HIGH HURSTWOOD

ITS HISTORY from the STONE AGE to the 21st CENTURY

 

ITS BUILDINGS AND LANDS, THE FAMILIES THAT OCCUPIED THEM,

AND THE ACTIVITIES THAT WENT ON THERE

 

Home  General History  General Notes  Person Index  Contact me

 

PROPERTIES  FAMILIES  ORGANIZATIONS  OCCUPATIONS  EVENTS

 

 

The DURRANT Family

 

 

Edward & Sarah/Jane Durrant’s Family

 

Chart of Henry & Sarah/Jane Durrant's Family

 

Edward Durrant was possibly the Edward Dirans who was baptised at the Parish Church of St Margaret the Queen in Buxted, Sussex on 9 March 1617 when no parents were recorded. Three subsequent baptisms at this church in 1620, 1624 and 1630 were for children of Thomas Durrant so it seems reasonable to assume that the 1617 baptism was also for a child of Thomas Durrant. Also the burials of Thomas Durrant and Grace Durrant at St Margaret the Queen in Buxted on 4 September 1656 and 17 October 1656 just weeks before Edward’s son Henry was buried there suggest that they were Edward’s parents and had been living with Edward and his family. There is no definite evidence that the above parentage and birth date of Edward Durrant are correct but they has been assumed correct for this family history.

When he was probably 26 years old Edward Durrant married Sarah Hesman at the Parish Church of St Margaret the Queen in Buxted on 12 December 1643. They lived in Buxted Parish, probably always at Hurstwood Mill where Edward was recorded as being the occupier of the mill and 10 acres of land when it was sold by Thomas Argles to Robert Devenish on 2 June 1651.[1] Edward and Sarah had six children born between about 1644 and about 1656, the last of whom died young, probably soon after birth. Then Sarah died and was buried in the Churchyard of St Margaret the Queen at Buxted on 9 April 1658.

The following year Edward married Jane Wicking at the Parish Church of St Michael the Archangel in South Malling, Sussex on 13 October 1659, when they were both recorded as being from Buxted Parish. They lived in Buxted Parish, probably at Hurstwood Mill, where they had four children between about 1662 and 1668, the middle two of whom died young.

Edward is thought to have continued as the miller at Hurstwood Mill until his death, when he was probably 64 years old, and burial in the Churchyard of St Margaret the Queen at Buxted on 12 April 1681. Edward had made his will on 9 April 1681, just before his death, when he described himself as a miller of Buxted Parish, and probate of this will was granted to his wife and eldest son by the Deanery of South Malling on 24 May 1681. In his will Edward left one shilling to his eldest son, Thomas Durrant; £10 to his second son, Edward Durrant; one shilling to his eldest daughter, Ann Peckham; £10 to his second daughter, Sarah Durrant; one shilling to his daughter Mary wife of Richard Baukham; £10 to his fourth daughter, Elizabeth Durrant; and £10 in trust to his youngest daughter, Jean Durrant. To his wife Jane he left £12; the feather bed that was in his bedchamber and all items belonging to it, together with the chest of linen in the closet. He made his wife and eldest son executors of his will and left them £2 each for their trouble. The residue of his estate was to be divided equally between his wife and each of his children.[2]

 

 

Edward and Sarah’s eldest child was Ann Durrant who was born in Buxted Parish in Sussex, probably at Hurstwood Mill, in about 1644. When she was about 23 years old Ann married Robert Peckham at the Parish Church of St Margaret the Queen in Buxted on 28 January 1668. When her father died in 1681 Ann inherited just one shilling, probably because her father had given her inheritance to her when she married.

 

Edward and Sarah’s second child was Thomas Durrant who was born in Buxted Parish in Sussex, probably at Hurstwood Mill, and baptised at the Parish Church of St Margaret the Queen in Buxted on 14 December 1645. When his father died in 1681 Thomas was one of the executors of his will and inherited just one shilling, probably because his father had already given him his inheritance.

 

Edward and Sarah’s third child was Edward Durrant who was born in Buxted Parish in Sussex, probably at Hurstwood Mill, and baptised at the Parish Church of St Margaret the Queen in Buxted on 18 February 1649. When his father died in 1681 Edward inherited £10.

 

Edward and Sarah’s fourth child was Sarah Durrant who was born in Buxted Parish in Sussex, probably at Hurstwood Mill, and baptised at the Parish Church of St Margaret the Queen in Buxted during October 1650. When her father died in 1681 Sarah inherited £10.

 

Edward and Sarah’s fifth child was Mary Durrant who was born in Buxted Parish in Sussex, probably at Hurstwood Mill, and baptised at the Parish Church of St Margaret the Queen in Buxted on 17 October 1652. Mary married Richard Baukham. Then when her father died in 1681 Mary inherited just one shilling, probably because her father had given her inheritance to her when she married.

 

Edward and Sarah’s sixth child was Henry Durrant who was born in Buxted Parish in Sussex, probably at Hurstwood Mill, and probably in October 1656. Henry died, probably before he could be baptised, and was buried in the Churchyard of St Margaret the Queen at Buxted on 21 October 1656.

 

Edward and Jane’s eldest child (Edward’s seventh) was Elizabeth Durrant who was born in Buxted Parish in Sussex, probably at Hurstwood Mill, in about 1662. When her father died in 1681 Elizabeth inherited £10. Then when she was about 24 years old Ann married John Glazier at the Parish Church of St Margaret the Queen in Buxted on 25 November 1686.

 

Edward and Jane’s second child (Edward’s eighth) was Robert Durrant who was born in Buxted Parish in Sussex, probably at Hurstwood Mill, and probably in April 1666. Robert died, probably before he could be baptised, and was buried in the Churchyard of St Margaret the Queen at Buxted on 17 April 1666.

 

Edward and Jane’s third child (Edward’s ninth) was John Durrant who was born in Buxted Parish in Sussex, probably at Hurstwood Mill, and baptised at the Parish Church of St Margaret the Queen in Buxted on 31 March 1667. John died when he was about 8 months old, and was buried in the Churchyard of St Margaret the Queen at Buxted on 27 November 1667.

 

Edward and Jane’s fourth child (Edward’s tenth) was Jean Durrant who was born in Buxted Parish in Sussex, probably at Hurstwood Mill, and baptised at the Parish Church of St Margaret the Queen in Buxted on 29 November 1668. When her father died in 1681 Jean inherited £10 that was left in trust for her.

 


[1] ESRO: ACC 4113/5/4 Conveyance of Hurstwood Mill from Thomas Argles to Robert Devenish.

[2] ESRO: PBT 2/2/8/166 Will of Edward Durrant proved by the Deanery of South Malling.

 

Copyright © Derek Miller 2014-2016

Last updated 26 March 2016

 

Top of page