Margaret Farmer

b. 6 April 1555
FatherWilliam Farmer b. c 1521, d. 1580
MotherAlice May
     Margaret Farmer was baptized on 6 April 1555 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.1 She was the daughter of William Farmer and Alice May.
Margaret Farmer witnessed the will of John Farmer dated 13 October 1558 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.2,3
Margaret Farmer married James Taylor on 15 September 1577 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.4

Family

James Taylor
Marriage*
Margaret Farmer married James Taylor on 15 September 1577 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.4 

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. [S24] Index to Sussex Marriages, 1538-1837, Compact Disc SFHGCD003, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, 2008.

Margaret Farmer

b. circa 1510, d. 1539
FatherEdward Farmer b. c 1475, d. b 1539
MotherMargaret (?) b. c 1480, d. 1539
     Margaret Farmer was born circa 1510 at Sussex, England. She was the daughter of Edward Farmer and Margaret (?)
Margaret Farmer died in 1539 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.
Margaret Farmer was buried on 16 March 1539 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England, "daughter of Edward."1

Citations

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

Margaret Farmer

b. circa 1520
Father(?) Farmer
     Margaret Farmer was born circa 1520 at Sussex, England. She was the daughter of (?) Farmer.
Margaret Farmer witnessed the will of Thomas Farmer dated 10 August 1558 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.1

Citations

  1. [S670] Will of Thomas Farmer of Rotherfield, Sussex, England, made 10 Aug 1558, proved in the Archdeaconry court of Lewes, unknown probate date. (ESRO: PBT 1/1/4/308A).

Margery Farmer

b. 28 August 1625
FatherAdam Farmer b. 14 Jun 1584, d. bt 1641 - 1646
MotherDenise Hoadly d. 1647
     Margery Farmer was baptized on 28 August 1625 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.1 She was the daughter of Adam Farmer and Denise Hoadly.

Citations

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

Marjery Farmer

b. 21 November 1551
FatherGeorge Farmer b. c 1510, d. 1558
MotherGadys Cornish
     Marjery Farmer was baptized on 21 November 1551 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.1 She was the daughter of George Farmer and Gadys Cornish.

Citations

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

Mary Farmer

b. 11 April 1591
FatherAlexander Farmer b. c 1560, d. 5 Jan 1606
MotherMarian Wood d. 1605
     Mary Farmer was baptized on 11 April 1591 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.1 She was the daughter of Alexander Farmer and Marian Wood.
Mary Farmer witnessed the will of Alexander Farmer dated 4 January 1605/6 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. [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].
    "

Mary Farmer

b. 14 February 1577
FatherGeorge Farmer b. 11 Feb 1544, d. 1615
MotherRebecca Atkin d. 1612
     Mary Farmer was baptized on 14 February 1577 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England, Note: 14 Feb 1577/78.1 She was the daughter of George Farmer and Rebecca Atkin.

Citations

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

Mary Farmer

b. circa 1551, d. 1551
FatherThomas Farmer b. c 1515
MotherAgnes Payne b. c 1520
     Mary Farmer was born circa 1551 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.
Mary Farmer died in 1551 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England. She was the daughter of Thomas Farmer and Agnes Payne.
Mary Farmer was buried on 20 August 1551 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England, "daughter of Thomas."1

Citations

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

Nicholas Farmer

b. 3 February 1548
FatherGeorge Farmer b. c 1510, d. 1558
MotherGadys Cornish
     Nicholas Farmer was baptized on 3 February 1548 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England, Note: 3 Feb 1548/49.1 He was the son of George Farmer and Gadys Cornish.

Citations

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

Philip Farmer

b. 27 April 1546
FatherThomas Farmer b. c 1515
MotherAgnes Payne b. c 1520
     Philip Farmer was baptized on 27 April 1546 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England, FARMOR.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,.

