Name: John de Erpingham
Prefix: Sir 1
Death: ABT 1315 1
Residence: Erpingham, Norfolk
Change Date: 11 JUN 2008
John de Erpingham is the earliest member of this family whom I feel comfortable including in this pedigree at present; there are a few earlier documents mentioning persons who may have been his forebears, but it is presently not certain which is the correct line of descent. One document from 1291 refers to a 'John son of William de Erpingham'; another from the late 1200s to a 'John son of Eudo de Herpingham' and still another from the mid-1200s to a 'John son of Ralph de Erpingham'.
The John named here was alive in 1277, when his holdings included land in Wickmere, Calthorpe, Itteringham, Alburgh, Beckham, Baconsthorpe and Berningham. Armstrong's 'Norfolk' further states that 'This John is said to be buried in Great Snoring Church, and that in 1600 his effigy in armour, kneeling, remained there, and his crest a plume of feathers, argent, out of a crown, gules; his motto Pinch or Pink.' (Probably 'Think', the motto elsewhere attributed to his descendant Sir Thomas de Erpingham.)
John was probably dead by 1315, when his son Sir Robert was Lord of the Manor of Wickmere; John is probably the person referred to in three documents mentioning a 'Beatrix late wife of John de Erpingham' who seems to have outlived her husband by many years.
Beatrix de Reppes
- Robert de Erpingham b: BEF 1294
- Text: Matthew Hovius
Very thorough research!