The following data is extracted from Herbert Family Papers.
15. Bridget Herbert; perhaps m. Thomas Lloyd of Perth Amboy
16. Mary Herbert
One of Francis Herbert’s descendants, in sending in his line of ancestry to a genealogical publication, changed the name of Bridget to Deborah! A most unwarranted liberty. Besides being misleading, it is most unethical, that is from a genealogical standpoint. Another false statement is that Francis was the grandson of Philip Herbert, Earl of Pembroke and Montgomery. No proof whatever of this exists, and there is plenty of evidence to disprove it.
At this point it might be as well to offer a few alternatives to ponder, altho the descendants are warned that I have no proof of any connection between those mentioned and our respected and, I hope respectable, forebears. It merely gives us someone else to think about besides Philip, 4th Earl of Pembroke.
In the second volume of Genealogies of Morgan and Glamorganshire, by George T. Clark, the first chapter is devoted to the Herbert family, its origin, history and various branches. It is well worth reading, interesting but no mythology.
Among the numerous lines descended from William Herbert, first Earl of Pembroke, first creation, appears that of Caldecott in Monmouthshire. One Thomas Herbert of Caldecott married Bridget Kemeys, dau. Of Thomas Kemeys of Caldecott. This, however, was in the fifteenth century, a little to early for them to have been the parents of our emigrant ancestors. The name of Bridget appears in this family for several generations. It may be that Bridget and her husband, who settled in Middletown, N. J. were both Herberts. It seems to have been rather
a habit in the family to marry more or less remote cousins.
On page 43 of “Old Herbert Papers,” published by the Powis-land Club, 1886, there appears, a letter from T. Littleton “To ye wor’ll and his much honored kinsmen Francis Herbert, Esq.’s, at Bromfield, these present.” Then fellows the letter, which has no bearing on this subject. The name of Bridget occurs in the Littleton Family, as well as other perfectly respectable families. Aside from any desire for accuracy, there seems to be no reason whatever for even Pride changing Bridget’s name to Deborah! The following item may, or may not be, pertinent to our question. Francis Herbert of Shrewsbury, Monmouth Co. in East New Jersey (whose line and problems will be taken up in due course), named one of his sons Littleton, just why has not been
Source: Herbert Family Papers