MICHELL, John II (d.1555), of Stammerham, Suss.
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Family and Education
Commr. relief, Suss. 1550.2
John Michell belonged to a cadet branch of a gentle family long established in Sussex. Although his great-grandfather remembered most of his descendants, including Michell’s parents, in his will of 1520, Michell himself had no provision made for him and was thus presumably under age on succeeding to his patrimony, his wardship and the custody of his lands evidently being acquired by Thomas Shirley. He did not rise to local prominence until the late 1540s: in the earlier part of the decade his kinsman and namesake of Cuckfield was distinguished from him as ‘the elder’. In 1549 Michell bought some former chantry property and four years later the New Park in Beeding (recently forfeited by the 3rd Duke of Norfolk) from his brother-