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John ROBERTS (1594-1658)

and Ann (c1600-?)

 

John Roberts and Ann were my 9x Great Grandparents.  (Click here to see their place in my pedigree chart.)  They may have married some time before or about 1620 and settled in Cowfold, Sussex.  A John Roberts married Ann Chatfield on 20 May 1622 in Upper Beeding, Sussex, but this couple may have had children baptised in that parish, see below.  There was also a John Roberts who married Jane Easton on 25 May 1618 in Twineham, Sussex.

John Roberts was baptised on 30 June 1594 in Cowfold, Sussex.  He was the son of John Roberts (1570-1630) and Anne Gratwick (1575-?).  He died "an ancient man" and was buried on 10 September 1658 in Cowfold.  His will was dated 11 September 1655 and proved on 24 November 1658.  He was named as an Executor of his father's will and that of his brother Thomas.  He signed resolutions on 1 August 1630 and again on 8 April 1632.  He also contributed to the relief of Marlborough on 6 September 1653.  John was a Church Warden in 1642 and 1656, and parish overseer in 1636 and 1654.

Ann's date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me.

 

John Roberts and Ann had 8 known children:

  1. John Roberts was baptised on 8 December 1620 in Cowfold and buried there on 11 December 1620.  Only his father's name was recorded in the baptism register.

  2. John Roberts, my 8x Great Grandfather, may have been born about 1622.  He married Mary Linfield in 1678.  (They have their own page.)

  3. Joan Roberts was named in her father's will.  She married John Michell a Tanner of Horsham on 16 August 1642 in Cowfold.

  4. Stephen Roberts was baptised on 20 March 1625/6 in Cowfold.  He was named in his Uncle Thomas Roberts Will of 1634.

  5. Ann Roberts was baptised on 4 May 1628 in Cowfold.  She may have been buried on 10 May 1673 in Bolney, but the burial register records that "Mary wife of Thomas Gravely" was buried.  She was named in her father's will as Ann Gravely.

    Ann probably married Thomas Gravely of Bolney.  He was one of the witnesses to his sister-in-law Mary Roberts's marriage in 1656.

    Thomas and Ann had 9 known children:

    1. Thomas Gravlly was buried on 31 October 1654 in Bolney, as the son of Thomas.

    2. John Gravlly was baptised on 24 May 1654 in Bolney.

    3. Thomas Gravlly was born on 10 September 1656 in Bolney.  He may have been buried on 12 September 1656 in Bolney, but the Sussex Records Society transcript of the registers has "Henry (?) son of Thomas Gravlly".

    4. William Gravly was born on 1 August 1657 in Bolney.

    5. Thomas Gravlly was born about 12 July 1660 in Bolney.  He may have been buried on 1 September 1662 in Bolney, but the burial register just records that a son of Thomas Gravllye was buried.

    6. Ellizabeth Gravly was born about 12 July 1660 in Bolney.  [Yes, her surname was spelt with one "l", whereas her brother's was with 2.]  Elizabeth may have married Joseph Chasemor on 3 March 1684/5 in Cowfold.

    7. Thomas Gravlly was born on 12 September 1662 in Bolney.

    8. Sara Gravely was baptised on 31 May 1664 in Bolney.

    9. Susana Gravely was baptised on 27 October 1670 in Bolney.

    Might Thomas and Ann have been the ancestors of Thomas Gravely (1817-1894)?

  6. Mary Roberts, my 8x Great Grandmother, was baptised on 5 September 1630 in Cowfold.  She married James Matthew in 1656.  (They have their own page.)

  7. Thomas Roberts was baptised on 14 October 1632 in Cowfold.  He was mentioned in his Uncle Thomas Roberts will of 1634 and called "youngest son" in his father's 1655 will.  Thomas was buried in Cowfold on 30 April 1679.

    As Thomas Robards he probably married Ann Pipar on 5 June 1659 in Henfield, Sussex.  He was then a farmer of Beeding and she of Henfield.  She was buried on 24 May 1680 as widow of Mr. Thomas Roberts.

  8. Susan Roberts was baptised on 4 August 1635 in Cowfold and buried there on 6 August 1635.

  9. William Roberts was baptised on 6 August 1635 in Cowfold and buried there on 20 March 1653/4.

 

 

John Roberts and Ann Chatfield married on 20 May 1622 in Upper Beeding.

John or his son may have been buried on 4 February 1639/40 in Upper Beeding.  Only his name was recorded in the burial register.

Anne or her daughter may have been buried on 14 October 1638 in Upper Beeding.  Only her name was recorded in the burial register.

They may have had the following children:

  1. Joane Roberts was baptised on 10 September 1626 in Upper Beeding.  The names of her parents were not recorded in the baptism register.  A Joane Roberts was buried on 2 July 1641 in Upper Beeding.

  2. Anne Roberts was baptised on 15 August 1624 in Upper Beeding.  The names of her parents were not recorded in the baptism register.

  3. Susan Roberts was baptised on 29 January 1624/5 in Upper Beeding.  The names of her parents were not recorded in the baptism register.

  4. Margaret Roberts was baptised on 14 December 1628 in Upper Beeding.  The names of her parents were not recorded in the baptism register.

  5. Jane Roberts was baptised on 19 July 1632 in Upper Beeding.  The names of her parents were not recorded in the baptism register.

  6. John Roberts was baptised on 1 May 1636 in Upper Beeding.  His father was named as John.

  7. Elizabeth Roberts was baptised on 27 December 1638 in Upper Beeding.  The names of her parents were not recorded in the baptism register.

 

James Roberts and Elizabeth Cornfield married on 30 August 1636 in Upper Beeding.  They had the following children:

  1. Elizabeth Roberts was baptised on 30 May 1637 in Upper Beeding.  Both her parents were named in the baptism register.

  2. James Roberts was baptised on 2 April 1640 in Upper Beeding.  Both his parents were named in the baptism register.

 

Bartholomew Roberts married Joan Hayne by marriage licence dated 4 May 1624 and issued by the Archdeaconry of Lewes.  He was then a yeoman and she a widow and they were both of Beeing.

Bartholomew Roberts was buried on 8 June 1631 in Upper Beeding.

 

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