1366, John born in England, s/o 1477536. Sir Robert Howard & 1477537. Margery de Scales.
~1368, Margaret born in England, heiress & d/o 7605656. Sir John Plaiz & 7605657. Joan de Stapleton.
6/21/1377, Richard II succeeded Edward III as King of England.
1380, John married 1st to Margaret for 300 marks.
~1375, Alice born in Suffolk, England, d/o 1477538. Sir William Tendring & 1477539. Catherine Milde.
1385, “son John Howard” named in the will of Margaret’s father; to receive all his armour and furniture of war.
By 1387, John knighted.
3/1387, John served at sea in the fleet commanded by Richard, Earl of Arundel and Surrey. [Normans were attacking English merchant vessels. (S) Hist. of the Royal Namy, Nicolas, 1847, P323.]
1387, John commissioned to seize and supervise estates forfeited by Gloucester, Arundel and Warwick, members of the “Lords Appellants” opposing Richard II.
12/1387, John commissioned to treat with the men of Essex and Hertfordshire for payment of a communal fine of £2,000.
7/18/1388, John’s father died. [John age 23]
1388-9, John retained by King Richard II to serve during his life.
6/2/1389, Margaret’s father died. [John’s landed holdings increased considerably following the death of his father-in-law in Essex, Suffolk, and Cambridgeshire.]
6/26/1389, Order to escheator in the county of Essex, to cause John Howard, 'chivaler,' and Margaret, his wife, daughter and heir of John Plays, 'chivaler,' to have full seisin of all the lands which the said John Plays held on the day of his death ; as the king has taken the homage and fealty due from John Howard by reason of his having issue by Margaret. (S) CFRs.
1389, Letter of attorney from George Felbrigg to John Cokefield sen. & jun. to deliver seisin of 2 messuages and 14 pieces of land to Sir John Howard, Sir Simon de Felbrigg [a cousin on his mother’s side, married to a kinswoman of Queen Anne], and Sir Robert de Berney. (S) UKNA.
8/1391, Margaret died, buried at Weeting, Norfolk. John obtained livery of her inheritance for his life [Margaret’s estates valued at £117 yearly]. (S) A Hist. of the County of Essex, V4, Ongar Hundred, 1956.
1391-92, IPMs of Margaret, late the wife of John Howard, knight: Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk, Suffolk. (S) UKNA.
[––John & Alice––]
John married 2nd Alice, acquiring property in Essex and Suffolk, the largest being Sroke Nayland.
3/10/1394, Sir John retained by Richard II for life with an annuity of £40.
9/1394, Sir John accompanied King Richard II to Ireland.
1/18/1395, Quitclaim, John Howard, kt ... manor of Weston Houel [Market Weston, Suffolk] with advowson of church of same town and market, fair and free warren within boundaries of same town. (S) UKNA.
1396-97, Sir John Howard confirmed to Margaret, late wife of Sir Robert Howard, Sir Simon de Felbrigg, Knt. ... 3 parts of a fee in Tilney, Wigenhale ... (S) BHO, Freebridge Hundred and Half: Clenchwarton.
9/1397, Sir John elected to Parliament for Essex.
12/1397, John to treat for payment of a communal fine of £2000.
1398, Sir John settled the manor of Brokes, Suffolk, Fersfield, Norfolk, ... on their trustees to the use of himself and his wife Alice for life, and his heirs. (S) Supp. To the Suffolk Traveller, Page, 1844, P967.
6/1/1399, Feoffment. ... 9th piece in upper furlong between lands of manor of Akenham and land of Sir John Howard, kt, E. head abutting on wood of Brokishall ... (S) UKNA.
4/1399, Sir John accompanied King Richard II to Ireland.
7/4/1399, Henry Bolingbroke landed at Ravenspur; then proceeded through the Lancastrian lands in the north and took York. [Henry IV invaded England while Richard II was in Ireland.]
9/30/1399, Henry IV succeeded Richard II as King of England.
1401, John Sheriff of the counties of Essex and Hertford.
8/1401, Sir John summoned to the Great Council.
1402, Sir John Howard, lord of Tirrington, Norfolk [previously held by his parents, his mother still living.] (S) Essay Topo. Hist. Norfolk, V4, 1775, P697.
1402, John a councillor of Joan de Bohun, countess of Hereford. [Joan Fitzalan, mother of Mary de Bohun, first wife of future King Henry IV, and grandmother of future King Henry V.]
1402-3, John Sheriff of Cambridge and Huntingdon.
1403, Manor of Ingworth. Conveyed by Sir Simon Felbrigg to Miles Stapilton, Oliver Gross, Sir John Howard et al. (S) UKNA.
1404, John among the few landowners of England whose net incomes amounted to over 500 marks a year.
7/2/1405, Sir John order by the King to aray all men in the county of Essex able to bear arms and march in defence of the seacoast against the French.
