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.)
Top left corner of document missing
…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].
    "

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…
MISSING PAGE?
(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).

William Farmer

b. circa 1521, d. 1580
FatherJohn Farmer b. c 1495
     William Farmer was born circa 1521 at Sussex, England. He was the son of John Farmer.
It is known from the will of John Fermor (1558) that he had a brother William who had a daughter Margaret (mother's name unknow, presumed to be Alice based on the marriage of a William Farmer and Alice May in 1554/55. The connection then to the William Farmer who died in 1580 and whose probate was granted 12 Jan 1580/81 is somewhat speculative as explained below.
William Farmer married Alice May on 22 March 1555 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England, (Note: 22 Mar 1554/55.)1
William Farmer witnessed the will of John Farmer dated 13 October 1558 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.2,3
William Farmer married Elizabeth (?) circa 1570 at England.
William Farmer died in 1580 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.
William Farmer was buried on 29 November 1580 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.4
His estate was probated on 11 January 1581 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England, (11 Jan 1580/81.)5
Adminstration of the goods of William Farmer of Rotherfield / was committed on the 11th January to Elizabeth his relict […] [sworn?] £17 13s / Farmer of Rotherfield.
There is no William FARMER/FERMOR marriage to an Elizabeth in the Sussex Marriage Index. If this probate is for this William Farmer then it has to be assumed that William's first wife Alice died and he remarried (note that there is no burial for an Alice FARMER or Elizabeth FARMER at Rotherfield in the SFHG Burial Index).
At the Rotherfield manor court held12 March 1587/88:
William Farmer who dies held to him & his heirs 1 parcel of Strabland at Rotherfield Hill of assart of Townehyll. Comes John Farmer eldest son & heir & prays admittance etc.
It is very possible that this entry relates to this William FARMER who died 1580, even though it was dated 1587/88. It was not unusual for inheritance transactions such as this to occur some years after the death. There are no other William FARMER burials in the SFHG Burial Index for Rotherfield between 1580 and 1587. John FARMER is likely to be the one baptised 5 July 1562 at Rotherfield, son of William (mother not named).
One could speculate further that based on the eldest son’s name of John, that this William was the brother of John FERMAR who died c1559 and left a will made 13 Oct 1558, proved 20 Mar 1558/59 (ESRO: PBT 1/1/4/305A). In this will John FERMAR mentions his brother William FARMER and his daughter Margaret. A Margaret FERMER was baptised 6 April 1555 at Rotherfield, daughter of William (SFHG Baptisms Index).6

Family 1

Alice May
Marriage*
William Farmer married Alice May on 22 March 1555 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England, (Note: 22 Mar 1554/55.)1 
Children

Family 2

Elizabeth (?)
Marriage*
William Farmer married Elizabeth (?) circa 1570 at England

Citations

  1. [S24] Index to Sussex Marriages, 1538-1837, Compact Disc SFHGCD003, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, 2008.
  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. [S25] Index to Sussex Burials, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project,.
  5. [S668] Letters of administration of the estate of William Farmer of Rotherfield, Sussex, England, granted by the Archdeaconry court of Lewes, 11 Jan 1580/81 (ESRO: PBT 1/3/1/93A).
  6. [S441] Indexed translation of a court book of the manor of Rotherfield, 1587-1593 (ESRO: PAR 465/26/1/3) "p. 22."

William Farmer

b. 28 February 1563
FatherWilliam Farmer b. c 1521, d. 1580
MotherAlice May
     William Farmer was baptized on 28 February 1563 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England, (Note: 28 Feb 1562/63.)1 He was the son of William Farmer and Alice May.

Citations

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

William Farmer

b. circa 1500, d. 1539
FatherThomas Farmer b. c 1460, d. c 1530
MotherElizabeth (?)
     William Farmer was born circa 1500 at England. He was the son of Thomas Farmer and Elizabeth (?)
William Farmer died in 1539 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.
William Farmer was buried on 15 April 1539 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England, "senior."1

Citations

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

William Farmer

b. circa 1510
FatherEdward Farmer b. c 1475, d. b 1539
MotherMargaret (?) b. c 1480, d. 1539
     William Farmer was born circa 1510 at Sussex, England. He was the son of Edward Farmer and Margaret (?)
William Farmer witnessed the probate of the estate of Bartholomew Farmer in 1558 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.1
William Farmer was a trugger. in 1558.1
William Farmer witnessed the probate of the estate of George Farmer on 20 March 1558 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.2

Citations

  1. [S667] Letters of administration of the estate of Bartholomew Farmer of Rotherfield, Sussex, England, granted by the Archdeaconry court of Lewes, 1558 (ESRO: PBT 1/1/4/170A).
  2. [S669] Letters of administration of the estate of George Farmor of Rotherfield, Sussex, England, granted by the Archdeaconry court of Lewes, 20 Mar 1558/59 (ESRO: PBT 1/1/4/312J).

