~1335, Clement born in Norfolk, England, heir & s/o 738576. William Paston & 738577. Elizabeth Staleham.
~1350, Beatrice Goneld born in Norfolk, England, d/o 738578. John de Somerton. [Beatrice is Clement’s step-sister.]
1365, Clement made an assignment of dower to his mother Elizabeth, wife of John de Somerton.
By 1377, Clement married Beatrice.
6/21/1377, Richard II succeeded Edward III as King of England.
1381, Clement experienced the violent anger that convulsed southeastern England at the blatant injustice of the poll tax and all that it represented – the great landowners’ attempt to protect their privileges and power at the peasantry's expense. (S) NY Times, ‘Blood and Roses’, Castor, 5/7/2006.
~1394, Clement, “a peasant, holding and cultivating about one hundred acres (40 hectares) of land, had to borrow money to send William to school.” [This is a record of the Paston Letters written by son William. He apparently did not get along with his father and had a poor opinion of his accomplishments.]
3/6/1400, “Confirmation by Richard son of William Royes …, Geoffrey de Somerton, … Clement de Paston, … of 12a. in divers pieces in Bacton …”. (S) UKNA.
Aft. 1401, Beatrice heiress to her brother Geoffrey de Somerton. (S) CCRs.
1409, Beatrice died. (S) The Ancestor, 1904, P96.
3/20/1413, Henry V succeeded Henry IV as King of England.
6/15/1419, Feast of Corpus Christi, Clement wrote his will: To be buried in the church of St. Margaret of Paston between the south door and the tomb of Beatrice his wife. … gives money to the church … appoints Margery his sister, widow of John Bacton, and his son William his executors.[Prior Nicholas of Bromholm, elected by his own convent over the Papal appointment of John Paston, is the first witness of the will of Clement. (S) Hist. of Norfolk, V2, 1906, Priory of Bromholm.]
1419, On St. Botolph’s day, Clement died. (S) The Ancestor, 1904, P96. [Clement buried between the south door, and the tomb of his wife, the father and mother of Sir William the judge.]
10/2/1419, Clement’s will proved. (S) Paston Letters and Papers, Part1, 1971, Page XI.
(S) The Paston Family in the Fifteenth Century, Richmond, 2002. (S) Norfolk Archaeology, V4, 1855. (S) The Visitations of Norfolk, 1891, P215. (S) Essay … Topo. Hist. of Norfolk, Parking, 1807, P481. (S) Hist. of Norfolk, V11, 1810, Paston.
Child of Clement and Beatrice:
i. William Paston (184644), born 1378 in England.