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Friday, April 30, 2010

Vice-Admiral Arthur Champernon & Mary Norris

59418. Vice-Admiral Arthur Champernon & 59419. Mary Norris   

1524, Arthur born in Dartington, com. Devon, England, 2nd s/o 118836. Sir Philip Champernon & 118837. Catherine Carew.

~1527, Mary born in England, 118838. Sir Henry Norris & 118839. Mary Fiennes.

9/1/1531, “Will of Sir Thomas Fenys (237678) Lord Dacre of Horstmonceaux, Sussex.” [Mary’s maternal grandfather] ‘…, remainder to John Fenys, the devisor's s., … remainder to Henry Norrys, s. of Mary [Mary’s mother], the devisor's d., remainder to Mary Norrys, sister of Henry, remainder to Gyles Fenys his cousin, …’. (S) UKNA, DAN/1126/fo. 134r-135v.

~1543, Mary 1st married Sr George Carew [His 2nd.]

1545, Sir George died in the sinking of the Royal Navy flagship “Mary Rose” at the battle of Solent.

8/19/1544, Sir Philip Champernon and Arthur Champernon. Grant, in fee, for £255 11s. 6d., of the manor of Martynstow alias Marystow, Devon, … (S) L&Ps, F&D, Henry VIII, V19, Pt2, 1905.

8/2/1545, Arthur’s father died.

1/1546, Anne (Norres) Wroughton, who “hath been of long obstracted of her wits”, sent to live with her kinswoman Mary (Norres) Carew, widow of Sir George Carew (d.7/19/1445). [Mary’s paternal grandfather is Anne’s half-brother.]

[––Arthur & Mary––]

1546, Arthur married Mary.

7/8/1546, Several rewards given by the King's Majesty to the persons underwritten, towards their furnitures in their journey into France. … Arthur Champernown, £40; … (S) L&Ps, F&D, Henry VIII, V21, Pt1, 1908.

8/17/1546, Licences to alienate … Kath. Champernon and Arthur Champernon, her son, in fee to the said Arthur. Manor of Webbenton within Lodeswell parish, Devon, rents and service … (S) L&Ps, F&D, Henry VIII, V21, Pt1, 1908.

1546, Arthur knighted.

12/20/1546, “Counterpart lease for 60 years. 1 Sir Arthur Champernowne. 2 Sir Richard Edgecombe. Farm and grange at Maristow and the house and lands there, including a close at Blaxton.”

5/4/1549, “Bargain and sale. 1 Sir Arthur Champernowne. 2 John Stacye of Bere Ferrers, yeoman …”.

1549, Arthur helped suppress the rebellion against the English-language Bible.

11/6/1552, “By letters patent under the great seal …, Edward VI leased to Arthur Champernon, kt, the rectory of Ugborough, Devonshire, etc., …”

7/1553, Queen Mary succeeded Queen Jane of England. [Mary assembled a force in East Anglia and deposed Jane, who was ultimately beheaded.]

1/24/1554, John Ridgewaye to Sir Tho. Denys. Sir Arthur Champernown has conferred with Sir Peter Carew, and they could not agree concerning the enterprise to resist the landing of the Prince of Spain. (S) Cal. of State Papers, 1547-80, 1856. [Prince Philip was arriving to marry Queen Mary.]

2/4/1544, Sir John St. Leger to the Council. Has arrested Sir Arthur Champernon, although he tendered his service as a loyal subject.

1554, Arthur, through exchange with Thomas Aylworth, Lord of Dartington, his mansion house at Polsoe, Exeter, for the Dartington estate.

1559-60, Arthur Sheriff of Devon. (S) Justices of the Peace in Mid-Tudor Devon, Zmarzly, 2007.

1562, “Bargain and sale … 1 Sir Arthur Champernon of Dartington, knight. 2 Vincent Calmady … The site of Plympton Priory, … “.

7/8/1563, Sir Arthur Champernowne, Vice-Admiral of Devon. To deliver up to the bearer certain persons arrested on suspicion of offences at sea, in order to be employed in the Queen's service. (S)

10/31/1566, Committee of the House of Commons, who were appointed to attend the Queen with the Committee of the Lords, on her Marriage and Succession. … Sir Arthure Champernon, Knights, … (S) Journal of the House of Lords, V1, 1767-1830.

1567, “Letters Patent grating the rectory of Broadclyst to Arthur Champernowne, knight, for 21 years at an annual rent of £47-3-6.” (S) Devon Record Office.

1567-68, “Defeasance of a bond by Sir John Perrott of Castle Carew, and Sir Arthur Champernowne of Dartington, co. Devon, knights and Robert Hopton of London, esquire, for the payment of £100, to George Harvye the elder …”.

1568, Arthur organized the interception of the Spanish treasure fleet taking money to the Netherlands. Arthur delivered 64 boxes weighting about 8 tonnes to the Tower, estimated worth of 2 million Royales.

10/31/1568, Sir Arthur Champernowne to Lord Clynton. Doubtful nature of the times for persons engaged in merchandize. They are not disposed to venture their lives and goods at this season of the year in the accustomed voyage to Bordeaux.

1/1569, Certificate of the amount of Spanish treasure brought into the Tower:—In the charge of John Andrea Pignon, a Genoese, under the conduct of Sir Arthur Champernon, being 62 bags and 1,246,190 ryals. (S) Cal. of State Papers, Elizabeth, 1871.

6/27/1570, Sir Arthur Champernowne to Sir Wm. Cecill. Arrival of Mons. de Bricke. vile. Details intelligence brought by him from France.

1572, “’The discourse of Ireland.’ Only the fifth part inhabited by Englishmen. More chargeable than profitable. Waste ground offered by the Queen to ‘Sir A. C. V. G.’ [In the margin: ‘Sir Arthur Champernon, Sir Humphrey Gilbert.’] and others …”. (S) Lambeth Palace Library.

12/7/1573, Leter from Lord Edward Seymour to Lord Burghley. “… request of Sir Arthur Champernowne, who had earnestly solicited the company of the writer's son to the Court. Expresses his consent to the match between his son and Sir Arthur's daughter. …” (S) Cal. of Cecil Papers, V2, 1888.

1575, Arthur Vice-Admiral of the West. (S) Calendar of State Papers Foreign, Elizabeth.

6/8/1576, Sir Arthur Champernowne to Lord Burghley. Arrival of intelligence of great cruelties inflicted on the inhabitants of Marrena by the people of Rochelle. Much corn exported.

8/9/1577, Walsingham to Sir Arthur Champernowne, … Her Majesty was lately given to understand that the Prince of Condé, in his voyage to Germany, meant to touch in England and visit her Highness. … Her pleasure therefore is, that in case he shall arrive in this country, you repair unto him with all diligence, and request him in her name for avoiding offence, to forbear to repair hither. … (S) Cal. of State Papers, V12, 1901

4/1/1578, Arthur died.

(S) Peerage of England, Collins, 1812, P192. (S) UKNA. (S) Chapters from the Agrarian Hist. of England and Wales, 1990, P116. (S) John Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, P455. (S) Cal. of State Papers, 1547-80, 1856.

Child of Arthur and Mary:

i. Elizabeth Champernon (29709), born ~1560 in England.

Lord Edward Seymour & Countess Mary Walsh

59416. Lord Edward Seymour & 59417. Countess Mary Walsh   

1529, Edward born in England, s/o 118832. Duke Edward Seymour & 118833. Katherine Fillol.

~1535, Mary born in Cathanger, Somerset, England, d/o 118834. John Walshe.

4/1540, Grant to the earl of Hertford that the lands he now holds in fee simple may descend as follows:—The manors of Mochelney, Drayton, Westhover, Yerneshill, Camell, Downehed, Kylcombe, and Fyffec, Soms., to the heirs male of himself and lady Anne, his (new) wife, or any future wife he may have; with contingent remainders in tail male to Edward Seymour, his son by his late wife, Katharine, dec., …. (S) Letters and Papers, For. & Dom., V15, 1896.

9/10/1547, Edward and his father at the battle of Musselburgh. Fought on the banks of the Esk, the Scots were routed: half of their 30,000 number were slain and half were captured. For his valor Edward the son received Knighthood at age 18. [Musselburgh 7 miles east of Edinburgh.]

1/22/1551, Edward’s father beheaded at the Tower for treason. [Apparently his son and heir John was also imprisoned.]

6/4/1551, Indenture of Sale. (1) Edward, Duke of Somerset [deceased], and Edward Seymour kt., otherwise the Lord Edward, one of the sons of the Duke, and (2) John, Earl of Warwick, Earl Marshal of England, … Sale for £1,200 of …, co. Oxf, … ; rectory of Banbury, co. Oxf., …, and lands etc. in Croprydie and Banbury. [Edward signed the document and attached his seal.]

1552, Survey of Stowey, Walton and Cheddar, co. Somerset, for "My Lord Edward Seymour" [son of the Protector]; value £250. (S) UKNA.

12/7/1552, Edward’s elder brother John wrote his will: “after bequesthing legacies to his servants, concludes with these words, ‘Also I make mu brother, Sir Edward Seymour the elder, my full executor, and I give him all my lands and good that is unbequesthed. He, to pay and discharge all my debts.” [Edward “the Elder” because he had a younger brother named Edward by his step-mother who would become the “Earl of Hertford”.]

4/7/1553, Edward to parliament: “An act for the restitution in blood of Sir Edward Seymour knight, son and heir of Edward duke of Somerset and Lady Katherine Fyloll his first wife.”

4/26/1553, Edward successor to his brother John.

~1554, Edward married Mary.

1554 [7 Edw VI], Edward obtained an act of parliament restores Sir Edward Seymour in blood (describing him as eldest son of the said Duke) so at to enable him to take any lands that may then after come to him, from any collateral ancestor.

9/6/1554 at Ely, Edward received from the King lordships and manors of Walton, Shedder, and Stowey in county Somerset.

12/1/1558, “Acquittance from Sir Edward Seymour, knt., to Sir John Thynne, knt., for evidences relating to the manor of Bury Pomery, etc., co. Devon …”

1565, Mary died.


