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  • ID: I31343
  • Name: John Halse
  • Sex: M
  • Residence: Trembethow, Cornwall
  • LVG: 1423
  • Note: 1 2 3 4

    In the time of Edward II, Richard Hals was living at Kenedon which lies near Kingsbridge, close to the Channel coast. In 1395, the estate of Kenedon by deed from John Govis "came to the gentile family of Halse antiently written de Alse for so a certain writer tells us that he saw it in a deed of King Edward III's age, de Alse." (John Prince's "Worthies of Devon") The purchaser was John Hals, a descendant of Simon de Als, and one of the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas. He made it the seat of his family "who flourished there many generations in worshipful degree, down to the latter end of the reign of Charles." ("Worthies of Devon")
    Judge Hals in 1423, the year in which Henry V died, yielding to the expansive spirit of the age, built a considerable mansion on the Kenedon estate. He was the father of Bishop Halse of Lichfield and Coventry, who added the "e" to the name. The Bishop filled his office for thirty-one years, and died in 1590 [must be 1490, see below] , at the age of ninety years, being buried in the cathedral of Lichfield. He had taken part in the Wars of the Roses as the friend of Margaret of Anjou, whom he escorted from the field of Bloreheath after the defeat of her army. In the reign of Charles II, Kenedon passed out of the direct male line of descent through the will of Matthew Halse who, although male heirs were living, gave it to his sisters, one of whom had married into the Trelawney family of Cornwall.
    John Hales was Bishop of Coventry and Lichfield 1459-90.
    Trembethow is said to have been the voke-lands of a considerable manor before the Conquest. Afterwards it became the property of the family of De Als, whose name was latterly changed to Hals. They are said, with some probability, to have descended from John de Als, lord of the barton of Ale, now Alse, or Alsa, in S. Burian.
    John Hals, of this place, was serjeant-at-law, and one of the twelve judges of the realm 9 Henry V., 1421. John Hals, also of Trembethow, married a daughter and co-heir of Hydon or Heydon, of the county of Devon; and from this marriage the Devonshire Halses are supposed to have sprung.
    Serjeant Hals is said to have sold Trembethow to the Godolphins.
    Kennedon, in the parish of Sherford, or Shirford, Devon, belonged anciently to the Pralls, afterwards (1395) to Gove. In the reign of Henry V., it was the seat of John Hals, appointed one of the justices of the Common Pleas in 1423; his son, John Hals, who was made Bishop of Lichfield and Coventry in 1450, was born here, and it was for many years the residence of his descendants.
  • _UID: A288F93D47834BF1AC2165B8F06BADCE2691
  • Change Date: 2 SEP 2007

    Father: David Hals
    Mother: Mathilda Hals

    Marriage 1 Heydon
    • Married: 1382
    1. Has Children John Halse

    1. Type: Book
      Periodical: HALSEY GENEALOGY
      Author: Jacob Lafayette Halsey, Edmund Drake Halsey and Francis Whiting Halsey
      Date: 1895
    2. Text: Research notes by Richard Hodgson 2002/3 <>
    3. Type: Book
      Periodical: Lake's Parochial History of the County of Cornwall
      Publication: Joseph Polsue
      Date: 1867-73
    4. Type: Book
      Periodical: Magna Britannia: volume 6: Devonshire
      Date: 1822
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