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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Sir James Bellers & Margaret Bernake

3803096. Sir James Bellers & 3803097. Margaret Bernake

~1345, James Belers born in England, s/o 7606192. Ralph Bellers & 7606193. Agatha ?.

~1355, Margaret born in Hoveringham, Nottingham, England, d/o 7606194. Nicholas Bernake & 7606195. Eleanor ?.

4/22/1368, Order to cause James Beler to have seisin of a messuage and 5 acres of land in Sixtenby, held by Ralph, son of Isolda de Sixtenby, hanged for felony it is said; as the king has learned by inquisition, taken by the sheriff that the premises have been in his hand a year and a day and are yet in his hand, that the said Ralph held the same of Ralph Belers, father of the said James, whose heir he is, and that the said James had the year and a day and the waste, and ought to answer to the king for the same. (S) CCRs.

3/28/ 1371, John de Berkeley, James Belers, John Vilers (3803088) … to collect a war subsidy in the county of Leicester. (S) CFRs.

12/8/1372, Commission … to levy … to Roger Belers, William Bernak, James Belers, … county of Leciester … (S) CPRs.

~1374, James married Margaret. (S) Lay Subsidy Roll.

1/1376, James attended parliament for Leicester.

7/10/1376, Order to the sheriff to cause James Beler, knight, and William Flaumville, knight, to have £32 of the commons of the county, being knights of the shire summoned to attend parliament held at Westminster. (S) CCRs.

1/1377, James attended parliament for Leicester.

7/1/1377, Commission for array for co. Leicester to … Roger Belers, … James Beler and others named. (S) CPRs.

6/21/1377, Richard II, age 10, son of the Black Prince, succeeded Edward III as King of England.

2/12/1378, William Flarnvill and James Belers, late knights for Leicestershire in the parliaments of 1376 and January 1377, bring a bill against Richard Herthull, late sheriff, reciting that on 14 August last at Leicester they delivered to the sheriff the king’s writ, ordering him to let the said knights have from the county £32 for their expenses … (S) Parliament History, App. 1, 10/15/2008.

10/1/1380, Association of James de Belers with John, duke of Lancaster, and the rest in the commission of the peace in the county of Leicester, in the place of Roger Belers, excused. (S) CPRs.

5/16/1381, Fine. … Between James Belers, chivaler, and Margaret, his wife, plantiffs, and William de Sibthorp, parson of
the church of Houton, … who granted the manor, 50 messuages, … in Melton, Ketulby on Wrethek, Dalby, Chacombe, Somerby, Sileby, Quenby, Tirlyngton, Burton St. Lazarus, Little Dalby, Ansty and Retherby to the said James Belers and Margaret, together with certain homages and services … except 2 messuages and 5 virgates of land in Quenby which Thomas de Assheby of Quenby and Alice, his wife, hold for life, a messuage and 2 virgates which John Belers holds for life in Ketelby, a virgate in Oleby which Elena de Rempstone holds for life, and which ought to revert, at their respective deaths, to William, shall remain to James Belers and Margaret and their joint issue male, in default to Roger Beler of Ketelby and his heirs male, and in default successively to John, brother of the said Roger, Thomas, brother of the said John, brother of Roger, the elder, to Ralph, brother of Thomas, to Nicholas, brother of Ralph, to James, brother of Nicholas, to Thomas, brother of Nicholas, the younger, in tail male respectively, and in default to the right heirs of the said James Belers for ever. (S) Hastings’ MSS.

4/5/1381, Commission of the peace … John, duke of Lancaster, … James Belers … in the county of Leicester. (S) CPRs.

5/24/1381, James Belers, knight, and Margaret his wife, querents, by John Purle, put in place of Margaret, … (S) Feet of Fines, Leicestershire.

11/26/1383, James de Belers knight and Robert de Langham £15 4s. for 38 days at parliament at Westminster representing Leycestershire. (S) CCRs.

6/1385, Suit between James Belers, chivaler, plantiff, and Richard Dyke of Tyrlyngton, and John Beste of the same, in a plea of trespass, is put in respite to Michaelmas for default of jurors. (S) De Banco Roll.

6/23/1392, Commission to James Belers, Richard Assheby, John Wodeford, Thomas derby and John Purle to enquire who killed Robert Horn at Melton Moubray. (S) CPRs.

