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Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 14/09/2009 12:02
Regarding the de-Usfleet/Usflete (etc.) family:
In Adlingfleet Parish Church there are coats-of-arms and on two of the Haldenby family coats-of-arms are Usflete family quarterings with three fleur-de-lis's on and also a quartering on them for the Ella/Ellay family, they having also three fleur-de-lis's on and in Wighill Parish Church near Tadcaster, there is the Stapleton tomb. On one of their coats-of-arms is a quartering for the Usflete family, i.e. a Johanna, etc. (Joan) de-Usflete having married into the Stapleton family of Wighill.
It is said that in Whitgift Parish Church there is or once was an Usflete coat-of-arms. Does anyone know of this?.
Also, the chapel in Ousefleet that was ordered to be demolised not long after it was built, was it the same one that Sr John de-Usflete commissioned and licenced (if it was granted?)
to have a chaplain, or another one?, and what named-saint was it sanctified with, Whitgift Parish Church being sanctified to St.Mary Magdalen.
Raymond E.O.Ella.
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 20/11/2009 14:13
Regarding my earlier message:
There are some brass stall-plates for Beauchamp in St.George's Chapel, Windsor, one having a quartering for the Ufflete/Usflete family on the coat-of-arms. There is also another brass stall-plate for one of the Sir Miles Stapletons.

Kind regards,
Raymond E.O.Ella.
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 20/11/2009 14:54
In St.Mary's Church in the centre of Oxford, there is a stone slab reading in a base mixture of old Norman-French thus 'MAGISTER GUALTERUS DEULFLEET LACET HIC, DEUS anima misereatus'. This is for a 'Walter de-Uflete'. The stone wording is now in poor condition. It has been moved about the church more than once and now it is placed at the very back of the chancel.

Kind regards,
Raymond E.O.Ella.
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 20/11/2009 15:12
More on Ufflete/Usflete (other early variants):
In Lacock Parish Church, Wiltshire, there is the Baynard family monument and various quartered coats-of-arms, two being for Stapleton and Ufflete/Usflete.

Kind regards,
Raymond E.O.Ella.
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 20/11/2009 16:02
Ufflete/Usflete (etc.):
In the Parish Church, Cheltenham, once belonging to the nunnery of Sion, there is the Lygon monument with quartered coats-of-arms, two being for Furnival and Ufleet (another early variant of the surname).

Kind regards,
Mr.& Mrs. Raymond E.O.Ella.
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 21/11/2009 15:34
More from Raymond E.O.Ella on Usflete (other early phonetic or variant scribe-forms):

Kirby Stephen Parish Church, Cumbria:
WARTON monument:
3 of the quartered coats-of-arms are for Furnival, Ufflett (other variants) and Stapleton.

Note: the Usflete coats-of-arms are often quartered by other families long after the main Yorkshire branch of the Usflete family became extinct on the paternal descent.

Kind regards,
Mr.& Mrs.Raymond & Marie Ella.
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 22/11/2009 16:13
Regarding the Haldenby shields in Adlingfleet parish church:

When the historian J.Hunter (or someone on his behalf) viewed the quarterings on the 2 Haldenby shields in Adlingfleet church for his book on an area he called South Yorkshire, the 7th quartering (or 3rd on the bottom row left to right) for ELLA was wrongly attributed to CORBRIDGE, indeed J.Hunter (or another person) was confused with the heraldic usage of "dancettee (dancetty, etc.)" and "indented".
The "dancettee" is a dancing/zigzaged band/line and mainly has 3 top points/peaks and differs from the "indented" heraldic form.
The ELLA coat-of-arms is: 'Sable a fess dancettee surmounted of 3 fleur-de-lis Or.', and came-into the Haldenby family via USFLETE, their coat-of-arms also having 3 fleur-de-lis but in another heraldic-order and other tinctures are used.
Note: Or is gold, Sable is black and 3 fleur-de-lis are 3 flowers of the lily.

Kind regards,
Mr.& Mrs.Raymond & Marie Ella.
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 22/11/2009 17:12
Regarding the early Usflete (other variants) family:
For more information, type Raymond E.O.Ella in a searchbox and click. This should locate some pages on the Usflete family.

Kind regards,
Mr.& Mrs.Raymond & Marie Ella.
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 23/11/2009 21:38
Regarding my previous message on St.Mary's Church in the centre of Oxford:
The following was not included in my previous message for Walter de-Ulfleet (other variants): 'MESTRE WALTER DEULFLEET GIST? YCI? DEUESA ALME CYT? MERCY'. This was the base mixture of the old Norman-French script, yet some letters are now missing from the stone. The earlier message was for a Latin translation, Gualterus meaning Walter.

Kind regards,
Mr.& Mrs. Raymond & Marie Ella.
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 27/11/2009 20:21
Another for Ufflete (etc.):

West Twyford Parish Church (the one in old Middlesex county):
MOYLE family monument:
On the Moyles family coat-of-arms the 7th and 8th quarterings are for Ufflete/Usflete (etc.) and Furnival.

Kind regards,
Raymond & Marie Ella (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 29/11/2009 18:26
More on Usflete/Ufflete (etc.):
On a 15th century illuminated manuscript:
Sir John Beauchamp. Arms: quarterly: 1 & 4 Gules a fess Or, between 6 martlets (3,3) of the second: 2 & 3, [Usflete/Ufflete]Argent, on a fess Azure 3 fleur-de-lis Or. The shield: ensigned with a nobleman's helm. Crest: Issuant out of a ducal coronet Gules, a swan's head Argent, beaked of the first between 2 sets of wings addorsed Sable. Mantling: Gules doubled Ermine.

Kind regards,
Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr. & Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 30/11/2009 16:40
St.Nicholas Church, Alcaster, Warwickshire:
Alter-tomb effigies of Sir Falke Greville, died 1559 or 1560, and Lady Elizabeth (Willoughby), died 1562 or 1565:
At the footend of the tomb (1) a shield with the quartered Greville arms, (2) a lozenge with 20 Willoughby quarterings and between them (3) a small shield for Beauchamp quartering Usflete/Ufflete.

Kind regards,
Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 30/11/2009 19:54
Regarding previous message:
Lady Elizabeth Willoughby was the wife of Sir Falke Greville.

Kind regards,
Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr. & Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 01/12/2009 09:25
Alcaster is now Alcester.

Raymond & Marie.
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 02/12/2009 10:26
Usflete/Ufflete coat-of-arms quartered on Sir John Beauchamp of Powyk's (Powick, etc.) stall-plate in St.George's Chapel, Windsor:
This is not in brass, indeed sometimes documented so, but made of copper and silvered.This has a norrow gilded border. It bears the Arms quarterly: 1 & 4, Gules a fess and 6 martlets Or. (for Beauchamp of Powyk); 2 & 3, Argent on a fess Azure 3 fleur-de-lis Or. (Usflete/Ufflete). It is with a silver helm garnised with gold with a red mantling with gold branches and Ermine lining. The Crest is a swan's head silver, beak Gules and the wings Sable, issuing from a crown Gules. In the base is a gilt scroll inscribed thus: John.Lord.Beauchamp.
Or is "gold". Argent is "silver". Sable is "black". Gules is "red". Azure is "blue" and 3 fleur-de-lis are "3 flowers of the lily". Ermine is one of the furs used in heraldry. Martlets are "birds". Other Beauchamp coats-of-arms differ.

Kind regards,
Raymond & Mrie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 02/12/2009 10:36
Usflete/Ufflete quartered coat-of-arms on Sir John Beauchamp of Powyk's (Powick, etc.) stall-plate in St.George's Chapel, Windsor:
Often this is documented being made of brass, but it is indeed copper. See my article under "Ousefleet & Reedness" for more information on this copper stall-plate that I posted today. I give the blazons of both Usflete/Ufflete and Sir John Beauchamp of Powyk's coats-of-arms. Other Beauchamp coats-of-arms differ.

Kind regards,
Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr. & Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 02/12/2009 10:42
Please note:
Go to "Adlingfleet" for much more information on the copper stall-plate in St.George's Chapel Windsor for Sir John Beauchamp of Powyk quartering Usflete/Ufflete (etc.).

Kind regards,
Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr. & Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 04/12/2009 18:38
East Riding of Yorkshire Archives, Beverley:
Mrs.Christian Smith Documents:
Usflet (other early scribe-forms) family are mentioned:
Amongst this collection is DDCS/25/6. It mentions Dame Isabel Usflet [Isabella de-Ella/Ellay] widow of [the first] Gerard Usflet and mother of [the second] Gerard Usflet, etc., the year being 1351.
Amongst the 'Placita De Banco Rolls' (Common Pleas) at the National Archives (once The Public Record Office), there are some for members of the Usflet family, e.g., two at least that mention Dame Isabella Usflet, widow and Dowager of Gerard Usflet and mother of [the second] Gerard Usflet, etc.
The third Sir Gerard Usflet/Ufflett took to France for King Henry the 5th a small troop of lancers and archers. They were at the battle of Agincourt. He lived that battle but later died in 1420 while still in France.

Kind regards,
Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 05/12/2009 10:14
Isabella de-Ellay (Isabel de-Ella) is listed for Whitgift/Ousefleet in the Yorkshire Poll Tax for year 1379. She paid the tax because she was widowed. Note: often ladies, be they widowed or not, still used their family name (maiden-surname) for various reasons. Some ladies did start using their maiden-surname after being widowed for various reasons such as inheritance, etc.
However, this lady mentioned was Dame Isabella de-Usflet, widow and Dowager of the first Sir Gerard de-Usflet (other variants).

Kind regards,
Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 11/12/2009 08:40
Lay Subsidy (Poll-Tax) for Adlingfleet, year 1379:
Nicholaus (Nicholas) Oufflet (Usflete/Ufflete, etc.), Isabella, uxor (wife), ejus, ffrankeleyn (franklin, freeholder of a large amount of land), x1.d.
This Nicholas was related to widow Isabella de-Ellay/Ella of nearby Whitgift.
St.Mary Magdalene Parish Church, Whitgift, (just near the Ousefleet village border sign): This church has (or had) 3 bells and the 2nd or middle one had /has on the name 'Tho[mas] Ella, Ch[urch] Warden, year 1792.

Kind regards,
Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 14/12/2009 08:19
Selby Abbey, Yorkshire: Tomb of Margery de-Pickworth's effigy has holding in one hand a small shield for Usflete/Ufflete. She had been widowed to Sir Walter de-Usflete. There is also the tomb of her second husband Hugh de-Pickworth (14th century, i.e., 1300s) who held the manor of "Elley/Ellay/Ella" (Kirk Ella, earlier Elveley) jointly with Sir ............Ellay/Ella.

Kind regards,
Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 14/12/2009 09:12
More on Selby Abbey:
When I was on a visitation to Selby Abbey some years ago, I also noticed another tomb that had been screened-off from visitors. It is badly mutilated with hammer, mace and sword marks.There is no-doubt on examination that this was an effort sometime in the past to disguise who the tomb was for.

Kind regards,
Raymond E.O.Ella.
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 14/12/2009 14:21
Yorkshire Archaeological Society Journal, vol.V111, (v.10), (printed in 1884), page 2:

The above inscription is/was in Normanton Church c.1619 (but much older) and is for the Rector named William de-Usflete.

Kind regards,
Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 18/12/2009 14:15
A short Usflete family pedigree compiled by using manuscripts in the National Archives (Pacita De Banco Rolls/Common Pleas 14th century, i.e., 1300s,) and the Mrs.Christian Smith Documents at the East Riding of Yorkshire Archives, Beverley (ref.DDCS/5/1, DDCS/25/1 to 6):

Robert de-Useflet, is son being Sir Walter de-Useflet who was married to Margery. Their son Sir John de-Useflet married Loretta (Lora) de-Furnival, daughter of Sir Gerard de-Furnivall (Furnival) of Swanland. John and Lora's son was [the first] Sir Gerard de-Useflet who married Dame Isabel [Dowager Isabella de-Ellay/Ella]. Their son was [the second] Sir Gerard de-Useflet,
[he may have married more than once]. His son was [the third] Sir Gerard de-Useflet.
This is a true pedigree, indeed later Usflete (other early scribe-forms) pedigrees and also those compiled in the 16th century
have errors.

Kind regards,
Raymond E.O.Ella.
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 18/12/2009 15:03
Placita De Banco Rolls/Common Pleas (14th century, i.e., 1300s) regarding the Useflete family: The Mrs.Christian Smith Documents at the East Riding of Yorkshire Archives regarding the Usefletes and Furnivals are for the early 13th century, late 13th century (1200s) and 14th century, i.e., year 1317, year 1325, year 1350 and year 1351. There is also a mss for the year 1405 (ref.DDCS/25/7).

Kind regards,
Raymond E.O.Ella.
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 22/12/2009 11:59
Scotland in the year 1298, documents relating to the campaign of King Edward 1st. The Battle of Falkirk (edited by H.Gough, published in 1888 by A.Gardner, publishers to Her Majesty the Queen [Victoria]:
In the published mss there is mention of a Johannes (John) de-Useflet, Hugo (Hugh) de-Pikeworthe (Pickworth), Brianus (Brian) de-Jay, he being the Preceptor Grand-Master of The Knights Templar in England & Scotland (killed fighting on the English side), Andrea (Andrew) de-Elle (Ella), Stephanus (Stephen) de-Elleye (Ella). These others were also on the King's side.
Hugh de-Pickworth held the manor of Elveley (Elley.Ellay/Ella, later Kirk Ella) jointly with Sir.Ella, knight.
Kind regards,
Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 22/12/2009 14:18
Note: before Robert the Bruce's supremacy over Scotland and the English there, parts of Scotland, e.g., Midlothian areas were under English rule, so there were English Templars amongst the Scottish Knights Templar Order, one example being a John de-Huseflete (Husflete/Usflet) who for 2 years from 1304 to 1306 was the Preceptor Master at Balantrodoch (now called the village of Temple), near Roslyne (Roslin) and Rosewell villages.
Extra note: The Hollywood film about William Wallace makes some people wrongly conclude that W.Wallace was called "Braveheart". However, it was Robert the Bruce that was proudly nicknamed this title later by his men.
Kind regards,
Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 23/12/2009 17:00
Correction from posting by me 22/11/2009:

The two Haldenby family shields in Adlingfleet Parish Church, one with their first crest and 8 quarterings, the other with 8 quarterings on the head panel of Francis Haldenby's tomb (no crest):
The Ella family coat-of-arms quartered is 3rd from the left, not right and direclty above is Usflete's.

Kind regard,
Raymond E.O.Ella.
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 15/01/2010 17:38
The English aristocracy at war: from the Welsh wars of Edward 1st to the Battle of Bannockburn, by (Dr.) David Simpkin (2008 ed.): Page 57: a mention of John de-Usflete amongst the English in Wales and that he was later in Scotland at Falkirk (in 1298) and Caerlaverock (in 1300).

Kind regards,
Raymond E.O.Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 27/01/2010 14:25
Regarding Loretta de-Furnival/Usflete:

Caldecote in the county of Hertford:
St.Mary Magdalene Church, Caldecote & Caldecote Manor:
The patron of the church in 1239 was Gerard de-Furnivall (Furnival), grandfather of the Gerard de-Furnival who held the Manor in 1287. The Manor was conveyed after Gerard to William Hurst, but rent was to be paid to Gerard de-Furnival's daughter Loretta (Lora), wife of John de-Usflete, the main branch of John's family having their worshiping at the church of St.Mary of the Magdalene in Whitgift near Ouesfleet (Ousefleet).

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 02/02/2010 21:26
Book:The Reign of Henry the Fith, by J,Wylie & W.T.Waugh (Cambridge University Press, vol.3, 1929 ed.):
The English siege at Cherbourg (Normandy in France), year 1418, on page 110: Gerard Usflete [the 3rd.] was amongst those in charge of the surender of the French.
He died while in France 2 years later.

Kind regards,
Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 05/02/2010 11:48
Two John de-Usfletes in Scotland, !, at the same time or one shortly after the other, i.e., father and son:

C.Moor's Knights of Edward 1, (5 vols., published 1929-32), by the Harleian Society, 1xxx-1xxxiv.:
Sir John Usflete is mentioned and that he died about 1301 or 1302, also a mention he had a son John.
It is more likely that the John Usflete who was a Preceptor-Master of the Knights Templar in Scotland c.1304-6 was the son
and his father earlier had been in the Welsh wars on the English side and later in the Scotland.

