I am going through old documents, and eliminating references, but for now, I am leaving anything related on this profile, for quick reference. I also have reached out to other genealogists for some support and research. At this point in time I have no definitive evidence of either options for Margaret's mother.
One avenue that I would like to pursue is the coat of arms for her father, William. When he married, it is likely that his coat of arms were redesigned to incorporate his wife. If anyone out there is "an expert" or specializes in this area, I could use the help. Thanks for everyone's patience. X-7424 18:11, 3 August 2013 (EDT)
To name a few. X-7424 10:17, 2 August 2013 (EDT)
Ferrers, Cecil S.F. The Ferrers family history (Part I). Miscellaneous letters, notes & extracts, in re Ferrers family (Part II). Torquay: Andrew Iredale (pr) (1900) 86p: fold.geneal. table. [Westcountry Studies Library 929.2/FER]
This parish is one of the growing number of places for which the Devon Heritage website provides census or parish register transcriptions, articles, and/or illustrations, etc.
Benson, J. The Ferrers, Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries 21, 1940-41, pp. 57-62, 98-105, 157-62 & 195-9. [Raymond: Of Bere Ferrers, Devon, and Cornwall; medieval. ]
Boase, C.W. The Leys of Beerferris and old Plymouth. Western Antiquary 3, 1884 pp. 76 & 83-84.
Martyn, W.W. Notes on the family of Ley in Beer Ferrers. Western Antiquary 4, 1885, pp. 112-24. [Raymond: Pedigree, 17-19th c., of Ley alias Kempthorne of Kempthorne in Devon, and Tonacombe, Morwenstow, Cornwall, 15-19th c.]
N., J.G. Devonshire charters, connected with the family of Ferrers, Collectanea topographica et genealogica 8, 1843, pp. 33-5.
Norris, Dwane V. The Vogler/Fogler family history: Bere Ferrers, Devon, England to Chatham, Kent, Ontario, Canada, Jackson, Mich. : D.V. Norris, (c2002) viii, 111 leaves: ill., geneal. tables, maps, ports. [LDS 929.271 V868n]
X. The tombstones of Charles Arthur Stothard in Beer-Ferrers churchyard, Notes and Gleanings . . . Devon and Cornwall 1, 1988, pp. 110-111.
Beddow, Arthur J. History of Bere Ferrers parish. - 2nd ed. Tavistock: John B Huish (1986) 38p.
Hooper, Amanda. Bere Ferrers. [Plymouth] [Tavistock Place, Plymouth PL4 8AT]: [Plymouth College of Art and Design], 1983, 15 pp. ill., 1 map.
Woollcombe, Donetta. The story of Rumleigh, Bere Alston, The Author (1990) 63 pp. [Plymouth Library: 728.8RUM]
Williams, H. Fulford. Notes on the Parish of Bere Ferrers, Devon. Typescript (1953) 13 leaves. [Westcountry Studies Library]
The Bere Feers Rail Accident, 24 Sep 1917 - listing of the New Zealand soldiers who died, provided by Christine Clement.
New Zealanders in Devon in 1917, (1989?) 3 pp. [Information on troops killed in a railway accident, 24 Sept 1917] [Torquay: D973.72 Pam]
Name Index to Bere Ferrers with Bere Alston Monthly Magazine, Vol XII, No.133 (January 1927), by Sue Nash.
Bere Ferrers Apprentices Register - 1805-1817, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF A027). [Foreword]
The Tamar Smelting Works and the Medieval Silver Mines at Bere Ferrers - history and map.
Politics and Government
Alexander, J.J. Bere Alston as a Parliamentary Borough. Trans. Devon Assoc. 41 (1909) pp.152-178.