3/4/1406, Indented charter. Joan [Walton] to hold in her demesne as of fee tail, to herself and her heirs by John Howard son of John Howard, knight , by gift of the same John Howard, knight, Wiggenhall, the manor, … ‘South’ Clenchwarton, the manor, … [sealed with the seal of John Howard, knight]. (S) IPM of Joan [Walton].
1407, John, Knight of the Shire for Cambridge in parlaiment.
5/20/1409, Writ for IPM of Richard Walton. Sufflok: East Bergholt, 1 messuage, … Stratford St. Mary, the manor of Overhall … He died on 21 May last. Joan [daughter-in-law] wife of John son of John Howard, knight, is his sister and next heir, aged 22 years and more. Essex: … Battles manor is held of John Howard, knight, of the honour of Montfichet as 1 knight’s fee, annual value £6 13s.4d.; … (S) CIsPM.
1409, John served as trustee of the properties of Joan, Lady Fitzwalter.
5/14/1409, John Howarde esquire, son of John Howarde knight and of Margaret his wife daughter of John Plays knight, to John Howarde knight and Alice his wife and to the heirs of their bodies. Confirmation of a demise of the manor and advowson of Fersfelde … (S) CCRs.
9/4/1409, John Howard, son of John Howard, Knight, wrote his will: “My body to be buried in Holy Sepulture. And I appoint the Countess of Hertford [Queen Joan], and John Howard, knight, my father, my executors.” (S) Testamenta Vetusta, V1, 1826, P176.
Bef. 10/26/1410, John’s son John died in the Holy Land. [Leaving a daughter as his heir.]
Bef. 1413, Cambridgeshire subsidy roll: … John Howard has lands in Fulmer worth £53 6s 8d yearly. (S) East Anglian, Vs6-7, 1896, P379.
3/20/1413, Henry V succeeded Henry IV as King of England.
1413, John named as supervisor of the will of Maud de Vere, dowager countess of Oxford.
9/26/1413, Grant. Robert Wellyng of Lavenham to John Howard, knight, William Clopton, esq, of Melford, ... in Illeygh Combust [Brent Eleigh] ... (S) UKNA.
1/2/1415, “… John Howard, Steward of the liberty of St Edmundsbury …” (S) UKNA.
10/25/1415, Battle of Agincourt in northern France. The English longbows gave “a terrifying hail of arrow shot.” French estimate of their own dead of 4,000 would imply a ratio of nearly 9 to 1 in favour of the English.
1/26/1416, Pardon to John Howard, ‘chivaler,’ late sheriff of Essex and Hertford, in consideration of his great costs and losses in office, of £180. (S) CPRs.
1416, John Sheriff of the counties of Essex and Hertford.
1418, William Paston of co. Norfolk, and others to John Howard and others: Appointment of attorneys to give seisin of their manors in Peldon, with the advowson of Peldon. (Essex). (S) UKNA.
1420, John Sheriff of the counties of Essex and Hertford. [John was involved in a breach of the peace at the Suffolk assizes between his followers Sir Thomas Kerdeston, a distant kinsman of his wife.]
1422, Robert Darcy, esquire, in co. Essex to John Howard, knight, William Clopton, Thomas Martell, esquire, John Koo, John Symond, and Robert Clopton: Demise of his land in Mistley, Little Bromley, and Little Bentley, late of John Cornwaleys, James Andrews, and William Lampet … (S) UKNA.
1422, John represented Suffolk in parliament.
1424, Grandaughter Elizabeth age 14 at the death of her mother (the only child of his son John).
1425, Sir John Howard, secured for Elizabeth the hand of John de Vere, the young earl of Oxford, who had refused a marriage proposed to him by the King’s Council in order to wed her. Sir John settled on Elizabeth many of the family properties near Lynn and all of the former de Boys manors; and he assured John de Vere that she would inherit the Plaiz and Walton estates of her parents.
8/10/1426, Alice wrote her will: … to be buried in the south part of the church of Stoke-Neyland, near her father,
10/18/1426, Alice died; buried at Stoke Nayland near her father, bequeaths the church 40s. and her white gown striped with gold.
2/5/1427, The manor of Pycottes, Essex, held of the king in socage, by feoffment of John Howard, knight, still surviving … (S) CPRs.
2/1436, John requested for a loan of 100 marks in aid of the duke of York’s expedition to France.
4/14/1436, John wrote his will prior to leaving on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.
11/17/1436, John died in Jerusalem; his body returned and buried at Stoke Nayland church, Suffolk. Elizabeth, countess of Oxford, heiress to her grandfather Sir John Howard. (S) Topo. Hist. of Norfolk, V7, 1807, Shereford.
(S) Magna Carta Ancestry, P436. (S) A Royal Descent …, Sharp, 1875, P5. (S) Peerage of England, Collins, 1812, P55. (S) Hist. of Parliament, Roskell, 1993.
Child of John and Margaret:
i. John Howard (1901414), born 1386 in England.
Child of John and Alice:
i. Robert Howard (369384), born 1392 in England.
ii. Henry Howard, born ? in England.
1437, Henry holding Tirrington, Norfolk. (S) Essay Topo. Hist. Norfolk, V4, 1775, P697.