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Master Thomas St. John, Gentleman

Master Thomas St. John, Gentleman

Male Abt 1564 - 1625  (~ 61 years)

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  • Name Thomas St. John  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
    • Master, Esquire, Gentleman
    Prefix Master 
    Suffix Gentleman 
    Born abt. 1564  Uchel-olau (High-light), Gwenfo, Glamorganshire, Wales, Great Britain Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Also Known As Tho St John  [10, 11
    Also Known As Thos St John  [12
    Education 8 May 1577  Gray's Inn, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    Folio 657: Thomas St. John (May 8, 1577); (Note: The son of Henry St. John and Jane Neale, Thomas St. John, was likely born at this time, so not likely the one mentioned in this record.) 
    • The Occupation of Thomas St. John, Esquire is unclear. He was called Master Thomas St. John on board the ship, The Richard.


      In the legal proceedings in London, Thomas1 is listed as ?gentleman? that would fit the son of a feudal landlord social class.


      Since we know Thomas1 attended Gray?s Inn, it seems likely he was a lawyer; but his elder brother William was also a Knight. These brothers resided near each other in Westminster during this same time, so Thomas1 could have equally been in training to become a Knight. The last known record for him probated in 1627, suggests he was a man of wealth and of the gentry social class in the later years of his life.



      In a marriage record for Anne St. John, her father is listed as Thomas St. John, Esq. This appears to be a de Port-St. John family.
    Name 5 Apr 1584  St. Andrew?s Holborn, Camden, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Tho Sinison; see baptism of daughter Katheren 
    Name 13 Apr 1590  St. Andrew?s Holborn, Camden, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Thomas Shonson; see baptism of son Mathew 
    Name 16 Jan 1596  St. Andrew?s Holborn, Camden, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Thomas Sinson; see baptism of son Raphe 
    Name 19 Mar 1596  St. Andrew?s Holborn, Camden, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Thomas Sainson; see burial of son Raphe 
    Fact 1 4 Feb 1597 
    Living: Entered into indenture contract with his father regarding his son, Christopher. Thomas is not mentioned to inherit in his father's 1616 will which is bypassed for his son, Christopher. In 1616, Thomas was involved in legal issues regarding accusations of theft. It isn't clear if he was found guilty but he was not dead in 1616. Based on the marriage contract between Robert Mathew and Christopher St. John 1 the grandson, Christopher was the heir of Thomas St. John and Jane Mathew. This will was doing two things for the grandson, Christopher. Ending the indenture bond placed on him and identifying him as the next legal heir - especially important if his father's assets were seized. 
    Name 28 Oct 1599  St. Andrew?s Holborn, Camden, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Thomas Sainson; see baptism of daughter, Anne 
    Name 23 Jan 1604  St. Andrew?s Holborn, Camden, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Tho: Sanon; see baptism of son, Edward 
    Also Known As 29 Dec 1605  Saint Margaret, Westminster, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    Thomas Sayntiones; see baptism of son, Stephen St. John 
    Immigration 12 Aug 1606  Popham Colony, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    The Plymouth Company set sail on the Richard for the Popham Colony, Maine, USA. Thomas St. John was captured by the Spanish off the coast of Florida and after his release he returned to England. 
    Fact 1 10 Nov 1606  Popham Colony Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Thomas St. John taken prisoner aboard the Richard and sailed to Spain. 
    Fact 2 1 Jan 1607  Spain Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Thomas St. John cast into a Spanish Prison. 
    Also Known As 14 Feb 1607  Saint Margaret, Westminster, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    Thomas Sen Jones; see baptism of son, John St. John 
    Fact 3 23 Oct 1607  Spain Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Thomas St. John escapes a Spanish Prison and flees to England 
    Fact 4 24 Nov 1607  Cornwall, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Thomas St. John arrives back in England 
    Also Known As 31 Dec 1609  Saint Margaret, Westminster, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [16
    Thomas Senson; see baptism of son, Thomas St. John 
    Also Known As 6 Jan 1615  Saint Margaret, Westminster, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [17
    Thomas Sayntiohn; see baptism of daughter, Jane St. John 
    Also Known As 2 Feb 1621  London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Thomas St John, Esq.; see marriage of daughter, Anne St. John 
    Generation 18 
    Residence Uchel-olau (High-light), Gwenfo, Glamorganshire, Wales, Great Britain Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Title 3 Feb 1621  London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Distinction: Esquire - Admitted to Gray's Inn 8 May 1577. 
    Died 24 May 1625  St. Margaret's, Westminster, London Find all individuals with events at this location  [18
    • The Death and Burial of Thomas St. John1, Esquire
      Thomas1 was buried ?Thomas St. John? May 24, 1625, St. Margaret, Westminster, London, England. In the records there was not a cross or ?ch? to indicate this burial record belonged to a child, like the other St. John burial records at this parish. The burial recorded ended with D and this likely meant that Thomas held a higher status and incurred double fees. Double fees meant the burial was either in a better place in the church or a more elaborate funeral. This burial record most likely fits Thomas St. John1, the elder but a will has not yet been located to confirm it.
      Jane (Mathew) St. John likely died after December 1609 and before September 1610 in Westminster, England or Glamorgan, Wales.
    Record Status 29 Aug 2014 
    Record Complete  
    Person ID SSH0001  St. John Origin and Ancestry DNA Database | St. John Generation One - Raoul de Sancto Johanne
    Last Modified 1 Nov 2016 

