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Draft bill of complaint of Mary Gregory, widow, on behalf of her son Loveisgod Gregory of Stivichall, an infant, addressed to the earl of Clarendon; that John Gregory, late of Stivichall, esq., the said Loveisgod's grandfather, in April, 15 Charles I [1639], was seised of the manors of Kingshill, Helynhull, alias Hull, Stivechall, the site of the manor called Castle Hill, Brincklowe, the advowson of the church of Corley, fishing in the waters of Sherborne and Sowe, and diverse messuages and lands in the places aforesaid and in Finham, Fletchamsteed, Meriden, Alshpath, Alesley, Stonely, Canley, Asthull and Coventry; that in April 1639 [no. DR10/1258], it was covenanted that the said John Gregory should suffer a recovery to be made against him of the said premises by Sir Thomas Holt and Sir Simon Archer for the use of the said John Gregory for life, then of Loveisgod Gregory,his eldest son and his heirs male; that the said John Gregory had died about five years ago, and that his son Loveisgod, who had predeceased him, left two sons, John and Loveisgod; that John Gregory the younger, who entered into his inheritance and enjoyed the same according to the provisions of the said recovery, died without issue male and that Loveisgod Gregory, the plaintiff, is now the next heir male; that the said John Gregory the younger, in his lifetime, had married Katherine Beaufoy and had issue by her one daughter; that the said Katherine Gregory, being in possession of the manor house of Stivichall where John Gregory usually lived, also had custody of the family deeds; that she denied that any such entail of the family estates was made and maintains that her daughter is the heir at law of the said John Gregory; that she, in collaboration with Henry Beaufoy of Guycliffe, esq., and his wife, Fant Bewfoy, gent., Bridget Beaufoy, spinster, and Alice Palmer, spinster, denies the plaintiff access to the family records.