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John Masters was gifted his estate by Henry VIII.
John and Thomas Master - First Squires of Stodmarsh Manor
"Some Notices of The Family of MASTER": by Rev. George Streynsham Master - 1874
John Master, of Sandwich, was an influential and wealthy merchant of that port, of which he was several times Mayor, supporting the dignity of his office by maintaining a retinue of " three score men in blue coats and exercising a bountiful hospitality. The first notice I find of him is in March, 1520, 2nd Henry VIII., on the 5th of which month " an Inquisition was held at Sandwich before Sir Edward Ponynges and others, when it was found that John Master of Sandwich, merchant, hired, contrary to the Statute, a Breton ship from Bordeaux to Sandwich, when he could have had an English ship." He was Mayor of Sandwich in 1528, 1543, 1552, 1556, and 1558, one of the Bearers of the Canopy for Queen Anne Boleyn as Warden of the Cinque Ports at her Coronation, in 1533, and one of the Barons of Parliament for Sandwich, in 1544 and 1554. He occurs also as Feoffee of St. Thomas' Hospital in that town, in 1554, an office which became afterwards almost hereditary, being filled by his direct descendants for five successive generations. He had a grant from King Henry VIIL, in 1538 of the manor and lands of East Langdon, which subsequently became the seat of the family, and had previously belonged to the Abbey of West Langdon, together with the advowson of the parish and the tithes of Marton and Guston, to hold in capite by knight's service; and in 1544-5 of the manor of Stodmarsh by similar tenure. He was twice married; his first wife was, I suppose, a Payne (as in his will he mentions his brother William Payne of Canterbury), and was probably the Elizabeth Maister whose burial is recorded at S. Mary's, Sandwich, March 24, 1548. By this marriage he had two sons, Thomas and Peter, and a daughter, Agnes, married to Gyflbrd. His second wife was Elizabeth, daughter of Tomson of Canterbury. (She remarried, July 12, 1563, Henry Boteler of Eastry, Esq., and died in 1603). By her he had issue three sons, James, John, and William, and two daughters, Mary and Susan, the last a posthumous child, who died about a month after her birth. Mary and William, baptized respectively Sept. 8, 1555, and Oct. 18, 1556, may also have died in infancy, no mention being made of them in their father's will. His death occurred in his fifth mayoralty, in 1558, the last of Queen Mary, a year of more than ordinary mortality at Sandwich, when the burials at S. Mary's, usually averaging twenty, amounted to eighty-four. By his will he directed his body to be buried "in the Chapell of our Ladye Saynte Mary wtin the Churche of Sandwich, wher as I am wont to sytte," but no monument or gravestone is now to be seen. He left his Manor of Stodmarsh to his eldest son Thomas, lands at Norwood and elsewhere to his son Peter, and his Manor of East Langdon to his son James. His .bequest to the poor is recorded upon the tablets of Benefactions in the three churches at Sandwich. His burial is registered at S. Mary's, on the 2nd Sept., 1558.
1. Elizabeth, baptized at S. Mary's, Sandwich, January 1, 1539. Married there, May 12, 1557, William Courthope, Esq., jurate of Sandwich, and by him had issue a son William, who afterwards inherited the Stodmarsh property.
2. John, baptized at S. Mary's, Sandwich, January 12, 1541. Buried there, June 18, 1543.
3. Thomas, baptized at S. Mary's, Sandwich, August 6, 1544.1 Married at Stodmarsh, December 8, 156-, Joanna Foche : (who remarried, 1581, Richard Turner),1 was of Fordwich, where he died in 1580, and by his will, proved at Canterbury in that year, left the Manor of Stodmarsh to his nephew, William Courthope, Esq. By his second wife, whose name was Elizabeth, widow of Lewes (and who, surviving him, was buried at Stodmarsh, September 18, 1592), he had issue,
4. John, mentioned by name in his grandfather's will, 1558. Buried at Stodmarsh, February 19, 1580. Will proved at Canterbury, 1581.
5. Peter, Lieutenant of Deal Castle. Married Mary, daughter of Norton, and by her (who, surviving him, died 1635, will proved in that year), had issue :—1. Isabel, unmarried in 1611. 2. Mary, married John Holloway. 3. Jane, baptized at Stodmarsh, December 14,1589, unmarried in 1611. 4. Margaret, unmarried in 1611. 5. Anne, unmarried in 1611, afterwards married Aeden. 6. Elizabeth (first of that name), married George Waymouth, and had issue. 7. Elizabeth (second of that name), unmarried in 1611. 8. Thomas, a child in 1611, probably deceased before 1635, being unmentioned in his mother's will at that date. One of the daughters married Henry Wood. Peter Master died 1611; left his property amongst his children.
6. Joan, married at Stodmarsh, November 6, 1570, George Wynfrede.
7. Agnes, married at Stodmarsh, January 10, 1575, John Kempe.
8. Elizabeth, married Powle.
9. Julian, baptized at Stodmarsh, October 25, 1563. Married Moortown.
10. Ellen, baptized at Stodmarsh, December 27, 1564. Married Austen.Thomas Master died in 1566, and was buried at Stodmarsh, February. 19.
See also the following document describing properties being acquired by the Masters from Henry VIII...
From: " The Sessional Papers Printed by Order of the House of Lords"
Info and will Merchant
Witnesses: John Stewarde, Clerk, Vicar of the parish of Our Lady aforesaid, Thomas Severne of Sandwich, yeoman, Robert Redwoode of Wickhamborough, yeoman, and George Owen, of Little Borne [?]. Proved 14 June 1559 by Thomas Colwell and Elizabeth Maister, in the person of said Thomas Colwell, the executor named in the will. (P.C.C., Chaynay, 27).
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