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Elizabeth Goldsborough (Norton)

Birthplace: Norton, Conyers, Yorkshire, England
Death: after 1459
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Sir Richard Norton, II, of Norton Conyers and Isabel Norton
Wife of Richard de Goldesburgh
Mother of Thomas de Goldesburgh and Edward Goldesburgh
Sister of Margaret Stapleton; Sir John Norton, Knt., of Norton Conyers and Isabel Montfort

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About Elizabeth Goldsborough

Elizabeth Norton

  • Born in Conyers, Yorkshire
  • Daughter of Sir Richard Norton, II, of Norton Conyers and Elizabeth Tempest
  • Sister of Margaret (Norton) Stapleton
  • Wife of Richard Goldesborough
  • Mother of Edward Goldesborough and Thomas Goldesborough

Elizabeth, mar. Richard Goldesborough, of Goldesborough (Glover 369).

Sir Richard de Goldesburgh=Elizabeth m. by 1423. d. by 1439. dau. of Sir Richard Norton of Norton-Conyers, living 1459.

In 1449 Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Richard Norton and widow of Sir Richard de Goldesburgh, Kt., commenced a suit against Thomas Kemp, Archdeacon of Richmond, John Stapilton, esq., and others, to vindicate her claim to the right of presentation to the church of Goldesburgh then vacant. 6 The suit was apparently brought to an end in 1451.

By the year 1423, an important marriage had been contracted between Richard, son and heir of Sir Richard de Goldesburgh, and Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Richard Norton, as the following extract testifies :—

“ Acknowledgement of Deed for enrollment, by which Richard, son of Richard Norton of Norton-Conyers, late Lord Chief Justice of the Court of the King’s Bench, 1 to 8 Henry V. both inclusive [1413-20]. defunct, is declared heir to his father’s manors, property, &c., or in default, to William, son of Richard’s brother, or in default, to Elizabeth, sister of tfie said William and wife of Sir Richard Goldesburgh, jun., knt., or in default to Margaret, sister of the said Elizabeth and wife of John Stapilton.and lastly in default, to the heirs of Richard Norton, defunct. Dated, 24 April, 1423.” 6

We have previously seen that Elizabeth Goldesburgh was a widow in 1449, and that she sought to recover the right to present to the church at Goldsborough in that year. In 1456 we find her impleading Thomas Furbarne of Allerton Mauleverer, co. York, gentleman, and others for forcibly entering her close at Goldsborough and taking 16 oxen, 10 cows, and 10 calves, price £20, and assaulting William Lofthouse her servant and wounding him, whereby she was deprived of his services for a long time to her great damage. 1

In 1428, under the heading “ Oxford—Hundred of Bampton,” it is stated that an Inquisition was held at Bampton when
Richard Goldesburgh and John Anthony were declared to hold lands and tenements in Bampton, Aston, and Kencote, which were held lately by Richard Goldesburgh and John Melsa for the service of two knights’ fees. 2 3

In 1432 John Rokeby sued Richard Goldesburgh of Goldes¬ burgh, Knt., and Thomas Bukton, gent., for 40s. debt .3

In 1435, Richard Goldesburgh, Knt., sued Richard Tumour of Potter Hanworth, co. Lincoln, husbandman, for trespass and cutting down trees and underwood at Potter Hanworth, value £40. 4

In 1438, Richard Goldesburgh, Knt., sued Thomas Cooke of Goldsborough, yeoman, for trespass in his special fishery at Goldsborough and taking fish value £ 20. 5

About this time, Sir Richard Goldesburgh, Knight, died, having made his Will, proved 17 Feb., 1438-9, in which he gave his body to be buried in the Church of St. Mary of Goldesburgh, against the altar of St. Anne, and for his mortuary fee gave his best animal, with his armature [armour] as of custom. To his wife Elizabeth he gave a legacy. And to his son Edward for life, lands in Kexburgh, and after his decease, remainder to his right heirs. 6 7

In a Plea in Chancery regarding the execution of the Will of Richard Goldesburgh, knight, relating to his manors and lands [co. York], the plaintiff was Thomas Chaworth, knight, guardian of Thomas, son and heir of Richard Goldesburgh, knight, and the defendants were Dame Elizabeth, late wife of the said Richard, John Stapulton, esquire, Sir Nichol Gelde, parson of Goldesburgh, William Hopton, and Richard Norton, priest .7

Thomas Goldesburgh married Joan Chaworth of co. Nottingham, daughter of Sir Thomas and Isabel Chaworth. 1


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Elizabeth Goldsborough's Timeline

October 22, 1955
October 8, 1956
February 28, 1957
Norton, Conyers, Yorkshire, England