Sunday, February 9, 2014
I happened upon a military census today while doing my habitual searching for Faunts. William Faunt of Louth served in the10th Foot and was stationed in Chelsea in 1811. He was 5'9" (he grew an inch after enlistment) and had fair skin, grey eyes,brown hair and a long visage. I know there are Flaxgrowers in Louth in a census and I thought to figure out the family.
In or around January 1384 one of the Walter L'enfants dies leaving a widow Elena and son and heir Thomas. This Walter held lands in Kildare and Louth and held in chief in Ardee. Thomas was surely young as we then find him claiming the manor of Ardee in September 1403 which he and his heirs would hold of the King. In 1406 he pays to have any fines removed from his lands in Kilkenny.
In 1394 Nicholas Faunt is mayor of Drogheda and a William Faunt is Vicar of Drogheda in the late 1370s. We can assume that Thomas son of Walter had cousins and uncles, although they were not the lords of Ardee. The book Crisis and Survival in Late Medieval Ireland: The English of Louth and their Neighbors, 1330-1450 indicates the Faunts were the Lords of Ardee until after 1430.
This line of the Lords of Ardee died out sometime after this but the descendants of some of these people lived on through the 19th century apparently as we can see here with William the soldier. Living there also were James of Tallenstown and Thomas of Phillipstown and Patt and others like James in Edmonstown as well.in the late 18th century.
We know that at least two lines go extinct for titles of persons descending from one or another Walter L'enfant. The Peerage held by Walter the Justice becomes extinct by 1374, as does the Lordship of Ardee after 1450.The lineage of this family, carries on in their descendants although without the lands and titles.
The Y DNA lines have proven this as a fact and we continue to gather records and tell their story. There are few now who live in Ireland but they left their imprint on the land for these 700+ years since they came to it.
Medieval Gate- Drogheda Louth
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Gulielmus ( William Maher ) born on 7 May 1858 in Wolverhampton, Stafford, England to Jeremiah Maher and Margaritae( Margaret ) Fant and died in Bolton December 5, 1932.
Cousins of mine who went from Tipperary, to Staffordshire, to Cork and some then died in Liverpool. William ( baptized Gulielmus) dies in Bolton Manchester, interestingly his parents married Church of Ireland but the children were raised Catholic.
Friday, January 24, 2014
Shrewsbury, Shropshire ~ and Sicily?
Shrewsbury is within the winding course of the Severn, which is crossed by two bridges, called English and Welsh bridges.From Debrett's Peerage, we find that in 1222 Robert I' Enfant was Provost of Shrewsbury.
Also in Shropshire we find William L'enfant as Bailiff of Munslow under William Bagod's Shrievalty (sort of sheriff) but this is later in that century.William is son of John, who was also may also be father to Walter and Adam, knights in Kildare.
What we see here on the Welsh Marches and the wilds of Ireland is a family who were, perhaps, landless in the Midi Pyrenees region of their probable origin. Did they come into the British Isles with the Conquerer or was it actually the rulers of Aquitaine,Gascony a c. Warfare and specifically siege warfare was very sophisticated in the Midi and these fighting men sold their swords and indeed became made men.
A book entitled "Mercenaries and Paid Men" discusses Robert L'Enfant as Justiciar of Sicily about 1272.
So were they "paid men" or " made men" and where was their allegiance prior to this time?
Monday, January 20, 2014
So if, indeed, we do find in a week or so that we match 40% of Sardinian-Americans or current Sardinians what will that mean? Surely it will matter as to how close they are to us ancestrally and how long their family lived there. Could there have been men going to and fro from Sardinia in the period of the Norman Conquest? Even taking it one step beyond, could our men/man have been recruited from Sardinia to work for the Norman Kings?
One of the daughters of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine married the King of Sicily. Wasn't there a
L'enfant who was an official in Sicily? Wondering. How would someone like Georami Pigna, if he was I2a1a connect to us..Food for thought..
