GGF13 – Sir Thomas Denton of Fyfield  (1453- )
Another Thomas who was born the same year as his father’s death, This Thomas married the widow of Philip Purefoy of Shalstone, namely Isabel (or Isabella) Brome (1436-1513), the daughter of Sir John Brome of Baddesley.
In this part of the Denton extended family there is an interesting illustration of how to keep hold of your property in the 15th century. Philip Purefoy’s father William had married Mariana Moton the heiress of the Lord of Shalstone. This brought the valuable Shalstone Manor, located four miles north-west of Buckingham, into the Purefoy family.
owever, the father, William, and Philip Purefoy both died in 1466.
GGF13 – Sir John Denton of Wittenham (1445-1497)
This John was born in 1445 at Wittenham, Oxfordshire and died in 1497 at Foxcote Buckinghamshire.
Isabella (Brome/Purefoy)remarried Sir John Denton in 1463 at Baddesley Clinton, there was the potential for both manors to be lost to the Purefoy family.
In 1472 Philip’s brother John released the manor of Sherford in Burton Hastings (near Bedworth and Nuneaton) to John and Isabel. They had Thomas my GGF12 (1465-1560), Lady Anne (1469-1500), Lady Alice (1473-1495) and James Denton LLD my GU13 (1474-1533).
In 1493 their solution was to marry off Nicholas Purefoy, the son of Philip’s brother John, to their younger daughter Lady Alice (1473-1495). Nicholas was seventeen, Alice was twenty. They were half-cousins and on the cusp of what would have been a forbidden marriage. However, sixty years later in 1560 the church’s ‘Table of Kindred and Affinity’ was drawn up and this union would have been fully permitted.
Lady Anne also married well, to Sir Edward Greville, Knight of Milcote.
|Note on shorthand acronyms being used in the DFB:|
– GGF1 / GGM1 – means first great-grandfather /mother;
– GU11 / GA11 – means eleventh great-uncle / great-aunt;
– 1C3 – means first cousin three times removed