'Erneley1'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Ernle of Cackham (Cookham), Erneley of Cannings, Erneley of Erneley (Ernle of Ernle)

(1) According to Commoners, "This family derives its name from the village of Earnley, or Ernle, in Sussex, so called from the Saxon words "Earn" and "Lege", the place or habitation of eagles".
(2) There are some significant differences between the pedigrees found for this family. Commoners is partially but not wholly consistent with the Visitations but BLG1952 places certain members of the family differently. We follow BLG1952 on the presumption that its information was based on further research but first show (in smaller font in italics) how Visitation (Sussex) and Commoners report the ancestry. Commoners mentions 2 brothers as ancestors of this family:
William de Ernle of Ernle
1. Isabel de Ernle
  m1. Fulco Paulin
  m2. John de Ernle of Ernle @@ just below
Richard de Ernle of Ernle (a temp Henry III who r. 1216-1272)
1. John de Ernle of Ernle (a 1331, 2nd son)
  m. Isabel de Ernle (dau of William de Ernle of Ernle) @@ just above
  A. ?? de Ernle
  i. ?? de Ernle
  Uncertain on number of intervening generations.
  a. ?? de Ernle
(1) ?? de Ernle
  (A) Sir Henry Ernle (Ernley of Ernley) (a c1450) Visitation (Sussex) starts with this Sir Henry
  (i) John Ernle of Ernle
  m. Margaret Morley
  Visitation identifies Margaret's father as Henery (sic) Morley but Commoners reports that she was daughter of Nicholas Morley, "a scion of the house of Morley of Morley", by a daughter of Sir John Walleys.
  (a) Sir John Ernle (d 1536, Lord Chief Justice)
  m. Anne D'Awtrey (dau of Sir John D'Awtrey or Dautrey of Southampton)
  ((1)) William Ernle of Cackham (Cookham) (d 1545)
  m. Bridget Spring (dau of _ Spring of Lavenham, she m2. Sir Henry Hussey)
  Commoners shows the following as descendants of William and Bridget:
  ((A)) Richard Ernle (d 1577)
  m. Elizabeth
  ((i)) Richard Ernle of Ernle and Cackham had issue
  ((ii)) John Ernle Visitation (Wiltshire) starts with this John
  m. Jane Best (dau of Symon Best by Agnes, dau of John Malwyn of Echilhampton)
  ((a)) John Ernle
  m. Anne Darell (dau of Constantine Darell of Collingbourne)
  (((1))) John Ernle of Bourton Manor House had issue
  m. Lucy

