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Sir John Chichester, Esq.

Birthdate: (64)
Birthplace: Raleigh, Devonshire, England
Death: February 22, 1538 (60-68)
Raleigh, Devonshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Nicholas Chichester and Christian Paulet
Husband of Margaret Chichester and Joan Courtenay
Father of Edward Chichester of Raleigh, Esq.; Elizabeth Pyne; Hugh Chichester; John Chichester, sr; Anne Chichester and 7 others
Brother of Elizabeth Chichester; Peter Chichester; William Chichester; Philippa Chichester; Richard Chichester and 4 others
Half brother of Elizabeth Hull; Richard Martin, of Exeter; Elizabeth Carew; Elizabeth Shapleigh and Roger Martin

Occupation: High Sheriff of Devon
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About Sir John Chichester

  • John Chichester1
  • M, #249771, d. 22 February 1537
  • Last Edited=7 Nov 2007
  • John Chichester was the son of Nicholas Chichester and Christina Paulet.1 He married, firstly, Margaret Beaumont, daughter of Sir Hugh Beaumont.1 He married, secondly, Joan Brett, daughter of unknown Brett.1 He died on 22 February 1537.1
  • He lived at Raleigh, Devon, England.1 He had two other sons by his first wife.1
  • Children of John Chichester and Joan Brett
    • 1.John Chichester1
    • 2.Amyas Chichester1
  • Child of John Chichester and Margaret Beaumont
    • 1.Edward Chichester+1 d. Jul 1522
  • Citations
  • 1.[S37] Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 1, page 1157. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.
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  • John Chichester, Esq.1
  • M, #69018, b. circa 1475, d. 22 February 1538
  • Father Nicholas Chichester b. c 1452, d. b 25 Dec 1498
  • Mother Christian Pawlett b. c 1450
  • John Chichester, Esq. was born circa 1475 at of Raleigh, Pilton, Devonshire, England; Age 24 in 1499. He married Joan Brett, daughter of Robert Brett and (Miss) Pillond, before 1526; His 2nd marriage.1 John Chichester, Esq. died on 22 February 1538 at Raleigh, Pilton, Devonshire, England.
  • Family Joan Brett b. c 1472
  • Child
    • Amyas Chichester, Esq.+1 b. 28 Mar 1527, d. 4 Jul 1577
  • Citations
  • 1.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. I, p. 114.
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  • John CHICHESTER of Raleigh (Sir Knight)
  • Born: ABT 1474, Raleigh, Devonshire, England
  • Died: 22 Feb 1536/7, Raleigh, Devonshire, England
  • Father: Nicholas CHICHESTER
  • Mother: Christine PAULET
  • Married 1: Joan BRITE (dau. of Robert Brett of Pilland and Dau. Pilland) (w. of John Courtenay of Molland)
  • Children:
    • 1. Mary CHICHESTER
    • 2. John CHICHESTER
    • 3. William CHICHESTER
    • 4. Amyas CHICHESTER
  • Married 2: Margaret BEAUMONT (d. 25 Mar 1507) (dau. and heir Sir Hugh Beaumont of Youlston and Thomasine Wise) ABT 1493
  • Children:
    • 5. Edward CHICHESTER
    • 6. Hugh CHICHESTER
    • 7. Elizabeth CHICHESTER
    • 8. Anne CHICHESTER
    • 9. Mary CHICHESTER
  • From: CHICHESTER of Raleigh (Sir Knight)1
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  • The Visitations of the County of Devon: Comprising the Herald's Visitations ... By College of Arms (Great Britain)
  • Pg.173
    • Chichester of Raleigh. Pg.172-175
  • Nicholas Chichester, 2 son of Margaret (Keynes) & Richard Chichester, heir to his brother John, and aged 30 at his death, named in the Inq. taken on the death of his father as deceased. mar. Christian, 3 da. of Sir Nicholas Pawlet of Sampford Peverel, widow of Henry Hull of Larkbear, named in the Inq. taken on the death of her father in law, remar. 3 Sir William Martin, 4 James Chudleigh of Asheton., parents of Elias (ob. s.p.), Tristram (ob. s.p.) Henry (ob. s.p.), Jane (m. Thomas Bretton), Philipp, (m. John Cole), Elizabeth (m. John Berry), Richard (ob. s.p.), William (Rector of Sherwill & Arlington), Peter, John (m. Margaret Beaumont & Joan Bright) Chichester
