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Nicknames: "John Boothe", "John bouthe", "John bothe", "John Boothes"
Birthplace: Barton, Lancashire, England
Death: Died in Winmarleigh, Lancashire, England
Occupation: Squire of barton
Managed by: Jocelynn Elaine Oakes
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About John de Boothe, of Barton

  • John Boothe, Esq.1,2,3,4,5
  • M, #11208, b. circa 1358, d. March 1422
  • Father Thomas de Boothes b. c 1325, d. 1368
  • Mother Ellen de Workesley b. c 1325, d. a 1368
  • John Boothe, Esq. Did not marry Maud Savage. He was born circa 1358 at of Barton Eccles, Lancashire, England. He married Joane Trafford, daughter of Sir Henry Trafford and Margery Ince, Lady Chorlton, circa 1378 at of Barton, Lancashire, England. John Boothe, Esq. died in March 1422.
  • Family Joane Trafford b. c 1358
  • Children
    • Margaret Booth+2,4 b. c 1380, d. c 1460
    • Thomas Booth b. c 1382
    • Sir Robert Boothe+ b. c 1384, d. 16 Sep 1450
    • Jane Booth+ b. c 1386
    • William Booth, Archbishop of York b. c 1388, d. 12 Sep 1464
    • Katherine Booth+3,5 b. c 1390
    • Alice Booth+ b. c 1392, d. 9 Sep 1470
    • Richard Booth b. c 1394
    • Roger Booth, Esq.+6 b. c 1396, d. 18 Aug 1467
    • John Booth, Bishop of Exeter b. c 1398, d. 1 Apr 1478
    • Ralph Booth, Archdeacon of York b. c 1400
    • Lawrence Booth, Bishop of Durham b. c 1402
  • Citations
  • 1.[S2969] Unknown author, Lineage and Ancestry of HRH Prince Charles by Paget, Vol. II, p. 398; Stemmata Robertson, p. 205.
  • 2.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 347.
  • 3.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. IV, p. 205.
  • 4.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. III, p. 211.
  • 5.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. V, p. 178.
  • 6.[S11576] A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Extinct and Dormant Baronetcies of England, Ireland, and Scotland, by John Burke, Esq. and John Bernard Burke, Esq., p. 71.
  • From: http://our-royal-titled-noble-and-commoner-ancestors.com/p373.htm#i11208

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  • John Bouth1
  • M, #327605, b. 1360, d. 1421
  • Last Edited=8 Sep 2012
  • John Bouth was born in 1360.2 He was the son of Sir Thomas Bouth and Elena de Workesley.1,2 He married, firstly, Joan Trafford, daughter of Sir Henry Trafford.3 He married, secondly, unknown wife (?).3 He died in 1421.2
  • He lived at Barton, Lancashire, England.3
  • Children of John Bouth and Joan Trafford
    • 1.Sir Robert Bouth+1 d. 16 Sep 1450
    • 2.Sir Thomas Bouth+3
    • 3.William Bouth3
    • 4.Richard Bouth3
    • 5.Sir Roger Booth+3
    • 6.John Bouth3 d. c 1478
    • 7.Ralph Bouth3
    • 8.Margery Bouth3
    • 9.Joan Bouth3
    • 10.Catherine Bouth3
    • 11.Alice Bouth3
  • Child of John Bouth and unknown wife (?)
    • 1.Laurence Booth3 b. c 1420, d. 19 May 1480
  • Citations
  • 1.[S229] Burke John and John Bernard Burke, A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Extinct and Dormant Baronetcies of England (1841, reprint; Baltimore, Maryland, USA: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1985), page 72. Hereinafter cited as Extinct and Dormant Baronetcies of England.
  • 2.[S6335] Stanley Booth, "re: Booth Family," e-mail message to Darryl Roger LUNDY (101053), 24 August 2012. Hereinafter cited as "re: Booth Family."
  • 3.[S229] Burke John and John Bernard Burke, Extinct and Dormant Baronetcies of England, page 71.
  • From: http://www.thepeerage.com/p32761.htm#i327605

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Amongst the benefactors to the Parish Church of Eccles in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries the Booths of Barton occupy perhaps the first place. A few of their benefactions have been mentioned, and in addition to these, it is certain there were many minor ones of which no record has survived. In addition to this, the family played a very important part in the social life of the community, being extensive land holders and occupying the position of lords of the manor. It is, therefore, necessary that something more than a passing reference should be made to them.

