The Pye Family History
This great info furnished by Charles G. Pye Jr.
This is a history of the PYE family from the earliest times to the present. It traces this
family through its various names: i.e: "av Maera", "de Mara", "De LaMare", "Fitz Norman",
"Fitz William", "de Kilpeck", "ap Hugh", "Apie", to "Pye O' The Mynde", and thence to just
It traces this family starting with the first recorded, through legendary, male ancestor,
Fornjotnr, from Finland to Norway to France to England to the United States, the Barbados
and to Labrador and Newfoundland.
It is my belief that most all PYES are descended from, or named from the family started by Hugh
Fitz William, Fitz Norman de LaMare de Kilpeck of Herefordshire, England. I do not attempt to
trace all branches of the PYE family, but I believe that herein is groundwork to which all branches
of the PYE family can be tied.
I also attempt to trace other families who married PYEs, and which have furnished genetic material
for later PYE generations. I know that this is not without error and I am aware that I am repeating
genealogies which, although they were believed in ancient times, are now considered to being
purely legendary; and I am aware that some of this material is contradictory.
It is my opinion that OPIE family of Cornwall is a first or second generation offshoot from Hugh
Fitz William, Fitz Norman De LaMare, which went from Herefordshire to Cornwall between 1190
and 1240. Fornjotnr: Was a king in Kvaenland, (Queanland), which was north of the Gulf of
Bothnia in present-day Finland, near the present Finnish-Swedish border. The early Danish settlers
of Norway were in such awe of the size of the Finno-Ugrian people with whom they came into
contact that they did not consider that they were men. These Jotuns, as they were called, were
considered to be giants, and/or semi-gods by the Danes, and the Danes reasoned that the legendary
Jotun King Fornjotnr, must have been the same individual as the Ymir of Danish mythology, and
that his gigantic descendants must have been the frost giants.
Anciently, the Finno-Ugrian people of this area were known as the Kvaenir, and are so mentioned
in Egil's saga. These people were referred to as the Kainu and the Cvena. They were the Cwenas of
Othere (Ottar), and were known as such by King Alfred. Their ancestors had come into Finland
from the Northeast and were of Komsa culture.
They spent some period of time in the Ob River Valley, and some of these Finno-Ugrians settled on
the Yenesei. Anciently, they were known as the gigantic Ugrians or Yugorians. They were the
Jotuns and frost giants of Norse mythology and the Gigantes of Titans of Roman and Greek
mythology. One group went into the Black Forest area of Germany, and was to furnish the
inspiration for the "Giant" stories of that area. Adam of Bremen and Tacitus knew these people and
the former said that the gigantic Finns of this time were superior in strength and swiftness to the
wild animals of the forest. The Danes believed that these giants had their original home in
Jotunheim, or Utgard, outside of the limits of the Earth and Sea, and that they were descended from
an earlier and wilder race of men. "There were giants in the earth in those days": (Genesis 6
Paragraph 4) It was a mixing of these Komsa culture Finno-Ugrians with the Tosna culture Danes,
who (it is estimated) entered and settled south Norway about 600 B.C., which ultimately formed the
Norwegian race. They met, fought, and gradually mingled in the Trondheim Fjord area of Norway.
They became the Halfdanes, and the name, Halfdan, was common throughout Norway. Norse
mythology tells of the struggles and conflicts between these two peoples.
Kari The Wind: His brothers were: Thrugelmir, the father of Bergelmir, Loro, the father of Loki,
who is prominent in Norse and German Mythology. Kari was also the brother of Aegir, or Hler,
who lived on Laeso in the Kattegat, and another whose name is unknown, but who was (according
to legend) the father of Balthorn, who was the grandfather of Odin, Vili, Nd Ve. Loki was the Jotun
who caused the death of Baldur or Sigfried.
Frosti or Jokul:
Snjo The Old:
Thorri Blackfrost: Jotun King of Kvaenland, a brother of Wese, Drifa, Fonn, and Mjoll.
Gore or Gare: A Jotun Prince in Finland. A brother of Norr, who is reported to have discovered,
settled and named Norway. Norr married a sister of Prince Rolfe. Goe, sister to Gore and Norr,
married Prince Rolfe, who was son of Asathor, the son of the Swede-Jotun of Button Mountain and
his wife, Alvhild, who was the daughter of Eystein of Hedmark. Goe and Prince Rolfe had a son
who became king Solve in Finland. Eystein of Hedmark's father was King Rolfe of Hedmark. Gore
or Gorr settled the Lofoten Islands.
Sveidi or Sveithi: The Vikman, died 760. He was brother of Heiti and Beiti. He married the
daughter of Olaf I King of Vestfold, and his wife, who was a daughter of King Solor.
Haldan the Old: Died 800
Ivar: The Jari of the Uplands, (a brother of Vors), married Thyra, daughter of Eystein Glumra
(Rattle), Jari of Throndheim.
Eystein of Vors: 870. Jarl av Maera and Nord Trondelag on Trondheim Fjord. He was known as
Eystein the Noisy, or as the Orator. He married Aseda of Jutland, daughter of Rognvald, the
Mountain High, who died in 840. The village of Maera still exists on Throndheim Fjord. This was
the center of the pre-Christian Old Norse religion. During pagan times, there was a great hall with
statues of Odin, Thor and Freya. This was the last stronghold in Norway to resist Christianty. Olaf
Trygvason destroyed statues and forced the people av Maera to become Christian or die. He was
sainted for this act and is today recognized as Patron Saint of Norway. He destroyed the statues
Rognvald: Jarl of Maera, More and Romsdahl, was able through his military might and his
influence with the Kings and Jarls of Norway, to bring about the unification of Norway under
Harold Fairhair, and he supported Harold in his efforts to become King of all Norway. Rognvald
gave his full support and even administered the oath to Harold, creating him as Norway's king.