Kind regards,
Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 05/02/2010 12:19
A mention of John Usflete [juniour] in E.Gooder's Temple Balsall:
The Warwickshire Preceptory of the Templars and their fate. 1995 edition, publ. by Phillimore & Co., Ltd.
Knights Templar, etc:
Calendarium Genealogicum, by C.Roberts (1865 ed.): In vol.1 page 451 is item 146: GERARDUS DE FURNYVILL' ET RICARDUS DE ARRAZ---pro MAGISTRO ET FRATRISBUS MILITIAE TEMPLI IN ANGLIA. Inq. ad q.d.
In vol.2 page 623 item 31 there is a mention of Lora, daughter of one of the Gerard de-Furnivals and Lora's husband John Usflete [Lora and John were the parents of the first Gerard de-Usflete and John de-Usflete juniour].

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 08/02/2010 20:51
Sir Gerard Usflete (the first one):
He and Edward the Prince of Wales were both knighted together 22nd. May 1306. Gerard then was ordered by King Edward the 1st to meet him at York. He was later at Battle Bridge 24th June 1312 and was to also be with the English in Scotland June 1314. He was to be a Knight for Yorkshire at the Great Council of Westminster, 9th May 1324.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 12/02/2010 18:17
Northern parts of Suffolk is/was part of the Archdeaconry of Norfolk and in 1335 there was an Archdeacon of Norfolk named Robert de Usflete. He is documented "being from Ousfleet" (Ousefleet).
There were branches of Ufflets/Usflets (etc.) in Suffolk long ago and a branch of them were "alive" in 1612 for an Herald's Visitation. They were of Somerleyton. The Ufflets/Usflets (etc) of Suffolk had the same coat-of-arms has the Yorkshire senior branches.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).

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Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 12/02/2010 19:12
In the British Library Mss Department there are quite a few mss for the Clopton family, e.g., branches in Suffolk.
There is Harl.5861 and in this there is a mention of one of the John Uffletes of Somerleyton in Suffolk having married a daughter of the Clopton family of Suffolk. Also,Harl.1560 folio 5
mentions Clopton of Suffolk coats-of-arms and one quartered (7th) with the scribe-form 'Uffleete', blazon: Argent (silver) on a fess Azure (blue) 3 fleurs-de-lis Or (gold). This is the same as the Yorkshire branch's.
Note: although there my be more than 4 connected families on a coat-of-arms, they are still called "quarterings".
Later heraldic artists sometimes substitute yellow for gold and white for silver, but in early heraldry, these were not true heraldic tinctures.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 12/02/2010 20:28
The Ufflete/Usflete family of Somerleyton in Suffolk c.1612:
It is said there once was their family Crest in the parish church.
Note: a Crest is only part of a coat-of-arms, indeed the Crest being an item seated on top of a shield/coat-of-arms, e.g., a crown, bird or whatever was granted.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 13/02/2010 12:17
The Uffleet/Usflete/Ousflet (other early variants) Coat-of-Arms:

So, yellow and white have been used by some heraldic artists to substitute Or (gold) and Argent (silver), one reason being that silver and gold-leaf was exspensive and time consuming and often on a manuscripts these tinctures or at least Argent (silver) would be left blank on a shield.
So, I have seen the Usflete coat-of-arms tinctured with yellow and white, but once again yellow and white were not early true heraldic tinctures and the correct usage on an illustrated Usflete coat-of-arms should be silver (Argent) and gold (Or) and indeed blue (Azure).
I don't use the word "colour" with heraldry because there are metals and also pelts (furs), e.g., ermine, etc., hence the old term "tinctures".
A problem with old illuminated heraldic mss: If silver and gold were used many years after the leafing of these tinctures may have pealed off or become loose. Also, often these two metals were mixed with other substances to make them go further and keep costing low and another reason was these metals were not always readily-available.
Over the years, on some heraldic illumated mss, Argent (silver) had tarnished and looks Sable (black) and also Or (gold) looks a rusty brown, one reason being because they have "oxidised" over many years.
Note: sometimes the pelt (fur) ermine was used on the Usflete coat-of-arms.
If anyone has a coat-of-arms today and yellow and white have been used, then check the original written blazon for it.

Kind regards,
Raymond E.O.Ella.
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 20/02/2010 19:14
3 fleurs-de-lis, e.g., Ella and Uffleet (Usflete, etc.) coats-of-arms:
When there are 3 flowers of the lily (3 fleurs-de-lis) on a coat-of-arms it implies the trinity (three-in-one).
There is today the Order of the Holy Ghost, but there was an earlier Order not the same, it was the Frence Royal Order of the Holy Ghost and it was headed by the King of France in 1578 and on their coat-of-arms was 3 fleurs-de-lis, i.e., father, son and the holy ghost (three-in-one).
This Order consisted of Dames (ladies of gender-equality) and 100 male Knights. This religious Order was previously known as The Order of St.Michael. However, the Order was changed because of controversies, one being a smaller further fleur-de-lis, not on the shield with the 3 larger others, but on top of the Crest of a crown, the Crest being on top of the shield. This smaller crested singular fleur-de-lis before the Order changed in 1578 symbolised a very special lady and not the one most would think,!.
The fleur-de-lis was a very early popular heraldic emblem and used in many countries, yet mainly European and became also fashionable when the Norman-French came into Britain after 1066.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 24/02/2010 22:19
John de Usflete, Preceptor-Master of the Knights Templar in Scotland, c.1304-1306: (brother of the lst.Sir Gerard de Usflete):
During the period of the capitulation of the Templars John de Usflete (Huseflete/Husflete, etc.) was accused of many disgusting "hysterical" things while in Scotland, but he was acquitted at an inquisition and it is documented he then "fled overseas", but he did not.
FASTI EBORACENSES, "Lives of the Archbishops of York", by W.H.Dixon & J.Raine, published 1863 by Longman, Green, etc., and Roberts: Page 373, Archbishop Greenfield, period 1304-1315. There is a mention of the Templars imprisoned in York castle awaiting for their confessions to be heard and one of these Templars was John de Usflete,!. After the confessions it was concluded that most of what the Templars were accused of was just hearsay and their fate was not execution but to serve penance in various religious establishments in the areas of York.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 26/02/2010 14:06
The early Usflete (other scribe-forms) family of Ousefleet:

At the outset, this family were indeed of Ousefleet village, but members of this family soon gained notoriety and wealth, one example being a marriage into the Furnival family of Swanland near West Ella and North Ferriby, East Riding of Yorkshire, i.e., one of the John Usfletes who married Lora (Loretta) Furnival, daughter of Gerard Furnival of Swanland, then later members of the Usfletes had by inheritance property and lands in Swanland.
Later, also via a marriage into the Usflete family, a branch of the Haldenbys were living and owning property in Swanland.
The parish church of North Ferriby was rebuilt in 1848 and in the previous church there once was Haldenby monuments, but they were never placed inside the new church.
" We invite you to check it out", i.e., names, dates, etc.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 28/02/2010 10:02
The surname Useflete and variant scribe-forms of that sounding:

Often this surname is documented "Ufflete" and variant scribe-forms of that, but one could say it is a wrong "phonetic", one example being thus:
In English, an old style for the letter "s" looks more like a single letter "f" or double "ff", so when indexes are being compiled to locate manuscripts in libraries, archives and record offices, sometimes this is not understood, so names such as Useflete (and variants of that sounding) become UFFLETE (and variants of this sounding). So, the first part of the name should sound "US" or "USE" or "OUSE", not "UFF". Even the early scribe-form Huseflete is a more rearer-phonetic than Ufflete, but the changing of dialects in any part of any country in any language is "on-going". Then, given time, the whole language can change with incorporated words from other languages. We have an example with modern English, indeed there are very few people today that can read and speak Anglo-Saxon (OLD-ENGLISH).

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 04/03/2010 16:34
Typing error in our previous posting should read "nearer-phonetic".

Ray & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 24/03/2010 10:12
The third Sir Gerard de-Usflete, died 1420:

He married Elizabeth FitzAlan c.1414, Elizabeth at that time from a previous married had been Dutchess of Norfolk. She died c.1425 and was a daughter of Earl Richard FitzAlan of Arundel.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 24/03/2010 10:44

Thomas Bozon of Barrowby in Lincolnshire married Anne, daughter and heir of Gerard Usflete; one of the sisters and coheirs of Sir Gerard Ufflete (Usflete); great-grandchild and heir of Loretta (Lora), daughter and heir of Gerard de-Furnival of Swanland near North Ferriby.
The first name Gerard descended from the Furnival family into the Usflete family.
Bozon (Boson/Bosun/Bosom, etc.) coat-of-arms: Argent (silver) 3 bird-bolts Gules (red). Same Arms for the Bozun branch of Nottinghamshire.
British Library Mss Department: Harl.MS.1550. Add.MSS.5812, f.173b (Egerton Collection). Also: "Lincolnshire Pedigrees" vol.1, edited by The Revd.Canon A.R.Maddison, published in 1902 by the Harleian Society.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 24/03/2010 11:26
Three more sisters of the third Sir Gerard Usflete:

Joan (Johanna) maried Sir Miles Stapleton of Wighill.
Katherine (Catherine) married Sir William Beauchamp of Powyk (Powick).
Isabella (grandchild of Isabella de-Ellay/Ellay and the first Sir Gerard Usflete) married Robert Haldenby, his monumental stone being bedded into the floor inside Adlingfleet Parish Church.
Futher note: The Usflete family later held property in Wighill, but their main early abodes were Ousefleet and then Swanland near North Ferriby, but also areas of Lincolnshire.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 24/03/2010 12:20
The problem with not-contemporary documentation, e.g., 16th century (1500s) regarding the Usflete family:
First of all, one of the best Heralds in said century was Robert Glover, c.1580s.

Most of these 16th century documents only list two of the three Sir Gerard Usfletes and confuse the placement of spouses, but there were three Sir Gerard Usfletes and I know of another, but he was not knighted, so hence "three Sirs". Also, on "not-contemporary" documents in the 16th century and copied in later centuries, there is no mention of the first Sir Gerard Usflete's wife Dame Isabella de-Ellay (de-Ella) who was mother of the second Sir Gerard Usflete. However, if we go back further to the 14th century (1300s) and the early 15th century (1400-1420) "there is contemporary" documentation while said persons "were alive" and indeed we can conclude by original documentation, e.g., Common Pleas (Placita de Banco Rolls) and other Mss that there were three Sir Gerard de-Usfletes and indeed a mention of Dame Isabella wife of the first Gerard de-Usflete and the true mother of the next, indeed while she "was still alive",!.

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Raymond E.O.Ella, (author-historian).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 07/04/2010 17:49
New find:
British Library Mss Department, Harl.111, C.21 (charter number 21) year c.1293.
This includes an award to destroy the chapel in Ousefleet.

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Raymond E.O.Ella, (author-historian).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 18/04/2010 20:01
There was long ago an ecclesiastical struggle regarding the village of Ousefleet, i.e., should it be in Adlingfleet parish or the parish of Whitgift. However, this would not be a reason for a council of the Bishops to order the destruction of the newly built special Christian worship-place in Ousefleet, nor was it a defect in its construction and whatever the outcome what parish Ousefleet should belong to the new chapel would have remained standing. The reason was a highly controvertial religious one that was quickly rejected by officials of what had become by then the established Christian faith in Britain, this long-long before the Reformation.
The Usflete family's flowers of the lily:
Although their coat-of-arms had 3 fleurs-de-lis on, the survival of some manuscripts of members of the Usflete family have a wax seal of a singular fleur-de-lis on.

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Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 20/04/2010 16:49
Usfletes visiting their family branch in Swanland near North Ferriby:

Their journey started in Ousefleet village/hamlet and first they had to cross the river Use (Ouse) via the ferry over to Blacktoft, this after c.1308-10 but before then they would cross over to Faxfleet where there once was a Knights Templar Preceptory, making note that the Usfletes before c.1308 were a 'Templar Family' just like a branch of the Furnivals whom they had blood connections with via Dame Loretta de-Furnival.
(One of the last Knights Templar Preceptor-Masters at Faxfleet was Geoffrey Jolif, c.1290-c.1301.).
After resting-up at Faxfleet, they would by foot or on horseback, or by horse-carts proceed east to Swanland.
This was also the route that the main Usflete family branch would take when on pilgrimage to Beverley but also to the Holy Lands sailing from North Ferriby, but first resting-up at the "Chapel at Ease" in Swanland where they would wash themselves and also in an humble way each others feet, this being a tradition just like the first Jewish-Christians did.
The Chapel at Ease was also known as a "Chantry" where people would be chanting/singing of hymes and swaying/rocking back and forth, be they sitting on the floor or standing. This is what a Chantry was originally for.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 20/04/2010 18:37
North Ferriby Priory, near the abode of a branch of the Usflete and earlier Furnival family, i.e., Swanland being not far away:

The Priory belonged to a very rare Order and there were no other Order like it in England. It was known as "The Prior and Brethren of the House of the Lord's Temple of Jerusalem" for Austin Friars. The Temple church of the Lord in Jerusalem City was dedicated to the Holy Sepulchre (not the Temple of Soloman). However, what was this Priory building before c.1308 in North Ferriby. No, it was not a Knights Templar Preceptory, making note that not far away was a Preceptory in Faxfleet, but this religious building in North Ferriby before it was a Priory and possibly round-domed was frequented by Templars for worship before their preperations for escorting pilgrims to sail to the Holy Lands.
There are manuscripts to suggest that the building that became a Priory in North Ferriby was sanctified to "St.Mary the Virgin" and variations of that, but there is also other early documentation just naming it "St.Marie" (Mary). It was also "very hospitable". It became an hospital for something brought back from the Holy Lands apart from religious artefacts,
i.e., "Leprosy", but some historians that have written about North Ferriby have been very cautious in evading this.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 21/04/2010 11:34
Regarding the Charter c.1293 in my previous posting 7/04/2010:

This is dated c.1293 but the order to destroy the new Chapel in Ousefleet refers to the period 1199-1209. However, the John de-Usflete who applied for a licence to have a chaplain was in c.1294. After c.1209 and later in the life-time of this John de-Usflete, the Chapel was re-built (but was it in the same location?) and ordered again to be destroyed between c.1294-1303, or 1308.
Book: Early Yorkshire Charters, vol. 1, edited by W.Farrer. On page 374 it mentions the period c.1199-1209 and the new Chapel in Ousefleet ordered to be thrown down to its foundations, this for its first construction, but the second time it was built the order for it to be demolished was for another reason.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 04/05/2010 01:22
Scheduled Ancient Monument West of Ousefleet hamlet/village, i.e., once a fortified manor house of Hall Garth:

On a O.S. map (satellite view) grid ref.SE 8250229 (3), this shows what was a moated area with 2 enclosed islands both with stone foundations and Sir John de-Usflete's rejected special Christian Chapel was once there.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 04/05/2010 02:46
Faith of the early Usflete family of Ousefleet and Swanland and related families, e.g., Furnival, etc.:

Before c.1308, a new Christian knowledge was gained by certain Templars and it had a better respect for a certian religious lady. It was part-matriarchal and of gender-equality and for this and other reasons they became none-combatant and no-longer dedicated to the Temple of Soloman, but many other Templars still were and of male dominance, e.g., some having gone into freemasonry. However, the new part-matriarchal Christian faith was soon regarded to be "outrageous" by officials of what had become the established Christian faith and quickly rejected. This "first Reformation" never got a "foot-hold", so to-speak, yet the Reformation that we all know of in the 1500s did. However, ex-Templar families of this new Christian faith became secretly dedicated to it.
Note: The first Roman Emperor who became a Christian held a special meeting to decide what scriptures to keep to form the New Testament of the Holy Bible and after that Christainity had male dominance, but not before. Indeed, many early societies or groups of people were matriarchal, i.e., female council having a good respect from men and they regarding women thus: "the mother earth, giver of birth and blood-line from the chaliced-womb".

Kind regards and May the Son of Man and the Church (love) of God be within You.
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 06/05/2010 11:15
The ill-fated chapel at Ousefleet and the parish church in nearby Whitgift:

Sir John de-Usflete's newly built templed-chapel in Ousefleet was quickly ordered by church officials to be thrown down to its foundations not because of fire damage.
The chapeled-church built c.1130 in Whitgift had a yearly Fair called "Fair of the Blessed Mary Magdalene". This church for various reasons was also ordered to be demolished when it was about only one hundred years old and only one reason is known why today. It was rebuilt again and much later in the year 1304 it was changed with building alterations to be shaped conventionally like other parish churches. This happened in the same decade that Sir John de-Usflete's chapel was ordered to be destroyed.
Because of the "Fair of the Blessed Mary Magdalene", the re-shaped church c.1304 was still sanctified to a very special lady from the magdalanus (Magdalene) family and village of that name, making note that the ground that the previous chapeled-church stood on was already "holy-consecrated" and the building dedicated to "Mary of the Magdalene". Indeed, if this Mary was sanctified, then the church was and still would become 'Saint Mary Magdalene'.
There are many churches in the UK named such yet many were "new-build" after the 1530s Reformation. However, some families connected to the early main-branches of the Usflete family had their worship at various church sanctified to St.Mary Magdalene and these churches were built long before the 1530s Reformation. It was not coincidental,!.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 21/05/2010 00:11
Seals in the British Museum/Library:

Thomas de Useflete, Dean: a red seal of his, year 1347, ref.3584/5. [This Usflete/Useflete was of the conventional Christian faith and not of the earlier part-matriarchal discipline].

