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Friday, May 28, 2010

Lord John Bellers Esq.

950774. Lord John Bellers Esq.

~1400, John Bellers [II] born in Leicestershire, England, s/o 1901548. John Belers & 1901549. Elizabeth Sutton de Houby.

~1410, John a page to Henry V in France.

~1421, John’s father died, John inheriting the manors of Eye Kettleby and Sysonby, valued at £10 yearly, and lands in Sutton, Somerby, and Dalby Parva.

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

Bef. 8/29/1427, John’s mother died, John inheriting [Houby inheritance] a third part of the manor of Medbourne.

11/18/1427, William Porter, knight, ... with the homages and all services of ..., John Burgh', John Bellers ... and their heirs, ... (S) Feet of Fines, Leicester.

12/5/1427, … Co. of Leicester ;– … Elizabeth late the wife of Thomas Segrave, the daughter and heir of Anthony Houby, died seised … from divers lands in Modborne … the said rent, … John Bellers is the son and next heir of the said Elizabeth and of full age. (S) CFRs.

2/18/1428, Order to the escheator ... Leicester ; ... an inquisition ... showing that Elizabeth late the wife of Thomas Segrave, the daughter and heir of Anthony Houby, died seised ... lands in Modborne ... and that John Bellers is the son and next heir of the said Elizabeth and of full age ; to cause the said John to have full seisin of the said ... as the king has taken his homage and fealty. (S) CFRs.

1428, Joh Bellers claimed that his oaks, ash, whitethorns and blackthorns on his land at Sutton Cheney had been damaged to the value of 40s by 4 husbandmen from nearby Cadeby.

1429, John paid 13s 4d annually for providing Thomas Palmer with ‘good council’.

4/1432, John Bellers, MP, Knight of the Shire for Leicestershire.

1435, John Bellers, MP, Knight of the Shire for Leicestershire.

6/1437, Complaint by Richard de la Launde [of Lincolnshire] that John Bellers of Sutton, Leicestershire, and 60 men arrayed in a maner of war, broke his property and stole £40 worth of goods and imprisoned his servant.

4/13/1440, John Bellers of Kettleby witnessed the marriage settlement of Laurance Sherard of Stapleford. (S) Record Office of Leicestershire.

7/8/1442, … John Bellers, … querents, … manor of Lubbenham called Bawdesmaner … (S) Feet of Fines, Leicester.

5/22/1443, Protection to John Bellers of Howeby, alias Sutton, alias of Ketylby, Leicestershire, in the retinue of the [John Beaufort] duke of Somerset. (S) Ann. Rpt. of Dept. Keeper, 1887, P357.

8/1443, John in France in the retinue of the Duke of Somerset. Somerset led 7,000 men to Cherbourg and marched south to Gascony. Then on to Guerche, a Breton town. Somerset set all his prisoners free, accepting money from the Duke of Brittany. Marching through Maine, he returned to England in the winter.

5/1444, John Bellers, a justice of the peace for Leicestershire.

1444-46, John on Commissions of Peace in Leicester. (S) CPRs.

1446, John Bellers signed a petition of 35 men of Leicestershire Gentry.

1447, Robert Straunge, who had died in 1390 possessed of 6s. yearly rent in Medbourne held of the king and the fourth part of a view of frankpledge, his heirs were said to be Anne Porter and John Bellers, the respective representatives of Alice Prilly and Maud de Houby. (S) Hist. of Leicestershire, V5, 1964, Midbourne.

4/1448, Fine between John Fray ..., plaintiffs, and Thomas Porter, esq. and Anne his wife, cousin and one of the heirs of Thomas Howard, esq. and John Bellers, esq. another heir, ... manor of Great Munden [Hertford.] (S) Cal. of Charters and Rolls, Bodleian Libr., 1878, P677.

1450, John Bellers, MP. [The sheriff paid John for 12 days of service.]

5/16/1450, Order to the escheator in the county of Leicester to take the  fealty of (a) Anne late the wife of Thomas Porter esquire, kinswoman and one of the heirs of Robert Straunge, to wit, daughter of Peter the son of William the son of Alice the sister of Margaret the mother of the said Robert, and (b) John Bellers esquire, the kinsman and other heir of the said Robert, to wit, son of Isabel the daughter of Anthony the son of Maud the other sister of the said Margaret mother of Robert, make a partition into two equal parts of all the lands, ... (S) CFRs.

1450, To collect subsidies in the county of Leicester: The abbot of Leicester, John viscount de Beaumont ' chivaler, ' Edward de Grey, knight, lord de Groby, Henry Grey, knight, Leonard Hastynges, John Bellers, esquire, ... (S) CFRs.

2/18/1451, Commission to … examine all persons chargeable with a subsidy … John, viscount of Beaumont, ‘chivaler,’ Edward de Grey, knight, lord of Groby, … John Bellers, esquire, … in the counry of Leicester. (S) CPRs.