The family was really a branch of the family of Booth of Boothstown, Worsley, the first Booth of Barton being John de Booth, who married Loretta, who was daughter and sole heiress of Agnes de Barton. Agnes de Barton was descended from Edith de Barton, daughter of Albert Grelle, or Greslet, who was the fourth Baron of Manchester.

The first Lord of the Manor of Mamecestre, or Manchester, was also Albert Greslet, who, as a favourite of Roger de Poictou, probably occupied a high position at the Courts of William I and William II. It is thought that he received the grant of the Barony of Mamecestre about 1086, and, until the death of Thomas, the eighth Baron, in 1310, the Barony continued in the hands of the Greslets. Thomas, having no male issue, left the Barony to his sister Joan, who had married Sir John de Ia Warre, Baron of Wickwar, County Gloucester. Albert Greslet the Younger, as the fourth Baron is often called, died in 1182, and was succeeded by his son, Robert. His daughter Edith married Gilbert, son of William de Notten, of Yorkshire, in 1190. Included amongst the lands paying knights' fees in the County of Lancaster in the opening decade of the thir-teenth century were those of Gilbert de Notten, who held in the right of his wife (Edith de Barton) "fourteen oxgangs of the Lord the King in Thanage, for which he paid 26s. annually."

John de Booth, by marrying Loretta de Notten, became Lord of the Manor of Barton, the family becoming known as the Booths of Barton. His son Thomas was the founder of the first chantry in the Eccles Parish Church, and also endowed the chantry of Salford Bridge. Of his three sons, one, John, married Joan Trafford, of Trafford, another, Robert, became Sheriff of Cheshire, died in 1460, and is buried in Wilmslow Churchyard; and his eldest son, Thomas, succeeded to the Barony.

Robert de Booth, the Sheriff of Cheshire, married Dorice, daughter and co-heir of Sir William Venables, and their son, Sir William Booth, married Matilda, daughter of John Dutton. Their son George succeeded to the title and estates, which passed to his son William, who married Margaret, daughter and heir of Sir Thomas Assheton, of Ashton-under-Lyne, from whom descended the Earls of Stamford and Warrington, owners of great estates at Ashton-under-Lyne and Dunham Massey. Dunham Park belongs to the family, and Dunham Hall is one of the residences of the present Earl. It will thus be seen that, although the direct male line of the Booths of Barton died out, the name survives in a family notable in the pages of the annals of our English nobility.

The direct line of the Booths of Barton may now be traced in brief. The Thomas del Bothe, elder brother of the Sheriff of Cheshire, succeeded to the Barony of Barton. He also married a member of the family notable, among other matters, for having produced the Black Knight, a title of derision applied to Sir Ralph Assheton, whose name and deeds are celebrated annually at Ashton-under-Lyne on Easter Monday by the function of the "Riding of the Black Knight." Their son, Sir John Booth, was killed at the battle of Flodden Field. He was succeeded as Lord of the Manor of Barton by his son John, the last heir in direct descent, who died in 1576. Dying without male issue, his properties and estates were inherited by his two daughters.

One of these married George Legh, of High Legh, Cheshire, who succeeded thereby to the Barton estate. The fact is noted in the street list of the borough, and Legh Street, Patricroft, serves to remind that nearly three and a half centuries ago the right of the Lord of the Manor of Barton, held for about two centuries by the Booths in succession to the Bartons of Barton, the male heirs of which family had died out about the middle of the fourteenth century, passed over to a well-known Cheshire family. Another daughter of the last of the Booths of Barton married Sir Edward Trafford, taking with her certain lands which adjoined the Trafford estate; and from the marriage succeeded the direct line of the Traffords of Trafford.

The William de Bothe who has been previously mentioned as a benefactor to the Parish Church, and who, amongst many important appointments, held the high position of Lord Chancellor of England, was the third son of Sir Thomas de Bothe; and Laurence de Bothe, who also was a benefactor to the Church and who also became a Lord Chancellor of England, was half-brother to William de Bothe, the father having married firstly Joan, daughter of Sir Henry Trafford, and secondly Maud, daughter of John Savage, of Clifton. There must surely be few parallels to the half-brothers in the holding of one of the highest positions in the State.