North Ferriby: seal inscription, SIGILL' TEMPLI DOMINI DE ANGLIA (?). A possible meaning may be "Temple in England" at North Ferriby, but it was not a Preceptory. It was not dedicated to the Temple of Soloman/Solamon (etc.). Note:this seal is wrongly listed with seals of the Knights-Templars (ref.1xxiv.91). The Temple at North Ferriby via a mother-church in Jerusalem were both dedicated to The Holy Sepulchre.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 06/06/2010 20:03
Wills for 2 of the 3 Sir Gerard Usfletes:

First of all, the first Sir Gerard Usflete and his wife Isabella, maiden surname de-Ella, lived in the Whitgift and Ousefleet areas and very few Wills for that area (Snaith Wills) have survived before c.1400 and it is not known if there "is" or "were" Wills for these two persons. However, the other two Sir Gerard Usfletes have a survival of their Wills at the Borthwick in York (part of the University), their abodes being at Swanland near North Ferriby.
They are printed by the Surtees Society (1836 ed.), v.4 part 1, titled "Testamenta Eboracensia", pages 397 and 340.
Page 340 is for Sir Gerard Usflete of Swanland who died in 1405, indeed the father of the third Gerard whose Will is on page 397, he having died overseas in 1420 and he requests (possibly while dying) that his body be placed in the ABBEY (!) at North Ferriby.
Some historians write that this Will states he asked to be buried in a conventional church at N.Ferriby, but this is not so, indeed it was his father that made this request in his Will of 1405. Some historians also state that Gerard's Will of 1420 has an error and the word Abbey should be Priory at North Ferriby. Yes, by then the worship-place had become a Priory. However, it was a tradition amongst the Usflete family still to call what had become a Priory indeed "an Abbey", because one meaning of "Abbey" is that it is part of another more senior church elsewhere. In this case it was a "cell" or junior worship-place to a very special church in Jerusalem and both having a dedication to the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. When the third Gerard said "Abbey" he meant it.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 08/06/2010 21:36
The second Sir Gerard Usflete's Will (year 1405):

What is meant by "conventional church". Well, most of us today and indeed long ago would just simply shorten it to "convent",!, indeed a convent being a place mainly for nuns but in the case for North Ferriby it was for "brethrens" and "sisters" and another meaning is Abbey and an Abbey is connected to a more senior worship-place. So, "both" the second and third Sir Gerard Usfletes meant what they said when their Wills were being written, because they both wanted their bodies entombed in the same building, yet this special building hath-long since gone. Note: Not the parish church in North Ferriby.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 09/06/2010 13:13
In a recent book titled "Map Addict" it mentions that Ousefleet and area "contains absulutely nothing", etc.,etc.
Although my wife has not been in the area I have a few times and found it to be a very nice place to be and walk-about, including Whitgift and other areas on the other side of Ousefleet, e.g., Adlingfleet and if a person also knows something of the areas history then it is more of an interesting place to know of and visit.

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Posted by Mrs Karen Henderson at 09/06/2010 15:12
The full story of Ousefleet 'containing nothing' was told to me by Tom & Avril Ella when I moved to Ousefleet a few years ago. In 2001 it was confirmed by OS Maps that a grid square behind our house & in front of their farm contained the least detail of any in Great Britain. Tom & Avril were interviewed by the media and the story was featured by, amongst others, The Guardian & the BBC.
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 10/06/2010 19:47
We have read the BBC article.
I found the area very peaceful and to those who know something about its past and certain people from there who became quite substantial in the formation of England, !, it is a special place and part of our heritage and I hope to visit the area again with my wife.

Kind regards,
Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 11/06/2010 20:18
Regarding the 3 previous postings:

I don't know Tom and Avril Ella but I do know a little about a certain Thomas Ella who was a Schoolmaster in Ousefleet in the 18th century (1700s) and it is possible that he originated from the areas of Sancton and Market Weighton, East Riding of Yorkshire, or at least related to the Ella family there.
At the Brymor Jones Library (Hull University) there are some documents for Thomas Ella, Schoolmaster of Ousefleet in connection with Sancton, etc ., e.g., ref.DDHO/34/60, year 1781. ref.DDLA/22/31, year 1781. ref.DDLA/22/29, year 1770. There are other documents that mention this Thomas and some also for other members of the Ella family of Sancton & Market Weighton, some with variant scribe-forms for the surname such as: Elley, Ells, Ellah, Ellar, Eller, Ellay, etc., but mainly Ella. It is possible to search the BJL on-line catalogue and using various first names (John, Nicholas, William, Elizabeth, Ann, etc. etc.) with the variants of Ella I mentioned.
In the parish churchyard at Sancton there are headstones to the family but most would be eroded now?. However, the E.R.Y.Family History Society sometime ago recorded the names/inscriptions and were included in one of their publications.
Some may think the Sancton & Market Weighton Ella/Ellah family came from Denmark yet this is not so. But, some did live in Elsinor in Denmark in the 18th and early 19th? centuries, e.g., James Marshall Ellah (Ella), but they had a Yorkshire origin.
The Ella family branch of Sancton lived in that village at least going back to the 1690s and possibly before.
Note: It is just coincidental that the wife of the first Gerard Usflete named Isabella de-Ellay (Ella) c.14th century (a mention in the 1379 Poll-Tax) lived in the Ousefleet & Whitgift area.

Kind regards,
Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 11/06/2010 20:40
Regarding my Ella family,thus:

I am not from Ousefleet or other near areas but I am a West Riding Yorkshireman and my direct paternal line of descent (including the Leicestershire branches) goes back to the North Riding of Yorkshire c.1674 and possibly before then. However, I think they would have had an East Riding of Yorkshire origin and this goes for anyone surnamed Ella.

Kind regards,
Raymond (now aged 61).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 12/06/2010 08:38
The Ella family of Sancton lived at "Hessleshew" in that parish and it once was a monastic place and not far from there was found deliberately buried an Iron-Age Chariot with parts of others, also in the area there has been Anglo-Saxon objects found.
By reading the said documents (and others not listed) in a previous posting regarding Thomas Ella, Schoolmaster, the Ella families of both Sancton and the Ousefleet areas knew of each other in the 18th century and possibly related.

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Raymond & Marie Ella (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 15/06/2010 13:22
A more modern scribe-form of the place-name mentioned in previous posting is "Hessleskew" but in old documentation there were many forms with such a name and another example is Ousefleet.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 20/06/2010 16:58
Usflete/Usflet family:

Type exactly Isabel de Usflet in a searchbox and click, then go to MRS.CHRISTIAN SMITH'S DOCUMENTS, then scroll-down first to "Swanland" regarding Furnival. After, scroll-down again to "Ousefleet" and click regarding Dame Isabel de Usflet and family.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 20/06/2010 17:37
Regarding our previous posting:
You can also try typing exactly John de Usflet in a searchbox and click, then go to MRS.CHRISTIAN SMITH'S DOCUMENTS and click, then scroll-down to "Ousefleet" and click.
Regarding Furnival: You can also try typing exactly Gerard de Furnivall, Swanland, i.e., in a searchbox and click, then go to said above and click, then scroll-down to "Swanland" and click. These original mss are collection DDCS/5/1 and DDCS/25/1-25/7, at the East Riding of Yorkshire Archives, Beverley.
Note: use the letter "l" twice when typing Furnival (Furnivall,!) and you must use the scribe-form "Usflet".

Kind regards,
Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Patricia Jones at 21/06/2010 17:46
As you are a historian Mr Ella, I wonder if you can tell me where Solhearns farm used to be (probably Reedness)as my great great great grandfather used to farm there.His brother Marmaduke married Elizabeth South nee Ella who died of cholera in 1850.
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 23/06/2010 08:12
Hello Patricia.
Part of this reminds me of the surname Hearn (one meaning being "heron").
If you type "Reedness" and later "Swinefleet" in a searchbox after selecting only "Yorkshire", this will come-up with many documents to do with people and land in said areas and you could also contact the Doncaster Archives to see if they have any "Tithe" maps, tithe meaning a tenth part. These sometimes show the names of tenants and where they lived. They may also have what are now as "Church Terriers". These are inventories of items in and outside the church but may include maps or plans of land owned by the church known as "Glebe" and list tenants and names of farms, houses or cottages where they lived. Lots of church glebe has been sold-off and now in private ownership and this is the case near where I once lived, yet a nearby home is still called "Glebe Cottage".
At Doncaster's Local Studies Library there are CD-Rhoms on local history and genealogy for Swinefleet and Reedness areas and there could be old O.S.maps.
Note regarding Terriers: some may still be in the "church chest" or safe, so you may have to contact a churchwarden or minister and remember that solhearns may have had other scribe-forms.

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Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 23/06/2010 09:16
Keeper of the King's crown jewels, other regalia, armour and clothing,etc.:
One such person was a "Thomas de Useflete" at the time of King Edward the 2nd & Edward the 3rd., he having helped in preperations for the coronation of Kind Edward the 3rd., the title Thomas held being "Clerk & Keeper of the Great Wardrobe".
He often was on these kings campaigns, e.g., in Scotland, etc.
There are some mss that mention Thomas at the National Archives (once called the Public Record Office), refs. E101/383/1-20 and E101/384/2 and there are others.
It is thought that Thomas later became minister of St.Martin le Grand, London. He died in 1348 and in his Will he left some money for "the holy lands".
William Jenyn's Ordinary of Arms collated during the time of King Edward the 3rd:
This is at the College of Arms in London and another copy I know of is at the Society of Antiquaries in London, ref.Ms664/9 and lists the following: item 513, "gerard de ufflete" (blazon of arms given), held land in Usflete (Ousefleet) and Swanland in Yorkshire and he was in 1370 to 1399 retained by John of Gaunt.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 23/06/2010 15:09
Regarding Jenyn's Ordinary of Arms:
The mention that "gerard de ufflete" was "retainded 1370 to 1399" by John of Gaunt must be a later addition or mention by someone, because King Edward the 3rd died in 1377 but yes John of Gaunt (Duke of Lancaster) had died in 1399.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 24/06/2010 19:02
Regarding our previous posting:
This Gerard Usflete (born in Swanland) was a Yorkshireman and gave his loyal support to the 1st Duke of Lancaster (John of Gaunt) but that was long before the Wars of the Roses and these later wars or battles had no county boundaries because the conflict was between two royal factions wanting the throne of England, i.e., the house of York and the house of Lancaster and it was a question of who supported what-side whatever county they lived in.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 05/07/2010 01:02
Charter Rolls of King Henry the 3rd to King Edward the lst, c.1257-1300, (at the National Archives):
Grant to Sir Walter de Useflet and his heirs of free warren (keeping rabbits to breed, eat and for furs, but also could mean other animals) in all the demesne (owner possession) lands in Haldenby and Useflet (Ousefleet).
Grant to John de Useflet and his heirs of free warren in all the demesne lands in Swanneslund (Swanland) in Yorkshire.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 09/07/2010 19:37
Seal in the British Library Mss Department:

Gerard de Orflete (Usflete), seal number 12,313, (A.D.1416), plaster cast from imperfect impression, size just over 1 and a half inches (1xxxviii,88). A Shield of Arms, couche': quarterly 1, 4, a bend betwix 6 martlets [I know this to be Furnival]; 2 and 3 on a fess 3 fleur-de-lis [Usflete, but with it being a seal there are no tinctures]. Crest: on a helmet mantling and lambrequin an old man's head bearded wearing a pointed cap, hair plaited in a queue. In the background on the 1.h. side a sprig of foliage. The legend is now missing apart from the last letter............e. The border is carved.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 09/07/2010 19:48
Some more Seals in the British Library Mss Department:

John Plantagenet, John of Gaunt, various seals, numbers 12,691 to 12,696 (A.D.1362 to 1399).
Sir John Wentworth of Elmeshall in Yor[kshire], seal number 14,367 (A.D.1540).
Beauchamp, some of Powyk (Powick), seal numbers 7259 to 7277.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 09/07/2010 20:23
Another form of a Seal:
A band or ring is put on a leg of many birds including Swans for identification and indeed a young swan is called "a cygnet". This came from the tradition of men and women wearing a "signet ring" on a finger and this is an abbreviation of "a signature ringed seal" and many men today wear a signet ring that once was used in conjunction with wax seals to identify a person, some signature rings having a coat-of-arms on or initials of the person, etc. So, one could say that some birds, e.g., swans, wear a signature ring, although today this may be a band no-longer made of metal.

Kind regards,
Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 10/07/2010 14:38
More Seals in the British Library Mss Department:

One of the Miles Stapletons:
Milo de Stapelton, of county York, knight. seal number 13,671 (c.A.D.1313), green, good but chipped at the edge, size about 1". A shield of arms: a lion rampant betwix 2 wyverns. Legend has missing letters thus: M_ILI_S.
Lora de Usflete (nee' Furnival) after the demise of her husband John later married the user of this seal:
Geoffrey de Scrope, seal number 13,351, (early 1300s). Plaster cast, from a chipped impression, size about 3 quarters of an inche. A shield of arms: a bend, Scrope, field powdered: bend hatched lozengy. Legend Galrid_Ed Scro_ _.
This one is for one of the Gerard de Furnivals:
Gerard de Fornivale [of Staffordshire], seal number 9978 (late 1100s), dark green, edge chipped, size over 2 inches. A shield of arms: a bend betwix 6 martlets. On the bend the legend is:-
MARIA (Mary,!), then the later styled Templar cross, then further legend is: SIG(IL)LVM-GERARDI DE-FORNIVALE.

Note: Maria (Mary) is not significant to any spouse.
Kind regards,
Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond Earl-Oswine Ella at 10/07/2010 14:59
Please note that the term "legend" in the previous postings on seals refers to "an inscription", not anything mythical.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 11/07/2010 08:58
Another Seal in the British Library Mss Department:

First of all, the Bozun family (quite a few early scribe-forms of the surname) were connected to the Usflete family via the Bozun branch in Lincolnshire.
John de Bozoun of Exiter, seal number 7713 (A.D.1366), red, fine but a little chipped at the top, almost 1" in size. A shield of arms: 3 bird-bolts BOZUN, within a finely-carved and traced gothic rose of 16 points, then OHANNIS BOZON I:I SIGILLVM I:I
Roll of Arms, King Henry the 3rd: Sire Peres Bosoun, de argent a iij bosons de gules.
Note: Boson is an old French word and the word "bosons" means bird-bolts, i.e., not birds on their coat-of-arms but cross-bow bolts (short arrows) that usually had a blunt point to stun or knockout a bird.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 11/07/2010 11:27
Regarding Bozun in previous posting:
SIGILLVM should be before the legend (inscription).
Sir John and also Sir Peres (Peirs, etc.) Boson were both of the Norfolk branch (Roll of Arms, Edward the 3rd and other rolls, e.g., the Surrey Roll). There is also a Raf Boson listed in the Roll of Arms for Henry the 3rd. All depict bird-bolts.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 11/07/2010 12:04
Some early heraldic rolls depicting Usflete and a few have Furnival quartered (not named but that family's blazon):
Surrey Roll, Roll at the time of Richard the 2nd., Jenyn's Ordinary, Roll at the time of Edward the 2nd., Paly (Parliamentary roll) and little-known is that on the back of at least one of the 2 copies of the Roos Rolls is Gerard Ulsflete (Usflete) and his blazon.
There are other rolls of arms mentioning Usflete.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 12/07/2010 01:10
The famous Roos (Rous) heraldic rolls (2):
John Roos (Rous) was Chaplain to Guy's Cliff and he compiled the English version of the Roos (Rous) heraldic roll depicting Prince Edward who died age 11 in 1484, so this would be the date of compilation or a little earlier for what is called the Yorkist version. It is now in the British Libray Mss Department.
The later Latin version is not has elaborate and an image of King Richard the 3rd is missing but it is illustrated in the earlier version. Because this image of Richard the 3rd is not included in the Latin version, the compilation of it would be after his death in 1485. This Latin amended version is at the College of Arms, London.
Usflete heraldic blazon is also on the "Nativity" Roll compiled in the early 1300s.

