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From: "Douglas Richardson " <>
Subject: C.P. Addition: Parentage of Sir William Playce and his heirs
Date: 9 Feb 2005 19:58:01 -0800


Dear Newsgroup ~

Complete Peerage 1 (1910): 326 (sub Aton) shows that Elizabeth de Aton,
youngest daughter and co-heiress of William de Aton, Lord Aton, married
(1st) Sir William Playce, and 2nd, Sir John Conyers of Sockburn, co.
Durham. In a footnote "d" on page 326, the author states that
Elizabeth de Aton "left a son and heir, Sir William Playce (living 30
March 1396), who was father of Robert Place, who, by his wife,
Katherine, daughter and heiress of Halnath de Halnaby, was ancestor of
the family of Place of Halnaby, co. York."

In earlier posts, I've shown that Elizabeth de Aton's son and heir, Sir
William Playce, was not the father of Robert Place as stated by
Complete Peerage. New research now indicates that Sir William Playce's
heirs were actually the descendants of his sister, Margaret Playce,
wife of Sir John de Sywardby. This fact is confirmed by an extensive
pedigree of the Sigston-Playce-Sywardby family found in Genealogist
n.s. 17 (1901): 244. This source presents the abstract of a lawsuit
which shows that Sir William Playce, son of Elizabeth de Aton, left an
only daughter and heiress, Elizabeth Playce, who died without issue
sometime before 1432-3. Elizabeth Playce's heir in turn was her first
cousin, Sir William Sywardby (son and heir of her aunt, Margaret
Playce), who inherited the Playce family manors of Gristhorpe, Sigston
Kirby, Foxton, and Winton, Yorkshire. In 1432-3 William Sywardby
"the elder" was sued for possession of the manors of Sigston Kirby,
Foxton, and Winton, Yorkshire by his distant kinsman, Robert de
Wadesley, which suit was unsuccessful. These properites subsequently
descended in the Sywardby family to Margaret Sywardby, the family
heiress, who married Sir Geoffrey Pigot.

To date I haven't found a source which directly names the parentage of
Sir William Playce, husband of Elizabeth de Aton. However, in addition
to the Genealogist item cited above, helpful information on the Playce
family is found in two sources:

Yorkshire Arch. Jour. 22 (1913): 137-144 (re. Siggeston family);
Gooder, Parliamentary Representation of York 1 (Yorks. Arch. Soc. Recs.
91) (1935): 85-87 (biog. of Sir William Playce); 95-96 (biog. of
John de Siggeston).

Taken together, these three sources make it clear that Elizabeth de
Aton's husband, Sir William Playce, was the son and heir of Thomas
Playce, Knt., of Gristhorpe, Yorkshire (died before 1355), by Joan,
daughter of John de Syggeston, Knt., of Kirby Sigston, Foxton, and
Winton, Yorkshire. Further information on the Playce, Aton, and
Sywardby families can be found in my forthcoming book, Magna Carta
Ancestry, scheduled for publication in June 2005.

Best always, Douglas Richardson, Salt Lake City, Utah

Website: www.royalancestry.net


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