Dorothea A'Downe

b. 21 March 1601/2
FatherChristopher A'Downe b. c 1560, d. 1602
MotherDorothy Burgess d. 1602
     Dorothea A'Downe was baptized on 21 March 1601/2 at Frant, Sussex, England.1 She was the daughter of Christopher A'Downe and Dorothy Burgess.

Citations

  1. [S23] Index to Sussex Baptisms, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project,.

Edward A'Downe

b. 28 March 1568, d. 1625
FatherWilliam A'Downe b. c 1530, d. 1580
MotherEleanor Saxbyes d. 1610
     Edward A'Downe was baptized on 28 March 1568 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England, surname DOWNE. Only the father, William Downe is given.1 He was the son of William A'Downe and Eleanor Saxbyes.
Edward A'Downe married Alice (?) circa 1587 at England.
Edward A'Downe was a witness: In the Rotherfield manor court held 13 Dec 41 Eliz. [1598]:
It is found that on first proclamation after death of Thomas Adowne came Edward Adowne, kinsman & heir of said Thomas to his bondlands viz. younger son of William Adowne brother & heir of said Thomas & prays admittance to a suein[swin?] of bondland of Wade ferling viz. 3 pieces of land Eastfeld, Collynshaine and le croft, containing by estimation 10 acres in Rotherfield and he makes relief 9¾d etc.
By 1st proclamation after the death of Thomas A Downe comes John A Downe kinsman & heir of the said Thomas viz. eldest son next heir of William etc. & prays admittance to a messuage & barn & garden an orchard & a croft of land containing in all 4 acres 3 rood land of assart lying on the forest next Cotgrove which is held by the rent of 8¾d, a parcel called Arnoldsfeld lying next the premises containing 4 acres held by rent 8d, a well lying next Arnoldsfeld held by ½d rent, also 2 crofts called Inhams lying next the first mentioned croft, containing 8 acres 1/2 rood & 8 parcels of land of assart of Cotgrove held by 12¾d rent. Also a piece of land called le Hoth [Hoath] containing 5 acres 11 perches held by 20¼d rent lying next Cotgrove of assart of Cotgrove. Also a piece of land called Wellet containing 3 acres lying at Wellet G...[?] held by 6 ½d rent with appurtenances in Rotherfield, which said John is admitted tenant etc. And makes relief 6s 2¾d etc.2

Edward A'Downe witnessed the marriage licence of Isaac Alchorne and Agnes A'Downe on 17 December 1599 at Archdeaconry of Lewes, Sussex, England; 17 Dec 1599, Isaac Alchorne yeoman of Retherfield & Agnes Adowne of same, maiden; sureties said IA and Edward ADOWNE of same, yeoman, brother of the maiden
This is the licence to marry and the actual marriage in a church has not been found and is not in the Rotherfield parish register transcripts.3,4,5
Edward A'Downe was a yeoman on 17 December 1599.
Edward A'Downe witnessed the will of John A'Downe dated 7 November 1600 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.6
Edward A'Downe was a witness: In the Rotherfield manor court held 15 Jan 1600/01:
It is found that John Downe out of & since last court viz. 17 Nov 43 Eliz [1600] lying languid in his deathbed surrendered 1 messuage, 1 barn, 1 garden, 1 orchard. To use of Edward Downe his heir. To the intent and purpose that the lord shall to Edward, his heirs & assigns, perform & pay freely & lawfully the gift & legacy that is aforesaid & mentioned[?] in the last will & testament of the said John. Wherefore there falls to the lord for heriot a gelding worth £3.7
There was a child William baptised at Rotherfield on 12 Nov 1620 son of Edward Downe.
Also a burial, 17 Dec 1616, manchild of Edward Downes.1,8
Edward A'Downe died in 1625 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.
Edward A'Downe was buried on 29 July 1625 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.9
His estate was probated on 24 September 1625 Edward DOWNE, (ESRO: PBT 1/3/5/221C.)10
[at top of page] twenty fourth day of September in the year of our Lord 1625
The same day
On which day Master John Chauntrell priest surrogate etc. committed the administration of the goods etc. of Edward Down late of Rotherfield who died intestate to Alice Downe his relict well and faithfully etc. to ??? etc. [as] bound by oath an inventory was exhibited by the relict and John Lockyer of Rotherfield aforesaid total value____ £30 15s.

