and Sarah FRENCH (1722-1762)
were my 6x Great Grandparents. (Click
here to see their place in my pedigree chart.)
They married on 4 February 1743/4 at the parish church of St. Thomas à
in Brightling, Sussex.
is from the Bishops Transcripts as the Brightling marriage register for
1739-1747 is missing. His name was recorded as John Bourne, but
I believe this was a mistake.
Thomas Bourne may have been baptised on 18 November 1716 in
Salehurst, Sussex as
Thomas Bourn and have been the son of
John Bourne (1680-?) and
Mary. He was buried on 22 November 1789 in
He left a will
dated 30 September 1788 which was proved on 20 December 1789 in which he was
described as a yeoman of Brightling. (Click
to read my transcript of his will.) There was another
born in 1714 and I am not certain which Thomas married whom.
Thomas had settled in Brightling by at least the time he married there in
1744 and remained there until his death. He was left a widower
in July 1762 when his youngest child was just 1 year old and when he was
possibly aged about 45/46 years. He does not seem to have remarried
and in his will he requests that he be buried near his deceased wife.
Might his eldest daughter have taken over the caring for the younger
children and the running of the household? At the time of his wife's
death, 7 children were possibly living at home, with one dying only a few
months after her mother. The eldest daughter married in 1764 and the eldest son married in 1768 followed by
the marriages of other children in 1770, 1773, 1788 and one possibly by
Like many of Thomas's neighbours he grew hops. Whether this was his
only crop I don't know, nor am I aware how he may have gone about selling
his crop - perhaps at an annual market or might a buyer have gone direct
to the farm? From at least 1773 until 1779 he lived at Stonehouse in
Brightling and farmed Home Farm/Land and Piddlehurst. Stonehouse is just
a short distance from the Brightling Needle/Obelisk built by John "Mad
Jack" Fuller (1757-1834), although this was not built until after 1815.
Sometime between 18 March 1779 and 9 September 1779 Piddlehurst passed to
Edward Buss. Then sometime between 9 September 1779 and 10
March 1780 both Home Farm/Land and Stonehouse passed to William Grigson.
A William Grigson was a witness to the 1801 will of Thomas Bourne, junior.
Also like his neighbours he paid a regular tithe and a tax to provide
relief for the poor of the parish. Details of tithe payments in
Brightling for 1752-1769 and poor relief tax for 1773-1807 can be found at
the East Sussex Record Office. Also from time to time he took on
boy labourers from the workhouse for which he made payments to the
overseers of the parish.
Sarah French may have been baptised on 25 February 1721/2 in
Warbleton, Sussex and may have been the daughter of
(1700-1774). She was
buried on 16 July 1762 in Brightling by the name of Sarah Bourne,
but against the baptisms of her 4 youngest children her name was recorded
as Susanna(h). As her eldest daughter was named Sarah and she
didn't name any of her other 3 daughters Susanna, might Susanna have been
a mistake in the baptism register? Nor were any of her known
granddaughters named Susanna. She died a year after the birth of her
youngest known child. Might she have died as a result of a
complicated final pregnancy or of an illness?
Thomas Bourne and
Sarah French had 9 known children:
Sarah Bourne was baptised on 10 March 1744/5 in Brightling.
Her mother's name was not recorded in the baptism register. She
died aged 27 years on 25 October 1771 and was buried on 30 October 1771
in Mountfield, Sussex.
Sarah married Thomas Hilder by licence on 18 December 1764 in
Brightling. He was then of Mountfield.
Thomas was baptised on 26 June 1741 in Salehurst, Sussex and was the son
of Thomas Hilder (1708-1773) and Mary Stace (c1711-?).
He died aged 81 years on 15 March 1822 and was buried on 23 March 1822
at All Saints in Mountfield. Thomas left a will dated 3 August
1814, to which he added 2 codicils dated 30 December 1815 and 11 March
1822. As a widower he married for a second time to Martha
Glover on 1 November 1774 in Mountfield, and they had 8 known
Thomas and Sarah had 2 known children:
John Hilder was baptised on 1 December 1767 in Playden, Sussex
and buried there on 8 December 1767.