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Raymond & Marie Ella,(Mr. & Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 12/07/2010 03:53
A very brave member of the Usflete family:

In the year 1320 Adam de Usflet was made Master of the hospital and chapel of St.Mary Magdalene in Bawtry. It was for the poor, sick and blind and they were cared for by nurses.
By the time of Adam Usflet's appointment leprosy was on a decline and not the wide-problem it became in earlier centuries, although Adam would have had to organise the escorting of such poor victims to either of 3 other hospitals, one in Hedon near Hull, one in Sherburn and one in Ripon. These were "lazar-housed leprosaria infirmaries" and they were all sanctified to St.Mary Magdalene and people with leprasy in the south of England however, would have been infirmed at the hospital of our lady St.Mary Magdalene in Winchester.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.)
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 12/07/2010 04:08
Regarding previous posting:
The said hospitals each year celebrated "The Feast of the saintly-lady Mary Magdalene", just like some churches sanctified to her.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 12/07/2010 15:44
More on the heraldic Rous Rolls:

At the time of their compilation, although the name Sir Gerard Ulsflete (Usflete) is written on the back of at least one of these rolls with blazon (3 fluer-de-lis, etc.), all 3 Gerard Usfletes had died long before and I suspect the reason why it was added to the back of one if not both the rolls is because of the Beauchamp connecton. So, William Beauchamp of Powyk (Powick) married a Katherine (other scribe-forms) Usflete and the 3 Gerards were her brother (died 1420) father (died 1405) and grandfather (died before 1351), her grandmother being the Dame and Dowager Isabella de-Ellay (Isabel de-Ella).
Also, much recognition would have been given and was to the 3rd Sir Gerard Usflete because of his marriage to Elizabeth Fitz-Alan.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 14/07/2010 08:44
The Feast of St.Mary Magdalene:

Another early hospital in Yorkshire was at a place known as "Killingwoldgraves" about 2 mile from Beverley. This was also sanctified to "Saint Mary of the Magdalene".
Those hospitals mentioned in a previous posting caring for people with leprosy celebrated the "Feast" of St.Mary Magdalene yearly but with confinement, yet later this celebration also became a fair and it is the "Fair of St.Mary Magdelene" that is known of today and celebrated by all and in the name of a very special lady.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 16/07/2010 10:22
Has posted before, I am a Yorkshireman and so are my 3 now adult sons to my first marriage and so is their mother, but my second marriage is to Marie a Scottish lady from near Penicuik not far from Rosslyn (other early scribe-forms), Rosewell (one tradition being that this was a place where pilgrims washed and quenched their thirsts while on a certain line long before maps) and Temple Village (where John de-Usflete was a Master-Preceptor of the Knights Templar, c.1304-6 with other English Templars.).

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 17/07/2010 15:47
Nicholas was another name handed-down amongst the Usflete family and these are two:

Nicholas Usflete, Rector of Flixborough, Lincolnshire, year 1343 (the church was rebuilt in 1789).

Nicholas Usflete. a Mercer in York, made a Freeman of York in 1411 and in 1426 he was Lord Chamberlain, died 1443.
Note: Freemanship is not the same as freemasonry.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 17/07/2010 23:23
Another John de-Usflete was a Prior of Drax Priory, c.1393-8.
Culture of the Magdalene:
Another early hospital in Yorkshire was at Skipton, this also dedicated to santi maria magdalina (St.Mary Magdalene).

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 18/07/2010 14:23
At the National Archives:
Pleas: De Banco. Easter .12. Hen.4, Rot/membrane 126, in connection with Beckingham church in Lincolnshire (temp/from Hen 3:
In this "Rot" (rotting) roll one can compile a short pedigree and all 3 Gerard Uffletes (Usfletes) are mentioned. but no mention of their wives, indeed the wives of th second Gerard are conjectural. Loretta de-Furnival is mentioned (great-grandmother of the third Gerard Usflete).

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 18/07/2010 23:38
William Greenfield, Archbishop of York (papers):
The Archbishop requests to the king to set free Simon de Wath from prison (June 3rd., 1307). He hath been reconciled to the church and made satisfaction for his contempt and that he is the executor of the Will of Dame Margery de Useflet [her grandson John de Useflet, ex-Templar had also been imprisoned].
St.Mary and the Holy Cross, Priory-Convent[ional], Haltemprice, Yorkshire: Thomas de Ella (Elvelee, Elveley, etc.), Augustinian Canon, years 1333 to 1338.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 25/07/2010 09:59
The English Baronetage: (etc.), by A Collins (printed in 1741), vol.2: [Cave family of Stanford and earlier of Yorkshire, e.g., North and South Cave, etc.],
page 165, a Robert de Cave had daughters Margeret who married a Sir Gerard de Furnival of Swanland, knight, and Jane to Sir John de Ufflet (Usflete) knight. Later:
page 166, a Sir Alexander de Cave, knight, had a grant from King Edward the 1st of Free Warren (c.1275) and a daughter of his named Ursula married Sir John Ella, knight of Kirk Ella.
Later: a daughter of Thomas de Cave maried a Robert de Haldenby. [Note: members of the gentry, widows and widowers, often would re-marry to maintain descents, gain extra wealth/land and inheritances, etc.].

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 25/07/2010 10:06
Regarding previous posting (A.Collin's 1741 book):
Page 348, Bland family of Kippax, Yorkshire.
Mentioned is the Ufflet (Usflete) coat-of-arms quartered on their shield.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 26/07/2010 13:31
Further to A.Collins book (1741 ed.):
Also on page 166 Gilbert Stapleton of Bayton married Anne Cave.
She was of the earlier Yorkshire branch of the Cave family, the later branch being of Stanford in Northamptonshire.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 27/07/2010 08:57
Sir Gerard Usflete was Sheriff of Yorkshire 1384-1385.
Torksey Priory, Lincolnshire:
Brothers Robert & Richard Ellay (Ella). They were actually also blood-brothers and Richard was Prior c.1414-1444. He had previously been canon at Haltemprice Priory near Kirkelley (Kirk Ella),Yorkshire.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 08/08/2010 18:20
In a previous posting we mentioned the Bozun (Boson, Bozoun, etc.) family branch of Barrowby in Lincolnshire whom the Usflete family married into and indeed this Bozun family had the same coat-of-arms as the Bozuns of Whissonsett in Norfolk, one Priest (documented "after" the Reformation thus: "Rector") was ministering at St.Mary's church in that Norfolk village c.1306 and his name was John Bozun.
Skulduggery or another coincidence?:
There was a Simon de-Bozoun that was Prior of Norwich in Norfolk c.1344/5 to c.1352 and also a Prior of Norwich named Thomas de-Bozun/Bozoun who was admitted by the Bishop in 1471, died 1480.
There are various early 18th century and later publications that mention this Thomas de-Bozun and his tomb in the Anglecan Norwich Cathedral with illustrations of it. However, my wife and I today (Sunday) visited Norwich Cathedral to view his tomb and what remains is just the recess where it once was and even a plaque in the recess has been removed but its "surround" is still there. This kind of desecration happened a lot during the Reformation of the 1530s and even during the English Civil War, but indeed Thomas de-Bozun's tomb was intact long after, one excuse that I have heard so-many times is that "the tomb is in storage awaiting restoration" or "it has been re-located for an exhibition" and this could be the case, but yet other tombs in the Cathedral have been repaired where they have stood for centuries. However, over the recess where Thomas de-Bozun's tomb was is his family coat-of-arms of 3 bird-bolts and the shield is gules (red), but people visiting the Cathedral today who know little of heraldry would not know the said recess was for Prior Thomas de-Bozun unless they ha been told or read about it.
Note: a family surnamed Bolton later used on their coat-of-arms 3 bird-bolts but with the tincture Azure (blue) and sometimes Bozun's shield later had a blue background.
Further note: there are no birds on the Bozun coat-of-arms, they are short cross bow bolts/arrows with a blunt end to stun birds so their necks could be twisted without the letting of blood, hence cleaner to pluck feathers, etc. (We gained permission to take photo's of the Bozun shield in Norwich Cathedral).
Kirkham Priory, Yorkshire:
There was a Prior named John de-Ella (Ellay, Elley, Elveley) c.1204/5 to c.1210.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 09/08/2010 08:50
Regarding "bird-bolts":
Some bird-bolts also had a small point on the head of the cross bow bolt (small arrow) and this was so it would not go completely through the bird or ripping it apart and making a bird unsuitable for the dinner table, so to-speak, yet this type of bird-bolt would mess feathers with blood. The bird-bolts would also slow down in flight because of its design.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 11/08/2010 10:14
Bozun (etc.) coat-of-arms:
Although the shield in the Anglican Cathedral in Norwich has a Gules (red) background and Or (gold) bird-bolts (3), and has been repainted in more recent times, the tictures are wrong. However, it is still an incredible survival.
To put the blazon bluntly,!, the shield bachground should be Argent (silver) and the 3 bird-bolts should have the shafts Gules (red) with fletchings (feathers) Sable (black) mixed with a bit of Or (gold). The heads/points should be same has shafts but Or (gold) at the tip and around the knobbed head.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 11/08/2010 12:33
Regarding an earlier posting about Anne Usflete who married Thomas Bozun of Barrowby, Lincolnshire:
In some Bozun pedigrees,e.g., one being Harl.MS 1550, the said Anne and her husband, a great-great grandchild was Margaret who married Richard Clopton of Long Melford, Suffolk, a daughter to them named Mary having married Sir William Cordell of Melford, knight and Master of the Rolls to Queen Elizabeth the First.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 19/08/2010 10:43
Regarding a previous posting on the Preceptor-Master of the Knights Templar John de Usflete:
Although some Templars were imprisoned at York awaiting their fate, John Usflete was unaccountable-for, so he was a fugative.
There are various publications today that mention this John Usflete and he is listed in contemporary mss (early 1300s) but has yet nothing has been found regarding anything of his fate, yet research is on-going.
Confirmation to me from by Dr.Helen Nicholson, Cardiff University, an authoritarian on the Knights Templar.

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Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 19/08/2010 11:00
More Freemen of York pre-1411: (Scribed as such):

Willelmus de Useflet, tannour, c.1276.
Johannes de Usflet, mariner, c.1317.
Richardus Usflet, hatter, c.1317.
Willelmus de Useflet, mariner, c.1327.
Johannes de Useflet, mariner, c.1377-9.
Robertus Useflete, .....?, c.1408-9.
Thomas de Elvelay (Elley/Ellay/Ella), barker, c.1365.
Johannes de Elvelay (Ella, etc.), tannour, c.1373-4.
Johannes de Elvelay (Ellay, etc.), clerk, c.1384-5.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 20/08/2010 13:11
Some Wills at the York Registry (now at the Borthwick, part of York University):
Note: The Wills of 2 of the 3 Sir Gerard Usfletes have already been mentioned, i.e., year 1404 and 1420.

Agnes Elvelay (Ellay, etc.), wife of John, clerk of York, year 1394, vol.1, folio 79.
Anne Useflete, Hedon in le Clay, year 1434/5, vol.3, folio 435.
Nicholas Usflete, alderman and merchant, York, year 1443, vol.2, folio 58.
Robert Usflete, York, merchant, year 1453, vol.2, folio 289.
William Usflete, parish of Drax, (Adm.), year 1469, vol.4, folio 133.
John Usflett, (bur. at Hedon), gent., year 1505, vol.6, folio 145.
Henry Bosone (Bozun, etc.), Sirestone, Nott's., bur.Claxton in Leicestershire, year 1450, vol.2, folio 216.
William Halmon (Holman, etc.), of Usflete, bur. at Whitgift, year 1471, vol.1, folio 70.
Richard Haldenby, York, (Prob.Act.), year 1433, vol.2, folio 352.
Robert Haldenby of Swanland, gent., year 1452, vol.2, folio 257.
Isabell(a) Haldenby of Swanland, Adm., year 1453, vol.2, folio 287.
Robert Haldenby, York, Adm., year 1476, vol.4, folio 106.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 22/08/2010 09:51
Regarding the Adm. in previous posting for Isabella Haldenby: She was a daughter of the second of the three Sir Gerard Usfletes, he having died in 1404/5.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 23/08/2010 09:46
A charter in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, date 16th Nov., 4 Henry V, with a Seal, charter number 84:
Gerard Ufflete, husband of Lady Eliz., Duchess of Norfolk and the sister and heir of the late Thomas earl of Arundel, and Joane Beauchamp, Lady Bergavenny, appoint Roger fforester of Wellington, keeper of their enclosure ('haye') in the forest of Wreken called 'Wellynton Haye'. (in Shropshire).
Y.A.S. publication XXX111, 1903 ed., Early Yorkshire Schools.
page 87, Appointment of Sir J.Ellay (Ella) to the chaplain at the Howden Grammer and Song School, year 1426.
Freeman of York: Robertus (Robert) Elley (Ella), weaver, 1713.
Wills at the York Registry (now at the Borthwick, University of York): Richard Elley (Ella), Kilnewicke in Hartill, year 1570.
Robert Haldenbie (Haldenby) of Swanland, year 1580/1.
Robert Haldenbye (Haldenby), esq., of Haldenby, Adm., year 1552, ref. Bulmer.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 24/08/2010 08:34
The Evangelical Magazine and Missionary Chronical, vol.16, 1838 ed. (copyright expired):
Page 239.
Quote: "On Tuesday, January the 2nd., 1838, the first stone of a new Independant Chapel was laid in the village of Ousefleet, in Marshland, Yorkshire, by J.Empson, Esq., jun., who in conjuction with his respected father J.Empson, Esq., of Goole, Hull, have given the ground accompanied with a handsome donation to assist in the erection. The day being fine, a considerable number of the villagers attended and manifested by their appearance much pleasure in the services connected with the occation. The Rev.H.Earle of Goole gave out the hymns; the Rev.T.Stratten then delivered a very appropriate address; and the Rev.J.Bruce of Howden concluded with prayer".
Extra, not in said magazine:
Independent Chapel, Ousefleet, book of minutes 1840-1846, ref.EUR17, at the East Riding of Yorkshire Archives, Beverley.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 29/08/2010 09:07
Information for the Ella family of Ousefleet and Whitgift areas and persons related to them:

Book: "The Vale of Mowbray", by William Grainge (1859 ed., copyright expired), section for the village of Kirkby (now Kirby) Knowle, pages 231-233.
On said pages there is an article on the North Yorkshire and Leicestershire branches of the Ella family, included the Leicester-born musician John Ella (1802-1888).
Note: The Vale of Mowbray is in what was called the North Riding of Yorkshire. Wymeswold is in Leicestershire, scribed "Wimeswould" in the book. Some other books that mention the musician John state he was born at Thirsk in North Yorkshire, but it was his father Richard. One of two coats-of-arms quoted in the footnote has an error, i.e., "argent" (silver) for the 3 fleur-de-lis should be "Or" (gold).
This book can be read on-line (on the internet). Type Ursula Ella in a searchbox and click, then go to books, then click-on title to book.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 29/08/2010 10:37
The musician John Ella (1802-1888):
His grandparents John (the musician named after him) and Sarah (nee' Morton) moved from North Yorkshire to Loughborough in Leicestershire with three small children, Richard, Ursula and Mary, 31st January 1774 and there is a Settlement Certificate (not a removal order,!) with the All Saints Parish papers for Loughborough, now at the record office in Leicester. Invitation by Michael Ella who had moved to Leicestershire c.1760/1, he a brother of the musician's grandfather. (Later, Richard was in Leicester).
Book:"The Vale of Mowbray" mentioned in previous posting:
One of the coat-of-arms in the footnote is only an attributed type to the King and first "Bretwalda" of the South Saxons (Sussex) named Ella (Aelle/Aella, etc.) and the same can be said of a lion for a crest, but the other one with 3 fleur-de-lis was indeed a used type for the Yorkshire Ella family and quartered on two of the Haldenby shields in Adlingfleet Parish Church, i.e., via Isabella de Ellay (Isabel de Ella, a daughter of Sir Ella) connected to the Usflete family and they connected to the Haldenbys. The Ella coat-of-Arms was also quartered by the Draper family of Nottinghamshire c.1550s and lastly in 1614 and mentioned in an Herald's Visitation pedigree for the Draper family for said years and county.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 30/08/2010 12:04
The Usflete coat-of-arms "is" quarterted on a shield on the front-panel of the Stapleton tomb in Wighill Parish Church Yorkshire.
There were other members of the Stapleton family with the first name "Miles" and one was a younger brother of Sir Nicholas de Stapleton, Knights Templar. His effigy-tomb (late 13th century) is in St.Mary's Church in Kirkby Fleetham and on the effigy is the Stapleton family coat-of-arms. Miles commissioned its construction.
This is the blazon with its tinctures: Argent (silver), a lion rampant Sable (black). Crest: out of a ducal crown Or (gold) a Saracen's head ppr. Motto: 'Fide Sed Cui Vide'.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 01/09/2010 21:34
Ufflett (Ufflet, Ufflete, Usflete) branch of Devon:

Will of John Ufflete, year 1416. Devon Record Office, ref.1926B/W/W/20c.
His family were connected to the Fishacre & Walrond (Wolrand, etc.) families of Devon, the Devonshire Uffletts becoming extinct paternally.
John Ufflett used a coat-of-arms similar to the Yorkshire branches, but instead of using 3 fleurs de lis he used 3 crosses in the shape of "crosslet fitchee" (Fitche') and the fess was changed from the tincture Azure (blue) to Sable (black).
This is John's blazoned Arms: Argent (silver) on a fess Sable (black) 3 crosses crosslet fitchee' (Fitche') Or (gold).
Note: some families connected to this John have quartered the Yorkshire Usfletes coat-of-arms with the 3 fleur de lis, but the Devon Uffletts (Ufflet, Uffletes) Arms had 3 crosses on shaped "crosslet-fitchee'. Later herald's visitation pedigrees for Devon include the family of Walrond (Wolrand, etc.) and their Arms quartering John Ufflett's correct heraldic blazon.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 03/09/2010 09:19
The Order of the Coif, by A.Pulling,(1884 ed.), page xxv:

Serjeant of the Coif, Gillardus de Ufflete (Gerard de Usflete), year 1366.
My note:
Serjeants and Judges of the Law wore a small skull-cap called a coif (styled on the one worn by the Knights Templar when not in battle), hence the Order of the Law known by that word.
There are various early meanings of coif and one was the dressed-chain that went under a knight's helmet or hung at the sides and back of it to protect the kneck: "coife de mailes".

