BUTLER, John I, of Graveney, Kent.
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Family and Education
m. bef. June 1398, Joan (1376-1408), 3rd da. and event. sole h. of Richard Faversham of Graveney, 1da.
Commr. of inquiry, Kent Oct. 1398 (smuggling); array May 1415.
Sheriff, Kent 17 Nov. 1398-22 Aug. 1399.
J.p. Kent 12 June-Nov. 1399.
Tax controller, Kent Mar. 1404.
Butler’s background is obscure.1He acquired landed property in Kent through marriage to the sole surviving daughter of Richard Faversham (d.c.1389), a tenant by knight service of the archbishop of Canterbury, not long after the deaths of her two sisters in 1390. His wife’s inheritance included the manors of Graveney and Ewell Court in Faversham, together with other property in the same region of the county. In addition, a transaction of 1406 reveals that they also had an interest in two-thirds of the manor of Seasalter, the whole manor of Upless, and substantial holdings nearby. In 1412 the assessors of the subsidy put the value of B