Name: John ASTON , of Somerton 1 2
Birth: ABT 1390 in London, Middlesex, England
Death: AFT 1437 in Somerton, Ploughley, Oxfordshire, England 1
Manor of SHOTTESWELL
In 1319 Thomas sold the manor to William de Bereford, who died in 1326 seised thereof, leaving a son Sir Edmund, who had a grant of free warren in his lands here in 1335. He died in 1354, having settled the manor on his illegitimate son Sir John in tail, with contingent remainder to John's brother Baldwin. Sir John died without issue in 1356 and Baldwin succeeded, who in 1400, with Sir John Beauchamp, his overlord, jointly held 1¼ fees here. Elizabeth, widow of Sir Baldwin, held the manor for life after his death. Her daughter Maud, wife of John Barough, inherited under a settlement made in 1400, with remainder in default of issue to Philip Sinclair, grandson of Sir Edmund's sister MARGARET. Maud appears to have died childless shortly after her mother, and Philip was also dead at the time of Elizabeth's decease, so the manor passed to Philip's son Thomas Sinclair, who held it in 1425, when he granted it to trustees, among them John Aston of Somerton, Oxon., who subsequently held it. On his death in 1435 Thomas Sinclair left three young daughters, Elizabeth, Eleanor, and Edith: but it was stated that he had settled this manor, and that of Bickmarsh, on trustees in order to defraud the king of the custody and marriage of his heirs. John Aston sold the manor in 1436, either as a trustee or as owner, to James le Botiler, Earl of Ormonde. From: 'Parishes: Shotteswell', A History of the County of Warwick: Volume 5: Kington hundred (1949), pp. 148-153. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=57064&strquery=bereford parishes Date accessed: 31 March 2012.
NOTE: John Aston of Somerton m. Elizabeth Giffard, daughter of Roger Giffard & Joan Bereford, daughter of Baldwin, illegitimate son of Edmund, son of William de Bereford. Even though Baldwin and his brother John (who d. without issue) were both illegitimate, Edmund (who had no legitimate heirs) was able to pass properties to them.
Elizabeth GIFFARD b: ABT 1395 in Twyford, Buckinghamshire, England
- Alice ASTON b: ABT 1415 in Somerton, Ploughley, Oxfordshire, England
- Title: VCH - Oxford:. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk
Page: vol 6, pp. 290-301, see notes for Roger Giffard, b c1376
- Title: VCH-Warwickshire, Vol 5, available online www.british-history.ac.uk