9994832. Thomas de Berkeley & 9994833. Joan de Somery
~1175, Thomas born in England, s/o 19989664. Maurice FitzRobert FitzHarding & 1998966. Alice de Berkeley.
11/3/1189, Richard I crowned king of England.
~1190, Joan born in England, d/o 973530512. Ralph de Someri & 973530513. Margaret Crassus.
5/27/1199, John crowned king of England.
10/28/1216, Henry III, age 9, crowned king of England.
1219-20, Witnesses: Sir Nicholas Poinz, Sir Hugh his son, Sir Adam son of Nigel, Sir Thomas de Berkeley, … (S) UKNA.
5/1220, Thomas heir to his older brother Robert.
8/9/1220, Thomas of Berkeley, brother and heir of Robert of Berkeley , owes the king £100 for his relief of the lands formerly of Robert, and he has given the king surety at Oxford for the relief. (S) FRsHIII.
1220-43, Thomas de Berkeley, at the request of Thomas de Tyringeham, has granted to Hugh his freedom, … For this Thomas de Tyringeham has given to Thomas de Berkeley 3 marks and a measure of wine, and to Joan his wife 4s. (S) UKNA.
1221, Thomas with the King Henry III at the siege of Byham castle.
1221, Thomas granted to William Briwerre the marriage of his son and heir Maurice, on condition that he would be married to the daughter of Richard FitzRoy and Rose of Dover. Rose was a granddaughter of Briwerre; she brought the barony of Chilham to FitzRoy. [This settlement was because Thomas had previously agreed to marry one of William’s daughters.] It was also agreed that Briwerre would acquit Thomas of 200 marks which he owed to the king, and that Thomas would make over to Briwerre his manors of Portbury and Arlingham for a term of 15 years.
1222-3, Thomas granted livery of the castle of Berkely and the town. The King had as “pledges” [aka hostages], 2 of Thomas’ sisters sons “soe that by it noe damage should arise to the King.”
1224, Thomas received 20 marks annually as Keeper of Berkeley Castle.
1224, Thomas came to an arrangement with the Exchequer to repay the debts of himself and his late brother at £80 a year.
Bef. 1230, Thomas recovered 3 Somerset hundreds from his cousin Maurice de Gaunt.
9/20/1230, The king has committed the hundreds of Bedminster, Hartcliffe and Portbury , which Maurice de Gant held of Thomas of Berkeley , to William [de] Putot. (S) FRsHIII.
11/2/1233, To Thomas de Berkele. The king is sending into his parts Emericus de Sacy together with some other knights to keep the peace of those parts … (S) CPRs.
11/10/1233, Mandate to Thomas de Berkele to deliver his castle of Berkele to Emericus de Sacy and his fellows. (S) CPRs.
Aft. 1/18/1234, Thomas received the dower lands of his brother’s wife Lucy.
5/26/1236, Sir Thomas de Berkeley and St. Augustine's Abbey. Settlement of suit between them concerning the tithes of pannage, fisheries and mills, and concerning the manor of Arlingham, the land of Bray, the land of Lorewinge, … Witnesses: …, Sir Henry de Berkele, Sir William de Berkeley, Maurice son of Maurice de Berkeley, … (S) UKNA.
1236, Thomas at parliament when the issue of inheritance of children born before marriage was addressed.
7/26/1236, From Thomas of Berkeley , of his fine for licence to make concord with the abbot of St. Augustine’s, Bristol , 50 m. (S) FRsHIII.
1238, Thomas de Berkelay, son of Sir Thomas de Berkeley, … Thomas has granted to the abbey all his wood in the manor of Symundeshale, …; doing the services to Sir Thomas de Berkeley, his father, as in his charter to Thomas the younger, viz. 8d. at Christmas each year for the souls of Thomas his father and Joan his mother. (S) UKNA.
11/29/1243, Thomas “the Observer” died; buried at St. Augustines, Bristol.
5/12/1244, Covenant for lease from Dom. Maurice de Berkele to Perte de Wike … excepting the portion of land which belongs to his mother, Joan de Berkele, by right of dower. (S) Desriptivie Catalogue of The Charters …, Berke, 1892, P95.
1244, Joan, Lady of Watton [her residence] and her sister Margery sought an assize of novel disseizin at Gloucester against her son Maurice.
7/29/1252, Joan of Berkeley gives the king 20s. of gold for a charter to have a warren, market and fair, which she is to pay in his Wardrobe … Later, she paid those 20s. of gold in the king’s Wardrobe at the aforesaid term and is quit. (S) FRsHIII.
8/2/1252 at Woodstock, Grant by Hen. III. to Joan de Berkeley, for life, and Maurice de Berkeley her son, of free warren in their manors of Wotton and Kamme, a weekly market at Wotton on Fridays, and a yearly fair of three days. (S)
A Descriptive Catalogue of Ancient Deeds: V1, 1890.
7/8/1253, Simple protection for seven years, for Margery de Sumery [Joan’s niece.]. The like for Joan de Berkele. (S) CPRs.
1255, Joan and her son Maurice entertained King Henry III at Berkeley castle.
1256, Dosthill, here first called a manor, was held in dower by Joan de Berkele of the inheritance of Robert de Grendon as ½ knight's fee. (S) A History of the County of Warwick, V4, 1947.
3/23/1274, IPM of Thomas fitz Otto: Gloucester … All the service which the said Thomas owed … are assigned to Dame Joan de Berkele in the name of her dower. (S) The Index Library, V30, 1903, P90.
Bef. 1276, “Joan de Berkeley [Joan de (Somery), widow of Thomas Lord Berkeley … Joan has quitclaimed to the abbey whatever she has in the manor of Oslewrth … Witnesses: Sir Maurice de Berkeley, Joan's son, …” (S) UKNA.
(S) Plantagenet Ancestry, P96. (S) Berkeley Manuscripts: Abstracts and Extracts, Fosbroke, 1821. (S) UKNA, Berkeley Castle Muniments.
· Thomas was a witness to multiple charters of King John.