Family

Alice (?) b. c 1565, d. a 1625
Marriage*
Edward A'Downe married Alice (?) circa 1587 at England
Children

Citations

  1. [S23] Index to Sussex Baptisms, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project,.
  2. [S451] Indexed translation of a court book of the manor of Rotherfield, 1593-1606 (ESRO: PAR 465/26/1/4) "pp. 67, 68 [PDF]."
  3. [S115] Edwin H W Dunkin ed. "Sussex Record Society Vol 1: Calendar of Sussex Marriage Licences: Archdeaconry of Lewes 1586-1643", Sussex Record Society, First Edition (1901) "page 32."
  4. [S103] Transcript of the Parish Register of Rotherfield, Sussex, England, (ESRO: PAR 465/1/1/1) "PAR 465/1/1/2."
  5. [S104] Catharine Pullein, "Rotherfield: The Story of Some Wealden Manors", Courier, First Edition (1928) "page 443,444."
  6. [S665] Will of John Downe of Rotherfield, Sussex, England, made 17 Nov 1600, proved in the Archdeaconry court of Lewes, 17 Dec 1600. (ESRO: PBT/1/1/11/61B).
  7. [S451] Indexed translation of a court book of the manor of Rotherfield, 1593-1606 (ESRO: PAR 465/26/1/4) "p. 84 [PDF]."
  8. [S25] Index to Sussex Burials, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project,.
  9. [S443] Rotherfield St Denys, Burials and MIs, undated, Rotherfield, Sussex (http://www.stdenysrotherfield.org.uk/familyhistory.htm).
  10. [S671] Letters of administration of the estate of Edward Downe of Rotherfield, Sussex, England, granted by the Archdeaconry court of Lewes, 24 Sep 1625 (ESRO: PBT 1/3/5/221C).

Edward A'Downe

b. 29 October 1587, d. 1596
FatherEdward A'Downe b. 28 Mar 1568, d. 1625
MotherAlice (?) b. c 1565, d. a 1625
     Edward A'Downe was baptized on 29 October 1587 at Frant, Sussex, England, A'DOWNE.1 He was the son of Edward A'Downe and Alice (?)
Edward A'Downe died in 1596 at Frant, Sussex, England.
Edward A'Downe was buried on 20 June 1596 at Frant, Sussex, England.2

Citations

  1. [S23] Index to Sussex Baptisms, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project,.
  2. [S25] Index to Sussex Burials, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project,.

Elizabeth A'Downe

b. 2 January 1564
FatherWilliam A'Downe b. c 1530, d. 1580
MotherEleanor Saxbyes d. 1610
     Elizabeth A'Downe was baptized on 2 January 1564 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England, surname DOWNE. Only the father, William Downe is given.1,2 She was the daughter of William A'Downe and Eleanor Saxbyes.
Elizabeth A'Downe married David Laghen on 18 June 1593 at Frant, Sussex, England.3

Family

David Laghen
Marriage*
Elizabeth A'Downe married David Laghen on 18 June 1593 at Frant, Sussex, England.3 

Citations

  1. [S23] Index to Sussex Baptisms, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project,.
  2. [S388] Website "FamilySearch" (http://www.familysearch.org/) "GS Film number: 1067279, Reference ID: 2:2KTZTJF."
  3. [S24] Index to Sussex Marriages, 1538-1837, Compact Disc SFHGCD003, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, 2008.

Elizabeth A'Downe

b. 6 September 1590
FatherEdward A'Downe b. 28 Mar 1568, d. 1625
MotherAlice (?) b. c 1565, d. a 1625
     Elizabeth A'Downe was baptized on 6 September 1590 at Frant, Sussex, England, DOWNE.1,2 She was the daughter of Edward A'Downe and Alice (?)
Elizabeth A'Downe married Andrew Okell on 20 June 1614 at Frant, Sussex, England, surname DOWNE.3

Family

Andrew Okell
Marriage*
Elizabeth A'Downe married Andrew Okell on 20 June 1614 at Frant, Sussex, England, surname DOWNE.3 

Citations

  1. [S23] Index to Sussex Baptisms, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project,.
  2. [S388] Website "FamilySearch" (http://www.familysearch.org/) "GS Film number: 1067357."
  3. [S24] Index to Sussex Marriages, 1538-1837, Compact Disc SFHGCD003, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, 2008.

Hugh A'Downe

b. circa 1550
FatherJohn A'Downe b. c 1520, d. b 1558
     Hugh A'Downe was born circa 1550 at Sussex, England.1 He was the son of John A'Downe.
Hugh A'Downe witnessed the will of John A'Downe dated 1558 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.1

Citations

  1. [S666] Will of John A'Downe of Rotherfield, Sussex, England, made 1558, proved in the Archdeaconry court of Lewes, 16 Feb 1559. (ESRO: PBT 1/1/4/197B).

