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John de Port-St. John, Esq. of Bletso

Male 1435 - 1488  (53 years)


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  • Name John de Port-St. John 
    • JOHN SAINT JOHN, Esq., of Bletsoe and Keysoe, Bedfordshire, Paulerspury, Northamptonshire, Fonmon and Penmark, Glamorgan, Wales, etc., son and heir, born about 1432-7 (aged 40 and more in 1482). He married (1st) ALICE BRADSHAGH (or BRADSCHAGH), daughter of Thomas Bradshagh, of Haigh, Lancashire. They had one son, John, K.B., and five daughters, Anne, Elizabeth (wife of Thomas Kent, Esq.), Eleanor, Margaret (wife of John ap Morgan), and _____ (nun at Shaftesbury). He married (2nd) ELIZABETH MATHEW, daughter of William Mathew Fawr, by Lleucu, daughter of Gruffudd ap Nicholas. They had one son, Maurice. JOHN SAINT JOHN, Esq., was living in 1482 (date of mother's inquisition post mortem), and died before 9 Feb. 1489/90 (date of lawsuit). His widow, Elizabeth, married (2nd) before 9 Feb. 1489/90 (date of lawsuit) (as his 2nd wife) RICHARD NEWTON, Esq., of Wyke juxta Yatton, Aldwick, Ston Easton, Midsomer Norton, North Curry, Thorn Falcon, Ubley, and Walton-in-Gordano, Somerset, South Carleton, Devon, Child Okeford, Dorset, Aust and Down Hatherley, Gloucestershire, etc., son and heir of John Newton, Knt., by Isabel, daughter and co-heiress of Thomas Cheddar, Esq. He was born about 1468 (aged 30 and more in 1498). They had one daughter, Jane (or Jenet) (wife of Thomas Griffin, Knt.). In 1490 Richard and his wife, Elizabeth, widow of John Saint John, Esq., sued her step-son, John Saint John, Knt., in the Court of Common Pleas regarding her reasonable dower in free tenements in Bletsoe and Keysoe, Bedfordshire and Paulerspury, Northamptonshire. In 1492 Richard and his wife, Elizabeth, widow of John Saint John, Esq., sued Richard Emson and William Risley in the Court of Common Pleas regarding her dower in the third part of the manor of Paulerspury, Northamptonshire. RICHARD NEWTON, Esq., died 26 Sept. 1500. He left a will dated 24 Sept. 1500, proved 3 March 1500/1 (P.C.C. Moone). His widow, Elizabeth, was assigned dower 11 June 1501. In 1516 she presented to the church of Exford, Somerset. In 1518 James Perceval, Esq., bought a quare impedit against Elizabeth, widow of Richard Newton and others regarding the church of Exford, Somerset. Elizabeth died in 1524. She left a will proved August 1524 (P.C.C.). In the period, 1532-38, Henry Capell and Thomas Gryffyn, Knts., and Jane, wife of the latter, sued Richard Bydwell, Gent., and another, executors of Nicholas, brother of Richard Newton, Esq., deceased in Chancery regarding the detention of deeds relating to the manor of Down Hatherley, Gloucestershire and other lands, late of the said Richard Newton, father of the said Jane, and grandfather of the said Sir Henry. In 1553-55 Thomas Gryffyn, of Braybrooke, Northamptonshire, sued Henry Capell and William Dale, of Yatton, Somerset, yeoman, in Chancery regarding the goods of Elizabeth, late the wife of Richard Newton, in her house at Wyke, Somerset.

      References:

