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  • ID: I24783
  • Name: William SPERNORE , of Spernall & Frankley, MP,Sir 1 2 3 4
  • Sex: M
  • ALIA: William /Durvassal/, of Spernall & Frankley, Sir
  • Birth: BEF 1328 in Spernal, Studley, Warwickshire, England 5
  • Death: 1401 in Frankley, Rugby, Worcestershire, England 1
  • Note:
    Concerning Spernal, Warwickshire:

    In 1378 Rose, the widow of Nicholas and then wife of Richard Mountford, disputed against a William Durvassal the right of her daughters, Eleanor and Elizabeth, to a tenement in Spernall. This Eleanor married John Holt, to whose son Walter the manor later came. This William Durvassal (perhaps illegitimate) seems to be identical with William Spernore, knight of the shire for Worcester in the Parliament of 1397, and obtained a life interest in the manor. In 1401 the manor of Spernall, then held as half a fee, on the death of William Spernore, reverted to Walter Holt...

    From: 'Parishes: Spernall', A History of the County of Warwick: Volume 3: Barlichway hundred (1945), pp. 172-174. URL: Date accessed: 04 March 2012.


    NOTE: The following original document, copied from A2A, explains how William fits into the Durvassal family: he was a younger brother of Thomas (and Nicholas because he was the next to inherit), and was given the life estate mentioned above by Thomas. While there is certainly room for two generations of William (William, the husband of Alice, being the son of William who was born <1328), I am representing it as one because the life estate for Spernal indicates that there was only one man, of age in 1349 and dead in 1401, with William having a very late marriage to Alice.

    [no title] CR 1998/EB/6 29 Dec 1349

    These documents are held at Warwickshire County Record Office

    Pair of indentures. Thomas Durvassal of Spernore (Spernall) gives to William the son and Sibilla the widow of John Durvassal late lord of Spernall, property in Spernall for life.

    NOTE: The above document does not state that Sibilla, the widow, was mother of Thomas (as you would think Thomas might refer to his mother in other ways than "widow" of his father), therefore Sibilla may have been a 2nd wife, possibly mother of William (apparently the youngest of the 3 sons). However there is no proof of this.


    Concerning Frankley, Worcestershire:

    Joan widow of Sir Richard Fitton in 1384 sold her right to William de Spernall, who in 1399-1400 settled the manor on himself and his wife Alice and their issue male, with contingent remainder to his right heirs. William died without issue male, leaving two daughters, Margaret, who married firstly Henry Hervyle, and secondly William Wybbe, and Joyce, who married William Swynfen. Alice widow of William married Sir Thomas Stafford, and afterwards John Mulsho. She apparently held the manor for life, and made various settlements of it, conveying it to William Sulney and John Alrewich as trustees, and in 1401-2 it was confirmed to them by Edward son of Thomas de Frankley. Later Alice conveyed her claim in the manor to Cornelius de Wirleye, who reconveyed it to Sir Thomas Burdet, Edmund Stafford, Bishop of Exeter, and others, who were probably trustees for Alice's daughters. From: 'Parishes: Frankley', A History of the County of Worcester: volume 3 (1913), pp. 120-123. URL: spernall Date accessed: 04 March 2012.

    Father: John DURVASSAL , of Spernall b: ABT 1300 in Spernal, Studley, Warwickshire, England
    Mother: Sybil CORBICON b: ABT 1300 in Studley, Alcester, Warwickshire, England

    Marriage 1 Alison b: ABT 1330
    • Married: in 1st wife
    1. Has No Children Eleanor DURVASSAL b: ABT 1348 in Spernal, Studley, Warwickshire, England

    Marriage 2 Alice de SULNEY b: ABT 1360 in Newton Solney, Burton-upon-Trent, Derbyshire, England
    • Married: BET 1394 AND 1399 in 2nd husband 2nd wife 6
    1. Has Children Joyce SPERNOR b: ABT 1395 in Spernal, Studley, Warwickshire, England

    1. Title: VCH-Warwickshire, Vol 3, available online
      Page: 172-4
    2. Title: Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists, 7th Edition, by Frederick Lewis Weis, additions by Walter Lee Shippard Jr., 1999
      Page: 56a-37
      Text: daughter Joyce was named Spernor or Durvassal. The first name William is taken from wife Alice's information.
    3. Title: A2A - Access to Archives (British Public Records Office),
      Page: CR 1998/EB/6
    4. Title: English Baronetage (The), Arthur Collins, 1741
      Page: 264
      Text: father of Eleanor
    5. Title: A2A - Access to Archives (British Public Records Office),
      Page: CR 1998/EB/6
      Text: given Spernall in 1349 (of age)
    6. Title: Victoria County History of Worcester: (1913), URL:
      Page: vol 3, 120-3
      Text: no date, 1st husband
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