It may be noted in closing this chapter that Barton Booth, the celebrated actor of a later century, was a member of a branch of the Barton family. 542

John married Joan Trafford, daughter of Sir Henry Trafford and Agnes Doterinde.

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  • BOOTH, John I (d.1422), of Barton in Eccles, Lancs.
  • 2nd s. and h. of Thomas Booth (d.1368) of Eccles by his w. Ellen; bro. of Henry*. m. Joan, da. of Sir Henry Trafford (d.1375) of Trafford, Lancs., at least 6s. 5da.; 1s. illegit.1
  • The Booths had long been established members of the Lancashire gentry when Thomas Booth of Barton came to a violent end in 1368. Despite his widow’s attempt to obtain justice, at least one of the murderers secured a royal pardon, while another, the influential Robert Worsley*, remained suspiciously close to his victim’s second son, the subject of this biography, throughout his life. The latter shared with his two brothers bequests of grain and stock from the family estates at Barton and Bradford (Manchester), as well as receiving a personal legacy of £20. We do not know when John succeeded his elder brother, William, but he may already have entered his inheritance by 1380, at which date he and Worsley offered a recognizance for debt to a group of local men. Some two years later he joined with Sir Robert Urswyk*, Sir John Boteler* and Thomas Radcliffe* in making similar pledges to John of Gaunt, duke of Lancaster, but the purpose of this undertaking is not recorded. His relations with Gaunt were evidently cordial, for in January 1386 he was about to accompany the duke to Portugal and Spain. Preparations for another foreign venture, this time in the retinue of Sir John Drayton*, the castellan of Guines, were in hand during the summer of 1387, but in the event Booth decided to remain at home, and the royal letters of protection which had been issued to him, pending his departure for Picardy, were cancelled.6 In the following year he obtained the lease of a neighbouring estate in Boysnope from one of his relatives, thus beginning a gradual process of piecemeal expansion which led to the consolidation of his holdings in and around Eccles. The part played by Robert Worsley in his father’s murder seems to have given Booth little, if any, cause for concern. Indeed, in August 1390, he stood surety for Worsley as guardian of one of Gaunt’s wards; and not long afterwards he appeared as a juror at an inquisition on the possessions of one of his friend’s kinsmen. He again performed this function in July 1396, on the death of Henry Trafford, his brother-in-law. The precise date of his marriage to one of Sir Henry Trafford’s daughters remains unknown, but it clearly added considerably to his standing in county society, since his wife’s family exercised a good deal of influence in the Manchester area. The match may even have helped to bring him to the attention of Richard II, who, in March 1398, awarded an annuity of ten marks payable for life from the fee farm of Yorkshire.7
  • Despite his attachment to King Richard, Booth not merely survived the Lancastrian usurpation unscathed, but actually came to enjoy the patronage of the newly crowned Henry IV, perhaps because of his brother Henry’s staunch commitment to the latter’s cause. In February 1400 he obtained the wardship and marriage of the young Edward Weever, whose estates lay in the Adgarley area of Lancashire. Although he had to pay 300 marks for this concession, Booth did in return secure uninterrupted possession of the property for 13 years, and, moreover, married the boy’s widowed mother to his eldest son, Thomas. One year later he was further rewarded with the farm of land in Salford, Robert Worsley acting as one of his mainpernors on this occasion, and asking him, in return, to indemnify his transactions with the Cheshire landowner, Sir John Massey of Tatton. The year 1401 proved a busy time for Booth, since besides standing surety for three associates, one of whom was Sir Ralph Radcliffe*, he himself became embroiled in lawsuits at the Lancaster assizes over a reputed trespass and the theft of stock worth £10 from his estates.8 Worsley’s death in March 1402 brought additional responsibilities, since his son, Arthur, was pronounced insane and entrusted (together with his not inconsiderable inheritance) to Booth’s care. The latter obtained money from the Crown to offset the cost of supporting his charge, although his longstanding attachment to Worsley did not deter him from exploiting Arthur’s estates. Despite this cynical breach of trust, Booth was still fortunate enough to receive an annuity of £10 from the issues of Lancashire in return for his past services to the King. By now a man of notable wealth and status, he was able, in May 1403, to join with (Sir) Ralph Staveley* in underwriting a debt of £416 owed by the latter’s brother, Oliver, for the wardship and marriage of his young