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 grandparents. Mary was the daughter of Tower Hill stationer John Byne, who was born in Clayton, Sussex, in 1651, the son of the local rector, Magnus Byne. Magnus was born in Burwash, where his family had been yeoman farmers for at least three generations.

Countryside near Burwash (via bandbchurchhouse.co.uk)

Countryside near Burwash, Sussex (via bandbchurchhouse.co.uk)

Before going on to explore the origins of the Byne family in more detail, it might be useful to summarise what we know of this branch of my family tree, stretching back from Mary Byne to her great-great-great-grandfather William.


First generation

William Byne, b. 1520 (?), d. 1559


Second generation

William Byne married Joan. Their children were:

Anthony Byne

Jane Byne

Symon Byne

Margaret Byne

Edward Byne, b. 1550, d. 1611


Third generation

Edward Byne married Agnes Fowle. Their children were:

Magnus Byne, b. 1574

William Byne, b. 1576

Edward Byne, b. 1578

Stephen Byne, b. 1586, d. 1664

John Byne, b.1589, d.1615

James Byne, b. 1593, d. 1594


Fourth generation

Stephen Byne married Mary Manser in 1611 at Wadhurst. Their children were:

Elizabeth Byne, b. 1612, d. 1639

Magnus Byne, b. 1615, d. 1671

John Byne, , b. 1617

Mary Byne, b. 1620

Edward Byne, b. 1623, d. 1682

Stephen Byne, b. 1632


Fifth generation

Magnus Byne married firstly Anne Chowne née Wane in 1640 at St Saviour, Southwark. Their children were:

Mary Byne, b. 1641 Clayton, d. 1643

Ann Byne, b. 1643, d. 1662

Edward Byne, b. 1643

Stephen Byne, b. 1647, d. 1674

John Byne, b. 1651, d. 1689

Magnus Byne married secondly Sarah Bartlett in 1662. Their children were:

Ann Byne, b. 1663

Magnus Byne, b. 1664, d. 1743

Sarah Byne, b. 1666


Sixth generation

John Byne married Alice Forrest in 1675 (?) in London (?). Their children were:

Alice Byne, b. 1676, d. 1760

Ann Byne, b. 1677

John Byne, b. 1679, d. 1726

Ann Byne, b. 1682

Mary Byne , b. 1683

Thomas Byne, b. 1684, d. 1728

Magnus Byne , b. 1685, d. 1716


Seventh generation

Mary Byne married Joseph Greene in 1701 at All Hallows, Tower Hill.