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  • ID: I24376
  • Name: Robert Ryves 1
  • Sex: M
  • Death: 11 FEB 1551 in Damory Castle, Blandford, Dorset
  • Burial: St. Peter & St. Paul, Blandford Forum (old church)
  • Residence: Randleston & Damory Court, Dorset
  • Note:

    In 1545 Robert Ryes purchased Rand(le)ston Castle and 1600 acres in Dorset from Henry III. Years later he purchased Damory Court.
    Myra Ishler <>
    [This does not really tie with this Robert dying at ?Damory Castle? in 1551?]
    ?From evidence found within "The Yellow Rose" there were several generations between the Rives in Langueduc and the Ryves in England. The persecutions involving the Rives ended in Langueduc between 1270 and 1342. The Ryves first were recorded in England about 1450-1490.
    I personally believe they left Langueduc, went to safer lands in the north of France (probably Normandy, who were sympathetic to non-Catholics), where the English Kings held lands, and there made their wealth through wool production, then eventually crossed the Channel to England (probably Southampton) and developed their trade and wealth tremendously. This is evident by John, Robert's grandson and heir, their having an income of over £22,000 annually, which is an astounding sum (£millions in today's currency) in 1615.?
    Damory Court was the seat of Roger Damory a descendant of the D?Amorie family who were given the lands by William I. Roger Damory [qv] was the last possessor of the Manor.
    Damory Court, which eventually belonged to the Ryves family, became a farm but is known today as the Damory Hotel and bears for its sign the Damory coat of arms, a blue hand on a red and white background.
    This is an alternative ancestry:
    "Our Reeves," by Beulah McGuire Reeves and Bessie Reeves Hoke (paraphrased quote):
    "Robert was a French Hueguenot from the Languedoc area who emigrated to England. In 1545, he purchased Randleston, also called Ranston Castle and 1600 acres of land in Dorsetshire, England from Henry VIII. Three years later, he purchased Damory Court. Both properties were in Dorset near the village of Blandford. By the time that Robert died in 1560, he owned many large estates in England. Robert was buried in the Church at Blandford which was later destroyed by fire. However, Richard Simonds, an army officer, visited the Blandford Church in 1644 and wrote a description of Robert's tomb in his diary."
    Robert is head of the pedigree in RIVES GENEALOGY from RELIQUES OF THE RIVES by James Rives Childs, which says that as well as Agnes, he had John who married Amy Harvey.
    Powell 22 October 1549
    Robert Rive of Blandford for Dorset -- to be buried in church or churchyard of Blanfford -- John Rive son of John Rive my son deceased all my interest in farm of Damery Cole. If he die then to Robert Rive his brother. John Rive my son deceased his will 20 July 1546 Robert Richard Thomas his sons. Mary, Margaret & Jane Rives his daughters -- Joan my wife -- John Swayn my son in
    law -- to John Swayne the lease of the Swanne Ground I hold of Mr Chrofer Cheverell -- residue to John Swayne & Wm. Hunton my sonne in laws & they to be executors.
    Overseers William Hill & William Pytt Witnesses Thomas Claughton vicar of Blanfford for. Thomas Rawleson John Jones John Cotherd Proved London 24 March 1551 by John Swayne & on 23 March 1552 by William Hunton.
    (Abstracts of Wills of Dorset Folk.)
  • _UID: E7E7AA7C103B46DCAA1F18C5B854AD13D32D
  • Change Date: 11 AUG 2009

    Father: John Ryves

    Marriage 1 Joan
    • Married: ABT 1509
    1. Has Children Robert Ryves
    2. Has Children Agnes Ryves

    1. Title: Burke's History of the Commoners
      Author: John Burke
      Publication: 1836, Vols. I - IV
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