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William Stafford, of Grafton

Also Known As: "Lord Rochford", "Courtier"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Chebsey, Staffordshire, England
Death: Died in Geneva, Swiss Eidgenossenschaft
Immediate Family:

Son of Humphrey de Stafford, Sir, of Blatherwycke and Margaret Stafford, Lady
Husband of Mary Boleyn, Mistress King Henry VIII and Dorothy de Stafford
Father of Anne Stafford; William Stafford; Edward Stafford; ? Stafford; Catherine Stafford and 7 others
Brother of Sir Humphrey Stafford, Kt., Sheriff of Northamptonshire

Occupation: Soldier
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About Sir William Stafford, Kt., of Grafton

Family and Education b. by 1512, 2nd s. of Sir Humphrey Stafford of Blatherwycke and Dodford, Northants. by Margaret, da. of Sir John Fogge of Ashford, Kent. m. (1) 1533/34, Mary (d. 30 July 1543), da. of Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire and Earl of Ormond, wid. of William Carey (d. 22 June 1528), of Aldenham, Herts., s.p.; (2) by 1552, Dorothy (d. 23 Sept. 1603), da. of Henry Stafford, 1st Baron Stafford, 3s. inc. Edward† and John† 1da. Kntd. 23 Sept. 1545.2

Offices Held

Esquire of the body by 1541; gent. pens. 1540; standard bearer, gent. pens. by 20 May 1550-3.3

Biography William Stafford could boast royal descent, but as the younger son of a midland family whose fortunes had been depleted during the previous century he had little hope of advancement before his marriage to Mary Boleyn, an ex-mistress of Henry VIII. He attended the coronation of Queen Anne Boleyn as a servitor and this may have been the occasion of his meeting with her sister whom he could have known, however, through his Kentish relatives. Their marriage displeased the King and Queen, as well as Cromwell, and Mary Boleyn told the minister that love had triumphed over reason and that although she ‘might have had a greater man of birth and higher’ she was content to lead ‘a poor honest life’ with her youthful husband. It was perhaps the Queen’s coolness towards the pair which protected them when disaster struck her and her brother Lord Rochford: in the event they were gainers, for between 1539 and 1542 Mary Stafford was to inherit in succession her father’s lands, those held in jointure by Rochford’s widow and those of her grandmother the Countess of Ormond. Although the bulk of this property was to pass to the children of her first marriage, she was able to give her husband several manors in Essex, including Rochford which they made their home. In 1541 Stafford acquired the manor of Hendon in Kent from the crown but several months later he exchanged it for more valuable property in Yorkshire and London. After Mary’s death he inherited the manor of Abinger, Surrey, which he later sold to Edward Elrington and his cousin Thomas.4

In 1543 Stafford was committed to the Fleet together with Sir John Clere and others for eating meat on Good Friday. After his release and a rebuke from the Privy Council he served on the campaign of that year in the Netherlands. In 1544 he fought in France and in 1545 in Scotland, where he was knighted by Edward Seymour, Earl of Hertford. It was doubtless as a Protestant courtier and a soldier known to Hertford (by then Protector and Duke of Somerset) that he was returned to the Parliament of 1547: the electors of Hastings had no part in the matter, for the indenture was evidently returned to the lord warden, Sir Thomas Cheyne, bearing one name only, that of John Isted, and it was Cheyne who added Stafford’s. He was to be joined in the Commons by his stepson Henry Carey, one of the Members for Buckingham, and by his stepdaughter’s husband Sir Francis Knollys, who sat for Camelford. Nothing is known of Stafford’s role in the House, but if his second marriage had either taken place or was in contemplation he may have supported the Act for the restitution of Baron Stafford (1 Edw. VI, no. 18) passed during the first session, and it was either he or Henry Stafford who in the last session was licensed on 22 Feb. 1552 to be absent when suffering from measles. He was not harmed by the Protector’s fall: in 1550 Somerset’s rival the Earl of Warwick granted him an annuity of £100 for his services to Henry VIII and entrusted him with the custody of three noble French hostages from Dover to London. In 1551 he accompanied the 9th Lord Clinton to Paris for the christening of one of Henry II’s sons and on his return he took part in the New Year’s tournament at court. He showed his loyalty to Northumberland by reporting a servant’s allegation that the Protector had been innocent of the charges laid against him. Whether this act assured Northumberland of his support is not known, nor whether he sat in the next Parliament summoned early in 1553 under the duke’s aegis: John Isted was re-elected for Hastings but the name of his fellow-Member on this occasion has not been discovered. A brawl with Adrian Poynings† in the previous November had reduced his standing in the Council’s esteem and had led to a brief recommittal to the Fleet.5

Although Stafford’s second marriage linked him more closely to the peerage, it brought him no wealth. In the early 1550s he disposed of much of the property given him by Mary Boleyn, and mounting debts induced him in 1552 to exchange his annuity for £900 in cash. It was perhaps as much fear of his creditors as of religious persecution that drove him into exile shortly after Queen Mary’s accession. Accompanied by his wife, children, sister, cousin and servants, he settled in Geneva in March 1554, being known there as Lord Rochford. He soon became embroiled in its disputes and on returning there after the uprising of 1555 he was nearly killed in an affray. It was perhaps against a possible repetition of this incident that, as ‘excellent personnage, homme de bien et de cognoissance’, he was allowed to carry a sword. When the English congregation was set up he joined it and his son John was the first child to be baptized on 4 Jan. 1556, Calvin standing as godfather. Stafford died there on 5 May 1556, but the Privy Council was unaware of this when ten days later it ordered that ‘no payment of money by exchange or otherwise’ was to reach him. Calvin claimed the custody of his son John and forbade his widow to leave with him. She appealed to Stafford’s younger brother and the threat to invoke French aid persuaded Calvin to yield. She then moved to Basle, remaining there until January 1559, when she returned to England. Queen Elizabeth, whom she outlived, appointed her mistress of the robes.6

