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Humphrey Stafford

Male Aft 1341 - 1413  (< 70 years)


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  • Name Humphrey Stafford 
    Born Aft 1341  of Southwick in North Bradley, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Died 31 Oct 1413  [1, 2, 3
    Buried Abbotsbury Abbey, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Siblings 1 sibling 
    Person ID I22215  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of LDN, Ancestor of TWK
    Last Modified 25 Sep 2020 

    Father John de Stafford,   b. of Bramshall, Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1369 
    Mother Margaret de Stafford,   d. Aft 22 Aug 1373 
    Married Bef 1337  [1
    Family ID F11662  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Alice Grenville,   b. Abt 1344,   d. Bef 1386  (Age ~ 41 years) 
    Married Bef 1365  [3, 5, 6
    Children 
    +1. Elizabeth Stafford,   d. Between 1446 and 1447
    +2. Eleanor Stafford,   d. Aft 1397
    +3. Humphrey Stafford,   b. Abt 1379, of Hooke, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 May 1442  (Age ~ 63 years)
    Last Modified 25 Sep 2020 
    Family ID F13423  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Elizabeth d'Aumarle,   b. Abt 1345,   d. 17 Oct 1413  (Age ~ 68 years) 
    Married Between Jun 1386 and Jan 1388  [1, 2, 3
    Last Modified 25 Sep 2020 
    Family ID F15664  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Knight of the shire for Warwickshire Oct 1383; Wiltshire Nov 1384; Dorset Sep 1388, Jan 1390, 1391, 1393; Somerset 1394; and Dorset 1395, Jan 1397, 1399, 1401, Jan 1404, 1406, 1407, and 1410.

      Sheriff of Staffordshire 1 Nov 1383 to 11 Nov 1384, 1 Dec 1388 to 15 Nov 1389, Somerset and Dorset 18 Nov 1386-7, 21 Oct 1391 to 18 Oct 1392, 22 Nov to 19 Dec.1405, and 29 Nov 1410 to 10 Dec 1411.

      Called one of the wealthiest commoners in England of his time.

      "In 1388, Humphrey Stafford was caught up in the crisis of the Lords Appellant, being required by them to take oaths of loyalty to the regime in Dorset. It was at this time – in a possibly related incident – that members of the Cornish gentry conspired to assassinate him, eventually managing to shoot him 'with a certain engine called a "gunne" so that his life was despaired of.' However, since at the same time he loaned King Richard II 100 marks, and later received a royal appointment to assess the Appellants' forfeited lands there, the king clearly did not see Stafford as a major player in the rebellion locally. Following Richard II's deposition by Henry Bollingbroke in 1399, Stafford does not seem to have lost royal favour by his previous support for the old king; indeed, within a few weeks of Henry's coronation he was referred to as a 'King's Knight' and was granted the royal manor of Seavington, Somerset. By now Stafford was, in E.F. Jacob's words, 'a shire knight of standing and influence,' and of all the gentry in the county, Humphrey was 'at their head for wealth.' His estates were valued in the 1412 tax assessment at around £570 per annum." [Wikipedia, accessed 25 Sep 2020]

  • Sources 
    1. [S4444] Brandon Fradd, "The Stafford Marriage of Edmund Lowe: An Addition to the Ancestry of Christopher Batt1, Immigrant to New England." The Genealogist 17:86, Spring 2003.

    2. [S47] The History of Parliament. Some citations point to entries from the printed volumes not yet added to the online site.

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

    4. [S3405] "Stafford of Suthwyke in North Bradley, Wilts, and of Hoke, Dorset." Wiltshire Notes and Queries, March 1900.

    5. [S4444] Brandon Fradd, "The Stafford Marriage of Edmund Lowe: An Addition to the Ancestry of Christopher Batt1, Immigrant to New England." The Genealogist 17:86, Spring 2003., "about 1365".

    6. [S47] The History of Parliament. Some citations point to entries from the printed volumes not yet added to the online site., "c. 1365".