Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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Nicholas BARHAM (c1450-aft 1502)

and unknown


Nicholas Barham and unknown were my 14x Great Grandparents.  They may have married in the 1490's.

Nicholas Barham may have been born in about 1450.  He was the son of Richard Berham (c1425-bef 1480) and Anna Busse.  Presumably, he died after 1502, when it is thought his youngest son was born.  He was of Brownes in Wadhurst.


Nicholas Barham and unknown had 3 known children:

  1. Richard Barham may have been born about 1498 and was the eldest son.  He was of Browns in Wadhurst.  He married Alice Cradock and they had 1 known son:

    1. Nicholas Barham was born about 1525.  He was of Chillington Manor in Maidstone, Kent.  He was admitted to Gray's Inn in 1540 and called to the Bar in 1542.  In 1562 he was Recorder of Maidstone and M.P. for the town in 1563.  By 1567 he was Serjeant-at-law and the Queen's Serjeant by 1573.  In 1571-2 he was entrusted with the trial of the Duke of Norfolk.  He died on 25 July 1577 of goal fever, with which he had been infected at the "Black Assize" held at Oxford on 4 July 1577.  His Will was signed the day before his death and he appointed widow Mary Barham and Thomas Barham of Barham Court in Teston as executors.  (I do not have a copy of his Will, but it is available via the Public Records Office web site.)  He married Mary Holte, daughter of John Holte of Cheshire.  Nicholas and Mary had 1 known son:

      1. Arthur Barham was of Maidstone.  He married Jane Chamber, daughter of Richard Chamber of Charing in Kent.

      Nicholas's first cousin once removed, also a Nicholas Barham (1559-1645) had at sometime received purchased lands from Nicholas or his estate.

  2. John Barham (c1500-bef 1550) - my 13x Great Grandfather, married Thomasyn.  (They have their own page.)

  3. William Barham may have been born about 1502.  He was of Stalerege in Wadhurst.  He died before 20 February 1547/8.  He married unknown and they had 1 known son:

    1. William Barham was the eldest son and was admitted to his father's lands on 20 February 1547/8.  His Will was dated 10 September 1589 and proved on 16 October 1589 (not at the PRO), when he styled himself as William Barham the elder in the countie of Sussex, yeoman.  He married Agnes Lorkyn, or Anne Lorkyn, sister of William Lorkyn of Pembury, Kent.  William and Agnes had 1 known son:

      1. William Barham was admitted to lands at Skynes in Ticehurst on 17 November 1603.  He was buried on 1 June 1614 in Wadhurst.  In about 1576 he married Barbara Gouldsmith, sister of Anthony Gouldsmith of Framfield a wealthy ironmaster.




The following has been taken from SAC vol.56, pages 129-133:

Nicholas Berham was a Churchwarden of Wadhurst during the incumbency of Sir John Broun who was the vicar there from 24 January 1463/4 and died before 16 November 1487.

1 September 1491 - Nicholas Berham, the elder son of Richard and Anne, and grandson of Thomas Bereham, was feoffee of lands in Wadhurst called Stumblett, East Bynne, Mottesfield, Takkscroft and Ramgates, by charter from Richard Goding and others.  William Berham was witness to this deed.

Easter Term 1492 - Nicholas Berham and Thomas Baker, of Fayercrouch in Wadhurst, were parties to a Fine of lands, in the adjacent parish of Lamberhurst.

Easter Term 1493 - A Fine was levied between Thomas May, William Patynden, Nicholas Berham and Thomas Baker, querents, and Richard Goding and Margaret his wife, deforciants, concerning 64 acres of land and four acres of woodland, in Wadhurst.

Easter Term 1494 - Thomas May, Nicholas Berham and Thomas Baker, occur as querents in a Fine concerning land at Ealding (i.e. Yalding, two miles south of Teston) in Kent.

28 May 1499 - At a Court of the Manor of Mayfield, William Kingewood, Nicholas Berham and 10 other jurors, were appointed to hold Inquisition, on behalf of the Lord of that Manor, concerning the payments due for pannage, i.e. the right to pasturing swine in the lord's woods.

10 February 1520/1 - William Berham was feoffee of Brookland, with John Berham (his elder brother) and Thomas Luck.  He released these land to his brother John, the Iron-Maker by deed dated 31 July 1528.

9 August 1546 - At a Court of Mayfield Manor, it was reported that Thomas Baker, feoffee of the will of Nicholas Barham, had surrendered on 1 December 1545, certain lands in the Virgates of Wyke and Stalerege in Wadhurst, to William Barham, John Bromley and John Dorant, who were admitted to hold same for the use of the said William and his heirs.  These lands are mentioned in the Mayfield Rental, as being then in the possession of William Berham, junior, his son and heir.

30 September 1546 - William Barham was fined for non-attendance at Court.

2 March 1546/7 - Nicholas Barham (afterwards Queen's Serjeant) surrendered lands called Barnefield and Barnehaw, in the Virgate of Stalerege, to William Barham and John Barham, to the use of the said William and his heirs.

20 February 1547/8 - The death of William Barham was reported at Court.  His eldest son and next heir, also William Barham, was admitted to his father's lands.