Sampson of Appleton
[marginal note by Dodsworth:] “I take this Mary to be Richard [Fawconberg]’s heire“.1
In 1299 a Thomas Brocket was one of a group evaluating a property of John and Mary’s in Nun Appleton for the sheriff.
Southwood in Appleton:3
Richard the son of Philip Fawconberg gave all his mannor of Suthwood in Appleton
to John Sampson of York knight & Mary his wife which he had of the gift of Walter Read More
son of Peter Fawcomberg v.204. Witnes John the son of Richard Malbys In the
margin – I take this Mary to be Richardes heire
v.204 a. et b. Out of the originales with my lord Fairfax – Know present & to come that I
Richard the son of Philip Fawkemberge have given granted & by this my present
Charter confirmed to John Sampson of York knight & Mary his wife all my mannor
of Southwod, with free in gresse & egresse, and with the wood belonging to the said
mannor in the towne and territory of Appelton in Aynsty, and with iiij xx  acres of arrable
land and six acres of meadow and with common of Herbage for the feeding of all sortes
of cattell in all the feildes of Appelton, and with one toft and croft in the said towne
of Appelton, which toft with the croft lyes between the toft of sometyme Philip
the son of Roger Appelton of one part, and the toft with the croft which sometyme
belonged to Walter The son of Peter Fawkemberge on the other side And all
which I had of the gift of the foresaid Walter To have and hold all the
foresaid mannor and iiij xx acres of arrable land and six acres of meadow with
wood and with Common aforesaid and with the toft and croft aforenoted, and with
free in gresse & egresse, and with all ‘the’ Libertyes easementes & appurtenances
within the towne and without to the foresaid John and Mary and to their heires
and assignes of the cheif Lordes of that fee, by the services therof due & accustomed,
freely, quietly, peaceably and fully without any retention for ever. And I the foresaid
Richard and my heires shall against all men warrant and for ever defend all the foresaid
mannor with the wood and with free in gresse & egresse, and with the foresaid iiij xx acres of
arrable land and six acres of meadow, and with the Common above-noted, and with
the toft and croft aforesaid, with all their appurtenances, as is aforesaid, to the foresaid [p 74]
John and Mary and their heires or assignes. In witnes of which thing I have put my
seale to this present Charter These being witnesses Simon Kimbe Richard Walays
Robert Vgtred Mauger Vavasur knightes John son of Richard Malebys, Michael
Knapton, Robert Bustard, Adam Thorp, Thomas Ceerf, Alan Baudewin, Henry
Cruce, Henry Colton, William Tokewith, Stephen Ythown then Bayliffe, nicholas
Cessevaus and others
Glover’s Visitation of Yorkshire records the identical arms of William de Lacell: Sable a cross patonce or, who held 2 knight’s fees of William de Vescy, whose arms were: Gules a cross patonce argent.5 Compare also the later ?15-17th C Lascelles lines—of Sowerby and Brackenbury in Birdforth cum Allertonshire—Sable a cross flory or and Sable a cross patonce or.6
In Harley 807 Glover gave the arms of Dionisia Sampson as: Argent a lion rampant azure, and these carried through to the Broketts of Hertfordshire. In fact they were the arms of Fauconberg of Rise and Skelton7 and of the Bruces of Skelton, whose senior representatives they were. Compare Percy of Northumberland: Or a lion rampant azure.8
3.1. 1379 poll tax
William Sampson and wife paid 40d as a Franklin—a substantial freeholder.9 This was the highest payment in the vill, but half the normal rate for franklins and equivalent to the rate for landless esquires.10 The Sampson family was probably in decline by 1379.11
3.2. The Calendars of Close Rolls 1386, 88
William is recorded twice concerning land in Colton and Steeton:Read More
To the treasurer and the barons of the exchequer. Writ of supersedeas until the quinzaine of Easter next in respect of their demand against William Cerfe, William Sampson, John de Gypton and Cicely Cerfe to answer for the issues of lands of John Chaumont knight whereupon they intruded after his death; as it is found by inquisition taken by John Dent late escheator in Yorkshire that the said knight died seised of three bovates of land in Colton held in chief by the service of the tenth part of one knight’s fee of two messuages, ten bovates of land, two closes and 4 acres of meadow in Steveton, and of three messuages and crofts, seven bovates of land and 4 acres of meadow in Appilton held of others than the king, that William Cerfe and the others intruded upon the premises in Steveton and Appilton and occupied the same a great while after his death, that from the date of that intrusion they were worth 100s. a year beyond reprise, that Margaret and Joan Chaumont are daughters and heirs of John son of John son of the said John Chaumont, and are of the age of eighteen and upwards, and that William Moubray has taken Margaret to wife and Joan has taken the habit of religion in the order of St. Gilbert of Sempyngham at Chiksonde priory, but whether she be professed or no the jurors knew not; and the king ordered the sheriff to give notice to the intruders to be in chancery in the quinzaine of Michaelmas next to shew cause wherefore they ought not to answer for the issues of the said lands since John Chaumont’s death, and the plea in chancery between the king and the intruders is yet pending without debate.
