Descendants of John DE BELASIS

Twenty-Third Generation


81. Hon Henry BELASYSE [scrapbook] (Thomas BELASYSE , Henry BELASIS , William BELASYSE , Richard BELASYSE , Thomas BELASYSE , William BELASYSE , Robert BELASYSE , John BELASYSE , John BELASYSE , William BELASYSE , John BELASISE , John BELASISE , Robert DE BELASISE , Thomas DE BELASISE , Roger DE BELASISE , Rowland BELASISE , William BELASIS , Robert BELASIS , William DE BELASIS , Ralph DE BELASYSE , Rowland DE BELASYSE , John ) was born in 1604 in Newburgh Priory, Coxwold, Yorkshire. He died in 1647 in Newburgh Priory, Coxwold, Yorkshire.

Henry married Grace BARTON [scrapbook]. Grace was buried in Coxwold, Co.York.

She brought the estates of Smithells into the Belasyse family.

They had the following children.

  99 M i
Thomas BELASYSE Viscount Fauconberg was born in 1627. He died in 1700.

Thomas inherited the title of Earl Fauconberg in 1689.

He was one of the Privy Council of Charles II and Ambassador to the Italian States.

After his death, the Earldom became extinct, but the other titles devolved on his nephew, Thomas.
       
Thomas married Nichola CASTLETON.
       
Thomas also married Mary CROMWELL [scrapbook] in 1661 in Whitehall, London. Mary was born in 1637. She died in 1712.

It is a result of this marriage that Oliver Cromvell's body was buried at the top of the house at Newburgh Priory. It is believed that anyone who tries to open the tomb will be struck down dead. This may be because a convalescing soldier, in World War II, died after such an attempt.
+ 100 M ii Sir Rowland BELASYSE KB was born in 1632. He died in 1699.
  101 F iii
Grace BELASYSE.
        Grace married George SANDERSON Viscount Castleton.
  102 F iv
Isabella BELASYSE.
        Isabella married Sir William FRANKLAND Bart..
  103 F v
Barbara BELASYSE.
        Barbara married Sir Marmaduke DALTON.
        Barbara also married Walter STRICKLAND.
  104 M vi
Henry BELASYSE was born in 1630 in Newburgh Priory, Coxwold, Yorkshire.
  105 M vii
John BELASYSE was born in 1641 in Newburgh Priory, Coxwold, Yorkshire.
  106 M viii
Charles BELASYSE was born in 1642 in Newburgh Priory, Coxwold, Yorkshire.
  107 M ix
William BELASYSE was born in 1646 in Newburgh Priory, Coxwold, Yorkshire.
  108 F x
Mary BELASYSE.
  109 F xi
Margaret BELASYSE was born in 1639 in Newburgh Priory, Coxwold, Yorkshire.
+ 110 F xii Frances BELASYSE was born in 1636.

82. Lord John BELASYSE [scrapbook] (Thomas BELASYSE , Henry BELASIS , William BELASYSE , Richard BELASYSE , Thomas BELASYSE , William BELASYSE , Robert BELASYSE , John BELASYSE , John BELASYSE , William BELASYSE , John BELASISE , John BELASISE , Robert DE BELASISE , Thomas DE BELASISE , Roger DE BELASISE , Rowland BELASISE , William BELASIS , Robert BELASIS , William DE BELASIS , Ralph DE BELASYSE , Rowland DE BELASYSE , John ) was born in 1614 in Newburgh Priory, Coxwold, Yorkshire. He died in 1689.

John was created Baron Belasyse of Worlaby in 1644.

Lord John Belasyse won his title through his steadfastness to King Charles I.  He raised six regiments and commanded a tertia in the Royal army.  He fought at the battles of Edgehill, Newbury, Naseby and Selby; and at the sieges of Reading, Bristol (eventually marching in through the Lawford gate) and Newark. (In the middle of all this, in 1661, his nephew, Thomas Belasyse, Viscount Fauconberg, married Oliver Cromwell's daughter Mary.) John was made Lieut. General of forces in the counties of York, Nottingham, Lincoln, Derby and Rutland.  He was Governor of York and Newark.  He was one of the six members of the Sealed Knot, conspiring for the return of the King.  In the reign of Charles II, he was Lord Lieutenant of the East Riding of Yorkshire, Governor of Hull, General of Forces in Africa, Governor of Tangiers and Captain of His Majesty's Guard of Gentleman Pensioners.  In 1678, he was imprisoned in the Tower of London with four other Lords in connection with the Titus Oates Plot and they were impeached for high treason but they were released in 1685 on the accession of James II.  Lord John was then made 1st Lord Commissioner of the Treasury.

John married Jane BOTELER.

They had the following children.

+ 111 M i Sir Henry BELASYSE KB MP died in 1667.
  112 M ii
John BELASYSE.
  113 M iii
Thomas BELASYSE.
  114 F iv
Frances BELASYSE.
  115 F v
Mary BELASYSE.
        Mary married Robert CONSTABLE Viscount Dunbar.

John also married Anne CRANE [scrapbook].