Ref Volumes: 1509-1558 Author: Patricia Hyde Notes 1. Hatfield 207. 2. Date of birth estimated from first reference. The Gen. n.s. xxxi. 177; Her and Gen. iv. 40; Arch. Cant. xxviii. 196. 3. LP Hen. VIII, xvi, xix; Stowe 571; f. 31; S. Pegge, Curialia (1791), 43; information from W. J. Tighe. 4. LP Hen. VIII, vi. vii, xv-xviii; PCC 14 Alen; C142/72/86(1); CPR, 1549-51, p. 247; 1553-4, p. 414; APC, iv. 120. 5. APC, i. 106, 114, 125; iii. 5; iv. 179, 185; LP Hen. VIII, xviii, xix; Add. 34150; CJ, i. 18; CPR, 1549-51, p. 306; Lit. Rems. Edw. VI, pp. clxviii, 260, 349, 384; W. K. Jordan, Edw. VI, ii. 432-3; B. L. Beer, Northumberland, 136. 6. CPR, 1549-51, p. 247; 1553-4, p. 352; APC, iv. 79, 188; v. 257, 271; W. C. Richardson, Ct. Augmentations, 350; C. Martin, Les protestants anglais réfugiés à Gen‘ve, 1550-60, pp. 55-58, 335, 337; C. H. Garrett, Marian Exiles, 296.

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Sir William STAFFORD of Grafton

Born: BEF 1512, Chebsey, Staffs., Rochford, Essex & London

Died: 5 May 1556, Geneva

Father: Humphrey STAFFORD of Blatherwycke

Mother: Margaret FOGGE

Married 1: Mary BOLEYN ABT 1533

Children:

1. Son STAFFORD (b. 1535 - d. 1545)

Married 2: Dorothy STAFFORD AFT Jul 1543

Children:

2. Edward STAFFORD of Grafton (Sir)

3. John STAFFORD of Marlwood Park (Sir)

4. William STAFFORD

5. Elizabeth STAFFORD

6. Ursula STAFFORD

The details in this biography come from the History of Parliament, a biographical dictionary of Members of the House of Commons.

Born by 1512, second son of Sir Humphrey Stafford of Blatherwycke and Dodford, by Margaret, dau. of Sir John Fogge of Ashford, Kent. Married first, 1533/4, Mary, daughter of Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire and Earl of Ormond, widow of William Carey (d. 22 Jun 1538), of Aldenham, Herts., s. p.. Married second, by 1552, Dorothy, daughter of Henry Stafford, 1st Baron Stafford, and had 3 sons, Edward, John and William, and one daughter, Elizabeth. Knighted 23 Sep 1545. Esquire of the body by 1541; gentleman pensioner 1540; standard bearer, gentleman pensioner by 20 May 1550-3.

William Stafford could boast Royal descent, but as the younger son of a midland family whose fortunes had been depleted during the previous century he had little hope of advancement before his marriage to Mary Boleyn, an ex-mistress of Henry VIII. He attended the coronation of Queen Anne Boleyn as a servitor and this may have been the occasion of his meeting with her sister whom he could have known, however, through his Kentish relatives. Their marriage displeased the King and Queen, as well as Cromwell, and Mary Boleyn told the minister that love had triumphed over reason and that although she 'might have had a greater man of birth and higher' she was content to lead 'a poor honest life' with her youthful husband. It was perhaps the Queen's coolness towards the pair which protected them when disaster struck her and her brother Lord Rochford: in the event they were gainers, for between 1539 and 1542 Mary Stafford was to inherit in succession her father's lands, those held in jointure by Rochford's widow and those of her grandmother the Countess of Ormond. Although the bulk of this property was to pass to the children of her first marriage, she was able to give her husband several manors in Essex, including Rochford which they later made their home. In 1541 Stafford acquired the manor of Hendon in Kent from the crown but several months later he exchanged it for more valuable property in Yorkshire and London. After Mary's death he inherited the manor of Abinger, Surrey, which he later sold to Edward Elrington and his cousin Thomas.

In 1544 he fought in France and in 1545 in Scotland, where he was knighted by Edward Seymour, Earl of Hertford. It was doubtless as a Protestant courtier and a soldier known to Hertford (by then Protector and Duke of Somerset) that he was returned to the Parliament of 1547: the elector of Hastings had no part in the matter, for the indenture was evidently returned to the lord warden, Sir Thomas Cheney, bearing one name only, that of John Isted, and it was Cheney who added Stafford's. He was to be joined in the Commons by his stepson Henry Carey, one of the Members for Buckingham, and by his stepdaughter's husband, Sir Francis Knollys, who sat for Camelford. Nothing is known of Stafford's role in the House, but if his second marriage had either taken place or was in contemplation he may have supported the Act for the restitution of Baron Stafford (I Edward VI, no. 18) passed during the first session, and it was either he or Henry Stafford who in the last session was licensed on 22 Feb 1552 to be absent when suffering from measles. He was not harmed by the Protector's fall: in 1550 Somerset's rival the Earl of Warwick granted him an annuity of 100 pounds for his services to Henry VIII and entrusted him with the custody of three noble French hostages from Dover to London. In 1551 he accompanied Edward, Lord Clinton to Paris for the christening of one of Henri II's sons and on his return he took part in the New Year's tournament at court. He showed his loyalty to Northumberland by reporting a servant's allegation that the Protector had been innocent of the charges laid against him. Whether this act assured Northumberland of his support is not known, nor whether he sat in the next Parliament summoned early in 1553 under the duke's aegis: John Isted was re-elected for Hastings but the name of his fellow-Member on this occasion has not been discovered. A brawl with Adrian Poynings in the previous Nov had reduced his standing in the Council's esteem and had led to a brief recommittal to the fleet.