1566, “1. Thomas Jane, … 2. Edward Seymour knt. Premises: … in the manor and parish of Berry Pomeroy … “.

2/3/1572, “my son-in-law Lord Edward Seymour, my long gilt cuppe called my sack cupppe”, given in the will of Edward’s father-in-law.

5/18/1573, “Release by Thomas Walssh of Stowey, Co. Somers. Gent, to Sir Edward Seymour, Knt, Lord Seymour and Edward Seymour, Esq, Son and Heir Apparent of said Lord Seymour, of all his right in messuages …” (S) UKNA.

12/7/1573, Leter from Lord Edward Seymour to Lord Burghley. “… request of Sir Arthur Champernowne, who had earnestly solicited the company of the writer's son to the Court. Expresses his consent to the match between his son and Sir Arthur's daughter. …” (S) Cal. of Cecil Papers, V2, 1888.

6/7/1577, “Exemplification of final concord. (1) Edward Seymour, knight, Lord Seymour, querent. (2) Amyce Powlett, knight and Margaret his wife, deforciant. Manor of Monckenzeale …”.

1580, Hugh Pollard sold Rowedon abbey, Devon, to Sir Edward Seymour. (S) Magna Brit, V6, 1822.

1581, “Quit claim. 1. Mark Slader of Bath, North Tawton, esq. 2. Edward Seymour knt., Lord Edward Seymour of Berry Pomeroy … Premises: … called Hayne.”

1582, Edward recovered the share of Bridgewater manor previously held by his father. (S) Hist. of Somerset, V6, 1992.

1583, Edward Sheriff of the county of Devon. [He held many other offices due to his position.]

1589, “Bargain and sale. 1. John Stephens of Denbury, yeoman. 2. Sir Edward Seymour knt., Lord Edward Seymour of Berry Pomeroy. Premises: …”

5/6/1593, Edward died; buried at Pomery.

9/20/1593, “Edward Seymour, Knight, Lord Seymour” seised of the castle and honour of Bury [South Devon], and Bury-Pomeroy, and Bridgetown in Pomeroy, with the advowson of the church of Bury, the castle and honour of Totness, and manor of Totness, the manors of Cornworthy, Lodeswell, Huise, Monnockenzeale, Losebear, and diverse other land in Devon; the manor and lordship of Mayden Bradley in com. Wilts, and a capital messuage, called the Lord Cheyne’s house, within the precincts of Black Fiers, near Ludgate in London.

(S) Peerage of England, Collins, 1812, P192. (S) UKNA.

Child of Edward and Jane:

i. Edward Seymour (29708), born ~1555 in England.

Nicholas Martyn Esq. & Margaret Wadham

59414. Nicholas Martyn Esq. & 59415. Margaret Wadham   

1529, Nicholas born in Athelhampton, Dorset, England, s/o 118828. Robert Martyn 118829. Elizabeth Kelway.

~1531, Margaret born in England, 2nd d/o 118830. John Wadham & 118831. Joan Tregarthen.

1549, Nicholas, age 20, heir to Athelhampton manor of his father. [Near Exeter in co. Dorset.]

10/27/1565, Nicholas Martyn, of Athelhampston, Dorset, Esq., in performance of a covenant ... (S) Dorchester Transcription of Wills, 1908.

3/26/1583, “Counterpart lease. … Henry Lord Howard of Bindon, Dorset … Witd.: Nicholas Martyn, Hen. Bruen, Stephen Bruen … (S) UKNA.

1585-86, “Fine. 1) Nicholas Martyn esq. Christopher Anketle esq. and John Wyllyams, gent. 2) Henry Bruen esq. Manor of Affton alias Aston Culver, East Parley and Fordingbridge.” (S) UKNA.

3/23/1595, Nicholas, last male heir, died in Dorset; buried in Athelhampton Aisle of St. Mary’s church. His 4 surviving daughters each got an equal share of his estate. (S) Journal of the British Arch. Assoc., 1907, P222.

(S) Wadham College, Oxford, Jackson, 1893. (S) Proc. of the Nat. Hist. and Antiq. Field Club, V23, 1902, P200.

Family notes:

·         A Memorial Brass dated 1595 is dedicated to Nicholas Martyn and is located at St Mary's Church in Puddletown, Dorset. This 16th Century brass depicts Nicholas Martyn, bareheaded, in armour, kneeling before an altar on which is an open book. Behind him are his three sons, who all predeceased him. To his right is his wife, Margaret. Behind her are their 7 daughters.

Children of Nicholas and Margaret:

i. Elizabeth Martyn (29707), born ~1550 in England. [Eldest daughter.]

ii. Frances Martyn born ?.

Frances married Thomas White of Fittleford.

iii. Jane Martyn born ?.

Jane married Henry Tichborne.

ii. Anne Martyn born ?.

Anne married Anthony Floyer, of Floyer’s Hays near Exeter.

Sir John Brune & Jane Bamfield

59412. Sir John Brune & 59413. Jane Bamfield   

~1500, John born in Hampshire, England, s/o 118824. John Brune & 118825. Anne Tichborne.

4/21/1509, Henry VIII succeeded Henry VII as King of England.

1512, John inherited the Rowner manor from his granduncle William Brune. [Hampshire is in the middle-south of England on the coast and includes the Isle of Wight. Rowner is NW of the city of Portsmouth.]

12/8/1520, John Brune.—Livery of lands as s. and h. of John Brune. (S) L&Ps, F&D, Henry VIII, V19, Pt2, 1905.

1524, John leased Grange farm [~696 acres in Dorset] from the abbey of Quarr.

1539, John heir to his father, who was heir to his nephew Thomas Brune, s/o his brother William, who was married to Catherine Ringbourne, heir of her grandmother Agnes Esturmy, coheiress of Sir William Sturmy of Wolf Hall, Wiltshire. (S) Parochial and Family Hist. of the Deanery of Trigg Manor, V2, Maclean, P216.

2/24/1540, John Bruyn. Livery of lands as uncle and heir of Thos. Bruyn, deceased, viz., brother of Will. Bruyn, deceased, father of the said Thomas. (S) L&Ps, F&D, Henry VIII, V15, 1896.

4/20/1547, “Bond 1) Sir John Wallope, knight. 2) John Brune. Covenants ...” (S) UKNA, Cornwall Records.

By 1454, John knighted.

2/24/1554, “Bond 1) Sir Olyver Wallope. 2) Sir John Brune. Covenants.” (S) UKNA, Cornwall Records.

1557, Sir John Burne bought the Netheravon estate from Richard Lyster. (S) Hist. of Wiltshire, V11, 1980, Netheravon. [John’s son Henry died possed of this property.]

8/28/1559, John  wrote his will: “I bequeath my soul to Almightie God … and my boddie to be buried in the Parish Chruch of Rowner, within my owne chapell there, upon which church and chapell I will there shall bestow by mine executrix of the repairing of the same, the sum of £6, and also I will there shall be bestowed upon the making of my tombe the sum of £10 …” Sir John left money in his will for the construction of a solid limestone seulchre in S. Mary the Virgin Church. “Its escutcheons reveal the careful marrying that went on to secure the family’s mighty wealth, linking with de la Rokele, Bamfilde, Ticheborne and Knowles.” He also provided for his wife to live at The Grange as her dower house. [Grange Farm had harvested 30 quarters each of wheat and barley; livestock included 400 sheep, 34 milk cows, 12 oxen, 6 horses for the cart and 4 edging horses. There were also riding horses as Sir John left a good one to his Uvedale cousin.]

1559, John died, buried in the church of St. Mary the Virgin, Rowner.

(S) The Gentleman’s Magazine, 1822, P319, Amorial Decorations of Fonthill Abbey. (S) Hist. of S. Mary the Virgin, Rowner, Gosport, Hampshire. (S) Proceedings of The Hampshire Field Club, 1894, P348.

Child of John and Jane:

i. Henry Brune (29706), born ~1540 in Dorset, England.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Lord Anthony Rogers Esq. & Ann Wroughton

59410. Lord Anthony Rogers Esq. & 59411. Ann Wroughton   

~1517, Ann born in Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, England, d/o 118822. William Wroughton & 118823 Anne Norres.

~1520, Anthony born in Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, England, s/o 118820. Anthony Rogers & 118821. Dorothy Erneley.

1540, John Leland, upon visiting the town wrote, “All the town of Bradford standith by clothmaking”.

By 1543, Anthony married Ann.

1544, Mem. At Court of Anthony Rogers, Esq. and Anne his wife held at Holt. Rd. Chapman recd. Land in Holt.

1545, Indenture of Anthony Rogers, Esq. of Bradford leases to Rd. Drewis of Holte, the Park, Lowsley, Holes, in Holt, and a  Tent. In Little Holt.

10/23/1546, Indenture between Anthony Rogers of Bradford, and Robert Graunt, Yoeman, granting a close in B.

2/11/1547, Plaintiffs: Anthony Rogers and Robert Bathe. Subject of decree: Farm of a pasture called Marsh in Warminster, Wiltshire, and an eight acre meadow in Norton Bavant, Wiltshire. (S) UKNA.

1550, Anthony Rogers sold Bradford manor to John Wysse. (S) Hist. of Wiltshire, V8, 1965, Warminster. [Anthony’s great-grandfather Thomas Rogers held the manor at his death in 1478.]

1551, Antony Rogers of B. Esq., lets to Walter Graunt his land in Comberwell.

4/24/1555, Anthony Rogers of B. Esq., bound in £10 to Nicholas Radiche of West Lockeridge, co. Berks.

1555-56, At Court A. Rogers and Anne, of Brad. And Holt. Nicholas, son of Wm. Webbe of B. appeared, to retain 2 tenements.

7/22/1556, Anth. Rogers, Esq. and John Dreuce of Ashley … Signed by me Anthony Rogers.

1558, Anthony attested to a charter. (S) UKNA.

1558-79, Plaintiffs: James Barne. Defendants: Anthony Rogers, Nicholas Webbe and William Webbe. Subject: manor of Bradford, Wiltshire. (S) UKNA.

