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  • ID: I36985
  • Name: Elizabeth de WHITFIELD 1 2
  • Sex: F
  • Birth: ABT 1345 in Wheatfield, Bullington, Oxfordshire, England
  • Death: 1423 in Shotteswell, Southam, Warwickshire, England 3 2
  • Note:

    In 1086 a manor at WHEATFIELD, assessed at 2 hides, was part of Robert d'Oilly's fief. Subsequently it was lost to the D'Oillys and by 1166 was in the honor of Wallingford. Until the 19th century Wheatfield, as a member first of Wallingford and then Ewelme honor, attended the honor courtsand paid 2s. cert money.

    The demesne tenant of Wheatfield in 1086 was a certain Peter, who also held 1 hide in Lewknor of Robert d'Oilly and was perhaps the Peter who was sheriff in the 1090s. He was one of Robert d'Oilly's knights and the ancestor of the De Whitfield family. Members of his family are often found as witnesses to D'Oilly charters. Peter was succeeded by his son Robert (fl. 1130-5), and by his grandson Geoffrey, probably by 1154. In 1166 Geoffrey was returned as holding 2 hides, i.e. Wheatfield manor, of the honor. His son Robert de Whitfield was a royal justice and Sheriff of Oxfordshire from 1182 to 1185. Robert may have been dead by 1193, and he certainly was by 1194 when Henry de Whitfield, his brother and heir, owed 60 marks as relief for Robert's lands. This Henry, who was buried in Thame Abbey, probably died in 1226, when his son Elias paid 25s. relief and did homage for his -fee in Wheatfield. Elias, a knight, was still alive in 1243; his heir was Henry de Whitfield, who was dead by 1264, leaving a young son Elias. It was this Elias who was lord of Wheatfield in 1279. He also was a knight and lord of Bosmer manor in Fawley (Bucks.). He was still alive in 1289, but by 1300 had been succeeded by his son John, who was returned as lord of Wheatfield in 1316.

    There were two John de Whitfields: the elder was probably the John de Whitfield who was an adherent of Thomas of Lancaster and was a Member of Parliament for the shire and had died by c. 1345; the other, also a leading man in the county, was dead by 1361, when there was some dispute as to what should be done with the manor. It was eventually granted for life to the younger John's widow Katherine, who married as her second husband Lawrence de Lynford. On her death in 1390 Wheatfield was divided between her first husband's heirs. He had left two daughters, whose marriage the Black Prince, who then held the honor of Wallingford, granted in 1362 to Master John Streatley, one of his officials and Dean of Lincoln. The dean was a member of the Streatley family of Creslow (Bucks.), and he immediately married Joan de Whitfield to Hugh Streatley, evidently a younger brother, since he did not inherit the Streatley lands....

    Meanwhile, in 1390, the other moiety of Wheatfield manor had been released to John de Whitfield's second daughter Elizabeth, probably the Elizabeth, wife of Reginald de Grey, mentioned in a fine of 1377 by which half the manor was settled on the Greys. She evidently married as her second husband Baldwin de Bereford, a prominent knight, and after his death in the early 15th century she held a moiety of the manor and advowson until her own death in 1423. Her heir was her daughter Maud (presumably the daughter of her first husband, for she did not inherit the De Bereford lands), the wife of John Barrow, From: 'Parishes: Wheatfield', A History of the County of Oxford: Volume 8: Lewknor and Pyrton hundreds (1964), pp. 263-273. URL: baldwin bereford manor Date accessed: 02 April 2012.

    Father: John de WHITFIELD & Bosmer b: ABT 1305 in Wheatfield, Bullington, Oxfordshire, England
    Mother: Katherine b: ABT 1320

    Marriage 1 Reginald de GREY b: ABT 1340
    • Married: in 1st husband 2

    Marriage 2 Baldwin de BEREFORD , of Shotteswell, Sir b: ABT 1330 in Clapcot, Wallingford, Berkshire, England
    • Married: BEF 1369 in 2nd husband 4
    1. Has Children Joan de BEREFORD b: ABT 1370 in Shotteswell, Southam, Warwickshire, England

    1. Title: VCH-Warwickshire, Vol 5, available online
      Page: 148-53, see notes for John Aston, d. 1437
    2. Title: VCH - Oxford:. URL:
      Media: Book
      Page: vol 8, 263-73
    3. Title: VCH-Warwickshire, Vol 4, available online
      Page: 258-61, see notes for William de Bereford, d. 1326
      Text: aft. 1422
    4. Title: VCH - Oxford:. URL:
      Media: Book
      Page: vol 8, 263-73
      Text: no date, 2nd husb
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