Thomas Billings,Sr.* (son of John Billing, Jr.* and Mrs. John Billing) was born 1395 in Northampton, England, and died May 05, 1481 in England.He married (1) Katherine Giffard on Abt. 1420 in date unknown.He married (2) Mary Wessnham on Abt. 1480 in England. Notes for Thomas Billings,Sr.*: Source: Ancestry.com ID# I 56071098, I10760 He was the Lord Chief Justice of England. NSFX: Knight NPFX: Sir Burial: Bittlesden Abbey, Oxfordshire, England Ancestor of William Billings family of Connecticut./ Source: Ancestry.com ID#:I2667 Sir Thomas Billing was a prominent political figure during the War of the Roses. He was made Chief Justice of the King's Bench January 23, 1468, and held his position until his death ,May 5, 1481. He was one of few people involved in government at that time who did not go to prison, was not exiled and died a natural death. He was buried with his first wife Katherine(Catherine) Giffard in Brittlesden Abbey, Oxfordshire.After the death of his first wife, he married Mary Wesenham, widow of William Cotton, and restored St. Margaret's Church, Westminster. / Source: Ancestry.comID: I10759 Eldest son of John...was of the Innes of Court and was called to the bar; made Sergeant-at-law in 1453, and knighted in 1458 for taking a prominent part with the Lancastrian party. When the right of the crown was argued (1466) , he appeared at the bar of the House of Lords as counsel for Henry VI, leading the Attorney and Solicitor General. He was the principal law adviser to Edward IV, and in 1463 was made Justice of the King's Bench, and in 1468 Lord Chief Justice of the King's Bench. In the spring of that year he was struck with apoplexy, and expired in a few days after a tenure in office for seventeen years in the midst of civil wars and revolution. He was buried in Bittlesdan Abbey in Oxfordshire, where a large blue marble slab was placed over his body, having on it the figures, in brass, of himself and his lady.He is represented in his official robes.The slab and the slab that covered his son Thomas were taken from the Abbey after the dissolution of monistaries and placed at the upper end of the Wappenham Church, where they now remain.Sir Thomas, by his first wife Catherine, became possessed of Gifford's Manor, which belonged to her father, in the Hamlet of Astwell, and the parish of Wappenham in Northamptonshire, afterward called Billing's Manor, where he took up his residence.The ancient manor house, although much curtailed in size is still standing (1861), and now occupied as a farm-house. The second wife of Sir Thomas Billing was Mary, daughter and heir of Robert Wessenham of Conington, Huntingdonshire, Esquire, and widow of Thomas Lacy and William Cotton.She died on March 14, 1499, and was buried in the south asile of St. Margaret's Church at Westminster, a great portion of which church was rebuilt by herself and her husband, Sir Thomas Billing.A monument was there erected in her honor. The children of Sir Thomas Billing, all by his first wife, were: Thomas, his heir, who succeeded to the estate in Astwell, and died on March 23, 1508-09, leaving four daughters, coheiresses, by whose marriages the large estates of the Billings passed into other families: John, who settled in Buckinghamshire; Roger, of whom nothing is known;William, who probably settled in Wedon Beck; Nicholas,Katherine,Isabel and Margaret. / Source: Ancestry.com: Burgess's Tx-Mo, Entries#: 101507; Sims2001, Entries#: 62571, Mary Shaffer/ Source: "A Few Hundred Years" by Roger Bishop Billings More About Thomas Billings,Sr.*: Baptism (LDS): March 07, 1922 Burial: Bittlesden Abbey, Oxfordshire, England. Endowment (LDS): March 09, 1922, Temple ,MT. Name (Facts Page): Knight, Lord Chief Justice of England. More About Thomas Billings,Sr.* and Katherine Giffard: Marriage: Abt. 1420, Unknown. More About Thomas Billings,Sr.* and Mary Wessnham: Marriage: Abt. 1480, England. Children of Thomas Billings,Sr.* and Katherine Giffard are:
+Thomas Billing,Jr., b. 1421, Northamptonshire , England, d. March 23, 1507/08, Astwell, Northamptonshire, England.
John Billing, b. Abt. 1424, Northamptonshire, England, d. 1510, Unknown.
Roger Billing, b. Abt. 1425, Northamptonshire , England, d. Abt. 1500, Unknown.
William Billing, b. Bet. 1427 - 1428, Northamptonshire , England, d. Abt. 1495.