Aft. 1558, Modernised Freeholders: Anthony Rogers armiger payeth by the year of the hereditaments sometime Lancelot Lisle and 1 yard of ground … Thomas Hall esquire holdeth his fee half a hide of ground and 2 mills in Bradford and payeth 75s … (S) Rental of Bradford Manor, Wilts., thought to be drawn up by John Hall at the start of Elizabeth's reign, British Library Egerton MS. 3653.

1559, Ann died.


6/17/1562, “Bond of Thos. Hall, in £1000, to Anthony Rogers, Esq.”

12/10/1562, Indenture of John Basset of Apse Wyptham … Isle of Wight, about a £100 in which Anthony Rogers, Esq. is bound to him.

Anthony 2nd married ? Bysshe.

4/17/1563, Anthony Rogers of B. Esq., bound in £20 to Wm. Chapman of Frome Selwood.

10/6/1564, Anthony Rogers, of B. bound to John Horton of Westwood Co. Wilts, in £40.

3/26/1568, Indenture between Walter Bush of Bradley, Wilts … Anthony Rogers, Esq. … about a debt of £80 13s 4d.

4/25/1581, Anthony wrote his will. Anthony will abstract: In the name of god Amen, In the yeare of our lorde god a thousand five hundred eighty one in the 24th day of November and in the yeare of the reign of our sovereign lady Elizabeth by the grace of god of England, France and Ireland, queen defender of the faith. I Anthony Rogers of Bradford, in the countie of Wilt, Esquire although beinge sicke & weake of bodye, but of whole & perfect memorye, (god be thanked) do make this my last will & testament in manner & forme following viz. First … Item - I give and bequeathe unto John Hall Esquire, my sonne in law, .... Item - I give and bequeath unto Dorothie Hall my daughter, wife of the said John Hall, one hundred pounds of lawful money of England which somme of one hundred pounds the saide John Hall her husbande oweth unto me. … I give and bequeath unto Alice Hall daughter to the foresaid John Hall and Dorothie Hall my daughter .... Item - I give and bequeath unto Anne Bysshe my daughter-in-law [step-daughter] wife of Richard Bysshe .... Item - I give and bequeath unto Richard Rogers my brother all my wearing apparrell. Item - I give and bequeath unto Ambrose Rogers my brother the somme of tenne pounds of lawful money of England whereof he is indebted unto me eight pounds. Item - I give and bequeath unto Anthony Canell, Nicholas Canell and Susan Canell children of William Canell the somme of twenty pounds of lawful money of England to be divided equallie between theme. … I give and bequeathe unto James Horton the sonne of Thomas Horton of Iford [a Wiltshire resident and clothier] the somme of tenne pounds of lawful moneye of England. Item - I give and bequeath unto Johanne Fetre .... Item - my will is that the ... given to the said John Hall remayne to Elizabeth their daughter after their decease. Item - I give unto the said Johanne .... Item - I give unto Elizabeth Fetre daughter to the said Johanne .... Item - I give unto and bequeath unto Roger Fetre my servante .... Item - I give and bequeath unto Agnes Holte .... Item - I give and bequeath unto Thomas Anley .... Item - I give and bequeath unto Richard Deberill .... Item - I give and bequeath unto William Mann .... Item - I give and bequeath unto George Rogers, Knight .... Item - My will is that Dorothie my daughter shall have the use of ... bequeathe unto John Hall and Alice Hall her children during the natural life of the said Dorothie. The residuale of my goods not giveth nor bequeathed after my legacy and debts are paid and my will is performed as hereinto written and promised, I give and bequeath unto John Hall, Esquire, my sonne in law above I make the executor of this my last will and testament. Item - I hereby ordain and appointe George Bailey and William Horton, Esquire, Thomas Llewellyn and Thomas Longe, gentleman, and doe give to each of them three pounds six shillings eight pense of lawful money of England for the better performance of this my last will and testament. …

1583, Anthony died; the last male representative of the elder branch of the family in Bradford-on-Avon, and possessing the moiety of the Besill estate. [Both of Anthony’s brothers died without issue.]

(S) Bradford-on-Avon, Jones, 1907, PP147-250. (S) Visitation of Wiltshire, Harvey, 1565, P39. (S) Wiltshire Arch. Mag., Vs1-2, 1854.

Child of Anthony and Ann:

i. Dorothy Rogers (29705), born ~1540 in Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, England.

Lord Thomas Hall & Elizabeth Mervyn

59408. Lord Thomas Hall & 59409. Elizabeth Mervyn   

~1505, Thomas born in Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, England, s/o 118816. William Hall & 118817. Elizabeth Tropnell.

1505~, Elizabeth born in Fonthill, Wiltshire, England, d/o 118818. John Mervyn & 118819. Elizabeth Green.

4/21/1509, Henry VIII succeeded Henry VII as King of England.

~1539, Thomas married Elizabeth.

1547-53, “Plaintiff: Robert Graunte. Defendant: Thomas Hall and others …: Forcible entry and seizure of money and deeds at Bradford (interrogatories and depositions) County: Wilts. (S) UKNA.

~1550, Modernised Freeholders: Anthony Rogers armiger payeth by the year of the hereditaments sometime Lancelot Lisle and 1 yard of ground … Thomas Hall esquire holdeth hi fee half a hide of ground and 2 mills in Bradford and payeth 75s … (S) Rental of Bradford Manor. Wilts thought to be drawn up by John Hall at the start of Elizabeth's reign, British Library Egerton MS. 3653.

1553-55, “Elizabeth, late the wife of William Hall of Bradford, esquire and George, Nicholas, Paul, and William Hall his sons v. Thomas Hall gentleman, his eldest son.: Execution of the will of the deceased including annuities payable out of messuages and land in West Lavington and Trowle (in Trowbridge or Bradford-on-Avon) …: Wilts.” (S) UKNA.

Af. 1557, Plaintiffs: Joan Longe widow. Defendants: Thomas Hall and John Hall. Subject: property in Bradford, Wiltshire. (S) UKNA.

9/12/1558, “Thos. Hall of Bradford, bound in £100 to John … held by demise of Wm. Hall, Esq., … signed by me Thos. Halle.”

11/28/1559, Plaintiffs: Elizabeth Hall, widow, …. Defendants: Thomas Hall, gent., son of William Hall of Bradford, Wiltshire. Subject of decree: Estate of William Hall, deceased, including 4 messuages and 400 acres of land in West Lavington and Trowle, Wiltshire, and legacies left by Hall. (S) UKNA. [This Elizabeth was also married to a “Thomas Hall”.]

6/17/1562, “Bond of Thos. Hall, in £1000, to Anthony Rogers, Esq.” (S) Bradford-on-Avon, Jones, 1907, PP147-250.

Bef. 1575, Thomas died at Bradford on Avon. (S) A 1575 lawsuit states, “Thomas Hall Esq. deceased is, and his ancestors have for a long time, been seized of water mills and other lands' in the manor of Bradford, held by the abbey of Shaftesbury.”

(S) Hist. of Wiltshire, V7, 1953, Bradford-on-Avon.

Child of John and Elizabeth: [3 sons, 3 daughters]

i. John Hall (29704), born ~1540 in England.

Sir William Sutton of Nottingham

59402. Sir William Sutton

Sir William of Aram [Averham] in County Nottingham, Knight.

Sir William hosted Queen Elizabeth on one of her trips.

(S) The Midland Antiquary, ed. by W.F. Carter, Volumes 1-2, P42.

Children of William and ?:

i. Robert Sutton, born ? in England.
Robert, 1st Lord Lexinton.

ii. Alice Sutton (29701), born ~1565 in England. [Eldest daughter]

Christopher Symcockes & Joan Pettie

59400. Christopher Symcockes & 59401. Joan Pettie

~1535, Christopher born in England, s/o §William Symcock of Stoke.

Joan born in Lynford.

1561, “1] Sir Edmund Peckham and son George. 2] Christopher Symcockes of Butleigh. Lease for 299 years of the capital messuage and demesnes (340a) of Butleigh, 220a of pasture, Harller Hawes (41a) and the Park or Budleigh Bare (80a). Rent £11 3s 4d.”

Christopher married 1st Joan Pettie of Lydford.

Bef. 1569, Christopher 2nd married Mary Halswell, d/o Nicholas of Gothurst.

1568-9, “1] Christopher Symcockes of Butleigh and wife Mary. 2] William Irveine of Alhampton, …”

1569, Christopher "Symcox" bought the manor of Butleigh from Henry Billingsley, a London haberdasher.

1576, Christopher obtained a grant of the Arms: Ermine, three bears heads sable muzzled or. and Crest: A beaver passant ermine.

1587, “1] Christopher Symcockes of Butleigh and son and heir Thomas. 2] James Hodges and Richard Halswell Settlement of Butleigh manor and advowson on Christopher and his male issue by his wives Mary Baylly of Wells and Joan Pettie of Lydford with successive remainders to the male issue of Thomas by Alice Handberie [Sutton] of London or Anne Waste of London, the male issue of the sons of Thomas in succession, the male issue of Christopher's third son Dyer by Mary Walton of Baltonsborough or by Margaret Walton of Baltonsborough, the male issue of the sons of Dyer in succession, the male issue of Christopher's fourth son Christopher by Joan Poole of Baltonsborough or Gertrude Raines, the male issue of the sons of Christopher in succession, the male issue of Christopher's fifth son Humphrey by Mary Raines or Frances Raines, the male issue of the sons of Humphrey in succession, the male issue of Christopher's second son Alexander by Mary Pettye of Butleigh or by Mary Baker, the male issue of Thomas, eldest son of Alexander, the male issue of other sons of Alexander and the right heirs of Christopher the settlor who reserves the right to make leases.”

1606, 1] Christopher Symcockes of Butleigh and wife Mary. 2] Thomas White of Rowley, Butleigh and daughter Elizabeth Lease for lives of Rowley house, Woodsplot.

1609, Christopher died. (S) “Copies inquisition post mortem of Christopher Symcockes comprising the manor of Butleigh.”

Widow Mary created a monument in Butleigh Church to Christopher at a cost of £132. 13. 9.


