2020-03-11 10:16:07 UTC
Several books of heraldry have entries in the above title. My problem
is linking Milshaw to Dalton and Heath.
The Kayes of Dalton were descended from Richard, the 4th son of John Kay
of Woodsome (Glover's visitation of Kay of Dalton). John, gg-grandson
of Richard, the first John on the Glover visitation, acquired the
Shelley, a sub-manor of Wakefield as his wife's inheritance. He was
living there at the end of his life, being the John Kaye of Shelley
buried 08 Apr 1572 at Kirkburton. His son, John Kaye of Oakenshaw sold
both Shelley and Dalton and built Heath Hall SE of Wakefield, hence the
connection of Dalton and Heath.
Jhon Kay of Melshay with his first child Mergere* appears in the
Kirkburton PRs a little before this, bapt 31 Oct 1568 and his surviving
son was also baptised, 03 Dec 1570, before the death of John Kaye of
The likeliest connection seems to be that John of Milshaw was the second
surviving son of John of Oakenshaw, shown as without issue by Glover.
However before selling Shelley John of Oakenshaw leased Shelley Hall for
21 years to John Kaye of Shelley; this is mentioned in the deed of sale.
John of Shelley was not John of Milshaw as both appear on the same
panel of jurors at the manorial court some years later.
One possibility is that one of these John Kayes was one of John of
Oakenshaw's illegitimate children by Dorothy, d of Henry Saville of
Thornhill, and maybe also the John Kaye, servant in the oldest John's
will (George Kaye of Thornhill Lees in the same will may have been
another). The deeds and will are in Yorkshire Deeds vol III.
So far I've not been able to find anything to take this further. The
first 4 volumes of FMG don't have anything useful but I don't have
access to the later volumes. Does anyone have these or anything else
which might help?
* The Kirkburton registers were going through a phase of particularly