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Does anyone know what happened to this Maud Cromwell, daughter of Ralph Cromwell who married Joan Gray about 29 sep 1387? Thank you for your time.
From a footnote to the will of her mother in Testamenta Eboracensia, page 39 @ http://books.google.com/books?id=6v4UAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA39
Ralph Lord Cromwell was found to be heir to his grandmother, at her death in 1420. He was then 16 years of age. He married Margaret, the daughter and coheiress of William, son of John Lord Deiucourt, but he had no surviving issue by her. He died in 1455, and a full account of this great nobleman, and his pious and charitable works will be found appended to his will, which occurs hereafter. As he died without issue, the representation and the vast estates of his lordly house passed away to his only sister Maud, the second wife of Sir Richard Stanhope, of Rampton, to whom she was married in the 12th of Henry IV.
* Sir Richard Stanhope of Rampton, co. Notts, was twice married. By Elizabeth, his first wife, he left issue male. His second wife was the wealthy heiress of the noble house of Cromwell, by whom he had a son and two daughters. The son, Henry Stanhope, died without issue, 31 Henry VI., leaving his two sisters coheirs to their mother's estates. Of these Joan, who appears to have been the elder sister, married Humphrey Bourchier. Maud, the younger sister, married into three illustrious houses. Her first husband was Robert Lord Willoughby of Eresby; her second was Sir Thomas Neville, to whom we find her married in 1446-7; and her third was Sir Gervase Clifton of Clifton, knight. The licence for the last marriage was granted by the Archbishop of York 10th August, 1461. By none of these husbands did she leave any issue, and at her death, in the 13th of Henry VII., her estates reverted to Sir William Knyvett and William Fitzwilliam, Esq. the representatives of two of her great aunts, Elizabeth Cromwell, who had married Sir John Clifton, and Maud Cromwell, the wife of Sir William Fitzwilliam.