Ancestors of Mandy Willard
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and Thomasyn (?-?)
my 13x Great Grandparents. They
may have married before 1533.
have been born by about 1500. He was the second son of
Barham (c1450-aft 1502). He was an Iron Maker of Woodlande and
Buttes in Wadhurst. He had purchased Buttes in 1533. He also founded extensive works near Bayham Abbey
in Lamberhurst (later known as Gloucester Furnace) which were said to be the
largest iron-manufactory in Sussex. He also owned Brookland Forge in
Frant, which he purchased from Humphrey Lewknor by deed dated 10
February 1520/1, together with Barkley Mill and Verredge Forge on the
borders of Frant and Wadhurst. In the Subsidy Roll of 1543 he was indicated to
be the wealthiest inhabitant in Wadhurst. Other properties owned/held
by John were: 104 acres in the Virgate of Pell called Woodland and
Sowthland; 157 acres in the Virgate of Stedyngligh; 6 acres in the
Virgate of Wyke; Bengerede and Bengerede Croft adjacent to the King's
way leading from Wadhurst towards Suresberge; Dedemanscroft and other
lands in the Virgate of Stalerege. His Will was dated 1 May 1551 and
proved on 19 June 1555, by his eldest son and executor.
living in 1551 and was then left an annuity in her husband's Will. Her
husband's Will also directed that she should have a Chamber in the Mansion
House called Woodlande's.
John Barham and Thomasyn had 7 known children:
(c1533-bef 1599) -
my 12x Great Grandfather, married unknown.
(They have their own page.)
John Barham (c1535-1583) married
Alice Isted before 1555. (They have their own page.) (They
were not my direct ancestors, but their Great Grandson married the sister
of my direct ancestor.)
Thomas Barham may have been born about 1537.
He was the third son.
He died in 1595 in Boughton Monchelsey, Kent. His Will was dated 28
August 1595 and proved at Canterbury on 26 September 1595. He
married Mildred Franckelyn between 1563 and 1572. She was the
daughter of Thomas Franckelyn of East Sutton in Kent and sister of
John Franckelyn of Charte in Kent. She had previously been
married to George Roberts (?-1563) a Gentleman of Moatlands in
Brenchley, Kent, as his second wife. Thomas and Mildred had 4 known
Robert Barham may have been born about 1570 in Boughton
Monchelsey. He was his father's heir and was of East Hall in
Boughton Monchelsey, which had been built by his father in 1594.
In 1619 he recorded his Arms and signed his Pedigree as grandson of
John Berham of Buttes the Iron-maker.
He may have died in 1621 or 1631. He married Susanna Sare
by Licence dated 7 January 1594/5 at Canterbury, Kent. She was
born about 1575 at Norton, Kent and was the daughter of Thomas Sare
Gentleman of Provender in Norton. Robert and Susanna had 14 known
Thomas Barham may have been born between 1565 and 1572 in
Boughton Monchelsey. He died on 6 June 1609 in Maidstone, Kent.
He married twice. Firstly to Marie King on 30 October 1593
in Maidstone, by whom he had 1 known daughter:
She married George Maplesden in 1626. He was the son of
Edward Maplesden and
Alice Barham, who was the daughter of
John Barham (c1535-c1583) and
Secondly, Thomas Barham married
Mary Curteys on 4 September 1600 in Maidstone.
Richard Barham may have been born about 1574 in Broughton
Monchelsey. He died on 8 January 1605/6. He married Joane
Wilcocks on 10 April 1601 in Canterbury.
Mildred Barham may have been born about 1576. She married
Thomas Ayerste a Gentleman of Maidstone by Licence dated 13
Thomas inherited, from his father, "landes and tenements lying in
Pepynbery and Tunbridge, called Springells and Southlandes". In 1583
he was the overseaer of his brother John's Will, and in 1591 he was
appointed executor by Nicholas Durrant of Wadhurst.
Alice Barham may have been born about 1539 at
Butts in Wadhurst.
She may have married Alexander Peene on 15 February 1578 in Burwash, Sussex.
Elizabeth Barham may have been born about
Richard Barham may have been born about 1541.
He was of Lamberhurst Mill and Wateringbury near Maidstone. He was a
Clothier. Richard died in 1602. His Will was dated 16 March
1601/2 and proved at Rochester on 24 April 1602. He married
Elizabeth Bettes in about 1582. She was the daughter and co-heir
of John Bettes a Maltster of Wouldham, Kent. Richard's
descendants were living at Wiskitts Farm in Lamberhurst in 1715.
Robert Barham may have been born about 1543.
He inherited Wiskers or Wiskitts and Lamberhurst Mill from his father,
which he conveyed to his brother Richard by deed dated 9 March 1578/9.
He was mentioned in the 1595 Will of
Magnus Fowle of Mayfield.
The IGI has that John married Thomasyn
in about 1543/4/5 and that he was of Broughton, Kent and born in about 1524
and died in 1595. Another entry in the IGI has John marrying Thomasyn
in 1574. Yet another IGI entry says he was born about 1518 and married
in 1540. To my mind the IGI is wrong, and I tend to believe the
article in SAC vol.56 is a closer version, on which I have based the above
A note on page 148 of SAC vol.56, states
that John Barham of Woodlande, purchased Barkley Mill from Robert
Lewknor in 1536. This was then bequeathed by John Barham of
Fayercrouch in 1583 to his second son John Barham of Maidstone.
The first mentioned John Barham
was (c1500-bef 1555) - as above.
The second his son John Barham (c1535-c1583).
The third his grandson
This page was reviewed on 8 April 2012