh (Pye) de Kilpeck of Saddlebow: Brother of Thomas Pye of Saddlebow, Henry de Kilpeck, who died in 1183. (Henry was successor to Hugh as Lord of Kilpeck Castle). John was also a half brother to Susan ap Hugh (Pye), first wife of Gilbert A'Becket. It is believed that another brother of John ap Hugh (Pye) of Saddlebow went into Cornwall and became the ancestor of the Opie Family from that area. Walter Pye: Lord of Saddlebow. Married Elizabeth de La Bere (Barry), daughter of Stephen de La Bere and his wife, Margaret or Matilda, daughter of Thomas Pye of Saddlebow, noted above. Margaret-Matilda's sister married Sir John Plugenet from whom the Fitz: Alans, Arundels and de Bohuns descend.
Thomas Pye of Saddlebow II: Married Jane Bromwich in
1290. She was daughter of Richard Bromwich, who was the Equerry to
Prince Arthur. Thomas Pye was a brother of John and of William Pye, who
was granted land in Suffolk in the time of Edward III.
Walter Pye of Saddlebow II: Married Elizabeth
Scudamore, the daughter of Sir John Scudamore of Kentchurch. (He was a
cousin of Joan de La Bere, who married Richard Fitz Alan, Earl of
Arundel). Sir John Scudamore's wife was Elizabeth Alice of Ewias, the
daughter of Owen Glendower, the famous Welsh patriot.
John Tregoz (Tregos) Pye: Was a brother of John
Jenkins Pye. John Tregoz Pye married Ann, daughter of Roger Andrews,
son of William ap Andrews ap Ithel Vychan of Brown's (Bryns) Place,
which came to the Pyes as part of Ann Andrews' dower. This was located
in Much Dewchurch, Herefordshire, near the old Roman Camp of Bryn Gwyn.
The name, Brown's Place, was changed to Mynde Park on which was built
Mynde Hall, called Mynde. It was extensively rebuilt about 1395, using
material from the already partly-in-ruins Kilpeck Castle. Mynde Hall
was truly magnificent. It had forty-two rooms, including nineteen
bedrooms. The main room, a ballroom, was finished in walnut, with a
pale blue vaulted ceiling, with alabaster ribs. Around the room were
alabaster busts of the kings and queens of England. Over the fireplace
was the Pye coat of arms in alabaster. There is a great courtyard with
an arched entrance, with an ancient clock above arch. I saw it in 1969.
Twiston Davies then owned it. Lady Clive whose husband was related to
the famous Clive of India now owns it. Dewchurch is from Llandewi,
meaning David's Church, or Church of David, in Welsh.
John Pye O'The Mynde: Born 1444. Died 1550, at 106 years. He was married three times and had forty-three children. He is buried in the old church at Much Dewchurch. An ancient tombstone, now illegible, used to carry this epitaph: "Here lies the body of John Pye of Mynde, A traveler in far countries, his life he ended. He left behind him Walter, his son, heir of Mynde, and forty-two children. He was 106 years truly." He first married Ann, the daughter of Sir Richard de La Bere, by whom be had first John Pye of Lanreath (Lansreath), (sometimes erroneously written Nansarth), in Cornwall near St. Austell. He was born about 1463 at Mynde Hall, and died in 1519. He lived part of his life at Bodinneck in St. Stephen's in Brannel, Cornwall. He went to Cornwall to inherit his mother's family land from the de La Beses in Devon and in Cornwall, an estate larger than that owned by the Pyes in Herefordshire. John Pye of Lanreath (Lansreath) (Lanrethou) married Elizabeth, daughter of Hugh Courtenay of Boconnoc. The Pyes inherited Bodinneck from the Courtenays. Elizabeth's brother, Edward was Earl of Devon. Her mother was Margaret, daughter of Thomas Carminow and his wife Joanna Trevarthian, daughter of Otho Trevarthian.
