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Stuart A. Awbrey
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The source page THE EARLY AUBREY/AWBREY FAMILY IN WALES FROM 1060 TO 1350 provides an explanation regarding the existence, the lineage, and circa birth dates of the early Aubrey/Awbrey individuals in Wales.

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Co-Coordinator for the Aubrey/Awbrey Name Study.
Coordinator for the Hudspeth Name Study.
Coordinator for the Lawhon Name Study.

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The Early Aubrey/Awbrey Family in Wales From 1060 TO 1350
Abercynrig Manor and Estate, Wales
History of Christ College and Awbrey Chapel, Brecon, Wales
St. Ellyw Church, Llanelieu, Wales
Awbrey Family Members in the Revolutionary War
Aubrey/Awbrey Name Study
Planned Pages Related to Aubrey/Awbreys in Wales:
Pages for Brecon Cathedral, Llanelieu Court, Tredomen and Tretower.

Genealogy research never stops. What an addiction!


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Stuart Awbrey has Welsh ancestors.
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Descendant of William Carr. Stuart is a 6th Generation Texan.
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Descendant of John Awbrey, possible Gateway Ancestor.
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Stuart Awbrey is a member of the Awbrey Name Study Project.
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Born in 1937 at Kleberg County Hospital, Kingsville, Texas. In 1960 moved to Austin, Texas while in the Army. Moved to San Antonio, Texas in 1973 after being employed by USAA.


I joined the U.S. Army in February, 1960. After basic training, worked in the Battalion Headquarters of the 4th Missile Unit, 7th Artillery at Bergstrom Air Force Base, Austin, Texas. The unit was a Nike-Hercules missile unit whose role was to protect Strategic Air Command bases. I completed my service in 1963.


- 1955 - Graduated H.M. King High School, Kingsville, Texas.

- 1959 - Graduated with a Business degree from Texas A&I University (now Texas A&M University at Kingsville).

- 1963-65 - Additional undergrad work at University of Texas - Austin, Texas earning teacher certification in secondary education.

- 1970s - Completed course work to earn the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation.


- 1953-59 & 1963-65 – Employed part time as parts department inventory controller for the Chevrolet dealers while attending high school and college in Kingsville, Texas and while attending the University of Texas in Austin, Texas.

- 1965-73 - Worked as an underwriting manager for Farmers Ins Group at the Austin, Texas regional office.

- 1973-98 - Held management positions in various home office staff level Property & Casualty Underwriting units at USAA from 1973 until retirement in 1998.

Insurance Industry Activities

Positions held in state auto insurance plans (SAIP):

President - Texas SAIP
President - Western Association of SAIP
Chairman - Texas SAIP Technical Committee
Chairman - California SAIP Technical Committee
Member - Mid-Atlantic SAIP Association - D.C. representative

Other Past Activities

President - Mens Garden Clubs of America - Austin, Texas Chapter in 1960
President - Southwest Region - Mens Garden Clubs of America 1960-61
Certified Mens Garden Clubs of America flower show judge

Awbrey Magna Carta Trail

There is an ongoing effort to establish our emigrant ancestor John Awbrey as a Gateway Ancestor. Most of the work has been done by Liz Shifflett. See John Awbrey’s profile and the Awbrey Magna Carta Trail page for current information. The research is equally applicable to John’s brothers Henry and Thomas.

Related Magna Carta Surety Barons

According to the Relationship Finder:

Current Genealogy Memberships

Genealogical Society of Kendall County (Texas)
Texas State Genealogical Society
San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society (Texas)


Interest in Awbrey family history began in the 1960s when an aunt and some cousins held several family reunions.

My interest in Awbrey family history became active again in 2014. For several years I had been interested in my wife's research on her Martin and Dooley family genealogy. This included visits to various locations in the U.S. and to Gien, France where her great-great grandfather lived while a member of the French General Assembly.

While planning a trip to Bristol, England in 2014, for more Martin family research, we decided to visit Brecon, Wales, the ancient location of Awbrey ancestors.

Visits To Wales

That first visit was revealing. I visited Awbrey related sites at Abercynrig Estate, St. Ellwy's Church at Llanelieu, Christ College and Brecon Cathedral. There was much I did not know at that time.

In 2016, a second visit to Brecon and surrounding areas were much more productive due to research that had been done. Visits to additional sites and buildings related to the family were made.

