John More, Knight (c.1451 - 1530) MP

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Birthplace: Cripplegate, London, England
Death: Died in London, England
Occupation: King's Court Judge
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About John More, Knight

Picture: Sir John More, aged 76, from "Study for a portrait of Thomas More's family", c. 1527, by Hans Holbein the Younger.

Sir John More (c.1451-1530)[1] was a London lawyer and later judge, notable for being the father of Thomas More, Henry VIII's lord chancellor. He entered Lincoln's Inn around 1471-73 and was called to be a Serjeant-at-Law in 1503, a Justice of Assize in 1513, a Judge in the Court of Common Pleas and finally a Judge in the Court of the King's Bench in 1520, a position he held until his death. He was Knighted by Henry VIII in 1518 for his services to the City of London.

John married Agnes Graunger, the daughter Thomas Graunger (d.1510) a London Alderman, at the Church of St. Giles, Cripplegate, London, on the 24th April 1474. They had six children, four of whom lived to maturity: Joanna (b.1475-1542), Thomas (1478-1535), John (1479/80-1512) and Elizabeth (1482-1536). When Agnes died in 1499, she was buried next to her brother-in-Law, Abel More, in the Church of St. Michael Bassishaw in Basinghall Street, London, where there was a monument to their name. The Church and its monuments were destroyed in the Fire of London and, although rebuilt afterwards, it was finally demolished in 1900. After Agnes' death, John went on to three further marriages, all to widows: Joan Marshall (d.1505), Joan Bowes (d.1520) & Alice Clerk. His last wife, Alice, was by birth the daughter of John More of Losely, Surrey.

During his life John inherited the manor of Gobions in Hertfordshire from his mother and bought further land in the county. He was granted a coat of arms, during Edward IV's reign. He also helped to fund his son-in-law John Rastell's ill-fated attempt to reach and settle in the 'New Found Lands' on the Coast of North America in 1517.

John and Agnes More had six children: 1. Joan (1475-1542): Married Richard Staverton, a Scrivener or copier of legal documents, and later an Attorney or junior lawyer. Had issue. 2. Thomas (1478-1535) – about whom see below. 3. Agatha (b.1479): Died young. 4. John (1479/80-1512): Unmarried. A scribe, and for some time, his older brother‟s secretary. 5. Edward (b.1480): Died young. 6. Elizabeth (b.1482): Married John Rastell (1475-1536), son of Thomas Rastell of Coventry.

Sir John died on 5 November 1530 and was buried in the Church of St. Lawrence Jewry. His widow, Lady Alice More, died at Northaw, near North Mymms, Hertfordshire in 1545.

Reference: "The Family and Descendants of St Thomas More" by Martin Wood,. Published in the UK by 'Gracewing'. April 2008. This book, the result of ten years of research using original documents, is more up-to-date and accurate than any other reference that might be found on the internet.

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Sir John More, Justice of London's Timeline

1451
1451
London, England
1474
April 24, 1474
Age 23
London, England
1475
March 11, 1475
Age 24
1477
February 7, 1477
Age 26
London, UK
1478
February 7, 1478
Age 27
London, England
1479
January 31, 1479
Age 28
1480
1480
Age 29
1481
September 3, 1481
Age 30
1482
September 22, 1482
Age 31
1530
November 1530
Age 79
London, England