~1417, John Bardfield born in Essex, s/o 131272. John Bardefeld.
8/31/1422, Henry VI (an infant) succeeded Henry V as King of England.
Aft. 1442, John’s father died.
4/20/1450, John Bardefeld of Gyng Margaret, gent., [and others] granted a tenement … in Willingdale Doe and Willingale Spain, Essex by William Bedell. (S) Northumberland Record Office, ZSW/181.
11/13/1454, Indenture made at London, 'between John Leventhorp, squier, and Thomas Leventhorp sonne of the seid John' and 'Cristyne, that was the wyfe of Henry Clowvyle, squier, John Say, squier, John Berdefeld, fader to the seid Cristyne, and Thomas Lokton, squier,' witnessing 'that the seid parties bene accorded,' that the said Thomas, the son, should take the said Cristyne to wife before the Purification next; the said John the father to settle 20 marks worth of land on the said Thomas and Cristyne, in tail male, 10 marks worth of land on them, for her life, and a reversion of a further 10 marks worth for her life upon his decease, to be in lieu of dower, &c. (S) Cat. Ancient Deeds, V5, 1906, A11497.
6/28/1461, Edward IV succeeded Henry VI as King of England. [1st Yorkist King, after King Henry VI captured at the Battle of Northampton.]
5/12/1469, For a payment of 5 marks, Thomas Holbache enfeoffed Willaim, Robert, and John Berdefeld, who inturn enfeoffed Laurence, Bishop of Durham … manor of Stacheden, … (S) CIsPM, V1, P381.
10/3/1470, Henry VI restored to the crown of England.
4/11/1471, Edward IV regained the crown after the Battle of Tewkesbury.
1472, Commitment to John Bardfield...of all lands which are in the Kings hands by the death of Agnes Fynanns...by reason of the minority of John her son … [Agnes likely related to John.]
12/8/1480, Grant to Humphrey Starkey, one of the king’s serjeants at law, and John Bardefeld of the custody of all lordships, manors … late of Henry Torell, esquire, ... (S) CPRs.
3/18/1483, Debtor: John Fortescu, esquire of the King [of London.] Creditor: John Bardfield, and Thomas Butsyde, gentlemen [of London.] Amount: £100. Before whom: John Brown, Mayor of the Staple of Westminster.
7/6/1483, Richard III succeeded Edward IV as King of England. [Usurping never-crowned 12-year-old Edward V.]
4/28/1485, Debtor: John Fortescue, King's esquire. Creditor: John Bardfield, and Thomas Butsyde, gentlemen. Amount: £100. Before whom: John Brown, Mayor of the Staple of Westminster. (S) UKNA, C 131/81/16.
8/22/1485, Richard III defeated by King Henry VII at the Battle of Bosworth.
9/22/1485, John Bardefeld is appointed receiver of all castles, lordships, manors, etc. parcel of the duchy of Lancaster in the counties of Essex, Hertford, Middlesex, Surrey and London … to hold during the king’s pleasure. (S) Materials for a Hist. of the Reign of Henry VII, Pt1, Campbell, 1873, P551.
By 1486, Plaintiffs: William Forster and Cristian, his wife, daughter of Agnes, late the wife of Thomas Reede. Defendants: John Glascoke, husband of the said Agnes, John Bardefeld, William Bedell, and Robert Belle. Subject: Lands and tenements in Godestre, Writtill, Rothyng, Margrete Rothyng, Marney, and other lands in Rochford hundred called `Combes.'. Essex. (S) UKNA, C 1/71/50.
3/9/1486, A letter was sent by the king commanding the bailie of the town of Wothersfeld to pay money due the King to John Bardefeld. (S) Materials from a Hist. of the Reign of Henry VII, Campbell, 2012, P378.
3/15/1486, A lease of the manor of Wykes was made to John Berdesfeld.
10/2/1486, Writ … Thomas Bryan, knt., … John Bardefeld were seized of [property of Humphrey Starky] … directed his said feoffees … (S) Henry VII, GBPRO, 1898, P89.
1486-93, Plaintiffs: John Berdefeld and others. Defendants: Thomas Wodeham and Thomas Yonge, feoffees to uses. Subject: The manor of Dagnetts in Black Notley bequeathed by Thomas Cowelond for the provision of a priest’s salary in Blaccheschapell in Much Waltham. Essex. (S) UKNA, C 1/121/53.