    DNA Tests  atDNA-I11926 Living
    atDNA-philipking140 Philip King, AncestryDNA philipking140
    atDNA-smdold-Bryan Dold Living
    atDNA-bdanderson63 Living
    atDNA-A839201 Living
    Y-DNA-314501 Living
    Y-DNA-360 Donald Saulson St. John (2 Feb 2001)
    Y-DNA-10177 Jack Earl St. John (2 Jun 2003)
    Y-DNA-10181 Living (2 Jun 2003)
    Y-DNA-10169 Living (11 Jun 2003)
    Y-DNA-17467 Private (13 Apr 2004)
    Y-DNA-N19542 Living (2 Feb 2006)
    Y-DNA-73130 Living (29 Sep 2006)
    Y-DNA-107085 Living (4 Dec 2007)
    Y-DNA-116438 Edgar Jefferson St. John (25 Mar 2008)
    Y-DNA-146250 Living (16 Feb 2009)
    atDNA-218483 Living (1 Nov 2011)
    Y-DNA-226686 Living (17 Jan 2012)
    atDNA-228350
    thepoetz
    Suzanne St. John (2 Mar 2012)
    Y-DNA-233862 Jason J. St. John (10 Apr 2012)
    Y-DNA-247352 Living (24 Jul 2012)
    Y-DNA-280846 Living (8 Apr 2013)
    Y-DNA-293407 Living (17 Jul 2013)
    Y-DNA-359096 Eugene St. John (12 Aug 2014)
    Y-DNA-345192 Living (15 Aug 2014)
    atDNA-393649 Living (29 Dec 2014)
    Y-DNA-383916 Living (5 Feb 2015)
    Y-DNA-418428 Living (29 May 2015)
    Y-DNA-428750 Living (24 Jul 2015)
    Y-DNA-450252 Living (25 Nov 2015)
    Y-DNA-453955 Living (1 Dec 2015)
    Y-DNA-449632 Living (8 Dec 2015)
    atDNA-459218 Living (26 Dec 2015)
    atDNA-lbrandle61 Living (2016)
    atDNA-jstjohn110 Living (2016)
    atDNA-BatMet98 Living (2016)
    atDNA-495202 Living (2016)
    Y-DNA-473888 Living (27 Jan 2016)
    Y-DNA-493547 Living (7 Apr 2016)
    Y-DNA-545985 Living (13 Sep 2016)
    Y-DNA-588741 Living (5 Jan 2017)
    Y-DNA-655608 Living (10 Apr 2017)
    Y-DNA-673398 Living (1 May 2017)