    • John Chichester of Rawleigh, son & heir of Christian (Pawlet) & Nicholas Chichester, heir to his grandfather and aged 24 years and more at his death, named in the Inq. taken on the death of his sons Hugh and Edward, died 22 Feb. 1537-8. Inq. P.m. 28 Hen. VIII, No.4; mar.1 Margaret Da. & hei. of Hugh Beaumont of Sherwill, parents of Edward (m. Lady Elizabeth Bourchier), Hughe (m. Elizabeth _), Elizabeth (m. Nicholas Pyne) Chichester; mar.2 Joan Da. of Robert Bright, named in the Inq. taken on her husband's death, remarried Henry Fortescue., parents of Anne, Mary (m. John Rowe), William, Amias (m. Jane Gifford), John (m. Katherine Peard & _ Rowe) Chichester.
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  • John COURTENAY of Molland
  • Born: ABT 1467
  • Died: 27 Mar 1509, Molland, Devonshire, England
  • Father: Phillip COURTENAY of Molland (Sir)
  • Mother: Elizabeth HYNESTON
  • Married: Joan BRITE (dau. of Robert Brett of Pilland and Dau. Pilland) (m.2 Sir John Chichester of Raleigh)
  • Children:
    • 1. Phillip COURTENAY of Molland
    • 2. John COURTENAY of Molland
    • 3. Ellen COURTENAY
    • 4. Agnes COURTENAY
  • From: COURTENAY of Molland1
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    • Arlington, Devon
  • Sir John Chichester (c. 1474-1537) of Raleigh, the son and heir of Nicholas Chichester (d.pre-1496) and heir to his grandfather, married firstly in about 1490, Margaret Beaumont (d.1507), daughter and co-heiress of Hugh Beaumont of Shirwell by his wife Thomasine Wise, and the heir to Raleigh and the other principal family estates was Sir John Chichester (c. 1516/22-1569), (grandson), son of Edward Chichester (c. 1496-1522), (second and eldest surviving son of Sir John Chichester (c. 1474-1537). However Sir John Chichester (c. 1474-1537) married secondly to Joan Brett, sister of Robert Brett (d.1540), lord of the manor of Pilland in the parish of Pilton, and the last steward of Pilton Priory before its dissolution[1] and widow of John Courtenay (d.1510) of Molland; she survived her husband and remarried Henry Fortescue. His will was witnessed by his brother-in-law Robert Brett (d.1540). His eldest son by his second wife Joan Brett was Amyas Chichester (1527-1577), to whom he granted his manor of Arlington, and who established that line of the family, created Chichester Baronets of Arlington Court in 1840. The Latin deed dated 28 November 1535 making the grant survives in the Chichester of Arlington archives in the North Devon Record Office, catalogued as follows: "Surrender John Chechester, and Joan, his wife to Amias Chechester, their son, Manor of Alryngton, alias Arlyngton, with advowson of the church; 2 red seals of John and Joan Chechester on parchment tags".[2] His will dated 12 October 1530, written five years before he made the grant sets out his intentions clearly:[3] "Will (indented) of John Chechester, Esq. Manors, lands, advowsons of churches, etc. of and in Dunwere, Beggernhuysche alias Huyshe Gaunte, Arlyngton, Rokesford [in Sandford?], Cheryton Fytz Payne, Tregamere, and Treverbyan, to Johan his wife for her life. After her death, manor and advowson of Arlington to his son Amys and his heirs male and manor of Dunwere to his son John, and his heirs male. Manor of Ralegh [in Pilton] and advowson of chantry there, and moiety of manor of Awton Gifford to go after death of Elizabeth, late wife of Hewe Chechester, to Johan (i.e. Brett), and after her death to go, together with the manor of Wedisworthy after the death of his mother, to his executors, for the performance of various provisions in his Will concerning marriage of his daughters, maintenance of his children, compensation of tenants, etc. Manors, lands, advowsons of churches, etc. of and in Maneton Magna, Huntor [in Manaton?], Hennok, Lokesforde [Loxhore], Barstabell, Scherwell, Pilton, Kentisbury and Tauton Bischopp, to his son William and his heirs male, if he refuse to be a priest. Executors: Johan his wife, and Amys his son. Overseers: Robert Brett, Richard Chechester, John Forde". Amias married Jane Giffard, daughter of Sir Roger Giffard (d.1547) of Brightley in the parish of Chittlehampton. The Heralds' Visitation of Devon lists 19 children produced from this marriage. The descent from Amias is as follows:[4] etc.
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"The Royal Connection"

