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William Clopton (bef. 1535 - 1616)

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William Clopton
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William Clopton is in a trail badged by the Magna Carta Project to surety baron William de Huntingfield (see text below).

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Biography

William Clopton was the son of Richard Clopton of Fore Hall in Melford, Suffolk, England, and his second wife, Margery Playters, the daughter of William Playters of Sotterly, Suffolk.[1][2][3][4][5] William's birthdate is uncertain: see Research Notes.

William married Margery Waldegrave, daughter of Edward Waldegrave, Esq. and Joan Acworth.[1][3][5] The marriage must have taken place before 1580 as their daughter Anne was baptised on 19 January 1580.[6][7] They had four sons and six daughters:

William was the secondary heir to his uncle, Francis Clopton, in a will that Francis prepared on 2 February 1559. In the will, Francis describes William as the son of his brother, Richard, and does not indicate that William is not of age to hold his inheritance. Francis also bequeaths money to Richard, William's younger brother, who is not yet 23 years old.[8]

Francis had no children when he wrote his will, but he wrote in a provision for any children born subsequently. He bequeathed them the manors of Stampforde, Castlynns with Clopton Hall, Chapmans in Poslingforde, and Chipley as well as "all the landes, meadowes, pastures, feadings, woodes, underwoodes, rentes, reversions, and services" within the towns and feldes of Myche, Waldingfielde, Litell Waldingfield, Acton, Groton, Edwardiston, Boxforde, and Lyndesey. Francis named William as the remainder if no children were born. Francis died not long after preparing the will, and his estate was settled by his wife, Bridgett, on 7 July 1559, and William became a member of the landed gentry with the legacy of children who were never born.[3]

By 1575, William was living in London, and he seems to have spent his patrimony. He had to grant rights to all of his properties to Queen Elizabeth under the provision that she would not implement the grant upon the condition that William pay 40 shillings annually into the Exchequer. After marrying, William and his family resided at Castelyns Manor, Groton, Suffolk being the first of his family to do so in spite of the manor being in the holdings of his ancestors since the time of King Edward I.[4]

In her will dated 2 February 1585, William's half sister, Mary Clopton Cordell, bequeathed him "my basin and ewer of silver parcel (i.e. partially) gilt for a remembrance of my goodwill unto him."[9]

William served as a Justice for the Hundred of Babrega in 1614.[6]

William's will was dated 5 September 1615.[1][3] He died on 9 August 1616,[1][10] and was buried at Groton, Suffolk.[1] His will was proved on 28 November 1616.[1][3] An Inquisition Post Mortem was held on 10 April 1617, and all of the lands that William had granted to the Crown were still his.[11] Thus, he must have cured his profligate ways and made his annual payments into the Exchequer.

Research Notes

Birth date

Wiiliam's birth date is not known with any certainty - see main section of Biography. There is nothing in the mention of him in the will, dated 2 February 1559, of his uncle Francis to imply he was then under age. His younger brother Richard was described in the will as not yet 23.[8] That suggests Richard was born in about 1536, and, given that some of his sisters are likely to have been born between William and Richard, points to William being born before 1535.

Sources

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 Douglas Richardson. Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 4 vols, ed. Kimball G. Everingham, 2nd edition (Salt Lake City: the author, 2011), Vol. I p. 521 CLOPTON 14
  2. Douglas Richardson. Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 5 vols, ed. Kimball G. Everingham. Salt Lake City: the author, 2013, Vol. II, pp 266-267 CLOPTON 18-19. See also WikiTree's source page for Royal Ancestry
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 J J Muskett. Suffolk Manorial Families, Vol. I, Wm Pollard & Co. 1900, p. 144, Internet Archive
  4. 4.0 4.1 W A Copinger. The Manors of Suffolk, London, England: T. Fisher Unwin, Vol. I, 1905. pp 114-116, Internet Archive
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 Walter C Metcalfe. The Visitations of Suffolk , Exeter, England: Wm Pollard & Co. 1882. Vol. I, p. 126, Internet Archive
  6. 6.0 6.1 L L Erwin. The Ancestry of William Clopton of York County, Virginia, privately published, 1939, p. 12, Internet Archive.
  7. England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975, https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J3JY-WXJ
  8. 8.0 8.1 Text of will at L L Erwin. The Ancestry of William Clopton of York County, Virginia, pp 100-105, Internet Archive
  9. The National Archives, PROB 11/68/545 Will of Mary Clopton, accessed 15 July 2019
  10. Robert C Winthrop.Life and Letters of John Winthrop. Boston, second edition, Little, Brown and Company, Vol. I, 1869, p. 436, Internet Archive
  11. L L Erwin, The Ancestry of William Clopton of York County, Virginia, pp 107-112, Internet Archive
  • Richardson, Douglas. Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 4 vols, ed. Kimball G. Everingham. 2nd edition. Salt Lake City: the author, 2011. See also WikiTree's source page for Magna Carta Ancestry.
  • Richardson, Douglas. Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 5 vols, ed. Kimball G. Everingham. Salt Lake City: the author, 2013. See also WikiTree's source page for Royal Ancestry.
  • Erwin, L L. The Ancestry of William Clopton of York County, Virginia, privately published, 1939

Acknowledgements

Magna Carta Project

Magna Carta ancestry

William Clopton is in a trail from Magna Carta Surety Baron William de Huntingfield to Gateway Ancestor William Clopton that was approved for the Magna Carta Project on 6 September 2019 by Michael Cayley. This profile was developed in accordance with project standards (by a former Gateway Guardian of William Clopton). See Base Camp for more information about Magna Carta trails.

If you are interested in being a Gateway Guardian, or joining the project (or both), please post a comment to WikiTree-36, answer "yes" to the project's G2G "join" post (to join the project), or contact me. ~ David Douglass

Magna Carta Trail
  1. William Clopton is the son of William Clopton
  2. William Clopton is the son of Walter Clopton
  3. Walter Clopton is the son of William Clopton
  4. William Clopton is the son of Richard Clopton
  5. Richard Clopton is the son of Thomasine (Knyvet) Clopton
  6. Thomasine (Knyvet) Clopton is the daughter of Thomas Knyvet
  7. Thomas Knyvet is the son of John Knyvet
  8. John Knyvet is the son of Thomas Knyvet
  9. Thomas Knyvet is the son of Robert Knyvet
  10. Robert Knyvet is the son of Eleanor (Basset) Knyvet
  11. Eleanor (Basset) Knyvet is the daughter of Ralph Basset
  12. Ralph Basset is the son of Joan (Huntingfield) Basset
  13. Joan (Huntingfield) Basset is the daughter of Roger Huntingfield
  14. Roger Huntingfield is the son of William Huntingfield
  15. William Huntingfield is the son of Roger Huntingfield
  16. Roger Huntingfield is the son of Surety Baron William (Huntingfield) de Huntingfield
William Clopton is also potentially the descendant of William d'Aubeney, Lord of Belvoir Castle. His descent from these two Barons is directly from his father, Richard Clopton. The potential trails can be inspected at Ten Surety Barons.


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On 12 Jul 2019 at 13:26 GMT Michael Cayley wrote:

I will be doing a little work on this profile as part my review for the Magna Carta Project of the trail from William Clopton to Surety Baron William de Huntingfield.

On 2 Sep 2018 at 21:07 GMT Marshall Moss wrote:

I could find no documented evidence that William received knighthood; so I removed the title from his profile.

William is 19 degrees from Cari Starosta, 15 degrees from Marie-Antoinette d'Autriche and 9 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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