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Thomas Barnum His Ancestors and Descendants

vol.1:3 June 1998

In this issue:
Will of Martin Barnham
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Sir Martin BARNHAM

Martin Barnham (Sir), christened 27 Mar 1548 in Saint Mildred Poultry With Saint Mary Colechurch, London, London, England, buried 14 Dec 1610 in Hollingbourne, Kent, England. He married (1) in Aug 1572 in Boughton Malherb, Kent, England, Ursula Rudston, born abt. 1554 of Boughton Monchelsea, Kent, England; buried 28 Jul 1579 in Hollingbourne, Kent, England, daughter of Robert Rudston and Anne Wotton. He married (2) in Feb 1579/80 in Hollingbourne, Kent, England, Judith Calthorpe, born abt. 1559 of Autingham, Norfolk, England, daughter of Martin Calthorpe (Mayor of London) and Joan Heath.

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Notes for Martin BARNHAM (Sir)

VISITATION: The Visitations of Kent, Taken in the Years 1574 and 1592; The Publicatitons of the Harleian Society FHL Book 942 B4h vol.75
1592- Martien his eldist Sonne (of Stephin); Martin Bernham of Hollingborne in the Countie of Kent Esquire Sonne and heire to ffraunces maried to his firste wyffe Vrsula Daughtr of Robert Rudstone of Boughton Monchelsey in the saide Countie Esquire and by her hathe issue, ffraunces his eldest Sonne, Benedicke Died yonge, After the saide Martein maried to his seconde wiffe Judethe Daughter to Sr Martyn Calthrope of Autingham in Norff. late of London Lord Maior, and by her hathe issue Martyn his thirde Sonne Jacobe fourthe sonne, Thomas fifte Sonne, Alys, Elizabethe and Judethe.

VISITATION: The Visitations of Kent, Taken in the Years 1619 and 1621; The Publicatitons of the Harleian Society FHL Book 942 B4h vol.42.
1619- de Hollingborne in co' Cant. Ch'l'r

PEDIGREE_CHART: FHL Book Q 942.23 D2ber: Berry, William, 1774-1851. County genealogies: pedigrees of the families of the county of Kent, collected from the heraldic visitations and other authentic manuscripts in the British museum, and in the possession of private individuals, and from the information of the present resident families.
Of Hollingborne, co. Kent, Sheriff of Kent 14th Elizabeth, ob. Dec. 12, 1610, bur. there. (son of Francis Barnham and Alice Brabridge)

PROBATE: PCC, 9 Wood FHL Film #092045

IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN This 16th daie of November 1609 I Sir Martin Barnham knight make this my last will declaringe therein my full mynde and intent as well as my faithe as of my goodes Chattells landes Tennementes and hereditments that I am possessed of in possession and revercon

ffirst of all my belief is in god the ffather, god the sonne and god the holie ghost by whome onlie I hope to be saved and washed from all my sinnes which without the mercie of God doe deserve damnason, but am by his mercie fully insured of eternall salvacon hopinge onlie by his mercie to fill up the number of his heavenlie seates to whome be all honor and glorie

ffirst for disposinge of my goodes and Chattells my debts beinge paid my will is that my welbeloved wife shall have Three hundred pounds, that my Daughter Anna shall have One Thousand pounds and that my Daughter Katherine shall have one thousand poundes to be paide unto them out of all my goodes in possession or by bills obligations or bondes owinge unto me or otherwise accordinge to this my last will by me therin appoynted. The rest that shall remaine, my will it shall be evenlie divided betweene all my Sonnes, that is, my Sonne ffrancis, Martin, Jacob, and Thomas. Provided all waite that none of the saide sommes of money be paide unto anie of my saidee children until they shall accomplish the age of twentie and one yeares or be at convenient yeares married savinge that my sonnes ffrancis, Martin, and Jacob shall have their their porcone within six monethes after my decease, and the reasonable proffit of the rest to be employed aboute the fundinge and educacon of my saide other children untill they shall accomplishe the yeares or in convenient to me be married as is by this my will before saidee which monie shal be levyd by my saide executors for reasonable proffitt, for the which saide sommes as allso for the proffit my executors shall at the time above saide at their perrills, and as they will answere with good conscience accomplishe and paie to my saidee children.