Worthy, C. Devonshire Parishes: or the antiquities, heraldry and family history of twenty-eight parishes in the archdeaconry of Totnes (2 vols), Exeter, W. Pollard (1887). [Chap. XVI: Little-Hempston - Roger ARUNDELL, Duke of Norfolk; STRETCH of Pinhoe and other owners of the Soil; the Lords BROKE; KNOLLES; BOGAN of Gatcombe] [Index]
Ellis, A.C. Visit to Little Hempston. (1925) [Torquay Library]
Worthy, Charles. Devonshire Parishes. Exeter: William Pollard (1887) - Vol. 2, pp. 55- 84.
Watkin, Hugh R. Little Hempston manor and parsonage. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 14:1, (1926) pp.33-45.
War Memorial (inside the Church), transcribed by John Williams.
Littlehempston contributors to a 1678 brief for the rebuilding of St Paul's Cathedral.
Sir William Champernon (Chambernon, Champernoun, Campo
Arnulphi) was the son of Sir Henry Champernon and Dionisia, and died before 21 February 1305. He married Joan de Ferrers, the daughter of William de Ferrers.
Sutliff wrote: From memory, Joan's father was a Martin Ferrers of Bere Ferrers, Devonshire, not a William.
William Ferrers Henry Champernowne
Reginald Joan=William Richard
|ipm 1305 ipm 1305 |
|d 1337 |
|d. ca. 1371/2 |
|d.s.p.m. say 1401 |
This family is covered (although with a good bit of confusion in
the earliest generations) by John Benson, in Devon and Cornwall
Notes and Queries, vol. 21.
Coulter, James, The Ancient Chapels of North Devon, Barnstaple, 1993, Umberleigh Chapel pp. 10–13.
Cresswell, Beatrix F., Umberleigh Chapel, lecture read at Barnstaple 23 June 1938.
1.^ Coulson, p.12
2.^ Coulter, p.12
3.^ Lysons, Daniel & Samuel, Magna Britannia: vol.6, 1822, Devonshire, pp.5-27 
5.^ Paper read by Miss Beatrix F. Cresswell at Barnstaple, 23 June 1938 (from www.yeosociety.com)
6.^ John Andrew, possibly from Tawstock, obtained a tenancy in 1840. John Lovering Andrew (1867-1940) (GPR grave number 286530, St Mary's Church, Atherington ) purchased the freehold of the estate in 1917 from the Bassett family and lived in Umberleigh Barton, the farmhouse forming one wing of the mansion house. Kelly's Directory of 1939 lists "Andrew & Son, farmer, Umberleigh Barton". The manor house "Umberleigh Hall" was occupied until 1957, under a lease granted by the Bassets, by Col. Leonard Alison Hall Hamilton (1862-1957), (Kelly's, 1939), South Yorkshire Regiment (Register of Tonbridge School) the prominent cricket player (Kent 1890-92, MCC 1893) (www.cricketarchive.com). From 1976 the Andrews family have occupied the whole building of Barton and manor house
7.^ Cresswell, 1938
8.^ Risdon, Tristram, A Survey of Devon, c. 1630, 1810 edition, p.316
9.^ Expanded from Cresswell, 1938
11.^ Quoted with facsimilie drawings in Coulter, James, The Ancient Chapels of North Devon, Barnstaple, 1993, pp.10-13
12.^ Stothard, Charles Alfred, The Monumental Effigies of Great Britain, London, 1876
13.^ Cresswell, 1938
14.^ Coulter (1993)
15.^ Risdon, Tristram, Survey of Devon, 1810 edition, p.317
16.^ "Curiously", a word often used by Risdon to signify "with care, meticulously" (Latin: curo: to care)
17.^ Ovid: tempus edax rerum, literally: "time gluttonous of things" (Cassell's Latin Dictionary), Time, the devourer of all things
18.^ Effigies (Latin): "an image, likeness, effigy, portrait" (Cassell's Latin Dictionary)
Birth 1360 Bere Ferrers, Tavistock, Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location
Died Yes, date unknown
Person ID I3878 Carney Genealogy
Last Modified 5 Feb 2012
Father Martin FERRERS, b. 1334, d. Yes, date unknown
Family ID F1776 Group Sheet
Family Alexander CHAMPERNON, b. 1356, Bere Ferrers, Tavistock, Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location, d. 30 Jun 1441
1. Joan CHAMPERNON, b. Abt 1385, Of Bere Ferrers, Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location, d. 1419
2. Margaret CHAMPERNON, b. 1399, Modbury, Devonshire, England (viewable at: http://www.avocadoridge.com/carney/getperson.php?personID=I3878&tree=tree1 source referenced as Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists, 7th Edition, by Frederick Lewis Weis, additions by Walter Lee Shippard Jr., 1999 and 1.[S483] Gedcom provided by, John Woodward "Jack" Buschman, February 10, 2002 (Reliability: 2). )
NOTE: This Joan Ferrers is clearly related to the one mentioned by Sutliff above.