Robert Farmer

b. circa 1490, d. 1548
FatherThomas Farmer b. c 1460, d. c 1530
MotherElizabeth (?)
     Robert Farmer was born circa 1490 at England. He was the son of Thomas Farmer and Elizabeth (?)
Robert Farmer married Agnes (?) on 16 November 1539 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England, Probably a second or third marriage. Wife's name not given but Robert's will gives wife's names as Agnes or Annes.1
Robert Farmer left a will made on 1 June 1546 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.2
In the name of god amen I Robert farmer of the pishe of Rotherfeld beyng sick of body [illeg.] & pfet of [remembrance] do make my temt & last will [after] this forme that [illeg.] folow[ynge or eth] fyrst I bequeathe my soule to Almyghtie god in whome & by whome & of whome I trust to have salvation both of body & soule [through] the onely [meryts] of christs [illeg.] pasion my body to bee buried in the churche yard of Rotherfeld Itm I bequeathe to the high alter of Rotherfeld for tythes negligently [forgotten] iiiid Itm I wyll that at the day of my buriall [is to be stowed] for the [reste] of my soul in [illeg.] to [prestes clerkes] & [pore people gevyn] vis viiid Itm at the day of my [monthes] mynd vis viiid Itm at my [yeres] mynd & prestes clerkes & pore people to pray for my soules helth I will it to be my [illeg.] to the [discretion] of my exors Itm I will that Adam my son shall receyve xli at the age of xxiiitie yeres to be delyvered & paid by the [hands] of Thomas my son his exors or assignes It. I bequeath to [George] my son xli to be paid from the hands of Thomas my son his [exors] or assignes [illeg.] at the age of xxii yers It. I bequeath to Alexander my son [xli] & he likewise to receyve it at the hands of Thomas his exors or assigns Alexander beyng at the age of xxii yers All these [sums] of monye to be paid at the uttermost of the yers of age [illeg.] date specyfyed by the hands of Thomas my son unto George & Alexander my sons And if it so happen any of [my] sons wthout heyrs lawfully begotten of theyr bodies that they I bequeath to them [appoynted] to be devided betwixt them the ii other my sons lyvying by equall [portions] And if it happen ii of my sons to dye that then my [illeg.] is that theyre ii [portions] be [delyvered] to the third brother of [them] It. I do bequeath to [Agnes] my wiff my best [bell] bolster ii pyllowes iii blankettes & one covlett the best Item further the best [illeg.] the greatyst caudronne a lytell ketell & & a pan It. I bequeath to Alexander my son my second caudronn & the greatyst [pott] Itm I bequeath to my sonne Adam [illeg.] i ??lle i [illeg.] ii blanketts & the second covlett that the resydew of brasse pewter & [illeg.] payre of shets to be shyftyd [illeg.] my [wif] & the youngyst to chose fyrst Itm I bequeath to Thomas Adam George & Alexander my sonns my [illeg.] of the [best] every of them one Itm I bequeath to Alexander the son of Thomas farmer my son one waynling of this yere Itm I bequeath to [illeg.] [second] [illeg.] to be devyded betwyxt them thre It. I wyll that if it so happen that [Annes] my wyf do [illeg.] or els [illeg.] my pte or porcon of my [illeg.] by her or by her assigns that then she to [illeg.] any pte of my sonnes bequest The resydew of my goods [illeg.] I gyve unto Thomas my son whom I [name] to my [sole exor] & he [illeg.] [the hole contents] of this my [illeg.]… wrytyng the first daye of [June] in the yere of our lord [1546] these witnesse [illeg.] John [Yardland] Adam farmer Willm farmer Willm [atherwold] with other men. [Followed by a note of the sum sworn, which looks like 15£ xs – can’t make out the pence].
Transcribed by Claire Wickens, 9th March 2017 for Geoffrey Barber.
There is a land grant to Robert FERMER made by Adam FERMER, likely his brother, on 20 January 1547:
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.)
Robert Farmer died in 1548 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.
Robert Farmer was buried on 27 January 1548 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England, FARMOR.3
The Rotherfield manor court roll for 29 April 1557 has a line crossed out which concerns Adam and George Farmer, sons of Robert Farmer; and another concerning Thomas Farmer, brother of them.4

Family 1

Children

Family 2

Agnes (?)
Marriage*
Robert Farmer married Agnes (?) on 16 November 1539 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England, Probably a second or third marriage. Wife's name not given but Robert's will gives wife's names as Agnes or Annes.1 

Citations

  1. [S24] Index to Sussex Marriages, 1538-1837, Compact Disc SFHGCD003, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, 2008.
  2. [S661] Will of Robert Farmer of Rotherfield, Sussex, England, made 1546, proved in the Archdeaconry court of Lewes, unknown probate date. (ESRO: PBT 1/1/1/149A).
  3. [S443] Rotherfield St Denys, Burials and MIs, undated, Rotherfield, Sussex (http://www.stdenysrotherfield.org.uk/familyhistory.htm).
  4. [S440] Indexed translation of a court book of the manor of Rotherfield, 1557-1560 (ESRO: PAR 465/26/1/2) "p. 5."

