Anne Boleyn

Female 1440 - 1509  (69 years)

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  1. 1.  Anne Boleyn was born 1438-1440, (Norfolkshire) England (daughter of Geoffrey Boleyn and Anne Hoo); died ~ 1509.

    Anne married Henry Heydon > 1463. Henry (son of John Heydon and Eleanor Winter) was born Baconsthorpe, England; died 0___ 1504, Baconsthorpe, England; was buried Norwich Cathedral, England. [Group Sheet]

    1. Dorothy Heydon was born 0___ 1470; died 29 Mar 1566, Norfolk, Norfolkshire, England.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Geoffrey Boleyn was born 0___ 1406, Salle, Norfolk, England (son of Geoffrey Boleyn and Alice LNU); died 0___ 1463; was buried London, England.

    Other Events:

    • Occupation: Lord Mayor of London


    Sir Geoffrey or Jeffery Boleyn (1406-1463) was a London merchant and Lord Mayor of London.


    Hever Castle.

    Blickling Hall as it is today.
    Geoffrey Boleyn was the son of Geoffrey Boleyn (d. 1440) yeoman of Salle, Norfolk, and Alice,[1] and grandson of Thomas Boleyn (d. 1411) of Salle and Anne, an heiress, daughter of Sir John Bracton, a Norfolk knight. He went to London, was apprenticed to a hatter, and became a freeman of the city through the Hatter’s Company in 1428. In 1429 he transferred to a grander livery company, the Mercers’ Company, of which he became master in 1454.[2] As a wealthy mercer he served as a Sheriff of London in 1447, as member of parliament for the city in 1449, as alderman in 1452, and Lord Mayor of London in 1457/8,[3] and was knighted[4] by King Henry VI.[5] He purchased the manor of Blickling in Norfolk from Sir John Fastolf in 1452, and Hever Castle in Kent in 1462.[5]

    He was buried in the church of St Lawrence Jewry in the City of London.[5]


    The brasses of five sons and four daughters were still in situ in Salle's parish church in 1730.[6][7]

    William Boleyn.[8][note 1]
    John Boleyn.[8]
    Thomas, prebendary of St. Stephen’s, Westminster, precentor and sub-dean of Wells, Master of Gonville Hall, Cambridge, and Master of the college at Maidstone,d.1472.[11](executor to Geoffrey's will).
    one unknown brother.
    Cecily (1408–26 June 1458[12]), died unmarried at Blickling.
    three unknown sisters.
    Simon, parochial chaplain of Salle, Norfolk died 3 August 1482.
    James of Gunthorpe, Norfolk, died 1493 (executor to Simon's will).
    Thomas of Gunthorpe, Norfolk (executor to Simon's will).
    Joan named in her brother's (Simon) will., married to Alan Roos[note 2] of Salle, died 1463, he was the receiver (responsible for collecting rents) to Margaret Paston's (nâee Mauteby d. 1484) properties in Salle.[15] Secondly she was married to Robert Aldrych, died 1474.
    According to British historian and author, Elizabeth Norton, Geoffrey Boleyn who died in 1440 was their great-uncle.[16]

    Marriage and issue

    Boleyn married Anne Hoo (1424 - 1484), the only child of Thomas Hoo, Baron Hoo and Hastings (d. 13 February 1455), by his first wife Elizabeth Wychingham, by whom he had two sons and five daughters:

    Sir Thomas Boleyn (d. 1471/2).
    Sir William Boleyn (d.1505), mercer, who married Margaret Butler, daughter and co-heiress of Thomas Butler, 7th Earl of Ormond.[17]
    Isabella (1434–85) who married Henry Aucher (1410–60).
    Alice Boleyn b.abt.1438 d. abt. 1480 m. Sir John Fortescue of Punsborne, Hatfield, Herts d. 1500.
    Anne Boleyn (born c.1440),[citation needed] second daughter, who married Sir Henry Heydon (d.1504), by whom she had eight children. She died c.1509.[18]
    Cecily Boleyn b.abt.1442.
    Elizabeth Boleyn b.abt.1459.
    Sir Geoffrey Boleyn died in 1471.[5] He and his wife Anne were the great-grandparents of Queen Anne Boleyn.[19]

    Arms of Geoffrey Boleyn

    The arms are Boleyn, Argent, a chevron gules,between three bulls heads couped Sable, quarterly with arms of Bracton, Azure, three mullets, a chief dauncette or.[note 3]

    end of biography

    Geoffrey — Anne Hoo. Anne (daughter of Thomas Hoo, 1st Baron Hoo and Hastings and Elizabeth Wychingham) was born 1424, (England); died 1484. [Group Sheet]

  2. 3.  Anne Hoo was born 1424, (England) (daughter of Thomas Hoo, 1st Baron Hoo and Hastings and Elizabeth Wychingham); died 1484.

    Other Events:

    • Also Known As: Anne Hoo

    1. 1. Anne Boleyn was born 1438-1440, (Norfolkshire) England; died ~ 1509.
    2. William Boleyn was born 0___ 1451, Blickling Hall, Blickling, Norfolk, England; died 10 Oct 1505.

Generation: 3

  1. 4.  Geoffrey Boleyn was born ~ 1380, Salle, Norfolk, England (son of Thomas Boleyn and Anne Bracton); died 0___ 1440.

