|i.||DOROTHY13 STANLEY, b. of Aston Juxta Stone, Staffs.; d. 1587, Stone, Staffs; m. CHRISTOPHER HEVENINGHAM, ESQ..|
Notes for DOROTHY STANLEY:|
Dorothy was a descendant of the Aldithley, Arderne & Stanley families.
Dorothy Heveningham widow of Stone was included in Bishop Bentham's list of February, 1577-8, "of all such persons, gentlemen and others within the countye of Stafford which come not to the church to heare Divine Service". The Bishop estimates her yearly income from land at £40 and her total income at £433. We also learn that her son was taught by a certain Thomas Whistons and that she had a private chaplain, John Bradbury, and a servant Thomas Lawnder. All these, like herself, were doubtless papists.
In 1581 the Privy Council mention her as one of "the most obstinate and daungerous Recusants" of Staffordshire, against whom tru bills should have been found by the Grand Jury; the jurors it is added are ordered to appear at the next Assizes and purge themselves of their contempt and offence done unto her Majesty failing which they are to be brought before their lordships of the Privy Council in the Star Chamber.
In 1586, poor Dorothy is in the grip of the Law. She states that her yearly income is £30, and offers to pay £10 a year for herself and her servant Katherine Comberford so that she and her land may be discharged of the penal statues present and to come againt Recusancy. Katherine Comberford was evidently a relation, for Dorothy's mother (Margaret, wife of William Stanley) was a daughter of Thomas Comberford of Comberford (near Tamworth).
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Burial: Jun 1587, Stone, Staffs
Fact 1: An only child
Fact 2: A Staffordshire Recusant
Of: Aston, Staffordshire
Notes for CHRISTOPHER HEVENINGHAM, ESQ.:|
Apparently the only child of Mary Moyle & Erasmus Heveningham. Christopher was of Pipe, co Stafford.
It is stated in the Visitation for Staffordshire taken in 1614 that Erasmus Heveningham had issue by the "da. & heir of . . . . Moyle" a son Christopher, who married Dorothy, "da. of . . . . Stanley," that is to say that Christopher Heveningham married, (if this pedigree be correct) the daughter of his great-grandfather's brother. This is stated (Erdeswick's Staffordshire, p 42) to be "not impossible as to dates," and it appears that Isabella Moyle was but thirty five years older than her grandson. (Source: Notes on Staffordshire Families)
From "Notes on Staffordshire Families" :
He, about Easter 1565, bought, by means of a Final Concord, for 230 marks, from John Stanley and Jane his wife, an estate of about 300 acres at Clifton Camvile; but seeing that Christopher married a Stanley, I expect that this was merely a settlement on marriage. It is impossible to be certain how far he and his wife were concerned a few weeks later together with John and Jane Stanley in a Fine relating to a large property in Thicknes, Apedale and Audley. This also was perhaps merely a settlement. Early in 1570 Christopher and Dorothy sold to Simon Biddull a water-mill with some land and two acres of pool in Curborough and Elmshirst. In the Fine whereby this sale was effected, he is called Christopher Hennyngham, his surname taking that form easily because at that date the hard pronunciation of the letter v had not established itself. Other dealings with lands in Staffordshire are recorded. He is always described as "Armiger," that is "Esquire." Christopher Heveningham was born too late for the find old days of raids and retinues in Staffordshire, but the Law Courts still remained. Accordingly, he filed a Bill in Chancery, the official abstract of which was issued on the 11th of February, 1562.
He complains against Thomas and Humphrey Woolverston, that whereas upon the death of Ellen Stanley widow of Sir Humphrey Standley, Knight, which Ellen died seised of the Manor of Aston, near Stone, Co. Stafford, with lands etc., in Stone, a messuage and cottage and lands hereto belonging in Enston Stoke and Aston within the fee of Walton, co. Stafford and a messuage in Whitston Sykes co. Salop, her estate descended to him the Complainant as son and heir of Marie Heveningham daughter and heir of Isabel Moyle daughter and heir of John Standley, Esq., dau. and heir of the said Ellen, divers evidences relating to the property have come into the hands of Thomas Woolverston the elder and the defendant, Humphrey Woolverston, who refuse to deliver them up.
In June, 1564, Christopher Heveningham again petitions in Chancery, giving rather fuller particulars as to the Stanley family.
To the Right Honorable Sir Nycholas Bakon, Knight, lord Keper of the great seale of England.
In most humble wyse sheweth and complayneth etc., your Orator Christofer Hevenyngham, Esquire, that whereas one Dame Ellen Stanley wydo late wyff of Sir Humfrey Stanley, Knight, being seised of the Manor of Aston in Stone enfeoffed (. . .) to the use of Humfrey Stanley clerke for terme of life, and after his death to use of Gorge Stanley and his heirs male of body, remainder to William Stanley and his heirs male of body, remainder to her own right heirs and whereas the said Humfrey, George and William died without issue male so that after her death one moiety should descend to your said Orator and the other moietie to Dame Elizabeth Hercy as cosin and heir of Dame Ellen, that is to say, Dame Elizabeth as daugher of John Stanley eldest son of the said Dame Ellen, and your Complaynant as son and heir of Marye Heveningham daughter and heir of Isabel Moyle, one other of the daughters of the said John Stanley, eldest son, now certain muniments concerning the premises of right belonging to your said Orator have come into the posession of Thomas Wolverston of (?) Wysord co. Sussex. Esquire and of Humfrey Wolverston of Stotfold in the said County, geneleman, and they detain the deeds by virtue of them refuse your Orator posession of them.
