Category Archives: Byne

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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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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Reflections on the will of Nicholas Fowle of Wadhurst

In the previous post I reproduced my transcription of the last will and testament of Nicholas Fowle of Wadhurst, Sussex, who died in 1600. In this post I want to discuss what the will can tell us about Nicholas and … Continue reading

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A couple of Manser wills

The other day I was lamenting the fact that we don’t seem to have wills for any of the older sons of my 12 x great grandfather, Robert Maunser of Hightown in Wadhurst, Sussex, who died in 1592. I’ve been trying … Continue reading

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Another look at Nicholas Maunser of Hightown (died 1653)

In recent posts I’ve been revisiting the Maunser or Manser family of Hightown in Wadhurst, Sussex, in an attempt to clarify some puzzling aspects of their pedigree. My own connection to the family is as follows. Robert Maunser of Hightown, … Continue reading

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The children of William and Joan Byne of Burwash

My 12 x great grandparents, William and Joan Byne of Burwash, Sussex, had five children who survived to adulthood. Margaret or Margery Byne was probably the eldest, as she seems to have married first. She married Goddard Russell of Salehurst … Continue reading

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William Byne: a timeline

It’s often helpful to estimate key dates for one’s ancestors, even if hard information is hard to come by, and to set these dates in the context of contemporary historical events. Doing this for my 13 x great grandfather, William … Continue reading

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The brothers of William Byne of Burwash?

Yesterday I wrote about my 12 x great grandfather William Byne of Burwash, Sussex, who died in 1559 and who is, for now, my earliest definite Byne ancestor. My principal source of information about William is Walter Renshaw’s history of … Continue reading

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