NOTE: This indicates that Champernons were residing in Bere Ferrers, of the family Ferrer less than two generations from Margaret, which means??? that there was a family connection prior, or that Alexander, when he married this Joan Ferrers, moved there???? Doesn't make sense to me but....
the correct spelling is CHAMPERNOWNE. ...CHECK BURK'E PEERAGE UNDER WILLIAM CHAMPERNOWNE MARRIED JOAN DE FERRERS IN 1274. Joan de Ferrers, descended from Walkeline de Ferrers is Margaret's mother. submitted by Evans-5697 on G2G
DEVON AND CORNWALL NOTES AND QUERIES a Quarterly Journal devoted to the Local History, Archaeology of the Counties of Devon and Cornwall, VOLUME 21. Parts 3, July, 1940. Pages numbered 97-144, original wraps. James Townsend & Sons, Exeter: 1940 (* Includes articles on:- The Ferrers; Gandy, of Exeter; Sir John Herle; Holy Wells in Devonshire; Devon Assize Roll. 1238. Witheridge Hundred; East Looe Corporation, etc.) Purchase source: http://www.localhistory.co.uk/ambra/ab-dcn.htm
The Genealogy of the Family of Cole: Of the County of Devon, and of Those of ...
By James Edwin-Cole, James Edwin-Cole Duke of Polignano Page 5 clearly lists Otto married Margaret, daughter of Sir William Champernon, knight.
From: Joe Cochoit <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: Coat of Arms for Agnes Harris, wife of William Spencer andWilliam Edward...
Date: Sun, 19 Dec 2010 17:41:29 -0800 (PST)
On Dec 18, 12:19 am, WJhon...@aol.com wrote:
> How certain are you that Margaret, the wife of Otis de Bodrugan (or Otto,
> Otho, etc) was a Champernoun and daughter to this Sir William?
> I did not catch that in Ronny's postings. It seems an addition.
> Perhaps well-founded, perhaps not.
Sorry for the slow response, but I started rechecking sources.
Actually I had forgotten what a puzzle this marriage was. Perhaps you
can help me think this through. (From a post in another thread
regarding the descent from Henry I to Agnes Harris, Will asked about
the marriage I gave of Sir Otto De Bodrugan to Margaret Champernoun.)
The source I have for that step was ‘The Brodrugans: A study of a
Cornish Knightly Family,’ by Dr. James Whetter (1995). It was an in
depth look at the family using original documents including the
unpublished Bodrugan Cartulary held in Cornwall. The document is the
deeds and charters of the Brodrugans and was created in 1315 by Otto
The usual account says siblings Otto and Joan de Bodrugan (children of
Henry) married siblings Henry and Margaret de Champernoun (children of
Otto De Bodrugan (6 January 1290-1331) was the son Henry Bodrugan
(c1260-1308) by Sibyl Mandeville. He had a sister Joan who was
married to Henry Champernoun. That a Henry De Champernoun married a
daughter of Henry de Bodrugan is confirmed by the Bodrugan Cartulary
which says Henry de Bodrugan (d. 1308) granted to Henry De Campo
Arnolphi on the marriage of his daughter the manors of Handresuk and
1. Following the death of his father in 1308, Otto Bodrugan’s wardship
was granted to Hugh Le Despenser; however, on 8 February 1311 a
confirmation of the sale of his wardship by Hugh Le Despenser to Henry
Champernoun was recorded. Interestingly, this confirmation is after
Otto had already turned 21 and just a few weeks before he proved his
age (on 15 March 1311) and obtained his inheritance. [2, 3] Since
holding the Bodrugan lands for such a short period could have no
value, the only reason to do so is to obtain his marriage.
