We have prepared a list of all the primary medieval references that we have found for those members of the Poyntz family who owned Sutton Poyntz, from some time before 1212 to about 1360. The references for each member of the family can be found by clicking the links below.

The Poyntz family lived initially in Gloucestershire, and then at Curry Mallet, near Taunton, which they inherited by marriage to Helewise (or Hawise) Malet. In order, the members of the family documented here are:

  • Nicholas - property in Gloucestershire, Surrey and Dorset (including Sutton), between 1201 and 1212 - genealogies suggest he died in 1222, but we have not found evidence for this;
  • Hugh, son of Nicholas - mentioned between 1218 and 1220, when he died. Married to Helewise, an heiress of the Malet family, through whom the Poyntz family took possession of and lived at Curry Mallet near Taunton. There is evidence that Helewise held Sutton for a time after Hugh's death, as dower; 
  • Nicholas, son of Hugh - a minor when his father died, and so a ward until he reached the age of 21, some time between 1238 and 1242. At his death in 1273, owned land in Gloucestershire, Somerset, Dorset (Sutton), Kent and Cambridgeshire;
  • Hugh, 1st Baron of Curry Mallet, son of Nicholas - inherited lands at his father's death, and acquired additional lands. At his death in 1308, owned land in Gloucestershire, Somerset, Dorset (including Sutton), Kent and Cambridgeshire;
  • Nicholas, 2nd Baron of Curry Mallet, son of Hugh - inherited lands at his father's death, and expanded the size of his estate, probably through his two marriages, the second to Matilda d'Acton, through whom his third son, John, inherited the manor of Iron Acton. At his death in 1311, he owned all the lands owned by his father, plus other lands in Dorset and Wiltshire. After his death, Matilda married Sir Roger de Chaundos, and was granted Sutton and other Dorset lands as dower until her death in 1361;
  • Hugh, 3rd Baron of Curry Mallet, son of Nicholas - a minor when his father died, and so a ward until he reached the age of 21, in about 1313. At his death in 1337, held lands in Gloucestershire, Somerset, Dorset (not including Sutton), Kent and Cambridge. Hugh had at least two younger brothers; Nicholas, rector of Hoo in Kent, and John who inherited Iron Acton;
  • Nicholas, 4th Baron of Curry Mallet, son of Hugh - a minor when his father died, and so a ward until he reached the age of 21, in about 1341. Nicholas sold Sutton Poyntz to Guy, Lord Bryan, some time soon after his step-grandmother Matilda had died in 1361. From other sources, Nicholas died in 1376, leaving two daughters (one of whom married into the Newburgh family of Winfrith and Lulworth), but no son.

As well as specific references for each member of the Poyntz family, there is one rather later reference that gives a clear and nearly correct family tree (actual quotes are shown in italics):

# Document Date Text Notes
  Inquisitions post mortem [i]
21-25 Hen VI page 49
31 Jan 1443 A very long entry for John Tiptoft, lord Tiptoft & Powys, provides the following long exposition on the Poyntz family inheritance:

William Malet knight, son and heir of Gilbert Malet, was lately seised of the following in demesne as of fee: Curry Mallet, the manor, with the appurtenant advowson of the church. In the manor there are [a description of the manor of Curry Mallet follows].
William had issue: William Malet his son and heir, and 2 daughters Mabel and Helewise. He granted the manors of Curry Mallet and Stowell in free marriage with Helewise to Hugh Poyntz, son of Nicholas Poyntz, and the heirs of Hugh by the body of Helewise, so that they were seised in demesne as of fee tail. By the same charter he granted
[list of land in West Harptree, Mylburgh and Wilkinthroop].
Hugh and Helewise had issue: Nicholas Poyntz. Helewise died, and Hugh was seised of the preceding in demesne as of fee tail by right of survivorship and died thus seised.
Nicholas his son and heir entered the manors etc. entailed on Hugh and Helewise and those entailed on Hugh, and was seised in demesne as of fee tail by virtue of the above grants. He
[N.B. at this point, two generations of the Poyntz family are missed out] married Elizabeth la Zouche, daughter of lord William la Zouche and Millicent Montalt his wife. They had issue: Hugh Poyntz knight. Elizabeth died, and Nicholas died seised as above.
Hugh entered the above, and was siesed in demesne as of fee tail by virtue of the above grants. He marrried Margaret, the daughter of lord Walter Pauel knight lately lord of the manor of Brook in Wiltshire. They had issue: Nicholas Poyntz, knight. Margaret died, and Hugh died seised as above.
Nicholas entered the above and was seised in demesne as of fee tail by virtue of the above grants. He married Eleanor the daughter of lord John de Erleygh knight of Somerset. They had issue: Margaret who was married to John Neuburgh knight of Dorset, and Avice who was married to John Barry of Somerset.
John Neuburgh and Margaret had issue: John Neuburgh their son and heir, who survives. John Barry and Avice had issue: William Barry. John Neuburgh knight died, followed by John Barry, Margaret, Avice, and William Barry who died without issue. Therefore John Neuburgh is kin and heir of Nicholas Poyntz knight as the son and heir of John Neuburgh knight and Margaret his wife the daughter and heir of Nicholas.

[There then follows information on a mortgage by Nicholas Poyntz of the manor of Curry Mallet. The heirs of the mortgagor assigned the manor to John Tiptoft. At the time of John Tiptoft's death, the mortgage had not been redeemed].
A family history, in connection with the manor of Curry Mallet, of six generations of Poyntz's, ending with Margaret Poyntz who married John Newburgh.

Like many references, this one gets the multiple Poyntz generations confused, skipping one Nicholas (Nicholas II, who married Elizabeth Dyall) and one Hugh (Hugh II, who married Margaret Paveley).

This history also errs when it states that Helewise died before her husband Hugh.
 
Note that this reference provides proof positive that the John Newburgh who died several months after this reference in 1443 was the son of the John who died in 1381.