Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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David BARHAM (c1581-1644)

and Margaret KEYMER (?-?)

and Helen FOWLE (c1590-?)


David Barrham and Ellener Fowle were my 10x Great Grandparents.  (Click here to see their place in my pedigree chart.)  The married by licence on 30 December 1622 in Frant, Sussex.  He had previously married Margaret Keymer of Chiddingly by licence dated 15 October 1613.  Surety for the licence was provided by John Sharpe a gentleman of Northiam.  On the same day a marriage licence was issued to John Sharpe and Mary Keymer, and David Barham gentleman of Wadhurst provided surety.

David Barham may have been born in about 1581 at Bivelham in Wadhurst.  He was the youngest son of John Barham (c1525-c1585) and Mary Courthope.  (Another source says David was the second son.)  David died on 18 February 1643/4 in Wadhurst and he has a commemorative Iron Slab within the parish church of Wadhurst, St. Peter and St. Paul.  The inscription reads:  “ HEARE LYETH THE BODY OF DAVID BARHAM GENT WHICH DESESED THIS LIFE THE 18 DAY OF FEBRVARY ANNO DOM 1643”.  Underneath this inscription is scratched “AB 1688”, which is in memory of his Daughter-in-Law, Ann Barham.  (The Public Records Office does not seem to hold a will for David.)

On 17 May 1605 he was a juror on the case of a drowned child.  In 1621 he was a Churchwarden of Wadhurst.  He was again appointed a juror on 20 February 1637 on the case of a mother murdered by her son.  In 1642 David contributed £1 10 shillings to the relief of the Irish Protestants.  In all, the inhabitants of Wadhurst raised £30 9s 6d.

Helen Fowle was the daughter of William Fowle (c1560-1634) of Lightlands in Frant and Elizabeth Pankhurst.  She was mentioned as Hellen daughter of William in her Grandfather Nicholas Fowle's (c1522-1600) will of 24 October 1599.

As Helen Barram, widow, she married Robert Sharpe on 1 January 1650/1 in Battle, Sussex.  They were both living in 1659 when they were parties to a fine with David Barham, the younger and Anne his wife, of lands at Mayfield.


David Barham and Helen Fowle had 4 known children:

  1. William Barham was baptised on 12 October 1623 in Wadhurst.  From his father, he inherited freehold lands of Maplesden in Wadhurst and Ticehurst.  He was appointed the guardian of his younger brother, David.  Did he marry Narell Mapsden on 9 September 1646?  (His cousin William Barham of Scragoak died in 1701.  Another William Barham was born in 1629 and died in 1702; he was of Shoesmiths.)

  2. Sibel Barham was baptised on 26 March or May 1626 in Wadhurst.

    As Sibill Barrome she married Edward Caverley on 5 May 1653 in Chiddingly, Sussex.  He was then of Hellingly and she of Ticehurst.

  3. David Barham, my 9x Great Grandfather, was baptised on 3 June 1629 in Wadhurst.  He married Ann (?-1689) before 1655.  (They have their own page.)

  4. Helen Barham was baptised on 3 June 1629 in Wadhurst.  She and David were twins.  Helen died on 6 February 1651 and was buried in the South Aisle of Wadhurst church on 11 February 1651.  There is an iron commemoration slab to her memory.

    Helen married Joseph Dunmoll, gent, fifth son of John Dunmoll, gent of Wadhurst.  John's sister Elizabeth Dunmoll married John Barham of Shoesmiths.

    (Helen's Great Aunt Dorothy Fowle, married John Dunmoll - might they have been the Grandparents of Joseph?  If so, then Joseph and Helen shared common Great Grandparents, Nicholas Fowle and Elizabeth Isted.)

    Joseph and Helen had the following daughter:

    1. Anne Dunmoll was buried as an infant on 19 February 1651.




The following has been taken from SAC vol.56, pages 126-127:

The article states that David was the youngest son of John Barham of Bivelham, by Mary Courthope daughter of George Courthope of Whiligh.  It also says that in 1597, David was a minor aged 16 and under the guardianship of his Uncle William Courthope of Buckling Hill in Wadhurst, who left a Will dated 18 May 1625.  In 1617 he built the older portion of the house at Snape, which he had inherited from his father.


BARHAM          FOWLE          KEYMER

This page was reviewed on 8 April 2012