Although Stafford's second marriage linked him more closely to the peerage, it brought him no wealth. In the early 1550s he disposed of much of the property given him by Mary Boleyn, and mounting debts induced him in 1552 to exchange his annuity for 900 pounds in cash.

Accompanied by his wife, children, sister, cousin and servants, he settled in Geneva in Mar 1554, being known there as Lord Rochford. He soon became embroiled in its disputes and on returning there after the uprising of 1555 he was nearly killed in an affray.

When the English congregation was set up he joined it and his son John was the first child to be baptized on 4 Jan 1556, Calvin standing as godfather. Stafford died there on May 5, 1556, but the Privy Council was unaware of this when ten days later it ordered that 'no payment of money by exchange or otherwise' was to reach him. Calvin claimed the custody of his son John and forbade his widow to leave with him. She appealed to Stafford's younger brother and the threat to invoke French aid persuaded Calvin to yield. She then moved to Basle, remaining there until Jan 1559, when she returned to England through aid provided by Queen Elizabeth, probably at the request of Dorothy's father, Henry Stafford, Baron Stafford, who was serving the Queen as a Courtier at the time. The Queen recognized Lady Dorothy as a relative, the wife of her uncle Sir William Stafford whom she knew when she was a child. Elizabeth, whom she outlived, appointed her mistress of the robes; the Queen and Dorothy became close friends and Dorothy served as a trusted confidante. Dorothy served the Queen faithfully in that position for 40 years.

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William STAFFORD (AFN: 9FXW-9C) Pedigree

Sex: M Family

Event(s)

Birth: Abt 1500

Of, Blatherwick, Northamptonshire, England

Christening: Of, Chebsey

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Father: Humphrey STAFFORD (AFN: 9FXW-LW) Family

Mother: Margaret FOGGE (AFN: 9FXW-M3)

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William STAFFORD (AFN: 9FXW-9C) Pedigree

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Birth: Abt 1500

Of, Blatherwick, Northamptonshire, England

Christening: Of, Chebsey

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Father: Humphrey STAFFORD (AFN: 9FXW-LW) Family

Mother: Margaret FOGGE (AFN: 9FXW-M3)

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Spouse: Mary BOLEYN (BULLYN) (AFN: 9FXF-VC) Family

Marriage: Abt 1528

Spouse: Dorothy STAFFORD (AFN: 9224-NM) Family

Marriage: Abt 1545

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William STAFFORD (AFN:9FXW-9C) Pedigree

Born: Abt 1500 Place: Of, Blatherwick, Northamptonshire, England

Christened: Place: Of, Chebsey

Married: Abt 1528 Place:

Father: Humphrey STAFFORD (AFN:9FXW-LW) Family

Mother: Margaret FOGGE (AFN:9FXW-M3)

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Mary BOLEYN (BULLYN) (AFN:9FXF-VC) Pedigree

Born: 1504 Place: Of Chilton Folist, Wiltshire, England

Died: 19 Jul 1534 Place:

Married: Abt 1528 Place:

Father: Thomas BOLEYN ;[EARL OF WILTSHIRE] (AFN:9FXF-T6) Family

Mother: Elizabeth HOWARD ;[COUNTESS OF WILTSHIRE] (AFN:9FXF-88)

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Husband's Name

William STAFFORD (AFN:9FXW-9C) Pedigree

Born: Abt 1500 Place: Of, Blatherwick, Northamptonshire, England

Christened: Place: Of, Chebsey

Married: Abt 1545 Place:

Father: Humphrey STAFFORD (AFN:9FXW-LW)

Mother: Margaret FOGGE (AFN:9FXW-M3)

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Wife's Name

Dorothy STAFFORD (AFN:9224-NM) Pedigree

Born: 1526 Place: , , England, Gb

Died: 22 Sep 1604 Place: St. Margaret Church, Westminster, Middlesex, Eng.

Buried: 23 Sep 1604 Place: St. Margaret Church, Westminster, Middlesex, England

Married: Abt 1545 Place:

Father: Henry STAFFORD (AFN:9224-FF) Family

Mother: Ursula POLE (AFN:9224-GL)

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F Ursula STAFFORD (AFN:9FXW-HD) Pedigree

Born: Abt 1546 Place: <Of Bobbing Court, Bobbing, Kent, England>

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F Dorothy STAFFORD (AFN:9FXW-F2) Pedigree

Born: Abt 1548 Place: <Of Bobbing Court, Bobbing, Kent, England>

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M Edward STAFFORD (AFN:9FXW-BJ) Pedigree

Born: Abt 1552 Place: Of, Grafton, Northamptonshire, England

Died: 5 Feb 1604/1605 Place:

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M John STAFFORD (AFN:9FXW-DV) Pedigree

Born: 1549 Place: <Of Bobbing Court, Bobbing, Kent, England>

Died: 28 Sep 1624 Place: Sp

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5. Sex Name

F Elizabeth STAFFORD (AFN:9FXW-G7) Pedigree

Born: 1550 Place: Of Bobbing Court, Bobbing, Kent, England

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6. Sex Name

M William STAFFORD (AFN:9FXW-CP) Pedigree

Born: 1 Mar 1553/1554 Place: Rocheford, Rocheford, England, England

Died: 16 Nov 1612 Place:

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Sir William STAFFORD of Grafton

Born: BEF 1512, Chebsey, Staffs., Rochford, Essex & London

Died: 5 May 1556, Geneva

Father: Humphrey STAFFORD of Blatherwycke

Mother: Margaret FOGGE

Married 1: Mary BOLEYN ABT 1533

Children:

1. Son STAFFORD (b. 1535 - d. 1545)

Married 2: Dorothy STAFFORD AFT Jul 1543

Children:

2. Edward STAFFORD of Grafton (Sir)

3. John STAFFORD of Marlwood Park (Sir)

4. William STAFFORD

5. Elizabeth STAFFORD

6. Ursula STAFFORD

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William Stafford (courtier)

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For other people named William Stafford, see William Stafford (disambiguation).

