Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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John BYSSHE (c1440-1494)

and Joan la ZOUCHE (c1440-bef 1494)


John Bysshe and Joan la Zouche were my 16x Great Grandparents.

John Bysshe was the son of Sir William Bysshe and Elizabeth Wokingdon.  William Berry's Sussex Pedigrees records that he was born in "38 Hen VI", which was 1459/60, but he must have been born long before then, as his wife was thought to have been born in the 1430's.  John left a will dated 26 August 1494 and proved in London on 16 October 1494.  He then described himself as John Byssh the elder of Burstow, gent and said he was "hoole of mynde and in my goode memory".  He mentioned his six children in his will, but not his wife, and appointed his sons John and William as his executors, who I would think were at least 21 in 1494.  The witnesses to his will were John Mowbrey, clerk, and Thomas Warwyk(?).

Joan la Zouche was the daughter and heir of Sir Oliver la Zouche and Isabella.  She may have been born between 1430 and 1450.  Her father was thought to have been born about 1406 and was alive in 1455.


John Bysshe and Joan la Zouche had 6 known children:

  1. 5 89 John Bysshe, my 15x Great Grandfather, may have been born before 1473.  He married Joan Redingers.  (They have their own page.)

  2. William Bysshe, my 15x Great Grandfather, may have been born before 1473.  He married ? Slifield.  (They have their own page.)

  3. Robard Bysshe

  4. Rofe Bysshe

  5. Anne Bysshe

  6. Augustyne Bysshe


Many thanks to the Hurst History Study Group for a transcript of John's 1494 will.


This page was reviewed on 9 April 2012