Steven Farmer

b. 10 July 1583
FatherGeorge Farmer b. 11 Feb 1544, d. 1615
MotherRebecca Atkin d. 1612
     Steven Farmer was baptized on 10 July 1583 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.1 He was the son of George Farmer and Rebecca Atkin.

Citations

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

Sylvester Farmer

b. 12 February 1546
FatherJohn Farmer b. c 1520, d. c 1559
MotherOdyan Kent d. 1585
     Sylvester Farmer was baptized on 12 February 1546 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England, Surname FERMER (Note: 12 Feb 1545/46).1 She was the daughter of John Farmer and Odyan Kent.
Sylvester Farmer witnessed the will of John Farmer dated 13 October 1558 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.2,3
Sylvester Farmer married John Lockyer on 30 May 1571 at Buxted, Sussex, England, Sylvester is of Rotherfield.4

Family

John Lockyer d. 1596
Marriage*
Sylvester Farmer married John Lockyer on 30 May 1571 at Buxted, Sussex, England, Sylvester is of Rotherfield.4 
Child

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. [S24] Index to Sussex Marriages, 1538-1837, Compact Disc SFHGCD003, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, 2008.

Thomas Farmer

b. circa 1520, d. 4 June 1590
FatherRobert Farmer b. c 1490, d. 1548
     Thomas Farmer was born circa 1520 at Sussex, England. He was the son of Robert Farmer.
This Thomas Farmer was known as Thomas Farmer of Mark Cross in the manorial records and his pedigree to Robert Farmer is documented there in the court held 1 Apr 1591:
The homage say that Robt Farmer who held to him & his heirs a piece of land called Mylhole containing 4 acres with some ?? near the forest formerly John Nicholas's died as siesed several years ago. Comes Alex Farmer, kinsman & heir of Robert, viz. eldest son & next heir of Thomas Farmer eldest son & next heir of Robert & prays, etc.
There are two possible marriages at Rotherfield St Denys for Thomas Farmer of Mark Cross and Margaret:
1) 22 Apr 1543 Thomas Farmer and Margaret Woodgatt of Penshurst
2) 5 May 1550 Thomas Farmor and Margaret Scot
The second is considered most likely for this Thomas as there is an argument to say that the other Thomas (who died 1558 and whose will mentions wife Margaret) was the brother of John Farmer who made a will in 1558 (ESRO: PBT 1/1/4/305A). In this will John mentions brothers Thomas and William and a godson John Farmer. The godson is likely to be John, son of Thomas Farmer, who was baptised at Rotherfield St Denys on 12 Jun 1547 (no mother given). There are no other John's in the baptism register. This implies that the other Thomas and Margaret were married before 1547, hence the 1543 marriage is the correct one for them, and not this Thomas Farmer (assuming no missing baptisms for other John Farmers!).
There appears to be a third Thomas Farmer as mentioned in the Rotherfield manor court held 1559: "At this court comes Thomas Farmer son of Adam Farmer and parays leae to let 1 messuage 1/2 soyne of ferling of Frith containing 10 acres more or less to Alex Quaife for space of 4 years following the Feast of Ann B & M to the end of 4 years which per 2/- fine is granted. And Thomas Farmer comes & prays lease to let half soyne of Frith ferling containing 10 acres more or less for 5 years to Andrew Skinner from said Feast by fine 12d.1,2,3,4,5"
Towards the end of Thomas's life there are a number of property transactions in the manorial court rolls that involve John Nynne alias Barber. At the manorial court held on 2 August 1587: (p11 of PDF)
Thomas Farmer at Marke [Mark Cross] surr. 1 messuage, 1 barn, 1 garden, 1 piece of land cont. 3 acres on ferling of Frith in R.[Rotherfield]. To use of John Nynne alias Barber.
A ferling was a division of land on the manor of Rotherfield whose size varied from some 35 acres to 134 acres which, over the years, became divided amongst several tenants. The ferling of Frith was located near the hamlet of Mark Cross. Each ferling was divided into six "swyne" lands, so called because of a custom whereby the owner of each swyne had to give the lord of the manor a hog (swine) every year. The ferlings are thought to be the result of consolidation and enclosure in the 14th century after the Black Death. The manor of Rotherfield court roll for 1556 lists a total of 32 1/2 ferlings (Pullein p73-80).
Further transactions involving Thomas Farmer of Mark Cross follow: At the court held 30 Jan 1587/88 (p18 of PDF)
It is found that Robert Farmer & Agnes his wife who held one tenement & garden on R. Hyll & 1 parcel called Marlynge containing 5 acres & 3 rods assart lying next Byddendenstole & 1 parcel called Inhome 5 acres Mylhole, a croft called Rowcroft ... 1 meadow Coosmeade containing 6 acres, ..... comes Thomas Farmer at crosse, eldest son & heir & prays, etc.
Robert Farmer who held 7 acres of assart of Henlye in B. died ..... Comes Thomas Farmer at Crosse
Robert Farmer who dies held 1 parcel containing 17 acres called Rugham in Scuttlecrouch in Rotherfield. Comes Thomas Farmer at Crosse his eldest son etc.
On 1 April 1588: (p22 of PDF)
John Nynne alias Barber prays to be admitted to 1 messuage, 1 barn, 1 garden & 1 parcel adjacent to said messuage at Mark Crosse containing 3 acres on ferling of Fryth in Rotherfield which Thomas Farmer at the court held on 2 August last surrendered to use of said John. Comes John Nynne alias Barber & surrenders above to use of Thomas Farmer & his heirs.
Comes Thomas Farmer of Merke and surrenders 1 soyne
[swyne; Pullein p80] of land at ferling of Frith in Rotherfield adjacent to the lands of Herbert Pelham esq towards the East of the Kings way at Maregate towards Marecrosse & towards the West with appurtenances in Rotherfield. Said premises are held by Thomas & Margaret his wife during their natural life and after their decease by a certain Gertrude Savage daughter of said Thomas wife of William Savage & heirs of the said Gertrude for ever.
These transactions are probably connected to an overall inheritance strategy devised by Thomas Farmer, “of Merke”. John Nynne alias Barber appears to be acting as a trustee. In the last transaction Thomas and Margaret Farmer surrender another property (probably the land connected to the messuage above) to the use of themselves in their life and afterwards to their daughter Gertrude Savage wife of William Savage ensuring she inherits it. (p22 of PDF). The families of John Barber and William Savage are linked again in the will of Henry Aderoll alias Skynner in 1612 which names both families’ children as beneficiaries. In the will of Margaret Famer (Thomas's wife) made 12 March 1591/92, proved 15 Oct 1593 (ESRO: PBT 1/1/9/219A) she names Henry Aderoll as her son (meaning son-in law?).

