Agnes Gainsford1

Female, #8409, (say 1445 - )
Father*John Gaynesford (s 1400 - a 9 Oct 1450)
Birth*say 1445 Agnes was born say 1445. 
Marriage*say 1465 She married John Culpeper of Bayhall, Hardreshull & Bedgebury say 1465. 
Married Namesay 1465  As of say 1465, her married name was Culpeper. 
Name-AltSpell This surname is sometimes spelled Colepeper. 
Name-AltSpell This surname is sometimes spelled Culpepper. 
Biography* Although Richard is entered in the Visitation in Kent, in 1619, as Walter Colepeper's eldest son, this was not the case, as Sir John, as the eldest son, inherited Hardreshull, co. Warwick, Bayhall, co. Kent, and Wigsell, co. Sussex.
It appears also from the same Visitation that this Sir John married Agnes, daughter of John Bedgebury, but no mention whatever is there made of the undoubted fact that some time before 1460 he was the husband of Agnes Gainsford, which is clearly proved by the Proceedings in Chancery relating to the abduction of the two Wakehurst heiresses by Sir John's brothers, Richard and Nicholas, where it is expressly stated that a sister of John and William Gainsford was wedded to John Culpepyr, and later on in the same suit mention is made of John Culpeper and Agnes, his wife. The marriage is also alluded to in De Banco Roll, Trin., 5 Edward IV., m. 118d, and it explains the mention of Ottewell and George Gainsford (grandsons of the above John Gainsford, who married Anne Wakehurst, aunt of the co-heiresses, and sons of Sir John Gainsford, by Anne, daughter of Ottewell Worsley), as cousins in the will Walter Colepeper, of Calais, 1514--1516.
The question arises, therefore, as to whether the record of Sir John's marriage with Agnes Bedgebury is not due to a mistake on the part of the heralds. In their pedigree they certainly omit these two important facts, viz., that before 1460 Sir John was the husband of Agnes Gainsford, and also that his father Walter's wife, of the same Christian name, was the widow of John Bedgebury. It seems therefore not improbable that these two marriages have been confused; such, indeed, must have been the case unless Sir John was twice married, and of this the Visitation affords no evidence whatever. Sir John Colepeper died 22nd December, 1480, and was buried at Goudhurst.
Source: Col. F. W. T. Attree, "The Sussex Colepepers."
Birth of Sonsay 1470 Her son Sir Alexander Culpeper of Bedgebury & Hardreshull, Knight was born say 1470. 
Birth of Sonsay 1475 Her son Walter Culpeper of Calais and Wigsell was born say 1475 at England


John Culpeper of Bayhall, Hardreshull & Bedgebury (say 1430 - 22 Dec 1480)
Marriage*say 1465 She married John Culpeper of Bayhall, Hardreshull & Bedgebury say 1465. 
ChartsDiana, Princess of Wales: Culpeper Ancestral Chart
John Culpeper the Merchant: Ancestral Chart
Last Edited1 Jan 2012


  1. Sussex Archeological Collections, Vol. XLVIII, Volume XLVIII, Sussex, England: Sussex Archaeological Society, 1936-.