1360 - 1403 (43 years)
||Thomas DE CHE'RIE |
||Plumpton, County of Northampton, England
- Like most early family records those of the Cherry Family are scattered, often incomplete, making it difficult if not impossible to arrange an entirely unbroken line.
The following history is by Rev. Henry Curtis Cherry
Thomas Cherry of Maidenhead, was a descendant of the De Cheries of Picardy and Normandy, Lords of Beuval, Leguidere, and Villencourt. In 1407, as appears from the French Archives, Jean de Cherie sought for and obtained a safe conduct to pass over into England. This applied also to Jeanís family and his father, Thomas.
As the titles held by the Cheri Family passed on down to the oldest son always, and Thomas was descended from a younger son, he and his son, Jean, as well held no title. By an Inq. Post Mort (a form of inheritance tax process) under Henry IV, it appears that Thomas and his son, John, owned lands (1412-1413) in Plumpton (Plympton), Northampton, where they had located in England. From this Thomas and his son, John, all the present representatives of the Cherry Family in England are descended.
Note: Rev. Henry Curtis Cherry's account is consistent with the Cherry history contained in The History and antiquities of the hundred of Bray, in the county of Berks (1861)by Charles Kerry.
- From the original Thomas and Jean who left France in 1407 the records are available, and except for one generation continuous down to Thomas Cherry of Maidenhead, 1596. These records are confirmed by the continuous and persistent use of the same first names: Thomas, John, William, Richard, Henry, Edward, Robert, Sarah, Elizabeth, and Ann. From Thomas of Maidenhead the line goes to Ireland, through his sons, Thomas, Henry and Edward.
Due to unsettled conditions, all records, both state and church in Ireland prior to 1700, are very fragmentary and uncertain. But in connection with these fragments the still persistent use throughout of the same first names already mentioned, and especially now of Ellen (wife of Thomas) and the general and consistent agreement of family traditions from widely separated sources, show without question that the Edward Cherry who led the way to America in 1737, was a direct descendant of Thomas Cherry of Maidenhead; that he was a grandson of either Thomas or Edward (most likely Thomas) sons of Thomas Cherry of Maidenhead, and who came to Antrim County, Ireland about 1660.
- Note: "Upon this gravestone is this inscription; Heere lye interred the bodies of Thomas Cherry , Of Maydenhead,in this parish,who dyed14th Sept.1657.AnnoAetatis 61."
Taken from Charles Kerry,"The History and Antiquities of The Hundred of Bray,In the County of Berks,1861. Later Kerry writes: Thomas Cherry, of Maidenhead,was a descendant of DE Cheries, of Picardy and Normondy(France),Lords of Beauval, Liguiere, and Villencourt. A branch settled in England at an early period . In 1407, as appears from the french archives, Jean, or John DE Cherie sought for, and obtained a safe conduct from the king to pass into Normandy. By an Inq.PostMort, 14Hen.iv. ( 1412-3 ), it appears that Thomas and John Cherie held lands,&c.,in Plumpton, co. Northhampton and from this Thomas, and John his son,decend the present representatives of the family in England. William Cherry,son of this said Thomas and Ellen Kerry is now referring to a later Thom as, died Sept.1657,about whom he had written earlier on the page, describing his grave monument , founded the Bray Scholl Charity about the year 1682. Francis, son of said William, was friend of Dodwell,the patron of Hearne. The Cherrys of Burghfield and Denford are descended from George, eldest son of Thomas Cherry and Ellen(Powney). This monument has been recently restored by the present representitives of the family.The family surname DE Cherres changedin english to Cherries and Cherry. The Cherry Coat-of-Arms is Argent, a Fess engrailed between three anmulets gules. The Motto is "Cheries L'espoi". The crest,which varies,was for Cherrs of Maidenhead and Bray, a demi-lion, argent, holding in the dexter paw a gem ring or enriched with a precious stone,proper. Huegonots, settled in England at an early date.
||Johnson & Hanson
||9 Apr 2012 |