Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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Gregorie MARCKWYCK (c1530-1592)

and Elinor (?-?)


Gregory Markwick and Elinor were possibly my 12x Great Grandparents.  They may have married in the 1560's, but I don't know for certain that Elinor was the mother of all of Gregory's children, whom he mentioned in his will.

Gregorie Marckwyck was a yeoman of Flottingden in Wadhurst, Sussex, of which he had held the lease in 1560.  He was the son of Richard Markwick, a yeoman of Wadhurst, and Johane.  He left a will dated 14 July 1592 and proved on 29 November 1592 and he appointed his brother Thomas Marckwick and son-in-law John Barham as overseers of his will.  Might he have been the son of Richard Markewyke who left a will proved in 1564?

Elinor was named in her husband's will.


Gregory Markwick and Elinor had 7 known children:

  1. Richard Markwick was the first to be mentioned in his father's will and he was also appointed the sole executor of his father's estate.

  2. Nicholas Markwick was mentioned second in his father's will, at which time he was under 21 years.  He was also mentioned in his Uncle John Markwick's will.

  3. Annes Markwick, my 11x Great Grandmother married John Barham sometime before 1590.  (They have their own page.)

  4. James Thomas may have left a will datd 3 June 1612 and proved on 31 July 1612, at which time he was a yeoman of Wadhurst.

  5. Thomas Markwick

  6. Peter Markwick may have been aged about 19 years in 1592, as his father directed in 1592 that he should receive his legacy in 2 years time when he reached the age of 21.  He may have left a will dated 8 September 1635 and proved on 14 October 1635, at which time he was said to be a mercer of Wadhurst.  As Peter Marquick he may have married Frances Hall on 26 April 1610 in Frant, Sussex.

  7. William Markwick may have been aged about 17 years in 1592.  He may have married Sarah Hall on 23 June 1606 in Wadhurst.


Did Gregory have a grandson also named Gregory Markwick who was mentioned as "my loving friend" in the 1620 will of Robert Bidwell, Rector of East Hoathly?  Did the younger Gregory marry Elizabeth Barkham or Peckham on 5 February 1622/3 in Little Horsted?  He was then of Wadhurst and Elizabeth was of Mayfield.  Did he then marry Elizabeth Byne on 14 August 1632 in Burwash?  He was then said to be a gent of Wadhurst and she a spinster of Burwash.  And again, did he marry Mary Hosmer on 5 September 1639 in Rotherfield.  Or were there several Gregory's of similar age?

A Gregory Markwick of Alfriston left a will in 1669 and another of Ticehurst left a will in 1683.