Sir William Stafford (c.1500-5 May 1556) was an Essex landowner and the second husband of Mary Boleyn, the one time lover of King Henry VIII of England.

William was the son of Humphrey Stafford of Blatherwycke in Northamptonshire and his wife Margaret, daughter of Sir John Fogge of Ashford in Kent. The family were distant relatives of the mighty Staffords, who had until recently had controlled the dukedom of Buckingham and the earldom of Wiltshire, but William Stafford was a commoner, and only a second son. He served Henry VIII as a soldier.[1] In 1532, he is listed as one of two hundred people who accompanied Henry VIII to France. Here Henry and his fiancee Anne Boleyn were to meet King Francis I of France to show his public approval for Henry's annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon.

Among the other travellers was Anne Boleyn's sister, Mary Boleyn, the daughter of Thomas Boleyn who was by then the Earl of Wiltshire and the Earl of Ormonde. As an earl's daughter, a duke's niece and soon to be the sister-in-law of the King, Mary's marriage prospects were excellent. After marrying Stafford instead, Mary was dismissed from court and never saw her sister, Anne, her brother-in-law and former lover Henry or her brother George again.

The couple originally lived at Chebsey in Staffordshire, but later moved to Mary's family home, Rochford Hall at Rochford in Essex. Mary had two children during her first marriage (Henry Carey and Catherine Carey), although the father of both children is alleged to have been Henry VIII. Mary was pregnant by William Stafford when she was dismissed from court, but this child probably did not survive to adulthood. There are suggestions that the child was a boy, and that they also had a daughter, named Anne, who also died as a child. They had no surviving children. William served in Scotland, where he was knighted in 1545, and, two years later, he became MP for Hastings.

Contents [hide]

1 Second Marriage

2 In Popular Culture

3 References

4 Bibliography

[edit] Second Marriage

After his wife's death, Sir William married Dorothy, the youngest daughter of Henry Stafford, 1st Baron Stafford, by whom he had three sons and two daughters. They moved to Geneva during Mary I's reign and he did not live to see the reign of his niece, Elizabeth I, or to see his wife, children and stepchildren become influential courtiers during the reign of Elizabeth I. He died on 5 May 1556 in Geneva.

Their children were

Elizabeth Stafford (1546–6 February 1599), married firstly, Sir William Drury, by whom she had issue; she married secondly, Sir John Scott.

Dorothy Stafford (b.1548)

Sir Edward Stafford of Grafton (1552–1604), married firstly, Roberta Chapman by whom he had issue; he married secondly, Douglas Sheffield.

Ursula Stafford (b.1553), married Richard Drake of Esher, by whom she had issue.

William Stafford (1554–1612), married Anne Gryme, by whom he had issue.

Sir John Stafford of Marlwood Park (January 1556–1624), married Millicent Gresham.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Stafford_(courtier)

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Born by 1512, second son of Sir Humphrey Stafford of Blatherwycke and Dodford, by Margaret, dau. of Sir John Fogge of Ashford, Kent. Married first, 1533/4, Mary, daughter of Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire and Earl of Ormond, widow of William Carey (d. 22 Jun 1538), of Aldenham, Herts., s. p.. Married second, by 1552, Dorothy, daughter of Henry Stafford, 1st Baron Stafford, and had 3 sons, Edward, John and William, and one daughter, Elizabeth. Knighted 23 Sep 1545. Esquire of the body by 1541; gentleman pensioner 1540; standard bearer, gentleman pensioner by 20 May 1550-3.

William Stafford could boast Royal descent, but as the younger son of a midland family whose fortunes had been depleted during the previous century he had little hope of advancement before his marriage to Mary Boleyn, an ex-mistress of Henry VIII. He attended the coronation of Queen Anne Boleyn as a servitor and this may have been the occasion of his meeting with her sister whom he could have known, however, through his Kentish relatives. Their marriage displeased the King and Queen, as well as Cromwell, and Mary Boleyn told the minister that love had triumphed over reason and that although she 'might have had a greater man of birth and higher' she was content to lead 'a poor honest life' with her youthful husband. It was perhaps the Queen's coolness towards the pair which protected them when disaster struck her and her brother Lord Rochford: in the event they were gainers, for between 1539 and 1542 Mary Stafford was to inherit in succession her father's lands, those held in jointure by Rochford's widow and those of her grandmother the Countess of Ormond. Although the bulk of this property was to pass to the children of her first marriage, she was able to give her husband several manors in Essex, including Rochford which they later made their home. In 1541 Stafford acquired the manor of Hendon in Kent from the crown but several months later he exchanged it for more valuable property in Yorkshire and London. After Mary's death he inherited the manor of Abinger, Surrey, which he later sold to Edward Elrington and his cousin Thomas.

