1355, John born in Northampton, England.
~1385, Joan born in Engand, d/o §§John Newenham.
6/21/1377, Richard II, age 10, succeeded Edward III as King of England.
1378, John Sheriff of Northants.
John 1st married Elizabeth Haustede, d/o John.
6/25/1392 at York, “John Hastyng, the parson of the church of Wykehand, John Purdu, the parson of the church of Wykedyue, William Gillot, chaplain, and John Nuweman, querents; have granted to John Cope and Elizabeth the manor [calle Haustede in Adestoke] and have rendered it to them in the same court, to hold to John Cope and Elizabeth and the heirs of their bodies, of the chief lords for ever. In default of such heirs, remainder to the right heirs of John Cope.” (S) Feet of Fines.
1396, Elizabeth died [probably in childbirth].
1396, John Knight of the Shire, and Sheriff of Northamptonshire.
1397, John granted 2/3 of the manor of Deanshanger by King Richard III, held for life by courtesy. [Through his marriage to Elizabeth.]
[––John & Joan––]
~1398, John married 2nd Joan.
1399, John Knight of the Shire.
9/30/1399, Henry IV succeeded Richard II as King of England.
11/26/1399, John appointed escheator of Northampton and Rutland. (S) CFRs.
5/28/1400, Order to John Cope, escheator of the county of Rutland, to take the fealty of John Daneys, son of John Daneys. (S) CFRs.
11/24/1400, Commitment of the county and castle of Northampton to John Cope so that he answer at the Exchequer as sheriff and keeper. (S) CFRs.
1400, John Blawemuster, hermit, received a grant of pontage for 3 years, to be spent on the repair of Stony Stratford bridge under the supervision of John Rotherham, clerk, and John Cope, lord of the manor of Deanshanger.
1/26/1401, Writ for IPM of Anne wife of William Haustede. Northampton: She held in dower a third part of the manor of Deanshanger, … annual value 40s. All, together with the two parts of the manor which John Cope holds, are held of the king in chief as a fortieth part of a knight’s fee. The reversion belongs to John Cope and his heirs. (S) CIsPM. [Revision by letters patent of 1397, held of his 1st wife.]
1402, John Knight of the Shire.
1404, John Sheriff of Northants, and Knight of the Shire.
10/22/1404, John appointed escheator of Northampton and Rutland. (S) CFRs.
5/22/1405, Commission to Thomas Brounflete, ‘chivaler,’ John Cope, ... to assemble with all speed all knights, esquires, yeomen and other fencible men in the county of Northampton and bring them to the king’s presence for the chastisement of the insurgents of the north. (S) CPRs.
10/27/1405, Order to John Cope, escheator in the county of Northampton, to cause Robert Pdewardyn … to have full seisin … (S) CFRs.
1406, John Knight of the Shire.
3/20/1413, Henry V succeeded Henry IV as King of England.
1414, John died.
12/28/1414, Writ for IPM of John Cope, esquire of Northampton. (S) CFRs.
12/28/1414, Writ for IPM of John Cope, Esquire. Northampton: He held in his demesne as of fee the site of the manor of Deanshanger and 132 a. arable, …, 1 cottage and … in Wike, Wicken, Passenham, Stony Stratford, Puxley, Whitfield, Deanshanger and Heathencote, all of the king as a 40th part of a knight’s fee, and by his charter dated at Deanshanger on 13 Dec. 1414 granted them to John Longeville, esquire, John Warrewyke, esquire, and Robert Spenser and their heirs and assigns, without royal licence, on condition that they should enfeoff Joan his wife, who survives him, for her life with remainder to his right heirs. … but on account of the transgression the escheator took them into the king’s hands … John (b.1396) his son and heir is aged 18 years and more. (S) CIsPM. [The estate was initially seized by the escheator since John had failed to secure licence for the alienation.]
2/1415, The premises were restored to the feoffees in on payment of a fine of 5 marks. The estate then consisted of the manor house; a garden and dovecote worth 3s. 4d.; 132 a. of land, of which 80 a. were worth 4d. an acre; 18 a. of meadow worth 18d. an acre; 6 a. 1 r. of wood; rent of 4s. 5½d. and a broad-hooked arrow; and two cottages each with 1½ a. of land; all of which lay in Wick Dive, Wick Hamon, Passenham, Stony Stratford, Whitfield, Deanshanger and Heathencote; held for 1/40th of a knight’s fee.
By 1434, John’s son and heir John died.
9/20/1434, Joan died, leaving as heir her son Stephen.
11/2/1434, IPM of Joan, wife of John Cope. Buckinghamshire: Adstock, the manor, held of the king of the fee … She died on 20 September last. … Northamptonshire: She held the following for life by enfeoffment of John Longvyle , John Warwyk , and Robert Spencer , with reversion to the right heirs of John Cope, esquire. Deanshanger, the manor, … Stephen Cope is her son and next heir, and aged 24 years and more. He is also the son and next heir of John Cope, esquire. (S) MMC, E-CIPM 24-308.
(S) ‘Passenham’, A Hist. of the County of Northampton: V5: The Hundred of Cleley, 2002.
· William Oldom, warden of the hospital of Aynho. v. The executors of John Cope, late escheator of Northants.: Cattle and other goods carried away from Simon, late warden, by the said John to his manor of Densangre.: Northampton. (S) UKNA, undated.
Child of John and Elizabeth:
i. John Cope, born 1396 in Passenham, England.
1408, John appointed a porter of Moor End castle in Potterspury, Hundred of Cleley.
Bef. 1434, John died; leaving his brother Stephen as heir.
Child of John and Joan:
ii. Stephen Cope (65960), born 1410 in Passenham, England.