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Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 03/09/2010 10:03
Extra to previous postings:
Although the coif skull-cap was mainly worn traditionally by Templars when not at warfare, it would have been used to help cushion the head under chain head-dress or metal helmets, be it in battle or not, this also the case for most knightly gents.
Wills at the York Registry (now at the Borthwick, University of York):
cxxvi, Will of John Del Hay, Spaldington. A beneficiary was Stephano de Elvelay (Stephen Ella/Ellay).

Will of Lancelot Ellay the elder, yeoman of Wattnall (Wattnow,etc., ) [Greasley], in Nottinghamshire, year 1651.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 11/09/2010 20:29
Regarding the Will of Lancelot Ellay, year 1650/1, Nottinghamshire:
Although there is a listing at the York Registry, this "northern provinces" Will would have been proved in Canterbury because between the years 1650 to 1660 it was known as the Commonweath, i.e., a period of the people's common wealth without a King or Queen and the Bishops had been "ejected", but in 1660 Prince Charles (King Charles the 1st's son) was brought out of exile and given the throne. He then helped to revive the "Church of England" and in 1661 the Bishops were re-instated, some churches getting new "church plate", e.g., cups for holy communion, etc. So, all Wills registered and proved between 1650-1660 were not "Ecclesiastical Church of England Probate", yet dealt with in Canterbury, possibly by the same clerics, yet that probate court was still called The Prerogative Court of Canterbury, England from 1650 to 1660 being the only period within dictatorship until the restoration of the royal monarchy.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 11/09/2010 23:05
West Riding [of Yorkshire] Election, year 1841 (a poll to elect 2 knights of the shire):
Whitgift Township.
Including other residents, the poll also included Thomas Ella of Whitgift, William Ella of Adlingfleet Grange and John Ella of Adlingfleet Grange.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 12/09/2010 17:13
An Early Roll of Arms, the heraldic Lord Marshal Roll:
Shield number 305.
Waterus de Usflet (Walter de Usflete), a shield (no tinctures) with a clarion on.
Walter would have know of his family's coat-of-arms with 3 fleurs de lis on but he also had another very special one and the clarion is rare in English heraldry.
It is thought to be a musical instrument, or a prop/rest to put a knight's lance on when not held, or the protective part of a lance in front of the hand and nuckles of fingers while gripping.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 13/09/2010 12:25
Regarding previous posting:
I mention "shield" but many rolls of arms just give the "blazon", i.e., a discription of a coat-of-arms, yet some early heraldic rolls are illuminated" with "tinctures", others being "in trick", i.e, "trickings" roughly sketched with abbreviations where the tinctures should go, e.g., "Az" (Azure), etc.
The Scottish Review, (1905 ed.), vol.2, pages 103-4:
There is a short article about the Templars in Scotland and it mentions the Knights Templar John de Usflete, Englishman. However, the writer states he was married to Loretta de Fornivall (Furnival), but he was Loretta's son and named after her husband Sir John de Usflete, a second son having been given the first name of Loretta's father Sir Gerard de Furnival, i.e., the first of three Sir Gerard de Usfletes.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 14/09/2010 09:37
Extra on the "Clarion":
A trumpet formed from the horn of a large bull or oxen and used for "the call of arms", or a stringed musical instument, or a stand for long spears and lances.
Nicholas Useflete (Usflete, Ufflete, etc.), mercer/spicer, gained Freedom of York in 1412, then Chamberlain in 1427, made Sherrif 1433-4, Lord Mayor of York in 1438. He had married Matilda, daughter of John Northby, Alderman of York. Nicholas died in 1443 and buried in the church of All Saints Pavement, York.
Surtees Society, vol.57 (1872 ed.).

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Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 14/09/2010 13:38
More on the "Clarion":
Clarichord or Clavicord was a belt-strap for musical instruments and much later was and still is used to support clarinets and saxophones. However, in heraldry the clarion looks horn shaped.
York Bridgemaster's Accounts.
Year 1384, Robert de Hoperton and John de Useflete made Wardens of Ouse Bridge.
Bridgemaster's Oath was that the bridge wardens had to swear that they shall oversee the chapel on Ouse Bridge and the chaplains and clerks of the chapel and the houses, rents and farms and all other matters pertaining to the bridge, or other rents belonging to their office. The expenses of the chapel well and duly in loyalty discharge and render account of the farms, rents and issues. Wardens shall render their account each year on th Feast of Saint Blaise before the community in the Guildhall, which account shall be proved and examined in the form like the chamberlains until they be examined and delivered by the Mayor and the Aldermen and the council of the chamber.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 19/09/2010 23:38
Ella family coat of arms:
Sable (black) a fess dancetty surmounted by 3 fleur de lis Or (gold).

Thomas Corbridge, Archbishop of York (1299-1304):
Argent (silver) a fess indented surmounted by 3 fleur de lis Gules (red).

Note: Ella is quartered on the Haldenby shields in Adlingfleet Parish Church (the 2 large ones, both with 8 quarters, one with the first Haldenby crest over Francis Haldenby's tomb, the other on the front head-panel of tomb, no crest). The Ella has "dancetty" and this is a dancing line/band with 3 peaks/points at the top. Corbridge has "indented" and that line/band has more than 3 peaks/points. There is also another Corbridge coat of arms.
Isabella de Ella married the first of three Sir Gerard de Usfletes and it was their grand-daughter (Isabella de Usflete) who married a Robert Haldenby.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 20/09/2010 01:05
Although the Ella coat of arms with 3 fleur de lis on was for the family of that surname, there was/is another Ella coat of arms but only an "attributed type" to the lst Bretwalda and King of the South-Saxons (Sussex), the blazon being: Per saltire Or (gold) and Gules (red) 4 crescents counterchanged (Ella-Aelle-Aella).
This, although once again only attributed, was used by the Ella family branch of Wymeswold in Leicestershire. It is on the monument inside St.Mary's church tower for James Ella, Gent., died 1834. There are other monuments, e.g., Lord William Fisher Ella, died 1859.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 27/09/2010 10:41
Usflete (Ufflete, Ufflet, etc.) coat-of-arms in St.Mary's Minster-Church, Ilminster, Somerset:
Tomb of Sir Humphrey Walrond (Waldron, etc.) died 1580:
This is in the south transept and there are Walrond shields quartered with the Devon branch of the Ufflete family and the blazon is Argent (silver) on a fess Sable (black) 3 crosses crosslet fitchee' Or (gold), i.e., for Ufflete, the Devon branch of the Uffletes having become extinct on the paternal descent.

Kind regards,
Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.),
of Buxton-with-Lamas, Norfolk, England, UK.
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 27/09/2010 13:07
Re-previous posting:
In heraldry, white is now sometimes substituted for silver (Argent), but once again, white is not within early heraldic rules for tinctures, but white can also be a mistake if a coat-of-arms is copied from a "manuscript-illustration" where there is a blank space for where silver (Argent) should go, i.e., the manuscript being white or a creamy-white with aging.
The Usflete 3 fleur-de-lis coat-of-arms tinctures:
Often on monuments and shields in churches etc. it has no tinctures, but where it has been painted sometimes the paint has faded over the centuries and what is Azure (blue) can look quite darker and mistaken for black (Sable) and the 3 Or (gold)
fleur-de-lis look more like "tenne" (tawney, a later heraldic usage), i.e., orange, but if re-painted the tinctures should be Argent (silver), Azure (blue) and Or (gold), yet sometimes yellow is substituted for gold (Or), but yellow is not an early true heraldic tincture.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 29/09/2010 06:03
Sir William Beckwith held the Manor of Beckwith & Beckwithshaw c.1364. He married a daughter (not named) of one of the first two of the three Sir Gerard Usfletes.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr. & Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 09/10/2010 10:16
Regarding an earlier posting:
Some collections of membranes or lets say documents at the National Archives are official royal and government records of the past and are quite contemporary, i.e., written at the time of the event or shorty after, e.g., Common Pleas, etc.
Many are now referred to as "rots" by some historians as though they are rotting away and indeed very early ones are, but they can be treated to help their preservation period. However, the term "rot" is also a short abbreviation for "rotuli" and "rotulas", also various forms of those words and the meaning is "round", indeed many old membranes/documentations being round scrolls and also we have the word rotundas and various forms of that, this often referring to a round building.
Some of these membranes have spaces left blank where a word or name is not known but going to be included soon after "if" the "scribe" knows of it. However, with some spaces on closer examination it can be concluded that a word or name has been scratched out because of a mistake or simply to hide something and indeed today one could call the latter "A Smoke Screen".

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 10/10/2010 11:34
Extra to previous posting:
There is added extra security in archive offices and libraries etc. these days and that is a good thing.
There are two other words starting with "rot" connected with old words such as "rotuli, rotulas, rotunda, rotundas", etc.: one is a "Rotary" for drying clothing inside our home and we can "rotate" it and also if it is outside our home it can go round when windy. The other word is sometimes used when referring to a family tree or chart with an encircled name with dates, etc. It is "roundal".

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 10/10/2010 18:34
More to add to previous posting:
rota (persons waiting to do something in rotation), rotator (something revolving), rotisserie ( a spit with food on cooking), also roundal mostly scribed today "roundel".
Walter, Rector of Adlingfleet:
He was documented as "Walter son of William", but this Walter was also documented "of Usflete" because that's where his abode was and/or where he was from.
There was also a Walter de Usflete who had a father named William, so the Rector of Adlingfleet named Walter and Walter de Usflete were the same person. However, Walter in his younger days was styled "knight", but what sort of knight.

Kind regards,
Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 10/10/2010 23:40
Walter de Usflete, knight.
He was also documented has a son of Robert de Usflete and if this be the case he was not the same Walter, Rector of Adlingfleet.
"de" implies "of or from", but "de" may also have been kept by a later member of the family in a new area of abode.
If a person moved away from their place of birth at a time when fixed last names in at least England were starting to become the fashion, their place-name of origin in some cases were used as a fixed last name to be handed-down in their family, i.e., to be surnamed. However, just because lets say a John and a Robert came from Bedford and moved away to other areas at the same time and became known as John de Bedford and Robert de Bedford, it was not always the case that they would be blood-related.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 31/10/2010 11:53
John de Usflete, Preceptor-Master of the Knights Templar, etc.:
Regarding previous postings on the fleur-de-lis: to view one on the roof of a certain building in Temple Village, Scotland, indeed the building being a later built chapel but now a private home, please type Raymond E.O.Ella in a searchbox and click, then go to the 4th or another google page and click-on "British Listed Buildings". Then, view our posting in full, then go to photo's and click-on one of the smaller pictures to view the fleur-de-lis.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 01/11/2010 16:57
The Usfleet (Usflete, etc.) Ancient Floor Tiles:

Some of these are still embeded in the floor of the ruined Rievaulx Abbey in Yorkshire and could have also been used for walls?. They are known as the "Usfleet Group" and there is an article about a tile thought to be of the Usfleet Group found by curators while looking in an old chest in St.David's Cathedral in Hobart, Tasmania,!.
There is a short article about this tile in the Yorkshire Post Newspaper, lst. August, 2007.
"We" do agree that it is of the Usfleet Group because other such examples are known, e.g., same style and design has some inscribed with the name John Usfleet (Usflete, etc.) on ,!, c.1300.
Some of these Usfleet Group tiles were at Rievaulx Abbey because Sir John de Usflete c.1300 was that Abbey's benefactor and the Usflete family commisioned the making of them c.13th to c.14th centuries. It is now thought that these tiles were made at the "Wether Cote Kiln" about 4 miles or so from Kirbymoorside, Yorkshire.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 01/11/2010 17:42
Further to previous posting:
Some of the Usfleet Group Tiles (also known as the Usefleet and Ousefleet Series) are embedded in the floor of the North Transcept at Rievaulx Abbey.

Kind regards,
Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 01/11/2010 19:37
Wether Cote Kiln:

Although it is now suggested that the Usefleet (etc.) Tiles came from or made at Wether Cote Kiln, it is possible that some later ones (c.1300) were designed by John Usflete because his name is inscribed on some and also this could suggest that these tiles and even earlier ones were made by the Usflete family or people working for them nearer at John's abode, e.g., Ousefleet Village/Hamlet. So, if this is a possibility, the tiles were taken "soft" (covered with damp sacking, etc.) via the rivers and/or horse-carts to Wether Cote Kiln to be baked-fired in that kiln and nearer to buildings that used them. If they were baked-fired near Ousefleet Village/Hamlet many could have arrived at Rievaulx Abbey broken.

Kind regards,
Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 01/11/2010 22:36
Apart from the Wether Cote Kiln in North Yorkshire, other soft unfired Usefleet Series Tiles would have been transported to kilns in other parts of the country to be baked-fired and nearer the buidings where they would be used to reduce damage in transit, i.e., if baked-hard, yet some Usefleet Series Tiles used in nearer buildings to Ousefleet Village/Hamlet would have been baked-fired in a more local kiln used by the Usefleet (Usflete, etc.) family and any staffing, e.g., for usage in buildings on the south and north side of the river Ouse, yet way-up in North Yorkshire was too far away, hence the kiln at Wether Cote for buildings in that northerly area using the Usefleet Series Tiles.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 02/11/2010 08:25
Shoe & Boot Scrapers:

John Loudon McAdam during the 1700s invented a way to smooth-surface roads and streets and roads using his formula were known as "macadammed surfaces" (not tar-macadammed), then in the 1830s a John Cassell tried to improve McAdam's formula by using Tar on the surfaces of the macadammed roads.
In 1901 an Edgar Hooley improved the formula that Cassell had used by making a better and longer lasting Tar surface and using a steam roller to make roads flatter and smoother.
When I was younger the surfaces on roads were called Tarmacadammed and this word shortened to "Tarmac", but infact John L. McAdam did not use Tar in his formula for road surfacing,!.
Before lets say the 1920s, many roads and streets were still cobbled or "dirt" and outside houses and public buildings were "shoe and boot scrapers" to remove dirt and mud from footwear before entering a building.
Does anyone know of any shoe and boot scrapers outside buildings in Ousefleet or nearby villages and towns, some having a hole or recess in a wall next to a front door, i.e., where a pavement was adjacently outside a person's home.

Kind regards,
Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 03/11/2010 14:40
More on Shoe & Boot Scrapers/Wipers:

Those in a recess-alcove of a wall on the side of a building's front door before the road or street was Tarred/Asphalted (pronounced ashfelted):
Many of the metal bars in the middle of them that were used to scrape dirt/mud of footwear have rusted or broken-off and we can recall that these alcoves were sometimes then used to place glass milk bottles in when milk was delivered to homes and because it was a good idea some of the scraper bars were removed for this new usage. Also, if the alcoved scraper-bars were still intact, it had another new usage, i.e., to attach the lead of a dog to, this memory perhaps previously unwritten.
Some of the "free standing" footwear scrapers outside buildings and not built into a wall alcove were quite decorative.

