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Sancha de Ayala

Also Known As: "Sancha de Ayala", "Doña Sancha de Ayala", "Sancha /deAyala/"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Toledo, (Present Provincia de Toledo), Comuna de La Mancha (Present Castilla-La Mancha), La Corona de Castilla (Spain)
Death: Died in Newkirk, Leicestershire, England
Place of Burial: St. Mary's, Newark, Leicestershire, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Daughter of D. Diego Gómez de Toledo, I señor de Casarrubios y Valdepusa and Inés Alfonza Alfonso de Ayala, señora de Malpica
Wife of Sir Walter Blount, Kt., of Barton
Mother of Sir John Blount, Kt.; Walter Blount; Constance de Sutton (Blount); Peter Blount; Sir James Blount, Kt. and 4 others
Sister of Pedro Suárez de Toledo y Ayala, II señor de Casarrubios; Fernando de Ayala; Teresa Gómez de Ayala; Aldonza de Ayala; Mencia de Ayala and 1 other

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About Sancha Blount, Lady de Ayala

........read more; Descending directly from these English Blount,was William Blount (1749-1800) US politician who was among those signing the Constitution in 1776. Later he was senator for the State of Tennessee. This William Blount is grandson to Thomas Blount, first of this surname to settle in the English colonies and who arrived to America during the colonial period.

  • Sancha De Ayala, Dona/Dame
  • b 1360, Of, Toledo, New Castile, Spain
  • in 1406, the Lady Sancha Blount founded the hospital of St. Leonards, Alkmonton, Derbyshire.
  • d 1418, Newark, Leicester, , England
  • bur 1418, St. Mary's, Newark, Leicester, England
  • Her will, made in 1415, is still in existence.
  • She married m 1371 Sir Walter Le Blount, b c1348 in Of Sodington, Worestershire, England (b 1350, Elwaston, Derbyshire, England ?), d 21 Jul 1403, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England
  • Sancha de Ayala was born in 1356 at Toledo, Spain.1 She was the daughter of Diego Gomez de Toledo and Inez Alfonsa de Ayala.1 She married Sir Walter Blount, son of John Blount and Eleanor Beauchamp. She died in 1418.1
  • Children of Sancha de Ayala and Sir Walter Blount
  1. Constance Blount+ d. Sep 1432
  2. Thomas Blount+1 b. 1390, d. 1456

Citations===

1. Tim Boyle, "re: Boyle Family," e-mail message from <e-mail address> (unknown address) to Darryl Roger Lundy, 16 September 2006. Hereinafter cited as "re: Boyle Family."

  • daughter of Don Diego de Guzman, lord of Casarrubios, Malpica and Valdepusa, Governor of the Castle of Toledo in Castilla in Spain and his wife Ines de Ayala.

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7 children: Walter, Thomas, Constance, James, Peter, Ann, John

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  • Sancha De Ayala

born Abt 1360 Of, Toledo, New Castile, Spain

died 1418 Newark, Leicestershire, England

buried 1418 St. Mary's, Newark, Leicestershire, England

father:

  • Diego Gomez De Toledo

born Abt 1334 Of Toledo, New Castile, Spain

mother:

  • Inez Alfonsa De Ayala

born Abt 1338 Of Toledo, New Castile, Spain

married Abt 1355 Of Toledo, New Castile, Spain

siblings:

Pedro Suarez Gomez De Ayala born Abt 1356 Of Toledo, New Castile, Spain

Fernando De Ayala born Abt 1358 Of Toledo, New Castile, Spain

Teresa Gomez De Ayala born Abt 1362 Of Toledo, New Castile, Spain

Aldonza De Ayala born Abt 1364 Of Toledo, New Castile, Spain

Mencia De Ayala born Abt 1366 Of, Toledo, New Castile, Spain

Mayor De Ayala born Abt 1368 Of Toledo, New Castile, Spain

spouse:

  • Walter Blount

born Abt 1350 Of Elwaston, Derbyshire, England

died 22 Jun/21 Jul 1403 Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England

buried St. Mary's, Newark, Leicestershire, England

married Abt 1371 Of, Elvaston, Derbyshire, England

children:

  • Constance (Constantine) Blount

born Abt 1380 Of, Barton Blount, Derbyshire, England died 23 Sep 1432 Of Northampton, England

Thomas Blount born Abt 1378 Of, Rock, Worcestershire, England

died 1456 Of, Elvaston, Derbyshire, England

John Blount born 1388 Of, Elvaston, Derbyshire, England died 1414

James Blount born Abt 1382 Of, Elvaston, Derbyshire, England

Walter Blount born Abt 1375 Of, Elvaston, Derbyshire, England died Aft 1382

Peter Blount born Abt 1384 Of, Elvaston, Derbyshire, England

Ann Blount born Abt 1386 Of, Elvaston, Derbyshire, England

biographical and/or anecdotal:

notes or source:

LDS

NGSQ - National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 51, The Spanish Ancestry of American Colonists, Milton Rubincam, Washington, D.C., Dec 1963, pp. 235 - 236.

The English Ancestry of Anne Marbury Hutchinson and Katherine Marbury Scott, Meredith B. Colket, Jr., The Mager Press, Philadelphia, PA, 1936, p. 46.

Oratio Dyer Clark and of his wife Laura Ann King, Together with the ancestry of Anne (Marbury) Hutchinson, Ancestress of Oratio Dyer Clark, John Edwin Salisbury, Verified and Enlarged by Martin & Allabdyob, Asbury Park, NJ, 1917, pp. 79 - 86.

TAG - The American Genealogist, Vol. 25, No. 3, The Royal Ancestry of the Ludlows, Meredith B. Colket, Jr., Demorest, GA, Jan 1939, p. 138.

In the year 1371 Doña Constanza, daughter of the deceased (and dethroned) King of Castile, Don Pedro I (The Cruel) went to England to become the bride of King Edward III's son, John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster. Among the young Castilian ladies of aristocratic birth who accompanied her was Doña Sancha de Ayala, daughter of Don Diego (or Día-) Gómez de Guzmán (or de Toledo) and his wife, Doña Inés de Ayala.

About 1373 Doña Sancha married an English knight, Sir Walter Blount, of the Blounts of Sodington, county Worcester. On 26 February in the first year of King Richard II's reign (1378), the Duke of Lancaster, who claimed the thrones of Castile and Leon in right of his wife, granted to Sir Walter and Sancha (for their good service to him) an annuity of 100 marks a year; this grant was confirmed "for their lives in survivorship" by King Richard, April 26, 1399. Records reveal payments to Sancha at various times; once (2 January 1380) her name was associated with that of "Phelippe Chaucy", i.e., Philippa Chaucer, wife of the author of the Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer. On this occasion she was described by the Duke of Lancaster as "our very dear attendant" (nostre treschere compaigne) "dame Senche Blount".

Sir Walter figured prominently in the affairs of England during the times of Edward III and Henry IV. He was a close associate of John of Gaunt, and the latter made him an executor of his will and left him a small legacy. In 1367, Sir Walter accompanied the Black Prince and the Duke of Lancaster (John of Gaunt) upon the expedition into Spain to aid Peter the Cruel, King of Castile, and was at the battle of Marjara on April 3, 1367 which restored Peter to his throne. Sir Walter fell at the battle of Shrewsbury, July 21, 1403, wherein, being standard bearer, he was arrayed in the same style of armour as his royal master and was slain in single combat by Earl Douglas who believed he was in combat with the king himself. Sir Walter was slain in the course of the battle of Shrewsbury, July 21, 1403, and Shakespeare, who drew his facts mainly from Holinshed's "Chronicles" immortalized him in his Henry IV though he called him Sir Walter Blunt.

