Jane Fanch

     Jane Fanch married Thomas Dimmock circa 1750 at England.

Family

Thomas Dimmock
Marriage*
Jane Fanch married Thomas Dimmock circa 1750 at England
Child

George Farenden

b. circa 1840
     George Farenden was born circa 1840 at Portsmouth, Hampshire, England.
George Farenden married Mary Evans, daughter of Charlotte Evans, on 14 October 1866 at Ryde, Hampshire, England.
On 3 April 1881 George Farenden and Mary Evans lived at 7 The Drive, Hove, Sussex, England.1
George Farenden was a butler and valet to a retired Colonel of the Royal Engineers and his family on 5 April 1891 at 7 Medina Villas, Hove, Sussex, England.
George Farenden and Mary Evans were caretakers on 31 March 1901 at St Aubyn's Mansions, Hove, Sussex, England.2
George and Mary appear to have had no children.

Family

Mary Evans b. 8 May 1836
Marriage*
George Farenden married Mary Evans, daughter of Charlotte Evans, on 14 October 1866 at Ryde, Hampshire, England

Citations

  1. [S70] 1881 Census for England, "RG11 piece 1096 folio 85 page 13."
  2. [S72] 1901 Census for England "RG13 piece 936 folio 149 page 27."

(?) Farley

(?) Farmer

Family

Children

(?) Farmer

b. circa 1520
Father(?) Farmer
     (?) Farmer was born circa 1520 at Sussex, England. He was the son of (?) Farmer.

Family

Child

Adam Farmer

b. circa 1498, d. 1547
FatherThomas Farmer b. c 1460, d. c 1530
MotherElizabeth (?)
     Adam Farmer was born circa 1498 at England. He was the son of Thomas Farmer and Elizabeth (?)
Adam Farmer married Alice (?) circa 1520 at Sussex, England.
Adam Farmer died in 1547 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.
There is a land grant made by an Adam FERMER on 20 January 1547 which may be for this person:
Adam FERMER of Rotherfield, yeoman, to Robert FERMER and John STAPLE, 20 January 1547.
Lands in Rotherfield (47 acres) abutting N on way leading between Skuttylchroche and house called Shereffs, S on land of John FERMOR called Archerede, SW on way leading from Rotherfield to Orgarshyll and piece of land called Cukkam, SE on land called Bondmede and Clayton, E on way leading from Clayton
Adam FERMER appoints William SAWYER and George MAYND to deliver seisin to Robert FERMER and John STAPLE
Witnesses: John CARRWYND of Frant, Thomas FARMER of Rotherfield
Abstract recorded by ESRO for their catalogue (ESRO: DYK 377.)
Adam Farmer was buried on 24 January 1547 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England, "Adam Fermor, the elder."1

Family

Alice (?) d. 1551
Marriage*
Adam Farmer married Alice (?) circa 1520 at Sussex, England

Citations

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

Adam Farmer

b. 8 March 1551, d. 1625
FatherJohn Farmer b. c 1520, d. c 1559
MotherOdyan Kent d. 1585
     Adam Farmer was baptized on 8 March 1551 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England, surname recorded as FARMOR (Note: 8 Mar 1550/51).1 He was the son of John Farmer and Odyan Kent.
Adam Farmer witnessed the will of John Farmer dated 13 October 1558 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.2,3
In John Nynne alias Barber's will of 1589, he appoints Adam Farmer, son of John Farmer deceased as an overseer on his will. Adam is probably related to John Nynne alias Barber's wife Alice (nee Farmer). Alice may be a sister to Adam's father John Farmer. Note that the manorial records record the death of John Farmer at the court held on 22 Oct. 1 Eliz (1559) and his 8 year old son Adam is admitted as heir (Pullein transcripion page 38 of 78).4
Adam Farmer died in 1625 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.
Adam Farmer was buried on 12 September 1625 at St Denys, Rotherfield, Sussex, England.
The manorial court roll records the disbursement of Adam Farmer's property after his death to his sister Avis Catt and his nephew John Lockyer, son of Silvester Lockyer. It would appear that Adam never married.5,6
Adam Farmer left a will made on 1625/26: yeoman; Money bequests only; 8 Sep 1625; 20 Dec 1625, 3 Feb 1626 and 16 May 1626. (ESRO: AMS 6326/130)(PCC: PROB 11/147 s295.)

