MARCHAUNT, John I, of Rochester, Kent.
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Family and Education
m. bef. Jan. 1400, Mabel, ?1s. John III*.
This MP may have been the son of John Marchaunt of Strood who, by his marriage to Alice, sister and heir of John Slappele, a timber merchant, acquired a tenement at Hay wharf in Dowgate Ward, London, of which the couple disposed in 1355.1 He himself was already living in Rochester by 1373 when he purchased a messuage there, and he was listed as a resident in the city’s poll tax returns of March 1377. In 1394 Marchaunt acted as a surety in Chancery for a man from Chatham, and in 1398 he witnessed deeds at Rochester. Together with his wife, Mabel, he acquired some more property in the city from John Mateshale* in 1400, but it was in the capacity of a feoffee that, in May the following year, he released his right in the Hart atte Hopp to Joan, wife of William Rypon.2