Category Archives: Manser

Seven generations of the Byne family

I’ve been trying to discover more about the earlier generations of the Byne family of Sussex. A reminder: Mary Byne of the parish of St Botolph, Aldgate, married Stepney-born goldsmith Joseph Greene in 1701. They were my 7 x great … Continue reading

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Revisiting the 1597 will of John Manser of Wadhurst

I’m grateful to my fellow researcher Ed Rydahl Taylor for encouraging me to revisit the will of my 11 x great grandfather John Manser of Wadhurst in Sussex. Ed wondered whether I had managed to decipher the names that I’d … 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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The last will and testament of Christopher Maunser of Hightown (died 1545)

I’ve had a copy of the will of my ancestor Christopher Maunser, who died in 1545, in my possession for some time, but I’ve held back from transcribing it, mainly because of the difficulty of deciphering its sixteenth-century script. However, … Continue reading

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The will of Gabriel Fowle (died 1555)

Gabriel Fowle of Southover, Lewes, in Sussex, who died in 1555, was my 13 x great grandfather. His only son Magnus Fowle of Mayfield (died 1595) married Alice Lucke, and their only daughter Agnes Fowle married Edward Byne of Burwash. … Continue reading

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The family of Agnes Byne of Burwash

What can the will of my 11 x great grandmother, Agnes Byne née Fowle of Burwash, Sussex, who died in 1626, tell us about her family? We learn from Agnes’ will that she had four surviving sons from her marriage … Continue reading

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The will of Agnes Byne of Burwash (died 1626)

In recent posts I’ve explored the life and times of my 12 x great grandfather Magnus Fowle of Mayfield in Sussex, who died in 1596. According to his will, Magnus had only one surviving child, a daughter named Agnes, who was … 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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‘To our blessed Lady and to all the saints of hevyn’: the pre-Reformation will of Thomas Fowle

(Update 26th February 2014: for corrections to some of the information in this post, please see this post and those that follow.) Despite its brevity, the will of my 15 x great grandfather Thomas Fowle of Lamberhurst, Kent, who died in 1525, is … Continue reading

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The Fowle family

The other day I wrote about my 10 x great grandfather William Wane (1576 – 1626), the rector of Clayton-cum-Keymer in Sussex. His daughter Anne (1611 – 1661) married Magnus Byne (1615 – 1671), one of her father’s successors as rector at … Continue reading

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