In 2018, a third visit to Brecon was made with my wife, cousin Liz Shifflett, cousin Lauryn Awbrey Maclure and husband Neil. Each of the cousins are descended from emigrant John Awbrey. We stayed a week in the ancient seat of the Awbreys - Abercynrig Manor House and Estate, Brecon, Wales. Visits were made to Awbrey family related sites: Awbrey Chapel/Christ College, Brecon Cathedral, Llanelieu Court, St. Ellwy’s Church, Tredomen, Tretower, Cantref, Crickhowell. Often we were searching the parish churches for Awbrey memorials.

Aubrey/Awbrey Family Research Sources

My Awbrey family research has been greatly assisted by books self-published by cousins:

Aubrey/Awbrey edited by Mildred Awbrey in 1966.
Aubrey-Awbrey of Virginia and Kentucky published by Walton L. Aubrey in 1987.
Awbrey-Aubrey Family Heritage and History published by Jack C. Awbrey in 1991.
Aubrey/Awbrey - Dominion and Decline published by Jon A. Awbrey in 2007
I have a collection of books based on manuscripts written by John Aubrey, F.R.S. who is a 2nd cousin 8x removed, the great grandson of William Aubrey, D.C.L., my 9th great grandfather.
I have a pedigree chart of ancestors for the period 1030 to pre-1600s prepared by Darrell Wolcott, The Center for the Study of Ancient Wales.

Onsite Research

Onsite research has been done at:
The National Archives, Kew, London
National Portrait Gallery, London
FamilySearch center in Salt Lake City, Utah
The Center for the Study of Ancient Wales.

Online Research

Online research has been very productive with:
searches on WikiTree
general searches on Google
searches of the National Archives and the National Library of Wales.

Genealogy research never stops. What an addiction!


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DNA Connections
It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Stuart or other carriers of his ancestors' Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA. Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree:
  • Stuart Awbrey: Family Tree DNA Y-DNA Test 700 markers, haplogroup E-BY119485, FTDNA kit #410976, MitoYDNA ID T15315 [compare]
  • Cole Aubrey Find Relationship : Y-Chromosome Test 37 markers, haplogroup E-BY119485, MitoYDNA ID Y10020 [compare]
Mitochondrial DNA test-takers in the direct maternal line:
  • Stuart Awbrey: Family Tree DNA mtDNA Test Full Sequence, haplogroup H3v-T16093C, FTDNA kit #410976
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Hi always nice to find cousins here on the tree. and was totally thrilled to see you also have a Welsh connection, mine is through my mothers Bowen Family her Great grandparents the Edwards William & Mary (Jones) Edwards both born in Flintshire, Wales and that's where I stop in Wales, so far can't be digging in the right places. if you can offer some guidance I would really appreciate that.

Kindest regards Will Ferrett Ferrett-36

I will reply via Private Message so we can continue communicating on email.


posted by Stuart Awbrey
Have you seen the book, Abercrynrig. A brief account of the origin and growth of a Breconshire Estate by J Jones Davies?

I have also seen some updates to the Powys online databases. I began to search yesterday, there is a great amount of information on most of families in Brecon. I'm think I found some more information on the Burghills, they were another compainon of Newmarche. Newmarche was a border baron in Normandy, so it kinds of makes sense for William the Conquouer to appoint him to the Welsh boarder in the same role. I've found 3 families in proximity to Newmarche lands in Normandy.

posted by Cole Aubrey
edited by Cole Aubrey
Yes, I bought a copy at the library in Brecon during our first visit in 2014.

My research over the years leads me to the conclusion that the description of the origin of the Aubreys in this area is not correct.

The book makes reference to Dr William's inquisition. Remember there are two links for it from his profile.

It will be interesting to see what you find on the Powys databases.

posted by Stuart Awbrey
The database here is what i recently found going through the Brecon Museum website. I have been using Vol. #30 because its the index of all the volumes prior to it.

The Awbrey's were staunch Royalist , even after they moved to America and even then relied heavily on there connections to secure grants in the northern Neck, although it seemed Francis was well connected to the current gentry class at the time. The one key piece of evidence for a Norman/Royalist origin is the David Gam connectection. His crest remainings within the Aubrey shield well after the events of the War, indicating to me that they also wanted to present themselves as Royalist as well. The intermarrying amounst the other campaign families of the pacification over Brecon would also indicated to me of trying consolidate and remain in power. Unfortunately Newmarche's son was disavowed and the De Bohan took over then the Herberts. It appears that the other Norman families that allied with Newmarche, took a step back as the Walbeffoe's , Burghills and Gunters as well.

posted by Cole Aubrey
As my reply is lengthy, it will be done via email.
posted by Stuart Awbrey
I've never known you to have a short reply 🤣
posted by Cole Aubrey
Thank you for your welcome post. I will start soon to learn more about navigating Wikitree
posted by Mary Mayne
Checking in, to see how you are doing?
posted by Cole Aubrey
Good to hear from you Cole,

A coincidence - while searching for a profile today I came across one you created - I typically click on WT Sourcer to see if additional sources are available. In this case Ancestry has some. Do you want to update it?

