2021-07-10 15:40:44 UTC
While trying to verify names and coats of arms included in the certification of arms of one John Cuerton, from Shropshire, but resident at Bilbao, in 1559, which finally reappeared recently at an antiquities shop in Madrid, we come across a few families that have mentioned before in this group, such as Sanford and Brereton.
According to what can be read and seen from photographs of the original grant provider by the seller, John Cuerton's maternal line starts with one William Sanford, esq. married to one Alicia, daughter of Randulph Brereton, knight.
They were the parents of at least one daughter, Jocosa Sanford, who married one John Hickson, esquire, from Ightfield.
They were the parents of at least one daughter, Elena, who married John Cuerton, junior, another esquire, from "Darlason." I am guessing that Darlason may be Darlaston, but I am doubtful at this point. It might be an unidentified place in Shropshire near Ightfield.
The only date, and not from this document, is the date of John Cuerton junior, who should have been born between 1510 and 1520 since he was already at Bilbao in the 1550s and a little earlier. He was a younger, possibly second son. The certification of arms mentions his older brother, George, esquire of Ightfield, but trying to estimate birthdates for his mother, grandmother and great-grandmother is very trickly.
After searching for Hickson or names with similar spelling, from the 14th to the 16th centuries, in Shropshire, Lancashire, Cheshire and Staffordshire in the visitations, i still don't find any. There is however, Hixon in Staffordshire and I am guessing that might be the origin of my line of interest. The name is not uncommon, but so far I can't link any to esquire of the 16th century.
However, there is one Hickeson mentioned in a document at the Shropshire archive for the period of interest:
The description mentions one William Sonforde of Lee who may be the same one mentioned above, or a son by the same name.
Grant Description: By William Sonforde of Lee to Thomas Hinton of Hinton, William Hyckeson rector of Igthefelde, Lord Thomas Raynalde, parish priest of Egedon, Edward Plavden and Richard Sonford son of William Sanforde of Lee, of all lands, tenements, rents, services with all appurtenances in the County of Salop. To have and to hold forever by above parties and their heirs, of the chief lords of the fee for due and customary services.
Warranty against all people.
Witnesses: Richard Sandforde Esq, lord of Sanforde, William Bromley, William Chedlow, William Lee and many others.
Docketed: William Sandford of Lea. 22nd Edward 4th, 1482.
Date: 4 January 22 Edward IV 1481/2
Interestingly, the certification of arms of John Cuerton gives quartered arms for his Hickson line, discussed already in the thread about them in this group, which are the same, if not similar, to the arms for Lee, Peshall and one unidentified line.
In the archives of Shropshire, there is another document including members of these families also:
Place: Shropshire Archives System Reference: X465/1/1/3/1/30
Document Reference: 465/30
Date: 17 June 1455 Level: file
Description: Tuesday before the feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist 33 Henry VI at the Lee.
By Thomas son of Nicholas Sondeford to William Parker vicar of Prys, William Hicson, rector of Ightfeld, and William Sondeford son of Gruffin Sondeford, of all lands and tenements which he has in the Lee, with appurtenances. To have and to hold by above parties and their heirs and assigns, rendering due service to the lord of the fee.
Warranted against all people.
Witnesses: William Maynewaryng, William Colclogh, Hugh Peesall, Ralph Coton, John Huwet and others.
1 red seal.
Docketed: Thomas Sandford son of Nicholas Sandford Lea 33 H,6, 15 June 1454.
Held At: Shropshire Archives
I will try obtaining images of these documents, but I doubt they will explain the relationship, if any, between William Hickson, the rector of Ightfield, and the Sandfords. I am assuming it is the same William, from 1455 to 1482, but it might be two different people. Any ideas on where else to look?