Family histories with citations for reference and research -- Searching: I use original spellings from various sources. -- "It is a revered thing to see an ancient castle not in decay; how much more to behold an ancient family which has stood against the waves and weathers of time!" - Francis Bacon.
~1290, Roger born in England, s/o §William Hillary & Agnes ?.
~1310, Katherine born in England, d/o 11820438. John de Sutton & 11820439. Margaret de Somery.
2/25/1308, Edward II crowned king of England.
1310, Roger a court attorney.
1321, Roger married Katherine.
10/15/1323, Commission of oyer and terminer to … and Roger Hillary, on complaint by the abbot of Burton upon Trent … Aldulvestre, co. Warwick, and besieged his dwelling houses there … (S) CPRs.
1324, Roger made a Serjeant-at-law.
1325, Roger and his brother Richard were procurators for the abbot of Coventry in parliament.
2/1/1327 at Westminster, Edward III, age 14, crowned king of England.
1327, Roger added to his property the Manor of Fisherwick near Lichfield.
12/26/1327, Ratification of a demise by John, lord of Benteleye, to Roger son of William Hillary, the king’s serjeant, and to Katherine, his wife, of his mill at Benteleye, … by the service of a rose at Midsummer. (S) CPRs.
1329–37, Roger, Chief Justice of the Irish Court of Common Pleas.
1331, Assizes taken at Lychfeld, before Henry de Hambury and Roger Hillary. (S) Plea rolls for Staffordshire.
1332, Roger tasked with investigating Breakers of the Kings Peace in Staffordshire.
1335, Roger appointed to investigate the activities of administrators in the West Midlands.
3/18/1337, Roger became a justice of the English Court of Common Pleas.
5/18/1337, Roger one of 20 knighted when the Black Prince was made duke of Cornwall.
8/1338, Roger tasked with enquiring as to the fate of the jewels and plate of Edmund FitzAlan, 9th Earl of Arundel, who had been executed in 1326.
9/1338, Proceedings of an assize taken at Stafford before William deShareshull and Roger Hillary. (S) Plea Rolls for Staffordshire, 1890.
6/6/1339, Between Roger Hillary and Katherine his wife, complainants, and Ralph Pauncefot and Eustachia, his wife, deforciants of 30s. of rent in West Bromwich. (S) Staffordshire Fines, V11, 1890.
1340, Roger worked as a tax assessor and collector in Worcestershire and Gloucestershire.
1/18/1341, Roger made Chief Justice of the Common Pleas replacing Sir John Stonore.
5/9/1342, Roger replaced by John Stonore as chief justice.
6/4/1342, Roger again assigned as a justice to the court of Common Pleas.
1344, Roger part of a special commission investigating the demands of the House of Commons in return for granting a tax.
5/4/1344, Grant, of special grace, to Roger Hillary and his heirs of free warren in all their demesne lands in the towns of Walleshale, Russhale, [17 listed] … co. Stafford, and of Erdyngton and Stretton on the Foss, co. Warwick. (S) Calendar of Charter Rolls.
1344, Roger Hillary, chevalier, and John his son v. John de Louches of Gersyngdon of two parts of the manor of Bergholt. (S) Suffolk Fines.
2/13/1345, Roger Hillary granted licence to crenellate his dwelling-house of Berkmondescote, Staffordshire (West Midlands). (S) The Castle Studies Group Journal, No. 20: 2006-7.
1345, The law courts became permanently established in London [they had traveled with the King.] (S) The Wars of the Roses, Weir, 1995, P22.
1348, The Black Death entered the west countryside of England [likely entering through Bristol].
1348, Roger appointed a justice for an Eyre in Kent [which never took place].
6/15/1349, Gift by John Marchys of Bloxwych … Witnesses: Roger Hillary, knight and son Roger, Robert Hillary, … (S) UKNA.
1351, Roger tasked with enforcing the Statute of Labourers in Worcestershire.
2/20/1354, Roger reappointed as Chief Justice of the Common Pleas.
1356, Roger, knt,Chief Justice, wrote his will: My body to be buried in the Church of All Saints in Walsale; to Katharine, my wife; to Margaret, wife of Roger my son ; to Roger de Onley and Eleanor his wife; to William my father; to Agnes my mother; to Roger my uncle; to John, Richard, and Robert, my brothers; I appoint my wife, my sons, and John de Aston, my executors. (S) Testamenta Vetusta, Nicolas, P61.
Bef. 6/27/1357, Roger, Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, of Bescot in Walsall and Fisherwick, Staffordshire and Stretton, Warwickshire died.
(S) Oxford DNB. (S) The Judges of England, V3, Foss, P443.
Child of Roger and Katherine: i. Joan Hillary (2955109), born ~1330 in England.