    Father Christopher St. John, Esquire,   b. 23 Sep 1547, Uchel-olau (High-light), Gwenfo, Glamorganshire, Wales, Great Britain Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Apr 1616, Uchel-olau (High-light), Gwenfo, Glamorganshire, Wales, Great Britain Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Elizabeth Bawdrep,   b. abt. 1550, of, Odyn's Fee, Pen-marc, Glamorganshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. aft. 1617  (Age ~ 68 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married abt. 1564  Uchel-olau (High-light), Gwenfo, Glamorganshire, Wales, Great Britain Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F4329  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Jane Mathew,   b. abt. 1566, Llandaff, Glamorgan, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. abt. 1609, Westminster, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 43 years) 
    Married abt. 1580 
    • AGE OF MAJORITY:
      WALES had a much different set of laws and customs pertaining to marriage. Even after Wales was part of England, they still followed local courts and customs and some even carry into today. The age of Majority was 21 for both men and women. This was purely for legal papers and had nothing to do with age of consent. The age of Maturity was often seen as 30 or 35 and this was an age when a person was thought worthy of being able to make judgements. These ages only applied to legal matters. A girl could marry at 12 and a boy at 14 but neither could directly inherit assets, hence they might be wards to a mature guardian. Children younger than 12 could be promised in marriage and in some cases such couples were brought up together in the same household. A girl usually needs to weigh about 98lbs to be able to conceive and that was the average weight for a non-working twelve year old.
      Some say a boy had to be age 17. There is no clear-cut rule. It seems to depend on the family dynamics for each individual situation.
    • MARRIAGE CONTRACT ? of Thomas St. John & Jane Mathew
      Robert Mathew held numerous lands in Glamorgan, Wales but until 1590 he had only daughters. In order to keep the lands from being shared among his daughters or returned to the crown, Robert Mathew likely entered into a business arrangement with Christopher St. John 1 to have his second son, Thomas marry his eldest daughter, Jane. Upon the creation of a male heir, Robert Mathew could leave his land holdings to this male in his will. Thomas St. John and Jane Mathew, likely a young couple, were married and produced the said offspring, Christopher St. John 2. However, in 1590 Thomas Mathew was born and following his birth another four sons were born. This resulted in Christopher St. John 2 no longer being the male heir to Robert Mathew. In Robert Mathew's will, he left Christopher St. John 2, 20 pounds but left nothing to Christopher's siblings. This was like a contingency payout to meet the terms of the contract between Christopher 1 and Robert Mathew. This is further evidenced by the fact that Robert Mathew had been making annual payments to Jane Mathew St. John that he lumped into a final payment in his will. These annual payments were likely part of the marriage contract upon the creation of Robert Mathew's male heir to support the said child and family.
      Since Christopher 2 now didn't stand much of a chance of inheriting St. John or Mathew estates, he was likely sent into a guild trade in 1594 as part of the indenture contracted created between Christopher St. John 1 and Thomas St. John from 1594 - 1616.
    • Will of Robert Mathew (Transcription)
      1 September 1608
      Probate Section:
      219. (On) the Fourth day of the month of December (in) the Year
      220. of (our) Lord the one thousandth six hundredth (&) eleventh, has issued a Commission (to) Thomas St John, gentleman,
      221. Husband of Jane Mathewe, the natural and legitimate daughter of Robert Mathewe, late of Cardiff, of Llandaff
      222. Diocese, deceased, having, etc., For administering the goods, rights, and credits of the said deceased, according to the tenor
      223. and effect of the testament and Codicil of the same deceased, During the minority of Thomas Mathewe,
      224. (on) the Thirteenth day of the month of February (in) the Year of (our) Lord, according to the course and computation of the Anglican church, the one thousandth six hundredth
      225. (&) eleventh, has issued a commission (to) Joan Mathewe[3], Relict of Robert Mathewe, late while he lived of Cardiff (in) the county of Glamorgan,
      226. deceased, having, etc., for administering the goods, rights, and credits of the same, according to the tenor and effect of the testament of the same deceased, during the minority of Thomas
      227. Mathewe, son of the said deceased, and the executor, etc., with regard to well, etc., sworn, (by) Letters of administration of the goods of the said deceased, with the testament annexed, otherwise (on) the 4th day of the month
      228. of December (in) the Year of (our) Lord 1611[/12][4], (to) the which Thomas St John, during the minority of the afore-mentioned executor, (by) the authority of this Court
      229. committed and granted today, in the Register of this Court introduced and voided.

