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William Paston

Male Abt 1528 - 1610  (~ 82 years)


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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  William Paston was born about 1528 (son of Erasmus Paston and Mary Wyndham); died on 20 Oct 1610; was buried in St. Nicholas, North Walsham, Norfolk, England.

    Notes:

    Sheriff of Norfolk and Suffolk in 1565-66.

    "He played little part in national affairs but took a prominent role in the government and political life of his native county and was known as a careful administrator and a 'just and painstaking magistrate' [...] A supporter of Edmund Freake, bishop of Norwich (1575–84), Paston was involved in the bitter conflict between the bishop and the puritans for control of the chancellorship of the diocese in 1578. He was described by Bishop Scrambler as an 'observer of law' which has been taken to mean that his religious views were either conformist Church of England or impartial (Smith, 214). In 1597 he moved to the new house which his uncle, Sir Clement Paston, had built at Oxnead. Known for his liberality, hospitality and benefactions, Paston is chiefly remembered for the founding and endowment of North Walsham grammar school (the Paston School), in 1606." [Oxford DNB, citation details below.]

    As he lived through her entire reign, presumably he was aware that queen Elizabeth was his third cousin, both of them being great-great grandchildren of London mayor Geoffrey Boleyn and his wife Anne Hoo.

    William married Frances Clere on 5 May 1551 in St. Margaret's, Paston, Norfolk, England. Frances (daughter of Thomas Clere and Ann Gyggs) was born in 1531; died in 1610. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. Anne Paston was born before 16 Jul 1553; died in 1637.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Erasmus Paston was born before 1508 (son of William Paston and Bridget Heydon); died before 6 Nov 1540; was buried on 6 Nov 1540 in Paston, Norfolk, England.

    Erasmus married Mary Wyndham after 22 Oct 1521. Mary (daughter of Thomas Wyndham and Eleanor Scrope) was born about 1508; died on 1 Jan 1597; was buried in Paston, Norfolk, England. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 3.  Mary Wyndham was born about 1508 (daughter of Thomas Wyndham and Eleanor Scrope); died on 1 Jan 1597; was buried in Paston, Norfolk, England.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: 1596

    Children:
    1. 1. William Paston was born about 1528; died on 20 Oct 1610; was buried in St. Nicholas, North Walsham, Norfolk, England.


Generation: 3

  1. 4.  William Paston was born about 1479 (son of John Paston and Margery Brewse); died on 20 Sep 1554 in Paston, Norfolk, England; was buried on 26 Sep 1544 in St. Margaret's, Paston, Norfolk, England.

    Notes:

    "His [Sir John Paston's] financial embarrassment was doubtless eased by the marriage of his son and heir, William, to Sir Henry Heydon's daughter Bridget, whose marriage portion was probably 500 marks. The wedding was already in sight when Sir Henry informed John Paston of the conclusion of the dispute with William Paston: 'How yee and myn ladie, and in what sylk or clooth yee will have these tweyn yong innocentes maried jnne, iff it shuld be purveyed at London to send me word, or ellys at Norwich, as it shall please you and myn ladie ther-affter I shall applie me; for it must bee ordyrd be you in the yong husbondes name.' 1489 seems the year in which to place the end of the controversy and the marriage, as on 10 February 1489 Margery, in writing to John, refers to 'my brodyre Heydon.'" [Colin Richmond,The Paston Family in the Fifteenth Century: The First Phase (1990), quoted by Brad Verity, citation details below.]

    William married Bridget Heydon. Bridget (daughter of Henry Heydon and Anne Boleyn) was born about 1480; died before 17 Jan 1554; was buried on 17 Jan 1554 in St. Margaret's, Paston, Norfolk, England. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 5.  Bridget Heydon was born about 1480 (daughter of Henry Heydon and Anne Boleyn); died before 17 Jan 1554; was buried on 17 Jan 1554 in St. Margaret's, Paston, Norfolk, England.

    Notes:

    The History of Parliament article about her son Clement Paston correctly calls her "da. of Sir Henry Heydon of Baconsthorpe", but the link on Henry Heydon's name mistakenly goes to Henry Heydon (<1507-1559) of Watford, Hertfordshire, once thought to have been a great-great grandfather of PNH's immigrant ancestor Francis Heydon (d. 1694). This is obviously chronologically impossible. The irony is that the William Heydon who was her actual father was a son of a man who changed his name to Heydon because he thought it sounded more upmarket, and who stole his arms from the Watford Heydon family of whom the Henry Heydon who d. 1559 was a member.

    Children:
    1. 2. Erasmus Paston was born before 1508; died before 6 Nov 1540; was buried on 6 Nov 1540 in Paston, Norfolk, England.
    2. Clement Paston was born before 1523; died on 18 Feb 1598 in Oxnead, Norfolk, England.

  3. 6.  Thomas Wyndham was born in in of Felbrigg, Norfolk, England (son of John Wyndham and Margaret Howard); died in 1522.

    Notes:

    Esquire of the King's Body.

    Thomas married Eleanor Scrope. Eleanor (daughter of Richard Scrope and Eleanor Washbourne) was born about 1476; died before 1509. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  4. 7.  Eleanor Scrope was born about 1476 (daughter of Richard Scrope and Eleanor Washbourne); died before 1509.
    Children:
    1. 3. Mary Wyndham was born about 1508; died on 1 Jan 1597; was buried in Paston, Norfolk, England.