Walter Pye O'The Mynde: Brother of John Pye of Lansreath and many others. Heir of John Pye O'The Mynde. Married Margaret, daughter of Phillipot Price (ap Rhys) of Orcopp. Walter Pye was buried November 2, 1575.
Roger Pye O'The Mynde: Died 1590. Married Bridget, daughter of Thomas or Walter Kyrle (Kirle) of Walford, who was born November 14, 1524. Roger Pye O'The Mynde owned Kilpeck Castle. Sir Walter Pye O'The Mynde: Married first Joane Rudhall on July 22, 1602. He was baptized Octoher 1, 1571 and buried January 9, 1635 or 36. He was Knight Attorney General of the Court of Wards and Liveries of England. He was at one time considered to be the richest man in England. He invested with the West Country adventurers and helped to finance Lord Baltimore's (George Calvert - The First Lord Baltimore) settlement of Ferryland in Newfoundland. His tomb of marble is in the old church at Much Dewchurch near Mynde Hall. Mynde was a three hundred-acre estate with a deer park and fishpond near the Roman-Briton Camp of Bryn-Gwyn in Much Dewchurch.
John Pye: Baptized December 13, 1620. Brother of another Sir Walter Pye O'The Mynde, who was the father of the Sir Walter Pye who was created Baron Kilpeck by King James II, and was a brother of Robert Pye of the Mynde and Barbados Islands. John Pye was given a license to pass from England to beyond the sea on June 26, 1633. He went to Newfoundland when he was 13 years old. He was at Lord Baltimore's Ferryland Colony on the Avalon Peninsula in Newfoundland. He was also in Virginia in 1684. He married Blanche, the sister of Sir Henry Lingen (Lingham) of Stoke Edith, Herefordshire, England. She died January 12, 1708 at 91. She was the daughter of Edward Lingen, Esquire, and his wife Blanche, daughter of Sir Roger Bodenham of Rotherwas. John Pye and his wife, Blanche, had 23 children. Sir Henry Lingen was the noted royalist commander during the English Civil War. John Pye was also a brother of William Pye and of Edward Pye, who, in 1650, petitioned the East India Company for 600 acres of land on the Assada with a Mr. Bent.
Col. Edward Pye: A Deputy Governor of Maryland from 1684 to 1688. He was born l646. His will was proven 1693. He held Boyce and Dymock in England. He was an ardent Catholic. He was at Ferryland, Newfoundland, and later joined the Baltimores' new settlement in Maryland. He married Ann, the daughter of Henry Sewall, Secretary to Charles Calvert, the Third Lord Baltimore. She was the widow of Benjamin Rozier, who died 1681, of Potohock River, Charles County, Maryland. Col. Edward Pye inherited 400 acres of land in the Barbados from his cousin, Robert Pye O'The Mynde, a brother of Lord Kilpeck. This Robert Pye had married Meliora, daughter of Sir James Drax of the Barbados. Robert Pye's daughter, Elizabeth, married Henry Gorges of Eye and the Mynde. He was of the same family as Sir Fernando Gorges. Col. Edward Pye's brother, John Pye, was granted 300 acres in Sussex County, Delaware, in September 1682. The mother of Ann Sewall, who married Col. Edward Pye, was Jane Lowe, daughter of Vincent Lowe and his wife, Anne Cavendish. They were of Derbyshire and Yorkshire and were allied with the Pilkingtons and the Cokaynes. Upon the death of Henry Sewall, (a cousin of the Sewalls of Massachusetts), Jane married Charles Calvert, the Third Lord Baltimore.
