William Willescroft

William Willescroft

Male Abt 1480 - Aft 1550  (~ 71 years)

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  • Name William Willescroft  [1
    Born Abt 1480  Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Also Known As Wylliscrofte Wolascroft Wollascroft Wyllascrafte 
    Residence 1530  Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Mentioned in Common Plea Rolls when he sues John Petyt and George Bawden. (Repleven)
    Residence 1532  Great Bridgeford, Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Note Jan 1533  Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • William is mentioned in the Common Plea Rolls for the Hiliary session (Jan 13). The plaintiff was Thomas Stannford, executor for William Stannford and the defendant William Wollascroft of Byrchford (Bridgeford), yeoman.
    Note 8 Sep 1534  Great Bridgeford, Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • William is recorded in the Court of the Star Chamber. When William and others by the procurement of Robert Whytgreve “riotously assembled at Great Bridgeford, with force and arms cut down the hedges which enclosed the said field and meadow (enclosed meadows at Whitgreve), by means whereof the cattle of people dwelling near the town of Whitgreve come into the said inclosure and destroy the grass there to the undoing of the inhabitants of Whitgreve”. It appears that Robert Whytgreve had enclosed 200 acres in Great Bridgeford denying access to the Whitgreve people. Robert Whytgreve was found guilty but the document does not state what happened to William for his part in the riot.
    Note 20 Jun 1536  Great Bridgeford, Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • William of Byrchford (Bridgeford), Yeoman, is mentioned in a covenant for properties in Podmore, Eccleshall and Eddynnysford between Ralffe Clyffe, husbandman of Meyford(Meaford) dated the 20 June. This was a part of the marriage settlement for William's son John and Agnes Clyffe, Ralffe's cousin. The marriage was due to take place at Michaelmus time following (29 Sep). John is named as William’s son and heir.
    Residence 1537  Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • William Wulliscroft with others is again recorded in the Star Chamber documents. He was one of the witnesses a land dispute case brought by John Gavenour of Tetnall against Thomas Leveson of Wolverhampton, gentleman and William Ingram.
    Residence 1539  Great Bridgeford, Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • In the 1539 Muster Roll William is mentioned as living in Great Bridgeford when he provided a horse and harness for his man Roger Wyllascrafte (his son Roger?).
    Note 7 Jun 1542  Podmore, Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • Grants in fee farm-Consideration: £8-13-4d-Fee-farm rent: 20s-From William Wollascrofte, yeoman, of Brydgford, to Robert Chaterton, yeoman, of Podmore-Podmore, 7 June [1542]-Latin
    Occupation 1530-1544  Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • yeoman
    Note 18 Jun 1544  Podmore, Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • Assignment of fee farm rent.-20s fee-farm rent from a messuage in Podmore paid by Robert Chatterton.-From William Wollascroft of Brycgeford to his son and heir John Wollascroft-18 June [1544]-Latin
    Died Aft 1550  Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • A transcription of the “A List of Families in the Archdeaconry of Stafford” was published by the Staffordshire Record Society in 1976. The original record is in latin and it is thought to be a prayer list. Although the document is not dated it is thought to have been compiled about 1532 from information in contemporaneous documents. The list records a William Wylliscrofte and his wife Joan living in Great Bridgeford with their children John, James, Margaret, Elizabeth, Thomas, Agnes, Sibyl, Roger, Robert and Leonard. There are several records pertaining to William of Great Bridgeford from different documents giving a glimpse into life in the 1500’s.

      I had always felt that William in Great Bridgeford in 1532 was related to the William in Podmore in 1488 but I had not been able to find any proof. However, in 1536 William of Byrchford (Bridgeford), Yeoman, is mentioned in a covenant for properties in Podmore, Eccleshall and Eddynnysford at the time of his son John to Agnes Clyffe. In 1542 William granted the fee farm rents of 20s for his messuage and land in Podmore to Robert Chaterton, yeoman of Podmore. In 1544 William transferred the 20s fee farm rent paid by Robert Chatterton to his son John. There is also a 17C endorsement to this deed to say the land in Podmore had been divided and William Jervis paid 10s, Thomas Pershall esq 5s and Robert Ashley 5s of the fee farm rent.

