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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Mayor Stephen Forster & Agnes ?

950670. Mayor Stephen Forster & 950671. Agnes ?

~1395, Stephen baptised at Staunton Drew, Somerset, England, s/o 1901340. Robert Forster.

~1420, Agnes born in England.

1421-22, Petitioners: Citizens of the city of Bayonne. The citizens request a licence for [Stephen] Forster and [Richard] Selby to export 100 quarters of wheat from England in relief of the scarcity of wheat and corn there. (S) UKNA.

8/31/1422, Henry VI (an infant) succeeded Henry V as King of England.

3/9/1425, Debtor: John Cheney of Bucks., esquire. Creditor: Stephen Forster, fishmonger [merchant] Robert Colbrook, ironmonger, and John Milbourne, grocer, [merchant] citizens of London. Amount: £60. Before whom: John Michell, Mayor of the Staple of Westminster. (S) UKNA.

12/4/1429, Charter of Feoffment. Roger Lyveden to John Inyn, knight, Thomas Wyke, Stephen Forster, ... All his lands etc. in vill of Asshton; to hold of the chief lords, etc. [Bristol] (S) UKNA.

1435, Stephen, MP for the city of London.

4/1/1439, Agreement by William Brekespere, citizen and merchant of London ... to Stephen Forster citizen and mercer and others, of the reversion of all lands etc. in Herefeld ... (S) UKNA.

7/10/1439, Lease by Dionisia Swanlond, widow, Lady of Herefeld Co. Middlesex, to Stephen Forster, mercer, John Basset the elder of Chisehull Co. Essex, gentleman ... (S) UKNA.

5/4/1440, Debtor: Thomas Squery, of Essex, esquire. Creditor: Stephen Forster, citizen and merchant of London, and William Godyng, of Essex, gentleman. Amount: 1000m. (S) UKNA.

1444-45, Stephen, Sheriff of London. (S) UKNA.

1444-58, Stephen, Alderman of Bread Street, London.

6/26/1450, War of the Roses. Richard, earl of Warwick, and Richard, duke of York, land at Sandwich and march on London. Seige is laid to the Tower, which surrenders to the Yorkists on July 19th.

1453-54, Stephen “Forster” was one of the deforciants in a fine of the manor of Ashton, Somerset. (S) Feet of Fines, Somerset.

1454, A chapel was added for inmates, which “Sir Stephen Foster, Knight, some time Lord Maior of this honorable city, and by Dame Agnes his wife” endowed. (S) The London Mag., V10, 1824, P646. [The “Sir” appears to be an affectation added by Agnes.]

1454, Stephen, Lord Mayor of London.

10/21/1454, John Norman mayor, John Walden and Thomas Cooke, Sheriffs, Stephen Forster, Alderman of the ward. (S) UKNA.

1455, Stephen enlarged the Prison of Ludgate, and endowed a chaplain.

12/1458, Stephen died, buried in the Church of St. Botolph, Billingsgate.


6/28/1461, Edward IV succeeded Henry VI as King of England.

1463-65, Plaintiffs: Eleanor, late the wife of Robert `lord Hungerford and of Molyns, knt.'. Defendants: William bishop of Winchester, ... feoffees for petitioner and for Agnes Foster, widow, ... and Simon Nory, merchant, of London. (S) UKNA.

1463, Dame Agnes, through the Mayor, Mathew Philip, “procured in a common Counsell of the Citie, certayne Articles to established, for the ease, comfort and reliefe of poore Prisoners there.” Stephen provided that the Ludgate, prison “should be free for all Freemen, and the they, providing their own Bedding, should pay nothing at their Departure for Lodging.” Water was also supplied free to the all in residence. (S) A Survey of London, V1, Stow, 1908, P116.

1465-71, Defendants: The sheriffs of London. Subject: Action of trespass brought by Dame Agnes Foster against complainant for entering her house at the request of the Earl of Warwick to speak with the Lord Gravyle and Sir Cardot Malorte, prisoners in her custody. Petition for a writ of `corpus cum causâ.'. London. (S) UKNA.

1471, Lancastrian, Thomas Neville, burns Southwark.

11/1476, William Caxton sets up the first printing press in England at Westminster.

1478, Chaucer’s ‘The Canterbury Tales’ published by Caxton at Westminster.

5/14/1479, Grant to Anges Forster the elder, widow, of all goods and debts late of Robert Forster, citizen and grocer of London, at the time of his death. (S) CPRs.

1484, Agnes wrote her will. [In her will she names her granddaughter Dorothy Feld.]

Bef. 9/24/1484, Agnes, sometime the wife of Stephen Foster, Fishmonger, Mayor, died, buried in the Church of St. Botolph, Billingsgate.

(S) Magna Carta Ancestry, P329. (S) The Fleet, Ashton, 1889, P204.

Family notes:

·         On a copper plate in a chapel at Ludgate built by Dame Agnes Foster of London: (S) A New and Accurate Hist. of London, 1766, P393: Deout soules that passe this way, for Stephen Foster, later Maior, heartily pray, And Dame Agnes, his spouse, to God consecrate, that of pitie this house made of Londoners in Ludgate, So that for lodging and water prisoners here nought pay, as their keepers shall answere at dreadful doomes day.

Child of Stephen and Agnes:

i. John Forster Esq., born ~1448 in England.

1469, John of age.

John married to Johanne Cooke, d/o 475376. Sir Thomas Cooke of London.

4/15/1478, John Foster and Johanne his wife the tenement called “Cok” on the north side of Cornhill left to them by Johanne’s father in his will.

Plaintiffs: John Jernyngham, esquire, and Isabel, his wife, ... Defendants: John Foster, son and executor of Dame Agnes ... Subject: The manor of Harenge, the aldermanry of Westgate, Canterbury, and the manor of Sellynge and mortgages thereof. Kent. (S) UKNA.

5/14/1486, John left a silver, gilt cup in the will of his brother-in-law Robert Morton, 2nd husband of his sister Agnes.

By 1493, Johh died.

ii. Agnes Foster (475334), born ~1450 in England.