The EXCITING DANVERS Home Page - including some EXCITING MAYDWELLs too!


The DANVERS/MAYDWELL line is an important element in my maternal grandfather’s ancestry.    Through this are established countless links to the mediæval landed gentry as well as no fewer than three direct Royal links.

Grateful Thanks

Naturally I could not have achieved all this singlehanded.   I owe a deep indebtedness to the work of others, much published, a lot not.   The seminal work on the line is ‘Memorials of the Danvers Family’ by F N Macnamara, published in a very limited edition in 1895.   Happily this has now been revised and brought up to date exactly 100 years later in a Centennial Edition by Gary Danvers and Jane Webster.    My greatest thanks go to them.

Numerous other printed sources - G E Cockayne’s monumental ‘Peerage’, numerous county ‘Visitation Pedigrees’ and printed county histories spring to mind - but foremost must be counted the seed corn of Macnamara’s work, another limited edition (210 copies) published in 1883 by Rev F G Lee with the imposing title ‘History of the Prebendal Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Thame in the County of Oxford’; this is a veritable cornucopia of original research from original documents and totally free from the unsubstantiated supposition that sadly blights so many other published ‘histories’.

Lastly I must thank Pat Davies of Ruislip, who has spent mega-hours in county Record Offices doing brand new (as yet unpublished - as far as I know) original research on the Danvers families wherever they be.    I have enjoyed ‘bouncing off’ my own thoughts against hers on matters Danvers; usually we agree, rarely we don't; often I have conceded a point from her, other times she has conceded a point from me.   The result is much COMPLETELY NEW MATERIAL never before published.   Although nothing genealogical can ever be 100% reliable, I believe that the following tree is the most definitive yet.   Corrections will be gladly received so together we can make it even better.

What you will NOT find here

You will find no details of LIVING persons here; indeed I have not seen fit to bring the lines down to a date much beyond 1800.   Hopefully though anyone worth his genealogical salt will have traced his own line back to a point where he can simply ‘plug in’ to the trees now given.


I can do no more than apologise for the chosen display medium.   GED2HTML aka Gendex is the ‘only/best of a bad lot’ of programs to choose from; it was designed in the stone age and cannot cope with the sophistication of modern genealogical software.   It very reluctantly now accepts dates by ‘quarter’ in the Q1 1845 format meaning the first quarter of 1845 - essential when using the GRO indexes; but, although it recognises dates of baptism and burial and lists these correctly, it cannot use them in place of birth and death - prefering to leave a blank instead; as a result the indexes are not a lot of use in identifying the many Marys and Williams for example.   The occupation and notes fields are a plain mess; although part of this is a result of a change in the GEDCOM standard some years back.    Many of my favourite fields are missed out altogether.   A good point, however, is the ‘Source’ list; I have made use of this exclusively for the 1841 thru 1891 Census information - including the official reference number beginning with the last two digits of the year; sadly the important ‘Place’ field is omitted.

© Philip Richards  July 2008.