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Thomas Fetherstonhaugh

Male Abt 1213 - Aft 1272  (~ 60 years)


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  • Name Thomas Fetherstonhaugh 
    Born Abt 1213  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Reference Number 34978 
    Died Aft 1272 
    Person ID I34978  Featherstone Main
    Last Modified 13 Nov 2014 

    Father Elias Featherstone,   b. Abt 1185,   d. Abt 1226  (Age ~ 41 years) 
    Family ID F1  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Children 
     1. Thomas Fetherstonhaugh,   b. Abt 1244
    Last Modified 23 Jan 2018 
    Family ID F10922  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Arms & Heraldry
    Arms
    Arms
    Thomas Fetherstonhaugh I
    2nd Son
    Arms:. Gules a chevron between three ostrich feathers argent
    It is not known for a fact how many Thomas's there were but the periodbetween Elias and Thomas born cir 1272 gives a possibilty using 25 yearsa generation to have had four generations of Thomases. All would havehad the same Arms passed down father to son

  • Sources 
    1. [S1214] The Featherstone Family News, Varoius, (The Featherstone Society, 14 Heddon Grove, from 1997 to present day), Issue 2
      From all the available references and working on 20-25 year generationsit appears that in 13th and 14th century Northumberland there wasprobably a succession of five eldest sons named Thomas and also a cousinnamed Thomas. The five Thomases were, in their turn, successivelydescribed in legal documents only as "junior" and"senior" giving rise tosome confusion in generations. Earlier researchers constructing a treeof the early Featherstones prudently left a space after Helias. However,a letter lodged with Society of Genealogists in London gives 1213 asthe year of the first Thomas' birth which makes him appear to be the"heir11 of Helias mentioned in the document of 1212-1217.
      ***"The Featherstones of England", A Family History." Dr. Hans W andMrs. Elizabeth Meier, 1995

      **"Featherstoniana" Dr C PCuttino

    2. [S1214] The Featherstone Family News, Varoius, (The Featherstone Society, 14 Heddon Grove, from 1997 to present day), Issue 2
      The first mention found of a Thomas in a legal document is in 1225 (10Henry III) when he was granted the manor of Featherstonhalgh in socage*.This suggests that Helias had died in that year. In 1244 and again in1277 there are references to Thomas senior acquiring property in Wyden*.This implies that the second Thomas was born before 1244. If these birthdates are accepted, in 1277 the first Thomas (if still alive) would havebeen 64 and the second Thomas at least 33, old enough to have been theThomas senior referred to in the 1277 document. However we are told thatin 1272 Thomas junior took the inquest after the death of Thomas LordLucy, Baron of Langley*. We can therefore assume that the first Thomaswas still living in 1272. Around 1256 Thomas held of the barony ofTindale, the manor of Fetherstanhalgh***. The next known documentmentioning a Thomas was in 1309 when Thomas and his son,.alsonamedThomas, were inquisitors after the death of the second Thomas LordLucy, Baron of Langley*. In 130V the first Thomas (if still alive) wouldhave been in his nineties, the second Thomas at least 65, and the thirdThomas possibly in his forties.with a son (the fourth Thomas) who couldhave been in his twenties. On 21 April 1312 Thomas, probably the thirdThomas, was a purchasing agent to King Edward II and was ordered topurchase 392 quarters of wheat and 420 quarters of malt in preparationfor the King's visit to Newcastle**.
      ***"The Featherstones of England", A Family History." Dr. Hans W andMrs. Elizabeth Meier, 1995
      **"Featherstoniana" Dr C PCuttino

      * "A History of Northumberland." John Hodgson, 1840.