Uncle Charley

Uncle Charley

As noted in previous posts, the earliest recorded Dewberry/DeBerry I have found so far is Peter DeBerry.  There is one interesting connection that bears mentioning, however.  Peter’s great grandson, Thomas Nathaniel Dewberry (1696-1793, Dad’s 6th great grandfather), married a woman named Mary Anne Irby (1702-1755).  Mary Anne Irby’s ancestors can be traced with a high degree of confidence back through Sir John Irby (1520-1553), Sir Orme DeIreby (1140-1215), Sir Gospatric Lord Culwen de Ireby De Workington (1110-1179), Eldred de Lancaster, Baron of Kendal (1035-1080?),  and Charles Martel (675-741).  Charles Martel was the grandfather of Charlemagne and Dad’s 36th great grandfather.  This also means that Charlemagne is Dad’s 1st cousin, 35 times removed.

That particular line of the DeBerry family continues back through the Roman occupation of France and Gaul, and is documented as far back as Flavius Eparchius (before 284-340 AD), the Roman Empire’s Prefect of Egypt, and Dad’s 50st great grandfather, progressing through a number of bishops, archbishops, Roman senators and consuls along the way.

Bear in mind, however, the farther back one travels in history, the less reliable the sources become, so all of the above could merely be an elegant fiction.

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