Medieval Ancestors of Jane (Pontesbury) Onley

Below is the ancestry of Jane Pontesbury, who married John Onley. For more information and sources, see Boyer (included in the Bibliography below).

First Generation:

Thomas Pontesbury and Elizabeth Grafton

Thomas was of Adbrightlee, Shropshire, England and a merchant of the staple of Calais. He married Elizabeth Grafton. Either Thomas or his father was Bailiff of Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England several times. Thomas died 25 March 1514 and Elizabeth died 9 September 1513 or 1514. They are both buried in St. Alkmund, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England.

Child: Anne Pontesbury (m. Richard Banastre of Hadnall, Shropshire, England), George Pontesbury (gentleman, d. 10 Oct 1550, m. Jane Lacon), Jane Pontesbury (m. 1) John Onley and 2) Robert Pigot).

Drawing of the monumental brass of George Pontesbury and his wife Jane, St. Alkmund, Shrewsbury (see History of Shrewsbury, vol. 2 in Bibliography below):

Monumental brass of George and Jane (Lacon) Pontesbury

Second Generation:

Thomas Pontesbury

Either Thomas or his son Thomas was Bailiff of Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England several times.

Child: Thomas Pontesbury.

Richard Grafton and Agnes --

Richard was of London, Middlesex, England. He married Agnes --.

Child: Adam Grafton (rector Upton and Withington, Shropshire, England, Archdeacon of Shropshire, d. 24 July 1530), Elizabeth Grafton, Thomas Grafton.

Drawing of the monumental brass of Adam Grafton at Withington, Shropshire, England (see Monumental Brasses of Shropshire in the Bibliography below):
Monumental brass of Adam Grafton

Below is more information about Adam Grafton, son of Richard and Agnes:
Name:    Adam Grafton
Died:    24 Jul 1530
‘LL.D. Cambridge.’ V. of St Alkmund's, Shrewsbury, 1473-87. R. of St Dionis Backchurch, London, 1491-1528. Dean of St Mary's, Shrewsbury, till 1513. Preb. of Lichfield, 1497. Archdeacon of Salop and of Staffs. Died July 24, 1530. Probably the man who graduated as ‘Adam.’ (H. E. Forrest, Old Churches of Shrewsbury.) Cambridge University Alumni, 1261-1900 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 1999. Original data: Venn, J. A., comp.. Alumni Cantabrigienses. London, England: Cambridge University Press, 1922-1954.

Third Generation:

Robert de Grafton and Benedicta --

Roger was the MP of Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England in 1386, bailiff in 1390 and 1401, and auditor of North Wales in 1391. He married Benedicta --.

Child: John Grafton (burgess of Shrewsbury in 1425, ancestor of Richard Grafton (the printer of the first edition of Tyndale's translation of the New Testament), William Grafton, Richard Grafton.

Fourth Generation:

Richard de Grafton and Cecilia --

Richard was on the Roll of Burgesses in 1356. He married Cecilia --.

Child: Robert de Grafton.

Fifth Generation:

John de Grafton

John was on the Roll of Burgesses in 1318.

Children: Richard de Grafton, John de Grafton.

Sixth Generation:

Reginald de Grafton and Petronilla --

Reginald was on the Roll of Burgesses in 1318 and witnessed a deed in 1326, died by 1340. He married Petronilla --.

Children: John de Grafton.


  1. Boyer, Carl, Medieval English Ancestors of Robert Abell, Santa Clarita, CA: C. Boyer, 2001.
  2. Morris, Joseph, "The Provosts and Bailiffs of Shrewsbury," Transactions of the Shropshire Archaeological and Natural History Society, Part 1, 3rd series, Shrewsbury, UK: Adnitt and Naunton, 1902, pgs. 283-5. This publication can be found on Google Books.
  3. Tresswell, Robert and Vincent, Augustine (edited by George Grazebrook and John Paul Rylands), The Visitation of Shropshire, Taken in the Year 1623, Vol. 29, London: 1889, pgs. 403-4. This publication can be found on Google Books.
  4. Owen, Hugh, History of Shrewsbury, vol. 2, London: Harding, Lepard and Company, 1825, pgs. 286-90. This publication can be found on Google Books.
  5. Stephenson, Mill, Monumental brasses in Shropshire, London: Harrison, 1895, pgs. 101-2. This publication can be found on

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