In the late 15th century Robert Stylleman was bailiff to the Abbess of Romsey and was succeeded by his son Anthony. - Steeple Ashton - Village History and Guide. Further excellently detailed history of Romsey Abbey is provided in British History Online.

Robert Stylleman of Stepleashton in the conte of wiltshire gent maryed mawde doughter to ..... hymble and by her had yssue Anthony Stylleman - Extracted from the Records of the College of Arms London - (signed) James Frere, Chester, Chester Herald

Will proved 1 Jul 1510: to son Anthony 100 sheep, and 20 to each of his sons and daughters; to daughter Mary Martyn 100 sheep, and 20 to each of her sons and daughters.

A noted protestant clergyman of the time, Robert Stylleman once held a Christmas service in Steeple Ashton that attracted King Henry VII among other respected guests.

The College of Arms records give his wife's name as Mawde but in his will (P.C.C. Bennett) the name is given as Matilda. College of Arms records do not mention a daughter but the will refers to a daughter Mary [wife of] John Martyn. From the above it seems highly probable that he was married twice and that Mary was by his second wife. No brothers of Robert are of course shown on the College of Arms records but it is of interest to note that in the 1544 Visitation of hampshire is headed by John Stylleman described as of Co. Wilts and Berks., a younger brother of the House of Steeple Ashton in County Wilts.

An excellently researched and published article on Steeple Ashton presents the following:
"The village contains several houses with cruck trusses. The north wing of the Sanctuary in Dark Lane was formerly a cruck-framed building, probably of the 15th century or earlier. It was apparently of three bays, but only one complete cruck truss remains, with an arch-braced collar-beam. Part of a second truss can also be seen. A jettied cross-wing of two stories was added to the house c. 1500. Just south of the Sanctuary is a small cottage with a cruck truss visible at one end, while a similar one with an internal truss remaining stands at the corner of High Street and Silver Street. On the west side of the southern part of the High Street are four timber-framed houses which appear to date from c. 1500. They were evidently built for people of means, and in their original form were remarkably uniform in size and design. The northernmost, now called Ashton House, was the home of the Stileman family from about that time until the mid-19th century. (Footnote 29) It consisted originally of a hall block of three bays parallel to the road and a cross-wing of the same height at its south end projecting eastward. The hall has arch-braced collar-beam trusses with chamfered braces, the chamfers being continued on wall posts down to the windowsills of the ground floor. There are remains of an original wooden window with late medieval tracery at the heads of the lights. The two-storied cross-wing, also with an open roof, has at least three original bays, and evidently contained a 'great chamber' or solar on the upper floor. Alterations were made probably in the mid-16th century; they included the insertion of a large stone chimney and fireplace in the north bay of the hall, and the building of a two-storied addition in the angle between the hall and the cross wing, so that the whole frontage was brought forward to the street. Rooms in this part have heavily moulded beams, and one has the remains of contemporary wall decoration. In 1724 a stone ashlar facade of five bays was added to the house. It had sash windows on two floors; above is a row of 5 blank openings to represent attic windows. On the ground floor the sash windows have been replaced by recent stone-mullioned and transomed windows. In the 1920's the house was carefully restored under the direction of Sir Harold Brakspear. All the original features in the interior were exposed, and if decayed were reproduced, and a new wing was built at the back. (Footnote 30)"

"Robert Stileman was a leaseholder under the Abbess of Romsey in 1478, (Footnote 83) and he and his son Anthony were bailiffs of the manor. (Footnote 84) In 1500 the abbess granted two houses, about 80 a. of land, and various meadows and pastures to Anthony Stileman in fee. (Footnote 85) Parts of this property remained in the family for almost 350 years. Anthony's son Richard was dead by 1561; Richard's son Anthony had a son John on whom the estate was settled in 1582. John died in 1601 leaving a son Anthony, (Footnote 86) who was perhaps father of the John who died in 1649. His son John died in 1691, and was succeeded by another John. (Footnote 87) By 1699 some of the family lands had been sold, for John Stileman paid only part of the original chief rent charged on the premises in 1500. (Footnote 88) He died in 1713, his widow Christian surviving him until 1765. (Footnote 89) From there the descent is not clear, but some lands remained in the family until the death of Dr. William Stillman in 1843. His sons sold them to Walter Long and emigrated to Australia. (Footnote 90) The home of the family was the house now called Ashton House, which is described above. (Footnote 91)"

A further quote from the article is:
"When the bounds of the manor of Ashton were set forth by King Edgar in 964, (Footnote 99) the estate included the whole of the ancient parish of Steeple Ashton and also North Bradley and Southwick. The furthest points to the west were thus about 6 miles from the village of Steeple Ashton, near the Somerset border north of Rode, where Romsey Oak Farm still recalls the connexion. In 1086 the manor was assessed at 40 hides, of which tenants of the abbess held eight. (Footnote 1) By 1340 the number of freeholders under the abbess was 28, who paid rents totalling about 15. Their properties lay chiefly in Southwick and West Ashton, although some land nearer Steeple Ashton itself had also been granted out. (Footnote 2) By c. 1540 the free rents had increased to almost 20, largely owing to a rent of 4 6s. 8d. from the lands granted to the Stileman family. (Footnote 3) In 1553 the free rents from holdings in Semington were included in the property granted away to Sir William Sharington, (Footnote 4) but in 1775 rents amounting to over 18 were still being collected from free tenants. (Footnote 5)"

