The Trussell family genealogy is confused and confusing. John appears to be elder son of William Trussell receiver of the king's chamber in 13335, and hereditary sheriff of Anglesey who did not die until 1363 (Haines).Gatehouse
can not ascertain if John did royal service nor why he, rather than his father, was granted the licence. If the manor had been granted to John by his father then, perhaps, the licence is about confirmation of that change of holding. However 'In 1342 John Trussell, described as of Acton, and Alice Trussell his wife settled the manor (with Bednall and Brocton) on themselves for life with remainder to William Trussell of Kibblestone in Stone (Pirehill hundred), (fn. 28) but Acton appears to have passed to another William, the son of John Trussell, (fn. 29) who in 1371 settled it on Margaret, daughter of Sir William Trussell of Kibblestone (d. 1363)' (VCH for Acton Parish, Staffs). The lord of the manor was clearly William Trussell.
Biographical source include;
- Roy Martin Haines, Sept 2004, Trussell, Sir William (fl. 13071346/7) Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press) online edn, Jan 2008 online copy (subscription may be needed)
Midgley, L.M. (ed), 1986, VCH Staffordshire Vol. 5 p. 11- online copy