Several times I have thought about contacting you regarding updating the Aubrey/Awbrey Name Study but something always comes up. For example, I am no longer sure about the Normans being the source of our surname in Normandy. New information is the Alberics were prominent in Northern Italy going really far back. The Normans used the Teutonic language which came from ancient Germany. So, the Alberic name is in both locations. Or, the Alberic/Aubreys came into Northern France directly from Germany.

Also, we have a very active cousin who lives in Oxford who has data on numerous Aubreys. His sources seem valid but are not readily accessible to me. Problem is he will sometimes send 3 or 4 long messages a day. I don't have that much time. And, he has discovered yet another variation of the name. So far, it looks accurate that we have a line named Heuberry (I may not have the spelling just right).

How is it going with you?

posted by Stuart Awbrey
My thought patterned has been set around Newmarche and his company of knights he brought along with him. I have found that some knights resided nearby Bernards Norman land. There is also 3 St.Albin villages nearby Newmarche as well. The one that stands out to me is St. Albin-en-Bray. When I say it out loud I could see how it could be heard as St. Awbrey. Who knows? Its interesting to think about.

Not able to invest a lot of time on research this year but i plan on trying to get back into it soon.

posted by Cole Aubrey
Oh my goodness! I had no idea that there was a place to find errors that exist on profiles that I have created.

I am so glad that I queried you about your correction and thank you again for taking the time to respond.

I have already started to rectify these and will check this page regularly in future.

Is it an algorithm that finds these?

I wish that I had known about this months ago. Clearly it is time to further explore the drop down menus on the tabs.

posted by Jane Embleton
I have replied by sending you a private message.
posted by Stuart Awbrey
Hello Stuart,

re Josiah Bevan 1875. Bevan -1657. "Warning 864: Almost empty tags". What are empty tags? What does this mean?

Thank you.


posted by Jane Embleton
Here is the description of the Suggestion -

Suggestions and Warnings appear on your Suggestion List which can be found under the menu label "My WikiTree" located towards the upper right of your profile. Scroll down to and click on "Suggestions" to see if you have any profiles that need attention.

Suggestions and Warnings also appear on a list provided for Data Doctors to work from.


posted by Stuart Awbrey
Thank you for the thank you and it shows we are related. 🙂

Bless you and your family.

posted by Jane (Cournoyer) McNicol
edited by Jane (Cournoyer) McNicol
You are most welcome cousin Jane.
posted by Stuart Awbrey
Skimming across this information, specifically about this area Pembroke Dock. You recall the closest y-DNA match you found was with a Bowen. When I looked into that particular Bowen line it, it was also from Pembroke Dock. Look at the 1st residence line on the link below.

Could this connection be the link between the Y-DNA ?

posted by Cole Aubrey
Don't know if you saw my response to Andrew describing what I know about the Obray name.

I checked and found that in May 2016 FamilyTree DNA (I think that was the first results after the test) a Thomas Lorenzo Obray matched at 37 markers. The father listed is John Obray - the location was Pembrokeshire. The only other information was an email for someone.

I searched my AncestryDNA results and found the same person and family as seen on the FamilySearch link you sent.


posted by Stuart Awbrey
Hi Stuart Im a Guild of one name Studies Member Researching Hubery and Ive a lot of Variants to the Name My Own Tree as Obery and Oldbury and Yewbrey and Yeubrey and one line as aubrey and another Tree as Obery and Obray and they Descend From Awbrey and Aubrey can i email you I revising the tree as I found a Couple of Pedigrees in Glamorganshire pedigrees online of richard 2nd second of jenkin and thomas youngest son of Jenkin and the richard is of Ynys Gedwyn he married gladys game on page 23 and ancestor of the obray if the research is correct ive also another tree with oldbury and aubrey Visit and you can contact me via there
posted by Andrew Pearson

This looks like a good starting place:

posted by Cole Aubrey
Hi Cole,

I scanned the web site last night and there seems to be some sources to support creating profiles for some of the later generations in Wales.

posted by Stuart Awbrey
THE Problem i have is there limitions of the records inbetween and it lacks dates the latter Awbrey and Aubrey when the parish parishes started we have vital dates on my website you should be able to refind them on find my past the obrays of england and wales we have sources the census of uk is complete except samuel at rosyth dockyard in 1921 only the 1939 register to do but he returned to kent the american and canadian and australia as per familysearch i havent got round to doing the us census as you know thomas was a high priest and they are of the latter day saints church and there all research there ancestry.

