EARLY BELKNAPS: HISTORIES and DOCUMENTS
William Belknap (about 1418-1484/1485)
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Biographies and Related Materials
Howard, Joseph Jackson, ed. Miscellanea Genealogica et Heraldica, vol. 2 (1876), pp. 324-37: "Finch" http://books.google.com/books?id=PSQFAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA333&lpg=PA333&dq=belknap&source=web&ots=iZu4sblMzw&sig=cf_LwIijZrD_BoCthUjIggOp5ro&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=4&ct=result#PPA333,M1
Calendar of Patent Rolls
On a commission of array for Kent
(C.P.R.1452-61 p.561)
16 Feb 1460
Pardoned
(C.P.R.1467-77 p.97)
8 Oct 1468
On a commission de walliis et fossatis in Kent
(C.P.R.1467-77 p.463)
16 Jul 1474
On a commission de walliis et fossatis in Kent. (C.P.R.1476-85 p.51) 12 Jun 1477
On a commission of array for Sussex
(C.P.R.1476-85 p.398)
1 May 1484
Calendar of Close Rolls
Son of Hamon Belknap(qv)
(C.C.R.1476-85 p.14)
William Belknap and Sir John Norbury(qv) bound in 1,000 to the King
(C.C.R.1476-85 p.32)
5 Dec 1474
William Belknap and Sir John Norbury(qv) bound in 2,000 marks on condition that they and Henry Belknap release their title to certain lands in Warwickshire
(C.C.R.1476-85 pp.67-8)
9 Jul [1477]
15 Henry VI, vol. __, p. 86; John, William, Henry, Philip Belknap 31 Dec 1436
24 Henry VI, vol. __, p. 375: Pyrye Manor, Kent 5 Mar 1446
13 Edward IV, vol. __, pp. 290-91: William Belknap, Joan Boteler, Ralph Boteler, John Norbury, etc. 12 Jul 1473
Calendar of Fine Rolls
15 Henry VI, vol. __, p. 309: John and William Belknap 13 Dec 1435
Sheriff of Surrey and Sussex
(C.F.R.1445-52 p.57)
4 Nov 1446
Commitment to William Belknap, Sir John Coleshull(qv) and John Arundell of the keeping of the manor of Penfentynyowe, Cornwall
(C.F.R.1471-85 pp.73-4)
22 Nov 1473
Writs of diem clausit extremum to the Escheators of Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Kent and Sussex
(C.F.R.1471-85 p.288)
19 Aug [1484]
Chancery Records (UK National Archives)
Chancery: Ancient Deeds, Series C
Demise by Richard Drayton, Alice Drayton, Thomas Ramsey, Thomas Mull, and John Fithion, clerk, to Thomas Stonore, William Belknap, Thomas Saquevile, William Marmyon, esquires, Richard Bedford and Henry Dogette, of the manor, and advowson of the church, of Retherfeld Pippard, the manor of Kentes, late Thomas Blount's, knight, with lands called 'Sparows', and all other their lands &c. in the parishes of Retherfeld Pippard, Shiplake, Bulnyth and Harpeden: Oxford. (Note: draft) 7 Sep
5 Edward IV
C 146/3132
Chancery pleadings addressed to [George Neville] Bishop of Exeter as Lord Chancellor
William, son of John, son of William and Amy Warner, of London. v. Sir William Pecche, knt., William Belknap, and William Cressyl, esqrs., and Sir Thomas Sutton, clerk, feoffees of the said John.: Manors of Foots Cray (Fotescrey) and Ruxley (Rokesle Greyes), the advowson of Pauls Cray (Pawlescrey), and other lands, &c., sometime of Thomas Ludlowe, esq., father of the said Amy.: Kent 1460-1465 C 1/28/155
Canterbury Cathedral Archives
Dean and Chapter Archive, Chartae Antiquae C. Lease from: John Oxne, II, prior of Canterbury Cathedral Priory; the convent of Canterbury Cathedral Priory To: Robert Asteley of Orpington, Kent A parcel of land containing 2 acres called 'Le Stene' lying in St Mary Cray parish with the tenement late of Philip atte Well' called 'Pakenhame' to south, the land of William Belknap', esq, to north, the king's highway which leads from the cross of 'Raynessmyth' called 'Raynessmyth' crosse' to St Mary Cray to east and the pasture of Richard Stable and the river running there to west. For a term of 80 years. For an annual payment of 6d, payable as specified. Right of distraint and re-entry if payment in arrears. Priory's part of indenture. Given at the chapter house of Canterbury Cathedral Priory. 24 Feb 1470 CCA-DCc-ChAnt/C/1263A
Land Holdings
"Parish: Burton Dassett." A History of the County of Warwick, Victoria County History, vol 5: Kington hundred (1949), pp. 69-77 http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=57043
"Parish: Belbroughton." A History of the County of Worcester, Victoria County History, vol. 3, pp. 11-19 (1913) http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.asp?compid=43080
"Parish: Whitchurch." A History of the County of Warwick, Victoria County History, vol. 5: Kington hundred (1949), pp. 209-213 http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=57077
"Parish: Beaudesert." A History of the County of Warwick, Victoria County History, vol. 3: Barlichway hundred (1945), pp. 45-49 http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=56979
Deed C.3132. "Deeds: C.3101 - C.3200," A Descriptive Catalogue of Ancient Deeds, vol. 3 (1900), pp. 329-340 7 Sep [5 Edward IV] http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=64348
Deed C.2391. "Deeds: C.2301 - C.2400," A Descriptive Catalogue of Ancient Deeds: Volume 2 (1894), pp. 505-516 7 Sep [5 Edward IV] http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=64303
Records of the Keeper of the Privy Seal
Privy Seal Office: Signet and other Warrants for the Privy Seal, Series I: William, brother and heir of John Bealknap 13 Dec 1436 PSO 1/62/52 http://www.belnapfamily.org/PSO_1-62-52a.jpg
http://www.belnapfamily.org/PSO_1-62-52b.jpg
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Spouse
Alicia Standish (unknown-unknown)
Parents
Sir Hamon Belknap (about 1380-1429)
Joan Boteler (about 1398-before 1473)
Photographs and Images
William Belknap
Last update: 11 Jul 2008
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