'Fowell1'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Fowell (Fowhill) of Fowelscomb (Fowhill Coome)

                               
Commoners starts its long article on this family with the following: "The family of Fowell is of very great antiquity in the co. of Devon, and claims a Saxon origin. The name, originally De Voghill, has been at different eras written Foghill, Fowghull, Fowhul, Fowhil, Fouhel, Fowle, Ffowell, Vowell, and Fowell".
_ De Voghill of Voghill in Ugborough, South Devon
1. John de Voghill
  m. ?? (dau/heir of Coome)
  A. Roger de Foghill of Foghill
  i. John (or William) de Foghill of Foghill Visitation starts with this generation
  m. _ Trevaze (dau of _ Trevaze or Trevaige of Cornwall)
Visitation inserts another generation at this point, a Richard who married _ Hayes. Noting that Commoners shows a Richard of a later generation marrying a Hayes, we follow Commoners in showing the next generation as ...
  a. Richard Fowhill of Fowhill Coome (Fowell of Fowelscomb)
  m. Mary Walrond (dau of William Walrond of Bradfield or Wood)
  (1) William Fowhill of Fowhill Coome (Fowell of Fowelscomb)
  m. _ Halwell (dau/heir of _ Halwell or Halvell of Devon)
  (A) John Fowhill of Fowhill Coome (Fowell of Fowelscomb) Visitation omits this generation
  m. Joane, heiress of Harburtonford
(i) William Fouhel of Fouhels Coome (Fowell of Fowelscomb) (d 23.03.1507)
  m. Eleanor Reynell (d 09.04.1507, dau of Sir Walter Reynell of Trumpington by Margaret, dau of William Strighul of Malston)
  Visitation reports 2 sons for William & Elinor, Richard (dsp) and Thomas who by a dau of Benyell of Cornwall was father of Thomas of Fowlescomb who m. a dau of Richard Halse. We follow Commoners.
  (a) Sir Richard Fowhell of Fowhell's Coome (Fowell of Fowelscomb)
  m1. Blanch Hayes of Devon
((1)) Thomas Fowell of Fowelscomb (bur 18.12.1544)
  m1. Maria Halse (dau of Richard Halse of Kenedon)
  m2. Matilda Bevill of Cornwall
  m3. Jane Dillon (dsp, dau of Nicholas Dillon of Chimwell)
  ((2)) Jane Fowell
  m. John Reynell of Oggwell (dspm 1478)
  ((3)) Joan Fowell
  m1. Sir Philip Courtenay of Loughtor (Lough Tor)
  m2. Humphrey Prideaux of Adeston & Thewborough
m2. (sp) Elizabeth Edgcombe (dau of Sir Richard Edgcombe)
  (b) Katharine Fowell
  m. Thomas Copleston of Bowden
  (c) Margaret Fowell
  m. John Holbeam of Holbeam
  (d) Joan Fowell possibly of this generation
  m. Nicholas Bratton of Minehead (a temp Henry VIII who r. 1509-1547)
  (e)+ other issue - John (bur 09.05.1552), Elizabeth (last prioress of Cannonsleigh)
  (ii) Katharine Fowell
  m. Richard Wood or Atwood of Hareston
  (B) Sibyl Fowell
  m. William Rous of Edmerstone
  b. Mabella Fowell
  m. William Fortescue of Winston

Main source(s): Commoners (vol iv, 'Fowell of Devonshire', p424) with some support (and contradiction) from Visitation (Devon, 1620, Fowell)
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