Other notes from the manorial records:
Court held 19 Dec 1588 (p30 of PDF)
The homage present that Thos Farmer at Merke incroaches upon the lord's waste & garden called Olyves garden.
At the View of Frankpledge 4 Apr 1589: (p34 of PDF)
Thos Farmer at last View of Frankpledge had a day give him to scour a ditch between Towne Rowe and Towne Rowe Crosse in North Pt there or pain 3s 4d.
At the View of Frankpledge 6 Oct 1589: (p36 of PDF)
And that Thos Farmer at Crosse is in default in not having his ......(?) appointed him by ye lawe or by ye Justices.
At the View of Frankpledge 14 Apr 1590: (p43 of PDF)
And that Thomas Farmer senior on 12 Jany was outlawed at the suit of Thos Alcock in plea of debt Therefore he forfeits all his goods and chattels And that he has (divers?) goods & chattels to the value of £9 assessed by Edward Luck bailiff there.
(the above may apply to a different Thomas Farmer as he is called Thomas Farmer senior, not Thomas Farmer of Crosse).5
Thomas Farmer married Margaret Scot on 5 May 1550 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.6
Thomas Farmer witnessed the will of Alexander Farmer dated 23 January 1558 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England; Note: 23 Jan 1558/59.7
At a Rotherfield manor court held on 22 Oct 1559, Thomas Fermer is reffered to as "bedell of this manor."8
At the Rotherfield manor court held 29 April 1560 Thomas Farmer at Crosse was appointed aletaster.9
Thomas Farmer of Cross was made a churchwarden of Rotherfield St Denys on 6 Apr 1578. The other churchwarden was William Farmer of Jarvis Broke.10
Thomas Farmer died on 4 June 1590 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.11
Thomas Farmer was buried on 5 June 1590 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.12,13
Note that there is another burial of a Thomas Farmer on 15 Apr 1591 which is annotated with “of Merke” while the 1590 burial has no annotation. This has been confirmed in the original Rotherfield parish register.
This is inconsistent with the manorial records (see below) which clearly state the death of Thomas Farmer of Merke (Mark Cross near Rotherfield) in 1590 (not 1591). A possibility is that they both lived at Mark Cross but for now this is unresolved and puzzling.12
Court held 16 Sep 1590: (p45 of PDF)
Thomas Farmer at Crosse on his deathbed out of court & after the last court viz. 4th June last by Adam Farmer deputy of John Hider the lord's bedell there in the presence of Wm Burgess clerk and John Catt tenants of the lord surrendered 1 swyne in the ferling of Colways in Rotherfield containing 8 acres to use of Alexander Farmer his son & heir.
Comes Alexander & prays Thomas Farmer at Crosse who dies held to him & his heirs certain assart & gave for heriot a cow worth 33s 4d.
(p46 of PDF)
Thomas Farmer at Crosse who dies held to him & his heirs certain free lands called Gladles, who before his death alienated the premises in mortgage to a certain Adam Farmer.
Court held 10 Dec 1590 (p47 of PDF)
Comes Alexander Farmer, eldest son & next heir of Thomas Farmer at Crosse deceased & prays a tenement with garden of Rotherfield Hill & a piece of land called Marlynge containing 5 acres of assart near Byddendenstale, & a piec called le Inhome (Inhorne?) containing 5 acres & 1 piece of field called Coes Meade containing 6 acres assart & 1 piece called Mylhose containing 2 acres formerly (not entered) & 1 croft containing 4 acres assart & certain lands called Meades containing 12 acres of assart of Henlye & 1 parcel called Rugham containing 17 acres lying near Scuttlecrouch in Rotherfield. The said Alexander is admitted tenant, to him & his heirs.
Court held 10 Dec 1590 (p50 of PDF)
Comes Alex Farmer son & heir of Thos Farmer at Crosse & prays a parcel called Mylhole formerly Nicholas Burgess's cont. 2 acres lying in the forest towards the N & W & to lands of Thos Hosmer at Grene towards E. & towards lands Isaac Alchorne on south & a garden on townhill formerly Bychfeld to ...... with ?ynnesfeld cont. 4 acres and south at ....... did swear affidavit and admitted(?) affer.... Nic Maynard & John Maynard
Court held 1 Apr 1591 (p53 of PDF)
The homage say that Robt Farmer who held to him & his heirs a piece of land called Mylhole containing 4 acres with some ?? near the forest formerly John Nicholas's died as siesed several years ago. Comes Alex Farmer, kinsman & heir of Robert, viz eldest son & next heir of Thos Farmer eldest son & next heir of Robert & prays, etc.
Court held 29 Mar 1592 (p66 of PDF)
Comes Alexander Farmer & surrenders a piece of land called Marlynge containing 5 acres 3 rods of assart at Byddendenstole & a piece called Coes Mead containing 6 acres assart in Rotherfield. To use of Adam Farmer & his heirs.14
His estate was probated on 22 April 1591.15
The same day [22 Apr 1591]
Administration was issued on the goods of Thomas Farmer formerly of Rotherfield deceased to Alexander his son well and faithfully etc.
The same Alexander Farmer, Domick Monger and John Baxter etc. bound in the sum of £40.
Inventory exhibited totalling £20 9s 2d.