9/30/1399, Henry IV succeeded Richard II as King of England. [Richard II died a prisoner in the Tower.]

4/1402, James Belers, knight, and William, his son, chaplain, v. James Pacey of Holewell, in a plea of 36 marks.

3/1406, … executors of John Talbot … James Belers, knight, … James’ son John, came with a body of armed men, dragged him, a sick man of 8y, away half-naked, and took him to John Belers’ manor of Sysonby, …

1/1409, James Belers of Leicestershire involved in a suit in the court of Common Pleas. (S) CP 40/594, rot. 202d.

2/8/1412, James Bellers on a commission of peace in Leicestershire. (S) CPRs.

12/1/1412, James summoned to parliament.

2/3/1413–3/20/1413, James attended the parliament headed by Speaker Thomas Chaucer.

2/3/1413, James Bellers on a commission of peace in Leicestershire. (S) CPRs.

3/20/1413, Henry V succeeded Henry IV as King of England.

3/21/1413, Commitment of the office of the escheatry in the counties of Warwick and Leicester to James Belers during pleasure, so that he answer at the Exchequer for the issues. (S) CFRs.

6/1413, James, in the fields of Thorp Langton, co. Leicester, was assaulted by a group of armed men and left for dead.

6/27/1413, Commission to William Roos of Hamelak, … that William Perwych and other evildoers assaulted James Beller, one of the keepers of the peace and justices of oyer and terminer in the county of Leicester and escheator and one of the knights of the shire, when returning from the last Parliament at Westminister to his home and left him for dead and afterwards fled to divers places … (S) CPRs. [The inquisition was held 7/1/1413.]

11/12/1414, Commitment of the county of Rutland to James Bellers, during pleasure, so that he answer at the Exchequer as sheriff. (S) CFRs.

4/1/1418, Commission of array … William Ferrers of Groby, … James Belers, … county of Leicester. (S) CPRs.

11/26/1419, Commission about a loan to be paid to the king … William Ferrers of Groby, … James Belers, … county of Leicester. (S) CPRs.

1/27/1420, Commission to … James Belers … to levy and collect in the county of Leicester … (S) CFRs.

11/16/1420, Commitment of the county of Rutland to James Bellers, during pleasure, so that he answer at the Exchequer as sheriff. (S) CFRs.

1421, James of Somerby wrote his will.

1421, James died.

4/24/1421, Order to the executors of the will of James Bellers, late sheriff of Rutland, to deliver the county to Thomas by indenture. (S) CFRs.

Family notes:

·         From 1453 record of John, grandson of James: James, s/o Ralph, s/o Ralph, s/o Hamon, s/o William.

·         There is another James Bellers, esquire, at this time, s/o James Bellers & Lettice Prest, of Rutland and Warwickshire. Yet another James Bellers is this James’ paternal uncle.

Child of James and Margaret:

i. John Bellers (1901548), born ~1375 in Leicestershire, England.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Sheriff John Walton & Margery Sutton

3802830. Sheriff John Walton & 3802831. Margery Sutton

~1355, John born in England.

~1365, Margery born in England, heir & d/o 7605662. Sir John de Sutton & 7605663. Margery de Whelneitham.

6/21/1377, Richard II, age 10, son of the Black Prince, succeeded Edward III as King of England.

1/14/1384, Commitment of the counties of Essex and Hertford to John Walton during pleasure, so that he answer at the Exchequer as sheriff. (S) CFRs.

10/18/1385, John Walton, Sheriff, replies that he has imprisoned Thomas Blount in Hertford gaol. (S) UKNA.

11/2/1386, Order to allow John de Walton late sheriff of Essex and Hertford in his account at the exchequer 100 marks. (S) CCRs.

7/4/1387, Aubrey de Veer, John fitz Symond knights, John Walton of Mokkyngge … to Thomas Noket citizen of London, …. Recognisance for 800 marks, to be levied etc. in Essex and the city of London. (S) CCRs.

4/16/1388, Clement Spice, William Pakelesham and William Stuteville clerk to Aubrey de Veer knight and Alice his wife … co. Essex, … Witnesses: Robert Marny, …, Ralph Seyntleger knights, John Walton, Thomas Belhouse, … (S) CCRs.

