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Ancestry report for Jeffrey Amherst, 1st Baron Amherst of Holmesdale, son of Jeffrey Amherst and Elizabeth Amherst [Kerrill]

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Amherst, Jeffrey, first Baron Amherst of Holmesdale was born on 29th January 1716/7 at Brooks Place, Riverhead, Kent, the second son of Jeffrey Amherst and his wife, Elizabeth, the daughter of Thomas Kerrill of Hadlow, Kent.

Amherst became a soldier at the tender age of 14. After service in the War of the Austrian Succession, he gained fame during the Seven Years' War, particularly in the North American campaign. The succesful Siege of Louisbourg in 1758 led immediately to Amherst taking command of all of England's armies in North America. Amherst's second in command was the young James Wolfe who played a crucial role at Louisbourg and subsequently in the liberation of Quebec. England was to concentrate most of its efforts for the duration of The Seven Years' War in North America; and, after four years of fighting, in 1763, at the Treaty of Paris, France gave up its North American possessions and, subsequently, North America, was to be dominated by English policy and language.

Today a single obelisk remains as a memorial to Jeffrey Amherst:

Dedicated to that most able Statesman during whose Administration, Cape Breton and Canada were conquered and from whose influence the British Arms derived a Degree of Lustre unparalleled in past ages.

LOUISBOURGH surrendered and Six French Battalions Prisoners of WarJuly 26, 1758
FORT DU QUESNE taken possession ofNov. 24, 1758
NIAGARA surrenderedJuly 25, 1759
TICONDERAGE taken possession ofJuly 26, 1759
CROWN POINT taken possession ofAugust 4, 1759
QUEBEC capitulatedSept. 18, 1759
FORT LEVI surrenderedAug. 25, 1760
ISLE OF NOIX abandonedAug. 28, 1760
MONTREAL surrendered and with it all Canada, and ten French battalions laid down their armsSept. 8, 1760
ST. JOHN'S, Newfoundland, retakenSept. 18, 1762

Circa 1752 Jeffrey Amherst had a son Jeffery by an unknown mother and he also became a soldier and rose to the rank of Major-General. On 20th May 1753 Jeffrey Amherst married Jane Dalison at Gray's Inn Chapel in London. Within a few years she succumbed to insanity and died on 7th January 1765. Amherst razed the family seat at Riverhead (which he had inherited in 1763 on the death of his brother Sackville) and built a new house that he christened "Montreal". On 26th March 1767, at St James's, Westminster, he married Elizabeth Cary, the daughter of Lieutenant-General George Cary. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries the house and family hosted an annual summer picnic for the children educated at the junior school they established in the village of Riverhead; the school still bears Amherst's coat of arms. With the decline of the family's fortunes the house was knocked down in the late 20th century to make way for a housing development.

In 1770, Amherst was appointed Governor of Guernsey and in 1772 Lieutenant-General of the Ordnance. In 1776 he received his peerage as Baron Amherst of Holmesdale. Subsequently, the latter part of his army career was less successful. He was appointed Field Marshal in 1796 but died a year later died at his home, Montreal, Riverhead, Kent, on 3rd August 1797.

See also


Generation No. 1
1. Jeffrey Amherst, 1st Baron Amherst of Holmesdale was the son of (2) Jeffrey Amherst and (3) Elizabeth Amherst [Kerrill]. He was born 29th Jan 1716/17 at Brook Place, Sevenoaks, Kent; died 3rd Aug 1797 at Montreal Park, Sevenoaks, Kent; buried 10th Aug 1797 at St. Nicholas Parish Church, Sevenoaks, Kent
iMajor General Jeffrey who was born c 1752; died 1814
He married (1) Jane Dalison on 20th May 1753 at Gray's inn Chapel, London. She was born 14th Feb 1722/23, daughter of Thomas Dalison and Jane Etherington; died 7th Jan 1765 at Tonbridge, Kent
He married (2) Elizabeth Carey on 26th Mar 1767 at St James, Westminster, London. She was born c 1740, daughter of Lt.-Gen. Hon. George Cary and Isabella Ingram; died 22nd May 1830 at Hill Steet, London
 