Sarah Hilder was baptised on 21 September 1769 in Playden.
She died aged 59 years in Robertsbridge, Sussex and was buried on 12
November 1828 at All Saints in Mountfield. Her father left her a
legacy of £3,000 over and above what she already owed him.
Sarah married William Hickes by licence on 20 December 1787 in
Mountfield. He was then of Laughton.
William and Sarah had 7 known children:
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my 5x Great Grandfather, was baptised on 26 December 1746 in Brightling.
in 1768. (They have their own
Henry Bourne was baptised on 19 June 1748 in Brightling.
Only his father's name was recorded in the baptism register. He
was buried on 16 June 1825 in Hellingly. He was a yeoman farmer.
He was named as the sole executor of his father's 1788 will, for which
he was to receive five pounds. In 1788 Henry was of Boship in
Hellingly (a place still found on a present day map of the area).
Henry married Sarah Willard by banns on 12 February 1773 in
Hellingly. Henry was a bachelor and Sarah a spinster. They
were both of Hellingly and both signed their names. The witnesses
to the marriage were John Savage and Henry Blunden.
The banns were published in Hellingly on 24 and 31 January and 7
February 1773. There were no known children from this marriage.
Sarah died after her husband. I have checked the East Sussex
baptism index for her baptism and can not find a suitable entry for her.
Henry left a will dated 9 April 1825 which was proved on 1 August 1825.
He was then described as a yeoman of Borehsip in Hellingly. The
witnesses to his will were Edward Chapman, John Sinnock
and Samuel Sinnock and he left £6,000. (In 1788 his
father left £1,000 and in 1801 his elder brother left £2,000.)
He nominated 2 nephews as joint executors of his will, namely John
Weston who was the main beneficiary and Henry Bourne son of
his late brother Thomas. Under terms of his will his wife Sarah
was well provided for and he also left legacies to many nieces and
nephews. He also mentioned Sarah Baker wife of Michael
Baker a labourer of Hellingly, but he didn't say if she was related
Mary Bourne was baptised on 29 April 1750 in Brightling.
Only her father's name was recorded in the baptism register.
She died aged 37 years "in childbed" and was buried on 1 June 1787 in Salehurst,
As she predeceased her father she was not mentioned in his 1788 will,
but nor did her father mention or leave any legacies to her children.
It would seem likely that after her death some of her children went to
live with brother Henry and his wife Sarah, who had no children of their
Mary married Thomas Weston by banns on 22 February 1770 in
Brightling. Thomas was then of Salehurst and Mary of Brightling.
They were both able to sign their names. The witnesses to the
marriage were Henry Bourne and Edward French who both
signed their names. The banns were published in Brightling on 4,
11 and 18 February 1770.
Thomas was baptised on 16 November 1743 in Salehurst, Sussex and was the son of
John Weston and Elizabeth. He was buried on 19 June
1820 in Robertsbridge.
Before her marriage Mary had an illegitimate daughter
Mary Bourne was baptised on 7 January
1770 in Brightling. Given that her mother married Thomas Weston a month
later, might he have been her father?
Thomas and Mary had 10 known children:
Thomas Weston was baptised on 4 March 1771 in Salehurst.
He may have died before 1825 as he was not mentioned in his Uncle
Sarah Weston was baptised on 27 October 1772 in Salehurst.
She was mentioned in her Uncle Henry's will as Sarah Weston.
She died in April 1844 in Salehurst. She married Benjamin
Davis on 13 September 1791 in Salehurst. He was born about
1769 and died in December 1819 in Salehurst.
Elizabeth Weston was baptised on 30 March 1774 in Salehurst.
She was not mentioned in her Uncle Henry's will.
She married Joseph Monk on 19 March 1800 in Salehurst.
William Weston was baptised on 21 February 1776 in Salehurst.
