Hi Richard, During my research into the complex and confusing Erneley lineage between the late fourteenth and late fifteenth centuries, I have found that interpolating brothers into the extant documentation in the three or four generations concerned can conceivably create clarity as follows:
The existence of John Erneley, wife Agnes, son of John ( brothers Richard and Mark) and Maud Weyville and grandson of John and Margaret in the last two decades of the fourteenth century is quite well documented.
Theseisin of William and Isabella of the Manor or Erneley in 1406 is indicative of the time of death of the above John.If we assume that William had a younger brother John, we can explain the references to an IPM in 1417 and to a wife of John Erneley named Alice Stopham. In addition, we have great candidate for the father of Joan and Isabella, fitting the timeline of the Ingler/Clerkson suit in 1479.
If we assume John Erneley who married Joan Best had a younger brother named William we can potentially explain the apparent longevity of the elder William and provide a father to fit in with the IPM’s of Margaret (1475) William (1478) and Edmund (1485) in Fosbury.
If we assume that the son (1465 Will) of John Erneleyabove had a brother William who had a wife Joan, for which there is good documentary evidence in the 1460’s and 70’s in commissions of Wallatis and Fossatis and as a witness to a declaration re-ownersip of the Manor of Twineham (1474), then we havecandidates for the father of John the Attorney and for the godmother for Elizabeth Michelgrove. This Joan could well be a Michelgrove herself, she is referred to as a widow in 1479 document recording a payment of forty pounds.This would unravel the messy supposition that John son of John and Joan Best had two sons named John, one named Humphrey and a daughter Ann in the space of four or five years. This is consistent alsoi with John the Attorney naming his son William and referring to Anthony Erneley (cousins son) as his nephew in his will.
The above speculation doesn’t explain how John the Elder came to occupy Fosbury in the 1490’s and 1500’s.Fosbury eventually descended to John Erneley the son of Edmund born 1481 and then to his daughter Mary who married Walter Skilling.In 1488 Anne the widow of Edmund and her new husband Robert Bulkeley of Burgate leased Fosbury to Richard Junipar for ten years. Interestingly a William Erneley of Burgate age 12 entered Winchester College around 1500.This William has been confused with John Erneley the elder’s younger son, rector of Yatesbury or vice versa.
I am descended through Cicely Erneley and her husband Alexander Staples.
I would be interested in your comments on the above.