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Ninian Markenfield

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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  Ninian Markenfield was born in in of Markenfield, Yorkshire, England (son of Thomas Markenfield and Eleanor Conyers); died on 25 Mar 1528.

    Notes:

    He was a commander at Flodden Field and was knighted on the field, 9 Sep 1513.

    Family/Spouse: Dorothy Gascoigne. Dorothy (daughter of William Gascoigne and Margaret Percy) died before 1526. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. Alice Markenfield died between 4 Mar 1553 and 7 Mar 1553.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Thomas Markenfield was born in in of Markenfield, Yorkshire, England (son of John Markenfield and Margaret Hopton); died between 8 Apr 1497 and 20 Jun 1497; was buried in Ripon Cathedral, Yorkshire, England.

    Thomas married Eleanor Conyers. Eleanor (daughter of John Conyers and Margaret Darcy) died on 5 Jun 1493; was buried in Ripon Cathedral, Yorkshire, England. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 3.  Eleanor Conyers (daughter of John Conyers and Margaret Darcy); died on 5 Jun 1493; was buried in Ripon Cathedral, Yorkshire, England.
    Children:
    1. 1. Ninian Markenfield was born in in of Markenfield, Yorkshire, England; died on 25 Mar 1528.


Generation: 3

  1. 4.  John Markenfield was born in in of Markenfield, Yorkshire, England (son of John Markenfield and Margaret Melton); died before 1497.

    John married Margaret Hopton. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 5.  Margaret Hopton (daughter of John Hopton and Margaret Saville).
    Children:
    1. 2. Thomas Markenfield was born in in of Markenfield, Yorkshire, England; died between 8 Apr 1497 and 20 Jun 1497; was buried in Ripon Cathedral, Yorkshire, England.

  3. 6.  John Conyers was born in in of Hornby, Yorkshire, England (son of Christopher Conyers and Eleanor Rolleston); died on 14 Mar 1490; was buried in Hornby, Yorkshire, England.

    Notes:

    Sheriff of Yorkshire 1467-68, 1474-75. Present at the coronation of Richard III in 1483.

    From Wikipedia:

    Sir John Conyers, one of twenty-five children of Christopher Conyers, was a pre-eminent member of the gentry of Yorkshire, northern England, during the fifteenth century Wars of the Roses.

    Based in Hornby Castle, he was originally retained by his patron, the regional magnate Richard Neville, Earl of Salisbury at a fee of £8 6s. 8d. By 1465, he was Steward of the Honour of Richmondshire and was being retained, along with his brothers William and Richard, by Salisbury's son and successor as regional magnate, the earl of Warwick, for which he received £13 6s. 8d. He accompanied Salisbury on his journey from Middleham to Ludlow in September 1459, and took part in the Battle of Blore Heath on the 23rd of that month. He later took part in Warwick's rebellion against Edward IV in 1469 and the Battle of Edgecote, raising his 'Wensleydale connection, and possibly even being the ringleader, 'Robin of Redesdale.' He submitted to the King in March 1470. After Edward's successful return to power in 1471 he was a Justice of the Peace for Yorkshire's North Riding. A loyal retainer and probable ducal councillor of Edward's brother, Richard, Duke of Gloucester, later King Richard III (who retained him for £20 annually), he was made a knight of the body, at 200 marks per annum annuity, and substantial estates in Yorkshire, "where he was very active on local commissions." He was also elected to the Order of the Garter. In August 1485 he appears to have fought in and survived the Battle of Bosworth in the army of Richard III, and was later granted offices in Richmondshire by the new king, Henry VII in February 1486, as a result of 'good and faithful service.' He supported Henry during the first rebellion of his reign, in spring 1486, a position that has been called 'particularly significant' and, according to Michael Hicks, it 'was a momentous decision'.

    From the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography:

    Like his father, John was a Salisbury retainer, but, unlike the now elderly Christopher, John was drawn into the conflicts of the 1450s. He was with the duke of York and the Nevilles at the rout of Ludlow in 1459, and was attainted at the Coventry parliament. He escaped the worst consequences of attainder, however, by having put his wife's inheritance into the hands of trustees who included men acceptable to the Lancastrian regime—a tactic adopted by Thomas Harrington at the same time. [...]

    [His father Christopher] was dead by 1465, when an extant Middleham account shows John retained at £20 p.a. by Salisbury's heir, the earl of Warwick, but does not mention Christopher. For the rest of John's life he was to be the linchpin of the Middleham retinue -- a role that in 1471 allowed him to move smoothly into the service of the new lord of Middleham, Richard, duke of Gloucester, after the defeat and death of the earl of Warwick, in whose earlier rebellions the Conyers family had been deeply implicated -- Sir John has himself been identified by some historians with the Robin of Redesdale who led the principal Yorkshire rising of 1469 against Edward IV. The family thus retained its claim on the patronage and favour of the greatest northern nobleman -- an important consideration when John was looking to advance not only the twelve children he had fathered, but also his younger siblings, such as Brian, his eldest half-brother, for whom he acquired Pinchingthorpe from the Sockburn branch of the family.