John died. (S) The next record is of John Berdefeld of “Gyng Margaret”, which by inquisition is known to be of his son John; and this John, the heir, is also known to have died after his son Thomas (d. after 1495).
(S) The Visitations of the County of Cornwall, 1887, Vivian, P252. (S) House of Commons 1509-1558, Bindoff, 1982, P430, P459. (S) Genealogist, V6, 1882, P10.
· In the time of King Henry VII John Bardfield “held Gyng Margaret of the King as of the Duchy of Lancaster.”
· Margaretting main road 5213 (South-East Side) Killigrews [Essex]. Approached by a drive from Main Road. Prior to 1745 the house was known as “Shenfield”. Originally an early C16 moated manor house built by John Berdefeld of Shenfield (1477-1514). (S) National Heritage List for England.
Child of John and ?:
i. Christine Bardfield, born ~1438 in Essex, England.
Christine first married to Henry Clowvyle, esquire.
11/13/1454, Christine married 2nd Thomas Leventhorp.
ii. John Bardfield, born ~1445 in Essex, England.
2/9/1487, John Berdefeld of “Gyng Margaret” undertook to support the sending of a ship, “Le George de Malden” of ninety tons to “cross over to any ports in obedience to the King of the Romans.”
11/15/1491, Commitment of John Bardfield, esquire, Sheriffe of Essex and Hertfordshire “so that he answer at the Exchequer as Sheriffe.”
3/2/1495, Essex & Suffolk. Dame Alice Cotton, widow of John Cotton, daughter and heir of Richard Langham, to Master William Pykenham, clerk, archdeacon of Suffolk, …, John Bardefeld, etc., the Manors of Hempstead and Panfield in Essex, and the Manor of Langham in Suffolk, …, [with red wax seal showing a sleeping lion or dog]. (S) Original Document sold at auction 7/2006.
2/6/1496, John wrote his will. (S) IPM of John. “… to be buried in the chauncel of the church of Gyng Margaret nye the High Alter. …”
2/16/1497, John Berdefeld died. (S) UKNA. … directs that the feoffees of his manors, lands, &c. in Gyng Margarett, Writtell, Badowe, Stock, Chelmesfforde, Wakeryng, Retyndon, …… ., shall stand seised thereof, the manor of Newland and other lands in the hamlet of Roxwell excepted, to the use of Margaret ‘nowe my wif’ for life, … his wife die during the said term, they shall make estate thereof to John son of Thomas Berdefelde his brother and to the heirs of the body of the said Thomas, with remainder in default to John Lightfote, son and heir of Alice Lightfote his sister … with remainder in default to … . . eldest son of Edward Clovile of Coldehall and to the heirs male of the body of the said Edward, with remainder in default to John Leventhorp, son and heir apparent of John Leventhorp of Shengill Hall and his heirs for ever; … if John Berdefelde brother of the said Thomas Berdefelde the younger live till the said estate with the said remainders be made, but if the said John die before the said estate be made, his executors shall have the said ‘halfendele’ of the issues and profits for the marriage and preferment of ‘Margett Alice and Thomasyn’ sisters of the said John … He died Thursday, 16 February last. John Berdefelde, aged 2 years, 19 January last, is his next heir, viz. son of Thomas Berdefelde, his brother. Essex: [long list of properties] … (S) CIsPM.
9/27/1497, IPM of John Berdefeld, Esquire. He died on Thursday, 16 February, 12 Henry VII, seised in fee of the under-mentioned manors. John Berdefelde, son of Thomas Berdefelde his brother, then aged 2 years and more, is his kinsman and heir. Essex: Manor of Gynge Margarete, worth £10, held of the king in chief by service of a third part of two-thirds of a knight’s fee and a half. Manor of Newlondhall, worth 6l., held of the king in chief by service of 2 knights’ fees. (S) CIsPM.
10/20/1497, IPM IPM of John Berdefelde, Esquire.
iii. Thomas Bardfield (32818), born ~1448 in Essex, England.
iv. Alice Bardfield, born ? in Essex, England.
Alice married John Lyghtfote.
1/5/1524, “…a moiety of the manor of Newlandhall, Essex, … with contingent remainder to the heirs of the body of Thos. Bardefeld, brother of John Bardefeld, late of Shenfeld, in the parish of Gyng Margaret, Essex; with remainder in default of such issue to the heirs of the body of John Lyghtfote, s. and h. of Alice Lightfote, sister of the said John Bardefelde; …” (S) Letters and Papers F&D, Gairdner, 1900.