      NOTE: Thomas Mathew likely turned age of majority , or21, on December 4, 1611/12 making his birthdate most likely December 4, 1590/1 and at this time, Thomas St. John relinquished his administration of Robert Mathew?s affairs over to Thomas Mathew and the court agreed he was to be paid for such service.
    Theory Welsh Theory by Suzanne St. John places Christopher as son of Thomas St. John, Esq. and Jane Mathew of Uchel-olau, Wales 
    • Christopher St. John (2) is listed as the son of Thomas St. John and Jane Mathew in the wills of Christopher St. John (1) d. 1616 and Robert Mathew d. 1608, their fathers respectively and Christopher 2's grandfathers.
    Children 
    +1. Christopher St. John,   b. abt. 1581, Uchel-olau (High-light), Gwenfo, Glamorganshire, Wales, Great Britain Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jun 1629, St. Olave, Silver Street Parish, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 48 years)  [Birth]
     2. Katheren St. John,   b. 5 Apr 1584, St Andrew, Holborn, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
    +3. Mathew St. John,   b. 13 Apr 1590, St Andrew, Holborn, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jan 1671, Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)  [Birth]
     4. Raphe St. John,   b. 16 Jan 1596, St Andrew, Holborn, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Mar 1596, St Andrew, Holborn, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)  [Birth]
    +5. Anne St. John,   b. 28 Oct 1599, St Andrew, Holborn, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
     6. Edward St. John,   b. 23 Jan 1604, St Andrew, Holborn, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
     7. Stephen St. John,   b. 29 Dec 1605, Saint Margaret, Westminster, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Aug 1607, Saint Margaret, Westminster, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)  [Birth]
    +8. John St. John,   b. Feb 1607, Saint Margaret, Westminster, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Sep 1665, St Botolph, Aldgate, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 58 years)  [Birth]
    +9. Thomas St. John,   b. 31 Dec 1609, Saint Margaret, Westminster, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Dec 1665, St Dunstan and All Saints, Stepneyy, Middlesex, Tower Hamlets, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)  [Birth]
    Documents
    Marriage of Thomas St. John & Jane Mathew
    Marriage of Thomas St. John & Jane Mathew
    Last Modified 3 Mar 2015 
    Family ID F4328  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Agnes Clarke,   b. abt. 1590,   d. 30 Aug 1679  (Age ~ 89 years) 
    Married 25 Sep 1610  St. Olave, Silver Street Parish, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [19
    Children 
     1. Jane St. John,   b. 6 Jan 1615, Saint Margaret, Westminster, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jan 1621, Saint Margaret, Westminster, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 6 years)  [Birth]
     2. Margerie St. John,   b. 14 Feb 1619, Saint Margaret, Westminster, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Dec 1634, Saint Margaret, Westminster, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 15 years)  [Birth]
     3. Samuel St. John,   b. 18 Jul 1623, Saint Margaret, Westminster, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Apr 1624, Saint Margaret, Westminster, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)  [Birth]
    Documents
    Marriage: Thomas St. John to Agnes Clark
    Marriage: Thomas St. John to Agnes Clark
    Last Modified 3 Mar 2015 
    Family ID F351  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - abt. 1564 - Uchel-olau (High-light), Gwenfo, Glamorganshire, Wales, Great Britain Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsName - Tho Sinison; see baptism of daughter Katheren - 5 Apr 1584 - St. Andrew?s Holborn, Camden, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsName - Thomas Shonson; see baptism of son Mathew - 13 Apr 1590 - St. Andrew?s Holborn, Camden, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsName - Thomas Sinson; see baptism of son Raphe - 16 Jan 1596 - St. Andrew?s Holborn, Camden, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsName - Thomas Sainson; see burial of son Raphe - 19 Mar 1596 - St. Andrew?s Holborn, Camden, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsName - Thomas Sainson; see baptism of daughter, Anne - 28 Oct 1599 - St. Andrew?s Holborn, Camden, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsName - Tho: Sanon; see baptism of son, Edward - 23 Jan 1604 - St. Andrew?s Holborn, Camden, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsAlso Known As - Thomas Sayntiones; see baptism of son, Stephen St. John - 29 Dec 1605 - Saint Margaret, Westminster, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsFact 2 - Thomas St. John cast into a Spanish Prison. - 1 Jan 1607 - Spain Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsAlso Known As - Thomas Sen Jones; see baptism of son, John St. John - 14 Feb 1607 - Saint Margaret, Westminster, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsFact 3 - Thomas St. John escapes a Spanish Prison and flees to England - 23 Oct 1607 - Spain Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsFact 4 - Thomas St. John arrives back in England - 24 Nov 1607 - Cornwall, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsAlso Known As - Thomas Senson; see baptism of son, Thomas St. John - 31 Dec 1609 - Saint Margaret, Westminster, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 25 Sep 1610 - St. Olave, Silver Street Parish, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsAlso Known As - Thomas Sayntiohn; see baptism of daughter, Jane St. John - 6 Jan 1615 - Saint Margaret, Westminster, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsAlso Known As - Thomas St John, Esq.; see marriage of daughter, Anne St. John - 2 Feb 1621 - London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Uchel-olau (High-light), Gwenfo, Glamorganshire, Wales, Great Britain Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsTitle - Distinction: Esquire - Admitted to Gray's Inn 8 May 1577. - 3 Feb 1621 - London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 24 May 1625 - St. Margaret's, Westminster, London Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 
    Pin Legend  : Address       : Location       : City/Town       : County/Shire       : State/Province       : Country       : Not Set