And as touchinge my landes, Whereas my Sonne Francis is allreadie advanced of a full third part with all my landes in Bilsington, Ruckinge, Newchurche, Snave, Allington, Bonnington and Mersham accordinge to such an estate as by conveyance is to him formerlie lymited, I the saidee Sir Martin doe by this my will for his further advance give unto my saidee sonne ffrancis Barnham, and to the heires males of his bodie lawfully begotten, all that my house and all those landes Tennements and hereditamentes lyingee and beinge upon Hollingborne hill which I latelie purchased of Robert Seathy and Richard Wood, as allso my greate wood called Parkewood with a small wood called Sprottswood and one Close or field called Parkscrofte lyingee together onlie a sheeveway betweene Sprottswood and Parkewood as allso one parcell of woodland late purchased of the saide Richard Wood as allsoe one parcell of lande and two parcells of wood late purchased of Henrie Stapell, likewise I doe give unto my Sonne ffrancis all those my landes meadowes, and pastures called Brenmarsh Burletts Impton, and longe feild as allso Lambes leafe all lyingee together to be had to him and to the heires males of his bodie, Allso I doe give unto my saidee Sonne ffrancis all that parcell of land of mine called Vouklet and one half acre of lande all lyingee in ye parish of Hollingborne and Huckinge which saide halfe acre upon parte therof it is thought that parte of the Parsonage house doth stand referringe the truthe thereof to my evidences and other honest ___sses not defyringe by anie meanes either to essage my conscience or anie of my Childrens in not havinge that which is not truly myne, for my evidence is good for half an acre but while anie part of the Parsonage house doth stand upon yt I, or noe, I doe referre to good testimonie and honest proofe. All which saide landes, tennementes and hereditamentes so by me in this my will given to my saide sonne ffrancis my will and meaning is that my saide sonne ffrancis shall have all those landes by this my will bequeathed to him and to the heires males of his bodie lawfully begotten, and for default of such issue to my sonne Martin and to the heires males of his bodie lawfully begotten, and for default of such issue to my sonne Jacob and to the heires males of his bodie lawfully begotten, And for default of such issue to my sonne Thomas and to the heires males of his bodie lawfully begotten. Provided all waite that neither my saide Sonne ffrancis Martin Jacob or Thomas or the heires males of their bodies after their severall estates shall accrue or come to them shall enter upon the saide house or anie of the saide landes Tennements and hereditaments but after the marriage of my now well beloved wife Judith Barnham or after her decease which of them shall first happen, for my will, and meaninge is that she shall not have that house and those landes, Tennementes, and hereditamentes longer then she is my widdow and doth keepe herself unmarried and so livinge unmarried, Then I will all that house and all those landes tennements and hereditaments hereby bequeathed to my sonnes ffrancis, Martin, Jacob, and Thomas accordinge to their severall estates shalbe to my saidee wife Judith duringe her life yf she remaine sole and unmarried, I doe by this my last will give unto my sonne Martin Barnham my Manner of Rippell together with my landes and woodes called Bablinge late purchased by me of Mr Brockwell and his son in law Mr Combes, as allso those landes purchased of Richard wood with the wood called Bablinge wood to be had to him and to the heires males of his bodie lawfully begotten upon condicon that if he the saide Martin or the heires males of his bodie shall refuse at the reguest and charges by fine at the common lawe to assure and convey unto my sonne ffrancis and the heires males of his bodie that wood above saide called Parkwood and that field above saide called Vouklett with the half acre, and those three parcells of land meadowe and pasture called Brenmarsh which in truth I did convey to the issues of Judith my nowe welbeloved wife and therfore do not yt from them but for their further advance, All which landes abovesaide severally bequeathed do lie in the parishe of Hollingborne and Huckinge in the Countie of Kent then my will & meaninge is that my sonne Francis shall receave the proffitts of my Mannor of Rippell, and untill my saide sonne Martin or the heires males of his bodie shall make such assurance by fine as is aforesaide Likewise by this my will I give unto my saide sonne Martin all my landes, tennementes, and hereditamentes lyingee at Yorkshill in the parishes of Sundwich and Cheveninge which I late purchased of Sir Perswall Willoughbie, and John Sidley or either of them to him and to the heires males of his bodie lawfully begotten, and for default of such issue to my sonne Jacob and to the heires males of his bodie lawfully begotten and for default of such issue to my sonne Thomas and to the heires males of his bodie lawfully begotten, And for defaulte of such issue to the right heires of me the saide Sir Martin forever.

