About William Marshall
As yet, it is not clear as to the paternity of William. Casual compilers of this tree have treated George Marshall's "Marshalls of Pickering" as authorative and linked William with the Empringham/Hingham Marshalls of Norfolk. Other compilers have tried to link William with the Carlton Marshalls as suggested in the Nottingham Visitation. However, the fact remains that, as yet, we have found no contemporary document giving details of William's forebears. Indeed, there is a strong suggestion that he could be neither of the above. One branch of the family descended from William leads to a George Marshall, an MP for Boroughbridge and his brother, Robert, who at one time held the Castel of Carrigonon in County Cork. In 1603, both brothers were granted an heraldic crest of four qtrs., including Brus, Hawyke and Browne proving their descent. Their line of descent places an emphasis on Marshalls being from Tadcaster, which is close to Pickering. In the Parliamentary bio. for George it states that he came from a family of "humble" origin (had the Mashalls descended from either the Hingham or Carlton Marshalls, the word 'humble' would not have been appropriate) It is also interesting to note that in all contemporary visitations actually made by the family, all emphasis on their descent is placed on the maternal line, ie Brus, Hawyke, etc. The conclusion drawn is that William may have been a 'new man', made good, descended from merchants, who had married into families of 'quality',
It is interesting to note that there was a line of William Marshalls of Tadcaster, prior to our William Marshall, that fits well into this scenario.
The writer of the above favours the William of Tadcaster origin, but recognises that until a firm contemporary document appears confirming William's line that that any extension of William's family line must be held in abeyance.
William and his wife Agnes were involved in a court case in Westminster on the16th April 1480, County: Yorkshire. Ebborston was a small village a couple of miles to the East of Pickering. Place: Westminster. Date: Two weeks from Easter, 20 Edward IV. Parties: William Hastynges, knight, William Chauntry, dean of Noui Op[er]is, Leycestr', William Moton', William Grymesby and Thomas Kebeell', querents, and William Marsshall' and Agnes, his wife, deforciants. Property: 5 bovates of land and 30 acres of meadow in Eberston' Ebberston]. Action: Plea of covenant. Agreement: William Marsshall' and Agnes have acknowledged the tenements to be the right of William Chauntry, as those which the same William, William Hastynges, William Moton', William Grymesby and Thomas have of their gift, and have remised and quitclaimed them from themselves and the heirs of Agnes to William Hastynges, William Chauntry, William Moton', William Grymesby and Thomas and the heirs of William Chauntry for ever. Warranty: Warranty. For this: William Hastynges, William Chauntry, William Moton', William Grymesby and Thomas have given them 40 pounds sterling." CP 25/1/281/165, number 15. http://www.medievalgenealogy.org.uk/fines/abstracts/CP_25_1_281_165.shtml#15 Original image: http://aalt.law.uh.edu/AALT4/CP25%281%29/CP25_1_281/IMG_0271.htm Note: The fine implies that the land in Ebberston was of the inheritance of Agnes, wife of William Marshall. Simon Ughtred, father of Maud, wife of Adam de Brus II, of Pickering once held land in Ebberston, so it may have come to the Brus family of Pickering. See: W. Paley Baildon, Notes on the Religious and Secular Houses of Yorkshire. Extracted from the public records, Yorkshire Archaeological Society Record Series, 17 (1895), 228.
It is of interest to note that the case immediately preceeding that of William and Agnes was one brought by the then Richard, Duke of Gloucester and later King, Richard III. Richard was heavily involved in Yorkshire at this time and may may have been personally known to William Marshall.
Whilst we have no exact date of death for William it is clear that he was still alive in 1480.
Contemporaries of William at this time were a John Marshall and Christopher Marshall, both Lord Mayors of York. Whether they were related is a matter of conjecture. However, Thomas Marshall, offspring of William also went on to become a Lord Mayor of York.