He was buried on 22 February 1841 in Sedlescombe, Sussex. He was
mentioned in his Uncle Henry's will.
Ann Weston was baptised on 21 August 1777 in Salehurst.
She married William Austen on 27 May 1798 in Salehurst.
She was mentioned in her Uncle Henry's will as Ann Weston.
Harriet Weston was baptised on 6 October 1779 in Salehurst.
She died at Boship (her Uncle Henry Bourne's home) and was buried on
18 November 1791 in Hellingly.
Charlotte Weston was baptised on 24 February 1781 in Salehurst.
She died in 1782.
Catherine Weston was baptised on 2 December 1782 in Salehurst.
She may also have been known as Kitty Weston who was
mentioned in her Uncle Henry's will. She may
have married James Endall on 27 January 1812 in Salehurst.
John Weston was born 20 February and baptised on 17 March 1785
in Salehurst. He was a joint executor of his Uncle Henry's 1825
will and was also the main beneficiary, inheriting the Boreship (today
Henry Weston was baptised on 1 June 1787 in Salehurst. He
was not mentioned in his Uncle Henry's will and it is possible that he
died at birth, or soon after, along with his mother.
Ann Bourne was baptised on 2 May 1752 in Brightling. Only
her father's name was recorded in the baptism register. She was
buried on 12 October 1762 in Brightling.
John Bourne was baptised on 27 December 1754 in Brightling.
He was named in his father's will and received an equal share along
with his brother William. He died before 1825.
He may have married Henrietta sometime before or about 1776. (As at
8 June 2003 no possible marriage has been found for them on the IGI.)
John and Henrietta were the parents of John and Mary Ann, and John was
the father of Henry and Sarah.
Sarah Bourne was mentioned in her Uncle Henry Bourne's 1825
will as the daughter of his brother John. She may have been
baptised on 5 October 1773 in Brightling and have been the illegitmate
daughter of Hannah Tyrrel, although her father's name was not
recorded in the baptism register. She may have been the Sarah Bourne
mentioned in Thomas Bourne's 1788 will, when she was
a servant in the household of his son Henry Bourne, and by whose
will she received a £5 legacy.
Sarah married Michael Baker
by banns on 20 January 1794 in Hellingly. He was then a bachelor
and they were both of Hellingly. The witnesses to the marriage
were Richard Smith and Henry Blunden.
Michael and Sarah
had 3 known children:
Baker was baptised on 23 May 1807 in Hellingly. Might he
have been born about 1801 in Hellingly and have married Maria
Wenham on 16 June 1823 in Hellingly?
Baker was baptised on 23 May 1807 in Hellingly.
Baker was baptised on 4 November 1813 in Hellingly.
Henry Bourne was mentioned in his Uncle Henry Bourne's 1825
will as the son of his brother John.
He may have married Sarah Alfrey on 26 September 1810 in
Brighton, Sussex. They had 5 known children, including a
daughter named Henrietta. However, Henry married to Sarah
may have been born in Balcombe, Sussex in about 1789, so may have been
part of another Bourne family.
John Bourne was baptised on 25 May 1776 in Ticehurst, Sussex.
He either died before 1825 or was not part of this family.
Mary Ann Bourne was baptised on 21 April 1778 in Ticehurst.
She either died before 1825 or was not part of this family.
On 12 January 1779 a Bastardy Bond was issued by the Overseers of
Ewhurst, Sussex, to John Bourne a labourer of Brightling,
requiring him to pay 1s 6d weekly for the maintence of a child born to
was baptised privately on 29 March 1758
in Brightling and buried there as an infant on 18 April 1758.
was baptised on 9 May 1759 in Brightling
and buried there on 13 July 1761.
William Bourne was privately baptised on 24 July 1761 in Brightling
and brought to the Church on 17 August 1761. He married
Grace Fears in 1788.
(They have their own page.)
