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Joan

Female - 1581


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  • Gender  Female 
    Died  1580-1581  Narborough, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I09980  My Genealogy
    Last Modified  27 May 2015 

    Family 1  Gittons, Thomas,   d. 1543, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F03170  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Saunder, William,   b. Abt 1500, Of Ewell, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1570-1571, Of Ewell, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Aft 1543  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F03169  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • C 1/1141/51-53
      Scope and Content:
      James LEVESON (Leweson) v. William SANDERS, gentleman, and Joan his wife, executrix and late the wife of Thomas Gittons, citizen and vintner of London.: Price of wine.: LONDON. Covering dates 1544-1551 Note Mutilated. Held by The National Archives Kew.

      Joan, the widow of William Saunders of Ewell, survived her husband by some nine years. Her will dated 14 April, 1580 and proved in London on 15 July, 1581 (Darcey, fol, 27):

      To be buried at Narboroghe in the Church there.
      To my son OLYVER GITTYNS 20 as well as all my stuff, plate and other my chattels at his house in Ewell (except one doun bed and one boulster and one coverlet of red freese which I give to my godson NICHOLAS GITTONS the eldest son of the said OLYVER my son.
      To THOMAS the other son of said OLYVER 20/-. and to his daughter 20/-
      To my son ALBEY GITTONS 20 and the second pot at Ewell covered with silver. To his son WILLIAM 20/- and to their daughter ANNE 20/-, to hsi daughter GRACE 20/-. To my daughter CHRISTIAN GOLDINGHAM 10 and to her son FRANCES LACASSE 20/- and to Margaret LACASSE 20/-. To his daughter KATHERINE GOLDINGHAM 20/-.
      To my son SPILMAN of Marboroghe one goblet etc. and to his wife my daughter SPILMAN a gilt cup with cover etc. and all my great chest in Marboroghe.
      To ANNE KERVILL my ring with da diamond etc.
      To BRIDGITT SPILMANNE the daughter of my son JOHN my tablet of gold
      To ROBERT SPELMANNE the elder twin 40/- and to FRAUNCS SPELMANNE his other brother and twin 40/-.
      To CHRISTIAN GOLDINGHAM my second gown.
      To the wife of my son ALBEY a round kirtle of Grogray etc.
      To the wife of my sone OLYVER my workingday gown.
      To the poor of Ewell 40/- and to the poor of Marborogh 20/-
      To Mother MUNSON 2/-.
      The residue of my goods I give to my sons OLYVER and ALBEY equally and I apploint my said son OLYVER sole executrix.
      Sum in money 66.2.0.
      No Witnesses
      Proved 25 July by OLIVER GITTONS exor. named in the will.





      ...Although he inherited Batailles and other estates in Surrey from his father, William later acquired other properties outside the county. He bought the Manor of Cardens with lands in the villages of Cliff, Higham, Cooling and Frindsbury in North Kent. This manor had belonged to the Charterhouse1 and after the suppression of the monastery the manor was granted to Thomas Gittons,2 Citizen and Vintner of London, who was at once granted a licence to alienate the manor to Sir Oliver Ledder. Thomas Gittons died in 1543; his will mentioned his wife Joan, five children and brother David. William Saunder's will records that Cardens and neighbouring lands were bought by William from Sir Oliver Ledder and David Gittons. William bequeathed the manor to his wife Joan for life; he had in fact married as his second wife the widow of Thomas Gittons, once owner of Cardens. William's eldest son inherited Cardens after the death of Joan. Harshing Marsh in Cliff parish was left to his other sons, Francis and Erasmus. William had bought the marsh in November 1546, which was probably about the date that he acquired the other Kent property.
      ....It is uncertain whether Joan, William Saunder's second wife, was the mother of any of his children. The Saunder pedigree dated 1679 compiled at the College of Arms and reproduced by T. Homer-Saunders, names only William's first wife and five of his eight children. All these five are recorded as children of the first wife. Francis, the youngest son (omitted from the pedigree), was alive in 1546, his father could not have married his second wife until after the death in 1543 of her former husband. It seems unlikely therefore that any of the children were issue of the second marriage. William's widow only mentioned one of his children, Catherine, in her will; Catherine was there described as "my daughter Spilman" wife of "my son Spilman of Narborough." Catherine was bequeathed a gilt cup and her husband a silver goblet and a pair of sables. Small bequests were also made to Catherine's daughter, Anne Kervill. These gifts were practically the sole bequests made by Joan Saunder beyond those left to her children by Thomas Gittons and their families, and were in all probability made because Joan was living with the Spelmans at Narborough. The bulk of Joan's property was left to her two sons, Oliver and Albey Gittons, both of whom had been mentioned in the will of Thomas Gittons. Oliver Gittons lived at Ewell (his house was recorded in the Survey of 1577) and he and his wife were buried there in 1615 and 1618 respectively. William Saunder bequeathed Oliver a gown "furred with jennytts, my velvet jerkin and my cloke and a paier of my hosen." William Saunder's five daughters had ten husbands between them and all five had married at the time he made his will. The eldest daughter Mary was left a widow with a young family by the early death of her husband, Nicholas Lusher. She remained a widow for over forty years, continuing to live at her husband's Manor of
      Shoelands at Puttenham, Surrey. Her only son Nicholas was knighted in 1603.
      The other four of William's daughters all married into Norfolk families. Urith, probably the second daughter, married John Palgrave of Berningham Northwood.

      Is it Narborough, Norfolk or Marlborough, Wiltshire?