~1460, William Fitz William born in Northamptonshire, England, s/o 237692. John Fitz William & 237693. Helen Villiers.
~1470, Anne born in London, England, d/o 237694. John Hawes.
In his youth, William a retainer of [Cardinal] Wosley, who he considered the founder of his fortune. (S) Gen. of Existing Brit. Peerage, Lodge, 1859, P224.
8/22/1485, Henry VII succeeded Richard III as King of England.
1499, William, Master of Tailors.
1500-02, William, Auditor of London.
3/9/1501, Grant by ... to ... William Fitzwilliam, tailor, citizens of London, and others ... [Northamptonshire.] (S) UKNA.
8/1/1502, Bond by Robert Wyttilbury of Milton, esq. and Anne his wife, to William Fitzwilliam, of London, merchant, in 1000 marks payable at Whitsunday next. (S) UKNA. [William’s purchased of the manor of Milton and Marham, Northamptonshire. Multiple records involving this couple and William.] (S) CCRs.
10/6/1502, William Fitz William, citizen and merchant of London', John Hawe (237694, father-in-law of William), citizen and alderman of London', and James Wilford', citizen and alderman of London', querents … The manor of Filliston' … [Kent] … William, John and James have given them 200 pounds sterling. (S) Feet of Fines, Kent.
5/17/1503, Robert and Anne Wyttulbury, to William Fitzwilliam, John Hawe, James Wilford and Richard Fitzwilliam, their heirs and assigns. Release and quitclaim [for 1,200 m.] of the said manors, advowsons, fishery and wharfage with 40 messuages, 2 mills, 1,000 a. land, 100 a. meadow, 1,000 a. pasture, 200 a. wood and 10s. 4½d. rent in ... Milton and Marham manors with appurtenances in Milton, Marham, Caster, Etton, Maxsey, Norborough and Depyngate co. Northampton … (S) CCRs.
2/7/1504, Exemplification made at the instance of William Fitzwilliam, citizen, and merchant taylor of London, of a suit in Chancery ... (S) UKNA.
11/7/1504, William, Alderman of Welbeck, London.
6/28/1505, William Willoghby lord Willoughby and Eresby, to William Fitz William, alderman of London, and his heirs. Indenture witnessing sale for 400 m. of Fenton manor with 20 messuages, 400 a. land, 40 a. meadow, 100 a. pasture, 100 a. marsh and 31s. ¾d. rent in Fenton and Bekyngham co. Lincoln, recovered against him in Trinity, 20 Henry VII, by the said William Fitz William and James Wylford and John Hawe, aldermen of London, … (S) CCRs.
10/22/1506, Milton manor seised of William on the death of Robert Wyttilbury. (S) UKNA, IPM.
1506-07, William, Sheriff of London – at the commmand of the King. ‘This yere was chosyn [sheriff] by the citte one Jonson a goldesmythe, and he made hys fest; but within iij. dayes he was dyschargyd at the commandment of the kynge, and William Fitzwilliam chosyn.’ (S) Chronical of the Grey Friars of London, V53, 1852.
10/31/1507, IPM of Robert Wyttlebury, esquire. William Fitzwilliam, John Hawe, James Wilford, aldermen of London, and Richard Fitzwilliam were seised in fee of the under-mentioned manors … (S) CIsPM.
4/21/1509, Henry VIII succeeded Henry VII as King of England.
1509, King Henry appointed Cardinal Wosley as ‘Almoner’, responsible for distributing tithes to the poor.
6/30/1510, Covenant whereby William Fitzwilliam, Alderman of the City of London, undertakes, in view of a recovery to be had of Marham Manor, ... (S) UKNA.
12/28/1511, William FitzWilliam. To be squire for the Body, with 50 marks a year, as soon as a vacancy occurs. (S) L&Ps, F&D, Henry VIII, V1, 1920.
2/4/1513, Grant by John Archer of Epping Co. Essex William Fitzwilliam, of London, etc. of an annual rent of 2sh. (S) UKNA.
1514, William, Sheriff of Essex and Herts.
1515, Wosley, Bishop of Lincoln, appointed a Cardinal by Pope Leo X.
1515, William, Sheriff of Northants, Chamberlain to Cardinal Wolsey; and Alerdman of London, and merchant of the Staple of Calais.
William married 2nd Mildred Sackville. [3 sons, 2 daughters.]
8/28/1516, Anne’s father wrote his will. [Daughter Anne, deceased, was the wife of Sir William Fitzwilliam; 4 children: William, Richard, Elizabeth, and Anne.]
1516-17, William knighted by King Henry VIII.
1518, William, knt., of London; Gaynes Park, Essex; and Milton, Northamptonshire. [The same year Cardinal Wosley was made a Papal Legate in England. Wosley organized a summit of 20 nations leading to the Treaty of London.]
