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Friday, July 31, 2015

5~Sir Galfridus (Geoffrey) Louterell [#5395]

The name and spelling we are using for this Geoffrey, owner of the Luttrell Psalter, is the same spelling as it appears on one of the actual leafs of the Psalter; pp 6: The Luttrell Psalter by J. Backhouse.

Sir Galfridus (Geoffrey) Louterell was born at Irnham [England] in May of 1276 and baptized on May 24. In June of 1298, he was one of the “ten gentlemen” traveling overseas with Blanche, former Queen of Navarre and wife of Edmund Plantagenet, King Edward I’s brother. Blanche’s daughter by her first marriage was the Queen of France and through these circumstances, we can probably assume that Sir Galfridus was exposed to the life in the French Royal court.
Sir Galfridus [#5395] was summoned to military service 13 times from 1297 to 1319 (including the Scottish border war). We do not know when he was dubbed a knight but in 1324 he was on a list of forty knights from his region that were summoned by the sheriff to attend the "Great Council of Westminster.” The next year he was named commissioner of the Army of Kesteven, but ill health prevented him from serving.
Sir Galfridus’ first-born son was Robert [#5411], but Robert would not grow to adulthood and Sir Galfridus’ heir would be his second son, Andreas (Andrew) Loutterellus [#5410]. We know of this because Sir Galfridus twice obtained a royal license to grant his land to his brother Guy Luttrell [#5396] until his sons Robert and Andreas reached their majority. This was a legal ploy to establish guardianship in an attempt to keep his lands from "reverting" back to the crown in the event of his death.

Landowners held their lands as servants to the Crown, just as their tenants held their lands as renters or tenant farmers, if they died with no suitable heir their lands were returned to the Crown. This maneuver of Galfridus’ was similar to the modern day practice of designating guardianship of one’s children in a will to prevent the state from establishing guardianship of any children, and to control the distribution of an estate.

Sir Galfridus executed this maneuver, in 1318 and 1320. Robert and Andreas were both mentioned in the 1318 license, but only Andreas and a younger brother, Geoffrey [#5412], and their wives were named in 1320.
In 1320 Andreas was only seven and Geoffrey was even younger. Their wives were two sisters: Beatrice (Andreas) and Constance (Geoffrey), the daughters of Geoffrey le Scrope, the king’s “Sergeant at Law” and in 1324 “Chief Justice of
the King’s Bench.” Geoffrey and Constance are never mentioned again leading us to assume that at least Geoffrey, like his brother Robert, did not survive to adulthood.
Infant alliances of this nature were common. Apparently, if not customary, it was permissible for the child bride to be raised by the family of the groom. The evidence of this is that Elizabeth [#5406] (the first born child of Sir Galfridus and his wife Agnes Sutton) was in 1309 (age 12) living in the house of Walter de Glouchester as the future bride of his heir.
During the reign of King Edward the II, Sir Galfridus and Agnes must surely have been in a precarious position due to:CH 5 thomas lancaster

  • Their long term relationship with their neighbor (and son of the aforementioned Blanche), Thomas, the Earl of Lancaster, who was beheaded by his own cousin (King Edward II) in 1322 less than a mile from Hooten~Pagnel at Thomas’s Pontefract Castle.
  • Agnes’s own brother, John Sutton, was imprisoned and suffered much during this time at the hands of King Edward II * and his allies the family of Hugh le Despensers (the Elder).

Perhaps the childhood marriage alliance of:

  • Galfridus’ son Andreas [#5410] to the daughter of the King Edward the II’s Chief Justice (Geoffrey le Scrope)
  • and the marriage of Elizabeth to Walter (II) Gloucester, an ally of King Edward II.

provided some protection.

*John Sutton had married Margaret, co-heiress of the de Somery family, and was forced to give up most of his wife’s inheritance (including Dudley Castle in Worcestershire). Upon Edward III’s assumption of the throne, John’s suffrages were remedied and reversed.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Chapter 6.5: The Dunster Castle Branch ~~~c.1560-1766 13~George Luttrell

from: Our European Ancestral Namesakes: volume I of “THE LITTRELL~LUTTREL FAMILY JOURNALS”.

While his choices in romance may have bordered on scandalous he was respected and loved at Dunster Castle.