In 1544 he fought in France and in 1545 in Scotland, where he was knighted by Edward Seymour, Earl of Hertford. It was doubtless as a Protestant courtier and a soldier known to Hertford (by then Protector and Duke of Somerset) that he was returned to the Parliament of 1547: the elector of Hastings had no part in the matter, for the indenture was evidently returned to the lord warden, Sir Thomas Cheney, bearing one name only, that of John Isted, and it was Cheney who added Stafford's. He was to be joined in the Commons by his stepson Henry Carey, one of the Members for Buckingham, and by his stepdaughter's husband, Sir Francis Knollys, who sat for Camelford. Nothing is known of Stafford's role in the House, but if his second marriage had either taken place or was in contemplation he may have supported the Act for the restitution of Baron Stafford (I Edward VI, no. 18) passed during the first session, and it was either he or Henry Stafford who in the last session was licensed on 22 Feb 1552 to be absent when suffering from measles. He was not harmed by the Protector's fall: in 1550 Somerset's rival the Earl of Warwick granted him an annuity of 100 pounds for his services to Henry VIII and entrusted him with the custody of three noble French hostages from Dover to London. In 1551 he accompanied Edward, Lord Clinton to Paris for the christening of one of Henri II's sons and on his return he took part in the New Year's tournament at court. He showed his loyalty to Northumberland by reporting a servant's allegation that the Protector had been innocent of the charges laid against him. Whether this act assured Northumberland of his support is not known, nor whether he sat in the next Parliament summoned early in 1553 under the duke's aegis: John Isted was re-elected for Hastings but the name of his fellow-Member on this occasion has not been discovered. A brawl with Adrian Poynings in the previous Nov had reduced his standing in the Council's esteem and had led to a brief recommittal to the fleet.

Although Stafford's second marriage linked him more closely to the peerage, it brought him no wealth. In the early 1550s he disposed of much of the property given him by Mary Boleyn, and mounting debts induced him in 1552 to exchange his annuity for 900 pounds in cash.

Accompanied by his wife, children, sister, cousin and servants, he settled in Geneva in Mar 1554, being known there as Lord Rochford. He soon became embroiled in its disputes and on returning there after the uprising of 1555 he was nearly killed in an affray.

When the English congregation was set up he joined it and his son John was the first child to be baptized on 4 Jan 1556, Calvin standing as godfather. Stafford died there on May 5, 1556, but the Privy Council was unaware of this when ten days later it ordered that 'no payment of money by exchange or otherwise' was to reach him. Calvin claimed the custody of his son John and forbade his widow to leave with him. She appealed to Stafford's younger brother and the threat to invoke French aid persuaded Calvin to yield. She then moved to Basle, remaining there until Jan 1559, when she returned to England through aid provided by Queen Elizabeth, probably at the request of Dorothy's father, Henry Stafford, Baron Stafford, who was serving the Queen as a Courtier at the time. The Queen recognized Lady Dorothy as a relative, the wife of her uncle Sir William Stafford whom she knew when she was a child. Elizabeth, whom she outlived, appointed her mistress of the robes; the Queen and Dorothy became close friends and Dorothy served as a trusted confidante. Dorothy served the Queen faithfully in that position for 40 years.

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Sir William Stafford1

M, #213230, b. 1511, d. 5 May 1556

Sir William Stafford was born in 1511.

He was the son of Sir Humphrey Stafford and Margaret Fogge.

He married Mary Boleyn, daughter of Thomas Boleyn, 1st Earl of Wiltshire and Lady Elizabeth Howard.

He died on 5 May 1556 at Geneva, Switzerland.1

http://thepeerage.com/p21323.htm#i213230

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Wiki: William Stafford (courtier)

For other people named William Stafford, see William Stafford (disambiguation).

Sir William Stafford (c.1500-5 May 1556) was an Essex landowner and the second husband of Mary Boleyn, the one time lover of King Henry VIII of England.

William was the son of Humphrey Stafford of Blatherwycke in Northamptonshire and his wife Margaret, daughter of Sir John Fogge of Ashford in Kent. The family were distant relatives of the mighty Staffords, who had until recently had controlled the dukedom of Buckingham and the earldom of Wiltshire, but William Stafford was a commoner, and only a second son. He served Henry VIII as a soldier. [1] In 1532, he is listed as one of two hundred people who accompanied Henry VIII to France. Here Henry and his fiancee Anne Boleyn were to meet King Francis I of France to show his public approval for Henry's annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon.

Among the other travellers was Anne Boleyn's sister, Mary Boleyn, the daughter of Thomas Boleyn who was by then the Earl of Wiltshire and the Earl of Ormonde. As an earl's daughter, a duke's niece and soon to be the sister-in-law of the King, Mary's marriage prospects were excellent. After marrying Stafford instead, Mary was dismissed from court and never saw her sister, Anne, her brother-in-law and former lover Henry or her brother George again.

The couple originally lived at Chebsey in Staffordshire, but later moved to Mary's family home, Rochford Hall at Rochford in Essex. Mary had two children during her first marriage (Henry Carey and Catherine Carey), although the father of both children is alleged to have been Henry VIII. Mary was pregnant by William Stafford when she was dismissed from court, but this child probably did not survive to adulthood. There are suggestions that the child was a boy, and that they also had a daughter, named Anne, who also died as a child. They had no surviving children. William served in Scotland, where he was knighted in 1545, and, two years later, he became MP for Hastings.

Contents:

1. Second Marriage

2. In Popular Culture

3. References

4. Bibliography

1. Second Marriage

After his wife's death, Sir William married Dorothy, the youngest daughter of Henry Stafford, 1st Baron Stafford, by whom he had three sons and two daughters. They moved to Geneva during Mary I's reign and he did not live to see the reign of his niece, Elizabeth I, or to see his wife, children and stepchildren become influential courtiers during the reign of Elizabeth I. He died on 5 May 1556 in Geneva.

