Ancestors of Mandy Willard
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and Mary COURTHOPE (c1550-?)
were my 11x
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:
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.
John Barham was of Scragoak. He may have
been buried on 1 May 1639 in Wadhurst as John Barham of
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:
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.
Nicholas Barham was the owner of Scragoak in 1674 and died in 1677
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
David Barham (1629-1695).
an iron commemorative slab within Wadhurst Church to memory of W.B. of
Scragoak. Did he marry Narell Mapsden on 9 September 1646?
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
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
(c1581-1644) - my 10x Great Grandfather, married
Helen Fowle in
1622. (They have their own page.)
(?-1673) - my 10x Great Grandmother, married twice. Her
second husband was my 10x Great Grandfather
(They have their own page.) They were distantly related and shared
common 3x Great Grandparents,
Richard Berham and
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