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  • ID: I15318
  • Name: John BOZUN , of Dittisham
  • Sex: M
  • ALIA: John /Bozum/, of Dittisham
  • Birth: BEF 1386 in Bozomzeal Manor, Dittisham, Totnes, Devon, England
  • Death: 8 AUG 1440
  • Note:

    The manor of Bosum's Hele, now called Bozon Zeale, was originally called Hele, and was the seat of the ancient family of Bozon or Bosum. The heiress of the elder branch married Fulford, whose descendants possessed this manor for several generations. It is now the property of John Burridge Cholwich, Esq., of Farringdon House, by purchase from the Seales of Mount Boone. The old mansion at the barton is now a farm-house. The barton of Downton is the property of Mr. Thomas Huxham.

    From: 'Parishes: Dartington - Dunterton', Magna Britannia: volume 6: Devonshire (1822), pp. 152-174. URL: Date accessed: 01 May 2012.


    On the hill to the south of the village is Bozomzeal and the remains of an ancient manor, owned in the 15th century by John Bozum, whose daughter Elizabeth married Sir Baldwin Fulford-Knight, who became sheriff of Devon in 1459. On the death of John Bozum, Sir Baldwin inherited through his wife the estate of Dittisham. They had four children, two sons and two daughters. His second son John (1445-1518) became Canon and later Archdeacon of Exeter, and his first daughter Thomazin married John Wise of Sydenham in Marystow and from whom the Earls and Dukes of Bedford are descended.



    Records of the Court of King's Bench
    Ref #: KB 9/205/3

    Returned commissions of enquiry, held on 30 July-1 Aug 1414 by William Skrene and associates, under commissions of 16 July 1414, to enquire concerning treasons, rebellions, insurrections, felonies, trespasses, etc in Devon, and of 25 July 1414, to enquire concerning the misdeeds of John Boson, Henry Foleford and Robert Kirkham in Devon, who have retarded the execution of Norton's oyer and terminer sessions there (CPR 1413-1416, 263, 264): presentments, jury panels and precepts, first commission, mm 1-43 and 91-132; second commissions, mm 44-90 and 91-132

    Covering dates: 1414

    NOTE: So Henry Fulford & John Boson/Bozun were co-conspirators of a sort in 1414--not surprising that their children wed.


    Chancery: Inquisitions Post Mortem, Series I, Henr... C 139/103/38

    Boson, John: Devon . Boson, John: Devon Description available at other catalogue level
    Date: 1440 - 1441 Source: The Catalogue of The National Archives

    NOTE: shows he d. 1440/1:


    [no title] W(A) box 2/parcel XV/no. 1/c5 August 24 1407

    These documents are held at Northamptonshire Record Office

    Peter Besyle of Wodhull co. Wilts to Jno. {John?} Boson of co. Devon gent. P. of Attorney to take ? & sell my Manor of La Grave. Given at Devyses

    NOTE: shows he was of age in 1407:

    Father: Edmund BOZUN , of Dittisham b: ABT 1350 in Bozomzeal Manor, Dittisham, Totnes, Devon, England
    Mother: Mabel de FALEWELL b: ABT 1364

    Marriage 1 Joan FORTESCUE b: ABT 1405 in Shepham in Modbury, Kingsbridge, Devon, England
      1. Has Children Elizabeth BOZUN , Heiress of Bozomzeal b: ABT 1422 in Bozomzeal Manor, Dittisham, Totnes, Devon, England
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