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William BOXE (1647-1718)

and Susanna (c1655-1705)


William Box and Susanna were my 7x Great Grandparents.  (Click here to see their place in my pedigree chart.)  They married by licence on 10 May 1681 at St. Anne's parish church in Lewes, Sussex, as William Vaux and Susan Vinall.  Their marriage licence was issued on the same day by the Archdeaconry of Lewes.  He was of Ardingly and she of West Hoathly, as per the marriage register, but their marriage licence notes they were both of Ardingly.  Both the licence and entry in the marriage register recorded his name as William Vaux.  William and Susan were the only couple to have married at St. Anne's that day, but 4 days later another Ardingly groom married an East Hoathly bride.  William had previously married Mary Vynall or Vennall, on 17 June 1679 in Ardingly, Sussex.

William Boxe was baptised on 1 January 1647/8 in Barcombe, Sussex.  He was the son of 5 325 George Boxe (1615-1648) and 5 325 Jane Longley (1621-?).  He was buried on 10 July 1718 in Ardingly, making him about 70 years old when he died.  However, there was also a William Boakes baptised on 10 December 1643 in Barcombe, the son of Edward Boxe (1608-?) and possibly Agnes Venner.

Mary Vynallís date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me.  She was buried on 17 February 1679/80, Ardingly.  There were no known children from this marriage, although I wonder if she may have died in childbirth.  Might she have been the daughter of of Thomas Vennoll and Jane, or maybe John Vinnoll and Joan, or even Henry Vennoll and Mary, or some other couple?

Susannaís date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me.  She was buried on 12 February 1704/5 in Ardingly.  I would guess that she was born sometime between about 1652 and 1664, possibly closer to 1652 given that her last known child was baptised in 1697.  Might she have been a widow when she married William?  A Susan(na) Payne married John Vinall/Vennol on 4 or 6 April 1678 in West Hoathly, at which time she was of East Grinstead.  (Vinall and Vennol seem to have been interchangeable at that time.)  John may have been buried on 21 October 1680 in West Hoathly.  Might he have been the brother of William's first wife Mary?  Susanna Payne may have been baptised on 5 April 1654 in East Grinstead, the daughter of Thomas Paine and Joan, or on 21 July 1657 also in East Grinstead, the daughter of Robert Paine and Lydia.


William Box and Susanna had 9 known children:

  1. William Box was baptised on 5 May 1682 in Ardingly and buried there on 15 May 1683.

  2. William Box was baptised on 9 September 1683 in Ardingly.

    William married Sarah Parks on 9 November 1707 in West Hoathly, Sussex.

    Sarah was buried on 23 February 1726/7 in Ardingly.  I donít know if there were any children from this marriage.

  3. Jane Box was baptised on 12 March 1684/5 in Ardingly.

    Jane may have married Thomas Heeth on 12 April 1716 in Cuckfield, Sussex.

  4. George Box, my 6x Great Grandfather, was baptised on 18 March 1686/7 in Ardingly.  He married Anne Comber in 1715.  (They have their own page.)

  5. Susanna Box was baptised on 17 November 1688 in Ardingly.  (I have no further data on Susanna.)

  6. Thomas Box was baptised on 24 October 1690 in Ardingly.  He may have married 3 times, firstly to Elizabeth Pilbeam in 1711, then Mary Faulkner in 1716 and finally Anne Burgess in 1733.  (They have their own page.)

  7. Richard Box was baptised on 16 September 1692 in Ardingly.  He may have been buried on 3 July 1782 in Newick.

    Richard may have married Ann Pierce on 5 January 1718/9 in Lindfield, Sussex.

    Ann may have been baptised on 9 August 1696 in Fletching and have been the daughter of Stephen Pierce and Jane Turner, or on 7 September 1697 in Newick the daughter of John Pierce and  Ann.  Might she have been buried as Mary Box on 24 January 1780 in Newick?

    Richard and Ann had 4 known children:

    1. John Box was baptised on 18 October 1720 in Newick.  He may have been buried on 28 January 1795 in Newick.

    2. Anne Box was baptised on 15 September 1723 in Newick.

      Anne may have married George Morphew by banns on 9 December 1768 in Newick.  She was then a spinster of Newick and he a widower of Fletching.  The witnesses to their marriage were Richard Peirse and Edmund Denman.  George had previously married Hannah Boots on 10 June 1732 in Fletching.

    3. Richard Box was baptised on 30 July 1727 in Newick.  A Richard Box was buried on 30 April 1731 in Newick.  Only his name was recorded in the burial register.

    4. Elizabeth Box was baptised on 23 May 1634 in Newick.  An Elizabeth Box was buried on 3 October 1768 in Newick.

  8. John Box was baptised on 22 February 1693/4 in Ardingly and buried there on 30 August 1698.

  9. Mary Box was born on 4 July 1697 and baptised on 6 August 1697 in Ardingly.  She was buried on 8 September 1698 in Ardingly.


Many thanks to Helen Green for additions to this page.

BOX          VINALL

This page was updated on 4 July 2012