Ancestors of Mandy Willard
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and Mary HOMFRIE (c1555-1612)
John Wolvine and Mary Homfrie
married on 6 October 1578 at the parish church of St. George in West Grinstead, Sussex.
John Wolvineís date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me.
He left a will in 1615 at which time he was of West Grinstead. Was he the son of John Wolvin
who was buried in West Grinstead on 20 April 1594? And did he have a
younger brother who was baptised on 25 November 1562 in West Grinstead, by
the name of Ralph Wonline? And was perhaps his mother
or sister was the Joan Wolven who was buried on 8 March 1560/1
in West Grinstead?
Mary Homfrieís date and place of birth/baptism
are unknown, to me. She was buried on 2 June 1612 in West Grinstead.
The burial register recorded that she was the wife of John. Might her
surname have been Humphrey?
John Wolvine and Mary Homfrie
may have had some of the following children:
John Wolvine was baptised on 23 January 1578/9 in West
Grinstead. He died in 1652 in Fittleworth. He was mentioned in his father's will, along with his 2
He may have married Joan Smyth on 28 April 1606 in
Harting, Sussex. John was then said to be of West Grinstead.
A Joan Woolvin was buried on 25 September 1619 in
Shipley. No further details were recorded in the burial register.
The Shipley burial register also records that Elizabeth Woolvin
wife of John was buried on 15 March 1627/8. The Sussex marriage
index does not record a marriage for them, although strangely it does
give the marriage of John Wolvin and Joan Smith
on 17 October 1622 in Shipley. And there was also the
burial of Annis Woolvin wife of John on 22 April 1641
John may have married Ann Hayler, widow on 28 September 1628 in
Shipley. (She may have been the Annis buried in 1641.)
John may have had the following children:
John Wolvin, junior, son of John was buried on 27 April
1609 in West Grinstead.
Elizabeth Wolvin was baptised on 9 April 1610 in West
Grinstead. The baptims register noted that she was the daughter of
John Wolvin the younger.
Benjamin Woolvin was mentioned in his grandfather's
1615 will. He was also mentioned in his father's will, at which
time he was of Ashington.
Benjamin married Sarah Harwood on 15
January 1634/5 in Stopham, Sussex.
Sarah Woolvin wife of Benjamin was buried on 30 April
1644 in Shipley.
Benjamin and Sarah had the following children:
John Woulven was baptised on 3 May 1640 in
Nuthurst. He was left a legacy of four pounds by his paternal
Mary Woolvin was mentioned in her paternal
grandfather's will, by which she received a four pounds legacy.
Elizabeth Woolvin was mentioned in her grandfather's
Elizabeth married Thomas Hayler on 30 September 1628 in
Shipley. Two days before it would seem her father remarried.
Thomas Haller may have been baptised on 28 January
1609/10 in Shipley and have been the son of John Haller.
He may have been buried on 30 January 1629/30 in Shipley.
Thomas and Elizabeth had the following child:
John Hayler was baptised on 23 August 1629 in
Shipley. He was mentioned in his maternal grandfather's will
may have been part of this family and have been born between 1616-1619.
He married Leah Lancaster
in 1639. (They have their own page.) John can not be the
son of Richard born in 1584, as his son named John went to live in Lyminster. But
did Benjamin born in 1587 have a son named John? It would seem
unlikely that he was a son of Ralph born in 1599, as his eldest son
named John was born 1620/1 and he was mentioned in his brother Ralph's
Ann Wolvine was baptised on 17 November 1581 in West
Ann married twice, firstly to William Hogsflesh.
Their marriage licence was issued on 2 June 1603 by the Deanery of
Chichester, and it noted that Ann Wolvin was a spinster
of West Grinstead, whilst William was of Shipley.
William was buried on 11 June 1611 in West Grinstead.
William and Ann had the following children:
John Hoggesflesh was baptised on 1 November 1604 in
Peter Hogefflesh was baptised on 14 May 1607 in West
William Hogsflesh was baptised on 24 June 1610 in West
Elizabeth Hogsflesh was baptised on 25 June 1610 in
As Ann Hogsflesh she married William Parker
on 30 November 1612 in West Grinstead.
Richard Wolving was baptised on 2 October 1584 in West
Grinstead. He was buried on 29 February 1631/2 in West
Grinstead. Richard left a will in which he mention his godson,
John Farlie, and he appointed his wife Agnes
as executrix of his will.
