Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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Thomas BARHAM (1666-?)

and Catherine OLIVER (1666-1733)


Thomas Barham and Catherine Oliver were my 8x Great Grandparents.  (Click here to see their place in my pedigree chart.)  They married either by licence on 5 December 1689 or on 12 June 1690.  Both marriages were said to have taken place in West Farleigh, Kent.

Thomas Barham was born at Snape and baptised on 19 July 1666 in Wadhurst, Sussex.  He was the son of David Barham (1629-1695) and Ann (?-1689).  At the baptism of his daughter Mary in 1703 he was described as a sadler.  He may have been buried on 29 November 1745 in Wadhurst, but this burial may have been of his son.  At the baptisms of his first 2 children, he was described as Mr. Thomas Barham.

Catherine Oliver was baptised on 28 November 1666 in Tonbridge, Kent.  She was the daughter of Thomas Oliver and Catherine White.  Catherine was buried on 8 April 1733 in Wadhurst.


Thomas Barham and Catherine Oliver had 10 known children:

  1. William Barham was baptised on 14 May 1691 in Wadhurst.  He was buried on 12 June 1764 in Wadhurst.  He inherited Snape from his Godfather William Barham who died in 1701, but as William junior was then a minor he was not admitted to his inheritance until 1712.  He surrendered Snape to kinsman John Dunmoll, brewer of Southwark, on 12 June 1721.  William may not have married and he died without issue.  His will was dated 17 March 1756 and proved on 11 June 1765, in which he mentions sisters Catherine Waterhouse, widow; Elizabeth Jackson, wife of George; and deceased brother David.  William was also said to be the nephew of John Barham of Great Butts.

  2. Ann Barham was baptised on 31 August 1692 in Wadhurst and probably died soon after.

  3. Catherine Barhamís baptism has not yet been found, by me.  Might she have been baptised on 28 November 1693?

    Catherine married William Waterhouse on 15 January 1720/1 in Wadhurst.

    William may have been baptised on 31 July 1692 in Ticehurst, Sussex, as the son of Richard Waterhouse and Elizabeth.  He was said to have been a yeoman of Etchingham.  He died before 1756.

    William and Catherine may have the following children: 

    1. Catherine Waterhouse may have been a daughter of William and Catherine.  She married John Holman on 23 Febraury 1744/5 in Etchingham, Sussex.

    2. William Waterhouse was born in 1722 in Wadhurst.

    3. Thomas Waterhouse was baptised on 28 February 1724 in Etchingham, Sussex.

    4. Richard Waterhouse was baptied on 2 April 1727 in Etchingham.

    5. Mary Waterhouse was baptised on 14 October 1729 in Etchingham.  She may have married Thomas Humphrey on 24 October 1754 in Wadhurst.

  4. Thomas Barham was baptised on 3 or 13 April 1696 in Wadhurst and buried there on 24 August 1698.

  5. Ann Barham was baptised 11 June 1697 in Wadhurst and buried there on 24 December 1709.

  6. David Barham was baptised on 21 October 1698 in Wadhurst.  He was buried on 24 December 1726 in Wadhurst.

    David married Rebecca Warden on 7 July 1724 in Old Charlton, Kent.

  7. John Barham was baptised on 28 November 1699 in Wadhurst and buried there on 7 May or July 1701.

  8. Thomas Barham, my 7x Great Grandfather, was baptised on 25 or 26 December 1701 in Wadhurst.  He married Ann Mohun in 1719.  (They have their own page.)

  9. Mary Barham was baptised on 14 April 1703 in Wadhurst.

  10. Elizabeth Barham was baptised on 29 April or August 1705 in Wadhurst.

    Elizabeth married George Jackson on 2 November 1739 in Wadhurst.

    George was a yeoman of Ticehurst.




The following has been taken from SAC vol.56, page 128:

The article states that Mr. Henry Barham of Stonegate in Ticehurst, third son of the late Nicholas Barham of Whitegates in Wadhurst, is a direct descendant of Thomas Barham of Wadhurst, a younger brother of William Barham who inherited Snape from his Godfather.  (My note:  Henry was born in 1851 and his father Nicholas in 1814.)

An extract from A2A:

Probate of the Will of JUDITH MEDLICOTT of Friston, widow - ref.  SAS/PN/353  - date: 29 Sep 1707
Copyholds in Eastdean and Willingdon held of the manors of Burling and Bletchington (except copyhold tenement in the occupation of Jonathan Darby, clerk) Also lands and tenements called the Ringwoods and Buttons, late purchased of Thos. Barham of Wadhurst, sadler, devised to Selwyn Samber, daughter of Charles Samber and testatrix's niece Penelone his wife, in tail, with gift over to nephew James Noke.  Also to the said Selwyn Samber, £100   £10 to be paid to Robert Rochester of Wannock, gent, to be distributed between the wife and children of Thos. Barham of Wadhurst


Many thanks to Darryl McCarthy for additions to this page.


This page was reviewed on 8 April 2012