EIGHTEENTH GENERATION


180002. Ralph TOKE was born about 1410. He died in 1451. 15th ggf of Gordon Fisher

"In its various spellings Toke is recorded in Domesday Book as the given name of three Saxon tenants, so families using it as a surname may have been totally unrelated. In the county of Nottingham a family of Tuk (Tuke, Toke) held the manor of Kelham from the time of Henry II until 1337, in the reign of Edward III, when Simon Toke disposed of it to Thomas de Cophous. In 19 Henry VI (1440-1441), one hundred years later, one John Touc, made a claim to lands in eight Nottinghamshire parishes, including Kelham. Walter Tuuke, a predecessor of Simon at Kelham in the reign of Henry III, was granted an exemption for life, for his laudable service, from being put on assizes and juries and from being made sheriff or justice against his will, and in 1267 and 1268, as Walter Tuk of co. Nottingham, he had a pardon for all trespasses committed by him because of non-observance of the Provisions of Oxford. In 1347 William, Ralph and Robert Tul were of Bingham, co. Nottingham, and in 1383 Walter Touke was a Nottinghamshire tax collector. There are many other records of this northern family. Their arms were: *sable*, billetty *or*, a canton *ermine*. No one will have to be reminded that the most famous Tuck, the jolly friar of Rogin Hood's outlaw band, was also a Nottinghamshire man, Sherwood Forest lying in that county. (P) The Tokes of Kent may, or may not, have been a branch of the Nottingham stock. Like them, they were of the minor gentry and used the Christian names Walter and Ralph. When a John Touc was laying claim to the manor of Kelham the head of the Kentish family was, according to their pedigree, a John Toke, but this is quite possibly coincidence. (P) Thomas, Ralph and John Toke, three brothers, Thomas being the eldest, lived in the middle years of the fifteenth century and they are the first of the Kentish family of whom documentary evidence has been found. They are said in the pedigrees to have been the sons of one John Toke and grandsons of another, who were lords of the manor of Bere, near Dover, and it is certain that Thomas held that manor. Thomas Toke, in a Toke pedigree drawn by Philipot, the eminent Kentish antiquary, is given Cecily Chichele as wife and mother of his children, while a few pages further on in the same manuscript in a Hawte pedigree Philipot places Joan Goldwell, daughter of William and Alice (Hawte) Goldwell of Godenton in Great Chart, in that position, He may have married both, but it is certain that his widow was named Joan ..... (P) John Toke, said to have been a brother of Ralph Toke (the elder he had a son Ralph]), represented Dover in the parliaments of 1447, 1449 and 1453. (P) Ralph Toke (the elder, his nephew, son of his brother Thomas, being the younger) was the most prominent of the three brothers. Born about 1410, the visitation pedigrees give him various wives but ignore Elizabeth, the wife who survived him. It is most improbably that he married "Jane Haut, daughter of Roger Haut," a close study of the Haute family making the existence of such persons very dubious. Nor can much satisfaction be drawn from the other alleged wife, "Maud, daughter of Henry Drmyn," a surname which challenges identification. [Footnote: "Jermyn has been suggested.] The Haute attribution may arise from the fact that the mother of Joan Goldwell, wife of Thomas Toke, Ralph's brother, was a Haute. (P) Ralph was a jurat (judge) of Dover in 1441, mayor of the town 1444-1448, and seneschal and marshal to the deputy constable of Dover Castle. He was first elected to Parliament in 1442, representing Dover, and again served in 1449, when he was paid 2s. a day for eighty days' attendance, and in 1450, the session marked by the impeachment and assassination of the Duke of Suffolk. He was collector of customs and of a subsidy at Sandwich, 1444-1445. As a "baron" of the Cinque Ports he assisted at the coronation of Queen Margaret at Westminster in 1445 as one of the six gentlement who bore the canopy over the roal head, for which he received 26s. 8d. expense money -- all that and Heaven too! On February 13, 1446, he was appointed "deputy of Ralph Boteler, kt., Lord of Seudeley, chief butler and treasurer of England, in the office of the buttery in the port of Sandwich. Less entertaining is the fact that he, Lord Say (the Warden of the cinque Ports) and Sir Gervaise Clifton were accused of attempting to influence an election improperly at the port of Hythe in 1449. (P) Toke died in 1451. He left a will, which has not survived, naming his wife Elizabeth and Thomas Doyler, whom Elizabeth soon married, joint executors. Doyler was mayor of Dover 1453-1455, and the local historian has "knighted" both Toke and Doyler, seemingly without justification. In 1455 Sir Gervaise Clifton testified that Ralph Toke had owned the manor of St. Nicholas Court on the Isle of Thanet but had sold it to William Port. ..... (P) Chilren of Ralph Toke: i. JOAN TOKE; m. John Isaac of Patricksbourne. Her son James Isaac was "cousin," feoffee and overseer of her brother Walter Toke, and executor of her brother William Toke. ii. JOHN TOKE; d. s. p. before 1466. iii. WALTER TOKE; m. (1) Jane ---; m (2) Ellis ---; d. 1498/9. ..... iv. WILLIAM TOKE, the plaintiff of 1459-1466, when he was aged 23; m. Alice ---; d. c. 1471. ..... ? v. THOMAS TOKE; m. Joan ---, probably a second wife; d. 1484."
--- Walter Goodwin Davis, *The Ancestry of Mary Isaac", Portland ME, 1955, p 61-67

180003. (w of Ralph Toke) ---. Children were:

child90001 i. Joan TOKE.

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