Their children were

•Elizabeth Stafford (1546-6 February 1599), married firstly, Sir William Drury, by whom she had issue; she married secondly, Sir John Scott.

•Dorothy Stafford (b.1548)

•Sir Edward Stafford of Grafton (1552-1604), married firstly, Roberta Chapman by whom he had issue; he married secondly, Douglas Sheffield.

•Ursula Stafford (b.1553), married Richard Drake of Esher, by whom she had issue.

•William Stafford (1554-1612), married Anne Gryme, by whom he had issue.

•Sir John Stafford of Marlwood Park (January 1556-1624), married Millicent Gresham.

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William STAFFORD (AFN: 9FXW-9C) Pedigree

Sex:  M  Family   

Event(s)

Birth:   Abt 1500   
 Of, Blatherwick, Northamptonshire, England   
Christening:      Of, Chebsey   

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Parents

Father:  Humphrey STAFFORD (AFN: 9FXW-LW)  Family  
Mother:  Margaret FOGGE (AFN: 9FXW-M3)   

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Marriage(s)

Spouse:  Mary BOLEYN (BULLYN) (AFN: 9FXF-VC)  Family  
Marriage:  Abt 1528        
   
Spouse:  Dorothy STAFFORD (AFN: 9224-NM)  Family  
Marriage:  Abt 1545           

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Husband's Name

William STAFFORD (AFN:9FXW-9C)  Pedigree   
Born:  Abt 1500  Place:  Of, Blatherwick, Northamptonshire, England   
Christened:    Place:  Of, Chebsey   
Married:  Abt 1528  Place:     

Father:  Humphrey STAFFORD (AFN:9FXW-LW)  Family  
Mother:  Margaret FOGGE (AFN:9FXW-M3)   

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Wife's Name

Mary BOLEYN (BULLYN) (AFN:9FXF-VC)  Pedigree   
Born:  1504  Place:  Of Chilton Folist, Wiltshire, England   
Died:  19 Jul 1534  Place:     
Married:  Abt 1528  Place:     

Father:  Thomas BOLEYN ;[EARL OF WILTSHIRE] (AFN:9FXF-T6)  Family  
Mother:  Elizabeth HOWARD ;[COUNTESS OF WILTSHIRE] (AFN:9FXF-88)   

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Husband's Name

William STAFFORD (AFN:9FXW-9C)  Pedigree  

Born:  Abt 1500  Place:  Of, Blatherwick, Northamptonshire, England   
Christened:    Place:  Of, Chebsey   
Married:  Abt 1545  Place:     

Father:  Humphrey STAFFORD (AFN:9FXW-LW)  
Mother:  Margaret FOGGE (AFN:9FXW-M3)   

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Wife's Name

Dorothy STAFFORD (AFN:9224-NM)  Pedigree   
Born:  1526  Place:  , , England, Gb   
Died:  22 Sep 1604  Place:  St. Margaret Church, Westminster, Middlesex, Eng.   
Buried:  23 Sep 1604  Place:  St. Margaret Church, Westminster, Middlesex, England   
Married:  Abt 1545  Place:     

Father:  Henry STAFFORD (AFN:9224-FF)  Family  
Mother:  Ursula POLE (AFN:9224-GL)   

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Children

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1.  Sex  Name    
 F Ursula STAFFORD (AFN:9FXW-HD)  Pedigree  
   Born:  Abt 1546   Place:  <Of Bobbing Court, Bobbing, Kent, England>   

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2.  Sex  Name    
 F Dorothy STAFFORD (AFN:9FXW-F2)  Pedigree   
   Born:  Abt 1548   Place:  <Of Bobbing Court, Bobbing, Kent, England>   

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3.  Sex  Name    
 M Edward STAFFORD (AFN:9FXW-BJ)  Pedigree   
   Born:  Abt 1552   Place:  Of, Grafton, Northamptonshire, England   
   Died:  5 Feb 1604/1605   Place:   

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4.  Sex  Name    
 M John STAFFORD (AFN:9FXW-DV)  Pedigree   
   Born:  1549   Place:  <Of Bobbing Court, Bobbing, Kent, England>   
   Died:  28 Sep 1624   Place:  Sp   

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5.  Sex  Name    
 F Elizabeth STAFFORD (AFN:9FXW-G7)  Pedigree   
   Born:  1550   Place:  Of Bobbing Court, Bobbing, Kent, England   

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6.  Sex  Name    
 M William STAFFORD (AFN:9FXW-CP)  Pedigree   
   Born:  1 Mar 1553/1554   Place:  Rocheford, Rocheford, England, England   
   Died:  16 Nov 1612   Place:  
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Sir William STAFFORD of Grafton

Born: BEF 1512, Chebsey, Staffs., Rochford, Essex & London

Died: 5 May 1556, Geneva

Father: Humphrey STAFFORD of Blatherwycke

Mother: Margaret FOGGE

Married 1: Mary BOLEYN ABT 1533

Children:

1. Son STAFFORD (b. 1535 - d. 1545)

Married 2: Dorothy STAFFORD AFT Jul 1543

Children:

2. Edward STAFFORD of Grafton (Sir)

3. John STAFFORD of Marlwood Park (Sir)

4. William STAFFORD

5. Elizabeth STAFFORD

6. Ursula STAFFORD

http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/Bios/WilliamStafford1.htm

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William Stafford (courtier)

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Sir William Stafford (c.1500-5 May 1556) was an Essex landowner and the second husband of Mary Boleyn, the one time lover of King Henry VIII of England.

