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John Henry Greene, Esq., Lord Drayton

Also Known As: "John de Greene", "Lord of Drayton", "John Henry Greene"
Birthplace: Drayton, Northamptonshire, England
Death: February 09, 1433 (45-46)
Drayton, Northamptonshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Henry Green, the Younger, Lord Drayton and Matilda Green
Husband of Margaret Greene (Greene)
Father of Ralph Greene; Henry Greene, of Drayton, Esq.; Isabella de Vere and Marjorie Huddlestone
Brother of Ralph Green, MP; Thomas de Greene, of Greene’s Norton; Eleanor Fitzwilliam; Elizabeth Cotton; Mary Luttrell and 1 other

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About John Henry Greene, Esq., Lord Drayton

John Greene

  • aka Grene, Green
  • John Greene, Esq., Lord Drayton
  • Born about 1387, in Drayton, Northamptonshire, England, 2nd or 3rd son
  • Died 9 Feb 1433 at about age 46 in Hardwick, Northamptonshire, England
  • Son of Henry Greene and Matilda Mauduit
  • Husband of Margaret Greene

Children of Sir Henry de Greene of Drayton, Northamptonshire (d 30.07.1399) m. (c1368) Matilda Mauduit (b 1354, d c1404, dau of Sir Thomas Mauduit of Warminster by Joan Bassingbourne):

2. John Greene of Drayton (b c1404,[NO] - d 1432-3), m. Margaret or Mary Grene (dau of Sir Walter Grene of Bridgnorth)

Marriage and Family

Sometime prior to 1413, John married Margaret, daughter of Walter Greene of Bridgnorth, Shropshire.[5] The Walter Greene to whom John granted lands (with several others) in 1420/1 and 1432/3 (see below) may have been Margaret's brother (or her perhaps her father).

Their eldest son, Ralph, was born in or before 1413 and no doubt named after his uncle. Ralph died at about the same time as his father, being still alive when John wrote his will, but dead three months later when younger son Henry is recorded as heir.[2][6][7]

Second son Henry was born at Stepney, Middlesex (on the outskirts of the City of London) on 6 November 1414.[8] He was baptised there shortly thereafter.[8] He became heir to his father due to the early death of elder brother Ralph.[9]

John also had two daughters: Marjorie who married Henry Huddlestone and Isabel who married Richard de Vere.[2][6]

Will and Death

John wrote his will on 28 January 1432/3, in which he was described as "John Greene of Herdwyk" (ie Hardwick, Northamptonshire).[14] Key people mentioned in the will are:[6]

  • Wife Margaret
  • Son Rauf
  • Son Herry
  • Daughters Margery and Issabel (both unmarried)
  • Sister Lady Felbrigg [this is sister in law, Katherine Mallory, widow of brother Ralph Greene, who married 2nd to Simon Felbrigge]

John died on 9 February 1432/3,[9] aged about 45 years. Given that eldest son Ralph died at about the same time, it seems likely that they both died of one of the many infectious diseases that were common at the time. Perhaps they were both early victims of the pneumonic plague epidemic which impacted England in 1433-1435.

He probably died at Hardwick, Northamptonshire

  • John Greene, Esq., Lord Drayton1,2,3
  • M, #19680, d. 1433
  • Father Sir Henry Greene, Lord Drayton b. c 1365
  • Mother Maud Mauduit b. c 1361
  • John Greene, Esq., Lord Drayton was born at of Drayton in Lowick, Northamptonshire, England. He married Margaret Greene, daughter of Walter Greene. John Greene, Esq., Lord Drayton died in 1433.
  • Family Margaret Greene
  • Child
    • Isabel Greene+2,3
  • Citations
  • [S6069] Unknown author, Magna Charta by Wurts, p. 759; Stemmata Robertson, p. 161.
  • [S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 54.
  • [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. III, p. 635.
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  • Sir Henry De Grene, II
  • Birth: 1340 Greens Norton, South Northamptonshire Borough, Northamptonshire, England
  • Death: Sep. 2, 1399 Bristol, Bristol Unitary Authority, Bristol, England
  • "Sir Henry (2) de Greene de Boketon, the second son of Sir Henry (1) de Greene de Boketon, was made the heir of his father in spite of the English law of primogenture through a special license given by the king. Sir Henry was a very rich man and possessed many estates. He married Matilda, sole heiress of her father, Lord Thomas Mauduit, who also had five lordships and other fair possessions. Sir Henry was a man of ability and became as prominent a statesman as his father had been. He was a member of the house of commons, and one of its leaders. He was knighted and became one of the king's near counselors. As a favorite of the king, he received many more manors and estates. Sir Henry was one of a commission appointed over King Richard H., whose eccentricity amounted almost to insanity, and as such counseled the king to confiscate the estates of the banished Henry Bolingbroke, duke of Hereford and Lancaster. After the overthrow of Richard, Sir Henry was taken prisoner by Bolingbroke and beheaded in the market square in Bristol, September 2, 1399. Shakespeare devotes much of Acts I. and II. of his Richard II. to Sir Henry Greene. The children of Sir Henry and Lady Matilda were Ralph, John, Thomas, Henry, Eleanor, Elizabeth, Mary.
  • From: Cutter, William Richard, _New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of Commonwealths and the Founding of a Nation_, Volume 1, p. 224."
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  • Parents:
  • Henry De Grene (1310 - 1369)
  • Catherine De Drayton De Grene (1314 - 1369)
  • Spouse:
  • Matilda De Mauduit De Grene (1354 - 1404)*
  • Children:
    • Thomas De Grene (1390 - 1417)*
  • Sibling:
  • Thomas Greene (____ - 1391)*
  • Henry De Grene (1340 - 1399)
  • Burial: St Peter Churchyard, Norton, Ryedale District, North Yorkshire, England
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 109880664
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Drayton, Northamptonshire, England
Drayton, Northamptonshire, England
Drayton, Northamptonshire, England
Drayton, Northamptonshire, England
Northampton, Northamptonshire, England
February 9, 1433
Age 46
Drayton, Northamptonshire, England
November 14, 1931
Age 46
November 14, 1931
Age 46
January 3, 1934
Age 46