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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 family background of Gabriel Fowle

In this post I want to summarise briefly what we know about the family background of my 13 x great grandfather Gabriel Fowle of Southover, Lewes, in Sussex, who died in 1555. I’m indebted to William Green of Spokane, Washington, … Continue reading

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Analysing the will of Gabriel Fowle of Southover (c.1507 – 1555)

In the last post I shared my transcription of the will of my 13 x great grandfather Gabriel Fowle of Southover, Lewes, who died in 1555. In this post I want to explore what Gabriel’s will can tell us about … 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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Some doubts about my Fowle ancestors

My 11 x great grandmother Agnes Byne née Fowle of Burwash, Sussex, who died in 1626, was the only daughter of Magnus and Alice Fowle of Mayfield. Magnus Fowle was the son of Gabriel Fowle of Southover, Lewes, who was … 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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Reflections on the will of John Harman of Lewes

In the previous post I shared my transcription of the will of John Harman, a merchant of Lewes in Sussex, who died in 1600. Harman was the husband of Agnes Fowle, sister of my 12 x great grandfather Magnus Fowle … Continue reading

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The will of John Harman, merchant of Lewes (died 1600)

My 13 x great grandfather Gabriel Fowle (1507 – 1555), who was master of the Free Grammar School in Southover, Lewes, in Sussex, is said to have had two children. One was my 12 x great grandfather Magnus Fowle (died … Continue reading

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