Ive added some of the wiki tree bios to my website for some of those i have to improve those i have

i have sent you the pedigrees charts for some of those without dates hope you received them in good health

posted by Andrew Pearson
Hi Andrew,

I will send you a private message so that you can see my email address as it is not permitted to enter it here.

Your Hubery name study is really interesting.

The Obray spelling first appeared on a DNA test of mine done some time ago. Some years after that I was contacted by a cousin, a professional genealogist in Englnad, who explained how the name came about. A relative of his from Glamorgan joined the Royal Navy. For whatever reason he was registered as Obra instead of Aubrey. At some point later this line added the y to the name. Some of them ended up in Kent. Some of that group became Mormons. Some of the Mormons came to the U.S. One of that group later moved to Utah and was a high priest in that church.

posted by Stuart Awbrey
hello, looks like we are cousins
I see that.

Good luck with your efforts on WikiTree.

posted by Stuart Awbrey

I used your Texas google group email address and added you to the page.


posted by Mary Richardson
Hi Stuart,

Thank you for your message a couple of months ago regarding membership of the Wales Project. I am sorry I have not been able to get back to you until now. I am recovering from a long illness and am only just getting back into WikiTree. I don't have capacity to rejoin Wales at the moment, as I'm just focussing on my Hendy Name Study, but I will be sure to let you know as and when I do. You are doing a fantastic job. Thank you for all your service, and keep up the good work!

Susie :-)

posted by Susie MacLeod
Hi Susie,

It was good to hear from you. Good luck with your recovery.

Thanks for the compliment.

I want to spend more time on adding my ancestors and relatives.


posted by Stuart Awbrey
Hello Stuart,

We now have a Google group for the Texas Project. If you are interested in joining the Texas Google group, please send me your email address by private Wikitree email.

I will then add your email address and you will be set to receive the postings.


Mary Richardsoln, Project Coordinator, Texas

posted by Mary Richardson
thank you for your welcome email
posted by D Crombie
Greetings from the

We're doing our semi-annual check-in with members to see if you have been active in the last six months? Please note that it is a requirement for membership in the 1776 Project that you respond to these check-ins.

Please post your reply as a reply to this message on your page, for convenience of the record keeping.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Mary Richardson ~ Project Coordinator,1776 Project

posted by Mary Richardson
Don't remember for sure but most likely did make a contribution.

Next month we will attend the re-dedication of Ft Martin in Tennessee (built by my wife's 4th g grandfather, Gen Joseph Martin) and then on to Martinsville, VA for a re-dedication of his statue. We will also visit a cemetery, previously not accessible, where several Martins are buried.

So, there will be plenty to add on WT.

Thanks, Stuart

posted by Stuart Awbrey
Thanks Stuart for checking in. I marked you as active with more for next months


posted by Mary Richardson
Hi Stuart,

Thanks for joining the Tree Hugger Project/ Appreciation Team Project! I've awarded you a project member badge and added you to the team member list.

Please read the Tree Hugger project page and the Appreciation Team page and add Appreciation to your list of followed G2G tags. When you have a chance, please submit a join request to our Google Group, where our project communicates. Please make sure to add your name and WikiTree ID to the request so we can get you set up. Here's a link:

The Appreciation Team has a task list; please read it and give me an information where you would like to help. You find the list here:

We look forward to working with you!

Dieter Lewerenz

Co-leader Tree Hugger Poject

posted by Dieter Lewerenz
edited by Dieter Lewerenz
Hi Dieter,

I failed to include my wiki id on the Google Group Join Request. It was sent 21st or 22nd.

Got tripped up by not reading and because a different procedure is used to add new members to the Wales Project Google Group.

Can you fix this? Or, what do I need to do?


posted by Stuart Awbrey
Have seen any connections between the Owlberys in Radnorshire. It appears some of their decendants switched to the Aubrey spelling by the early 1800's
posted by Cole Aubrey
edited by Cole Aubrey
It looks like the Owlberry/Oldbury's are not related to the Welsh Awbrey family. A branch of their line immigrated to Connecticut in the mid-1800's and had the name Aubrey.
posted by Cole Aubrey
I wonder if there is any connection to the Aubrey/Awbreys of New England about which I know nothing?
posted by Stuart Awbrey
A lot of them turnout to be Aubry's from French-Canada, especially in New England and also Michigan, Northern Ohio and Indiana.
posted by Cole Aubrey
Hi Cole Yes I have some of them the Name Starts with Richard Owldbury and Hannah Breeze married in 1716 at Hopesay and there son Thomas add a Son Richard and John who went by the a spellling Ive Some of John's Descending Line AND the other lines are OLDBURY'S OF CLUN Salopshire AND KNIGHTON Radnorshire


posted by Andrew Pearson

I am checking in on behalf of the 1776 Project to announce the new project membership requirements and to verify that you are still interested in being a member of the project. All project members are being asked to join one of the project teams and also to make at least one project contribution every 6 months. We are also asking all project members to join the project's Google Group for project communications.

