and Mary MOWER (1631-?)
and Joan (?-?)
were my 8x Great Grandparents. (Click
to see their place in my pedigree chart.) They married
by licence on 28 September 1671 in Ashurst, Sussex. Their marriage
licence was issued on 21 September 1671 by the Archdeaconry of Lewes, which
stated that William Hill was a widower of Henfield and Joan
Butcher alias Piper was a widow of Ashurst.
William had previously married
on 5 May 1662 in Cowfold, Sussex. As
Joan Wolven she may have previously married Thomas
Butcher in May 1647. Thomas died in 1667.
was baptised on 27 April 1638 in
Woodmancote, Sussex. He was the son of
Damaris. He was buried on 25 March
1691 in Woodmancote.
was baptised on 2 October 1631 in Cowfold.
She was the daughter of
Mitchell. She died before 1671.
date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me. However, if she
did previously marry Thomas, then she was baptised as
Joan Woolvin on 12 December 1624 in West Grinstead, the
Whitington. But, this would presumably have made her to
old to have been the mother of children born in 1672, 1674 and 1676, i.e.
48, 50 and 52 years old (children named below).
William Hill and Mary
Mower had 2 known children:
was baptised on 24 June 1664 in Henfield
and buried there on 29 June 1664.
was baptised on 18 March 1665/6 in
Joan Butcher, alias
Piper, widow and unknown had 1 known child:
was born before 1671.
William Hill and Joan had
3 known children:
was baptised on 22 July 1672 in Henfield.
She may have married Robert Bennet on 30 September 1688 in
Henfield, at which time they were both of Henfield. Or, she may have
married William Foster on 4 August 1692 in Shermanbury. Mary
was of Henfield and William a Gent of Shermanbury.
was baptised on 21 April 1674 in
Henfield. She married
on 4 October 1694 in West Grinstead. She was then of West Grinstead
and he of Reigate in Surrey.
Hill, my 7x Great Grandmother,
was baptised on 28 November 1676 in Henfield. She married
William Woolgar in 1692. (They
have their own page.)
Thomas and Joan had a daughter named Mary Butcher who was
baptised in 1651. Mary went on to marry in 1677 and was mentioned in
her uncle Ralph Woolvin's will of 1684. Therefore, if
her mother did remarry, is it likely she would have named another daughter
Mary? I don't think so. Therefore, combined with Joan's age,
i.e. 52 in 1676, I don't think she was the one born in 1624, but I could be
wrong. Also, Thomas and Joan don't seem to have had a daughter named
Jane, although they did have a Joan, and the two names are sometimes
This page was reviewed on 10 April 2012