Richard married twice, firstly to Sarah Farlie on 10 June 1610 in West
Sarah was buried on 5 August 1616 in West Grinstead. The burial
register recorded that she was the wife of Richard Wolvin.
Richard then married Agnes Branch, sometime between 1616 and 1626, but no
possible marriage has been found in the Sussex marriage index. She
was most probably a widow, and as Agnes Harding had married
John Branch on 1 June 1613 in Climping, Sussex.
Agnes Woolvin, widow was buried on 20 April 1655 in West
Grinstead. She left a will dated 20 March 1654/5 and proved on 7
June 1655 (I have a copy of this document and will eventually add my
transcript to this site). She mentioned her eldest son
John Branch and his children Ann, John
and Elizabeth, her second son John Woolvin
and his children John and Mary, her
third son Richard Woolvin, fourth son Thomas
Woolvin, her daughter Jone Woolvin was
appointed sole executor, and her brother Ralph Woolvin
and her son John Woolvin were made overseers of her
will. Her son John Branch had married Ann
Best on 7 July 1640 in Horsham. As will be seen below,
her other son Richard married another Ann Best.
Agnes's first husband John Branch may have been
baptised on 28 September 1572 in Climping, the son of John
Richard and Sarah had the following child:
Agnes Woolvin was mentioned
in her grandfather's will of 1615. (Another
was baptised on 24 January 1607 in Shoreham, Sussex, the daughter of
As Agnes Woulven she married Thomas Stredwick on 30
May 1632 in Ashurst.
Thomas may have been baptised on 22 December 1599 in Wisborough Green,
Sussex and have been the son of Richard Strudwick (?-1605) and
Mary Vogden. (As a widow, Mary married Henry Badmering in
1608, and they also seemed to have named a son Thomas, whose son Henry was
mentioned as cousin in the 1676 will of John.)
Thomas and Agnes had the following child:
John Strudwick was baptised on 18
September 1634 in Ashurst. He left a
will dated 28 April 1676, at which time he was a yeoman of Ashurst,
Sussex. In his will he mentioned his father-in-law Richard
Pilford. John was buried on 4 May 1676 in West
John married Mary Pilford on 15 May 1658 in Billingshurst,
Sussex. He was then said to be a yeoman and she a spinster and
they were both of Billingshurst. He then married Susanna
Crisley on 5 June 1662 in West Grinstead.
Susanna was buried on 24 January 1675/6 in West Grinstead and it was
noted in the burial register that she was the wife of John Strudwicke.
John and Susan had the following children:
Susan Strudwicke was baptised on 9 September 1663 in Ashurst.
John Strudwicke was baptised on 26 August 1666 in Ashurst and
buried there on 14 November 1670.
Thomas Strudwicke was baptised on 17 December 1668 in Ashurst.
He was mentioned in his father's will. He may have been buried on
12 April 1734 in Ashurst. The burial register recorded that he was
a yeoman. Thomas married Maria Michell on 12 October 1690
in Warnham, Sussex.
Anne Strudwicke was baptised on 19 November 1672 in Ashurst. She
was mentioned in her father's will, at which time she was under 18 years
Henry Strudwicke was baptised on 5 October 1675 in Ashurst.
He was mentioned in his father's will, at which time he was under 21
years old. He was buried on 13 January 1676/7 in West Grinstead.
Richard and Agnes had the following children:
John Woolven was of Lyminster. (His mother first married in
Climping, which borders Lyminster. Might John have inherited
property from his mother's family?) He was mentioned in his
father's will of 1632 at which time he was under 21 years. John was
also mentioned in his
mother's will as her second son. He was then mentioned in his nephew John
Strudwick's will of 1676. A John Woolvin of
Limister left a will in 1677. Another John Woolvin
of Climping left a will in 1667.
John married twice, firstly to Joan before or about 1650. He then
married Ann Gouge by
licence dated 3 September 1664 and issued by the Pagham and Tarring
Peculiar. John was a yeoman of Limister and Ann a widow of the same
John and Joan had the following children:
Mary Woollvine was baptised on 26 April 1651 in Lyminster and
buried there on 13 August 1663.
John Woolvin was baptised on 29 August 1653 in Lyminster. He
married Joan Roase on 22 April 1679 in Lyminster.
