Peter Brown Family History

George Underhill 1607 & Joan Driver

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General History

George Underhill & Joan Driver were not one of my direct ancestors but they are related to me as later indirect generations of a direct ancestor.

Key Dates:

George Underhill was baptised on 8th March 1607 in Lingfield, Surrey. He was the son of Edward Underhill & Joan, the son of Richard Underhill 1515 & Ellen. He was mentioned in his uncle Samuel Underhill's 'Will' of 1629 as 'godson, son of Edward'. He was mentioned in Margaret Underhill's 'Will' of 1678 as 'brother in law'. He married Joan Driver on 1st October 1632 in Lingfield, Surrey and she was buried there on 8th April 1635 ('wife of George of Prickenham') . He secondly probably married Dorothy Webb on 12th October 1637 in Lingfield, Surrey. George possibly later moved to Hartfield, Sussex (see caveat with son George below) and he was buried on 13th January 1672 in Hartfield, Sussex ('of Eastgrinstead'). His wife was possibly buried on 5th February 1681 in Withyham, Sussex ('unnamed-widow').

Joan Driver birth details are not known

Dorothy Webb birth details are not known

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George & Joan had one child (1) and George & Dorothy had at least four children (2-5).

John George Edward William Richard
  1. John Underhill was baptised on 10th November 1633 in Lingfield, Surrey (son of George). He was mentioned in Margaret Underhill's 'Will' of 1678 as son of George.
  2. George Underhill was baptised on 20th October 1638 in Lingfield, Surrey ('son of George of Prickenham'). (Note: All the following may all relate to another George- (see maybe George son of Arthur- Thomas Underhill 1530 ref 4 A ii or possibly Richard Underhill 1515 ref 7 C iii ) but on balance it looks correct as Prickenham is right on the border with Cowden & Hartfield). George was mentioned in Margaret Underhill's 'Will' of 1678 as brother of John. He married firstly Elizabeth in about 1663. Elizabeth was buried on 21st October 1668 in Hartfield, Sussex (unnamed, wife of George'). George married secondly Dorothy Wineder on 28th January 1672 in Withyham, Sussex. Dorothy was buried on 13th May 1677 in Withyham, Sussex (' wife of George'). George married thirdly Anne. Anne was buried on 13th July 1683 in Withyham, Sussex ('wife of George'). George was buried on 29th September 1713 in Withyham, Sussex.George & Elizabeth had four children, George & Dorothy had two children.
    1. George Underhill was buried on 22nd April 1664 in Hartfield, Sussex ('son of George')
    2. Jane Underhill was baptised on 24th April 1665 in Hartfield, Sussex (dau of George & Elizabeth).
    3. William Underhill was baptised on 5th May 1667 in Hartfield, Sussex (son of George & Elizabeth) and he was buried there on 6th July 1669 ('son of George')
    4. Anne Underhill was buried on 9th February 1669 in Hartfield, Sussex ('Ann,dau of George')
    5. Elizabeth Underhill was baptised on 4th January 1673 in Withyham, Sussex (dau of George & Dorothy).
    6. Thomas Underhill was baptised on 23rd January 1675 in Withyham, Sussex (son of George & Dorothy). He married Anne Gilbert on 5th December 1695 in Hartfield, Sussex ('Thomas of Frant, Ann of Withyham - License issued at Lewes on 5th November 1695). Thomas & Anne had six children. Anne was buried on 4th March 1744 in Frant, Sussex ('wife of Thomas')
      1. Dorothy Underhill was baptised on 21st September 1667 in Frant, Sussex and she was buried there on 26th August 1705 (' dau of Thomas & Anne')
      2. Elizabeth Underhill (Hunderhill) was baptised on 24th January 1700 in Frant, Sussex.
      3. Thomas Underhill was baptised on 4th July 1702 in Frant, Sussex. (Thomas Underhill probably married Mary Potter on 23rd April 1725 in Lamberhurst Kent and had children Mary(1726), Thomas, James (22nd September 1729), Daniel & Sarah all in Frant. James Underhill probably married Ann Pettit on 13th May 1757 in Ticehurst Sussex and had a son Mark (29th September 1769 in Ticehurst). Mark Underhill possibly married Rose and had a daughter Anne (1809) - details unconfirmed ).
      4. William Underhill was baptised on 18th April 1704 in Frant, Sussex. William possibly married Ester and had children Edward (1729) & William in Frant.
      5. John Underhill was baptised on 20th July 1707 in Frant, Sussex. John possbly married Sarah and had children Anne (1729) in Frant.
      6. Ann Underhill (Anen) was baptised on 7th June 1713 in Frant, Sussex.
  3. Edward Underhill was baptised on 5th July 1640 in Lingfield, Surrey ('son of George of Prickenham'). Edward was mentioned in Margaret Underhill's 'Will' of 1678 as youngest brother of John (appears incorrect). He maybe had a child.
    1. Richard Underhill was buried on 14th July 1660 in Frant, Sussex ('son of Edward of Withyham')
  4. William Underhill was baptised on 6th March 1642 in Lingfield, Surrey ('son of George'). William was mentioned in Margaret Underhill's 'Will' of 1678 as brother of John.
  5. Richard Underhill was baptised on 10th September 1643 in Lingfield, Surrey ('son of George') and was buried on 16th May 1657 in Cowden, Kent ('son of George of Hartfield')

