Fauntleroy Notes

Notes on Mr. Fauntleroy's Documentation
Origin of the Name
Moore the Elder - Moore the Younger??
Henry The Forger?
Stourton vs Holt

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How Do We Know That We Know?

Adam Fauntleroy, of Sherborne, County Dorset, was a witness at an Inquisition at Shefton 27 Jun 1340.

John Fauntleroy was a witness at an Inquisition Post Mortem in Dorset in 1353, and plaintiff in a suit at Sherborne in 1373, when he stated that he was the son of Adam Fauntleroy, and a grandson of Walter Fauntleroy who married Juliana, daugher of Robert de Thornhull.

John Fauntleroy was a landowner, and in 1434 was 12th on a list of men "able to dispend 12 pounds per annum. In 1437, he gave 20 pounds and 80 loads of timber to help build the Almshouses at Sherborne, and his wife Joan, or Johanna, gave 5 pounds. These Almshouses were originally built as a Hospital to the honor of St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist, for the Monks of the order of King Henry VI to Robert Neville, the Bishop of Sarum, and Humphrey Stafford, Margaret Goghe, John Fauntleroy, and John Baret.

After the accession of Henry VII to the throne in 1485, he restored to John Fauntleroy the Haudois estate in the Isle of Jersey, as being the next of kin to Geoffry le Waleys, who was killed at the Battle of Barnet, 1471, fighting on the Lancaster side against Edward IV, and his lands attainted. He thus became Seigneur of Haudois, St. Germain and other fiefs in the Island of Jersey. The family of le Waleys or Welsh was a prominent family, bearing arms.


Which Joan is My Joan?

Like his brother William, Tristram was educated at Oxford. He is referred to as "Master" on his tomb and in old deeds, indicating that he was a Master in Chancery, or Doctor of Law. He lived at Michelmarsh Manor House. During the restoration of Michelmarsh Church about 1896, two stone slabs were discovered which came from the tomb of Tristram Fauntleroy, and they are now set in the wall of the church. One of them shows his Fauntleroy coat of arms impaling that of Holt. This clearly proves that Tristram married a Holt, and not Joan Stourton, as has been stated in some accounts of the family.


Moore the Elder & Moore the Younger?

There has been some confusion about these two brothers, but it is now known that there were two sons named Moore. This is proved by the will of Nicholas Moore who adoped Phoebe Wilkinson, and in 1617 left all his property to her during her life, and after her death to "Moore Fauntleroy, eldest son of John and Phoebe Fauntleroy, and in default to Moore Fauntleroy, the younger son of the said John and Phoebe Fauntleroy". The two Moores may have been twins, but all we can be certain of is that they were born between 1610 and 1617, they not being listed in the parish register with the other children.

As it turned out, both boys lived to adulthood and married. Moore the Elder received his bequest, and Moore the Younger came to Virginia in 1643.


Every Family has its Horse Thieves!

Henry Fauntleroy succeeded his father as a partner in the banking business in Berners Street, London, speculated on the stock market and suffered heavy losses. He then committed forgery to cover his losses, causing a sensation and panic in London financial circles, and losses to the Bank of England of 300,000 pounds. He was tried at Old Bailey, convicted, and hung two weeks later at Newgate, 30 Nov 1824. He married and had a son who was ordained in the Church of England by the Bishop of Durham


Origin of the Name

From Hutchin's History of Dorset,Third Edition, Vol. IV, [pages 179-180, Quote:

Tradition says that this family had their name of L'enfant le Roy, which Mr. Coker hints at, from being the issue of some one of our kings; but we do not find traces of such relation. Mr. Falle, in his History of Jersey, pages 106-107, says: "That Geoffrey Wallis [seen in the tree as le Walleys], or Welsh, seigneur of St. Germains, Haudois, and other fiefs in that island, was slain in the battle of Barnet, on the part of Henry VI, for which his estate was seised, but, in the time of Henry VII, ordered to be restored to John Fauntleroy his next heir." But we meet with very little account of them, except that their names frequently occur in ancient deeds from the time of Edward III and Richard II.

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