          Margaret Wyatt married Matthew Allyn in February 1626, came to New England and resided at Cambridge, Massachusetts Colony in 1632.  In 1637, the records indicate they were living in Hartford, Connecticut Colony, and at Windsor in 1648. 
         Margaret's parents were John Wyatt and  Frances Chichester, and through her mother, she can trace her ancestry back to Charlemagne, King of France and Emperor of the West, and through her father, she is related to the Earl of Devon who was Edward I, King of England. 
         The Wyatts were highly regarded, as John's brother, Adam, was town clerk of Barnstable and another brother, Philip, was also town clerk, and kept a diary which furnishes much information on that period of history.
         For a complete ancestor chart from Emperor Charlemagne to Margaret Wyatt see below.
         Descendant Chart of Emperor Charlemagne
         Charlemagne, King of France and Emperor of the West, d. 814, had by his third wife, Hildegarde, d. 783, daughter of Childebrand, Duke of Suabia:
         Pepin, King of Lombardy and Italy, second son, who m. Lady Bertha, daughter of William, Count of Thoulouse, and had:
         Bernard, King of Lombardy, who had by his wife, Cunegonde:
         Pepin, Count of Vermandois and Peronne, a lay abbot, 840, father of:
         Pepin de Senlis de Valois, Court Berengarius, of Bretagne, father of:
         Lady Poppa de Valois, who m. (his first wife) Roll the Dane, founder of the royal House of Normandy & England, first Duke of Normandy, 912, d. 932, also of Royal Descent, and had:
         William the Longsword, second Duke of Normandy, father of:
         Richard I, third Duke of Normandy, father of:
         Godfrey, Count of Eu and Brion, in Normandy, father of:
         Gislebert-Crispen, Count of Eu and Brion, father of:
         Baldwin de Brion, who accompanied his relative, William of Normandy, to England, and became high sheriff of Devonshire.  He m. Lady Albreda, daughter of Richard-goz d'Abrancis, Viscount d'Auveran-chez (who accompanied the Conqueror and was granted the Earldom of Chester, in 1086), and his wife, Lady Emme, half-sister of King William the Conqueror, and had:
         Richard d'Auveranche de Redvers, Baron of Oakhampton, created Earl of Devon, d. 1137; m. Lady Adeliza, daughter of William Fitz-Osborne, Count of 
         Bretoille, lieutenant and steward in Normandy, created Earl of Hereford, and had:
         Baldwin de Redvers de Vernon, who succeeded as sixth Earl of Devon, d. 1216. He had by his wife, Lady Mabel de Bellomont, also of Royal Descent, daughter of Robert the Consul, Earl of Mellent and first Earl of Glouces-ter, d. 1147:
         Lady Mary de Redvers (widow of Robert de Courtenay, of Oakhampton, d.1249), who m. secondly, Peter Prouz, of Eastervale, Devonshire and had:
         William Prouz, father of:
         Walter Prouz, who had by his wife, a daughter of Baron Dinham:
         William Prouz, who had by his wife, daughter and heiress of Giles de Gidley, in Devonshire:
         Sir William Prouz, Knight, Lord of Gidley, m. Alice, daughter and heiress of Sir Fulke Ferners, or Throwleigh, and had: 
         William Prouz, of Orton, Devonshire, m. Alice, daughter of Sir Hugh de Widworthy, and had:
         Lady Alice Prouz, who m. Sir Roger Moels, Knight, and had:
         Lady Joan Moels, who m. John Wotton, of Widworthy, in Devonshire, and had:
         John Wotton, of Widworthy, who m. Engaret, daughter of Walter Dymoke, and had:
         Alice Wotton, who m. Sir John Chichester, Knight, b. 1385, who was in the retinue of Le Lieur de Harrington at Agincourt, son of Sir John Chichester, of Treverbin, Cornwall, and had:
         Richard Chichester, b. 1424, sheriff of Devonshire, 1469, 1465, d. 25 December, 1496; m. Margaret, daughter of Sir Nicholas Keynes, of Winkleigh, and had:

John Chichester, of Rawleigh, Devon, b. 1472, d. 22 February, 1537-38; m. secondly, Joan, daughter of Robert Bright, or Brett, and had:

         Amias Chichester, of Arlington, Devon, b. 1527, d. 4 July, 1577; m. Jane Giffard, will proved 16 April 1596; daughter of Sir Roger Giffard, of Brightley, d. 1 May, 1547, and had:
         Frances Chichester, who m. John Wyatt, bapt. Braunton, Devon, 27 November, 1558; admitted to the Inner Temple in 1576, son of Philip Wyatt steward and town clerk of Barnstaple, Devon, 1562-3, d. 1592, and had:
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Raleigh, Devonshire, England

•ID: I109212
•Given Name: John
•Surname: Chichester
•Suffix: III
•Sex: M
•Title: III
•_UID: 02058AE3EF0AB546AEE019A1E5E7598B6079
•Birth: 1470

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