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Friday, June 27, 2014
Bond 2097252 Gorges-Beauchamp
2097252. Thomas Gorges & 2097253.
~1370, Thomas born in England, 3rd
s/o 4194504.Theobald de Gorges & 4194505. Agnes de Wyke.
~1370, Agnes born in Lillesdon, Somerset,
England, d/o 4194506. John Beauchamp
& 4194507. Joan Bridport.
Richard II succeeded Edward III as King of England.
Aft. 4/1380, Thomas’ father Theobald
died, leaving his eldest brother Ralph, a minor, the heir.
1382, Ralph died.
1/3/1383, Commission to Ralph Seymour, Hugh
Cheyne, … to arrest and bring before the council Bartholomew, brother and heir
of Ralph Gorges, son and heir of Theobald Gorges, knight, tenant in chief, the
said Ralph having lately attained his majority, but having died before having
livery of his lands, and the marriage of Bartholomew, by reason of his
minority, belonging to the king. (S) CPRs.
6/20/1384, Appointment … knights, … John
Mautravers, … to re-seize Bartholomew, son and heir of Theobald Gorges, knight,
tenant in chief, into the hands of the king, … certain evildoers have abducted
him from John de Croft, in whose custody he was by the king’s grant, to restore
the said heir … and to arrest and bring the offenders before the king and
council. (S) CPRs.
Aft. 1388, Agnes' father died.
1395-96, Bartholomew died leaving his brother
Thomas as heir.
6/6/1397, Appointment of Thomas Berkeley
of Berkeley, knight, Peter Courtenay, … and John Moign, knights for the
assignment of dower to Elizabeth, late the wife of Bartholomew Gorges, knight,
tenant in chief, from his lands in Somerset and Dorset, according to the extent
made or if necessary according to another to be made in the presence of Thomas
Gorges, brother and heir of Bartholomew. (S) CPRs.
Henry IV succeeded Richard II as King of England.
11/15/1400, Thomas’ mother died. (S) CIsPM.
2/16/1401, Order to the escheator in the
county of Devon [and Dorset and Somerset], … Agnes late the wife of Theobald
Gorges held on the day of her death in dower of the inheritance of Thomas
Gorges, who is of full age, brother and heir of Bartholomew Gorges the son and
heir of Theobald, a third part of the manor of Braunton Gorges, co. Devon, of
the king in chief by service of rendering 3 barbed arrows to the king or his
heirs when they hunt in the forest of Exmoor, and by fealty, for all services,
to cause the said Thomas to have full seisin of the said third part, as the
king has taken his fealty due therefor and for other lands and tenements. … (S)
Cal. of the Fine Rolls.
1403-4/17/1404, Thomas died, seized of
the manor of Wraxall, Somerset. “Assignment for the expenses of the household
of all issues from all lands late of Thomas Gorges, deceased.” (S) CPRs.
By 11/1406, Agnes, widow of Thomas Gorges
of Wraxall, married 2nd Thomas Norton ‘junior.’ (S) Feet of Fines
3/20/1413, Henry V succeeded Henry IV as King of England.
1419, Agnes Gorges, sister of Sir Thomas
Beauchamp, relict of Thomas Norton, and Thomas Gorges, Esquires, wrote her will;
buried in the Church of Saint Werburgh, Bristol. (S) Proceedings of Clifton
Antiquarian Club, V4, 1900, P242.
10/8/1419, Agnes died holding Wraxall in
dower, which reverted to her son Theobald. [Preserved at the Wraxall Rectory.]
11/2/1419, IPM at Somerset of Agnes,
widow of Thomas Norton, esquire: Thomas Beauchamp, knight, … the manor and
advowson of Wraxall with the hamlet of Nailsea, member of the manor, in their
demesne as of fee, and gave them to Agnes
widow of Thomas Gorges, with remainder to their heirs male and his right
heirs. She died holding in fee tail and they descend to Theobald Gorges,
son and heir of Thomas. They are held of Edward Courtenay, earl of Devon, by
knight service, annual value £50. She died 8 Oct. last. Theobald her son and heir is aged
15 years and more.
(S) History and Antiquities of the County
of Somerset, V3, Collinson, 1791, P157. (S) Collections for a Parochial History
of Wraxall, Master, 1900, P13.
Will of Agnes: In the Name of God Amen.
On the twentieth day of the month of August 1419. I, Agnes late the wife of
Thomas Gorges, in my pure widowhood being of sound mind and good memory, make
my will in this manner, … to be buried in the Church of Saint Werburgh Bristol.
… Also I bequeath in aid of the repair of one window in the Chancel of the
Church of All Saints Wraxall in the County of Somerset, … one aisle called the Northyle
in the church of All Sains Wraxall … souls of Thomas Gorges, & Thomas
Norton my husbands … to my son Theobald a gold brooch wrought with an angel, a
gold ring with a stone called a diamond, a silver cup and cover wrought with a
boss, on this condition that the aforesaid Theobald should be a friend and
helper to my executors in fulfilling my last wish ; … my executors may have
control of the aforesaid bequests … to … Theobald, until he be married. … to my
son William a gold brooch … a gold ring … William be married, or shall come of
full age … my daughter Isabella, for her marriage to some man of suffciency and
honour xv marks of silver, one pair of beads of gold, a brooch of gold, a gold
chain … all my pearls … for hoods … six veils … until the aforesaid Isabella
shall be honourably married, … to Thomas Beauchamp Kinght my brother … a silver
cup … to Henry Spercherley ten marks of silver … to Marion Blak c shillings in
silver … to Richard Herbard … William Birde … John Chambers … Alice Cumyngs …
William Hunte … [multiple other churches mention at the beginning of her will.]
of Thomas and Agnes:
John Gorges, born 1399 in Dorset, England.
John married to Florence ?.
1414, John died. (S) 6/22/1419, IPM of John
held at Blaneford, Dorset. (S) CPRs.
Theobald Gorges (1048626), born 11/29/1401 in Dorset, England.