John St. John
(-After 1354)
William St. John
Elizabeth St. John
(Bef 1429-Bef 1506)


Family Links

1. Henry Dyke

2. Nicholas Hussey
  • Constance Hussey
  • Catherine Hussey
3. Ralph Massey

Elizabeth St. John

  • Born: Bef 13 Jul 1429 2
  • Marriage (1): Henry Dyke 1
  • Marriage (2): Nicholas Hussey before 1459
  • Marriage (3): Ralph Massey after 15 Jan 1472
  • Died: Bef 25 Mar 1506 3


Manorial Estate, 1439, Litchfield Manor, Whitchurch, Hampshire, RG28, GB. 4 On the death of Isabel, Litchfield passed to William and Eva [de Echingham], and was sold by them in 1315 to Edward de St. John of Barlavington (co. Suss.). Edward obtained a grant of free warren in his demesne lands of Litchfield in 1334 and died about 1340, leaving a widow Eva, who in 1346 was stated to be holding half a fee in Litchfield which had belonged to Isabel de Stopham. Eva died in 1354, leaving by Edward an only daughter Elizabeth, who became the wife of Henry Dyke of Sussex, from whom the manor ultimately descended to two sisters and co-heirs, Eleanor the wife of William Dering of Surrenden (co. Kent) and Constance the wife of John Goring of Burton (co. Suss.). In 1514 the manor was settled on John Goring and Constance for life with remainder to their son William in tail-male, but this settlement seems later to have been set on one side, for in 1537 John Kingsmill, who married Constance daughter of John Goring (if the pedigrees are correct), but in all probability his widow, obtained a quitclaim of the manor from Nicholas Dering, son and heir of William Dering and Eleanor, in return for an annuity of 6 12s. 8d. In 1540 John obtained a grant of the rent of 13s. 4d. issuing from the manor formerly belonging to Hyde Abbey, and died seised of the manor in 1556, leaving a son and heir William. From this date the manor has followed the same descent as Sydmonton (q.v.), the present owner being Mr. Andrew de Portal Kingsmill.

Manorial Estate, 1439, North Marden Manor, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19, GB. 5 Of the several Domesday holdings of Marden, one of 5 hides was held by Robert (son of Tetbald) of Earl Roger, and held of him by a certain Corbelin, who also held 5 hides in Barlavington. There was also a small holding of hide belonging to this Marden, held by Fulk. In the time of King Edward the 5-hide holding had been held as two manors in alodial tenure by Alwin and Alvric, while the second was held by Alvric as an alod.

The manor continued under the overlordship of the Earls of Arundel.

North Marden may have formed part of the 5 fees held by Hugh de Falaise in the time of Henry I, as fee here was held by Hugh's granddaughter Agnes widow of Geoffrey son of Azo, and after her death it was successfully claimed by her nieces Margaret, Denise, and Florence, daughters of Richard Murdac, against William Aguillon, who represented Hugh de Falaise through his other daughter. William called to warrant Alfred de Lincoln, who was perhaps his guardian or trustee. Margaret married Nicholas de Lymesy and in 1235 William Aguillon claimed the fee against her and her son Walter, to whom he eventually, in 1241, made over his rights.Walter was succeeded by Nicholas de Lymesy, probably his son, who in 1246 made an agreement with William Dawtrey that they should present alternately to the church of North Marden. Presumably the fee had passed into the hands of William Dawtrey, as his granddaughter Eve inherited 2 fees in Barlavington, Marden, and elsewhere. She married three times: first Roger de Shelvestrode, who held the fees in 1302, then William Paynel, the tenant in 1314, and finally Edward St. John. The manor of Barlavington and lands in North Marden were among the estates settled on Edward and Eve and her heirs in 1318, and at her death in 1354 they passed to her son John St. John. The subsequent history of this mesne lordship is obscure. In 1428 a fee in North Marden was said to be held by the Prior of Maiden Bradley and William St. John and to have formerly been held by Roger de Lynche, but Roger's connexion with the fee is otherwise unrecorded. William St. John left a daughter Elizabeth, who married Henry Dyke, and their coheirs were their granddaughters, Constance wife of John Goring and Eleanor wife of William Dering. The advowson (q.v.) descended to them, but no more is recorded of the lordship.

Inquisition: Virtute officii, 13 Jul 1500. 2 959. WILLIAM SEYNT JOHN.

Inquisition, virtute officii, 13 July, 15 Henry VII.

John de Rokesle, knight, was seised in fee of the under-mentioned manor, and granted it by charter to Robert de Rokesle, his son, to hold to him and the heirs of his body. Robert died seised of the manor in fee tail, and after his death the manor descended to Richard, his son and heir. Richard died seised of the manor in fee tail, and after his death the manor descended to Alice, his daughter and heir, who married a certain Edward Seynt John. Edward and Alice were seised of the manor in fee tail, in right of the said Alice, and had issue William Seynt John. Alice survived her husband, and died sole seised of the manor in form aforesaid. After her death the manor descended to the said William as her son and heir, and he entered and was seised thereof in fee tail.

