'Champernowne1'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Champernowne of Bere Ferers, Champernowne of Clist, Champernowne of Insworth, Champernowne of Modbury

                               
(1) Commoners reports that "The family of Campernowne, which in splendour of descent yields to few in the west of England, was originally called Campo Arnulphi".
(2) When we first did this page we did not have access to Vivian's work and investigated what is shown in various web sites. That investigation uncovered much uncertainty & contradiction. Having obtained access to Vivian's work, we have simplified our report but think it worthwhile reporting some of the issues we found. We suggest that much of this top section should be viewed with some caution. Vivian starts with ...
Jordan de Champernowne 'de Campo Arnulfi'
Various web sites name him Jordan de Campo Arnulfi or Ernulfi, with at least one identifying him as Sn de Maisoncelles. Some web sites show him as married to Mabel (dau of Robert de Caen, Earl of Gloucester, widow of Aubrey de Vere) with his son Jordan being the husband of Mabel, dau of Philip de Suligny (possibly by Hawise de Redvers). Provisionally, we follow Vivian in showing that it was this Jordan who married ...
m. Mabel de Soligny (dau of Philip de Soligny)
1. Richard de Champernowne
  Various web sites omit this generation, showing Jordan as father rather than grandfather of Henry, some showing Richard as Henry's elder brother. Vivian shows a clear connection from Jordan to Richard but the connection from Richard to the following Henry is with a dotted line, indicating some uncertainty on the connection.
  A. Henry de Champernowne of Clist & Ilfarcombe, Devon (a 1154, d c1210) the first mentioned by Commoners
  Vivian identifies Henry's wife as "Rohais, da. of Campo Ernalda". Provisionally we follow those sites which identify her as ...
  m. Rohese de Tracy (dau of Sir William de Tracy)
  i. Sir Oliver Champernowne 'of Clist'
  Some web sites show Oliver as married to Eva Andrea/Andea, others to Wymarca (spelt variously). Vivian identifies her as ...
  m. Eva (cognata (sister-in-law?)/heir of Isolda, dau/coheir of Andrew, "Baronis de Cardignan")
  a. Sir Henry Champernowne of Clist Champernowne (a 1272)
  m. Dionisia English (dau of Gilbert English or Engloiz, sister/coheir of Sir Robert of Stokeley)
(1) Sir William Champernowne 'of Clist Champernowne' (d 1304)
  Vivian identifies William's wife as Johane. 'TUDOR', one of the sites we referred to when we first worked on this page, suggests that Sir Henry married twice, the first wife being a Joan Arundel, who was mother of his son, and the second being Joan Ferrers, mother of his daughters. Other web sites just show the marriage to Joan Ferrers, identifying her as follows (with some identifying her Sir William's cousin because they show her mother as Matilda, another daughter of Sir Henry Champernowne & Dionisia English).
  m. Joan Ferrers (dau of William Ferrers of Beer Ferrers)
  (A) Sir Henry Champernowne 'of Clist' (d 1330)
  m. Johanna Bodrugan (dau of Sir Henry Bodrugan, sister/coheir of Otho)
  (i) Sir William Champernowne of Clist (d 1353)
  m. Elizabeth Cornwall (dau of Jeoffrey Cornwall)
  (a) Katherine Champernowne (dsp)
m. Sir Walter de Wodeland
  (b) Elizabeth Champernowne (bur 11.05.1398)
  In his article on the Champernownes, Vivian shows Elizabeth as m1. William Polglase and had Richard ("an idiot") and Margaret who m. Sir John Herle (d 11.04.1418) and had John who dsp 24.12.1435 having married Isabella. In his article on 'Herle of Prideaux Herle' (in his work on Cornwall), Vivian shows that her (first) husband was ...
  m1. Sir William Talbot
  ((1)) Margaret Talbot
  m. Sir John Hearle (d 11.04.1418)
  m2. John Serjeaux
  (ii) Richard Champernowne
  (iii) Johanna Champernowne
  m. Sir Nicholas Bonville
  (B) Reginald Champernowne (d 1333, vicar of Ilfracombe, canon of Exeter Cathedral)
  (C) John Champernowne
  (i) Oliver Champernowne
  m. Eglina Valletort (dau/coheir of Hugh de Valletort)
  (a) Richard Champernowne
  m. Ibot de Brannscombe (dau of Adam de Brannscombe)
  ((1)) Otho Champernowne (dsp 1422)
  m. Agnes (m2. _ Scyntclere (Sinclair?))
  (b) Margaret Champernowne
m. Thomas Stonehouse
  ((1)) Thomas Stonehouse
  ((A)) Katherine Stonehouse
  m. William Bigbery
  ((i)) William Bigbery (b c1382, a 1422)
  m. Elizabeth Powlett (dau of Thomas Powlett)
  ((a)) Elizabeth Bigbery (b c1416, a 1430)
  ((b)) Margaret Bigbery (b c1423)
  m. James Durnford
  ((c)) Elizabeth Bigbery (b c1426)
  m. John Champernowne of Beer Ferrers @@ below
(c) Elizabeth Champernowne
  m. William Gilbert
  (d) Johanna Champernowne
  m. Richard Atwood
  ((1)) William Atwood (a 1422)
  ((A)) John Atwood (b c1390, a 1430)
  (e)+ other issue (dsp) - Otho, Hugh, Osmond
  (D) Margaret Champernowne
  m. Otho Bodrigan
  (E) Dionisia Champernowne
m. William Botreaux (d c1342)
  (2) Sir Richard Champernowne of Modbury, Devon - continued below
  m. Joan Okeston (dau of Sir Alexander Okeston)
  b. Elizabeth Champernowne possibly duplication with above???
  m. William Gilbert
  ii. John Champernowne
2. Jordan de Champernowne
  As mentioned above, some web sites show that it was this Jordan who was the husband of Mabel, dau of Philip de Suligny (possibly by Hawise de Redvers). Vivian does not name his wife.
  A. William de Champernowne 'of Umberleigh'
  Vivian identifies William's wife as "Eva". Various web sites identify her as ...
  m. Eve de Whitchurch (dau of Reynold de Whitchurch)
  i. Joan Champernowne
  m. Sir Ralph de Willington