William was the son of Humphrey Stafford of Blatherwycke in Northamptonshire and his wife Margaret, daughter of Sir John Fogge of Ashford in Kent. The family were distant relatives of the mighty Staffords, who had until recently had controlled the dukedom of Buckingham and the earldom of Wiltshire, but William Stafford was a commoner, and only a second son. He served Henry VIII as a soldier.[1] In 1532, he is listed as one of two hundred people who accompanied Henry VIII to France. Here Henry and his fiancee Anne Boleyn were to meet King Francis I of France to show his public approval for Henry's annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon.

Among the other travellers was Anne Boleyn's sister, Mary Boleyn, the daughter of Thomas Boleyn who was by then the Earl of Wiltshire and the Earl of Ormonde. As an earl's daughter, a duke's niece and soon to be the sister-in-law of the King, Mary's marriage prospects were excellent. After marrying Stafford instead, Mary was dismissed from court and never saw her sister, Anne, her brother-in-law and former lover Henry or her brother George again.

The couple originally lived at Chebsey in Staffordshire, but later moved to Mary's family home, Rochford Hall at Rochford in Essex. Mary had two children during her first marriage (Henry Carey and Catherine Carey), although the father of both children is alleged to have been Henry VIII. Mary was pregnant by William Stafford when she was dismissed from court, but this child probably did not survive to adulthood. There are suggestions that the child was a boy, and that they also had a daughter, named Anne, who also died as a child. They had no surviving children. William served in Scotland, where he was knighted in 1545, and, two years later, he became MP for Hastings.

Contents [hide]

1 Second Marriage

2 In Popular Culture

3 References

4 Bibliography


[edit] Second Marriage

After his wife's death, Sir William married Dorothy, the youngest daughter of Henry Stafford, 1st Baron Stafford, by whom he had three sons and two daughters. They moved to Geneva during Mary I's reign and he did not live to see the reign of his niece, Elizabeth I, or to see his wife, children and stepchildren become influential courtiers during the reign of Elizabeth I. He died on 5 May 1556 in Geneva.

Their children were

Elizabeth Stafford (1546–6 February 1599), married firstly, Sir William Drury, by whom she had issue; she married secondly, Sir John Scott.

Dorothy Stafford (b.1548)

Sir Edward Stafford of Grafton (1552–1604), married firstly, Roberta Chapman by whom he had issue; he married secondly, Douglas Sheffield.

Ursula Stafford (b.1553), married Richard Drake of Esher, by whom she had issue.

William Stafford (1554–1612), married Anne Gryme, by whom he had issue.

Sir John Stafford of Marlwood Park (January 1556–1624), married Millicent Gresham.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Stafford_(courtier)

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Born by 1512, second son of Sir Humphrey Stafford of Blatherwycke and Dodford, by Margaret, dau. of Sir John Fogge of Ashford, Kent. Married first, 1533/4, Mary, daughter of Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire and Earl of Ormond, widow of William Carey (d. 22 Jun 1538), of Aldenham, Herts., s. p.. Married second, by 1552, Dorothy, daughter of Henry Stafford, 1st Baron Stafford, and had 3 sons, Edward, John and William, and one daughter, Elizabeth. Knighted 23 Sep 1545. Esquire of the body by 1541; gentleman pensioner 1540; standard bearer, gentleman pensioner by 20 May 1550-3.

William Stafford could boast Royal descent, but as the younger son of a midland family whose fortunes had been depleted during the previous century he had little hope of advancement before his marriage to Mary Boleyn, an ex-mistress of Henry VIII. He attended the coronation of Queen Anne Boleyn as a servitor and this may have been the occasion of his meeting with her sister whom he could have known, however, through his Kentish relatives. Their marriage displeased the King and Queen, as well as Cromwell, and Mary Boleyn told the minister that love had triumphed over reason and that although she 'might have had a greater man of birth and higher' she was content to lead 'a poor honest life' with her youthful husband. It was perhaps the Queen's coolness towards the pair which protected them when disaster struck her and her brother Lord Rochford: in the event they were gainers, for between 1539 and 1542 Mary Stafford was to inherit in succession her father's lands, those held in jointure by Rochford's widow and those of her grandmother the Countess of Ormond. Although the bulk of this property was to pass to the children of her first marriage, she was able to give her husband several manors in Essex, including Rochford which they later made their home. In 1541 Stafford acquired the manor of Hendon in Kent from the crown but several months later he exchanged it for more valuable property in Yorkshire and London. After Mary's death he inherited the manor of Abinger, Surrey, which he later sold to Edward Elrington and his cousin Thomas.

In 1544 he fought in France and in 1545 in Scotland, where he was knighted by Edward Seymour, Earl of Hertford. It was doubtless as a Protestant courtier and a soldier known to Hertford (by then Protector and Duke of Somerset) that he was returned to the Parliament of 1547: the elector of Hastings had no part in the matter, for the indenture was evidently returned to the lord warden, Sir Thomas Cheney, bearing one name only, that of John Isted, and it was Cheney who added Stafford's. He was to be joined in the Commons by his stepson Henry Carey, one of the Members for Buckingham, and by his stepdaughter's husband, Sir Francis Knollys, who sat for Camelford. Nothing is known of Stafford's role in the House, but if his second marriage had either taken place or was in contemplation he may have supported the Act for the restitution of Baron Stafford (I Edward VI, no. 18) passed during the first session, and it was either he or Henry Stafford who in the last session was licensed on 22 Feb 1552 to be absent when suffering from measles. He was not harmed by the Protector's fall: in 1550 Somerset's rival the Earl of Warwick granted him an annuity of 100 pounds for his services to Henry VIII and entrusted him with the custody of three noble French hostages from Dover to London. In 1551 he accompanied Edward, Lord Clinton to Paris for the christening of one of Henri II's sons and on his return he took part in the New Year's tournament at court. He showed his loyalty to Northumberland by reporting a servant's allegation that the Protector had been innocent of the charges laid against him. Whether this act assured Northumberland of his support is not known, nor whether he sat in the next Parliament summoned early in 1553 under the duke's aegis: John Isted was re-elected for Hastings but the name of his fellow-Member on this occasion has not been discovered. A brawl with Adrian Poynings in the previous Nov had reduced his standing in the Council's esteem and had led to a brief recommittal to the fleet.