Generation No. 2
2. Jeffrey Amherst was the son of (4) Jeffery Amherst and (5) Elizabeth Amherst [Yates]. He was born 1677 at Warnham, Sussex; christened 29th Jul 1677 at Warnham, Sussex; died 21st Oct 1750
He married Elizabeth Kerrill on 10th Feb 1712. She was born c 1690, daughter of Thomas Kerrill of Hadlow. They had the following children:
iElizabeth who was born 1714 Sevenoaks, Kent; christened Jun 1714 Sevenoaks, Kent
iiSackville who was born 1715 Sevenoaks, Kent; died 12th Dec 1763
iiiJeffrey who was born 29th Jan 1716/17 Brook Place, Sevenoaks, Kent; died 3rd Aug 1797 Montreal Park, Sevenoaks, Kent; buried 10th Aug 1797 St. Nicholas Parish Church, Sevenoaks, Kent
ivJohn who was born 6th Jan 1717/18 Sevenoaks, Kent; died 14th Feb 1778 Gosport
vMargaret who was born 3rd Feb 1718 Sevenoaks, Kent; died 9th May 1735
viMary who was born 1720 Sevenoaks, Kent; christened Dec 1720 Sevenoaks, Kent
viiThomas who was born 1725 Sevenoaks, Kent; christened 29th May 1725 Sevenoaks, Kent
viiiSidney who was born 1728 Sevenoaks, Kent; christened 22nd Sep 1728 Sevenoaks, Kent
ixCharles who was born 1729 Sevenoaks, Kent; christened 16th Sep 1729 Sevenoaks, Kent
xLt.-Gen. William who was born 1732 Sevenoaks, Kent; christened 5th Feb 1732 Sevenoaks, Kent; died 1781
 
3. Elizabeth Amherst [Kerrill] She was born c 1690, daughter of Thomas Kerrill of Hadlow
She married Jeffrey Amherst on 10th Feb 1712. He was born 1677 at Warnham, Sussex; christened 29th Jul 1677 at Warnham, Sussex; died 21st Oct 1750. They had the following children:
iElizabeth who was born 1714 Sevenoaks, Kent; christened Jun 1714 Sevenoaks, Kent
iiSackville who was born 1715 Sevenoaks, Kent; died 12th Dec 1763
iiiJeffrey who was born 29th Jan 1716/17 Brook Place, Sevenoaks, Kent; died 3rd Aug 1797 Montreal Park, Sevenoaks, Kent; buried 10th Aug 1797 St. Nicholas Parish Church, Sevenoaks, Kent
ivJohn who was born 6th Jan 1717/18 Sevenoaks, Kent; died 14th Feb 1778 Gosport
vMargaret who was born 3rd Feb 1718 Sevenoaks, Kent; died 9th May 1735
viMary who was born 1720 Sevenoaks, Kent; christened Dec 1720 Sevenoaks, Kent
viiThomas who was born 1725 Sevenoaks, Kent; christened 29th May 1725 Sevenoaks, Kent
viiiSidney who was born 1728 Sevenoaks, Kent; christened 22nd Sep 1728 Sevenoaks, Kent
ixCharles who was born 1729 Sevenoaks, Kent; christened 16th Sep 1729 Sevenoaks, Kent
xLt.-Gen. William who was born 1732 Sevenoaks, Kent; christened 5th Feb 1732 Sevenoaks, Kent; died 1781
 
Generation No. 3
4. Jeffery Amherst was the son of (6) John Amherst and (7) Margaret Amherst [Kirby]. He was born 1649 at Pembury, Kent; christened 12th Jan 1649 at St. Peter's Church, Pembury, Kent
He married Elizabeth Yates on 19th Jul 1670 at Horsham, Sussex. She was born c 1650. They had the following children:
iJane who was born 1673 Warnham, Sussex; christened 10th Apr 1673 Warnham, Sussex
iiMargaret who was born 1674 Warnham, Sussex; christened 19th Feb 1674 Warnham, Sussex
iiiJeffrey who was born 1677 Warnham, Sussex; christened 29th Jul 1677 Warnham, Sussex; died 21st Oct 1750
ivFrances who was born 1678 Warnham, Sussex; christened 25th Jun 1678 Warnham, Sussex
vHenry who was born 1680 Warnham, Sussex
viRichard who was born 1681 Warnham, Sussex; died 11th Mar 1681
viiCharles who was born 1682 Warnham, Sussex; died 11th Mar 1682
viiiElizabeth who was born 1684 Warnham, Sussex
 
