Friday, March 21, 2014

Visioning Travel - Returning to the lands of my Chase, Butler, Cowles, Arnaud, Chapelier, Weber, Eicher, Brandt, Paul Ancestors

1966 era photo of Piccadilly Circus, from a book, This England, published by the National Geographic Society, c 1966.   The statue in that time "light-spangled center of the theater district and rendezvous for baffled sightseer and patient bobby. Here lived a 17th Century tailor whose "pickadills", stiff ruffed collars, inspired the name of the circular intersection." In the center is a Victorian Angel of Christian Charity honoring the philanthropy of the 7th Earl of Shaftesbury. The winged archer bends to bury a shaft, and according to p 27 of the 1966 book "the pun on Shaftesbury's name got lost;  Londoners call him Eros (Cupid), Greek god of love.  Eros was the mythical son of Chaos - fitting comment on Picadilly traffic jams."
The Earls of Shaftesbury
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earl_of_Shaftesbury
Learning about peerage and titles of Britain
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peerage

In researching my lineage, the Chase and Butler in specific I am learning more about the British history and how events effected my ancestral roots.   William Chase Sr, the came to Massachusetts colony in 1630 on the Winthrop Expedition and was born in Chesham, Bucks, England in 1602.   Chesham is not for from London and Oxford, rather in between.  Doing research prior to a return trip to Britain & Ireland, being more aware of my family deep roots there.  Matthew Chase b 1486 married Elizabeth Bould, whose mother was Margaret Butler born in Ormond Kerry Ireland in 1460.  She is from a lineage of Butlers who lived in Ireland in the 1300's.

Interesting in reading about peerage, she is written as Lady 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_Margaret_Butler

The Butlers have a very Irish lineage it appear. William Butler Yeats anyone. 

http://www.concentric.net/~mlbutler/butlers.htm


Butler title (also in Gaelic)
oin 0 Mahony (q.v.), a Cork lawyer and inimitable raconteur who popularized Irish family history in his lively broadcasts from Radio Eireann, said of the Butler family: "Numerically and historically the Burkes, FitzGeralds and Butlers are the three Norman families outstanding in the moulding of the history of Ireland following the invasion of 1169. They have been remarkably consistent in producing able churchmen, soldiers and administrators. Their history brings them to the forefront of Irish history for 800 years".
     They are also a very well-documented and close-knit family. The Butler Society girdles the world, and this accounts for the success of their international rally held in their castle at Kilkenny every few years.
     Butler is a common name in both England and Ireland. In fact, there has usually been a Butler in both camps. The Butlers came to Ireland when Theobald Fitzwalter (d. 1205), whose brother was Archbishop of Canterbury, landed in Waterford in 1185 with Prince John (later to be King). Theobald was awarded generous grants of land in counties Limerick, Tipperary and Wicklow and Henry II gave him the hereditary title of Le Boitiler-the king's chief butler, a title of function.
     Theobald was a popular family name. A later Theobald (d. 1285) was the Butler who was awarded the Royal grant of the "prisage of wines", which meant he was entitled to "about one tenth of the cargo of any wine ship that broke bulk in Ireland". In 1810, this rewarding office was declared redundant and Walter Butler, Marquess of Ormond, fell heir to 2l6,000 pounds in compensation.
     Consolidating their position, the Butlers ringed the country with castles, married noble Irish ladies, fervently built churches and abbeys and went on the Crusades. Because of their closeness to the English court, the Butlers collected at least 25 patents of nobility, so that branches of the house of Ormond-the main Butler designation--included such titles as Dunboyne, Cahir, Mountgarrett, Galmoy, Ossory. There have been a number of Butler bishops, including Edmund, Prior of Athassel Abbey in Tipperary for fourteen years until 1537, when Thomas Cromwell deposed him. The Butlers fell victim to the Cromwellians, who feared their power in Ireland. They were strong military men, who took part in all the main battles from Agincourt in France to the Boyne and Aughrim.
     Thomas Butler, 7th Earl of Ormond (d. 1515), was grandfather to Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII, who, although she lost her head, provided him with the daughter who was to become Queen Elizabeth I. This fearsome queen features in voluminous Butler records. Her cousin, the 10th Earl of Ormond, Thomas Butler (d. 1614), who had been reared at the English court, built a magnificent Tudor manor at Carrick-on-Suir, County Tipperary, expecting her to visit him, which she failed to do. Lord Dunboyne, the present Butler family historian, writes in his Butler Family History: "The Butlers bred like rabbits immune from myxomatosis". Black Tom, as the 10th Earl of Ormond was nicknamed, was a prime example. Three times married, he had, apart from his legal offspring, twelve known illegitimate children. One of his natural sons who received considerable estates from his father, Piers Fitzthomas Butler, according to a strong local tradition, was the fruit of Thomas' affection for the Virgin Queen!
     The Butlers and the FitzGeralds, the mighty Earls of Kildare, despite intermarrying, were constantly feuding


Looking forward to learning and discovering more in the months ahead.   Grateful for the 
start on genealogy done by my mom as she wrote in her Rememberings ""My mother, Inez Chase, was born on February 8, 1888, on the Hancock County, Ohio, farm of her parents, Minta and Justus Zedekiah Chase. She hated her name, Inez; she had no middle name I know little about the Chase genealogy, but my mother said that she had Irish and English ancestry."

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