2021-06-03 19:29:53 UTC
I am new to this site, and relatively new to medieval genealogy. I am working on my wife's family, which descends through the Gov. Thomas Dudley line.
I have read the Samford/Sanford related conversations from 2020 and more specifically back in 2005. These conversations touched primarily upon the family of John de Samford (d.c.1231) who married Alice Basset, the grandparents of Alice (dau. of Gilbert de Samford) the wife of Robert de Vere, 5th Earl of Oxford; and Ada (dau. of Laurence de Samford, heir of her bro. Thomas) the wife of Walter Foliot. Both of these are in the Dudley line.
I have come across two additional Samford/Sanford families in the Dudley line. One is Christiana (dau. of Hugh de Sanford, d.c.1233) the first wife of John du Plessis (d.1263) sometime Earl of Warwick. The other is the line of Adam de Purton/Periton, who was the nephew and heir of Thomas de Sanford. This Thomas (d.bef.1242) descends from the Sanford line that held Chelworth, co. Wilts., and as such were wardens of Braydon Forest.
I have located charters relating to the Sanford families' patronage of the Priory of St. Nicholas, co. Oxon (Calendar of Charters and Rolls preserved in the Bodleian Library, Wm H Turner, ed., Oxford, 1878). These charters provide some clues to family relationships, but no complete picture. There is also the Sanford family patronage of the Priory of St. Laurence, Blackmore, co. Essex.
Does anyone know if these three Samford/Sanford families are related? Is there an existing pedigree somewhere (that I have not yet found) that pulls them together, or has anyone researched these lines to see if they spring from a common source? I do not want to reinvent the wheel if this work has already been done. If not, I will continue to work on these lines to see what I can discover. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.