Harold made Rognvald Jarl of North and South More, as well as Maera, after Harold's victory of
Solsked in 869 over Muntheof, King of More, Nokve and Raumsdal (Romsdahl). Rognvald was the
close friend and kinsman of Halfdan the Black, father of Harold Fairhair.
The other kings of Norway who supported Harold were confirmed as Jarls of their territories instead
of continuing as kings. Those who objected or resisted were driven out of Norway. Many of them
went "a Viking". Some went to Iceland. Rognvald married Ragnhilda, daughter of Rolfe Neffia and
his wife, Asseline. Rognvald was a brother of Huldrich, also known as Malhucs or Malahucius, and
of Sigurd Riki, who was the father of Guthorm, a famous viking marauder. Because Harold Fairhair
recognized his debt to Jarl Rognvald, he favored him and his family even over his own sons. Two of
Harold's sons, Halfdan Haaleg (Longleg), and Gudron Ljome (Gleam), became jealous of
Rognvald, and surprised him in his great hall at Maera in 894. They murdered Rognvald by
bloodeagleing him. They also killed sixty men who were Rognvald's retainers. Halfdan Haaleg, one
of Harold Fairhair's sons who perpetrated this crime, was later captured while visiting the Orkney
lslands. The capture was made by Jarl Peat "Turf" Einar, a son of Jarl Rognvald, and Halfdan
Haaleg was, in turn, bloodeagled by Peat Einar's orders to avenge the murder of his father. Upon
hearing of his son's punishment for his crime against Jarl Rognvald by Peat Einar, Harold Fairhair,
being sympathetic to Peat Einar, administered mild punishment, barely inconveniencing the Jarlof
The sons of Harold Fairhair and the brothers of Alof Arbot, who married Thorir, Jarl av Maera,
were: Eric Bloodaxe, Sigurd Hrisi, Bjorn, Haakon I, Olaus Giersted, Olaf Farman, Halfdan
(Longlegs) Haaleg, and Gudron Ljome (Gleam), and others. Harold Fairhair died in 933 at 83 years,
after a seventy-year reign. Harold Fairhair was actually a brother-in-law of Rognvald, having
married 0ffa, a daughter of RoIf Neffia. She was sister of Rognvald's wife, Ragnhilda. During the
attack on Rognvald, his great hall at Maera was burned.
Thorir: Succeeded his father as Jarl av Maera. He was known variously as; Thorri the Silent, Thore
Tegjande, and as Thorri av Maera and More. He married, as her first husband, Alof Arbot, (The
Fecund), daughter of Harold Fairhair, King of Norway and his wife, Snefrida. Secondly, Alof Arbot
married Haakon, Jarl of Hlade, by whom she had Sigurd of Hlade, a half-brother to Thorbard and
Berglioth. Thorir was a full-brother to Rolf the Ganger (Rollo or Robert I of Normandy), who
conquered Normandy in 912 and also a half-brother of Peat or Torf Einar, Jarl av the Orkneys.
Also, he was a full-brother to Hrollager, who married Emina, and became ancestor of the Bigod
family, and of Ivar, who was killed in a raid on the Hebrides. He was also half-brother to Hallad,
fourth Earl of the Orkneys, and of Hrollaur, who settled at Eyiaford, Iceland. Thorir was called
"Thorri the Silent" by his brothers Peat Einar and Rolf the Ganger, because he did nothing. He
remained silent after his father was murdered. They felt that as Rognvald's successor as Jarl of More
and Maera, he should have avenged Rognvald's death. However, in that his wile was Alof Arbot, a
daughter of King Harold Fairhair and a sister of his father's murderers, he remained silent and left
the avenging of his father's death to his half-brother, Peat Einar.
Torf Peat Einar was the father of Thorfinn I, known as Skulicleiffer, "Skull Cleaver", and
grandfather of Thorold, Sieur de Pont Audemer, who married Wewa, daughter of Harold VIII
Blatand, first christian king of Denmark, and his wife, Cyrid (Cynthia), Queen of Sweden. Thobard,
Fitz Thori: Also known as Thorbert, Thoribert, or Herbert, the Northman av Maera. As a young,
boy, he was the steersman in the fleet of his uncle, Rolf the Ganger, when they took over Normandy
from King Charles the Simple in 912. Thorbard was a brother of Berglioth, who married Grjotgard.
Berglioth and Grjotgard were parents of Haakon, father of Sigurd, who was the father of Jarl
Haakon, Sigurdso the Great, who ruled Norway from 97O to 995. Thorbard was given, by his Uncle
Rolf, the Grand Fief of Maera in Normandy, named for their village in Norway, a name which the
French of the area soon converted to La Mare, or La Grande Mare. It still exists near St. Opportune
and is next to Pont Audemare, which was assigned by Rolf to Thorbard's cousin, Thorold, who was
ancestor to the Beaumonts and the Newburgs. In Norway and in Normandy, Maera was often
Thorbard became known as Le Sieur de la Mare. He was given Rolf's daughter, his cousin-Grisele
or Griselda, as his wife. Grisele's mother was Gisele, daughter of King Charles the Simple,
Carolovingian King of France, who died in 929, and his wife, Egvina (Eadyth, Edgiva or Eadgifu),
the granddaughter of King Alfred the Great of England. The term "The Simple', applied to King
Charles, was not derogatory in nature. It meant: open, straightforward, and honest. Gisele was sister
of King Louis IV of France.
