Peter Brown Family History

Thomas Underhill (c1530) & Elizabeth

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General History

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

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Thomas Underhill was probably born in Lingfield, Surrey in about 1530. He was probably the son of Richard Underhill, who was the son of Richard Underhill (1450) who was the son of William Underhill 1420 . He was mentioned in his uncle Thomas Underhill's Will of 1537 as son of Richard. He probably married Elizabeth. Thomas left a 'Will' dated 8th January 1591 was buried on 14th January 1591 in East Grinstead, Sussex ('Thomas Senior'). Elizabeth was mentioned in her husband's 'Will' of 1591.

Note: this page currently contains a number of unallocated details whose parentage is unclear- issues to be resolved

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Thomas & Elizabeth had possibly ten children

John Joan Thomas Arthur John Joan Elizabeth Soloman Francis Soloman
  1. John Underhill was baptised on 23rd September 1562 in East Grinstead, Sussex (son of Thomas). (presume died as later child of same name)
  2. Joan Underhill (Johane) was baptised on 7th June 1564 in East Grinstead, Sussex.(Parents not shown and presume died as later child of same name)
  3. Thomas Underhill was baptised on 15th December 1566 in East Grinstead, Sussex. (son of Thomas & Elizabeth Undririll). Thomas was buried on 7th March 1588 in East Grinstead, Sussex ('son of Thomas')
  4. Arthur Underhill was baptised on 22nd April 1570 in East Grinstead, Sussex (parents not shown).He was mentioned in his father's 'Will' of 1591 (as joint executor). He was mentioned in his son Arthur's 'Will' of 1639 and was Executor. He was probably buried on 8th June 1651 in Lingfield, Surrey. Arthur had maybe possibly eight children. (only father Arthur shown as parent for each)
    1. George Underhill was baptised on 21st May 1601 in Lingfield, Surrey (son of Arthur). He was mentioned in his brother Arthur's 'Will' of 1639 and was Executor. He possibly married Mary Botting on 13th December 1625 in East Grinstead, Sussex, (license issued at Lewes on 22nd September with George shown as from Lingfield and Mary from East Grinstead with surety by Francis Goldsmith). George and Mary had possibly six children .
      1. Elizabeth Underhill was baptised on 1st February 1627 in Lingfield, Surrey ('dau of George')
      2. John Underhill was baptised on 21st December 1628 in Lingfield, Surrey ('son of George') and was buried there 8th March 1630 ('son of George').
      3. George Underhill was baptised on 19th December 1630 in Lingfield, Surrey ('son of George'). He was mentioned in his Uncle Arthur Underhill's 'Will' of 1639
      4. Mercy Underhill (Mercie) was baptised on 30th April 1633 in Lingfield, Surrey (dau of George')
      5. Mary Underhill (shown as Maria) was baptised on 7th August 1636 in Lingfield, Surrey ('dau of George')
      6. Arthur Underhill was baptised on 13th May 1638 in Lingfield, Surrey ('son of George'). He married Mary. Arthur & Mary were also mentioned as living in Horne on 2nd April 1690 and giving money to the poor (2 pence and 4 pence). Arthur & Mary had five children (only father Arthur shown as parent for each, except 'e').
        1. George Underhill was baptised on 5th November 1667 in Lingfield, Surrey.
        2. William Underhill was baptised on 16th April 1676 in Lingfield, Surrey and he possibly was buried there on 12th February 1679 ('Son of Anthony- think an error as no Anthony can be found, and should be Arthur).
        3. William Underhill was baptised on 15th August 1680 in Lingfield, Surrey and he was buried there on 25th March 1681 ('son of Arthur') .
