Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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John FINCH (1616-1673)

and Marie BISHOP (?-1670)


John Finch and Marie Bishop were my 9x Great Grandparents.  (Click here to see their place in my pedigree chart.)  They married on 1 November 1652 in Rusper, Sussex.

John Finch's date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me.  In 1653 the Rusper baptism register noted that he was of Horsham.  He may have been buried on 19 May 1673 in Horsham, Sussex.  The burial register noted he was a householder.

A John Fynche was baptised on 4 February 1615/16 in Crawley, the son of John Fynche.

Another John Finch was baptised on 28 July 1628 in Worth, Sussex, the son of John Finche and Katherine CheesemanFor sometime I considered this to be the most likely baptism for John married to Marie, but I now think the John baptised in Crawley in 1616 was more likely.  The reason being, that I think John also married in 1642.

A John Finch married Sarah Miles on 12 June 1642 in Rusper.

Sarah wife of John Finch died on 5 March and was buried on 6 March 1652 in Rusper.

Marie Bishopís date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me.  A Mary Finch, wife of John Finch, was buried on 12 July 1670 in Horsham.

In 1663, a John Finch took out an 11 year lease on the watermill and mill house called Hedgecourt Mill in Worth.  John was still the miller at Hedgecourt in March 1669 and in February 1672 he was referred to as a yeoman on Worth.  Question:  was the John in Rusper the same one who was baptised in Worth and then living there in the 1660's and 1670's?  (I don't think so.)

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John Finch and Mary Bishop had 2 known children:

  1. John Finch, my 8x Great Grandfather, was born on 5 October 1653 and baptised on 16 October 1653 in Rusper, Sussex.  The baptism register noted his father was from Horsham.  He married Sarah Richardson in 1681.  (They have their own page.)

  2. William Finch was born on 11 January 1655/6 and baptised on 20 January 1655/6 in Rusper.



John Finch was baptised on 20 July 1622 in Rustington, Sussex, the son of John Finch.

John Finch was baptised on 2 February 1628/9 in Buxted, Sussex, the son of William Finch.


William Fynche and Mary Lintot married on 28 December 1602 in Horsham.  He was from Worth.

Mary Fynche, wife of William, was buried on 5 March 1603 in Horsham.

William Finch and Elizabeth Homphray, widow married on 22 Janaury 1603/4 in Worth.

The wife of William Finch was buried on 26 January 1608 in Horsham.

William Finch was buried on 21 May 1616 in Horsham.  The burial register noted he was from the Forest.

Susan Finch a poor widow was buried on 20 December 1631 in Horsham.

Thomas Finch was buried on 26 April 1632 in Horsham.  The burial register noted he was a household brought from Sullington.


Thomas Finch and Bridgett Wrighte married on 4 February 1601/2 in Warnham, Sussex

Thomas Finch was buried on 18 October 1657 in Horsham.  The burial register noted he was a householder.

Bridget Finch, widow, was buried on 12 January 1640 in Horsham.

Thomas and Bridget had the following child:

  1. Mary Finch was baptised on 9 March 1605/6 in Horsham.

  2. Christabel Finch was baptised on 26 December 1608 in Horsham.  She may have married John Lutman on 4 November 1645 in Horsham.



This page was updated on 6 July 2012