1475, Philippa born in Devon, England, d/o 38986. John Sidenham & 38987. Joan Popham.
~1476, Nicholas born in Devon, England, s/o 77968. John Dennys & 77969. Eleanor Gifford.
5/7/1491, Nicholas’ father died, his older brother William the heir.
By 1504, Nicholas married Philippa.
4/21/1509, Henry VIII succeeded Henry VII as King of England.
1509-47, “Plaintiff: Nicholas Denys Defendant: William Denys, John Denys, John Moke, and John Clyff Place or Subject: Forcible ouster at Buckland Brewer County: Devon.” (S) UKNA.
Aft. 12/4/1516, Nichola’s heir to his older brother William.
1516-47, PLAINTIFF: Nicholas Denys Defendant: John Marshall and others. Subject: Forcible entry on tenement in the manor of Farley County: Devon. (S) UKNA.
1/10/1526, Nicholas Denys,
son and (likely the transcription
error source for the lineage problem) heir of William Denys (deceased older
brother), son and heir of John Denys of Orlegh, with the said John Denys, and
Richard Denys, to Thomas Gyffard of Yeo, arm., son and heir of Leonard Gyffard,
brother and heir of John Gyffard, son and heir of Robert Gyffard, son and heir
of John Gyffard of Yeo. Grant and release of an annual rent of 30/4 out of
certain lands called Bolland in the parish of Parkehame. (S) Trans. of
Devonshire, V3, 1901.
1533, IPM of Thomas Gifford. He held lands in Gratton, Hollegh, and Yeo of Nicholas Denys of Orlegh. (S) Coll’s for a Hist. of Staffordshire, V5, 1902, P26. [Thomas had married Elizabeth, d/o William Denys, late of Orlegh, older brother of Nicholas.]
1535, Nicholas “Dennis” appointed a trustee of the estates of Sir Thomas Stucley, nephew of his mother. (S) The School of Shakspere, 1878, Simpson, P2.
8/15/1541, William Crossing, Priest, was instituted to the Parish Church of Lisnewith ... upon the presentation of Nicholas Denys of Orley, Esq., the true patron. (S) Parochial and Family Hist. of the Deanery of Trigg Minor, V2, Mclean, 1876, P408.
(S) 1564 Visitation of Devon.
· The visitation has Nicholas as son of his brother William (b.1471). The timeline established by fixed dates of ancestors and descendents does not fit; but does fit very well with Nicholas as a younger brother of William; and there is no evidence to the contrary. Nicholas is not named in his grandmother Agnes’ grant of 1475 because he had not been born. [Either way, the “Denys” ancestry is not changed.]
Child of Nicholas and Philippa:
i. John Denys (9746), born by 1505 in Devon, England.