Family 1

Child

Family 2

Margaret Scot b. c 1520, d. Apr 1593
Marriage*
Thomas Farmer married Margaret Scot on 5 May 1550 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.6 
Children

Citations

  1. [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).
  2. [S361] Will of Henry Aderoll alias Skynner of Rotherfield, Sussex, England, made 6 Jul 1612, proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 2 Nov 1613. (TNA: PROB 11/122/389).
  3. [S660] Will of Margaret Farmer of Rotherfield, Sussex, England, made 12 Mar 1591/92, proved in the Archdeaconry court of Lewes, 15 Oct 1593. (ESRO: PBT 1/1/9/219A).
  4. [S440] Indexed translation of a court book of the manor of Rotherfield, 1557-1560 (ESRO: PAR 465/26/1/2) "p. 43."
  5. [S441] Indexed translation of a court book of the manor of Rotherfield, 1587-1593 (ESRO: PAR 465/26/1/3).
  6. [S24] Index to Sussex Marriages, 1538-1837, Compact Disc SFHGCD003, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, 2008.
  7. [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).
  8. [S440] Indexed translation of a court book of the manor of Rotherfield, 1557-1560 (ESRO: PAR 465/26/1/2) "pp. 40, 41."
  9. [S440] Indexed translation of a court book of the manor of Rotherfield, 1557-1560 (ESRO: PAR 465/26/1/2) "p. 53."
  10. [S104] Catharine Pullein, "Rotherfield: The Story of Some Wealden Manors", Courier, First Edition (1928) "p. 223."
  11. [S441] Indexed translation of a court book of the manor of Rotherfield, 1587-1593 (ESRO: PAR 465/26/1/3) "p. 45."
  12. [S25] Index to Sussex Burials, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project,.
  13. [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)."
  14. [S441] Indexed translation of a court book of the manor of Rotherfield, 1587-1593 (ESRO: PAR 465/26/1/3) "pp. 45,46."
  15. [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).

