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  • Name John SPILMAN 
    Gender Male 

    • JOHN SPILMAN (Thomas, William, Sir Anthony, Robert, Stephen, Robert, Henry, William, Sir William), the son of Thomas Spilman and Elizabeth Harward, appears to have been associated in business in Thaxted for a time with his brother, William, and their kinsman, Robert Spilman.
      Court Roll 173/92, Mem. 1. Borough of Thaxted. Court General held there on the Morrow of Saints Philip and James, 6 Henry VII, 1491. John Spilman, Robert Spilman, and William Spilman present at this court concerning their business.
      By 1492 he had removed from Thaxted, possibly on account of the decline of its industries as described above, and settled in Great Baddow, County Essex, near Chelmsford.
      In a Court Roll (213/71, Mem. 5) of a court held at Thax¬ted at about this period is the following.
      To this court came John Spylman and Richard Wedowe, present in court, and surrendered into the hands of the lady two cottages lying together under one roof in “le melle ende” be¬tween the tenement of John Spylman of Walden on the one side and the cottage of Joan Rowlee on the other, to the use of John Catelyn, William Ilamond, and John Fan, cutler, to whom seism thereof was delivered by the rod, to hold to them, their heirs and assigns, at the will of the lady, of the manor, according to the custom of the manor. And they made a fine and did fealty.
      Court Roll 213/79, Mem. 9. Court held at Thaxted on Thursday before the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul, 8 Henry VII, 1493. John Spilman presented as a defaulting juror.
      The John Spylman of Walden, mentioned above as the holder of a cottage on one side of that which John Spilman and Richard Wedowe were surrendering, was mentioned under the Seventh Generation. He was the son of John Spilman, and the grandson of Sir Anthony Spilman, and removed to Chipping Walden, County Essex. It will be recalled that in his will he named his cousins, John and Thomas Spilman, of whom Thomas was the Ancestor in the Ninth Generation.
      Great Baddow, like Thaxted, was bestowed upon the Queen, Catherine of Arragon, by Henry VIII. Of the place, Morant, the ancient historian of County Essex, said: “Much Badow
      * * * being a very pleasant village, it hath been inhabited long by Families of Fashion.”

      After a drawing by David Ogbourne, engraved by J. Ryland.



      A thorough search of the Manor Rolls covering a century before the period of this John Spilman show that he was the first of the family to resicle here. Unfortunately, the Rolls of the latter part of his life are missing, and the record, therefore, of land held by him has not been found. He made no will, or, if he did, it has not been discovered.
      John Spilman died at Great Baddow in May, 1540, as shown by the following entry in the parish register: “Burials, 1540. Maye, John Spylman was beryed the 30 Daye.” Near this rec¬ord appear the following: “1546. August. Julyan Spilman was buried the 25 Daye.” “1548. November. Alse Spylman & Mother Wattes were buried ye 10 day.” “1551. October. Joan Spyllman the 13 daye.”
      Another item is: “1549. November. Isaac Spylman was buryed the 26 Daye.”
      Lawrence Spilman moved from Great Baddow to Widford, a part of Chelmesford, and owned there land called “Spaynys,” as appears in the Court Rolls for Widford, Roll 123/1859, Folio 136d, 33 Henry VIII, 1541. His children, grandchildren, and later descendants are mentioned in the parish registers of Chelmsford. One of them was, in 1626, accused “for that she did on the Saboth day fould and dry clothes in tyme of divine service.”

      CHILD of John Spilman:
      John Spilman, of Great Baddow, ancestor of the American Spelmans (see Eleventh
    Person ID I12924  Pioneer Ancestry | Ancestors of Kathleen Diane Clark
    Last Modified 7 May 2006 

    Father Thomas SPILMAN 
    Family ID F24582450  Group Sheet

    +1. John SPILMAN
    Family ID F24582449  Group Sheet