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Bell 369398

369398. Sir Thomas Parr & 369399. Alice Tunstall {Bell}

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1407, Thomas born in Kendal, Lancashire, England, s/o 738796. John Parr & 738797. Agnes Crophull.

By 1407, Alice born in England, d/o 738798. Sir Thomas Tunstall & 738799. Isabel Harrington.

1408, Thomas’ father died; wardship was granted to his mother Agnes, Sir Thomas Beauford and Sir Thomas Brounflete.

7/9/1413, Thomas’ wardship surrendered to Sir Thomas Tunstall of Thurland Castle and others for 200 marks. [Future father-in-law, probably date of marriage arrangement to Alice.]

1429, Agnes signed her dower over to her son Thomas for a 40 mark allowance.

9/22/1429, because there had been no meeting of the shire court, “sheriff, Sir Christopher Moresby, took it upon himself to make out a new return for the altered date, naming More and Thomas Parr as knights of the shire”.

1430-32, Thomas knighted.

1432, 1434, 1437, 1454, 1456, 1461, Thomas JOP for Westmorland.

1435, Sir Christopher Moresby, a close friend and later in-law of Sir Thomas Parr.

1436, Thomas’ mother Agnes died; the last of three estate dowagers; Thomas taking seisin of his third of the Kendal barony.

1438, Thomas granted the keeping of 2/3rds of deceased John, Duke of Bedford’s lands for 10 years.

1443, The king terminated Thomas’ 1438 grant early in favor of the Duke of Somerset.

1441, Henry Bellingham sued Sheriff Thomas Parr for an attack on his house.

1446, Thomas attacked on his way to the house of commons by the Bellingham’s.

3/1446, Sir Thomas Parr demanded in the House of Commons that the culprits be tried in the King’s bench. (S) The Reign of King Henry VI, Griffiths, 1981, P569.

9/23/1459, Thomas a Yorkist at the battle of Blore Heath. On the losing side, Thomas fled with Salisbury [Richard Neville], arriving in Calais in November. Thomas was attainted; and his lands were being distributed when the triumph of Edward IV reversed the process.

11/12/1460, Thomas and his two elder sons served on a commission "to arrest and commit to prison all persons guilty of unlawful gatherings, …, and if they resist, to call together all lieges … to fight them". [This was to protect the Yorkist cause in the heavily Lancastrian northern shires.]

12/30/1460, Thomas fought at the battle of Wakefield with Salisbury and York; again on the losing side. [There are lists showing he died in the battle – he did not.]

7/29/1461, Thomas granted the wardship and marriage of John Hothom by the new King Edward IV, holding extensive lands in Yorkshire.

11/24/1464, Thomas died.

(S) Magna Carta Ancestry, P643.

Children of Thomas and Alice: [9 sons, 6 daughters.]

i. William Parr, born 1434 in England. [Eldest son.]
William married Elizabeth Fitzhugh, d/o Lord Henry Fitz Hugh & Alice Neville.
Child: Sir Thomas Parr, father of Queen Catherine Parr, wife of King Henry VIII.

ii. Elizabeth Parr (184699), born ~1440 in England.

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