Tax made for the
relief of the Poor of the Parish of Brightling at the rate of 2 shillings
and six pence in the pound
17 March 1773,
Parish Dweller Thomas Bourn for Gunters, assessed £12, tax £1 10s;
for Stonehouse, assessed £20, tax £2 10s; for Piddlehurst assessed £15, tax
£1 17s 6d; for Woods assessed £2, tax 5s. On 12 April 1773, Thomas
paid 3s 10d to the parish overseers for workhouse labour. Also at
about that time he paid 2s 3d for 9 boys from the workhouse.
28 January 1774,
same assessments and tax as 17 March 1773.
23 October 1774,
rate raised to 3 shillings in the pound. Thomas was assessed at £12,
£20 and £15, total £47, tax £7 1s, and for his share of the woods, assessed
at £2, tax 6s.
2 November 1775,
tax back to 2 shillings and 6 pence in the pound. Thomas assessed at a
total of £47 and £5 17s 6d in tax on the 3 properties, and 5s tax on the
28 March 1776, rate
3 shillings and 6 pence in the pound. Thomas paid £8 4s 6d plus 7s for
11 December 1776,
same assessments and tax as 28 March 1776.
12 September 1777,
rate 2 shillings and 6 pence in the pound. Thomas assessed at £47 and
paid £5 17s 6d in tax plus 5s for the woods. Gunters would then appear
to have been called Home Farm.
March 1778, rate 2
shillings in the pound. Thomas paid £4 14s plus 4s in tax.
20 November 1778,
rate 2 shillings and 6 pence in the pound. Thomas paid the same as in
18 March 1779, rate
18 pence in the pound. Thomas paid £3 10s 6d plus 3s. 15 April
1779 Thomas paid £4 13s 6d for boys work.
9 September 1779,
rate 3 shillings in the pound. Thomas assessed at £12 for Home Lands
and £20 for Stonehouse, and paid £4 16s in tax plus 6s for the woods.
Piddlehurst was then occupied by Edward Buss.
10 March 1780, rate
2 shillings in the pound. Home Lands and Stonehouse occupied by
Three tenements of
Glottenham Manor called Shermans [M93/4], Swiswell [M93/5] and Le Bergeland
Hunters was owned by the Brightling Estate. John Gunter was the
tenant from <1722-1735+, followed by Thomas Bourne <1745-1775+, then
William Grigson, junior <1785-1815+.
In 1749 the
property was described as a house, barn and building plus 104a. 1r. 21p.
From 1745-1839 the
property was assessed at £12 10s for land tax.
of Glottenham Manor call Fycklehurst als Ficklehurst qr. 7/4d [M93/7]
Fittlehurst and assessed at £10. 1745-1839 called Pidlehurst and
assessed at £12. From 1625-1828 the property was consistently call a
tenement with 32 acres and during this time it was owned by the Socknersh
was a tenant from <1755-1775+. The previous tenant was Edward
Laurence from <1735-1751+ and the following was John Holloway,
owner occupier of Socknersh from <1785-1839+.
Robertsbridge Manor called Upperworth als Martyn de Werde als Little Worge
quitrent 12/6d. Also a tenement called Tyelands in Burwash, Manor
from 1745, although in 1752 it was called Littleworth. It was assessed
for tax at £20. The property was owned by the Brightling Estate from
1752-1839+. Thomas Bourne was the tenant from <1755- 1775+,
followed by William Grigson, junior from <1785-1815+.
Hepden bought the property sometime before 1527. From
was the owner and from <1663-1666+ the property was owned by John Hepden,
gent. Between 1622 and 1633, Goddard Hepden was the tenant.
He was buried on 28 February 1633 and the tenancy passed to Herbert
Hepden and he was buried on 12 September 1636. Thankful Hepden
was the next tenant.
Hepden was my 11x Great Grandfather. In a survey of the manor
of Robertsbridge of 1567 the property was described as being a messuage,
kitchen, gatehouse and 40a 2r. land + 27a. wood. Total acreage 67a.