Joan A'Downe

b. circa 1520
FatherJohn A'Downe b. c 1490, d. 1558
MotherJoan (?) b. c 1490, d. 1544
     Joan A'Downe was born circa 1520 at Sussex, England. She was the daughter of John A'Downe and Joan (?)
Joan A'Downe married Thomas Peryman on 20 November 1547 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.1
Joan A'Downe witnessed the will of John A'Downe dated 1558 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.2

Family

Thomas Peryman
Marriage*
Joan A'Downe married Thomas Peryman on 20 November 1547 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.1 
Children

Citations

  1. [S24] Index to Sussex Marriages, 1538-1837, Compact Disc SFHGCD003, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, 2008.
  2. [S666] Will of John A'Downe of Rotherfield, Sussex, England, made 1558, proved in the Archdeaconry court of Lewes, 16 Feb 1559. (ESRO: PBT 1/1/4/197B).

John A'Downe

b. 16 September 1593
FatherChristopher A'Downe b. c 1560, d. 1602
MotherDorothy Burgess d. 1602
     John A'Downe was baptized on 16 September 1593 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.1 He was the son of Christopher A'Downe and Dorothy Burgess.
Possible marriage to Helen Loake at Rotherfield on 22 Jan 1609/10. Might be too young though?2

Citations

  1. [S23] Index to Sussex Baptisms, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project,.
  2. [S24] Index to Sussex Marriages, 1538-1837, Compact Disc SFHGCD003, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, 2008.

John A'Downe

b. 23 February 1594/95
FatherEdward A'Downe b. 28 Mar 1568, d. 1625
MotherAlice (?) b. c 1565, d. a 1625
     John A'Downe was baptized on 23 February 1594/95 at Frant, Sussex, England, DOWNE.1,2 He was the son of Edward A'Downe and Alice (?)

Citations

  1. [S23] Index to Sussex Baptisms, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project,.
  2. [S388] Website "FamilySearch" (http://www.familysearch.org/) "GS Film number: 1067357."