Children of Christopher and Joan Pettie:

i. Thomas Symcockes (29700), born 1559 in England.

ii. Alexander Symcockes , born bef. 1567 in England.
Alexander 1st married Mary Pettye of Butleigh.
Alexander 2nd married Mary Baker.
Thomas Symcockes, born ?.

iii. Dyer Symcockes , born bef. 1567 in England.
Dyer 1st married Mary Walton of Baltonsborough.
Dyer 2nd married Margaret Walton of Baltonsborough.
7/8/1628, Dyer wrote his will. [Brothers Humphrey, Xtopher, sisters Alice and Margaret.]
Bef. 8/29/1628, Dyer died.

iv. Christopher Symcockes , born bef. 1567 in England.
Christopher 1st married Joan Poole of Baltonsborough.
Christopher 2nd married Gertrude Raines.

iv. Humphrey Symcockes , born bef. 1567 in England.
Humphrey 1st married Mary Raines.
Humphrey 2nd married Frances Raines.

v. Alice Symcockes , born ? in England.
9/12/1580, Alice married William Coward.
[They had children Christopher, William, Mary, Joanna and Elizabeth, who all took the surname of Symcockes.]

Thomas Leigh

59394. Thomas Leigh   

11/13/1551, Thomas died. “Here resteth the body of Thomas Leigh, gent., who dece'd the 13th day of November A'o D'i 1551.”

(S) St. Cuthbert’s Church, Wells; by Thomas Serel, 1875. (S) Abstract of Somersetshire Wills, Crisp, 2009.

Children of Thomas and Alice:

i. Catherine Leigh (29697), born ~1545 in England.

ii. Thomas Leigh, born ? in England.

1/17/1577, Thomas Leigh of Wells names his attorneys as Richard Byble and John Durban.

1577, “… between John Whiting of Axbridge, yeoman ; and Thomas Leigh of Wells, John Coward of West Pennard, Thomas Coward of Shepton Malet, gentlemen, …” (S) Somerset Enrolled Deeds, Harbin, 1936, P122.

6/27/1606, Alice died. “Here likewise resteth the body of Alice, the wife of Thomas Leigh, gent., . . . June, 27, 1606.” (S) St. Cuthbert’s Church, Wells; by Thomas Serel, 1875.

Thomas Blagrove of Berkshire & Joan Bellame

46210. Thomas Blagrove & 46211. Joan Bellame

1534, Thomas born in Lamborne, England, s/o §Richard Blagrove.

~1535, Joan born in Clerkensell, Berkshire, England, d/o §William Bellame.

~1558, Thomas married Joan.

12/3/1589, “A lease renewed to … Thomas Blagrove, … parsonag of Chadleworth in the countie of BerK.’” (S) Acts of the Dean and Chapter of Westminister, Knighton, 1997, P134.

6/18/1590, Thomas died in Clerkensell, Berkshire, England.

Family notes:
• This family line, widely published, is unsubstantiated. Graves researchers are performing DNA studies of these families.

Child of Thomas and Joan:

i. Joan Blagrove (23105), born 1560 in England.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Sir Christopher Pykering & Jane Lewknor

46174. Sir Christopher Pykering & 46175. Jane Lewknor  

1485, Christopher born in Cumberland [Now Cumbria], England, heir & s/o 92348. James Pickering & 92349. Anne Moresby.

8/22/1485, Henry VII succeeded Richard III as King of England.

1503, Jane born in Sussex, England, cohier & d/o 92350. Sir Robert Lewknor & 92351. Elizabeth Tuchet.

5/2/1498, Christopher, age 13, heir to his father.

Aft. 7/30/1499, Christopher’s mother Anne married 2nd Humfrey Conyngesby.

11/29/1499, Writ for IPM of Margaret (Christopher’s paternal grandmother) late the wife of Geoffrey Fraunke, esquire, formerly wife of [James] Pykeryng. … She died 17 November last past. Christopher Pykeryng, esquire, aged 15 and more, is her cousin and next heir, viz. son and heir of James Pykeryng, esquire, her son and heir. (S) CIsPM.

3/2/1508, “Humfrey Conyngesby, and Anne his wife, of the one part, and the said Christopher Pykering esq., son and heir of James and son and heir apparent of Anne, on the other part, it was agreed that whereas the feoffees were seised of the said manors of Killington and Thurbank, amongst other things, to the use of himself and his heirs, …”.

3/15/1508, Christopher Pykering by his charter granted and confirmed to Humfrey and Anne, Ambrose, Anthony, Robert Lassels and Gilbert the said manor of Barbron. (S) New Hutton, Records relating to the Barony of Kendale: V1.

4/21/1509, Henry VIII succeeded Henry VII as King of England.

6/8/1509, Pardon Roll, 1 Henry VIII: Chr. Pykeryng, esq., of Killyngton, Westmld., late of Ellerton, Yorks., and London, s. and h. of James Pykering, and kinsman and heir of Margaret Lassell, alias Frank, mother of the said James. (S) L&Ps, F&D, Henry VIII, V1, 1920.

1510, Partition. Christopher, James and Elizabeth (wife of James) Pickering. Christopher Threlkeld and others. Estate of Sir Lancelot Threlkeld. (S) UKNA.

1512, Power of attorney. Christopher Pickering to Christopher Threlkeld. Manors of Crosby Ravensworth, Yanwath, Bolton and Threlkeld. (S) UKNA.

1515, Exemplification of judgement in the Court of King's Bench. Thomas Dudley and Grace his wife, James Pickering and Elizabeth his wife, William Pickering and [ ]fride, his wife. Sir Christopher Pickering. Lands in Oddendale, Crosby Ravensworth, Langdale etc. (S) UKNA.

[Undated], Christopher Pykeryng wrote his will:  … my body to be buried at Penreth church … bequest to high altar of Penreth 6s. 8d., … 40s. alms to poor people where body buried … £20 yearly, which I will to Jane my wife for her life, so long as she remains sole; wills that Humfrey Conyngesby, one of the king's justices, and his mother (Anne) or either of them receive the issues of all his manors, lands and tenements specified in the indentures of 2 March, 23 Henry vij as well for Anne his mother's jointure as for such debts as I then owed, and for payment of such debts as the said Humfrey is or was bound to pay for me to the bishop of Winchester or to the late king; I will that my brother Thomas Pykeryng have for life yearly £10 out of my manors and lands of Esckryke, I will that Gilbert Lowder have yearly for life out of my lands 40s., I will that my uncle R[obert ?] Moresby have yearly for life £5 out of my manor of Eskryk, I will that Water Abre shall have 40s. Appoints as exors. Humfrey Conyngisby and Anne his wife and Ambrose Crakyngthorp "Thes ij last lynes before wrytten with my owne hand witnesseth the premysses before Christofer Pykeryng."

9/5/1517 a Saturday, “Sir Christopher Pykering, Knight” died in Cumberland, buried at Penrith.


8/27/1518 Inquest: “Christopher was seised at his death of the manor of Barowhalle & 3 messuages, 100 a. land, 10 a. meadow, 100 a. pasture in Kirkby Kendale; and 2 messuages & divers lands adjoining, late of Geoffrey Middilton, lying in Thurbank; and 1 messuage with lands adjoining in Orton.” … “Anne his daughter is his next heir and is now aged 1 year and 4 days. James Pykeryng, brother of the said Christopher Pykeryng, is next heir male of James Pykeryng, father of said Christopher and James, concerning all the manors, lands and tenements which are entailed to heirs, if there be any such, and he is aged 28 years”.

Bef. 10/24/1522, Jane married 2nd Sir Arthur Pole, knt.

1528, Arthur died of ‘sweating sickness’. [Jane took a vow of perpetual chastitiy.]

8/1532, Jane married 3rd William Barantyne.

12/15/1540, Jane & Williams marriage declarded invalid due her vow of chastity.

1541, Dispute between the said Sir Roger and Elizabeth and the said Sir Wm. Barentyne and Jane Pole (46175), concerning the lands of the said Sir Roger and other matters submitted to the Court of Chancery. (S) L&Ps, F&D, Henry VIII, V18, Pt1, 1901.

1/23/1543, Act made at the suit of Sir Wm. Barentyne, Jane Pole (46175), widow of Arthur Pole, dec., one of the daughters of Sir Roger Lewkenour(92350), dec., Elizabeth Lewkenour, widow of the said Roger, and Sir Hen. Knyvet, gentleman of the Privy Chamber and Anne (92349) his wife, confirming the provisions (detailed) of an award by the Lord Chancellor 21 April 34 Hen. VIII. upon the dispute which was between the said Sir Roger and Elizabeth and the said Sir Wm. Barentyne and Jane Pole, concerning the lands of the said Sir Roger and other matters, which was submitted to the Court of Chancery in the year 33 Hen. VIII.; which award cannot be fully executed because the said Sir Roger is since deceased. (S) L&Ps, F&D, Henry VIII, V18, Pt1, 1901.

1/24/1543, Dame Jane Barentyne with Sir William Barentyne and that their heirs shall be considered "muliers legittimate"; because "an advowe of the mantell and the ring," supposed to be made by her when widow of Sir Arthur Pole, was void, as she was before lawfully married to two husbands and had issue by each, and therefore could not by God's law profess any solemn vow; … and was forced upon her by Henry Pole, then lord Montague, brother to the said Sir Arthur, when she was in extreme grief for the death of her husband Sir Arthur and one of her children. … Lord Montague and the late Countess of Sarum, his mother, greatly coveted that the said Dame Jane should profess chastity and take the mantle and ring that she might have no more issue; so that Henry Poole, son of Sir Arthur and her, lord Montague's nephew, then living, and, in default of him, the other children of the said Sir Arthur and Jane, should inherit the lands of Sir Roger Lewkenour, their grandfather, then aged 70 and worth 500 mks. a year.  (S) L&Ps, F&D, Henry VIII, V18, Pt1, 1901.

1543, Jane, age 40, died.

(S) Parishes: Newton-Regny - Ponsonby, Magna Britannia: V4: Cumberland, 1816. (S) New Hutton, Records relating to the Barony of Kendale: V1, 1923. (S) The Hist. & Antiquities of the Counties of Westmorland and Cumberland, 1777, P263.

