Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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Nicholas CATT (c1590-?)

and Ann HIGHAM (c1595-?)

 

Nicholas Catt and Ann Hyam married on 17 July 1615 in Westfield, Sussex.  Her surname was recorded as Hyam in the Sussex Family History Group's marriage index and Hyde in the IGI.  They may have been my 10x Great Grandparents.  Another Nicholas Catt married Ann Freeman on 21 September 1607 in Ewhurst, Sussex.  He was then of Hawkhurst, Kent, whilst Ann was of Ewhurst.

Nicholas Catt's date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me.  It has been suggested he was baptised on 27 September 1579 in Rotherfield, Sussex, the son of Nicholas Catt (1545-1598) and Christobel Allchorne (1552-?).  But I believe that Nicholas remained in Rotherfield and married Joan Ilgate there by licence on 23 September 1609, unless Joan died and Nicholas remarried.

Ann Higham's date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me.  Might she have been the daughter of Stephen Hiham and Alice Gillit who married in Ticehurst in 1590 or William Heygham and Margaret Pankerst who married in 1583, also in Ticehurst?  An Anne Hygham was baptised on 3 February 1598/9 in Iden, Sussex, the daughter of Robert Higham and Elizabeth, but she probably married in Iden in 1626.

I am speculating that Westfield Nicholas moved to Ticehurst between 1617 and 1619.  On 20 July 1636, a Nicholas Catt was in occupation of lands in Ticehurst.  Is it possible that Ann was from Ticehurst and perhaps inherited property there, and hence the family moving to Ticehurst?

 

Nicholas Catt and Ann Higham may have had the following children:

  1. John Catt was baptised on 27 September 1613 in Westfield, Sussex.  (Was he the son of a first marriage?)

  2. Nicholas Catt was born on 30 October 1615 in Westfield.

  3. Anne Catt was born on 4 February 1616/7 and baptised on 2 April 1617 in Westfield.

  4. John Catte was baptised on 30 May 1619 in Ticehurst, Sussex.

  5. 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.)

 

The National burial index records the following Westfield burials:

Anne Catt on 5 April 1617

 

Stephen Higham and Johan had the following children:

  1. John Higham was baptised on 21 April 1560 in Ticehurst.  He was the father of:

    1. Jane Highame was baptised on 30 March 1589 in Ticehurst.

  2. Margaret Hygham was baptised on 27 December 1561 in Ticehurst.

  3. Peter Higham was baptised on 22 August 1563 in Ticehurst.  As Peter Heyman he may have left a will dated 14 September 1621.  He married Dorothy Ornall on 25 June 1593 in Burwash.  They may have been the parents of:

    1. John Highame was baptised on 30 March 1594 in Ticehurst.  He may have married Martha Bunce on 28 Juen 1619 in Burwash.

    2. Jone Higham was baptised on 8 February 1596 in Ticehurst.  She may have married William Gilles on 16 April 1620 in Battle.

    3. Dorate Higham was baptised on 2 December 1598 in Ticehurst.  She may have married John Hunnt on 16 April 1620 in Battle.

    4. Thomas Higham was baptised on 29 July 1607 in Ticehurst.

A Stephen Higham, labourer of Ticehust, left a will dated 28 March 1605 or 11 February (ref 127-66).

 

Edward Higham was the father of:

  1. Martha Highame was baptised on 18 January 1588 in Ticehurst.

  2. Edmunde Highome was baptised on 7 October 1593 in Ticehurst.

 

Stephen Higham married Alice Gellit on 17 June 1590 in Ticehurst.  They may have been the parents of:

  1. Jone Higham was baptised on 28 March 1596 in Ticehurst.

 

William Higham married Margaret Pankerst on 2 November 1583 in Ticehurst.  They may have been the parents of:

  1. Grace Higham was baptised on 1 May 1586 in Ticehurst.

  2. Robert Highame was baptised on 14 January 1588 in Ticehurst.

 

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