|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:
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