1359, John ‘Knevit, Knyvet’ born in England, s/o 2955008. Sir John Knyvet & 2955009. Eleanor Basset.
~1370, Joan born in England, heir & d/o 2955010. Sir John Botetourt & 2955011. Katherine de Weyland.
7/16/1375, Licence for the prior and brethren of the hospital of St. John of Jerusalem in England to demise for life at a fixed farm to John Knyvet, knight, Eleanor his wife, and John their son, all their garden in Fletestrete in the parish of St. Bride in the suburb of London, lying between the inn of the abbot of Faveresham and the water of the Thames, … (S) CPRs.
1376, Joan’s father died.
By 1376, John married to Joan acquiring Hamerton, Huntingdon from the Botetourts.
12/15/1376, Indenture between John son of Sir John Knyvet knight and Joan (Johannam) his wife of the one part and Dame Katherine who was wife of Sir John Buttourt of the other part, witnessing that whereas the said Katherine has sued for dower of the manor of Mendlesham against the said John and the said Joan daughter and heir of the said John Buttourt, it is agreed amicably between them that the said John and Joan have assigned and delivered to her dower thereof as follows … (S) CCRs.
7/16/1377, Richard II crowned king of England.
2/1381, John heir to his father, named executor of his will. (S) CPRs.
6/28/1381, Grant to John son and heir of John Knyvet, knight, deceased, tenant in chief, of the custody of his father’s lands, as he is of full age … (S) CPRs.
5/1382, John bought additional property in his new home of Mendlesham.
1/29/1383, To escheator in Norhamptonshire and Ruteland. Order to take of John son of John Knyvet knight security for payment of his relief, and to give him seisin of 2 assarts called Stokwelle and the Hoo co. Norhampton … (S) CCRs.
1383, John and John Herlyngton given a security of £20 from a local person.
7/7/1384, Appointment … John Elyngeham, the king’s serjeant-at-arms, and the sheriff of Huntingdom to arrest and bring before the king and council John Knyvet and Richard his brother, to answer for their contempt. (S) CPRs.
12/1/1384, John Knyvet, son and heir of Sir John Knyvet (2955008) knight, to John Holt knight, his heirs and assigns. Gift with warranty of the advowson of the provostship or chantry of Cotherstoke … reciting a charter whereby Roger Giffard gave the said advowson, services etc. to John son of Richard Knyvet (5910016) the elder father of the now grantor. (S) CCRs.
1385, Ralph Basset of Weldon died [brother of John’s mother] beginning a long court battle over the inheritiance. [They claimed joint ownership of land in at least 6 English counties. They claimed that the proposed heir, Richard Basset, was not a legal son of Ralph. See 1391.]
9/3/1388, John’s mother died.
10/8/1388, IPM of Eleanor late the wife of John Knyvet, knight. Essex: She held the under-mentioned third part in dower after the death of John Knyvet, knight, her husband. Bumpstede ad Turrim. A third part of the manor called ‘Bourhall’ … John Knyvet, her son by her husband aforesaid, aged 30 years and more, is her heir. (S) CIsPM.
10/16/1388, Order to John Sibill, escheator in the counties of Cambridge and Huntingdon, to cause John, son and heir of John Knyvet, ' chivaler,' and Eleanor, his wife, to have full seisin of all the lands which Eleanor, who survived her husband, held of the king in chief on the day of her death. (S) CFRs.
11/20/1388, Licence … Thomas Bekerying, for him to enfeoff John Knyvet, … of a third part of the manor of Tuxford, co. Notts. … (S) CPRs.
10/10/1391, William Cardon, for not appearing to render 100s. to John Knyvet, executor of the will of John Knyvet, knight. (S) CPRs.
1391, John Knyvet and Sir John Aylesbury [his mother the other sister of Ralph Basset of Weldon] began pleadings in the court of common pleas over the Basset estates. [See 1398.]
10/21/1391, John appointed Sheriff of Norfolk and Suffolk.
10/18/1392, John appointed Sheriff of Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire.
1394, A writ was directed to John Knyvet, escheator of Norfolk, to divide the lands and deliver siesin to Constatine Clifton [son John’s father-in-law] and Maud, wife of Sir Ralf Cromwell, as cousins and heirs of Mary, widow of John Lord Roos and daughter of Joan, daughter and heir of John de Orreby.
6/18/1394, John on a commission of peace in co. Huntingdon. (S) CPRs.
1394, John began a suit on an assize of “mort d’ancestor” at Northampton against John Tyndale.
