JOCE, John I, of Maldon, Essex.
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Wardman, Maldon Jan. 1386-7; bailiff 1396-7.1
In June 1386 a John Joce was ordered to be arrested with other men of Maldon after they had imprisoned certain servants of Walter, Lord Fitzwalter, and held them to ransom. The Joce concerned in this affair, however, may have been the MP’s father, for that same month John Joce ‘junior’ acquired a messuage and garden in the town from Henry Hales*.2
Joce was engaged in the local cloth trade. In January 1389 he was appointed as an overseer of repairs to Hey bridge, and five years later he was elected as an assistant to the bailiff. In December 1397, at the end of his only known bailiffship, he witnessed a deed of property in All Saints’ parish. He was party to the grant of privileges made to the townsmen by the bishop of London in October 1403.3