  • Documents
    Cardiff MS 5.6: Welsh Pedigrees.  Courtesy of Cardiff Libraries
5.6-2 St. John: Maunsell page 496
    Cardiff MS 5.6: Welsh Pedigrees. Courtesy of Cardiff Libraries 5.6-2 St. John: Maunsell page 496
    MS 5.6 = Ph. 12126
    WELSH PEDIGREES, c. 1687
    A large and well-organised collection of Welsh and notably Glamorgan pedigrees arranged under the ‘fifteen tribes’ followed by the advenae of Glamorgan, evidently compiled by or for Francis Gwyn of Llansannor (who married the heiress of Ford Abbey, Devon, in 1690), see pp. 326, 627. Compiled before 1667–8, see pp. 327, 493. The main part of the MS is evidently a page for page copy of an exemplar in handsome italic script of which one leaf survives loose after p. 116. [Is this David Edwardes? cf. THSC (1976), p. 118]. Includes painted arms. Index on pp. 617–21.

    628 pp. Modern half-leather. ‘John Francis Gwyn 1819’ on p. 20. ‘MSS of Ford Abbey 236’ in TP’s hand on flyleaf.
    nlw 7a p.273
    nlw 7a p.273
    NLW 7A contains pedigrees of Glamorgan and Monmouth families and other parts of Wales and pages 1-275 were written in 1678.
    nlw 7a pps. 274-275
    nlw 7a pps. 274-275
    NLW 7A contains pedigrees of Glamorgan and Monmouth families and other parts of Wales and pages 1-275 were written in 1678.
    nlw 8a p.166 (UNRELIABLE RECORD)
    nlw 8a p.166 (UNRELIABLE RECORD)
    NLW 8A contains genealogies of Glamorgan families, written in 1677-78.
    Burial of Stephen St. John
    Burial of Stephen St. John
    Baptism Stephen St. John
    Baptism Stephen St. John
    Baptism for John St. John
    Baptism for John St. John
    Baptism: Katheren St. John
    Baptism: Katheren St. John
    Baptism: Raphe St. John
    Baptism: Raphe St. John
    Burial: Raphe St. John
    Burial: Raphe St. John
    Baptism: Anne St. John
    Baptism: Anne St. John
    Baptism: Edward St. John
    Baptism: Edward St. John
    Baptism: Thomas St. John
    Baptism: Thomas St. John
    Baptism: Jane St. John
    Baptism: Jane St. John
    Burial: Jane St. John
    Burial: Jane St. John
    Baptism: Margery St. John
    Baptism: Margery St. John
    Burial: Margery St. John
    Burial: Margery St. John
    Baptism: Samuel St. John
    Baptism: Samuel St. John
    Burial: Samuel St. John
    Burial: Samuel St. John
    Baptism; Mathew St. John
    Baptism; Mathew St. John

    St. John Probate
    Christopher St. John 1 1616-17 Will
    Christopher St. John 1 1616-17 Will
    LL/1617/5 . W [ ]

