top of page

John Feldwick 1588

John Feldwick was born c. 1588 in West Hoathly, Sussex, the son of William Feldwick, yeoman. He married Frances Watson on 8th March 1610/11 in St Saviour, Denmark Park, Surrey. Frances was born in 1586 in Dorking, Surrey, the daughter of John Watson and Bridget Browne. She was baptised on 15th March 1585/86 in Dorking. Their eldest son John was baptised on 1st June 1611 in West Hoathly. John and Frances had a second son, William, born in 1613 who died when he was just a few weeks old and a daughter Agnes, who was buried 11th March 1617. Frances is mentioned in the will of her uncle George Brown of West Hoathly as "Frances Velwick the daughter of my sister Bridget Watson" and was left the sum of twenty shillings. Frances died in 1616 at the age of 30 and was buried on 23rd March 1615/16 in West Hoathly. John married a second time to Prudence Taylor, The widow of William Taylor, in East Grinstead, Sussex, in August 1617, by licence which was issued at Lewes , Sussex, on 2nd August 1617. Sureties were given by Lovegod Hastings of Folkington, yeoman and William Flud of Lewes, vintner. John and Prudence had at least 4 chidren, William, Thomas, Ann and Nicholas. John is mentioned in the will of his father William Feldwick, and was excluded from inheriting his father's lands, although he was left an annual income from his father's estate of twenty pounds a year plus the income from the tythes of the Rectory of West Hoathly, provided he did not meddle in the execution of the will. He is also mentioned in his father's Inquisition Post Mortem and is said to be "the son and next heir" and was aged "forty years or more" at his father's death (in 1633). Prudence was buried on 18th April 1648 in West Hoathly "Prudence Feldwick, the wife of John senior". John is mentioned in the Quarter Sessions Book for Arundel, Epiphany quarter, on 12th January 1648/49 where "it was ordered that John Feldwick of West Hoathly, grandfather to John Champion (a poor child kept at the charge of the parish of Buxted) being a man of ability, shall henceforth pay and allow to the church wardens of the parish of Buxted twelve pence weekly towards the relief of the said John Champion until further order". John Champion was the orphaned son of his daughter Ann and her husband Phillip Champion. He died a little over a year later in 1650 aged 2 years. John married for a third time to Eleanor Walters, a widow, on 11th December 1655 in Lindfield, Sussex. John Feldwick died in 1659 and was buried on 17th April 1659 in West Hoathly, his wife Eleanor was buried two weeks later on 30th April 1659 in West Hoathly.

bottom of page