Sir William de Furnival of Alton, Staffordshire (b. 23 Aug 1326 Alton, Staffordshire - d. 12 Apr 1383; bur. Worksop Priory, Notts), 4th Baron Furnivall
William is the son of Sir Thomas, 2nd Lord Furnivall and Joan Verdun. He succeeded his brother Thomas in 1365/6, and had an unsuccessful marriage with the widow of Sir John Dagworth of Dagworth. His sole heir was his daughter Joan, who married Sir Thomas Neville.
His marriage to Thomasine (d. 20 Jul 1409), widow of Sir John Dagworth of Dagworth (d. 13 Aug 1360), was apparently so bad, she had to petition the king for help. Thomasine said she couldn't live with him because she was in fear for life, and William would not give her any money in spite of all the assets she brought to the table. Even after "he was adjudged by law of Holy Church to give her £100 annually," he ignored the order and continued with the abuse. But Thomasine outlived him and died c. 1409. Her parentage is unknown.
The first Writ for the Inquisition of William de Furnyvall, knight, was dated 20 April, 6 Richard II . He was seised of lands in Essex, Suffolk, Leicestershire, Wiltshire, Middlesex, London, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Yorkshire, Shropshire, Warwickshire, Leicestershire, Herefordshire and the Marches of Wales, Gloucestershire and the Marches of Wales, and Monmouthshire. The return for Essex indicated that he had died on 12 April last . His wife Thomasina was still living. Joan, his daughter, aged 14 years and more, wife of Thomas de Nevyl, was his heir. The return for Suffolk concerning the manor of Dagworth indicated that Margaret his daughter, aged 15 years, was his heir. The advowson of the churches at Eyum, Derbyshire, and Whystan, Yorkshire, were assigned in dower to Joan (who was still living) late the wife of Thomas Furnivall, as was the fee from the manor of Aston, Yorkshire..
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On 14 Oct 2017 at 19:49 GMT RJ Horace wrote: