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Monday, September 5, 2011

Lord Thomas de Felton & Lady Joan Walkfare

15211422. Lord Thomas de Felton & 15211423. Lady Joan Walkfare

~1310, Thomas born in England.

~1335, Joan born in Norfolk, England, d/o 30422846. Richard de Walkfare.

2/1/1327 at Westminster, Edward III, age 14, crowned king of England.

1332, Sir Thomas de Felton granted £40 per year to Richard de Lambeth, citizen of London.

8/26/1346, Thomas, and his nephew, Lord William de Felton, at the battle of Crecy with the Prince of Wales.

8/26/1346, The Battle of Crecy, north of Paris. Edward III vs. Philip VI, heralded the rise of the longbow as the dominant weapon, and also saw the use of the ribauldequin, an early cannon, by the English. The English longbowmen could fire much more quickly than the Genoese, with a killing range of 250 yards. A decisive victory, a third of the French forces lost [mainly to arrows] to less than 100 Englishmen, this started the decline in importance of the mounted knight, and the rise of England as a European power.

1347, Thomas at the siege of Calais

8/1347, Calais fell when King Philip failed to support their siege and retreated.

4/15/1353 at London, Debtor: Thomas de Felton, knight, of Norfolk [family held parts of fees in Litcham, in Launditch Hundred, and in Wilby in Shropham Hundred, and a fee in Banham in Guiltcross Hundred. Amount: £40. (S) UKNA.

[––Thomas & Joan––]

~1355, Thomas married Joan acquiring the reversion of Gelham-Hall on the death of her father. (S) Ess. Tow’s Topo. Hist. of Norfolk, V8, 1808, Dersingham.

1356, Edmund de Creting sold the reversion of the manor of Barrow to Sir Thomas de Felton.

9/19/1356, Thomas at the battle of Poitiers.

9/19/1356, Battle of Poitiers in France. Edward, the Black Prince, defeated a larger French and allied army led by King John II of France, leading to the capture of the French king, his son, and much of the French nobility. By treaty, England was permitted to annex much of western France. In addition, France would pay a ransom of 4 million ├ęcus for the king.

1357, The reversion of Felton manor sold by Sir Edmund Creting to Thomas.

5/8/1360, Thomas a signer of the Treaty of Brittany. (S) DNB, P424.

2/18/1361, Whereas Thomas de Felton acquired in fee … for good service done by Thomas to him and his son Edward, prince of Whales … entirely dischard the premises of all sums of money. (S) CPRs.

1362, “Thomas de Feltone chyvaler” given free warren in his manor of Barrow.

2/8/1363, Power for the bps. of Santes and Sarlat, Thomas de Felton, seneschal of Aquitaine, and … to deliver the confirmation of the treaty to the K. of Castile, and to receive his confirmation. (S) Syllabus, 1869, P426.

1363, Thomas granted free warren for his manor of Felton.

1363, Sir William de Ingaldesthorp and Alianore his wife settled the manor of Wilby, co Norfolk, on Sir Thomas de Felton, knt., during the life of the said Alianore.

9/1363, Thomas, steward of the prince’s household, and Joan his wife, granted a portable altar for 6 years.

6/10/1364, Pardon to Thomas de Felton, knight, seneschal of Aquitaine, for acquiring in fee from William de Morlee, knight, the manor of Asalaby, co. Lincoln. (S) CPRs.

3/18/1366, To Thomas de Felton, knight, and Joan his wife, of the diocese of Norwich. Indult to have a portable altar. (S) Cal. of Papal Reg’s, V4, 1902, Regesta 255.

4/1366, Thomas created a Knight of the Garter.

9/23/1366, Thomas witnessed a deed by which Peter K. of Castile granted to Edward III that he should lead his vanguard against the king of Granada [who was a Moor.]

4/3/1367, Thomas at the battle of Najera in the vanguard of the Black Prince. (S) Chronicles, Given-Wison, 2004, P102. [Thomas’ nephew William was killed a month earlier at Alava.]