    Geoffrey — Alice LNU. Alice was born 0___ 1390, (Norfolkshire, England). [Group Sheet]

  2. 5.  Alice LNU was born 0___ 1390, (Norfolkshire, England).
    1. 2. Geoffrey Boleyn was born 0___ 1406, Salle, Norfolk, England; died 0___ 1463; was buried London, England.

  3. 6.  Thomas Hoo, 1st Baron Hoo and Hastings was born ~1396, Luton Hoo, Bedfordshire, England; died 13 Feb 1455.


    Thomas Hoo, 1st Baron Hoo and Hastings KG (c. 1396–1455) was a Knight of the Garter and English courtier.


    Thomas was the son of Sir Thomas Hoo (ca. 1370 – Luton Hoo, Bedfordshire, 23 August 1420) and his first wife (m. 1395) Eleanor de Felton (Litcham, Norfolk, 1378 – 8 August 1400). After his mother's death his father remarried to Elizabeth Etchyngham, daughter of William Etchingham and Alice Batisford, of Etchingham, Sussex. Thomas succeeded his father in 1420, inheriting the family's ancestral home of Luton Hoo in Bedfordshire as well as Mulbarton, Norfolk and other estates. His stepmother remarried to Sir Thomas Lewknor of Horsted Keynes (c.1392-1452) as his second wife and the mother of his younger children.[1]

    Thomas fought for Henry VI of England in France, and for his services was made, first Keeper of the Seals, then Chancellor of France. In 1439, he was granted the castle, lordship and honour of Hastings, and in 1445 elected Knight of the Garter. Two years later he was created Baron of Hoo and Hastings.

    The Barony of Hoo and Hastings became extinct at his death. Lord Hoo died on 13 February 1454/5. He dated his will 12 February 33 Henry VI, making provision for a chantry for himself and his ancestors at the altar of St Benignus at Battle Abbey. He refers to his manors of Wartling, Cukstede and Brokesmayle, which, being held by his stepmother Lady Lewkenor for life, are then to pass to his widow Eleanor for life: the Rape of Hastings is to be sold, if possible to his half-brother (Sir) Thomas (born 1416), and the proceeds to make his daughters' marriage portions: Anne,[2] Elizabeth and Alianor are to share 1000 marks for their portions, and their marriages to be governed by his widow and brother Thomas. Joan however receives only ¹20 to her marriage. He mentions also the manors of Offley (Hertfordshire), Mulberton and Hoo.[3]

    The brothers Thomas and Thomas are believed to be represented by the two recumbent effigies now on the Dacre Tomb at All Saints Church, Herstmonceux, Sussex.[4] It is supposed that the tomb was set up for Thomas Fiennes, 8th Baron Dacre (d. 1534) and his son Sir Thomas Fiennes (d. 1528), but that the figures themselves (perhaps brought from Battle Abbey following its sale in 1539) were those of the brothers Hoo (as shown by the arms revealed on their tabards during restoration), re-used for the Dacres.[5]

    Marriages and issue

    Thomas Hoo married (1st) before 1 July 1428, Elizabeth Wychingham, daughter of Nicholas Wychingham, esquire, of Wichingham, Norfolk, by whom he had a daughter:

    Anne Hoo (born c.1424), who married Sir Geoffrey Boleyn, mercer and Lord Mayor of London.[6][7]
    He married (2nd) before 1445 Eleanor Welles, daughter of Lionel de Welles, 6th Baron Welles, and his first wife, Joan Waterton, by whom he had three daughters:[6]

    Anne Hoo (born c.1447), who married (1st) Roger Copley, Esquire (d. before 1488), Citizen and mercer of London, of Roughey (Roffey) in Horsham, Sussex,[8] by whom she had three sons and six daughters; (2nd) William Greystoke, Gentleman (living 1498), of London and St. Olave, Southwark, Surrey, and (3rd) Sir Thomas Fiennes.[9]
    Eleanor Hoo, who married Sir James Carew of Beddington, Surrey.[10]
    Elizabeth Hoo, who married firstly Thomas Masingbeard, and secondly Sir John Devenish.[11]
    After the death of Lord Hoo his widow Eleanor remarried to Sir James Laurence[12] (son and heir of Sir Robert Laurence of Lancashire and Agnes Croft), by whom she had two further daughters and three sons. After his death in 1490 she is reputed to have made a third marriage to Hugh Hastings. She died before 1504.[13]

    In popular culture

    Hoo makes a cameo appearance in the first few chapters of Harry Turtledove's alternate history novel Opening Atlantis. His purpose in the story is so that settlers in a fictitious continent, halfway between Europe and America, can found a city named Hooville after him. As the book was released around the Holiday season, this may be a humorous literary allusion to How the Grinch Stole Christmas!.

    end of biograpghy

    Thomas married Elizabeth Wychingham Bef 1 Jul 1428. Elizabeth was born (England). [Group Sheet]

  4. 7.  Elizabeth Wychingham was born (England).
    1. 3. Anne Hoo was born 1424, (England); died 1484.

Generation: 4

  1. 8.  Thomas Boleyn was born Salle, Norfolk, England; died 1411.

    Thomas — Anne Bracton. [Group Sheet]

  2. 9.  Anne Bracton (daughter of John Bracton, Knight and Agnes LNU).
    1. 4. Geoffrey Boleyn was born ~ 1380, Salle, Norfolk, England; died 0___ 1440.

Generation: 5

  1. 18.  John Bracton, Knight was born Norfolkshire, England.

    John — Agnes LNU. [Group Sheet]

  2. 19.  Agnes LNU
    1. 9. Anne Bracton