Name: John Hody
Birth: ABT 1396
Death: ABT 1441 in Pillesdon, Dorset
Burial: Woolavington, Somerset
Occupation: Chief Justice of England
MEM: Woolavington, Somerset: Stone inscribed JH
Change Date: 28 OCT 2011
A interesting memorial [in St.Mary?s church Woolavington, Somerset] is the Hody stone which is housed over the south windowsill of the chancel. This stone was found on the floor of the Church beneath the tower when the Church was restored about the year 1880. The letters are J.H. and they stand for John Hody, who was Chief Justice of England in the 15th century. It is on record that the will of the Chief Justice, Sir John Hody, directs that his body be buried in the church of Woolavington in Somerset near the body of Magister Johannes Hody, his uncle. There is a vault near the outer wall of the tower evidently extending underneath the floor of the Church at the west end. It is believed that this is the vault in which Magister Johannes Hody and his nephew the Chief Justice, were buried in the 15th century. Sir John Hody died in 1441 and by his will he made bequests to the Chantry Priests of Woolavington "for the love that he hadde to hyt, for ther he begane hys fyrst lernyng".
ONLINE INTERNATIONAL BIBLIOGRAPHY OF MEDIEVAL AND EARLY MODERN WILLS AND PROBATE INVENTORIES http://www.belmont.edu/honorsprogram/wilseng1.html: "Will of Sir John Hody, 1441."Collectanea Topographica et Genealogica 7 (1841) 23-26.
[Will printed (Latin). Pillesdon, Dors., 1441. Chief Justice of England.]
Reynold Molyns and his wife Alice sold the manor of Stowell (4 km. north of Milborne Port ) to Sir John Hody in return for a rent for their lives. Hody died in 1441 or 1442 and his widow Elizabeth (d. 1473) married Robert Cappes. Elizabeth was followed by her son John Hody (d. 1497).
Gerard?s Survey of Somerset makes him son of Sir Alexander Hody.
Father: Thomas Hody b: ABT 1358
Mother: Elizabeth Cole b: ABT 1372 in Brixham, Devonshire
Elizabeth Jewe b: ABT 1399 in Whitfield, Gloucestershire
- Johanna Hody b: ABT 1430 in Duntish, Dorset
- William Hody b: ABT 1434