~1388, John married Margery. (S) Proc. of Suffolk Inst. of Arch., V6, 1888, P233.

9/1393, Margery’s father died; succeeded by her uncle Sir Richard de Sutton.

2/4/1395, William Daunbury to … all his lands in Essex … Witnesses: John Walton, … (S) CCRs.

4/7/1396, Margery’s uncle Richard de Sutton died. His 12-year-old son Thomas (b.1384) the heir.

4/26/1398, Commission to John Walton, Robert Knyvet, John Costantyn … the king,—wishing to be more fully informed as to the willingness and consent of the commonalty of his lieges of the county of Essex to the payment of a sum of 2000 marks … to expound and declare the premises, and certain other matters contained in the said letters, to his lieges of the county of Essex in full county court and elsewhere within the county at suitable times and places … (S) CFRs.

1404, Essex assize record and process, John Boys and others vs. John Walton of Mucking, Essex. (S) UKNA.

5/12/1406, Wheras John Walton of Wyvenho and Richard Walton of Wyveno lately acquired 4 messuages … in Berghole, held of the king in chief as in socage, from John Boys in fee … (S) CPRs.

By 1409, John and Margery died.

(S) The Manors of Suffolk, V6, 1910. (S) Hist. of Essex, V4, 1956, Stapleford Abbots.

Child of John and Margery:

i. Richard Walton, born ? in England.

5/20/1409, Writ for IPM of Richard Walton. Suffolk: East Bergholt, 1 messuage, … Stratford St. Mary, the manor of Overhall … He died on 21 May last. Joan wife of John son of John Howard, knight, is his sister and next heir, aged 22 years and more. Essex: … Maldon and Woodham Mortimer, 8 messuages, 7 shops, … Purleigh, Mundon and Hazeleigh, 3 messuages, … Woodham Ferrers, 1 messuage, … Stapleford Abbots, the manor called Battles, and the manor in Navestock and Stapleford called Albyns, jointly with John son of John de Boys, Thomas Martell, …, who are still living, …. Battles manor is held of John Howard, knight, of the honour of Montfichet as 1 knight’s fee, annual value £6 13s.4d.; … (S) CIsPM.

ii. Joan Walton (1901415), born ~1390 in Suffolk, England.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Lord Thomas Chelrey & Elizabeth ?

3802294. Lord Thomas Chelrey & 3802295. Elizabeth ?

1350, Thomas Childrey born in England, s/o 7604588. Edmund Chelrey & 7604589. Lucy ?.

~1356, Elizabeth born in London, England. [Elizabeth inherited 9 shops and rents in London. Possibly the daughter of Roger Long, vintner of London. Elizabeth also had an inheritance from the Polhampton family of Hampshire.]

By 4/1372, Thomas heir to his father.

4/24/1372, Order to William Auncell, escheator in the counties of Oxford and Berks, to deliver to Thomas, son and heir of Edmund de Chelreye, the lands late of his said father ; as the king has taken his homage and fealty. (S) CFRs.

1373, Thomas loaned Thomas de la Mare £200.

By 1374, Thomas was heir to his younger brother Edmund.

3/22/1375, … petition of John Cohere of Boxore and Joan his wife, by mainprise of Thomas Chelreye of Berkshire … the said Thomas and the others, appearing in person in chancery, have mainpemed under a pain of £20. (S) CCRs.

4/1375, Writing of Joan late the wife of Edmund de Chelreye  the younger [Thomas’ younger brother, deceased] in her widowhood, being a quitclaim to Thomas de Chelreye of all lands, rents and services which the said Thomas held in the towns of Wokefeld Banastre and Silhampstede. (S) CCRs.

[––Thomas & Elizabeth––]

By 1375, Thomas married Elizabeth.

1376, Thomas a mainperner of Adam Louches, knight of Oxfordshire.

1377, 1382, Thomas Chelrey executor for Roger Long of London.

6/21/1377, Richard II, age 10, son of the Black Prince, succeeded Edward III as King of England.

1377-79, Thomas on a commission of peace for Berkshire.

1380, Thomas on a commission of oyer and terminer for Hampshire.

1378, 1385, Thomas on a commissioner of array for Berkshire.