Walter Fitz Herbert: Walter Fitz Herbert av Maera married Arabelle, daughter of Ivres de Belleme
the Marquis d'Alencon, and Siegneur de Belleme, and his wife, Godchild, daughter of Hilduin of
Ponthieu, born about 930. Godchild was sister of Hughes I, Count of Ponthieu, who married another
Gisele of France by whom he had Engelram, who married Adeliza, sister of William the Conquerer.
Arabel was sister of William II, Count of Alencon and Belleme, who died in 1028. Ives de Belleme
was son of Fulk, Count of Corbonais and his wife, Rolais. William Fitz Walter Fitz Herbert: The
Sieur de la Mare (Mara) married Clovisa (Louisa) de Goz, daughter of Clovis (Louis) de Goz,
Vicomte D'Avranches, brother of Thorstein (Thurstan) de Goz and son of Ansfrid the Dane.
Norman Fitz William Fitz Walter de Mara: Was The Sieur de la Mare, mentioned in the Breton
Charter dated 1030. He married the daughter of Roger de Pitres (Pistries), Viscount of Gloucester,
(brother of Durand the Sheriff) and his wife, the Viscountess Adelisa, daughter of Eudes,
(Endowain). Count of Brittany and Ponthieve, born 999, died Jan. 7, 1079. Eudes was first married
to Agnes Canhiart and to Lucia de Baladon, daughter of Drogo de Baladorn. Eudes (Endowain) was
the son of Geoffrey, Duke of Brittany, and his wife, Hawise if Normandy. Geoffrey was the son of
Conan I, "The Tort", who died in 992. Hawise was the daughter of Richard the Fearless of
Normandy, and his wife, Bertha, who died in 1084. Roger de Pitries' son was Walter of Gloucester,
who married Emma, daughter of Drogo de Baladon. The half-brother of Vicountess Adeliza was
Brian Fitz Count, a son of Eudes and Lucia de Baladon, another daughter of Drogo de Baladon.
William Fitz Norman de Mara: Was the Sieur de la Mare at Battle of Hastings. He was living in
1114. He appears on the Falaise Roll with his brother, Hugh de la Mare, Seneschal of Chester. His
other brothers were Robert, Ranulph or Rainald, and Geoffrey. Ranulph was Dafifer of Chester.
William was given extensive holdings in Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire. Some
of the land he inherited had been property of his great uncle, Brian Fitz Count. He became Baron of
Kilpeck in Archinfield and built Kilpeck Castle and Kilpeck Church. He held Hereford Parva. His
other holdings included Venn, Fenn, & Hopton Soller. He also held Rencomb, Cerney and
Trewsbury of Richard de Clare through Robert Fitzroy. Hugh de la Mare, brother of William was
direct ancestor of Barons of Montalt in Chester and of the Chester de la Meres.
The Forest of Mara, now the de la Mere Forest, is named for this family. William Fitz Norman de
Mara married Mabilia Le Gos (de Goz), born 1064. She was a natural daughter of Hugh The Wolf,
Viconte D'Avanches (born 1048), the Earl of Chester, and daughter of the sister of his wife,
Ementrude. They were the daughters of Hugh, Count of Beauvasis and Clermont, and his wife,
Margaret de Montidier, daughter of Hilduin IV de Rameru, Count of Montidier and Roucy, who
died in 1063, and his wife, Adelaide of Rheims. Hilduin was son of Hilduin III and his wife, Alixe
de Roucy. Hugh The Wolf was the son of Richard Logos, Vicome D'Avranches and his wife,
Emma, the daughter of Herluin de Burgo de Conteville and his wife, Arlotte de Falaise, who was
also the mother of William The Conquerer. Therefore, William the Conquerer was a half brother of
Emma, and of Adeliza and of Bishop Odo of Bayeux, and of Count Robert de Mortain. The last
three mentioned people were full brothers and sister to Emma. The Kilpeck Area had originally
belonged to Cadvan (Cadiand) ap Bleddyn, brother of King Meredith of Archinfield, who was
father of King Griffin, whose daughter, Meirig (Mary) married Hugh, the following: Hugh Fitz
William Fitz Norman de Mara (de la Mare) de Kilpeck: Lord of Kilpeck Castle and a Crusader. He
was born in 1076 and died in 1171. He was the Baron of Kilpeck. While on the second crusade, he
was captured by the Saracen Chieftain, the Emir Mohammed (Amiraud). He had a child by the
daughter of Emir Mohammed. The child was later known as Susan Pye (ap Hugh), and she later
married Gilbert A'Becket, following his captivity when, as a crusader, he too was held captive by
Emir Mohammed. They became the parents of St. Thomas A'Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury,
(born December 21, 1117), and his sister, Susan, who married Harvey Walter of West Dereham,
Norfolk, as his first wife. Thomas Costain's story. "THE BLACK ROSE", and the old border
ballads, i.e.: "Lord Beichan and Susan Pye", "Lord Batemen", "Young Bekie", etc. tell the story of
the romanace of Suan Pye and Gilbert A'Becket. Also legend reports that out of respect for his
Sacacen mother, St. Thomas caused a golden moslem crescent to be hung over the high altar of
Canterbury Cathedral. It was still hanging there in 1969. Susan Pye A'Becket died when her second
child, St. Thomas, was born. (* other records indicate that Susan Pye A'Becket died in the Great fire
of London in 1212.) Susan probably never knew she would be called "PYE". The name was later
