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Friday, May 7, 2010

Lord Stephen Gifford & Agnes Churchill

155938. Lord Stephen Gifford & 155939. Agnes Churchill     

~1400, Stephen Gyfford born in Devon, England, s/o 311876. John Gifford & 311877. Alice Ugworthy.

~1400, Agnes born in England, heir & d/o 311878. John Churchill & 311879. Joan Dawny.

Stephen’s father died.

Agnes 1st married John Mighelstowe. [1 daughter Anne.]

[––Stephen & Agnes––]

1437, John Colyn, Vicar of Church of Radtre (Rattery in Devon) appoints attorneys John Glyn and Walter Milhouse to deliver to Stephen Gyfford and Robin Colyn Messuages, lands etc in Calmadya. (S) UKNA.

1443, The manor of Thuburgh and a third part of the manors of Esseraffe and Curreworthy (and the advowsons) settled on Stephen Gyffard and Agnes forever.

1452-54, Plaintiffs: John Aysshe, the elder. Defendants: Stephen Gyfford. Subject: Evidences of the manor of (Clist Fonson) (now Sowton). Devon. (S) UKNA.

5/15/1454, Stephen “a justice to deliver Exeter gaol of a prisoner there.”

1/13/1458, Debtor: John Thorne, esquire [of Devon] Creditor: Stephen Giffard [of Devon] Amount: £200. (S) UKNA.

Bef. 11/11/1460, Stephen “of Thewborough” died. (S) CFRs.


6/28/1461, Edward IV crowned at Westminster, beginning the House of York.

10/10/1475, Agnes Giffard, widow, gave the under-mentioned moiety of lands in Plymptre, &c. [Devon], to John Denys of Orleygh and Eleanor his wife, for the term of their lives, with remainder to William, Roger, Robert and Thomas their sons in tail. (S) IPM of John Denys. [Nicholas, the last son born that year.]

4/13/1483, Agnes Gyffard died. She held lands and tenements in Plymtree, Wudecombe, … her nearest heir was her kinswoman Anne, wife of John willemer, d/o John Mighelstowe, s/o Agnes.

(S) 1564 Visitation of Devon – “Dennys of Orleigh”. (S) Coll’s for a Hist. of Staffordshire, V5, 1902.

Family notes:

·         “Thewborow, alias To Burrow, was the inheritance of Esse, that ancient family. Ingret, the daughter of Sir Alan, brought it to John Giffard ; and Alice, one of the coheirs of Stephen Gifford, made it the inheritance of William Prideaux.” (S) A View of Devonshire , Westcote, 1845, P315.

Children of Stephen and Agnes:

i. Eleanor Gifford (77969), born ~1440 in Devon, England.

ii. Alice Gifford, born ? in England.

Alice married William Prideaux [his 3rd].

Child: Fulk Prideaux.

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