Thomas Farmer

b. circa 1460, d. circa 1530
     Thomas Farmer was born circa 1460.
Thomas Farmer married Elizabeth (?) circa 1488 at England.
At a court held at Rotherfield manor on 6 Nov 1488 Thomas Farmer was admitted to a messuage with garden lying upon the [Rotherfield] Hill. Could this signify his marriage (and hence need for a family home)?1
Thomas Farmer was a churchwarden of Rotherfield St Denys in 1513.2
Thomas Farmer left a will made on 11 September 1529 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.3
In Latin. Abstract as follows:
In the year 1529 on the 11th day of September
I Thomas Farmer of Rotherfeld in Sussex of sound mind and memory
body to be buried in the churchyard of St Denis in Rotherfeld aforesaid
12d to the altar of the same for my tithes forgotten
to Chichester cathedral 4d
Itm to Elizabeth my wife the use of all the domestic utensils she brought with her at our marriage
Itm to John Farmer my son gent. £3 6s 8d and to Joan Farmer his daughter 53s 4d if [anything remains] after my debts are paid etc. [something about executors]
Robert Farmer and Alexander Farmer my sons whom I ordain exectors of this my last will and testament… to pay all debts, legacies etc and provide for the health of my soul as seems best to them with overseer William Foule
Witnesses: [Gregory] Saunders, rector of Rotherfeld; Sir Robert Fullar [chaplain] of the same; William Foule; [Henry] Farmer; William Farmer my sons etc.
(Claire Wickens, 27th February 2017 for Geoffrey Barber.)
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…Thomas ffarmer above named made the day & yer above wryten … of the rayne of king Henry the viiith ffyrst I wyll that Alexandr ffarmer mye … aftr my deceasse a pece of land called [holwish] [con]taynyng by estmacon xii acras … & to heyrs of his body lawefully begoten [and] if it fortune the said Alexandr to dye wtout heyrs of hys body lawfully begoten the said grownde to remayne and [retorn] to my next heyer Also I wyll yt my said son Alexandr shal sone aftr my deceasse pt howse yt I nowe dwell yn wt all ye land therto belongynge suffery[N]ge Elyzabeth nowe my wyffe peesablye & [q]ethe duryng her lyf naturall yf she kepe her selfe sole a wydowe & wante a husband to have to her own use halfe ye said howse halfe ye gardyn fyndynge of ii kene wt sufficient fuell & the use of the well as it is more playnly expressed & declared in a payre of indentures made betwene me the forsayd Thomas ffarmer & John Webe of Bradborne & John Byrd of Chep[stide] [Chipstead in the parish of Chevening near Sevenoaks?] in the cownty of Kent beryng date ye xxto yer of ye rayne of king Harry the viiith ye xviith day of Novebr [1528] and after the deceasse or maryage of the said Elizabeth the said Alexandr peesablye to have the said howse and lands to him belongynge to him selfe payinge for it to my executors or overseers xxli stlynge of that wich xxli the said Alexandr hath payd to me in hand v[i]li xiiis iiiid Itm & more [over] I wyll that Robt Farmer my son shalhave [aftr] my [decesse] my copy land callyd highland in rothffeld aforsaid to hym & to his heyrs of his body lawfully begoton Itm I wyll that Willm Farmer shalhave aftr my decesse my ffre & dede landes callyd fi[v]?? othrwyse callyd feyrlands in Roffeld aforsaid to hym & to hys heyrs of hys body lawfullye to be begoten and it fortune [illeg.] forsaid Robt & Willm or [both] to dye wtout heyre or heyrs thr bodyis lawfullye begoton then tht the forsaid lands or any of them shall retorn to my next heyre Itm I wyll that the foresaid Robert Farmer & Willm theyr heyrs executors or assignes shall pay yerely owte of the said lands callyd highlands & f?ere othrwise feyers to Elizabeth my wyfe during her lyffe naturall xx[v]is viiid at the festes of the nativity of our lord god The Annuncyacon of our Ladye the Natyte of snt John Baptyst & my[c]helmas by equall porcyons And yf it chaunce the forsayd Robt & Willm or any of them to be behynd of any of the said payment or payments at any of the said fests in part or in the hole then he or they so beying behynd shall forfyt to the said Elizabeth my wyffe vis in [illeg.] of a payn And yf the foresaid Robert & Willm or any of them be behynde of any such payment or payments x an unknown place days aftr any of the said fests then it shalbe lawfull to the said Elizabeth or her assignes to entr in to any pcell or pcells of hym or them so beying behynde to take dystres or dystresses to carye lede dryve or bere away the foresaid dystresses or dystres so takyn & to kepe it or them to hir selfe tyll he or they have fully contentyd her & payd bothe for the payment or payments so beyinge behynde and also for the payns of vis so forfityd for lak of any payment or payments beforsaid as it is more playnly [or] contaynyd in a payr of Indenturs made betwixt me Thomas ffarmer befor named & Elizabeth my wyfe John Webe & John Byrd befor namyd berynge the dat of the xixth day of Novebr the xxth yer of king Henry the viiith
(Transcribed by Claire Wickens, 28th February 2017.)
Thomas Farmer died circa 1530 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.

