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Nicholas CATT (1545-1598)

and Christobel ALLCHORNE (1552-?)

 

Nicholas Catt and Christobel Allchorne married on 12 October 1578 at St. Denys in Rotherfield, Sussex.  Did he previously marry Margaret Gye on 1 July 1577 in East Hoathly, Sussex?  Unlikely, as she may have been buried on 28 May 1611 in Ticehurst, as the wife of Nicholas Catt - thanks to Lesley McHale for passing on Margaret's burial.

Nicholas Catt was baptised on 6 October 1545 in Rotherfield.  He was the son of George Catt (c1520-1590) and Eglantyne (c1520-1593).  He died in 1598 and left a will, in which he was described as Nicholas Catt, senior.  In his will he mentioned his children Mary, Thomas, George and William, wife Christabel, Anthony Hosmer his man, Robte Turner and Mary Man??ante.  He may have been named after an uncle, as a Nicholas Catt married Lettice Hosmer on 14 July 1549 in Rotherfield.  Nicholas most probably occupied Catts Farm in Rotherfield.

Christobel Allchorne was baptised on 21 February 1551/2 in Rotherfield.  She was the daughter of John Alchorne (c1510-1581) and Margery (c1515-1587).  She was appointed the sole executrix of her husband's will.  As Christabel Catte, widow of Rotherfield, she married Anthony Hosemer by licence dated 23 September 1598.  Her father left a will dated 9 January 1581 and proved on 21 February 1581, in which he left his daughter Christabel wife of Nicholas Catt 10.  She may have died between 1601 and 1621 - there is a gap in the Rotherfield burial register between those years.

Might Anthony Hosmer have been baptised in Rotherfield on 6 September 1570, the son of Davy Hosmer?  And, therefore, about 18/19 years younger than Christabel.  There was also a Christabel Hosemer baptised on 8 March 1550 in Rotherfield, the daughter of Nycolas Hosemer.  I wonder if there were any connections between the Alchorne and Hosmer families?

 

Nicholas Catt and Christobel Allchorne had 6 known children:

  1. Nicholas Catt was baptised on 27 September 1579 in Rotherfield.  He was not mentioned in his father's will, therefore, I assume he died young, but his father was described as senior in his 1598 will.  It had been thought he may have married Ann Freeman in 1607 in Rotherfield or perhaps Joan Ilgate in 1609 or Ann Hyam in 1615.

  2. Henry Catt was born about 1581 in Rotherfield.  He was not mentioned in his father's will.

  3. Mary Catt was baptised on 18 March 1582 in Rotherfield.  She was left a legacy of 40 by her father.

    Mary may have married John Marchante on 10 June 1605 in Rotherfield.  Mary, wife of John Marchant was buried on 18 February 1626 in Rotherfield.

    The Sussex Family History Group's transcript of the Rotherfield baptism registers ends with an entry in 1602 and restarts in 1619, therefore, some of John and Mary's children my have been baptised in this gap.  They may have had the following children:

    1. William Marchants was baptised on 1 August 1619 in Rotherfield.  Only his father's name was mentioned in the baptism register.

    2. Gilbert Marchants was baptised on 11 June 1620 in Rotherfield.  Only his father's name was mentioned in the baptism register.

    3. Thomas Marchante was baptised in 1 July 1621 in Rotherfield.  Only his father's name was mentioned in the baptism register.

    4. Nicholas Marchant was baptised on 11 January 1623/4 in Rotherfield.  Only his father's name was mentioned in the baptism register.

    Or, Mary may have married John Foord on 26 November 1616 in Ringmer, Sussex.  They were both then of Ringmer.

    John Foord and Mary Catt may have had the following children: 

    1. William Foord was baptised on 4 March 1620/1 in Ringmer.

    2. Edward Fourd was baptised on 28 December 1623 in Ringmer.  Only his father's name was mentioned in the baptism register.

    3. Nicholas Foord was baptised on 16 December 1625 in Ringmer and buried there on 18 December 1625.

    4. Robert Foord was baptised on 28 January 1626/7 in Ringmer.  He was buried on 3 February 1636 in Ringmer and the burial register noted he was the son of John (keeper) and Marie Ford.

    5. Thomas Ford was baptised on 14 December 1629 in Ringer.  The baptism register noted his father was the "Keeper of the Broyle".

    6. Richard Ford was baptised on 25 November 1632 in Ringmer.

    7. Nicholas Ford was baptised on 6 September 1635 in Ringmer.  The baptism register noted his father was a Keeper.  (If his mother was the Mary Catt born in 1582, she would have been about 53 when he was born, which I don't think would have been possible.)