It is evident from the next mentioned Chancery Suit that Christopher Heveningham and Humfrey Wolverston came to an arrangement, but here again there was a hitch, for on the 8th of June, 1567 the following petition as presented in Chancery.
To the Righte Honorable Sir Nicholas Bacon Knyght, lord keper of the greitt seall of Englande sheweth etc., Your dayly Orator Cristofer Hevenyngham Esquyer.
He was letely seised of the moyete of the Manors of Stotfold and Weston in the Counties of Stafford and Chester, and of lands in Podmore in the County of Stafford, and he conveyed the said moyeties by dede and by fine to one Humfrey Wolverston, gent, and his heirs in exchaunge for all such lands etc. as the said Humfrey had of the gift graunt and conveyance of one John Hercye Knyghte and Dame Elizabeth his wyfe. Humfrey undertook to deliver all the deeds evidences charters and writings relating to the same and to have the transaction written engrossed sealed and delivered. These things Humfrey though often required had refused to do.
The Petitioner claims relief, concluding:-
'Any your said Besecher shall dayly praye to god for the preservacon of your good l(ordship) longe to contynewe and endure.'
Thomas Woolverston replies that divers evidences as to the Manor of Aston have come into his hands as executor of Humfrey Stanley, clerk, which evidences are claimed by Sir John Hercy and Dame Elizabeth his wife in her right as cousin and heir of the said Ellen Stanley; also Humfrey Wulverston gent., and Katherine his wife claim some portion of the evidences. He asks that these others may be called to interplead.
As to the other properties he says that Ellen Stanley conveyed the whole to feoffees to the use of her dughter Mawd, who married him, and they had issue, one son Robert, deceased, and a younger son Robert, now living and within age. About thee years since Mawd died.
This answer was taken at Weford co. Stafford 31 march 1562. Humphrey Woolverston's answer is much damaged, and a large part of it torn right away.
He states that Sir John and Dame Elizabeth Hercy conveyed to him and katherine his wife all their moiety of (. . . . . ) Awdley, Stoke, Sandon, Hilderson and Fulforth, and of certain closes and grounds (. . . . ) Brynwick Leaz Redlinges, Oxe close, Nuttingeils, Berry hill, Cornill Close, and Great Railes, and of three messuages in Aston part of the premises in view.
He has no evidences to his knowledge, touching the said Manor.
As to the messuages etc., in Enston, Stoke and Aston, the defendant Woolverston has held them for forty years in right of his wife Mawde.
He mentions that Christopher Heveningham's mother's mother Isabel (Stanley) had married Walter Moyle.
Christopher Heveningham died in 1573-4 and the date of his death was fortunate for his family, seeing that in 1575 Queen Elizabeth made her progress through the Midland Counties, and a few days after she had passed through Staffordshire, John Gifford of Chillington, Brian Fowler of St. Thomas, John Draycote, Erasmus Wolesley, two Erdeswicks and other "notorious papists" were summoned to appear before his Council at Worcester. In almost every case the results were disastrous to those summoned, and Christopher, had he survived, would certainly have been of the number.
Like his father, Christopher Heveningham made no Will; but whether this was the result of policy or carelessness I cannot say. It was obviously inadvisable for Roman Catholics, who were subject to severe financial persecution, to give information such as a Will must supply, to any public authority.
Administration of Christopher "Heningham", of the parish of Stone, Esquire, was granted at Lichfield in 1577 to James Yremonger. No inventory is attached to the document. This Administrator would be, I suppose, the grandfather of Humphrey Ironmonger of Wolverhampton one of the loyalists who assisted in the escape of Charles the Second after the battle of Worcester. (Source: Notes of Staffordshire Families, Wm. Salt Library, Stafford).
In 1585, a letter from the Privy Council to the Commissioners of Recusancy at Elmenwych (27.4.1585) orderd the confiscation of recusants' armour, including "Dorothee Heningham of Stone, wydowe" 23/7/1592 confirmed as disscussed.
Public Records Office reference No: C3/91/2 (piece) - Heveningham v. Wolverstone, Stafford & Salop. AD 1558 - 1579.
More About CHRISTOPHER HEVENINGHAM, ESQ.:|
Fact: Apparently an only child
Of: Aston, Staffordshire
Marriage Notes for DOROTHY STANLEY and CHRISTOPHER HEVENINGHAM:|
According to "The Antiquitees of Staffordshire " there is evidence that Christopher and Dorothy were, at least, so near in blood, as to be married by dispensation from Rome.
More About ROBERT WOLVERSTON:|
Fact 2: Deceased by 1567
|i.||SIR EDWARD13 STANLEY, d. 1577, Slain in Ireland.|
Notes for SIR EDWARD STANLEY:|
Sir Edward was created a Knight while serving in the Netherlands. He was slain in Ireland in 1577.
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