Kind regards,
Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 03/11/2010 15:16
And yet another but little-known Uffleet (Usflete, etc.) family coat-of-arms, etc.:

Blazon: "Or (gold) a bend chequy of the first and Gules (red)".
There are 2 crests to seat on top of the Usflete shields/coats-of-arms and the first is "The paw of a lion erased (held high) Sable (black) holding the hilt of a broken templi (templar) sword in pale-prr". The second one is "On the top of a Doric-Pillar a heart Gules (red)".
Note: doric pillars were used to holdup the roof of a temple and Greek in origin yet later used by the Romans and indeed in construction for many buildings in recent times.

Kind regards,
Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 03/11/2010 18:11
Ufflett (Usflete, etc.) and 2 Walrond family branches:

The senior Walrond branch of Bradfield in Devon had/have this blazon for their coat-of-arms: "Argent (silver) 3 bull-heads cabossed Sable (black) horned Or (gold)".

A branch connected with the Devon branch resided at Calder Park, Lanarkshire, Scotland. The blazon for their coat-of-arms is similar and this: "Argent (silver) 3 bull-heads Sable (black) armed Or (gold)".
Both these Walrond branches quartered the Usflete coat-of-arms. However, the Devon branch of the Walronds quartered the Usflete family coat-of-arms of also Devon, this not having the Usflete 3 fleur-de-lis but had 3 crosses crosslet fitchee' has mentioned in a previous posting by us.
The Lanarkshire Walronds quartered the senior Yorkshire Usflete family coat-of-arms indeed with 3 fleur-de-lis on. This is an inclination that the Lanarkshire Walronds know or once did know the connection between Usflete of Devon and Yorkshire, the Devon Usfletes becoming extinct earlier than those of Yorkshire.

Kind regards,
Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 03/11/2010 20:47
Regarding the blazon of the Usflete crest with a hilt of a broken sword:

The word "templi" was later not used, perhaps because it was thought to be controversial by historians who in later centuries copied this crest's blazon, indeed myself (Raymond) regarded contraversial by some modern-day historians, yet others "a revelation on the past".
I would like to state that although I have a special good and peaceful faith, I am not a member or support religious and political organisations.
We both also take this opportunity to thank the Webmaster for allowing our postings.

"historica, nostalgica".

Kind regards,
Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 03/11/2010 21:06
A "farewell to all" for the present time being, but we will keep viewing 'Goole on the Web' and may return with further postings at some later or early date and I (Raymond) leave you with a special feeling:
These are 'my' words:
"We must be positively good-mind thinking and often with this we should do good loving deeds and speak from our hearts. It is a most-wonderful thing to do and gives a peaceful beautiful kind feeling and the only true path to priceless happiness. We look no further than our own hearts for this, THEN WE KNOW WE HAVE PARADISE FOUND".

"Raymond & Marie"
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 03/12/2010 22:46
Greetings from Raymond & Marie, having had a month's sabbatical.
Nottinghamshire Archives, ref. DD/SR/209/124, year 1357/8.
Marriage Settlement: Henry de Nuhill, clerk to Brian of Thornhill, on marriage of Gerard, son of Gerard de Ufflet (Usflete) and Margaret, daughter of Brian [de Thornhill], lands, etc., in Swanland and Ufflet (Ousefleet).
Note: It was wise to have an agreement of this kind before a marriage took place (not after,!) and even though such arranged wedlock did happen, it was not always the case it had happened, especially if both families could not agree with what was on offer to a betrothed spinster or a previously widowed-women, or what was offered to her parents in some cases. Also, sometimes a betrothed daughter's parents (father or widowed mother) may be within an agreement to give land etc. to a pending son inlaw.

Kind regards,
Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 03/12/2010 23:34
Calendar of Documents Relating to Scotland, preserved in Her Majesty's (Queen Victoria) Public Record Office, London:
Some listings only:
Volume 2, item 156,204, years 1272-1307, William St.Clair, guardian of the Prince of Scotland.
Volume 3, years 1307-1357, item 766, Sir Thomas de Usflete, private clerk to Edward the 2nd.
Item 103, year 1309, The King [Edward the 2nd.] to John de Segrave, guardian of Scotland [between the lull] commands him to arrest all Templars who are still at large and keep them in safe custody, etc. [Inquisitions pending].
Volume 4 (not looked at).
Volume 5, years 1108-1516, item 2190, year 1299 (not in the index though), John de Usflet (Usflete) with the king, by the king [Edward the lst.] himself.
Items 646, 767 (this year 1337), Thomas de Ousflet, clerk, to pay wages of the Earl and men and to privide necessities for war.
Item 2110, year 1296, Thomas de Furnivall (Furnival), Gerard de Sancto Claro (St.Clare, St.Clair, Sinclair).
Note: volume 1 was missing.
Lincolnshire Notes & Queries, vols. 20-21 (1928 ed.):
Knights of Lincolnshire summond to come to the King [Edward] at Berwick on Tweed with horses and armour, dated Northampton 12th March 1300/1, to include John de Useflete.
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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 05/12/2010 20:22
Errors about 2 tombs in Selby Abbey:

Some historians have documented a tomb to a member of the Hamerton family, but on the tomb and effigy are not 6 hammers but 6 picks, i.e., picks being for hacking and chopping, etc., indeed used on the coat-of-arms for "hugo de pykworthe" (Hugh Pickworth) and the tomb is for him, c.1325, he being joint lord of Ellay (East and West Ella) with the very early main branch of the Ella family, c.1316.
Another tomb is thought by some historians to be for Loretta (Lora) de Furnival/Usflete but this lady after the demise of her husband Sir John de Usflete married Sir Geoffrey le Scrope and Lora would have been entombed or buried further north. The tomb with effigy is for Margery, she after the demise of her husband Sir Walter de Usflete having married Sir Hugh de Pickworth. On one hand of Margery's effigy is a small shield and on it is the Usflete coat-of-arms.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 06/12/2010 13:36
Cherry Burton St.Micheals' Church, Yorkshire:

In the early 1900s workmen dug-up 2 brass plates/plaques in the churchyard. They were buckled but straightened and placed on a wooden base, then put inside the rebuilt church under the tower and I (Raymond) viewed them some years ago.
These brass plates/plaques are for the Crompton family and have their coat-of-arms on with other quarters thus:
First plaque on the left of wooden base/backing: the first half on left side is Crompton, the second half on the right side of this shield is Haldenby, Luddington and Gawtree. Underneath: Ferriby (or White/Wright), Usflete and Furnival.
Second plaque on right side of wooden base/backing: All of the first half on left side is Crompton. All of the second half on the right side is Usflete.
(Note: at least one publication we know of wrongly cite some of the quarters).
These quarters came into-being via the marriage of a Robert Crompton who married Anne Haldenby in 1614, Robert having been buried at Cherry Burton in 1646.
Anne was a daughter of Francis & Elizabeth Haldenby, indeed Elizabeth being a daughter of Sir John Wentworth of Elmsall.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 09/12/2010 21:12
A New and Complete History of the County of York, by Thomas Allen (1831 ed., volumes 1, 2 & 3, copyright expired). However, it can't be complete when most copies of volume 2 have "gone missing". But, the following is a quote actually from a rare copy of volume 2 regarding North Ferriby Parish Church before it was rebuilt:

Page 107, "In the south windows of the chancel were two shields of arms, the first being the arms of Uffleck [Ufflete/Usflete], the other those of the Lord Darcy; one of the family kneeling by it in a coat of mail armour, though much defaced. In a chapel on the north side of the chancel was the burying place of the famous family of Haldenby or Holdenby, who lived at a magnificent hall now wholly destroyed and buried in oblivion at Swanland, which is a small hamlet in the parish of Ferriby about a mile from the town, the family having flourished there for many generations, at last for want of a male heir [?], became extinct [?] and their vast estate came to be divided among the female line. There was a [stone or alabaster] picture
of a lady kneeling with four sons [?] behind her, and the following broken and imperfect inscription with three coats of arms: "Orate pro anima Elizabeth Haldenbi....Uxorem filiam Johannes Wentworth, qui tredecim habuit filias eteid....quam animam Deus condonat 1562".

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 09/12/2010 22:17
The forms Uffleck then (Usfleet) in brackets we find printed in vol.26 of The Yorkshire Archaeological Journal (1922 ed.), page 116: North Ferriby (All Saints):
brief quote only, but more on Haldenby in this publication, etc.:

"[T] Allen mentions two shields Uffleck (Usfleet) and Darcy [etc.]".

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 15/12/2010 00:12
Yorkshire Arch.Society Publication (Record Series), vol.102 [50],
edited by W.Brown, year 1940:

In this publication are transcripts of deeds for North Cliff (Cliffe, Clyff, Clyffe) in North Cave parish, Yorkshire, some c.1490s to c.1530s mentioning a branch of the Usflete family who held property at least up to the Reformation and one was (c.1530s) named Gerard Usflete, gent.
This Gerard was not knighted, so we can still call the first 3 that had the forname "Sir Gerard Usflete, knt.", the 3rd one having demised in 1420.
South Cave Parish Church: Thomas Ellay (Ella) married Custans (Constance) Foster, 4th of July, 1585.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 18/12/2010 20:21
University of Nottingham, Mss & Special Collections.

Ref.Ne D 943 (1 membrane), dated 27th May 1412:
Gerard Ufflete (Usflete), chevalier.
Agreement to a provision of archers for War and differing arangement if Ufflete will go to the Dutchy of 'Guyenne' or the Kingdom of France; isues relating to transport, also includes a clause relating to the profits of War, etc.

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 21/12/2010 00:14
Supplement to Encyclopaedia Heraldica, by William Berry, College of Arms, London, published c.1820 by Sherwood, Gilbert & Piper:-
W.Berry, 1774-1851. Robert Glover [Somerset Herald of Arms], 1544-1588.
There are 4 volumes (actually 5 because volume 2 is in 2 parts, i.e., 2 books).
Some listed coats-of-arms:
ELLA, sa. (Sable) a fesse, dancettee' or. (Gold); in chief three fleur de lis ar.(Argent).
ELLA, king of the south saxons, per saltier or. (Gold), four crescents counterchanged gu. (Gules).
Some others listed: Beauchamp, Beckwith, Bosan (Bosson/Bozon), Cave, Fitz-Allan (Alan, Allen), Furnivall (Furnival), Gawrtee, Haldenby, Ludington (Luddington), Uffleet (Usflete), Wentworth, White, this blazon being: gu.(Gules), a chev (chevron), betwx (between) three boar's heads, couped, ar. (Argent), armed or. (Gold). Abraham de la Pryme quoted this to be for the White family when he was in the previous North Ferriby Parish Church, c.1698/9, yet some later historians have attributed the blazon to a family surnamed Ferriby, yet indeed there was and is a family of that surname.

Notes: The ELLA king of the south saxons coat-of-arms is only an attributed type, but the other ELLA coat-of-arms with three fleur de lis was a used type by the family of that name.
The tinctures listed in Burke's General Armory (1884 ed.) are not the same, i.e., the shield being Sable (black) and the dancettee' with three fleur-de-lis surmounted all Or (gold), whereas W.Berry or R.Glover cites the three fleur-de-lis Argent (silver), the dancettee' Or (gold) and the shield Sable (black).

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 21/12/2010 00:25
Extra to previous posting:
In vol.2 part 2:

Stapleton (other scribe-forms and various blazons).
Pickworth (blazon: gu.(Gules) a head betwx six pickaxes, ar. (Argent).

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Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Bill at 22/12/2010 11:24
I find this part of the site fascinating because a) it is so erudite and esoteric and b) it does not engender any responses. You obviously have great enthusiasm and expertise but it is all a bit disjointed and hard to follow or put into context. Would it possible to write some kind of synopsis or summary for the general reader?
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 22/12/2010 14:05
Dear Mr.Bill .........?.
Thank you for your posting.
A brief summary is given on the Usfletes at the heading to this part of the site to 'Goole-on-the-Web' and our postings are short gleamings or an insight for people to findout more about the early Usflete family in the formation or history of Ousefleet village and wherever members of that family branched-out to.
However, yes we are now aware because of your kind remarks that we should keep postings perhaps more simplified, e.g., such as the heraldic terminology, yet with a hope that our postings on coats-of-arms have also been an insight for people that may now be interested in heraldry.
We will also try to post other subjects to do with history on Ousefleet and Reedness villages and we have already briefly done so, e.g., "Boot/shoe Scrapers", etc.
Merry Christmas (Christ's Mass), e.g., midnight mass, etc., and a pending Happy New Year.

Kind regards,
Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 27/12/2010 10:55
The Georgian Society and a building in Reedness:

The foundation of the Georgian Society Group was in 1937, although some buildings of interest to them were later lost during the Second World War.
Their aim is to protect and try and preserve Georgian buildings, monuments, parks and gardens and in 2005 HRH Princess Alexandria presented the group with an Architecturial Award sponsored by Savills for their help and work in preserving many Georgian buildings, etc.
On their campaining listing for the year 2005 was the following.
A Proposed Demolition: REEDNESS HOUSE near Goole, Yorkshire, a mid-18th century building thoroughly derelict, but a building for salvation and should be spotlisted.
Report results:
Spotlisting remains a possibility and local residents are intereted
in its preservation.

Our note: this was, however, 5 years ago.

Kind regards,
Raymond & Marie Ella,(Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 28/12/2010 13:41
Selby Abbey, again.

Margery de Pickworth tomb:
The other small plaque-shield on the other hand on the effigy of Margery is not the "Tempest" coat-of-arms mentioned in some publications, although it is very similar to the coat-of-arms the shield actually does represent, i.e., FURNIVAL.
Tempest blazon is "Argent (silver) a bend between 6 marlets (birds) Sable (black)".
Furnival blazon is: "Argent (silver) a bend between 6 martlets (birds) Gules (red)".
Although there are no tinctures (colours) for the heraldry on Margery's tombed-effigy, it must be noted that via her previous husband Walter de Usflete, the Furnival coat-of-arms came into being, i.e., a son of Walter and Margary named John who married Lora (Loretta), daughter of Gerard de Furnival, Lora and John de Usflete's abode being at Swanland near North Ferriby in Yorkshire, via inheritance from Gerard de Furnival, indeed then the first name Gerard becoming patronymic amongst the Usflete family, just has it had been amongst the Furnivals.
Margery's effigy also has pickaxes on, in respect for her later marriage to Hugo (Hugh) de Pickworth.

Kind regards,
Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 28/12/2010 15:01
Follow-on from previous posting:

The Usflete family at the outset were of Ousefleet village, but when later members of the family such as John mentioned in the previous posting gained notoriety, wealth and more property through marriage, etc., they then became "transitional", i.e., back and forth to their various abodes.
But, "Where are the Plantagenets", although with the Usflete family via some ladies such as Dame (and later Dowager) Isabella de-Ellay (Isabel de-Ella), it is "the other way round",!, they having given their blood to many members of other Gentry-Families, including some Plantagenet descents, but this has been "Smoked Screened", untill recently.
Whatever some critics say about the landscape of Ousefleet area, the village has played his role in the formation of our national pride and heritage.

"historica, nostalgica".

Kind regards,
Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 30/12/2010 10:23
How about having a martlet pie, whatever type?, may be not?. However, to findout more, please go to today's posting for the history of "Adlingfleet".
Note: perhaps sadly, bird-bolts would indeed be very stunning, yet martlets were also bred in captivity.

Kind regards,
Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 15/01/2011 13:45
Titled Ladies of the Past:

When a Lady married she mostly would want recognition of what family she had come from (her maiden-surname) rather than using her husband's surname.
However, when a Lady was documented, e.g., to inherit estate, etc., she was styled to have been given her husband's surname, or her own family name, yet often a Lady would be just referred to "wife of" then the name of her husband, or "widow of", or "relic of". But, sometimes, if a Lady was asked for her name in person, she woud give the family name she came from, i.e., her maiden-surname and we have an example of this in the 1379 Poll-Tax for Whitgift Parish for "Isabella de Ellay" (Isabel de Ella), even though she was widowed to Sir Gerard de Usflete (the first).
Another example of this, but not always so, was Lora (Loretta) de Furnival, she having married into the Usflete family (Sir John de Usflete) and later to Sir Geoffrey le Scrope of Masham.

Kind regards,
Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 16/01/2011 10:17
For todays posting on a Haldenby & Baildon family connection, c.1490, and the Baildon coat-of-arms, etc., please go to the history section for "Adlingfleet".

