Thomas Banbury and Grace Yeo

Origins of the Banbury (Burnebury) Name (new)


The Banbury Family had its roots in Launcells and Bridgerule from the early 1600's. The parish of Launcells, (Cornish: Lannseles ), is situated in the Deanery of Trigg Major and the Hundred of Stratton. It is bounded on the north by Kilkhampton, on the east by Pancrasweek in Devon from which it is partially separated by the river Tamar, on the south by Bridgerule West and Marhamchurch, and on the west by Stratton and Poughill. Originally called Lanceles , the small parish of Launcells is located just inland from Bude and Stratton and contains a few scattered hamlets. The meaning is taken from Lann (church site) plus unknown word. However, in this parish was a cell of the Austin Canons, belonging to Hartland Abbey, which was leased by Henry VIII in 1537 to Sir John Chamond. It had been supposed that this cell gave its name to the parish, but there is also evidence that it was a family name. In the reign of King John (1199-1216) that Matilda, the widow of William Launcell , granted her wood in Launcell Manor to Hugo, Abbot of Hartland Abbey, for which she received ten shillings. Launcells Manor was mentioned in the Doomsday Book of 1086 and so indicates a Norman church was here at that time.

Launcells is set in a secluded valley three miles east of Bude; it is away from everywhere, charming in its loveliness among the fields. There is no Launcells village; the Church is located at Launcells Barton, and the chief hamlets are Grimscott and Butsber or Butsbeer , (now called Buttsbear).

A Richard Banbury son of Richard and Grace was baptised in Launcells on the 25th March, 1623 and was probably the Richard who was buried there on the 20th April, 1681. The Protestations of 1641 for Launcells includes John and Abraham Burneberies among the signatories. An Abraham, son of Abraham Burnebery, was buried at Launcells on the 7th June, 1677. A Richard Banbury married Margaret Locker in Launcells on the 7th June, 1677 and their son Richard was baptised in Stratton on the 6th January, 1679. Abraham Burnbery of Launcells, who executed his will on July 12th, 1693 may have descended from Abraham or John, but was probably the ancestor of Thomas. In his will he mentions a son Thomas and a daughter Izett.

Will of Abraham Burnbery

In the name of God, Amen, the twelth day of July in ye fifth year of ye Raigne of the Soveraigne Lord and Lady William & Mary by ye Grace of God over England, Scotland, Ireland, King & Queen Defenders of ye faithe, I Abraham Burnberry of ye parish of Launsells in ye County of Cornwall, being in health of body and of a sound & disposing memory (prayse be given to God for ye same) but considering ye uncertainty of this life on Earth, & being desirous to sett things in order, I do make this my last will & testament in manner and forme following, that is to say first & principally, I commend my sould to Almighty God my creator, assuredly believing I shall receive full pardon & free remission of all my sins, & be saved by ye previous death & meritt of my blessed Savior & redeemer Christ Jesus, & my body to ye Earth from whence it was taken to be buried in such decent & christian manner as to my Executor hereafter named shall be thought meet & convenient. And of ...ing such worldly goods as ye Lord in mercy hath lent me, my will & meaning in ye same shall be employed & bestowed as hereafter by this my will is expressed; And first I do revoke, renounce frustrate & make void all wills by me formerly made & I declare & appoint this my last will and testament.

Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Izet (An Izett Banbury married Richard Moore in Launcells on the 29th February, 1707) ye sum of five pounds of lawful money of England, to be paid in one year after my decease.

Item I do also give and bequeath unto my said daughter my second best bed performed, & pewter dishesm my second best brass pan, and second best brass pot.

Item All ye rest of my goods quick and dead of what nature or kind soever may be I give and bequeath unto my son Thomas Burnbery, always provided if it so happen my wife Allice Burnbery to be living and surviving me, then my will & meaning is that she ye sd Allice shall have and enjoy the use of one moietie or halfend of all such goods for & towards her better maintenance during her natural life only, & then after her decease wholy to ye sole benefit and behoof of my son Thomas Burnbery aforesaid his executors administrators & assigns for ever, whom I do make constitute & appoint my whole & sole executor of this my last will & testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal the day and year first aboe written, Anno Dom. 1693

Ye sign of Abraham Burnberym witnessed by Phillip Blight, John Short, Richard Blight

Will proved 7th February 1700


Generation No. 1

Thomas Banbury married Grace Yeo , daughter of Robert Yeo and Rose Cory. She was born 19 Feb 1698 in Stratton.

Children of Thomas Banbury and Grace Yeo are:

1. Joan 2 Banbury, born 26 Jul 1723 in Launcells, Cornwall.

2. Abraham Banbury, born 21 Mar 1724 in Launcells, Cornwall; died 16 Apr 1831 in Launcells, Cornwall. He married Joan Honiwell 07 Mar 1757.

3. Thomas Banbury, born 02 Feb 1726 in Launcells, Cornwall; died 02 Feb 1804 in Launcells, Cornwall. He married Joan Higgins 05 Nov 1759.

4. Grace Banbury, born 03 Sep 1728 in Launcells, Cornwall; died 23 Feb 1784 in Launcells, Cornwall. She married John Yeo 23 Feb 1759 in Launcells, Cornwall; born 09 May 1730 in Launcells, Cornwall; died 14 Jan 1789 in Launcells, Cornwall.

5. Richard Banbury, born 17 May 1731 in Launcells, Cornwall; died 1808 in Clawton, Devon. He married Charity Bassett 23 Jan 1760 in Whitestone, Cornwall.

6. Alice Banbury, born 03 Mar 1733 in Launcells, Cornwall. She married John Parr.

7. John Banbury, born 23 May 1736 in Launcells, Cornwall; died 12 Jul 1736 in Launcells, Cornwall.


This is only a bare framework of the family and is intended to help all the many Banbury/Yeo descendants link to this trunk. The work is not mine but comes from many Banbury descendants whom I will add later. They are a very keen group of researchers and hopefully between us we can help to sort out the various branches and add to these trees. It is Bill Banbury who first fired my enthusiasm and of course these are all Yeo descendants so how could I resist. ..

Useful Resources



Cornwall OPC Database


George R Allin's work on the Banbury Family in his two books is an invaluable resource for the Banbury Family. He researched the family very thoroughly and it is an admirable piece of work which should not be lost. George is now in his nineties and Bill Banbury and Bob Martin visited him and tried to persuade him to do a reprint of the books, but he declined. However he allowed them to photocopy the books and I have used extracts from this, whilst adding new information. These books will eventually be available to read with the Google Books search.

Allin Families of North Devonshire: With Allied Families Banbury, Detwiler, Hamm & Pontius By George R. Allin Published by Gateway Press, 1988 Original from the University of Wisconsin - Madison Digitized Apr 19, 2007 506 pages

Allin Families of North Devonshire: With Allied Families Banbury, Detwiler, Hamm & Pontius : Supplement By George R. Allin Published by Gateway Press, 1992 Original from the University of Wisconsin - Madison Digitized Apr 19, 2007 347 pages

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