Citations

  1. [S23] Index to Sussex Baptisms, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project,.
  2. [S572] R. Garraway Rice & edited by Walter H. Godfrey, "Transcript of Sussex Wills, Vol IV: Racton to Yapton", Sussex Record Society, First Edition (1940) "p. 25."
  3. [S586] Will of John Fermar of Rotherfield, Sussex, England, made 13 Oct 1558, proved in the Archdeaconry court of Lewes, 20 Mar 1558/59. (ESRO: PBT 1/1/4/305A).
  4. [S440] Indexed translation of a court book of the manor of Rotherfield, 1557-1560 (ESRO: PAR 465/26/1/2) "p. 38 of 78."
  5. [S104] Catharine Pullein, "Rotherfield: The Story of Some Wealden Manors", Courier, First Edition (1928) "p. 361."
  6. [S450] Indexed translation of four court books of the manor of Dewlands (at Rotherfield, Sussex), 1583-1714 (ESRO: PAR 465/26/1/7) "pp. 27-29."

Adam Farmer

b. 14 June 1584, d. between 1641 and 1646
FatherAdam Farmer b. c 1540, d. Apr 1587
MotherMargery Coe b. c 1545, d. 1615
     Adam Farmer was baptized on 14 June 1584 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.1 He was the son of Adam Farmer and Margery Coe.
Adam Farmer witnessed the will of Adam Farmer dated 11 April 1587 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.2
Adam Farmer was a tailor in 1619.3
Adam Farmer and Denise Hoadly obtained a marriage licence on 10 December 1619 at Archdeaconry of Lewes, Sussex, England, Adam FARMAR, tailor of Rotherfield; Denise HODLY, widow, of the same parish. Sponsors: Adam FARMER; Jn SMYTHER /yeo Framfield.3
Adam Farmer married Denise Hoadly on 20 December 1619 at Framfield, Sussex, England.3
Adam Farmer died between 1641 and 1646 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.
Two possible burials at Rotherfield: 16 Dec 1641 or 3 Nov 1646.4

Family

Denise Hoadly d. 1647
Marriage License
Adam Farmer and Denise Hoadly obtained a marriage licence on 10 December 1619 at Archdeaconry of Lewes, Sussex, England, Adam FARMAR, tailor of Rotherfield; Denise HODLY, widow, of the same parish. Sponsors: Adam FARMER; Jn SMYTHER /yeo Framfield.3 
Marriage*
Adam Farmer married Denise Hoadly on 20 December 1619 at Framfield, Sussex, England.3 
Children

Citations

  1. [S23] Index to Sussex Baptisms, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project,.
  2. [S657] Will of Adam Farmer of Rotherfield, Sussex, England, made 11 April 1587, proved in the Archdeaconry court of Lewes, 23 May 1587. (ESRO: PBT 1/1/8/11).
  3. [S24] Index to Sussex Marriages, 1538-1837, Compact Disc SFHGCD003, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, 2008.
  4. [S443] Rotherfield St Denys, Burials and MIs, undated, Rotherfield, Sussex (http://www.stdenysrotherfield.org.uk/familyhistory.htm).

