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
Edward & 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. 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.
 ESRO: ACC 4113/5/4 Conveyance of Hurstwood Mill from Thomas Argles to Robert Devenish.
 ESRO: PBT 2/2/8/166 Will of Edward Durrant proved by the Deanery of South Malling.