Some years ago I secured the service of genealogist and antiqury in London to ascertain what record if any could be found of my more remote ancestors. I was not actuated by any ambition to establish any connection with royality or peerage, but simply to find if possible. "Who we are and from whence we came."
I have every reason to believe that the report and pedigree furnished me is authentic. The data was gathered largely from old church records of births, bapthisms, deaths and marriages, which the rules of the Church of England requiare to be preserved. Old tombstones contributed their share to the information secured, court records also furnished a scanty part; and thus, from many different sources, the linage was traced.
It seems that my most ancient forebears went by the name of Fauvell. However much this may apparently savor of Teutonic orgin, there is no evidence whatever that this is the case.
The pedigree recites: "The family of Fauvell or Favell were settled in very early times in Yorkshire and Northampton, in the latter county at Wescot and afterwards at Weston, called Weston Favell from this family."
There is a tradition that the family originally lived in Normandy and that some member came over to England with William the Conqueror and fought with that old warrior at the battle of Hastings in 1066 and then remained upon British soil and became the founder of the family in Great Britian. This is wholly a matter of speculation.
Referring to these early ancestors, the pedigree recites: "They were lords of the manor of Weston from the time of Henry III when they the property pssed to the Griffins by the marriage of Sir John Griffin of Weston with Elisabeth the heiress of her brothers, and daughter of John Favell of Weston by his Wife Fine, the daughter of Geoffrey de la Mare of Norborough.
The Yorkshire family of this name was in Craven during the same reigns and held lands in Thorolby, Streeton, Broughton, Stetton, Frearnhill in Coningley, Skipton and Stainforth. One branch migrated in the time of Charles I to the parish of Geoffrey de la Mare of Norborough.
It seems that like Hamlet, the early Favilles were "to the manor born."
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