applied to all children of Hugh. Gilbert remarried Rohese of either Rouen or Caen. Upon his
deliverance from the Saracens and his return to England, Hugh Fitz William Fitz Norman de Mara
de Kilpeck rebuilt Kilpeck Church (The Church of St David) and presented it as a thanks offering
for his deliverance from the Saracens to the Monastery of St. Peter at Gloucester. Hugh was a
brother to Robert, Richard, Henry, William, Geoffrey and Rainald de la Mare. This second William
de la Mare married Katherine, sister of Sir Robert, Sir Richard and Sir John de Penrice (Penris) and
of Alica de Langton. It was this second William de la Mare who accompanied Henry de Bellomont
in the Norman thrust into Wales. He started the building of Oxwich Castle on Gower Peninsula,
Wales. Rainald (Ranulph) de la Mare was mentioned by William of Tyre for his part in fighting in
the Holy Land during the Crusades. The de la Mare arms were the arms of Av Maera: two golden
lions on a blue field. Rolf the Ganger, a younger son of Jarl Rognvald, not being eligible to bear the
arms of Maera, adopted two golden lions on a red field as his arms; the arms of Normandy. Now,
back to Hugh FItz William Fitz Norman de Mara de Kilpeck. Upon his return to England, he
married Meirig (Mary), a Welsh princess, the daughter of King Griffin ap Meredith ap Bledyn ap
Cynvyn of Archinfield, and received Saddlebow as his dower. Although Griffin was referred to as
King Griffin, and is so mentioned in the Herefordshire Domesday, he actually died in 1128 before
the death of his father, King Meredith, who was a brother of Cadvan (Cadiand), who had owned the
Kilpeck (Chipeete) Area before the Norman Conquest.
King Griffin's wife, was Gwerfyl, daughter of Gwrgenau. Hugh and his wife Meirig (Mary) were
the parents of John ap Hugh (Pye) of Saddlebow, Thomas Pye of Saddlebow, who was the ancestor
of King Edward I, Anne Boleyn, and of Queen Elizabeth I. Hugh was also the father of Henry de
Kilpeck, who inherited Kilpeck Castle, following Hugh's passing, Henry became ancestor of the de
La Beres and Plugenets. John, Thomas and Henry were half brothers of Susan Pye, who married
Gilbert A'Becket. The name, Pye, was adopted at this point and is a contraction of ap Hugh, which
in Welsh means children or son of Hugh. However, in the Welsh dialect of Archenfield (Erging)
and Ewias in Herefordshire, (*In Welsh Hereford is "Caeffawdd" it sounds more like Apee, and so
it developed into "Pye". At Saddlebow, there is an ancient medieval building which looks like a
military stronghold, which is now used as a barn. It is made of stone, possibly granite, with slits
which were probably used to allow bowmen to shoot. In this area, Welsh laws and customs
prevailed to the end of the 12th century. Archinfield (Erging) was sometimes written "Urging'.
John ap Hugh (Pye) de Kilpeck of Saddlebow: Brother of Thomas Pye of Saddlebow, Henry de
Kilpeck, who died in 1183. (Henry was successor to Hugh as Lord of Kilpeck Castle). John was
also a half brother to Susan ap Hugh (Pye), first wife of Gilbert A'Becket. It is believed that another
brother of John ap Hugh (Pye) of Saddlebow went into Cornwall and became the ancestor of the
Opie Family from that area. Walter Pye: Lord of Saddlebow. Married Elizabeth de La Bere (Barry),
daughter of Stephen de La Bere and his wife, Margaret or Matilda, daughter of Thomas Pye of
Saddlebow, noted above. Margaret-Matilda's sister married Sir John Plugenet from whom the Fitz:
Alans, Arundels and de Bohuns descend.
Thomas Pye of Saddlebow II: Married Jane Bromwich in 1290. She was daughter of Richard
Bromwich, who was the Equerry to Prince Arthur. Thomas Pye was a brother of John and of
William Pye, who was granted land in Suffolk in the time of Edward III.
Walter Pye of Saddlebow II: Married Elizabeth Scudamore, the daughter of Sir John Scudamore
of Kentchurch. (He was a cousin of Joan de La Bere, who married Richard Fitz Alan, Earl of
Arundel). Sir John Scudamore's wife was Elizabeth Alice of Ewias, the daughter of Owen
Glendower, the famous Welsh patriot.
John Tregoz (Tregos) Pye: Was a brother of John Jenkins Pye. John Tregoz Pye married Ann,
daughter of Roger Andrews, son of William ap Andrews ap Ithel Vychan of Brown's (Bryns) Place,
which came to the Pyes as part of Ann Andrews' dower. This was located in Much Dewchurch,
Herefordshire, near the old Roman Camp of Bryn Gwyn. The name, Brown's Place, was changed to
Mynde Park on which was built Mynde Hall, called Mynde. It was extensively rebuilt about 1395,
using material from the already partly-in-ruins Kilpeck Castle. Mynde Hall was truly magnificent. It
had forty-two rooms, including nineteen bedrooms. The main room, a ballroom, was finished in
walnut, with a pale blue vaulted ceiling, with alabaster ribs. Around the room were alabaster busts
of the kings and queens of England. Over the fireplace was the Pye coat of arms in alabaster. There
is a great courtyard with an arched entrance, with an ancient clock above arch. I saw it in 1969.