Traditionally, Otto was married to Margaret, daughter of William
Champernoun (d. 1305). This also matches ‘Thomas Chiverton’s Book of
the Dead’ which says that Otto Bodrugan married Margaret “his wife,
daughter of the lord William Champernon of Trewardreth.”  So Henry
Champernoun purchased Otto’s marriage in order to marry him to his
sister. This seems unusual.
2. Though not conclusively so, Joan Bodrugan seems to belong to a
different generation from her husband Henry Champernoun. Henry was
born c1372, Joan’s father Henry Bodrugan was born c1263, and her
brother Otto wasn’t born until 1290. Joan was likely much younger
than Henry. The same could be said for Otto Bodrugan (b. 1390)
marrying the daughter of a man born bef. 1251.
3. Henry had a daughter Joan who married Sir Nicholas Bonville after
November 1328. Again not impossibly so, but you would expect the
daughter of a man born in 1272 to be of marrying age well before 1328.
Whetter, in his book ‘The Bodrugans,’ spends a great deal of time on
Otto. He says that Otto married Margaret, the daughter of Henry
Champernoun. This would seem to move Margaret to the correct
generation and is the more usual reason for purchasing a marriage
(marrying off your daughter), but it would also mean Otto was marrying
his own niece (the daughter of his sister Joan). Whetter solves this,
without providing evidence, by saying that Joan Bodrugan was actually
married to Henry Champernoun, son of Henry Champernoun and grandson of
By having a Henry Champernoun senior and a Henry junior, Whetter seems
to fix everything. Otto Bodrugan is no longer marrying his niece,
Joan marrying Henry junior instead of senior moves her to the correct
generation, having Joan who m. Nicholas Bonville a granddaughter of
Henry instead of a daughter moves her to the correct generation.
William Champernoun (d. 1305)
A. Henry Champernoun (c1272-1329) (m. Unknown)
1. Henry m. (bef. 1308) Joan Bodrugan
a. Joan m. (aft. Nov. 1328) Sir Nicholas Bonville
2. Margaret m. Otto Bodrugan (6 January 1290-1331)
3. William his heir
However, we now have the problem that Henry Jr. was married to Joan
Bodrugan before 1308, and his father was born c1272. The dates are
too tight – it is only 36 years for Henry Sr. to have a child and then
that child get married.
Also, I find no evidence of a Henry junior; the Henry Champernoun who
died in 1329 is clearly the Henry born c1272.  His heir was
William born c1311, so Henry’s heir was born when he was almost 40.
This date of birth for his heir suggests he did in fact marry and was
having children later in life. William and Margaret could easily now
be the son of Joan Bodrugan. Furthermore, Henry’s widow was named
So we are back where we started. Otto Bodrugan married Margaret
Champernoun, daughter of William Champernoun; Henry Champernoun
purchased the wardship of Otto Bodrugan in order to marry him to his
William Champernoun (d. 1305)
A. Henry Champernoun (c1272-1329) m. bef. 1308 Joan Bodrugan (dau.
of Henry and sister of Otto)
a. Joan m. (aft. Nov. 1328) Sir Nicholas Bonville
b. William his heir (b. c1311
B. Margaret m. Otto Bodrugan (6 January 1290-1331)
Margaret was definitely William Champernon's daughter.