        4. Mary Underhill was baptised on 3th May 1685 in Lingfield, Surrey.
        5. Arthur Underhill was baptised on 14th August 1687 in Horne, Surrey. (son of Arthur & Mary)
    2. Mary Underhill was baptised on 17th April 1603 in Lingfield, Surrey. She was mentioned in her brother Arthur's 'Will' of 1639 which also says she has two children.
    3. Arthur Underhill was baptised on 8th December 1605 in Lingfield, Surrey. He married Anne Nelson on 20th November 1634 in Crowhurst, Surrey (Anne from East Grinstead). Anne (Anna) was buried in Lingfield on 1st October 1638 ('wife of Arthur of Crowhurst'). The death was also recorded in Crowhurst on that date as 'wife of Arthur', but no name given. Arthur left a 'Will' dated 26th April 1639 and he was buried on 29th April 1639 in Lingfield, Surrey. Arthur & Anna had two known children
      1. Ann Underhill was baptised on 29th December 1635 in Crowhurst, Surrey. She was buried there on 1stJanuary 1636 ('daughter of Arthur').
      2. John Underhill was baptised on 2nd July 1637 in Crowhurst, Surrey. He was mentioned in father's 'Will' of 1639 as under 21. He was buried on 10th November 1639 in Lingfield, Surrey ('son of late Arthur of Crowhurst').
    4. Margaret Underhill was baptised on 13th November 1608 in Lingfield, Surrey. She was mentioned in her brother Arthur's 'Will' of 1639.
    5. Mercy Underhill (Mercia) was baptised on 28th November 1611 in Lingfield, Surrey.
    6. Solomon Underhill (Solamon) was baptised on 14th August 1614 in Lingfield, Surrey
    7. Elizabeth Underhill was baptised on 29th September 1616 in Lingfield, Surrey. She was mentioned in her brother Arthur's 'Will' of 1639.
    8. Thomas Underhill was born in about 1620 probably in Lingfield, Surrey. He was mentioned in his brother Arthur's 'Will' of 1639 as 'younger brother- under 21'. (He actually inherited property in Crowhurst & Godstone). He married Jane in about 1649. He left a 'Will' that was dated 27th June 1689 and he probably died in 1695. (However 'Will' refers to him being weak in 1689 so he may have died much earlier). Jane was mentioned in her husband's 'Will' of 1689 and she was probaly buried on 17th March 1704 in Crowhurst, Surrey ( no name given, but shown as 'a widow'). Thomas & Jane had eight children (parents shown as Thomas & Jane except where indicated).
      1. Jane Underhill was baptised on 24th February 1650 in Crowhurst, Surrey. She married Vallin Ryland in about 1675, possibly in Crowhurst, Surrey. Jane and Vallin were mentioned in her father's 'Will' of 1689.
      2. Arthur Underhill was baptised on 23rd October 1650 in Crowhurst, Surrey. He was mentioned in his father's 'Will' of 1689. Arthur left a 'Will' dated 13th March 1712 and he was buried on 23rd June 1713 in Crowhurst, Surrey.
      3. John Underhill was baptised on 7th December 1652 in Crowhurst, Surrey. He was mentioned in his father's 'Will' of 1689.
      4. Robert Underhill was baptised on 10th June 1655 in Crowhurst, Surrey (son of Thomas). He was probably buried on 17th April 1674 in Crowhurst, Surrey (as not mentioned in the 'Will').
      5. Thomas Underhill was baptised on 10th August 1657 in Crowhurst, Surrey. Possibly was buried on 2nd December 1673 in Lingfield, Surrey, (as not mentioned in the 'Will').
      6. Mary Underhill was baptised on 4th April 1659 in Crowhurst, Surrey and was buried there on 11th March 1661 ('daughter of Thomas & Jane').
      7. Mary Underhill was baptised on 9th October 1662 in Crowhurst, Surrey (daughter of Thomas). She married Edward Alcock (or Ancock) in about 1685, possibly in Crowhurst, Surrey. Mary & Edward were mentioned in her father's 'Will' of 1689 and they had children (Edward, Jane, Richard, John, Thomas, George) all mentioned in Uncle Arthur Underhill's will of 1712 (Richard, John, Thomas & George all being under 21 at that time).
