Friday, May 22, 2009

Great-Grandpas die in War of the Roses

On this date in our family history . . . the 22nd day of May . . . in the year 1455 . . . at least three men who are thought to be great-grandpas of Josephine Wingfield Henry nee Davis (1842-1899) die at St. Albans in England in the first battle of the War of the Roses . . . Edmund Beaufort, a Knight of the Garter, Earl of Dorset, Marquess of Dorset, 2nd Earl of Somerset, and Lieutenant of France, is possibly a 16th great-grandpa to Josephine . . . Henry de Percy, 2nd Earl of Northumberland, may be a 16th great-grandpa to Josephine . . . Humphrey de Stafford,* Earl of Stafford, is believed to be a 15th great-grandpa to Josephine, and son-in-law to Edmund Beaufort . . . and this Josephine is a 2nd great-grandma to the Keeper of this family history timeline . . .

Memoirs of King Richard the Third and Some of His Comtemporaries With an Historical Drama on the Battle of Bosworth By John Heneage Jesse: "perished her brother the accomplished Anthony Woodville Earl Eivers Of the royal house of Beaufort Edmund Duke of Somerset formerly Eegent of France was slain at the first battle of St Albans Henry the second Duke was beheaded after the battle of Hexham Edmund the third Duke was beheaded after the battle of Tewkesbury and in the same battle was slain Sir John Beaufort son of the first Duke Of the great house of Stafford Humphrey Earl of Stafford fell at the first battle of St Albans his father Humphrey Duke of Buckingham fell at the battle of Northampton Henry the second Duke was beheaded at Salisbury and of another branch of the Staffords Humphrey Earl of Devon perished on the scaffold at Br"

*Some say that Humphrey died this date, while others say that, although he was badly wounded, he did survive the day.

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