4/29/1385, Commission, in view of imminent invasion by the French, … to array all men-at-arms … the signs called ‘Bekyns’ are to be placed in the accustomed spots to warn the people of the coming of the enemy … Thomas de Chelrey, … in the county of Berks. (S) CPRs.

1388, Thomas exchanged land in Westcote for land in Childrey.

7/28/1388, Commission of oyer and terminer … Thomas Chelrey, upon complaint of Thomas de Faryngdon of Fernham that … co. Berks … (S) CPRs.

1389, Thomas on a commission of peace for Berkshire.

1390, Thomas represented Berkshire in parliament.

1390, Matthew Gourney and Philippa his wife to retain the manor of Currey Malet … Thomas Chelrey, … to retain the other half … (S) Lists and Indexes, V22, 1906, P646.

1391, Thomas was sub-Treasurer of England.

5/14/1393, Commission of oyer and terminer … Thomas Chelrey, … bondmen … rebelliously withdraw their services … with poser to imprison all adjudged before them … (S) CPRs.

5/31/1398, Appointment of Richard, bishop of Slaisbury, Ralph Cheyne, knight, … and Thomas Chelrey, to examine the government of the priory of the nuns of Ambresbury, … (S) CPRs.

9/30/1399, Henry IV succeeded Richard II as King of England. [Richard II died a prisoner in the Tower.]

1401, John Latton granted the manor of Upton Russels to Thomas Chelrey, his wife Elizabeth, and his heirs. (S) CPRs.

1403, Thomas the steward for the estates of William de Wykeham, bishop of Winchester.

7/24/1403, Thomas mentioned in the will of William, bishop of Winchester. (S) Testamenta Vetusta, 1826, P763.

1404, Thomas a tax collector.

2/15/1405, Licence, for 6 marks … by Thomas Chelrey the elder … for him to grant the manor of Balateston, co. Berks, held in chief, to Thomas Chelrey his son and Elizabeth his wife and the heirs of their bodies. (S) CPRs.

1405, Thomas settled the manor of Balsdon in Kintbury on his son Thomas and his wife Elizabeth. [Thomas junior died before his father.]

1405-06, Thomas represented Berkshire in parliament.

2/27/1406, Thomas on a commission of peace in Berkshire. (S) CPRs.

12/16/1406, Commission to William Roos of Hamelak, … Thomas Chelrey, … to audit the accounts of Thomas, lord of Furnyvall, … king appointed … treasurers of his wars, … (S) CPRs.

2/13/1407, Thomas on a commission of peace in Berkshire. (S) CPRs.

10/30/1407, Thomas died holding 6 manors and many large pieces of lands.

11/5/1407, Writ for IPM of Thomas Chelrey. Berkshire: He held jointly with Elizabeth his wife … Upton Moels manor … Childrey, a manor … West Hagbourne, 1 manor, 12 messuages, … [multiple properties] … He died on 30 Oct. last. Elizabeth wife of John Kyngeston, one daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth, aged 30 years and more, Sybil another daughter aged 6 years and more, and Elizabeth daughter of Thomas Caleston and Joan his wife, another daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth, aged 9 years and more, are his next heirs. (S) CIsPM.


Elizabeth married 2nd Thomas de la Pole.

12/16/1411, Elizabeth died: her heirs her granddaughter Elizabeth, d/o Joan – deceased; Elizabeth, wife of John Kyngeston, and Sybil a minor.

1/28/1412, Writ for IPM of Elizabeth widow of Thomas de la Pole, Knight. London: She held in her demesne as of fee of the king in free burgage, as all London is held: St. Mary Magdalen Milk Street parish, half of 4 shops … 2 shops with solars, …, half of 3 shops with solars, …, half a tenement called ‘le Keyes’ outside Bishopsgate. She died on 16 Dec. last. Elizabeth wife of John Kyngeston, knight, one daughter, Elizabeth (950573) daughter of Thomas Calston and Joan (1901147) his wife, second daughter, and Sibyl the third daughter are her heirs. Bedford … Herford … Berkshire … (S) CIsPM.

[––Post Mortem––]

2/17/1412, Commitment to Thomas Brounflete, ' chivaler,' and John Halle of the county of Sussex of the keeping of all the lands in the counties of Berks, Hertford and London which belonged to Thomas Chelrey and Elizabeth his wife, … by reason of the minority of Sibyl, one of their daughters and heirs, and of Elizabeth, the daughter of Thomas Calston and Joan late his wife, a second daughter and heir of the said Thomas Chelrey and Elizabeth … together with the marriage of Sibyl, … (S) CFRs.