Twiston Davies then owned it. Lady Clive whose husband was related to the famous Clive of India
now owns it. Dewchurch is from Llandewi, meaning David's Church, or Church of David, in Welsh.
John Pye O'The Mynde: Born 1444. Died 1550, at 106 years. He was married three times and had
forty-three children. He is buried in the old church at Much Dewchurch. An ancient tombstone, now
illegible, used to carry this epitaph: "Here lies the body of John Pye of Mynde, A traveler in far
countries, his life he ended. He left behind him Walter, his son, heir of Mynde, and forty-two
children. He was 106 years truly." He first married Ann, the daughter of Sir Richard de La Bere, by
whom be had first John Pye of Lanreath (Lansreath), (sometimes erroneously written Nansarth), in
Cornwall near St. Austell. He was born about 1463 at Mynde Hall, and died in 1519. He lived part
of his life at Bodinneck in St. Stephen's in Brannel, Cornwall. He went to Cornwall to inherit his
mother's family land from the de La Beses in Devon and in Cornwall, an estate larger than that
owned by the Pyes in Herefordshire. John Pye of Lanreath (Lansreath) (Lanrethou) married
Elizabeth, daughter of Hugh Courtenay of Boconnoc. The Pyes inherited Bodinneck from the
Courtenays. Elizabeth's brother, Edward was Earl of Devon. Her mother was Margaret, daughter of
Thomas Carminow and his wife Joanna Trevarthian, daughter of Otho Trevarthian.
Walter Pye O'The Mynde: Brother of John Pye of Lansreath and many others. Heir of John Pye
O'The Mynde. Married Margaret, daughter of Phillipot Price (ap Rhys) of Orcopp. Walter Pye was
buried November 2, 1575.
Roger Pye O'The Mynde: Died 1590. Married Bridget, daughter of Thomas or Walter Kyrle
(Kirle) of Walford, who was born November 14, 1524. Roger Pye O'The Mynde owned Kilpeck
Castle. Sir Walter Pye O'The Mynde: Married first Joane Rudhall on July 22, 1602. He was
baptized Octoher 1, 1571 and buried January 9, 1635 or 36. He was Knight Attorney General of the
Court of Wards and Liveries of England. He was at one time considered to be the richest man in
England. He invested with the West Country adventurers and helped to finance Lord Baltimore's
(George Calvert - The First Lord Baltimore) settlement of Ferryland in Newfoundland. His tomb of
marble is in the old church at Much Dewchurch near Mynde Hall. Mynde was a three hundred-acre
estate with a deer park and fishpond near the Roman-Briton Camp of Bryn-Gwyn in Much
John Pye: Baptized December 13, 1620. Brother of another Sir Walter Pye O'The Mynde, who was
the father of the Sir Walter Pye who was created Baron Kilpeck by King James II, and was a
brother of Robert Pye of the Mynde and Barbados Islands. John Pye was given a license to pass
from England to beyond the sea on June 26, 1633. He went to Newfoundland when he was 13 years
old. He was at Lord Baltimore's Ferryland Colony on the Avalon Peninsula in Newfoundland. He
was also in Virginia in 1684. He married Blanche, the sister of Sir Henry Lingen (Lingham) of
Stoke Edith, Herefordshire, England. She died January 12, 1708 at 91. She was the daughter of
Edward Lingen, Esquire, and his wife Blanche, daughter of Sir Roger Bodenham of Rotherwas.
John Pye and his wife, Blanche, had 23 children. Sir Henry Lingen was the noted royalist
commander during the English Civil War. John Pye was also a brother of William Pye and of
Edward Pye, who, in 1650, petitioned the East India Company for 600 acres of land on the Assada
with a Mr. Bent.
Col. Edward Pye: A Deputy Governor of Maryland from 1684 to 1688. He was born l646. His will
was proven 1693. He held Boyce and Dymock in England. He was an ardent Catholic. He was at
Ferryland, Newfoundland, and later joined the Baltimores' new settlement in Maryland. He married
Ann, the daughter of Henry Sewall, Secretary to Charles Calvert, the Third Lord Baltimore. She
was the widow of Benjamin Rozier, who died 1681, of Potohock River, Charles County, Maryland.
Col. Edward Pye inherited 400 acres of land in the Barbados from his cousin, Robert Pye O'The
Mynde, a brother of Lord Kilpeck. This Robert Pye had married Meliora, daughter of Sir James
Drax of the Barbados. Robert Pye's daughter, Elizabeth, married Henry Gorges of Eye and the
Mynde. He was of the same family as Sir Fernando Gorges. Col. Edward Pye's brother, John Pye,
was granted 300 acres in Sussex County, Delaware, in September 1682. The mother of Ann Sewall,
who married Col. Edward Pye, was Jane Lowe, daughter of Vincent Lowe and his wife, Anne
Cavendish. They were of Derbyshire and Yorkshire and were allied with the Pilkingtons and the
Cokaynes. Upon the death of Henry Sewall, (a cousin of the Sewalls of Massachusetts), Jane
married Charles Calvert, the Third Lord Baltimore.
