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  • ID: I32930
  • Name: Isabel of DEAN , Heiress of Littledean 1
  • Sex: F
  • ALIA: Isabel de /Dene/, Heiress of Littledean
  • Birth: ABT 1317 in Littledean, Westbury on Severn, Gloucestershire, England
  • Death: BEF 1358 2
  • Note:
    VCH-Gloucsester entry for LITTLEDEAN:

    MANORS AND OTHER ESTATES.

    Littledean with Mitcheldean and Abenhall was presumably part of the estate called Dean held by William son of Norman in 1086 and apparently had a castle soon afterwards. Woodland there belonging to the Crown was cleared for cultivation by William of Dean (d. c. 1259), the lord of part of Mitcheldean, who paid a rent of 2s. to St. Briavels castle for it. William's son and heir Henry of Dean made further clearances at Littledean and at his death c. 1292 was seised there of assarted land, for which he owed the same rent of 2s., and 2 yardlands held from the Crown for a cash rent of 6d. Henry's lands descended with his Mitcheldean estate to his grandson William of Dean, who at his death c. 1319 had in Littledean a messuage, 51 a., and rents worth 3 17s. 5d. from 18 freehold estates. His lands, placed in the guardianship of his wife Isabel in 1320, were eventually divided between his infant daughters Joan and Isabel. The Littledean possessions later became known as the manor of LITTLEDEAN. Custody of a bailiwick in the royal demesne woodland of the Forest was probably held with the Littledean lands before 1282 when the bailiwick was in the king's hands. It was restored some time after 1319 to the lords of the part of the manor acquired by Isabel of Dean, and in 1565 the Littledean bailiwick, also known as Badcocks Bailey, was held by Richard Baynham (d. 1580) evidently by virtue of his reversionary right to that part of the manor. The estate later passed to the Vaughans and they were recorded as woodwards of the bailiwick until the late 17th century.

    William of Dean's elder daughter Joan received his Mitcheldean possessions and in 1436 her descendant Robert Baynham had rents totalling 3 2s. 7d. in Littledean. Robert died later in 1436 and his Littledean and Mitcheldean estates descended to William Baynham (d. 1568) and were retained by William's widow Anne in jointure in 1573. By 1608 William's son Joseph held a quarter of Littledean manor and at his death in 1613 was succeeded by his son Alexander. The Littledean estate apparently passed with Mitcheldean in 1694 to Maynard Colchester.

    Isabel, William of Dean's other daughter, married Ralph of Abenhall (d. c. 1347), whose daughter and heir Margaret, wife in turn of Lawrence Greyndour and Robert of Huntley, had rents in Littledean at her death in 1375. By 1354 Isabel was married to John Basset, who died in 1362 leaving infant daughters, Margaret and Alice (d. 1367). Margaret married Walter Brown and in 1383 they conveyed a quarter of Littledean manor to John Greyndour, the son and heir of Margaret of Huntley. John died in 1415 or 1416 and his part of the manor descended with his estate in Abenhall and Mitcheldean, which passed at the death of Thomas Baynham in 1611 to the Vaughan family.

    [From: 'Littledean', A History of the County of Gloucester: Volume V: Bledisloe Hundred, St. Briavels Hundred, The Forest of Dean (1996), pp. 159-73. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.asp?compid=23258. Date accessed: 30 June 2005]




    Father: William of DEAN , of Mitcheldean b: ABT 1280 in Mitcheldean, Westbury on Severn, Gloucestershire, England
    Mother: Isabel b: ABT 1288

    Marriage 1 Ralph de ABENHALL b: 25 MAR 1317 in Abenhall, Westbury on Severn, Gloucestershire, England
    • Married: in 1st husband 3
    Children
    1. Has Children Margaret de ABENHALL b: 5 APR 1341 in Abenhall, Westbury on Severn, Gloucestershire, England

    Marriage 2 John BASSET b: ABT 1315
    • Married: BEF 1354 in 2nd husband 3

    Sources:
    1. Title: Victoria County History of Gloucester, Volume V, 1996, online at www.british-history.ac.uk
      Page: Mitcheldean (see text under Thomas Baynham, d. 1500)
    2. Title: Victoria County History of Gloucester, Volume V, 1996, online at www.british-history.ac.uk
      Page: Abenhall (see text under Margaret Abenhall, d. 1375)
      Text: daughter Margaret had seisin of Ralph's lands in 1358
    3. Title: Victoria County History of Gloucester, Volume V, 1996, online at www.british-history.ac.uk
      Page: Littledean
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