Kind regards,
Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 18/01/2011 11:04
National Archives:
Placita De Banco Roll/Rot., Hillary (Hilary), 4-5, Edward the 3rd., membrane 24.

Ebor (York, and/or the county)....Richard son of Richard de Amcotes sued Gerard de Useflet and Ada his wife for a messuage and 80 acres of land in Useflet (Ousefleet) in which they had no entry by a disseisin (process of wrongfully dispossessing a person's real property; deprevation of seisin/seizin) which John de Foleville had made Katrine de Foleville his kinswomen (then short pedigrees for Amcotes and Foleville, Richard de Amcotes the younger being the plaintiff).

Hilary is the term for January to March, Hilary named after the Feast of Saint Hilary for that period. The "Regnal" (regal) year (4 to 5) of King Edward the 3rd's reign would be overlapping period 1331 to 1332, indeed the old calendar was "Lady's Day" up to the year 1752. The writing could be "ambiguous" and the scribe may have meant Ada was the wife of Richard de Amcotes (junior). If not, then Ada (Adalinus) was a wife of the first Gerard de Usflete, but his wife Isabella de Ellay (Isabel de Ella) is the true mother of the second Gerard de Usflete and documented widow and mother in contemporary legal Mss. Also, because Isabella is documented in contemporary legal Mss has "Dowager", she is more likely to have been the last wife.
Note. Emma Ferriby:
She is now becoming more doubtful, but not yet should we suspect her name to be a diversity-tactic in the 16th century.

Kind regards,
Raymond & Mary Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 18/01/2011 17:26
When using the word "contemporary" in connection with manuscripts, scrolls, etc., its meaning is that they are belonging to the same time.
The Placita De Banco Rolls/Common Pleas are part of Royal and Governmental administration.

Kind regards,
Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr. & Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 25/01/2011 14:07
For an update on the Haldenby shields, please go to the history section for "Adlingfleet" for todays posting.

Kind regards,
Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr.& Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 16/02/2011 23:30
Selby Abbey and the Usflete coat-of-arms:
I have visited this Abbey before but on the 8th of February I visited it again with my wife Marie.
The tomb of Margery Pickworth has 4 small shields on, 2 are on the hands of her effigy, the right hand shield having the Usflete coat-of-arms ( 3 fleur-de-lis) and the left hand shield having the Furnival coat-of-arms (6 martlets, i.e., small birds). This shield is repeated on the top left of the effigy, but the one on the top right is now blank and on close examination the coat-of-arms has been chiselled off.
There is a modern information board about this tomb but wrongly gives the name "Margaret" and it use to be thought that the Furnival shields were for the Tempest family, they having a very similar coat-of-arms. However, Margery's previous husband was Sir Walter de-Usflete of Ousefleet and Whitgift and the Usfletes were very closely related to the Furnivals.
Margery's next husband was Hugh de Pickworth and his tomb with effigy is also in the Abbey and on a larger shield is 6 pickaxes, this being the Pickworth family coat-of-arms. It use to be thought that these pickaxes were hammers and because of this the tomb was sometimes wrongly attributed to the Hamerton family.
Some areas of the Abbey are now used for temporary or permanent storage for church furniture and equipment and for health and safety reasons they are cordaned-off from the public but the result for visitors is that some wall monuments can not be accessed to view. The stored furniture and equipment may be used for on-going Abbey services, but to the visitor these areas are "unsightly clutter" restricting access to view some of the monuments.

Kind regards,
Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr. & Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 17/02/2011 13:05
Extra about a Lady's tomb and effigy in Selby Abbey:

There is a possibility that Margery Pickworth's tomb and effigy is that of Lora (Loretta) de Furnival who married Sir John de Usflete, he being a son of Margery and Sir Walter de Usflete, !.
The Usflete coat-of-arms (3 fleur-d-lis's) would have been quartered with Furnival (6 martlets, i.e., small birds) when Lora married John.
Frank Ella, MBE, born 30th April 1944, died 21st January 2011, buried 2nd February, St.Mary Magdalene churchyard, Whitgift.

Kind regards,
Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr. & Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 17/02/2011 16:09
Lora de-Furnival:
It is said after the demise of her husband Sir John de-Usflete she married Sir Geoffrey le-Scrope of Masham but most contemporary mss I have viewed are mainly in connection with property and land conveyances between the Usflete and Scrope families, e.g., Lora's son the first Sir Gerard de-Usflete's attempts to maintain his mother's comforts and livelyhood up untill her demise long-after John her husband's death, John being father of Gerard.
So, Lora may or may not have married Georfrey le-Scrope and the tomb with effigy in Selby Abbey is that of two possibilities, i.e., Margery de-Pickworth (nee' Usflete) or Lora de-Usflete (nee' Furnival). However, if Lora did marry Geoffrey le-Scrope then her burial or tomb (if there is a survival of it) would be much further north than Selby Abbey.

Kind regards,
Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr. & Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 17/03/2011 21:19
Book: History of Cheltenham (1863 ed.), by J.Goodins (Godins).

Cheltenham Parish Church:
Page 44, Greville & Lygon families, mural tablets with 15 quartered coats-of-arms, e.g., Ufleet (Usflete, etc.), Furnival, Beauchamp, etc.

Ray & Marie Ella, (Mr. & Mrs.).
Posted by BONNETT / CHARLESWORTH at 03/06/2011 22:45
Jane lived at Highfields Farm, Reedness, where she eventually died. She is buried in the churchyard & Whitgift, Goole. Thomas Glew is buried @ Scunthorpe, no record of George Bonnett her first husband. She had 6 children. George and Jane were from Gainsborough, Lincs.My Grandfather ERNEST CHARLESWORTH alas BONNETT was born in Burringham, Scunthorpe.
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 06/06/2011 14:59
2 CHARLESWORTH coats-of-arms:

First blazon: Argent (silver) a cockerel Gules (red). Crest is out of a ducal coronet a cockerel's head all prr. (early Charlesworth family of Charlesworth in Derbyshire near the border of Yorkshire).

Second blazon: (Granted to Joseph Charlesworth, esq., of Lofthouse, Yorkshire), The fur Ermine a chevron Azure (blue) fretty Or. (gold) betwix. (between) in chief 2 eagles displ. Sable (black). Crest is a demi eagle Sable (black), the wings elevated fretty Or. (gold), in the beak a muscle of the last and in the base a muscle of the second. Motto: "Justitia et Virtus".
There are various coats-of-arms for the surname Bonet/Bonnet/Bonnett.

Kind regards,
Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr. & Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 17/07/2011 08:56
St.George's Chapel, Windsor Castle: Thomas de Usefleet was made Dean of the Great Chapel, 16th of May, 1328.

Ray & Marie.
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 17/07/2011 10:54
Calendar of Patent Rolls, Edward 11, membrane 16, the 13th of Nov., 1322:
Protection for one year for the Prior of Feriby (North Ferriby), Loretta de Usflet, Lady of Swanneslond (Swanland).

Ray & Marie.
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 17/07/2011 11:24
Calendar of Patent Rolls, membrane 12d., October 10th, 1316:
At York.
The like to Robert Hastanges, Alexander de Cave and Robert de Hedon, on information that Loretta, late the wife of John de Usflet, John* his son, Gerard de Usflete [second son], Nicholas son of John de Swanneslond (Swanland) and Stephen his brother, Robert son of Peter and Simon his brother, Alexander le Provost and Nicholas his brother, Alan son of Robert Whaiteak, William "atte" Green of Westelvele (West Ella), William Brandon of Westelvele, John Brandon of Westelvele and others broke by night the walls and dykes made for the preservation of the King's Manor of Miton in Hull and his land there, so that his corn and meadows were submerged.

* John de Usflet (Usflete, etc.) junior was Preceptor-Master of the Knights Templar c.1304-6 at what later became Temple Village in Scotland. However, it was reported in the year 1309 that he had fled overseas from Scotland but he was with his family and other people in Yorkshire in October 1316 helping to break-up walls and dykes, !.

Kind regards,
Raymond & Marie Ella, (Mr. & Mrs.).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 26/07/2011 08:11
Miton (Myton):
The Gentry of the Swanland areas, including the Usflete family, decided to break the walls and dykes in Myton because these were restricting the flow of water and causing flooding by up to 4 feet in Swanland areas but the result was that areas of Myton became submerged, e.g., corn fields and homes flooded.
The Usflete family (including the earlier branch of Ousefleet) also looked after maintenance of walls and dykes connected to the river Ouse and repairs were always on-going.

Ray & Marie.
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 08/08/2011 09:53
The year 1311, the Pope to convoke a special council for Templar judgement.
The year 1312, The Council of Vienne found that charges against the Templars lacked merit. The Pope issued a "bull" (papal order) "vox in exelo" on March the 2nd., this dissolving the Knights Templar Order. A second "bull" "ad proviendar" turned over Templar property to the Hospitallers, party to pay pensions to ex-Templars.
In the year 1314 the situation in France was different, e.g., the leader of the Knights Templar (Preceptor of Normandy) named Jaques de Molay having been tortured and then burnt to death.
Note: many ex-Templars in England later returned home after c.1312, e.g., John de Usflete (junior) who was home c.1316 or shortly before.

Ray & Marie Ella, (Mr. & Mrs.),
Buxton-with-Lamas (Lammas),
Norfolk, England.
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 02/10/2011 10:00
Guild of Maria (St.Mary) Cambridge, c.1282-5, records from c.1298-1319, also Guild of Corpus Christi (Body of Christ) in Cambridge was later:
"Pro animabus Walteri filii Roberti de Ousflet - et Johanna uxoris ejus".

The Guild Prays for the souls of founding members.

Ray & Marie.
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 02/10/2011 10:31
Archives of the Corperation of Nottingham, c.1155-1399:

XCV, year 1362/3, A delivery of seisin by the bailiffs in compliance with a Royal Mandate.
"Illardo de Usflete, justitiariis domini regis" (Justice for the Lord-King).

This Illard (Hylard) had many duties, e.g., sergeanting/supervising and including above, his abode being Ousefleet.

Ray & Marie.
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 15/10/2011 16:52
Bodlian Library, Department of Western Mss.

Ms.Top.Glouc.d.2.folio 041V-042r. (214.9- 025):

"Founders and Benefactors of Tewkesbury Abbey", their shields and quartered coats-of-arms coloured and with written names on parchment, compiled c.1500s.
On folio 041V second down on the left is a shield (boxed shaped) with 4 quarterings, two for Usflete and two for Beauchamp (of Powick) but the latter is without the martlets (small birds).
Ms. Ashmole 804, pt. 1V, p.032-033:
There is a shield for Beauchamp of Powick and with the martlets on.

Ray & Marie.
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 26/10/2011 19:50
My visitation to the Bradford Archives 6th of Oct., 2011:

John Hopkinson collection c.1672, ref. 32D86/22:

Furnivall (Furnival) pedigree of Swanland & Ferriby. A mention that Gerard Furnival's daughter Lora who married Sir John Usleete (Usflete), knt., was buried at the right side of the great alter of the Priorie (Priory) of North Ferriby.
Metham of Metham pedigree. About c.1118 to c.1146 a William Metham married Constantia, daughter of Sir John Ella of Ella, knt. Further in the pedigree there is an early John Usleete (Usflete) c.1146/7 whose daughter Sebastiana married a John Metham.
Constable of Wossome (Wossand/Wassand, etc., near Hornsea). On this pedigree c.1662 (may have been 1562?) a Marmaduke Constable married Lady Ella, widow of Sir John Ella of Ella [another one].
Crompton of Great Driffied, etc. Listed c.1646 is a Robert Crompton married to his second wife Anne Haldenby, a daughter of Francis Haldenby of Haldenby, Esqr.

Posted by mrs R Elkins at 15/11/2011 12:05
very informative
Posted by Mr.Rex W.Barker at 25/11/2011 12:36
Does anyone know the meaning of the Usflete family Motto that goes with their coat-of-arms. I've seen it in Latin but also in English, but did the family ever use it?, or is it just made-up?. It is: THE GRAEL (GRAIL,?) IS WITHIN BLOOD AND THE BLOOD IS LIFE.
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 25/11/2011 13:30
I have found contemporary Mss For the Usflete coat-of-arms and two crests, i.e., known and used by the senior main branch of the Yorkshire Usflete family while they were still alive but now extinct, although satellite-branches survived longer, but I have yet to find anything "contemporary" to suggest a family Motto. However, I have seen an English version c.16th century and once used it in an history posting. I am not sure of authenticity for it so therefor "debatable" and the religious meaning of it I do know of in connection with a very special Lady but would be quite controversial, so I say no-more.

Kind regards,
Raymond E.O.Ella.
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 26/11/2011 10:46
Regarding an earlier posting:
Apart from the word convent being a short-form of conventional, the short-form is from Medieval Latin "conventualis", this later becoming "conventus" and later in English the word is "conventual", e.g., a conventual church, etc.

Ray & Marie.
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 19/01/2012 21:18
Seldon Society Publications (vol XX1V & XXX, printed in 1914):
Year 1292 to year 1333.

Gerard de Useflet, knight, has a "Weir" of 14 spaces at Whitgift [and] held by Thomas Stoche (Stock?) and John Horegh(Horreck?). John and Thomas would not ferry across the river with less than two people.
Note of ours: This would be the first Gerard who had died c.1350, his wife Isabella styled Dame and Widdow in a 1351 manuscript, Gerard being alive and evident in 1350 manuscripts.

Ray & Marie.
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 20/01/2012 14:48
Madresfield's Muniment Room:

item 272?, a seal, year 1433, Katherine Beauchamp impaling both Ufflete (Usflete) and Beauchamp coats-of-arms.

Ray & Marie.
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 28/01/2012 00:10
Seldon Society publication, vol.2 (1923 ed.), page 285:
Gerard de Usflet, knight, and Thomas de Rednesse (Reedness), knight, are mentioned in a presentment dated 1394 for the earlier date Witsuntide 1382 where they sets anew in the river Ouse between Airmyn and York divers weirs, stakes and fishgarths and saving sufficient passage for ships where the river runs deep. Richard de Friseby, suitor of the King and the Prior (of Drax) said it was as was presented.
Note of ours: This was the second or third Sir Gerard de Usflete
who amongst others was keeping-up repairs to the river's banks, etc.

Ray & Marie.
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 28/01/2012 13:03
Regarding previous posting:
In the year 1316 what Gerard de Usflete (the 1st.) had done to waterways was controversial, he being under instructions by his widowed-mother Loretta (Lora) de Usflete (nee' Furnival) and assisted by his brother John de Usflete (junior, the ex-Templar) and other members of the gentry. (See a previous posting for the year 1316).

Ray & Marie.
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 28/01/2012 22:26
Trinity College, Cambridge, the Hall windows:
The eleventh light (m) has/had? a coat-of-arms for Fulk Greville and two quarterings are for Beauchamp and Ufflet (Usflete, the blazon "Argent (silver) on a fess Azure (blue) 3 fleur-de-lis Or (gold)". The label below gives "Fulco Greville" with a crest faded and damaged.
This Greville shield was evident in 1959, but now needs checking again.

Ray & Marie.
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 28/01/2012 23:13
The Nativity Heraldic Roll, a copy of the original made by Nicholas Charles, herald, in 1606. British Library Mss Department, Ms Harl. 6589, folio 10:
The orginal was thought to be c.1300 to c.1308 and written on the back of the original Falkirk Roll but soon became a separate roll and gives Sir Gerard de Usflete, "port d'argent ou ung fez de sable et en la fez trois flourez de lys d'or".
Note: I do not think that the letter "z" would have been used in the original?, so it should be the letter "s" yet similar sounding. Also, Sable (black) is used in the blazon (written description) instead of Azure (blue), this being the first time I have seen black used in the blazon.
The blazon is not on copies of the Falkirk Roll.
This Gerard was the first of the three Sir Gerard de Usfletes and in Scotland with the English army c.1300-c.1308, a young man (died 1350).

Raymond E.O.Ella.
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 12/02/2012 18:32
The first Sir Gerard de Usflete:
Although his wife Dame and later Dowager Isabella de-Ellay (Isabel de-Ella) gave birth to the second Sir Gerard de Usflete, the first one had a previous wife named Margeret de-Armine, the marriage being earlier than c.1300 or shortly after.
Margeret was a daughter of Sir John Armine (alive c.1263) of Osgodby, Lincolnshire, his earlier family having Yorkshire roots: Armine Family pedigree, ref. MS L.23, College of Arms, London.

