John Gainsford III1

#2989, ( - between 1449 and 1450)
Relationship16th great-grandfather of William David Lewis
Father*John Gainsford II
A History of the County of Surrey: Volume 3, ed. H E Malden (London, 1911), British History Online [accessed 18 May 2016].

Family 1

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Family 2

Margaret _____
Child 1.John Gainsford IV+1 ( - 1460)
Birth*He was born at EnglandG.1 
John Gainsford III was also known as John Gaynesford Sr. 
Marriage*He married Margaret _____.2 
Marriage*He married ____ _____.3 
Death*between 1449 and 1450He died between 1449 and 1450 at EnglandG.1 
Burial1450He was buried in 1450 at St. George's Church, Crowhurst, Surrey, EnglandG.4 
Probate*9 November 1450His estate was probated on 9 November 1450 at Prerogative Court, Canterbury, Kent Co., EnglandG; 12 Rous, PROB 11/1.5 
ChartsAncestors of William D. Lewis


  1. [S338] G.R. French, "A Brief Account of Crowhurst Church, Surrey, and its Monuments", The Surrey Archaeological Society Surrey Achaeological Collections, Vol. III (1865): p. 59.
  2. [S338] G.R. French, "A Brief Account of Crowhurst Church", p. 59-60.
  3. [S338] G.R. French, "A Brief Account of Crowhurst Church", p. 59 "the name of his wife is not ascertained."
  4. [S338] G.R. French, "A Brief Account of Crowhurst Church", p. 43.
  5. [S301] Adrian Benjamin Burke, John Blythe Dobson and Janet Chevalley Wolfe, "The Exhurst Ancestry of the Stoughton Siblings of New England", The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 165,166 (Oct. 2011, Jan. 2012): Vol. 166, p. 57, footnote 105: "Attree and Booker, “The Sussex Colepepers” [note 104], 47:58–60, refute the claim in the Culpepper pedigree in Hovenden, Visitation of Kent [note 6], 61–62, that the wife of Sir John Culpeper was a daughter of John Bedgebury. The will of John Gaynesford, dated 12 November 1448, proved 9 November 1450, names his sons John, William, and Nicholas (Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 12 Rous, PROB 11/1). William Dunn Gainsford, ed., Annals of the House of Gainsford, at Sometimes of the counties of Surrey, Oxon, Monmouth, Nottingham, Lincoln & Kent; between the years A.D. 1331 and A.D. 1909 (Horncastle, Lincs.: W. K. Morton & Sons, 1909), 21, reports that John Gainsford’s inquisition post mortem names his eldest son John as age 30 and more on 8 February 1450/1. Agnes was not named in John Gainsford’s will, but her identity as the sister of his sons John and William is confirmed by a court case (p. 18 in the Gainsford book, also discussed in Attree and Booker, 47:58–60) involving the abduction of Agnes’ daughters, Margery and Elizabeth Wakehurst, by Nicholas and Richard Culpepper, brothers of her second husband John Culpepper. Agnes’ first husband was Richard Wakehurst, son of Richard and Elizabeth Wakehurst. The first three chapters of the Gainsford book provide a history of the early generations of the family, starting with the above John Gainsford’s greatgrandfather, also named John, who may have originated in Gainford, co. Durham. He purchased land in Surrey in 1331 and soon after married Margery de la Poyle, daughter of John de la Poyle (d. 1317) and his wife Margery (living in 1333) and granddaughter of Walter de la Poyle (d. 1299) and his wife Alice (living in 1317), daughter of Stephen de Hampton. The Gainsford family is also discussed in Charles M. Hansen, “The Barons of Wodhull with Observations on the Ancestry of George Elkington, Emigrant to New Jersey,” The Genealogist 7–8 (1986–87):4–126 at 68–73."