John Pye: A brother of Charles, Henry, Walter, Nicholas, Ann and Elizabeth. Charles was the last
Pye lord of Kilpeck and the Mynde. He had holdings in the Barbados and in Newfoundland. In
1723, he built "The Newhouse". Lady Clive owned the Newhouse and the ruins of Kilpeck Castle in
1969. The Joseph Manning Family was farming the Newhouse Farm and the land area around the
ruins of Kilpeck Castle in 1969. John Pye married Henrietta Maria Neale. His will was dated
January 7, 1773. Both died in 1776. Henrietta Maria was the daughter of William Neale of Port
Tobacco, Maryland, and his wife, MaryAnn (Boarman) Brook. Henrietta Maria was sister of
Raphael Neale. Henry Pye, a brother of John, was living in Newfoundland in l7l6. His brother,
Charles Pye of the Mynde and Kilpeck married Mary, daughter of Charles Booth of Breinton. They
had one child, a daughter, who died as an infant. Charles Pye is listed as a Catholic non-juror in
Charles Pye: Brother of Edward Pye, who married Sarah Edelen, in 1743 in Charles County,
Maryland. Edward died in 1753. He was the father of Walter, Elizabeth and Margaret. Charles Pye's
will was dated 1772.
John Pye: Of Maryland and the Barbados. Was a brother of another Charles Pye, who married
another Sarah Edelen. They had Charles, James, and Caroline. John was also a brother of Capt.
Roger Pye of the Barbados, who was given, as a Maryland Loyalist, 300 acres of land on Briar
Island, Digby, Nova Scotia in 1784.
William Pye: Of Maryland, The Barbados, and Newfoundland. He was impressed as a seaman
from the docks in the Barbados, and forced to serve as a member of the crew of the Salem Privateer,
the Junius Brutus, with twenty guns and 110 men. She sailed from Virginia October 31, 1780, and
was captured by the British following a sea battle. The Junius Brutus was sailed as a prize to St.
John's Newfoundland, in October of 1782. William Pye was imprisoned in Newfoundland for the
duration of the war. When he was released as a prisoner of war, he met and married Blanche Pye,
daughter of John Pye of Carbonear, Newfoundland. They had a large family. He sailed with the
fishing and sealing fleets, and settled in Newfoundland. He spent his summers on the Labrador
Coast. Blanche Pye's father, John Pye was born in Falmouth, England on March 10, 1747. He was
descended from John Pye of Lanreath, Cornwall, a son of John Pye O'The Mynde.
William Pye: Born 1786, was a fisherman and trapper of Cape St. Charles, Labrador. He wintered
at Carbonear and the Bay of Islands, Newfoundland. He married a half-Eskimo woman at Cape St.
Charles, Labrador. Her name was Mary Pike. Her mother was Eskimo (Innuit). Her father was
James Pike of Red Bay, Labrador, a descendant of Gilbert Pike and Sheila Nagira, Princess of
Connaught, Ireland. Gilbert Pike was Sir Peter Easton's seoond in command. All of the Pikes of
Labrador and Newfoundland are descended from this couple. They settled at Harbour Grace and
Carbonear, Newfoundland. Sir Peter Easton is probably the arch-pirate of all time. Queen Elizabeth
I sent him out in 1602, with forty escort vessels, to accompany the fishing fleet to Newfoundland.
He overtook a Dutch pirate vessel on which he found some Irish prisoners. Among them was Sheila
Nagira, the daughter of the King of Connaught in Ireland. Gilbert Pike and Sheila fell in love during
their voyage and were married on shipboard by Sir Peter Easton. Sir Peter Easton later turned pirate
and sailed the North Atlantic during the summer and the Mediterranean during the winter. The Bey
of Tunisia offered him half of his kingdom if he would join the Barbary Pirates in their piratical
endeavors. The King of Italy made him the Count of Savoy. He eventually received the King's
pardon and became a Member of Parliament from Somersetshire, England.
William Pike Pye: Born 1810 at Carbonear, Newfoundland. He married Esther Snow, daughter of
John Snow, whose family was from Nova Scotia, and his wife, Rachel Hudson, daughter of Henry
Hudson. They, William Pye and Esther Snow, were married at Cape St. Charles, Labrador. Henry
Hudson was a part-Indian trapper, a Cree from the Hudson Bay Area, who believed he was
descended from the Great Henry Hudson of the Half Moon, who was cast adrift with his son and
several sick men in an open boat by a mutinous crew on James Bay, southernmost part of Hudson
Bay in 1610. William Pye was frozen to death on the ice flow at Battle Harbour, Labrador, after the
harness to his dog team became broken and his dogs had run away.