BLG1952 reports as follows:
William Erneley of Erneley
1. son
  A. daughter
2. John Erneley of Erneley Visitation (Wiltshire) starts with this generation but misses out the next one
  m. Joan Best (dau of Simon Best of Cannings)
  A. John Erneley of Erneley
  m. Margaret Grove (dau of Michael Grove)
  i. John Erneley of Erneley (a 1490)
  m. Anne Darell (dau of Constantyn Darell of Cottingbourne (sb Collingbourne?))
a. John Erneley of Bishops Cannings (d 1556)
  m. Lucie Cooke (dau of Thomas Cooke of Salisbury)
  (1) John Erneley of Cannings (d 01.02.1572)
  m1. Mary Hyde (dau of William Hyde of Denchworth)
(A) Michael Erneley of Borton, Sheriff of Wiltshire (d 1595)
  m1. Mary Finnamore (dau of Roger Finnamore of Whetham House, Calne)
  (i) Sir John Erneley of Whetham (bpt 01.05.1561, bur 04.02.1648)
  m. (mcrt 08.11.1593) Margaret Haydock (d 1646, dau of Thomas Haydock of Burytown)
  (ii) Richard Erneley
(iii) Mary Erneley
  m. William Blacker of New Sarum
  (iv) Cecilia Erneley
  m. William Daniel
  m2. Susanna Hungerford (dau of Sir Walter Hungerford of Farley Castle)
(v) Edward Erneley of Etchilhampton (bpt 04.12.1587, d 30.11.1656, youngest son)
  m. Gertrude St. Loe (d 1662, dau of John St. Loe of Knighton)
  (vi) Jane Erneley
  m. Anthony Hungerford of Downe Annie
  (vii) Maria Erneley
  m1. Robert Hampton
  m2. _ Blanchard
  (viii) Anna Erneley
  m1. (15.02.1609/10) William Noyes (probably not Robert) of Urchfont
  m2. Robert Eyre of Chaldfield House
  (ix)+ other issue - Edward (dsp), Walter (dsp 27.09.1618)
  (B) Thomas Erneley or Ernle (bur 03.09.1595) ancestor of Ernle of Brembridge
  m. Bridget Franklin (dau of Richard Franklin)
  (i) daughter
  m. Anthony Weekes
  (ii)+ other issue - Francis, Ambrose, Edward, Michael, William, Richard, Ann, Dorothy
  (C) Francis Erneley
  m2. Joan (relict of Robert Drewe of South Brome)
  (2) William Erneley of All Cannings (d before 21.06.1590)
  m. Joan Unwyin
  The following comes from Visitation (Dorset, 1623, Ernle).
  (A) Robert Ernly of Sutton Benger
m. Eliza Barker (dau of John Barker of Sunyngs)
  (i) William Ernley of Chalbury (a 1623)
  m1. Mary Butler (dau of John Butler of Hanley)
  (a)+ issue - Robert (b c1615), Mary
  m2. Ann Barber (dau of Roger Barber of Hanley)
  (c)+ other issue - William, John
  (B) Margaret Erneley probably of this generation
  m. Ralph Fawconer of Baghurst
  (3) Jane Erneley
  m1. Thomas Bifleete of Bifleete
  m2. John Dyer of Wincaunton
  (4) Margaret Erneley (d 19.01.1571/2)
  m. John Dantesey of West Lavington
  b. Anthony Erneley (d 17.11.1530)
  m. Margaret
  c. William Erneley
d. Johanna Erneley
  m1. Edward Banister of Idsworth
  m2. _ Everard of Sussex
  e. Dorothea Erneley
  m1. Anthony Rogers of Bradford
  m2. _ Bamfeild of Som
f. Margaret Erneley
  m. Robert Temmes of Rode Ashton
  g. Jane Erneley
  m. Thomas Goddard of Ogborne
  ii. Sir John Erneley of Grey's Inn (d 1520, Lord Chief Justice)
  BLG1952 suggests that Sir John's wife was Margaret, dau of Edmond Dawtrey of Petworth, but Commoners identifies her as a daughter of Edmond's brother John.
  m. Anne Dawtrey (dau of Sir John Dawtrey of Southampton)
  a. William Erneley of Cackham or Cookham (d 1545)
  m. Bridget Spring (d 1557/8, dau of Thomas (not S.) Spring of Laneham, she m2. Sir Henry Hussey)
  (1) Richard Erneley (d 1577, 2nd son)
  m. Barbara Goringe (dau of Henry Goringe)
  (A) William Erneley (b 1563)
  William's father Richard may be the Richard of whom Commoners reports that his line "eventually merged in Elizabeth" below. Visitation (Sussex) suggests that William dsp but it is possible that William was father of ...
  (i) ?? Erneley
  Uncertain on number of intervening generations.
  (a) ?? Erneley
  ((1)) Elizabeth Erneley
  m. (1643) Edward Higgons of Bury
  Visitation (Sussex) shows the folowing also in this generaiton.
  (B) Bridget Ernle
m. Richard Stanney of Eston
  (i) Elizabeth Stanney
  m. Richard Higons
  (ii)+ other issue - Catherine (d unm), Bridget (d unm), Ma***
  (C)+ other issue (dsp) - Richard, Edmond
  (2) Katherine Erneley
  m. (1558) Richard Covert of Hascomb
  (3) Alice Erneley (d before 23.05.1614)
  m. J(ohn) Warnett of Hempsted (d 1580)
  (4)+ other issue - John (a 1557), Francis (dsp 10.09.1547), Elizabeth
  b. Elizabeth Erneley
  m. Gyles Ffenys
  c. Elyn or Emelyn Erneley
  m. (1519) John Culpeper
  d. Clemens Erneley
  iii. Anne Erneley
  m. Thomas Cheyne of Houghton
  B. William Erneley
  C. daughter
  m. _ Waytte of Wymerey, Hampshire
  D. daughter
  m. _ Rymay of Sussex

Main source(s): BLG1952 (Plunkett-Ernle-Erle-Drax of Charborough) with good support from Visitation (Wiltshire, 1623, Ernley) but with contradictory support from Visitation (Sussex, 1530+1633-4, Ernley) and the section on the Ernle family within Commoners (vol 3, Money of Much Marcle) as reported above
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