    1. In the name of god Amen : the xxijth (22nd) daie of Aprill, in Anno D[omi]ni 1616: I Christopher S[ain]t Joh[n]
    2. of Highlightt (Highlight), al[ia]s Ychelole (Uchelola) in the Com[itatus] (County) of Glam[organ] Gent[leman], and dioc[e]s[e] of Llandaff, sicke in bodie, but wh[ole]
    3. in minde, and in good and p[er]fect Remembrance (thanks be given unto th’Almightie god) Consideringe w[ith] my
    4. self the frailtie of nature, that it is requisite and necessarie for ev[er]y Christian to be in a Continuall
    5. readines for death, whensoev[er] the good will of god shalbe to Call him, doe hereby make ordeine, and
    6. declare this p[re]sent testamente, Conteyninge herein my last will in man[ner] and forme followinge: that is to
    7. saie, first I Com[m]ende my soule willinglie into the hands of th’almightie god, and my bodie unto the earth
    8. whereof it came; there to be buried in Christian Buriall. Item I doe give, devise and dispose, al[l] my
    9. whole man[nor] of Ychelole aforesaid, in possession and rev[er]c[i]on, and all Rents suits, And servic[e]s thereunto d[ ]
    10. and app[er]teyninge, togither w[i]th sixe acres of meadowe lands, and one Mill, sett, lienge, and beinge w[i]thin th[e]
    11. p[ar]ish of Wenvoe, unto my welbeloved son Sir William St John knighte, and to his heires males for e[ver]
    12. and in defaulte of such heires, unto Christopher St John, the son of Thomas St John, for terme of
    13. his naturall lif, and to his heires males for ev[er]: and in defaulte of such heires, unto William St John,
    14. the son of Oliv[er] St John, for terme of his naturall lif, and to his heires males for ev[er]: and in defaulte of such
    15. heires to the rightefull heires of mee the said Christopher St John for ev[er]. Allso my will is, that such form[er]
    16. Grannts, bargaines and Leases by mee heretofore made, upon any of my lands arrable, meadowe, and
    17. pasture, unto any of my tenannts be allowed and p[er]mitted, to be fullie, and whollie expired, and ended,
    18. w[i]thout any im[m]peachmente, vexac[i]on, or molestac[i]on of any p[er]son or p[er]sons whatsoev[er]: all w[hi]ch form[er] grannts
    19. and Demises, the w[hi]ch I have given, demised, and disposed for terme of lif or fee taile, I my self may
    20. lawfullie approve and Justifie (as it may) more evidentlie appeare by one Indenture bearinge date
    21. the iiijth (4th) daie of Februaryie, in the xxxixth (39th) yeere of the Reigne of o[u]r sov[er]reigne Ladie Elizabeth (of
    22. famous memorie) of England, Frannce, and Irelande Queene &c (4th February 1596/7): made betwine Christopher St John
    23. of Ychelole, al[ia]s highlighte, in the Com[itatus] of Glam[organ] gent[leman], of th’on[e] p[ar]tie, And Thomas St John, one of the
    24. son[n]es of Christopher St John aforesaid gent[leman], of th’other p[ar]tie, as there more at large sufficiantlie
    25. Doth and may appeere. And I doe make, ordeine, and appointe Elizabeth St John my wif, sole
    26. Executrix, of this my p[re]sent last will and testament. Allso I doe utterlie revoke, and disannull all
    27. and singular ev[er]y other form[er] testaments, wills, Legacyes, bequests, Executor or Executors, by mee in
    28. any wise before this tyme, made, named, ordeined, or appointed. In witnes whereof unto
    29. this my p[re]sent will and testamente made, I have heere putte my hande and seale, even the daie,
    30. M[o]nthe, and Yeere first above written.

    {Seal} {Seal}
    31. Christopher Saint ioh[n]


    32. p[ro]bat[um] apud Llandaff
    33. 28 May 1617 Coram
    34. M__ Mag[i]stro(?) Joh___
    35. ____

    36. Sealed, signed, and deliv[er]ed in the p[re]sence of us:
    37. William Spencer of Penmarke
    38. John Rich John Rich[a]rd of Walters farme
    39. Thomas Johnes of the same
    40. John Davyes Clerk w[i]th others

    Medieval Homesteads
    Odyn's Fee (Google Map c. 2016) Matthew Road, Odyn's Fee, and St. John's Place
    Odyn's Fee (Google Map c. 2016) Matthew Road, Odyn's Fee, and St. John's Place
    modern aerial view of what once was Odyn's Fee. The site has been built over with modern housing
    Odyn's Fee street sign
    Odyn's Fee street sign
    Matthew Road
    Matthew Road
    Odyn's Fee
    Odyn's Fee
    Odyn's Fee
    Odyn's Fee

    Heraldry
    St. John Shield
    St. John Shield
    Direct decendant of St. John at St. Jean-le-Thomas, Normandy, France

  • Sources 
    1. [S10] The National Archives: Reference: PROB 11/118/477 Description: Will of Robert Mathew, Gentleman of Cardiff, Glamorganshire Date: 04 December 1611 Held by: The National Archives, Kew Legal status: Public Record.

    2. [S3] LL/1617/5.