Child of Christopher and Jane:

i. Anne Pickering (23087), born 8/23/1517 in England.

Children of Arthur and Jane:

i. Henry Pole, born ? in England.

ii. Margaret Pole, born 1527 in England.

Margaret married Sir John Ftiz Herbert.

iii. Mary Pole, born 1529 in England.

Mary married Sir John Stanley.

Sir Thomas Knyvet & Muriel Howard

46172. Sir Thomas Knyvet & 46173. Muriel Howard   

~1485, Thomas Knevet born in Buckenham castle, Norfolk, England, s/o 92344. Sir Edmund Knyvet & 92345. Eleanor Tyrell.

8/22/1485, Henry VII succeeded Richard III as King of England.

1486, Muriel born in Norfolk, England, d/o 92346. Duke Thomas Howard & 92347. Elizabeth Tilney.

[––Muriel & John––]

Muriel 1st married John Grey, 2nd Viscount Lisle.

1504, Thomas’ father died at sea.

9/9/1504, John Grey, Viscount Lisle, died, buried at Abingdon Monastery.

1/17/1505, IPM of John Grey, Viscount Lysle. He took to wife Meriella, daughter of Thomas, earl of Surrey, treasurer of England; and after the marriage he enfeoffed the said earl, Thomas Howard, John Bourghchier, knight, lord Barners, Thomas Fenys, knight, lord Dacre, …, of the manor of Kyngeston Lysle, Berks. … Elizabeth Grey is his daughter and heir, and is aged 8 weeks and more before the taking of this inquisition. (S) CIsPM.

[––Thomas & Muriel––]

Bef. 7/9/1506, Thomas, of Buckenham, Norfolk, married Muriel, a lady-in-waiting of Queen Katherine.

5-6/1507, Thomas, a squire of the king’s body, jousted in tournaments.

4/21/1509, Henry VIII succeeded Henry VII as King of England.

6/23/1509, Thomas created Knight of the Bath at Henry VIII’s coronation.

7/27/1509, Thomas made Bearer of the King’s Standard.

11/6/1509, Thomas, Earl of Surrey, Treasurer of England, … Lease of all the possessions in England, Wales, or Calais, in the King's hands by the minority of Elizabeth, daughter and heir of Sir John Grey, Viscount Lisle, dec.; …  to hold to the use of Thomas Knyvet, and Mercella his wife, viscountess Lisle, … during the said Elizabeth's minority; at rent of £292 5s. 4¼d. (S) L&Ps, F&D, Henry VIII, V1, 1920.

1/5/1510, Sir Thomas Knyvet, Sir Edward Howard, …. Licence, within 3 years, to export 500 sacks of wool from London, Southampton or Sandwich, through and beyond the mountains through the Straits of Marrok, duty free. (S) CCRs. [The group had recently acquired the ship ‘Mary and John’ of London.]

2/8/1510, Sir Thomas made knight for the Body. (S) L&Ps, F&D, Henry VIII, V1, 1920.

2/22/1510, Sir Thomas made Master of the Horse. (S) L&Ps, F&D, Henry VIII, V1, 1920.

7/4/1510, “Common recovery, Sir Thomas Knyvet, Sir Thomas Boleyn, …, Sir Philip Tylney, … against Thomas, Earl of Surrey re the manor of Thetford.” (S) UKNA.

1512, Thomas a Captain in a fleet of 50 ships sailing from Hampton.

1512, The Fleet encounted an enemy fleet of 28 ships of Brest.

9/8/1512, The smaller enemy treat retreated into the harbor, leaving 2 larger ships at sea [which may not have been able to return because of their draft and the tide.]

8/12/1512, Thomas died as Captain of the “Regent”, the largest ship in the Royal Navy; killed in action at sea off Brest in a battle with the French. The Regent grappled the Cordeliere, the largest French ship. In a long battle, the Cordeliere was set on fire by its crew to prevent capture, and then both ships burnt. According to one report, Thomas was killed by gunfire before the fires. Of the 800 English on board the ‘Regent’, 170 were saved; and of the 1,500 Frenchmen, 20 were saved and made prisoners. [A large amount of money and gold was taken from the French ships that were captured.]

12/14/1512, Muriel died at Lambeth in childbirth.

4/1513, Thomas’ will proved at the Perogative Court of Cantebury. (S) UKNA.

(S) Historical Notes. 1509-1714, 1856, Sheppard, P178. (S) A Gen. and Heraldic Hist. …, Burke, 1838, P294. (S) Fifty Ancestors of Henry Lincoln Clapp, 1902, P74. (S) Will of Sir Thomas Knyvet, April 1513, UKNA. (S) Letter from Antonio Bavarin to Francesco da Pesaro of London, 9/5/1512.

Child of John and Muriel:

i. Elizabeth Grey, born 11/1504 in England.

Child of Thomas and Muriel:

i. Edmund Knyvet, born 1508 in England. [Heir]

11/25/1515, Edmund heir to his great-grandfather 184688. Sir William Knevit of the manor of Crumwell. (S) Hist. of Nottingham, V3, 1796, Crumwell.

Edmund married Jane Bourchier, d/o Sir John, 2nd Lord Berners, & Katherine Howard [half-sister to Edmund’s grandfather.]

ii. Henry Knevet (23086), born ~1510 in England.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Sir Edmund Denny & Mary Troutbeck

46170. Sir Edmund Denny & 46171. Mary Troutbeck  

~1465, Edmund Deny born in Cheshunt, Herts., England, s/o 92340. William Denny& 92341 Agnes ?.

~1475, Mary born in Cheshire, England, d/o 92342. Robert Troutbeck, esq.

12/3/1484, Joan Wilteshyre, widow … Witnesses: … Edmund Denny and James Songer, each of London. (S) CCRs.

8/22/1485, Henry VII succeeded Richard III as King of England.

1485-86, Edmund Denny, our attorney in the Estcheker. (S) Manu.’s of Corp.’s of Southampton and Kings Lynn, Pt3, 1887.

Edmund 1st married Margaret Leigh, d/o Ralph Leigh, Esq. [2 children.]

9/10/1487, Margaret died.

[––Edmund & Mary––]

~1490, Edmund married Mary.

5/81493, Writ of right patent in the Court of Hustings. Edmund Denny, and Ralph Legh recovered  5 messuages in London against the said Henry Frowyk. (S) Abstr. of IsPM for London, Pt1, 1896.

1494, Edmund a clerk in the Exchequer. (S) The Plumpton Letters, Kirby, 1996, P139.

11/16/1494, Thomas Danvers, esquire of Waterstoke co. Oxford, to Thomas and Henry Frowyk…, Edmund Denny, …. Release and quitclaim of the manor of Appulderfeld with all lands and tenements, rents and services, meadows, lesues and pastures in Appulderfeld, Codam, Sundrissh and Westram co. Kent which the said Edmund Denny purchased of him. (S) CCRs,

1504-5, Edmund purchased more of the Apuldrefield manor from Margaret Breknoke.

10/3/1505, Edmund’s partner Henry Frowyk, knight, died. Edmund named in the IPM. (S) CIsPM.

2/4/1506, 3 recognizances to the king for £120 each by Thomas Kneseworth alderman, Edmund Denny gentleman, and Christopher Grantham and Ralph Thomson 'fisshmongers,' all of London. (S) CCRs. [Later cancelled because it was found that they were unjustly bonded.]

1507, the manor La Mote surrendered to Edmund by fine of Hugh Clopton.

6/29/1507, Mary died.

5/20/1508, Inquisition taken at the Guidhall … Henry Frowyk … tenements in the Barbican, in the parish of St. Giles, … the said Henry and Margaret, … died, and the said John Legh, Edmund Denny and Ralph Legh survived them and are still seised of the said premises. … All the premises aforesaid are held of the King in free burgage only, and are worth per ann., clear, £12 9s. (S) Abstr. of IsPM for London, Pt1, 1896.

4/21/1509, Henry VIII succeeded Henry VII as King of England.


Edmund married 3rd Joan ?, widow of Roger Grove.

4/22/1510, The executors of Roger Grove are: Edmund Denny and Joan, his wife, formerly the wife of Roger Grove. (S) UKNA.

6/9/1512, John Banaster and Margaret, …, Edmund Denny …, granted the said premises [2 messuages in London] to the said Robert Barnerd, … (S) Abstr. of IsPM for London, Pt1, 1896.

5/6/1513, Edmund Denny. To be fourth baron of the Exchequer, [and knighted]. (S) L&Ps, For. & Dom., Henry VIII, V1, 1920.

6/15/1516, Joan died.

1519, Edmund wrote his will, “twenty eight trentals of masses to be said for his soul and the souls of  ‘William and Agnes’, his father and mother, and three wives.”

12/22/1520, Edmund died; buried in St. Bennet, Paul’s Wharf, London.

(S) The Royal Lineage of Our Noble and Gentle Families, 1883, Foster, P22. (S) The Church Hist. of Britain:, Fuller, 1845, P536. (S) Genealogy of the Denny family in England and America, Denny, 1886.

Child of Edmund and Mary: [7 sons, 9 daughters]

i. Thomas Denny, born ? in England.

Thomas, the ancestor of the Dennies of Norfolk, married Elizabeth Mannock, d/o George.

1515-1518, Defendants: Thomas, son of Edmund Denny. Subject: The manor of Apulderfyld. Subpoena and injunction. Kent. (S) UKNA.

1527, Thomas died.

ii. Sir Anthony Denny, born 1/16/1501 in England.

9/30/1544, Anthony knighted.

1535-45, Anthony a close friend of King Henry VIII; and as the last act of friendship supposedly told infirmed Henry that he needed to prepare himself for death.

iii. Joice Denny (23085), born 7/24/1506 in England.

Lord Thomas Cary & Margaret Spencer

46168. Lord Thomas Cary & 46169. Margaret Spencer    

~1465, Thomas born in Devon, England, s/o 92336. William Cary & 92337. Alice Fulford.