Family

Elizabeth (?)
Marriage*
Thomas Farmer married Elizabeth (?) circa 1488 at England
Children

Citations

  1. [S104] Catharine Pullein, "Rotherfield: The Story of Some Wealden Manors", Courier, First Edition (1928) "p. 351."
  2. [S104] Catharine Pullein, "Rotherfield: The Story of Some Wealden Manors", Courier, First Edition (1928) "p. 222."
  3. [S659] Will of Thomas Farmer of Rotherfield, Sussex, England, made 11 Sep 1529, proved in the Archdeaconry Court at Lewes, unknown probate date. (ESRO: PBT 1/2/1/26B).

Thomas Farmer

b. 17 June 1585
FatherAlexander Farmer b. c 1560, d. 5 Jan 1606
MotherMarian Wood d. 1605
     Thomas Farmer was baptized on 17 June 1585 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.1 He was the son of Alexander Farmer and Marian Wood.
Thomas Farmer witnessed the will of Alexander Farmer dated 4 January 1605/6 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. [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].
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Thomas Farmer

b. circa 1520, d. 1558
Father(?) Farmer
     Thomas Farmer was born circa 1520 at Sussex, England. He was the son of (?) Farmer.
Thomas Farmer married Margaret Woodgatt on 22 April 1543 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England, Margaret is "of Penshurst". Surname probably meant to be WOODGATE.1
In the Rotherfield baptisms register there appears to be another Thomas Farmer family having children between 1540-1550. Until this is resolved, the families may be somewhat confused.
There are two possible marriages at Rotherfield St Denys for Thomas Farmer and Margaret:
1) 22 Apr 1543 Thomas Farmer and Margaret Woodgatt of Penshurst
2) 5 May 1550 Thomas Farmor and Margaret Scot
The first is considered most likely for the following reason:
They had a son John who, together with son Daniel, is mentioned in the will. There is a John, son of Thomas Farmer, who was baptised at Rotherfield St Denys on 12 Jun 1547 (no mother given). There are no other John's in the baptism register. This implies that Thomas and Margaret were married before 1547, hence the 1543 marriage is the correct one (assuming no missing baptisms for other John Farmers!).
Regarding the second Thomas Farmer, it is considered that he is the one referred to as "Thomas Farmer of Mark Cross", son of Robert Farmer, who was buried 5 Jun 1590 at Rotherfield and left an admon (ESRO: PBT 1/3/2/114J) naming his son Alexander as administrator.
There appears to be a third Thomas Farmer son of Adam Farmer mentioned in the Rotherfield manor court held 1559: "At this court comes Thomas Farmer son of Adam Farmer and parays leae to let 1 messuage 1/2 soyne of ferling of Frith containing 10 acres more or less to Alex Quaife for space of 4 years following the Feast of Ann B & M to the end of 4 years which per 2/- fine is granted. And Thomas Farmer comes & prays lease to let half soyne of Frith ferling containing 10 acres more or less for 5 years to Andrew Skinner from said Feast by fine 12d."
Thomas Farmer died in 1558 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.
Thomas Farmer left a will made on 10 August 1558 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.2
In the name of god Amen in the yere of our Lord god 1558 the x[th] day of August I Thomas farmar of the pryshe of Retherfeld beyng syck in bodye but hole of mynde & pfyte [perfect] of remebrace make this my testament in ma. & forme followyng ffirst I bequethe my Soule to Allmyghtye god & to our ladye & to all the holye companye in heven & my bodye to be beryed in the churche yeard of Rotherfeld aforesayd Item I wyll to margaret farmer my syster a Twelmontyng bullocke Itm I wyll my wyfe shall have all the pfyt [profit] of my land at [Lyminge] Into the tyme my Sonne Danyell cometh to the age of xxiti yeres and the two next years after I wyll the pyfit shall remayne to my v Dawghtres Equally devyded yff any of them dye [then] twoo yeres that her or ther pte so dyeng shalbe shyffted among the others Also I will to my sone Danyell ii oxen [illeg.] The Resydew of all my goods not gyven I gyve & bequeth to margaret my wyfe whome I wyll & I make my sole Executrix of this my Testament & last wyll & I mak & ordayn John Farmor to be my ovseer and he…
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(Transcribed by Claire Wickens, 5th March 2017 for Geoffrey Barber.)