Item I do by this my last will give unto my sonne Jacob Barnham all my landes tennements and hereditaments lyinge in the parrishes of Stapleherst and Gowdherst in the saide countie to him and to ye heires males of his bodie lawfully begotten and for default of such issue to my sonne Martin and to the heires males of his bodie lawfully begotten, and for default of such issue to my son Thomas and to the heires males of his bodie lawfully begotten, And for default of such issue to my right heires of me the saide Sir Marten forever

Item I do by this my last will give unto my sonne Jacob all my landes aswell arrable pastuer as woodland lyingee in the parrishes of Stapleherst and Gowdherst in the saide Countie to him and to the heires males of his bodie lawfullie begotten; and for default of such issue to my sonne Martin and to the heires males of his bodie lawfullie begotten. And for default of such issue to my sonne Thomas and to the heires males of his bodie lawfully begotten. And for default of such issue to the right heires of me the saidee Sir Martin Barnham forever

Item I do by this my last will give unto my sonne Jacob all my landes aswell arrable pasture as woodeland called Wrens and Cutnole as allso my wood there called Cutnole late by me purchased of Sir James Crowmer knight lyingee in the parrishes of Borden and Tunstall in the saidee Countie, To be had to him and to the heires males of his bodie lawfullie begotten upon condicon, that yf he the saide Jacob or the heires males of his bodie shall refuse at the request and charges by fyne at the common lawe to assure, and convey unto my sonne ffrancis and to the heires males his bodie that wood above saidee called Parkewood and that field above saidee called Vouklett with the half acre and those three parcells of land meadowe and pasture called Brenmarsh which in truth I did convey to the yssues of Judith my nowe welbeloved wife, and therfore doe not take it from them but for their further advance, then my will and meaninge ys that my sonne ffrancis shall receave the proffitts of all those landes called Wrens & Cutnole and untill my sonne Jacob or the heires males of his bodie shall make such assurance by a fyne as is aforesayde.

Item I doe by this my last will give unto my Sonne Thomas All those my landes, Tennements, and hereditamentes lyingee in the parishes of Littlebourne, and Ickham as allso all those my landes, tenementes, and hereditamentes lyinge in the parrishe of Lenham to him and to the heires males of his bodie lawfullie begotten, and for defaulte of such issue to my sonne Martin, and to the heires males of his bodie lawfully begotten, And for default of such issue to my sonne Jacob, and to the heyres males of his bodie lawfully begotten and for defaulte of such issue to the right heires of me the saidee Sir Martin forever But if my sonne Thomas shall refuse by fyne in due for me of law after that he shall accomplish the age of twentie one yeares to convey unto my saidee sonne ffrancis the saidee wood called Parkewood and the field called Voutlett and the half acre, as allso those three parcells of land medowe and pasture called Brenmarshe, Lames leafe, Impton, and longe fielde, then my will and meaning is that my sonne ffrancis shall take and receave the proffitts of all those landes to my saide sonne Thomas bequeathed in the parrish of Lenham untill such tyme as my saide sonne Thomas shall by fyne in due forme of lawe convey those landes accordinge to this my last will and testament. Provided allwayes that yf my saide sonnes Martin, Jacob, and Thomas or the heires males of their bodies shall convey their right, title, and Interest in those landes within saide to be conveyed to my sonne ffrancis, that then presentlie upon such conveyance by them or anie of them or the heires males of their bodies, made, tendred, and performed as above sayde That then my sonne ffrancis and his heires shall not anie longer after anie such conveyance by them or anie of them or the heires males of their bodies soe to him or his heywes made take or receave anie of the proffitts of anie of their landes by this my will to him my sonne ffrancis lymited, but as touching the givinge of those proffitts by this my will, that part of my will to be utterlie void.

Item I will that my welbeloved wife shall recieve the ffiftie poundes by me yearlie reserved out of the Parsonage of Hollingborne so longe as she doth live my widowe and is unmarried.

Item I will to my sonne ffrancis the fortie poundes yearlie reserved to me and my assignes out of my wives I__mture which is the Priory of Bilsington with all the landes and Parsonage therunto belonginge.

