Abigail Hopton and how we descend from Kings.
By Vicky Moon 2010
Abigail Hopton was Nicholas Stillwell’s first wife, were two of my 10th great grandparents. They were both born in England. She was the daughter of Sir Robert Hopton of Hopton Priory, England. Abigail Hopton died at Leyden, Holland, Netherland. Nicholas came from Leyden, in Holland, about 1638, after the death of his first wife Abigail Hopton, bringing with him his two only children Richard and Nicholas. He settled on Manhattan Island and married second wife, Ann Van Dyke. We descend from his first wife Abigail Hopton.
Her father was Robert Hopton born 1584 Wytham Somerset, England. His wife was Jane Keymish born 1582. Their daughter Abigail was born 1610 in Hopton Priory, Derbyshire, England. Her sister Catherine born 1605 Witham, Somerset, England married John Wyndham.Their brother was Robert Hopton born 1608.
Robert’s parents were Arthur Hopton born 1551-1607 London England. He was a Knt. at Wiltham Abbey. His wife was Rachel Hall 1555, born in Whytham, Somerset, England.
Arthur’s parents were Owen Hopton born 1524 London, England and Anne Eichingham or Itchingham born 1525 Barsham Suffolk, England.
Owen’s parents were Arthur Hopton born 1489 Cowdrey Sussex, England and Anne Owen born 1500 Midhurst, Sussex, England.
That is all I could find on the Hoptons, then I switched over to Anne Owen’s side of the family.
Anne Owen’s parents were David Owen born 1459-1535 and Mary De Bohun born 1475. Both were from Midhurst Sussex, England.
The name changes from Owen to Tudor
David’s father was Owen Tudor born 1397 Snowden Wales. He was born illegitimate. His step mother was Catherine Valois born 1401 in Paris, France who died before he was born.
Long story short with many generations of names I won’t list,I will only conclude this with a list of the more notable people as I continued to follow on this paternal side of the family. There were many generations of last name Tudor in Wales. This name stayed the same until Goronwy Ap Ednyfed Trecastlle born 1195 Wales. His father was:
Ednyfed Fycham Ap Kendrig Brynffenigl born 1139 Wales
The Brynffenigl family name was in Wales for many generations then the name changed to:
Elevan Ap mor Calchfynedd born 690 Wales They were in Wales all this time until this ancestor of ours:
King Cynwyd Ap Cynfelyn Cynwydion born 491 Pennines, Britain so that is when they went to Britain.
These are some of the most notable people of this line:
*King Yspwys Mwyntyrch Calchfyneddborn abt 540 a.k.a. Ospewis.
BIOGRAPHY: Yspwys is a perplexing character. He was supposedly the son of another King Yspwys, eldest son & successor of King Cadrod Calchfynedd. Solid dating of his near descendants, Maeldaf Hynaf and SS. Tagfan & Elian Geimiad shows, however, that he actually flourished around a hundred years prior to his traditional grandfather. Tradition follows suite, making Yspwys a contemporary and ally of High-King Ambrosius Aurelianus while he was exiled in Brittany (or Spain, as this particular story has it). He was rewarded with lands in Meirionydd though, not Middle Britain. It is likely that two people of the same name have become confused. It was probably during the reign of the later Yspwys that the British armies of Calchfynedd were defeated by King Cuthwulf of Wessex, in AD 571, at the Battle of Bedford. However, the West Saxons did not settle very deep into this British territory for some generations and the Calchfynedd dynasty probably survived for a time. Yspwys was succeeded by his son, Mynan.
* King Cadrod Ap Cynwyd Calchfyneddborn abt 507
BIOGRAPHY: Cadrod's kingdom of Calchfynedd is one of the most mysterious of Early British Kingdoms. The name, literally, means "Chalk-Mountains" or, more generally, "Limestone Hills". W.F. Skene argued, not unconvincingly, that this referred to the Kelso area of Southern Scotland. Yet ancient Welsh poetry clearly indicates that it was south of Powys. Late descriptions of Cadrod as 'Earl of Dunstable' and 'Lord of Northampton' show that it was generally thought that he lived in the Chilterns. Calchfynedd may well, therefore, have been the kingdom later taken over by the Saxons and known as Chilternset. He was a son of Cynwyd Cynwydion and married Gwrygon Goddeu, one of the many daughters of King Brychan Brycheioniog. They became the parents of King Yspwys, grandparents of Yspwys Mwyntyrch and direct male line ancestors of the Royal Tudor Dynasty.