John Pye: A brother of Charles, Henry, Walter,
Nicholas, Ann and Elizabeth. Charles was the last Pye lord of Kilpeck
and the Mynde. He had holdings in the Barbados and in Newfoundland. In
1723, he built "The Newhouse". Lady Clive owned the Newhouse and the
ruins of Kilpeck Castle in 1969. The Joseph Manning Family was farming
the Newhouse Farm and the land area around the ruins of Kilpeck Castle
in 1969. John Pye married Henrietta Maria Neale. His will was dated
January 7, 1773. Both died in 1776. Henrietta Maria was the daughter of
William Neale of Port Tobacco, Maryland, and his wife, MaryAnn
(Boarman) Brook. Henrietta Maria was sister of Raphael Neale. Henry
Pye, a brother of John, was living in Newfoundland in l7l6. His
brother, Charles Pye of the Mynde and Kilpeck married Mary, daughter of
Charles Booth of Breinton. They had one child, a daughter, who died as
an infant. Charles Pye is listed as a Catholic non-juror in 1715.
Charles Pye: Brother of Edward Pye, who married Sarah
Edelen, in 1743 in Charles County, Maryland. Edward died in 1753. He
was the father of Walter, Elizabeth and Margaret. Charles Pye's will
was dated 1772.
John Pye: Of Maryland and the Barbados. Was a brother
of another Charles Pye, who married another Sarah Edelen. They had
Charles, James, and Caroline. John was also a brother of Capt. Roger
Pye of the Barbados, who was given, as a Maryland Loyalist, 300 acres
of land on Briar Island, Digby, Nova Scotia in 1784.
William Pye: Of Maryland, The Barbados, and
Newfoundland. He was impressed as a seaman from the docks in the
Barbados, and forced to serve as a member of the crew of the Salem
Privateer, the Junius Brutus, with twenty guns and 110 men. She sailed
from Virginia October 31, 1780, and was captured by the British
following a sea battle. The Junius Brutus was sailed as a prize to St.
John's Newfoundland, in October of 1782. William Pye was imprisoned in
Newfoundland for the duration of the war. When he was released as a
prisoner of war, he met and married Blanche Pye, daughter of John Pye
of Carbonear, Newfoundland. They had a large family. He sailed with the
fishing and sealing fleets, and settled in Newfoundland. He spent his
summers on the Labrador Coast. Blanche Pye's father, John Pye was born
in Falmouth, England on March 10, 1747. He was descended from John Pye
of Lanreath, Cornwall, a son of John Pye O'The
William Pye: Born 1786, was a fisherman and trapper of Cape
St. Charles, Labrador. He wintered at Carbonear and the Bay of Islands,
Newfoundland. He married a half-Eskimo woman at Cape St. Charles,
Labrador. Her name was Mary Pike. Her mother was Eskimo (Innuit). Her
father was James Pike of Red Bay, Labrador, a descendant of Gilbert
Pike and Sheila Nagira, Princess of Connaught, Ireland. Gilbert Pike
was Sir Peter Easton's seoond in command. All of the Pikes of Labrador
and Newfoundland are descended from this couple. They settled at
Harbour Grace and Carbonear, Newfoundland. Sir Peter Easton is probably
the arch-pirate of all time. Queen Elizabeth I sent him out in 1602,
with forty escort vessels, to accompany the fishing fleet to
Newfoundland. He overtook a Dutch pirate vessel on which he found some
Irish prisoners. Among them was Sheila Nagira, the daughter of the King
of Connaught in Ireland. Gilbert Pike and Sheila fell in love during
their voyage and were married on shipboard by Sir Peter Easton. Sir
Peter Easton later turned pirate and sailed the North Atlantic during
the summer and the Mediterranean during the winter. The Bey of Tunisia
offered him half of his kingdom if he would join the Barbary Pirates in
their piratical endeavors. The King of Italy made him the Count of
Savoy. He eventually received the King's pardon and became a Member of
Parliament from Somersetshire, England.
William Pike Pye: Born 1810 at Carbonear, Newfoundland. He married Esther Snow, daughter of John Snow, whose family was from Nova Scotia, and his wife, Rachel Hudson, daughter of Henry Hudson. They, William Pye and Esther Snow, were married at Cape St. Charles, Labrador. Henry Hudson was a part-Indian trapper, a Cree from the Hudson Bay Area, who believed he was descended from the Great Henry Hudson of the Half Moon, who was cast adrift with his son and several sick men in an open boat by a mutinous crew on James Bay, southernmost part of Hudson Bay in 1610. William Pye was frozen to death on the ice flow at Battle Harbour, Labrador, after the harness to his dog team became broken and his dogs had run away.