Item I will and give to my sonne ffrancis all those landes that I purchased of Henry Dyer lyingee in Bilsington to him and to the heires males of his bodie lawfullie begotten, and for default of such issue to the heires males ________ bodie of me Sir Martin Barnham, and for default of such issue to the right heyres of me Sir Martin Barnham forever. Provided allwaies that if the two thousand pounds before by me bequeathed to my Daughter Anna, and my Daughter Katherine, that is to each of them one thousand pounds will not sufficientlie rise out of my goods, chattells, bondes, Billes, and abligacons or other debtes due to me then my will and meaninge is that my Executors doe sell my house, landes, and parsonage of Chalke in Kent to pay all my debts & legacies butt _______________ to be paid to my Daughters Anna and Katherine the thousand poundes to each of them before bequeathed and that the profitts of my saide house and landes and Parsonage in Chalke shalbe evenly divided betweene my saide Daughter Anna and Katherine until my Executors have solde the house, landes, and Parsonage aforesaide towardes their maintenance and educacon; but yf my goodes chattells bondes billes and obligacons together with the sale by my Executores of my saide house, landes, and Parsonage of Chalke will not pay my debts and discharge all my legacies, then my will and meaninge is, that out of all my landes tenements and hereditamentes that I have by this my will given to my Sonnes ffrancis Martin Jacob and Thomas there shal be yerelie by indifferent porcons out of all their sayde landes unto them formerlie bequeathed by my Executors to be indifferentlie accordinge to their yearlie proffitts apporconed the full some of two hundred poundes yearlie to be taken untill all my saide debtes and legacies by my executors be accordinge to this my last will fully satisfied contented and paide.

Item I will unto my sonne and daughter Honywood fiftie poundes, and to my sone and Daughter Steward fifty poundes.

Item I doe give unto every servant that are at this time in my service, and so shalbe & continued at the houre of my death to everie one of them the full some of tenn shillinges over and above their wages for everie yeare that they have served me, hereby meaninge to give them most that have served me longest and to Authur Pelliton because he is my poore kinsman I doe give over and above the somme of ffive pounds, of all which my will and Testament as above sayde I doe make my very welbeloved wife, and my sonne ffrancis my sole and onlie Executores desyringe them faithfullie to performe this my will and doe desire my wife often to thinke upon me, and to remember the lovinge familiar and secrete speeche and communicacon that have passed betweene her and me for her owne good and the good the good of all our Children desyringe her often to call to minde that her tyme in this world cannot be longe after mine, And if in that time she shall endevour to be lovinge and helpfull unto her children she shall live a most free life bindinge them to serve her and love her and soe shall she be able to be helpfull unto them that shall deserve best of her which God graunte, Lastlie I defyne, entreate, and charge you my Sonne ffrancis to be dutyfull and lovinge to my wife your Mother, of whome I am assured no man lyvinge had ever a better wife nor noe Childe had ever a better Mother thyn you have had of her, and one that brought me a greatt porcon many Children whom God blesse, and hath all her tyme with greatt respect to my credit kept my house as proffitably as anie woman in Kente could doe. ffurthermore I desire entreat and charge you my Sonne ffrancis that as God hath made you the heire of my _______ house beseechinge God to blesse the inheritance thereof so have you five tymes more than anie Brother you have and therfore desire you not onlie for your part to performe and keepe this my last will and testament inviolable but in every _______ to keepe and performe the same accordinge to this my will and often to read yt and thinke on me, as allsoe to be brotherly lovinge aydinge and helpinge wherin you may to all your Brothers and Sisters rememberinge you all had one carefull and most lovinge ffather, and howe you shall therby please God, honor your ffather and gaine greatt commendations from the world with undoubted love of all your Brothers and Sisters which God graunte, and soe to gods blessinge I commend my self, my wife and you with all your Brothers and Sisters and all my grandchildren and soe doe make an end of this my last will and testamente. And in witnes that this is my true will, I the saide Sir Martin Barnham have written all the same with mine owne hand and doe publish it as my last will and testament and thereunto have sett my hande the day and yeare first above written to everie leafe. Martin Barnham This xyth 12th December 1610 Edward Listen, Robert Honeywood Jr, Augustine Steward, John Dale

