Humphrey Stafford, Knt., was the son and heir of Humphrey Stafford, Esq., and Katherine Fray, He was recorded as being aged 42 in 1517 (giving birth about 1475), and as aged 8 in 1486 and aged 22 in 1500 (giving birth about 1478). Douglas Richardson gives his birth date as 1 May 1478. His birth location is not recorded.
Marriages and Children
Humphrey married first to Margaret Fogge, daughter of John Fogge, Knt., by his second wife Alice Haute. Margaret was a near kinswoman to Queen Elizabeth Wydeville, wife of King Edward IV. Humphrey and Margaret married after 1490, when Margaret was a legatee in the will of her father and was called unmarried. Humphrey Stafford and Margaret Fogge had three sons and three daughters:
Humphrey, Knt., son and heir, died 8 May 1548, married Margaret Tame and had issue
William, K.B., married first to Mary Boleyn and second to Dorothy Stafford, daughter of Henry Stafford, 1st Baron Stafford and Ursula Pole; William was born c. 1512 and died 5 May 1556
Robert, Knt., married first to Jane Spencer, widow of Richard Knightley, Knt. and second to Jane Gorges, widow of John Ashe. Robert died in 1574 and his will was administered 27 April 1575.
Joan (or Jane), married ____ Williams and Maximilian Celsus
Humphrey Stafford married second in 1532 to Joan (____) Lane, widow of William Lane. Humphrey and Joan had no known issue.
Lands and Titles
Humphrey came to possess Cotered and Rushden in Hertfordshire as son and heir of his mother, Katherine Fray. On his mother's death on 12 May 1482, Humphrey, age 8, was her heir. Katherine's husband held these lands on Humphrey's behalf until his death in 1486.
His father had been attainted in 1485 for taking part in Lord Lovell's insurrection against Henry VII and was executed in 1486. On his father's death (8 July 1486), Humphrey was his heir. In 1503/4 his father’s attainder was reversed, and the family estates were partially restored to Humphrey, including: the manors of Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire; Abinger, Surrey; and Bourton-on-Dunsmore, Warwickshire.
In 1517 Humphrey was heir to his uncle, Thomas Stafford, Esq., inheriting the manors of Blatherwycke and Dodford, Northamptonshire. Between 1515-1518, Humphrey was sued by Alice Ingolesby regarding some of his uncle's manors as Thomas had fathered an illegitimate son, William Stafford, with Alice Ingolesby. William Stafford continued the lawsuits against Humphrey in the period 1518-1529.
In 1526-1527 Humphrey was Sheriff of Northamptonshire.
Humphrey Stafford died 22 September 1545. His heir and nearest kin was his son Humphrey Stafford, Esq., aged 39 and above. The will of Humfrey Stafford of Blatherwycke, Northampton, was proved 29 July 1546.
↑ 1.01.11.2 George Baker. History and Antiquities of the County of Northampton. Vol. 1. 1822. Online at Archive.org, pages 355-356: Dodford - Aylesbury, Stafford pedigrees.
↑ 3.003.013.023.033.043.053.063.073.083.093.103.113.12 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, pages 120-121, BASSET #12, Humphrey Stafford.
↑ 4.04.14.2 Maskelyne and H. C. Maxwell Lyte, 'Inquisitions Post Mortem, Henry VII, Entries 201-250', in Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem. Series 2, Volume 1, Henry VII (London, 1898), pp. 61-111. British History Online: #224-226 - IPM of Katharine, late the wife of Humphrey Stafford, Esq.
↑ 5.05.1 C.R.L. Fletcher. Collectanea, First Series. Volume 5. Oxford: Oxford Historical Society, 1885. Online at Archive.org, pages 238-242: Lady Jane Stafford
↑ 'Parishes: Cottered', in A History of the County of Hertford. Volume 3, ed. William Page (London, 1912), pp. 226-232. British History Online.
↑ 'Parishes: Rushden', in A History of the County of Hertford. Volume 3, ed. William Page (London, 1912), pp. 265-270. British History Online.
↑ 'Henry VII: January 1504', in Parliament Rolls of Medieval England, ed. Chris Given-Wilson, et al. (Woodbridge, 2005), British History Online: Item 5.
↑ Inquisition Post Mortem, 5 August 1546. Online at the National Archives: 188 - Shakespeare Birthplace Trust; DR10 - Gregory of Stivichall; Official Papers - Miscellaneous Inquisitions Post Mortem.
↑ Ancestry.com. England & Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013. The National Archives; Kew, Surrey, England; Records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Series PROB 11; Class: PROB 11; Piece: 31. Online with subs. at Ancestry.com.
Wright, James. The History and Antiquities of the County of Rutland. (1684). Online at Google Books, page 127: Stafford Pedigree
Dugdale, William, et al. The Antiquities of Warwickshire. (1730). Online at Google Books, page 290, page 316.
Magna Carta Project
This profile was developed for the Magna Carta Project in June 2021 by David Leighr and approved 8 July 2021 by Thiessen-117.