Generation: 4

  1. 8.  John Paston was born in 1444 (son of John Paston and Margaret Mautby); died on 28 Aug 1504; was buried in Carmelite Friars, Norwich, Norfolk, England.

    Notes:

    Second of his name. Wikipedia: "Sir John Paston was the second son of John Paston and Margaret Mautby. He succeeded his elder brother, Sir John Paston, in 1479. He fought at Barnet and Stoke with John de Vere, 13th Earl of Oxford, served as his deputy when Oxford was appointed Lord High Admiral of England, and was a member of the Earl's council. A number of his letters survive among the Paston Letters, a rich source of historical information for the lives of the English gentry of the period."

    Knight of the shire for Norwich, 1485. In the same year he was sheriff of Norfolk and Suffolk.

    According to Norman Davis (citation details below), he was probably born in Geldeston, Norfolk, where the manor was held by Ralph Garneys, who married his mother's mother after John Mautby's death.

    John married Margery Brewse in Jul 1477. Margery (daughter of Thomas Brewse and Elizabeth Debenham) was born about 1457; died about 1495; was buried in White Friars, Norwich, Norfolk, England. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 9.  Margery Brewse was born about 1457 (daughter of Thomas Brewse and Elizabeth Debenham); died about 1495; was buried in White Friars, Norwich, Norfolk, England.
    Children:
    1. Elizabeth Paston died in 1539.
    2. 4. William Paston was born about 1479; died on 20 Sep 1554 in Paston, Norfolk, England; was buried on 26 Sep 1544 in St. Margaret's, Paston, Norfolk, England.

  3. 10.  Henry Heydon was born in in of Baconsthorpe, Norfolk, England (son of John Heydon and Eleanor Winter); died between 20 Feb and 22 May 1504 in Baconsthorpe, Norfolk, England.

    Notes:

    From the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography:

    Henry Heydon, also a common lawyer, was knighted at Henry VII's coronation in 1485 and married Anne (d. 1510), daughter of Sir Geoffrey Boleyn of Blickling, Norfolk. He was survived by three sons, the eldest of whom, John Heydon (1468–1550), inherited the Norfolk and Kent estates, and five daughters, for whom he arranged good marriages.

    Many prominent sixteenth-century East Anglian families (such as the Townshends, Pastons, and Jenneys) owed their rise to a successful fifteenth-century lawyer of humble origins, but even by these standards the rapid ascent of the Heydons is remarkable and owed much to the opportunities and tenacity of the first John Heydon. In the pedigree devised by Clarenceux king of arms for Sir Christopher Heydon in 1563, the family tree before the first John Heydon is fictitious: and the arms of Sir Christopher himself were derived from those of the Hertfordshire Heydons, who were unrelated to the Norfolk family.

    Henry married Anne Boleyn. Anne (daughter of Geoffrey Boleyn, Lord Mayor of London and Anne Hoo) died about 1510. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  4. 11.  Anne Boleyn (daughter of Geoffrey Boleyn, Lord Mayor of London and Anne Hoo); died about 1510.
    Children:
    1. John Heydon was born about 1468 in of Baconsthorpe, Norfolk, England; died on 16 Aug 1550.
    2. 5. Bridget Heydon was born about 1480; died before 17 Jan 1554; was buried on 17 Jan 1554 in St. Margaret's, Paston, Norfolk, England.

  5. 12.  John Wyndham was born in in of Crownthorpe, Norfolk, England (son of John Wymondham and Margery Clifton); died on 6 May 1502 in Tower Hill, London, England; was buried in Austin Friars, London, England.

    Notes:

    "John Wyndham was knighted for valour at the battle of Stoke in 1489 by King Henry VII., against whom, however, he afterwards conspired, in favor of Edmund de la Pole, the Yorkist claimant of the throne; for this he was arraigned in the Guildhall, London, 2nd May, 1502 (17th Henry VII.), and being found guilty of high treason, was beheaded on Tower Hill, 6 May, 1502. Sir James Tyrrell, his fellow-conspirator (the supposed agent of Richard III. in the murder of Edward V., and his brother Richard, Duke of York, in the Tower of London,) was executed with him. Their 'bodies and heads' were buried in Austin Friars, London, where many other sufferers for the house of York had been buried before them." [A Royal Descent, citation details below.]

    John married Margaret Howard in 1467. Margaret (daughter of John Howard and Katherine de Moleyns) was born about 1451. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  6. 13.  Margaret Howard was born about 1451 (daughter of John Howard and Katherine de Moleyns).
    Children:
    1. 6. Thomas Wyndham was born in in of Felbrigg, Norfolk, England; died in 1522.

  7. 14.  Richard Scrope was born in in of Bentley, Arksey, Yorkshire, England (son of Henry le Scrope and Elizabeth Scrope); died between 4 Apr 1485 and 28 Jun 1485.

    Richard married Eleanor Washbourne. Eleanor (daughter of Norman Washbourne and Elizabeth Kniveton) died between 11 Dec 1505 and Jan 1506. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  8. 15.  Eleanor Washbourne (daughter of Norman Washbourne and Elizabeth Kniveton); died between 11 Dec 1505 and Jan 1506.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: 1505
    • Alternate death: 1506

    Children:
    1. 7. Eleanor Scrope was born about 1476; died before 1509.