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Sir John St. John
(After 1360-1424)
Isabel Paulet
(Bef 1374-)
Sir John Beauchamp 3rd Baron Beauchamp of Bletso
Edith Stourton
Sir Oliver St. John
Margaret Beauchamp
(Abt 1410-Bef 1482)
John St. John of Bletso, Bedfordshire
(Abt 1432/1437-Between 1482/1490)


Family Links

1. Alice Bradshaigh

2. Elizabeth Mathew
  • Maurice St. John

John St. John of Bletso, Bedfordshire 1 2 3 4 5

  • Born: Abt 1432-1437
  • Marriage (1): Alice Bradshaigh about 1455 1
  • Marriage (2): Elizabeth Mathew 1
  • Died: Between 1482 and 9 Feb 1490

  General Notes:

JOHN SAINT JOHN, Esq., of Bletsoe and Keysoe, Bedfordshire, Paulerspury, Northamptonshire, Fonmon and Penmark, Glamorgan, Wales, etc., son and heir, born about 1432-7 (aged 40 and more in 1482). He married (1st) ALICE BRADSHAGH (or BRADSCHAGH), daughter of Thomas Bradshagh, of Haigh, Lancashire. They had one son, John, K.B., and five daughters, Anne, Elizabeth (wife of Thomas Kent, Esq.), Eleanor, Margaret (wife of John ap Morgan), and _____ (nun at Shaftesbury). He married (2nd) ELIZABETH MATHEW, daughter of William Mathew Fawr, by Lleucu, daughter of Gruffudd ap Nicholas. They had one son, Maurice. JOHN SAINT JOHN, Esq., was living in 1482 (date of mother's inquisition post mortem), and died before 9 Feb. 1489/90 (date of lawsuit). His widow, Elizabeth, married (2nd) before 9 Feb. 1489/90 (date of lawsuit) (as his 2nd wife) RICHARD NEWTON, Esq., of Wyke juxta Yatton, Aldwick, Ston Easton, Midsomer Norton, North Curry, Thorn Falcon, Ubley, and Walton-in-Gordano, Somerset, South Carleton, Devon, Child Okeford, Dorset, Aust and Down Hatherley, Gloucestershire, etc., son and heir of John Newton, Knt., by Isabel, daughter and co-heiress of Thomas Cheddar, Esq. He was born about 1468 (aged 30 and more in 1498). They had one daughter, Jane (or Jenet) (wife of Thomas Griffin, Knt.). In 1490 Richard and his wife, Elizabeth, widow of John Saint John, Esq., sued her step-son, John Saint John, Knt., in the Court of Common Pleas regarding her reasonable dower in free tenements in Bletsoe and Keysoe, Bedfordshire and Paulerspury, Northamptonshire. In 1492 Richard and his wife, Elizabeth, widow of John Saint John, Esq., sued Richard Emson and William Risley in the Court of Common Pleas regarding her dower in the third part of the manor of Paulerspury, Northamptonshire. RICHARD NEWTON, Esq., died 26 Sept. 1500. He left a will dated 24 Sept. 1500, proved 3 March 1500/1 (P.C.C. Moone). His widow, Elizabeth, was assigned dower 11 June 1501. In 1516 she presented to the church of Exford, Somerset. In 1518 James Perceval, Esq., bought a quare impedit against Elizabeth, widow of Richard Newton and others regarding the church of Exford, Somerset. Elizabeth died in 1524. She left a will proved August 1524 (P.C.C.). In the period, 1532-38, Henry Capell and Thomas Gryffyn, Knts., and Jane, wife of the latter, sued Richard Bydwell, Gent., and another, executors of Nicholas, brother of Richard Newton, Esq., deceased in Chancery regarding the detention of deeds relating to the manor of Down Hatherley, Gloucestershire and other lands, late of the said Richard Newton, father of the said Jane, and grandfather of the said Sir Henry. In 1553-55 Thomas Gryffyn, of Braybrooke, Northamptonshire, sued Henry Capell and William Dale, of Yatton, Somerset, yeoman, in Chancery regarding the goods of Elizabeth, late the wife of Richard Newton, in her house at Wyke, Somerset.

