As the Commonwealth's escheator
, Byrd acquired over forty square miles of lend (26,000 acres) and held on by forgiving himself the taxes, Id.
of array, escheator
or tax collector, together with those who were recorded
Both Baillie and Bergsagel suggest that he was a retiring figure and perhaps infirm; this assumption was based on the lack of evidence of his movements in later life, and on a royal exemption of 1538, which excused him from 'serving on juries and from being made escheator
, coroner, collector of taxes, constable, or other officer'.
4) Born by 1502, Wellys entered the Inner Temple in 1522, was at least for a time in the service of Henry, Lord Stafford, was elected to Parliament for Newcastle-under-Lyme in 1545, and, though a recusant, served in Staffordshire on various commissions as well as being an Escheator
, Justice of the Peace, and, in 1559, Sheriff; by 1532-3 he had married Mary, daughter of William Chatwyn of Ingestre, Staffordshire; he died in 1565.
George does not appear to have enjoyed any discernible favor directly from Elizabeth, but he suffered no ostensible retaliation either, and in fact he enjoyed the office of Escheator
in Hertford and Essex in 1567.