Notes for Ursula RUDSTON

DEATH: A Copy Of An Original Manuscript of Sir Francis Barnham Formerly of Boughton Monchensea, Knight; The Ancestor 9:191, FHL Book 942 B2af "....by the death of my excellent mother, who died in the yeere 1579 in childbed of a sonne, whoe lived but ten days after hir......" and "...his friends perswaded him to a second mariage which, some eight months after my mothers death, he accomplished....." (he married Judith Calthorpe Feb 1579/80)

VISITATION: The Visitations of Kent, Taken in the Years 1574 and 1592; The Publicatitons of the Harleian Society FHL Book 942 B4h vol.75
1574- Vrsala maried to Martan Barnham of London
1592- (Martin Barnham) maried to his firste wyffe Vrsula Daughtr of Robert Rudstone of Boughton Monchelsey in the saide County Esquire

VISITATION: The Visitations of Kent, Taken in the Years 1619 and 1621; The Publicatitons of the Harleian Society FHL Book 942 B4h vol.42.
1619- filia Rob'ti Rudstone de Borton Monchelsey in co' Cant. Ar. vx' p'ma

PEDIGREE_CHART: FHL Book Q 942.23 D2ber: Berry, William, 1774-1851. County genealogies: pedigrees of the families of the county of Kent, collected from the heraldic visitations and other authentic manuscripts in the British museum, and in the possession of private individuals, and from the information of the present resident families. Ursula, da. of Robert Rudstone, of Boughton-Monchelsey, in co. Kent, 1st wife (of Martin Barnham)

Notes for Judith CALTHORPE

VISITATION: The Visitations of Kent, Taken in the Years 1574 and 1592; The Publicatitons of the Harleian Society FHL Book 942 B4h vol.75
1592- After the saide Martein maried to his seconde wiffe Judethe Daughter to Sr Martyn Calthrope of Autingham in Norff. late of London Lord Maior.....

VISITATION: The Visitations of Kent, Taken in the Years 1619 and 1621; The Publicatitons of the Harleian Society FHL Book 942 B4h vol.42.
1619- filia Martini Calthorpe Militis ac maioris Lond. vx' 2. (daughter of Martin Calthorpe, Knight, Mayor of London. Wife #2)

Children of Martin BARNHAM (Sir) and Ursula RUDSTON:

Francis Barnham (Sir), married Elizabeth Lennard. (See previous
newsletter)

Benedict Barnham, born 28 Jul 1579 in Hollingbourne, Kent, England; christened 3 Aug 1579 in Hollingbourne, Kent, England; buried 7 Aug 1579 in Hollingbourne, Kent, England.

DEATH: A Copy Of An Original Manuscript of Sir Francis Barnham Formerly of Boughton Monchensea, Knight; The Ancestor 9:191, FHL Book 942 B2af "....by the death of my excellent mother, who died in the yeere 1579 in childbed of a sonne, whoe lived but ten days after hir......

VISITATION: The Visitations of Kent, Taken in the Years 1574 and 1592; The Publicatitons of the Harleian Society FHL Book 942 B4h vol.75.
1592- Benedicke Died yonge (son of Martin Barnham and Ursula Rudston)

VISITATION: The Visitations of Kent, Taken in the Years 1619 and 1621; The Publicatitons of the Harleian Society FHL Book 942 B4h vol.42.
1619- dict ob. yong (footnote, An addition, in Stowe)

Children of Martin BARNHAM (Sir) and Judith CALTHORPE:

Alice Barnham, married Robert Honywood (Sir).

VISITATION: The Visitations of Kent, Taken in the Years 1574 and 1592; The Publicatitons of the Harleian Society FHL Book 942 B4h vol.75
Alys (daughter of Martin Barnham and Judith Calthorpe)

VISITATION: The Visitations of Kent, Taken in the Years 1619 and 1621; The Publicatitons of the Harleian Society FHL Book 942 B4h vol.42.
1619- vx' Rob'ti Honiwood de Honywood iam sup'stes apud Charinge (dau. of Martin Barnham listed as Anna)

Martin Barnham, married Una Isley.