      8. Elizabeth Underhill was baptised on 29th April 1665 in Crowhurst, Surrey (daughter of Thomas). She was mentioned in her father's 'Will' of 1689.
  5. John Underhill was baptised on 11th January 1573 in East Grinstead, Sussex (son of Thomas). He was mentioned in his father's 'Will' of 1591 (as joint executor). He possibly married Rachel Newington on 23rd October 1592 in East Grinstead, Sussex (Rachel was a widow). Rachel was buried on 9th July 1638 in East Grinstead, Sussex ('wife of John'). John & Rachel had five children.
    1. Mary Underhill (Marie) was baptised on 10th February 1594 in East Grinstead, Sussex. (no parents shown)
    2. Thomas Underhill was possibly baptised on 25th May 1595 in East Grinstead.(no parents shown) He was buried there on 16th January 1597 ('son of John') .
    3. Elizabeth Underhill was baptised on 30th July 1598 in East Grinstead, Sussex (daughter of John).
    4. Arthur Underhill was baptised on 24th May 1601 in East Grinstead, Sussex (Artour son of John Undrell). He firstly married Jane Allen. Details of Arthur Underhill & Jane Allen are shown separately.
    5. John Underhill was baptised on 4th November 1604 in East Grinstead, Sussex. (shown as son of John Undrell) . He possibly married firstly Katherine and had three children (i-iii). He possibly married secondly Anne Wickenden on 8th July 1644 in Cowden, Kent. John & Anne had four children (iv-vii). (Note-there may be two separate John's here).
      1. Thomas Underhill was baptised 9th February 1636 in East Grinstead, Surrey (son of John & Katherine).
      2. George Underhill was baptised 25th August 1639 in East Grinstead, Surrey (son of John & Katherine).
      3. Margaret Underhill was baptised 23rd November 1642 in East Grinstead, Surrey (dau of John & Katherine).
      4. Sarah Underhill was baptised 4th May 1645 in East Grinstead, Surrey (dau of John & Ann) and she was possibly buried there on 31st January 1649 (dau of John).
      5. Elizabeth Underhill was baptised 13th February 1648 in East Grinstead, Surrey (dau of John & Ann).
      6. Susanna Underhill was baptised April 1651 in East Grinstead, Surrey (dau of John & Ann).
      7. Soloman Underhill was baptised 3rd September 1654 in East Grinstead, Surrey (son of John & Ann). He married firstly Elizabeth Foard on 26th March 1688 in Newington, Surrey and they had two children (a-b). He married secondly Anne and had one child (c). Anne was buried on 10th February 1694 in East Grinstead, Susex (wife of Soloman).Soloman was possibly buried on 6th August 1729 in East Grinstead, Sussex (but may have been his son).
        1. Anne Underhill was baptised on 18th June 1688 in East Grinstead, Sussex. (daughter of Soloman & Elizabeth).
        2. John Underhill was baptised on 4th October 1689 in East Grinstead, Sussex. (daughter of Soloman & Elizabeth).
        3. Soloman Underhill was baptised on 18th September 1691 in East Grinstead, Sussex. (son of Soloman & Anne).
  6. Joan Underhill (Johane) was baptised on 11th January 1573 in East Grinstead, Sussex (dau of Thomas). (presume died young as not mentioned in the 'Will').
  7. Elizabeth Underhill was baptised on 23rd January 1574 in East Grinstead, Sussex (no parents shown). She was mentioned in her father's 'Will' of 1591 (as under 20 and unmarried).
  8. Soloman Underhill (Saloman Undrill) was baptised on 14th August 1576 in East Grinstead, Sussex (no parents shown) and he was buried there on 13th October 1576 ('son of Thomas Underill').
  9. Francis Underhill was probably born around 1578 and he was buried on 28th December 1587 in Lingfield, Surrey.(' son of Thomas')
  10. Soloman Underhill was probably born around 1580. He was mentioned in his father's 'Will' of 1591 (as under 21)