Arrundel was from across the island on the SE side. This map is extracted from:
Kain, R.J.P., Oliver, R.R., Historic Parishes of England and Wales: an Electronic Map of Boundaries before 1850 with a Gazetteer and Metadata [computer file]. Colchester, Essex: History Data Service, UK Data Archive [distributor], 17 May 2001. SN: 4348.
↑ NOTE: Latin interpretation using another source, would "from the field of Arnulph" which leads to the supposition by Chet Hofemann (who is working on this with me and also a genealogist) that perhaps others have confused or misinterpreted Arnulph into Arrundel)
↑ Worthy, C. Devonshire Parishes: or the antiquities, heraldry and family history of twenty-eight parishes in the archdeaconry of Totnes (2 vols), Exeter, W. Pollard (1887). [Chap. XVI: Little-Hempston - Roger ARUNDELL, Duke of Norfolk; STRETCH of Pinhoe and other owners of the Soil; the Lords BROKE; KNOLLES; BOGAN of Gatcombe]
↑ Ferrers, Cecil S.F. The Ferrers family history (Part I). Miscellaneous letters, notes & extracts, in re Ferrers family (Part II). Torquay: Andrew Iredale (pr) (1900) 86p: fold.geneal. table. [Westcountry Studies Library 929.2/FER]
↑ Benson, J. The Ferrers, Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries 21, 1940-41, pp. 57-62, 98-105, 157-62 & 195-9. [Raymond: Of Bere Ferrers, Devon, and Cornwall; medieval. ]
↑ Boase, C.W. The Leys of Beerferris and old Plymouth. Western Antiquary 3, 1884 pp. 76 & 83-84.
↑ Martyn, W.W. Notes on the family of Ley in Beer Ferrers. Western Antiquary 4, 1885, pp. 112-24. [Raymond: Pedigree, 17-19th c., of Ley alias Kempthorne of Kempthorne in Devon, and Tonacombe, Morwenstow, Cornwall, 15-19th c.]
↑ Norris, Dwane V. The Vogler/Fogler family history: Bere Ferrers, Devon, England to Chatham, Kent, Ontario, Canada, Jackson, Mich. : D.V. Norris, (c2002) viii, 111 leaves: ill., geneal. tables, maps, ports. [LDS 929.271 V868n]
Umberleigh Chapel of the Holy Trinity was founded by the widow Lady Joan Willington (died c. 1314), nee Champernowne (Latinised to Campo Arnulphi ("from the field of Arnulph")), formerly the wife of Sir Ralph Willington of Gloucestershire, and the daughter and heiress of Sir William Champernowne of Umberleigh. The foundation deed was quoted by Tristram Risdon in his 1630 work "A Survey of Devon":
"Johan de Campo Arnulphi salut(em). Noveritis me in viduitate mea divinae charitatIs). intuit(a). pro salutat(e) animae meae et antecessorum meorum nec non pro salutate animarum domini Will. de Campo Arnulphi patris mei et Eve matris mei et puerorum nostrorum conces(sisse) totam terram de Wiara ad sustentationem capella ad present(atio)nem nostram et haeredum ad celebrand(um) divina in capella nost(ra) de Umberley. Hiis testibus: John de Punchardon, Nicholao de Filleigh, Roberto Beaple, Matth. de Wollington, milit(e)"
Which may be translated into English thus:
"Joan de Champernowne, greetings. Know ye that I in my widowhood, inspired of divine charity, for the salvation of my soul and of my ancestors, not least for the salvation of the souls of lord William de Champernowne, my father, and of Eve my mother and of Sir Ralph de Willington sometime my husband, and of our boys, have granted all the land of Wiara toward the sustenance of a chaplain of our own presentation, and of that of our heirs, to divine celebration in our chapel of Umberleigh. With these witnesses: John de Punchardon, Nicholas de Filleigh, Robert Beaple (of Landkey), Matthew de W(i)llington, knight".
NOTE: This is a daughter of William Champernowne whose mother was EVE. Dates are good.<ref>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Umberleigh_Chapel</li></ol></ref>
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