John Charles Pye: Born 1835 at Cape St. Charles,
Labrador. (*It is believed that they were married in a Church of
England service in Carbonear, Newfoundland.) He married Elizabeth Lacy,
born July 1, 1851, daughter of John de Lacy (Lacey) of Belfast, Ireland
and his wife Ester Reynolds, whom he married in 1839. Elizabeth Lacy
Pye died in the influenza epidemic in 1918. John de Lacy was a
descendant of the de Lacys of Ulster and Meath in Ireland. John Pye's
brother, Israel Pye, married a Montagnais Indian woman. He was a hunter
and trapper of interior Labrador and Quebec. Elizabeth Lacey (Lacy) had
siblings as follows: Eliza, Lacey who married Nicholas Reynolds in
1876. Isaac Lacey married Mary Ann Bussey in 1876. Jesse Lacey married
Mary King in 1878. Dorcas Lacey married Thomas B. Legrow in 1888. Janet
Lacey married John Thomas Noftle in 1890. The descendants of John
Charles Pye and Elizabeth Lacy are as follows:
Jesse de Lacy Pye: Born at Cape St. Charles, Labrador
on March 11, 1865. He died in Boston, Massachusetts in 1940. He was
married on June 22, 1893 at Halifax, Nova Scotia to Nora Edith
Carmichael. She was born in Shelburne, Nova Scotia on May 31, 1875. She
died June 1921. She was the daughter of Henry Gordon Carmichael of New
Glasgow, Halifax, Shelburne, and Wine Harbour, Nova Scotia, and of
Boston, Massachusetts. He was a descendant of James Carmichael, a
baronet of Nova Scotia, and of another James Carmichael, who founded
New Glasgow, Pictou County, Nova Scotia, and of the Earls of Hyndford
of Carmichael, near Glasgow, Scotland. Henry Gordon Carmichael's wife
was Ellen Scarr, daughter of Capt. Samuel Scarr of Scarborough,
England, and his wife, Rachel Smith of Cape Sable Island and
Barrington, Nova Scotia. Rachel Smith was a descendant of Ralph Smith
of Hingham, England, 1633, who settled at Hingham, Massachusetts. Jesse
Pye was a brother of John Charles, Henry, Israel, Samuel, James, Eben,
Eugenes, I and II, Laura, Mary Ann, Lilly, and Effie. He served with
the Princess Louise's Royal Fusileers and with the Halifax Garrison
Artillery Company. He was a volunteer boatman and scout with the
Canadian unit, which accompanied Lord Kitchener to the Sudan in Africa
to attempt to rescue General Charles George Gordon. Many of these
scouts were of Canadian Indian descent. (400 were recruited). They
sailed the British Army down the Nile River to Omdurman, and were
considered by the British to he the best boatmen in the world. Jesse
had earlier served in India with General Charles Gordon. He served in
the British Army in the Boer War in South Africa. He was a sea captain
of fishing and sealing boats when he was only seventeen years old. He
never attended school. He was quartermaster of the Mackay Bennett, the
schooner which laid the Atlantic cable. He was a member of the crew of
the Schooner Greenland, which suffered one of the great marine
disasters of all time. Over 100 men were frozen to death on the ice
flows during a blizzard while they were sealing. Jesse and his brother,
Jim, were both on the flows and both survived. As a boy, Jesse ran trap
lines in the Cape St. Charles - Battle Harbour Area, which he tended by
dog team, and sold his furs, the Hudson Bay Company. He was a very
large man; over six feet tall, and at one time, he weighed about 300
pounds. He and his wife, Nora Carmichael, had fifteen children. He went
to Wine Harbour, Nova Scotia around 1894, when gold was discovered
there, and worked in the gold mines for a couple of years. His father's
distant cousin, William Leonard Pye, who was Gold Commissioner of
Guysborough County, Nova Scotia, gave him this job.
