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John Dantre

Died 1549/50

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Mother  
Wife  
Children Thomas, John, Rolande, Robert, Richard, Humphrey, Jane


Nothing is known of John other than what he writes in his will(1). The Dantre/Dayntrie/Daintrie name appears to have arrived in the area with John - the earliest mention found was of a Thomas Dauntry listed on a muster roll of Tutbury in 1539(2), but no other mentions have been found in the area pre-dating John's will. This earlier mention of Thomas likely refers to John's eldest son. There were a few small pockets of the name across the country at the time, but as it derives from the place name Daventry, it is not possible to say whether John originated in one of these other areas or in Daventry itself.

John was probably born around the last decade of the 1400s(3). Nothing is known of his early life, and the identity of his wife is unknown but they probably married around the 1510s, settled in Hatton near Marston, and had their children between the 1510s and the 1530s. Only the children who were living at the time of John's will are known, they were Thomas the eldest son, younger sons John, Rolande, Robert, Richard & Humphrey, and lone daughter Jane.

John's wife appears to have pre-deceased him, and he died in late 1549 or early 1550.


Brief details of his children:



Sources:

  1. Will of John Dantre (ref: B/C/11/John Dantre, Marston, 1550 @ Lichfield Record Office) reads:
    In the name of god amen the x day of Juliy in the yere of our lorde god m iiiii[*] xlix I John Dantre of Hatton in the
    parishe of Marston of gud memory dredyng the [......] horors of deth do order & make my last will & testament
    in manner & forme foloyng. First I bequeth my soule to Allmyghty god and my body to be buryed in the parishe churche
    yarde of Marston. It I bequesth to Thomas Dantre my eldes son all my lande and all my eyre lomes
    that is to say vi silver spoones a brasse potte a greate [......]. It I gyffe to Thomas my sonne aforesayde a salt
    a cheare & ii [laders]. It I gyffe to John my sonne xs and a [......] hefer. It I gyffe to Rolande my sonne
    [a lamb] & vis viiid. It I gyffe to Robert my sonne one [....] & vis viiid. It I gyff to Richarde my
    sonne xls. It I gyffe to Humfrey my sonne xls. It I gyffe to the iiii daughters of Thomas Dantre evry
    one of them one lamb or els iis in money. It I gyff to the v sonnes of John Dantre evry one
    of them one lamb or els iis in money. It I gyffe to Ric Dantre sonne of John Dantre iiis iiiid.
    It I gyffe to Robert Dantre & to Thomas Dantre sonnes of Robert Dantre to eyther of them iis
    to bye eyther of them one Gold spoone. It I gyffe to the [..] iii child of Robert Dantre to evry one
    of them one lamb or els iis. It I gyffe to evry childe of Ric Dantre one lambe or els iis.
    It I gyffe to the daughter of Rolande Dantre one lambe or els iis. It I gyffe to the sonne of
    Humfrey Dantre one lambe or els iis. It I gyffe to the iii sonnes of Ric Astell evry one of them one lambe
    or els iis. It I gyffe to Esabell Astell daughter of Ric Astell apetycote asmocke & alambe or
    els iis. It I gyff to John [Hewarde] one lambe or es iis. It I gyffe to [Goole Hewarde]
    one lambe or else iis. It I gyff to Symon Mosley one lambe or else iis. It I gyff to Jane
    y daughter all my howseholde [.....]. It I gyffe to the [ma..... of the hye way betwyxe Tutbury
    & atton xxs yf the nebours of hatton will helpe to cary the [ty....be] or els to be bepaed
    amonge pore people. It I gyffe to Ric Astell my [Whean..]. It I gyffe to John [york] my best
    jaket. It I gyffe to alyce [Wrygly] xiid. It I gyffe to John Dantre my [.............]
    the Resydewe of my goods not bequethed my debts payd & I honestly brought [holle]
    I wyll that the be bestoed for the helth of my [Soule] & my Wyffe Soule at the discretion
    of mne executors & to this my last will & testament to be well & trewly fulfilled
    & performed I order & make Thomas my sonne & John my sonne my executors thes
    beyng wytnes, William [Elde] vicar of Tutbury, Thomas [chaple], John [chaple], John [york]
    [* Note: this was written as five letter i's with a bar across the top - obviously a shorthand for 500.]
    This inventorye made at Hatton the xxix day of January
    in the yere of our lorde god m iiiii[*] xlix [...eth] & declaryth
    all & singular suche goods as where John Dantres lately
    deceased p'sed by Thomas chaple, Robert [stats...] John
    Astell & Ric Astell
    In the hall
      First [... ......]                                        iis
      It for brasse                                             vis viiid
      It a [smalle] brasse potte                                iis
      It a cofer                                                xvid
      It vi silver spones                                       xiis
      It apeare of patteforkes                                  iiiid
    In the pler
      It ii coverletts                                          vs iiiid
      It one mattris                                            iis
      It sheets                                                 xs
      It one cote adowblet one peare of hoose
      and a peare of shewys                                     vis viiid
      It bowles & [lames]                                       viid
    Withowt the howsse
      It [awheane ploys harons] & yoks                          xxs
      It v oxen                                                 ixli vis viiid
      It vii younge beaste                                      vili
      It a mare & acolte                                        xxvis viiid
      It a[......] hefer                                        xs
      It xxi shepe                                              iiili
      It ii swyne                                               iiiis
      It corne & hey                                            iiili
    [* Note: this was written as five letter i's with a bar across the top - obviously a shorthand for 500.]
    Probate granted 13/2/1549/50
  2. Collections for a History of Staffordshire, New Series, Vol IV, 1901, page 227, in a transcript of a muster roll from 1539 lists: 'Tomas Dauntry horse bill' under 'TUTBURYE'.
  3. Ages/dates are based on John's second oldest son, also John, having 5 sons in 1549. It therefore seems perfectly feasible that John's eldest son, Thomas, was the Thomas who appeared on the muster roll ten years earlier. This put's Thomas' birth sometime before about 1520 and John's sometime before about 1500. Given that the implication of John's will is that all his grandchildren are still minors, an earlier bound of 1510 seems apprioriate for Thomas's birth.



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