and Deborah (?-1683)
William Tester and Deborah may have been my 9x Great
Grandparents. They may have married before or about 1669, but no
possible marriage has been found for them in the Sussex Family History
Group's marriage index or in the Sussex IGI.
William Tester's date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me.
It is possible he was born in Framfield, Sussex as there had been Testers in
the parish since at least the 1540's. He may have been the son of
Richard Tester and Jane Harmer who married in Framfield in 1633,
or he may have been baptised on 30 March 1634 in Framfield the son of
William Tester. William may have been buried on 26 October 1699 in
Framfield, when he was described in the burial register as a pauper.
After the death of Deborah, he may have married Barbara Milliam on 18
May 1684, or Margaret Jener on 12 October 1684. Both marriages
took place in Framfield. But, there was another William Tester
who had married Mary Lambe on 10 July 1677, also in Framfield.
The second William may have been the son of Roger Tester and
Margaret Waters who had married in 1638 in Framfield, or he may have
been baptised there on 8 February 1657.
date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me. She was buried on 28
August 1683 in Framfield as the wife of William Tester.
Barbara's date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me.
She was buried on 28 March 1701/2 in Framfield and was described in the
burial register as a widow. As Barbara Sprei she first married
Thomas Millham on 29 September 1676 in Dallington, Sussex. He
was then of Framfield and she a spinster of Dallington.
Margaret's date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me. She may
have been buried on 24 May 1690 in Framfield, as Martha, wife of
William Tester. She may
previously have married Robert Jenner by licence dated 16 February
1670/1. He was then a widower of Framfield and she Margaret Harmer,
widow of East Hoathly. Surety for their marriage licence was provided
by William Shelton a Blacksmith of Lewes.
William Tester and
Deborah had 4 known children:
Tester was baptised on 14
November 1669 in Framfield and buried there on 8 December 1669. The
baptism register records that she was the daughter of James and Deborah,
but I think her father was probably William. The burial register
only records that Jane Tester was buried, and I am guessing it was
infant Jane, or it may have been her possible Grandmother.
Tester was baptised on 7 March
1670/1 in Framfield.
my possible 8x Great Grandfather, was baptised on 18 April 1675 in
Framfield. He married
in 1696. (They have their own page.)
Susan Tester was baptised on 23 April 1680 in Framfield. Only
her father's name was recorded against her baptism.
Could the following also be of this family, by a second wife:
Samuel Tester was buried on 11 October 1688 in Framfield, as the
son of William. He does not seem to have been baptised in Framfield.
Elizabeth Tester was buried on 16 Mary 1690 in Framfield, as the
daughter of William. No baptism for her in the Framfield register.
As you can see from the William muddle above, I am not at all sure whether
I am on the right track. But, given that William and Deborah seem to
have named two children Richard and Jane, I think that William's parents
were most likely to have been Richard Tester and Jane Harmer,
even though they didn't have a known son named William baptised in Framfield.
If so, Richard may have been baptised in Framfield on 10 September 1598
the son of William Teaster, or on 16 September 1604 the son of
Richard Tester, and according to the burial register neither seem to
have died as infants.