Thomas Giffard

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King Ethelred II to Alice (Freeman) (Thompson) Parke
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Thomas Giffard, son of Roger Giffard and Isabel Stretele, was born at Fringford, Oxfordshire, England, 1408.1 He died at Twyford, Buckinghamshire, England, 29 May 1469.1

Thomas married Eleanor Vaux, daughter of William Vaux and Eleanor Drakelowe, about February 1429/30.1

On 21 October 1409, William, Lord Roos of Hamlak, was granted custody of Thomas Giffard. Lord de Roos died in 1414, and custody was granted to Thomas, Duke of Clarence who was killed in the Battle of Beauge' in 1320. Yet, in Trinity Term, 1415, Thomas Giffard by his Guardian, William Rokesburgh, brought suit against John Stokes and his wife Isabel (Thomas' mother), to recover the manor of Helydon under the settlement made 8 March 1361 by Sir John Giffard, Knight, great-grandfather of Thomas, and it was agreed that Thomas should recover his seisin of this manor.

In 1429, Thomas was holding the manor of Helydon and also the Somerton lands. He proved his age on 14 January 1429/30, Sybil, the widow of his grandfather, Sir Thomas Giffard, having died 26 February 1428/9, and it was shown that he was born and baptized at Fringford and was aged twenty-one years on 29 December 1429. On 5 February 1429/30 he and his step-father John Stokes, gave a bond for £200 to Thomas Chaumbre, Esq., William Varx, Esq., and Thomas Tresham, to permit Elanor, daughter of William Vaux, Esq., deceased, to have sufficient estate for her life in the manors of Astwell and Helydon in Northamptonshire and in certain lands, etc., in Astwell and Helydon and in Water Stratford, co. Bucks--apparently a marriage settlement.

In 1434 Thomas Giffard was one of those required to take oath not to maintain lawbreakers, and in 1439 he was commissioned to investigate the escapes of felons in co. Bucks. He apppears to have been a Yorkist, as he began to hold local office in Bucks upon the victory of Edward IV at Towton in 1461. He was a commissioner of peace and array in Bucks in 1460-1464 and 1466.

At his death he held Twyford, and John Gifford, Esq., aged thirty-eight years and more, was found, by an inquisiton taken at Dadyngton, co. Oxford, in Oct 1469 to be his son and heir.1


Eleanor Vaux
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  1. [S1844] G. Andrews Moriarty Jr., "Genealogical Research in England: Gifford-Sargent," The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 73 (Jul - Oct 1920): 231-237, 267-274; 74 (Jan-Apr 1921): 57-63, 129-142: 134, further cited as Moriarty, "Gifford-Sargent."