~1315, John de Cokayn born in Derbyshire, England.
1/24/1327, Edward III, age 14, succeeded Edward II as King of England.
1340, John represented Derbyshire in parliament.
1341, John represented Derbyshire in parliament.
7/11/1347, Commission of oyer and terminer, … touching the persons who killed William Sautcheverell at Derby. … Inquisition then taken before the justice, … find that the said John Cokayn and the others named above feloniously killed William Sautcheverell at Derby on Friday, the eve of St. Barnabas the Apostle, 19 Edward III.
9/8/1347, John taken into custody; found not guilty [John son of William de le Spenser of Assheborun found guilty.]
1/29/1348, Exemplification, at the request of John Cokayn, … of the tenor of a record and process before … justices assigned to enquire of the death of William Sautcheverell at Derby … [John pleaded not guilty] … (S) CPRs.
9/8/1348, John and others found not guilty in William’s death. [The person found guilty was also found dead.] (S) CPRs.
9/15/1348, John Cokayn, Sheriff of Lancaster. (S) CPRs.
10/26/1350, Commission to … to act with John de Cokayn, in the room of William Laurence of Assheton and Thomas de Arderne, in collecting in the said county the aid for knighting the king's eldest son. (S) CFRs.
1/2/1351, William do Grey, ' chivaler,' …, John Cokayn and the sheriff of Derby, to purvey 400 carcases of beeves, 600 bacon pigs, 20 cart-loads of lead and 200 quarters of barley in the county of Derby, and to take them to the port of Kyngeston-upon-Hull. (S) CFRs. [France believed to be preparing a siege of Calais.]
1351, John represented Derbyshire in parliament.
3/26/1352, “Quitclaim, Sir Nicholas Beek releases to John Cokayn of Assheburne all lands etc. formerly held by Sir William Wyther or Thomas his son.” (S) UKNA.
9/24/1354 at Preston, Pleas before John Cokayn and his fellow Justices of the Lord Duke. (Complaints).
10/18/1354, Order to Henry, duke of Lancaster,—reciting that the king lately appointed John do Cokayn, then sheriff of Lancaster, Thomas de Arderne, William Laurence, … to collect in the county of Lancaster … (S) CFRs.
7/8/1355, Order to Henry, duke of Lancaster … to appoint John de Haveryngton, ' luncle,' … and John Cokayne to take into the king's hand the lands whereof … (S) CFRs.
8/3/1355 at Preston, Pleas before John Cokayn and his fellow Justices of the Lord Duke. (Indictments).
3/26/1356 at Preston, Pleas before John Cokayn and his fellow Justices of the Lord Duke. (To enquire into extortions, etc., by Sheriffs and other Officers).
2/19/1357 at Preston, Pleas before John Cokayn and his fellow Justices of the Lord Duke. (Assizes).
5/12/1358, Commission of oyer and terminer … and John Cokayn, on complaint by Thomas le Taverner … (S) CPRs.
6/3/1359 Grant, of special grace, to John Cokayn, and his heirs, of free warren in all their demesne lands of Snellesdale and Calton, co. Stafford and Clifton, Mapelton, Thorp and Bradeley, co. Derby. (S) CChRs.
1360, “Confirmation by Henry, Duke of Lancaster, Earl of Derby, Lincoln and Leicester, of a quitclaim by Robert de Ferrers, Earl of Derby, to Dale Abbey … given to them by Cicile, daughter and heir of Hugh de Ferrers. Witnesses: …, John Cokayn seneschal of the Duke …” (S) UKNA.
3/17/1360, Order to John Cokayn, steward of Henry duke of Lancaster, concerning the sieur de Duryvall dwelling in the town of Pontefract [a prisoner of the King being held for ransom] to receive him in the same and keep him safe. The king's enemies of France in a host of armed men with horses landed at Wynchelse on Sunday last, took the town, slew men therein found, and are riding about the country committing homicides, burnings and other mischief, whereby it is well that prisoners of France should be in sure custody. (S) CCRs.
7/16/1361, To Henry de Haydok and John Cokayn, guardians of the lands and knights' fees late of Henry duke of Lancaster, tenant in chief in Lancashire, Notinghamshire and Staffordshire. Order to deliver to the king's son John earl of Richemond and to Blanche his wife, one of the daughters and heirs of the said duke, the knight's fees and parts of fees following which were of the duke in the said three counties … (S) CCRs.
12/15/1361, John Cokayne with Henry, duke of Lancaster, on a commission in the county of Derby. (S) CPRs.
3/25/1362, Commission to Henry Haydok, king’s clerk, and John Cokayn in the duchy of Lancaster, in the form of a writ of diem clausit extremum, with the addition that they are to keep the lands &c. late of the duke for the use of John earl of Richmond. (S) IPM of Henry Duke of Lancaster, 3/25/1362.
11/12/1362, Commission to John de Grey of Codenore, John Cokayn and Henry de la Pole, in the county of Derby, and to hear and determine trespasses against the statutes and ordinances of labourers and the accounts of collectors and receivers of fines, …, to correct abuses of weights and measures, …; and mandate to them to hold their sessions 4 times a year. (S) CPRs.
1363, Precept to John Cokayn and others in the Duchy to levy the remainder of the aid to Knight King Edward’s eldest son. (S) Hist. Co. Palatine, V1, Baines, 1836, P345.
3/8/1364, Commision of the peace to John, duke of Lancaster, John de Grey of Codenore, William de Grey of Sandiacre and John Cokayn, in the county of Derby. (S) CPRs.
7/10/1368, Commision of the peace … John,duke of Lancaster,John de Grey of Codenore, … and John Cokayn ; Derby. (S) CPRs.
1373, John of Ashbourne, Derbyshire died. (S) Antient Armour, V2, Meyrick, 1842, P19.
(S) Magna Carta Ancestry, P189. (S) The Old Halls, Manors and Families of Derbyshire, Tilley, 1892, P178. (S) Lancashire Assize Rolls, Parker, 1903.
· 3/22/1353 at York. IPM of Henry de Percy. … Tenements held by …, William de Irton, …, John son of William de Irton, … (S) CIsPM. [William de Irton likely a relative.]
· 2/21/1393, Commission to … John Cokayn the younger, … John de Irton and Nicholas de Irton to arrest and deliver to the sheriff of Derby … as John Cokayne the elder has testified …” (S) CPRs. [John de Irton and Nicholas de Irton likely relatives.]
Child of John and Cicely:
i. Edmund Cokayne, born ? in England.
Edmund married Elizabeth, d/o Richard de Harhill & Alice de Astley, d/o 15211084. Sir Giles de Astley & 15211085. Dame Alice de Wolvey.
ii. John Cokayne (738782), born ~1360 in England. [2nd son]