Jesse and Nora migrated to the Boston, Massachusetts area around l897.
However, Jesse served in the Canadian Army after that date. They also
returned to live for a short time in the family dwelling at Petrie's
Crossing, Bay of Islands, Newfoundland, near present-day Cornerbrook.
He maintained a family bible, which was very old, from which much of
this information was derived through reconstruction, as this bible was
destroyed in the Chelsea, Massachusetts fire in 1908. Jesse lived for a
while among the Montagnais Indians in Interior Labrador and Quebec with
his Uncle Israel's family. He was also a lumberjack. The Indians called
him "The Cacajou", which means the wolverine in their language, because
he used to catch wolverines in his trap for their fur.
One time, as a lumberjack, he was working with his cousin in interior
Quebec. They were in a camp which was virtually ruled by a huge French
Indian halfbreed, "Bull Of The Woods", who terrorized all of the
workers. One day, a new young boy joined the woods gang. It had been an
unwritten rule of this camp that at meals, the "Bull Of The Woods"
would serve himself first before anyone else was allowed to eat. The
new boy didn't know of this custom and reached to serve himself before
the halfbreed. As he reached for his food, the Bull Of The Woods drove
his sheath knife down through the boy's hand and pinned him to the
table. This aroused Jesse Pye, and he attacked the Frenchman. It was
told to me that they fought for about five hours before Jesse finally
won this battle. Having lost face, the Bull Of The Woods left this
camp, and sought employment elsewhere.
Another interesting incident in the life of Jesse de Lacy Pye was one
time when he was a member of the crew of a trading schooner, which
sailed to the East Indies. His vessel hove to in a cove of an island
off the coast of New Guinea to get water. The crew went ashore in
longboats. While they were getting water, some native women visited
with the sailors. The tribesmen, noting the fraternizing, attacked the
seamen with spears. All of the sailors, exept Jesse Pye, were able to
reach the longboats and get back to their ship. He was speared in the
back. The natives then attempted to make sure he was dead by knifing
him several times. They left him for dead, lying on the beach. As the
tide came in further, the salt water revived him. He was able to reach
around behind him, and to grasp and to break the spear shaft with his
He then dove into the water, swam out to the schooner, and was able to
pull himself up the anchor cable. The captain removed the spearhead
from his back, and poured a bottle of rum into his wounds. He was back
on duty before the end of a week.
Descent of John Pye of Carbonear, Newfoundland and his daughter, Blanch, who married William Pye of Maryland and the Barbados Islands. John Pye: (mentioned previously) John Pye O'The Mynde born 1444; died 1550 at 106 years. Buried in the old church at Much Dewchurch, Herefordshire, England. Married three times, and had 43 children. By his first wife, Ann, the daughter of Sir Richard de La Bere, he had: (Secondly, be married Elizabeth Whitney.)
John Pye of Lansreath: John Pye of Lansreath (Lanreath) anciently known as Lanrethou. The name of this town was sometimes erroneously shown as Nansarth. John Pye of Lanreath was a brother of Walter Pye of the Mynde. John Pye married Elizabeth, daughter of Hugh Courtenay of Boconnoc. John inherited de La Bere and Fitz Alan holdings in Cornwall from his mother's family, and Courtenay holdings, from his wife's family in Cornwall and Devon, including former Arundell property. Elizabeth Courtenay Pye's mother was Margaret, daughter of Thomas Carminow. Hugh Courtenay of Boconnoc was the brother of Edward Courtenay, Earl of Devon, who died June 16, 1419. Their father was Edward Courtenay, brother of Sir Phillip Courtenay, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, who died July 7, 1306. Edward and Phillip's father was Sir Hugh Courtenay, Earl of Devon, who died May 2, 1377. He was married to Margaret de Bohun, daughter of Humphney de Bohun, VIII, Earl of Herefordshire and of Essex, and Constable of England. He was born in 1276, and was slain at Battle of Boroughbridge on March 21, 1321 or 22. Humphrey de Bohun's wife was Elizabeth Isabel Plantagenet, who was born August 1282, and who died May 5, 1316. She was the daughter of King Edward I, who ruled from 1292 to 1307, the son of Henry III, and his wife, Eleanor of Provence. King Edward was a grandson of King John Lackland, the brother of Richard, the Lionhearted. Edward I married Eleanor of Castile, the daughter of King Fernando III (The Saint), King of Castile and Leon, and his wife, Joan de Dammartin.
