William Wollascroft

William Wollascroft

Male Abt 1465 - 1526  (~ 61 years)

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  • Name William Wollascroft 
    Born Abt 1465  Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1488  Brockton, Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • William Woolascroft grants to John Gervey all his land ect. in Brocton, Co of Stafford on condition that the said William and his heirs are left in undisturbed possesion of a messuage and one virgate of land in Podmore, Co Stafford which formerly beloged to Thomas Gerveys.

      Chartered Indentel written in Latin and transcribed by Staffordshire Record Society, Vol 1921.
    Note 10 Mar 1488  Podmore, Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Feoffment of a messuage and virgate of land in Podmore
      10 Mar 1488. One messuage and one virgate [`yardland' in the endorsement] of land in Podmore
Feoffment: From Thomas Gerveys and his son and heir John Gerveys to William Wollascroft
10 Mar [1487/8] Latin
William Salt Library; DocRefNo M8/7
    Died 1526  [3, 4
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Notes 
    • In 1488 a William Wollascroft was living in Podmore near Eccleshall, Staffordshire. I believe that William is most likely the forefather of the majority of Williscroft & Woolliscroft families that populate the world today.

      For many years I had only 'snippets” of information to go by and lots of theories of connections. However, recent research amongst Manorial Records have shown that land held by William in 1488 remained in the family for over two hundred years. Providing an income of 20s each lady day in the form of Fee-farm rent.

      On the 10 March (1487/8) land was conveyed to William in a feoffment from Thomas Gerveys and his son John. It refers to one messuage and one virgate (yardland in the endorsement) of land in Podmore. The same year William granted to John Gervey all his land in Brockton on condition that William was left “in undisturbed possession of a messuage and one virgate of land in Podmore, Co Stafford which formerly belonged to Thomas Gerveys”.

      There are two two places called Brocton in Staffordshire. One is a village in Baswich Parish south of Stafford. The other is a small hamlet south of Slindon near the A591 The document above refers to the later Brocton. William Henry Dignam in his 1902 book “Notes on Staffordshire Place Names” refers to “Brocton, estate, nr. Eccleshall (1.5 m. N). D. Bractone, Brook town; v. Brocton in Baswich. The vill is situate on the Sow.”

      The Gervis family were Lords of the Manor of Chatcull and also held land in Podmore and Little Sugnal.

      The documents are very important to our understanding the Woolliscroft & Williscroft descendancy as the Williscroft entitlement to the fee-farm rent in Podmore remained in the family until 1683 when it returned to the Gervis family.

      Although other documents may not survive the fee-farm rent passage through the family can be identified with accuracy. The evidence suggests it was transferred by fee entail rather than fee simple. The land passing from eldest son to eldest son. The information being recorded in manorial records and common law. I have not found any wills for the family in time period which would deal with the personal possessions so I assume these were transferred in a similar manner.

      The next mention of the land in Podmore is in connection with William Wylliscroft who was living in Great Bridgeford, Staffordshire. It is likely that William of Podmore is the father or grandfather of William of Great Bridgeford.
    Person ID I6696  Williscroft | The descendants of William Wollascroft of Podmore, Staffordshire
    Last Modified 28 Apr 2016 

    Family Elizabeth (Wollascroft) 
    Children 
    +1. William Willescroft,   b. Abt 1480, Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1550, Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 71 years)
    Last Modified 15 Jun 2017 
    Family ID F4315  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Sources 
    1. [S290] Collections for a history of Staffordshire, (Staffordshire Record Society), 1921 Calendar of the Salt MSS, no10 pp 3-5.

    2. [S7] Staffordshire Record Office, William Salt Library M8/9.

    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), CP40no1049: IMG 709, http://aalt.law.uh.edu/AALT3/H8/CP40no1049/bCP40no1049dorses/IMG_0709.htm.

    4. [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), CP40no1049: IMG 479.