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John Staniforth (gentleman)

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John Staniforth
Born Darnall, Sheffield, England
Died August 1661
Darnall, Sheffield, England
Resting place Attercliffe Chapel
Occupation Esquire
Known for Principal Agent of the Earl of Arundel
Spouse(s) Mary Gower
Children John Staniforth
Griffith Staniforth
Ruth Staniforth
William Staniforth
Sarah Staniforth
Mary Staniforth
Mark Staniforth
Parent(s)
  • John Staniforth
  • Jane Lewys
Relatives Samuel Staniforth (grandson)
Thomas Staniforth (great-grandson)
Samuel Staniforth (great-great grandson)
Thomas Staniforth(great-great-great grandson)
John Greenwood (great-great-great-great grandson)

John Staniforth (died August 1661) was a British Gentleman, notable for being the Principal agent for the Earl of Arundel, as well as receiving a protection from the Earl of Newcastle prior to the English Civil War.

Prior to the English Civil War, the Earl of Newcastle visited Sheffield in May 1641. During his visit he gave Staniforth a protection against Charles I's aggression:

"It is my expresse pleasure and command that no officers or soldiers of his Majesty's army under my commany presume at any time hereafter to plunder, moldest, or trouble the person, house, family, goods, or chattels of John Staniforth of Darnall in thie county, without particular order and special warrant therein. And hereof none of the m may fayle at theire perills. Given under my hand the XVIIIth day of May 1641. Wil. Newcastle."[1]

John also contributed to the construction and upkeep of the Attercliffe Chapel. The chapel was consecrated on February 24, 1630 (St. Matthias Day, and Staniforth contributed an endowment of 10s annually. It is likely that John also constructed the original Darnall Hall that his grandson Samuel Staniforth demolished and replaced with a larger residence.[2]

Although no marriage record exists, Antiquarian Joseph Hunter suggests that Staniforth married Mary Gower, the daughter of Puritan minister Stanley Gower. This is evidenced in letters written to John Staniforth by Stanley Gower in which he is referred to as Son In Law.[3]

John Staniforth was buried on 27 August 1661 at the Attercliffe Chapel.[4]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Hallamshire: The History and Topography of the Parish of Sheffield in the County of York. With Historical and Descriptive Notices of the Parishes of Ecclesfield, Hansworth, Treeton, and Whiston, and of the Chapelry of Bradfield (Joseph Hunter, 1875)
  2. The Publications of the Harleian Society, Volume 88 (The Society, 1936)
  3. "Manuscripts collected by John Wilson of Broomhead - Archives Hub". Archiveshub.jisc.ac.uk. Retrieved 21 June 2018. 
  4. Familiae Minorum Gentium (Joseph Hunter, 1875)


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