Alexander Pye: Of St. Stephen in Brannel, Cornwall. Son of John Pye of Lanreath and Elizabeth Courtenay. His will was probated February 14, 1569. He married Marion Corne (Coryn), daughter of Richard Corne of St. Stephen's in Brannell and his wife, Elizabeth Vivian (Vyvian) of Bodmin, Cornwall. He was an uncle of Ann Pye, who married William Tremayne at Truro on August 13, 1579. Alexander Pye's brothers, John and Thomas Pye, served under Hawkins against the Spanish Armada. His sister, Barbara Pye, married George Tanner around 1490. Ann Pye, mentioned above was the daughter of John Pye, who served against the Armada, and his wife, Margaret Bodenham of Rotherwas.
Anthony Pye: Of Bodinneck-Veor in Com, Cornwall. He
was living in 1620. He died at East Looe, April 24 1627. He married
Constance, the daughter of William Pound of Launceton, Cornwall.
Bodinneck belonged to the Carminows of Boconnoc, from whom it pasaed to
the Courtenays, from whom it passed back to the Pyes, and thence to the
Tanner family. The son of Anthony Pye and Constance Pound was:
Anthony Pye II: Born 1597. He married Elizabeth, the daughter of Robert Trethway, who was buried December 1623, and his wife, Anne, the daughter of Thomas Burgess. Anthony Pye II's brother, John, married Jone or Jane, daughter of John Tanner, and his wife, Katherine, daughter of Thomas Roscarock, and his wife Jane, daughter of William Pentyre (Pentire). John Tanner lived in Brannell in 1610. Jone or Jane, daughter of John Tanner of Brannell and Court, married Thomas Arundel, either before or after her marriage to John Pye. William Pye: Of St. Stephens in Brannell. Son of Anthony Pye II. Married and had a son.
John Pye: Of St. Stephens in Brannell. Married Grace. He died in 1729. He had a son.
John Pye: John Pye of Falmouth, baptized September 1682, at Creed. He was Mayor of Falmouth in 1720. He was buried at Creed January 23, 1729. He married Susan, daughter of Thomas Atwell, alias Collins. Their daughter, Ann. was named with the Tanners sisters as legatees of Capt Thomas Atwell.
John Pye: Born in Falmouth, England, March 10, 1747. He sailed with his four brothers from Plymouth, England to America. He had a large family, including:
Blance Pye: Of Carbonear and Bay of Islands,
Newfoundland. When she was 15 years old, she married William Pye of
Maryland and the Barbados Islands. After he was released as an American
prisoner of war, having been a member of the crew of the Salem
Privateer, the Junius Brurus, which was captured in a sea battle, and
sailed as a prize ship to St Johns, Newfoundland. They had a large
William Pye: Born 1786 at Bay of Islands, Newfoundland. Was a fisherman or trapper of Cape St Charles, Labrador. He wintered at Carbonear and the Bay of Islands, Newfoundland. He married a half Eskimo woman at Cape St Charles. Her name was Mary Pike. Her mother was Innuit (Eskimo). Her father was James Pike of Red Bay, Labrador, a descendant of Gilbert Pike, Lieutenant to Sir Peter Easton, and his wife, Sheila Nagira, a princess of Connaught in Ireland.
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