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George BOX (1615-1648)

and Jane LONGLEY (1621-?)


George Box and Jane Longley were my 8x Great Grandparents.  (Click here to see their place in my pedigree chart.)  They married by licence on 6 October 1642 at the parish church of St. John sub Castro in Lewes, Sussex.  Their marriage licence was issued on 19 September 1642 by the Archdeaconry of Lewes, which recorded that George was a yeoman of Ardingly.  Jane was a spinster of Horsted Keynes.  The sponsors of the licence were George himself and George Beard a yeoman of Horsted Keynes.  Jane's surname was recorded as Longly in the marriage licence and Langley in the marriage entry.  Previously, George had married Joanne, possibly Joanne Lumley on 19 September 1640 at St. John under the Castle, Lewes (name and date from The Weald website, but not shown in the Sussex marriage index, therefore, needs to be checked against the original register), or Joan Newman on 14 June 1641 in Friston, Sussex.

George Boxe was baptised on 16 April 1615 in Barcombe, Sussex.  He was the son of William Bokes (c1575-1620) and Susanna Beard (1582-1617).  He was buried on 2 September 1648 in Barcombe.  He was mentioned in his father's will of 1620 as the youngest of 3 sons and was left a legacy of 50 when he reached the age of 21.  He was mentioned as deceased in his Uncle Jeremy Beard's will dated 13 December 1651.  Jeremy left 20 shillings to each of George's children, although he did not name them in his will.

Joane's date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me.  She died in childbirth and was buried on 14 March 1641/2 in Ardingly, Sussex.  A Jone Newman was baptised on 18 March 1608 in Barcombe, the daughter of Jasper Newman and probably Agnes Snapp.

Jane Longley was baptised on 14 January 1620/1 in Horsted Keynes, Sussex.  She was the daughter of John Longley (c1570-1639) and Elizabeth Balcombe (c1575-1622).  She was mentioned in her father's will and was left a legacy of 100 which was to paid when she reached 21 or on her day of marriage, but this was on condition she gave a full discharge and release of all legacies given to her in the last will of Thomas Bellinger her grandfather, otherwise she was to receive 6. Given that Jane was only about 27 when she was widowed with 2 or maybe more young children, might she have remarried?  The Barcombe marriage registers records that a Jane [blank] married Jacob French on 3 February 1652/3.  They were both then said to be of Ringmer.  But between 1648 and 1660 parish registers in many parishes were poorly maintained and Jane's possible remarriage may have not have been recorded.  After George's death, was she taken in by the Box family, or perhaps she went back to her own family in Horsted Keynes, or maybe she was able to cope alone.  Her son was buried in Ardingly in 1655, but was Jane also there at that time, or had her sons been sent to stay with relatives in Ardingly?


George Box and Joane had 1 known child: 

  1. William Box was baptised on 14 March 1641/2 in Ardingly and buried there on 20 March 1641/2.  He was described in the burial register as the infant son of George and Joane Box.


George Box and Jane Longley had 2 known children:

  1. George Box was buried on 30 June 1655 in Ardingly and the burial register recorded that he was a youth.

  2. William Boxe was baptised on 1 January 1647/8 in Barcombe.  He married twice, firstly to Mary Vynall in 1679 and then to Susan Vinall in 1681.  (They have their own page.)

I have checked a transcript of the Lindfield parish registers and the baptism from 1644-47 are missing.  I have also checked transcripts of Chailey, Plumpton and Wivelsfield baptisms, and there were no Box baptisms there between 1642-48.  The parish registers of Ardingly are imperfect from 1643-45 owing to a change of minister.


Many thanks to Helen Green for additions to this page.

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