Adam Farmer

b. circa 1540, d. April 1587
     Adam Farmer was born circa 1540.
Adam Farmer married Margery Coe, daughter of (?) Coe, on 15 June 1569 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.1
Adam Farmer was a weaver in 1587.2
Adam Farmer died in April 1587 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.
Adam Farmer left a will made on 11 April 1587 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.2
In the name of God amen the xith daye of Aprill in the nyne and twentithe yeare of the raigne of our soveraigne Ladye Elizabethe by the grace of God Queene of Englande ffraunce and Irelandede defender of the ffaythe &c Ano dni 1587 [The 8 is unclear but matches the regnal year]. I Adam ffarmer of the pishe of Rotherfelde in the Countye of Sussex wever beinge of good and pfecte remembrance doe make and declare this my last will and testamente in maner and forme ffollowinge ffirste I geve and yelde my soule into the handes of the allmighty my saviour and redeemer and my bodye to the earthe from whence it came and desentlye to be buried accordinge to the laudable Custome of our countrye Item I geve and bequeathe to Margarye my wiffe my dwellinge howsse or tenamente situate and beinge in the towne of Rotherfelde aforesayde with the barne and other edifices and buildinges and also the Close garden orchard and other Customarye landes there unto belonginge To have and to holde to her and her assignes duringe her naturall lyffe Item I geve likewise to my sayde wyffe my freeholde landes lyinge and beinge in Rotherfelde aforesayde conteyninge by estimacon five acres of lande more or lesse to have and to holde unto her and her assignes for the [space?] and terme of Eight yeres next after my deceasse yf she // live soe longe a tyme fully to be complete and ended And after my sayd wiffes deceasse my will is that my sonne Alexander ffarmer his heyres and assignes shall have my sayd dwellinge howsse or tenamente with the other edifices and alsoe the close garden orchard and the Customarye landes aforesayd unto the sayde dwellinge howsse belonginge and appertayninge Item I geve and bequeathe unto my sonne Alexander ffarmer all those my loomes and stayes and other harnesse unto the Crafte of weavinge belonginge or appurteyninge and alsoe one cupborde one table and one forme now standinge and beinge in the Hall of my dwellinge howsse aforesayde uppon this condicon that the sayde Alexander my sonne shall finde sufficiente [securi]tyes when he shall come to the full age of one and twentye yeares to paye or cause to be payde to my daughter Katherine ffarmer within two yeares after that he the sayde Alexander shall receave the proffitte of the house and landes with other the premisses aforesayde after my wifes deceasse the full some of five poundes of lawfull money of England But if my sayde sonne Alexander when he shall [come] to the full age of one and twentye yeares aforesayde shall refuse to [finde] sufficient sureties as is aforesayde for the paymentte of the five poundes aforesayde unto my daughter Katherine then my will ys that the sayde Katherine shall have and take my loomes aforesayde with all the stayes and other the pmisses to the craft of weavinge belonginge and alsoe the Cubbord table and forme aforesayde in full recompence of this my gifte of five poundes aforesayde for her porcon And concerninge my free landes aforesayde after the Eight yeares above specified after my deceasse be fully expired or imediatlye after my deceasse wifes deceasse if she dye before the eight yeares be ended my will is that my // overseers here under named their Executours Administrators or assignes shall have hold and enioye the yearely rent of my sayde free landes to them their Executors administrators and assignes untill the yearely rent thereof by them receaved be fullye sufficiente to paye unto my daughter Elizabeth five poundes of good and lawfull money of England And to my sonne Adam ffarmer ten poundes of like monye in maner and forme followinge That is to saye my will ys that my sayde ovseers their executors Administrators or assignes shall paye or cause to be payde unto my sayde daughter Elizabeth the five poundes aforesayde as sone as the yearely rentes of my sayde free landes by them receaved will be sufficiente to paye the same And after the paymentte thereof my will is likewise that my sayde overseers their Executors Administrators or assignes shall paye or cause to be payde the other tenne poundes to my sonne Adam or his assignes as sone as the yearely renttes of my freelandes is as aforesayde to be fully sufficiente to paye the somme likewise And after those my legaces geven out of my freelandes as aforesayde be fully pformed and payde my will is that my sonne Alexander shall have the sayde lande to him and his heyres forever But if anye of my sayde daughters Kathar[ine - end of name illegible] and Elizabethe doe dye before such tyme as they shall receave the severall giftes to them bequeathed then my will ys that the longest liver of them shall have and receave the pte or porcon which should be due to the deceassed at the tyme for the payment thereof as is aforesayde All the rest of my moveable goodes not geven and bequeathed (my dettes discharged my legaces pformed and my funerall expences discharged) // I geve wholy to my wyffe Margarie whome I make and ordayne my Executrix of this my laste will and testamente desiringe my neighbour John Staplye and my Brother in lawe Richard Co to be my trustye and faythfull overseers of this my last will to be aydinge helpinge and assistinge my said Executrix in the provinge of this my testament and to see that my legaces and geefts accordinge to my mynde herein declared fully pformed and discharged These beinge witnesses at the declaring hereof Thomas ffarmer Richard Co John Staplye and William Burges the writer hereof
Probate: granted 23rd May 1587 to Margerie, relict and executor named in the will
(Transcribed by Claire Wickens, 24th February 2017 for Geoffrey Barber.)

