FAMILY GROUP RECORD OF
RICHARD AND AGNES FOXALL
Richard Foxall of
Stableford, Worfield parish was born in about 1520, most likely
the son of William and Ellen Foxall of Farmcote. Richard is
found in A List of Families in the Archdeaconry of Stafford
1532-2, with his parents and siblings.
Ellen, uxor eius, Margery, Joyce, Richard, Joan,
The list shows William Foxall, Ellen his wife, and their children Margery, Joyce, Richard, Joan, Elizabeth and Margaret. They are listed in the townland of Farmcote "Fornecotte" in the parish of Claverley: "The Paroche off Clareley on Wytsonday". Whit Sunday occurs about seven weeks after Easter and commemorates the day of Pentecost, so the list was created in about May of 1532.
Richard married Agnes in about 1548. His occupation was yeoman or husbandman.
Richard was mentioned
in the Worfield Court Roll for 1573: "The township presents
that Roger Walker assaulted Richard Foxall and drew
blood. Richard Foxall assaulted Roger Walker. William
Newton assaulted John Foxall." The same year: "William
Byllyngsley and Richard Bradney are elected constables and
John Rowlowe and Richard Foxall are elected tasters
and George Bromley is elected beadle."
Richard is found in
the Worfield Court Roll for 1575:
township presents that the wife of Richard Marrall attacked Richard
Foxall and is in the mercy of the lord.
Richard Marrall attacked John Warter and is in the mercy of the lord.
John Warter attacked the wife of Richard Marrall and is in the mercy of the lord."
Richard was listed as
a juror in the Worfield Court Roll of 1575 and 1576. He is also
mentioned in a case in 1576: "Chesterton, Stableford - Richard
Foxall caused an affray with Margaret Hylle."
Richard also testified in a copyhold case of Frannces Hord, gentleman in 1576: "Whereas it is supposed that the same Francis and Elizabeth his late wife deceased about Easter tyme 1564 made such a surrender as aforesaid out of the court there to John Bradborn a customary tenant by the testimony of Richard Foxall and William Gold also customary tenants there."
Richard died 25
November 1577 in Worfield. He left a will written 29 October
1577, and proven 29 May 1578. The will is torn and ink-stained,
but mainly legible.
In the name of God Amen, the xxixth day of October Ano Dom 1577, I Richard Foxall of Stableford beinge sicke in bodye but of whole & pfect memorye thanks be to God, make my last will & testament in manor & forme folowynge, first I bequeath my soole to Almyghty God my maker & Redemer & my bodye to be buryed in the hye church of Worfeld. Item, I geve & bequeath to my (daughters) Mary & Elizabeth, ether of them xd to be payd at the day of ___ or the yeres whether they will. I geve to Elenor my daughter ___ & further my will is that John my sonne shall pay her xd within ___after my decease for certen considerations. Item, I geve to Roger & W(illiam) my sonnes ether of them a yerlyinge heyghfer. Item I geve to John my sonne a heyghfer calf & after the decease of my wife I geve to the sayd John my table bord , wayne youkes & shenes. Item I geve to Richard my sonne a heyghfer. Item, I geve to John Ffoxall sonne of Richard Ffoxall the yonger a shepe. Item, I geve to the poore of Worfeld ___of rye to be distributed according to the discretion of my overseers. Item I have geven a surrender of the Lynbutts to Roger & Willm my sonnes for ___ yeres meaning my wife & John my sonne shall pay yerly for it fortye ____. Item, I have geven a surrender of thener yeards to Richard my sonne ___yere paying iijs iiijd by yere. Item, I have geven to John Ffoxall my sonne a surrender of a half yeard with thay monies to him & his heres for ever except the Lynbutts & thener yeardes during the tearmes. Item, all the rest of my goods & cattells movable & unmovable I geve & bequeath to Annes my wife my funeral & detts beynge payd of the whole. Item, my will is if controversy happen my will is it be determined & ended by my overseers. Item, I make my executrix Annes my wife to see this my last will pformed accordynge to the true meanynge & intent thereof. And to be overseers & witneses to the same Humfrey Barney, Clarke, John Brodburn, ___Billingsley & Willm Went.
