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John THORPE (c1534-1607)

and Alice BOWETT (c1538-1594)

 

John Thorpe and Alice Bowett were my 12x Great Grandparents.  (Click here to see their place in my pedigree chart.)  They married sometime before or about 1560.  Their second known child was baptised in East Grinstead, Sussex in 1562 and although the marriage register of East Grinstead survives from 1560 onwards, the marriage of John and Alice has not been found there.  According to the IGI they married in 1554 in Halifax, Yorkshire.

John Thorpe may have been born about 1534 and possibly in Newdigate, Surrey or in about 1525 in Yorkshire, the son of Thomas Thorpe (c1506-?) - there are conflicting versions.  He died in Worth and was buried on 25 March 1607 in Lingfield, Surrey.  He was an Iron Master.  He left a will dated 10 October 1605 which was proved on 2 May 1607.  From at least 1574 he operated the Warren Furnace at Hedgecourt in Worth and the Woodcock Hammer Forge (Wiremill) at Godstone in Surrey.  (A John Tharpe of Crawley, Sussex who left a will dated 1559, naming Ursula as his relict, but I haven't yet attempted to read this document, so don't know if there was any connection.)  An article on the Felbridge History Group's web site records that in the 1580's John and his son Thomas were of the manor of Hedgecourt and were fined a total of 4,000 for cutting down mature trees for charcoal.

Alice Bowett may have been born about 1538 and possibly in Newdigate or in Sussex.  She may have been the daughter of Richard Bowett.  There had been some earlier Bowetts in Hurstpierpoint, Sussex.  Her grandson, John Thorpe (1592-?), was said to have been of Hurstpierpoint.  She was buried on 10 July 1594 in East Grinstead and in the burial register she was described as the wife of John Thorp of Hedgecourt.  No Bowett's are listed in the index of the SRS transcript of the East Grinstead registers from 1558-1661.

Thanks to Helen Thorpe for uncovering that Alice's great great uncle was the Bishop of Bath and Wells.

 

John Thorpe and Alice Bowett had 8 known children:

  1. John Thorpe may have been born about 1560 in East Grinstead.  He was buried on 30 September 1626 in Lingfield.  He was of Cudworth in Newdigate, Surrey.

    John married Mary Chamber by licence from Lewes on 20 February 1592 in Rodmell, Sussex.

    Mary was the daughter of John de la Chambre of Rodmell.

    John and Mary had 5 possible children:

    1. John Thorpe may have been born about 1592 in Lingfield.  He died after 1639.  He was of Cudworth in Surrey and of Hurstpierpoint.

      John married Elizabeth Culpeper in about 1611.

      Elizabeth was the daughter of Sir Anthony Culpeper (1560-1618) of Bedgebury, Kent and Anne Marten (1562-?).  She was buried in 1624 in Hurstpierpoint.

      John and Elizabeth had 4 known children:

      1. Ann Thorpe was buried at Lingfield on 4 July 1682.  She married George Saxby of Lingfield.

      2. Anthony Thorpe was baptised on 1 March 1619/20 at Hurstpierpoint.

      3. John Thorpe was baptised on 12 May 1622 at Hurstpierpoint.

      4. Thomas Thorpe was baptised on 5 December 1623 at Hurstpierpoint and buried there on 9 December 1623.

    2. Bridget Thorpe was alive in 1639.

    3. Anne Thorpe married John Knight on 16 April 1640 at Lingfield.

    4. Mary Thorpe was alive in 1639

    5. Catherine Thorpe married Lawrence Patrick on 19 September 1639 at Lingfield.

  2. Richard Thorp was baptised on 20 December 1562 in East Grinstead.  The names of his parents were not recorded in the baptism register.  He was baptised on the same day as Sampson Partrige and Catherine Labie.  Richard may have been buried on 2 April 1585 in East Grinstead, but only his name was recorded in the burial register - nothing else to confirm which Richard was buried. 

  3. Marie Thorpe was baptised on 17 May 1564 in East Grinstead.  The names of her parents were not recorded in the baptism register.

  4. Thomas Thorpe was baptised on 25 January 1567/8 in East Grinstead.  The names of his parents were not recorded against his baptism in the parish register.  He was buried on 26 December 1608 in East Grinstead and the burial register records that "Master Thomas Tharpe was of the parryshe of Horne in Surrey".

    Thomas married Elizabeth Hamden or Elizabeth Holmden sometime before or about 1593.

    Elizabeth was baptised on 12 October 1572 in Lingfield and was the daughter of Jasper Hamden alias Holmden of Edenbridge in Kent.  She was named in her father's 1608 will.

    Thomas and Elizabeth had 6 known children:

    1. John Thorp was baptised on 7 November 1593 in Horne/Lingfield and buried on 9 September 1600 in Lingfield.

    2. Richard Thorp was baptised on 15/27 July 1595 in Horne/Lingfield.  He was buried in 1649 in East Grinstead.  Richard was mentioned in his grandfather Thorpe's 1609 will, by which he was to received 100.

