~1360, John born in Ashbourn, Derbyshire, England, 2nd s/o 1477564. Sir John Cokayne & 1477565. Cicely Irton.
~1370, Ida born in England, d/o 1477512. Lord Reynold de Grey & 1477513. Eleanor le Strange.
1373, John’s father died.
6/21/1377, Richard II, age 10, succeeded Edward III as King of England.
1381, Peasant Revolt against new Poll tax. [Aka Wat Tyler’s Rebellion.]
3/8/1382, Commission to John,duke of Lancaster,John de Grey of Codenore,…, John Cokayn the elder, …, reciting the treasonable hostile rising of divers evildoers in congregations and conventicles throughout the realm. (S) CPRs.
2/21/1393, Commission to … John Cokayn the younger, … John de Irton and Nicholas de Irton to arrest and deliver to the sheriff of Derby … as John Cokayne the elder has testified …” (S) CPRs. [John de Irton and Nicholas de Irton likely relatives through his mother.]
Bef. 1394, John married Ida.
1394-97, John a recorder of London. (S) The Reigns of Richard II … V4, 1851, P303.
1397, John an executor to the will of John of Gaunt; called “chief steward of my lands” in the will.
7/13/1398, Special assize: Henry de Percy earl of Northumberland, … Nicholas de Haryngdon knight, James de Pykeryng knight, John Cokayn … (S) CPRs.
11/15/1400, John made Chief Baron of the Exchequer by King Henry IV. [He held the office until 1413.] (S) The Judges of England, Foss, 1851, P191.
11/18/1400, IPM of Elizabeth widow of Nicholas Audeley, Knight. … Somerset … Elizabeth widow of Nicholas Audeley held for life of … John Cokayn the uncle … [his nephew Sir John Cokayn.].
1401-05, Counties: Beds, Bucks, Cambs, Hunts, Norf, Suff Justices, Gaols, Nature: John Cokayn; Bedford castle and town; Aylesbury; Cambridge castle; Huntingdon; Norwich castle. (S) UKNA.
8/30/1401 at Lancaster before William Gascoigne and John Cokayne justices. Between John, son of Nicholas de Baumford, and Katherine, his wife, plaintiffs, and Nicholas de Baumford and Cecily, his wife, deforciants of tenements in Mamecestre. (S) Lancashire Fines.
1402, County: Cambs. Justices, Gaols, Nature: John Cokayn; Cambridge castle. (S) UKNA.
1404, John represented Derbyshire in parliament. (S) The Old Halls, Manors and Families of Derbyshire, Tilley, 1892, P178.
5/14/1405, John Cokayn, who still retained his office of chief baron of the Exchequer, added to the list of judeges of the court of Common Pleas.
1405, John and Ida received a papal indult to choose a confessor.
3/3/1406, Commission of oyer and terminer to John Cokeyn the elder, Hugh Huls, Nicholas Montgomery, … his closes and houses at Burton on Trent … (S) CPRs.
12/8/1406, Commission of oyer and terminer to … John Cokayn, … (S) CPRs.
1407, “Writs summoning John Cokayn to appear before the King and council.” (S) UKNA.
5/14/1408, John the 6th Judge of the Common Pleas. [There were normally 5.]
1409, John received a license to hunt in Bedfordshire.
3/10/1410, Appointment of Hugh de Burnell, John Cokayn, …, John Rochefort, … as justices of the survey and custody of the rivers in the counties of Cambridge and Huntingdon concerning the erection of weirs, mills, stanks, pales and kiddles. (S) Medieval Navigation Laws, Biddulph, P21.
1410, County: Cambs. Justices, Gaols, Nature: John Cokayn; Cambridge castle. (S) UKNA.
6/1/1410, Licence for 10 marks … for Nicholas Mountegomery,'chivaler,' … John Cokayn the elder, … to grant … a messuage, … in Codenore, … Derby … (S) CPRs.
2/3/1411, The manor of Almesho and 1 messuage, 240 acres of land, 5 acres of meadow, 5 acres of pasture, 12 acres of wood and 46 shillings of rent in Langeleye iuxta Dynesley, which John Cokayn and Ida, his wife, hold for their lives. (S) Feet of Fines.
3/20/1413, Henry V succeeded Henry IV as King of England.
1413, William Thirning, chief justice, William Hankford, John Colepeper, John Cokayn, Ch. Be. E., and Rogert Hill the justices of the court of Common Pleas.
1417, John purchased the manor of Cokayne Hatley, Bedfordshire from Sir Edward Boteler.
10/1/1419, The keeping of the manors of Solyhull and Sheldon, co. Warwick, by mainprise, to John Cokayn ‘luncle’ (S) CFRs, 6/13/1419.
1422, John a justice of the Court of Common Pleas. (S) The Reigns of Richard II … V4, 1851, P303.
6/1/1426, Ida died.
2/10/1427-8, John wrote his will naming his parents and his children: To be buried in the parish church of Bury Hattele. To my nephew John Cokayn of Ashbourne Kt., to his wife, and to his daughter Alice, wife of Ralph Sherley Kt., one gold ring each. I desire that 3 marks a year be paid by my son Reginald Cokayn and his heirs to pray for the souls' health of Henry vj., of myself, of the said Reginald and Beatrix his wife, and of all my sons living, also for the souls of John late Duke of Lancaster, Richard ij., Henry iv. and Henry v., of John Cokayn my father, and Cecilia Irton my mother, of Edmond Cokayn my brother, Ida my late wife, and my dead children. To Sir William Babingtonf Kt. a book of statutes and £10 from the heritage of the heirs of Sir Philip Boteler Kt. To Reginald Cokayn, my son and heir apparent, all my armoury and my ornaments in my chapel at Bury Hatley. To Henry Cokayn, my 2d son, and Grace his wife two silver cups ; to John Cokayn my 3d son one cup; and to Thomas Cokayn my 4th son my missal, psalter, and all books of canon and civil law. To Laurence Cheyne and Elizabeth his wife my daughter a cup. To Margaret D’odyngsells my daughter a cup, and I forgive her husband Sir Edmond D’Odyngsells Kt. his bond debt to me. Sir William Babyngton Kt., Reginald Cokayn, Laurence Cheyne, John Chichele Parson of Hattele, and Thomas Cokayne to be my executors.
5/22/1429, John died; buried with Ida at Cokayne Hatley, Bedfordshire. (S) Oxford Dic. of Natl. Bio.
(S) Magna Carta Ancestry, P189. (S) Genealogical Memoirs of the Extinct Family of Chester of Chicheley, Waters, 1878, P157. (S) The Reigns of Richard II …, V4, 1851, P134.
· Andreas Edward Cockayne (born 1841 in Derby) researched, wrote about and compiled a family history. He privately published the Cockayne Memoranda: collections towards a historical record of the family of Cockayne in two parts – the first part a book in 1869 and the second a collection of pedigrees in 1873. Just 40 copies of volume one and 100 of volume two were published.
· There are other John Cokayne’s at this time that are related and sometimes confused with this John; e.g., 1434, John Cokayn, knight of the Shire for the county of Derby. (S) CPRs.
Children of John and Ida: [3 sons, 5 daughters]
i. Reginald Cokayne, born ~1390 in England. [Heir]
ii. Henry Cokayn, born ? in England.
Henry married Grace ?.
iii. Elizabeth Cokayne (369391), born ~1395 in England.
iv. John Cokayn, born ? in England.
v. Thomas Cokayn, born ? in England.
iv. Margaret Cokayne, born ? in England.
Margaret married Sir Edmund d’Odingsells of Warwickshire.