4/3/1367, John of Gaunt, joined with the Black Prince, crossed the Pyrenees mountains in winter, and won the battle of Najara, Spain. The English were supporting Pedro the Cruel of Castile, who was returned to the throne. An estimated 16,000 soldiers died in the battle.

10/5/1367, Thomas granted the castle, town, and lordship of Haverford for life.

1/30/1370, Thomas and Joan granted Kirton in Lindsey, co. Lincolnshire.

2/4/1370, Joan’s father died.

4/7/1371, To John, duke of Gerona, eldes son of Peter, king of Aragon. … the pope has written to prevent the duel between Thomas de Felton and Raymon de Calciata, lord of Puycornet, knights. (S) Cal. of Entries in the Papal Registers, V4, 1902, P93.

1372, Thomas joint-Governor of Aquitaine.

3/6/1373, Thomas de felton “fut monne seneschal”. (S) Archives Municipals de Bordeaux.

3/15/1373, Power for Thomas de Felton, seneschal of Aquitain, Robert de Rous, mayor of Bourdeaux, and 2 others to negotiate with Peter K. of Arragon. (S) Syllabus, 1869, P464.

1373, A a fine was levied between Sir Arnold Savage, Sir Nicholas Gernun, Sir William Wingfeld, Knts. &c. querents, and Sir Thomas Felton, Knight of the Garter, deforciant, of the manors of Dersingham, and Ingaldesthorp. [These held by Joan’s father in 1361.]

3/6/1374, Thomas Commander in Bordeaux. (S) Histoire de Bordeaux, Bernadau, 1839, P323. [Thomas was left behind as seneschal when the Duke of Lancaster withdrew from Aquitaine.]

1375, Thomas, seneschal of Aquitain, empowered to treat with the king of Navarre, and the earl of Fois.

1376, Receipt by Raymond de Mount Alt, lord of Missenden, for 500 gold nobles in the name of Sir Thomas de Felton. (S) UKNA.

1377, Thomas had Guillaume de Pommiers beheaded for treason.

1377, Thomas taken prisoner attempting to lift the siege of Bergerac by the Duke of Anjou.

7/13/1377, Richard II, age 10, crowned king of England.

1378, Joan, the wife of Thomas de Felton, asks the king to have pity on her husband, imprisoned by the king’s enemies in Aquitaine, while on his service there, and requests that the Count of St Pol, imprisoned in England, might not be ransomed or set free until her husband is freed, but rather held in the same way as the enemy holds him. (S) UKNA. [The king made of grant of 30,000 francs towards his ransom, as well as giving him William de Bordes, a French prisoner, to help with the ransom.]

1380, Thomas de Felton, Knt. and Joan his wife, held Wylby manor.

3/12/1381, Thomas de Felton requests the grant of a safe-conduct to William des Bordes his prisoner to travel through Aquitaine so that he can make arrangements for the payment of his ransom. (S) UKNA.

4/26/1381, “Mons' Thomas de Felton” died.

5/12/1381, Writ for IPM of Thomas de Felton, ‘chilvaler’ in Norfolk and Suffolk; Lincoln ; Cambridge. (S) CFRs.


1381, Joan de Felton, widow of Thomas de Felton asks the King of Castile and Leon, Duke of Lancaster, to pray to the king that she has livery of her lands etc., and that he should consider the great oppressions and hardships that Thomas de Felton endured in the king's service, including imprisonment. … She states that the addressee's father and the present king were obliged to Felton in £10,359 15s 6d, as appears in his accounts. (S) UKNA.

1383, Joan, widow of Sir Thomas de Felton, knight, gave the king 10 marks for a licence to grant the manor of Fordham, county Cambridge, to trustees to hold to herself for life, and then to her daughter Mary de Felton, nun at St. Clare’s abbey, near Aldgate, London, with remainder to Thomas, son of Edmund de Hengrave, knight, in fee simple.

