Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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John BARHAM (c1525-c1585)

and Mary COURTHOPE (c1550-?)


John Barham and Mary Courthope were my 11x Great Grandparents.

John Barham may have been born in about 1525 at Bivelham in Wadhurst, Sussex.  He was the son of William Barham (c1497-bef 1579).  He died before 1585.

Mary Courthope was the daugther of the first George Courthope (c1510-1577) of Whiligh and Mary Warnett (?-1607).  One source puts her birth at about 1527, but given that her son David was born in about 1581, I would think 1535 was about the very earliest she may have been born and possibly later if her daughter Mary was younger than David.  Her father was granted Whiligh in 1539, and his father John Courthope of Hartfield had received the property in 1512/5 upon the death of his father-in-law William Saunders of Gouldhurst.  My guess is that her father was born about 1510ish, and that he married in the 1540's, with children born between 1540-60.  The first George Courthope had another daughter who married Nicholas Barham (1559-1645).


John Barham and Mary Courthope had 4 known children:

  1. William Barham was the eldest son.  He died in 1617.  Some sources say that William was born in about 1550-2, but I would think it more likely that he was born in the 1570's.

  2. John Barham was of Scragoak.  He may have been buried on 1 May 1639 in Wadhurst as John Barham of Scragoak.

    John married Mary Saunders of Great Pell.

    Mary may have been buried on 17 August 1657 as widow Barham of Scragoak.

    Sources say that they had 4 sons all dying without issue.  Might 3 of the son have been:

    1. John Barham was said to be the owner of Scragoak.  He was also said to be the elder brother of Nicholas Barham.  There is an iron commemorative slab within Wadhurst Church to the memory of John Barham of Scragoak who died in 1657 and wife Mary Barham who died in 1658.

    2. Nicholas Barham was the owner of Scragoak in 1674 and died in 1677 without issue.

    3. William Barham of Scragoak died in 1701 and left a will dated 20 November 1697, in which he bequeathed Snape in Wadhurst to his Godson William Barham (1691-1764).  He had received Snape in 1680 from his cousin David Barham (1629-1695).  There is an iron commemorative slab within Wadhurst Church to memory of W.B. of Scragoak.  Did he marry Narell Mapsden on 9 September 1646?  (Another William Barham was born in 1623, who was his cousin and brother of 1629 David.  Yet another William Barham was born in 1629 and died in 1702, but he was of Shoesmiths.)

    This family group is not clear!  Might John Barham, senior have been born in the late 1570's and married Mary Saunders in Wadhurst before the parish registers there begin in 1607?  And, might their children have been born, say 1600-1620?  Or have I gone totally wrong?

  3. David Barham (c1581-1644) - my 10x Great Grandfather, married Helen Fowle in 1622.  (They have their own page.)

  4. Mary Barham (?-1673) - my 10x Great Grandmother, married twice.  Her second husband was my 10x Great Grandfather Nicholas Barham.  (They have their own page.)  They were distantly related and shared common 3x Great Grandparents, Richard Berham and Anna Busse.  Nicholas and Mary's 5x Great Granddaughter Frances Dadswell married Nicholas Barham the 5x Great Grandson of David and Helen.




The following has been taken from SAC vol.56, page 126:

20 June 1522 - William Berham was admitted to the lands of Upper and Nether Combden and Newland Wood, containing 150 acres.  These lands had been confirmed to John Berham son of Richard and Anne in 1480 and on 28 April 1579 passed to John Berham son and heir of William Berham.  These lands formed part of the Snape estate.



This page was reviewed on 8 April 2012