      Richard married Mary Rogers sometime before or about 1615.

      Mary was the daughter of Philip Rogers of London and Jane Stafford.  Mary was buried on 26 September 1626 in East Grinstead, Sussex.

      Richard and Mary had 8 known children:

      1. Mary Thorpe was baptised on 2 July 1615 at Lingfield.

      2. Richard Thorpe was baptised 7 August 1617 at Lingfield.

      3. George Thorpe was baptised on 22 September 1618 at Lingfield.

      4. Thomas Thorpe

      5. Elizabeth Thorpe was baptised on 22 February 1619/20 at Lingfield.

      6. John Thorpe was baptised on 9 April 1621 at Lingfield.

      7. Ann Thorpe

      8. William Thorpe was baptised on 25 July 1625 at Lingfield.

    3. George Thorpe was baptised on 16 January 1596/7 at Lingfield.  He was named in his grandfather Holmden's 1608 will and his grandfather Thorpe's will of 1609.

    4. William Thorp was baptised on 17 September 1598 in Horne/Lingfield.  He was also named in both his grandfather's wills.

    5. Alice Thorpe was mentioned in her grandfather Thorpe's will.

      Alice married Mr. Daniel Rogers sometime before or about 1629.

      Daniel was born about 1605 and was the son of Philip Rogers of London and Jane Stafford.  He was of Horsted Keynes and Ardingly, and was a church warden of Ardingly in 1640.

      Daniel and Alice had 6 known children:

      1. Danyel Rogers was baptised on 20 October 1629 in East Grinstead and buried there on the 14 October 1629.

      2. William Rogers was baptised on 3 January 1631/2 in East Grinstead.

      3. Elizabeth Rogers was baptised on 20 January 1632/3 in East Grinstead.

      4. Ann Rogers was baptised on 28 June 1635 in East Grinstead.

      5. Mary Rogers was baptised on 17 December 1639 in Ardingly.

      6. Alice Rogers was baptised on 22 June 1641 in Ardingly.

    1. John Thorpe was baptised 25 May 1606 in Lingfield and buried there on 25 March 1607.

  1. Mercy Thorpe was born about 1569 in East Grinstead, although I have not found her baptism in the East Grinstead parish register.  She was buried on 22 March 1639/40 in Lingfield.  She left a will which was proved on 25 March.

    Mercy married George Turner, Esq., of Lingfield, who was buried there on 3 March 1624/5.

    They had 1 known son:

    1. John Turner was named in the 1609 will of his grandfather Thorpe.

  2. Nicholas Thorpe was baptised on 5 September 1574 in East Grinstead and the names of his parents were not recorded in the baptism register.

  3. Giles Thorpe, my 11x Great Grandfather, was baptised on 19 May 1577 in East Grinstead.  He married Rachell Parker in 1600.  (They have their own page.)

  4. Rachel Thorpe was born about 1579 in East Grinstead, although I have not found her baptism in the East Grinstead parish register.

 

 

Many thanks to Helen Thorpe for finding the following passage at British History Online - Newdigate:

"In 1298-9 Walter de la Poyle died seised of the site of the manor of CUDWORTH or CUDFORD, in Newdigate and Rusper, Sussex, which he held of the Abbot of Chertsey in socage, the house, court, and garden then being worth 7s.  The lands were held of various overlords, 50 acres from the abbot, 30 from the Earl Warenne of Surrey, 20 from John de Monfort, &c.  His son and heir was John, who presumably inherited the manor, though there is no mention of it amongst the possessions he held in demesne at his death in 131718.  Some years later licence was granted to Henry de la Poyle to have mass celebrated in the oratory of his manor of Cudworth, and in 1360, at his death, he was holding the manor of the king, the Abbot of Chertsey, the Earls of Arundel and Warwick, &c., for various rents.  After this there is no further mention of the estate until 1574, when Thomas Bowett died seised of the manor, which his father Richard had bought, and which was said to be held of Sir Francis Carew.  Bowett's brother Nicholas succeeded him, and in 1579 sold the property to John Thorpe.  In 1622 the lord of the manor was still a John Thorpe, whether the same or his successor does not appear, and in 1636 the estate was purchased by Mr. Ede.  The extant court rolls begin with courts of John Ede in 1763 and 1773.  In 1775 it was sold to Mr. Lee Steere Steere, who died in 1785.  It was left to his wife for her life, and at her death passed into the possession of his grandson Lee Steere Witts, who took the name of Steere; he died in 1842. His son Mr. Lee Steere Steere succeeded. The grandson of the latter, Henry Lee Steere of Jayes Park, is now lord of the manor.  The manor-house is of some age, and is surrounded by a moat. It was long occupied as a farm, but was converted again lately into a gentleman's house."

(Please visit the British History Online website for details about sources for the above paragraph.)

 

Many thanks to Helen Thorpe for additions to this page.

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