John A'Downe

b. circa 1490, d. 1558
Father(?) atte Downe
     John A'Downe was born circa 1490 at Sussex, England. He was the son of (?) atte Downe.
John A'Downe married Joan (?) circa 1518 at Sussex, England.
John a Downe was churchwarden of Rothefield St Denys 1519-21 and William a Downe, possibly his brother, was a churchwarden 1525-26.
The burial of Joan Downe, "wife of John", identifies the wife of John as Joan.
The manorial records suggest that the Downe/A'Downe family go further back in Rotherfield, as the court rolls for 1456 record the following:
"Wm A'Downe admitted after the death of Nicholas A'Downe to a messuage former Stonends by the rent of 8 1/2, of old assent, & to one perch of land to enlarge the old messuage taken out of the street, by rent of a farthing yearly 34HVI [1456]."1
John A'Downe died in 1558 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.
John A'Downe left a will made on 1558 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.2
WILL – John A’Downe of Rotherfield 1558
(ESRO: PBT 1/1/4/197B)
Made: 27 ??? 1558
Proved: 16 Feb 1559
In the name of god Amen The xxviith of the monethe of ??? in the yere of our lorde god m vc lviii [1558] and in the fyrst[e] yere of the Reygne of our soveyne Ladye Elizabeth by the grace of god [queen] of England France & Ireland defender of the fayth &c I John a Downe of the pishe of Retherfeld in the Countye of Sussex beyng hole of mynde & [of] goode & pfyte remembrance [laud] & prayse be unto almiyghtye god mak & ordeyne this my last wyll and testament in maner & forme followyng that is to say ffyrste I bequeth my soule to almyghtye god my maker & redemer my bodye to be buryed in the pishe churche or churche yard of Rotherfeld where as my executor shall dyspose it Item I bequethe to the hyghe aultar of the said pyshe churche of Rotherfelde iiiid Item I bequethe to Sylvester hyder daughter of my daughter [illeg.][Name disappears where the page bends into the binding] [hyder] a payre of shetes a blankett a bolster a // caldron a brasse panne a lytle brasse [pot] [illeg.] Itm I bequethe to xpofer hyder [illeg.] a brasse [illeg.] [a spytte] a ???yer candelstyck at an unknown age Chaffyngdysshe a ???yer bason at an unknown age frying panne Item I bequethe to the forsayd Sylvester [illeg.] xxxiiis iiiid to by her a [cowe] whiche cowe shalbe [illeg.] [to her] use [or be] the feast of Easter [come] twelvemonthJohn A'Downe whiche wyl[be] in the yere of our lord god m vc lx[1560] Itm [to the] [same] Sylvester I bequethe [illeg.]s viiid to by her a caldron & iiis iiiid to by her a [bonde][uncertain about the ‘on’ in the middle] for her fors[aid] cauldron Also to the same Sylvester I bequethe vili xiiis iiiid of lawfull money of englond to be payd to her at her maryage daye Itm I bequethe to the foresayd [xpofer] hyder sonne of my daughter Cathryn hyder xxxiiis iiiid to by him a cowe whiche cowe I wyll shalbe bought & put to his use [at or be] the next easter after the tyme lymitted for his sisters cowe to [be] bought that ys to saye by the feaste of easter whiche wylbe in the yere of our lorde god m vc lxi[1561] Itm I bequethe to Cathryn [one] other daughter of my daughter Cathryn hyder xls to be be bestowed pd & putt to the best use & comodytie maye be in the next yere after that the sayde xpofer hyders cowe is lymitted to be bought Itm I bequethe to george peryman sonne of my daughter Johanne peryman xiiis iiiid Itm I bequethe to John peryman [one] other sonne of the sayd Joanne peryman [illeg.] xxvis viiid Itm I bequethe to sylvest[er] peryman & Catheryn peryman daughters of my daughter joanne peryman to eyther of them xxs And my wyll is that these bequests of mony above issyued & bequethed shalbe payde & pformed by John hyder my sonne [in lawe] owte of the [illeg.] & payments late reseived of hym uppon the bargayn & sale of my lands to hym late [had] & made as is appoynted to be payde to me myne executors or assignes in a payre of Indentures betwixt me the sayde John a Downe of thone part & the sayde John hyder on that other [ptye] made in such [illeg.] to be payde as therein is [illeg.] without further [illeg.] to the sayde John hyder so as the very intent & meanyng of this my wyll ys that for the non payment or not pformaunce of anye of the foresayd bequethes in money nott pformed after the pay[ments] in the sayde indenture shalbe due & payable then that [paye] to whome suche bequeth shalbe due & of the pmisses [payable] shall [then] lyke to [illeg.] the same by distresse therfore by hym & them to be [takyn] of & in the forsayd landes & the same in lyke manr to [illeg.] as to me is [reserved] in that behalfe And in lyke forme & manr to Kathryn hyder my daughter xxs Itm to my daughter J[ane][Part of name obscured by writing on the line above] peryman I bequethe xxs Itm I bequethe to John a Downe & [heughe] a Downe the sonnes of my sonne John a Downe late deceassed to eyther of them iiili of good & lawfull money of englond Itm I bequethe to wylliam a Downe sonne of my sonne Alexander a Downe late decessed [foure] pounds of lawfull money of englond And yf any of the sayd sonnes of my sonne John a Downe happen to decesse [wthout] heyre of his bodye lawfully begotten that then I wyll that the other brother to be hys [heyre] in the sayd bequethes lykewise I wyll that yf the foresayde wylliam a Downe sonne of my sonne Alexander happen to decesse wthout heyre of his bodye lawfully begotten that then his mother shall have [xl]s of that to him is above assigned and the other xls therof to be bestowed [whereas] myne executor shall thynk best Also I ordeyne & constitute the afore named John hyder to be the [whole] & [trustie] executor of this my sayde wyll & testament Who having my lands & tenements by bargayn & Surrendr // accordingly shall pforme & fulfill all my legacyes & bequethes in this my wyll conteyned according to the Covenants & [payments] thereof shall & doth by the foresayd indenture [extend] & so [saying] the very intent & meaning of my wyll is that the same payments [so] thereof allowed and [illeg.] shalbe from tyme to tyme a Suffycyent discharge of all [clauses] & condytions of [Rent] or other [Indemnytie] in that behalfe The Residewe & surplus of the sayd [illeg.] & payments [illeg.] all other my goodes Catells & debts I do wholye gyve [remyt] & bequethe to the same myn executor And I do [nominate] and appoynt wylliam [illeg.][possibly Bocher – is also a witness] my neyghbor to be my trustye Supvysor & ovseer by whose [syght] & surveyaunce of all & everye the forsayd legacyes & bequethes maye be the better accomplysshed And suche pformed therof as shalbe due to Anye [illeg.] ther mynoritie of age maye be by myn executor [illeg.] & after [illeg.] payde according to the true intent of this my last wyll and as shalbe for th[is] suffycyent or quyting & dyscharge of the sayd John hyder his heyres & executors in that behalfe These wytnesses Alexander ffarmer & John b?h?? wth others
[Amount sworn] xxxli xviis viiid
Ex[hibited] in the parish church of Maresfield… 16th February 1559
(Transcribed by Claire Wickens, 17th March 2017 for Geoffrey Barber)
NOTES FROM WILL:
Daughter Cathryn Hyder, wife of John Hyder
Granddaughter Sylvester Hyder, daughter of Cathryn and John Hyder
Grandson Christopher Hyder, son of Cathryn and John Hyder
Granddaughter Cathryn Hyder, daughter of Cathryn and John Hyder
Daughter Joanne Peryman
Grandson George Peryman, son of Joanne Peryman
Grandson John Peryman, son of Joanne Peryman
Granddaughter Cathryn Peryman, daughter of Joanne Peryman
Granddaughter Sylvester Peryman, daughter of Joanne Peryman
Son John A’Downe (deceased)
Grandson John A’Downe, son of John A’Downe
Grandson Heughe [Hugh?] A’Downe, son of John A’Downe
Son Alexander A’Downe (deceased)
Grandson William, son of Alexander A’Downe
Witnesses:
Alexander Farmer
John b?h?? (Bocher?)
Overseer:
William [illeg.] (Bocher?)
His estate was probated on 16 February 1559 at Maresfield, Sussex, England, (Exhibited.)

