Anne was the daughter of Geoffrey Boleyn. In the will of her father, made on 14 Jun 1463 and proved on 02 Jul 1463, he noted three daughters: Isabell, Anne and Alice. All were under the age of 25 and unmarried.
Sir John Heydon, the eldest son of Sir Henry Heydon and Anne Boleyn, was born around 1468.
It is stated that Anne Heydon, a daughter of Sir Henry Heydon and Anne Boleyn, married William Gurney shortly after the 28 May 1484.
The above evidence indicates that Anne Boleyn married Sir Henry Heydon after 1462 and that Anne may have been born around 1445-1452.
In the will of Sir Henry Heydon, the will made on 20 Feb 1503/1504, he made various bequests to his wife, Anne, and appointed his 'brother', Sir William Boleyn as one of the Supervisors of the will.
Anne was named as a co-Executor of the will of her daughter Amy Lestrange of Hunstanton, Norfolk, her will made on 15 Jan 1508/1509 and proved on 15 Jan 1510/1511.
The will of Dame Anne Haydon, widow, made on 17 Dec 1509 and proved on 16 May 1510 has been transcribed and published by Gurney and is summarised below.
Her will was to be buried in the chapel of St Luke in the Cathedral Church of Norwich and she made a bequest for a secular priest to sing and pray for her soul and that of her husband, Sir 'John' Heyden [NB Gurney believes that the name John is an error and that her husband was Sir Henry Heydon], and their fathers and mothers.
She made bequests to:
her son, John Heydon;
her daughter, Dorothy Cobham;
her son, Paston, and her daughter Brigitte Paston;
her son Dymocke, and her daughter Anne Dynmoke;
her son, Henry Heydon;
her daughter Marg. Heydon [it is unclear whether Margaret was a daughter or a daughter in law);
her nephew [presumably grandson] George Cobham and her niece [presumably granddaughter] Anne Cobham;
her niece [presumably granddaughter] Fraunceys Gurney;
her goddaughters Elynore Heydon and Anne Paston and her godson Leonard Heydon; and
Her niece, Anne Pultere.
She also made bequests to a number of other individuals including: Anne Herward; Richard Whyntter and Henry Whyntter; Margrett Colwyle; Elizabeth Thomas; Margaret Herward, the wife of Robert Herward of Boton; Elizabeth Mudde; Robert Hotte Cecille Brigs; Elizabeth, late the wife of Clement Herward; Anne Hubbard; the son of Thomas Landon; Dame Katherine Backton of Bunggey; Robert Herward of Boton; the wife of Jamys Morys; Doctor Backton; Doctor Jaffrey and Marg. Whyntter.
She made bequests to the poor of: West Wyckham, Kent; Keston iuxta Wyckham; parish of Heddenham; Wutton iuxta Heddenham; Brandon iuxta Barforth; parish of Barforth; Norreppys.
She willed that her Executors should perform the will of her son, William Haydon.
Her Executors were: William Paston esquire; Thomas Edeman, clerk, parson of Whynterton.
Some of the information provided in Richardson (see below) appears to be incorrect.
Anne Boleyn was born circa 1436 at Blicking, Norfolk, England. She married Sir Henry Heydon, son of John Heydon and Eleanor Winter, circa 1460. They had 3 sons (Sir John; Henry; & William) & 5 daughters (Amy, wife of Sir Roger le Strange; Dorothy, wife of Sir Thomas Brooke, 8th Lord Cobham; Elizabeth, wife of Walter Hobart, Esq; Anne; & Bridget, wife of William Paston, Esq.).. Anne Boleyn left a will on 17 December 1509. Her estate was probated on 16 May 1510..
Some genealogies have Elizabeth Boleyn and not Anne Boleyn as the wife of Sir Henry Heydon.
Blomefield and Parkin stated that the daughter of Sir Geoffrey Boleyn who married Sir Henry Heydon was named Elizabeth and that she was the eldest daughter. They provided no sources.
The ODNB stated that in 1443 the moieties of Hyde Manor in Pangbourne, Berks, of Nutfield, Surrey, and of Shipton Sollars Manor, Gloucesterhsire were settled on Henry Heydon and Elizabeth his wife as her inheritance. It would appear that this is the source from where the name of Elizabeth appears in some genealogies. If this is the correct Henry Heydon then perhaps Elizabeth [unknown] was a first wife and Anne Boleyn a second wife.
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