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John Washbourne, I
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Birth: 1451
Wychavon District
Worcestershire, England
Death: May 6, 1517
Stafford Borough
Staffordshire, England

Sir John Washborn (8) (~1451-1517)

Wife: 1st: Lady Joan Mitton (also spelled Mytton)


Robert Washborn, b. ~ 1476, married Eleanor Staples, predeceased his father; left sons, John and Norman
John Washborn, b. ~ 1479, ancestor of our Washburn lineage
Walter Washborn, b. ~ 1481, who was Executor of his father's will, 1517; descendants not found
Francis Washborn, b. ~ 1483

2nd Spouse: Elizabeth Monington, to whom the following children were born:

Anthony Washborn
Richard Washborn

Sir John Washborn was the eldest son and heir of Sir Norman and Elizabeth (Kniveton) Washborn. He was born no later than 1454 in Wichenford, Worcestershire, England. He was recorded in 1496-1497, 1513-1514, and probably 1514-1515, as one of the Commissioners appointed to raise subsidies.

It was during the lifetime of this ancestor of the American Washburn family that Christopher Columbus made the discovery of the Americas and travel between Europe and the New World began.

Sir John Washborn's first wife was Joan Mitton, the daughter of William Mitton De Weston and Margaretta (Corbett) Mitton of Weston in Staffordshire. Her father was Sheriff of Staffordshire during the mid-1400's and Lord of Weston, Staffordshire.

During the reign of Henry IV, one of the Bourbon princes was confined in the Washbourne's house and was killed by Joan. She was considered to be selfish and ambitious. An interesting yarn is that after Joan's death, her ghost with a dagger in its hand was seen in the murdered Prince's chamber at midnight on Saint Mary Magdalene's Eve. Another folklore is that every year, when the Lammas moon was at its full, Joan was seen riding in a silver boat drawn by four white swans nine times around the moat, carrying a golden harp and singing beautifully.

The second wife of Sir John Washborn was Elizabeth Monington, described as a lady of Herefordshire.

Sir John Washborn made his Will on May 3, 1517. Its provisions demonstrated the fervent loyalty to the Catholic faith of our English ancestors. Sir John bequeathed his soul to Almighty God, "our Blessed Virgin Mary and all the holy company in Heaven." He ordered that his body should lie in the Chancel of Saint Michael in Wichenford, England. Bequests were additionally made to the "Mother Church of our Blessed Virgin of Worcester," and to "the High Altar of Saint Michael of Wichenford." The Will stated that the parishioners of Wichenford were to have his red damask gown, to be made into a Cope to be used in Wichenford Church. A full copy of his Will can be found in the book The Washbourne Family written by Reverend James Davenport, Vicar of Wichenford, first published in 1907. In his Will, Sir John mentioned a daughter whose name was Ann. However, genealogical researchers have not uncovered any additional information on this potential offspring.

Following his death, Sir John Washbourne's remains were laid in the Church of Saint Michael in Wichenford in a tomb of alabaster on the opposite side of the Chancel from his grandfather. The tomb has long ago disappeared, but it's inscription described John Washborn as a Knight, the son and heir of Norman Washborn, Knight.
Family links: 
  Norborne Washbourne (1420 - 1479)
  John Washbourne (1480 - 1546)*
*Calculated relationship
John WASHBOURNE B: Abt 1451
Stanford, Worcester, , England
D: 6 May 1517
Witchenford, Worcestershire, England
M: Abt 1454
Of, Weston, Staffordshire, England

Joan MYTTON B: Abt 1455
Of, , Staffordshire, England

Created by: Tammy Joy Tanner
Record added: Jan 25, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 84004017

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