    A John and Mary Foord also had the following children:

    1. Mary Foorde was baptised on 30 March 1606 in Ringmer and buried there in April 1606.

    2. Mary Foord was baptised on 1 March 1606/7 in Ringmer and buried there on 18 November 1616.

    3. John Foorde was baptised on 5 February 1608/9 in Ringmer.  As John Ford junior he may have married Mary Foster by licence on 14 February 1636/7 in Ringmer.  They were both of Ringmer.  Their South Malling Peculiar marriage licence was issued on 11 February 1636/7 and noted that John was a yeoman and Mary a spinster.  Another John Foord married Rose Reade by licence on 9 February 1634/5 in Ringmer.  They were also both of Ringmer.

    4. Ann Foorde was baptised on 10 November 1611 in Ringmer.

    5. Nicholas Foord was baptised on 30 April 1615 in Ringmer.

    Is is possible the same couple had children between 1606 and 1635, or were there 2 or more couples, if so, where did one family end and the other start.  There is a gap from 1615 to 1621.  As John and Mary married in 1616, did they have any children before their son in 1621 - perhaps in 1617 and 1619?

    In both the Marchant and Foord families, sons were named Nicholas.  This may have been after their mother's father, but in both families there were earlier Nicholases, so the sons may have been named after their father's kin.

    I think it more likely that the Mary Catt baptised in 1582 in Rotherfield, married in Rotherfield, but more evidence is needed to prove whether she married a Marchant or Foord.

  4. Thomas Catt was baptised on 6 June 1585 in Rotherfield.  He was left a 40 legacy by his father. 

    Thomas married Margery Chowne by licence dated 8 September 1608 in Rotherfield.  Their marriage licence was issued by the Archdeaconry of Lewes and recorded that Thomas was of Rotherfield and Margery a spinster of the same place.  Surety for the licence was provided by George Alchorne a husbandman of Rotherfield and Abraham Austin a tailor of Rotherfield.

  5. George Catt was baptised on 24 November 1588 in Rotherfield.  He was left a 40 legacy by his father. 

    George may have married Mary Hosmer on 17 June 1617 in Rotherfield.  Did he first marry Elizabeth King on 21 February 1611/1 in Withyham, Sussex?

  6. William Catt was baptised on 17 March 1593/4 in Rotherfield.  He was left a 10 legacy by his father.

 

Might the following be related:

  1. Eglatine Catt married Robert Hill on 22 June 1600 in Horsham, Sussex.  Robert was then of Pulborough, Sussex.  Might she have been the granddaughter of George Catt and Eglatine?  And might she have been baptised as Aglantine Catt on 15 June 1581 in Horsham, the daughter of Thomas Catt and Anne?

  2. Margaret Catt married John Taylor on 8 April 1611 in Rotherfield.

  3. John Catt married Ann Fathers on 22 November 1613 in Hartfield, Sussex.

  4. Silvestra Catt married John Lucke by licence dated 14 June 1614 and issued by the Archdeaconry of Lewes.  It recorded that she was a spinster of Rotherfield and he a yeoman of the same place.

 

 

A will was made on Jan 9 and proved on Feb 21, 1580/1, of a John Alchorne, a yeoman in good position. He had only daughters living and bequeathed to Julian (or Gillian) his eldest daughter, wife of Wm. Turner, 10; to Elizabeth his daughter, wife of Thomas Hooke, 20; to daughter Margery, wife of Wm. Benge, 10; to daughter "Christable", wife of Nicholas Catt, 10; and to Mary, 80. By his will of Realty he gave to Gillian his daughter, wife of Wm. Turner, the house and lands called Collmaches, bought of one Robert Paine, and a croft "called Acre in Retherfeld bounding the streete called Firre Street"; and to Joan his youngest daughter "wife of Isacke Alchorne all my house, edifice and lands called Alchorne situate in Retherfeld and Buxted."

John Alchorne and Margery had the following children:

  1. Julien Alchornne was baptised on 30 January 1540/1 in Rotherfield.  She married William Turner on 13 December 1563 in Rotherfield.

  2. Elizabeth Alcorn was baptised on 1 September 1543 in Rotherfield.  The baptism register noted she was the daughter of John Alcorn the younger.  She married Thomas Hooke on 10 November 1571 in Rotherfield.

  3. MargeryAlchorne was baptised on 24 March 1548/9 in Rotherfield.  The baptism register noted she was the daughter of John Alchorne the younger.  She married William Benge 28 November 1574 in Rotherfield.

  4. Christabel Alchorne was baptised on 21 February 1551/2 in Rotherfield.  She married Nicholas Catt.

  5. Mary Alchorne

  6. Joan Alchorne married Isaac Allchorne on 16 May 1580 in Rotherfield.

 

Many thanks to Bob Morris for additions to this page.

ALLCHORNE          CATT

This page was updated on 15 September 2014