Name: John Raven
Birth: ABT 1362
Residence: Whipsnade, Bedfordshire
Change Date: 27 SEP 2009
Release by Matilda, daughter of the late Nicholas Sandres, of Whipsnade, to John Raven, of the same place, of all her right in a curtilage adjoining a field ...
?A Descriptive Catalogue of Ancient Deeds in the Public Record Office ... - 1890 Page 427?
WHIPSNADE MANOR was held from the early 13th century by a family who assumed Whipsnade as a surname. In 1228 one Adam de Whipsnade conveyed land in this parish to the parson of the church, (fn. 5) and in the same year was disputing with William de Eltedon concerning land in Studham. (fn. 6) Richard 'dominus' of Whipsnade, possibly a member of the same family, occurs as a witness in a transfer of land in 1305. (fn. 7) He appears to have been followed by William de Whipsnade, possibly the person of that name who in 1321 received pardon for giving land in mortmain to St. Bartholomew's, Smithfield, without a licence. (fn. 8) His son Nicholas had succeeded him in 1340, in which year he granted a piece of land in the parish with hedge and ditch to Walter de Woburn. (fn. 9) Nicholas had a son Gilbert, who some years earlier in 1323 had made a grant of land in Whipsnade and Eaton. (fn. 10) From him the Whipsnade property, which about this time begins to be called a manor, passed to Philip de Whipsnade, who died some time before 1350.
He left four daughters as co-heirs?Margery wife of Richard Raven, Christina wife of Henry de Walton, Alice and Joan. In 1350 the three first-named sisters were engaged in a suit with John de Swynnerton regarding their respective shares in the manor. They placed their shares in the trusteeship of John de Linley, who released his right in 'a messuage with curtilage and land' in Whipsnade to Margery and Christina in 1356. In addition to his wife's share, Richard Raven acquired that of Christina in 1361 ( and that of Joan in 1369. The portion of Joan may possibly be sought in the lands right in which Matilda daughter of Nicholas yielded to John Raven in 1391. Whipsnade Manor passed from the Ravens to Nicholas Tettesworth some time previous to 1412, at which date John son of Nicholas conveyed his right there to John Haldenby and Margery his wife.
- Margaret Raven b: ABT 1388