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General history of Underhills & Lingfield

A larger version of this map can be found here.

In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, several generations of the Underhill family are known to have been tanners; the families lived at White House Farm, Baldwins Hill, Lingfield (now known as Cromwell Hall off the Felcourt road).
Baldwins Hill and Frith Manor are right on the Surrey/Sussex border to East Grinstead, with East Grinstead town centre being less than 2km south which is why parish registrations oscilatted so much. Frith manor was less than 0.5km from Baldwins Hill with Felcourt being about 2km distant. Puttenden Manor is much more distant from these three locations (say 10km-see top of map) and Limehouse was probably about 5km distant at the edge of Lingfield village.
Old maps indicate the presence of Lime kilns used by farmers, as do names of fields and woods. In the Lingfield area they are shown at the entrance to Weir Courtney along Blackberry Lane (about 0.5 km north east Whitehouse) , at the Workhouse site in Newchapel Road, in 1730, plus another further along, also near the entrance to Lyne House Farm (1877 - this may mean the name is a corruption of “Lime”).
The manor of Sterborough alias Prinkham was held of the Abbot of Battle and probably originally formed part of the abbey's manor of Limpsfield. Prinkham House and Prinkham Cottages are left of Old Forge on Moor Lane –Marsh Green Road. This is located on the surrey/kent border, just north of the sussex border.

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  1. There are a number of name variations in the parish records (Underhill, Underill,Undrill, Undririll, Undirill, Undrell, Vndrell, Hunderhill)
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Archives:

  1. John Underhill: Counterpart bargain and sale: Ref No: K78/18/5K78/18/5 Repository: Surrey History Centre, Woking Date: 4 Mar 1704
    1) Michael Burges of Godstone, yeoman 2) John Underhill of Lingfield, yeoman. Newmans wood near Leighe Greene [?Lye Green], Withyam, Sussex
  2. Elizabeth Underhill: Settlement certificate  Hartfield Parish PAR360/32/1/11  2 Jun 1707: These documents are held at East Sussex Record Office
    Former reference: PAR 360/32/1/11. Archival history : Formerly listed as PAR 360/14/7/11
    Contents: Elizabeth Underhill of Lingfield, Surrey, widow
  3. John Underhill: (Family ref 1 F v): Removal order from Wadhurst  PAR498/32/2/34  5 Jan 1736: These documents are held at East Sussex Record Office: Former reference: PAR498/32/2/34
    Contents:  John Underhill of Frant with wife Sarah and children Ann (6), John (3) and Jacob (1 yr)
  4. John Underhill: Removal order from Wadhurst  PAR498/32/2/83  1 May 1769: These documents are held at East Sussex Record Office: Former reference: PAR498/32/2/83
    Contents
    :  John Underhill of Frant with wife Martha
Sources Returns to 'Top of Page'
  1. Surrey parish register - Crowhurst, Lingfield, Horne
  2. Sussex parish register - East Grinstead, Hartfield, Worth, Withyham
  3. Kent parish Register - Cowden
  4. Sussex Marriage Index CD
  5. Surrey Marriage index CD
  6. Surrey Wills Abstracts
  7. Sussex Record Society – Marriage Licenses at Lewes 1586-1642,1670-1732, 1772-1837 (Volumes 1, 6, 25,26)
  8. Lewes Will Microfilm
  9. Sussex Family History Group - Baptism & Burial records
  10. IGI (International Genealogical Index: Latter-day Saints) - batches of parish records: see LINKS-Research Web sites