stepson, William Venables, a feudal tenant of the prince of Wales. Never one to miss an opportunity, Booth made the most of his friend’s gratitude, by securing a wife for his second son, Robert, who married into the Venables family, and eventually gained control of holdings at Bollin in Cheshire. Nor was this the end of Booth’s good fortune. In February 1405 he was made receiver of the duchy of Lancaster estates in Lancashire at an additional fee of £13 6s.8d.; and at some point before Michaelmas 1408 Henry IV bestowed upon him an annual pension to the same value from the duchy lordship of Halton in Cheshire. Throughout this period, too, he was extending his own possessions in Barton, Culcheth, Salford and Audley, which no doubt explains why he was the recipient of heavy securities from various local men. His first return to Parliament in 1411, followed shortly afterwards by his appointment to the county bench, provides a clear reflection of his position in the community.9
  • Although he replaced Booth as receiver of Lanashire in 1413, the newly crowned Henry V confirmed him in his various annuities and made sure that they did not fall too far into arrears. He also allowed him to retain control of the Worsley estates pending the outcome of a dispute with the Crown over ownership. Booth attended the elections for Lancashire to the Parliaments of 1413 (May) and 1416 (Mar.), during which time he took on another lease of royal property in the county.10 The involvement of his brother, Henry, in the unsuccessful lollard rising led by Sir John Oldcastle* early in 1414 temporarily upset this state of equilibrium, not least because Booth and his son, John, were called upon to underwrite the heavy securities of 1,000 marks demanded by the King as a guarantee of Henry’s good behaviour while a prisoner in the Tower. Booth’s decision to sue out a royal pardon in the following year may well have been influenced by this incident, although in fact Henry was soon rehabilitated; and in July 1415 he showed his gratitude by standing surety when two of his nephews became the custodians of land in Barton which had been forfeited in 1403 from the rebel Geoffrey Bulde. This award was later to involve the entire family in a quarrel with Bulde, whose claim to restitution was submitted in about 1420 to the arbitration of a panel of local landowners made up of Nicholas Blundell*, Richard Shirburne*, Ralph Radcliffe* and Sir Richard Radcliffe. The fact that Sir Richard, as sheriff, returned both Shirburne and Booth to the Parliament of December 1420, coupled with the first appearance in the Lower House of Henry Booth, who was then representing Derbyshire, suggests a concerted attempt by the family to mobilize a private lobby. Their efforts evidently met with little success, however, for in the following February Booth and his influential son-in-law, Sir John Byron*, were obliged to stand bail of 1,000 marks in Chancery on behalf of John Booth the younger, one of the chief protagonists in the affair. The latter’s evidence was still being examined several months later when, interestingly enough, Booth took part in the Lancashire elections which sent Byron and Shirburne as MPs to Westminster. Sir John had long been involved in the complex settlements of property made by Booth on his children, and had also, in 1418, guaranteed him as the farmer of crown estates in Bacup and Rossendale. Nor did he hesitate in calling upon the reciprocal services of his father-in-law as a mainpernor when the occasion arose. Booth’s efforts on his behalf were not always above suspicion, for in March 1415 the two men were implicated in an attempt to kidnap Byron’s mother and thus prevent her from alienating her extensive inheritance. The indignant Joan Byron certainly felt that Booth had master-minded the whole affair, and accused him before the court of Chancery of abduction, theft and fraud. Our Member had by then arranged the marriage of another of his daughters, Katherine, to Sir Richard Radcliffe’s son, Sir Thomas*, who took her as his second wife, and quite probably acted on his father-in-law’s behalf when he first entered Parliament in the spring of 1421. On his death she married another Lancashire MP, Nicholas Boteler*, thus extending the influence of the Booth family even further.11
  • Booth died in March 1422, shortly after obtaining a licence from the bishop of Coventry and Lichfield to make use of a private oratory. He was succeeded by his eldest son, Sir Thomas, who was then over 40 years old. A prolific man, Booth left at least 11 other children, two of whom were destined for particular eminence in the Church. Both William (d.1464) and his reputedly illegitimate brother, Laurence (d.1480), rose to become archbishops of York; and both founded chantries at the family parish church in Eccles.12
  • From: http://www.historyofparliamentonline.org/volume/1386-1421/member/booth-john-i-1422

