~1355, John de Rochefort of St. Botho born in Lincolnshire, England, s/o 2955108. Sir Saer de Rochford & 2955109. Joan Hillary. [2nd son of same name, associated with Boston – older half-brother a knight in 1350, associated with Toft, Holand & Kesteven.]
~1355, Alice born in England, [d/o or sister of Richard de Neuton.]
1360s, John educated in England, France, and Italy.
~1372, John’s father died.
By 1375, John of St. Botho, Lincolnshire, married Alice.
1376, John Rocheford junior and Alicia his wife joined the Corpus Christi guild.
2/6/1377, John the Younger and his brother Sir Ralph de Rochford of Walpole on a commission of the walls and ditches in Marshland Hundred, Norfolk.
6/21/1377, Richard II, age 10, succeeded Edward III as King of England.
11/10/1379, Ralph de Rocheford, William de Spaigne … and John son of Saer de Rocheford the younger … commission to deal with the persons who by night scaled with ladders the walls of the house of Friars Preachers in Boston. (S) CPRs.
1380, John Rocheford junior appointed as 1 of the 2 ‘camerarii’ to the Corpus Christi guild.
1381, John chosen as Alderman of the Corpus Christi guild [holding the post until 1386.]
1381, John’s properties in Boston assessed at 10s [his mother Joan’s property included.]. [2nd only to his older brother John’s 13s 4d assessed in Toft.] (S) Poll Taxes of 1377, 1379 & 1381, Pt2, Fenwick, P18.
1381, Peasant Revolt against new Poll tax. [Aka Wat Tyler’s Rebellion.]
11/3/1381, Ralph de Rochefort, knight, John, son of Saher de Rocherfort, knight, the younger [Joh’em fil’ Saieri de Roche-fort militis juniorem] … querents, … John del Chambre of Walpole … deforciants … Westminster, Lincolnsire. (S) Feet of Fines. [‘militis’ – ‘esquire’.]
1381-82, Fine: John, son of Sairus de Rochefort, junior, and Alice his wife, and “Roger Hillary, knight, and Margaret his wife, of the manor of Bergholt with appurtenances. Suffolk. (S) Cal. Feet of Fines. [Roger is John’s maternal uncle.]
1384, Alice wife of John Rocheford, the alderman, joined the Corpus Christi guild as a full member.
11/24/1385, John and other merchants, complaining of the detention in Prussian of their goods and merchandise to the nation-wide value of £20,000, were instructed to retailate by detaining all Prussian merchants’ goods in all ports.
5/6/1386, John de Rocheford, the younger, Philip de Tilney, knight, … querents, and John Belle … deforciants. (S) Feet of Fines.
7/26/1386, John elected Mayor of the Staple of Boston.
9/22/1386, John de Rocheford … of Boston … to assess and levy a loan of 200 marks from Boston. (S) CPRs.
2/5/1388, Pardon [to] … John Pole of Boston, for not appearing to render 40s. to John de Rocheford and Alice, his wife, executrix of the will of Richard de Neuton of Boston. (S) CPRs. [1379, Richard de Newton, of St. Botho, alderman of the Corpus Christi guild.]
3/1388, John de Rocheford, chivaler … Ralph de Roche-ford, chivaler … John de Rocheford de Sancto Botho … Henry de Rocheford among the Lincolnshire knights and gentlemen sworn to support the Lords Appellant at the Merciless Parliament. (S) Rotuli Parliamentorum, V3, P400.
2/1389, Philip de Tilney, alderman of the Guild of Corpus Christi, with John de Rochford the younger, took the precaution of having the royal licences from Edward III for the founding of the guild reviewed and admitted into the Patent Rolls.
1390, “… John son of Saier de Rochefort the younger, …, John de Rochefort of Boston [unknown], … to grant messuages, salterns, land, and rent in Lincoln and its suburbs, Quadring, North Carlton, Middle Carlton, Newball, Langworth, Maidenwell, and Scupholm …, John son of Saier retaining land in Boston, …” (S) UKNA.
11/1390, John, with Sir John Bussy, a Knight of the Shire in parliament for Lincolnshire.
1391, John chosen as Alderman of the Corpus Christi guild [until 1394.]
5/1392, “Philip de Tilneye of Boston, knight, … to grant messuages and land in Boston, … to John de Rochefort, alderman of the gild of Corpus Christi, Boston, and his successors.” (S) UKNA.
9/23/1392, Licence for Philip de Tilneye, knight … John de Rocheford, esquire and others to form a fraternity in honour of God and St Mary at Boston, with Queen Anne as the foundress. (S) CPRs.
3/5/1393, John Bussy, Philip Tilney, Walter Tailboys, knights, and John Rocheforde on a commission to resolve a dispute over the election of the mayor and bailiffs in Lincoln. (S) CPRs.
2/1394, John Rochford and Sir John Bussy knights of the shire for Lincs, for 47 days.
9/29/1394, Indenture from James Roos, Knt., … to John de Rochefort of St. Botho the manor of Thetford … if Frederic, s. of Philip de Tilney, kt., and wife Margaret, d. of John de Rochefort, are maintained … (S) CPRs.
5/8/1395, John de Rocheford, commission of the walls and ditches in Holland, Lincs. (S) CPRs.
1397, John chosen as Alderman of the Corpus Christi guild [until 1399.]
9/1397, John Rochford and Sir John Bussy knights of the shire for Lincs, again, for 33 days. (S) CCRs.
