John Grigsby
(Abt 1495-1550)


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Margaret Sharp

John Grigsby 2

  • Born: Abt 1495, Maidstone, Kent, England
  • Marriage: Margaret Sharp about 1525 in All Saints Parish Church, Loose, Kent, England
  • Died: 19 Jan 1550, Willesborough Parish, Kent, England about age 55

bullet  General Notes:

Have seen death year listed as 1548-49


In London when retained by Queen Catherine of Aragon as clerk of her Council and Registrar of her Chancery. He was also Clerk of the Council under Queen Anne Boleyn

Calendar of Letters, vol. 4, part 3, page 2732 (1529) King Henry VIII,

"Queen Catherine of Aragon:
payment of household expenses, alms, tithes. In addition to payment of wages to officers of the Queens lands, etc. then following:

To John Grigby, clerk of the Queen's Council
Registrar of her Chancery - 5 lbs."


Calendar of Letters, vol. 7, (1534) 25 King Henry VIII,

"Queen Anne Boleyn:
payment of household expenses, alms, tithes. In addition to payment of wages to officers of Queens lands.

To John Grigby, clerk of the Council - 5 lbs."


Probably buried in Mersham Churchyard, Kent, England


Alternate birth place: London, Norfolk, Lincolnshire
Alternate death place: Mersham, Kent, England


Commited suicide by drowning and all possessions confiscated by the Crown. There exists an Inquistion Post Mortem dated 15 June 1550 in the Public Record Office, Chancery Lane, London that lists the facts, witnesses and a list of his possesions:

From the Public Record Office, Chancery Lane, London:

"Inquistion Post Mortem
15 June 1550

Kent: Inquistion indented taken at Ayssshetisford (Ashford) in the county aforesaid
the fifth day of the month of June in the fourth year of the reign of our sovereign Lord Edward the Sixth (15 June 1550) by the grace of God of England France and Ireland King defender of the faith and on earth supreme head of the church of England and Ireland. Before John Toke Esq escheator of the said lord the king in the county aforesaid by virtue of the office of Escheator aforesaid upon the oath of John Taylor of Shadockesherst, Laurence Colman, Nicholas Hawke, Simon Fagg, Thomas Marshall, Robert Gransden, Thomas Hall of Wye, William Igulden, Stephen Affryth, John Ayssherst of Bever, Robert Cavell, and John Smert, good and lawful men of the county aforesaid. Who say upon their oathes that a certain John Grygby of Mersham in the county aforesaid, gentleman who on the nineteenth day of the month of January in the 3rd year of the reign of the said Lord King (19 January 1550) at Wyllesberough in the county aforesaid, voluntarily and feloniously
committed suicide by drowning himself on the said nineteenth day of January possessed as of his proper goods of and in diverse good and cattles and other utensils written below to the value of sixty pounds and more. That is to say, of four quarters of wheat, ten quarters of barley, seven carucates of hay, one horse, two geldings, eight heifers, twelve cows, one bull, twenty and four draught animals and bullocks, ten calves, nineteen lambs, eight pigs and ten piglets and four beds with their appurtenances. But of what other further cattle or utensils the said John had at the time of his drowning the jurors aforesaid are ignorant. In testimony of which thing to one part of this present inquistion indented remaining in the possession of the aforesaid escheator, the aforesaid jurors have put their seals to the other
proper part to the same indented inquistion remaining with the aforesaid John Taylor, first juror, the aforesaid escheator has placed his seal, the day, place and year abovesaid.

Signatures: John Taylor, Robert Gransdyn, Thomas Hall, William Igulden, (various marks)

Possessions at death:
about 1120 acres or 840 Kentish land acres,
Four quarters of wheat,
Ten quarters of barley,
Seven carucates of hay,
Twenty-four draught animals & bullocks,
One horse & two geldings,
Twelve cows, one bull,
Eight heifers, ten calves,
Nineteen lambs,
Eight pigs & ten piglets,
Four beds with their appurtenances,
Diverse goods & other utensils,
to the value of Sixty Pounds and more.

John Grygby/Grygesbye, gentleman of Mersham, Kent, England
died: 19 January 1550, Wyllesborough Parish in Kent
Inquistion: 15 June 1550, Ashford"


John married Margaret Sharp, daughter of Alexander Sharp and Johanna Brode, about 1525 in All Saints Parish Church, Loose, Kent, England. (Margaret Sharp was born about 1505 in Loose, Kent, England, christened in All Saints Parish Church, Loose, Kent, England, died on 26 Jul 1563 in Loose, Kent, England and was buried in All Saints Parish Church, Loose, Kent, England.)

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