Sunday, January 19, 2014
So, I just ordered PF4088 for one of us as we have tested F1295 negative. This means we are downstream from some others.I am trying to get my head around exactly what that means. It looks very possible that our Fant/Faunt/Font family could be downstream enough to just match the 40% of Sardinian males who are currently living there. Wouldn't that be interesting!
In just the last year or two, Neolithic burials have been found linking our haplogroup to farmers in the Cave of Treilles in Aveyron in Southern France. The Treilles culture of c 3000 BC is the very last phase of the Neolithic in the region before the arrival of copper-workers and the Bell Beaker culture.
This book, Ancestral Journeys, The Peopling of Europe, was published in the fall with a website that is constantly updated. The author Jean Manco did a very fine job. www.ancestraljourneys.org/haplogroupi.shtml Read down to find our P -37.2.
Also released very late in the year were the first Mesolithic Y male haplotypes which are predominantly I2 and I2* which may take our lineage back much further. Also included in the Ancestral Journeys website as an addition.
This information from Bernie Cullen, one of our advisors from the I-L160 group : "We have had several sets of Geno 2.0 results recently, and I need to add more branches to that tree. Here is my plan for sorting out your big I-L160 group over the next year:
...try to look for people who are L160+ but F1295- and PF4088- (none are known so far). Start by testing PF4088 because by now it's clear that it is the much bigger group...eventually we will have a big batch of people who are PF4088+ but negative for CTS11338, Z105 and Z120. We will try to sort out this group with Big Y and followup testing."
As I read and reread this information I think I am understanding that these groupings are pretty distant.. way more than the 950 years that it is even possible the Fants were in the British Isles.. more than 3000 years..so we will NOT differentiate between lines of the family with these known SNPS. Possibly after February when the first BIG Y gets shaken out we can move a bit more.
So grateful to all these people for their expertise as we take this journey.
Monday, January 6, 2014
Athenry Castle, Galway
Thanks for this mystery go to Luke Fant who reminded me today to look for the 14 Families of Galway while doing my research. I felt I had laid that to rest some time ago, but his reminder stirred a memory for me, as I mentioned Adam Fonte of Galway in my response to him. Oh wow, won't my cousin Francis Faunt will be happy about this also! Yes, Fran, I know I have a tendency to dismiss theories I do not ascribe to.
Major ancient research has indicated that the Galway lot are "of the Kilmallock line" so there I was with that thought.
I just wrote about Adam L'enfant before Christmas when I learned he was brother to Sir Walter and son of John. How did I forget that John McDermot told me this? "Walter Lenfaunt was paid £20 p.a. as the Keeper of Kildare Castle from 1299 on. The money was paid to his brother Adam Lenfaunt that year. In 1302, Walter handed the castle over to Albert de Kenley on the king’s instructions. Though he is mentioned in relation to the castle 1300-4." I don't know, but I did. Perhaps that is why I share this information with all my close and distant cousins.
Luke and Fran, Let's take a look at this. Maybe Patty and I will go to Galway, it's not so far from Shannon.
Kildare Castle, County Kildare
Friday, January 3, 2014
Attempting in 2014 to prove or disprove the Fant, Faunt,L'enfant family as a single origin family, I am getting a huge amount of families in my assorted databases. I find families in Lincolnshire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire,Derbyshire and a bit of Staffordshire pretty far back in time.
The family which Ernest Albert Fant originated in first comes to my attention in Lincolnshire. Robert Fant, father of Ernest, is apparently born to a single mother in Spalding, Lincolnshire. This Martha Fant born in Gosberton also has sons John Thomas and William Laycock Fant. Was there a William Laycock who she married before she marries William Burwell in 1859? If so I cannot find him although it is surely possible. Her father was Thomas Fant from Upwell Cambridgeshire and her mother Elizabeth Carteron. She has a brother Thomas who in 1849 goes to jail for larceny for 2 months and seems to die without issue.
So Ernest Albert Fant and his progeny who eventually are found in Nottinghamshire and perhaps even in Hull. Perhaps they would not be DNA matches as their male line seems to be handed down differently than the Fant surname.
There is also a group from Yorkshire and Westmorland but that may be for another day, although the areas sort of drift into one another.