17 May 1480 - John Westburn, the
Seneschal, reported that on the previous 27th of January John Berham,
son and heir of Richard Berham deceased, came to him at Battle (apud
Bellum) and surrendered into the lord's hand the reversion of a house
and 60 acres of land called Upper Comden, except a field called Waters
comden, to which he was entitled on the death of his mother Anne.
Whereupon the lord, by his Seneschal, granted the said house and lands to
the same John, and to Agnes his wife, the daughter of
Thomas Broun, and their heirs.
The article in SAC vol. 56, goes on to
say that the above John Barham was the ancestor of the Barham family
of Bivelham alias Snape in Wadhurst which was probably the ancient Court
Lodge of the Manor. His descendents were John Barham son of
William Barham, and David Barham who died in 1644, son of John
Barham and Mary Courthope.
The article does not give an exact
pedigree from John (c1452-?) down to David (1581-1644), but my
interpretation of the information lends me to believe the line to run thus:
John (1452) > William (1472) > William (1497) > John (1525) > David (1581).
However, I'm not certain. Was John really close on 60 years old when
his son David was born? And what of the age gap between 1452 John and
his son 1472 William? Might William have been born later than 1472 and
then his son later than 1497? Or might William 1472 and 1497 be one
and the same?