    3. [S25] Sessions of the Peace and Gaol Delivery, on 14 and 16 July, 15 James 1 [A.D. 1617].
      Merrick Griffin of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields [Westminster, London, England], tailor, and Ralph Powell of St. Clement Danes [Westminster, London, England], gentleman, for Morgan Mathewe of St. Andrew, co. Glamorgan, gentleman, to appear for a rescue; and for Thomas St. John of London, gentleman, to appear, suspected for a robbery. Memorandum that Thomas Carpenter of St. Clement Danes [Westminster, London, England] was likewise bound to give evidence against the said Morgan, and Jeremiah Sparkes of the same, tailor, was bound to give evidence against the said Thomas St. John. George Mathew of London, gentleman, bound over for a rescue, and Ewin Martin of St. Clement Danes [Westminster, London, England], scrivener, came to give evidence.

    4. [S31] "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/N5WF-4PR : accessed 16 Oct 2013), Margery St. John, Feb 1619. (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S32] "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/J791-NYH : accessed 16 Oct 2013), Samuel St. John, 18 Jul 1623. (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S33] Memorials of St. Margaret’s church, Westminster, comprising the parish registers, 1539-1660, and other churchwardens’ accounts, 1460-1603 ([1914-). Page 534A free e-book version can be found at: https://archive.org/details/memorialsofstmar00westrich (Reliability: 3).

    7. [S34] #11886 The Golden Grove books of pedigrees (filmed 1970), (Manuscript, National Library of Wales manuscript number Castell Gorfod 7. Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1950), FHL microfilms 104,349-104,351., book 4 p. C548; book 5 p. C639*. (Reliability: 3).

    8. [S35] MS. 11964 - Glamorgan Pedigrees, (Microfilm of mss. in the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth. NLW MSS. 11964, 6611, 6544, 8, 6548, 3757, 6549, 3753. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1950.), FHL microfilm 104312 item 1., pedigree: Mathews. (Reliability: 3).

    9. [S36] MS. 8 - Glamorgan Pedigrees (MFU #12434), (Microfilm of mss. in the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth. NLW MSS. 11964, 6611, 6544, 8, 6548, 3757, 6549, 3753. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1950.), FHL microfilm 104312., p. 166 (b)*. (Reliability: 3).

    10. [S37] #11886 The Golden Grove books of pedigrees (filmed 1970), (Manuscript, National Library of Wales manuscript number Castell Gorfod 7. Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1950), FHL microfilms 104,349-104,351., book 4 p. C548; book 5 p. C639. (Reliability: 3).

    11. [S38] MS. 8 - Glamorgan Pedigrees (MFU #12434), (Microfilm of mss. in the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth. NLW MSS. 11964, 6611, 6544, 8, 6548, 3757, 6549, 3753. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1950.), FHL microfilm 104312., p. 166 (b). (Reliability: 3).

    12. [S39] MS. 11964 - Glamorgan Pedigrees, (Microfilm of mss. in the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth. NLW MSS. 11964, 6611, 6544, 8, 6548, 3757, 6549, 3753. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1950.), FHL microfilm 104312 item 1., pedigree: Mathews. (Reliability: 3).

    13. [S5] Gray's Inn Admission Register: 1521-1887, Folio 657 (Reliability: 3).
      Folio 657: Thomas St. John (May 8, 1577)
      The son of Henry St. John and Jane Neale, Thomas St. John, was likely born at this time, so not likely the one mentioned in this record.

    14. [S27] "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JMRM-VJV : accessed 18 Oct 2013), Steven Sayntiones, Dec 1605. (Reliability: 3).

    15. [S28] "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975,"Index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JMRM-CYM : accessed 18 Oct 2013), John Sen Jones, Feb 1608. (Reliability: 3).

    16. [S29] "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/J791-Z97 : accessed 18 Oct 2013), Thomas Senson in entry for Thomas Senson, 31 Dec 1609. (Reliability: 3).

    17. [S30] "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/N5WN-WHN : accessed 18 Oct 2013), Jane Sayntiohn, 06 Jan 1615. (Reliability: 3).

    18. [S4] St. Margaret's Westminster Parish Records, 534 (Reliability: 3), 24 May 1625.
      Thomas1 was buried ?Thomas St. John? May 24, 1625 at Saint Margaret, Westminster, London, England. In the records there was not a cross or ?ch? to indicate this burial record belonged to a child, like the other St. John burial records at this parish.

    19. [S40] London Metropolitan Archives, St Olave Silver Street, Composite register of baptisms 1562-1770, marriages 1562-1680, burials 1561-1770, P69/OLA3/A/001/MS06534. (Reliability: 1).


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