John Charles Pye: Born 1835 at Cape St. Charles, Labrador. (*It is believed that they were married
in a Church of England service in Carbonear, Newfoundland.) He married Elizabeth Lacy, born July
1, 1851, daughter of John de Lacy (Lacey) of Belfast, Ireland and his wife Ester Reynolds, whom he
married in 1839. Elizabeth Lacy Pye died in the influenza epidemic in 1918. John de Lacy was a
descendant of the de Lacys of Ulster and Meath in Ireland. John Pye's brother, Israel Pye, married a
Montagnais Indian woman. He was a hunter and trapper of interior Labrador and Quebec. Elizabeth
Lacey (Lacy) had siblings as follows: Eliza, Lacey who married Nicholas Reynolds in 1876. Isaac
Lacey married Mary Ann Bussey in 1876. Jesse Lacey married Mary King in 1878. Dorcas Lacey
married Thomas B. Legrow in 1888. Janet Lacey married John Thomas Noftle in 1890. The
descendants of John Charles Pye and Elizabeth Lacy are as follows:
Jesse de Lacy Pye: Born at Cape St. Charles, Labrador on March 11, 1865. He died in Boston,
Massachusetts in 1940. He was married on June 22, 1893 at Halifax, Nova Scotia to Nora Edith
Carmichael. She was born in Shelburne, Nova Scotia on May 31, 1875. She died June 1921. She
was the daughter of Henry Gordon Carmichael of New Glasgow, Halifax, Shelburne, and Wine
Harbour, Nova Scotia, and of Boston, Massachusetts. He was a descendant of James Carmichael, a
baronet of Nova Scotia, and of another James Carmichael, who founded New Glasgow, Pictou
County, Nova Scotia, and of the Earls of Hyndford of Carmichael, near Glasgow, Scotland. Henry
Gordon Carmichael's wife was Ellen Scarr, daughter of Capt. Samuel Scarr of Scarborough,
England, and his wife, Rachel Smith of Cape Sable Island and Barrington, Nova Scotia. Rachel
Smith was a descendant of Ralph Smith of Hingham, England, 1633, who settled at Hingham,
Massachusetts. Jesse Pye was a brother of John Charles, Henry, Israel, Samuel, James, Eben,
Eugenes, I and II, Laura, Mary Ann, Lilly, and Effie. He served with the Princess Louise's Royal
Fusileers and with the Halifax Garrison Artillery Company. He was a volunteer boatman and scout
with the Canadian unit, which accompanied Lord Kitchener to the Sudan in Africa to attempt to
rescue General Charles George Gordon. Many of these scouts were of Canadian Indian descent.
(400 were recruited). They sailed the British Army down the Nile River to Omdurman, and were
considered by the British to he the best boatmen in the world. Jesse had earlier served in India with
General Charles Gordon. He served in the British Army in the Boer War in South Africa. He was a
sea captain of fishing and sealing boats when he was only seventeen years old. He never attended
school. He was quartermaster of the Mackay Bennett, the schooner which laid the Atlantic cable.
He was a member of the crew of the Schooner Greenland, which suffered one of the great marine
disasters of all time. Over 100 men were frozen to death on the ice flows during a blizzard while
they were sealing. Jesse and his brother, Jim, were both on the flows and both survived. As a boy,
Jesse ran trap lines in the Cape St. Charles - Battle Harbour Area, which he tended by dog team, and
sold his furs, the Hudson Bay Company. He was a very large man; over six feet tall, and at one
time, he weighed about 300 pounds. He and his wife, Nora Carmichael, had fifteen children. He
went to Wine Harbour, Nova Scotia around 1894, when gold was discovered there, and worked in
the gold mines for a couple of years. His father's distant cousin, William Leonard Pye, who was
Gold Commissioner of Guysborough County, Nova Scotia, gave him this job.
Jesse and Nora migrated to the Boston, Massachusetts area around l897. However, Jesse served in
the Canadian Army after that date. They also returned to live for a short time in the family dwelling
at Petrie's Crossing, Bay of Islands, Newfoundland, near present-day Cornerbrook.
He maintained a family bible, which was very old, from which much of this information was
derived through reconstruction, as this bible was destroyed in the Chelsea, Massachusetts fire in
1908. Jesse lived for a while among the Montagnais Indians in Interior Labrador and Quebec with
his Uncle Israel's family. He was also a lumberjack. The Indians called him "The Cacajou", which
means the wolverine in their language, because he used to catch wolverines in his trap for their fur.
One time, as a lumberjack, he was working with his cousin in interior Quebec. They were in a camp
which was virtually ruled by a huge French Indian halfbreed, "Bull Of The Woods", who terrorized
all of the workers. One day, a new young boy joined the woods gang. It had been an unwritten rule
of this camp that at meals, the "Bull Of The Woods" would serve himself first before anyone else
was allowed to eat. The new boy didn't know of this custom and reached to serve himself before the
halfbreed. As he reached for his food, the Bull Of The Woods drove his sheath knife down through
the boy's hand and pinned him to the table. This aroused Jesse Pye, and he attacked the Frenchman.
It was told to me that they fought for about five hours before Jesse finally won this battle. Having
lost face, the Bull Of The Woods left this camp, and sought employment elsewhere.
Another interesting incident in the life of Jesse de Lacy Pye was one time when he was a member of
the crew of a trading schooner, which sailed to the East Indies. His vessel hove to in a cove of an
island off the coast of New Guinea to get water. The crew went ashore in longboats. While they
were getting water, some native women visited with the sailors. The tribesmen, noting the
fraternizing, attacked the seamen with spears. All of the sailors, exept Jesse Pye, were able to reach
the longboats and get back to their ship. He was speared in the back. The natives then attempted to
make sure he was dead by knifing him several times. They left him for dead, lying on the beach. As
the tide came in further, the salt water revived him. He was able to reach around behind him, and to
grasp and to break the spear shaft with his hands.
He then dove into the water, swam out to the schooner, and was able to pull himself up the anchor
cable. The captain removed the spearhead from his back, and poured a bottle of rum into his
wounds. He was back on duty before the end of a week.
