Ancestors of Mandy Willard
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and Susannah BRIGHTRIDGE (1628-1708)
were my 9x Great Grandparents.
to see their place in my pedigree chart.) They
married on 25 July 1648 in Heathfield, Sussex. His name was then
recorded as Stephen Wimpsherst. Another
Wilmshurst on 16 April 1650 in Heathfield. Might the 2
Stephens have been cousins?
date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me. No Wilmshursts, or
variants, were baptised in Warbleton or Herstmonceux between 1610 and 1630. He was buried on 30
January 1699/1700 in Warbleton, Sussex, and was described as Stephen Wilmshurst, senr.
In 1642 he may have been the Stephen Wilmshurst youth of Mayfield who
contributed 4 pence to the relief of the Irish Protestants.
The 1662 Hearth Tax Assessment records that a Stephen Wilmshurst in
the parish of Warbleton had 3 hearths.
Stephen was appointed an overseer of his father-in-law's 1668 will.
I have not found a will for him listed in indexes held at the East Sussex
Record Office. There was a Stephen Wilmshurst, cordwainer of
Warbleton, who had a will proved in Lewes in 1751. A cordwainer was a
leather worker. Might this have been the occupation of earlier
was baptised on 3 August 1628 in the parish church of All Saints in
Herstmonceux, Sussex. She was the daughter of
John Brightridge (c1595-1668) and
Hollock. She was named in her father's 1668 will, by which she
Her name was recorded as Susan against the baptisms of her children.
She was buried on 12 March 1707/8 in the parish churchyard of St. Mary the
Virgin in Warbleton and the burial register recorded that Susan
Wilmshurst was a widdow.
Stephen Wilmshurst and
Susannah Brightridge may have had the following children:
was baptised on 17 August 1651 in
Warbleton. As Susan Wimsherst, did she marry Richard
Gattland on 16 September 1678 in Wadhurst?
was born on 12 September 1653 and her
birth was registered in the Warbleton parish registers.
Wilmshurst, my 8x Great
Grandmother, was born on 20 May 1656 in Warbleton. She married
in 1679. (They have their own page.)
John Wilmshurst may have been a son of Stephen and Susannah.
He was of Warbleton when he married
Elizabeth Hollick in 1675.
(They have their own page.)
Stephen Wilmshurst may have been a son of Stephen and Susannah.
Could any of the following be the parents of Stephen Wilmshurst:
William Wympsherst married Ann Bexley, widow, on 15
September 1606 in Iden.
Simon Wymshurst married Elizabeth Peeke on 17 August 1607 in
Mayfield. (Note: Stephen and Susannah's daughter, Sarah, named
a son Simon. Simon Wymshurst, weaver of Mayfield, left a
will dated 26 October 1641 and proved on 8 March 1642 (ref F107 Deanery of
William Wymsherst of Iden married Mary Robynson a Spinster
of Brede, by Licence on 27 February 1608/9 in Brede.
Richard Wympshurst married Elizabeth Ersfield on 14 February
1614/5 in Mayfield. Richard Willmshurste contributed 3
shillings to the relief of the Irish Protestants in 1642.
Richard Wimshurst married Edith Purfle on 28 September 1615
William Wilmshurst married Susanna Gouldsmith on 18 May 1618
in Burwash. A Susan Wilmsherst of Mayfield contributed 6
pence to the relief of the Irish Protestants in 1642.
Thomas Wimshurst married Agnes Sanders on 31 July 1620 in
John Wymshurst, sen., married Ann Byshop on 30 October 1620
Thomas Wimshurst married Mary Harman on 13 November 1621 in
The following has been copied from the A2A web site:
Deeds of a messuage and lands (43a) called
Tombeckworth in Warbleton
FILE - Mortgage for £23 12s 6d -
ref. DUN 6/10 - date: 17 Sep 1679
1 Messuage, barn, buildings and 4a called Tombeckworth in
Warbleton, occupied by Stephen Wilmshurst (E, S, W: land once Oliver
Cheyney esq and Rushlake Green; N: land once Matthew Ponte)
2 Homeland (20a) in Warbleton, occupied by Stephen
Wilmshurst (E: land once Thomas Stollyon the elder; S: land once Oliver
Cheyney; W: Rushlake Green; N, E: highway from Rushlake to Pelham Cross)
FILE - Mortgage for £60 at 5½% -
ref. DUN 6/13 - date: 1 Aug 1694
All occupied by Richard Chapman of Warbleton, blacksmith,
late Stephen Wilmshurst
Deeds of a messuage and lands called Pollard, Lilly
Town, Groves, Kitmore and Sketterweed in Warbleton
FILE - Conveyance ([lease and]
release) for £180 - ref. DUN 8/18 - date:
[11 and] 12 Nov 1677
W: Stephen Wilmshurst, John Wilmshurst, Robert Spiller
Deeds of waste land called Hales Down (12a) in
FILE - Assignment of a lease for £18
16s 0d - ref. DUN 10/7 - date: 10 Apr
W: William Ollive, Stephen Wilmshurst
Deeds of a cottage and land (3a) near Rushlake Green
FILE - Feoffment for £24 - ref. DUN
11/3 - date: 17 Jun 1676
W: John Turner, Stephen Wilmshurst, John Smith, George
Deeds of various properties in Warbleton
FILE - Counterpart lease for 7 years
from 25 Mar 1796 at £15 15s 0d - ref. DUN 13/13
- date: 1 Apr 1796
W: James Philcox, Stephen Wilmshurst
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