He died 4 November, 18 Henry VI. Elizabeth Massy, widow, aged 71 years and more, is his daughter and heir. Edward Mille and Edmund Mille, late of the parish of Lenham, co. Kent, intruded into the manor and took the issues and profits thereof from the time of the death of the said William until the taking of this inquisition.

KENT. Manor of Shelve, worth 100s., held of the king in chief by service of a third part of a knight's fee.

Endorsed:- Execucio fit sicut continetur in Memorandis de anno xvj. regis nunc, videlicet, inter Recorda de termino Sancti Michaelis rotulo --, exparte rememoratoris thesaurarii.

E. Series II. File 466. (2.)

Inquisition: Post mortem, 28 Mar 1506. 3 31. ELIZABETH MASSY.

Writ 28 March, inquisition 3 May, 21 Henry VII.

She was seised in fee of the under-mentioned manors &c., and suffered a recovery thereof to John Warnet and John Nicholl in Trinity term, 19 Henry VII, [to the use of] herself and her heirs and the performance of her last will.

Afterwards on 11 November, 21 Henry VII, upon espousals to be celebrated between Elizabeth Dyke and John Shirley, the said Elizabeth Massy covenanted and granted to the same John Shirley and Elizabeth Dyke all the under-mentioned lands &c. in Petworth, Byworth and Eggden, to hold for life in survivorship; and on 10 June, 21 Henry VII, the said John Warnett and John Nicholl, at her instance and in fulfilment of [the said covenant], by their charter gave all the said lands &c. to John and Elizabeth for life, by virtue whereof they were seised in their demesne as of free tenement and still survive so seised.

Further [the said John Warnett and John Nicholl], by their charter dated 7 July, 19 Henry VII, gave all the said manors &c., except the lands &c. in [Petworth, Byworth and] Eggden, to the said Elizabeth Massy, to hold to her and her heirs for ever.

Afterwards, on 2 August, 19 Henry VII, the said Elizabeth [by charter gave the said manors] &c., except as before excepted, to John Fyneux, knight, and Thomas Frowyk, knight, chief justices of the king, William Tysted, John Ernley and others, and they were seised thereof accordingly in fee.

By her last will the said Elizabeth willed and declared, inter alia, [that her executors] should have and take the issues and profits of all the said manors &c. for 15 years after her death for the discharge of divers payments and legacies &c., and should take the residue of the issues and profits thereof to their own use during the said term.

Further she willed that the said John Fyneux and Thomas Frowyk, knights, William Tysted, John Ernley, John Warnet and John Nicholl, and other her feoffees, should stand seised of the premises to the uses and intentions in her last will specified. They are still so seised.

She died on Friday before the Annunciation last. John Dyke, aged 6 years and more, is her kinsman and heir, to wit, son of Thomas, son of Henry, her son.

SUSSEX. Manors of Bewgenet, Barlavington and Lurgatsale and 40 messuages, 3000a. land, 1000a. meadow, 5000a. pasture, 500a. wood and 1000a. furze and heath in Barlavington, Bewgenet, Lurgatsale, Byworth, Cotes, Warnycampe, Eggden, Northmerden, Fitelworth and Petworth, worth 40l., held of .

C. Series II. Vol. 19. (7.)

Elizabeth married Henry Dyke.1 (Henry Dyke died before 1459.)

Elizabeth next married Nicholas Hussey, son of Sir Henry Hussey 6th Baron Hussey and Constance, before 1459. (Nicholas Hussey was born about 1417 6 and died on 15 Jan 1472 6.)

Elizabeth next married Ralph Massey after 15 Jan 1472. (Ralph Massey died before 3 Jul 1500.)


1 William Berry, <i>Pedigrees of the Families in the County of Sussex</i>, 1 (London: Sherwood, Gilbert and Piper, 1830), 138-139.

2 J E E S Sharp and A E Stamp, <i>Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem </i> (London: n.p., n.d.), 3 Henry VII (Series 2): 479-501.

3 J E E S Sharp and A E Stamp, <i>Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem </i> (London: n.p., n.d.), 3 Henry VII (Series 2): 1-32.

4 William Page, editor, <i>A History of the County of Hampshire</i>, 4 (London: Victoria County History, 1911), 4: 267-270.

5 <i>A History of the County of Sussex</i>, 8 (London: Victoria County History, 1953), 4: 108-110.

6 <i>Gowen Research Foundation</i>( : accessed 28 Oct 2018).

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