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  • A history and genealogy of the families of Bayard, Houstoun of Georgia: and ... By Joseph Gaston Baillie Bulloch
  • https://archive.org/details/ahistoryandgene02bullgoog
  • https://archive.org/stream/ahistoryandgene02bullgoog#page/n60/mode/1up
  • Pg.49
  • Ralph Assheton of Great Lever was son of Sir Ralph Assheton, second son, who was of Great Lever, who married Margaret Lever, heiress of Great Lever, daughter of Adam Lever of Great Lever ; son of Sir Ralph Assheton of Middleton, second son, by Margaret, daughter of John Barton of Middleton ; son of Sir John de Assheton, Knight of the Bath 1429, by Margaret, daughter of Sir John Byron of Clayton by Marjory Booth, daughter of John Booth by a daughter of Sir Henry Trafford of Trafford ; son of Sir Thomas Booth by Ellen, daughter of Thomas de Workesley of Workesley ; son of John de Booth and Agnes, daughter of Sir Gilbert de Barton ; son of Thomas, son of William Booths, living 1275, by Sibil, daughter of Sir Ralph de Bereton; son of Adam de Booths.

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  • BOOTH, Henry (d.1446), of Arleston and Sinfin, Derbys.
  • 3rd s. of Thomas Booth (d.1368) of Barton in Eccles, Lancs. by his w. Ellen; yr. bro. of John I*. m. (1) Elizabeth, 1s. 1da.; (2) by Mich. 1409, Isabel, da. of John Fynderne the elder of Findern, Derbys. by his w. Katherine.1
  • Shortly before his death at the hands of a group of local men, Thomas Booth drew up a will in which he divided all the livestock and provisions on his Lancashire estates between his three sons, as well as leaving each of them £20 in cash. Henry, the youngest, must still have been a mere child, and no more is heard of him until the late 1390s, by which time he had moved to Derbyshire. It was almost certainly through marriage ....
  • .... He may even have used his influence with the newly crowned Henry IV to obtain preferment for his elder brother, John, with whom he evidently maintained cordial relations. In about 1405 he offered the latter a bond in £20, perhaps as a result of dealings over the family inheritance.5 There can be little doubt that Booth was a lawyer ....
  • From: http://www.historyofparliamentonline.org/volume/1386-1421/member/booth-henry-1446

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"John [6] Boothe (Thomas [5], John [4], Thomas [3], William [2], Adam[1]), son and heir of Sir Thomas de Boothes, was living in time of Richard II and Henry IV (1377 to 1413). He is styled Sir John of Barton, and bore as his paternal arms the ancient Booth device, viz: 'three boars' heads,' to which for his Barton estate he added another, viz: 'argent a fesse gules, by the name of Barton.' He married twice, viz: First, Joane, daughter of Sir henry Trafford of Trafford, in Lancashire, Knight. The Traffords were of very ancient name and dwelt in Lancashire before the time of William the Conqueror. After her death he married Maude, daughter of Sir Clifton Savage of Clifton, in Cheshire, Knight."

(Genealogy of the Booth Family in England and the United States, Walter S. Booth, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1892)

http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/j/o/h/Don-L-Johnson/GENE1-0006.html

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John de Boothe, of Barton's Timeline

1354
1354
Barton, Lancashire, England
1378
1378
Age 24
Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, England
1379
1379
Age 25
Lancashire, , England
1380
1380
Age 26
Barton, Cheshire, England
1384
1384
Age 30
Barton, Eccles, Lancashire, England
1385
1385
Age 31
Barton, Lancaster, Lancashire, England
1386
1386
Age 32
Barton, Lancashire, England
1388
1388
Age 34
Barton, Lancashire, England
1390
1390
Age 36
Barton, Lancashire, England
1395
1395
Age 41
Barton, Preston, Lancashire, England