1520, Cardinal Wosley organized the “Field of the Cloth of Gold” between the kings of France and England. [Likely attended by William.]
3/31/1521, Letter of Henry VIII to Sir William Fitzwilliam. ‘Instructions to be declared to the French King. … the King does not wish to make war on Scotland now …’ (S) L&Ps, F&D, Henry VIII, V3, 1867.
6/23/1521, Letter of Antonio Surian. ‘King Henry and Cardinal Wolsey have sent Sir William Fitzwilliam again to France, but he did not depart until late yesterday. King Henry desires to mediate between the Emperor and King Francis.’ (S) Cal. of State Papers, Venice, V3, 1869.
1521, William wrote a letter to Cardinal Wosley: “Please it your Grace the Frenshe King tolde me how my Lord of Bukkyngham was in the Towre, and asked me and I Herde of it: and I sayed naye. …” [Note William had been in conversation with the French king.] (S) Original Letters, Illustrative of English History, Ellis, 1825, P177.
Bef. 1522, Cardinal Wosley worked for tax changes from the ‘15th and 10th’, to ‘Subsidy”.
1522, The new taxation system raised £200,000 for the King.
1523-24, William, Sheriff of Northants.
8/29/1525, William, treasurer of the household; John Hales, baron of the exchequer, … met at Guisnes and produced the “booke of newe Ordenaunces and decreis for the Countye of Guisnes” [location of Calcais, France.]
14/24/1526, Letter from Andrea Rosso. ‘An envoy [Sir William Fitzwilliam; Clerk, Bishop of Bath; and Ghinucci, Bishop of Worcester] from the English King has arrived here with a commission to negotiate the marriage of the Princess of England with his most Christian Majesty. (S) Cal. of State Papers, Venice, V3, 1869.
1527, King Henry began annulment proceedings against Queen Catherine. Cardinal Wosley made the appeal to the Pope.
William married 3rd Jane Ormond. [No children.]
1528-29, William, Sheriff of Northants.
1529, William a legatee of his cousin Maud Green, “Dame Maude Parr”, coheir of Sir Thomas Green & Jane Fogg; wife of Sir Thomas Parr. [Maud the mother of Queen Catherine Parr, wife of Henry VIII.]
7/1529, Cardinal Wosley’s attempt to get King Henry’s annulment failed.
1530, William hosted the fallen-from-grace Cardinal Wosley at his Milton manor. [Wosley died 11/29/1530 while on his way back to London.]
9/1/1532, Anne Rocheford, who was created marchioness of Pembroke … Witnesses : … treasurer of England; steward marshal; keeper of the Privy Seal; …; William Fitzwilliam, treasurer of the King's household, and William Powlet, comptroller of the same, knts. (S) L&Ps, F&D, Henry VIII, V5, 1880.
1533, By deed William settled 1,200 marks on the Merchants’Taylor Company for religious use.
5/28/1534, William wrote his will. (S) Peerage of England, Collins. [To poor maidens £100 to be destributed in Northampton, Essex, and London ... eldest son Sir William ... Richard ... Christopher ...
8/9/1534, William died in London; buried at Marholm, Northamptonshire.
(S) Magna Carta Ancestry, P350. (S) 1563 Visitation of Yorkshire.
· 1504. Sir William Fitzwilliam. Son-in-law of John Hawes (Alderman, Sheriff 1500–1). His grandson, Sir William Fitzwilliam, Lord Deputy of Ireland in the time of Queen Elizabeth, was ancestor of the Earls Fitzwilliam. His elder daughter Anne married Sir Anthony Cooke (descended from Sir Thomas Cook, Mayor 1462–3), and was mother-in-law of William Cecil, Lord Burghley, and grandmother of Francis Bacon. From the Alderman's younger daughter, Elizabeth, who married Sir Thomas Brudenell, the Earls of Cardigan were descended. (S) Aldermen of the City of London, 1908, Notes on the Aldermen.
· There are multiple “William fitzWilliam” persons of high status during this time period, e.g. William fitzWilliam, Admiral of the fleet, as well as several that are knights in other counties.
Children of William and Anne: [2 sons, 2 daughters.]
i. William Fitzwilliam, born aft. 1496 in England.
8/28/1516, William left in his maternal grandfather’s will: “my best cup of silver gilt”, to be delivered when he turned 21.
ii. Richard Fitzwilliam, born ? in England.
8/28/1516, Richard left in his maternal grandfather’s will: “a cup of silver gilt”, to be delivered when he turned 21.
iii. Anne Fitzwilliam (59423), born ~1505 in England.
iv. Elizabeth Fitzwilliam, born ? in England.
8/28/1516, Elizabeth left in her maternal grandfather’s will: “a cup of silver gilt”, to be delivered when she turned 21 or married.
Elizabeth married Sir Thomas Brudenell.