Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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Thomas BUTLER (1665-?)

and Hannah HICKES (1679-?)


St. Peter and St. Paul, Wadhurst, photo taken from: Butler and Hannah Hickes may have been my 7x Great Grandparents.  (Click here to see their possible place in my pedigree chart.)  They married by licence on 23 July 1703 at the parish church of St. Peter and St. Paul in Wadhurst, Sussex.  He was then a carpenter of Lewes and she of Salehurst.

Thomas Butler may have been baptised on 24 September 1665 at St. Mary's in Salehurst, Sussex, and have been the son of Thomas Butler (c1630-?) and possibly Elizabeth.  Or might he have been the son of Abraham Butler and Ann Cushman who married in 1672?

Hanna Hixe was baptised on 14 February 1678/9 at St. Mary's in Salehurst.  She was the daughter of Francis Hicks and Mary Standen.

The 1747 window tax assessment records that widow Butler had 9 windows and was liable to a 2 shilling tax.  She was then living in the Robertsbridge borough, as was her possible son-in-law John Jones.


Thomas Butler and Hannah Hickes had 8 known children and maybe more:

  1. Mary Butler was baptised on 22 August 1703 in Salehurst.

  2. William Butler may have been part of this family.

    William married Mary.

    William and Mary had the following child:

    1. Thomas Butler was born on 8 April 1729 and baptised on 12 April 1729 in Salehurst.

  3. Thomas Butler was baptised on 3 February 1705/6 in Salehurst.

    Thomas may have married Sarah.  A marriage licence was issued to Thomas Butler and Sarah Coleman on 11 June 1727 by the Archdeaconry of Lewes.  It recorded that he was a yeoman and they were both of Fairlight.

    Thomas and Sarah had the following child:

    1. Grace Butler was born on 5 October 1729 and baptised on 13 October 1729 in Salehurst. 

  4. Isaac Butler was baptised on 28 August 1709 in Salehurst.

    Isaac may have married Martha Kent in 1735 in Sandhurst, Kent.  He was then said to be of Salehurst.

    At the Lewes quarter sessions held on 16/17 July 1741, Isaac, his wife Martha and their sons William and Thomas were issued a JP's order removing them from Peasmarsh to All Saints, Lewes.  This order was set aside at the quarter sessions held on 8/9 October 1741.

    Why would Isaac have been returned to All Saints if he was born in Salehurst?  Does this mean that Salehurst Isaac was not the one who married Martha, but then he was said to have been of Salehurst when he married, as per the Sussex marriage index.  What, if any, is the connection between the elder Isaac and the younger?  And how did they both come to have a link to the parish of All Saints?  An Isaac Butler of Lewes married Mary Brignell on 11 April 1693 at All Saints in Lewes.

    Isaac and Martha had the following children:

    1. William Butler

    2. Thomas Butler

  5. Sarah Butler, my 6x Great Grandmother, may have been part of this family.  She married John Jones in 1736 in Salehurst.  (They have their own page.)  John and Sarah named their second daughter Hannah - might this have been after Sarah's mother?

  6. Edward Butler was baptised on 16 April 1714 in Salehurst.  The baptism register records that his mother's name was Ann.

  7. Abraham Butler was baptised on 3 July 1715 in Salehurst.  Might he have been named after his possible paternal grandfather?

  8. Hannah Butler was baptised on 29 December 1717 in Salehurst.

  9. John Butler was baptised on 8 May 1720 in Salehurst.

  10. Jacob Butler was baptised on 30 September 1722 in Salehurst.


I have checked through a transcript of the Salehurst burial register from 1700 to 1800 and could not find a single Butler buried in the parish, however, the transcript does seem a bit sparse so at some point I shall have to check the original parish register.

At one point I was fairly certain that "our" Thomas was baptised in Salehurst in 1665, but now I'm not so sure.  Might there have been other Thomas Butlers born between 1660 and 1680?  The only link seems to be the name Abraham.  However, I am wondering if the name Isaac is significant, as an Isaac Butler of Lewes married Mary Brignell on 11 April 1693 at All Saints in Lewes, and "our" Thomas was also said to be of Lewes when he married, and named his second son Isaac.  Isaac Butler of Lewes left a will in 1713.  Was he the one who married Mary BrignellIsaac may have been baptised in Brighling in 1653, the son of Thomas Butler.



This page was reviewed on 9 April 2012