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Fay Sampson’s Family History

This site is a work-in-progress. There is a massive amount to cover. I have included both male and female lines, and some go back 30 generations. Keep coming back for more.
I have numbered the generations working backwards from my own as (1)




JOHN CLYVEDON. was the son of Matthew Clivedon and his wife Joan. His father was lord of the manor of Zeals Clevedon in the Wiltshire parish of Woodborough.

He was the only child of his father’s second marriage. He had older stepbrothers Alexander and Richard.

His father died in or before 1391. His lands were settled on John, who was then a minor. His mother administered them until John came of age.

John de Clivedon appears as Lord. He succeeded to the settled estates as the son of Matthew and Joan, and by charter dated at Nether Seles 30th April, 2 Henry IV (1401, which was probably preliminary to a settlement on his own marriage), he granted to Richard Wortford, Robert Combe, Clerk, Willliam Stourton, Thomas Bonham, and their heirs, one moiety of the manor of Nether Seles and also all lands, &c, which he held in Over Seles, Nether Seles, Wolverton, Scherewton, Ambresbury, Meere, and Stourton, Wilts, and in Gaspore, Somerset, ‘which sometyme were of John or Thomas Seles, and also which were of John Grenninge, which John Bonham doth there hold at my will on the new purchase of Matthew, my father’.[1]

Woodborough Hill, Vale of Pewsey

These lands John held were part of the parish of Woodbborough.


ALICE. She is sometimes known as Ann. We do not know her origins or her maiden name.


The couple had three daughters: Jane, Elizabeth and Isabel.


John had died by 1443.

“With John de Clivedon the family name ended, at any rate in connection with Zeals, Wilts, as he died without male issue. He died seised of large estates in different counties, -of the manor of Selys, which he held of John Lysse, or Lysley, Kt. [Lisle], as of his manor of Chute, Wilts, by knight?s service, – the manor of Corton, also of one messuage and one hundred acres of land, six acres of meadow, and one hundred acres of pasture in Alkanning, and likewise of the manor of Wodeland, all in Wilts, and of the manor of Uphey [Upway], Dorset, and of three hundred acres of land in Heythorn in Southpederton, and of twelve messuages and two hundred acres of land in Northpederton, in the County of Somerset, all which manors and lands descended on his death to his three daughters and heiresses, Johanna, Elizabeth, and Isabella. [Exemplification, dated 29th of November, 24th Hen. VII., of Inquisitions and Proceedings in Chancery.]

Elizabeth was married to John More, and Isabella to Robert Whiting, by whom she had three sons, George, Christopher, and John, and on her death her part descended to her eldest son, George Whiting, and, as both he and the next son, Christopher, died without issue, it came ultimately to John, the youngest son.

The entirety of John Clivedon’s estates thus belonged to John Whiting, John More, and Elizabeth his wife, and Johanna Clivedon.”


The succession of John Clivedon’s estates to his daughters, or at least to his daughters’ husbands, was not as straightforward as this account makes it appear.


British History Online’s account of the manor of Woodborough gives a fuller account.[2]

John still held the land in 1412, but was dead by 1443 when it was held by his widow Alice. She died c. 1457 when the land was settled on John Clevedon of Corton with reversion at his death to the coheirs of John and Alice Clevedon. They were their daughters Jane, Elizabeth, and Isabel, the wives of William Hyndeston (possibly Hillersdon), John More, and Robert Whiting. After the death of John Clevedon of Corton in 1477 two-thirds of the manor seem to have reverted to the heirs of John Clevedon (d. by 1443), later named as John More, Robert Whiting, and Robert Hillersdon, possibly the heir of William Hyndeston, or the second husband of his widow.

“He died before 29 Henry VI [1451] and his wife Ann (who had the manor for jointure) kept the courts until 35 Henry VI [1457], after which her daughters are styled ladies of the manor. With John de Clivedon the family name ended, at any rate in connection with Zeals, as he died without male issue. He died seised of large estates in different counties.[3]


[1] https://history.wiltshire.gov.uk/community/getprinted.php?id=1360
[2] British History Online:Woodborough. https://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/wilts/vol10/pp214-224
[3] https://history.wiltshire.gov.uk/community/getprinted.php?id=1360





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