and Grace NEWNHAME (c1645-1679)
and Mary DILLY (c1656-?)
were my 8x Great Grandparents. (Click
to see their place in my pedigree chart.) They married
on 13 July 1669 in Mayfield, Sussex. After Grace’s death, Samuel married
sometime between 1679 and 1694.
was baptised on 30 April 1643 in Henfield.
He was the fourth son and last child of
(1605-1652). He was a yeoman.
Samuel was buried on 13 August 1702 in Henfield, making him about 59 years old
at the time of his death. He left a will dated 25 August 1702 which
was proved on 1 February 1702/3. The witnesses to his will were
Samuel contributed 4d to the charity collection at Henfield for Turkish
captives in 1670. By 1694 he was the Landlord of the King's
Head in Henfield.
date and place of birth are unknown, although she was the daughter of
She was buried on 7 March 1678/9 in Henfield. I have no further details
about her parents and possible siblings.
was born about 1656 and was the daughter of
She was mentioned in her husband’s will of 1702. (See
Samuel Woolgar and Grace
Newnhame had 3 known children:
my 7x Great Grandfather, was baptised on 28 April 1671 in Henfield. He
in 1692. (They have their own
page.) He was mentioned in his father’s Will along with his first 3
was baptised on 27 February 1671/2 in
Henfield. He probably died before 1702 as he was not mentioned in his
was baptised on 23 September 1675 in
Henfield. He died in 1726. He was mentioned in his father’s will.
Samuel Woolgar and Mary
Dilly had 2 known children:
was born on 24 July and baptised on 29
July 1694 in Henfield. She was buried on 17 March 1694/5 in Henfield.
was baptised on 7 June 1699 in Henfield.
She was mentioned in her father’s will.
Grace married John
Alcock in 1720.
Thanks to Bob Hyslop for passing on the following:
Mary, wife of Samuel Woolgar of Henfield (there for 20
years) aged 38 yrs.
She alleged she was the grand-daughter of Mary Barthe, the widow of
John Mercer but had been banned from visiting by John Mercer
fils. However, “with much intreaty at length prevayled with the said
John Mercer’s wife to let her come in his house and goe up and see her
__ grandmother “on the Friday before Mary Barthe’s death & her
grandmother “would fain make my“ will & so she arranged Mr. Sheppard
to write the will on the next day. However, by then JM had countermanded
instructions by declaring his step-mother of not being in a sensible mind.
Soon afterwards Mary Barthe died & several witnesses declared she had
wished to make a will. Mary Woolgar was the “sester’s daughter” of
Ann Dilly? [More work needed as writing poor]
However, there were other views:
John Mercer denied Mary Woolgar had been barred but
said that she had visited her grandmother & “fell in a great passion of
Anne Gratwicke claimed John Mercer had not been paying
his mother the annual amounts he should have done, but never heard of any
unkindness towards her when sick, apart from allegations of Mary Woolgar
Robert Percoas(?) had met Mary Barthe “at the house
of Samuel Woolgar being the King’s Head in Henfield” (P.74) & she
had been persuaded by Shepherd, Woolgar to sue her son for £100
Francis Bland (P.74) said about 3 days before her death
Mary Barthe & Anne Tilly her daughter “parted in anger and
that great difference was between them”. When asked if she wanted to be
reconciled Mary Barthe said no as her daughter “had abused her and
been more like a turke or a jew than a dutiful child”. John Mercer
did not want Mary Woolgar “at any time come within his door by
reason she stirred up strife in the family and had spread abroad reports of
his unkindness to his mother in letting her want in her sickness which
Jane Trower declared neither she nor her Aunt Tilly wished to
contest the will.
Elizabeh Ellyott said John Mercer had banned Mary
Woolgar from the house having quarrelled with her.