|The Jeffreys Family by Hogarth|
[James Jeffreys is standing at the right. His parents are on the left.]
|Lord Augustus FitzRoy (1716-1741)|
Lord Augustus Fitzroy resumed his naval career and died of a tropical fever while serving in the West Indies in 1741. Five months later, his elder brother George FitzRoy, Earl of Euston, married a well-placed and wealthy lady of the peerage, the exact kind of union the heir to a dukedom should make. Sadly, the noble bride died mere months after the nuptials, and Lord Euston, who was a notorious brute, turned his attentions to his beautiful widowed sister-in-law Lady Elizabeth. Society was scandalized in 1742-43 when Euston actively pursued her hand. It was the final straw for the old Duke of Grafton, who disowned his eldest son in August 1743 over this and a long list of other offences. When Lord Euston died in disgrace in July 1747, not only was Lady Elizabeth's elder son Augustus the new heir to the dukedom of Grafton, but she was now independent enough from the FitzRoys to make her own re-marriage. Love once again triumphed over prudence when she chose for her second husband, a London gambler. "I've told you already that Lady Augustus Fitzroy and Mr. Jeffreys, the gamester, were married," one society maven wrote in January 1748, "at which some one was expressing his surprise in the presence of Lord Chesterfield, and saying they did not imagine it ever would have been a match."
|Acton Hall, Wrexham, Denbighshire|
|James Jeffreys' M.I. in St Mary Church, Avington|
Issue of James and Elizabeth (Cosby) (FitzRoy) Jeffreys:
1) GRACE JEFFREYS, b. 2 June 1749 Westminster, bap. 29 June 1749 St Marylebone Parish Church; d.s.p. 10 Aug. 1794, bur. 14 Aug. 1794 St Mary Church, Melcombe Regis, Dorset; m. 2 Jan. 1772, as his 1st wife, Sir RICHARD GAMON, 1st Baronet of Minchenden House, b. 12 Aug. 1748; d. 8 Apr. 1818 Hanover Square, London, only son of Richard Gamon of Datchworthbury (1715-1787) and Elizabeth Grace (1716-1779, descended from Edward I).
2) ELIZABETH JEFFREYS, Maid of Honour to Queen Charlotte 1770-1802, b. 30 July 1750 Westminster, bap. 31 Aug. 1750 St Marylebone Parish Church; d. unm. 13 Jan. 1802, bur. 26 Jan. 1802 St James Church, Westminster.
3) LUCIA JEFFREYS, b. 14 Jan. 1752 Westminster, bap. 10 Feb. 1752 St Marylebone Parish Church; d. unm. June 1837 Brighton, Sussex, bur. 10 June 1837 St Nicholas Church, Brighton.
Through his father, James Jeffreys has a single illegitimate descent from Henry IV (Line A below). His paternal grandmother Margaret Wray, with her husband Rev. James Jeffreys, appears on p. 551 of Ruvigny's Clarence volume. The Marquis did not include James Jeffreys and his daughters, as he was only interested in living (in 1905) descendants of the couple. The descent from George, Duke of Clarence that Ruvigny traced is given in detail in Line B below.
Henry IV had a yst son,
|Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester|
- see Generation A1
A2) Antigone of Lancaster, illegit. (b. c.1420) m. 1) Henry Gray, 2nd Count of Tancarville (1420-1450, descended from Edward I), and had
A3) Elizabeth Gray (c.1439-aft.1495) m. Sir Roger Kynaston of Hordley (d. 1495), and had
A4) Margaret Kynaston m. Sir Richard Hanmer of Hanmer Hall, and had
A5) Sir Thomas Hanmer of Hanmer Hall (d. 1545) m. 1) Jane Brereton, and had
A6) Ermine Hanmer m. William Lloyd of Halghton Hall, and had
A7) William Lloyd of Halghton Hall m. Jane Broughton, and had
A8) Margaret Lloyd m. 1) John Jeffreys of Acton Hall (c.1572-1622), and had
|Jeffreys of Acton coat of arms|
A10) Rev. JAMES JEFFREYS, Prebendary of Canterbury 1682-89, b. 1648 Acton Hall, Denbighshire, Wales; d. 4 Sept. 1689 Canterbury, Kent, bur. 6 Sept. 1689 Canterbury Cathedral; m. 18 Apr. 1686, MARGARET WRAY (see B14 below), and had
A11) JOHN JEFFREYS of Lincoln's Inn, bap. 22 Aug. 1689 Canterbury Cathedral; d. 20 July 1741 Lincoln's Inn, London; m. 1711, ELIZABETH DARRELL, b. c.1693; d. 9 May 1753, est dau. of Edward Darrell of Putney, Surrey (c.1652-1720) and his 2nd wife Elizabeth Briscoe (c.1667-1746), and had
A12) JAMES JEFFREYS of Westminster (c.1712-1786-see details above)
|3rd Duke of York -|
see Generation B5
B3) Roger Mortimer, 4th Earl of March (1374-1398) m. Lady Alianore Holland (1370-1405, descended from Edward I), and had
B4) Lady Anne Mortimer (1388-1411) m. Richard Plantagenet, 3rd Earl of Cambridge (1385-1415, descended from Edward III), and had
B5) Richard Plantagenet, 3rd Duke of York (1411-1460) m. Lady Cecily Neville (1415-1495, descended from Edward III), and had
B6) George Plantagenet, 1st Duke of Clarence (1449-1478) m. Lady Isabel Neville (1451-1476, descended from Edward III), and had
B7) Margaret Plantagenet, 3rd Countess of Salisbury (1473-1541) m. Sir Richard Pole of Medmenham (1459-1504), and had
B8) Ursula Pole (c.1498-1570) m. Henry Stafford, 1st Baron Stafford (1501-1563, descended from Edward III), and had
|Lady Elizabeth (née Stafford) Drury|
- see Generation B10
B10) ELIZABETH STAFFORD, b. c.1549 (in her 49th year at death, per her M.I.); d. 6 Feb. 1599, bur. St Mary Church, Nettlestead, Kent; m. 1st by 1574, Sir WILLIAM DRURY of Hawstead Hall, Suffolk, b. 8 Mar. 1550; d. 18 Jan. 1590 Bergen op Zoom, Brabant, bur. 6 May 1593 All Saints Church, Hawstead, Suffolk, son of Robert Drury, Heir of Hawstead Hall (1525-1557, descended from Edward III) and Audrey Rich, and had
|Wray of Ashby coat of arms|
B13) Sir WILLIAM WRAY, 1st Baronet of Ashby, b. c.1626; d. 17 Oct. 1669, bur. St Peter Church, Ashby cum Fenby; m. c.1652, OLYMPIA TUFTON, bap. 26 Jan. 1629 St Peter & St Paul Church, Lynsted, Kent; d. Sept. 1680, dau. of Sir Humphrey Tufton, 1st Baronet of The Mote (1584-1659, descended from Edward III) and Margaret Morley (c.1596-1667, descended from Edward III), and had
B14) MARGARET WRAY, b. c.1660; bur. 21 Sept. 1723 Canterbury Cathedral; m. 18 Apr. 1686, Rev. JAMES JEFFREYS of Canterbury (see A10 above)
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