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Sir John de Woodford

Birthplace: of, Wymondham, Leicestershire, England
Death: circa 1401 (38-48)
Immediate Family:

Son of William de Woodford and Janette (Brabazon) de Woodford
Husband of Mabel de Woodford
Father of Robert de Woodford; Joan Berkeley and Elizabeth Sherard

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About John de Woodford

  • Sir John de Woodford1
  • M, #34670, d. 1401
  • Father William de Woodford, Serjeant-at-Law d. a 1357
  • Mother Janette Brabazon d. a 1345
  • Sir John de Woodford A ward of the Black Prince in 1368/9. He was born at of Wyfordby, Brentingby, and Thorpe Arnold, Leicestershire, England. He married Mabell Folvile, daughter of Geoffrey Folvile and Isabel Tilney. Sir John de Woodford died in 1401.
  • Family Mabell Folvile d. a 1406
  • Child
    • Joan Woodford+ b. c 1389
  • Citations
  • [S10731] Unknown author, The Hussey Connection to the Plantagenet Lineage, by Roy Leggitt; Wallop Family, p. 837.
  • From: _________________
  • Nichols' Lost Leicestershire By Stephen Butt
  • .... etc.
  • The manorial history of Sproxton is bound up in the inter-marriages of significant medieval landowning families, particularly Brabazon, Trussell, Neville, Folville and Woodford. All accumulated considerable land and wealth in the Hundred of Framland over several centuries. Of these, the Woodford family was probably the last to establish itself in the area, but by the time of the death of Sir Robert Woodford, Lord of Sproxton in 1455, their amassed fortunes had been lost due to a rift between Robert and his grandson Ralph of Ashby Folville.
  • The Woodford Cartulary devotes forty-eight pages to the family's
  • land transactions and history relating to the manor of Sproxton. Nichols quotes extensively from it. He reproduces several pedigrees of the Woodford family, but they are all different.
  • The family's first land purchase in Leicestershire was the manor of Brentingby, purchased by John Woodford in 1317. The Woodford family acquired the manor of Sproxton through the marriage of his only (surviving) son, William Woodford (who died in 1369), to Joan Brabazon. Their only son, John (1358-1401), was a minor when his father died, but gained the manor on his twenty-first birthday. John married Isobel Folville. Their only son, Robert (1383-1455), who was also a minor when his father died, married Isabel (Maud) Neville. These marriages brought very considerable land and wealth into the Woodford family, but very few heirs. Sir Robert Woodford and Isabel Neville had seven sons, but only one grandson - namely Sir Ralph Woodford. Sir Robert's eldest son was Thomas Woodford, who married his cousin Alice Berkeley, the daughter of Sir Lawrence Berkeley of Wymondham and Joan Woodford, sister to Sir Robert Woodford. Their son Ralph was born in 1430.
  • Thomas died before his father, and Ralph would therefore have become heir to his grandfather's estates, except for Sir Robert's disapproval of his marriage to Elizabeth Villiers. The reason for Sir Robert's strong dislike of the Villiers family is not explained, but it resulted in Robert attempting to disinherit Ralph by sharing out the family's assets between his sons. As a result, as William Burton notes, the family lost the majority of their lands: 'By reason of which division so made, that ancient family (which had continued many years in great account and high dignity) was, in a short space, utterly decayed and gone."
  • .... etc. __________
  • A Gentry Community: Leicestershire in the Fifteenth Century, C.1422-c.1485 By Eric Acheson
  • Pg.152
  • .... Sir Robert Woodford's standing in Leicestershire resulted in part from John Woodford's judicious marriage to the Leicestershire heiress, Mabil Folville, who provided the family with is caput at Ashby Folville, and in part from a policy of land acquisition by purchase, pursued by Robert's father and grandfather.72 But by endowing his younger sons with estates, Robert came to threaten the wealth, and therefore the status within county society, of his heir, Ralph. Hence, we can comprehend Ralph's violent attitude towards his uncle Walter who was unfortunate enough to have been given lands in Leicestershire where he could not defend them, rather than beyond his nephew's reach.73
  • Pg.257
  • By the beginning of the fifteenth century, the Woodfords had built up a large estate in the north-east of Leicestershire comprising seven manors acquired either by purchase or by marriage to heiresses (B.L. Cotton Claudius, A XIII), When John Woodford, former commissioner of array (1399) and JP in Leicestershire (1401) died in 1401, his son, Robert, was a minor (C.P.R., 1399-1401, pp. 212, 560; ibid., 1401-5, p. 102). In 1409, however, Sir Robert settled his affairs in England before departing for France (B.L. Cotton Claudius, A XIII, fo. 223). He may also have attended Lincolns's Inn before 1420 (Lincoln's Inn, Admissions, p. 3). He was taxed in 1436 on an income of £40, but his mother, Mabil, was still alive then and the income from her dower property was a further £26 (E179/192/59). Sir Robert was present at the county court for the elections of 1429 and 1433 but he himself was never elected to parliament or appointed to public office (C219/14/1 pt 2 MS 102; C219/14/4 pt 2 MS 88). His wife, Isabel, daughter of Sir William Neville of Rolleston, bore him seven children, but the eldest son, Thomas, died vita patris. When Sir Robert died in 1456, he was succeeded by his grandson, Ralph (C139/162/20 MS 2; C.F.R., 1452-61, p. 160). Ralph was pricked as sheriff in November 1466 and he received two commissions of the peace in December 1470 (Lists and Indexes, IX, p. 145; C.P.R., 1467-77, p. 619). However, his service to the readeption was pardoned in January 1472' (C67/48 MS 19). Ralph married Elizabeth Villers, daughter of William (q.v.). She bore him four sons and a daughter (PROB11/11/23/182v-3v). The eldest son and heir, William, died in his father's lifetime in 1487, leaving a daughter, Margaret as his heir (C.I.P.M., 3 Hen. VII, no. 352). ____________________
  • The visitation of the county of Leicester in the year 1619 by Camden, William
    • (Brabazon and Woodford.)
  • Roger Brabozon of Spropton in Com. Leicester. = ; ch: Roger Brabozon
    • Roger Brabozon sonne & heyre. = ; ch: William Brabason.
      • William Brabason. = ch: John Brabason
        • John Brabason sonne & heyre. = ; ch: Jane (m. William Woodford) Brabason.
          • Jane Da. & hey. of John Brabason. = William Woodford ; ch: John (m. Mabill Foluile) Woodford.
            • John Woodford 9 E. 3. = Mabill Da. of John Foluile. ; ch: Sr Rob't Woodford.
              • Sr Rob't Woodford Kt. ob. 36 H. 6 = ; ch: Thomas Woodford.
                • Thomas Woodford died before his father. = ; ch: Raphe Woodford
                  • Raphe Woodford ætatis 26 Aº 34 H. 6. = ; ch: Will'm (m. Anne Norwich) Woodford.
                    • Will'm Woodford obijt in vita patris. = Anne Da. of Symon Norwich of Brampto' in Com. Northampto'. ; ch: Marg't (m. Tho. Morton), Margery (m. John Turuill) Woodford.
                      • .... etc. _________________
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John de Woodford's Timeline

of, Wymondham, Leicestershire, England
Rollestone Manor, Shrewton, Wiltshire, England (United Kingdom)
of, Wyfordby, Brentingby, & Thorpe Arnold, Leicestershire, England
Age 43