|Birth: ||Feb. 2, 1285|
|Death: ||Oct. 19, 1356, England|
This memorial is dedicated to my ancestor Joan de Geneville, 2nd Baroness Geneville, Countess of March.
She was the wife of Roger Mortimer, 1st Earl of March, lover of Isabella of France, Queen consort of King Edward II of England. She succeeded to the title of suo jure 2nd Baroness Geneville on October 21, 1314 upon the death of her grandfather, Sir Geoffrey de Geneville, 1st Baron Geneville.
She is also known as Jeanne de Joinville
Joan was born on February 2, 1286 at Ludlow Castle in Shropshire. She was the eldest child of Sir Piers de Geneville, of Trim Castle and Ludlow, and Jeanne of Lusignan. She had two younger sisters, Matilda and Beatrice who both became nuns at Aconbury Priory.
When her father died in Ireland shortly before June 1292, Joan became one of the wealthiest and most eligible heiresses in the Welsh Marches, with estates that included the town and castle of Ludlow, and much land in Shropshire, as well as a generous portion of County Meath in Ireland. She was due to inherit these upon the death of her grandfather, but in 1308, Baron Geneville conveyed most of his Irish estates to Joan and her husband Roger Mortimer. The baron died on October 21, 1314 at the House of the Friars Preachers at Trim, and Joan subsequently succeeded him, becoming the suo jure 2nd Baroness Geneville.
In 1301, Joan married Roger Mortimer, the son of Edmund Mortimer, 2nd Baron Wigmore and Margaret de Fiennes. He was on the Council of Ordainers, which was commissioned with the purpose to restrict the power of King Edward II and reform his household. Together Roger and Joan had twelve children. One of them being Edmund.
Following her husband's execution, as the wife of a traitor, Joan was imprisoned in Hampshire and her children taken into custody. Her lands were only restored to her in 1336 after King Edward III granted her a full pardon for her husband's crimes. Joan de Geneville, Baroness Geneville, the widowed Countess of March, died on October 19, 1356 at the age of seventy. She was buried at Wigmore Abbey beside her husband. The Abbey was destroyed during the Dissolution of the Monasteries and only the ruins remain to this day.
Joan's numerous direct descendants include the current British Royal Family, and Sarah Ferguson; she was also the ancestress of Sir Winston Churchill, George Washington, Anne Boleyn and her sister Mary Boleyn.
Roger Mortimer (1287 - 1330)*
Katherine Mortimer Beauchamp (____ - 1369)*
Margaret de Mortimer Berkeley (1304 - 1337)*
Edmund Mortimer (1306 - 1331)*
Blanche de Mortimer de Grandison (1316 - 1347)*
Agnes Mortimer Hakelut (1317 - 1368)*
Maintained by: A.D.L
Originally Created by: Mad
Record added: Aug 24, 2010
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