1472, Margaret born in Wiltshire, England, d/o 92338. Robert Spencer & 92339. Eleanor Beaufort.

1487-88, Receipt from Robert Spenser, knight, and Eleanor his wife, Countess of Wiltshire, late the wife of James, Earl of Wiltshire, to …, and Thomas Cary, for 40 marcs, received in the church of St. Paul, at the Rood of the north door, … (S) UKNA.

1488-89, [Same as 1487-88]

1490, Thomas of Chilton, Folliott, Wilts., Esq. married Margaret.

6/3/1491, “Receipt of 40 marks by Sir Robert Spencer and Elinor his wife, Countess of Wiltshire, widow of James Earl of Wiltshire, from the Earl of Ormond, … and Thomas Cary in part payment of an annuity of 80 marks payable during Ormond's life.” (S) UKNA.

6/3/1496, [Same as 1491.]

6/3/1498, “Receipt from Robert Spencer, knight, and Eleanor his wife, Countess of Wiltshire, late the wife of James Earl of Wiltshire, to …, and Thomas Cary, …, &c.: [Middx.].” (S) UKNA.

6/3/1501, [Same as 1491.]

8/16/1501, Margaret’s mother, Countess of Wiltshire, died.

6/30/1502, Writ for IPM of Eleanor, Countess of Wilts. … She died 16 August last. Katharine, countess of Northumberland, and Margaret, wife of Thomas Carey, aged respectively 24 and 30 and more on the day of the taking of this inquisition, are her daughters and heirs. (S) CIsPM.

1502-03, “Robert Brynklowe v. Thomas Carey: … relating to a messuage in Chylton.: Wilts.” (S) UKNA.

Bef. 4/12/1510, Margaret’s father died.

1518-29, Thomas sued John Fulford in right of his wife.

1529-32, “Thomas Cary of Chilton (Wilts). v. Robert Byngham, … deeds relating to messuages and land in Blandford Forum and Melcombe Bingham.: Dorset.” (S) UKNA.

Bef. 6/21/1536, Thomas died.

(S) The Royal Lineage of Our Noble and Gentle Families, 1883, Foster, P22.  (S) 1564 Visitation of Devon – “Cary”. (S) Plantagenet Ancestry, P186. (S) A Genealogy of the Wives of the American Presidents and Their First Two Generations of Descent, Hart, 2004, P242.

Child of Thomas and Margaret:

i. John Cary (23084), born ~1495 in England.

ii. William Cary, born ? in England.

William married Mary Boleyne, sister of Anne Boleyne, consort of King Henry VIII, d/o Thomas Boleyn & Elizabeth Howard.

6/22/1528, William died of “sweating sickness.”

Mary married 2nd Sir William Stafford, Knt. [One son – Humphrey of Blatherwick.]

7/19/1543, Mary died.

Child: Sir Henry Carey, born ? in England. Henry the 1st Lord Dunston, [by his cousin Queen Elizabeth.]

Sir John Sayvile & Elizabeth Paxton

46160. Sir John Sayvile & 46161. Elizabeth Paxton    

~1460, John born in Yorkshire, England, s/o 92320. John Saville & 92321. Jane Harrington.

1472, Elizabeth born in Norfolk, England, d/o 92322. William Paxton & 92323. Anne Beaufort. [Anne Beaufort a cousin of the mother of future King Henry VII.]

[––John & Alice––]

John married 1st Alice Vernon, d/o William. [No children, (S) John’s inquisition.]

By 1479, John’s father died.

1481, John knighted by the Duke of Gloucester [future King Richard III] during the Scottish campaign.

10/14/1481, At court the following were identified as free tenants of Cawthorne: George Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury, … Sir John Sayvile, … (S) A Hist. of Cawthorne, Pratt, 1882, P22.

1482, John with the Duke of Gloucester at the siege of Berwick.

9/23/1481, John and his grandfather were commissioned to enquire whether William Wowean of Wakefield was an idiot.

1482, John attended Richard, Duke of Gloucester, on his invasion of Scotland when Berwick on Tweed was captured.

8/22/1482, John created a knight banneret by Richard, Duke of Gloucester [future King Richard III].

1/5/1484, Indentured agreement between Sir John Savile and his uncle William Savile that in consideration of William making John a lawful estate in the moiety of the manor of Hundisworth (Hunsworth, Yk), John will give William a life estate in other lands belonging to him in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire to the value of £10.00 per annum and pay £15.00 arrears. (S) UKNA.

7/6/1483, John attended the coronation of Richard III.

2/11/1484, John, lieutenant and captain of the Isle of Wight for life; receiving all profits from the island, £200 annually, and the right to appoint offices. [John insulted the king by requesting he carry out the appointment through a deputy and was placed under a 5000 mark bond.]

8/22/1485, Henry VII succeeded Richard III as King of England.

9/1485, John JOP for West Riding.

11/5/1485, John, made High Sheriff of Yorkshire; relieved of his duty on the Isle of Wight, and reinstated as Constable of Sandal Castle [near the family home of Thornhill.]

11/29/1485, John created Feodary of the honor of Pontefract.

[––John & Elizabeth––]

By 1486, John married Elizabeth.

3/4/1486, John created Steward of the Lordship of Bradford.

11/19/1486, “… Sir John Sayvile, knt., had been appointed by King Richard, “late, in dede and not in righte, ‘king of England,’ lieutenant and captain of the Isle of Wight, with power to ordain and depute under him all mannor of officers there … and has not had payment thereof …” (S) Materials for a Hist. of the Reign of Henry VII, 1873, P167.

1487, During the rebellion of the Earl of Lincoln, John appointed by King Henry to defend the city of York.

1487, John made a Knight of the Body of King Henry VII.

11/1487, John present at the coronation of Elizabeth Woodville.

1490, John accused of malpractice by teneants in the Wakefield area.

10/17/1491 at Parliament. ‘… Eleanor (184679), late duchess of Somerset, Robert Spencer, knight, and Eleanor (92339) his wife, countess of Wiltshire, another of the daughters of the said duchess, Mary, Countess Rivers, daughter of Elizabeth, another daughter of the said duchess, Thomas Burgh, knight, and Edward Burgh, knight, son of Margaret, another of the daughters of the said duchess, William Paston esquire, Agnes Paston, Elizabeth Paston (46161), daughters of Anne (92323), another of the daughters of the said duchess, and Richard Frye esquire, and Jane his wife, another daughter of the same duchess, and to the heirs of each of them, … (S) Parliamentary Rolls, 2005.

1492, By deed, John “knt.” is called “Dominus de Barsland”, and grants part of the “waste”, reserving an annual rent to himself and heirs, suit to his court in Barksland, and mill in Northland; held under the lord of Wakefield. (S) A Concise History … Halifax, … York, Crabtree, 1836, P458. [This property was late granted by inquisition to be seized by son Henry “in fee tail” and continued to be held by his heirs.]

1495, John on the commission of array for West Riding.

6/20/1497, John Sayvell, knight, in an indented charter with Thomas, earl of Surrey, … to the use of the said John Sayvell, knight, and Elizabeth his wife … (S) IPM of John.

Bef. 11/28/1496, William paston, father of Elizabeth died: A letter from the Lady Margaret, Mother to King Henry VII: “By the king’s moder.–Trusty and right webeloved, we greet you well. … there was a full agreement made & concluded, & also put in writinge, between or trusty and right welbeloved Sr John Savile, Knt, and Gilbert Talbot, Esquire, … they ought to have in the right of their wives, daughters and heyers to William paston, Esqr, their late fader, deceassed, …” (S) Norfolk Archaeology, V4, 1855.

6/1/1501, Recognizances to the king for £200 each, … John Seymour, John Savyll, … (S) CCRs.

11/1501, Sir John Sayvile named as one of the knights to be at “saynt George” where Catherine of Aragon [future wife of Henry VIII], would be arriving and would meet the lord of York, the King’s 2nd son. (S) Letters and Papers, … Reigns of Richard III and Henry VII.

6/1502, John removed from his offices of Wakefield, Pontefract, and Bradford.

3/30/1503, John Savell, knight, wrote his will:  I Sir John Sayvell, Knight. Soul to God, body to be buried in church of Thornhill, debts to be paid. Whereas by indenture between William Calverley, the elder, now deceased and me, of the marriage of Sir William Calverley, the elder, his son and Alice my sister, … Immediately after my decease my feoffees, viz. …, shall make a lease of all such lands and advowsons and chantries, to take such profits of, to my son Henry or to such as there happen to be next heir, if he or they be at the age of 20 years, … Provided that the said lease be not prejudicial to my wife in such lands as her jointure or to any other grant by me made in this my last will; … I will that my feoffees sell the lordship of Thornhill with the advowson and lands to the yearly value of £100 to the King of England for the time being … if his higness refuse to buy it, then my executors to sell it at their pleasure …. Provided if my son Henry or other issue of my body, be within the age of 20 years at the time of my decease, then my feoffees shall suffer my executors to take the whole profits of my lands during the nonage of my said heir, my wife's jointure excepted, and if the said profits shall content the King's grace 1,000 marks, so that his highness suffer my lady his mother, …, or such of them as shall be then living, to have the ward, marriage and governance of my said son and heir; … executors to suffer wife to have all her apparel and all such goods as was her father's, and over that of my goods to the value of 100 marks in such stuff as she think convenient, …; my house to be kept as it is at my costs 20 weeks after my decease; … on coming to his age of 16 son to have £100 yearly for his finding, if the King suffer him to be married by such as I have assigned before, and that he be in such place as he may go to school till he be 14 years old and it at the discretion of them that have the ordering of him as is aforesaid, and if it be a daughter or daughters it to be disposed by my executors and if or they (to have) nothing at the age of 20 years but my lands and the £20 to their finding as is aforesaid, the £1000 aforesaid received, anything behind to be received after she or they be 20 after the some of £100 a year, as above. … (S) Cal. of State Papers. Inq. p.m. Hen. VII, vol. ii, p. 511, No. 803. (S) CIsPM.

3/20/1504, a Palm Sunday, John died.

