Name: Thomas Rolf
Death: 27 JUN 1440
LVG: tmp Henry VI
Occupation: Sergeant at-Law
MEM: Gosfield, Essex
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Change Date: 23 APR 2012
Held Liston Hall in Gosfield by right of his wife Anne.
The previous holder had been John Hawkwood, presumably from the dates, the son of 'Acuto' and usually as above
given as died without issue. Holman speculates she must have been Anne Hawkwood. Thomas and Anne's only child Editha Rolf became a wealthy lady by two marriages into the Helion and Green families and her holdings also included other 'Hawkwood' properties including 'Hawkewoodes' in Gosfield.
The former late Norman church on this site at Gosfield was completely rebuilt at the expense of the then Serjeant-at-Law, Thomas Rolf.
Thomas Rolfe,f esq. had two wives. Margaret and Anne: by the first he had his daughter of the same name, and by the second, supposed to have descended from sir John Hawkwood, junior, he had his daughter Editha, who, from Hawk^vood, inherited the manor of Bellowes, and ultimately became her father's heiress. She was first married to John Helyon, who in her right held, in this parish, the manor of Bellowes, of Hodynges, and Liston Hall: their two daughters were Philippa and Isabel.
After the death of her husband, in 1449 or 1450, Editha was married to her second husband, John Green, who had been brought up to the profession of the law, under her father's tuition, and was the third son of John Green, of Widdington. He died in 1473, and his wife in 1498, having had, by this second husband, Elizabeth, Margery,
and Agnes; the great estates of the families of Rolfe, Helyon, and Green, were divided between the daughters of John Helyon. Philippa, the eldest, married to sir Thomas Montgomery, having no children, her inheritance passed to her sister Isabel, one of the daughters of John Green; Elizabeth was an abbess at Dartford; Margery was
married to Sir Henry Tey; Agnes was married to Sir William Finderne, and had with her Liston Hall.
The hall of Lawford Hall: records of an Essex house and of its ... Francis Morgan Nichols. 1891.)
Thomas Rolf, of Goffield, Essex, Serjeant-at-law, 141 8, died 27 June, 1440, and was buried in Goffield church. See Morant, Hist. Essex, vol. ii. 380.
- Edith Rolf