Robert BOKES (c1510-1571)
and Unknown (?-?)
Bokes may have been my 11x Great
Grandfather. He left a will which was proved in 1571. At that
time he was a husbandman of Barcombe. As Robert Bokke
he may have married Joan Jordeyn on 24 September 1543 in
Rye, Sussex. Robert was the brother of
who left a will in 1554/5, at which time he was a yeoman of Barcombe.
Robert may have married Eleanor Elphick, daughter of
Bartholowmew Elphick of Rottingdean who died in 1561 and
left a will. The will was proved at Lewes and a copy should,
hopefully, be held at the East Sussex record office. Eleanor may have
had a son named John Boxe. (Thanks to Nigel Sawyer
for finding this possible lead.)
Robert Bokes had 2 known children:
John Bokes was
mentioned in his father's will, along with John's daughter Joan
(she married in 1583, therefore, born before 1567, and thus John born
before 1547). (He has his own page.)
Boke was mentioned in his father's will. He may have
married as Robert Bookes to Eleanor Barrenden,
widow on 30 May 1579 in Alciston, Sussex. As Eleanor Yonge
she had previously married Thomas Barrenden on 19
October 1578 in Alciston.
Robert may have
had the following children:
John Boakes was baptised on 21 January 1582 in Barcombe.
Laurence Boakes was baptised on 2 May 1585 in Barcombe.
Margery Boaxe was baptised on 25 September 1592 in Ripe.
Rychard Boxe was buried on 16 October 1607 in Barcombe, and
it was noted in the burial register that he was the son of
Eleanor Boxe may have been part of this family. She
married Edward Susen on 30 November 1609 in
have had the following children:
Edward Susan was baptised on 21 September 1615
in Arlington, Sussex.
Ann Susan was baptised on 29 March 1618 in
Elizabeth Susan was baptised on 18 March 1620/1
following be related:
On 7 June 1561 a
Thomas Bockes was a juror at an inquest held in Lewes, of
the death 3 year old Alice Robynson.
An inquest was held
in Lewes 20 November 1585, as to the murder of Thomas Botcher.
The accused, namely Henry Younge, William Garlond
and Thomas Brewer, all yeoman of Lewes
were again summoned to appear on 24 January 1586 and pleaded not guilty to
the murder. Younge was said to have murdered Botcher whilst Garlond
and Brewer aided and abetted him. On 9 February a
jury, of which Richard Bokes yeoman of Lewes was one of
them, was summond for the octave of Purification. The accused turned
up, but the jurors did not. A new date was set for 27 April and jurors
attended, but the accused abandoned their plea, confessed to manslaughter
and successfully pleaded benefit of the clergy. It was then noted that
Garlond had murdered Botcher by fatally striking him with a sword across the
face and that Younge had struck Botcher with a sword against the chest.
Richard Bokes may have married 3 or 4
or 5 times. But there was probably more than 1 Richard, i.e. father
and son? Richard had the following children:
was most probably born before 1581. He
married Sara Hills on 31 October 1606 in Barcombe.
The entry in the marriage register notes that he was the son of Richard.
He was buried on 28 October 1618 in Barcombe and she on 25 November 1625,
also in Barcombe. It was noted in the burial register that she was the
widow of Walter Boox. Sarah left a
will dated 8 December 1624.
Walter and Sarah
had the following children:
Boxe was baptised on 14 July 1607 in Barcombe.
Boaxe was baptised on 27 or 28 May 1609 in Barcombe. She
or her elder sister may have been buried as Annis Box
on 8 December 1628 in Barcombe. The burial register noted that she
was the daughter of Walter Boox.
Boxe was baptised on 3 February 1610/11 in Barcombe and buried
there on 4 December 1624. The burial register noted that he was
the son of Walter Boox.
Bokes was baptised on 7 September 1581 in Barcombe.
Bookes was buried on 29 April 1586 in Barcombe. It was
noted in the burial register that he had drowned and was the son of
He may have married
Joan Ward on 26 January 1585/6 in Rye, and then Constance
who was buried on 4 March 1592/3 in Barcombe. They (Richard and
Joan/Constance) may have had the following children:
Johnathan Bookes was baptised on 1 May 1586 in Barcombe and buried there
on 23 September 1592. The burial register noted that he was the
son of Richard Bookes at the Crosse.
Joane Bookes was baptised on 12 May 1588 in Barcombe.
Thomas Bookes was baptised on 4
June 1592 in Barcombe, and the parish register noted that his father was
from "at the Crosse". Thomas may have married Agnes Venner
on 22 May 1620 in Barcombe. But there was also a
baptised on 15 or 16 May 1596 in Barcombe, the son of
Richard may then
have married [blank] on 4 Febraury 1600/1 in Barcombe, at which time he was
said to be of "at the Crosse". He may then have married as
Richard Bokes of Barkham to Ann Walter widow of
Billingshurst. Their marriage licence was issued on 13 June 1607 by
the Archdeaconry of Lewes. Surety for the licence was provided by
Richard himself and William Garland of Lewes. (Might
William have been the one accused of murder in 1585, see further above?
A marriage licence was issued to William Garelande and
Winifred Austen, widow on 17 April 1593. Surety was
provided by William himself and John Edwards a yeoman of
wife of Richard Boxe senior was buried on 2 June 1606 in
Barcombe. (Might Richard have married Parnel in 1601?)
senior have been the son of Robert and perhaps born in the 1550's? And
might he have died after 1606, as per the 1606 burial entry of Parnel?
And might he have had a son Richard born before the commencement of the
Barcombe registers in 1581, hence being called Richard senior?
Bokes was buried on 9 April 1583 in Barcombe. The burial
register noted that he was a clarke.