Adam Farmer was buried on 18 April 1587 at St Denys, Rotherfield, Sussex, England.
In the transcription of the Rotherfield manorial court of 2 May 1587, there is an entry pertaining to the transfer of a messuage, barn and garden containing 1 acre from Adam Farmer to "Margt Farmer, his wife" and is an example of a so called "deathbed transfer". The deathbed transfer occured when a person near death instructed a manorial officer in the presence of witnesses regarding the disposal of his property on his death. Those present then attended the next manorial court meet to carry out the dying (or dead) tenants wishes. Essentially an oral will regarding customary property. A key point here is that the tenant was unable to attend court in person and that the actual transfer and payment of entry fines still occurred in the manorial court via surrender and admission thus protecting the lord’s financial interests.
At the court held 2 May 1587: Adam Farmer, out of court, viz. Apr 11, by John Nynne alias Barber, deputy of Isaac Alchorne, bedell, in presence of John Staple, Ric. Coe & Geo. Farmer, surrenders 1 messuage, 1 barn and 1 garden containing ½ acre on Townhyll in Rotherfield to use of Margaret Farmer his wife. [buried 18 April 1587 at Rotherfield]. Although, at first sight, not an obvious deathbed transfer, the words “out of court” are a giveaway and confirmation is given with the burial record from the church register. Note that the date of the out of court hearing (11 April) was the same day as the will was made.3
His estate was probated on 23 May 1587 at Archdeaconry of Lewes, Sussex, England.

Family

Margery Coe b. c 1545, d. 1615
Marriage
Adam Farmer married Margery Coe, daughter of (?) Coe, on 15 June 1569 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. [S657] Will of Adam Farmer of Rotherfield, Sussex, England, made 11 April 1587, proved in the Archdeaconry court of Lewes, 23 May 1587. (ESRO: PBT 1/1/8/11).
  3. [S441] Indexed translation of a court book of the manor of Rotherfield, 1587-1593 (ESRO: PAR 465/26/1/3) "p. 7 of PDF."

Adam Farmer

b. 3 December 1620, d. between 1641 and 1646
FatherAdam Farmer b. 14 Jun 1584, d. bt 1641 - 1646
MotherDenise Hoadly d. 1647
     Adam Farmer was baptized on 3 December 1620 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England, "Adam junior."1 He was the son of Adam Farmer and Denise Hoadly.
Adam Farmer died between 1641 and 1646 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.
Two possible burials at Rotherfield: 16 Dec 1641 or 3 Nov 1646.2

Citations

  1. [S23] Index to Sussex Baptisms, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project,.
  2. [S443] Rotherfield St Denys, Burials and MIs, undated, Rotherfield, Sussex (http://www.stdenysrotherfield.org.uk/familyhistory.htm).

Adam Farmer

b. circa 1522
FatherRobert Farmer b. c 1490, d. 1548
     Adam Farmer was born circa 1522 at Sussex, England. He was the son of Robert Farmer.
Adam Farmer witnessed the will of Alexander Farmer dated 23 January 1558 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England; Note: 23 Jan 1558/59.1

Citations

  1. [S662] Will of Alexander Farmer of Rotherfield, Sussex, England, made 23 Jan 1558/59, proved in the Archdeaconry court of Lewes, 16 Feb 1559. (ESRO:PBT 1/1/4/194A).

Agnes Farmer

b. 4 August 1549
FatherThomas Farmer b. c 1515
MotherAgnes Payne b. c 1520
     Agnes Farmer was baptized on 4 August 1549 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.1 She was the daughter of Thomas Farmer and Agnes Payne.

Citations

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

Alexander Farmer

b. 25 March 1571
FatherAdam Farmer b. c 1540, d. Apr 1587
MotherMargery Coe b. c 1545, d. 1615
     Alexander Farmer was baptized on 25 March 1571 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.1 He was the son of Adam Farmer and Margery Coe.
Alexander Farmer witnessed the will of Adam Farmer dated 11 April 1587 at Rotherfield, 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. [S657] Will of Adam Farmer of Rotherfield, Sussex, England, made 11 April 1587, proved in the Archdeaconry court of Lewes, 23 May 1587. (ESRO: PBT 1/1/8/11).

