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Sir Thomas De Cloptone, Knight of Kentwell Estate[1, 2, 3]

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  • Name Thomas De Cloptone 
    Prefix Sir 
    Suffix Knight of Kentwell Estate 
    Gender Male 
    Died Yes, date unknown 
    Person ID I718  Main
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2009 

    Father Walter De Cloptone, Lord of Chapperly,   d. 1327 
    Mother Alice Fitzhough,   d. 1377 
    Family ID F315  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Katherine (Dame) Mylde,   d. 1403, Stoke-By-Nyland, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Sir William De Cloptone, Knight,   b. 1383, Long Melford, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aug 1446, Long Melford, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2009 
    Family ID F312  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Documents
    Clopton - Antique Pedigree
    Harleian Clopton Pedigree
    See this person on the Clopton Pedigree from the Harleian Manuscript collection in the British Museum in London. Click on red dots superimposed on chart to link to other entries in this database.

  • Notes 
    • Source of text below

      Sir Thomas de Cloptone, Knight, of Kentwell Estate

      Sir Thomas de Cloptone was the son of Walter De Cloptone of Wickhambrook and his first wife Alice FitzHugh. The date of his birth is not known, but his will was dated March 8, 1382 and proved October 12, 1383. The identity of his first wife has never been found and they had no children. He married in his old age Dame Katherine Mylde. Katherine was the daughter and heiress of William Mylde, Esq. of Clare, County Suffolk. She brought to the marriage the large estate of Lutons and Kentwell. Sir Thomas and Dame Katherine had one child, William de Cloptone who inherited Kentwell Estate at his mother's death in 1403. Sir Thomas lived only one year after his marriage to Dame Katherine. A free translation of his will states his wish "To be buried in St. Mary's Chippeleye in choir between my mother's and wife's graves." Sir Thomas and Dame Katherine left a legacy of some ten manors in all. Among them the Manor of Toppesfield in the Town of Hadleigh; lands and tenements in Schymplyngg, Appleton; Chyppeleye (Manor of Clopton Hall or Chapperley Manor), and Poselyngworth.

      The Kentwell Estate comprises half a dozen manors. The principal manorial residence was called at that time by different names and causes some confusion. The name Kentwell Hall did not become fixed until nearly 200 years after Sir Thomas' death. In Domesday Book (1086) the old english name was Kanewella (a place where springs rise or well up to the surface) is listed, its first owner was Frodo. Frodo was the brother of the first Abbot of what became the great Abbey of Bury St. Edmunds. It was also referred to as "Lutons," "Luton Hall," and "Place of Lutons." Records indicate the manor was eventually sold by Frodo's heirs to a family who took Kentwell as their name as was customary. The de Kentwells owned the manor until 1250 when it came into the hands of King Henry III. King Henry III grated it to his half brother Sir William de Valence. After his death in 1296 the Manor, now comprising some 440 acres was passed to his son Aymer de Valence, nicknamed 'Joseph the Jew.' At his death in 1323 the Manor passed to Aymer's relative by marriage, David de Strabolgie, 2nd Earl of Athol who sold it to Sir Robert Gower. Sr. Gower held the estate for a brief period, selling it to his kinsman, the poet, John Gower. In 1373 he sold it to the trustees of Dame Katherine.

      After Sir Thomas' death, Dame Katherine took as her second husband Sir William de Tendring of Stoke-by-Nayland. It was from this marriage some descendants of William Clopton, Gentleman, and Ann (Booth) Dennett are linked through both the Clopton-Mylde and Mylde-de Tendring lines.

      The Clopton - de Tendring - Claiborne Line

      (Dr.) Thomas B. Clopton (May 17, 1798-December 7, 1874) of Virginia and Harriet B. Claiborne (-March 25, 1857) daughter of James Claiborne and Sarah Brooking Claiborne
      James Claiborne (c1780-) of Virginia and Sarah Brooking (c1785-) daughter of Vivion Brooking
      Buller Claiborne (October 27, 1755-August 17, 1804) of Virginia and Martha Ruffin (c1765-) daughter of Robert Ruffin and Mary (Clark) Lightfoot
      Augustine Claiborne (1721-May 3, 1787) of "Sweet Hall," King William County, Virginia and Mary Herbert (1726-1799) daughter of Buller Herbert and Mary Stith
      Thomas Claiborne (1681-August 16, 1732) of "Sweet Hall," King William County, Virginia and Ann Fox (May 20, 1684-May 4, 1733) daughter of Henry Fox and Ann West
      Ann West and Henry Fox
      (Colonel) John West and Unity Croshaw
      (Governor) John West and Ann Percy
      (Sir) Thomasa West and (Lady) Ann Knollys
      (Sir) Francis Knollys and (Lady) Mary Cary
      William Cary and Mary Boleyn, sister of Queen Ann, mother of Queen Elizabeth I
      (Sir) Thomas Boleyn and (Lady) Elizabeth Howard
      (Sir) Thomas Howard and (Lady) Catherine Tylney
      (Sir) John Howard and (Lady) Catherine Moleyns
      (Sir) John Howard, The First Duke of Norfolk, 2nd creation and (Lady) Catherine deMoleyns
      (Sir) Robert Howard and (Lady) Margaret Mowbray
      (Lady) Alice de Tendring and (Sir) John Howard
      Katherine (Mylde) Clopton (married second time) (Sir) William deTendring, Knight
      Through this marriage she became the distant grandmother of three queens of England: two of the unfortunate wives of Henry the VIII, Ann Boleyn and Katherine Howard, and Queen Elizabeth I.

      Dame Katherine, who died in 1403, is buried at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Stoke-by-Nyland, Suffolk. Their memorial brasses are among the finest in England.


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      Contributed by :

      Based on Articles Originally Appearing in the April 1988, August 1988, December 1989, and December 1990 Issues of the Clopton Family Newsletter
      by Isabel Lancaster (Clopton) Steiner,
      James M McMillen, mcmillen@arlington.net
      and Wallace Chandler Clopton

      Claiborne of Virginia, Descendants of Colonel William Claiborne, The First Eight Generations, by John Frederick Dorman and Claiborne T. Smith, Jr., MD,
      Gate Way Press Inc., Baltimore, Maryland

      The Ancestors and Descendants of William Clopton of York County, Virginia,
      Compiled by Gene Carlton Clopton, Phoenix Printing, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia

      Long Melford Through The Ages, by Barry L. Wall, East Anglian Magazine Ltd., Ipswich, Suffolk

      Contributed by :

      Suellen Clopton Blanton, bblanton@fast.net

      Sir William de Cloptone was the only child of Sir Thomas de Cloptone and his second wife, Dame Katherine Mylde

  • Sources 
    1. [S2] JSH Feb 13 2003 gedcom, John S. Howell, Jr.

    2. [S24] Cloptonfamily.org, (The Clopton Family Association - http://www.cloptonfamily.org/amerline/).

    3. [SAuth] John Spencer Howell, Jr., John Spencer Howell, Jr., (http://www.jhowell.com/ jhowell@jhowell.com).