Ray & Marie.
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 12/02/2012 18:42
Regarding previous posting:
Another ref. for the Armine pedigree is MS C.23.
Sir John Armine married an Ursula Luddington and it is possible that the Luddington coat-of-arms impaled on the Haldenby shields in All Saints Church in Adlingfleet was via the first Gerard de Usflete whose earlier wife was Margeret, daughter of John and Ursula, yet another connection between Haldenby and Luddington families is possible.

Ray & Marie.
Posted by A.E. at 12/03/2012 12:25
I'm currently researching for some work I'm doing on medieval widows and their self-portrayal through visual sources e.g. heraldry, effigies, seals and stained glass. I have come across the effigy in Selby which is thought to be Margery Pickworth and was wondering what information there is regarding the heraldry displayed on her monument. I have looked through the thread as well as various other sources but if anyone knows the answers to a few questions I have I would be very grateful.
Firstly, from which family did Margery descend biologically?
How many times did she marry, to whom and in what order?
What is her connection to the Furnival family (is it only through the Usfletes?)
Finally, when did she die?
Many Thanks,
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 12/03/2012 20:54
British Library Mss. Dept., a Seal, red, number 3534, [], date A.D.1347:
Thomas de Useflete, Dean of the Collegiate Church of St.Martin-le-Grand.
Impression of an ancient oval Christian gem engraved in intagio. Two harf-length figures, a man on the left, a women on the right, lifting their hands in prayer. Between them, overhead, a crosslet. Above the impression of the gem Mary, half-length with a child. In the base, a bust, filleted, to the words SIGILLV . THOME . DE-USEFLETE. CL.ICI.-

Ray & Marie.
Posted by R.E.O.Ella at 13/03/2012 09:02
"I hath-been likened to a cry in a storm and no one could understand or hear me. But behold, for a saw a light to showeth me a path and this I walked my way out of the valley of tears".
Posted by Jane at 28/04/2012 09:44
Hello Mr.R.E.O.Ella and any interested reader.
I myself have been researching the early Usflete family but I must state that your postings about some of your own research have been very helpful to me.
However, I give you some of my unusual experiences and can you let me know if you have had some of the same?.
Over the last ten years or more I have visited record offices and archives to view and take photo's of certain manuscripts and also had some photocopied, these pertaining to members of the early Usflete (Ufflete, etc.) family and other families related to them. But, recently a friend of mine and I myself have double-checked my findings yet some items I found not that long ago are now missing and my friend and I having been told by archivists "it can't be located", "the document is now missing", it could have been filed in the wrong place," etc.
This kind of thing does and can happen but there are so-many items I knew about that makes me conclude that there has been "too-many coincidences" in respect to the Usflete and related families. - My friend has now double-checked the photocopied Maskelyne collection ref. D21 at the Society of Genealogists in London that I had copied about ten years ago. He has told me that some items amongst the collection can't be found and I know they mention Isabel de Usflete, wife of the first Sir G.Usflete and the documents cited certain Common Pleas that mention her and family members.
It is though some person or persons are trying to conceal the evidence that Isabel ever existed and that there was no such Ella family connection with the very early Usflete family. I hope that the Mrs.Christian Smith collection of manuscripts are still fully intact at the East Riding of Yorkshire Archives in Beverley and also certain documents at the National Archives,!.

Jane Beauchamp (P.h.D.: history).
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 28/04/2012 10:50
Dear Jane,
I have just read your brave and courageous posting and I will give you my answer later-on today,!.

Kind regards,
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 28/04/2012 15:00
Dear Jane,
I will be aged 63 next month and over the previous 34 years, on and off, I have been an historical researcher.
During the 1980s I was also a genealogist for people with Norfolk and Suffolk roots and yes sometimes although indexes have survived at a record offices or archives some documents "can not now be found" or could have been "misplaced", etc., etc.
However, regarding my personal interest in the early Usflete family I first thought it silly that some person or group of people would be willing to conspire together and remove certain early contemparary documentation to conceal or attempt to maladjust the historical past regarding the Usflete family and their connection with other families.
The Usflete family are not only of a personal interest to me but also of an Historical National Significance to our country's heritage.
I am supportive of your statements in your posting today and regarding the Maskelyne collection at the Society of Genealogists I also have recently foundout that some documents in the collection "can not now be located", these mentioning more on an Isabel de Usflete, Dame and Dowager, she being a wife of the first Sir Gerard de Usflete and the documents gave ref. numbers to items at what was once the Public Record Office, now the National Archives, i.e., Isabel and Usfletes mentioned in some of the Common Pleas, etc. - A colleague of mine some years ago looked at the Maskelyne collection and made notes but in his notes some documents amongst the said collection now can not located.
So, I have recently been in contact with the S.of G. and paid for
photocopies of documents amongst the Maskelyne collection that mention the Usflete/Usflete family. I now have these copies and they do not include items listed in my colleague's notes, he having seen the originals. But, I have contacted the S.of G. again to see if they can check the said collection again and I await a precise? reply?.

Kind regards with my admiration for you Jane.
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 28/04/2012 15:47
Further more:
There was once a programme on English television about the College of Arms and at the very end of it one of the herald's said "Where are the Plantaganets". Well, some may be known but others will never know they have such a blood-line because there is no survival of the necessary documentation and so these people therefor would not even give it a thought.
With Dame and Dowager Isabel de Ella it is quite an amazing and astounding revelation because via the Usflete family it is what I would call "the other way around". Her genes were transferred to some gentry-families including a Plantaganet connection and it is this knowledge that is being concealed by some people in an unscrupulous way and has though she never played her true part in the formation of our nation's heritage,!.

Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 28/04/2012 16:55
My apology for a few typing errors and missing small words in my posting today at 3pm, e.g., "be", though indeed one of my sons would say "they will get the jist of it Dad".
Catherine de Usflete (died after c.1436) who married Sir William de Beauchamp of Powick: They had three sons and a daughter, Walter (became a Knight), John (he was made a Knight of the Garter and became first Lord-Beauchamp of Powick), Robert and Elizabeth. Their great-grandmother was Isabel (Isabella) de Usflete (nee' de-Ella) and she was also a great-grandmother of children to families surnamed Bozun, Stapleton, Haldenby, etc. These "off-springs" also had the Furnival family genes via Isabel's husband's (Sir Gerard de Usflete the 1st) mother Lora (Loretta) de Furnival, she having married Sir John de Usflete (died c.1307).

Kind regards,
Raymond & Marie.
Posted by SEARCHER at 10/05/2012 19:07
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 11/05/2012 18:02
There was a Marcus Knipe, baptism 14th March, 1701 at Hook, son of Robert Knipe. Marcus married Ann Haldenby at Whitgift, 7th Dec., 1725.
Posted by Anne Parkinson at 15/05/2012 10:24
Hi my great grandfather Walter Milner Parkin was born at Whitgift to William and Elizabeth Parkin (nee Hague) and I love the church at Whitgift especially the unusual clock
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 08/06/2012 20:21
The Willement Heraldic Roll of Arms of the Noble and Gentry living at the time of King Richard the 2nd.:

Item/shield 462, monsr gerrard ufflet (Usflete) quarterly 1 and 4 a bend gules betwix six martlets gules. 2 and 3 argent on a fess azure thrice fleur de lys [or].

Furnival connection would be impalements/quarters 1 and 4.

Raymond & Marie.
Posted by Gary Ella at 08/08/2012 21:45
I am trying to track our family coat of arms down and as you have done alot of research wondered if you knew where I could get it ?
Many thanks

Gary A Ella
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 10/08/2012 10:07
The heraldic term "in chief" usually means the top part of a shield yet in the case of the Ella family coat-of-arms this is sometimes used and another term "surmounted of" because the fleur-de-lis's are just above the 3 peaks/points of the dancetty (dancetti, dancettee').

Note: although I have made many postings, this website is not mine but the webmaster has done a very good job in the way it is constructed for all the listed places.

Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 01/09/2012 13:15
Regarding posting (28/4/2012) by Jane Beauchamp, (PhD: history) and my replies:

We still await a "possibly" reply from the Society of Genealogists in London.

Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 15/10/2012 18:48
Catalogue of Seals in The British Museum Library (now the British Library), vol 111, 1898 ed., (pages 361 & 362):
Family of PENYSTONE of Co.Oxon (Oxfordshire). Number 12.542 (A.D.1448): Sulph. cast from a seal or badge. 2m. [D.C.,G.217.]. A shield of arms: quarterly of twenty pieces in four rows of five quarters each; 1, three Cornish Choughs, two and one, PENYSTON, etc. Above the shield three crests. dex., a griffin statant, PENYSTONE, etc; and at each side four crests, all on wreaths. HEC-FVERVNT-ARMA-ET-INSIGNIA-DE-PENYSTONE. A' 1448..
See Lansd.MS.880, f.17b. Harl.MSS.1095, f.22; 1556, f.56b; 808, f.34b; 1412, f.85. The quarterings apparently belong to the families of PENYSTON (Peniston, etc.), FAUCONBRIDGE, HARPDEN, BEAUCHAMP, UFFLEET, MOWBRAY, CHESHAM, BREWS, etc.
Ray & Marie.
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 19/04/2013 19:25
The Register of W.MELTON, Archbishop of York, vol. 6, years 1317 to 1340, edited by D.Robinson.
Item 352: 'Memorandum of grant on 21st July 1324 at Swinefleet to Sir Gerard de Ousefleet, knight, to have services celebrated in his chapel of Haldenby by a chaplain for his whole life so long as there is no predjudice to his parish church of Adlingfleet'.

This is the first of the three Sir Gerard de Usfletes (Ousefleets), he having died c.1350-1.
Ray & Marie.
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 17/11/2013 11:42
Book: The Great Roll of the Pipe, King Richard the 1st., A.D.1189-1190, by J.Hunter, (1844 ed.).
Pages 64 and 67 is listed Alanus de Useflet and Reginaldi de Useflet.
The pipe rolls were financial records of the English Treasury-Exchequer and were rolled-up like a pipe for storage. Also, when documents are in a scroll (rolled-up) there is less chance when used a lot or aging for it to come apart, i.e., where it is creased and folded and if that happens words or a whole sentence could be obliterated. Also, many early documents were written on animal skins and other material, then easier to roll-up after stiching together.

Kind regards,
Ray & Marie.
Posted by R.E.O.Ella at 10/05/2014 08:34
Some pictures in connection with John de Usflete (junior):

Ray & Marie.
Posted by R.E.O.Ella at 13/11/2015 12:34
Some postings repeated because of a PC problem trying to post them but now solved.

Kind regard,
Ray & Marie.
Posted by Andrew Woolhouse at 23/02/2016 15:36

"Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 07/04/2010 17:49

New find:
British Library Mss Department, Harl.111, C.21 (charter number 21) year c.1293.
This includes an award to destroy the chapel in Ousefleet.

Kind regards,
Raymond E.O.Ella, (author-historian)."

Ray you posted this a few years ago...
I tried to find this entry online and can't find it... do you have a link to this entry?

Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 02/04/2016 08:28
Hi Andrew,
Index to the Charters and Rolls, Department of Manuscripts, British Museum [Library], vo.1, printed in 1900:

Index Locorum, page 571, Ousefleet (Usefleeth, Useflet).

Addenda at the back of the book, page 933, Haldenby.

They are brief mentions and I have not looked at the actual Mss.

This book can be read on-line by going to, or type Harl.lll,c21 in a Bing searchbox and click.

Posted by susan stacey at 13/11/2016 02:42
I wonder if anyone can help me. I'm a family historian and have come across someone who came from Redness!! would this be Reedness or is somewhere else? Thanks
Posted by susan stacey at 13/11/2016 02:43
Adding to that comment. I'm trying to locate a Jonathan Jackson born 1811, the son of Gentleman farmer John Jackson
Posted by Ray & Marie (Mr. & Mrs. Ella). at 27/08/2017 06:58
Update on the Usflete family coat-of-arms:
Most people would know who Walt Disney was and his very early roots were in Norton Disney, Lincolnshire.
In Norton Disney Parish Church there is a brass plate depicting heraldic shields for the Disney family and other families connected to them impaled on the shields.
On a bottom shield is impaled the Usflete Arms (3 fleur de lis, etc) twice, top left and bottom right. On a top shield same but now "pitted", so the top impalement is not noticeable at a first glance.

Kind regards,
Raymond & Marie, now in Lincolnshire near Alford.
Posted by Ray & Marie (Mr. & Mrs. Ella). at 27/08/2017 07:18
The Disney family had more than one coat of arms. The branch of Norton Disney used a very similar coat of arms has the Usflete family and thought to have been adopted from it, yet the one for Disney had different tinctures, but the brass plate in the church is not coloured. So, although the impalement mentioned in previously posting is thought to be Usflete it is a variant of it for Disney, but only for the Disneys of Norton Disney, other branches in England having quite different Arms.
Posted by Ray & Marie (Mr. & Mrs. Ella). at 27/08/2017 12:32
Lincolnshire Pedigrees, vol. 1, by A.Maddison (1902 ed.):
Pages 167/8. BOZON of Barrowby.
Near the start of the pedigree is a mention of the Ufflete (Usflete, etc.) family, e.g., Anne, daughter of one of the Sir Gerard Uffletes.
Posted by Ray & Marie (Mr. & Mrs. Ella). at 28/08/2017 07:07
Easting Riding of Yorkshire Archives, Beverley:
DDCS/25/2 (late 13th to early 14th century). Demise relating to property in Useflet (Ousefleet). Parties ( 1 and 2). 1, Loretta widow of Sir John de Useflet. 2, John Gouk, wife Alice. Property: messuage in Useflet which by reason of Dower and which Margery widow of Sir Walter de Useflet sometimes held for her or until she wishes to resume the premises. Consideration: 10s yearly and finding hospitality for her seneeshal or other ministers on her business: Witnesses: Adam de Cellar, William Cellar, John de Slingesby of Adelinflet (Adlingfleet), Robert Cortewys, John de la Mar of Useflet, William his son, Stephen de Feriby, clerk. With small seal.
Posted by Ray & Marie (Mr. & Mrs. Ella). at 28/08/2017 07:30
Regarding previous posting:
The widow Margery later married Hugh de Pickworth who was "joint" lord of Ella (West or Kirk, c.1315/16). Her tomb is with his in Selby Abbey has mentioned in previous posting, her's with the Usflet coat of arms on.
Previous historians have mistaken some of the heraldry in Selby Abbey and attributed wrongly the entombed Lady Pickworth. Also, on both tombs are not hammers has previously thought by some historians but picks. Another shield on Lady Pickworth's tomb is thought by some to be for the Tempist (other scribe-forms) family but not. It is for Furnival and both look the same without colouration, both having different tinctures in their blazons (description of a coat of arms).
Posted by Ray & Marie (Mr. & Mrs. Ella). at 29/08/2017 08:22
Pat. Roll for King Edward 3rd., 8th Feb., 1338, Hugh de Pickworth and his wife Margery (!) were granted a messuage [of land] in Selby.
Note: This was also entered in the Selby Coucher and it printed in 2? volumes. In vo.1 pages 47/8 of the printed book it mentions the above.
There are also entries for various members of the Usflete family in the Selby Coucher.
Posted by Ray & Marie (Mr. & Mrs. Ella). at 01/09/2017 08:04
Regarding previous postings on Lady Pickworth's tombed effigy:
Another line of conclusion is that Margery was a daughter of Margery and Walter de Usflete, or a daughter of Loretta and John de Usflete (senior).
YAS Journal, vo.1V, publ. 1904, page 216. King Edward 2nd., Calendar of Patent Rolls AD 1321-1324:
Membrane 16, Nov.,13th, Tutbury:
Protection with clause nolumus for 1 year for the Prior of Feriby.
Amongst the list of persons is " Loretta de Usflet, Lady of Swanneslond" (Swanland).
Posted by Ray & Marie (Mr. & Mrs. Ella). at 05/09/2017 13:09
Surtees Society, vol.XLIX, 14th Century (c.1314/5), page 308:Eastwell cum Westwell (East and West Ella): Richardus (Richard) de Anlaghby [and] Hugo (Hugh) de Picworthe (Pickworth).*

Swanlond (Swanland) cum Feriby (North Ferriby): Prior de Feriby [and] Lora de Usflet.

*jointly the manor. However, pre c.1307 yet to be investigated.
Posted by nee Sheppard at 13/09/2017 18:14
Looking for Brian Sheppard who left message. I have John Cornelius Sheppard and Hannah Ellis in my family.Also Cornelius Sheppard and Henry Sheppard.
Hope to hear from you
Posted by Raymond E.O.Ella at 22/06/2018 07:46
Note: in previous postings we mentioned the ipernity link but most of our postings via ipernity have now "gone missing"?.

Ray & Marie.
Raymond E.O.Ella:, Author-Profile/blog., family pictures.

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