Name: Luvet de BRAY , of Waterperry & Oakley 1 2 3
ALIA: Luvel de /Braie/, of Waterperry
Birth: ABT 1085 in Waterperry, Thame, Oxfordshire, England
Death: AFT 1131 in Oakley, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England 2
Before the Norman Conquest 2 hides in OAKLEY belonged to Alwid the maid, who also held a half hide of the demesne 'ferm' granted her by Godric the sheriff for the term of his shrievalty on condition that she taught his daughter embroidery. These with other lands, presumably formerly of King Edward, by 1086, when the whole amounted to 5 hides and 3 virgates, had come to Robert Doyley, and were later held of the honour of Wallingford.
One of the successors of Robert son of Walter, tenant in 1086, was Luvet de Brai, lord in the reign of Henry I, who accounted for the taxes of the royal forest in this county in 1131. He left Oakley to Basilia his wife in dower. Basilia married, apparently after 1163, Osmund Bassett, who had been enfeoffed by Brian Fitz Count of this manor before 1166. After Osmund's death Oakley came to John Bassett, his son by Basilia, but his title was disputed by Fulk son of Luvet. In 1182 it was in the hands of Gilbert Bassett, guardian possibly of William Bassett, John's son, who held Luvet de Brai's land in Boarstall three years later. The Bassett tenure lasted until 1194, when Emma de Peri, daughter of Fulk, made good her claim to one knight's fee in Oakley as her inheritance from her grandfather Luvet. She was represented in this suit by William Fitz Ellis, her son, who was in possession in 1217. In that year William Bassett, to whom King John had confirmed in 1208 the knight's fee in Oakley which his grandfather Osmund had held by charter of Brain Fitz Count, renewed his claim without success. William Fitz Ellis, William Bassett's rival, died about 1229, leaving a son William, who did homage in that year for one fee in Oakley, and a widow, Rose de la Rokell, who was still alive in 1235. This fee, as the records of 1235, 1236 and 1258 show, was the manor of Oakley.
The Bassett claim seems to have expired in 1230, when Alan Bassett, perhaps William Bassett's son, conveyed to William son of William Fitz Ellis 2 carucates of land in Oakley. The younger William Fitz Ellis had been dead at least three years in 1275, when his lands were occupied by John Fitz Niel. John, who was still in possession between 1284 and 1286, holding a knight's fee in Oakley for term of life with reversion to the heirs of Thomas Fitz Ellis, may have owed his interest here to his sister Joan, widow of Thomas, who was dead by 1277, the heir and probably great-nephew of William Fitz Ellis. Robert his son, a minor in 1279, had been succeeded before 1290 by a son of the same name, whose son and heir, another Robert Fitz Ellis, was ward of Roger de Beaufoe in 1302. The third Robert, lord in 1316, with his wife Margaret in 1339 made a settlement of the manor with contingent remainders to his brothers John, Thomas and William, and to John de Bruly and his wife Bona. He was living in 1341, but in 1346 his widow Margaret held alone. At her death in 1375 her heir was found to be John Duyn, son of Elizabeth daughter of William the third brother of Robert Fitz Ellis. No evidence of John's tenure survives, and the manor afterwards came to John Fitz Ellis, son of another John Fitz Ellis, who in 1413 settled it on Thomas Chaucer in trust for John's wife Joan and their heirs, with contingent remainders to his sister Maud and Robert James. John Fitz Ellis must have died without issue before 1418, when William Bruly, probably heir of John Bruly and his wife Bona, released to Robert James his right in the manor of Oakley called Fitz Ellis. After Robert's death in 1432 Oakley was held by his widow Maud, presumably the sister of John Fitz Ellis. Although at her death in 1437 it was said to be the inheritance of the Redes (Boarstall, q.v.), it must have reverted to the Fitz Ellis family, for Robert Fitz Ellis settled it on his daughter and heir Margery at her marriage with Thomas Billing. Their daughter and heir Sibyl, aged six, the wife of George Ingleton, inherited Oakley at the death of her grandmother, Margaret Fitz Ellis, in 1470. George Ingleton inherited Thornton Manor on the death of his father Robert in 1472 or 1473, and Oakley henceforward descends with Thornton...
From: 'Parishes : Oakley', A History of the County of Buckingham: Volume 4 (1927), pp. 80-85. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=62539&strquery=oakley, buckingham Date accessed: 30 April 2013.
NOTE: Other sources indicate that John Duyn above changed his name to John FitzEllis, and it makes sense to me because Waterperry continued on in the FitzEllis line for several generations, whereas Oakley & Yattendon were granted to William Bruley probably by John FitzEllis alia John Duyn. Another item of contention is the 3 persons named Robert FitzEllis in a row, with a young man still a minor in 1302 having a son who was lord (of age) in 1316, meaning that he had a son at age 14 or earlier. (I think there were 2 (the 1st & the 3rd), as did the article on Waterperry).
Father: Robert FITZWALTER , of Oakley & Waterperry b: BEF 1065 in Bray-et-Tu, Eure, Normandy, France
Basilia b: ABT 1095
in 1st husband 2
- Fulk de BRAY , of Waterperry & Tiddington b: ABT 1118 in Waterperry, Thame, Oxfordshire, England
- Title: Memorials of the Danvers Family, F.N. MacNamara, 1895
Page: 204 chart
Text: Luvel de Braie
- Title: VCH of Buckingham, 1908, William Page, www.british-history.ac.uk
- Title: VCH - Oxford:. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk
Page: V:295-309, see notes for Robert FitzEllis, d. 1300