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Elizabeth Shelley (Michelgrove)

Birthplace: Clapham, Sussex , England
Death: Died in Clapham, Sussex, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Michelgrove, Esq. and Mary Michelgrove
Wife of John Shelly, MP
Mother of Edward Shelley; John Shelley; Jane Bellingham; Elizabeth Shelley; Sir William Shelley, MP and 4 others

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About Elizabeth Shelley

Elizabeth Michelgrove (daughter of John Michelgrove and Mary Sidney) was born 29 Mar 1460 (some 3 months after her father) died in Clapham, Sussex, England, and died June 30, 1518 (sic: 3 July 1514 [5 Hen. VIII]) in Clapham, Sussex, England. She married John Shelley, son of John Shelley and Beatrice Hawkwood. John Shelley established the Shelleys as landed gentry in Sussex with his marriage to Elizabeth Michelgrove in 1474. Shelleys in Sussex were recorded in Rye in East Sussex in the early fourteenth century. A John Shelley was able, in 1474, to secure the marriage of Elizabeth Michelgrove and thereby bring the extensive Michelgrove estates near Arundel under his control. For three centuries thereafter, the Shelleys were landed gentry in Sussex, with various branches in West and East Sussex. The branch in East Sussex included the black sheep of the family, the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Children of Elizabeth Michelgrove and John Shelley:

  • William Shelley, b. Abt. 1480, Clapham, Sussex, England, d. Bef. May 10, 1549, Sussex, England.
  • Richard Shelley
  • John Shelley
  • Anne Shelley
  • Edward Shelley
  • Elizabeth Shelley
  • George Shelley
  • Joana Shelley
  • Anne Shelley


From http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/GEN-MEDIEVAL/2012-10/1351487067

My sources for the death of John Michelgrove come from the notes of another researcher (Michael Smith) sent to me by Paul Mackenzie.

The notes are as follows:

"John Michelgrove, Elizabeth's father, was a young man of only 23 when he died on 21 November 1459[IPM 1Edw4 No.17], only ten months after the death of his father John Michelgrove, esquire the elder. The later died on 27 January 1458/9 [27 Jan 1459 n.s.] and his inquisition post mortem [ IPM 37Hen6 No.9] give the age of his son and heir, John the younger as 22 years and 11 months on 22 April 1459....."

I haven't seen the actual IPM of either man but it would appear this is the best evidence for the deaths of John senior and junior and not the brasses at Clapham that record both men dying in August 1458. Plus John junior's only daughter and heir Elizabeth Michelgrove was born 29 Mar 1460 some 3 months after her father died.


From http://fortunatusfamilia.com.au/getperson.php?personID=I08544&tree=tree1

From the Will of Sir William Shelley of Clapham, Sussex Date 08 February 1549 Catalogue reference PROB 11/32

ELIZABETH, widow of JOHN SHELLEY, esq., and daughter and heir of John Michelgrove, otherwise called John Fawkenor, esq. Vol. 46, No. 15. Steyning, 29 June 19 Hen. VIII. Died 30 July 5 Hen. VIII. Heir, son William Shelley, now one of the Justices of the King's Bench, and aged 48 and more. Lands called " Michelgrove " and other lands in Clapham, " Buls- hams " in Yapton, lands in Barnham, manor of Benstede, lands in Fittleworth, Petworth, Stopham, Pulborough, Cbichester, Funtingdon, Bosham, Wootton near Fakington. and advowson of the chapel of Wootton, and lands in Patching and Heene, lands called " Wantley " in Sullington. So seized she married John Shelley, and they 10 July 3 Hen. VIII. on the marriage of their son William S. with Alice, one of the sisters and heirs apparent of Edward Belknap, settled them to their use.


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Elizabeth Shelley's Timeline

March 29, 1460
Clapham, Sussex , England
Age 5
Clapham, Sussex, England
Age 13
Clapham, West Sussex, England, United Kingdom
Age 17
Angmering, West Sussex, England, United Kingdom
Age 17
Clapham, Sussex, Eng.
Age 18
Clapham, Sussex, Eng.
Age 19
Clapham, Sussex, England
Age 20
Michaelgrove, Sussex, England
Age 21
Clapman, Sussex
Age 25
Clapham, Sussex, Eng.