Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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William TESTER (1675-1726)

and Barbara MASIERE (?-1720) or Elizabeth


William Tester and Barbara Masiere may have been my 8x Great Grandparents.  They married on 18 June 1696 in Framfield, Sussex.  Or, William may have married Elizabeth, but no possible marriage has been found for them and it may be possible that Barbara and Elizabeth are one and the same.

William Tester was baptised on 18 April 1675 in Framfield.  He was the son of William Tester (c1640-?) and Deborah (?-1683).  Both his parents names were recorded against his baptism.  In 1697 he was described as William Tester, junior, which to me implies that his father was also a William and still alive.  He may have been buried on 13 August 1726 in Framfield.

Barbara Masiere's date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me.  She was of Framfield at the time of her marriage to William.  She may have been buried on 10 September 1720 in Framfield, when the burial register described her as the wife of Willim Tester.  Barbara may have been the daughter of John Massier and Joan Erry (1635-?) who had married in 1659 in Chiddingly, Sussex.

Elizabeth's name appears against the baptism of one of William's children.  There doesn't seem to be a burial for her in Framfield.


William Tester and Barbara Masiere/Elizabeth may have had the following children:

  1. Richard Tester was baptised on 31 October 1697 in Framfield.  His mother's name was not recorded against his baptism and his father was described as William Tester, junior.

  2. Elizabeth Tester was baptised on 22 September 1700 in Framfield.  Her mother's name was not recorded against her baptism.  She may have married Henry Bedwell on 5 June 1722 in Framfield.

  3. William Tester, my 7x Great Grandfather, was baptised on 30 August 1702 in Framfield.  His mother's name was not recorded against his baptism.  He married Susanna Plaw in 1722.  (They have their own page.)

  4. Anne Tester was buried on 12 September 1704 in Framfield, as the daughter of William Tester.

  5. John Tester was baptised on 16 September 1705 in Framfield.  His mother's name was recorded as Barbara against his baptism.

  6. John Tester was baptised on 9 May 1708 in Framfield.  His mother's name was recorded as Elizabeth against his baptism.

    Were there two Johns, one the son of Barbara and the other of Elizabeth?  Or might the first have died and the mother's name have been incorrectly recorded against the second baptism?

    A John Tester married Lucy Strong on 10 June 1729 in Chiddingly, Sussex, and they had 5 known children:

    1. John Tester was baptised on 30 December 1729 in Chiddingly.

    2. Barbara Tester was baptised on 29 March 1732 in Chiddingly.

    3. Thomas Tester was baptised on 8 April 1737 in Chiddingly.

    4. Elizabeth Tester was baptised on 30 August 1739 in Chiddingly.

    5. Benjamin Tester was baptised on 23 December 1741 in Chiddingly.  He may have married Katherine Merchant on 12 May 1769 in Heathfield, Sussex.


The East Sussex Record Office holds a full transcript of the East Hoathly Parish Registers (adjoins Framfield) and the first Tester baptism there, was of Elizabeth Tester on 30 August 1685, daughter of William Tester.  I have checked through to 1700 and Elizabeth's was the only Tester baptism in the parish at that time.  From 1713-1727 Richard Tester and Elizabeth had 7 children baptised in East Hoathly.

Other parishes touching Framfield are:  (clockwise from the north) Buxted, Mayfield, Waldron, East Hoathly, Laughton, Ringmer, Little Horsted and Uckfield - so plenty of checking to do for Testers.  I am aware there were several Tester families in Waldron from at least the 1690's onwards.