John also married Anne PAULET. Anne died in 1694.

They had the following children.

  116 F vi
Honora BELASYSE died in 1706.
        Honora married George NEVILLE 5th Lord Abergavenny.
  117 F vii
Barbara BELASYSE.
        Barbara married Sir John WEBB.
  118 F viii
Catherine BELASYSE.
        Catherine married John TALBOT.
  119 F ix
Isabella BELASYSE died in 1704.
        Isabella married Thomas STONOR.
  120 F x
Anne BELASYSE was buried in 1664 in St Giles in the Fields, London.
  121 F xi
Elizabeth BELASYSE was buried in 1669 in St Giles in the Fields, London.
  122 M xii
John BELASYSE was buried in 1670 in St Giles in the Fields, London.
  123 M xiii
George BELASYSE was buried in 1672 in St Giles in the Fields, London.
  124 F xiv
Margaret BELASYSE was buried in 1683 in St Giles in the Fields, London.

88. Sir Richard BELLASIS (William BELLASIS , Bryan BELASYSE , William BELASYSE , Richard BELASYSE , Thomas BELASYSE , William BELASYSE , Robert BELASYSE , John BELASYSE , John BELASYSE , William BELASYSE , John BELASISE , John BELASISE , Robert DE BELASISE , Thomas DE BELASISE , Roger DE BELASISE , Rowland BELASISE , William BELASIS , Robert BELASIS , William DE BELASIS , Ralph DE BELASYSE , Rowland DE BELASYSE , John ) was born in 1612. He died in 1651.

Sir Richard Bellasis of Ludworth, Owton, Bleatarn and Haswell.

Richard married Elizabeth SPOONER in 1637.

They had the following children.

  125 M i
Rowland BELLASIS.
  126 M ii
William BELLASIS died in 1681.

Richard also married Margaret LAMBTON.

They had the following children.

+ 127 M iii Sir Henry BELLASIS MP was born in 1647. He died in 1717.
  128 F iv
Catherine BELLASIS.
        Catherine married Henry TALBOT.

89. Col William BELLASIS (William BELLASIS , Bryan BELASYSE , William BELASYSE , Richard BELASYSE , Thomas BELASYSE , William BELASYSE , Robert BELASYSE , John BELASYSE , John BELASYSE , William BELASYSE , John BELASISE , John BELASISE , Robert DE BELASISE , Thomas DE BELASISE , Roger DE BELASISE , Rowland BELASISE , William BELASIS , Robert BELASIS , William DE BELASIS , Ralph DE BELASYSE , Rowland DE BELASYSE , John ) was born in 1617 in Morton House, Houghton-le-Spring, Co. Durham. He died in 1679.

Colonel William Bellasis left £50 per annum each to his second wife and to Hugh.

William married Martha CURWEN. Martha died in 1665.

They had the following children.

  129 M i
William BELLASIS died in 1678.
+ 130 M ii Rev Richard BELLASIS MA died in 1721.
  131 M iii
John BELLASIS.
  132 F iv
Dorothy BELLASIS.
  133 F v
Margaret BELLASIS [scrapbook].
       
Margaret married Michael HALL in 1666.
  134 F vi
Elizabeth BELLASIS.
        Elizabeth married John FERNE.

William also married Elizabeth BETHELL in 1666.

They had the following children.

  135 M vii
Hugh BELLASIS.

Hugh made a will in 1708 in Thirkleby.

90. Charles BELLASIS (William BELLASIS , Bryan BELASYSE , William BELASYSE , Richard BELASYSE , Thomas BELASYSE , William BELASYSE , Robert BELASYSE , John BELASYSE , John BELASYSE , William BELASYSE , John BELASISE , John BELASISE , Robert DE BELASISE , Thomas DE BELASISE , Roger DE BELASISE , Rowland BELASISE , William BELASIS , Robert BELASIS , William DE BELASIS , Ralph DE BELASYSE , Rowland DE BELASYSE , John ) was born in 1618 in Morton House, Houghton-le-Spring, Co. Durham.

Charles married Catherine LAYTON.

They had the following children.

+ 136 M i Charles BELLASIS.

93. George BELLASIS [scrapbook] (William BELLASIS , Bryan BELASYSE , William BELASYSE , Richard BELASYSE , Thomas BELASYSE , William BELASYSE , Robert BELASYSE , John BELASYSE , John BELASYSE , William BELASYSE , John BELASISE , John BELASISE , Robert DE BELASISE , Thomas DE BELASISE , Roger DE BELASISE , Rowland BELASISE , William BELASIS , Robert BELASIS , William DE BELASIS , Ralph DE BELASYSE , Rowland DE BELASYSE , John ) was born on 24 Dec 1622 in Morton House, Houghton-le-Spring, Co. Durham. He died in 1704 in Long Marton, Westmorland (Cumbria).

George made a will on 28 Feb 1703.

This note should be read in conjunction with the Document at http://www.bellasis.net/documents/Bellasis3_OriginsHypothesis.pdf.

