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Subject: [PENNINGTON-L] Are some of us Radcliffes?
Date: Tue, 11 Jul 2000 11:11:43 -0500

Pennington ancestry: The non-Gamelcentric view.
LANCASHIRE, ENGLAND: a fanciful pedigree yet based on historical fact.

This article was inspired by a recent paper that I read in the
American Journal of Human Genetics by a Professor at Oxford called
Bryan Sykes. He found that surnames could essentially be traced from
signatures in the Y-chromosome that is passed on with the same pattern
as surnames. It is remarkable that a study of several surnames has
turned up only one genetic signature in the Y-chromosome confirming
that there was only one progenitor of many surnames. This got me
thinking about some old bits of Pennington genealogy that have been
ignored, perhaps because of their early remoteness in time. Second, it
highlights the neglected fact that there are really two early
Lancashire origins of the Pennington surname and most likely we will
not all be shown to be ultimately derived from Gamel de Pennington and
the Muncaster family.
We will see below that the spelling of the name/place Pininton
gradually over the centuries evolved into Pennington. This article is
really for those who are puzzled when their researches uncover a
consistent early spelling of Pin(n)ington in their family tree and a
location of origin near Leigh Lancashire.
The main fact underlying the part of this article that might be called
a flight of fancy is that Hugh de Radcliffe assumed the name of his
wife Margery de Pininton on their wedding. This might be explained by
the fact that Margery owned the manor of "Pennington" near Leigh that
was a land grant from Simon de Bedford 1122 AD. (Victoria County
History of Lancashire). Thus if one traces the descent of the
Y-chromosome rather than the surname, the ancestors of Adam de
Pennington were really named de Radcliffe and before this, if we
accept the Radcliffe pedigree, de Taillebois.

First a few words about the forgotten Pennington we hear so little

PENNINGTON Pininton, Pynynton, 1246,1360; Penynton, 1305; Pynyngton,
1351, 1442; Penyngton, 1443.

There is no village of Pennington in West Derby Hundred; the whole of
the ancient manor is now within the town of Leigh half way between
Manchester and Liverpool. It contains an area of 1,482 acres, but
several landmarks remember the name Pennington (the modern spelling).

It is noteworthy to me that Aston-by-Sutton Cheshire, where my
ancestors came from c1635, is 10 or 15 miles from Leigh in Lancs. It
has also been hypothesized that the spelling Pin(n)ington ties a
family directly to Leigh in Lancashire. In early records this place
was spelt always with one "n" and sometimes with an "i" or a "y". The
earliest recorded spelling of my surname is Pinington.
If all Penington/Pin(n)ingtons originating in SW Lancashire near
(Leigh) are descended from Adam de Pennington (as conjectured in the
book "Surnames of Lancashire" by R.A. McKinley) their ancestors, in
chronological order, would include:

1. Ivo de TAILLEBOIS - Earl of Anjou -Baron of Kendal abt 1085.
Ivo was born 1020 in Anjou, or Normandy, France. He died 1094.
Went to England with William the Conqueror in 1066. He had the
following child:
Aelfred de TAILBOIS "The Englishman" was born
1045 likely in Normandy, France.

Ivo married again about 1084 - (2) Countess Lucy Malet daughter of
Earl Aelfger and granddaughter of Gruffydd, King of Wales who was born
about 1065 of Mercia, England. After Ivos death in 1094
Lucy married (2) Roger FITZ GEROLD.
Lucy Married (3) Ranulph de Meschin - Earl of Chester d. 1129

2. Aelfred de TAILLEBOIS "The Englishman" was born 1045 in Anjou,
or Normandy, France. Aelfred is probably the product of a previous
marriage in Normandy.
He had the following children:
3. Ketel was born about 1065. Ketel married (1)
Christina. Christina was born about 1065.
Ketel or Chetel & Christina had at least 2 sons:

* i. Gilbert de Frunesco TAILLEBOIS was born 1070.
ii. William de Taillebois (later changed his name by
order of the King to William de Lancaster.

4. Gilbert de Frunesco TAILLEBOIS was born 1070 of Furness county in
Lancashire. Gilbert later went by the name Gilbert de Lancaster.
Gilbert married (1) Goditha about 1090. Goditha was born about 1072.
They had the following children:
William Fitz Gilbert - de LANCASTER was born about 1095 in England
*ii.Nicholas Fitz Gilbert - de RADECLIVE was born 1097/1100.

