1485 to 1558, Tudor England – our ancestors at this time.


Hans_Holbein_d._J._-_Portrait_of_Henry_VIII_-_WGA11564There were Coxson, Coxon and Coxen people recorded during the Tudor period of English history.


The House of Tudor produced five monarchs who ruled during the period 1485 to 1603. This note covers the period of four Tudor monarchs from 1485 to 1558.


We shall be publishing a separate note about our name during the reign of the last Tudor monarch, Elizabeth 1. from 1558 to 1603.


Following the Black Death and the agricultural depression of the late 15th century, the population began to increase. The export of woollen products resulted in an economic upturn with products exported to mainland Europe. 

The high wages and abundance of available land seen in the late 15th century and early 16th century were replaced with low wages and a land shortage. Various inflationary pressures, perhaps due to an influx of New World gold and a rising population, set the stage for social upheaval with the gap between the rich and poor widening. 

This was a period of significant change for most of the rural population, with manorial lords beginning the process of enclosure of land boundaries. Land disputes were settled in court cases.



Recorded history of our names


Henry VII (1485 to 1509)

  • None recorded.


Henry VIII (1509 to 1547)

  • 1519 – William Cokson or Cockson, register of Will, Canterbury + Indian sub continent
  • 1538 – Coxon v Parke. Court case
  • 1539 – Isabella Cockeson, Baptism, Halifax, York
  • 1541 – Elizabeth Cockson, Baptism, St Peter, Mancroft, Norwich, Norfolk
  • 1544 – Wylliam Cokson, Baptism, Rye, Sussex
  • 1544 – Cuthbert Cockson, Alderman of Doncaster, Yorkshire, Site of house of Carmelite friars.
  • 1544 – Robert Cockson, a mercer, defendant with others, Sudbury, Court of Chancery.
  • 1545 – Robert Cockson (Coxson) Mayor of Wallingford
  • 1546 – Rye Cockson, Baptism, All Saints, Dewsbury,Yorkshire


Edward VI (1547 to 1553)

  • 1550 – John Cockson, husbandman of Boston, Lincolnshire, Plaintiff. Recovery of certain obligations. Court of Chancery.
  • 1550 – Elizabeth Cockson, tenement and land in Thurston, Derbyshire. Court of Augmentations.
  • 1551 – Alice Coxen baptism, Wootton Glanville, Dorset
  • 1552 – Joan Coxon received a calf  (value 6s 8d) in the will of John Nettlyton of Sudbourne, Suffolk.
  • 1552 – Nycholas Kockson, Baptism, St John the Baptist, Croydon, Surrey.
  • 1552 – John. Kockson, Baptism, St John the Baptist, Croydon, Surrey.
  • 1553 – Anna Cockeson, Baptism, St John the Baptist, Croydon, Surrey.


Mary I (1553 to 1558)

  • 1554 – John Cockson, St. Johns College, Cambridge University, BA degree
  • 1555 – John Coxon, Baptism, Christ Church, Greyfriars, London
  • 1556 – Robert Cockson (or Cokson or Coxon), University of Oxford, BA degree
  • 1556 – Margaret Coxon, Baptism, Christ Church, Greyfriars, London
  • 1556 – William Cockson, draper of Wisbech, Cambridgeshire. Plaintiff. Refusal to complete a lease. Court of Chancery.
  • 1557 – Katherine Cockson married James Ducket, Doncaster, Yorkshire.
  • 1557 – Nycholas Coxson baptism, St. Benet, Fink, London

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