5/28/1434, William Paxton born in Paston, Norfolk, England, 3rd s/o 184644. William Paston & 184645. Agnes Berry.
3/24/1443, Anne born at Baynard castle in London, 3rd d/o 184678. Edmund Beaufort & 184679. Lady Eleanor Beauchamp.
1444, William’s father wrote his will directing that all lands not mentioned in his will (except Sweynthorpe) should go to his two younger sons William and Clement.
8/14/1444, William’s father died, his older brother John the heir.
1445, John Paston, son and heir to the late William Paston, one of the justices of the Common Pleas, beseeches … a writ of diem clausit extremum … that one William Paston, son of the said William Paston named in the same writ is son and heir of the same William and under the age of 16 years. Whereas … the said William who by the said office is found to be son and heir is the youngest of 3 sons of the said William named in the writ and not heir, and has two brothers, John and Edmund, older than him and of full age. (S) Parliament Rolls, 2005. [This was in response to an IPM in Norfolk that had named William as the heir.]
4/1449, William at Cambridge, age 15.
1449, Agnes [William’s mother] asked her son John to send to her son William, at Cambridge, some books.
1452-53, William wrote his brother John mentioning other family members as well as Richard, Duke of York, Henry Holland, Duke of Exeter, and Edmund Beaufort, Duke of Somerset.
1/29/1459, William wrote his brother John mentioning the capture of Lord Rivers.
5/2/1460, William told his brother John in a letter that James Arblaster, also in service of the earl of Oxford, ‘can labor well a-monge lordys’.
3/14/1461, Edward [earl of March] proclaimed himself King Edward IV as the rightful heir. [Beginning a civil war.]
9/6/1454 from London, William wrote his brother John mentioning the “pestilence” as being in London, and of being in the King’s chamber when Thomas Bouchier [of the see of Canterbury] “received his cross” and did homage.
1456, William in London to negotiate administration of deceased Lord Fastolf’s estate.
2/23/1462, John de Vere, earl of oxford, tried by John Tiptoft, earl of Worcester, and convicted of treason. After the earl’s execution, William continued in service to the Countess.
5/12/1462, Friar John Mowth wrote John Paston a letter discussing his brother William, living in London, and a knight, Sir Thomas Todenham, that had been put to death.
1/28/1464, William mentioned in a letter of Henry Berry, a relative of his mother, written to his cousin, John Paston, Esq.
1465, Edward IV captured Henry VI and put him in the Tower of London.
1465-71, William, JOP for Norfolk.
5/22/1466, William’s oldest brother and family heir John died.
7/1466, John Paston’s son John secured a statement from King Edward IV that he and his uncles William and Clement were “gentlement discended lineally of worshipfull blood sithen the Conquest hither.”
1466, Agnes [William’s mother] wrote her will leaving Horwellbury to her sons William and Clement.
7/16/1468, King Edward granted a pardon and release to William Paston, Esq. son of William de Paston, late one of the judges of the King's Bench, of Henry, late King of England, for all treasons and crimes whatever [the chief crime being adhering to Henry VI].
[––William & Anne––]
~1468, William married Anne in London.
4/10/1469, William named in a letter of Lord Scales to J. Paston.
Aft. 1469, William’s mother Agnes moved from Paston to live with William in London.
10/3/1470, Henry VI regained the throne of England. [Earl of Warwick & Duke of Clarance effectively ruling.]
1/1473, William, a feoffee of Elizabeth, dowager Countess of Oxford, refused to give up his lands to Richard, Duke of Gloucester [later Richard III, who had put Elizabeth under duress] even when told it would “cost hym that he loved best.” [William was eventually forced by the Chancery to give up the lands.]
1473-74, William JOP for Norfolk.
5/4/1471, Anne became co-heir of her brother Edmund, Duke of Somerset, killed after the Battle of Tewkesbury.
5/11/1471, Edward IV regained the crown after the Battle of Tewkesbury. [In which Edward, the heir of Henry VI was killed.]
12/9/1471, William pardoned by King Edward IV.
1472, William M.P. for Newcastle-under-Lyme.
1474, William living in London at Warwick’s Inn near Newgate.
1475, William councillor to the Duke of Buckingham.
1477, William M.P. for Gt Bedwin.
8/1478, William reported that the Duke of Buckingham was making a pilgrimage to Walsingham where he would visit his sister Lady Knyvet at Bokenham.
8/1479, Agnes, William’s mother, died in London while living with him.
11/28/1479, William and his keeper at Marlingford, named James, identifed in a letter of William Lomnor to John Paston.
2/24/1480, William wrote a letter from London to his tenant, John King, at Harwelbury [inherited from his mother.]
7/6/1483, Richard III crowned King of England.
10/1483, The Duke of Buckingham led an insurrection against Richard III.
11/2/1483, The Duke of Buckingham executed.
1491, William M.P. for Bedwin, Wiltshire.
10/17/1491 at Parliament. ‘… Eleanor (184679), late duchess of Somerset, Robert Spencer, knight, and Eleanor his wife, countess of Wiltshire, another of the daughters of the said duchess, Mary, Countess Rivers, daughter of Elizabeth, another daughter of the said duchess, Thomas Burgh, knight, and Edward Burgh, knight, son of Margaret, another of the daughters of the said duchess, William Paston esquire, Agnes Paston, Elizabeth Paston (46161), daughters of Anne (92323), another of the daughters of the said duchess, and Richard Frye esquire, and Jane his wife, another daughter of the same duchess, and to the heirs of each of them, … (S) Parliamentary Rolls, 2005.
9/17/1496, William, living at Warwick Inn in London, wrote his will requesting burial at the Blackfriars Priory in London next to his wife Anne.
11/3/1495, William was one of 6 individuals giving depostitions before the Chancellor about the inheritance of the 13th Earl of Oxford. [See 1/1473.]
Bef. 11/28/1496, William died. (S) Will proved.
(S) A Gen. and Heraldic Hist. … Burke, 1888, P401. (S) Magna Carta Ancestry, P706. (S) Norfolk Archaeology, V4, 1855. (S) Paston Letters: Original Letters, Vs 1-2, Fenn, 1840. (S) Hist. of Norfolk, V6, 1807, Oxnead.
· A letter from the Lady Margaret, Mother to King Henry VII: “By the king’s moder.–Trusty and right webeloved, we greet you well. … there was a full agreement made & concluded, & also put in writinge, between or trusty and right welbeloved Sr John Savile, Knt, and Gilbert Talbot, Esquire, … they ought to have in the right of their wives, daughters and heyers to William paston, Esqr, their late fader, deceassed, …” (S) Norfolk Archaeology, V4, 1855.
Children of William and Anne:
i. Mary Paxton, born 1/19/1470 in Norfolk, England.
ii. Anne Paxton, born ? in England.
1490, Anne married Sir Gilbert Talbot.
10/22/1542, Anne died.
ii. Elizabeth Paxton (46161), born 1472 in Norfolk, England.
iv. Margaret Paxton, born 7/19/1474, in Norfolk, England.
Margaret died as an infant.