Dettes owynge unto me:
Imprimis John Rowley of Halam for a quarter of rye
Item, Roger Rowley for wintering a shepe
Item, Roger Rowley for nursing a sayd xx ___
Item, Clarke of Shifnall
Item, Elizabeth Warter ij strike of malt prised
Item, Robert Barret for plowynge
Dettes whiche I owe
Imprimis to John Rowley of Haton unpaid of a yocke of oxen
Item, to Thomas Bache
Item, to John Bruke of Roughton
Item, to Robert Barret
He also left an
A inventory of all the goods & cattell of Richard Ffoxall of Stableford late deceased, prised by these men the xxvith daye of November ano dom 1577 – John Brodbearn, Roger Rowley & Willm Billingsley
Imprimis, iij oxon prise
Item, iij kyne
Item, iiij smale bease
Item, on mare
Item, fortye & iij shepe
Item, iiij swine
Item, vi gese
Item, viij ducks
Item, xx henns & a cocke
Item, corne in the barne
Item, wayne yoaks, shenes, harrowes with all other things belonging to husbandry
Item, his apparel
Item, ij potts, ij pannes & couderns
Item, in pewter & candlesticks
Item, on featherbed, iij flockbeds with all that belong thereunto
Item, all other aperyware
Item, brashe * cobets with all other iron ware
Item, a board & coberd
Item, iiij cofers
Item stands, payles, dishes & trenchers with all other twene ware
Item, hemp & flaxe
In 1577 the lease of
Richard Foxall, deceased is mentioned in the Worfield Court
Roll: "To this court came John
Bradborn attorney for Richard Foxall a customary
tenant of this manor now deceased by the testimony of John
Warter and William Newton, customary tenants here and
surrendered into the hands of the lord one pasture divided
into two parts with appurtenances in Stableford called
Lymebuttes to the work and use of Roger Foxall and William
Foxall brother, sons of the aforesaid Richard
Foxall and their assigns from the first day of
December last past for a term of 21 years without giving
rent to the aforesaid Richard their brother John and
their mother Agnes are allowed to occupy the
aforesaid." At his death his family had to pay a heriot to the lord
of the manor: "The homage present their falls to the lord
a heriot by the death of Richard Foxall for a toft
and half a virgate of land in Stableford, the best animal,
that is of one black cow".
Agnes died as a widow
19 May 1605 in Worfield.
Richard and Agnes had
the following children:
born about 1550 in Worfield; married Jease Newton 11 February
1575 in Worfield; buried 4 May 1604 in Worfield. Richard is
mentioned in the Worfield Court Roll of 1576: "Stableford -
The town presents that John Barber Junior brawled with
Richard Foxall Junior. Fine 2s."
2. John, born about 1552 in Worfield; married Alice Haslewood 29 November 1578 in Worfield; buried 13 November 1616 in Worfield. John was mentioned in the Worfield Court Roll, 1578-9 - "To this court came John Foxall of Stableford through Roger Rowley customary tenant of the manor aforesaid his attorney by the testimony of John Haselwood and John Catstrey customary tenants of this manor and surrendered into the hands of the lord half a virgate of land with appurtenances in Stableford to the benefit and use of the aforesaid John Foxall and Alice his wife, a daughter of William Haselwood of Woldington and heirs of their bodies between them legitimately procreated and for default of such issue to remain with the aforesaid John Foxall and his heirs for ever. John and Alice were present in court in their own persons and ask for seisin to which the lord through the steward and by the rod, agrees and by rent, rent and services and by making fealty and paying an ingoing of 10s they are admitted tenants."
3. Eleanor, born about 1554 in Worfield; married Richard Gold 23 July 1582 in Worfield.
4. Humphrey, born about 1557 in Worfield; buried 20 March 1612 in Worfield.
5. Mary, born about 1559 in Worfield; married Edward Grine 15 February 1583 in Worfield.
*6. Elizabeth, christened 6 December 1562 in Worfield; married Robert Felton 22 March 1592 in Worfield; died 26 February 1640 in Worfield.
7. Roger, christened 9 April 1565 in Worfield; married Jease Felton 2 February 1588 in Worfield.
8. William, christened 2 March 1571 in Worfield; married Jane Bastocke 12 June 1598 in Worfield.
An illegitimate son of Richard is found in the parish burial records on 30 April 1563:
SOURCES: www.familysearch.org; extracts of Worfield parish -
Foxall of Stableford on sharehistory.org; will of Richard Foxall
of Worfield, 1577.
Foxall, Ellen, uxor eius, Margery, Joyce, Richard, Joan,
The list shows William Foxall, Ellen his wife, and their children Margery, Joyce, Richard, Joan, Elizabeth and Margaret. They are listed in the townland of Farmcote "Fornecotte" in the parish of Claverley: "The Paroche off Clareley on Wytsonday" or the list was compiled in the parish of Claverley on Whit Sunday.
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