Alexander Farmer

b. circa 1560, d. 5 January 1606
FatherThomas Farmer b. c 1520, d. 4 Jun 1590
MotherMargaret Scot b. c 1520, d. Apr 1593
     Alexander Farmer was born circa 1560 at Sussex, England; mentioned as son & heir to Thomas Farmer in the manorial records.1 He was the son of Thomas Farmer and Margaret Scot.
Alexander Farmer married Marian Wood on 21 May 1582 at Sussex, England.2
Alexander Farmer witnessed the probate of the estate of Thomas Farmer on 22 April 1591.3
Alexander Farmer and Margaret Jeffery obtained a marriage licence on 16 September 1605 at Archdeaconry of Lewes, Sussex, England, Alexander of Rotherfield; Margaret of Worth, spinster. Sponsors: Alexander Farmer; Dominick MOUNGER /tailor Southover.2
Alexander Farmer married Margaret Jeffery on 18 September 1605 at Worth, Sussex, England.2
Alexander Farmer left a will made on 4 January 1605/6 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.4
Alexander Farmer died on 5 January 1606 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.5
Court of the manor of Rotherfield held Thursday 15 January 3 James I [1605/06].
At this court it is found that Alexander Farmer senior lying on his death bed since last Court, viz 4th day of this January, & out of Court by acceptance of John Hosmer, deputy bedell of the lord, & in the presence of George Nynne alias Barber & William Alchorne, two customary tenants of this manor, surrendered into the lord's hand all his customary lands & tenements of this manor as well assart as [well?] bondland, to the use of the said Alexander during his natural life & after his decease to the use of Thomas Farmer, his son & heir under condition that the said Thomas or his heirs should pay to Margaret, wife of the said Alexander, £20 lawful money of England within a year after his decease & to any of his daughters viz. Frances, Mary & Elizabeth £40 lawful money of England to each of them as reach the age of 21 years. And there falls to the lord a heriot a red coloured cow worth 50s. Therefore the bedell is charged etc. And first proclamation etc. And it is found that the said Alexander Farmer died on January 5th.
Note: This is an oral will documented in the Rotherfield manorial records and is known as a deathbed transfer. At that time, it was the means by which copyhold/customary property (i.e. property beholden to the manor) could be transferred after death according to the wishes of the deceased. The Statute of Wills 1540 allowed freehold land owners the ability to determine who would inherit their property by permitting bequest by will but this did not apply to copyhold/customary property.
Alexander Farmer was buried on 6 January 1605/6 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.6

Family 1

Marian Wood d. 1605
Marriage*
Alexander Farmer married Marian Wood on 21 May 1582 at Sussex, England.2 
Children

Family 2

Margaret Jeffery
Marriage License*
Alexander Farmer and Margaret Jeffery obtained a marriage licence on 16 September 1605 at Archdeaconry of Lewes, Sussex, England, Alexander of Rotherfield; Margaret of Worth, spinster. Sponsors: Alexander Farmer; Dominick MOUNGER /tailor Southover.2 
Marriage
Alexander Farmer married Margaret Jeffery on 18 September 1605 at Worth, Sussex, England.2 

Citations

  1. [S441] Indexed translation of a court book of the manor of Rotherfield, 1587-1593 (ESRO: PAR 465/26/1/3) "p. 64 (p. 45 of PDF)."
  2. [S24] Index to Sussex Marriages, 1538-1837, Compact Disc SFHGCD003, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, 2008.
  3. [S663] Letters of administration of the estate of Thomas Farmer of Rotherfield, Sussex, England, granted by the Archdeaconry court of Lewes, 22 Apr 1591 (ESRO: PBT 1/3/2/114J).
  4. [S451] Indexed translation of a court book of the manor of Rotherfield, 1593-1606 (ESRO: PAR 465/26/1/4) "Court of the manor of Rotherfield held Thursday 15 January 3 James I [1605/06].
    "
  5. [S451] Indexed translation of a court book of the manor of Rotherfield, 1593-1606 (ESRO: PAR 465/26/1/4) "Court of the manor of Rotherfield held Thursday 15 January 3 James I [1605/06]."
  6. [S25] Index to Sussex Burials, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project,.

Alexander Farmer

b. circa 1495
FatherThomas Farmer b. c 1460, d. c 1530
MotherElizabeth (?)
     Alexander Farmer was born circa 1495 at England. He was the son of Thomas Farmer and Elizabeth (?)