The George Bellasis who was born in County Durham was registered by the College of Arms as being one and the same as he who died in Co.Westmorland (seemingly on the balance of probability).  A discrepancy arises owing to the fact that George Bellasis of Westmorland mentions his brother Lancelot in his Will; George from Durham has no brother Lancelot on record.

The sons of Elizabeth Bellas (Westmoreland, 1580), Stephen and Lancelot and grandson, George, were tenants of Lord Wharton in 1580 and mentioned again in 1598.  The George from Co.Durham was assumed to be the tenant of another Lord Wharton in 1681.  It is likely that the Bellas family, as they became known, found their way to Westmorland through the estate of Bleatarn or Blentarn (neither of which are on the map now, or Blencarn, which is) which was owned by Richard Belasyse (whose maternal grandfather was Lancelot), Constable of Durham Castle and Commissioner of the North for Henry VIII. Byland Abbey in Yorkshire had lands in Westmoreland and this may have been one of them when it was dissolved. Richard passed Bleatarn to his son Richard Jnr, who never married. Richard Jnr settled lands on his nephews, Bryan, Charles and James (but not Nicholas who was living in 1564).  Charles was at Houghton-le-Spring. James was at Stanton.  Bryan got the Bleatarn estate, but it is not clear what his grandson, George's brother Sir Richard, did with it.  So, Bleatarn may have been sold and Sir Richard's younger brother by ten years, George, may have had a caretaker role.

On the other hand, George may have been the son of a Westmorland Bellesse, Nicholas, who is known to have had a son Lancelot.  Nicholas was the elder son of George Bellesse of Long Marton, who was the son of Lancelot Belles, who was the son of Elizabeth Bellas (as stated above) of Long Marton who made a Will in 1580.  Since 'Robert' is such a strong name through the Bellas of Westmorland, it is feasible that Elizabeth was married to one of the Brancepeth brothers' predecessors, one of whom was Robert; just five generations back and more or less matching Elizabeth's generation.  Elizabeth's birth date is not known, giving reason to suppose that she was not born in the area.  Nothing is known of Robert (or his brother William) and he may have been much younger than his brother Thomas, who received all of their father's inheritance.

If Robert's family (if he had one) helped with Westmorland estates and stayed close to the Durham family, they would very likely have emulated the christian names as they arose.  For example, Richard  Belasyse died in 1540.  Richard Bellas died in 1597.  Nicholas and James were new names in the Durham family in the 1560s, and they also became new names among the Westmorland Bellas families just a little bit later.  The names Robert and John, on the other hand, which were strong family names from Norman times, continued in Westmorland, but were dropped from the Durham branch; this almost appears as a disassociation in the other direction.

There is a plaque in the church in Appelby that lists the Vicars since 1250. This list is further evidence of the interests in Westmoreland from the east side of England. St Michael's was owned by the Convent of St Mary's, York, and it's 12th Vicar, in 1579, was Thomas Fairfax. (Thomas Bellas was its 21st Vicar in 1823.) It is worth noting that George's (Durham) great-grandfather, Sir William Belasyse (1523-1604), married Margaret Fairfax. This period coincides with Elizabeth Bellas.

It is also interesting to note that when former Prime Minister Harold Macmillan accepted a peerage, he wanted the title Lord Bellasis but, since the title has to be linked with a place, he had to settle for Lord Stockton.  There was once a town north east of Stockton-on-Tees called Belasis (see William de Belasis).  His reason was his descendancy through his mother, whose maiden name was Belles and hailed from Boston, USA.  Her family would most likely have come from Westmorland and may be descended from Stephen Belles, eldest son of Elizabeth Bellas, because Stephen is thought (in the records) to have gone abroad; and, at that time, it was usually to the east coast of the American colony.  Was Lord Stockton making an assumption about his links with the ancient line, or did he have proof?

This note has used the pedigree of Augustus Bellasis and the Path notes of Sydney Bellas on the web, and the plaque in St Michael's Appelby.  This Note encourages further research.  For the time being, the two Georges will remain one and the same.

George married Elizabeth PARKER on 17 Jul 1655 in Long Marton, Westmorland (Cumbria).

Marriage Notes:

This was George's second marriage.  No record has been found of his first marriage even though it is known.

George and Elizabeth had the following children.

  137 M i
William BELLAS was born in 1656.

William Bellas was the son by his father's 1st wife; the dates and details are unknown.
+ 138 M ii George BELLASIS was born in 1657. He died in 1737.
  139 M iii
John BELLASIS [scrapbook] was born in 1660. He died in 1760 in Long Marton, Westmorland (Cumbria).

John was baptized in 1660.
  140 M iv
Richard BELLASIS was born in 1672.

Richard was baptized in 1672.
  141 F v
Elizabeth BELLASIS.

Elizabeth was baptized in 1662.
        Elizabeth married Thomas ATKINSON.
  142 F vi
Mary BELLASIS.

Mary was baptized in 1669.
        Mary married BOWMAN.
  143 F vii
Agnes BELLASIS.

Agnes was baptized in 1677.
        Agnes married John ALLEN.

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