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Fay Sampson’s Family History

This site is a work-in-progress. There is a massive amount to cover. I have included both male and female lines, and some go back 30 generations. Keep coming back for more.
I have numbered the generations working backwards from my own as (1)

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WILLIAM DE KARY is the only known child of John de Cary and Elizabeth Stapleton of Castle Cary in Somerset. He was born around 1230, during the long reign of Henry III.[1]

His family had come from Normandy, but were now long settled as barons in Somerset.

Among his other estates, William held the manor of West Polworth in Devon.


ALICE BEAUMONT came from a distinguished family. She was the daughter of Sir William Beaumont and Marguerite de Chabot. She was descended from William the Conqueror through her paternal great-grandmother.

She was born in Devon around 1240. Her family home was Ayshe manor, South Tawton, west of Okehampton. Her father’s family had been settled in England since her grandparents’ generation, but her mother came from Vouvant, Pays de Loire, in France.

                            South Tawton [2]

As far as we know, William and Alice were both only children.

They were married around 1269.


The only child we know from this marriage was a son John, born c.1270. In some records he appears as William.

The 13th century was marked by hostility between the barons and the king, resulting in the Second Barons’ War of 1264-7. This was led by Simon de Montfort, Earl of Leicester.

One of the darkest features of this century was the growing animosity towards Jews. King Henry extracted large sums of money from Jewish financiers. During the Barons’ War, Simon de Montfort’s two sons carried out a massacre of Jews in London in 1265. 500 were put to death. Others only survived because they were imprisoned in the Tower of London.

We do not know what part William played in the Barons’ War. Bridgewater in Somerset was held for the barons against the king. This may reflect a wider feeling in Somerset, which possibly included the Carys.

William died in 1303-3, aged 73.

Alice outlived him. At her death she held the manors of Kary and Pavestone near Tavistock.


[1] Genealogical information from https://familytrees.genopro.com/azrael/skaggs/deKarry-William-ind14158.htm
[2] https://www.discoverimages.com/p/251/aerial-vista-dartmoor-village-south-tawton-dawn-20496126.jpg




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