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John Heydon

Male - 1479


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  • Name John Heydon 
    Born of Baconsthorpe, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 1479  [1, 2
    Person ID I16792  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others
    Last Modified 3 Sep 2018 

    Father William Baxter,   b. of Heydon, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F10280  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Eleanor Winter 
    Children 
    +1. Henry Heydon,   b. of Baconsthorpe, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 20 Feb and 22 May 1504, Baconsthorpe, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 3 Sep 2018 
    Family ID F10278  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • "John Heydon, gentleman, of Baconsthorpe (about 3 miles from Gresham) was a Norwich lawyer who encouraged Lord Moleyns in his attack on Gresham manor. He was J.P. 1441-50 and 1455-60, and M.P. 1445-6, 1459, and 1460-1, but was involved in many illegal and violent incidents. He died in 1479." [Norman Davis, footnote in The Paston Letters, citation details below.]

      "Heydon [formerly Baxter], John (d. 1479), lawyer, was the son of William Baxter, a free peasant or yeoman at Heydon in north-east Norfolk in the early fifteenth century. Heydon's humble origins were known to contemporaries and although throughout his career he used the surname Heydon, possibly in order to disguise his origins, legal records as late as 1450 refer to him as John Heydon of Baconsthorpe alias John Baxter of Heydon." [Oxford DNB, citation details below.]

      "John Heydon's marriage was troubled. He seems to have believed that the second child born to his wife, Eleanor, was not his; in July 1444 Margaret Paston reported that Heydon 'wille nowt of here, nerre of here chyld', and that he had threatened to cut off her nose 'to makyn here to be know wat sche is' and kill the infant if they came near him. Heydon appears to have remained on good terms with his father-in-law, but his marital problems clearly continued, for in October 1450 he is said to have paled visibly when Chief Justice Markham remarked that he 'levid ungoodly in puttyng awey of his wyff and kept another'. His will, made in March 1478 and proved in 1480, makes no reference to his wife or to any child besides Henry, though it is otherwise a pious and conscientious document." [Oxford DNB, citation details below.]

  • Sources 
    1. [S2164] The Paston Letters: A Selection in Modern Spelling ed. Norman Davis. 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1983.

    2. [S76] The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press, 2004-ongoing.