Richard Woolvin was born on 17 November 1655 and baptised on 18
December 1655 in Lyminster. He was buried there on 29 April 1670.
Thomas Wollvin was baptised on 5 June 1657 in Lyminster.
Ralph Wolvin was baptised on 23 December 1661 in Lyminster and
buried there on 3 December 1667.
John and Anne had the following children:
William Woolvin was baptised on 9 June 1665 in Lyminster and buried
there on 20 July 1667.
Edward Wolvin was baptised on 22 March 1666/7 in Lyminster and
buried there on 26 March 1667.
Richard Woolvin was mentioned in his
mother's will as her third son. He was also mentioned as late of West Grinstead, deceased,
in his nephew, John Strudwick's will of 1676, who also mentioned
Richard's 5 children by name. His own will was dated 9 February
1672 and proved on 13 May 1674, by which he bequeathed property to his
eldest son, Richard, out of which he was required to pay £5 a year to
his mother, Ann Woolvin. Richard also mentioned
his other children, Thomas, Ann, Elizabeth and Susanna. He
appointed his wife Ann as sole executrix, and John Strudwicke
and his brother John Woolvin as overseers of his will.
Richard married Ann Best before 20 May 1657 as on that
date property (Claggetts and Seerlands in Buxted, Sussex) was sold by
the couple, her sister, brother-in-law, and father.
Ann was baptised on 28 January 1630/1 in Nutfield, Surrey and was the
daughter of Thomas Best a yeoman of Nutfield, Surrey.
(Ann's sister Elizabeth Best married Tobias
Skinner of Billingshurst.)
Richard and Ann had the following children:
Richard Woolven was named in his father's will as the eldest son.
Might he have been baptised as John Woolvin on 2
March 1656/7 in West Grinstead? Only his father's name was
recorded in the baptism register.
Ann Woollvin was baptised on 18 March 1659/60 in West
Grinstead. Only her father's name was recorded in the baptism
Elizabeth Woollvin was baptised on 24 April 1663 in
West Grinstead. Only her father's name was recorded in the baptism
Thomas Woollvin was baptised on 26 November 1666 in
West Grinstead. The baptism register recorded that his parents
were Richard and Ann.
Susannah Woollvin was baptised on 8 July 1671 in West
Grinstead. Only her father's name was recorded in the baptism
Thomas Woolvin was baptised in West Grinstead sometime
between 3 April 1625 and 7 July 1626. He was mentioned in his
mother's will as her third son.
Joan Woolvin was appointed sole executor of her
mother's 1655 will, at which time Joan was unmarried.
Benjamin Wolven was baptised on 13 January 1586/7 in
West Grinstead and buried there on 25 November 1619. He was
mentioned in his father's will. Benjamin married Margery
Pollard on 23 June 1616 in West Grinstead. As a widow
Margery Wolvin married James Shawe on
8 September 1622 in West Grinstead. Did Benjamin and Margery have
a son named John Woolvin
who married Leah
Lancaster in 1639? A daughter was born before
Benjamin's death and another child was on the way.
Elizabth Wolvin was baptised on 10 May 1618 in West
Mary Wolvin was baptised on 24 March 1590 in West
Grinstead. She was mentioned in her father's will. As
Mary Woullum she married Giles Sherwoord
on 8 June 1607 in West Grinstead. Mary may have been buried on 17
July 1617 or 4 December 1618 in West Grinstead, but the burial register
only records that Mary Sherwood was buried on each
ocassion. Giles Sherwoode was buried on 25 July
1626 in West Grinstead. He may have remarried on 19 September 1622
to Agnes Paynter in Arlington, but Arlington to West
Grinstead is some distance. However, an Agnes Sherwood,
widow, married Nichoals Mellam on 12 June 1628 in West
William Wolvin was baptised on 25 March 1592 in West
Robert Wolvin was buried on 4 April 1592 in West
Grinstead. The burial register recorded that he was the son of
Elizabeth Wolven was baptised on 24 March 1595 in West
Grinstead. She was mentioned in her father's will. Did she
marry John Slater on 3 December 1618 in West Grinstead?
Ralph Wolvyne was baptised on 6 August 1599 in West
Grinstead. He married
Mary Whitington in 1620.
(They have their own page.) He was mentioned in his father's will.
Many thanks to Norma Podesta for
additions to this page.