Joan Massey Heiress of Worsley and Hulton

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Jane Brereton (Massey)

Death: May 11, 1511
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Daughter of Geoffrey Massey and Isabel Massey
Wife of William Stanley, Jr and Sir John Brereton, Kt.
Mother of Joan Stanley Heiress of Worsley

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About Joan Massey Heiress of Worsley and Hulton

  • Breretons of Cheshire, 1100 to 1904 A. D (1904)
  • Pg. 105
  • William Stanley (family of Stanley, Cheshire) of Tatton, died in 1498. Joan, his widow, afterwards married Sir Edward Pickering, in 1500, and lastly Sir John de Brereton, of Lea Hall, Cheshire, by whom she had one son, Philip, who died without issue. She was the daughter and heiress of Sir Geoffrey Masey. Her only child by her first husband was Jane, or Joan, the heiress of Tatton. She had two consorts. The first was John Ashton, son and heir of Sir Thomas Ashton, of Ashton, super Mersey, Cheshire ; she was then but eight years old ; he died young without issue by her, in 1511. Her second husband was Sir Richard Brereton, second son of Sir Randle Brereton IV., of Malpas.


  • Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 54
  • Stanley, William (d.1495) (DNB00)
  • STANLEY, Sir WILLIAM (d. 1495), lord chamberlain to Henry VII, was the second son of Thomas Stanley, first lord Stanley, by Joan, daughter of Sir Robert Goushill of Hoveringham, Nottinghamshire, and his wife, Elizabeth Fitzalan, dowager duchess of Norfolk. .... etc.
  • Stanley was at least twice married. In 1465 he married Joan, daughter of the first Viscount Beaumont, and widow of John, lord Lovel (Rot. Parl. v. 582; Complete Peerage, v. 165). He subsequently (after 1470) married Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Hopton of Hopton, Shropshire, who had already survived two husbands, Sir Roger Corbet of Moreton-Corbet, Shropshire, and John Tiptoft, earl of Worcester [q. v.] (ib. vii. 402). The pedigrees following Sir Peter Leycester are in error respecting his marriage (cf. Baines, Hist. of Lancashire, iv. 10; Ormerod, i. 442). Stanley left three children—a son and two daughters. The son, Sir William Stanley, married Joan, heiress of the Masseys of Tatton in Cheshire, and died in or about 1498; one daughter, Joan, married Sir John Warburton of Arley, and the other, Catherine, Thomas Cocat of Holt. .... etc.
  • From:,_William_(d.1495)_(DNB00)


Sir John was the son of Hugh Massey of Tatton, who died about 1371, and by his elder brother's death succeeded to the paternal estates. (fn. 27) His marriage with Alice de Worsley took place in or before 1372. (fn. 28) He was sheriff of Cheshire in 1389. (fn. 29) He sided with Richard II in 1399 and was imprisoned in Chester Castle; (fn. 30) four years later he joined in the Hotspur rising and was killed at the battle of Shrewsbury. (fn. 31) Thomas his eldest son incurred forfeiture on the like account, (fn. 32) but was restored, and dying in 1420, was succeeded by his brother Geoffrey. (fn. 33) Their mother Alice died eight years later, Geoffrey being then forty years of age. (fn. 34) On his death in 1457 without lawful issue (fn. 35) the Worsley manors went to his nephew William son of Richard Massey. (fn. 36) William died eleven years later; (fn. 37) his son and heir Sir Geoffrey (fn. 38) left an only child Joan, who by her first husband, William Stanley, (fn. 39) also left an only daughter Joan, heiress of Worsley, aged eighteen at her mother's death in 1511. (fn. 40)

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Hooton, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom
May 11, 1511