JOHN SEMANS The Second.
1495 - 1537
Born c.1495 in Weedon, Bucks.,
Died October 1537
John and Margaret had 3
born 1534, died 1616 |
1535, died 1559
born circa 1537, died 1559
John's marriage to Margaret in 1533, his father provided them with a
farmstead at Weedon. This farmstead was known as "Loves", as
generations earlier it had been held by the Love family. The
farmstead remained in the Seamons' family for ten generations, until
the copyhold rights were sold to Henry Cazenove Esq., who had
acquired the "Lillies" mansion and wanted further ownership of
almost all the surrounding properties. "Loves" was sold for
£650 in 1876, having been in the Seamons' family possession for
over 340 years.
homestead in Weedon, Bucks. This picture was taken in 2002
following the substantial renovations having been made to the home
throughout the centuries. This home remained in the Seamons' family
for over 340 years. The home stands on the corner of New Rd
and High St Weedon. This view is looking up High St from
courtesy of Doreen James (nee Seamons)]
John had three sons, however his untimely death at
the age of 42, left these young children in the care of their mother
from 1537. The young, fatherless children could have expected to
have a difficult childhood, not helped by the fact that upon John
the First's death, there was nothing willed to the young family.
However, their mother, Margaret, received an offer of marriage 18
months after Nicholas's death, and married Edward Hilsden in
1539. Edward died in late 1558, before Margaret's death in
1566, leaving her a widow for a second time.
Two of the sons, John and James, pre-deceased their
mother, through deaths during their early twenties. Records from the
time show that both of these sons died in a pestilence which
swept through the Weedon village during 1558/59. Both sons died
during the month of March, 1559. The only surviving son,
Nicholas, provided the continuity of the family line, and lived to
an age of 81 years.