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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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JOHN DE KARY was the only known child of Adam de Kari and Ann Trevett. He was born around 1200 at the family seat of Castle Kary. This was during the reign of King John, but most of his life would have been spent under the rule of Henry III, who came to the throne as a child in 1216 and reigned until 1272.

His family came from Normandy and John would have spoken Norman French.


ELIZABETH STAPETON was the daughter of Sir Richard Stapleton and also believed to be an only child. We do not know her mother’s name.

There is a hamlet of Stapleton in the parish of Martock, on the edge of the Somerset Levels. It lies NW of Yeovil, 14 miles SW of Castle Cary. It is possible that this was Elizabeth’s home, though the lords of Stapleton manor were then the St Clare family.


Their only known child was William, born at Castle Cary around 1230.


King John had signed Magna Carta in 1215. An updated version of this was ratified by his young son Henry III in 1225.

Great Charter of 1225[1]


But the barons’ resentment against the king simmered throughout the 13th century. It culminated in the Second Barons War of 1264-7. The barons demanded that King Henry rule with the advice of a barons’ council, rather than a group of his favourites. The war was led by the Frenchman Simon de Montfort, Earl of Leicester. Eventually, King Louis of France was called upon to arbitrate and victory was awarded to King Henry.

We do not know if John de Kary, Baron of Cary, was still alive then, but if so, he would have been rather old to have taken part in the fighting.


We do not have a death date for either John or Elizabeth.


[1] https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/fe/Magna_Carta_%281225_version%29.jpg




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