Name: Thomas ORWAY , of Musbury 1
Birth: ABT 1250 in Orwey, Devon, England
Death: Deceased in Musbury Manor, Axminster, Devon, England
MUSBURY, in the hundred of Axminster and in the deanery of Honiton, lies about nine miles from Honiton, and about two from Colyton.
The manor of Musbury belonged, in the reign of William the Conqueror, to Baldwin de Sap, or de Brioniis, from whom it passed, by successive female heirs, to the Courtenays, by the same title as the castle of Exeter. After the attainder of the Marquis of Exeter, it was given to Sir Edward North, who sold it to John Drake, Esq., of Ash. This place gave name to the family of De Esse, or Ash, who possessed it, by gift of the Courtenays, at an early period. Henry de Esse gave it to Julian, wife of John Orwey. It was afterwards successively in the families of Street and Hampton, in consequence of marriages with the co-heiresses of Orwey. A co-heiress of Hampton brought it to Billet, whose heiress married Drake, and afterwards Frankcheyney. The Drakes eventually became possessed of this place, which continued to be their chief seat for many generations.
['Parishes: Maker - Musbury', Magna Britannia: volume 6: Devonshire (1822), pp. 326-360. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk]
NOTE: The Visitations of Devon of 1620 stated that it was a daughter of Henry Esse who m. Alexander de la Ford, while Julian, wife of John Orwey was dau. of Robert Oswell. Either way, Thomas Orway's great grandfather was Henry de Esse, and he held Musbury. However, the descent did not go straight to the Drakes; it was actually purchased by John Drake (as stated above) sometime after 1539.
Father: John ORWAY , of Musbury b: ABT 1226 in Orwey, Devon, England
Mother: Hawise de la FORD b: ABT 1232 in Ford, Bawdrip, Bridgewater, Somerset, England
- Phillipa ORWAY , heiress of Musbury b: ABT 1275 in Musbury Manor, Axminster, Devon, England
- Title: Visitation of the County of Devon in the Year 1620, edited by Frederic Thomas Colby, 1872, https://archive.org