William Farmer

b. circa 1550, d. 1551
FatherThomas Farmer b. c 1520, d. 1558
MotherMargaret Woodgatt
     William Farmer was born circa 1550 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England; No proof that William is part of this family - just conjecture. He was the son of Thomas Farmer and Margaret Woodgatt.
William Farmer died in 1551 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.
William Farmer was buried on 20 August 1551 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England, "son of Thomas."1

Citations

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

William Farmer

b. 1 July 1547, d. 1551
FatherThomas Farmer b. c 1515
MotherAgnes Payne b. c 1520
     William Farmer was baptized on 1 July 1547 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England, FERMOR.1 He was the son of Thomas Farmer and Agnes Payne.
William Farmer died in 1551 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.
William Farmer was buried on 20 August 1551 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England, "son of Thomas."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,.

William Farmer

b. 23 November 1544
FatherThomas Farmer b. c 1515
MotherAgnes Payne b. c 1520
     William Farmer was baptized on 23 November 1544 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,.

Charles Claridge Farra

b. circa 1797, d. 1872
     Charles Claridge Farra was born circa 1797 at Westminster, Middlesex, England.1
Charles Claridge Farra married Harriet Akehurst, daughter of Thomas Akehurst and Hannah Delves, on 21 November 1823 at Brighton, Sussex, England, both of this parish.2
The 1851 census confirms Harriet's birthplace as Hellingly.1
Charles Claridge Farra was a tailor and draper on 30 March 1851.1
On 30 March 1851 Charles Claridge Farra and Harriet Akehurst lived at Battle, Sussex, England.1
Charles Claridge Farra died in 1872 at Battle, Sussex, England. "age 77 years."3

Family

Harriet Akehurst b. 24 Sep 1801, d. 1876
Marriage*
Charles Claridge Farra married Harriet Akehurst, daughter of Thomas Akehurst and Hannah Delves, on 21 November 1823 at Brighton, Sussex, England, both of this parish.2 

Citations

  1. [S16] 1851 Census for England "Class: HO107; Piece: 1636; Folio: 313; Page: 23; GSU roll: 193539."
  2. [S24] Index to Sussex Marriages, 1538-1837, Compact Disc SFHGCD003, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, 2008.
  3. [S141] General Register Office: Indexes to Deaths, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Oct-Dec 1872, Battle, Vol 2b Page 34, age 77 years."

Abraham Farrant

b. 19 March 1760
FatherThomas Farrant b. c 1731, d. 1813
MotherElizabeth Smith b. c 1730, d. 1779
     Abraham Farrant was baptized on 19 March 1760 at St Thomas, Framfield, Sussex, England.1 He was the son of Thomas Farrant and Elizabeth Smith.
Abraham Farrant married Harriet Ferall on 3 May 1779 at Wartling, Sussex, England, surname FEARHALL.2

Family

Harriet Ferall
Marriage*
Abraham Farrant married Harriet Ferall on 3 May 1779 at Wartling, Sussex, England, surname FEARHALL.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.

Abraham Farrant

b. 1 March 1795, d. 16 September 1872
FatherThomas Farrant b. 17 Nov 1752, d. 1827
MotherAnn Page b. c 1755, d. 1824
     Abraham Farrant was baptized on 1 March 1795 at Framfield, Sussex, England. He was the son of Thomas Farrant and Ann Page.
Abraham Farrant married Harriet Shoesmith on 10 September 1815 at Framfield, Sussex, England, both of this parish.1
Abraham Farrant died on 16 September 1872 at Framfield, Sussex, England, at age 77.
His estate was probated on 16 December 1872 at Lewes, Sussex, England, Effects under £1,500. Ececutors Ebenezer Samuel Wallis of Framfield, grocer and draper and Aaron Burton of Framfield, farmer.2

Family

Harriet Shoesmith b. 23 Apr 1797, d. 1875
Marriage*
Abraham Farrant married Harriet Shoesmith on 10 September 1815 at Framfield, Sussex, England, both of this parish.1 

Citations

  1. [S24] Index to Sussex Marriages, 1538-1837, Compact Disc SFHGCD003, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, 2008.
  2. [S422] National Probate Calendar, England & Wales (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966. (https://www.ancestry.co.uk/).

Alfred Farrant

b. 3 July 1836
FatherJames Farrant b. 18 Mar 1810
MotherCaroline Weller b. 11 Dec 1813
     Alfred Farrant was baptized on 3 July 1836 at St Thomas, Framfield, Sussex, England.1 He was the son of James Farrant and Caroline Weller.

Citations

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

Ann Farrant

b. 15 September 1762, d. after 15 September 1762
FatherThomas Farrant b. c 1731, d. 1813
MotherElizabeth Smith b. c 1730, d. 1779
     Ann Farrant was baptized on 15 September 1762 at St Thomas, Framfield, Sussex, England.1
Ann Farrant died after 15 September 1762 at Framfield, Sussex, England. She was the daughter of Thomas Farrant and Elizabeth Smith.
Ann Farrant was buried on 18 September 1762 at St Thomas, Framfield, 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,.