Joyce Culpeper

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Joyce Culpeper
Oxon Hoath.jpg
Oxon Hoath, enlarged from the original manor house built by the Culpeper family
Spouse(s)Ralph Leigh
Lord Edmund Howard

Issue

Sir John Leigh
Ralph Leigh
Isabel Leigh
Joyce Leigh
Margaret Leigh
Henry Howard
Sir Charles Howard
Sir George Howard
Margaret Howard
Queen Catherine Howard
Mary Howard
FatherSir Richard Culpeper
MotherIsabel Worsley
Diedc. 1531
 
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Joyce Culpeper
Oxon Hoath.jpg
Oxon Hoath, enlarged from the original manor house built by the Culpeper family
Spouse(s)Ralph Leigh
Lord Edmund Howard

Issue

Sir John Leigh
Ralph Leigh
Isabel Leigh
Joyce Leigh
Margaret Leigh
Henry Howard
Sir Charles Howard
Sir George Howard
Margaret Howard
Queen Catherine Howard
Mary Howard
FatherSir Richard Culpeper
MotherIsabel Worsley
Diedc. 1531

Jocasta "Joyce" Culpeper, of Oxon Hoath (c. 1480 – 1531) was the mother of Catherine Howard, the fifth wife and Queen Consort of King Henry VIII.

Family[edit]

Joyce Culpeper, born about 1480, was the daughter of Sir Richard Culpeper (d. 4 October 1484) and his second wife, Isabel Worsley (born c. 1460 – 18 April 1527), the daughter of Otewell Worsley of Southwark, Surrey, by Rose Trevor.[1]

Joyce Culpeper had a brother, Thomas Culpeper (1484 – 7 October 1492), and a younger sister, Margaret. Joyce and Margaret were co-heirs to their brother, Thomas Culpeper, in 1492.[2] It has been erroneously stated that Joyce Culpeper had another sister, Elizabeth,[3] who married Joyce's eldest son, Sir John Leigh (1520-1564). However only Joyce and Margaret are named as co-heirs to their brother, Thomas, in the inquisition post mortem taken after his death,[4] and it seems clear that Margaret was Joyce Culpeper's only sister by her mother's marriage to Sir Richard Culpeper. Margaret married firstly, Richard Welbeck, esquire, by whom she had a son, John Welbeck.[5] After Richard Welbeck's death, Margaret Culpeper married William Cotton, esquire.[6]

After the death of Sir Richard Culpeper, Joyce's mother, Isabel, married Sir John Leigh (d. 17 August 1523) of Stockwell (in Lambeth) and Levehurst, Surrey, the elder son of Ralph Leigh, esquire, and Elizabeth Langley, the daughter of Henry Langley, by whom she is said to have had a son, John Leigh, and a daughter, Joyce Leigh.[7]

Marriages and issue[edit]

Before 1492 Joyce Culpeper married Ralph Leigh (d. 6 November 1509), esquire, the younger brother of her stepfather, Sir John Leigh (d. 17 August 1523). Ralph Leigh was Treasurer of the Inner Temple in 1505-6, at which time he shared a chamber with his elder brother, Sir John Leigh.[8] By Ralph Leigh Joyce Culpeper had two sons and three daughters:[9]

Ralph Leigh died 6 November 1509,[24] and Joyce Culpeper married Lord Edmund Howard, and by him had three sons and three daughters:[25]

Joyce Culpeper was living in 1527.[28] She is thought to have died about 1531.[29]

After Joyce Culpeper's death, Lord Edmund Howard married secondly, Dorothy Troyes, daughter of Thomas Troyes of Hampshire, and widow of Sir William Uvedale (d.1529), and thirdly, before 12 July 1537, Margaret Munday, daughter of Sir John Munday, Lord Mayor of London, and widow of Nicholas Jennings, but had no issue by either marriage.[30]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Richardson IV 2011, p. 107.
  2. ^ Richardson IV 2011, p. 108.
  3. ^ Burgon 1839, p. 467; Richardson IV 2011, p. 108.
  4. ^ Private e-mail from Douglas Richardson, 15 November 2012; see Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem, 1898, p. 820.
  5. ^ John Welbeck's daughter, Joyce Welbeck, was the mother of George Carleton (1529-1590), husband of Mistress Crane, in whose house at East Molesey the first of the Marprelate tracts was printed in October 1588; Collinson 2004.
  6. ^ Richardson IV 2011, p. 107.
  7. ^ Burgon 1839, p. 467; Richardson IV 2011, pp. 107–8.
  8. ^ Inderwick 1896, pp. 2–3, 6, 9, 11, 16, 510.
  9. ^ Richardson IV 2011, pp. 108–9.
  10. ^ Burgon 1839, pp. 469–70.
  11. ^ Shaw 1906, p. 67.
  12. ^ Riordan 2004; Worship 1885, pp. 44–5.
  13. ^ Finnegan 2004.
  14. ^ Burgon 1839, pp. 121–6, 289, 400.
  15. ^ Padelford 1920, p. 20.
  16. ^ Warnicke 2004.
  17. ^ Burgon 1839, p. 469; Padelford 1920, pp. 19–20.
  18. ^ Burgon 1839, p. 469.
  19. ^ Burgon 1839, p. 470.
  20. ^ Burgon 1839, p. 469.
  21. ^ Burgon 1839, p. 471; Seymour 1733, pp. 562–3.
  22. ^ Richardson IV 2011, pp. 109–110.
  23. ^ Richardson I 2011, pp. 131–2; Richardson IV 2011, p. 109.
  24. ^ Richardson II 2011, p. 108.
  25. ^ Richardson II 2011, pp. 417–18; Richardson IV 2011, pp. 108–9; Pine 1972, p. 9.
  26. ^ Marshall 2004.
  27. ^ Richardson I 2011, p. 44.
  28. ^ Richardson IV 2011, p. 108.
  29. ^ Joanna Denny, in her 2005 biography of Queen Catherine Howard, speculates that she died giving birth to her youngest child, the future Queen.
  30. ^ Weir 2001, pp. 415, 435; Richardson II 2011, pp. 417–18.

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