Three years after her husband's death, Dame Sancha founded a chantry in the Hospital of St. Leonard, Alkmonton, county Derbyshire. Her son-in-law, John Sutton, (husband of Constance Bount) died on August 29, 1406. On November 23 following, Dame Sancha was granted commission of the keeping of all the lands late of John Sutton, tenant in chief, during the minority of his six-year-old son and heir, John Sutton; her duties included "finding a competent maintenace for the heir, maintaining the houses and buildings and supporting the charges." In the same month the escheator in Worcestershire was ordered "to take of Constance who was the wife of John Sutton an oath etc. and in the presence of Sancha who was the wife of Walter Blount knight, to whom the king has committed the ward thereof, or of her attorneys, to assign the said Constance dower of the said John's lands."

Dame Sancha Blount made her will (still in existence) in 1415, and died in 1418. She was buried beside her husband in the Collegiate Church of St. Mary, The Neward, Leicester. Sancha de Ayala, Lady Bount, the ancestress of several English settlers in America, was descended from some of the most illustrious Castilian families. Through her father she belonged to the House of Guzmán (also called Toledo) which produced many noble families in Spain and a series of wives and mistresses for Spanish and Portuguese kings. Her mother, Inés de Ayala (by whose surname Sancha was known), was sprung from the great House of Ayala of Toledo, which traced its pedigree in the male line to the House of Haro, Lords of Biscay. The proof of Sancha's parentage is contained in a family genealogy begun about 1385 by her materal uncle, Pedro López de Ayala, Grand Chancellor of Castile. He stated that Doña Sancha "married a Knight of England, who was called Sir Walter Blount."

Sancha and Sir Walter had two children, Sir Thomas Blount and Constance. Sir Thomas was the father of two sons:

(1) Sir Walter Blount, 1st Lord Mountjoy, whose descendants include Roger Ludlow, first Deputy-Governor of the Colony of CT and two U.S. Presidents, Benjamin Harrison and William Henry Harrison and:

(2) Sir Thomas Blount, the ancestor of Anne Marbury Hutchinson and Katherine Marbury Scott.

Sancha's older brother, Don Pedro Suåarez was the progenitor of much of Europe's nobility. He married Doña Juana de Orozco, Lady of Pinto and had Inés de Guzmán or de Toledo. By her second husband, Don Diego Fernández de Córdoba, Marshal of Castile, she had a daughter, Doña María Fernández. Maria, 4th Lady of Casarrubios del Monte; m. Don Fadrique Enriquez and had Doña Juana Enríquez. Juana, married (1447) as his second wife, John II, King of Aragon and had Ferdinand II of Aragon, better known as Ferdinand V, The Catholic, King of Castile, who married the celebrated Queen Isabella of Castile and had several children including:

Emperor Charles V (Charles I of Spain), ancestor of the Habsburg and Bourbon Kings of Spain;

Juana "La Loca" ("the crazy"), Queen of Castile, who married Philip the Handsome, Archduke of Austria;

Ferdinand I, who was progenitor of the Habsburg Holy Roman Emperors and Emperors of Austria, all of the present European sovereigns (including Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain), most of the dethroned dynasties of Europe, the Calvert family of Maryland, a branch of the Morris family of Philadelphia, and the Custis-Lee family of the Arlington Estate in Virginia; and

Catherine of Aragon who married first the Tudor Prince, Arthur and second, his brother, King Henry VIII of England.

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The marriage of doña Sancha de Ayalá to Sir Walter Blount, Kt., in 1373 (probably at Sodington in Worcestershire) is an important event, at least for genealogists. The union brought some exotic bloodlines into the English aristocracy, and later into many families on both sides of the Atlantic. Any marriage more than six hundred years ago is likely to have millions of descendants today, so our descent from doña Sancha is nothing special; still, it's interesting.

