Denis Family: Descendents of the King of Portugal:

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GLOUCESTER, SURREY :  (Bostock, Holt, Brumfield, and Denis Families)

Migration of the Bostocks from Chester to Cheshire to Surrey:

Why Chester to Cheshire? 

Chester, located on the Dee River was once the PRIMARY legionary headquarters for the Romans. Later Chester became the seat for Palatine Earls.   After 1284, Chester became associated with the DIRECT heir to the throne of England.

 Many of our ancestors held such prestigious positions of power:

Ranulf et Mechine, Earl of Chester 1120-1129

Simon De Monfort, Earl of Chester 1264-1265

Hugh Kevilock, Earl of Chester  married  the daughter of : Earl of Gloucester (Robert Caen b 1090) Maud Fitz Robert.

(It is easy to see how the "Fitz" in a name confuses the actual name:  Maud Fitz Robert  means "Maud daughter of Robert";  her name was Maud Caen, )

Three of our ancestors held the positions of "Lord Wardens":

In1265, King Edwards "Longshanks" Plantagnet; assigned "Lord Wardens" to govern the "Cinque Ports" as peace keepers  of Englands south eastern ports, and tax collectors for the crown.  Counties of  Surrey and Kent:  were part of the "Cinque Ports" of England.  In our lineage there are many Bostock's that married directly or indirectly into the Devereux, Beaumont, and Beaufort families  from 1265 to 1400;  All three were "John" and all three were Lord Wardens (power equivalent to Lord Mayors of the cities).  After the 13th century, " Lord Warden"  responsibility was taken over by the family of the Kings:  Plantagenet, Boleyn, Stewarts, etc.

The significance of the marriage of:   Hawise de'Mechine Kevilock's  to Warin de Bostock  of CHESHIRE;  becomes alarmingly clear after discovering such power in Hawaise's family.  It is also more easily understood how Warin acquired so much land and wealth. Hawise descends from ALL the "Earls of Chester" and ALL the "Lord Warden's" of Surrey.

What brought the Bostock's of Cheshire to Surrey?:

Our  descendent William Bostock  has been recorded as residing in many places: Stapleton, Huxley, Bunbury, London and Cheshire.  He is the first connection to Gloucester, Surrey.  The Parish of Stapleton , co. Gloucester, Surrey would be  the most obvious explanation for the meeting of George of Cheshire and Emma of Surrey. Also an explanation of how  and why the Dennis, Holt, Bromfield and Bostocks families met and created our history:

George Bostock (b 1481), son of William Bostock (b 1450) of "Oldbury", Parish of Stapleton, co. Gloucester.

George Bostock married Emma Holt of Surrey. They were married in Cheshire.

Emma, daughter of Sir Edward Holt; born 1470 at St. Martin Parish, Surrey.

George & Emma's son:  Robert Bostock (b1524) in Cheshire;

Robert married  in Davenham, Cheshire: Emme Brumfield (b1535) in St. Martin Parish, Surrey.  Emme Bromfield Bostock  (d 1632) age 97;  the same year her oldest son Arthur died age 48); were they both victims of the "plague"?

Emme and son Arthur are buried together in Bunbury, Chesire.   Robert  Bostock (d 1583) and is buried in Davenham.

Why wasn't Emme buried with her husband Robert?

Emme Brumfield: daughter of Humphrey Brumfield: "Count of Surry", Salop.

Ancestor of Edward Brumfield/Bromfeld 1636 "Lord High Mayor of London".

Robert & Emme's oldest son:  Arthur (b 1558) in Davenham, Cheshire married Ellen Denis of Gloucester.

Arthur and Ellen married in Davenham, Cheshire.  Arthur (d1632) and is buried in Bunbury,  Chesire ..

Note:  Surry of London, Vol 20, page 113: 1664-1683:

references TWO:    St. Martin of Barnehurst   and   St. Martin of Leicester

According to:  "Cambridge University Alumni 1261-1900":

Robert (d 1583) age 48 in Davenham, Tarporley, Cheshire

Emme Brumfield Bostock (d 1632) age 97 in Bunbury, Cheshire.

Robert and Emme Brumfield Bostock's 7th son: Charles (b1569), baptized at St. Wilfrid, Davenham;    married at St. Bartholomew, Shopgate, London:  :  Mary Saunders: Daughter of Thomas Saunders of Backchurch, Soper Lane, Northamptonshire.

Many of our ancestors continued in the service to their King:  Charles Bostock (b1569), of Broad Street, London. Assigned "Master Scrivener" by the King.  (Record Keeper) and also "Master Worshipful" of London..


Ancestors of "Denis Family of Galloway, Ireland": 

John Denis: First Master and Huntsman, founded the county Galway in 1829:


Sir Walter Denis, KNIGHT:  of St. Augustin's Green by Bristol:  His WILL dated Feb. 1570: Descendents:

According to "Herald's College":  Sir Walter Dennis's son:

Walter Denis, Parson of Derham in 1577; resided in Pulverchurch, county Gloucester.

Married:   Euinor Auson in "Berry of Eston", Lester community, Warwick.

Their son:  John Dennis

Their grandson:  Henry Denis of Pulverchurch, (b1623); became and Esquire and "Sheriff"

Henry married:  Margaret Speke in Somersett community, Gloucester.

