The following documents mention John son of Essolf de Holdsworth and members of his family
He first appeared as John son of Essolf, when he witnessed a charter (undated) giving lands at Worsborough to Rievaulx Abbey.
This charter was mentioned in the confirmation of Henry II and so dates before 1159.
John appears in the Pipe Rolls between 1168 and 1185, as John son of Essolf.
On two occasions, he appeared as John son of Essolf de Holdsworth:
In the latter part of the 12th century, John became involved in a dispute over land with Agnes daughter of Orm de Holdsworth. The quarrel was settled by his granting an acre of land together with pasture for cows, sheep, goats and pigs, in Holdsworth, to the cell of Woodkirk and the canons of Nostell Priory.
His seal on the charter is
a bird with wings displayed, head turned to the dexter
He made another grant to the cell of Woodkirk of half a bovate of land in Holdsworth, which Essolf his father had purchased from Agnes daughter of Orm de Holdsworth
John made two gifts (undated but estimated to be c1170-1194) to Monk Bretton priory, with the consent of his wife and heirs, of land in Wentworth and Thorpe [Hensley], with service &c. The witnesses to these gifts were: Jordan son of Essolf de Thornhill, Thomas his brother, Richard son of Jordan son of Essolf, William son of Thomas son of Essolf Michael and John his brothers, and others.
Early researchers concluded that John died shortly after 1189 and that his sons died either before him or very soon after, without issue. The evidence supports this.
Evidence indicates that John's lands in Baildon were inherited. On his death the land passed to his brother, Richard, who gave part of it to Richard's son Hugh.
Sons, Eustace and William appear as witnesses to charters but only as son of John son of Essolf, they did not have place names.
His other sons appear only once, witnessing John's first gift to the cell of Woodkirk.
After this there are no records for the name Holdsworth until the late 13th century.
Gift by John son of Assolf (Essolf) to the cell of Woodkirk and the canons of Nostell serving God and St Mary there of an acre of land in Holdsworth which Agnes daughter of Orm de Holesworth had given him to end their quarrel and which Gamel had held together with pasture for cows sheep goats and pigs.
Witnesses include Johdan son of Essolf de Tang, Reginald de Sotil, Eustace, William, Michael, John, Laurence sons of John Essolf, and many more.
Seal: a bird with wings displayed, head turned to dexter, SIGILLL': IOHANNIS : FIL' : ESSOLVI : [late 12th cent.]
[YAS Record Series, Extra Series. Early Yorkshire Charters. Volumne 8 The Honour of Warenne. C. T. Clay] No. 146
Gift by John son of Assolf (Essolf) de Holdsworth to the cell of Woodkirk of half a bovate of land in the vill of Holdsworth which Assolf his father had purchased from Agnes daughter of Orm de Holdsworth doing the forinsec service to the lords of the fee belonging to so much land in Sowerbyshire and paying 1/2d at Whitsuntide 1/2d at Michaelmas and 1/2d at the Purification.
Witnesses: include John de Sothil. [?c. 1190-1210]
[MS Dodsworth, viii, f.200 from the original in St Mary's Tower, York. YAS Record Series, Extra Series. Early Yorkshire Charters. Volumne 8 The Honour of Warenne. C. T. Clay] No.147
I John son of Essolf grant Roger son of Warin and Amabella his [sic] daughter five bovates of land in Stansfeld with the mill at the same township with (what is) fixed to the mill which with appurtenances (amount to) seven bovates of land held in the manner of free marriage with wastes wood etc. rendering 15d annually.
[Dodsworth MS 117 fol. 156]
Evidence shows that Amabella was the daughter of John son of Essolf, the his above being a transcription error for my. Jordan and Thomas were John's brothers
Gift by John son of Assolf (Essolf) de Holdsworth to Elias de Rishworth and his heirs by Eve the grantor's daughter of a moiety of all his land in the territory of Holdsworth paying 12d yearly for all service saving the service of earl de Warenne. John would not alienate the remainder of his land from Elias or his heirs by Eve if Elias had no heirs by Eve and survived he should have for life the moiety of John's land given him originally with reversion after his death to John or his heirs or assigns [? late 12th cent.]
[MS Dodsworth, viii, f.200, from the original in St Mary's Tower York. YAS Record Series, Extra Series. Early Yorkshire Charters. Volumne 8 The Honour of Warenne. C. T. Clay] No.148
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