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From: "Ginny Wagner" <>
Subject: RE: Sir Paunettus,kinsman to Edward the Black Prince: Clue to ancestry of Paonet deRuet?
Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2008 00:37:49 -0500
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Perhaps the Roeulx family fortunes met the same fate as the de Gorhams.
The date of the family's dissolution rang familiar to me ... the family I am researching, the de Gorhams, also sold off their properties around the early 14c.
>From _Some Descendants of Captain John Gorham of Plymouth Colony in NY State and the Western Reserve_ by Helen Hester King, B.S. and Linetta Ainsworth Daniels, pgs. xvii and xviii: "Sir William, the son of Hugh de Gorham, inherited Gorham Manor in Churchfield, near Oundle, Northamptonshire, and sold it to the Bishop of Salisbury in 1332. 'In or about 1339, the Gorhams sold their possessions at Flore and at Cransley'. Undoubtedly, the decline of the house of de Gorham followed the pattern of the times, in which the nobles lost most of their power and wealth.[fn2]
"'From that time on (1339) the family fell into obscurity and no traces of it are found until it re-appears in the adjacent villages of Benefield and of Glapthorne' in the early part of the 16th century. (Benefield and Glapthorne are within a mile of Churchfield, the seat of the manor of Sir Hugh de Gorham.)
"[fn2]Several factors contributed to the death blow dealt to the power of the nobles: The Crusades, from which the nobles returned impoverished or did not return at all; the Black Death, which reduced the population to the point that farming was prostrate, land values were low, and many manors were broken up by the lords; the Peasants' Revolt, seeds of which were planted in the results of the Black Death; and, finally, the 100 years' War and the War of the Roses which ended in 1485."