5. Elizabeth Amherst [Yates] She was born c 1650
She married Jeffery Amherst on 19th Jul 1670 at Horsham, Sussex. He was born 1649 at Pembury, Kent; christened 12th Jan 1649 at St. Peter's Church, Pembury, Kent. They had the following children:
iJane who was born 1673 Warnham, Sussex; christened 10th Apr 1673 Warnham, Sussex
iiMargaret who was born 1674 Warnham, Sussex; christened 19th Feb 1674 Warnham, Sussex
iiiJeffrey who was born 1677 Warnham, Sussex; christened 29th Jul 1677 Warnham, Sussex; died 21st Oct 1750
ivFrances who was born 1678 Warnham, Sussex; christened 25th Jun 1678 Warnham, Sussex
vHenry who was born 1680 Warnham, Sussex
viRichard who was born 1681 Warnham, Sussex; died 11th Mar 1681
viiCharles who was born 1682 Warnham, Sussex; died 11th Mar 1682
viiiElizabeth who was born 1684 Warnham, Sussex
 
Generation No. 4
6. John Amherst was the son of (8) Jeffery Amherst, Rector of Southease and (9) Joan Amherst [Barnden]. He was born 1619 at Horsmonden, Kent; christened 17th Jan 1620 at St. Margaret's Church, Horsmonden, Kent; died 4th May 1691
He married Margaret Kirby on 4th Jan 1648 at St Margaret Pattens, London. She was born c 1625. They had the following children:
iJeffery who was born 1649 Pembury, Kent; christened 12th Jan 1649 St. Peter's Church, Pembury, Kent
 
7. Margaret Amherst [Kirby] She was born c 1625
She married John Amherst on 4th Jan 1648 at St Margaret Pattens, London. He was born 1619 at Horsmonden, Kent; christened 17th Jan 1620 at St. Margaret's Church, Horsmonden, Kent; died 4th May 1691. They had the following children:
iJeffery who was born 1649 Pembury, Kent; christened 12th Jan 1649 St. Peter's Church, Pembury, Kent
 
Generation No. 5
8. Jeffery Amherst, Rector of Southease was the son of (10) Richard Amherst and (11) Margaret Amherst [Rixon]. He was born 1574 at Pembury, Kent; christened 13th Jun 1574 at St. Peter's Church, Pembury, Kent; died Sep 1647 at Southease, Sussex; buried 28th Sep 1647 at Southease, Sussex
He married Joan Barnden on 25th Sep 1610 at Southease, Sussex. She was born c 1580, daughter of John Barnden. They had the following children:
iAnne who was born 1611 Southease, Sussex; christened 6th Oct 1611 Southease, Sussex; died 1612
iiMargaret who was born 1613 Southease, Sussex; christened 14th Mar 1613 Southease, Sussex
iiiRichard who was born 1615 Southease, Sussex; christened 12th Nov 1615 Southease, Sussex
ivArthur who was born 1618 Horsmonden, Kent; christened 21st Jan 1618 St. Margaret's Church, Horsmonden, Kent; died 2nd Jul 1678 Horsmonden, Kent
vJohn who was born 1619 Horsmonden, Kent; christened 17th Jan 1620 St. Margaret's Church, Horsmonden, Kent; died 4th May 1691
 
9. Joan Amherst [Barnden] She was born c 1580, daughter of John Barnden
She married Jeffery Amherst, Rector of Southease on 25th Sep 1610 at Southease, Sussex. He was born 1574 at Pembury, Kent; christened 13th Jun 1574 at St. Peter's Church, Pembury, Kent; died Sep 1647 at Southease, Sussex; buried 28th Sep 1647 at Southease, Sussex. They had the following children:
iAnne who was born 1611 Southease, Sussex; christened 6th Oct 1611 Southease, Sussex; died 1612
iiMargaret who was born 1613 Southease, Sussex; christened 14th Mar 1613 Southease, Sussex
iiiRichard who was born 1615 Southease, Sussex; christened 12th Nov 1615 Southease, Sussex
ivArthur who was born 1618 Horsmonden, Kent; christened 21st Jan 1618 St. Margaret's Church, Horsmonden, Kent; died 2nd Jul 1678 Horsmonden, Kent
vJohn who was born 1619 Horsmonden, Kent; christened 17th Jan 1620 St. Margaret's Church, Horsmonden, Kent; died 4th May 1691
 
