Relation to me: 16th Great Grandfather
Edward was the seventh son of Ralph Neville and Joan Beaufort, and was an English peer. In 1436, Edward would marry Lady Elizabeth de Beauchamp. Elizabeth was the daughter of Richard Beauchamp and the former Lady Isabel le Despenser. She was later succeeded as de jure 3rd Baroness Bergavenny. Together, Edward and Elizabeth had two sons, Richard and George. George Neville would become the 4th and the 2nd Baron of Bergavenny when his father passed away. Through him, Edward is an ancestor to Mary Ball, the mother of George Washington. Elizabeth and Edward would also have two daughters, Alice and Catherine.
Not long after his first wife’s death in the summer or fall of 1448, Edward married Katherine Howard.She was the daughter of Robert Howard and a sister of John Howard, the 1st Duke of Norfolk. Katherine would give him three more children: Catherine; William, who was the ancestor of Thomas Jefferson; and Anne, who died not long after her father.
There is not a whole lot more known of Edward at this time. However, what we do know is that he was knighted sometime after 1426, which made him a Sir. During 1438, Edward was the justice of the peace for Durham. He also was a captain in the battle with the Duchy of Normandy in 1449. His eldest son, Richard, was one of the hostages to the French when the English had surrendered the city of Rouen that year.
After the death of his first wife, Edward was summoned to Parliament in the 1450 as “Edwardo Nevyll de Bergavenny”, by which he is held to have become Baron Bergavenny. At the time though, this was considered to be a summons by right of his wife and so he was considered the 3rd, rather than the 1st Baron.
In 1454, Edward was appointed to the Privy Council as Lord Protector. The Council was assembled by the Duke of York. Edward was the commissioner of array in Kent in 1461 and was captain in Edward IV’s army in the North the following year. He was again a commissioner of array in 1470, still remaining loyal to Edward IV, unlike his nephew, the Earl of Warwick.