2r. A map from 1734 shows the property as a house and 4 buildings +
74a. 2r. 22p.
According to a memo
of 1752 "the dwelling house being ruinous is to be pulled down and rebuilt
by licence of the lord". A map of c.1725 shows the original house to
have been near the northern end of the farm. The new house was
constructed on the same side of the road but towards the southern end of the
farm. The house as rebuilt was relatively long low stone structure
with hipped terminals and a central chimney. It was pulled down by
British Gypsum in the late 1980's. It had not been surveyed or
photographed. John Fuller purchased the property for the
Brightling Estate in 1752.
Assart hold of the
manor of Burwash called Bodles (quitrent 10d) + Innings (quitrent 2/4d)
[M36/76 + 78]. Also a tenement of Robertsbridge Manor called Frymans
Wish quitrent 6d.
Estate owned the property from 1750-1840+. Henry Bourne was the
tenant in 1805 and by 1815 the tenancy had passed to John Bourne.
held the property from 1620-1628 by right of his wife Mary, sister
and heir of John Glazier. Thomas and Mary surrended the
property to their son, Richard Glydd in 1628, when he was described
as a citizen and tallow chandler of London, and parson Lord's tithe book
1663 as goldsmith of London. On Richard's death the property passed to
his grandson John Glydd, gent (son of Richard Glydd, junior).
John was underage when he inherited the property in 1667 and custody was
granted to his mother, Anne Glydd, widow. John heirs remaind
the property owners until 1732.
Demesne of the
Manor of Worge, forming part of Robertsbridge Abby Estate until 1617.
was the tenant from 1785-1805+ followed by Henry Bourne in 1815.
Owned by the Brightling Estate from 1750-1840+.
III, gent, son of Richard Glydd II (the tenant until his death in
1618), bought the property in 1617 for £1,600. He was then described
as a citizen and tallow-chandler of London.
The following has
been copied from the A2A web site:
Deeds and Documents relating to
lands formerly belonging to the family of Fuller of Brightling
Pearchfield House, Pearchfield
Lands and Fleminges in Burwash -
Staces and Down Land Farm in
FILE - Lease
- ref. SAS-RF/9/61
- date: 1 May 1829
By Thomas, Earl
of Chichester, to William Baker of Ticehurst, gent., sole
executor named in the Will if Thomas Freeman late of Brightling,
yeoman, decd. of a messuage or tenement with yard, gardens and 2 pieces of
land belonging containing 4a.2r.10p. in Brightling late in the tenure of
the said Thomas Freeman, bounding to the Turnpike Road from Hoods
Corner to Brightling, E., to lands of John Fuller, esq., S. and N.,
to lands of the said J.F. and premises belonging to Henry Bourne,
W. Term, 21 years; rent £3. Signature, Chichester, and seal
Manor of Fosters and Park
Farm in Burwash - ref. SAS-RF/10
A Farm house and lands at
Carretts Green in Dallington
FILE - Agreement
- ref. SAS-RF/10/127
- date: 27 Feb 1823
Bourne of Dallington, yeoman
(1), Edward Buss of Brightling, labourer, and Elizabeth his
wife (2), and Thomas Waters of Herstmonceux, appraiser, and Ann
his wife (3) as to the sale of lands at or near Carretts Green in
Dallington containing 40 acres devised by the Will of William Dunk
formerly of Dallington, and as to the division of the proceeds
FILE - Agreement - ref. SAS-RF/10/131
- date: 28 Mar 1828
Bourne of Ewhurst, farmer
(1), John Fuller of Rosehill, esq., by Thomas Barton of
Battle, gent. his agent or attorney (2) and John Sawyer of
Dallington, shopkeeper, and Edward Buss of Burwash and Elizabeth
his wife (3), for the sale at a price to be agreed by Thomas Paine
Hilder of Ewhurst yeoman (nominated by Henry Bourne)
and Robert Willshire of Hurst Green, yeoman, (nominated by John
Fuller) or their umpire, to be a fair price including timber, seeds,
season's mendments &c
FILE - Survey and Valuation -
- date: 19 May 1828
Of copyhold land
and buildings, likewise timber and saplings at Carretts Green in
Dallington from Henry Bourne
and others to John Fuller, esq. £660
FILE - Deed of covenants - ref. SAS-RF/10/134
- date: 16 Jun 1828
By Henry Bourne
and others with John Fuller, esq., on sale of copyhold property in
A cottage and piece of
waste ground in Brightling
FILE - Assignment
- ref. SAS-RF/10/137
- date: 31 Mar 1810
By John Bourne
of Brightling, yeoman, to Henry Bourne
of Brightling, yeoman, with Thomas Freeman of the same place,
yeoman, as a party of the 3rd part - for £70 - of a cottage and piece of
waste ground belonging, being part of the ground and premises comprised in
a Lease from Thomas, Lord Pelham, of 22 Mar., 1797. of 2 cottages
and 4 acres of waste ground on Brightling Down, near the windmill there.