      Collins, English Baronetage 4 (1741): 174-179 (sub Saint John). Anderson, Gen. Hist. of the House of Yvery 1 (1742): 416-419. Bridges, Hist. & Antiqs. of Northamptonshire 1 (1791): 311. Collinson, Hist. & Antiqs. of Somerset 3 (1791): 587-588. Betham, Baronetage of England 3 (1803): 384-389 (sub St. John). Fosbrooke, Abs. of Recs. & MSS Respecting the County of Gloucester 2 (1807): 79. Brydges, Collins' Peerage of England 5 (1812): 104; 6 (1812): 42-61 (sub St. John Viscount Bolingbroke and St. John), 741-751 (sub St. John, Lord St. John of Bletshoe). Gentleman's Mag. 94 (1824): 513-517, 588-591. Coll. Top. et Gen. 1 (1834): 310-311 (St. John ped.: "John Saint John, Esq. = [left blank]"), 314 (Daubeney ped.: "Alianor [Daubeney], first wed. to Simon Blount, aft. to Rd. Newton, Esq. for the King's Body."). Charles, Vis. of Huntingdon 1613 (Camden Soc. 43) (1849): 2 (St. John ped.: "Joh'es St. John de Bletso, miles. = Alicia, filia Tho. Bradshaw de Haugh in com. Lanc."). Annual Rpt. of the Deputy Keeper 30 (1869): 193. Harvey, Hist. & Antiqs. of the Hundred of Willey (1872-8): 488-489. Flower Vis. of Yorkshire 1563-4 (H.S.P. 16) (1881): 62-63 (Clifford ped.: "John Saint John. = ... doughter of Thomas a Bradshaw."). Arch. Cambrensis 5th Ser. 1 (1884): Genealogies of Glamorgan foll. 355 (ped. of Mathew of Llandaff: "William Mathew Vaur, m. Llecci, d. of Griff, ap Nicholas, and had ... Elizabeth, m. John St. John and had Maurice and a dau., m. Sir Newton kt."). Harvey et al., Vis. of Bedfordshire 1566, 1582, 1634 & 1669 (H.S.P. 19) (1884): 51-54 (Saint John ped.: "Sr John Saint John of Bletneshoe in com. Bedf. K sonne and heire = Alice daughter of Sr Thomas Bradshawe of Hawe in com. Lanc. K."). Chitting & Phillipot, Vis. of Gloucester 1623, 1569 & 1582-3 (H.S.P. 21) (1885): 113-116 (Newton ped.: "Elizabeth St John. = Thomas Newton. = Alianor da. to the L. Dawbeney."). Weaver, Somerset Incumbents (1889): 367. Watson, Ashmore, co. Dorset (1890): 8-11. Baines, Hist. of the County Palatine and Duchy of Lancaster 4 (1891): 291-292. Genealogist n.s. 8 (1891): 179-180 (Zouche ped.). Procs. of Somersetshire Arch. & Nat. Hist. Soc. 44 (1898): 55-62. Genealogical Mag. 8 (1904): 91-104 (Daubeney ped.). Index of Inqs. 1 (PRO Lists and Indexes 23) (1907): 198. Clark, Cartæ et Alia Munimenta de Glamorgancia 5 (1910): 1924-1926 (charter of Sir Thomas Gruffyn and Jenet Newton his wife dated 1540). VCH Bedford 3 (1912): 41, 136-137. C.P. 2 (1912): 206 (sub Bolingbroke); 7 (1929): chart between 452-453, 459 (sub Latimer). Burke, Gen. & Heraldic Hist. of the Peerage & Baronetage (76th ed., 1914): 262-264 (sub Bolingbroke). Cal. IPM Henry VII 2 (1915): 158, 223-224, 251, 259-260, 291, 343-344. Genealogists' Mag. 5 (1929): 355-359; 16 (1970): 244. Jacobus, Bulkeley Gen. (1933): 29-33. St. George et al., Wiltshire Vis. Peds. 1623, 1628 (H.S.P. 105-6) (1954): 167-170 (sub St. John ped.: "Johannes St John de Bletzo filius et heres miles = Alicia filia Tho Bradshaw de Haw militis"). Paget, Baronage of England (1957) 45: 1-4 (sub Beauchamp of Bletsoe). C.C.R. 1500-1509 (1963): 1. VCH Oxford 9 (1969): 59-60. Bartrum, Welsh Gens. 1400-1500 3 (1983): 394 [Cydifor Fawr 15 (A1)]; 9 (1983): (1983): 1496 [Rhydderch ap Iestyn 4(A2)]; 1567 [St. John 1: "Sir John St. John (1) = Alice f. Thomas Bradshaw, (2) = Elizabeth f. William Mathew Fawr")]. Jones, King's Mother (1992). Inv. of the Ancient Monuments in Glamorgan 3(1b) (2000): 147-150. Eales & Tyas, Fam. & Dynasty in Late Medieval England (Harlaxton Medieval Studies n.s. 9) (2003): 193-210. Court of Common Pleas, CP40/911, image 307f (available at http:// aalt.law.uh.edu/AALT3/H7/CP40no911/aCP40no911fronts/IMG_0307.htm). Court of Common Pleas, CP40/911, image 679f (available at http:// aalt.law.uh.edu/AALT3/H7/CP40no911/aCP40no911fronts/IMG_0679.htm). Court of Common Pleas, CP40/919, image 1035d (available at http:// aalt.law.uh.edu/AALT4/H7/CP40no919/bCP40no919dorses/IMG_1035.htm). National Archives, C 140/82/7 (Inq. p.m. of Margaret, Duchess of Somerset dated 1482); C 1/753/44; C 1/1352/71-74; C 1/1352/75-76; C 1/1429/77-88; C 78/22/43 (available at www.catalogue.nationalarchives.gov.uk/search.asp). Somerset Archive & Rec. Service: Deeds for the manor of Aldwick, DD\X\BDN/6 (available at www.a2a.org.uk/search/index.asp).
    Suffix Esq. of Bletso 
    Born 22 Jul 1435  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 17 Aug 1488  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • In 1490 Richard Neweton and his wife, Elizabeth, widow of John Saint John, Esq., sued her step-son, John Saint John, Knt., in the Court of Common Pleas regarding her reasonable dower in free tenements in Bletsoe and Keysoe, Bedfordshire and Paulerspury, Northamptonshire. In 1492 Richard Neuton and his wife, Elizabeth, widow of John Saint John, Esq., sued Richard Emson and William Risley in the Court of Common Pleas regarding her dower in the third part of the manor of Paulerspury, Northamptonshire.

