~1297, James born in England, heir & s/o 5910472. William de Stafford & 5910473. Isabela de Stafford.
~1302, Margaret born in England, eldest d/o 60845656. Baron Edmund de Stafford & 60845657. Margaret Basset.
7/7/1307, Edward II succeeded Edward I as King of England.
[––James & Margaret––]
By 1308, James married to Margaret.
1317, James given Byrmingham manor, Worcester, by his grandfather Sir William de Stafford. (S) Hist. of Worcester, V3, 1913.
1321, James, as part of the family feud, killed Alexander de Swynnerton. (S) Staffordshire Studies, 19, 2008, Sposato, P29.
1/22/1322, Order to the sheriff of Salop and Stafford to take into the king's hand and to keep safely all the lands, goods and chattels of William de Stafford (11820944), knight, Vivian de Staundon, …, James (1250054) son of William de Stafford (5910472) the younger, … John de Cherleton, … Roger Corbet of Caus, … (S) CFRs.
3/10/1322, James and his brother John (2955236) supported the earl of Lancaster at the battle of Burton Bridge (aka Boroughbridge), Yorkshire. [They lost and retreated to Tutbury castle.]
3/16/1322, Battle of Boroughbridge, Yorkshire. Rebel barons with Thomas, earl of Lancaster defeated by King Edward II. James was a member of the rebel forces. James’ grandfather captured.
3/1322, John and his brother James “put fire against the gates” in an attempt to free their grandfather.
5/19/1322, Grant for life to John de Somery of the manor of Amelcote, co. Stafford, late of James de Stafford, a rebel, in the king’s hands by forfeiture. (S) CPRs. [James also forfeited Birmingham manor. (S) Hist. of Worcester, V3, 1913.]
10/27/1322, Pardon … to James son of William de Stafford the younger, for the death of Alexander de Swynnerton … (S) CPRs.
8/1326, James and his brothers John, and William de Stafford, knight, took part in the rioting against William de Ipstanes over the church at Eyton. (S) Plea Rolls for Staffordshire, V10, Pt1, 1889.
1/24/1327, Edward III, age 14, succeeded Edward II as King of England.
7/18/1327, Protection, with clause volumus, for … John de Stafford, staying with Roger de Mortuo Mari in the marches of Scotland in the king’s service … the like for William de Stafford, Walter de Stafford, James de Stafford. (S) CPRs.
1327, Roger de Mortuo Mari instigates a plan to have captured Edward II murdered. [There is a substantial amount of evidence that Edward II actually escaped and a substitute body was buried.]
6/1327, James and his brother, John de Stafford, committed to the Marshalsea prison for the murder of John de Pichford, acquitted by a jury. (S) Plea Rolls for Staffordshire, V10, Pt1, 1889.
By 1328, James knighted.
1328, James, knight of the shire, for Staffordshire.
1328, “Feoffment by William de Stafford the elder to John de Stafford his son and Margaret John’s wife, in tail, of the manor of Amelcote and lands, &c. in Bettecote and the mill of Bettecote, with remainder in default to James de Stafford and his heirs.” (S) A Descriptive Catalogue of Ancient Deeds, Public Record Office. [Note William, father of John, is now called “senior”. William ousted his son James from the inheritance of Amelcote, which had been given to James by William’s father William.]
2/4/1331, Quitclaim by John son of Richard de Calwich … Witnesses: …, James de Stafford, … kts. [Staffordshire] (S) UKNA.
8/23/1331, …, and John de Ipstanes, the younger, acknowledge that they owe to James de Stafford 80 marks. (S) CCRs.
1334, James in armed conflicts with his brother, John de Stafford, and Ralph de Stafford, Lord Stafford (father of John’s wife).
9/30/1334, Appointment of John de Stafford and Richard de Peshale, sheriff of the county of Stafford, to arrest where found, and lodge in Stafford gaol, … James de Stafford, knight, … (S) CPRs.
1335, James de Stafford, Knt., acknowledged that he owed John de Stafford, Knt., debts of £100, and 50 marks; to be levied, in default of payment, of his lands and chattels in co. Stafford.
