1410, Stephen born in Passenham, Northampton, England, s/o 131920. John Cope & 131921. Joan ?.
3/20/1413, Henry V succeeded Henry IV as King of England.
1414, Stephen’s father died, his older half-brother John the heir.
12/28/1414, Writ for IPM of John Cope, Esq. (S) CFRs.
~1415, Joan born.
Bef. 1434, Stephen’s older brother John died, leaving him as the eldest son.
9/20/1434, Stephen’s mother died.
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.
2/3/1435, Order to the escheator in the county of Buckingham to cause Stephen Cope, son and heir of John Cope esquire and Joan late his wife, to have full seisin of all the lands in his ballwick which the said Joan held of the king in chief or was seised of in her demesne as of fee, and also of the lands which the said Joan held for life of the inheritance of Stephen, on the day of her death ; … (S) CFRs.
7/1445, Stephen died.
7/24/1445, Commitment to Richard Wodevylle, knight, … of the keeping of all the lands late of Stephen Cope who held of the king in chief … (S) CFRs.
10/4/1445, Writ of diem clausit extremum to the escheator in the county of Northampton after the death of Stephen Cope, esquire, who held of the king in chief. (S) CFRs.
12/14/1445, Stephen's feoffees were fined 26s. 8d. for acquiring without licence the manor of Deanshanger, with appurtenances there and in Puxley, Heathencote and Wicken. They were given licence to grant the estate to Stephen’s widow Joan, with remainder to his next heir, John, age 10. (S) CPRs.
(S) Hist. of Northampton, V5, 2000, Passenham. (S) Hist. of Buckingham, V4, 1927, Adstock.
Child of Stephen and Joan:
i. John Cope (32980), born 1435 in Passenham, co. Northampton, England.