Ancestors of Mandy Willard
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John Ockenden was my 12x Great Grandfather. (Click
to see his place in my pedigree chart.) He was a yeoman of Cowfold,
Sussex. He was buried on 11 February 1592/3 in Cowfold, as John
Ockenden, senior. He appointed his son-in-law, Thomas Roberts,
and John Chapman as overseers of his will, which was dated 2 January
1586/8 and supposedly proved on 17 January 1592/3 (a month before he died!)
(ref Lewes A9 106).
His son-in-law only survived him by month. John was appointed an
overseer to his brother Roger Ockenden's will of 1571. He was
also named in the 1577 will of his brother Richard Ockenden.
John may have been a descendent of John Ockenden and his wife
Christain who in 1397 held Eastridge in Cowfold.
In 1555 John held an estate called North or Little Oakendene of Wallhurst
Did John marry Joane?
John Ockenden and unknown
had 3 children:
John Ockenden may have been a son. He was buried on 10
November 1586 in Cowfold.
Joane Ockenden, my 11x Great Grandmother, may have been born in
the 1540's. She married
Roberts in 1564. (They have their own page.)
Elizabeth Ockenden was named in her father's will of 1586/7,
although she was buried on 22 December 1580 in Cowfold. She was the
first wife of
a Yeoman of Cowfold. They married in 1575. (They have their
John Ockenden had 2 known brothers and a sister:
Richard Ockenden was of Henfield. He was a Church Warden
there in 1547. He was named as an Overseer to John Gratwicke
of Shermanbury's will of 1557, and his brother Roger's will of
1571, and his son-in-law John Ward's will of 1578. His own
will was dated 6 May 1577 and proved on 25 September 1578. His
brother John Ockenden was a witness to his will, in which he
mentioned Nicholas Faulconer. He married Elizabeth,
who was also mentioned in his will.
The following is an extract from the A2A web site:
By Richard Ockenden of Chetham in
Henfield, yeoman, to John Holden of the same place, husbandman, -
for £120 - of All those lands, tenements, medowes, leasures, pastures
and feedyngs in Henfylde called Wolfely Cormen otherwise the Blackland
Cormen and the house and lands in the tenure of John Abarrowe
called the Stokeland; All which premises the said Richard Ockenden
late purchased of Elizabeth Comber of Abton, co. Sussex, widow,
late wife of John Berde late of Aberton decd. and John Berde
of the same place, gent., son of the same John and Elizabeth,
by deeds of 10 Nov., 3 Eliz:, among other lands and tenements, for £220.
And which premises the said John Berde the father had for 500
years, with other lands and tenements by the grant and demise of Wm.
Comber late of Shermanbury decd., 8 June, 34 Hen. VIII. And which
premises the said Wm. Comber had by grant and demise of Thomas,
Lord Sands, for 500 years by deed of 3 March, 33 Hen. VIII (ref. SAS-EG/284,
dated 10 January 1562)
Richard and Elizabeth had 4 known daughters:
Joan Ockenden was named in her father's will, by which she
received a quarter share of Wellingby. She married Richard
Butcher of Shermanbury. He was an Overseer of his
Margery Ockenden was named in her father's will. She
married Barnard A'more of Henfield. He was also an Overseer
of his father-in-law's will. They had 1 known daughter:
Elizabeth A'more was named in her grandfather's 1577 will, by
which she received a quarter share of Wellingby. She was then
the second wife of William Comber of Wappingthorne and
Lettis Ockenden was named in her father's will, by which she
received a quarter share of Wellingby. She married Robert
Brewer. He was also an Overseer of his father-in-law's will.
They had 2 known sons:
Richard Brewer was named in his grandfather's 1577 will, by
which he received a house in Shermanbury.
Edward Brewer was named in his grandfather's will.
Anne Ockenden named in her father's will, by which she received a
quarter share of Wellingby. She married twice. Firstly to
John Ward a Yeoman of Cowfold. He was buried on 3 June 1578 in
Cowfold. His will was dated 29 May 1578 and proved on 26 June
1578. John and Ann had 3 or 4 known children:
Richard Ward was baptised on 2 September 1568 in Cowfold.
Jeseebel Ward was baptised on 31 January 1569/70 in Cowfold.
Anna Ward was baptised on 22 February 1572/3 in Cowfold.
Mary Ward may have been a daughter. She was baptised on
16 January 1575/6 in Cowfold, but neither parents names were recorded
against her baptism.
Anne then married John Chapman of Cowfold on 22 September
1578 in Cowfold. They may have had the following son:
John Chapman was baptised on 7
August 1579 in Cowfold, but neither parents names were recorded against
Roger Ockenden was of Henfield. His will was dated 10 June
1571 and was proved on 17 April 1572. He named his brother John
Ockenden and Richard Ockenden as the Overseers of his will.
In his will he mentioned his Uncle Richard Staple, Margery
wife of Thomas Michell and Nicholas Faulconer. Roger
married Awdrey, who was named in his will. They had 2 known
Margaret Ockenden was named in her father's will.
Jane Ockenden was named in her father's will.
His sister married ? Linfold and they had 1 known son:
Henry Linfold was named in his Uncle John Ockenden's will
Revised 16 March 2008