Generation No. 6
10. Richard Amherst was the son of (12) John Thomas Amherst and (13) Parnell Amherst [Raynes]. He was born c 1543 at Pembury, Kent
He married Margaret Rixon on 1564 at St. Peter's Church, Pembury, Kent. She was born c 1540. They had the following children:
iRichard who was born 1565 Pembury, Kent; christened 5th Aug 1565 St. Peter's Church, Pembury, Kent; died 12th Apr 1632
iiWilliam who was born 1567 Pembury, Kent; christened Sep 1567 St. Peter's Church, Pembury, Kent
iiiRobert who was born 1570 Pembury, Kent; christened Jan 1570 St. Peter's Church, Pembury, Kent
ivJohnne who was born 1572 Pembury, Kent; christened Sep 1572 St. Peter's Church, Pembury, Kent
vJeffery who was born 1574 Pembury, Kent; christened 13th Jun 1574 St. Peter's Church, Pembury, Kent; died Sep 1647 Southease, Sussex; buried 28th Sep 1647 Southease, Sussex
viElizabeth who was born 1576 Pembury, Kent; christened Feb 1576 St. Peter's Church, Pembury, Kent
viiJohn who was born 1578 Pembury, Kent; christened 18th Jul 1578 St. Peter's Church, Pembury, Kent
viiiEdward who was born 1581 Pembury, Kent; christened 12th Mar 1581 St. Peter's Church, Pembury, Kent
ixUnnamed who was born c 1583 Pembury, Kent; died 29th Jan 1584
 
11. Margaret Amherst [Rixon] She was born c 1540
She married Richard Amherst on 1564 at St. Peter's Church, Pembury, Kent. He was born c 1543 at Pembury, Kent. They had the following children:
iRichard who was born 1565 Pembury, Kent; christened 5th Aug 1565 St. Peter's Church, Pembury, Kent; died 12th Apr 1632
iiWilliam who was born 1567 Pembury, Kent; christened Sep 1567 St. Peter's Church, Pembury, Kent
iiiRobert who was born 1570 Pembury, Kent; christened Jan 1570 St. Peter's Church, Pembury, Kent
ivJohnne who was born 1572 Pembury, Kent; christened Sep 1572 St. Peter's Church, Pembury, Kent
vJeffery who was born 1574 Pembury, Kent; christened 13th Jun 1574 St. Peter's Church, Pembury, Kent; died Sep 1647 Southease, Sussex; buried 28th Sep 1647 Southease, Sussex
viElizabeth who was born 1576 Pembury, Kent; christened Feb 1576 St. Peter's Church, Pembury, Kent
viiJohn who was born 1578 Pembury, Kent; christened 18th Jul 1578 St. Peter's Church, Pembury, Kent
viiiEdward who was born 1581 Pembury, Kent; christened 12th Mar 1581 St. Peter's Church, Pembury, Kent
ixUnnamed who was born c 1583 Pembury, Kent; died 29th Jan 1584
 
Generation No. 7
12. John Thomas Amherst He was born c 1515
He married Parnell Raynes on c 1540. She was born c 1515. They had the following children:
iRichard who was born c 1543 Pembury, Kent
iiJohn who was born c 1547 Pembury, Kent; died 24th May 1588
iiiKatherine who was born c 1550; died 24th May 1588
 
13. Parnell Amherst [Raynes] She was born c 1515
She married John Thomas Amherst on c 1540. He was born c 1515. They had the following children:
iRichard who was born c 1543 Pembury, Kent
iiJohn who was born c 1547 Pembury, Kent; died 24th May 1588
iiiKatherine who was born c 1550; died 24th May 1588
 

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