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Humphrey Stafford

Male Abt 1384 - 1419  (~ 35 years)


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  • Name Humphrey Stafford 
    Born Abt 1384  of Grafton, Worcestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Died 20 Feb 1419  [1, 3
    Person ID I18782  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of Barbara Hagan, Ancestor of JTS
    Last Modified 1 Jan 2018 

    Father Ralph Stafford,   b. of Grafton, Worcestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Mar 1410 
    Mother Maud Hastang,   b. 2 Feb 1359, Chebsey, Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1410  (Age < 50 years) 
    Married Aft 20 Aug 1373  [1
    Family ID F11660  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth Burdet,   d. Bef 1419 
    Married Bef 1400  [2
    Children 
    +1. Humphrey Stafford,   b. 1400, of Grafton, Worcestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jun 1450, Sevenoaks, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years)
    Last Modified 1 Jan 2018 
    Family ID F11654  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Knight of the shire for Worcestershire, 1415.

      From Wikipedia:

      Stafford's early life has been described by Carol Rawcliffe as being 'full of violent incident.' In early 1401, he was suspected of the murder of a Worcestershire man, but although the earl of Warwick was sent to arrest him, he appears to have avoided capture. His father entered into bonds to keep the peace with the victim's family, and within a coupe of years, Humphrey Stafford was a member of the Prince of Wales' retinue. He probably fought with him at the Battle of Shrewsbury (21 July 1403), and by 1404, he had received a Royal pardon for the murder and exoneration by the King's council. His father and uncle (Humphrey Stafford (died 1413) provided securities for him. However, he was soon further embroiled in law-breaking and violence. In 1405, William, Lord Abergavenny accused him of illegally entering Bergavenny's manor and forest of Feckenham, including illegally hunting and fishing, and beating up his reatiners. At least one of those servants succeeded in having Stafford bound over to keep the peace with him.

      In 1410, Stafford was elected MP for Worcestershire, and a year later his father died, leaving him a patrimony based there, Staffordshire and Warwickshire. Following his father's death, he again agreed to join the Prince of Wales' army in Calais, although probably did not leave until early 1412. Rawcliffe notes that at some point around this time, Stafford had patched up relations with some of his earlier adversaries. For example, the earl of Warwick appointed him deputy Sheriff of Worcestershire in November 1411, and when he was elected MP in 1415 his running mate was the same retainer of Lord Bergavenny that had successfully had him bound-over ten years earlier.

      Stafford joined the second royal campaign to France in 1417, during which campaign in Normandy he was appears to have been knighted. It also seems that it was on this campaign that Humphrey Stafford died on 20 February 1419.

  • Sources 
    1. [S142] Royal Ancestry, by Douglas Richardson. Kimball G. Everingham, ed. 2013.

    2. [S1526] The Ancestry of Dorothea Poyntz, Wife of Reverend John Owsley, Generations 1-15, Fourth Preliminary Edition by Ronny O. Bodine and Bro. Thomas Spalding, Jr. 2013.

    3. [S1526] The Ancestry of Dorothea Poyntz, Wife of Reverend John Owsley, Generations 1-15, Fourth Preliminary Edition by Ronny O. Bodine and Bro. Thomas Spalding, Jr. 2013., "probably overseas.".