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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Sir Philip Courtney & Elizabeth Wonwell

475346. Sir Philip Courtney & 475347. Elizabeth Wonwell

~1430, Elizabeth born in Devonshire, England, d/o §§John Wonwell & Jane ?.

~1435, Philip born in Devon, England, 2nd s/o 950692. Philip Courtenay & 950693. Elizabeth Hungerford.

~1450, Elizabeth 1st married William Hyndeston, King’s Serjeant, of Devon.

1450, William Hingeston purchased the manor of Radford, Devon for £100 sterling.

8/1453, King Henry VI had a mental breakdown. [3/27/1454, Richard, Duke of York, appointed Protector of the Realm.]

1458, William Hyndeston died.

Bef. 5/6/1458, William Hyndeston of Exeter, and Wonwell, Kingston parish, Devon, died. (S) William’s will probated, UKNA. Will of William Hingeston: To be buried in Kingston church. Elizabeth his wife and Jane her mother still living. £40 to das. Elizabeth and Jane for their marriages; £20 to Halwell ch., Devon. Administration granted to Elizabeth. (S) P.C.C., 12 Stokton, Ref: HOP 1439-1509, I:443.

[––Philip & Elizabeth––]

By 1459, Philip married 1st Elizabeth, widow of William Hyndeston.

1460, Philip Courtenay and Elizabeth his wife, widow and executrix of William Hyndeston, sued Thomas Stone, Gent., of Yealmpton, Devon in the Court of Common Pleas regarding a debt. (S) CP40/796, rot. 327f.

3/29/1461, Philip fought for the Yorkists at the battle of Towton, Yorkshire. This battle was the largest and bloodiest fought on British soil. As many as 28,000 died at the battle between Towton and Saxton in Yorkshire. [King Henry and Queen Margaret fled to Scotland. King Henry had another breakdown, and Queen Margaret led the Lancastrian resistance.]

6/28/1461, Edward IV, age 19, crowned King of England.

5/1/1462 at Pynhoe [Devon], Deed poll by which John Cheyne, esquire, directs Walter lord Hungerford, Philip Courtenay, knight, …, feoffees of his manor of Nortonhautevile, Somersetshire, and of the manor of Hulpryngton, Wiltshire, to receive the rents and profits of the premises after his death, and pay them to his executors for the purposes of his will, and afterwards to release the said premises to the said Philip Courtenay upon the trusts of an indenture made between the said Philip and the said John Cheyne. (S) Ancient Deeds, V1, 1890, C273.

12/16/1463, Philip’s father died, his older brother William the heir.

1465-71, Robert Burton, officer of the Exchequer. v. Philip Courtenay: Riotous assaults: Devon. (S) UKNA.

1465, Sir Philip Courteney, knight, in partnership with others of ships of Darthmouth. (S) UKNA.

1465, Edward IV captured Henry VI and put him in the Tower of London.

11/26/1468, Commission to Humphrey Stafford ... to arrest ... Philip Courtenay, knight, ... Devon ... [what happened to the goods and merchandise of 6 ships of Flanders ...] (S) CPRs.

10/3/1470, Henry VI regained the throne of England. [Earl of Warwick & Duke of Clarance effectively ruling.]

5/4/1471, Sir Philip Courtenay, a Yorkist, fought at the battle of Tewkesbury in Gloucester. 4th Duke of Somerset [Lancaster] vs Edward IV [York.] The battle was at the confluence of the Avon and Severn rivers. Edward, s/o King Henry VI, age 18, was killed. [The only heir-apparent of England to die in battle.] Edward IV regained the throne.

1471, Sir Philip Courtenay, High Sheriff of Devon.

9/1472, Sir Philip Courtenay, MP for Devon, with William Huddesfeld. (S) Rpt&Trans, Devonshire, V46, 1914, P493.

5/12/1475, Gift of lands and tenements in Hole in the tithing of Flete Damerell (in Holbeton), …. Philip Courtenay; Knight, … (S) UKNA.