 

 

Sir Richard Champernowne of Modbury, Devon - continued above
m. (Joan) de Okeston (dau of Sir Alexander de Okeston (by Joan, relict of Richard de Valletort, concubine of Richard, Earl of Cornwall & King of the Romans))
1. Sir Richard Champernowne (a temp Edward I who r. 1272-1307)
  A. Sir Richard Champernowne of Modbury
  Commoners identifies Richard's wife as Elizabeth, dau/coheir of Hugh Valletort of Tawton. Vivian identifies her as ...
  m. Joan de Valletort (dau/heir of Ralph de Valletort of North Tawton)
  i. Sir Thomas Champernowne of Modbury
  m. Elenor Rohant (dau/heir of Sir Roger Rohant)
a. Sir Richard Champernowne of Modbury
  m1. Alice Astley (dau of Thomas, Lord Astley)
  (1) Alexander Champernowne of Beer Ferrers (Bere Ferrers) (d 30.06.1441)
  m. Joan Ferrers (dau/coheir of Martin Ferrers of Beer Ferrers)
  (A) Roger Champernowne of Beer Ferrers (b c1411, d before 12.1461)
  (B) Sir John Champernowne of Bere Ferrers (d 03.04.1475) 
  m. Elizabeth Bigbery (dau/coheir of William Bigbery) @@ above
  (i) Blanche Champernowne (b c1453, d by 12.1480, coheir)
  m. (by 1472) Sir Robert Willoughby, 1st Lord de Broke (d 1502)
(ii) Joan Champernowne (b 1463-4, dsp before 04.10.1505)
  m. Sir Humphry Talbot
  (C) Joan Champernowne
  m1. Sir James Chudleigh
  m2. Sir John Courtenay
  m2. Katherine Daubeney (dau of Sir Giles Daubeney)
  (2) Sir Richard Champernowne of Modbury (d 1418)
m. Isabel Bonvile (dau of John Bonvile of Shute, sister of Sir William, Lord Bonvile)
  (A) Hugh Champernowne of Modbury (b c1416, d c12.1543!!! sb 1453?)
  m. Alice Bois (dau/heir of John Bois or Boys of Wood)
  (i) William Champernowne of Modbury & Chidderlegh (d 07.10.1464)
  m. Elizabeth Chiderlegh (dau/heir of John Chiderlegh of Chiderlegh)
  (a) Sir John Champernowne of Modbury (b c1458, d 30.04.1503)
  m. Margaret Courtenay (dau of Sir Philip Courtenay of Molland, son of Sir Philip of Powderham)
  ((1)) Sir Philip Champernowne of Modbury (b 1478-9, d 02.08.1545)
  m. Catherine Carew (dau of Sir Edmund Carew)
(ii) Thomas Champernowne (a 1474)
  (3) John Champernowne of Insworth, Cornwall
  Vivian identifies John's wife as Margaret, dau/heir of John Spriggy, and their son Richard's wife as Mary, dau/coheir of Sir John Hamley. Provisionally we follow BLG1952 (Hambly of Treharrock Manor) in identifying John's wife & Richard's mother, and reports that Richard inherited Halwyn, as ...
  m. Margaret Hamley (dau/heir of Arthur Hamley of Halwyn by Isobel (who m2. John Sprygy))
  (A) Richard Champernowne of Insworth (d 26.05.1468)
  (i) Margaret Champernowne
  m1. John Carminowe of Cornwall
  m2. Nicholas Cockworthy
  (ii) Mary Champernowne (b c23.05.1468)
  m. Humphrey Monke
  (iii)+ other issue - Margery (b 1460-1), Elizabeth (b 1464-5), Johanna (b 1465-6)
  b. Cecily Champernowne
  m. Simon Fleming, 6th of Slane, 1st Lord (d 13.09.1370)
  ii. Margaret Champernowne
  m. Robert Hill of Shilston
  iii.+ other issue - Richard, John


Main source(s): Visitation (J.L. Vivian (1895), Devon, 1531+1564+1620+additions, Champerowne) with some support from Commoners (vol 2, Champernowne of Dartington) with some support/contradiction for the upper section from various web sites
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