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Johannes White, Alderman of York

Birthdate: (50)
Birthplace: York, England
Death: circa 1390 (42-58)
York, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Adam White of York and Mary White
Husband of Sarah White
Father of Johannes White II, of York, Alderman

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About Johannes White of York

Slaymaker (manufactured slays, which are weaving instruments. However, may also describe a person who manufactured wheeled carts, the oxen-driven variety formerly known as sleighs), resident of York, became a freeman in 1390 [record not found]. Name also spelled "Whyt".

Had a son of the same name who was also a "slaymaker" and "became a freeman" in 1394.

"Freedom of the city" in this context is connected to the medieval concept of "free status", when city and town charters drew a distinction between freemen and vassals of a feudal lord. As such, freemen actually pre-date 'boroughs'. Early freedom of the boroughs ceremonies had great importance in affirming that the recipient enjoyed privileges such as the right to trade and own property, and protection within the town.

Men of the same name, from the Register of Freemen of the City of York, reign of Richard II:

  • Robertus Whit, taillour (3 Ric II, 1379/80)
  • Johannes Whit, waterleder (9 Ric II, 1385/86)
  • Johannes Whit, jun., slaymaker (18 Ric II, 1394/95)
  • Willelmus Whit, tannator (18 Ric II, 1394/95) - possibly brother, certainly not son, of Johannes Whit, jun.

Not the John White of Martock who went off to the Aquitaine wars in 1371.

Not of the Yaxley/Swanbourne Whites either.

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Johannes White of York's Timeline

York, England
Age 40
York, England
Age 50
York, England