Family

Joan (?) b. c 1490, d. 1544
Marriage*
John A'Downe married Joan (?) circa 1518 at Sussex, England
Children

Citations

  1. [S104] Catharine Pullein, "Rotherfield: The Story of Some Wealden Manors", Courier, First Edition (1928) "p. 222."
  2. [S666] Will of John A'Downe of Rotherfield, Sussex, England, made 1558, proved in the Archdeaconry court of Lewes, 16 Feb 1559. (ESRO: PBT 1/1/4/197B).

John A'Downe

b. circa 1520, d. before 1558
FatherJohn A'Downe b. c 1490, d. 1558
MotherJoan (?) b. c 1490, d. 1544
     John A'Downe was born circa 1520 at Sussex, England. He was the son of John A'Downe and Joan (?)
John A'Downe died before 1558 at Sussex, England.1
John A'Downe witnessed the will of John A'Downe dated 1558 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.1

Family

Children

Citations

  1. [S666] Will of John A'Downe of Rotherfield, Sussex, England, made 1558, proved in the Archdeaconry court of Lewes, 16 Feb 1559. (ESRO: PBT 1/1/4/197B).

John A'Downe

b. circa 1545
FatherJohn A'Downe b. c 1520, d. b 1558
     John A'Downe was born circa 1545 at Sussex, England.1 He was the son of John A'Downe.
John A'Downe witnessed the will of John A'Downe dated 1558 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.1

Citations

  1. [S666] Will of John A'Downe of Rotherfield, Sussex, England, made 1558, proved in the Archdeaconry court of Lewes, 16 Feb 1559. (ESRO: PBT 1/1/4/197B).

John A'Downe

b. circa 1555, d. November 1600
FatherWilliam A'Downe b. c 1530, d. 1580
MotherEleanor Saxbyes d. 1610
     John A'Downe was born circa 1555 at Sussex, England. He was the son of William A'Downe and Eleanor Saxbyes.
John appears to have never married.
John A'Downe was a witness: In the Rotherfield manor court held 13 Dec 41 Eliz. [1598]:
It is found that on first proclamation after death of Thomas Adowne came Edward Adowne, kinsman & heir of said Thomas to his bondlands viz. younger son of William Adowne brother & heir of said Thomas & prays admittance to a suein[swin?] of bondland of Wade ferling viz. 3 pieces of land Eastfeld, Collynshaine and le croft, containing by estimation 10 acres in Rotherfield and he makes relief 9¾d etc.
By 1st proclamation after the death of Thomas A Downe comes John A Downe kinsman & heir of the said Thomas viz. eldest son next heir of William etc. & prays admittance to a messuage & barn & garden an orchard & a croft of land containing in all 4 acres 3 rood land of assart lying on the forest next Cotgrove which is held by the rent of 8¾d, a parcel called Arnoldsfeld lying next the premises containing 4 acres held by rent 8d, a well lying next Arnoldsfeld held by ½d rent, also 2 crofts called Inhams lying next the first mentioned croft, containing 8 acres 1/2 rood & 8 parcels of land of assart of Cotgrove held by 12¾d rent. Also a piece of land called le Hoth [Hoath] containing 5 acres 11 perches held by 20¼d rent lying next Cotgrove of assart of Cotgrove. Also a piece of land called Wellet containing 3 acres lying at Wellet G...[?] held by 6 ½d rent with appurtenances in Rotherfield, which said John is admitted tenant etc. And makes relief 6s 2¾d etc.1

