8/23/1341, John Strecch born in Wambrook, Dorset, s/o 1477348. Sir John Stretch & 1477349. Elizabeth Badeston.
~1345, Maud born in England, heiress & d/o §§Sir John Molton, Knight, of Pinhoe, Devon. (S) View of Devonshire, Westcote, 1845, P518.
6/1349, The Plague reached Dorset, and had spread across England by the end of 1349.
9/29/1355, John’s father died.
10/16/1355, IPM of John Strech or Strecche. Devon: Emmyston Arundel. 2 messuages and 2 carucates of land held, … Hurberton in Blakemor. 48s. 2d. yearly rent … Totton’. A tenement … Hacche. £6 yearly rent held in fee simple … Wolston. 2 messuages, … Malleburghe. 26s. 6d. yearly rent of 6 free tenants … (all of the inheritance of Elizabeth his wife) … Otryngton, Yartecomb and Sydemuthe. 2 messuages and 2 carucates of land held jointly with Elizabeth his wife … He died on 29 September, 29 Edward III. John his son, aged 14 years and more, is his heir. (S) CIsPM.
11/27/1355, John’s mother died.
1355, John put under the wardship of Matthew Cryspin, a maternal kinsman, who was allowed £25 3s.11d. annually for his services. Robert Stratford, bishop of Chichester, granted John’s marriage for £50.
3/1/1356, Commitment to Matthew Crispyn of the wardship of all the lands in the counties of Somerset and Devon late of John Strecche and Elizabeth, his wife, who held in chief, to hold the same, together with the issues thereof since the death of John and Elizabeth, until the lawful age of John, their son and heir. Commitment to Robert, bishop of Chichester, of the marriage of the said heir, for a payment of £50. (S) CFRs.
12/1362, John’s proof of age at Wambrook.
[––John & Maud––]
Bef. 1365, John married Maud.
By 1370, John knighted.
1370, John received a letter of protection for service abroad.
1371, John a witness for Hugh, earl of Devon, at Tiverton.
6/21/1377, Richard II, age 10, succeeded Edward III as King of England.
11/14/1377, John Strecche, ' chivaler,' a tax collector for Somerset. (S) CFRs.
[––John & Katherine––]
Bef. 1378, John married 2nd Katherine Beaumont, widow of Edmund Cheyne, heir & s/o William Cheney & Joan Gorges. [John’s daughter Cecily would marry Edmund’s younger brother William Cheyne.]
1378, John received a letter of protection for service abroad in the retinue of the Earl of Salisbury.
8/8/1379, John Strecch, a commissioner to collect omitted subsidies in Somerset. (S) CFRs.
11/5/1379, Commitment of the county of Devon to John Strecche, ' chivaler ', during pleasure, so that he answer at the Exchequer as sheriff. (S) CFRs.
11/20/1381, Commitment to Echvard Courtenay, earl of Devon, … by mainprise of John Strecche, ' chivaler,' and Ralph Damisell of the county of Devon, … (S) CFRs.
6/12/1382 at Montacute, Writ of Mandamus of Katharine, late the wife of Robert Latymer, knight. Somerset: Stoket by Montacute. The manor, held of John Strecch, knight, by service of 1 lb. pepper. … (S) CIsPM.
10/12/1383, Commitment of the counties of Somerset and Dorset to John Strecche, ' chivaler ', during pleasure, so that he answer at the Exchequer as sheriff. (S) CFRs.
4/1384, The mayor and burgesses of Shaftesbury alleged that John, as sheriff of Dorset, had falsified the return at the elections to the Salisbury parliament.
7/1384, John on a commission of oyer and terminer in Devon.
1384-85, John listed first after family members in a roll of liverys of the Earl of Devon, receiving two-and-three-quarter lengths of ‘playn’ cloth and three lengths of ‘ray’.
2/1385, John on a commission of appeal from the court of chivalery.
4/1385, John on a commission of array in Devon.
12/6/1385, John Strecche and John Paulet to be paid £25 12s for 64 days at parliament representing Devon. (S) CCRs.
7/1389, John a justice of the peace in Devon.
8/6/1390, John died. [An inventory of his goods totaled £296 13s.8½d.]
8/28/1390, Order to the escheator in the counties of Devon and Cornwall; Somerset and Dorset; to take into the king's hand and keep safely until further order the lands whereof John Strecche, knight; held of the king in chief, was seised in his demesne as of fee on the day of his death. (S) CFRs.
10/13/1390, Order to escheator in the counties of Somerset and Dorset, to take the fealties of Thomas Beauchamp of Lilllsdon and Thomas Bonevyle, who have respectively taken to wife Elizabeth and Cecily, the daughters and heirs of John Strecche, ' chivaler,' make a partition into 2 equal parts … saving to Katharane late the wife of the said John her reasonable dower. (S) CFRs.
12/1/1422, Katherine, ‘Lady of Pountyngton’ died.
12/3/1422, Writ of diem clausit extremum, after the death of Katherine late the wife of John Stretche, ‘chivaler’; Somerset and Dorset; Devon; Cambridge; Hertford. (S) CFRs.
7/31/1423, IPM of Katherine wife of John Streeche, Chevalier. Cambridgeshire: … [6/4/1374] Edmund Cheyne granted to his brother Ralph and … Long Stanton, … They regranted the properties to Margaret Heton, Katherine’s daughter for life. Afterwards, Margaret died and Cheyne Edmund (s/o 1477344) died without heirs long before the death of Katherine named in the writ. Katherine held the manor for life. Right of reversion was to Edmund Cheyne , now in the king’s wardship, as kinsman and heir of Ralph Cheyne (738672), knight , being the son of William Cheyne (369336), knight , son of this Ralph Cheyne, knight , brother of Edmund. … She died on 1 December last. John Latymer is her kinsman and next heir, as son of Margaret Heton , her daughter, and is aged 24 years and more. (S) MMC, E-CIPM 22-63.
(S) Natl. Archives Prob 11/22/294, Nina Green, 2017. (S) Hist. of Parliament, Roskell, 1993.
Children of John & Maud
i. John Stretch, born ? in England.
1/19/1392, Commission … to collect the 10th and 15th … John Strecche, … (S) CFRs.
6/6/1402 at Shete, John Strecche … John Churchehull, … charter of 6 messuages, … granted to William Bonevyle, knight, and Alice his wife … (S) N&Qs, Somerset and Dorset, Vs 9-10, P238.
3/24/1404, To collect the subsidy ‘in consideration of the wars’: Philip Courtenay, John Streche, … Devon. … John Streche and William Burleston, controllers. (S) CFRs.
1418, John died.
11/22/1418, Writ of diem clausit extremum, after the death of John Strecche, esquire; Somerset and Dorset. (S) CFRs.
ii. Elizabeth Stretch, born ? in England.
Elizabeth married Sir Thomas Beauchamp of Whitelackington, Somerset.
Bef. 1422, Elizabeth died. [1 son, died without heirs.]
1444, Thomas died. (S) Hist. of Parliament, Roskell, 1993, ‘Beauchamp, Sir Thomas’.
iii. Cecily Stretch (369337), born 1371 in Pinho, Devon, England.