7/10/1412, Order to the escheator in the county of Berks … inquisition made by him showing that Elizabeth late the wife of Thomas de la Pole, ' chivaler,' on the day of her death held (1), for term of her life with reversion to the heirs of Thomas Chelrey, in Upton, a manor called ' Russels ' ; in Chelrey, a manor called ' Frethornes' together with the advowson of the church of the said town and the advowson of the chantiy of St. Mary in the said church, 30s. 5d. of rent, … [many properties] … in her demesne as of fee tail, by a certain gift made to her and the said Thomas Chelrey her late husband … [more properties] … Elizabeth the wife of John Kyngeston, ' chivaler,' one of the daughters of the said Thomas Chelrey and Elizabeth his wife, Elizabeth the daughter of Thomas Calston and Joan his late wife, the second daughter of the said Thomas Chelrey and Elizabeth, and Sibyl their third daughter, are the next heirs of the said Thomas Chelrey and Elizabeth his wife, Elizabeth wife of John being of full age and Elizabeth daughter of Thomas, and Sibyl, being minors;—to make a partition of the premises into 3 equal parts, take the fealty of the said John Kyngeston … Order to the escheator of Hertford … the manor of Puteriggbury, which the said Elizabeth wife of Thomas held for life with reversion to the heirs of Thomas Chelrey her late husband, … the manor of Hokewelle, which the said Elizabeth likewise held for life with reversion to the heirs of the said Thomas and Elizabeth … Order to the escheator of the city of London … a moiety of 4 shops with cellars and sollars in the parish of St. Mary agdalene of Milkestrete, a moiety of 2 shops with sollars in the same parish, and a moiety of 40s. of quit rent issuing from the tenement …, a moiety of 3 shops in the parish of St. Mary Wolchirche, and a moiety of a tenement, clled ' Le Keyes,' without Byschoppesgate in the suburb of the said city … (S) CFRs.

(S) A Hist. of the Co. of Hereford, V3, 1912. (S) A Hist. of the Co. of Berkshire, V3, 1923. (S) Social Mobility in the 14th Century, Jeffries, 1976.

Children of Thomas and Elizabeth:

i. Elizabeth Chelrey, born 1376 in England.

Elizabeth married John Kyngston.

ii. Joan Chelrey (1901147), born ~1380 in England. [Coheir]

iii. Sybil Chelrey, born 1397 in England.

Sybil married Thomas Beckingham.

1428, Sybil living.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Lord Laurence Calston & Felicia de Combe

3802292. Lord Laurence Calston & 3802293. Felicia de Combe

1329, Felicia’s father died [likely before she was born], her brother Richard the heir.

1/24/1327, Edward III, age 14, succeeded Edward II as King of England.

By 1330, Felicia, born in England, d/o 7604586. Richard de Combe & 7604587. Matilda de London.

~1330, Laurence de Calestone, born in England, s/o 7604584. Roger Calston & 7604585. Joan de St. Martin.

Bef. 1331, Felicia’s mother died.

6/1349, The Plague reached Dorset, and had spread across England by the end of 1349.

1/1355, Feoffment by Lawrence de Calston, son of Roger, to Sir Lawrence de Sancto Martino, knight [Laurence’s uncle], … lands in Litlecote and Somerfelde, … (S) A Descriptive Catalouge of Ancient Deeds, 1906, P548.

1357, Laurence’s brother John died. [1365, John’s heir his daughter Agnes (b.1344).]

Felicia died before Laurence. [No records of dower …]

9/1385, Laurence, lord of Littlecote, died; his son Thomas heir to his granduncle Laurence de St. Martin [born 1319 after his father’s death], brother of this Laurence’s mother Joan.

Family notes:

·         Aft. 1390, Felicia’s descendents heirs to her father after her brother’s children died.

(S) A Hist. of the Co. of Hampshire, V4, 1911. (S) CPRs, 1/28/1444. (S) Wiltshire Notes and Queries, 1913.

Child of Laurence and Felicia:

i. Thomas Calston (1901146), born ~1360 in England.