HARRY, Stephen (d.1428), of New Romney, Kent.
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Family and Education
m. (1) bef. 1409, Joan;2 (2) Agnes.
Jurat, New Romney 25 Mar. 1411-14, 1416-17, 1418-21, 1422-7.3
Perhaps a descendant of John Harry, who lived in Romney in the 1370S, Stephen paid maltolts in Bocherye ward from 1406 to 1428, and traded in the town as a butcher. He and his first wife held land at Peasmarsh in Sussex, which they conveyed to Thomas Oxenbridge in 1409.4
In 1406 Harry became a feoffee of property at Wittersham, Kent, for Thomas atte Grove of Appledore. A few years later he and Henry atte Stone became involved in a dispute with the parson of Old Romney, which in 1419 they submitted to arbitration, each party entering into bonds of £40. On occasion Harry travelled out of Romney on the town’s business, as when in 1423-4 he went to Dover to represent his fellow jurats in a lawsuit.5
Harry died shortly before March 1428, when his widow accounted for the rent for some land he had leased from the commonalty. She was still living in 1433.6
Ref Volumes: 1386-1421
Author: A. P.M. Wright
- 1. He and Thomas Smith III* were paid ten marks before they left for Leicester, and he later received £2 6s.8d. more, but was still owed £3 1s.6d.: Romney assmt. bk. 2, ff. 102-3.
- 2. Suss. Feet of Fines (Suss. Rec. Soc. xxiii), no. 2800.
- 3. Assmt. bk. 2, ff. 74, 76, 79, 88, 90, 92, 94, 98, 100, 102-3.
- 4. Reg. Daniel Rough (Kent Rec. Ser. xvi), 154, 190; assmt. bk. 2, ff. 64-105; Suss. Feet of Fines, no. 2800.
- 5. CP25(1)113/290/294; CCR, 1419-22, pp. 45-46; assmt. bk. 2, f. 100.
- 6. Assmt. bk. 2, ff. 106-7, 114.