Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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William HILL (1638-1691)

and Mary MOWER (1631-?)

and Joan (?-?)


William Hill and Joan were my 8x Great Grandparents.  (Click here to see their place in my pedigree chart.)  They married by licence on 28 September 1671 in Ashurst, Sussex.  Their marriage licence was issued on 21 September 1671 by the Archdeaconry of Lewes, which stated that William Hill was a widower of Henfield and Joan Butcher alias Piper was a widow of Ashurst.   William had previously married Mary Mower on 5 May 1662 in Cowfold, Sussex.  As Joan Wolven she may have previously married Thomas Butcher in May 1647.  Thomas died in 1667.

William Hill was baptised on 27 April 1638 in Woodmancote, Sussex.  He was the son of 5 269 John Hill (1594-1655) and 5 269 Damaris.  He was buried on 25 March 1691 in Woodmancote.

Mary Mower was baptised on 2 October 1631 in Cowfold.  She was the daughter of Robert Mower and Catherine Mitchell.  She died before 1671.

Joanís date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me.  However, if she did previously marry Thomas, then she was baptised as Joan Woolvin on 12 December 1624 in West Grinstead, the daughter of Ralph Woolvin and Mary Whitington.  But, this would presumably have made her to old to have been the mother of children born in 1672, 1674 and 1676, i.e. 48, 50 and 52 years old (children named below).


William Hill and Mary Mower had 2 known children:

  1. John Hill was baptised on 24 June 1664 in Henfield and buried there on 29 June 1664.

  2. William Hill was baptised on 18 March 1665/6 in Henfield.


Joan Butcher, alias Piper, widow and unknown had 1 known child:

  1. Jane Butcher was born before 1671.


William Hill and Joan had 3 known children:

  1. Mary Hill was baptised on 22 July 1672 in Henfield.  She may have married Robert Bennet on 30 September 1688 in Henfield, at which time they were both of Henfield.  Or, she may have married William Foster on 4 August 1692 in Shermanbury.  Mary was of Henfield and William a Gent of Shermanbury.

  2. Elizabeth Hill was baptised on 21 April 1674 in Henfield.  She married Edward Pickeston on 4 October 1694 in West Grinstead.  She was then of West Grinstead and he of Reigate in Surrey.

  3. Sarah Hill, my 7x Great Grandmother, was baptised on 28 November 1676 in Henfield.  She married William Woolgar in 1692.  (They have their own page.)

Thomas and Joan had a daughter named Mary Butcher who was baptised in 1651.  Mary went on to marry in 1677 and was mentioned in her uncle Ralph Woolvin's will of 1684.  Therefore, if her mother did remarry, is it likely she would have named another daughter Mary?  I don't think so.  Therefore, combined with Joan's age, i.e. 52 in 1676, I don't think she was the one born in 1624, but I could be wrong.  Also, Thomas and Joan don't seem to have had a daughter named Jane, although they did have a Joan, and the two names are sometimes muddled.


HILL          MOWER

This page was reviewed on 10 April 2012