      So far I have been unable to find a burial record for William or his wife Joan. However, I think William died soon after the time he transferred the the fee farm rents to his son John.
    Person ID I2730  Williscroft
    Last Modified 25 May 2017 

    Father William Wollascroft,   b. Abt 1465, Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1526  (Age ~ 61 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth (Wollascroft) 
    Family ID F4315  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Joan (Willescroft),   b. Abt 1485, Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt 1508  Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Living Between 1532 and 1533  Great Bridgeford, Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
    +1. John Willescroft,   b. Abt 1510, Great Bridgeford, Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1568, Stone, Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 58 years)
    +2. Roger Wolascraft,   b. Abt 1515, Great Bridgeford, Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Apr 1557, Great Bridgeford, Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 42 years)
    +3. Elyzabethe Wolicrofte,   b. Abt 1530, Great Bridgeford, Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Robert Wyllascrofte,   b. Bef 1532, Great Bridgeford, Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1555, Checkley, Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 23 years)
     5. James Willescroft,   b. Bef 1532, Great Bridgeford, Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1584  (Age > 54 years)
     6. Leonard Willescroft,   b. Bef 1532, Great Bridgeford, Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Sibyl Willescroft,   b. Bef 1532, Great Bridgeford, Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Thomas Willescroft,   b. Bef 1532, Great Bridgeford, Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Margaret Willescroft,   b. Bef 1532, Great Bridgeford, Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. Agnes Willescroft,   b. Bef 1532, Great Bridgeford, Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 5 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F1329  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1480 - Staffordshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Abt 1508 - Staffordshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1530 - Staffordshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1532 - Great Bridgeford, Staffordshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLiving - Between 1532 and 1533 - Great Bridgeford, Staffordshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsNote - Jan 1533 - Staffordshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsNote - 8 Sep 1534 - Great Bridgeford, Staffordshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsNote - 20 Jun 1536 - Great Bridgeford, Staffordshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1537 - Staffordshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1539 - Great Bridgeford, Staffordshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsNote - 7 Jun 1542 - Podmore, Staffordshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - 1530-1544 - Staffordshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsNote - 18 Jun 1544 - Podmore, Staffordshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Aft 1550 - Staffordshire, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S220] A List of Families in the Archdeaconary of Stafford 1532-33, Series: fourth, Volumes: eight, Pages: 66, (Staffordshire Record Society, Warwick Printing Co. Ltd., 1976, Second Date, 1532-33).

    2. [S559] National Archives Documents, digital archive assembled by Robert C. Palmer, Elspeth K. Palmer, and Susanne Jenks, (The Anglo-American Legal Tradition available at aalt.law.uh.edu/aalt.html), CP40no1064: IMG 7702.

    3. [S559] National Archives Documents, digital archive assembled by Robert C. Palmer, Elspeth K. Palmer, and Susanne Jenks, (The Anglo-American Legal Tradition available at aalt.law.uh.edu/aalt.html), Common Plea Rolls, Hiliary 1533, CP40/1076 image 5407.

    4. [S290] Collections for a history of Staffordshire, (Staffordshire Record Society), 1912 Star Chamber Proceeding Bundle 24 No 187.

    5. [S7] Staffordshire Record Office, William Salt Library M226/1.

    6. [S290] Collections for a history of Staffordshire, (Staffordshire Record Society), SRS 1910: p42.

    7. [S290] Collections for a history of Staffordshire, (Staffordshire Record Society), SRS V5 1902 p294.

    8. [S7] Staffordshire Record Office, William Salt Library M226/2/1-2.

    9. [S7] Staffordshire Record Office, William Salt library M226/3/3.