In 1371, doña Constanza of Aragón (daughter of Pedro I, 'the Cruel') came to England to marry John of Gaunt, younger son of King Edward III. (We are descended from John, but not via this wife.) Costanza brought an entourage with her, including some noble ladies-in-waiting; Sancha was one of these, and she soon met and fell in love with Walter Blount (c1350-1403), a knight from a very minor family. (But it's also possible she had met him before; Sir Walter had accompanied Gaunt to Castile in 1367, on a military campaign to help King Pedro against a usurper. She would have been less then ten years old then, however.) As they married and raised a family, they remained close to John of Gaunt, who granted them an annuity, confirmed some years later by King Richard II (Gaunt's nephew). Sancha appears in various records over some thirty years; she was a close friend of Geoffrey Chaucer and his family, and Gaunt mentions her in one document as "nostre tres chere compaigne," our very dear companion or attendant. Gaunt died in 1399 (Blount was one of his executors), but as his son soon became King Henry IV, Walter and Sancha were still in favor at court. However, Blount was killed by the Scottish Earl Douglas at the battle of Shrewsbury in 1403. (He was wearing the king's colors, and Douglas thought he was Henry IV. Shakespeare mentions him in Henry IV part I.) Sancha lived until 1418. She dedicated herself to religious and charitable works, founding chantries and hospitals.

There were seven children; see Blount. One was Sir Thomas Blount, who married Margaret Gresley; and had two sons: Sir Walter, first Lord Mountjoy, who married Helena Byron and is our ancestor through the Ludlows; and Sir Thomas, who is the ancestor of some early New England settlers such as Anne Marbury Hutchinson (and through her, of the Bush dynasty).

Sancha's brother don Pedro Suarez Guzmán y Ayalá had a great-granddaughter, Juana, who married Juan II of Aragón and was the mother of Ferdinand V of Spain, husband of Isabella of Castile and ancestor of all of today's European royalty. (King Ferdinand was thus fourth cousin of Lady Elizabeth Blount, who married Andrews Windsor and was grandmother of the first Edmund Ludlow.)

Sancha Blount's father was Diego Gomez de Guzmán de Toledo, Lord of Casarrubios, Alcalde Mayor de Toledo, etc, from a family that had been prominent in Spain for centuries. She used her mother's name, however, because the house of Lopez de Ayalá was even older and more aristocratic. Inés Lopez de Ayalá was from a branch of the very ancient (Visigothic and Basque) House of Haró, and was descended from Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar ("El Cid"), from all the early Spanish royal families, from the house of Lara that is ancestral to most of the Spanish nobility, and even from the Prophet Muhammad through several diplomatic marriages between Spanish nobles and the family of the Muslim Caliphs of Córdoba and Granada (the Umayyad dynasty, orginally from Baghdad and direct descendants of Muhammad's daughter Fatima). -------------------- Accompanied Dona Constanze to England when she married John of Gaunt.

Founded a chantry in Hospital of St. Leonard

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Sancha Blount, Lady de Ayala's Timeline

1360
1360
Toledo, (Present Provincia de Toledo), Comuna de La Mancha (Present Castilla-La Mancha), La Corona de Castilla (Spain)
1371
1371
Age 11
1372
1372
Age 12
Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom
1373
1373
Age 13
1375
1375
Age 15
Of,Elvaston,Derbyshire,England
1378
February 26, 1378
Age 18

On 26 February in the first year of King Richard II's reign (1378), the Duke of Lancaster, who claimed the thrones of Castile and Leon in right of his wife, granted to Sir Walter and Sancha (for their good service to him) an annuity of 100 marks a year; this grant was confirmed "for their lives in survivorship" by King Richard, April 26, 1399. Records reveal payments to Sancha at various times; once (2 January 1380) her name was associated with that of "Phelippe Chaucy", i.e., Philippa Chaucer, wife of the author of the Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer. On this occasion she was described by the Duke of Lancaster as "our very dear attendant" (nostre treschere compaigne) "dame Senche Blount".

[source: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nwa/sancha.html]

1380
1380
Age 20
Barton Blount, Derbyshire, England
1384
1384
Age 24
Of, Elvaston, Derbyshire, England
1390
1390
Age 30
Probably Elvaston, Derbyshire, England
1390
Age 30
Rock, Cleobury Mortimer, Worcestershire, England