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Subject: Burlington "EYRES" surname & associated names info #25
Date: Sun, 18 Oct 1998 09:50:04 EDT


Info from FTM Genealogy Online Library - book referenced below

Documents Relating to the Colonial History of New Jersey Vol XI

1 Mr. Franklin Eyre, of Philadelphia, has kindly furnished the editor with the
following note on George Eyre, his ancestry and descendants:
George Eyre was the third child and only son of George and Sarah Eyre, of
Worsop, Nottinghamshire, England. He was born at Worsop, Nov. 17, 1700. His
great-grand-father was Sir Gervaise Eyre, of Nottinghamshire, England, who
lost his life while Governor of Newark Castle, May 5th, 1645, fighting for his
King, Charles I. The local historians of the day speak of Sir Gervaise as a
man of irreproachable character, the best horseman in King Charles' army, and
add: "That had the King had many such soldiers as Sir Gervaise Eyre, he had
neither lost his crown nor his life."
The grand-father of Sir Gervaise, was also named Gervaise, who married Mary,
the daughter of George Nevill. who was lineally descended from Ralph De
Nevill, 2d Lord of Raby, who was lineally descended from the ancient Saxon
King, Ethelred II. By this same family, through Cecily Nevill, who married
Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York, whose son became Edward IV of England, the
present royal family of England trace their descent from the old Saxon Kings
of England. These Nevills have intermarried with the principal families of the
nobility of England, and of this historic family, all remember him who is
termed the last of the great Barons of England--Richard Nevill, the Earl of
Warwick, called the King-maker.

The first member of the Eyre family to settle in England, was named
Humphrey,who was a Knight of William the Conqueror, and fought at the battle
of Hastings, 1066, where he lost one of his legs. The crest of the Eyre coat-
of-arms, is a leg, in armor, couped at the thigh. George Eyre studied for the
ministry, but, while on a visit to this country in 1727, he met Mary, the
daughter of Hon. Samuel Smith, of Burlington, N. J., whom he married about
1729-'30, and resided at Burlington, N. J., his residence being directly
opposite the Episcopal Church of St. Mary.

Through this marriage the Eyres are made claimants to the mythical Jennens
Estate. By the said Mary Smith, George Eyre had eleven children, viz: Samuel,1
born 1731; George, born Sept. 24, 1732; Samuel2 and Sarah (twins), born Feby
2, 1734; Manuel, born Nov. 10, 1736; Jehu, born Jany. 10, 1738; Mary, born
Octo. 1739; Martha, born Octo. 28, 1741; Hannah, born Augt. 1, 1743;
Elizabeth, born June 10, 1746; Benjamin George, born June 1, 1747. George
Eyre,
shortly after the death of his wife Mary, married a widow, Mrs. Shreeves of
Burlington, N. J., and by her, had a daughter, named Ann, born Sept. 10, 1756.
The said Samuel,1 George, Sarah, Hannah and Elizabeth, all died unmarried.
Samuel2 married Elizabeth Folwell of Burlington county, N J., and had six
children. Manuel married Mary Wright, daughter of Richard Wright, the leading
ship-builder of Philadelphia, and had thirteen children. During the War of the
Revolution, he was a prominent member of the Pennsylvania State Navy Board,
and did noble service throughout the war. He died Nov. 1, 1805, at Kensington,
Philadelphia, Penna. Jehu married Lydia Wright, sister of the said Mary Wright
and had nine children. He was Colonel, commanding the Philadelphia artillery
during the Revolution, until his death, which occurred July, 1781, from
exposure.

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