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WILLIAM HEALY (OLDEST)

                                             1373 TO ?

 

From "The Healy Book" by Mrs. Carl Carrier:

 

William Hele was born in 1373, settled at Hele, called South Hele for distinction, in the parish of Cornwood in the south of Devon.  He married Joan Cole, daughter of Simon Cole, Esq. of Slade.  From here on no other line is reported; presumably they left no male heirs.  William had five sons and one daughter, born in the 15th century.

 

Henry II had revoked his predecessor's grants of crown lands, and King Edward III being compelled to restore the ancient charters to the rightful inheritors, Willam Hele was repossed of his feudal rights and assumed the following armorial bearings.  The eagle is supposed to rule the heavens while the lion rules the ground:

Arms:  Gules 5 fusils in a bend lozengy ermine

Crest:  On a chapeau gules turned up ermine an eagle with wings expanded and argent  beaked and legged.

 

William Hele had three sons, John, Hugh and Nicholas Knight Hele.