"The Quaker Yeomen - Volume 18 Number 3 - October 1991 -
THE IMMIGRANT QUAKER HADLEY FAMILY: Compiled By James E. Bellarts.
"Hardly a month
passes that I do not receive a document attempting to trace the ancestry of
Simon Hadley I to illustrious ancestry naming as his ancestor either Jeremiah
Hadley of Northumberland and his wife who was a supposed daughter of Lady Jane
Russell of Perth Scotland; or more frequently, stating as reference "Notes of
The Quaker Family of Hadley," published by Chalmers Hadley in 1916: Philipa
Audley, daughter of Sir Humphrey Audley, who was descended from Sir Hugh Courtenay:
1.) Sir Hugh Courtenay; d. 1377-05-02; m.
Margaret de Bohun, who had 8 (or 4) sons and 8 daughters:
unnamed son. Some say Hugh de Courtenay
who m. Elizabeth, daughter of Lord Tobrian, while others skip this generation, or state
that their son
Philip Courtenay; d. 1406-Jul-29; who m. Ann Wake, and were the parents of:
say John de Courtenay, father of: (while others say Elizabeth Courtenay, 6 below, skipping this and the next generation).
5.) Some say Philip Courtenay who m. Elizabeth
(Hingeston?) (Hungerford?), showing as their daughter:
Elizabeth Courtenay who
supposedly m. Sir Humphry Audley who
was beheaded in 1461, whose daughter:
7.) Philipa Audley supposedly married Richard Hadley, son of John Hadley,
grandson of Alexander Hadley who held the manors of Williton-Hadley; Withycombe-Hadley,
Watchet, Heathfield, and other lands and who m. Alice Durborough daughter of
Sir Ralph Durborough a supposed descendant of Sir Reginald Fitzurse. Richard
Hadley and Philipa Audley were the supposed parents of:
8.) James Hadley, who had brothers Sir Henry,
George, Sir John of Bruyton, Sir William of Barlinche, and sisters Anne and
Jane Hadley; and who m(l) Friedeswith Matthew, daughter of Christopher Matthew
of Glamorganshire, Wales; m(2) Elizabeth (- -), and was supposedly the father of:
Simon Hadley I, who was born 1640.
If the above appears vague or
somewhat far-fetched to the reader it should! The children of James and Friedeswith
(Matthew) Hadley were Christopher, John, James, Thomas, Anne and Rachel. There
is no record of James Hadley and his second wife, Elizabeth (- -) having
In any event, no record has been
located in Ireland or England tracing the ancestry of Simon Hadley I. Any
attempt to make such a connection with existing data is pure fakelore! "
Read the Debrett reports.
Read the 1998 English Research Reports.
Read the Irish Reports.