Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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John DOFFELL (c1640-1705)

and Joan ASHDOWN (1645-1697)


John Duffell and Joan Ashdoun were my 9x Great Grandparents.  (Click here to see their place in my pedigree chart.)  They married on 16 October 1666 at the parish church of St. Margaret's in Isfield, Sussex.  They were both then described as being of Isfield. 5 363

John Duffell’s date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me.  He may have been baptised on 27 July 1645 in Worth as the son of George Duffield (1620-?) and Mary, but, there were also Duffield’s in Brighton.  John was probably buried on 9 November 1705 in Isfield, but the register just records a name and no further details.  I have not found a will for John. 5 223

Joan Ashdown was baptised on 9 November 1645 in Rotherfield, Sussex.  She was the daughter of Robert Ashdowne of Greenhedges.  She was buried on 7 May 1697 in Isfield and the entry in the burial register records that “Joan wife of John Doefield was buried”.

Although John and Jane were married and buried in Isfield, neither seem to have been baptised there.


John Duffell and Joan Ashdown had 3 known children:

  1. George Douffall, my 8x Great Grandfather, was baptised on 12 March 1666/7 in Isfield.  He married 5 307 Jane Whitney on 12 Febuary 1693/4 at St. Thomas, Lewes, Sussex.  (They have their own page.)

  2. Jane Doffelld was baptised on 13 December 1668 in Isfield.  Jane married William Whitney on 30 December 1694 in Little Horsted.  They married by licence which was issued on 29 December 1694 by the Archdeaconry of Lewes.  The licence noted that he was from Lewes and she a spinster of West Firle.  (William's sister married Jane's brother.)

  3. Mary Doffell was baptised on 3 January 1674/5 in Isfield.  She married William Hartfield on 19 June 1697 in Framfield, Sussex.


Isfield is a non-IGI’d parish as are the surrounding parishes of Little Horsted and Uckfield where I have yet to look for any Duffield events.  I also need to check Maresfield, Newick, Chailey and Lindfield.


Thomas Douffoull and Alice had the following child:

  1. Mary Douffoull was baptised on 3 May 1640 in Isfield.


John Duffield and Elizabeth Simons married on 17 May 1624 in Worth, Sussex.  Their marriage licence was issued on 11 May 1624 by the Archdeaconry of Lewes, which noted that he was a hammerman and she a spinster, and they were both from Worth.


John Duffield and Joan Picknoll married in 1638.  A marriage licence was issued by the Archdeaconry of Lewes on 27 March 1638, which noted that John was a forgeman from Mayfield and Joan was a widow from Brightling.

John Duffiell had the following children:

  1. John Duffeylde was baptised on 21 February 1640/1/2 in Horsted Keynes.

  2. Joane Duffiell was baptised on 17 March 1643/4 in Fletching.  She may have been buried on 25 September 1650 in Crowhurst.  The burial register noted that she was the daughter of John Duffield.

  3. Elizabeth Duffeild was baptised on 10 January 1746/7 in Fletching.  She may have married Stephen Reeve on 1 December 1670 in Ore, Sussex.

John Duffell was buried on 6 August 1656 in Crowhurst.

John Duffell was buried on 28 July 1658 in Crowhurst.

Joan Duffell married Richard Edwards on 13 August 1668 in Crowhurst.


Joan's father was Robert, but which Robert and who was her mother?

Robert Ashdowne and Eleanor Hider married on 25 September 1627 at St. Thomas, Cliffe, Lewes.

Robert Ashdown and Mary Burges married on 28 June 1640 in Rotherfield.

Robert Ashdowne was buried on 16 July 1646 in Rotherfield.

Robert Ashdowne was buried on 3 January 1653 in Rotherfield.

Robert Ashdowne was buried on 24 Noovember 1661 in Rotherfield.

Robert had the following children:

  1. Mary Ashdowne was baptised on 1 August 1641 in Rotherfield.

  2. Elizabeth Ashdowne was baptised on 1 May 1642 in Rotherfield.

  3. Anne Ashdowne was baptised on 13 November 1642 in Rotherfield.

  4. Andrew Ashdowne was baptised on 3 November 1644 in Rotherfield.

  5. Joan Ashdowne was baptised on 9 November 1645 in Rotherfield.  Her father was then from Greenhedges.

  6. Mary Ashdowne was baptised on 14 March 1646/7 in Rotherfield.

  7. Mary Ashdowne was baptised on 6 May 1649 in Rotherfield.  Her father was then of Dengate.

  8. John Ashdowne was baptised on 30 December 1649 in Rotherfield.  His father was then from Crowborough.

  9. Robert Ashdowne was born on 29 March 1654 and his birth was recorded in the Rotherfield baptism register.



This page was updated on 18 May 2012