5.Nicholas de RADECLIVE was born 1097/1100 in England. A knight who
was given the Manor of Radeclive from his lord, and may have built
Radcliffe Tower, in the village of Radcliffe in Lancashire, England.
Nicholas took the name "de Radcliffe" meaning of or from Radcliffe.
Radcliffe Lancs is not 5 miles from Leigh in Lancs. Eventually the
last name Taillebois was dropped and Radcliffe took its place in the
family lineage. Nicholas married (1) Lady the Booths before 1124. Lady
the Booths was born about 1100.
They had the following children:
i.Matthew RADECLIVE or Fitz Gilbert was born about
1122 in Lancashire, England.
* ii. Henry de RADECLIVE or Radcliffe was born 1124/1126 and died
before 1190.
iii. Simon de RADECLIVE or Fitz Gilbert was born about 1128 in
Lancashire, England.

6.Henry de RADECLIVE or Radcliffe was born 1124/1126 in Lancashire,
England. He died before 1190. He had the following children:
i.Richard de RADECLIVE was born about 1162 in Lancashire, England.
* ii. William de RADECLIVE or Radcliffe was born 1164 and died
iii. John de RADECLIVE was born about 1166 in Lancashire, England.

7.William de RADECLIVE or Radcliffe was born 1164 in Lancashire,
England. He died 1220. He was appointed High Sheriff of Lancaster in
1194 by Richard the Lionhearted and was one of twelve trust knights of
the shire. William married (1) Cecilia MONTBEGON about 1186. Cecilia
was born about 1165 in Lancashire, England.
They had the following children:
i. Adam de RADCLYFFE was born about 1188 and died 1250.
ii. Geoffrey de RADECLIVE was born about 1190 in England.
*iii. Hugh de RADECLIVE was born about 1192 in Lancashire, England.

8. Hugh de Radcliffe Married Margery de Pininton daughter of Richard
de Pininton (living 1220) who may have been the Lord of the Manor of
Pennington in Leigh. Hugh assumed the name de Pennington because
Margery was granted the Manor (about 1500 acres), by Simon de Bedford
before 1221). Children included Richard and William. Note that printed
sources of the lineage of this family switch over to the modern
spelling of Pennington after Margery.

9. Richard de Pennington in 1246 inherited the manor of Pennington,
while his brother William inherited all of Heartshead Co York. Richard
married and his son was Adam.

10. Adam de Pennington (died in 1309) married Joan ......... and had
one daughter Joan who married Roger de Badshagh son of Richard de
Bradshagh and they were given one half of the manor of Pennington in
Leigh. Thus the manor passed to the Bradshagh and other families.

11. Adam de Pennington also had three sons by an Elota Crakebone, Hugh
(living 1301) Richard and Adam. Records show that Richard and Adam
partially owned Pennington 1330-1350. It is from these three
Penningtons Hugh, Richard and Adam, who were granted land by their
father, that the Penington/Pin(n)ington families concentrated around
Leigh in Lancashire are said to be descended? In 1338 a Richard, son
of William de Pennington, is mentioned in this time period and these
may have been descendants. A look at the IGI using the surname
variations discussed above shows that there were probably more
Peningtons/Piningtons living near Leigh, Lancs than near Pennington in
Lonsdale hundred from where the Muncaster Penningtons originated.

Proof of this somewhat fanciful pedigree would be possible nowadays.
To do this a genetic analysis of the Y-chromosomes from a single cheek
cell of a random sample of Penningtons and Radcliffes, including some
Peningtons/Pin(n)ingtons who originated from SW Lancashire, should
produce a signature in common with Radcliffe descendants of Adam and
Geoffrey de Radcliffe (generation 7). My prediction is that there will
be at least two signatures in the DNA of the male Penningtons, one of
them could be Gamel de Pennington's and the other may be Ivo de
Tallebois's! In addition unfortunately 50% of us will not have either
signature due to the accumulation of early non-paternity events (Sykes
and Irven, 2000).

Victoria County History of Lancashire, West Derby Hundred, Pennington.
Hampson, Charles P.. The Book of the Radclyffes. Being an account of
the main descents of this illustrious family from its origin to the
present day, compiled from a variety of sources, including public
records and private evidences. [With plates.]
Publisher: pp. xxv. 317. T. & A. Constable: Edinburgh, 1940. 4o.
Sykes B and Irven C Surnames and the Y Chromosome, (2000) Am. J. Hum.
Genet. 66:1417-1419.

Nicholas J Penington PRA member

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