and Mary PITFIELD (c1630-?)
were my 9x Great Grandparents. (Click
to see their place in my pedigree chart.)
may have been baptised on 12 October 1623 in Shroton,
Dorset, the son of Rev.
(c1590-1635), but there is some doubt about this. He was buried on 13 November 1667 at the parish church
of St. Mary's in Westham, Sussex. He was
Captain of the Band and Jurate of the Corporation. George left a
will dated 14 October 1667, which was proved in 1668.
may have been the daughter of
Robert Pitfield (?-1657) and Mary Pinson
(?-1666). A marriage licence was issued to them on 31 January 1624/5,
when they were both of Mountfied, Sussex. (Robert Petfield
was a husbandman and Mary was the daughter of Matthew Pinson
a miller of Herstmonceaux.) Robert left a will in
which he mentioned his granddaughters, Marie, Elizabeth and Anne the 3
daughters of his son-in-law George Eastmond, a woollen
draper and citizen of London. (See
Pitfield family history.)
death, Mary may have married Edward Miller on 22 October 1674 in Westham.
He was the a Bailiff of Pevensey and she was of Westham. (Why do I
think the mother rather than the daughter married Edward? Need to
check the original registers. The daughter may have been about 20/21
in 1674.) Mary was named
as the sole executrix of her first husband's will.
A document dated 23 June 1665 (ref. AMS6610/24/2) recorded that
George Estmond, esq. was in occupation of a messuage, barn and 34
acres of land, late Alwarkes at Hankham Street in Westham in the liberty of
Pevensey, and 56 acres of marshland also in Westham.
If Robert Pitfield died in 1657, did George and Mary
move from London to Westham to take over his property? As George and
Mary had 3 daughters by 1657, might they have married in about 1653?
If George was born in Dorset, how did be become a citizen and linen draper
of London? Did he serve an apprenticeship? The next problem is
that Robert Pitfield was said to have descended from the
Dorset Pitfields, but how did he become a husbandman of Mountfield, Sussex?
Also, in George's 1667 will he mentioned his cousin Robert Hayes.
How and where does he connect? Father or mother's side?
George Estmond and Mary
Pitfield had 5 known children:
Mary Estmond was mentioned in her father's 1667 will at which time
she was under 21 years old. By her father's will she was to receive
a legacy of £200 on the day of her marriage or her 21st birthday, which
ever happened first.
was born before 1657. She was buried on
19 May 1659 in Westham.
was born before 1657. She was buried on 3 April
1658 in Westham.
Estmond, my 8x Great
Grandmother, was baptised 11 December 1660 in Westham. She married
in 1681. (They have their own
was baptised on 20 October 1661 in
Westham and buried there on 11 March 1661/2.
was born sometime between 1662 and
On 20th June 2008 I helped to arrange flowers for a wedding reception in a
barn at Peelings Manor in Hankham Street. For the moment I don't know
anything about the history of Peelings Manor, nor do I know if it was close
to the property George Estmond was said to have occupied in
On 8th July 2008 I took part in a flower festival at St. Mary's in Westham,
which was open from Wednesday 9th July to Saturday 12th July. All the
arrangements were done by students following City and Guilds Floristry
courses run by the Sussex Downs College in Eastbourne and Lewes, and by a
few students from Redhill, Surrey. My title was the Second Day of
Creation: water separated from the sky.
This page was reviewed on 10 April 2012