Post by HWinnSadler
From "Historical Women of Norfolk" by Michael Chandler: "The family had their origins in the Norfolk village of Salle, and Anne's great great grandfather Geoffrey Boleyn found himself before the manorial court several times for trespassing and taking water from the manor without payment".
As Anne Boleyn's great grandfather was Geoffrey Boleyn, Lord Mayor of London and Mercer, this Geoffrey would evidently be the Lord Mayor's father, also named Geoffrey.
Would anyone be aware of any primary evidence related to these charges against Geoffrey Boleyn?
FWIW here is what Rye says in his Norfolk Families:
"The earliest I can trace at Salle* is
Nicholas Boleyn of Sall, accused of theft 12 Edw II (1318), Gaol Del Roll. and the next,
Thomas Boleyn, who had bought land there of Thomas de Bekham in 1370 (Fines, 43 Edward III., No. 1335), and who was probably the Thomas Boleyn who d. 1411, the grandfather of Sir Geoffrey Boleyn, merchant and Alderman, afterwards Lord Mayor of London in 1457, who bought Bickling.**
*Blomefield speaks of a John de Boleyn of Salle, who is said to have lived there in 1283, and quotes the Register of Walsingham Abbey.
**Edmund Boleyn, shoemaker, was admitted to the freedom of Norwich 2 Henry VI. (1430), and Robert Boleyn, barber, 14 Henry VII (1498). See Rounds Peerage and Family History pp. 340-356."
Another modern book refers to similar records to the ones you mention and gives a footnote: https://books.google.be/books?id=A1OoAwAAQBAJ&pg=PP10
(The Boleyn Women: The Tudor Femmes Fatals Who Changed English History
By Elizabeth Norton)
Perhaps the footnote is visible to some readers, but I don't seem to be able to get that page. Quite a lot is also reproduced here: https://erenow.com/modern/theboleynwomenelizabethnorton
More sourcing information here though: https://www.theanneboleynfiles.com/annes-roots/ Quoting:
"In 1935, “Some Notes on the Boleyn Family” by the Rev. Canon W. L. E. Parsons, Rector of Salle, was published in the Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society’s journal.13 Parsons used a variety of primary sources, including the Court Rolls of the manors of Salle and Stinton, and contemporary wills, to try and establish the roots of the Boleyn family."
"Then, we have the first Geoffrey Boleyn of Salle, son of Thomas. His first mention after 1399 is in 1408, in relation to timber for the building of the church at Salle. It appears that he had some involvement in the building of the church and we know that his father left money for the glazing of a south aisle window. There are a number of mentions of Geoffrey in the records in relation to his landholdings, trespass, fines paid and the selling of barley and oat straw for thatching. According to the Survey of Stinton Manor 1430-40, Geoffrey held twenty-three pieces of land but it appears that he was a tenant farmer, rather than the lord of the manor. "