Ancestors of Mandy Willard
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and Elizabeth OCKENDEN (c1550-1580)
and Eleanor (?-?)
John Cowper first married Elizabeth Ockenden on 16 October
1575 in Cowfold, Sussex.
John Cowper may have been born in Sompting, Sussex. His will was dated 4
March/May 1600, in which he mentioned his wife Eleanor, son Okenden
Cowper and executor and cousin Thomas Streadwicke. His will
was proved on 9 May 1601 and he was then described as a yeoman of Cowfold
(ref PCC 37 Woodhall). His
burial was not recorded in the Cowfold registers.
Elizabeth Ockenden was named in her father
John Ockenden's will of 1586/7, although she was buried on 22 December
1580 in Cowfold as Elizabeth Coper.
Eleanor's date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me.
Might she have been the daughter of John Ownsteed?
John Cowper and Elizabeth
Ockenden had 3 known children:
Okenden Cooper was baptised on 21 April 1577 in Cowfold. He
died in New Shoreham and was buried on 26 May 1641 in Cowfold. By
1598 he held Gratwicke in Cowfold, which together with Woldringfold he
settled on his son-in-law, John London. He was named
in his grandfather John Ownsted's Will of 1608. He had the lease of Ludford in Cowfold and reversion to premises in
Cowfold, Shermanbury and West Grinstead. The Cowfold burial register
records that on 5 October 1611, Steeven Bull servant to Ockenden
Cooper was buried. Ockenden was also mentioned in the 1613 Will
of Lawrence Stannynough. In 1622 he was a Churchwarden of Cowfold. On 23 August 1624 his wife Joane was
buried. She was also mentioned in the 1608 Will of John Ownstead.
Ockenden and Joane 1 known daughter:
Elizabeth Cooper was baptised on 25 October 1607 in Cowfold.
She was buried on 12 July 1636 in Cowfold. As Elizabeth
Cowper she married John London on 22 September 1625 in
Cowfold and the marriage register records that she was the daughter of
Okenden Cowper. John together with John Gratwick
were Churchwardens of Cowfold in 1629. He was a Cowfold
Churchwarden again in 1651, along with William Willet.
Mr. John London was buried on 24 February 1651/2 in Cowfold.
His Will was proved on 7 July 1652, at which time he was described as a
Gentleman of Cowfold.
John and Elizabeth had 5 known children:
Okenden London was baptised on 1 October 1626 in Cowfold and
buried there on 8 April 1631.
John London was baptised on 24 February 1627/8 in Cowfold.
He married Mary Lintott in about 1646/7. In 1664 he had a
house with 8 hearths and this may have been Gratwicke, inherited from
his father. By 1682 Gratwicke, and other Cowfold estates, was in
the hands of Sir John Fagg. The following is an extract
from the A2A web site:
... Grant of annuity,
by lease for 60 years, or the life of the grantor, from John London,
snr., of Cowfold, gent., to William Freeman of Cowfold, gent.,
Thomas Gratwick of Shermanbury, gent., John Roberts of
Cowfold, gent., and Richard Gratwick of [illegible], yeo. -
- date: 1646
Recites that a marriage is intended between
John London, jnr., and Mary, dau. of Henry Lintott
of Cowfold, mercer, and that the above lessees are to grant annuities
of £60 to Timothy Cowper and £20 to John London, snr.,
out of the said properties.
Thomas London was baptised on 1 November 1629 in Cowfold.
Joane London was baptised on 14 March 1631/2 in Cowfold.
Elizabeth London was baptised on 3 March 1635/6 in Cowfold.
Elizabeth was a witness to the marriage of James Ilman of
Slaugham and Dorothy Heaver on 9 February 1653 in Cowfold, at
which time she was also of Cowfold.
John's first wife would seem to have been Joan daughter of John
Cowper, as the following extract from the A2A database shows:
... Deed to declare the
uses of no. WISTON/854, between (a) John Cowper of Cowfold, gent.,
and Okenden, his son and heir apparent, and (b) William Comber
of Shermanbury, gent., and John Ownsted of Oxted, co. Surrey, gent.
- ref. WISTON/855
- date: 28 June
property is to be to the use of the said Okenden Cowper, in
consideration of his intended marriage with Joan, dau. of John
Cowper of Sompting, gent., dec'd.
As a Widower, Okenden Cowper married Timothye Betcheley a
Widow, on 24 October 1625 in Cowfold. Timothy Cooper of
Slaugham in Sussex, widow, left a Will dated 17 June 1646, from which the
following has been extracted:
... to be buried in Slaugham church near my first husband Richard
Batchelley; to my cousin John Lintot the son of my brother
John Lintot of Horsham all my lands etc in Slaugham; to John Boult,
clerk, Minister of Slaugham and Mary Boult his wife; to Mrs
Butcher; residue to the children of John Lintot my brother in
law of Horsham and to all the children of John Lambert my brother
in law of Banstead, to be equally divided amongst them; executors my
brother in law John Lintot of Horsham and John Lintot his
Timothy's Will was proved in 1658 to John Lintot the
Ann Cowper may have been a daughter of John and Elizabeth, in which
case she was born before 1580. Her baptism does not seem to have
been recorded in the Cowfold registers. She was mentioned in the
1608 Will of her Grandfather John Ownstead. Ann married
Richard Duke before 1608. Richard was also mentioned in the 1613
Will of Lawrence Stannynough.
Jhone Cowper (a daughter) was baptised on 10 December 1580 in
Cowfold. She was mentioned in her Grandfather's 1608 Will. As
Jane Cowper she married Lawrence Staninought on 26 June 1600
in St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury in London. Lawrence and Jane
had 4 or 5 known children:
A child born after 2 March 1613.
Lawrence was born in Oxted, Surrey and died there in 1614.
His Will was dated 2 March 1613, from which the following has been
... to my wife £300; to my daughter Susan £150; to my son Danyel
£100; to my son James £150; to my son William £150; to the
child my wife bears? £100; all when 21; then half to James Stannynough
and Margaret Stannynough, children of my brother William
Stannynough; the other half to my brother Thomas Stannynough
and the children of my brother Peter Stannynough, Lawrence,
Ellen and Mary; to my cousin Mr Alderman Prescott and
to my cousin Martha his wife; to my aunt Pemberton my uncle
John his wife; to my brother Walton and to my sister his
wife; to Mr Robert Brighte and his wife and their children; to
Joseph Seddon; to my brother Duke; to my brother Cooper
and my sister Cooper and Elizabeth their daughter; to my
cousin John Pierce?; to Mr John Bristie?; to my friend Sir?
Thomas Holmes? and his good Lady; to my godchildren; to the poor of
Oxted; to the poor of Sompting?; my brother in law Ockenden Cooper
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Brian Mayes for additions to this page.
This page was reviewed on 9 April 2012