      The references for the above lawsuits are:
      1. Court of Common Pleas, CP40/911, image 307f (available at http://aalt.law.uh.edu/AALT3/H7/CP40no911/aCP40no911fronts/IMG_0307.htm).
      2. Court of Common Pleas, CP40/911, image 679f (available at http://aalt.law.uh.edu/AALT3/H7/CP40no911/aCP40no911fronts/IMG_0679.htm).
      3. Court of Common Pleas, CP40/919, image 1035d (available at http://aalt.law.uh.edu/AALT4/H7/CP40no919/bCP40no919dorses/IMG_1035.htm). [1]
    • Knight of Bath vs. Esquire

      It is highly unlikely he is the John St. John, made knight of Bath in 1488 and that is probably John St. John of Gower, instead.
    • died before 9 Feb 1489/90 [2, 3, 4]
    • Living in 1482
    MILI Nov 1488 
    Knight of Bath (Jekyl's Cat. of Knts.) (?)

    Note this may belong to John St. John of Weobley because this John St. John was an Esquire only. 
    Title 5th Lord of Bolton 
    Person ID I8822   St. John Origin and Ancestry DNA Database
    Last Modified 17 Apr 2016 

    DNA Tests  Y-DNA-10104 Living (29 Jul 2003)
    Y-DNA-415286 Living (19 May 2015)

    Father Oliver de Port-St. John,   b. Abt 1392, Fonmon Castle, Glamorgan, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1437  (Age ~ 45 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Margaret Beauchamp, of Bletso, Bedfordshire, Oxfordshire, and Lydiard Tregoze, Wiltshire,   b. 1 Jan 1405, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Aug 1482, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married 1425  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Marriage fact 1430 
    Oliver Saint John, Knt., and his wife, Margaret, sued Thomas Hyde, of Bransford, Worcestershire and Agnes his wife in the Court of Common Pleas regarding waste in Bransford, Worcestershire [Reference: Court of Common Pleas, CP40/677, image 1228d

    The 1430 lawsuit specifically names Margaret, wife of Oliver Saint John, as the heir of Roger Beauchamp, Knt., so there can be no doubt as to her identity.

    http://aalt.law.uh.edu/AALT1/H6/CP40no677/bCP40no677dorses/IMG_1228.htm
     
    Documents
    Evidence of marriage Oliver St. John m. Margaret Beauchamp
    Evidence of marriage Oliver St. John m. Margaret Beauchamp
    Family ID F3719  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 John de Port-St. John, Esq. of Bletso,   b. 22 Jul 1435, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Aug 1488, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Children 
     1. Anne de Port-St. John  [Birth]
     2. Eleanor de Port-St. John  [Birth]
     3. Margaret de Port-St. John  [Birth]
    +4. John de Port-St. John, Knight, of Bletso,   b. 1450, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 23 May 1525  (Age ~ 75 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 6 Mar 2015 
    Family ID F646  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 John de Port-St. John, Esq. of Bletso,   b. 22 Jul 1435, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Aug 1488, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Married
    Children 
     1. Maurice de Port-St. John, of Berry,   b. bef. 1488  [Birth]
    Last Modified 17 Apr 2016 
    Family ID F4796  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 22 Jul 1435 - England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 17 Aug 1488 - England Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S284] http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/GEN-MEDIEVAL/2014-11/1417323856 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S289] Court of Common Pleas, CP40/911, image 307f (available at http://aalt.law.uh.edu/AALT3/H7/CP40no911/aCP40no911fronts/IMG_0307.htm). (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S290] Court of Common Pleas, CP40/911, image 679f (available at http://aalt.law.uh.edu/AALT3/H7/CP40no911/aCP40no911fronts/IMG_0679.htm). (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S291] Court of Common Pleas, CP40/919, image 1035d (available at http://aalt.law.uh.edu/AALT4/H7/CP40no919/bCP40no919dorses/IMG_1035.htm). (Reliability: 3).


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