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Here are some Raleigh stories
and
accounts over the years:

 

The Start of the Raleigh Line

Sir
Walter
Raleigh named his eldest son Damerei as he believed that he was
descended from the
Damerey de Clare who had married William the Conqueror’s sister.  Vivian’s
Visitation of Devon stated that Walter de
Raleigh had been slain at the Battle of Hastings.  There
is no evidence for either of these
assertions.

The first documented Raleigh
was Sir Hugh de Raleigh who was Sheriff of Devon from 1160 to 1167.  He held three knight’s fees for the feudal
barony of Barnstaple.  In 1167 he was
granted by Henry II the manor of Nettlecombe in Somerset.

 

 

Sir Walter Raleigh’s Life



Walter Raleigh was an
adventurer who rose rapidly in the favor of Queen Elizabeth and was
knighted in
1585. He was i
nstrumental in the early English colonization of
North America and was granted a royal patent to explore Virginia.  This paved the way for future English
settlements.  He has left his name in
countless places there, most noticeably to the capital of North
Carolina.

But
there were lows to his career as well.
In 1591 he secretly married Elizabeth Throckmorton, one of the
Queen’s
ladies-in-waiting, without the Queen’s permission.
As a result he and his wife were sent to the
Tower of London.

After the Queen died in 1603, Raleigh was again imprisoned
in
the Tower, this time for being involved in the Main Plot against James
I.  In 1616 he was released to lead an
expedition
in search of El Dorado.  This was
unsuccessful, the Spanish complained, and to appease them, Raleigh was
arrested
and executed in 1618.

His son Carew was presented at court, but the King
supposedly complained that he looked like his father’s ghost.  He was not able to inherit his father’s
estate until ten years later
.

 

 

Sir Walter Raleigh’s Lines


Sir Walter Raleigh (1552-1618) married Elizabeth Throckmorton (1565-1618)

– Damerei Raleigh, died stillborn in 1691

– Walter Raleigh (1593-1616)

– Sir Carew Raleigh (1604-1667) married Philippa Weston (1607-1674)

— Walter Raleigh (1650-1660)

— Philip Raleigh (1652-1705) married Frances Greenville

— Walter Raleigh, born in 1674 in Antrim

— Brudenall Raleigh, born in 1676 in Antrim.

 

Walter Raleigh,
Academic and Poet

Walter Raleigh held the Chair
of English Literature at Oxford University from 1904 until his death in
1922.  His son Hilary edited his light
prose, verse, and plays in Laughter from a Cloud (1923). He is
probably
best known for the poem Wishes of an
Elderly Man, Wished at a Garden Party, June 1914
:

“I wish I loved the human race;
I wish I loved its silly face;
I wish I
liked the way it walks;
I wish I liked the way it talks;
And when I’m introduced
to one
I wish I thought what jolly fun.”

Raleigh Park at North Hinksey
near Oxford, where he lived from 1909 to his death, was named after him
.

Alonzo Raleigh, Pioneer
Mormon

Alonzo Raleigh was born in Hillsborough, New Hampshire in
1818 and first heard the Mormon preachers in Boston in 1840.  He departed with other Mormons for Nauvoo,
Illinois in 1843 and then made the trek west to the Mormon Salt Lake
settlement.

His journey west, according to his testimony, was fairly
uneventful.

“In
early 1846 we commenced in earnest to prepare to leave for the West,
and,
together with my wife and infant daughter Caroline C, I started with an
outfit
of one team, wagon, tent, cow, etc. and traveled to the Missouri river
in the
Pottawattamie nation of Indians, a distance of about 250 miles, where
we
wintered

In the spring of 1847, I went
to St Joseph, Missouri and worked at my building trade.

In the spring of 1848, we took up our journey
and traveled in President Heber C. Kimball’s company across the plains
to Great
Salt Lake where we arrived in September that year.

 

 


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