5. Richard RAYNSFORD (George, John, William, Henry), of Epping, cc. Essex, where he was buried 17 February 1603/4 (microfilm of parish register transcript at Essex Record Office, no. hR 57). Philip Morant s History and Antiquities of the County of Essex (1767), 2:50 says the manor of Cues in Epping passed to Antony Browne in 1566, then was held by Richard Raynsford, Esq., "who dyed 14 Feb. 1603." His inquisition post mortem, held at Stratford, 3 July 1604, states he died 14 February 1604 holding the Manor of Gilles, lands at Epping Bury and Epping [faded wordJ in cc. Essex, lands at Sabredyworth, and in the manors of Pisho Bury, [faded wordj Bury, and Shinglehall, co. Herts., and that his son and heir was Robert Rayns ford, more than twenty-one (PRO 665/59). The Victoria County History of Essex, 4:295, notes that Richard Rainsford of Epping, who died in 1604, left £5 to found a charity in the parish of North Weald Bassett, the income to be applied for relief of the poor.
He was twice married, first to ANNE MEADE, the only wife mentioned in the pedigrees, and second at St. Gregory-by-St. Paul, London, 6 July 1585, as "Richard Rainfford of Epping in Essex, gent.," to ELIZABETH REVELL (parish register, no. MS 10,231 at Guildhall Library, London). The first marriage is probably that marriage recorded at North Weald Bassett on 8 November 1559 between Richard Raynsford and Anne God-den [sic 1. Anne is called a daughter of Thomas Meade of Berdon, cc. Essex, in the pedigrees, but her father has not yet been sufficiently identified among several of the name. The will of Joan Mead of Berden, widow, dated 28 August 1557 (Essex Record Office no. B/ABa 1/103 Reel 1, xerox copy provided by Archivist) names sons John, Edward, Thomas and Richard Mead, son Richard Bennett, mentions unnamed wives of all sons, names daughters Joan, wife of Thomas Pelham; Elizabeth Wright, and Agnes Goddaye, and leaves unnamed children of
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Agnes cash legacies at their day of marriage. The will of Edward Mead of
Berdon, dated 10 September 1577 and proved 19 November following
(PCC 44 Daughtry) names his ten children, brothers Thomas and
Richard Mead, sister Jane Pelham but not sister Agnes/Anne, who was
perhaps then dead.
On 4 December 1558 Robert Gocidaye of Sabrythesworth, alias Groves, cc. Hertfordshire, was licensed to alienate the same and land in Sherying, cc. Essex, to his son Thomas Goddaye, and on 12 June 1560 Thomas Gooddaye and Joan his wife of Sabrigeworth, co. Hertfordshire, were licensed to alienate lands in Shering, cc. Essex (Calendar of Patent Rolls: Elizabeth I, 10:136, 363). The Hertfordshire "Feet of Fine," Trinity Term 8 Elizabeth 11566 (The Herts Genealogist & Antiquary 1 [18951: 345) shows "Three messuages and lands in Sabrygeworth, The. Goddaye & Benedict Averyll; Rich. Raynsforde & Agnes his wife." Much later, at Hilary Term 34 Elizabeth I, 1591/2, there was an action regarding messuage and lands in North Mymmes, Herts., between Henry Knowlys, gent., vs. Rich. Raynesford, gent., Elizabeth his wife, and Elizabeth Marvyn, widow (ibid., 3 : 97).
George Baker, History of Northamptonshire (1822-1830), 1:348, states that in 1602 Richard Symes alienated his manor of Drayton in Northamptonshire to Richard Raynsford, Esq., and Robert his son and heir apparent in fee, "which Robert, in 6 iac. (1608) his father being then dead," conveyed to Richard Farmer, Gent., and Edward Farmer his second son.
The will of Richard Raynsford of Epping, Gentleman, was made 22 August 1599 and proved 5 June 1604 (PCC 59 Ha.rte). By it he left wife Elizabeth various personal and household goods she was to forfeit if she remarried. He left £500 apiece to "my sonnes two daughters Marye and Jane" when they married or at age twenty-one; £25 to be paid within three years to "Phillippa Marshe the child of my late daughter deceased," and the balance of his estate to son Robert Raynsford who was also nominated executor. His "loving nephew Richard Bugge, gentleman, and my loving brother-in-law Richard Meade, yeoman" were to be supervisors and each was to receive a gold ring worth forty shillings when three months. The will was witnessed by John Mules, Edward Stauemont and Roger Numan.
Printed from NEHG Register, Volume 139, July 1985,© New England Historic Genealogical Society & Broderbund Software, Inc., Banner Blue Division, May 22, 2001