1250054. Sir James de Stafford & 1250055. Margaret de Stafford
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~1295, James born in England, s/o 5910472. William Stafford 5910473. Isabela de Stafford.
By 1308, Margaret born in England, eldest d/o 60845656. Baron Edmund de Stafford & 60845657. Margaret Basset.
1308, Margaret’s father died.
1313, Richard de Swynnerton, … with others unknown has beaten and wounded James de Stafford at Lychefeld … (S) CPRs.
James 1st married to Margaret. (S) Manduessedum Romanorum, Bartlet, 1791, P56.
1317, William Stafford, grandfather of James, gave him the manor of Amelcote.
1318, Feoffment by William de Stafford, knight, to James son of William his son, in tail, of the manor of Hamelcote and a mill … (S) A Descriptive Catalogue of Ancient Deeds, 1902, P392.
6/1319 at Ecceshale, John and his brother James beat, wounded, and ill-treated Richard de Swynnerton.
5/6/1320, Commission of oyer and terminer to John de Somery, Ralph Basset, … on complaint by Roger de Swynnerton that … James de Stafford … with others, entered him manor of Acton, co. Stafford, with the intention of killing him and his servants, broke the houses of the manor, took and carried away his goods … (S) CPRs.
1321, James de Stafford and other made fine for William de Chetilton, accused as a malefactor that had threatened the Abbot of Deulacres.
3/10/1322, John and his brother James supported the earl of Lancaster at the battle of Burton Bridge. [They lost and retreated to Tutbury castle.]
3/16/1322, John’s grandfather was captured at the battle of Boroughbridge. [Also a loss for the earl of Lancaster.]
3/1322, John and his brother James “put fire against the gates” in an attempt to free their grandfather.
3/22/1322, “Arlegh, the dwelling place of James de Stafford in Stafford”. (S) CPRs.
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.
1322, Alexander de Swynnerton slain by James de Stafford.
10/27/1322, Pardon … to James son of William de Stafford the younger, for the death of Alexander de Swynnerton … (S) CPRs.
3/18/1326, William de Stafford, the elder, … William de Stafford, the younger, John Bagod, … James de Stafford, … acknowledge that they owe to Roger de Swynnerton, knight, 80 marks. (S) CCRs.
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.
2/28/1328, Commission to … James de Stafford, … to enquire touching what lands … were the property of Hugh le Despenser, late earl of Winchester, Hugh le Despenser, the younger, Edmund, late earl of Arundell, … (S) CPRs.
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. [William ousted his son James from the inheritance of Amelcote, which had been given to James by William’s father William.]
6/24/1329, James de Stafford accused of hunting trespasses in co. Stafford. (S) CPRs.
1329, William de Stafford, Chevaler, sued James, son of William de Stafford, for a debt of £40. (S) Plea Rolls for Staffordshire, V11, 1890.
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.
3/29/1335, “Debtor: James de Stafford, knight. Creditor: John de Stafford. Amount: 12m. 6s. 8d.” (S) UKNA, Staffordshire.
1336, William de Stafford, senior, sued James de Stafford, Chivaler, for the manor of London (Sandon), as his right and inheritance, and of which the said James had unjustly disseised William de Stafford, his father, whose heir he is. James appeared by attorney and stated that the said William could make no claim to the manor by the seisin of his father, William, because the said William, his father, had granted the manor by deed to him and to Margaret, formerly his wife, to be held by them and the heirs of their bodies, and he produced the deed which contained a clause of warranty, and he pleaded that the said William being bound to warrant the manor to him, could not maintain the present action. (S) Plea Rolls for Staffordshire.
8/28/1336, Appointment of John Trussel … and James de Stafford, … to arrest Humphrey de Hastang, … trespasses at Stafford, … (S) CPRs.
James married 2nd Isabella ?.
3/13/1337, Licence for Philip de Somervill to enfeoff John de Warrewik … the manor of Allerwas … James de Stafford and Isabella, his wife, … and for them to regrant … (S) CPRs.
5/10/1339, Appoitment, … for the arrest of … Thomas de Goushull, James de Stafford and Adam de Peshale … (S) CPRs.
5/8/1347, Commission of oyer and terminer to James de Stafford, … in the county Stafford … (S) CPRs.
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.
(S) Plea Rolls for Staffordshire, V10, 1889.
· “William de Stafford and James de Stafford surrenedered, and did not deny that they were of the maintenance of Thomas de Brumpton, their kinsman, but denied that they armed to the terror of the people or to the King’s detriment.” (S) Collections for a History of Staffordshire, V4, 1883, P31.
· James de Stafford named as a gang leader in The Coterel Gang, an Anatomy of a Band of Fourteenth-century Criminals, Bellamy, 1964.
Child of James and Margaret:i. Margaret Stafford (625027), born ~1330 in England.