2011-10-20 18:14:14 UTC
of Sir John St. John, K.B., son of Sir Oliver St. John and Margaret
Beauchamp, and half-brother of Lady Margaret Beaufort, and am
wondering in anyone else on the list has looked into this.
There seems to be near universal agreement that Alice was the daughter
of Thomas (sometimes referred to as Sir Thomas, but I have no proof,
one way or the other, as to whether or not he was indeed a knight)
Bradshaigh (or Bradshaw) of Haigh, but that's about the only thing I
can find any consensus on.
The VCH Lancaster (vol.4, pp. 115-118) provides what appears to be a
fairly solid sketch of the family over many generations, so based
upon that, it appears that the only Thomas who was heir to Haigh,
would have to be the Thomas who was born ca. 1368 and died sometime
after 1425. Chronologically that would seem to be an okay fit, as
long as Alice was either born late in his life, or if she was a wee
bit older than her husband. Many sources identify Alice' mother as
being a Sherburne, but the VCH indicates that James Bradshaigh (d.
1442), Thomas Bradshaigh's son and heir, was the son of Margaret de
Highfield. Has anyone been able to determine whether or not Thomas
Bradshaigh was ever married to a member of the Sherburne family,
and/or if Margaret de Highfield was a second wife? The VCH also seems
to indicate that Thomas had at least two other sons, Christopher and
Following the VCH, Thomas is identified as the son of William (d.
1380), who left a widow, Isabel, who was still alive as late as 1398
(but no indication as to whether or not Thomas was Isabel's son or
step-son). William is theorized to have been the son of an elder
William, son of John Bradshaigh, who was one of the two nephews of Sir
William Bradshaigh and his wife Mabel de Norreys, who were Sir
William's heirs; William receiving Haigh and the other nephew, Roger
son of Richard Bradshaigh, receiving Blackrod.
And that's pretty much as far as I've been able to go. There's a
great deal of additional information out there, but very little of it
If anyone can expand upon this, correct it, or even just confirm (or
deny) that this matches their own research, I would appreciate hearing
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