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John St. John

Birthdate: (68)
Birthplace: Bletsoe, Bedfordshire, England
Death: August 27, 1562 (64-72)
Bletsoe, Bedfordshire, England
Place of Burial: England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir John Saint John of Bletsoe & Lord Beauchamp and Sybil verch Morgan
Husband of Margaret St. John and Ann Neville
Father of Alice Elmes; Oliver St. John, 1st Baron St. John of Bletso; Margery Saint John; Lady Margaret Russell, Countess of Bedford; Anne Eley and 4 others
Brother of Dame Catherine Edgecombe; Alice St. John; Margaret St. John; Elizabeth St. John; Sybil St. John and 2 others

Occupation: This person was or is a member of the royalty, nobility or aristocracy in the British Isles, Lady
Managed by: Barbara Jane Victoria White-Frank
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About Sir John St. John, Kt.

Family and Education

b. by 1495, 1st s. of Sir John St. John of Bletsoe by Sybil, da. of Rhys ap Morgan. m. (1) by 1521, Margaret, da. of Sir William Waldegrave of Smallbridge, Suff., 5s. inc. John and Oliver 4da.; (2) Anne, da. of Thomas Neville of Cotterstock, Northants., 1s. 4da. illegit. bef. m. suc. fa. 30 Mar. 1525. Kntd. Feb./Nov. 1526.

St. John made his will on 6 Apr. 1558. After commending his soul to God, he appointed as executors his second wife Anne, his sons Oliver and John, and a son-in-law Edmund Elmes, and as overseers his son-in-law Bedford, Henry 11th Lord Morley and John Zouche, the last perhaps the knight of the shire for Derbyshire at the time. From the profits of his manors of Fonmon and Penmark, spread over a period of 12 years, the executors were to pay sums of money totalling £372 to his children and grandchildren, to provide rings for his daughters, to give £27 to the parishes within two miles of Bletsoe and to give what was left over from £480 to his heir Oliver St. John. Two of his daughters were to receive goods and money worth altogether 400 marks, his son John was to have his gold chain, and his plate was to be shared equally between Anne and Oliver. St. John died on 19 Dec. 1558 and the will was proved on 27 Feb. 1559.

Natural son Charles and natural da Cressida St John, Mary and Jane are also mentioned in his will.


History of Parliament Online


Sir John St. JOHN Knight [Parents] 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

  • was born 1483 in Bletsoe, Bedfordshire, England.
  • He died 19 Dec 1558 in Bletsoe, Bedfordshire, England.
  • John married Margaret WALDEGRAVE on 1513 in Bletsoe, Bedfordshire, England.
  • Other marriages: NEVILLE, Anne

Margaret WALDEGRAVE [Parents] 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

  • was born 1491 in Smallbridge, Bures St. Mary, Suffolk, England.
  • She married Sir John St. JOHN Knight on 1513 in Bletsoe, Bedfordshire, England.

They had the following children:

  • M i Oliver St. JOHN Lord St. John of Bletsoe was born 1514 and died 21 Apr 1582.
  • M ii John St. JOHN 1 was born 1516 in Bletsoe, Bedfordshire, England. 
  • F iii Margery St. JOHN was born 1518 and died after Apr 1573.
  • F iv Anne St. JOHN 1, 2 was born 1520 in Bletsoe, Bedfordshire, England.
  • F v Alice St. JOHN was born 1522 and died Jun 1607.
  • F vi Margaret St. JOHN was born 1525 and died 27 Aug 1562.

Sir John St. JOHN Knight

Citations from:

  • 1 Weis, Frederick Lewis, The Magna Charta Sureties, 1215 (5th ed., Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999.), pp. 61-14, Los Angeles Public Library, 929.273 W426 1999.
  • 2 Cokayne, George Edward, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct, or Dormant (London: St. Catherine Press, 1910.), 2:76, 3:568, 7:170, 11:239, 11:334, Los Angeles Public Library, 929.721 C682.
  • 3 Richardson, Douglas, Plantagenet Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2004.), pp. 114, 618, 628, 741, Family History Library, 942 D5rd.
  • 4 Rye, Walter, The Visitation of Norfolk, William Hervey, Anno 1563, ...and also the Visitation ... by John Raven, Anno 1613 (London: Harleian Society, 1891.), p. 298, Family History Library, 942 B4h v. 32.
  • 5 Roberts, Gary Boyd, The Royal Descents of 600 Immigrants to the American Colonies or the United States (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004.), pp. 398, 465, Family History Library, 273 D2rrd.
  • 6 Harvey, William, The Visitations of Bedfordshire made in 1566, 1582, and 1634 (London: 1884.), pp. 10, 53, 116, Los Angeles Public Library.
  • 7 Richardson, Douglas, Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2005.), pp. 94, 519, 709, 864, Family History Library, 942 D5rdm.
  • 8 Metcalfe, Walter Charles, The Visitations of Essex by Hawley, 1552; Hervey, 1558; Cooke, 1570; Raven, 1612; and Owen and Lilly, 1634 (London: Mitchell and Hughes, 1878.), p. 169, Los Angeles Public Library, Gen 942.005 H284 v. 13.
  • 9 Kirkpatrick, Kenneth W., "The 'Loving Cousens': Herbert Pelham, Sir Arthur Hesilrige and Gov. Edward Winslow," NEHGR 154:1 (Jan 2000) (New England Historic, Genealogical Society.), p. 91, Los Angeles Public Library.
  • 10 Philipot, John, The Visitation of Kent Taken in the Years 1619-1621 (London: 1898.), p. 223, Los Angeles Public Library, Gen 942.005 H284 v.42.
  • 11 Cokayne, G., CP, 12 (2): 403.
  • 12 Brydges, Egerton, Collins's Peerage of England (London: T. Bensley, 1812.), 1:272, Family History Library, 942 D22be.

Sir John St. John

  • M, #27580,
  • d. 27 August 1562
  •  Sir John St. John was the son of Sir John St. John and Sibyl verch Morgan.1,2
  • He married Margaret Waldegrave, daughter of Sir William Waldegrave.3
  • He died on 27 August 1562.3
  • He lived at Bletso, Bedfordshire, England.4
  • In 1640 granted by HENRY VIII the manor of Abbots Ripton, Hunts, which remained a St John possession till.3
  • Children of Sir John St. John and Margaret Waldegrave
    • 1 Margaret St. John+4 d. 27 Aug 1562
    • 2 Oliver St. John, 1st Baron St. John of Bletso+ d. b 23 May 1582


  • 1. [S6] G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume II, page 206. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
  • 2. [S37] BP2003 See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. [S37]
  • 3. [S37] BP2003. [S37]
  • 4. [S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume II, page 76
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Sir John St. John, Kt.'s Timeline

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