~1325, John born in England, s/o 5910016. Richard Knevit & 5910017. Joan de Wurth.
~1330, Eleanor born in England, heir & d/o 2nd 5910018. Lord Ralph Basset & 5910019. Joan Sturdon.
1343, “John de holtes to Richard knyvet Johanna his wife & John son of sd. Richard. Lands in Wodenewton. Feoffment. At Appethorpe.” (S) UKNA.
6/14/1347, Enrolment of grant by … to Sir Andrew de Bures, knight, … Witnesses: Richard Knivet, John Knivet his son, … (S) CCRs.
1348-9, John practicing law when the Black Death began [eventually killing 1/3 of England’s population.]
2/24/1349, Commission of oyer … and John Knyvet, on complaint by Mary de Sacnto Paulo, countess of Permboke, … (S) CPRs.
6/1349, The Plague reached Dorset, and had spread across England by the end of 1349.
3/15/1351, Commission of peace … John Knyvet, Northampton. (S) CPRs.
1/26/1353, Commission of oyer … John Knyvet, …. (S) CPRs.
7/3/1354, Commission to … the king’s consort Queen Philippa, William Fyfhyd and John Knyvet, stewards of her lands, … to receive fines … (S) CPRs.
1357, John called to the degree of Serjeant-at-Law, appointed a Justice of the Common Pleas.
1357, A charter whereby Roger Giffard, cousin and heir of John Giffard, gave the said advowson, services etc. of the provostship or chantry of Cotherstoke to John son of Richard Knyvet. (S) CCRs, 12/1/1384.
By 1358, John married Eleanor.
10/15/1358, … Robert de Thorpe and John Knyvet, justices appointed to deliver the gaol of the castle of Cambridge. (S) CPRs.
9/30/1361, Grant to John Knyvet whom the king has appointed to be one of the justices of the King’s Bench … £40 … (S) CPRs.
4/15/1363, Commission de walliis et fossatis to Robert de Ufford, earl of Suffolk, Robert de Thorpe and John Knyvet on the sea shore at Southclench-warton … co. Norfolk. (S) CPRs.
10/29/1365, Grant to John Knyvet, chief justice, … of 100 marks … yearly … beyond the fees which he takes. (S) CPRs.
11/5/1366, Commission of oyer and terminer to John Butetourt, John Knyvet, William de Shareshull, … on complaint by Thomas de Bello Campo, earl of Warwick, … broke his parks … (S) CPRs.
5/22/1368, Appointment of John Knyvet, … as justices in eyre for … John, duke of Lancaster, the king’s son … (S) CPRs.
3/1369, Due to an outbreak of the plague in London, the royal court was moved to Windsor.
5/15/1369, 2 fines levied of the tenements therein contained between the king and the parties … in chancery in the presence of Sir John Knyvet the chief justice. (S) CCRs.
1372, John purchased the reversion of the manor of Boxworth.
2/13/1372 at Westminster, Promise and oath fealty … in presence of Sir Robert de Thorp chancellor, Richard Lescrope treasurer of England, Sir John de Neville steward, Nicholas Carreu keeper of the privy seal, Sir John Knyvet justice, Henry Wakefeld treasurer of the household. (S) CCRs.
6/1372, Chancellor Robert Thorpe, dying in the palace of Bishop of Sarum, put the Great Seal in a bag under his own private seal and that of the Chief Justice John Knyvet.
8/12/1372, Whereas John Knyvet, the chancellor, has admitted at the king’s will the king’s clerk, Simon de Multon, doctor of laws, … (S) CPRs.
7/5/1372, The King at Westminster sent his son John of Gaunt to Chief Justice Knyvet, as Chancellor, with power to administer the oaths to him.
1372-73, John knighted.
3/24/1373, Licence for John Knyvet, knight, … to found a chantry … (S) CPRs.
7/1373, Sir John Knyvet appointed Chancellor. (S) Hist. of England, V4, Pt2, 1747, P236.
11/1373, John summoned to the House of Commons, “by the newfangled writs” of every county 2 knights “the most expert in feats of arms” and 2 citizens of every borough “such as had the greates skill in shipping and merchandising.” They assembled in the Painted Chamber before the King.
2/3/1375, … John Knyvet, knight, the chancellor, … (S) CPRs.
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.
9/6/1375, Licence for William de Huntyingfeld, knight, … remainder in tail to John Knyvet, knight, and Eleanor, his wife, … (S) CPRs.
3/13/1376, John an executor of the will of Mary, Countess of Pembroke. (S) Testamenta Vetusta, Nicolas, 1826, P100.
