Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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Sir John BYSSHE (c1525-1584)

and Mercy GYLMIN (c1530-bef 1559)

and Catherine (c1530-?)


Sir John Bysshe and Mercy Gylmin were my 13x Great Grandparents.  They may have married in about 1550.  After Mercy's death John married Catherine sometime before or about 1559.

John Bysshe was the son of Robert Bysshe and ? Bostock.  John was of Fen Place in Worth.  He may have died between 1582 and 1584.

Mercy Gylmin was the daughter and heir of Thomas Gylmin of Burstow in Surrey.

Catherine's date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me.


Sir John Bysshe and Mercy Gylmin had 2 known children:

  1. 5 89 Ann Bysshe married Thomas Bysshe of Smallfield.  He was the son of John Bysshe and Mary Courthope.

  2. John Bysshe, my 12x Great Grandfather, may have been born about 1553.  He married twice, firstly to Mercy Bysshe and then to Dorothy Ashton.  (They have their own page.)


Sir John Bysshe and Catherine had 2 known children:

  1. William Bysshe was baptised on 30 April 1559 in Worth and buried there on 23 May 1571.

  2. Matthew Bysshe was baptised on 21 April 1563 in Worth.  He died in 1626.

    As Matthew Bisshe he married Joan Deane on 9 September 1582 at All Hallows in Bread Street, London.

    Matthew and Joan had 7 known children:

    1. Mercye Bishe was baptised on 26 September 1585 in Worth.

      She married Henry Packham in 1620.  Mercy was mentioned in her father's will of 1626.  Her cousin also named, Mercy Byshe was born in 1586 and she married Henry Valentyne in 1604.

    2. Mathewe Byshe was baptised on 24 December 1587 in Worth and buried there on 26 December 1587.

    3. Edward Bisshe was baptised on 31 August 1589 in Worth.

    4. Mathewe Byshe was baptised on 13 June 1591 in Worth.

    5. James Byshe was baptised on 26 September 1593 in Worth.

    6. Katherin Byshe was baptised on 14 March 1595/6 in Worth.

    7. Katherin Bish was baptised on 25 December 1600 in Worth. 


Many thanks to Brian Richardson for additions to this page.


This page was reviewed on 9 April 2012