Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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John BYSSHE (c1553-1626)

and Mercy BYSSHE (c1556-1615)

and Dorothy ASHTON (?-?)


John Bysshe and Mercy Bysshe were my 12x Great Grandparents.  They may have married before 1583.  After Mercy's death John married Dorothy Ashton on 27 April 1617 in Worth, Sussex.

John Bysshe was the son of Sir John Bysshe (c1525-1584) and Mercy Gylmin.

Mercy Bysshe was the daughter John Bysshe (c1520-1568) and Mary Courthope.

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


John Bysshe and Mercy Bysshe had 10 known children:

  1. Ursula Bishe was baptised on 15 November 1583 in Worth.

  2. Bridget Bishe was baptised on 15 November 1583 in Worth and buried there on 24 November 1583.

  3. John Byshe was baptised on 24 May 1585 in Worth.

  4. Mercy Byshe was baptised on 14 October 1586 in Horley, Surrey.  She married Henry Valentyne on 6 May 1604 in Worth.  Her cousin also named Mercy Bishe born in 1585, married Henry Packham in 1620.

  5. William Bysshe was born about 1587 in Worth.  He died on 24 April 1638.

    William married twice.  Firstly to Margaret James sometime before or about 1618.

    Margaret was baptised on 27 June 1596 and died in about 1625.  She was the daughter of Roger James (1565-1596) and Sarah Smith.

    William and Margaret had 6 known children:

    1. Margeret Bish was baptised on 3 September 1618 in Worth.

    2. Sarah Bish was baptised on 28 February 1619/20 in Worth.

    3. Ursula Bish was baptised on 12 April 1621 in Worth.  She married Richard Thompson in June 1641.

    4. Roger Bish was baptised on 7 June 1622 in Worth.  He married twice.  Firstly to Ann Jermyn and then to Ellen Parr on 6 January 1662/3 in Camberwell, London.  Roger and Ellen had 1 known daughter:

      1. Helen Bysshe was born in 1667 and died in 1742.  She married John Shelley.

    5. Anthonie Bish was baptised on 20 July 1623 in Worth.

    6. Katherine Bish was baptised on 19 November 1624 in Worth.

    William next married Joan Sharrow sometime before or about 1631.  They had 1 known son:

    1. John Bysshe was baptised on 26 October 1631.

  6. Katherine Byshe was baptised on 6 October 1591 in Worth.

  7. Margaret Byshe was baptised on 22 April 1593 in Worth.

  8. Jane Bysshe was baptised on 19 March 1594/5 in Worth.

  9. Richard Byshe was baptised on 14 May 1597 in Worth.

  10. Hester Byshe, my 11x Great Grandmother, was baptised on 2 September 1598 in Worth.  She married Edward Alfrey in about 1619.  (They have their own page.)


Many thanks to Brian Richardson for additions to this page.


This page was reviewed on 9 April 2012