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Joan Bellers


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  • Name Joan Bellers  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Gender Female 
    Person ID I17699  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of JTS, Ancestor of TWK
    Last Modified 14 Sep 2021 

    Father James Bellers,   b. of Ab Kettleby, Leicestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1411 
    Mother Margaret de Bernake 
    Married Bef 1381  [2
    Family ID F10873  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Simon Digby,   b. of Tilton, Leicestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1422 
    +1. Everard Digby,   b. of Welby, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Mar 1461, Towton, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 13 Sep 2018 
    Family ID F10870  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 John Seyton alias St. Liz,   b. of Martinsthorpe, Rutland, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1436 and 1437 
    +1. Agnes Seyton alias St. Liz,   d. Aft 1479
    Last Modified 28 Dec 2018 
    Family ID F12849  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Also called Jane; also called Belers, Bellairs, etc.

      Several sources, including Royal Ancestry (vol. 1, p. 351), have Joan/Jane, daughter of James Beler and Margaret de Bernake, as having been married to Simon Digby and Thomas Seyton. But:

      "Everard Seyton was the son of Sir John Seyton by his second wife a daughter of Digby. He died in 16 Edward IV [1477] leaving two infant daughters Joan and Anne. Everard Seyton received the estate of Maidwell, Northamptonshire as his inheritance. He is not mentioned in Vincent's pedigree of the family but his daughter Joan married Francis Metcalfe and upon her husband's demise conveyed the manors of Maydewell to John Seyton, esq. Her uncle had received the estate of Seyton in Rutlandshire upon his father's death in 1396. In 6 Henry VIII [1515] a fine was levied between Joan Metcalfe, widow, daughter to Everard Seyton, Esq. and John Seyton, Esq. This John Seyton was the second son of Thomas Seyton, Esq.; eldest son to John Seyton, Esq. by Jane Bellers his first wife." [The History and Antiquities of Northamptonshire, Compiled from the Manuscript Collections of the Late Learned Antiquary John Bridges, Esq. by Peter Whalley. Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1791]

      "Though the pedigree of the Seytons given in the visitation of Northamptonshire shows that John Seyton had a son Thomas and three grandsons, Martinsthorpe is said to have passed to William Feilding by his marriage with Agnes, daughter and heir of John de St. Liz or de Seyton." [VCH Rutland 2:84-85]

      "John de Seyton [...] died at Jerusalem in 1396 and was succeeded by his son John. The latter held the manor until his death, which took place about 1436-7. His son Thomas de Seyton assigned it at that date in dower to his father's widow Joan." [VCH Buckinghamshire 2:334-35]

      Just as a side note, the late Leo van de Pas's Genealogics site shows Joan/Jane Beler as having married Simon Digby and John Seyton (alias St. Liz).

  • Sources 
    1. [S49] Genealogics by Leo Van de Pas, continued by Ian Fettes and Leslie Mahler.

    2. [S142] Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families by Douglas Richardson. Salt Lake City, 2013.

    3. [S1357] The Visitation of the Counter of Leicester in the Year 1619, Taken by William Camden, Clarenceux King of Arms ed. John Fetherston. London: Harleian Society, 1870.

    4. [S2671] Middlesex Pedigrees, as Collected by Richard Mundy in Harleian Ms. No. 1551 ed. George John Armytage. London: Harleian Society, 1914.