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View Tree for Ralph TOKERalph TOKE (b. Abt. 1410, d. 1451)

Ralph TOKE1 was born Abt. 1410, and died 1451. He married (w of Ralph Toke) ---.

 Includes NotesNotes for Ralph TOKE:
15th ggf of Gordon Fisher

"In its various spellings Toke is recorded in Domesday Book as thegiven name of three Saxon tenants, so families using it as a surnamemay have been totally unrelated. In the county of Nottingham a familyof Tuk (Tuke, Toke) held the manor of Kelham from the time of Henry IIuntil 1337, in the reign of Edward III, when Simon Toke disposed of itto Thomas de Cophous. In 19 Henry VI (1440-1441), one hundred yearslater, one John Touc, made a claim to lands in eight Nottinghamshireparishes, including Kelham. Walter Tuuke, a predecessor of Simon atKelham in the reign of Henry III, was granted an exemption for life,for his laudable service, from being put on assizes and juries andfrom being made sheriff or justice against his will, and in 1267 and1268, as Walter Tuk of co. Nottingham, he had a pardon for alltrespasses committed by him because of non-observance of theProvisions of Oxford. In 1347 William, Ralph and Robert Tul were ofBingham, co. Nottingham, and in 1383 Walter Touke was aNottinghamshire tax collector. There are many other records of thisnorthern family. Their arms were: *sable*, billetty *or*, a canton*ermine*. No one will have to be reminded that the most famous Tuck,the jolly friar of Rogin Hood's outlaw band, was also aNottinghamshire man, Sherwood Forest lying in that county. (P) TheTokes of Kent may, or may not, have been a branch of the Nottinghamstock. Like them, they were of the minor gentry and used theChristian names Walter and Ralph. When a John Touc was laying claimto the manor of Kelham the head of the Kentish family was, accordingto their pedigree, a John Toke, but this is quite possiblycoincidence. (P) Thomas, Ralph and John Toke, three brothers, Thomasbeing the eldest, lived in the middle years of the fifteenth centuryand they are the first of the Kentish family of whom documentaryevidence has been found. They are said in the pedigrees to have beenthe sons of one John Toke and grandsons of another, who were lords ofthe manor of Bere, near Dover, and it is certain that Thomas held thatmanor. Thomas Toke, in a Toke pedigree drawn by Philipot, the eminentKentish antiquary, is given Cecily Chichele as wife and mother of hischildren, while a few pages further on in the same manuscript in aHawte pedigree Philipot places Joan Goldwell, daughter of William andAlice (Hawte) Goldwell of Godenton in Great Chart, in that position,He may have married both, but it is certain that his widow was namedJoan ..... (P) John Toke, said to have been a brother of Ralph Toke(the elder he had a son Ralph]), represented Dover in the parliamentsof 1447, 1449 and 1453. (P) Ralph Toke (the elder, his nephew, son ofhis brother Thomas, being the younger) was the most prominent of thethree brothers. Born about 1410, the visitation pedigrees give himvarious wives but ignore Elizabeth, the wife who survived him. It ismost improbably that he married "Jane Haut, daughter of Roger Haut," aclose study of the Haute family making the existence of such personsvery dubious. Nor can much satisfaction be drawn from the otheralleged wife, "Maud, daughter of Henry Drmyn," a surname whichchallenges identification. [Footnote: "Jermyn has been suggested.]The Haute attribution may arise from the fact that the mother of JoanGoldwell, wife of Thomas Toke, Ralph's brother, was a Haute. (P)Ralph was a jurat (judge) of Dover in 1441, mayor of the town1444-1448, and seneschal and marshal to the deputy constable of DoverCastle. He was first elected to Parliament in 1442, representingDover, and again served in 1449, when he was paid 2s. a day for eightydays' attendance, and in 1450, the session marked by the impeachmentand assassination of the Duke of Suffolk. He was collector of customsand of a subsidy at Sandwich, 1444-1445. As a "baron" of the CinquePorts he assisted at the coronation of Queen Margaret at Westminsterin 1445 as one of the six gentlement who bore the canopy over the roalhead, for which he received 26s. 8d. expense money -- all that andHeaven too! On February 13, 1446, he was appointed "deputy of RalphBoteler, kt., Lord of Seudeley, chief butler and treasurer of England,in the office of the buttery in the port of Sandwich. Lessentertaining is the fact that he, Lord Say (the Warden of the cinquePorts) and Sir Gervaise Clifton were accused of attempting toinfluence an election improperly at the port of Hythe in 1449. (P)Toke died in 1451. He left a will, which has not survived, naming hiswife Elizabeth and Thomas Doyler, whom Elizabeth soon married, jointexecutors. Doyler was mayor of Dover 1453-1455, and the localhistorian has "knighted" both Toke and Doyler, seemingly withoutjustification. In 1455 Sir Gervaise Clifton testified that Ralph Tokehad owned the manor of St. Nicholas Court on the Isle of Thanet buthad sold it to William Port. ..... (P) Chilren of Ralph Toke: i. JOANTOKE; m. John Isaac of Patricksbourne. Her son James Isaac was"cousin," feoffee and overseer of her brother Walter Toke, andexecutor of her brother William Toke. ii. JOHN TOKE; d. s. p. before1466. iii. WALTER TOKE; m. (1) Jane ---; m (2) Ellis ---; d. 1498/9...... iv. WILLIAM TOKE, the plaintiff of 1459-1466, when he was aged23; m. Alice ---; d. c. 1471. ..... ? v. THOMAS TOKE; m. Joan ---,probably a second wife; d. 1484."
--- Walter Goodwin Davis, *The Ancestry of Mary Isaac", PortlandME, 1955, p 61-67

Children of Ralph TOKE and (w of Ralph Toke) --- are:
  1. +Joan TOKE, d. date unknown.
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