~1360, William born in England.
William educated at the Middle Temple.
6/21/1377, Richard II succeeded Edward III as King of England.
1384, William in the service of the Earl of Devon.
2/6/1387, Grant, by … William Hankeford of Devon, to John Lovel of the marriages of Philippa and Elizabeth, daughter of Guy Bryan ‘le Fitz,’ knight. (S) CPRs.
1388, William appointed serjeant-at-law.
1389, William appointed king’s serjeant.
By 6/30/1390, William granted the marriage and lands of the heir of John Denbaud. (S) CPRs.
2/4/1392, Commission to William Sturmy, knight, William Hankeford, … and the sheriff of Devon … evildoers … in the isle of Londay … (S) CPRs.
10/27/1393, Pardon to Ralph Reymond … he was found guilty before John Wadham and William Hankeford, justices … (S) CPRs.
1/2/1394, Debtor: John Denebaud. Creditor: William Hankeford. Amount: £300. (S) UKNA.
11/14/1394, Protection for John Welet of Briggewater going to Ireland on the king’s service in the company of William Hankeford. (S) CPRs.
1394-95,William accompanied King Richard II to Ireland. [An army of 8000, it was the largest force brought to Ireland during the middle ages.]
5/1395, William returned with King Richard II from Ireland.
1/21/1396, Thomas Cary requests an enquiry into his claim to certain property in Over Adber and Hummer, which had been given to his father by Samford, with reversion to himself and the heirs of his father. … People mentioned … John Cary, father of the petitioner; John Samford; John Wadham; William Hankeford (Hankford). (S) UKNA.
5/6/1398, William appointed as Justice of the Common Bench. (S) CPRs.
1398, William among the justices consulted concerning the validity of a legal ruling from 1387. William expressed his support for the rulings, and said he would have ruled the same way himself.
6/1398-6/1399, Assize roll of William Hankford and Robert Hill for Hertfordshire, Essex, Kent, Sussex and Surrey, including essoins and attorneys. (S) UKNA.
10/13/1399, Henry IV succeeded Richard II as King of England. William became a Knight of the Bath during the coronation ceremony.
1399-1406, Assize roll of William Hankford and others for Hertfordshire, Essex, Kent, Sussex and Surrey, including essoins and attorneys. (S) UKNA.
1399-1412, Assize file, South-Western Circuit (Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire). Justices: …, William Hankeford, …, John Culpepper and others. (S) UKNA.
9/1403-9/1404, Counties: Herts, Surrey Justices, Gaols, Nature: William Hankeford; Hertford; Guildford castle. (S) UKNA.
5/17/1405, Alice Clifford', querent, and William Hankeford', knight, and John Hankeford', deforciants … William and John have granted to Alice the manor of Clyfford' Corbyn … to revert to William Hankeford' and John Hankeford' and the heirs of John … (S) Feet of Fines, Devon.
[––William & Christian––]
William married 2nd Christian.
10/6/1405, William Hankeford', knight, Christian, his wife, and Richard, son of the same William and Christian, querents, and Philip de Estecote, deforciant. … moor called Estecote in Frethelstoke. … William, Christian and Richard have given him 10 marks of silver. (S) Feet of Fines, Devon.
9/1406-9/1407, Humphrey Stafford and William Hankeford, knights, …, Robert Grey, Ed…, Robert Veel, … to grant the manor of Bromley Castle [in Stoke Abbas], …, to the abbot and convent of Abbotsbury, retaining the manor of Hooke …. Dorset. (S) UKNA.
5/13/1411, Returned oyer and terminer commission, Kent, held by William Hankeford and associates at Canterbury. (S) UKNA.
9/1412-3/1413, Special assize roll and file, Somerset, William Hankford and Walter Hungerford v William Orme and others. (S) UKNA.
9/25/1412, To the escheator in Devon. Order to take the fealty of William Hankforde, and to give him livery of a moiety of the manor of Hurberton … by fine levied in the king's court with his licence John Wadham knight at his death held that moiety as jointly enfeoffed with the said William by grant of Cicely Turbervylle to them and John Hille now deceased. (S) CCRs.
3/20/1413, Henry V succeeded Henry IV as King of England.
1413, William Hankeford (Hankford), Chief Justice of King's Bench. (S) UKNA.
1416, Petitioners: Anneys Orum, wife of William Orum. … Orum requests a remedy be ordained and that she not be ousted from land in Frome [Somerset] which was granted to her for the term of her life, as by many frauds, injuries and oppressions [William] Hungerford and [William] Hankeford have pursued her husband and her livelihood. (S) UKNA.
7/15/1417, William Hankeford, ‘chivaler,’ [and others] pardoned for acquiring moieties of the manor of Pencryche and Robbaston, co. Stafford in payment of 11£ fine. (S) CPRs.
2/1/1418, William Esturmy (7605250) knight to … appointing them to give William Hankeforde knight chief justice of the King's Bench, Robert Hulle (2097260) the elder one of the justices of the Common Bench, Robert Hulle (738676) the younger of Spaxton, … the manors of Belanye [and] Pollynge … (S) CCRs.
7/9/1418, Petitioner: William Hankeford (Hankford), knight, chief justice. Hankeford requests remedy because he was granted and paid for the reversion of the manor of Littleham but has not received it. (S) UKNA.
1420, Memorandum that in the parliament held at Westminster … People mentioned … William Hankeford (Hankford), justice. (S) UKNA.
7/14/1421, Grant to William Hankeford, ‘chivaler,’ and Richard Hankeford, esquire [not his son], of the marriage of Theobald brother and heir of John Gorges son and heir of Thomas Gorges, tenant in chief of Henry IV, which John died a minor in the king’s keeping, they paying 300 marks in hand at the receipt of the Exchequer. (S) [Same date: Commission to William Hankeford … of the keeping of the manor of Branton Gorges, co. Devon, in the king’s hands by the death of Thomas Gorges, … the minority of Theobald … during his minority.]
11/1/1422, Petitioners: Prior and convent of Ivy Church. … People mentioned: Henry [V], King of England; William Hankeford (Hankford) … (S) UKNA.
12/20/1423, William died at Annery; buried at Monkleigh church. [Allegedly William had instructed his forester of his estate at Annery to shoot with an arrow anyone entering his forest, only himself deliberately to wander into the forest at night, where accordingly he was shot.]
2/8/1423, Writ of diem clausit extremum to the escheator in the county of Stafford after the death of William Hankeford, ‘chivaler’. (S) CFRs.
· Many other records of William in the Cal. of Patent Rolls. William is also mentioned in many places in the CIsPM, holding land jointly with other persons.
Child of William and ?:
i. Richard Hankeford, born ~1385 in Hankford, near Bulkworthy, co. Devon, England.
Richard married Thomasina, d/o Sir Richard Stapleton.
1409-10, richard in a lawsuit which failed to secure the manor of Coombe-in-Teignhead.
1412, Income from Richard’s holdings was assessed at £80.
11/1414, Richard served in parliament for the county of Devon.
3/1416, Richard served in parliament for the county of Devon.
7/1418, Richard associated with the delivery, in July 1418, of 18 masts and several anchors and cables from Ilfracombe to Southampton for use on the King’s ships.
1419, Richard died before his father. (S) The History of Parliament, Roskell, 1993.
Child of William and Christine:
i. Jane Hankeford (1048627), born ~1410 in Hankford, near Bulkworthy, co. Devon, England.