Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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John MIDHURST (c1625-?)

and Elizabeth BURTENSHAW (1624-?)


John Midhurst and Elizabeth Burtenshaw were, I believe, my 9x Great Grandparents.  They married on 18 April 1649 in Cowfold, Sussex.

John Midhurstís date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me.  He or his son was buried in Henfield on 20 July 1681 as John Medhurst.  Was he baptised on 28 July 1622 in Burwash, Sussex, the son of Edmond Midhurst and Deborah Newington?  However, he didn't give these names to any of his children, and Burwash to Cowfold is a fair distance.  He did name his second son Richard and there was a John Medhurst who had a son named Richard baptised in Withyham, Sussex in 1625.

Elizabeth Burtenshaw was baptised on 1 July 1624 in Cowfold.  She was the daughter of Thomas Burtenshaw and possibly Joan Pockney (they married on 16 June 1606 in Henfield).  She may have been the Elizabeth Midhurst who was buried on 26 August 1712 in Henfield.

On 10 April 1652, John Midhurst a ploughmaker of Henfield, took on 9 year old Elizabeth Killicke as an apprentice.

In February 1670, John Midhurst of Henfield gave a 3 penny donation to the redemption of poor Christian captives out of Turkish slavery in Algiers.  In total, Henfield parishioners raised £5.


John Midhurst and Elizabeth Burtenshaw had 8 known children:

  1. Susan Medhurst was born on 4 May 1650 and baptised on 28 May 1650 in Henfield.  The baptism register named her parents as John and Elizabeth.  She died on the last day of January and was buried on the first day of February 1650/1 in Henfield.

  2. John Medhurst was born 12 September 1651 and baptised on 24 September 1651 in Henfield.

  3. Richard Medhurst was baptised on 22 April 1652 in Henfield and buried there on 24 July 1652.

  4. Elizabeth Medhurst was born on 23 July 1654 and baptised on 6 August 1654 in Henfield.  She was buried on 17 December 1654 in Henfield.

  5. Mary Medhurst was born on 22 November 1655 and baptised on 30 November 1655 in Henfield.

  6. Edward Midhurst was born on 4 November 1659 baptised on 7 December 1659 in Henfield.

  7. Thomas Midhurst was baptised on 11 April 1665 in Henfield.

    Thomas married Mary Pacquet by banns on 25 April 1689 in Henfield.  They were both then of Henfield.

    Mary Midhurst was buried in woollen only on 27 January 1689/90 in Henfield.

    Thomas and Mary had the following son:

    1. Thomas Midhurst was buried in woollen only on 1 February 1689/90 in Henfield.

    A marriage licence was issued by the Archdeaconry of Lewes on 8 December 1691 to Thomas Medhurst of Henfield and Ann Forster spinster of Henfield.

    On 8 August 1693 a Thomas Midhurst of New Shoreham took on Dennis Stonham as a housewifery apprentice.

  8. Ann Midhurst, my possible 8x Great Grandmother, was baptised on 5 January 1669/70 in Henfield.  She married Richard Steel in 1697.  (They have their own page.)



This page was updated on 3 July 2012