Featured Post

||| LINK to author's Amazon page

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Governor Hamon Belknap Esq. & Lady Joan le Boteler

950756. Hamon Belknap Esq. & 950757. Lady Joan le Boteler

1388, Hamon’s father attained for treason, banished to Ireland.

1389, Hamon Bealknap born in England, heir & s/o 1901512. Robert Belknap & 1901513. Juliane Darset.

~1395, Joan born in England, d/o 1901514. Thomas le Boteler & 1901515. Alice Beauchamp.

1397, Hamon’s father allowed to return from banishment, but his attainder was not reversed.

1/19/1401, Hamon’s father died.

1401, Hamon, a minor, petitioned for the restoration of his father’s lands as other banished persons had had theirs restored.

[––Hamon & Joan––]

By 1412, Hamon married Joan.

3/20/1413, Henry V succeeded Henry IV as King of England.

1414, Hamon a appointed to a commission of walliis et fossatis in Kent and Sussex.

1414, Hamo Bealknap states that in the parliament held at Westminster in the 11th year of Richard II, Robert Bealknap, his father, …  were exiled, … in the parliament held at Westminster, in the 2nd year of Henry IV, John and William, were … restored to their lands and tenements then in the king's possession, in demesne or in reversion. He asks the commons to request the king for a similar judgment in the case of his father. (S) UKNA.

7/10/1414, Henry V, king of England To: …; Thomas Colepeper, knight; William Cheyne; …; Hamo Bealknap … Great losses have occurred because the sea defences and land drainage between the port of the town of Rye and the bridge of Bodiam in the counties of Kent and Sussex are not properly repaired and maintained. … assigns them to survey the walls and other defences, … (S) UKNA.

7/22/1414, Hamon’s mother died.

8/1414, Hamon, age 24, given full seisin of his mother’s properties.

8/3/1415, Grant from Thomas de Stonore, esq., [s/o Hamon’s sister Joan] to ... Hamon Bealknap, esq., ... of lands, tenements, rents and appurtenances in Aillesbury, Walton, Stone, Stoke Maundevyle and Stoke Hallyng. (S) UKNA.

10/25/1415, Hamon at the battle of Agincourt. John Oxenbridge and John Fenys were members of his retinue. 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. (S) The Connoisseur, 1907, P136.

4/28/1418, Hamo de Belknap on a commission of array in co. Kent. (S) CPRs.

1/19/1419, The capture of Rouen, France. A major event in the Hundred Year's War, where English forces captured the capital of Normandy.

1419, Hamon sold the manor of Rushden.

1420, Hamon a member of the retinue of the Duke of Bedford (a Captain at the Battle of Agincourt.)

3/22/1421, English at the battle of Beauge in Anjou, France. A major defeat for the English in the Hundred Years war under the leadership of Thomas, Duke of Clarence, s/o Henry V.

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

1/2/1423, Hamon named Treasurer and General Governor of the French finances in the Duchy of Normandy.

11/13/1423, Joan, wife of Hamon, maid of honor to the Duchess of Bedford [Anne, d/o the Duke of Burgundy], received 600£ in consideration of her services by the Regent [son of King Henry IV].

5/16/1425, Commission to Hamon Bealknap, esquire, to take the musters at Doven on 25 May next, and certify the council as to the array of the following: Lancelot de Lyle and Roger Fyenes, knights … (S) CPRs.

2/1426, Hamon got a reversal of his father’s attainder: “Petitioners: Hamo Bealknap (Belknap), son and heir of Robert Bealknap, knight … Bealknap states that his father, … in parliament at Westminster, 9 Richard II forfeited their [other judges listed] estates and were imprisoned and exiled … at that time his father died, and he was of an age that he was unable to pursue to have remedy. Upon this it was advised by parliament that he should be restored, …” (S) UKNA.

1/1429, Hamon died seized of Knelle manor and Orpington, co. Kent, buried in Beckley. Joan late the wife of Hamon Belknap to keep all the lands late of Hamon for the service of one half of a knight’s fee to hold until the full age of John his son and heir. (S) UKNA, IPM.


7/8/1429, Escheator of Kent ordered to take an oath of Joan Belknap, widow of Hamon, in presence of her son John, son and heir of Hamon, to assign her dower. (S) CCRs.

1429-34, Joan married 2nd John Dedham, Knt. [born 1401], heir & s/o Gilbert Dedham [likely died at Agincourt.]

2/16/1434, Joan, lady Denham, wife of John Denham, kt., received a commission of the marriage of John Belknap, son and heir of Hamon Belknap, tenant in chief by paying a fine of £40. (S) CPRs.

6/1434, John, son of Lady Dame Joan Dedham, gave her and John Feerby a letter of attorney to administer his estates.

Sir John Dedham died.

1434-36, Plaintiffs: Joan, late the wife of John Dedham, knt. and sometime the wife of Hamond Bealknap, esq. and John, son of the said Hamond. Subject: Manors of Crockenhill (Crokhornhull) and Kingsnorth (Kyngesnode), Kent. (S) UKNA.

11/7/1443, Lady Joan Dedham was granted a tun of red wine yearly for life by the king.

Bef. 12/23/1444, Joan died. (S) CPRs.

(S) Magna Carta Ancestry, P796.

Child of Hamon and Joan: [4 sons, 2 daughters]

i. John Belknap, born 1413 in England.

1433, John proved his age.

12/6/1433, To the escheator in Kent. Order to give John Bealknap, son and heir of Hamon Bealknap esquire ( armigeri), seisin. (S) CCRs.

Bef. 10/1/1436, John died. (S) CCRs. [His brother William his heir.]

ii. William Belknap, born ~1415 in England.

11/4/1446, William, High Sheriff of Surrey and Sussex.

1484, William died without heirs, his heir his brother Henry.

iii. Elizabeth Belknap, born ~1418 in England.

Elizabeth married Sir William de Ferrers of Chartley (s/o Edmund de Ferrers.)

5/28/1471, Elizabeth died.

iv. Griselda Belknap, born ~1420 in England.

Griselda married John Hende of London.

v. Henry Belknap (475378), born ~1422 in England.

vi. Philip Belknap, born ~1423 in England.

11/4/1455, Commitment of the county of Kent to Philip Belknap, esquire; during pleasure, so that he answer at the Exchequer as sheriff and keeper. (S) CFRs.

By 1457, Philip died.

2/24/1458, Commitment to Thomas Broune, knight, … the manor was extended at £10 a year before Philip Belknap, late sheriff … (S) CFRs.