Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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Nicholas CATT (c1585-?)

and Joan ILGATE (?-1632)


Nicholas Catt and Joan Ilgate married by licence on 23 September 1609 in Rotherfield, Sussex.  Their marriage licence was issued on 21 September 1609 by the Archdeaconry of Lewes which recorded that he was a husbandman of Rotherfield and she a spinster of Selscombe (Sedlescombe?).  He or another Nicholas Catt married Ann Freeman on 21 September 1607 in Ewhurst, Sussex.  He was then of Hawkhurst, Kent, whilst Ann was of Ewhurst.  Yet another Nicholas Catt married Ann Hyam on 17 July 1615 in Westfield, Sussex. 

Nicholas Catt's date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me.  It is unlikey he was baptised on 27 September 1579 in Rotherfield, Sussex, the son of Nicholas Catt (1545-1598) and Christobel Allchorne (1552-?), as Nicholas senior left a will and did not mention his son Nicholas.  Might he have been the son of Nicholas Catt and Margaret Gye (?-1611) who had married in 1577 in East Hoathly.  (Margaret was buried in Ticehurst on 28 May 1611 - thanks to Lesley McHale for this date.)

Joan Ilgate's date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me.  She was probably buried on 24 September 1632 in Ticehurst, as the wife of Nicholas Catt - thanks to Lesley McHale for passing on the date.

On 20 July 1636, a Nicholas Catt was in occupation of lands in Ticehurst.


Nicholas Catt and Joan Ilgate may have had the following children:

  1. John Catte was baptised on 30 May 1619 in Ticehurst, Sussex.  Might he have been buried as John Kytt on 9 January 1638 in Ticehurst?

  2. Elizabeth Catt was baptised on 5 August 1621 in Ticehurst.  She married Laurence Wood in 1641 and they may have been my 9x Great Grandparents.  (They have their own page.)


A Nicholas Catt of Mountfield left a will in 1659, in which he mentioned his daughter Elizabeth Peckham, therefore, he was not the father of the Elizabeth married to Laurence Wood, as they had children born in 1655 and 1660.


Elizabeth daughter of Nicholas Catt was buried on 7 September 1609 in Ticehurst - thanks to Lesley McHale for finding this piece of the puzzle.


CATT          ILGATE

This page was reviewed on 9 April 2012