Joan Fermor (c.1516 - 1592)

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About Joan Fermor

Joan Fermor was the daughter of Sir Richard Fermor of Easton Neston, Northamptonshire (1482-November 17, 1551) and Anne Browne (d.1551+). At some point before 1536, she was a maid of honor to Princess Mary. In that year, she married Robert Wilford (d. September 1545), a merchant tailor and London alderman. She had at least one child, a daughter, by her first husband. On December 3, 1545, she married Sir John Mordaunt (1508-1571), son and heir of the 1st baron Mordaunt, as his second wife. At an unspecified date after that, Sir John's son and heir, Lewis Mordaunt, who was only around seven years old when his father remarried, compromised his stepsister, Joan's daughter. Joan insisted that they marry and her husband supported her in this, but Lord Mordaunt, the boy's grandfather, objected. He took Lewis in and disinherited his own son when Sir John threatened to bar Lewis from succeeding to his mother's lands. They were apparently reconciled before Mordaunt died on August 18, 1562. Lewis married someone else the following year. Joan married Sir Thomas Kempe of Ollantigh, Kent (1517-March 7, 1591) by a settlement dated December 20, 1571, as his third wife. They had no children. In her third widowhood, Joan lived with her stepson, Moyle Kempe, in Cornwall. She was a recusant. She left a will proved April 5, 1592.Portrait: effigy on the Mordaunt tomb in All Saints Church, Turvey .


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