Name: John Wadham
Prefix: Sir 1
Death: 27 JUL 1412
Burial: St.Winifred's, Branscombe
Residence: Edge, Devon
Occupation: Justice of the Common Pleas
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?Visitations of Devon lists Elizabeth Shilston, dau. of William Shilston as the mother of Isabella, but Pedigree Resource File in the IGI identifies Joan Wrothesly as Isabell's mother. According to Prince's Worthies of Devon, John Wadham, husband of Joan Wrothesly, was Justice of the Common Pleas in 1388. Visitations also identifies the John Wadham in question as Justice of the Common Pleas, and the timing appears right, so I have considered them the same. I don't know which wife was the mother of Isabell, though.?
Wadham College website has him d 1411, apparently. [RH]
The family originally came and took its name from Wadham or Wadeham in the parish of Knowstone, North Devonshire, where it was settled in the reign of Edward I. Thence it migrated to Egge or Edge, near Seaton in the same county.
Egge or Edge, near Seaton, Devon, was the seat of John Wadham d. 1411, who was appointed a judge of the common pleas in or about 1388. He seems to have been dismissed or resigned in 1397, but survived until 1411.
A Sir Richard Branscombe lived at Egge or Edge in the vicinity of Branscombe during the fourteenth century.
Edge Barton, alone on a steep hillside, has some considerable traces of medieval work. Until the 14th century it was the home of the Branscombes, a distinguished family who produced three sheriffs of the county and one of Exeter's greatest bishops-Walter Bronescombe, bishop 1258-80. Edge passed from the Branscombes to another notable family, the Wadhams. Sir John Wadham, the judge, acquired it towards the end of Edward III's reign, and his descendants dwelt there until Nicholas Wadham (founder of Wadham College) died without issue.
Sir John Wadham, son of Sir John who purchased Edge Barton, becomes Justice of Common Pleas (to 1397). `He was still resident in Branscombe in 1411/12, although in the meantime he had acquired a house in Somerset - Merifield, at Ilton near Ilminster.' (cf:1411) [Wyndham says Merifield was acquired about 1400. The manor house and outbuildings at Merifield occupied just two and a half acres]
Change Date: 26 JUL 2008
Source: Tim Sandberg's GEDCOM V. May 30, 2001
WARNING! THIS GENEALOGY IS, AND WILL REMAIN FOREVER, A WORK IN PROGRESS. THE AUTHOR IS NOT A PROFESSIONAL GENEALOGIST, BUT HAS TRIED TO VERIFY ALL DATA. IT CANNOT BE GUARANTEED FREE OF ERRORS!
Father: John Wadham
Joan Wrothesley b: 1350
- William Wadham b: ABT 1373
- Margery Wadham
- Isabella Wadham b: 1370
- Title: Visitations of the County of Devon, 1620
Author: Vivian, John Lambrick
Publication: Comprising the Heraldsí Visitations of 1531, 1564, & 1620. With additions by Lieutenant-Colonel J.L. Vivian. Henry S. Eland, Exeter, 1895.
Text: cont. by John Young
- Type: Web Site
Author: Tim Sandberg
- Type: Web Site
Author: Jorge H. Castelli