[Undated] IPM of John Savell, knight: “great grandfather Thomas Sayvile”. “Henry Sayvile, esq., son and next heir of the said Sir John, and kinsman … 22 years old and upwards.” “Mar. 1st, Alice, daughter of William Vernon, Esq. died s.p. mar. 2ly, Elizabeth, daughter of Sir William Paston, Knt., by Jane daughter and coheiress of Edmund Beaufort, Duke of Somerset who was slain at the battle of St. Albans, 1455, and cousin german to the Countess of Richmond, mother of King Henry VII.” York: manors of hornhill, Tankyrsley, Eland, Hundesworth, Golker, Spen. (S) Parliamentary papers, House of Commons, 1878, P545.


1504-05, “Grant by Elizabeth Savile, widow of John Sayvile, knight, to William Gascoign, knight and others of all her manors, messuages, … etc of which she is seised … in Wodnorton', …  county of Norfolk and all her manor, lands, tenements etc etc in Orkesley, … county of Essex, and … counties of Berkshire, Devonshire Cornwall and Somerset and elsewhere in England, and also … cities of Norwich and London, to hold to the use of Elizabeth for life and then to the use of Henry Savile Esq her son in tail, with the remainder failing issue of Henry to the right heirs of Elizabeth.” (S) UKNA.

Elizabeth married 2nd Richard Hastings.

Elizabeth married 3rd Edward Poynings.

Elizabeth married 4th Robert Gargrave.

7/1/1541, Elizabeth Savile [she kept her 1st married name] wrote her will. Called Elizabeth Savile of Tankersley, widow. “To be buried in the Lady quire in Thornhill church. To Edward and Dorithie, children of my son Henry Savile, each a spoon. To my daughter, Lady Anne Thwaites, my daughter, Lady Elizabeth Conyers, each a goblet. To Margaret Wortley a goblet. To Chris­topher Conyers, son of Sir Christopher Conyers, knt., 2 silver salts. To William and Isabell Thwaites, children of the aforesaid Anne, to Michaell and Frances Sotehill, children of the aforesaid Elizabeth Conyers, each a spoon. To Elizabeth Lacie, wife of Richard Lacie, a spoon and a pair of beads. To Katherine Thwaites, daughter of Lady Anne, a pair of coral beads. To Richard Lacie and Henrie Thwaites, sons of the Lady Anne, each a spoon. All other goods to Isabell Thwaites and Frances Sotehill equally. The Lord Talbote, Earl of Shrewsbury, and Henry Savile, knt., super­visors.” Proved 12 Jan., 1541-2, by Lady Elizabeth Conyers, Lady Anne Thwaites, the other executrix, renouncing. (S) Reg. Test., xi, 591.

Child of John and Elizabeth:

i. Henry Saville (23080), born 1486-90 in England.

ii. Anne Savile, born ? in England.

Anne married Sir Henry Thwaites, of Lund.

iii. Elizabeth Savile, born ? in England.

7/18/1519, Elizabeth married Sir Thomas Conyers, of Sockburn, Knt.; [died 1520].

Elizabeth married Thomas Sothill, esq. [Likely related to Henry’s wife.]

iv. Margaret Savile, born ? in England.

Margaret 1st married Thomas Wortley, of Wortley, Esq.

1522, Margaret married Richard Corbet.

Monday, April 26, 2010

William Taylor & Joan ?

42112. William Taylor & 42113. Joan ?     

~1450, William born in England.

William employed as a game warden in the Forest of Needwood.

Family notes:

·         Needwood was not a Royal forest, but a Chase, members of the Royal family frequently came to Tutbury Castle. The story is that the King, on seeing the triplet boys, decided to educate them if they lived to manhood. The Royal Bounty for Triplets was instigated and only ceased during Elizabeth II.

Children of William and Joan:

i. John Taylor (21056), born 1478 Staffordshire, England. [Triplet]

ii. Rowland Taylor, born 1478 Staffordshire, England. [Triplet]

iii. Nathaniel Taylor, born 1478 Staffordshire, England. [Triplet]

iv. Elizabeth Taylor, born ? in England.

Thomas Pitt of Bristol & Joayne ?

39744. Thomas Pitt & 39745. Joayne ? {Bond}

~1527, Thomas born in England, s/o 79488. William Pitt & 79489. Helena de Haviland.

1573-4, Item paid to mr Randall hassall, to Thomas pyttes & John hort for red cloth for the pike mens Gasskyns. (S) Bristol, Mark Pilkinton, 1997, P88.

11/28/1575, Thomas “Pitte” a merchant for the ship Grasshopper, a 26 ton ship of Bristol captained by John Durban heading for La Rochelle, France. Thomas was shipping 2 “fother” of lead and 10 “wey” of “Coal, Smith”. Thomas signed the book “Thomas Pitt”. (S) Bristol Port Book, Overseas Outwards, 1575-6.

8/29/1576, Thomas Pitt a merchant for the ship Thobie, a 100 ton ship out of Bristol captained by Robert Davies heading for San Lucar de Barrameda, Spain. Thomas was shipping 27 pieces of “Cloth of Assize, Newbery Kersey.” (S) Bristol Port Book, Overseas Outwards, 1575-6.

4/12/1577, Thomas Pytt of “the cytee of Bristoll” an overseer in the will of Edward Porter, draper. (S) Notes on the Wills in the Great Orphan Book and Book of Wills in the Council House at Bristol, P220.

6/22/1578, Bargain and sale, “ … William Hopkins, William Prewett, Thomas Pytt citizens of Bristol and parishioners of St.Nicholas Consideration: 20 marks Chapel with appurtenances commonly known as Knappes Chapel or St.John the Evangelist Chapel …”. (S) UKNA.

Thomas was a part owner with other merchants of Bristol of the ship Mary Fortune, a privateer ship.

Child of Thomas and Joayne:

i. Thomas Pitt (19872), born ~1550 in England.

Richard Biccombe of Somerset & Joan Beaumont

39692. Richard Biccombe & 39693. Joan Beaumont

1474, Richard born in Somerset, England, s/o 79384. Robert Biccombe & 79385. Joan Bere.

~1480, Joan born in High Hampton, Co. Devon, England.

1503, Richard married Joan.

10/1/1506, Geo: Soeke Esqr. And John Sop Gent: granted ye said Mannor to ye said Robert [Biccombe] for his life without impeachment of waste and after his decease to Richard Biccombe and Joan his wife … (S) Note and Queries for Somerset and Dorset, V5-6, P 54.

11/1515, Rob. Bykcombe, Rich. Bykcombe & Elizabeth dau. of Rob. def. Fine on 2 messuages and 4 carucates of land in Nettlecombe and Rowdon and the advowson of Nettlecombe. (S) Somerset Archive and Record Service; Trevelyan Papers.

11/1523, age 49 and more in his fathers IPM, Richard died in England, 7 months after his father.

4/1524, Joan bought son Hugh’s wardship and marriage, and the wardship of lands in Broomfield, Timberscombe, and elsewhere, from Andrew Lutrell; with a proviso that in case he should die under age, she should have the wardship and marriage of his brother, Robert, and so from heir to heir.

(S) Historical Notes on Some Somerset Manors Formerly Connected with the Honour of Dunster, Sir H. C. Maxwell Lytle, 1931, P292.

Children of Richard and Joan:

i. Hugh Biccombe (19846), born 1504 in Somerset, England.

ii. Robert Biccombe, born ~1506 in Somerset, England.

Hugh Malet & Isabel Michell

39686. Hugh Malet & 39687. Isabel Michell 

~1497, Hugh born in Enmore, Somerset, England, 2nd s/o 79372. William Malet & 79373. Alice Young.

~1495, Isabel born in Cannington, Somerset, England, d/o 79374. Thomas Michell & 79375. Margaret ?.

1503, Isabel, unmarried, named in her father’s will.

~1520, Hugh married Isabel.

2/22/1526, Isabel, Hugh and son Thomas are mentioned in her mother’s will; Hugh named an executor. (S).

When Hugh’s older brother Thomas died; Hugh succeeded his father in the estates.

1529-32, “Hugh Malet, esquire, executor of Edward Steynyng, esquire. v. Thomas Sepham.: …, complainant dwelling in Somerset.” (S) UKNA.

1533-38, “John Hadly. v. Hugh Malet, esquire.: Refusal to complete a demise of a messuage in Lydeard Punchardon, with land and common.: Somerset.” (S) UKNA.

1535, “Declaration of the extent and annual value … to the Priory of Dunster, in the time of John Griffith, prior of the same, by sir Andrew Luttrell, knt. and Hugh Malet, esq., the King’s commissioners, …”. (S) History of the Hundred of Carhampton: in the county of Somerset, …, Savage, 1830, P428.

(S) 1537, Hugh mentioned in Sir William Pole’s Collections.

12/1541, Hugh Malet, Manors of Enmore, Corypole, died in England.

(S) Notices of an English Branch of the Malet Family, Arthur Malet, 1885, PP43-44, App. P1-2.

Family notes:
• The inquest post-mortem on Hugh Malet, held 32 and 33 Henry VIII, A.D. 1541-2, states that Thomas Malet, his son, died November 30th, 1541; that Hugh Malet died in 1541, and that his son and heir, Richard, was aged eighteen at the time of his father's death.

Children of Hugh and Isabel:

i. Thomas Malet, born ~1521.
11/30/1541, Thomas died before his father.

ii. Richard Malet, born 1523. [Heir.]
Richard married 2nd Elizabeth Luttrell, d/o Sir Andrew Luttrell.
7/25/1551, Richard wrote his will, naming his brother-in-law Robert Maye, husband of his sister Dorothy, as an overseer. (S) Somerset Record Society, 1905, P129.
Bef. 3/31/1552, Richard died in Corypole, Somerset, England. (S) Will proved.
Thomas Malet, born ~1548, heir of his father.
~1572 he married Elizabeth Colles.
~1580 he died.

iii. William Malet Jr, born ~1525.

iv. Barnabas Malet, born ~1527.

v. Joan Malet, born ~1529.
7/25/1551, Sister “Johane” named in her brother Richard’s will.
Joan married John Danvers.

vi. Mary Malet, born ~1531.
Mary married ? Sturges.
7/25/1551, Sister “Mary Mallet” and “children” named in her brother Richard’s will.

vi. Elizabeth Malet, born ~1533.
Elizabeth married Thomas Ivy of West Kingston, Wilts.
7/25/1551, Sister “Elizabeth” and “children” named in her brother Richard’s will.

vi. Agatha Malet, born ~1535.
Agatha married John Payne of Hutton, Somerset.

ix. Dorothy Malet (19483), born ~1537 in Enmore, Somerset, England.

