Category Archives: Barham

The will of Nicholas Fowle of Wadhurst (died 1600)

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that the will of Nicholas Fowle of Wadhurst in Sussex, who died in 1600, contained proof of a connection between the Fowle and Maunser or Manser families (I’m descended from both families on … Continue reading

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The Maunsers/Mansers of Hightown: a new (and incomplete) pedigree

In an attempt to solve the mystery of the possible missing generations in the pedigree of the Manser/Maunser family of Hightown, Wadhurst, Sussex, I’ve drawn up a revised pedigree, based on what we now know (see below). At first, I … Continue reading

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Reflections on the 1545 will of Christopher Maunser

Yesterday I posted a transcription of the will of my 13 x great grandfather Christopher Maunser of Hightown, Wadhurst, in Sussex, who died in 1545/6. In this post, I’ll examine what the will can tell us about Christopher and his … Continue reading

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Recusants and iron masters: reflections on the will of Magnus Fowle

What do we learn from the will of my 12 x great grandfather Magnus Fowle, a transcription of which I posted the other day? First of all, we discover when he died: the will was written on 30th July 1595 … Continue reading

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Keziah Holdsworth (1804 – 1881): from Oxford to Ealing via Stepney and Soho

In the previous post I wrote about two of my maternal great-great-great-grandmothers who were first cousins: Keziah and Eliza Holdsworth. In this post I want to tell Keziah’s life story, and in another post I’ll set down what we know … Continue reading

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Some notes on the will of Abraham Manser of Wenbourne

Yesterday I wrote about Abraham Manser of Wenbourne, near Wadhurst in Sussex, who was the brother of my 11 x great grandfather John Manser of Wadhurst, and the uncle of my 10 x great grandmother Mary Manser, who married Stephen … Continue reading

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Abraham Manser of Wenbourne (died 1627)

The Manser family’s habit of using the same Christian names in each generation can be rather confusing. I’ve already written about two men with the name Abraham Manser or Maunser, both of them apothecaries living in London (though almost certainly … Continue reading

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The Mansers: a tentative family tree

Yesterday I drew up a timeline for my seventeenth-century Byne ancestors from Sussex. Today, with a little more trepidation, I’m doing something similar for my Manser forebears, whose history is closely intertwined with the Bynes. A reminder: according to Walter … Continue reading

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Analysing the 1653 will of Nicholas Maunser of Hightown

Nicholas Maunser of Hightown, near Wadhurst in Sussex, made his last will and testament in 1653, the year in which Oliver Cromwell became Lord Protector of the Commonwealth. It was also the year in which provincial probate courts were abolished … Continue reading

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