Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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William FOWLE (1568-1634)

and Elizabeth PANKHURST (?-1606)

and Mary WHITTON (?-1612)

and Sybil GRAYE (?-1631)


William Fowl and Elizabeth Penkherst were my 11x Great Grandparents.  They married on 8 February 1590/1 in Mayfield, Sussex.  They were both then of Wadhurst. Sussex.  As William Fowle, gent he married for a second time to Mary Whitton on 13 January 1606/7 in Frant, Sussex.  She was then of Lamberhurst, Kent.  He then married for a third time to Sybil Graye by licence on 12 June 1614 in Frant.  Their marriage licence was issued by the Archdeaconry of Lewes on 27 May 1614 and recorded that William was of Frant and Sybil a widow of Horsted Keynes, Sussex.

William Fowle was baptised on 5 January 1567/8 in Frant.  He was the son Nicholas Fowle (c1522-1599) and Eleanor Isted.  He was buried on 30 April 1634 in Frant.  His will was proved in 1634.

Between 10 and 11pm on 6 July 1591, Nicholas Barham who together with William Fowle were assualted on the road at Frant, by Nicholas Frier a tailor of Mayfield and William Tolherst a yeoman of Withyham.  On that occasion, Nicholas was robbed of a cloak worth 40s., a hat worth 6s. and a purse containing 3s. in money. 

Elizabeth Pankhurst was the daughter of William Pankhurst of Mayfield and Elizabeth.  She died in 1606 and was buried in Frant.  Her mother was a widow by the time Elizabeth married William.

Mary Whitton died in 1612 and was buried in Frant.

Sybil Graye wa buried in Frant.  Her will was proved on 3 May 1631.


William Fowle and Elizabeth Pankhurst had 6 known children:

  1. Frances Fowle married John Maynard.

  2. Bridgett Fowle married James Cornewalle of Mordevyn (Marden?) in Kent.

  3. Anne Fowle married Abraham Edwards of Portslade, Sussex.

  4. Barbara Fowle was mentioned in her father's will as the wife of Thomas Clark.  Her father left her the properties known as Stumletts and Bysketts.  Thomas and Barbara had married by licence on 21 June 1632 at the parish church of All Saints in Lewes, Sussex.  Their marriage licence was issued the day before by the Archdeaconry of Lewes, which recorded that Barbara was a spinster and Thomas a mason and they were both of Frant.

  5. Helen Fowle, my 11x Great Grandmother, married David Barham in 1622.  (They have their own page.)

  6. William Fowle was baptised on 1 July 1604 and buried on 6 September 1658.  His will was proved in November 1658.  He was a gent of Riverhall.  William was mentioned in his father's will, by which he inherited Riverhall and a share of Nutley, which his father had acquired in 1610.

    William married Mary Bishop on 14 May 1632 in Frant.  She was the daughter of William Bishop of Sedlescombe.  Mary was buried on 4 April 1662 in Wadhurst.

    William and Mary had 4 known children:

    1. Nicholas Fowle was baptised on 27 May 1634 in Frant.  He died of small pox and was buried on 17 July 1710 in Wadhurst.  His son-in-law also died of small pox and was buried on the same day.  He was a gent of Riverhall.

      Nicholas married Elizabeth Barham on 2 August 1666 in Westham, Sussex.  She was the daughter of John Barham (1617-1648) of Shoesmiths in Wadhurst and Elizabeth Barham.  She was buried on 7 June 1684 in Wadhurst.

      Nicholas and Elizabeth had 5 known children:

      1. John Fowle was baptised on 2 November 1668.

      2. Elizabeth Fowle was baptised on 2 March 1669.  Did she marry John Callowe on 31 August 1693 in Wadhurst?

      3. Nicholas Fowle was baptised on 22 March 1670/1 in Wadhurst.  He inherited Riverhall.  One source says that he, rather than his father, died of small pox in 1710.  But another source says that he died before his father as he was described as deceased in his father's will.  He was probably buried on 22 April 1704 in Wadhurst and his will proved on 12 June 1711.

        Nicholas married Mary Haslen by licence on 14 August 1699.  She was the daughter of Henry Haslen.

        Did their son, Nicholas Fowle marry his cousin Elizabeth Barham by licence on 14 July 1726 in Ninfield, Sussex?  Elizabeth was the daughter of Nicholas Barham and Catherine Fowle.

      4. Catherine Fowle was baptised on 5 November 1673.  She married Nicholas Barham (1661-1710) on 1 January 1702 in Wadhurst.

      5. Ann Fowle was baptised on 8 November 1680.  She was of Riverhall.  Ann married Thomas Wykes.  After the death of her Uncle John Barham in 1724, a Bill of Complaint was filed in the Court of the Exchequer at Westminster by Thomas Wykes, against George Egles, Nicholas Fowle, Nicholas Barham and other defendants.

    2. William Fowle

    3. John Fowle

    4. Martha Fowle


FOWLE          GRAY          PANKHURST          WHITTON

This page was reviewed on 10 April 2012