Collins, English Baronetage 4 (1741): 174-179 (sub Saint John). Anderson, Gen. Hist. of the House of Yvery 1 (1742): 416-419. Bridges, Hist. & Antiqs. of Northamptonshire 1 (1791): 311. Collinson, Hist. & Antiqs. of Somerset 3 (1791): 587-588. Betham, Baronetage of England 3 (1803): 384-389 (sub St. John). Fosbrooke, Abs. of Recs. & MSS Respecting the County of Gloucester 2 (1807): 79. Brydges, Collins' Peerage of England 5 (1812): 104; 6 (1812): 42-61 (sub St. John Viscount Bolingbroke and St. John), 741-751 (sub St. John, Lord St. John of Bletshoe). Gentleman's Mag. 94 (1824): 513-517, 588-591. Coll. Top. et Gen. 1 (1834): 310-311 (St. John ped.: "John Saint John, Esq. = [left blank]"), 314 (Daubeney ped.: "Alianor [Daubeney], first wed. to Simon Blount, aft. to Rd. Newton, Esq. for the King's Body."). Charles, Vis. of Huntingdon 1613 (Camden Soc. 43) (1849): 2 (St. John ped.: "Joh'es St. John de Bletso, miles. = Alicia, filia Tho. Bradshaw de Haugh in com. Lanc."). Annual Rpt. of the Deputy Keeper 30 (1869): 193. Harvey, Hist. & Antiqs. of the Hundred of Willey (1872-8): 488-489. Flower Vis. of Yorkshire 1563-4 (H.S.P. 16) (1881): 62-63 (Clifford ped.: "John Saint John. = ... doughter of Thomas a Bradshaw."). Arch. Cambrensis 5th Ser. 1 (1884): Genealogies of Glamorgan foll. 355 (ped. of Mathew of Llandaff: "William Mathew Vaur, m. Llecci, d. of Griff, ap Nicholas, and had ... Elizabeth, m. John St. John and had Maurice and a dau., m. Sir Newton kt."). Harvey et al., Vis. of Bedfordshire 1566, 1582, 1634 & 1669 (H.S.P. 19) (1884): 51-54 (Saint John ped.: "Sr John Saint John of Bletneshoe in com. Bedf. K sonne and heire = Alice daughter of Sr Thomas Bradshawe of Hawe in com. Lanc. K."). Chitting & Phillipot, Vis. of Gloucester 1623, 1569 & 1582-3 (H.S.P. 21) (1885): 113-116 (Newton ped.: "Elizabeth St John. = Thomas Newton. = Alianor da. to the L. Dawbeney."). Weaver, Somerset Incumbents (1889): 367. Watson, Ashmore, co. Dorset (1890): 8-11. Baines, Hist. of the County Palatine and Duchy of Lancaster 4 (1891): 291-292. Genealogist n.s. 8 (1891): 179-180 (Zouche ped.). Procs. of Somersetshire Arch. & Nat. Hist. Soc. 44 (1898): 55-62. Genealogical Mag. 8 (1904): 91-104 (Daubeney ped.). Index of Inqs. 1 (PRO Lists and Indexes 23) (1907): 198. Clark, Cartæ et Alia Munimenta de Glamorgancia 5 (1910): 1924-1926 (charter of Sir Thomas Gruffyn and Jenet Newton his wife dated 1540). VCH Bedford 3 (1912): 41, 136-137. C.P. 2 (1912): 206 (sub Bolingbroke); 7 (1929): chart between 452-453, 459 (sub Latimer). Burke, Gen. & Heraldic Hist. of the Peerage & Baronetage (76th ed., 1914): 262-264 (sub Bolingbroke). Cal. IPM Henry VII 2 (1915): 158, 223-224, 251, 259-260, 291, 343-344. Genealogists' Mag. 5 (1929): 355-359; 16 (1970): 244. Jacobus, Bulkeley Gen. (1933): 29-33. St. George et al., Wiltshire Vis. Peds. 1623, 1628 (H.S.P. 105-6) (1954): 167-170 (sub St. John ped.: "Johannes St John de Bletzo filius et heres miles = Alicia filia Tho Bradshaw de Haw militis"). Paget, Baronage of England (1957) 45: 1-4 (sub Beauchamp of Bletsoe). C.C.R. 1500-1509 (1963): 1. VCH Oxford 9 (1969): 59-60. Bartrum, Welsh Gens. 1400-1500 3 (1983): 394 [Cydifor Fawr 15 (A1)]; 9 (1983): (1983): 1496 [Rhydderch ap Iestyn 4(A2)]; 1567 [St. John 1: "Sir John St. John (1) = Alice f. Thomas Bradshaw, (2) = Elizabeth f. William Mathew Fawr")]. Jones, King's Mother (1992). Inv. of the Ancient Monuments in Glamorgan 3(1b) (2000): 147-150. Eales & Tyas, Fam. & Dynasty in Late Medieval England (Harlaxton Medieval Studies n.s. 9) (2003): 193-210. Court of Common Pleas, CP40/911, image 307f (available at http:// Court of Common Pleas, CP40/911, image 679f (available at http:// Court of Common Pleas, CP40/919, image 1035d (available at http:// National Archives, C 140/82/7 (Inq. p.m. of Margaret, Duchess of Somerset dated 1482); C 1/753/44; C 1/1352/71-74; C 1/1352/75-76; C 1/1429/77-88; C 78/22/43 (available at Somerset Archive & Rec. Service: Deeds for the manor of Aldwick, DD\\X\\BDN/6 (available at 6


