Author Archives: Martin

The last will and testament of Edward Byne of Burwash

In the last post I wrote about my 11 x great grandfather Edward Byne of Burwash, Sussex, who was buried there on 4th January 1613/4. Two years earlier, on 11th December 1611, Edward had made his will, a copy of which … Continue reading

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Edward Byne of Burwash (died 1614)

In the previous post I wrote about the family of my 12 x great grandfather William Byne of Burwash, Sussex, who died in 1559. In this post I want to focus on what we know about his son Edward, my … Continue reading

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The family of William Byne of Burwash (died 1559)

In the last two posts I’ve been tracing the descendants of two brothers, John and Richard Byne of Burwash, Sussex, who were born in the early years of the sixteenth century and died in 1559 and 1574 respectively. In his … Continue reading

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The family of Richard Byne of Ticehurst (died 1574)

Having summarised what we know about the family of John Byne of Burwash, who died in 1559, I turn now to his brother Richard, whose family it’s possible to trace through to the eighteenth century. However, my interest is in the … Continue reading

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The family of John Byne of Burwash (died 1559)

Some weeks ago I wrote about the early generations of the Byne family of Burwash, Sussex. My earliest confirmed Byne ancestor was my 12 x great grandfather William, who died in 1559, the year after Elizabeth I became queen, having … Continue reading

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Three Polhill wills

Yesterday I wrote about the links between my Sussex ancestors and the Polhill family. I noted that there were several discrepancies between the various sources for our knowledge of the Polhills. Today I want to clarify what we know about … Continue reading

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My ancestors and the Polhill family

In my explorations of the lives of my Sussex ancestors – and specifically the Byne, Ma(u)nser and Fowle families – the surname ‘Polhill’ has often featured. I thought it might be useful to summarise these connections – and to work out … Continue reading

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John Ma(u)nser of Southwark

In the previous two posts I explored the life and times of Thomas Scotson of South Malling, Sussex, who died in 1636 and was the husband of Mary Maunser or Manser. Mary was the daughter of William Maunser of Hightown and his … Continue reading

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The family of Thomas Scotson of South Malling (died 1636)

In the previous post I shared my transcription of the will of Thomas Scotson of South Malling, Sussex, who died in 1636. I’m interested in Thomas because he was married to Mary Maunser, the daughter of William and Mary Maunser … Continue reading

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Thomas Scotson and Mary Maunser

In his last will and testament, signed and sealed in 1599, Nicholas Fowle of Wadhurst, Sussex, notes that he has already ‘payde unto Mary Maunser my daughters daughter fiftye poundes of good English money, and John Maunser her brother Tenne … Continue reading

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