Robert Maye of Somerset

39684. Robert Maye 

Robert of Bycombe and Hyden, co. Somerset.

7/1/1537, Robert request the purchase of “Hyden, farm of the manor”. (S) The Somerset Religious Houses, Archbold, 1892, P216.

9/12/1545, “Robert Maye. Grant in fee, for 784£. 18s., of the manor or grange of Hudon, Soms., in tenure of Ralph Hopton (except tithes and the pastures called Estebyterox and Westebyterox. Witham and Frary), and a wood called Bytcombe Wood alias Hydon Wood (52 ac.) in Wytham Frarye, Blagden and Predye, which belonged to Wytham mon. Del. Westm. 12 Sept. 36 Hen. VIII.–S.B. (signed by Canterbury, Westminster, Petre Sir Robt. Southwell, Moyle, Bacon and Duke.” (S) Letters and Papers … Reign of Henry VIII, 1905, P182.

Bef. 1551 Robert died. (S) Deed of his son and heir Robert.

Children of Robert and ?:

i. Robert Maye (19842), born bef. 1531 in England. [Heir]

John Godwyn of Wells

39680. John Godwyn 

~1500, John born in Wells, Somerset, England, s/o 79360. William Godwyn.

John was living at the time of Henry VIII [1509–1547].

1518-29, “John Godwyn. v. John Godard, clerk, and William Dyttye.: Detention of deeds relating to messuages and land in Wells.: Somerset.” (S) UKNA.

Bef. 1551, John died. (S) Deed of his son and heir William.

(S) Virginia Historical Genealogies by John Boddie, 1954. (S) 1623 Visitation of Somerset.

Children of John and ?:

i. William Godwyn (19840), born ~1520 in Wells.
[1st s/o John shown in the pedigrees of Wells.]

ii. William Godwyn.
[Shown in Visitation of 1623.]

iii. Richard Godwyn. Aka “Richard the elder”.
Richard married Margery Broadrib. [Richard is shown as the 3rd son in the Visitations.]
1/1/1577 Richard made his will in Wells, Somerset.
2/14/1583 Richard’s will probated by wife Margery.
James Godwyn. (S) Father’s will.
He married Maud Williams, d/o Richard of Cleve, Somerset.
11/1616 he died. (S) Will of 10/19/1616 probated on 12/18/1616.
John Godwyn. (S) Father’s will.
[9/26/1570, a John Godwyn of Wells, the “mercer”, made his will; proven 11/30/1581.]
Bef. 1616 he died. (S) Brother James’ will.

Auditor John Sydley & Elizabeth Cotton

39068. Auditor John Sydley & 39069. Elizabeth Cotton     

~1480, John born in Kent, England.

~1490, Elizabeth born in England, d/o §§John Cotton.

John married 1st Elizabeth Jenks, d/o Roger of London. [No children.]

[––John & Elizabeth––]

John married 2nd Elizabeth Cotton.

1504-15, “John Sydley, an auditor of the Exchequer. v. John Overey and others, feoffees to uses.: A croft called ‘Tollyngtrewe’” in Kent. (S) UKNA.

4/21/1509, Henry VIII succeeded Henry VII as King of England.

John married 3rd Agnes Wyborne, d/o John. [No children.]

1518-29, “Francis Alwyn of London, mercer. …, having already sold three houses in Bow Lane to John Sydley, gentleman, for payment of his debts.: London.” (S) UKNA.

8/30/1523, Commission to collect the subsidy granted for 4 years … Kent … John Sydley, … (S) CCRs.

8/1/1524, Commissions to collect the subsidy … Kent … John Sydley, … (S) CCRs.

1/26/1526, Servants of the King, with their yearly wages. … John Sydley, auditor, £10. (S) CCRs.

6/16/1528, The auditor-accountants of Buckingham's lands. … the auditors of the Exchequer, the present auditors being John Sydley, Tho. Tamworth, Edw. Chamber, John Goldyng and Wm. Pryce. (S) CCRs.

1530, John wrote his will: “oon of the Kinges Auditours in His Exchequer, and Citezein and Stacioner of the Citie of London and late Warden of the Crafte of Stacioners.”.

John, lord of the manor of Southfleet, and of Mortimer, co. Kent, died.

(S) A Gen. and Heraldic Hist. …, Burke, 1838, P482.

Children of John and Elizabeth:

i. William Sedley (19534), born ~1509 in Kent, England.

ii. Dorothy Sedley, born ? in England.

Dorothy, described in her father’s will, before the dissolution of the monasteries, as “a Norme in Dertford Abbey”.

Lord John Barrett Esq. & Phyllis Harpsfield

39066. Lord John Barrett Esq. & 39067. Phyllis Harpsfield     

~1455, John born Essex, England, heir & s/o 78132. Robert Barrett & 78133. Margaret Knolles.

~1480, Phyllis born in Hampshire, England d/o §§John Harpsfield.

By 1483, John heir to his father of Belhouse. (S) A Hist. of the County of Essex, V8, 1983.

John 1st married Elizabeth Braytoff, heir & d/o Richard.

8/22/1485, Henry VII succeeded Richard III as King of England.

4/1495, John, ‘gentilman of London’, began acquiring land around Belhus, buying Culverhouse. [Added Lawrence and Quintin farms, a farm adjoining Bredal Street, Somers at heth, and the manor of Noke.]

1499, John Barrett of Belhus in Aveley bought the manor of Noke from Robert Andrews. (S) A Hist. of the County of Essex, V7, 1978.

7/22/1500, Debtor: Thomas Bassingborne, of Essex, esquire. Creditor: John Barrett {Baret}, of London, gentleman. Amount: £400. (S) UKNA.

[––Phyllis & Thomas––]

10/26/1500, Proof of age of Thomas Dyneley, son and heir of Edward Dyneley and Sanchea his wife. He is aged 22 and more. (S) CIsPM.

Phyllis Harpsfield, d/o John, 1st married Thomas Dyneley. [1 daughter, Elizabeth.]

1500, John Barrett paid 20 marks for the 'inning' of 21 a. marsh at Noke, with a wall 6 ft. high, 14 ft. wide at the base, and 3½ ft. at the top.

1503, Thomas Dyneley, heir in 1494 to his mother of Wolverton manor, died leaving the manor to Phyllis for life.

[––John & Phyllis––]

~1503, John Barrett married Phyllis, her daughter Elizabeth becoming his step-child.

4/21/1509, Henry VIII succeeded Henry VII as King of England.

1509, John, a clothier, purchased a farm called Blaches [Phyllis named in the deeds.]

1510, John & Phyllis held court at Wolverton manor.

1511–17, Phyllis died. [Estate settlement of her daughter Elizabeth.]

1520, Phyllis’ father, John Harpsfeld, living with lands in Aveley and Upminster.


John married 3rd Margaret Norris, sister to Sir Henry Norris of Berkshire.

1/2/1522, The Cardinal and Archbishop shall have joint commissaries to act by the authority of both in the province of Canterbury … Robert Toneys and John Barret, who are deputed on behalf of both Cardinal and Archbishop … (S) L&Ps, F&D, Henry VIII, V3, 1867.

John married 4th, Mary ?, widow of a Mr. Blage [Mary mentioned in John’s will.]

7/1526, John made a jointure to his wife Mary.

1526-27, John ‘Barrett Register of Prerog. Court London Avethely et Essex.’

10/14/1526, ‘John Barrett Esquire Register’ made his will: He referred to “my place called Belhouse Hall, alias Barrett’s which I have newly builded.” [John possessed about 1400 acres of land around Belhus, and another 600 in Sutton, near Rochford.]

Bef. 2/23/1527, John died. (S) Will proved. [His male heir was his eldest grandson Edward, age 5.]

(S) Magna Carta Ancestry: P44, P250. (S) A Hist. of the Co. of Hampshire, V4, 1911, ‘Parishes Wolverton’. (S) Peerage of England, Collins, 1812, P585. (S) 1570 Visitation of Essex. [Several of these are in conflict with respect to Phyllis’ last name. What is presented is by Collins.] (S) Account of the Families of Lennard and Barrett, Henry Barrett-Lennard, 1908, P344.

Family notes:

·         John of Belhouse in Aveley, Essex, described by Morant as “applying himself to the study of the law, became eminent in that profession.” His contemporary, John Leland the antiquary, in his Encomia Illust. viror. (Works, 1774 ed., v, p. 107), vaunts his forensic eloquence in latin verse.

Children of John and Elizabeth: [2 surviving sons]

i. George Barrett, born bef. 1497 in England. [Heir]

Bef. 1517, George married his step-sister Elizabeth Dyneley.

1517, “George Barrett and Elizabeth, his wife, daughter and heir of Thomas Dyneley, esquire. ….: Refusal to convey the manors of Stanford and Wolverton, as devised by the will of the said Thomas.:Berks, Hants.” (S) UKNA.

11/11/1517, George and Elizabeth received livery of Wolverton manor. (S) Letters and Papers … Reign of Henry VIII, P1188. [Elizabeth’s ancestry is given in the document.]

1525, George died.

Children: Edward Barrett, born 1520. [Heir to his grandfather in 1526]

Children of John and Phyllis:

i. Cicely Barrett (19533), born 1512 in England.

ii. Muried Barrett, born ? in England.

Muriel married Sir John Champneis of Hall Place, Bexley.

1556, John died.

iii. Anne Barrett, born ? in England.

Anne married Sir James Wilford.

iv. Margaret Barrett, born ? in England.

Margaret married Sir Walter Crompton.

v. Bridget Barrett, born ? in England.

Bridget died unmarried.