* King Cynfelyn Ap Arthuis Ebrauc born abt 475
BIOGRAPHY: King of Middle-Britain
* King Mor Ap Ceneu Ebrauc a.k.a. Mar, Marius, Mario born abt 420 in York, Northern Britain.
BIOGRAPHY: Mor inherited the central and southern areas of Northern Britain around the old capital of Ebrauc (York) from his father, King Ceneu of the North, around the mid to late 5th century. Upon his own death, his vast kingdom was inherited by his son, Arthuis. A second son, Einion, became the father of Rhun Ryfedd Fawr and grandfather of Princess Perfawr, wife of King Rhun Hir of Gwynedd.
*King Arthuis Ap Mor Ebrauca.k.a. Arthwys, Arthur born abt. 455 in York, Northern Britain
BIOGRAPHY: In the late 5th century, Arthuis succeeded his father, King Mor, as the monarch of a Greater Ebrauc (York). He was probably a contemporary of the great High-King Arthur of romantic legend, and stories of the latter's exploits in the north may well be a muddled memory of this Northern King, who is thought to have fought against the Picts on numerous occasions. Upon his death, his kingdom was divided amongst his sons: Eliffer Gosgorddfawr taking the central region around the city of Ebrauc (York) and Pabo Post Prydein taking the Pennines.
*Ceneu Ap Coel Ebrauc abt 382
BIOGRAPHY: Canonized because he upheld the old Christian ways while under intense pressure from invading pagans. Assumed control of the kingdoms of the North & Midland Britain, remaining based at Ebrauc (York).
*King Coel Hen Guotepauk Britain Nickname: The Splendid _AKA: Godebog ap Tehvant born abt 350 Death: abt 420 BIOGRAPHY: One of three British kings often believed to be the "Old King Cole" of nursery rhyme fame; the others being Coel Godhebog the Magnificent and Coilus the Old of Siluria.
*King Llud Llaw Erient Ap Beli Britain Nickname: The Silver-Handed Prefix: born abt 0062 BC Death: abt 0017 BC
BIOGRAPHY: Llud Llaw Eirint was the Legendary king of the British mentioned in Geoffrey of Monmouth's History. Lud is listed as the eldest son of Heli (or Beli), and the brother of the historically real Caswallon, which would place Lud's existence at about 60BC. Lud was that rare combination of warrior king and town planner. He rebuilt New Troy, or Trinovantum as it was then known, and renamed it KaerLud after him. This became Lud's Town or London. When he died he was buried by the city wall where Ludgate is named after him.
*Beli Mawr Ap Manogan Britain Nickname: The Great a.k.a. Belinus born abt 132 BC death abt 0062 BC
BIOGRAPHY: A semi-legendary druidic king who was probably an historical ruler, though any facts have become so covered by the dust of myth that it is impossible to be certain about his true basis.
Bel was the name of one of the principal Celtic deities, the god of the sun and of light, and it is not surprising that the name would be adopted by later warrior kings, though how much the episodes about Bel in myth are derived from those of a real king of that name (or vice versa) cannot be determined. Called Belenos by the Romans, was the Celtic God of the Sun, representing the curative powers of the Sun's heat. His festival of Beltane, when bonfires were lit to welcome in the Summer and encourage the Sun's warmth, was held on May 1st, and is remembered in today's May Day festivities.His symbols were the horse (as shown, for example, by the clay horse figurine offerings at Beli's Sainte-Sabine shrine in Burgundy), and also the Wheel (as illustrated on the famous Gundestrup Cauldron). Perhaps, like Apollo, whom he became identified with, Beli was thought to ride the Sun across the sky in a horse-drawn chariot. Indeed, a Celtic model horse and wagon, carrying a gilded sun-disc, has been found at Trundholm in Denmark. Sometimes he is illustrated riding a single horse, throwing thunder-bolts (hence an occasional identification with Jupiter) and using his symbolic radiating wheel as a shield, as he tramples the chthonic forces of a snake-limbed giant. This personification is similar to the classic depiction of the Archangel St. Michael defeating the Devil. Sacred pagan hills associated with Beli, are thought to have had their dedications transferred to this saint (or sometimes St. George) by the early Christians. Well known examples include St. Michael's Mount (Cornwall) and the churches of St. Michael on Brent Tor (Devon), and Burrow Mump and Glastonbury Tor (Somerset): All on a supposed ley line that faces the Rising Sun at Beltane. He may also have been worshipped on Dragon Hill below the great Uffington White Horse in Berkshire.