Select Travers Miscellany
accounts over the years:
- Travers and Travis Today
- Travers’ Epitaph
- Christopher Travers in Shakespeare
- The Two Quaker William Travers
- Buck Travis and His Son
- Taylors Island
Travers and Travis Today
probably fake, sought to demonstrate that their Norman ancestor came
William the Conqueror and fought at the Battle of Hastings. Travers
and his men
later took the towers of Tulketh Castle and he proceeded to marry the
Travers, by birth a
To gain victorious conquest
With William the Conqueror in I came
As one Chief
ruled among the rest.
querdon was a crown
And our subjects spoil
ransomed Tower and Town
Some planted English soil.
his castles and
My captives maulger were
His daughter and heir Dame Alison
I espoused to my
winters thus were worn
In spousals mirth and glee
begotten she had and born
Ere crowned was Beauclard Henry.
The one me succeeded, the other took orders
With Constance and
Blanch my daughters
The one to spousals, the other vowed cloisters.”
Christopher Travers in Shakespeare
Travers is thought to have been one of the younger
sons of Roger Travers of Nateby. He was
probably born at Nateby sometime in the late 1300’s.
He may have shown up as a character in
Shakespeare’s Henry IV Part Two. Northumberland’s
retainers in the first act
of that play were called Travers and Morton.
The timing works for him. And
Travers had a brother-in-law named Morton from Bawtry.
He made his home at
Doncaster in south Yorkshire. In 1466 he
was in London and, “knowing himself to be in imminent danger of death,”
his last will and testament in the presence of his brother Bryan. He died soon afterwards and was buried at St.
Paul’s in London. From this Bryan is
have come Richard Travers the London merchant tailor and his son Walter
The Two Quaker
were apparently two William Travers Quakers
living in the 1650’s, one living in London and the other in Bandon,
The first William Travers opened a
tobacco shop at the Three Feathers on
Watling Street in 1636. He had
married Rebecca Booth who later became a fervent Quaker.
He followed her in this belief as he was
mentioned several times in the Quaker books in London of the time.
However, he died in 1664. Rebecca
remained passionately involved in the Quaker
movement until her death at the age of 79 in 1688.
second William Travers, from the Nateby
family in Lancashire, was living in Bandon at that time. William
like his mother was an ardent Quaker
but faced persecution in Ireland. In
1655 the Earl of Clancarthy and his soldiers were destroying the wall
properties at Bandon. William took
refuge in America, first in Isle of Wight county in Virginia where he
married Sary West and then in the 1670’s in
North Carolina. He died at Pasquotank in
Albemarle county in 1685.
Buck Travis and His Son
Barrett or Buck
Travis ranks next to Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett as the immortal Texas
who defended the Alamo to the death in the cause of Texas Independence.
Bowie and Crockett stand out in the
popular conscience as the fierce frontiersmen who fought to the
last. Buck Travis is forever remembered
for commanding the Texan garrison and drawing his famous
He may have been considered a
hero in Texas, but he had left a bad reputation in Alabama. Apparently in 1831 he had killed a man over
his wife. The judge there told him to
run and they would find someone else to take the rap. He
hurriedly left during the night and headed
for Texas, leaving behind his wife and two children.
this new-found adoration in Texas, Buck’s
son Charles might have had everything going for him.
It was not to be. He did
start out with bright prospects as a
captain in the US Cavalry. But he had
made enemies. In 1856 he was arrested
for “conduct unbecoming of an officer and a gentleman,” a not trivial
the time. The charge was contested but
eventually stood. Four years later
Charles died of TB, a forgotten man, and was buried in an unmarked grave.
the Eastern Shore
of Maryland was
one of the first settlements in Dorchester county. John and
Thomas Taylor took ownership of about 400 acres on
the island in 1662 and initially called it Taylor’s Folly.
William Travers and his family and other early settlers
later joined them.
fertility of the soil, the
large holdings of slaves in the years before the Civil War, and the
shipbuilding and trading to Brazil and The Indies produced a state of
considerable prosperity for its inhabitants.
The dominant families were closely bound together by blood and
parties were large and frequent. Educational provisions were
quite good. The children were usually sent to school in
Baltimore or taught by tutors in private homes. The
water as well as the land furnished food
in abundance. The houses were
from the relative isolation of Taylors Island. The
status of the island, its distance from the county seat and the almost
impossible roads prohibited
communication with other parts of the county. Connection
with the mainland was originally
by ferry. It was not until 1856 that a
bridge was constructed.
lived on Taylors Island for many generations.
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