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Complete Peerage 6 (1926): 671, footnote a (sub Huntingfield) includes information regarding Sir William de Huntingfield, the famous Magna Carta baron (died c.1221). Regarding his wife, Isabel, the following information is provided:
"William de Huntingfield, presumably son of Roger, with Isabel his wife, appear in 1194/5 and 1203 (Abbrev. Plac., pp. 3 and 38). She was Isabel, widow of Osmund de Stuteville, better known as Isabel de Gressinghall (Farrer, Honors and Knights' Fees, vol. iii, p. 396. In Harl MS. 506 she appears as Isabel de Fréville and is stated to have died in 1209." END OF QUOTE.
Complete Peerage does not say so, but Isabel is known to have been the daughter and heiress of William Fitz Roger, of Gressenhall and Castle Acre, Norfolk, by his wife, Aeliva. See Carthew, Hundred of Launditch & Deanery of Brisley 1 (1877): 189–196 (Gressenhall-Stuteville-Foliot ped.), which may be viewed at the following weblink:
Isabel de Gressenhall's family and marriages are also discussed in Brown, Sibton Abbey Cartularies & Charters 1 (Suffolk Charters 7) (1985): 21–22 (re. Cressy fam.), 64, 91–92; 2 (Suffolk Charters 8) (1986): 53–56; 3 (Suffolk Charters 9) (1987): 152; 4 (Suffolk Charters 10) (1988): 4–5.
As noted by Complete Peerage, William de Huntingfield and his wife, Isabel, occur together in 1194/5 and 1203. The reference provided for these dates is "Abbrev. Plac., pp. 3 and 38." The full title of this work is Placitorum in Domo Capitulari Westmonasteriensi Asservatorum Abbrevatio (1811). Pages 3 and 38 may be viewed at the following weblinks:
The first item is also abstracted in Proceedings of his Majesty’s Commissioners on the Public Recs. (1833): 348, which may be viewed at the following weblink:
The antiquarian William Dugdale included two Castle Acre Priory charters which involve William de Huntingfield's wife, Isabel, in his monumental work, Monasticon Anglicanum, 5 (1825): 52. These charters may be viewed at the following weblink:
The first Castle Acre charter was issued by Isabel's 2nd husband, Osmund de Stuteville (died c.1187), with the "advise and consent of Isabel my wife." Osmund confirmed all the gifts made by Wimar [Isabel's ancestor] and his successors. The charter was granted for his soul and that of his wife, Isabel.
The second Castle Acre charter is labelled "Carta Ysabellae Uxoris Berengari de Cressi." Berenger de Cressy was the name of Isabel's first husband, although he is no where named in the charter. The charter was issued by "Ysabella de Gressingehale" [Isabel de Gressenhall] with the advise and consent of her third husband, WIlliam de Huntingfield. In this charter, Isabel gave the monks of Castle Acre the homage of Hugh de Crec, etc., with his tenement in Weseham.
In addition to the above two charters, a third charter dated 1195 involving William and Isabel is published in Davis, Kalendar of Abbot Samson of Bury St. Edmunds & Related Docs. (Camden 3rd Ser. 84) (1954): 159. The charter is a grant dated 1195 made by Samson, Abbot of Bury St. Edmunds to William de Huntingfield and Isabel his wife and her heirs. This charter is available at the following weblink:
Some time before 1221, William de Huntingfeld also made a grant in free alms to the Monks of St. Mary of Mendham, Suffolk for salvation of souls of himself, his wife Isabel, and his parents and all ancestors. In this charter, William granted the monks all his wood in Metfield, Suffolk called Haute. Reference: Suffolk Record Office, Ipswich Branch: Iveagh (Phillipps) Suffolk MSS, HD 1538/301/1, available at http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk.
So far, we have not seen any indication as to why Complete Peerage stated that Isabel de Gressenhall, wife of William de Huntingfield, was also known as Isabel de Fréville. However, in recent time, I located the following charter dated c.1190 issued by Isabel, lady of Gressighehalia [Gressenhall] granting Roger de Freville her brother [fratri meo] her holding in Wellingham, Norfolk. Reference: Stevenson, Report on the Manuscripts of Lord Middleton (Historical Manuscripts Commission 69) (1911): 34–35, which may be viewed at the following weblink:
The editor appears not to have realized that Isabel, lady of Gressenhall, named here was the same person as Isabel, wife of Sir William de Huntingfield, the famous Magna Carta baron, nor was any attempt made to identify this lady's brother, Roger de Freville. Roger de Freville, however, can be placed as the lineal male line ancestor of the later knightly Freville family seated at Tanworth, Warwickwshire, and also the other branch seated at Caxton and Shelford, Cambridgeshire, and Munden-Freville, Hertfordshire.
Insofar as the exact relationship between Isabel de Gressenhall and Roger de Freville is concerned, it seems likely to me that they were half-siblings, possibly sharing the same mother, Aeliva.
For interest's sake, the following is a list of the 17th Century New World immigrants that descend from Isabel de Gressenhall and her 2nd husband, Osmund de Stuteville:
Elizabeth Alsop,William Asfordby, Anne Baynton, Essex Beville, William Bladen, George & Nehemiah Blakiston, Mary Bourchier, Charles Calvert, James & Norton Claypoole, William Crymes, Francis Dade, William Farrer, Mary Gye, Anne Humphrey, Mary Launce, Anne, Elizabeth & John Mansfield, Richard Palgrave, Herbert Pelham, William Skepper, Diana & Grey Skipwith, Mary Johanna Somerset.
The following is a list of the 17th Century New World immigrants that descend from Isabel de Gressenhall and her 3rd husband, William de Huntingfield:
Robert Abell, Samuel Argall, William Asfordby, Charles Barham, Joseph Bickley, William Bladen, George & Nehemiah Blakiston, Thomas Booth, Elizabeth Bosvile, George, Giles & Robert Brent, Edward Bromfield, Christopher Calthorpe, Charles & Leonard Calvert, Kenelm Cheseldine, Grace Chetwode, William Clopton, St. Leger Codd, Henry Corbin, James Cudworth, Francis Dade, Frances, Jane & Katherine Deighton, Edward Digges, William Farrer, Henry Filmer, John Fisher, Henry Fleete, Edward Foliot, Muriel Gurdon, Elizabeth & John Harleston, Warham Horsmanden, Edmund Jennings, Matthew Kempe, Thomas Ligon, Nathaniel Littleton, Anne Lovelace, Henry, Jane & Nicholas Lowe, Gabriel, Roger & Sarah Ludlow, Anne, Elizabeth, & John Mansfield, Anne & Katherine Marbury, Anne Mauleverer, John and Margaret Nelson, Philip & Thomas Nelson, Thomas Owsley, John Oxenbridge, Robert Peyton, Henry & William Randolph, Katherine Saint Leger, Richard Saltonstall, William Skepper, Diana & Grey Skipwith, Mary Johanna Somerset, Rose Stoughton, Samuel & William Torrey, Margaret Touteville, Margaret Tyndall, Amy Wyllys.
Do you descend from Isabel de Gressenhall? If so, I'd appreciate it if you would post your line of descent from her here on the newsgroup.
Best always, Douglas Richardson, Salt Lake City, Utah