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born c.AD 1555
at Gregynog Hall, Montgomery, Powys
In order to identify a possible Blayney ancestor, I have followed each son with known descendants, according to .
He married Elizabeth Powell and begat Edward (~1597), John Blaney (~1598), Ambrose (~1600) and Richard (~1605).Descendancy:   1 Captain Thomas BLAYNEY b.~1555 (75) [10a] in Tregynon It is quite possible that Thomas and his three sons were the unidentified Blayneys at Sir Edward's state funeral at Castleblayney in 1630.  This Thomas is also possibly the Thomas Blayney who was sold five townlands around Derrygorry, Co. Monaghan (about 15km north of Monaghan town, on the Tyrone border) by 1626 by John, alias Shane McKenna , although Thomas born 1585 could also fit! The other logical possibility is that Thomas had two marriages, firstly to Frances BERKELEY and then to Elizabeth below: + Elizabeth POWELL b. in Edenhope, England dau of John POWELL ,  2 Catherine BLAYNEY 2 Mary BLAYNEY 2 Edward BLAYNEY b~1595/7; m.1623; d.<6Feb 1626   It is possible that this is the 25 yr old Captain Edward Blayney(Blaney) of the 240 ton "Francis Bonaventura" (or "Francis Bonadventure"), which sailed from England to James City, Virginia in 1620 with 153 passengers and to barter the cargo for tobacco. He returned to England on the "Bona Nova" in May 1621, having been very successful in his trading. He returned to Virginia in September 1621 on the Tyger, this time to collect 150lbs of the "best leafe tobacco" for each of the 50 plus "maids and young woemen" emmigrating to the colony. His further success allowed him to establish a plantation, with 15 servants, including Lancelot DAVENPORT, an endentured servant until 1638  and to get married. He became a Member of the Virginia House of Burgesses in 1623 and 1625, going on to become a Member of Virginia's Governorís Council 1626. Edward, the son of Captain Thomas BLAYNEY is the only Edward Blayney (or Blaney) I have identified who would be of the right age to be Captain Edward BLAYNEY, and the fact that his father was also a sea captain makes this assumption more likely. Gizzard & Smith  postulate Captain Edward Blaney (sic) as the son of Edward Blaney and Margaret (?). A letter from Edward BLAYNEY to Sir Edwin Sandys 17Sep1621 confirms his use of "BLAYNEY", so accounts using "BLANEY" are the result of transcription errors or Edward dropped the middle "y" to enable Americans to spell it! + Margaret Powell (Virginia), widow of Captain Willam Powell (killed by Indians Jan 1623) At least one account has her then marrying Francis West before 6Feb1625/26  which doesn't fit the facts, as we know "Edward Blaney" was still alive in 1628 (Virginia Land Records) and Margaret Blayney married Governor Francis West before 1607 - see Note 1 3 direct ancestor of Daniel BLANEY of New-castle, Delaware  2 John BLANEY b.1598 (Eniskillen Fermanagh); d.1648 [10a] [His descedants all used the "Blaney" spelling ] See The Blayney descendants of John Blaney 2 Ambrose BLAYNEY b.~1600 [10a] Possible descendants include an Australian branch who were Church of Ireland and emigrated from County Tyrone. 2 Richard BLAYNEY b.~1605 [10a]
The Blaney family genealogy summary (from John above) is now included on this page -see Blaney.
The letter from Edward BLAYNEY to Sir Edwin Sandys
17th September 1621
Records of Virginia Company, 1606-26 Vol III: Miscellaneous Records in The Thomas Jefferson Papers Series 8 Virginia Records Manuscripts 1606-1737 
Note 1 Captain Francis WEST (b.25Oct1586; d.Feb 1634), the second son (9th child) of Thomas West, 2nd Baron De La Warr (1618-?) and Anne Knollys, came to Virginia from England in 1608 with his 1st wife, Margaret BLAYNEY née REEVES [m. in Salisbury, b~1580/90], "widow of Edward Blaney (sic), whom he married prior to his leaving for Virginia in 1607" (or 1606 or 1608). Their children were Francis WEST [b.1606 (Salisbury, England); d.02Jan1691/92 (Duxbury, Mass.) ] and Elizabeth  who may have died young as the Francis West Will of Dec 1629 lists only one child.
The first husband of Margaret, Edward BLAYNEY was born about 1585. To date I am unable to link him to a known Blayney, although Gizzard & Smith postulate this Edward Blaney (sic) was the father of Captain Edward Blaney .
After Margaret died, Captain Francis WEST became the Hon. Colonial (Crown) dep Governor of Virginia (1627-9) and Captaine Generall and married Temperance Fleudieu, widow of Gov. George Yeardley but she died in 1628. He returned to England in 1629 then married Jane Davey, dau. of Sir Henry Davye before returning to Virginia by 1631. Therefore there does not to be any obvious link with Captain Edward BLAYNEY and Margaret BLAYNEY, wife of Francis WEST, Governor of Virginia .
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