Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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William FOWLE (c1500-1567)

and Margarett GODYNE (?-?)


Many thanks to William Green for additions and corrections to this page.  Please see his article in the Sussex Family History Group's journal of March 2012.


William Fowle and Margarett Godyne may have married in about 1521.  They may have been my 13x Great Grandparents.

William Fowle may have been the son of a William Fowle who may have died in the time of Henry VII, therefore, before 21 April 1509.  William junior may then have become the ward of Nicholas Fowle.  He was buried on 16 June 1567 in Rotherfield.  William left a will dated 6 September 1560.

William was a resident of Rotherfield by at least 1523 as in that year and the next he acted as Rector's Churchwarden.  William was a witness to wills made in Rotherfield in 1541 and 1546.  In 1547 he attended a vestry meeting in Rotherfield and on 29 April 1557 he attended a Rotherfield court "to obtain permission to let three swynes of Fright ferling for ten years from the previous Michaelmas to Thomas Russell, and one swyne of the same ferling, with two swynes of Lightland ferling in Frant".

Margarett Godyne was the daughter and sole heir of Richard Godyne of Rotherfield, Sussex.  She was mentioned in her husband's will.


William Fowle and Margarett Godive had the following children:

  1. Nicholas Fowle, my 12x Great Grandfather, married Eleanor Isted.  (They have their own page.)

  2. Elizabeth Fowle married Allexander Fermor of Walsh in Sussex in 1540.

    They had the following children:

    1. Silvester Fermor

    2. Bridget Fermor

    3. William Fermor

    4. Henry Fermor

    5. Nicholas Fermor

    6. Alexander Fermor

    7. Dorothy Fermor

  3. Amye Fowle married Nicholas Burges.

    They had the following children:

    1. William Burgess was mentioned in his Uncle Anthony Fowle's will of 1567.

    2. Alexander Burgess was born in 1548/9.

    3. Isaac Burgess was born in 1551/2.  He was mentioned in his Uncle Anthony Fowle's will of 1567.

    4. Anthony Burgess was born in 1554/5.

    5. Nicholas Burgess

  4. Barbara Fowle married John Stapley on 22 April 1561.  She was mentioned in her father's will, at which time she was unmarried.

  5. Anthony Fowle married Margergy Shurlock.  (They have their own page.)

  6. Dorothye Fowle was baptised on 6 November 1540 in Rotherfield.  She was mentioned in her father's will.



This page was reviewed on 10 April 2012