TREUREF (TRETHERF), Thomas, of Tregerrick in St. Ewe, Cornw.
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At the elections held in Cornwall for the second Parliament of 1384, Treuref stood surety for Sir Ralph Carminowe*, one of the knights-elect of the shire. In the following year, in October, he twice offered sureties at the Exchequer for John Beville†, when the latter was granted custody of lands in Devon. His presence at Westminster at that time may be explained by a summons, received earlier in the year, requiring him to appear in the King’s bench to answer a suit brought by the parson of his parish church, St. Ewe, regarding the theft of goods worth £40 allegedly committed in 1383. From the first Treuref pleaded not guilty, but the case dragged on for several law terms (in one of which, that of Easter 1389, he was fined half a mark for failing to attend the hearing). Indeed, whether it was ever resolved, either in his favour or not, remains unclear.1
Treuref and his wife had a reversionary interest in property at Germoe, ‘Cheynkarn’ and ‘Fookton’ in Cornwall, the reversion to be effective if Ralph Tresewys died without direct heirs. Probably in connexion with the settlement of this property, at Lostwithiel in May 1387 Treuref took from Tresewys bonds in £100; but he never received payment: several years later, in May 1406, his widow Margaret (by then the wife of Roger Henys) started legal proceedings on that account against Tresewys.2