Alexander Farmer

b. circa 1527, d. 1558
FatherRobert Farmer b. c 1490, d. 1548
     Alexander Farmer was born circa 1527 at Sussex, England. He was the son of Robert Farmer.
Alexander has been placed in this tree as the son of Robert Farmer primarily because his will (made 1558/59) mentions brothers George, Adam and Thomas while Robert Farmer's will (made 1546) mentions sons Thomas, Adam, George and Alexander.
While Alexander's will leaves legacies to George and Adam Farmer, he only leaves legacies to Thomas's children, although Thomas is not stated as being deceased. If he was deceased, then the connection to Robert Farmer would not be true as we know that Thomas Farmer, son of Robert, was buried in 1590.
Alexander Farmer married Ursula Longley, daughter of George Longley, circa 1550 at Sussex, England.
Alexander's will of 1558 makes no reference to any of his own children, so it is assumed that he and Ursula had no surviving children.
Alexander Farmer died in 1558 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.
Alexander Farmer left a will made on 23 January 1558 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England: Note: 23 Jan 1558/59.1
WILL - Alexander Farmer 1558/9 (Made: 23 Jan 1558/59, Proved: 16 Feb 1558/9)
(ESRO: PBT 1/1/4/194A)
In the name of god Amen the xxiiith daye of Januarii in the yere of our Lorde god m vc Lviii I Alexander farmer of Rotherfeld beyng sicke in bodye but whole of mynd & pfyte in Remembraunce Do make this my testament and last wyll after the maner and forme folloyng ffyrst I bequethe my soule to Allmyghtie god my maker and Redemer in whome I trust to have Salvation And my bodye to be buryed in the churche yarde of Rotherfeld aforesayde ffyrst I wyll to
george farmer my brother all my Rayment Itm I wyll to Adam farmer my brother vis viiid the whiche is in the hands of Thomas Longlye of Rotherfelde also I wyll to vii children of my brother thomas farmer viis Itm I wyll to vii childre of my father in lawe george Longlye iis iiiid The Resydew of all my moveable goods not gyven I gyve and bequethe to Ursula my wyfe whome I mak my sole executrix of this my testament and last wyll To thys beyng wytnesse Thomas farmer adam farmer george farmer & george Longlye wth others
S[uma] I[urii] …………. xiili xiiis viiid
Ext in Ecolia pochiali de Marsfeld xvio die Februarii Anno Dni 1558 p exec ad valorem [eiusdem] iurat
(Above paragraph: Sum Sworn: £12 13s 8d; Exhibited in the parish [school?] of Maresfield on the 16th day of February AD 1558/59 by the executor [who swore to the value of the same?])
(Transcribed by Claire Wickens, 4th March 2017 for Geoffrey Barber.)
His estate was probated on 16 February 1558 at Archdeaconry of Lewes, Sussex, England, Note: 16 Feb 1558/59.
The following extract comes from a book written by R. F. Hunnisett entitled Sussex Coroners' Inquests 1558--1603 and may be connected to the family of Alexander Farmer and Ursula Longley:
21st. August 1588. Rotherfield, Sussex. Magnus Fowle, county coronor. Jurors: John Midelton, John Coper, alias Palar, John Staplee, John Hider, George Longely, John Gowldsmyth, Robert Ryvers, Stephen Hosmer, Daniel Philtnersse, Christopher Hilles, Henry Kent, JamesTayler, Richard a Jeames.
On 7th. July [1588] Ursula Farmer late of Rotherfield, Sussex, 'spinster', gave birth to a live female child at Rotherfield, Sussex and immediately afterwards she and her mother, Alice Farmer of Rotherfield, Sussex, ' spinster' murdered the child, Ursula throwing her with both hands into a well containing water whence she immediately died and Alice being feloniously present aiding and abetting her. They were delivered up to the assizes and both pleaded not guilty and were aquitted: they had no chattels and had not fled. They were therefore released.
Was Alice, the mother mentioned above, a daughter of Alexander and Ursula?
It does illustrate the lengths that people would go to avoid the stigma and consequences of having illegitimate children.2

Family

Ursula Longley d. a 1560
Marriage*
Alexander Farmer married Ursula Longley, daughter of George Longley, circa 1550 at Sussex, England

Citations

  1. [S662] Will of Alexander Farmer of Rotherfield, Sussex, England, made 23 Jan 1558/59, proved in the Archdeaconry court of Lewes, 16 Feb 1559. (ESRO:PBT 1/1/4/194A).
  2. [S280] R F Hunnisett, "Sussex Coroners' Inquests 1558-1603", PRO Publications, First Edition (1996).

Alexander Farmer

b. 25 November 1554
FatherGeorge Farmer b. c 1510, d. 1558
MotherGadys Cornish
     Alexander Farmer was baptized on 25 November 1554 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England. He was the son of George Farmer and Gadys Cornish.