Signatures, Jno. Bourne, Thos. Freeman, and seals.
Witnesses:- Willm. Thorpe, Steph. Tutt
endorsed, 8 Nov., 1824, for £120 paid by John Fuller, esq. for the
purchase money of the within mentioned cottage and premises. Signed
- ref. SAS-RF/12
A House and premises at Darvill
Hill in Brightling
FILE - Schedule of Title deeds and writings
relating to certain leasehold hereditaments at Brightling
- ref. SAS-RF/12/143
- date: Mar 1830
The deeds include
an Assignment of 7 May, 1828 by Harry Hoad, farmer and Henry
Bourne, farmer, executors of
Edwd. Hilder decd
Two Cottages and premises
FILE - Assignment
- ref. SAS-RF/12/153
- date: 29 Sep 1834
By Harry Hoad
late of Brightling, but then of Northiam, farmer, and Henry Bourne
late of Dallington but then of Kingsworth, Kent, farmer, (Executors of the
Will of Edw. Hilder) decd. to Joseph Hyland of Etchingham,
farmer - for £101 - of the above Lease of 1 Jan., 1823 (No. SAS-RF/12/150)
of two cottages called Phebes & Bonnicks and ground in Burwash. Signatures
Fuller Estate Deeds and
Papers - ref. SAS-RF/14
FILE - Copy of the Will of this date of
William Dunk of Dallington, gent -
- date: 25 Jul 1809
Devise to Henry
Bourne of Brightling, yeoman, of
a messuage farm and lands at Carretts Green in Dallington, containing 40
acres charged with the payment of £200 apiece to Elizabeth the wife
of James Vigor of Alfriston, butcher, and Ann the wife of Thos.
Waters of Dallington, yeoman
FILE - Copy of Agreement
- ref. SAS-RF/14/25
- date: 27 Feb 1823
Bourne of Dallington,
yeoman, (1) Edward Buss of Brightling, labourer & Elizabeth
his wife (2) and Thomas Waters of Herstmonceux, appraiser, and
Ann his wife (3) Whereby, after reciting the devise to the said
Henry Bourne in the Will of William
Dunk, and that by reason of the inadequency of the value of the estate
to meet expenses of the Admission and the payments charged thereon the
said Henry Bourne had
not accepted the said devise It was agreed that all the parties would
concur in the sale of the property and the proceeds should be divided in
equal third parts between them
FILE - Draft of Deed of Conveyance
- ref. SAS-RF/14/97
- date: Jul 1835
The 3 last pieces,
Potters, Wrattens and Pond Croft comprising Carrick Hill farm, to which
John Fuller was admitted on surrender of Henry Bourne,
19 June, 1828, rent 12d
MINUTES OF MANOR COURTS
Manor of Alciston
FILE - Conditional surrender
- ref. SAS/G20/382
- date: 3 Mar 1803
to the use of Henry Bourne of
Hellingly, yeoman, of a messuage and 7a at the Dicker late Staffells,
being two tenements