3/19/1376, Appointment … death of Edward le Despenser, knight, … this let sealed under the king’s signet was sent to John Knyvet, the chancellor, to be sealed under the great seal. (S) CPRs.
4/1376, John called what was known as the Good Parliament. At this time the Commons became vocal, making recommendations to the king as the basis for passing tax aids and impeaching several of the King’s favorites for extortion.
1376, Grantor: Simon, Archbishop of Canterbury, Guy de Brian, Knight, John Knyvet, Knight, …; Grantee: John de Sutton, …, Knights. Grant of the reversion of the manor of Peldon; County: [Essex]. (S) UKNA.
10/7/1376, … our dear and faithful knights, William Lord Latimer, John Knyvet, Chancellor, … appointed executors of the will of Edward III. (S) Testamenta Vetusta, V1, 1826, P11.
12/15/1376, Indenture between John son of Sir John Knyvet knight and Joan (Johannam) his wife of the one part and Dame Katherine (2955011) 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.
1/11/1377, John replaced as Chancellor. He retired due to failing health.
6/21/1377, Richard II, age 10, son of the Black Prince, succeeded Edward III as King of England.
10/1/1378, Indenture between Simon of Sudbury, Archbishop of Canterbury, Sir Guy de Bryan, Sir John Knyvet, Sir Thomas Maundevylle, Philip Melreth, John Bampton and Ivo Sandherst on the one part, and Lady Joan de Bohun, Countess of Hereford, Essex and Northampton, on the other, witnessing the grant of 2/3rds of the manor and marsh of Foulness, in the hundred of Rochford, Essex. (S) Original sold at Christies in 2001.
1379-80, John Knyvet, knight, to grant land in the parish of St. Bride, Fleet Street, to Thomas Hayton, parson of the church there, and his successors. London. (S) UKNA.
2/1381, Sir John died.
1/20/1382, IPM of John Knyvet, knight. Essex: … Bumpstede ad Turrim … He died on Saturday the feast of St. Juliana last. John Knyvet, his son, aged 23 years, is his heir. Rutland: … lands etc. in Casterton and Keten in joint feoffment with Eleanor, his wife, and Robert, their son, both of whom are still alive … Northampton … messuages etc. in Abethorp and Newenton … manor and advowson of Hale jointly with Eleanor, his wife … [many properties] … Eleanor, the deceased’s first wife, who is still living … Lincoln: … [many properties] … Cambridge … Henry Knyvet, his younger son, is his heir to the lands etc. in Staunford … 8 years of age … (S) CIsPM.
12/1/1382, To escheator in Norhamptonshire … 1 virgate of land in Armeston, delivering to Eleanor late the wife of John Knyvet knight any issues thereof taken … jointly enfeoffed with her and Richard their son by gift of Adam Bacoun knight. (S) CCRs.
1/24/1383, To escheator in Norhamptonshire. Order to take the fealty of Eleanor late the wife of John Knyvet knight, and to remove the king's hand and meddle no further with the manor and advowson of Hale, … (S) CCRs.
2/13/1383, To escheator in Cambridgeshire. Like order (omitting fealty) in regard to 20 acres of land in Conyngton, upon the finding of an inquisition that John Knyvet held the same of others than he king as jointly enfeoffed with the said Eleanor. (S) CCRs.
9/3/1388, Eleanor 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’ … She died on 3 September last. John Knyvet, her son by her husband aforesaid, aged 30 years and more, is her heir. Cambridge: … in joint feoffment with John Knyvet, knight, sometime her husband … [many properties of various kinds] … Huntingdon: … in joint feoffment with John Knyvet, knight … Wynewyk. 4 messuages, 9 cottages, … Northampton: … Ralph Knyvet, aged 22 years and more, is the younger son of the said John Knyvet and Eleanor. … London: … in a joint estate with John Knyvet, knight, her husband … tenement in Fletestrete … garden in Bridelane … (S) CIsPM.
(S) Magna Carta Ancestry, P476. (S) The Lives of the Lord Chancellors and Keepers of the Great Seal, Campbell, P235.
Children of John and Eleanor: [6 sons, 2 daughters.]
i. John Knyvet (1477504), born 1359 in England.
ii. Robert Knevet, born ? in England.
Robert, married the heiresses Isolde de Beihous and EllenFitzwaters. [The main seat of this family was at Stanway, Essex.]
iii. Richard Knyvet, born ? in England.
iv. Ralph Knevet, born 1366 in England.
v. Henry Knevet, born 1374 in England.