Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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James BOTTING (1679-1734)

and Jane WOOLVEN (1681-1742)


James Botting and Jane Woolven married on 9 June 1715 in Slaugham, Sussex.  At the time they were both said to be of West Grinstead, Sussex.

James Botting may have been baptised on 16 October 1679 in West Grinstead, and have have been the son of James Botting and Mary (possibly Mary Gray).  He may have been buried on 19 January 1733/4 in West Grinstead, but the burial register only records that James Botting was buried.  There was another James Botting baptised on 17 April 1688 in Nuthurst, Sussex, the son of John Botting and Sarah, but I think he may have married Elizabeth Ockenden on 23 April 1717 in Upper Beeding, Sussex.

Jane Woolvyn may have been baptised on 14 February 1680/1 in West Grinstead, and have been the daughter of Richard Woolven (1651-1710) and Ann Cripps (c1650-1707).  She was buried on 19 November 1742 in West Grinstead.  The burial register records that Jane Botting, widow, was buried.


James Botting and Jane Woolven had 3 known children:

  1. James Botting was baptised on 20 April 1716 in West Grinstead and may have died before 1789.  He probably married Elizabeth Dennet by licence on 30 April 1747 in Newtimber, Sussex.  He was then of West Grinstead and she of Patcham. 

    I have a copy of the will of Elizabeth Botting widow of Henfield, which was dated 10 January 1789 and proved on 2 August 1792 (eventually I'll transcribe and include it in this site).  I had hoped it might mention Mary (nee Botting) wife of Philip Alfrey, but no.  Instead she mentions kinsman Thomas Dennet of Washington, her late brothers Thomas Dennet and John Dennet, kinsman Thomas Beckett (executor of her will) of Henfield, Mary Woolven daughter of Thomas Woolven of Oram in Henfield, goddaughter Catherine Beckett one of the daughters of ? Beckett, godson John ? and brother-in-law John Botting.  The witnesses to the will were Mary Gates   John Lanaway   J. Gates.  From her will it would appear there were no surviving children from this marriage.

    I'm not too sure how Thomas Beckett was Elizabeth's kinsman, unless he was a son of John Beckett and Mary Dennett, who married on 10 October 1723 in Woodmancote, and perhaps Mary and Elizabeth were sisters.  Mary was the daughter of Mr. Thomas Dennett of Blackstone in Woodmancote.

  2. Mary Botting was baptised on 15 June 1717 in West Grinstead.  She may have been buried on 19 December 1723 in West Grinstead, but the burial register only records that Mary Botting was buried.

  3. John Botting was baptised on 5 September 1721 in West Grinstead.  He probably married Elizabeth Elliot in 1753.  (They have their own page.)