2/8/1395, Order to John Knyvet, escheator in the county of Norfolk, to take the fealties of (1) Constantine de Clyfton, … and (2) Ralph de Crumwell, knight … (S) CFRs.
9/1397, John attended parliament.
1398, John and Joan received a papal indult for a portable altar.
1398, John Aylesbury and John Knyvet state that they are the true heirs of heirs of Ralph Basset of Weldon, knight, as sons of his father's sisters, as his supposed son and heir, Richard, is not his son at all, but that of Tybot Lowekyn. (S) UKNA. [See 1399.]
1/31/1398, Thomas Wauton and John Knyvet to receive £11 12s for 29 days as knights of the shire in parliament at Westminster for Huntingdonshire. (S) CCRs.
1/1399, Richard Basset, the claimaint in the Basset estate suit, died “a violent death” while still a minor. [See 1408.]
9/29/1399, Imprisoned Richard II resigned as king of England.
10/13/1399, Henry IV crowned king of England.
12/1400, John sold the London residence inherited from his father to William Balle.
1401, John summoned to attend a Great Council at Westminster.
12/1401, John a collector of taxes in Suffolk.
1402, John sued by the executors of clerk John Stacy for the recovery of debts totalling £85.
1403, John summoned to attend a Great Council at Westminster.
11/1404, John a collector of taxes in Suffolk.
12/1407, John a collector of taxes in Suffolk.
11/8/1408, John co-heir with Sir John de Aylesbury to the Basset family: Richard son of Ralph Basset of Weldon [Northamptonshire], knight. ... John Ayllesbury and John Knyvet are his kinsmen and heirs, John Ayllesbury being the son of Joan and John Knyvet the son of Eleanor, sisters of Ralph. (S) IsPM, Henry IV, 502-549.
2/10/1409, Order to the escheator in the county of Leicester to take the fealties of John Ayllesbury, ' chivaler,' and John Knyvet, the sons respectively of Joan and Eleanor, the sisters of Ralph the father of Ralph the father of Richard the son of Ralph Basset of Weldon, 'chivaler,' and kinsmen and heirs of the said Richard, make a partition into two equal parts of all the lands which Richard held of the king in chief or was seised of in his demesne as of fee on the day of his death. (S) CFRs.
12/7/1409, Sir John de Aylesbury died holding Langton Thorpe manor, Leicester [which was held by John at his death]. (S) Hist of Leciester, Curtis, 1831, P90.
10/1410, John Knyvet granted various properties in Northamptonshire to Robert Ty, knight, and Margaret (369407) his wife [of Barsham Suffolk].
1411, John settled a third of the manor of Thurning on himself and Joan for life. [See 1428].
5/1416, John a collector of taxes in Suffolk.
1/24/1418, John Knyvet of Mendlesham, Suffolk, wrote his will. (S) UKNA. [Son John and William Leek named executors.]
12/4/1418, John died.
12/18/1418, Writ for IPMs of John Knyvet of Mendlesham, Esq. Cambridge: Boxworth manor … John Knyvet, knight, his son and next heir, aged 25 years and more. Huntingdon: … in right of his wife Joan, who survives, … he held the manor of Hamerton … Leicester: The manor of Thorpe Langeton … Northampton: Great Weldon … Southwick manor … Winwick manor … (S) CIsPM, V21, 2002.
2/26/1419, Order to the escheator in the county of Northampton to cause John Knyvet, knight, son and heir of John Knyvet of Mendelesham, esquire, to have full seisin of all the lands … as the king for 40s. paid in the hanaper has respited his homage and fealty until Michaelmas next ; saving to Joan late the wife of John Knyvet the father her reasonable dower thereof. (S) CFRs.
2/27/1419, To the escheator in Norhamptonshire [and Leycestershire and Cambridgeshire]. Order to take of Joan who was wife of John Knyvet of Mendelesham esquire an oath etc., and in presence of John Knyvet knight son and heir of the said John, or of his attorneys, to assign her dower. (S) CCRs.
1428, Joan died, holding the third part of a fee in Thurning. (S) Hist. of Northampton, V3, 1930, Thurning.
(S) Magna Carta Ancestry, P393. (S) Hist. of Parlaiment, Roskell, 1993. (S) Proceedings of the Suffolk Inst., V5, 1886, P255.
Children of John and Joan:
i. John Knevit (738752), born 1392 in England.
ii. Margaret Knyvet (369407), born ~1400 in England.