John A'Downe left a will made on 7 November 1600 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.2
In the name of god amen The sevententh day of november in the yeare of our Lord god [illeg.] the computation of the Church of England one thousand and six hundred and in the three & fortith yeare of the raigne of our soveraigne Lady Elizabeth by the grace of god of England ffrannce and Irelande Queene defender of the faith etc I John Downe of Retherfeild in the county of Sussex beinge sicke in bodye but of good and perfect remembrance thanks bee to god therefore doe make and ordayne this my last will and testamente in manner and forme following ffirste and principally I bequeath my soule unto almightye god my maker saviour and redeemer by whome & through whome I hope to have forgivenes of my synnes and my bodye to the earth from whence yt came Item I gyve and bequeath unto Alice Merrywether my sister forty shillings of lawfull money of England to bee paid unto her or her heires or assignes by myne executor hereafter named wthin one yeare next after my decease all the residue of my moveable goods and chattells not before given and bequeathed my debts first paid my legacyes discharged and my funerall expences pformed I give and bequeath full and whollye unto Edward Downe my brother whome I make and ordayne my whole executor of this my present will This is the last will and testament of mee the aforesaid John Downe made the day and yeare firste above written Concerning the disposition of my lands and tenements as followeth ffirste I will and bequeath to Edward Downe my brother all that my messuage howses barnes buildings and edifices together wth all those my Assert11 i.e Assart holde lands wth thappurtenances sett lyinge and beinge in the parrishe of Retherfeilde in the county of Sussex to have and to hold to him his heyres and assignes for ever the said Edward his heyres or assignes paying & [performing] out of my said lands and tenements these severall legacyes and bequeaths hereafter in this my // present will expressed That ys to say ffirste I will and bequeath unto Elinor Downe my mother seven pounds of lawfull money of England a yeare and every yeare for and duringe her naturall lyfe to bee paid quarterly out of my sayd messuage lands and tenements by the sayd Edward Downe my brother his heyres or assignes and ffurther I will and bequeath that after the said Ellynor my mothers decease that the said Edward Downe my brother his heyres or assignes shall pay out of my said messuage lands and tenements unto [Amy] Downe my sister (yf shee bee then livinge) three pounds of lawfull money of England a yeare and every yeare duringe her naturall lyfe quarterly in forme aforesayd and yf it happen that the sayd [Emy] doe decease before the sayd Ellinor my mother that then my will and true meaninge ys that the said Ellinor my mother shall have but foure pounds a yeare and every yeare duringe her said naturall lyfe after the said [Emy] her decease to bee paid by the said Edward his heires or assignes out of my said messuage lands and tenements quarterly in manner & forme aforesaid any thing in this my present will conteyned to the contrary in any wyse notwthstanding and further I will and bequeath unto Christopher Downe my brother tenn pounds of lawfull money of England to bee paid unto him his heyres or assignes by the said Edward Downe his heires or assignes out of my said messuage lands and tenements wthin seven yeares next after the said Ellinor my mothers decease and further I will and my verye true meaninge ys that the said Edward my brother and his heyres shall enter into sufficient bonds of threescore pounds of lawfull money of England to the said Ellynor my mother and to Isack Alchorne and theire heyres for the performance of these my severall giftes and legacyes before given and bequeathed before the surrender of the premisses made by mee uppon this my will bee [brought unto] the courte accordinge to the custome of the [illeg.] //of Rotherfeild otherwise this my present gifte made of my said messuage and lands to the said Edward and his heyres shalbee utterlye voyd and of none effecte and finallye my will and true meaning ys that the said Ellynore my mother shall have one moneths libertye after my decease for the avoydeing away of her twoe fatt bullocks and that shee shall have all the residue of her chattells kepte in and uppon my said lands wth such hay and fother as is uppon the same untill the myddle of may nexte cominge anythinge herein conteyned to the contrarye in any wyse nothwthstandinge and I ordayne and appoynte William Newman and John Hosmer to bee my supervises and overseers of this my present will and they to have three shillings foure pence apeece and theire chardges borne these beinge witnesses Isacke Allchorne Thomas Hosmer Nicholas Merrywether wth others
Signum Johannes Downe22 The mark of John Downe
Probate: 17th December 1600 to Edward Downe, brother and executor.
(Transcribed by Claire Wickens, 23rd March 2017 for Geoffrey Barber.)
John A'Downe died in November 1600 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.
John A'Downe was buried on 20 November 1600 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.3
His estate was probated on 17 December 1600 at Archdeaconry of Lewes, Sussex, England.
In the Rotherfield manor court held 15 Jan 1600/01:
It is found that John Downe out of & since last court viz. 17 Nov 43 Eliz [1600] lying languid in his deathbed surrendered 1 messuage, 1 barn, 1 garden, 1 orchard. To use of Edward Downe his heir. To the intent and purpose that the lord shall to Edward, his heirs & assigns, perform & pay freely & lawfully the gift & legacy that is aforesaid & mentioned[?] in the last will & testament of the said John. Wherefore there falls to the lord for heriot a gelding worth £3.4

