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Joan Stafford (abt. 1442 - bef. 1485)

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Joan Stafford aka Beaumont, Knyvet
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Joan Stafford was a member of aristocracy in the British Isles.



Joan Stafford (living 1480; d. ante 1485),[1] was a daughter of Sir Humphrey Stafford, 1st Duke of Buckingham, and his wife Anne (will proved 1480), daughter of Sir Ralph Neville, 1st Earl of Westmorland. by his 2nd wife Joan Beaufort, legitimated half-sister of Henry IV.


Stafford married twice. Richardson (2010), states her marriage to Beaumont was over, "in or before 1477, ... that year she and ... 2nd husband ... Knyvet, presented to the church of Cantley, Norfolk.[2] ...

Stafford was a legatee in the undated will of her mother, Anne,[3] ... styled "my daughter Beaumond" ... suggests ... will dates from in or before 1477..[1]

m.1 (ante 04 Mar 1461 - divorced 1477) William Beaumont, Lord Bardolf (b. 23 Apr 1438 - d. 19 Dec 1507). No issue.
m.2 (1477 as third wife) William Knyvett (b. c 1440 - d. 25 Nov or 02 Dec 1515).[4] Issue: 5.[1]
  • Sir Edward, Knt.
  • Charles, esq.
  • John
  • Elizabeth
  • Anne
m. Charles Clifford, esq.


  • Margaret Touteville (colonial American immigrant).[1]
m. Rev. Thomas Shepard, of Cambridge, MA


  • Lewis, M. (2014, February 18). Joan Stafford #36977, d. 1484. ORTNCA. Web.[5]
  • Cawley, C. "Joan (d. after 31 Oct 1480)." Medieval Lands v.4. Web.[2]
  • Cawley, C. (2006). Medieval Lands v4. Web.[3]
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 RIchardson, D. (2010, July 4). "Complete Peerage Addition: Joan Stafford, wife of William Beaumont and William Knyvet." soc.genealogy.medieval. Google Groups.[1]
  2. Blomefield. Essay towards a Top. Hist. of Norfolk, 4 (1775): 17
  3. Nicolas, Testamenta Vetusta 1 (1826): 356–357 (will of Anne, Duchess of Buckingham)
  4. Will dated 18 Sep 1514; proved 19 Jun 1516 (P.C.C. 18 Holder), requests burial in Wymondham, Norfolk church, (Richardson, 2010).
  5. citing: Cokayne, CPII; Richardson: Plantagenet Ancestry; Magna Carta Ancestry, (2011), IV; Royal Ancestry, II, III, V

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On 24 Feb 2017 at 23:37 GMT Andrew Lancaster wrote:

fictitious parentage? Richardson in Royal Ancestry confirms there is a Joan (currently sister to this one) but says she married Wm Beaumont 2nd Viscount (GURDON 16) and 2nd Wm Knyvet of Buckenham.

How could someone accidentally write their wife Joan's name as Thomazin??

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