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Ho17 John Hody

Ho17 John Hody was the son of Thomas Hody Ho18 of Kingston Magna and Elizabeth ?Margaret Cole Co18
Born: 1396

Died about 1441

Married: about 1420 Elizabeth le Jewe, heiress of John le Jewe,
 The will of the chief justice, by which it appears that his father survived him, directs his body to be buried in the church of Wolavington, in Somerset, near the body "Magistri Johannis Hody," his uncle. By the large amount of silver plate and other articles which he gives in legacies, some idea may be formed of the domestic economy of a chief justice of England in the middle of the fifteenth century. 

Sir John Hody was an English judge and Chief Justice of the King’s Bench
Hody was descended from a family of considerable antiquity, though of no great note, in Devon. Jordan de Hode held lands in Hode in the thirteenth century; Richard de Hody was the king's escheator of that county in 1353/4 and 1357/8; and the same office was filled by William Hody in 1400/1. The father of the chief justice was Thomas Hody, who was lord of the manor of Kingston Magna, near Shaftesbury, in the adjoining county of Dorset, in 1419/20, and in the same year was king's escheator there. He married Margaret, daughter and heiress of John Cole, of Nitheway, near Torbay, in Devon, which thus became the birthplace of his children. Their elder son Alexander was a devoted partisan of the Lancastrian cause, and was attainted in the first year of Edward IV for his adherence to Henry VI.
John Hody and Elizabeth le Jewe had issue:
Ho16-1 Johanna Hody, married Nicholas Latimer 
Ho16-1-1 Edith Latimer m1 John Green, m2 John Mordaunt
Ho16-1-1-1 John 1st Baron Mordaunt
Ho16-2 John Hody of Stowell and Nitheway m Elizabeth Tornberry
Ho16-2-1 Andrew Huddy m Joan Burnell b by 1480
Ho16-2-1-1 William Huddy b Netherway St Albans Hertford m Margaret Yarde b 1497
Ho16-2-1-1-1 William Huddy
Ho16-2-1-1-2 Richard Huddy m Mary Light + 5 ch dau of John Light of Lights Cary
Ho16-2-1-1-2-1 John Huddy m Elizabeth
Ho16-2-1-1-2-1-1 Christopher Hody d 1617 m Elizabeth Upton d 1601 dau of John Upton of Lupton and Ann Cooper
Ho16-2-1-1-2-1-1-1 ARthur Hody m Mary Luscombe d 1665 bur Brixham Torbay dau of Andrew Luscombe of Luscombe
Ho16-2-1-1-2-1-1-2 Gilbert Hody m Jane Yarde b 1605 dau of Edward Yarde of Churston b 1583 Totnes Devon d there 1612 and Elizabeth Northcote of Crediton b c 1595
Ho16-2-1-1-2-2 Edmond Huddy
Ho16-2-1-1-2-3 Anthony Huddy
Ho16-2-1-1-2-4 Faith Huddy
Ho16-2-1-1-2-5 Lucy Huddy
Ho16-2-1-1-3 John Huddy
Ho16-2-1-1-4 George Huddy
Ho16 William Hody
Ho16-3 Mary Hody m Robert Bond
Ho16-3-1 William Bond d 1530 m Elizabeth Prouz
Ho16-3-1-1 Elizabeth Bond m William Churchill possibly ancestors of Pres. Harrison

John, the younger son of Thomas Hody, was educated as a lawyer, and is frequently mentioned in the Year Books from 1424/5. There is no record of his summons to take the degree of the coif; but from his name appearing in the legal part of the list of those who were called upon to contribute towards the equipment of the army against France in 1435/6, there is very little doubt that he was then a Serjeant; and if not then, he had certainly attained that rank before July 1439. He was returned to parliament as representative of the borough of Shaftesbury in 1419/20., and again in 1422/3, 1424/5, 1427/8 and 1436/7; and the estimation in which he stood on the latter occasion may be conceived by his being sent to the Lords with a message from the other house announcing the election of a speaker in the place of John Tyrell incapacitated by infirmity. In 1433/4 and 1439/40 he was chosen a knight of the shire for the county of Somerset; and on the death of Sir John Juyn in the latter year he was raised to the office of chief justice of the King's Bench, his patent being dated 13 April 1440. He held it not quite two years; his successor, Sir John Fortescue, being appointed on 25 January 1442. His judicial career was probably terminated by his death; for his will is dated 17 December 1441, though the precise time of its probate is not recorded.

Judicial reputation
Notwithstanding the short period during which he presided in the court, he is stated by Prince to have won golden opinions by his integrity and firmness in the administration of justice. Sir Edward Coke mentions him amongst the " famous and expert sages of the law" from whom Lyttelton had "great furtherance in composing his Institutes of the Laws of England."

Family and descendants
The judge had an estate at Stowell, in Somerset, as early as 1427/8; but he was for some time seated at Pillesden, in Dorset, which came to him, together with the manor of Whitfield in the parish of Wivilscombe, in Somerset, and other property in both counties, by his marriage with Elizabeth, daughter and heiress of John Jewe, son and heir of John Jewe, by Alice, daughter of John de Pillesden. After his death his widow married Robert Cappes, Esq., who was sheriff of Dorset and Somerset in 1445/6. She died in 1473, having had issue by her first husband five sons and several daughters.

John, the eldest son, was seated at Stowell and Nitheway, and his posterity continued there for many generations. William, the second son was chief baron of the Exchequer in the reign of Henry VII. From him sprang a branch which resided at Pillesden, and became extinct in the 18th century.