Citations

  1. [S451] Indexed translation of a court book of the manor of Rotherfield, 1593-1606 (ESRO: PAR 465/26/1/4) "pp. 67, 68 [PDF]."
  2. [S665] Will of John Downe of Rotherfield, Sussex, England, made 17 Nov 1600, proved in the Archdeaconry court of Lewes, 17 Dec 1600. (ESRO: PBT/1/1/11/61B).
  3. [S443] Rotherfield St Denys, Burials and MIs, undated, Rotherfield, Sussex (http://www.stdenysrotherfield.org.uk/familyhistory.htm).
  4. [S451] Indexed translation of a court book of the manor of Rotherfield, 1593-1606 (ESRO: PAR 465/26/1/4) "p. 84 [PDF]."

Steven A'Downe

b. 7 January 1592/93
FatherEdward A'Downe b. 28 Mar 1568, d. 1625
MotherAlice (?) b. c 1565, d. a 1625
     Steven A'Downe was baptized on 7 January 1592/93 at Frant, Sussex, England, DOWNE.1,2 He was the son of Edward A'Downe and Alice (?)

Citations

  1. [S23] Index to Sussex Baptisms, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project,.
  2. [S388] Website "FamilySearch" (http://www.familysearch.org/) "GS Film number: 1067357."

Thomas A'Downe

b. circa 1526, d. before 1598
Father(?) A'Downe b. c 1500
     Thomas A'Downe was born circa 1526 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England. He was the son of (?) A'Downe.
Thomas A'Downe died before 1598 at Sussex, England.
In the Rotherfield manor court held 13 Dec 41 Eliz. [1598]:
It is found that on first proclamation after death of Thomas Adowne came Edward Adowne, kinsman & heir of said Thomas to his bondlands viz. younger son of William Adowne brother & heir of said Thomas & prays admittance to a suein[swin?] of bondland of Wade ferling viz. 3 pieces of land Eastfeld, Collynshaine and le croft, containing by estimation 10 acres in Rotherfield and he makes relief 9¾d etc.
By 1st proclamation after the death of Thomas A Downe comes John A Downe kinsman & heir of the said Thomas viz. eldest son next heir of William etc. & prays admittance to a messuage & barn & garden an orchard & a croft of land containing in all 4 acres 3 rood land of assart lying on the forest next Cotgrove which is held by the rent of 8¾d, a parcel called Arnoldsfeld lying next the premises containing 4 acres held by rent 8d, a well lying next Arnoldsfeld held by ½d rent, also 2 crofts called Inhams lying next the first mentioned croft, containing 8 acres 1/2 rood & 8 parcels of land of assart of Cotgrove held by 12¾d rent. Also a piece of land called le Hoth [Hoath] containing 5 acres 11 perches held by 20¼d rent lying next Cotgrove of assart of Cotgrove. Also a piece of land called Wellet containing 3 acres lying at Wellet G...[?] held by 6 ½d rent with appurtenances in Rotherfield, which said John is admitted tenant etc. And makes relief 6s 2¾d etc.1

The following people are identified in this:
- Thomas A'Downe the deceased
- His brother William A'Downe
- William's younger son Edward (younger son of William Adowne brother)
- William's eldest son John (eldest son next heir of William.)

Citations

  1. [S451] Indexed translation of a court book of the manor of Rotherfield, 1593-1606 (ESRO: PAR 465/26/1/4) "pp. 67, 68 [PDF]."