• Manorial Estate: Paulerspury Manor, Paulerspury, Towcester, Northamptonshire, NN12, GB. 7 ...Robert's heir was his son Lawrence, aged 19, whose wardship was granted to Guy de Brian. (fn. 129) He died in 1349, shortly after coming of age, seised of the manor of Paulerspury, leaving a brother named John, aged 15, as his heir. (fn. 130) John's wardship and marriage were acquired by William Stury, to whom in 1350 two-thirds of the manors of Paulerspury and Great Houghton were committed, the other third being held in dower. (fn. 131) John was still alive in 1392 (fn. 132) but must have died shortly afterwards, for by 1395 the manor and advowson had passed to his daughter and heiress Isabel and her husband Sir John St. John of Fonmon (Glam.), subject to the life interest of John's widow Joan. (fn. 133) In 1403 Joan demised part of her estate to John and Isabel, reserving the gatehouse of the manor, the advowson and various lands. Joan died in 1414, whereupon John and Isabel took possession of the estate. (fn. 134)

Sir John St. John died in 1424, seised of the manor of Paulerspury, held in chief as of the honor of Peveril, leaving his son Oliver as his heir, (fn. 135) who was returned, with Thomas Mortimer, as holding one fee in Paulerspury and Great Houghton in 1428. (fn. 136) Oliver St. John's grandson, also named Oliver, married Margaret, the daughter and heir of Sir John Beauchamp of Bletsoe (Beds.), which thereafter became the family's main seat. (fn. 137) The younger Sir Oliver's grandson, another Sir John St. John, died in 1525, having settled the manor and advowson of Paulerspury and other lands there on feoffees to his own use and that of his son and heir, also named John, and the younger John's wife Margery (or Margaret), the daughter of Sir William Waldegrave. (fn. 138) In 1541 Sir John sold the manor of Paulerspury, including the advowson and extensive lands there, to Henry VIII in exchange for estates in London, Huntingdonshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Glamorgan, and a payment of £468 10s., representing 20 years' purchase on a difference of £23 6s. 8d. in the annual value of the lands exchanged. (fn. 139) The manor, together with other estates in Paulerspury acquired about the same time from Thomas Culpepper and Sir Arthur Longfield, was annexed to the honor of Grafton on its creation in 1542. (fn. 140)...

132. Baker, Northants., ii. 200.
133. P.R.O., CP 25/1/178/99/54.
134. Cal. Inq. p. m., xx. 41-2; P.R.O., E 136/148/1 m. 4.
135. P.R.O., C 139/14/12.
136. Feud. Aids, iv. 43.
137. The Visitation of Beds. (Harl. Soc. xix), 52-3.
138. P.R.O., C 142/44/161.
139. P.R.O., E 318/20/1058; E 305/2/A39; E 326/12784; N.R.O., FH 148, p. 224; L. & P. Hen. VIII, xvi. 500.

John married Alice Bradshaigh, daughter of Sir Thomas Bradshaigh of Haigh, Lancashire and de Shireburne, about 1455.1 (Alice Bradshaigh was born about 1426.)

John next married Elizabeth Mathew, daughter of William Mathew and Unknown.1 (Elizabeth Mathew died in 1524.)


1 P.C. Bartrum, Aberystwyth University, <i>Prosiect Bartrum/Bartrum Project</i> ( : accessed 25 Jun 2020), St. John 1.

2 Gary Boyd Roberts, <i>The Royal Descents of 500 Immigrants to the American Colonies Or the United States: Who Were Themselves Notable Or Left Descendants Notable in American History</i> (Genealogical Publishing Company, 1993), p. 400.

3 Frederick Lewis Weis, Jr. Walter Lee Sheppard, William Ryland Beall, Kaleen E. Beall, <i>Ancestral Roots Of Certain American Colonists Who Came To America Before 1700: Lineages from Alfred the Great, Charlemagne, Malcolm of Scotland, Robert the Strong, and Other Historical Individuals</i> (Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2004 (Reprint)), 85:36.

4 George Edward Cokayne, "Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom" (Sutton Publishing Ltd., 2000), II; p. 206; III, p. 294.

5 William Flower, Charles Best Norcliffe, <i>The Visitations of Yorkshire in the Years 1563 and 1564</i>, p. 62.

6 Newsgroup: soc.genealogy.medieval, at groups -, Douglas Richardson 12 Sep 2014.

7 A History of the County of Northampton, Vol 5 pp 245-289.

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