VISITATION: The Visitations of Kent, Taken in the Years 1574 and 1592; The Publicatitons of the Harleian Society FHL Book 942 B4h vol.75
1592- Martyn his thirde Sonne (of Martin Barnham)

VISITATION: The Visitations of Kent, Taken in the Years 1619 and 1621; The Publicatitons of the Harleian Society FHL Book 942 B4h vol.42.
1619- of Hollingborne fil. 2.; marr. Vna filia Hen: Isley de Sandrich Ar. (son of Martinus Barnham)

PEDIGREE_CHART: FHL Book Q 942.23 D2ber: Berry, William, 1774-1851. County genealogies: pedigrees of the families of the county of Kent, collected from the heraldic visitations and other authentic manuscripts in the British museum, and in the possession of private individuals, and from the information of the present resident families. Martin Barnham, of Hollingborne (son of Martin Barnham, shown as second son)

Jacob or James Barnham, married Wood.

VISITATION: The Visitations of Kent, Taken in the Years 1574 and 1592; The Publicatitons of the Harleian Society FHL Book 942 B4h vol.75
1592- Jacobe fourthe Sonne (of Martin Barnham)

VISITATION: The Visitations of Kent, Taken in the Years 1619 and 1621; The Publicatitons of the Harleian Society FHL Book 942 B4h vol.42.
1619-Jacobus Barnham fil. 3 (of Martin Barnham)

PEDIGREE_CHART: FHL Book Q 942.23 D2ber: Berry, William, 1774-1851. County genealogies: pedigrees of the families of the county of Kent, collected from the heraldic visitations and other authentic manuscripts in the British museum, and in the possession of private individuals, and from the information of the present resident families. James Barnham marr......da. of .....Wood, of Bromley, Esq. (shown as third son. James is the English for the Latin Jacobus)

Elizabeth Barnham, born 1588 in Hollingbourne, Kent, England. She married Augustin Steward.

VISITATION: The Visitations of Kent, Taken in the Years 1574 and 1592; The Publicatitons of the Harleian Society FHL Book 942 B4h vol.75
Elizabethe (daughter of Martin Barnham)

VISITATION: The Visitations of Kent, Taken in the Years 1619 and 1621; The Publicatitons of the Harleian Society FHL Book 942 B4h vol.42.
Eliza vx' August: Steward de Barking in co' Essex Ar. (dau. of Martin Barnham)

Thomas Barnham, christened 6 Jul 1589 in St. Martin Orgar, London, London, England, buried 10 Aug 1636 in Bersted, Kent, England.

VISITATION: The Visitations of Kent, Taken in the Years 1574 and 1592; The Publicatitons of the Harleian Society FHL Book 942 B4h vol.75
1592- Thomas fifte Sonne (of Martin Barnham)

VISITATION: The Visitations of Kent, Taken in the Years 1619 and 1621; The Publicatitons of the Harleian Societyt FHL Book 942 B4h vol.42.
1619- Tho: fil.4 (of Martin Barnham)

COMMENTS: The parish records, archdeacon and bishop transcripts of Bersted were checked for his death to see if there was any additional information. All entries said the same. "Mr. Thomas Barnenam a bachelor buried 10 Aug (1636)

Judith Barnham, born 1591 of London, London, England; buried 24 Dec 1599 in Hollingbourne, Kent, England.

VISITATION: The Visitations of Kent, Taken in the Years 1574 and 1592; The Publicatitons of the Harleian Society FHL Book 942 B4h vol.75
Judethe (daughter of Martin Barnham) Death from Hollingbourne parish records transcript

Anna Barnham, christened 9 Mar 1592 in Hollingbourne, Kent, England. She married aft. 1610, George Chute (Sir), of Shropshire, England.

VISITATION: The Visitations of Kent, Taken in the Years 1619 and 1621; The Publicatitons of the Harleian Society FHL Book 942 B4h vol.42.
1619- vx' Geo: Chute de Salop co' militis. (dau. of Martin Barnham)

PROBATE: PCC 1656 folio 294 FHL Film #092221

Catherine Barnham married Christopher Buckle (Sir).

VISITATION: The Visitations of Kent, Taken in the Years 1619 and 1621; The Publicatitons of the Harleian Society FHL Book 942 B4h vol.42.
1619- vx' Xpoferi Buckle de Bansted in co' Surriae Milit. (dau. of Martin Barnham)

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