Although Stafford's second marriage linked him more closely to the peerage, it brought him no wealth. In the early 1550s he disposed of much of the property given him by Mary Boleyn, and mounting debts induced him in 1552 to exchange his annuity for 900 pounds in cash.

Accompanied by his wife, children, sister, cousin and servants, he settled in Geneva in Mar 1554, being known there as Lord Rochford. He soon became embroiled in its disputes and on returning there after the uprising of 1555 he was nearly killed in an affray.

When the English congregation was set up he joined it and his son John was the first child to be baptized on 4 Jan 1556, Calvin standing as godfather. Stafford died there on May 5, 1556, but the Privy Council was unaware of this when ten days later it ordered that 'no payment of money by exchange or otherwise' was to reach him. Calvin claimed the custody of his son John and forbade his widow to leave with him. She appealed to Stafford's younger brother and the threat to invoke French aid persuaded Calvin to yield. She then moved to Basle, remaining there until Jan 1559, when she returned to England through aid provided by Queen Elizabeth, probably at the request of Dorothy's father, Henry Stafford, Baron Stafford, who was serving the Queen as a Courtier at the time. The Queen recognized Lady Dorothy as a relative, the wife of her uncle Sir William Stafford whom she knew when she was a child. Elizabeth, whom she outlived, appointed her mistress of the robes; the Queen and Dorothy became close friends and Dorothy served as a trusted confidante. Dorothy served the Queen faithfully in that position for 40 years.

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Sir William Stafford1

M, #213230, b. 1511, d. 5 May 1556

    Sir William Stafford was born in 1511.
He was the son of Sir Humphrey Stafford and Margaret Fogge.
He married Mary Boleyn, daughter of Thomas Boleyn, 1st Earl of Wiltshire and Lady Elizabeth Howard.
He died on 5 May 1556 at Geneva, Switzerland.1

http://thepeerage.com/p21323.htm#i213230

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Wiki: William Stafford (courtier)

For other people named William Stafford, see William Stafford (disambiguation).

Sir William Stafford (c.1500-5 May 1556) was an Essex landowner and the second husband of Mary Boleyn, the one time lover of King Henry VIII of England.

William was the son of Humphrey Stafford of Blatherwycke in Northamptonshire and his wife Margaret, daughter of Sir John Fogge of Ashford in Kent. The family were distant relatives of the mighty Staffords, who had until recently had controlled the dukedom of Buckingham and the earldom of Wiltshire, but William Stafford was a commoner, and only a second son. He served Henry VIII as a soldier. [1] In 1532, he is listed as one of two hundred people who accompanied Henry VIII to France. Here Henry and his fiancee Anne Boleyn were to meet King Francis I of France to show his public approval for Henry's annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon.

Among the other travellers was Anne Boleyn's sister, Mary Boleyn, the daughter of Thomas Boleyn who was by then the Earl of Wiltshire and the Earl of Ormonde. As an earl's daughter, a duke's niece and soon to be the sister-in-law of the King, Mary's marriage prospects were excellent. After marrying Stafford instead, Mary was dismissed from court and never saw her sister, Anne, her brother-in-law and former lover Henry or her brother George again.

The couple originally lived at Chebsey in Staffordshire, but later moved to Mary's family home, Rochford Hall at Rochford in Essex. Mary had two children during her first marriage (Henry Carey and Catherine Carey), although the father of both children is alleged to have been Henry VIII. Mary was pregnant by William Stafford when she was dismissed from court, but this child probably did not survive to adulthood. There are suggestions that the child was a boy, and that they also had a daughter, named Anne, who also died as a child. They had no surviving children. William served in Scotland, where he was knighted in 1545, and, two years later, he became MP for Hastings.

Contents:

1. Second Marriage

2. In Popular Culture

3. References

4. Bibliography

1. Second Marriage

After his wife's death, Sir William married Dorothy, the youngest daughter of Henry Stafford, 1st Baron Stafford, by whom he had three sons and two daughters. They moved to Geneva during Mary I's reign and he did not live to see the reign of his niece, Elizabeth I, or to see his wife, children and stepchildren become influential courtiers during the reign of Elizabeth I. He died on 5 May 1556 in Geneva.

Their children were

•Elizabeth Stafford (1546-6 February 1599), married firstly, Sir William Drury, by whom she had issue; she married secondly, Sir John Scott.

•Dorothy Stafford (b.1548)

•Sir Edward Stafford of Grafton (1552-1604), married firstly, Roberta Chapman by whom he had issue; he married secondly, Douglas Sheffield.

•Ursula Stafford (b.1553), married Richard Drake of Esher, by whom she had issue.

•William Stafford (1554-1612), married Anne Gryme, by whom he had issue.

•Sir John Stafford of Marlwood Park (January 1556-1624), married Millicent Gresham.

http://wapedia.mobi/en/William_Stafford,_Lord_Chebsey

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Sir William Stafford, Kt., of Grafton's Timeline

1500
1500
Chebsey, Staffordshire, England
1534
1534
Age 34
1534
Age 34
1535
1535
Age 35
1535
Age 35
1548
1548
Age 48
1548
Age 48
1550
1550
Age 50
Bobbing, Kent, England
1552
1552
Age 52
Bobbing Court, Kent, England
1552
Age 52