    From a national perspective Sir John's career reached its climax in 1483, when the lord of Middleham became king. John was made a knight of the body and a knight of the Garter, but his importance to the new king (and, perhaps, his own inclinations) kept him in the north, and unlike many of Richard's other northern allies he did not move south to enjoy the spoils of royal patronage. His kinsmen, too, tended to remain based within Richmondshire -- creating a slight sense of distance from the king's inner circle which perhaps stood them in good stead when Richard was defeated by Henry Tudor in 1485. As in 1471 the interests of the Conyers family and the new lord of Middleham coincided: one wanting lordship, the other needing to win over the Middleham connection. Barely a month after Bosworth, on 25 September, Sir John was among those commissioned to administer the oath of loyalty to the new king.

    John married Margaret Darcy before 20 Nov 1431. Margaret (daughter of Philip Darcy and Eleanor Fitz Hugh) was born on 1 Sep 1418 in Ravensworth, Yorkshire, England; died between 20 Mar 1469 and 20 Apr 1469. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  4. 7.  Margaret Darcy was born on 1 Sep 1418 in Ravensworth, Yorkshire, England (daughter of Philip Darcy and Eleanor Fitz Hugh); died between 20 Mar 1469 and 20 Apr 1469.
    Children:
    1. 3. Eleanor Conyers died on 5 Jun 1493; was buried in Ripon Cathedral, Yorkshire, England.


Generation: 4

  1. 8.  John Markenfield was born in in of Markenfield, Yorkshire, England (son of Thomas Markenfield and Beatrice Soothill); died between 2 Jun 1431 and 18 Feb 1448.

    John married Margaret Melton before 1431. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 9.  Margaret Melton (daughter of John Melton and Margaret Clifford).
    Children:
    1. 4. John Markenfield was born in in of Markenfield, Yorkshire, England; died before 1497.

  3. 10.  John Hopton was born in in of Westwood, Suffolk, England (son of Thomas Hopton and Margaret Pert); died on 10 Nov 1478; was buried in Blythburgh, Suffolk, England.

    Notes:

    Also called John Swillington.

    John married Margaret Saville after 26 Feb 1427. Margaret (daughter of Thomas Saville) died before 17 Dec 1451. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  4. 11.  Margaret Saville (daughter of Thomas Saville); died before 17 Dec 1451.
    Children:
    1. 5. Margaret Hopton
    2. William Hopton died on 7 Feb 1485.

  5. 12.  Christopher Conyers was born before 21 Apr 1402 (son of John Conyers and Margaret St. Quintin); died between 1461 and 1465.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: Aft 1459

    Notes:

    From the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography:

    Christopher Conyers [...] married Ellen, the daughter and coheir of Thomas Rolleston and his wife, Beatrice Haulay. The Rolleston inheritance in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire was divided between Ellen and her sister Margaret (the wife of John Tirwhit) in November 1415. Ellen died in 1433 and Christopher subsequently married Margaret, daughter of Robert Waddesley. With his two wives Christopher fathered twenty-five children, including twelve sons and, unusually, he made landed provision for a high proportion of the younger sons. To some extent he could afford to do this because his eldest son and heir, John had married an heiress -- Margery (d. 1469), the younger coheir of Philip, Lord Darcy -- but the endowment of the younger sons did not all come out of Christopher's own estate; he was also purchasing land extensively.

    Other children were provided for by their marriages to heiresses -- again testimony to Christopher's purchasing power, but also to his local standing, although he was never knighted (which allows him to be distinguished from his namesake who headed the Sockburn branch of the family from 1431) and was never sheriff. His influence presumably derived from his service to the junior Nevilles, who held Middleham in Wensleydale, an association that also helps to explain Christopher's appointment as bailiff of Richmondshire in June 1436, initiating a family connection with the administration of the shire that was to endure for the rest of the century. In March 1436 he was one of the feoffees to the use of the will of Richard Neville, earl of Salisbury, although his relatively lowly social status is reflected by his placing in the list.

    [After his son John was attainted at the Coventry parliament, following the rout at Ludlow in 1459:] Christopher, meanwhile, first safeguarded himself by securing a pardon in December 1459 and then early the following year made an elaborate settlement to protect his land should he die while his heir was under attainder -- a real risk since he must have turned seventy (having been old enough to act as one of his father's executors in 1412).

    Christopher's anxieties proved groundless and he lived long enough to see the Yorkists triumph at Towton in 1461. He was dead by 1465 [...]

    Christopher married Eleanor Rolleston. Eleanor (daughter of Thomas Rolleston and Beatrice Hauley) died in 1433. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  6. 13.  Eleanor Rolleston (daughter of Thomas Rolleston and Beatrice Hauley); died in 1433.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: 6 Aug 1444

    Notes:

    Or Ellen, Helen.

    Children:
    1. 6. John Conyers was born in in of Hornby, Yorkshire, England; died on 14 Mar 1490; was buried in Hornby, Yorkshire, England.

  7. 14.  Philip Darcy was born about 1398 in of Knaith, Lincolnshire, England (son of John Darcy and Margaret Grey); died on 2 Aug 1418.

    Philip married Eleanor Fitz Hugh before 28 Oct 1412. Eleanor (daughter of Henry Fitz Hugh and Elizabeth Grey) died on 30 Sep 1457. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  8. 15.  Eleanor Fitz Hugh (daughter of Henry Fitz Hugh and Elizabeth Grey); died on 30 Sep 1457.
    Children:
    1. Elizabeth Darcy was born about 1417; died before Nov 1461.
    2. 7. Margaret Darcy was born on 1 Sep 1418 in Ravensworth, Yorkshire, England; died between 20 Mar 1469 and 20 Apr 1469.