Adam the Yeoman md. Mary the Noble Lady
Posted by: Felix Unger Date: November 12, 2000 at 17:18:12
In Reply to: Durham Parish, MD info / pictures by Rob Clinkscale of 434
Rob & Deborah:
I know nothing of the Clinkscales history, but do know something about societal positions during this time period.
A “yeoman” was a person whose family had been in service to a family of another, often for centuries. A yeoman was a free man, and was often in charge of others who were still indentured to the landowner. He was more like what what we would now call a “foreman” or a “chief groundskeeper” or sometimes he was in charge of of all workers on a large estate. The first yeomen appeared in the early Middle Ages, especially in England, when certain peasants (serfs) were given their freedom and put in charge of others on the estate, because of services they may have performed for their master (fighting, for example). In this case, Adam may have worked for Mary’s father on an estate, or for someone else on a nearby estate.
The problem with Adam and Mary was that, if her family were indeed of the nobility, or were the owners of an estate, they would have been horrified that she would marry “beneath her station in life”. By doing so, she brought shame on the family itself and showed that her father could not impose his will upon her. In the early 18th century, this was more than enough reason to disown her, which seems to be what happened here.
You may want to check out some info sources from the UK:
MAJOR INFORMATION SOURCE: Cyndi’s list of genealogy links – http://www.Cyndislist.com – Award winning site contains more than 20,500 worldwide links.
National Register of Archives (UK) web site –
http://www.hmc.gov.uk/nra/nra.htm – Personal and Family Name Search
– http://www.worldroots.com/brigitte/royal/royal00.htm – European Royalty/Nobility
– http://worldroots.com/brigitte/royal/royal6.htm – French Nobility