- Born: Abt 1450, of Cottered, Hertfordshire, England
- Marriage: Unknown
- Died: Bef 1529
Some of William's children and grandchildren attained the rank of gentry and claimed a coat of arms. In the 16th century visitations they apparently adopted for themselves Welsh aristocratic ancestry, and a minor variation of the coat of arms of a Welsh aristocratic family.
IN actuality, Eliot's were established in the immediate area by 1300. In 1307 a Walter Eliot of WEston, 2 miles west of Cottered, Hertfordshire, paid tax. In 1428, a document referred to land in Little Hadham that formerly belonged (sic) to William Elyot. So clearly they were not in Wales.
William Eliot of Cottered, Herts, married Elizabeth Wilson, daughter of the balilff of Cottered. She remarried Thomas Green. But in a slightly later visitation William had morphed into Thomas Eliot of HOnsdon, son of Richard Eliot of Devonshire, gentleman, son of Thomas Eliot, Master of Chancery, 149_, born in Wales. No telling how much of this is invented. Inventions and fabrications were a problem in the Visitations, which were intended among other things to establish who had the right to claim the rank of gentry. It was based on what families told the King's representatives. LOL.
Several of John Eliot Sr.'s grandchildren and great grandchildren did attain the rank of gentry, one as a mercer in London.
William Wyman Fiske confusingly and vaguely attempts to argue that actually, Thomas and William were the same people and the second pedigree is reality. I don't think so.
July 1953 article in NEHGR identifies William as "Thomas of Cottered".
A Richard Elyot is seargant at law, in lawsuit over messuages and land in Watford in 1504. Pedigree in NEHGR, 28, p 144, shows him living in 1491, father of Thomas of Cottered aka William. A feofee. Albeit evidently doing well. Eliots apparently "rose through the law".
Richard must be the one identified on the pedigree as "Richard Eliot of Devonshire, Gent", son of Thomas Eliot Master of Chancery b Wales. Apparently Richard did exist, just not a real association with Devonshire and his father not a master of the Chancery from Wales.
1953 NEHGR article consists of entries in the law courts in the area concerning numerous lawsuits between Eliots the sons and grandsons of Thomas aka William, and other relations over numerous lands, messuages, etc. They owned alot of land.
William married Unknown.