Alexander Farmer

b. 8 September 1542
FatherThomas Farmer b. c 1515
MotherAgnes Payne b. c 1520
     Alexander Farmer was baptized on 8 September 1542 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England, FARMER.1 He was the son of Thomas Farmer and Agnes Payne.

Citations

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

Alice Farmer

b. circa 1530, d. 1595
FatherJohn Farmer b. c 1495
     Alice Farmer was born circa 1530 at Sussex, England. She was the daughter of John Farmer.
There is no record of Alice’s baptism as it would have been before 1538 when church records began.
It is likely that Alice is a brother or cousin of John FAMER/FERMOR who left a will made 13 Oct 1558 and proved 20 Mar 1558/59 (ESRO: PBT 1/1/4/305A) as he names Alice's children as beneficiaries. Alice has been shown as a sister of John in this family tree.
Also, John Nynne alias Barber's will of 1589 appoints Adam Farmer, “son of John Farmer deceased”, as an overseer, a further indication of kinship. The Rotherfield manorial court held on 22 Oct. 1 Eliz [1559] records the death of John Farmer and the admission of his 8 year old son Adam as heir and consequently Adam may have grown up quite close to the Nynne alias Barber family.
Pullein speculates that John Farmer may be connnected to Alexander Fermor of Walsh manor (as cousins) as they both named their first daughter Sylvester.1,2,3,4,5,6
The Fermor/Farmer family has a long history in Rotherfield and is well documented in the book "Rotherfield: The Story of Some Wealden Manors" by Catharine Pullein.7
Alice Farmer married John Barber alias Nynne, son of John Barber alias Nynne and Joan (?), on 8 April 1554 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.8
The marriage is recorded as "John Nen married Alis Farmer".8
John Farmer's will made 13 Oct 1558 mentions "John Nynde's two children". One of these is obviously George Nynne but who is the other, as all are accounted for in John Nynne's will made in 1589? Could it be the adopted child?6,9
Alice Farmer witnessed the will of John Barber alias Nynne dated 10 April 1589 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.5
Alice Farmer died in 1595 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.
Alice Farmer was buried on 16 June 1595 at St Denys, Rotherfield, Sussex, England, The burial record just states "Barber (widow als Nynne.)"

Family

John Barber alias Nynne b. c 1530, d. 1591
Marriage*
Alice Farmer married John Barber alias Nynne, son of John Barber alias Nynne and Joan (?), on 8 April 1554 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.8 
Children

Citations

  1. [S443] Rotherfield St Denys, Burials and MIs, undated, Rotherfield, Sussex (http://www.stdenysrotherfield.org.uk/familyhistory.htm).
  2. [S25] Index to Sussex Burials, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project,.
  3. [S440] Indexed translation of a court book of the manor of Rotherfield, 1557-1560 (ESRO: PAR 465/26/1/2) "page 38 of 78."
  4. [S104] Catharine Pullein, "Rotherfield: The Story of Some Wealden Manors", Courier, First Edition (1928) "Chap. XXX. p. 349."
  5. [S112] Will of John Barber als Nynne of Rotherfield, Sussex, England, made 10 Apr 1589, proved in the Archdeaconry court of Lewes, 25 May 1591. (ESRO: PBT 1/1/8/423D).
  6. [S586] Will of John Fermar of Rotherfield, Sussex, England, made 13 Oct 1558, proved in the Archdeaconry court of Lewes, 20 Mar 1558/59. (ESRO: PBT 1/1/4/305A).
  7. [S104] Catharine Pullein, "Rotherfield: The Story of Some Wealden Manors", Courier, First Edition (1928).
  8. [S103] Transcript of the Parish Register of Rotherfield, Sussex, England, (ESRO: PAR 465/1/1/1).
  9. [S572] R. Garraway Rice & edited by Walter H. Godfrey, "Transcript of Sussex Wills, Vol IV: Racton to Yapton", Sussex Record Society, First Edition (1940) "p. 25."

Alice Farmer

b. 21 June 1541, d. August 1541
FatherThomas Farmer b. c 1520, d. 4 Jun 1590
     Alice Farmer was baptized on 21 June 1541 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England, "daughter of Thomas FERMER son of Robert."1 She was the daughter of Thomas Farmer.
Alice Farmer died in August 1541 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.
Alice Farmer was buried on 4 August 1541 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England, "daughter of Thomas FARMER."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,.