According to the "Visitation of Gloucester 1623":

During the reign of King Henry VIII:

1638 Lord Viscount of Ireland: Sir William Dennis, Knight:

 Married:  Ann Berkeley of Gloucester

Ann, daughter of   Maurice V. Lord Berkeley

William Denis and Ann Berkeley Dennis  had one daughter:   Dorothy Dennis

Dorothy Denis,  married Sir Thomas Lucy of Charlescott, Warwick

Lord Thomas Berkeley:(son of Robert Berkeley, Knight; father of Simon Berkeley) Married:  Margaret Yates, daughter of John Yates

Their descendent:  Lord Thomas Berkeley III, built a fine house at "Over" 


Descendents of the "Kings of Wessex":

King Eglbert b 775 in Wessex England:  married Rettburga

Their 5 sons became the King of Kent, Kings of Wessex , and King of England - Alfred the Great. b 849.

Their daughter: Ethelswith became the Queen of Mercia, Wantage, Berkshire, England.


Denis Family:  Descendents of the King of Portugal


King Alfonso Denis,  3rd King of Portugal  and THE ALGRAVES (b 1210, d 1279)

King Alphonso III: (his will dated 1337) 

Married: Maria Perez, daughter of:  (Rebeyra Perez and Sousa)


William Lesire Talbot came to England 1066 with William the Conqueror:  William  Talbot descended from Lord Rychard Talbot, King of Portugal and wife: Ancreta Strange    Ancreta Stange: (heir to Countess Elisabeth of Notynham)  

His descendent Geoffrey de Talbot (b 1080) in Bashall, Yorkshire, England married Agnes de Lacy.

Connection to  the Denis/Dennis family ties to Ireland:

Agnes de Lacy descended from:

Hugh de Lacy of "Castle Trim";  High Steward of Ireland 1172.Led the Anglo-Norman Invasion of Merth Ireland.  Their victory broke up Ireland's central and eastern core; bringing it under the rule of Three Lords of Ireland; known as the:  "Earls" of Ulster":  John deCourcey  1177-1205, Hugh de Lacy I & II  1205-1242, John O'Neil 1509-1603


John de Lacy, "Constable of Chester" married Margaret de Quincy: the daughter of Sir Robert de Quincy and Hawise de Mechines Kevelock. Robert died young and Hawise remarried Warin de Bostock.

John de Lacy and Margaret Quincy's son:  Sir Thomas Lacy married Dorothy Denis.


Descending from Geoffrey de Talbot and Agnes de Lacey: Gylbert Talbot (d 1418), married: Beatrice Denis of Sousa. (daughter of King Alphonso Denis III)

Gylbert Talbot and Beatrice Denis de Sousa's daughter: Elizabeth Talbot married Sir Richard Chomondley , Knight of Gloucester.

Sir Richard Chomondley:  son of William and Maud Chomondley, grandson of: Hugh Chomondley and Mary Stanley.

Edward Stanley, 3rd Earl of Derby:  Lord High Steward of England 1553 (highest judicial power under the King)

The Bostock connection to the Denis/Dennis Family:

Arthur Bostock (b1558/59):

Charles (b 1569) brother: Arthur (b1558/59) was baptized in Davenham, Cheshire and married Ellen Denis/Dennis in 1603, and for a while exiled to Dublin Ireland. St. Martin Parish of Surrey identifies the "DENNIS" family origin as County Galloway, Ireland; which would explain their exile to Ireland for a few years prior to returning to England; where Arthur died 1632  and is buried at Bunbery, Cheshire. Ellen Dennis Bostock died in 1642 and are buried at Tarporley, Cheshire England..

 According to "Genealogy of the Bostick Family in America by Henry Anton Bostick"  Arthur & Ellen Dennis had three sons: Arthur, Richard, and William. Their son Arthur (b 1603) was baptized at Tarporley in 1603.  He married Jane Whittle (daughter of Rev. Robert Whittel) in 1627 and had four children: Charles, John, William, and Mary (Harris).  Just prior to his death, Arthur left his estate to his eldest son Charles in 1740.  Arthur's son William  left for America in 1639/40, seeking religious freedom. They settled in Stradford,  Fairfield, Connecticut.  Henry Anton Bostick lived in the early 1900's and it is not certain what evidence his "Genealogy" account was based on; but the dates given in his account differ from other proven genealogy documentation.. 

Source: "From Generation to Generation" by:  Henry M. Neil:  also list  Arthur's son: John Bostock/Bostwick; baptized at St. Helen's, Tarporley, Cheshire in 1638 and died in 1688.  John Bostwick married Mary Brimsmead in 1665; (daughter of John Brimsmead and Mary Carter).  I believe this John is the second son of Arthur and Jane Whittle listed above.

My ancestor: Charles Bostock (b1569): was the brother of Arthur Bostock (b 1558)

Sources:  Visitation of Cheshire 1580,  Visitation of Gloucester 1623

Dorothy Denis was the daughter of Sir William Denis and Ann Berkeley of Berkeley. Ann Berkeley was the daughter of Sir Maurice V. Berkeley of Gloucester.


Researched and Posted by:  Wanda Bostic Dunlap  September 2009


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