7/26/1451, Quitclaim. ... Witnesses :- Everard Dygby, John Bellers, Thomas Langton, ..., esquires. [At Medbourne, Leicestershire.]

9/1451, John Belers took the abbot's cattle and detained, in the town of Burton St. Lazar, to wit, 8 horses worth £10. (S) De Banco Roll.

1453, Leicestershire. John Belers, esquire, was summoned to answer the abbot of Vaudey in a plea wherefore he took the abbot's cattle … John Bellers says that Roger, the late abbot, held 9 carucates of land in Burton of James Belers, chivaler, .... James Bellers and Margaret his wife had issue John Bellers and died. The services descended to the said John Bellers as son and heir of James and Margaret, which the said John has issue John, who now defends, and died. The abbot states the land was held of Hamon Bellers, ancestor of John Bellers, whose heir John is, from which Hamon the said John descends, namely, as son of John, son of James, son of Ralph, son of Ralph, son of Hamon. The said Hamon Bellers by his charter dated May 1, 2 Edward I [1274] before the passing of the statute de religionis, for the salvation of his soul, &c. granted and confirmed to the abbot and convent of Vaudey in pure and perpetual alms the said 9 carucates of land in Burton, etc. John denies that the charter is the deed of his ancestor Hamon, son of William Bellers. (S) De Banco Roll.

6/28/1461, Edward IV crowned at Westminster, beginning the House of York.

12/17/1461, John Brokesby of Frysby upon Wreke co. Leicester …Witnesses: … John Bellers, … (S) CCRs.

1462, John to assess subsidy in Leicester.

1463, John commissioned in Leicester as a tax collector.

1466, John’s total landed income exceeded £40 yearly [he was distrained from failing to become a knight.]

10/20/1468, … John Walton … querents, and John Bellers, esquire, deforciant … 40 pounds sterling. (S) Feet of Fines, Leicester.

2/8/1470, John on a commission of array for Leicester. (S) CPRs.

1470, John Bellers, MP, Knight of the Shire for Leicestershire. [As a Lancastrian.]

6/5/1470, John in a record about Saxthorp manor by Edmund Grey, Earl of Kent. (S) Report on the Manuscripts of the Marquess of Lothian, 1905, P55.

1473, Grantor: John Bellers, esquire; Grantee: William Sutton and William Trussell, knights, ... Grant of a messuage and lands in Somerby; County: [Leicestershire] (S) UKNA.

1/27/1476, John Bellers, esquire, of Eye Kettleby and Sysonby, Leicestershire, died.  (S) UKNA.

11/8/1476, To the escheator in Lincoln. Orders to to take the lands those named, seised in demesne at his death, into the king's hands: John Bellers. (S) CCRs.

(S) Magna Carta Ancestry, P350. (S) Gentry Community, Leicestershire in the 15th Century, Acheson, 2003.

Family notes:

·         “These tenements finally passed to John Bellers, the son of Elizabeth, the daughter of Anthony, the son of Alice, the daughter of Anketine de Houby”. (S) Cranford St. John, A Hist. of the Co. of Northampton: V3, 1930, P189-192.

·         John Bellers [II] selected as feoffees for his manors of Eye Kettleby and Sysonby his brother-in-law Nicholas Griffin, and Ralph Woodford who was the husband of his niece Elizabeth.

·         Ralph Woodford received a present of a primer from his wife’s maternal uncle, ‘my cousin, John Bellers’.

·         There is also a “Bellers” family in Warwickshire contemporary to this family.

Children of John and ?:                                                                           

i. Joan Bellers (475387), born ~1418 in England.

ii. John Bellers, born ? in England.

John married Catherine Digby.

John died.

1483-85, Plaintiffs: Catherine, late the wife of John Bellers, of Ketilby. Subject: Manor of Systonby. Leicestershire. (S) UKNA.

iii. Margaret Bellers, born ? in England.

Margaret became the Lady Prioress at Langley.

3/4/1478, Indenture witnessing that Lady Margaret Bellers, Prioress of Langley, Leics, and the convent there, had demised to John Robyns of Little Dalby, Leics, the rectory of the church of Little Dalby with all the tithes, etc, pertaining to it. (S) UKNA.

iv. Ellyn Bellers, born ? in England.

1475-78, Plaintiffs: Jasper, son and heir of Elyn, late the wife of William Roskyn, and sister of John Bellers, esquire. Subject: Manors of Ketylby alias Eketylby and Sistonby alias Syxtonby. Leicestershire. (S) UKNA.

By 1478, Roskyn, Elena, one of the daughters and heiresses of John Bellers Leics, died. (S) UKNA.

v. Maryan Bellers, born ~1426 in England.

Bef. 12/7/1434, Mary married to Sir Thomas Greene, s/o Sir Thomas Greene & Mary Talbot.

1/18/1461, Thomas died.

1476, Mary age 50 and more at the death of her brother John.

9/10/1489, Mary died.