William A'Downe

b. circa 1530, d. 1580
Father(?) A'Downe b. c 1500
     William A'Downe was born circa 1530 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England. He was the son of (?) A'Downe.
William A'Downe married Eleanor Saxbyes on 10 January 1551 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.1
William A'Downe died in 1580 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.
William A'Downe was buried on 5 January 1580 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England, Note date is 5 Jan 1580/81.2
His estate was probated on 21 January 1580 at Archdeaconry of Lewes, Sussex, England, Note date is 21 Jan 1580/81.3
Administration William Adownes of Rotherfield / was committed to Elenore his relict [well and faithfully etc 21 January etc] sworn £25 10s 8d /Adownes of Rotherfield.
William A'Downe was a witness: In the Rotherfield manor court held 13 Dec 41 Eliz. [1598]:
It is found that on first proclamation after death of Thomas Adowne came Edward Adowne, kinsman & heir of said Thomas to his bondlands viz. younger son of William Adowne brother & heir of said Thomas & prays admittance to a suein[swin?] of bondland of Wade ferling viz. 3 pieces of land Eastfeld, Collynshaine and le croft, containing by estimation 10 acres in Rotherfield and he makes relief 9¾d etc.
By 1st proclamation after the death of Thomas A Downe comes John A Downe kinsman & heir of the said Thomas viz. eldest son next heir of William etc. & prays admittance to a messuage & barn & garden an orchard & a croft of land containing in all 4 acres 3 rood land of assart lying on the forest next Cotgrove which is held by the rent of 8¾d, a parcel called Arnoldsfeld lying next the premises containing 4 acres held by rent 8d, a well lying next Arnoldsfeld held by ½d rent, also 2 crofts called Inhams lying next the first mentioned croft, containing 8 acres 1/2 rood & 8 parcels of land of assart of Cotgrove held by 12¾d rent. Also a piece of land called le Hoth [Hoath] containing 5 acres 11 perches held by 20¼d rent lying next Cotgrove of assart of Cotgrove. Also a piece of land called Wellet containing 3 acres lying at Wellet G...[?] held by 6 ½d rent with appurtenances in Rotherfield, which said John is admitted tenant etc. And makes relief 6s 2¾d etc.4

Family

Eleanor Saxbyes d. 1610
Marriage*
William A'Downe married Eleanor Saxbyes on 10 January 1551 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.1 
Children

Citations

  1. [S24] Index to Sussex Marriages, 1538-1837, Compact Disc SFHGCD003, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, 2008.
  2. [S25] Index to Sussex Burials, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project,.
  3. [S664] Letters of administration of the estate of William A'Downes of Rotherfield, Sussex, England, granted by the Archdeaconry court of Lewes, 21 Jan 1581 (ESRO: PBT 1/3/1/93E).
  4. [S451] Indexed translation of a court book of the manor of Rotherfield, 1593-1606 (ESRO: PAR 465/26/1/4) "pp. 67, 68 [PDF]."

William A'Downe

b. circa 1564, d. 1564
FatherWilliam A'Downe b. c 1530, d. 1580
MotherEleanor Saxbyes d. 1610
     William A'Downe was born circa 1564. He was the son of William A'Downe and Eleanor Saxbyes.
William A'Downe died in 1564 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.
William A'Downe was buried on 18 April 1564 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England, "son of William."1

Citations

  1. [S25] Index to Sussex Burials, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project, "son of William."

William A'Downe

b. circa 1550
FatherAlexander A'Downe b. c 1525, d. b 1558
     William A'Downe was born circa 1550 at Sussex, England.1 He was the son of Alexander A'Downe.
William A'Downe witnessed the will of John A'Downe dated 1558 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.1

Citations

  1. [S666] Will of John A'Downe of Rotherfield, Sussex, England, made 1558, proved in the Archdeaconry court of Lewes, 16 Feb 1559. (ESRO: PBT 1/1/4/197B).

Comforte a'Milles

b. circa 1584
FatherThomas a'Milles
MotherJoane Akehurst b. c 1558
     Comforte a'Milles was born circa 1584 at Sussex, England. She was the daughter of Thomas a'Milles and Joane Akehurst.
Comforte a'Milles witnessed the will of Agnes (?) dated 18 August 1593 at Hellingly, Sussex, England.1

Citations

  1. [S683] Will of Agnes Akehurst of Hellingly, Sussex, England, made 18 Aug 1593, proved in the Archdeaconry court of Lewes, Jun 1595. (ESRO:PBT 1/1/9/359).

Phebe a'Milles

b. circa 1582
FatherThomas a'Milles
MotherJoane Akehurst b. c 1558
     Phebe a'Milles was born circa 1582 at Sussex, England. She was the daughter of Thomas a'Milles and Joane Akehurst.
Phebe a'Milles witnessed the will of Agnes (?) dated 18 August 1593 at Hellingly, Sussex, England.1

Citations

  1. [S683] Will of Agnes Akehurst of Hellingly, Sussex, England, made 18 Aug 1593, proved in the Archdeaconry court of Lewes, Jun 1595. (ESRO:PBT 1/1/9/359).