Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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John ROBERTS (c1622-1706)

and Mary LINFIELD (c1645-1727)


John Roberts and Mary Linfield were my 8x Great Grandparents.  (Click here to see their place in my pedigree chart.)  They married on 12 February 1677/8 in Shermanbury, Sussex.  Their marriage occurs 3 times in the Sussex Family History Group's marriage index.  Firstly, as a Marriage Licence issued in the Archdeaconry of Lewes on 12 February in which her name was recorded as Mary Swane.  Next, her name was recorded as Mary Linfeild and then as Mary Swaine.  In all three entries John and Mary were said to be of Cowfold.  I have yet to view the original entry to see for myself what has been entered into the Shermanbury register.  I am told that Mary was mentioned in her father Lindfield's Will, so I wonder if she was a widow when she married John?  But on searching the SFHG's marriage index, I could not find a previous marriage of Mary Lindfield to a Mr. Swa(i)ne.

John Roberts may have been born about 1622.  He was the eldest son of John Roberts (1594-1658) and Ann.  He did have an elder brother named John born in 1620, but he died as an infant.  John was buried in Cowfold on 5 October 1706.  He was an Executor of his father's 1658 Will and Trustee to William Gratwicke of Jervis in 1670.  He was a Church warden of Cowfold in 1661 and 1705.  He was also a Way warden in 1665, 1684 and 1703.  He held Homeland as son and heir to his father at the Shermanbury Manor Court of 30 August 1659, but refused to joint the homage.  Alienated Wilcocks in Cowfold at the Court of 5 September 1698.  He was liable for Church Panels in 1682 for Denwood, Welches, Woodland, Frapshaw, Hookland, Goodyers, Woodhouse and Smithland.

Mary Linfield's date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me.  She was the daughter of John Linfield (c1620-1683) and  Ann Beard who had married in 1641.  Mary was buried on 23 August 1727 in Nuthurst, Sussex.  She made a Will in 1722 in which she mentioned her son John.


John Roberts and Mary Linfield had 4 known children:

  1. John Roberts, my 7x Great Grandfather, was born about 1678  He married Sarah Bennet in 1705.  (They have their own page.)

  2. Thomas Roberts was born about 11 January 1680/1 in Cowfold.  He was a Gentleman of Cowfold.  In 1733 he held Marles and Goodyers.  He had died by the Court of 17 July 1765.  He made a Will in which he left Goodyers and Woodland to his niece Sarah Hales.

  3. Stephen Roberts was baptised on 2 May 1682 in Cowfold and buried there on 1 August 1700.

  4. Mary Roberts was baptised on 31 December 1684 in Cowfold.

    Mary married John Linfield of Nuthurst on 21 May 1713.  Their marriage was recorded in the Cowfold registers as having taken place in Twineham, Sussex.  (Mary may have previously been betrothed to Thomas Pope a Tanner of Horsham as he was named as brother-in-law in Mary's brother John's will of 1712.)

    John was the son of John Linfield (1672-1709) and Sarah Gates.  He died in April 1741 in Nuthurst, Sussex.

    John and Mary had 7 known children:

    1. Joseph Linfield was baptised on 9 March 1713/4 in Nuthurst and buried there on 21 March 1714/5.

    2. John Linfield was born on 10 September and baptised on 12 October 1715 in Nuthurst.  He was buried there on 23 July 1772.

    3. Elizabeth Linfield was born on 7 April and baptised on 2 May 1717 in Nuthurst.

      Elizabeth married Robert Cheeseman on 24 December 1745 in Nuthurst.

    4. William Linfield was born on 21 February and baptised on 18 March 1718/9 in Nuthurst.  He was buried there on 28 July 1732.

    5. Mary Linfield was born on 17 March and baptised on 30 March 1721 in Nuthurst and buried there on 1 August 1733.

    6. Sarah Linfield was baptised on 6 January 1723/4 in Nuthurst.

    7. Ann Linfield was baptised on 6 January 1723/4 in Nuthurst.


John Lindfield and Mary Roberts were the ancestors of Jay Glanville.

(Please click on his name to visit his website view all his surnames of interest.)

Jay also maintains a database at RootsWeb.