John: In the Court of Henry VIII

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John was the youngest son of Robert Poyntz and Margaret Woodville. He had four elder sisters and three elder brothers.

When John grew up, he served at the court of King Henry VIII and Queen Catherine of Aragon. Later he served as a Member of Parliament. There’s a Wikipedia article about him.

John was friends with the writer Thomas Wyatt, who wrote a satirical poem about him, and a famous artist named Hans Holbein drew a portrait of him. Here it is:

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Portrait of John Poyntz by Hans Holbein the Younger

John’s eldest son Henry had some sort of disability, so when John made his will he made sure there would be extra money to care for him.

After John’s first wife died, he married a woman named Margaret Saunders, with whom he had three sons and three daughters.

John died in 1544 when his children were still young. We’re descended from the youngest child, William, who was just a baby when his father passed away.

John’s mother was Margaret Woodville (c1444-1519).

Next  William: Ancestor of Lady Di

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