1384, Joan widow of Sir Thomas de Feltone, Knight, grants in fee-farm to …, her manor of Great Ryburgh, formerly of Richard Walkefare, Knight, with the advowson, and the Manor of Little Ryburgh, … with the services, courts, moors, turbaries, fisheries, warrens, &c., … and in the vills of Little Snoryngg, Stybirde, Bentre, Gatelee, Geyst, Brysele, Penesthorp, Puddyngnorton, and Colkyrke, … rendering to the said Joan for term of her life in the church of St. Clare next Aldgate, London, 80 marks yearly. (S) Manuscripts of Rye and Hereford Corp’s, 1892, 13th Rpt., App. Pt.4.

6/1384, IPM of Richard Walkefare, knight. Norfolk: … Thomas de Felton, knight, deceased, and Joan his wife, who is still living, have had possession of the manors and received the issues of Dersyngham, since 1375, and Riburgh, since 1373. (S) CIsPM. [IPM likely on the death of Joan’s stepmother.]

1384-85, A fine was levied between Joan, widow of Sir Thomas Felton, and Sir John L'Estrange, Knt. and Alianore his wife (Joan’s sister), daughter of Sir Richard Walkfare, of Dersingham, and Ingaldesthorp, who for £500 conveyed the same to the Lady Joan. (S) Ess. Tow’s Topo. Hist. of Norfolk, V7, 1807, Ryburg Magna.

1385, The prior and convent of Walsingham gave £100 to acquire from Joan manors to endow a chantry for the soul of the said Joan, of her husband Sir Thomas de Felton, and of their son Thomas de Felton.

2/8/1391, Joan, lady of Aslacby, paid 20 marks to enfeoff trustees with the manor of Aslakby … remainder to Dame Sibyl de Morle, nun of the abbey of Berkyng, then to Thomas de Morle, knight [Sibyl’s son] and his heirs. (S) UKNA.

1396, Joan, relict of Sir Thomas, put in trust for herself, and after her decease to Sir John Curson and daughter Mary. [Only 2 daughters surviving.]

1397-98, Joan late the wife of Thomas de Felton, knight, to grant messuages and land in the parishes of St. Olave, Old Jewry, and St. Mary Staining to the abbess and convent of Barking. London. (S) UKNA.

10/13/1399, Henry IV crowned king of England.

1407, Joan, widow of Sir Thomas, holding Aslacy for life, remainder to Edmund de Stafford, bishop of Exeter, … for the life of Sybilla de Felton, abbess of Barking.

1408, … Manor of Great Ryburg, which Joan widow of Sir Thomas Felton, knight, holds for life … (S) Report of the Royal Commission, I-13, Pt4, 1892, P426.

9/12/1408, Quitclaim by Joan widow of Thomas de Felton knight to Sir Thomas de Erpingham and others of her right in manors at Easthall, Stanhohalle and Felton called Netherhalle in Litcham and land and right to dower in Litcham. (S) UKNA.

Joan died, buried at the abbey of Barking.

(S) Gen. Memoris of the Extinct Family of Chester of Chicheley, Waters, 1878. (S) The Hist. & Antiq’s of Sufflolk, Thingoe Hundred, Gage, 1838. (S) A History of Northumberland, 1904, P120.

Family notes:

·         Thomas, Joan, and daughters Mary and Sybilla buried near St. Hildithe’s shrine in Barking church.

·         1468, Sir John Curson, “consanguineo et haredi Thomas de Felton”, free warren in Barrow …

Children of Thomas and Joan: [3 daughters]

i. Mary de Felton, born ? in England.

Mary married Edmund de Hemegrave.

1362, Edmund de Hemegrave, knight, to grant the manor of Fordham to Edmund his son and Mary daughter of Thomas de Felton, knight, for their lives. (S) UKNA.

1374, Edmund died overseas.

Mary married 2nd Sir John Curson of Becks Hall, Norfolk.

ii. Sibyl de Felton, born ? in England.

Sibyll married Sir Thomas Morley.

Thomas died before Sibyl.

7/23/1381, Order to remove the king's hand and meddle no further with the manor of Aslakby … delivering any issues thereof taken since the death of Thomas de Felton knight to Joan late his wife and Sibyl their daughter … he has taken the fealty of Joan and Sibyl. (S) CCRs.

1404, Sibilla the abbess of Barking.

iii. Eleanor de Felton (7605711), born 1361 in England.