At the Rotherfield manor court held 12 Dec 1558:
At this court it is known that Thomas Fermor since last court surrendered into the lord’s hand by acceptance of George Maynard, deputy bedell in presence of John Fermor & Stephen Chintinge a cottage & 15 acres land upon Rotherfield Hill of assart, viz. to use of Margaret Fermor wife of the said Thomas for the term of her life to ….? From that person to John Fermor son of Thomas & his heirs under condition however that the said Margaret does not claim or sell any title, marriage dowry or jointure or other way ….? whatsoever after the age of 21 years of Daniel Farmer son of the said Thomas which the lord etc. fine 20d
This would imply that Thomas FERMOR had died before the court meeting, 12 Dec 1558.3

Family

Margaret Woodgatt
Marriage*
Thomas Farmer married Margaret Woodgatt on 22 April 1543 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England, Margaret is "of Penshurst". Surname probably meant to be WOODGATE.1 
Children

Citations

  1. [S24] Index to Sussex Marriages, 1538-1837, Compact Disc SFHGCD003, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, 2008.
  2. [S670] Will of Thomas Farmer of Rotherfield, Sussex, England, made 10 Aug 1558, proved in the Archdeaconry court of Lewes, unknown probate date. (ESRO: PBT 1/1/4/308A).
  3. [S440] Indexed translation of a court book of the manor of Rotherfield, 1557-1560 (ESRO: PAR 465/26/1/2) "p. 33."

Thomas Farmer

b. circa 1515
     Thomas Farmer was born circa 1515 at Sussex, England.
Thomas Farmer married Agnes Payne on 3 August 1542 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England, Agnes Payne of Grinstead.1
This is yet another Thomas Farmer family having children between 1540-1560 and so far this Thomas Farmer is unplaced in a family tree. All the children baptised or buried as either the son or daughter of a Thomas and so far unplaced in trees are listed here - they do not all belong to this family! They are kept here as a parking place so they can be sorted out as information comes to hand.

Family

Agnes Payne b. c 1520
Marriage*
Thomas Farmer married Agnes Payne on 3 August 1542 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England, Agnes Payne of Grinstead.1 
Children

Citations

  1. [S24] Index to Sussex Marriages, 1538-1837, Compact Disc SFHGCD003, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, 2008.

Thomas Farmer

b. circa 1525
FatherJohn Farmer b. c 1495
     Thomas Farmer was born circa 1525 at Sussex, England. He was the son of John Farmer.
Thomas Farmer witnessed the will of John Farmer dated 13 October 1558 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.1,2

Citations

  1. [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."
  2. [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).

unbaptised Farmer

b. 1580, d. 1580
FatherAdam Farmer b. c 1540, d. Apr 1587
MotherMargery Coe b. c 1545, d. 1615
     Unbaptised Farmer was born in 1580 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England. She was the daughter of Adam Farmer and Margery Coe.
Unbaptised Farmer died in 1580 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.
Unbaptised Farmer was buried on 13 January 1580 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England, "unbaptised daughter of Adam."1

Citations

  1. [S443] Rotherfield St Denys, Burials and MIs, undated, Rotherfield, Sussex (http://www.stdenysrotherfield.org.uk/familyhistory.htm).