This section therefore documents the early Josselyn story starting from James Josselyn (G24) (c. 1150) the first of the line listed in Burkes, until 1480. The earlier family history, which until recent years has been accepted as the truth, probably written in the 18th century, shows two generations between the probably mythical Geoffry (G27) and James (G24), William and Robert. I have not been able to verify the existence of either of these individuals and it is possible that they existed, however at this stage I am treating them as unproven.
While the Josselyns have been associated with both High Roding in Essex and the house of Hyde Hall near Sawbridgeworth since at least the early 13th century, there is little evidence of where they lived prior to that. Ralph Josselyn (G22) apparently held land in Easton, co. Northants, in the reign of John (1199-1216) and so the family may have originated there or in the Lincolnshire area.
One likely candidate for the first English Josselyn is Joscelin fitzLambert, a landowner listed in the Domesday book with extensive holdings in Lincolnshire. As the "Lord" of Josselyn of Sempringham, it could be that the family history was close to the truth?
Apparently by inheritance the family of Josselyn, residing mainly in Essex and Suffolk, have always used the same Arms as the family of Jocelyn, of Hyde Hall, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire and of High Roding, Essex. In his works, John Josselyn has succeeded in establishing the point of connection of these two lines of the family. The Coat of Arms is engraved on a silver shield which, at the beginning of the 1900's, was in the possession of Josselyn of Bury St Edmunds.
By the rules of Heraldry, the various segments (or 'quarterings') of the shield are achieved by grants of Arms to the family itself and by incorporating the arms of females who marry into that family; thus the Josselyn shield comprises eight quarterings, namely two for Josselyn and a further six for other families united by marriage.
(The same quarterings are to be found appended to the pedigree of Jocelin, given in the Harleian Manuscript 6065, folio 138 in the British Museum.) The coat engraved on this shield has been shown to be that of Geoffry Josselyn, the second son of Geoffry Jocelin of Hyde Hall, and the grandson of Thomas, ancestor of the line at present headed by the Earl of Roden.
|The Arms of Josselyn; the origins of the Quarters.|
|lst:||JOSCELIN||Azure, a circular wreath argent and sable, with four hawks' bells affixed hereto in quadrangle or;|
|2nd:||JOSCELIN||Argent, a demi-lion rampant sable, ducally crowned or;|
|3rd:||CHASTELIN||Azure, a fesse or;|
|4th:||BATTELL||Gules, a griffin sergeant within a bordure engrailed or;|
|5th:||ENFIELD||Gules, an escutcheon argent within an orle of martlets or;|
|6th:||HIDE||Gules, on a saltire engrailed or five torteaux of the field, a chief ermine;|
|7th:||PATMERE||Argent, three escutcheons, two and one, gules;|
|8th:||BAUDE||Gules, three chevrons argent;|
|On the fesse point a crescent for difference.|
|CREST: A falcon's leg belled or, the thigh erased gules.|
|G25||Robert Jocelyn||= dau. of John (or James) Fleming
= Joan Threnkenholm|
= Jane Chastelin|
(heiress of William Chastelyn)
Sir Richard Enfield|
Sir Thomas Battayle
= Elizabeth Enfield
= Katherine Battell (Battayle)|
(dau and coheir of Thomas)
Sir Thomas Hyde|
0f Hyde Hall
= Maud Hyde|
(heiress of Hyde Hall)
= (1) Alice, dau of William Liston|
(mother of Ralph)
= (2) Joan, dau of John le Blount
de Patmere = Baud|
= (1) Anne, dau of William Sandes
= (2) Matilda, dau. of Sir John Sutton alias Dudley|
(mother of Geoffrey)
(living temp Edward III)
|= Margaret dau. of Robert Rockelle||John de Patmere|
|= Mary de Patmere (heiress)|
Sir Thomas Josselyn|
|= Maud Branktree (Braintree)||