William St. John
- Marriage (1): Unknown
- Died: 4 Nov 1439 1
Noted events in his life were:
• Manorial Estate: North Marden Manor, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19, GB. 2 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 ½ 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 2½ 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 ½ 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. 1 959. 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.)