Peter Brown Family History

Richard Underhill (1561) & Joan Giles

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General History

Richard Underhill & Joan Giles were one of my 11th generation ancestors.

Key Dates:

  • 1561: Richard Underhill born
  • 1581: Richard Underhill married Joan Giles
  • 1582: first child born
  • 1603: Joan Underhill (Giles)died
  • 1606: last child born
  • 1610: Jane Underhill died
  • 1610: Richard Underhill married Joan Baynett
  • 1612: Richard Underhill died

Richard Underhill was baptised on 3rd August 1561 and was the son of Richard Underhill & Ellen. He was mentioned in Ellen's Will of 1581 as being her son and Executor. This link is Guesswork. He possibly married firstly Joan Giles on 23rd November 1581 in Lingfield, Surrey and they had six children (1-6). Joan was buried there on 11th November 1603 ('wife of Richard'). He married secondly Jane and they had two children (7-8). Jane was buried on 26th May 1610 in Lingfield, Surrey ('wife of Richard'). Richard may have married thirdly Joan Baynett on 8th October 1610 in Lingfield, Surrey. Richard was possibly buried on 28th August 1612 in Lingfield, Surrey

Joan Giles birth details are unknown

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  1. Richard Underhill was baptised on 29th March 1582 in Lingfield, Surrey and was buried there on 29th March 1582 ('son of Richard').
  2. Joan Underhill (Joane) was baptised on 17th March 1583 in Lingfield, Surrey. She married William Hoggett on 31st May 1607. William was the son of George Hoggette & Margaret Isted baptised on 10th February 1582 in Lingfield. Joan & William were mentioned in her brother Francis's 'Will' of 1619 and William was Executor. They had a child.
    1. Joan Hoggett was born in about 1609. She was mentioned in her uncle Francis Underhill's 'Will' of 1619.
  3. Francis Underhill was baptised on 12th September 1585 in Lingfield, Surrey . He was a bachelor and left a 'Will' that was dated 11th June 1619 and was buried on 14th June 1619 in Lingfield, Surrey.
  4. William Underhill was baptised on 22nd June 1589 in Lingfield, Surrey and was mentioned in his brother Francis's 'Will' of 1619 and was also Executor. He married Frances Chippingdale. Details of William Underhill & Frances Chippingdale are shown separately as they are direct ancestors.
  5. Richard Underhill was baptised on 10th December 1592 in Lingfield, Surrey. He was mentioned in his brother Francis's 'Will' of 1619. He maybe married Elizabeth Norman on 11th May 1617 in Lingfield, Surrey. Richard & Elizabeth had possibly three children.
    1. Marie Underhill was baptised on 1st February 1618 in Lingfield, Surrey ('daughter of Richard junior').
    2. Richard Underhill was buried on 2nd October 1625 in Lingfield, Surrey ('son of Richard').
    3. Richard Underhill was buried on 22nd February 1626 in Lingfield, Surrey ('son of Richard').
  6. Margaret Underhill was baptised on 22nd February 1596 in Lingfield, Surrey. She was mentioned in her brother Francis's 'Will' of 1619 as being unmarried at that time.
  7. Thomas Underhill was baptised on 28th October 1604 in Lingfield, Surrey. He was mentioned in his brother Francis's 'Will' of 1619. The following two children may have been his.
    1. Ano Underhill was buried on 13th January 1632 in Lingfield, Surrey (child of Thomas)
    2. Ano Underhill was buried on 12th January 1635 in Lingfield, Surrey. (child of Thomas)
  8. George Underhill was baptised on 12th October 1606 in Lingfield, Surrey. He was mentioned in his brother Francis's 'Will' of 1619. He possibly married Elizabeth Bugges on 11th April 1631 in Lingfield, Surrey. George & Elizabeth possibly had four children:
    1. Henry Underhill was baptised on 11th December 1631 in Lingfield, Surrey (son of George).
    2. George Underhill was baptised on 21st September 1634 in Lingfield, Surrey (son of George).
    3. William Underhill was baptised on 26th May 1636 in Lingfield, Surrey (son of George).
    4. Francis Underhill was baptised on 7th April 1639 in Lingfield, Surrey (son of George) and he was buried there on 15th April 1639 ('son of George').

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General history of Underhills & Lingfield

A larger version of this map can be found here.

In the fifteenth century Underhills held a croft within Hedgecourt Manor. (see bottom left of map). 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)
  2. Athough the details of the individual entries are correct, and the children are born to the named parents, a rigorous analysis has not yet been undertaken to ensure that the correct family heads are with the appropriate children (ie if there was a choice of father's called 'William' the wrong one may have been used).Therefore this structure should only be viewed as indicative.
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Wills:
  1. Francis Underhill (Family ref 3) left a 'Will' that was dated 11th June 1619 and was proved on 24th June 1619 (ref LMA-DW/PA/ 05/1619/121). The link is to an Abstract & a Copy of the Will. The 'Will' mentions his brothers William(executor), Thomas, George, Richard; his sister Margaret (unmarried); his brother in law William Hoggett (executor); hisNeice/nephew: Francis son of William, Joan Hoggett dau of William Hoggett. Overseers were William Plowe, Richard Saxby. Witnesses were Thomas Carr, Henry Smyth
Sources Returns to 'Top of Page'
  1. Sussex Record Society -  East Grinstead Parish Registers 1558-1661:
  2. Surrey parish register - Crowhurst, Lingfield, Horne
  3. Sussex parish register - East Grinstead, Hartfield, Worth, Withyham
  4. Kent parish Register - Cowden
  5. Sussex Marriage Index CD
  6. Surrey Marriage index CD
  7. Surrey Wills Abstracts
  8. Sussex Record Society – Marriage Licenses at Lewes 1586-1642,1670-1732, 1772-1837 (Volumes 1, 6, 25,26)
  9. Lewes Will Microfilm
  10. Sussex Family History Group - Baptism & Burial records
  11. IGI (International Genealogical Index: Latter-day Saints) - batches of parish records: see LINKS-Research Web sites