1335, Margery, widow of Richard de Burton, charged James de Stafford, Knt. with aiding and abetting the death of her husband the previous year, when Hugh del Hulle shot her husband, Richard, with a bow and a barbed arrow.
Bef. 9/1335, Margaret died.
3/29/1335, Debtor: James de Stafford, knight. Creditor: John de Stafford. Amount: 12m. 6s. 8d. (S) UKNA.
9/1335, William de Stafford, senior, sued James de Stafford, Chivaler, for the manor of Sandon, as his right and inheritance, and of which the said James had unjustly disseised William de Stafford, his father, whose heir he is. (S) Plea Rolls for Staffordshire, V11, 1890.
8/28/1336, Appointment of John Trussel … and James de Stafford, … to arrest Humphrey de Hastang, … trespasses at Stafford, … (S) CPRs.
6/3/1337, To William de Shareshull and his fellows, … co. Stafford. Order to continue the assize of novel disseisin, which James de Stafford, knight, arramed before them against John, son of William de Stafford, knight, now in Scotland in the king's service. (S) CCRs.
1337, James sued John Bosoun, and others in a plea that they broke ‘vi et armis’ into his houses at Sandon, Staffordshire, and took goods and chattels to the value of £100.
2/14/1338, Writ for IPM of Walter de Stafford. Norfolk: Toft Monachorum and Hadesco. A moiety of the manors … James de Stafford, knight (chivaler), his brother, aged 40 years and more, is his next heir. … now William de Stafford has given the king to understand that he and the said Walter his son jointly acquired the said moiety … (S) CIsPM.
1338, James de Stafford gave Thomas son of Thomas de Erdeswick and Margaret daughter of the said James all his manor of Sandon, Staffordshire, in return for an annual rent of 100 marks.
5/23/1339, Grant of Henry de Preers … Witnesses: … Sir James de Stafford, …, knights, … (S) UKNA.
1339, James’ father died.
1341 at Stafford, James de Stafford, knight, and others to Adam de Peshale: Bond for the payment of money. (S) UKNA.
1344, James a Surveyor of Weights and Measures in Staffordshire.
1345, James brought a writ of novel disseisin against John Tromwyn, Knt., regarding tenements in Sandon, Staffordshire.
7/12/1346, King Edward landed an invasion force of 10000 in Normandy, which marched north plundering the countryside. King Philip VI, with 8000 horsemen and 4000 Genoese crossbowmen pursued.
8/26/1346, James at the Battle of Crecy, north of Paris. Edward III vs. Philip VI, heralded the rise of the longbow as the dominant weapon, and also saw the use of the ribauldequin, an early cannon, by the English. The English longbowmen could fire much more quickly than the Genoese, with a killing range of 250 yards.
9/1346, The English began the year-long siege of the port of Calais. [Ended 8/1347.]
5/8/1347, Commission of oyer and terminer to James de Stafford, … in the county Stafford … (S) CPRs.
1348, The executors of the will of Joan, widow of Roger Tromewyn, sued James for a debt of £8.
6/1349, The Plague reached Dorset, and had spread across England by the end of 1349. [Breakouts would repeat over many years.]
1350, Staffordshire: Particulars of account for the lands of James de Stafford, John de Draycote, and John de Ipstones, collectors of Tenths and Fifteenths. (S) UKNA.
2/11/1351, James de Stafford, knight, John de Draycote, knight, John Coigne of Weston and Ralph de Okor acknowledge that they owe to John de Bukyngham, clerk, £800; to be levied, in default of payment, of their land and chattels in the county of Stafford. (S) CCRs.
1/21/1354, Appointment … to arrest and bring before the council James de Stafford, ‘chivaler,’ … lately appointed to collect the last tenth and fifteenth in the county of Stafford, … so that the king should be answered … (S) CPRs.
1356, James living.
Bef. 1359, James de Stafford, Knt., of Sandon and Bramshall, Staffordshire, died.
· Brothers James and John both married “Margaret de Stafford”; however, they were of different fathers.
Child of James and Margaret:
i. Margaret Stafford (625027), born ~1320 in Staffordshire, England.