Name: Henry de GREY , of Thurrock 1
Birth: ABT 1148 in Rotherfield Greys, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England
Death: AFT 1195 in Grays Thurrock, Orsett, Essex, England 1
Manor of Grays Thurrock, Essex:
In 1066 Ailmar held 3 hides and 42 a. in Thurrock, to which manor belonged also 9 sokemen holding 3 hides. In 1086 the manor was held in demesne by William Peverel (of Nottingham). It included 5 sokemen with 1½ hides. Gilbert, a man of Odo, bishop of Bayeux, held 1½ hide less 10 a. That tenement was also recorded under Stifford, where it was said to be held of Odo by Gilbert's successor Ralf, son of Turold of Rochester. It presumably represented the lands of the other 4 sokemen of 1066. It was also stated in 1086 that 20 a. which had belonged to the manor before the Conquest were held by Anschetil, a man of the bishop of London, whose main holding was in Little Thurrock.
William Peverel's holding became the manor of GRAYS THURROCK, which comprised most of the parish. The tenancy-in-chief descended through the Peverels to the Ferrers family, earls of Derby, later to the dukes of Lancaster, and finally to the Crown. In 1141 the Empress Maud gave it to Aubrey de Vere, earl of Oxford, but the grant was evidently abortive.
In 1190 the demesne tenancy was held by Isaac son of Josce the Rabbi, a Jew, who had bought it from the Ferrers family. By 1194 it was in the king's hand, having been seized from Josce, son of Isaac. In 1195 the king confirmed it to Henry de Grey, who had bought it from Josce. The Grey family, from whom the manor took its prefix, retained possession until the early 16th century. Sir Henry de Grey (d. 1308), greatgrandson of the purchaser, became the first Lord Grey of Codnor. Henry de Grey, the 7th lord, died childless in 1496. By a previous settlement the manor of Grays Thurrock passed for life to his widow Catherine. About 1497 she caused a sensation at court by marrying Lord William de la Pole (d. 1539), a penniless youth 30 years younger. De la Pole was holding the manor in 1499 and 1500. In 1502 he was imprisoned on suspicion of treason, and apparently spent the rest of his life in the Tower. Grays Thurrock seems to have been seized by the Crown, which was holding it in 1511. [Victoria County History, A History of the County of Essex: Volume 8, W. R. Powell (editor), Beryl A. Board, Nancy Briggs, J. L. Fisher, Vanessa A. Harding, Joan Hasler, Norma Knight, Margaret Parsons, 1983, pp. 35-56]
NOTE: I may have an extra Henry in the line, but my reasoning, Henry (d. 1308 1st Lord Grey of Codnor) was a great-great grandson.
Father: Anschetil de GREY , of Rotherfield & Dornford b: ABT 1118 in Rotherfield Greys, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England
Mother: Matilda (Eva) de REVIERS b: ABT 1128 in Hocknorton, Oxfordshire, England
Hawise of YORKSHIRE b: ABT 1155
- Henry de GREY , Lord of Codnor b: ABT 1176 in Rotherfield Greys, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England
- Robert de GREY , of Rotherfield b: ABT 1180 in Grays Thurrock, Orsett, Essex, England
- Title: VCH - Essex, //www.british-history.ac.uk