Descent of John Pye of Carbonear, Newfoundland and his daughter, Blanch, who married William
Pye of Maryland and the Barbados Islands. John Pye: (mentioned previously) John Pye O'The
Mynde born 1444; died 1550 at 106 years. Buried in the old church at Much Dewchurch,
Herefordshire, England. Married three times, and had 43 children. By his first wife, Ann, the
daughter of Sir Richard de La Bere, he had: (Secondly, be married Elizabeth Whitney.)
John Pye of Lansreath: John Pye of Lansreath (Lanreath) anciently known as Lanrethou. The
name of this town was sometimes erroneously shown as Nansarth. John Pye of Lanreath was a
brother of Walter Pye of the Mynde. John Pye married Elizabeth, daughter of Hugh Courtenay of
Boconnoc. John inherited de La Bere and Fitz Alan holdings in Cornwall from his mother's family,
and Courtenay holdings, from his wife's family in Cornwall and Devon, including former Arundell
property. Elizabeth Courtenay Pye's mother was Margaret, daughter of Thomas Carminow. Hugh
Courtenay of Boconnoc was the brother of Edward Courtenay, Earl of Devon, who died June 16,
1419. Their father was Edward Courtenay, brother of Sir Phillip Courtenay, Lord Lieutenant of
Ireland, who died July 7, 1306. Edward and Phillip's father was Sir Hugh Courtenay, Earl of Devon,
who died May 2, 1377. He was married to Margaret de Bohun, daughter of Humphney de Bohun,
VIII, Earl of Herefordshire and of Essex, and Constable of England. He was born in 1276, and was
slain at Battle of Boroughbridge on March 21, 1321 or 22. Humphrey de Bohun's wife was
Elizabeth Isabel Plantagenet, who was born August 1282, and who died May 5, 1316. She was the
daughter of King Edward I, who ruled from 1292 to 1307, the son of Henry III, and his wife,
Eleanor of Provence. King Edward was a grandson of King John Lackland, the brother of Richard,
the Lionhearted. Edward I married Eleanor of Castile, the daughter of King Fernando III (The
Saint), King of Castile and Leon, and his wife, Joan de Dammartin.
Alexander Pye: Of St. Stephen in Brannel, Cornwall. Son of John Pye of Lanreath and Elizabeth
Courtenay. His will was probated February 14, 1569. He married Marion Corne (Coryn), daughter
of Richard Corne of St. Stephen's in Brannell and his wife, Elizabeth Vivian (Vyvian) of Bodmin,
Cornwall. He was an uncle of Ann Pye, who married William Tremayne at Truro on August 13,
1579. Alexander Pye's brothers, John and Thomas Pye, served under Hawkins against the Spanish
Armada. His sister, Barbara Pye, married George Tanner around 1490. Ann Pye, mentioned above
was the daughter of John Pye, who served against the Armada, and his wife, Margaret Bodenham of
Anthony Pye: Of Bodinneck-Veor in Com, Cornwall. He was living in 1620. He died at East Looe,
April 24 1627. He married Constance, the daughter of William Pound of Launceton, Cornwall.
Bodinneck belonged to the Carminows of Boconnoc, from whom it pasaed to the Courtenays, from
whom it passed back to the Pyes, and thence to the Tanner family. The son of Anthony Pye and
Constance Pound was:
Anthony Pye II: Born 1597. He married Elizabeth, the daughter of Robert Trethway, who was
buried December 1623, and his wife, Anne, the daughter of Thomas Burgess. Anthony Pye II's
brother, John, married Jone or Jane, daughter of John Tanner, and his wife, Katherine, daughter of
Thomas Roscarock, and his wife Jane, daughter of William Pentyre (Pentire). John Tanner lived in
Brannell in 1610. Jone or Jane, daughter of John Tanner of Brannell and Court, married Thomas
Arundel, either before or after her marriage to John Pye. William Pye: Of St. Stephens in Brannell.
Son of Anthony Pye II. Married and had a son.
John Pye: Of St. Stephens in Brannell. Married Grace. He died in 1729. He had a son.
John Pye: John Pye of Falmouth, baptized September 1682, at Creed. He was Mayor of Falmouth in
1720. He was buried at Creed January 23, 1729. He married Susan, daughter of Thomas Atwell,
alias Collins. Their daughter, Ann. was named with the Tanners sisters as legatees of Capt Thomas
John Pye: Born in Falmouth, England, March 10, 1747. He sailed with his four brothers from
Plymouth, England to America. He had a large family, including:
Blance Pye: Of Carbonear and Bay of Islands, Newfoundland. When she was 15 years old, she
married William Pye of Maryland and the Barbados Islands. After he was released as an American
prisoner of war, having been a member of the crew of the Salem Privateer, the Junius Brurus, which
was captured in a sea battle, and sailed as a prize ship to St Johns, Newfoundland. They had a large
William Pye: Born 1786 at Bay of Islands, Newfoundland. Was a fisherman or trapper of Cape St
Charles, Labrador. He wintered at Carbonear and the Bay of Islands, Newfoundland. He married a
half Eskimo woman at Cape St Charles. Her name was Mary Pike. Her mother was Innuit (Eskimo).
Her father was James Pike of Red Bay, Labrador, a descendant of Gilbert Pike, Lieutenant to Sir
Peter Easton, and his wife, Sheila Nagira, a princess of Connaught in Ireland.
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