“…To Giles Baker, my servant, who hath lived under the tyranny of my wife, to the danger of his life, during the space of two years…”

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

OLIVER LITTRELL: 7-30-1993

no source citation found: Obits OJ

 OJ Littrell 

courtesy of Mary Catherine Littrell Cook

O.J. LITTRELL. WAS A HARD WORKING MAN. HE CAME FROM A FAMILY OF 12. HIS PARENTS WERE JOHN & KIZZIE (COMER) LITTRELL. HIS SIBLINGS WERE JESSIE LITTRELL, NOBLE LITTRELL, VIOLET(SIS) LITTRELL, JOHNSTON, REDFORD(RED) LITTRELL, ONENE(LITTRELL ) CURTIS, BERTHA (LITTRELL) THURMAN, J.D. LITTRELL, LETHA(LITTRELL) DAVIS, DICK LITTRELL( WHO PASSED AWAY AT AN EARLY AGE, LESLIE LITTRELL, ALBERT (RUBIN )LITTRELL. HE WAS MARRIED TO BETTY (NELSON) LITTRELL IN WHICH TWO DAUGHTERS WERE BORN, MARY CATHERINE LITTRELL -1948, AND SHEILA DIANNE LITTRELL. THEY WERE DIVORCED AND HE REMARRIED, HIS SECOND WIFE  WAS FAITH(TATE)LITTRELL IN WHICH THREE SONS WERE BORN ORVILLE JOHN(OJ) LITTRELL, WALLACE JAMES (WALLY) LITTRELL, AND CHRISTOPHER DAVID (CHRIS) LITTRELL. THIRTEEN GRANDCHILDREN, AND 12 GREAT GRANDCHILDREN. MOST WHO NEVER HAD THE PRIVILEGE TO MET HIM.

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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Cassandra Urban: died July 21, 1912

(Cassandra was the father of Mary Catherine Urban, wife of Timmons Literal.)

Fall96 (1)crpd Cassandra Urban was born July 04, 1831 in Alabama, and died July 21, 1912. He married Susannah L.E. Landtroop (#114) Abt. 1855, daughter of Stith Landtroop and Mary. She was born May 27, 1837 in Alabama ??, and died November 29, 1908.(1)

In January of 1870, Cassandra purchased 50 acres of land from R.L. McLaren on “the waters of Blue Water Creek” (Range 5, Section 1). It appears his neighbors were Frances Smith and possibly John Bivens.(3)   By June of 1870, we also find neighbors Powell, Tomas Marion Smith (and a widow, Polly Smith nearby), William Ezell, the families of Aaron, J.M., and Joseph Sandy, and the families of Zachariah and William Belew.

Also nearby is the family of a Mr. M. Holman (a millwright), his wife Sarah, and seven children, including a Sarah E. Holman, age 14. In 1882, as a result of some legal proceedings(4) involving Lizzie C. Holman, Clerk and Master W.J. Nixon deeded to C. Urban three parcels of land totaling about 400 acres of land for the sum of $75. These three lots “lying on Bluewater” in the 2nd Civil District bordered the 50 acres Cassandra had purchased in 1870 and a 600 acre tract owned by A. King.

On the 1860 Census, it appears that Cassandra and Susannah were in the Westpoint, TN area.

Cassandra & Susannah L.E. Landtroop Urban:

  • 1860, TN., Lawrence Co., Census w/family 1st District (Westpoint)
  • 1870, TN., Lawrence Co., Census w/family 2nd Civil District
  • Burial: AL., Lauderdale Co., Hill Cem.

Urban Lane in Loretto, TN.

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Friday, July 17, 2015

JD Littrell: born July 19, 1922

JD & ???Born in TN., Lawrence Co., Loretto/St. Joseph, and died December 22, 1995 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
He married (1) Opal Imogene Hampton (#316) December 23, 1947 in Piggott, AR., daughter of James Hampton and Maggie McDowell. She was born September 24, 1927 in MO., Portageville, and died April 23, 1960 in MO., Marston.
He married (2) Gertrud Anita Bock (#317) June 19, 1964 in Dachau, Germany. She was born December 26, 1933 in Brand, Kreis Tachau, CZ.

JDL-1950s (48)

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