Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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John GEALE (c1600-?)

and Sarah BROCKET (1609-?)


John Geale and Sarah Brocket were my 10x Great Grandparents.  (Click here to see their place in my pedigree chart.)  They married on 19 July 1632 at the parish church of Holy Trinity in Cuckfield, Sussex.

John Geale's date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me, but he may have been born at Inums in Cuckfield and he may have been the son of John Geil (c1570-1613) and Mercy Lonewell (c1575-1617).  On 22 June 1617, John Gealle, son of John Geale, a deceased labourer, was apprenticed to Anthony Mortten a husbandman of Cuckfield.  (A John Geale was baptised in nearby Wivelsfield on 23 March 1605, the son of John Geale, who may have married Margaret Scrase there in 1593.  This John may have married Ann Tree in Wivelsfield on 20 November 1637.)

Sarah Brocket was baptised on 2 April 1609 in Cuckfield.  She was the daughter of Henry Brocket (c1570-1611) and Mary Arnolde (c1575-1658).

Neither John nor Sarah would seem to have been buried in Cuckfield.  Their daughter Sarah settled in nearby Hurstpierpoint, might John and Sarah have gone to live with her?


John Geale and Sarah Brocket had 4 known children:

  1. Tomasin Geale was baptised on 26 April 1635 in Cuckfield.  As Thomazin Geale she married John Ockenden on 31 March 1657 in Cuckfield.  They were married by Major Chaloner.

  2. Sarah Geale, my 9x Great Grandmother, was baptised on 29 October 1637 in Cuckfield.  She married William Reeve in 1659.  (They have their own page.)

  3. Susanna Geale was baptised on 3 May 1646 in Cuckfield.

  4. John Geale was baptised on 30 May 1652 in Cuckfield.


A marriage licence was issued on 5 August 1626 by the Archdeaconry of Lewes to Anthony Morton a yeoman of Cuckfield and Joan Lock a widow of Lindfield.  Surety for the licence was provided by Anthony himself and John Turner a gent of Horsted Keynes.  They married as Anthony Marten and Joan Lock on 5 August 1626 at St. John sub Castro in Lewes.


Many thanks to Derek Guile for additions to this page.


This page was reviewed on 10 April 2012