To the treasurer and the barons of the exchequer. Writ of supersedeas in respect of their demand upon William Sampson and John de Gypton to answer for the issues of two messuages, ten bovates of land, two closes and 4 acres of meadow in Steveton, three messuages and crofts, seven bovates of land and 4 acres of meadow in Appilton since the death of John Chaumont knight, and order to discharge them thereof; as upon the finding of an inquisition, taken by John Dent late escheator in Yorkshire, that the said knight was at his death seised of three bovates of land in Colton co. York, held in chief by the service of the tenth part of one knight’s fee, and of the premises in Steveton and Appilton held of others than the king, and that after his death William Cerfe, William Sampsoun, John de Gypton and Cicely Cerfe intruded upon the premises in Steveton and Appilton and occupied them a long while, and upon an allegation made by William Sampsoun and John de Gypton, in a cause in chancery upon a writ of scire facias between the king and those intruders, which cause was sent for debate before the king, that they occupied not the premises as aforesaid, it is found (among other things) by another inquisition, taken before the king, that they occupied not the premises nor any parcel thereof, wherefore it was determined that they should go quit, as appears by the record and process of the cause, which the king has caused to come before him in Chancery.
Notes: Writ of supersedeas – stopping proceedings by superior power. Writ of scire facias – to produce information, lit. ‘you are to make to know’.
3.3. Testament 1393
Written 11 Sep, pr 30 Oct 1393. William willed to be “buried in Bolton Percy church next to the grave of my father”. He had previously passed on all his property, including the manor of Southwood, since the only bequest was to his executor: “The rest however of all my goods I have given to John Saynell of Normanton by a certain writing confirmed by my seal to pay my debts”.14
3.4. Thomas Sampson of Appleton 1396
The Calendar of Close Rolls records one other Appleton Sampson after their manor had passed to Thomas Broket, as witness to a land deed there:Read More
John de Staynforde of Apilton to Thomas de Clapham and Thomasin his wife, their heirs and assigns. Quitclaim of all lands, woods etc. in Apilton which descended to him after the death of William de Staynforde his elder brother, upon condition that they and the longer liver of them, their heirs and assigns shall find the said John meat and raiment all his life. Witnesses John Depedene knight, Miles de Stapilton, William de Twaytes of Merston, John Daynell of Bylton, William Barker, Thomas Harden, both of Tadcastre, Thomas Sampson of Apilton. Dated Apilton, Tuesday the feast of the Assumption 20 Richard II.
Memorandum of acknowledgment at York 26 August before Hugh Huls, by virtue of a dedimus potestatem (we gave power) which is on file for this year.
4.2. She died 14 April 1437 and was buried in the Brockett Chapel in Bolton Percy Church, 2 years after her husband Thomas Broket, and no doubt next to him in the centre of the chapel, head towards the altar.
4.3. Dionisia’s descent from the Folifayts of Badsworth—and hence a claim to be the heir of the Nevilles—was recorded in the preamble to an unsuccessful suit brought in York by Thomas Broket and Dionisia against Thomas Urswyk for the manor of Baddesworth in 1424:16Read More
[concerning] the manor of Baddesworth with its appurtenances which Roger Folifayt gave Alan Folifayt & Eufemia his wife
and the heirs issuing from the bodies of Alan & Eufemia and that after the deaths of the said Alan & Eufemia &
of John the son and heir of Alan & Eufemia & [the deaths] of Emoria sister of John & of William son
of Emoria it ought to descend to the said Dionisia daughter of the said William and cousin and heir of the said John by means of
the deed of the aforesaid gift etc. Wherefore they say that …
Wrottesley gave the name of William’s mother as Eujoria (sic).
The end of the FAUCONBERG of Rise main line:17
In 1422 Sir William Neville inherited all the castles, manors etc of Sir Thomas of Skelton through his wife the Fauconberg heiress Joan, and took on the Fauconberg title. Wiliam was a prominent Yorkist commander during the Wars of the Roses, leading them to the decisive victory at Towton in 1461, which “was not only the climax of the dynastic struggle between Lancaster and York, [but] also the denouement of the feud between Neville and Percy”.18 Although the Fauconbergs’ Appleton lands had been held by younger sons while the main line were barons in Rise in Holderness,19 the main line nevertheless had maintained links and William Neville inherited a quarter of a knight’s fee in Appleton. 20
William had no son, so his 3 daughters became Fauconberg co-heiresses. Or at least 2 did—Joan is said to have been “a fool and idiot from birth”.21 Nonetheless, the Appleton inheritance may have descended to Joan. Whether connected or not, a curious reference occurred in the Visitation of Yorkshire re the Conyers family, whose heir married the 3rd daughter Alice, that [after 1472] the eldest daughter Joan Fauconberg was “married to Nicholas Belliany, sans issue, and after to Mr. Thos. Brocket, of co. Herts, and had issue”.22 This is corrupt. Nicholas Belliany is unknown and although all Hertfordshire Broket gentleman of the late 1470s are known, this Thomas is not.
The Strangways and Conyers were 2 of the main knightly families of 15th C North Riding of Yorkshire, sharing by parallel marriages the succession of 2 baronies, the Darcy heiresses in the 1st half of the century and the Fauconberg heiresses in the 2nd.23 Connecting a Brocket to the 3rd heiress was a fabrication.
The Complete Peerage relegated the 2nd and 3rd of Joan’s alledged marriages to a footnote,24 dismissing the 3rd as neither to Thomas who married and predeceased Dionesia 1435 nor to his son Thomas who married and predeceased Elizabeth Ashe 1477. These two, apart from being esquires were in any case too early, and only a Thomas from the next generation could have been possible. In the 1570s Glover gave Edward 2 sons Thomas: one marrying Elizabeth Calthrop and [presumably] an earlier one dying unmarried without issue. Glover was by no means accurate in all details but it is hard to imagine a reason for him to omit a marriage to an heiress of a peer like Joan Fauconberg, especially if there had been issue. Edward’s Will shows that a Thomas was not a surviving son in 1485.
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