12/14/1476, Philip’s mother died.

1480, Philip, of Molland, knight of Edward IV. [Molland was 16 miles from Barnstaple.]

7/31/1482, “Courtenay, Elizabeth, who was the wife of Philip, kt Devon” died. (S) UKNA, C 140/84/33.

10/22/1482, IPM of Elizabeth at Exeter: … the jurors say on their oath that a certain John Wonewill was late seised of a messuage, 300 acres of land, 20 acres of meadow and 6 acres of wood with appurtenances in Wonewill and 1 messuage … land in Hokerigge in his demesne as of fee and thus seised by his charter, …, granted the said messuages, … to John Predeaux of Weston, … they were seised in their demesne as of fee, … they granted them to the aforementioned John Wonewill, to have to him for the term of his life with remainder to William Hyndeston and the said Elizabeth, to have to them and the heirs issuing of the body of the said Elizabeth forever, by virtue of which the said John was seised in his demesne as of free tenement, and afterwards the said John died, and the said William Hyndeston and Elizabeth entered the said lands and tenements and were seised thereof, viz the said William Hyndeston in his demesne as of free tenement and the said Elizabeth in her demesne as of fee tail, and afterwards the said William died, and the said Elizabeth, still living, was solely seised in her demesne as of fee tail … (S) TNA, C 140/84/33, m. 2.


1482-83, Philip married 2nd Elizabeth, widow of William Merwode (d.1482). [Not the mother of the children.] Plaintiffs: John Broughton and Alice, his wife, daughter of Elizabeth Squyer; and Lewis Pollard, son and heir of Jane Pollard, sister to the said Alice. Defendants: Sir Philip Courteney, knight, and Elizabeth, his wife, executrix and previously the wife of William Merwode, whose first wife was the said Elizabeth Squyer. Subject: Detention of deeds … Devon, Somerset. (S) UKNA, C 1/58/142.

6/26/1483, Richard III succeeded Edward V, age 12, as King of England. [Apparently murdered by Richard.]

1483-85, Philip, Knight of the Body of King Richard III, receiving £40 annually from the duchy of Cornwall. (S) Richard III, Horrox, 1991, P288.

1484, Philip granted a pension of £40 a year by the king.

10/30/1485, King Henry VII crowned King of England.

1485, Philip recorded as a Knight of King Henry VII.

1486, Philip Courteney, knight v. Robert Hengeston: The manors of Loughtor and Botriaux Mollande.: Devon. (S) UKNA.

12/7/1489, Philip, knight of (Devon) Exeter, Kingston and Molland, died. (S) UKNA.

4/29/1489, Writ for IPM of Philip Courtenay, knt. He died 7 Feb. last, seised of the under-mentioned manors and lands. John Courtenay, aged 22 and more, is his son and heir. Devon: Manor of Loughtor, worth 10 marks … 7 messuages … Manor of Botreaux Mollond, otherwise called Knowston, worth £26 … 8 messuages … (S) CIsPM.

(S) Magna Carta Ancestry, P260. (S) The Note-book of Tristram Risdon, P175.

Children of William and Elizabeth:

i. Elizabeth Hyndeston, born ? in Devon, England.

1458, Elizasbeth named in the will of her father.

ii. Jane Hyndeston, born ? in Devon, England.

1458, Jane named in the will of her father.

iii. Robert Hyndeston, born 1452 in Devon, England.

1483, Robert heir of his mother.

1/28/1488, Robert died.

Children of Philip and Elizabeth:

i. Elizabeth Courtenay, born ~1458 in Devon, England.

Elizabeth married, Edward Courtenay, s/o 950654. Hugh Courtnay.

1485, Edward created Earl of Devon.

Elizabeth died before Edward.

6/1509, Edward died.

ii. Margaret Courtenay (237673), born 1459 in Devon, England.

iii. John Courtenay, born 1467 in Devon, England. [Heir]