An interesting pedigree of a Northampton (England) Lyon family comes to hand just as this volume [Lyon Memorial – Massachusetts Families] is going to press, communicated by Dr. G W A Lyon, translated by him from the Latin and archaic French originals. Exact dates are wanting but the line begins about the middle of the twelfth century with an unnamed Leon bearing arms: Argent, a lion rampant gules, armed and langued azure. The following generations run:
II Richard de Leone, m. Maulde; had a brother Mathew.
III. Roger de Leone, son of Richard, son of Roger, m. Howis,
IV. Roger de Leone^ Kt., son of Roger, Lord of Warkworth; had a brother Richard.
V. Richard1 de Leons, Kt,, son of Roger, m. Ladie Emma, who was a widow in 1311. Richard was living in 1260 and 1288. He had a brother John de Leons.
VI. John de Leons, Kt., son of Richard (living 1311), m. Margerie (a widow in 1317).
VII. John de Lions^ Kt., son of John, Lord of Warkworth (living in 1318 and 1335), m. Alice (living in 1328). His younger brother, Richard de Lions (living in 1311), m. Margerie (living 1311). Richard bore arms as above but with “crescent sable” for difference. John had also two sisters, Margerie (living 1322 ) and Agnes (living 1322).
VIII. John de Lions, Kt, son of John (living 1377 and 1383), m. Ellice dau. Willim de Sancto Lucio (or St. Liz) Esq.
IX. Elizabeth, dau. and heir of Sir John, married, first Nicholas Chetwood (Chetwode) and second, Richard Wydeville (Widevill). Elizabeth was living 1346 and 1370. Elizabeth by her first marriage had a son, Sir John Chetwode and a daughter Emma, by her second marriage had a son, John Wydeville.
Sir John Chetwode, son of Nicholas and Elizabeth, who became possessed of the Warkworth property and the arms of his grandfather John de Lions, by grant 16 Richard II (1392). He confirms a grant to Chacombe Priory, made by John.
Emma Chetwode, sister of Sir John Chetwode, married Alan le Hesper of Howtrapp, no date.
X. John Wydeville, son of Richard and Elizabeth, married a daughter of “Thomas and Margaret Lyon,” Margaret’s relationship, if any, to Elizabeth [most likely a cousin] is not stated in the record.
XI. Thomas Wydeville.
XII. Richard Wydeville2 Earl Rivers.
XIII. Elizabeth Wydeville, m. King Edward IV.
1 The date of Richard’s birth is definitely fixed as A. D., 1246, by the following record: Joanna de Lyuns long since defunct (7. Edw. I, i. e., 1278), say the jurors, held at her death, Ancesor of Adam de Napton; she gave no service therefor to the said Adam because Adam gave the lands to Roger de Lyuns with the aforesaid Johanna, his daughter in marriage, and because Richard, his son, is nearest heir and is of full age, forsooth 30 years. From this it appears that Roger married Joanna de Napton and that their son, Richard, was born about 1246.
2 In Bromham, co. Bedford, are the brasses of Thomas “Widevill of Grafton, Esq. of about 1435. “He wears the collar of Essex.” There are two shields of Wydville impaled with 1st, a chevron between three lions sejant, the two in chief facing each other for Lyon and 2nd, on a chief a fleur de lis. It is unfortunate, says the author, that the arms upon the shields are not known. The coat of lions sejant did not belong to Lyons of Warkworth, who bore a lion rampant [Topog and Genealogist].