4/14/1398 at St. Botho, Indenture, agreement. 1) James de Roos, kt. ... 2) John de Rochefort of St. Botho. Reciting that (1) demised manor of Tetford in Isle of Ely with premises there and in Stretham, Ely, Lyttelport and Berwaye for 8 yrs. (from 1394), 40 marks p.a., according to indentures with (2) by consent of Lady Gracia de Tylney and executors of Philipp de Tilney, kt.; now (1) exonerated from payment of 10 marks p.a., and (2) to maintain reasonably all the premises, …. As long as Frederick de Tilney and wife Margaret are in (2)'s care, (2) is exonerated from £20 p.a. (S) UKNA.
5/1398, John Rochefort, donsel, nobleman, and Alice his wife, noble woman, of the diocese of Lincoln, indult … that the confessor of their choice may grant them, being penitent … plenary remission in the hour of death. Also an indult to have a portable alter. (S) Cal. of Papal Regs.
By 2/3/1399, John de Rochford, Steward of the duchy of Lancaster honour of Bolingbroke, Lincs. and overseer of feodaries and bailiffs, Lincs.
10/13/1399, Henry IV crowned king of England.
11/1399, Lincolnshire. Thomas Hauley knight and John Rocheforde, knights of the shire at parliament at Westminster. (S) CCRs.
11/1399, John knighted while at Parliament.
2/18/1400, Grant for life to John de Rochefort, ‘chivaler,’ of the office of steward … manors and lands late of Thomas, late earl of Kent, in the county of Lincoln, … (S) CPRs.
1401, John Rochford, knight, Sheriff of Lincolnshire. (S) Hist. of Lincoln, Willson, 1816, P205.
8/22/1401, John de Rochefort, knight” appointed constable of the castle of Wisbech. (S) CPRs.
1403, IsPM of Sir Roger Hillary. Roger died leaving no children and his estates were to be split between the heirs of his 2 deceased sisters, Joan and Elizabeth. John son of Saer de Rochefort, knight, junior was the son and heir of Joan Hillary, aged 40 years and more. John’s cousin and coheir Elizabeth was the heiress & d/o Elizabeth Hillary, aged 50 years and more. (S) IsPM of Sir Roger Hillary.
12/1403, Johannes Rocheford, chivaler, Lincs, summoned to a Great Council. (S) Privy Council of England, V2,P86.
3/28/1404, “… John de Rochefort, a justice of the Treasury of the Bishop of Ely, appoints (2) attornies against Thos. de Toppefeld and others in the Treasury court in the suit of Thos. de T. and others against Frary de Tilney and Margaret his wife, …” (S) UKNA.
4/19/1405, “Writ to: Sheriff of Lincs Sent by: Chancery. Endorsement: Reply of John Rochefort, Sheriff.” (S) UKNA.
9/4/1405, Commission … to raise a loan to resist the French, who have sent to aid the rebels in Wales and Aquitaine … Johanni Rocheford Chivaler and others in Lincs. (S) Rymer’s Feodera with Syllabus, V18, P402.
4/29/1406, Mainprise under a pain of £100 … by Walter Taylboys, … knights, Frederick Tylney and John Skypwyth, all of Lincolnshire, for John Rochefort, knight, that he shall do or procure no hurt or harm to Robert Kervylle or any of the people. (S) CCRs.
10/1407, Cambridgeshire. John Howarde and John Rocheforde knights”, knights of the shire at parliament at Gloucester, for 52 days. (S) CCRs.
11/4/1409, Commitment of the county of Lincoln to John Rocheford, ‘chivaler’, during pleasure, so that he answer at the Exchequer as sheriff . (S) CFRs.
1409, John chosen as Alderman of the Corpus Christi guild.
Alice died before John.
2/13/1410, Commitment to John Rocheford, of the keeping of the county and castle of Lincoln with the issues and profits belonging to 2 farms … rendering £200 yearty at the Exchequer … (S) CFRs.
10/20/1410, Sir John wrote his will: … I John Rechefort knight, … My body to be buried in the monastery of Bar-lyngs next to the body of lady Alice my wife … executors, … (S) Early Lincoln Wills.
12/13/1410, Sir John, governor of Wisbech castle, died, buried at Barling Abbey, Lincolnshire next to Alice.
(S) Magna Carta Ancestry, P696. (S) Register of the Guild of Corpus Christi, BM, Harley, 4795. (S) Hist. of Parliament Online. (S) Hist. & Antiq.’s of Boston, Thompson, 1856.
· Sir John de Rochford, a medieval writer, compiled indexes and digests of well known chronicles. His extracts from the Antiquitates Judaicae of Josephus were made in 1406–7, and survive in Oxford.
· Possible parents of Alice?
· 5/1/1294, Debtor: John de Newton, of Hogsthorpe, of Lincs. (S) UKNA.
· 10/6/1308, John de Crosholm' and Joan, his wife, querents, and John de Neuton' and Ellen, his wife, deforciants. [Lincolnshire.] (S) UKNA.
Child of John and Alice: [1 son, 4 daughters]
i. John de Rocheford, born ~1376 in Lincolnshire, England.
1390, See record above.
12/13/1410, John alive at the death of his father.
ii. Margaret Rocheford (738777), born ~1380 in Lincolnshire, England.
iii. Joan Rochefort, born ~? in England.
By 1412, Joan married Robert Roos of Gedney, Lincolnshire.
By 1422, Joan died.
iv. Alice Rochefort, born ~? in England.
Alice married William Gibthorpe, esquire of Thorpe, Lincolnshire.