If you are interested in remaining with the Project, please reply to this comment or send me a message, request to join the Google Group, and let us know what team you would like to participate on.

We really appreciate your contributions on WikiTree, and thank you for all your hard work. If you have any questions, please ask. We would also love to hear any feedback you may have for the project.

If we don't hear back from you we will assume that you no longer wish to participate in the project and if so, you could rejoin at any time as is convenient for you.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

SJ - 1776 Project Leader

posted by SJ Baty
edited by SJ Baty
Hi Stuart, I wanted to take the opportunity while doing the check-ins to publicly thank you for the enormous amount of work you have put into the Wales Project over the years. We wouldn't have a project without you. You are amazing. I am really looking forward to working with you as PC for Membership and seeing what the next six months have in store for us. Thanks for all you do, Olivia :-)
posted by Susie MacLeod
Hi, Stuart

The Ambassadors project has been reorganizing and is looking for those who have a membership at a genealogical society, to help in spreading the word about WikiTree.

We're working on ways to improve how WikiTree connects and interacts with genealogical and local history societies. This is the kind of thing we want to do:

  • Liaise with societies: set up your local society with a free-space page and some WikiTree materials as part of a package.
  • Use social media to promote what societies are offering on WikiTree.
  • Encourage bloggers to blog about societies and the resources available to them on WikiTree.

Are you interested in participating in some way? Do you have some ideas to share?

Azure Rae ~ co-Leader of Ambassadors Project

posted by Azure Robinson
Looks good. I will work with the local society regarding creating a link with a WikiTree page.
posted by Stuart Awbrey
The requested information was sen to you on 9/5 via your gmail account.
posted by Stuart Awbrey
We have a new Welsh-speaking guest Neil Perinton with some deep Somerset connections. I've encouraged him to join as a Family Member, I hope he'll join!

posted by Karen Lowe
Thanks Karen. I will contact Neil.
posted by Stuart Awbrey
Welcome to the Texas Project, Stuart.

You are all set with a badge and ready to let me know by private email, what space page you have in mind to work on for an addition to Texas.

posted by Mary Richardson
edited by Mary Richardson
Welcome to the United States History Project and the Texas sub project!!! We are so happy to have you!
posted by Paula J
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deleted by Stuart Awbrey
You can click on Ancestors to the right of my name to see the whole family tree. Mary is the daughter of the 6th Bnt -

Another shortcut I sometimes use when I know a name, such as Samuel Whitcombe, is to do a Google of "wikitree followed by the name I am looking for. Usually it will give you the link to the WikiTree profile.

If you are interested in the origin of the Aubrey/Awbrey name, check out this link -

Let me know if I can be of any assistance in your research.

posted by Stuart Awbrey
Thanks for your nice message Stuart looking forward to having time to do more on WikiTree soon. I have been doing Data Doctor work for the England Project for some time.
posted by Hilary (Buckle) Gadsby
Re: Gardner-10128 Hello again Stuart. Hope this last year was a good one for you.  :-) Would you email me your privately used email address. I'll reply immediately and it will includes a forward from a relative of yours and my husband. She just emailed me. I'm assuming ya'll are cousins, which is neat. Cheers - Leigh Anne
Interesting! When I was a kid my friends and siblings and I played inside the bunkers at an abandoned Nike-Hercules missile site. When we were teens we played paint-ball guns in and around the bunkers. Some of those went many floors underground.
posted by SJ Baty
From your friends at the Appreciation Team:

Congrats on the Super Star Badge!

posted by SJ Baty
Thanks Stuart, for the note about the Flags of Texas. It was a space page used for US Southern Colonies Nueva Espana, Texas and is linked there for the Texas space page.. However since you brought it up, I also listed it on Texas project.

As I write, I see you were born- Kingsville, moved to Austin, then later to San Antonio. Business degree at A&M.

Would you like for me to list you as a member of the Texas project?

Mary - Team leader - Projects

posted by Mary Richardson