Robert Stileman

In 1478 he was granted a lease of land at Steeple Ashton by the Abbess of Romsey Abbey, as Lady of the Manor (free translation in the text)
In the mid 1490's a document in the (P.R.O. S.C. 2/208/6 ..M5) includes an entry re a Willliam Temmy's illegally taking acre of land in Cranehill Field. Robert and Anthony Stileman, the Lady's bailiffs, are ordered to view it. Abbess of Romsey.
In September 1499 the Court Roll of the Hallmoot of Steeple Ashton records Robert Styleman as Woodward (P.R.O. S.C. 2/208/6. M9V)
In October 1502 he was included in a roll (P.R.O. S.C. 2/208/6..M14V)

Anthony Stileman his son

From the paper provided by Clarence Stuart Stillman of Melbourne, Australia dated 16 Aug 2010:
- Robert was born circa 1440 and died in 1510 at the estimated age of 70.
- Robert's son Anthony, hereinafter called Anthony, was born circa 1460 to Robert's first wife Mawde.
- Robert's daughter, Mary, was born circa 1476 to Robert's second wife Mathilde.
- Robert's will dated 1509 referred only to his son Anthony and his daughter Mary and makes no mention of a second son John. This hypothesis is consistent with the said will.
- Let us assume that son Anthony married and had a grandson, Anthony circa 1490, and a second son John circa 1492.
- Grandson Anthony would have been admitted to Lincoln's Inn and elected to parliament in 1491 at about 31 years of age. A much more credible timeline than currently recorded.
- Grandson Anthony married Christiane Leversedge circa 1519, at the age of 29.
- Grandson Anthony and Christiane had two sons, Richard and William, circa 1520.
- As suggested by the termination of his Commission of the Peace, Anthony would have died circa 1538-1541 at about 80 years of age, whereupon his son Anthony would have become head of the "House of Steeple Ashton".
- As grandson Anthony had a younger brother John, this would be consistent with the published comments relating to the "Visitation of Hampshire 1544" referring to a "John Stylleman of County Wiltshire and Berkshire - younger brother in the House of Steeple Ashton".
- The family armorial bearings were confirmed by the College of Arms on 6th May 1562 in the name of grandson Anthony, he then being approximately 72 years of age.

Anthony Stileman his Grandson

On 14/2/1491 he was admitted to Lincoln's Inn and was Escheator of the Inn 1491/2 and remained practicing in London until 1500 when he was granted land by the Abbess of Romsey Abbey (Ref. Black Book of Lincoln).
In 1491/2 he was Member of Parliament (M.P.) for Wiltshire (Wilts) (Ref J.C. Wedgewood History of Parliament 1439-1540 Biographies P.810).
On 26/6/1502 he was appointed Justice of the Peace (J.P.) for Wilts and held office until death.
In 1504 he was executor of the Will of Robert Tocotes of Wardour who had been M.P. for Calne in 1478 and had received Royal Pardon as of Devizes.
In 1513 he was one of the arbitrators in the Mayoral election strife at Devizes. (Ref to last 3 items - Letters and papers Hy. VIII-XXI)
Robert his grandfather would have been born by 1440 at the latest and have died between 1/6/1509 (date of Will) and 1/7/1510 date of Will proved. (Ref P.C.C.29 Bennett).


Robert Stylleman
Born: circa 1440
Place: Steeple Ashton, Wiltshire County, England
Died: 1510
Place: Steeple Ashton, Wiltshire County, England
Married:1) Maude Hymble
Born: circa 1445
Place:
Died: circa 1474
Place:
Date Married: circa 1465
Married:2) Mathilde Bennett
Born: circa 1455
Place:
Died:
Place:
Date Married: circa 1475

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Children of Robert Stylleman
and 1st wife - Mawde Hymble


Anthony Stylleman
Born: circa 1460
Place: Steeple Ashton, Wiltshire County, England
Died: circa 1538-1541
Place: Steeple Ashton, Wiltshire County, England
Married: ???
Born: circa 1469
Place: England
Died:
Place:
Date Married: circa 1492


Children of Robert Stylleman
and 2nd wife - Mathilde Bennett

Mary Stylleman
Born: circa 1476
Place: Steeple Ashton, Wiltshire County, England
Died:
Place:
Married: John Martyn
Born: circa 1474
Place:
Died:
Place:
Date Married: circa 1496

The information contained in this page is based on STILLMAN GENEOLOGY from Steeple Ashton complied by Geoffrey Stillman of Australia in 1969 and received from Raymond W. Stillman of Holt, Trowbridge, Wiltshire County, England in 1984.
Of great importance as references are a GEDCOM provided by Robin Stillman
, a GEDCOM provided by Christopher Stillman and a GEDCOM provided by William Murray Mark Stillman provided the Steeple Ashton history article reference