Others: Unsure of Parentage of the following

  1. Richard Underhill was possibly born about 1576 possibly in East Grinstead, Sussex. (derived as no birth record found). He possibly married Elizabeth Pocknell on 22nd June 1600 in Lingfield, Surrey. Elizabeth was buried there on 11th December 1626 ('wife of Richard'). Richard was possibly buried on 17th May 1629 in East Grinstead, Sussex. Richard & Elizabeth had one known child
    1. Richard Underhill was baptised on 13th March 1603 in Lingfield, Surrey (son of Richard). He possibly married Rose Langridge in East Grinstead on 3rd October 1624. Richard & Rose had nine children (parents all shown as Richard & Rose).
      1. Richard Underhill was baptised on 9th October 1625 in East Grinstead, Sussex.
      2. Rose Underhill was baptised on 18th April 1627 in East Grinstead, Sussex.
      3. Sicely Underhill was baptised on 12th April 1629 in East Grinstead, Sussex and she was buried there on 1st April 1637.
      4. Ann Underhill was baptised on 25th March 1631 in East Grinstead, Sussex
      5. William Underhill was baptised on 14th April 1633 in East Grinstead, Sussex.
      6. Percy Underhill was baptised on 30th March 1636 in East Grinstead, Sussex
      7. Richard Underhill was baptised on 7th July 1639 in East Grinstead, Sussex
      8. Elizabeth Underhill was baptised on 21st December 1641 in East Grinstead, Sussex
      9. Mary Underhill was baptised on 24th December 1643 in East Grinstead, Sussex
  2. Thomas Underhill was possibly born about 1590 possibly in East Grinstead, Sussex. (derived as no birth record found). He possibly married Elizabeth Squire on 11th February 1615 in Lingfield, Surrey. Thomas was mentioned in Agnes Squire's 'Will' of 1627 (Elizabeth's mother, but then a widow). Elizabeth was buried on 26th March 1629 in East Grinstead, Sussex (' wife of Thomas, widow). Thomas was buried on 19th January 1629 in East Grinstead, Sussex. Thomas & Elizabeth had six children
    1. Thomas Underhill was baptised 25th January 1618 in East Grinstead, Sussex.
    2. Elizabeth Underhill was baptised 11th June 1620 in East Grinstead, Sussex.
    3. George Underhill was baptised 28th July 1622 in East Grinstead, Sussex.
    4. Ann Underhill (Annis) was baptised 14th December 1623 in East Grinstead, Sussex.
    5. Rachel Underhill was baptised 1st January 1627 in East Grinstead, Sussex.
    6. Joan Underhill (Joane) was baptised 1st February 1629 in East Grinstead, Sussex.

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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. The main items linking the people of this family Group are a) the name of Arthur .
  3. One major problem of accuracy is with the large gap in Lingfield register (1653-1663) where no births, burials or marriages were recorded. based around the averages for the previous and the following ten year period it is estimated that about 15 events are missing.
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Wills:

  1. Thomas Underhill (Family ref top) left a 'Will' that was dated 8th January 1591 and was proved on 26th April 1591 (ref LEWES A8.P412). The link is to Transcript of the Will. The 'Will' mentions his wife Elizabeth ; his sons John (joint executor), Arthur (joint executor), Salomon (under 21) ; his daughter Elizabeth (under 20 and unmarried) ; Overseers were Walter Humfrye, my brother (in law) Plawe & Peter Harrys ; Witnesses were Walter Humfrye, Francis Underhill, Joseph Duffelde, Sd Richard Bunoppe minister there the writer.
  2. Arthur Underhill (Family ref 4 C) left a 'Will' that was dated 26th April 1639 and was proved on 14th May 1639 (ref LMA-DW/PA/ 05/1639/144). The link is to an Abstract of the Will. The 'Will' mentions his father Arthur (executor); his son John (under 21); his brothers George (executor) , Thomas (under 21); his sisters: Mary (& 2 children), Elizabeth; his nephews George son of brother George Underhill; his uncles Richard Cole, John Cole. Witnesses were: John Underhill, Thomas Heath, John Coverthoy.
  3. Thomas Underhill (Family ref 4 H) left a 'Will' that was dated 27th June 1689 and was proved on 13th July 1695 (ref LMA-DW/PA/ 05/1695/078). The link is to an Abstract & a Copy of the Will. The 'Will' mentions his wife Jane; his daughters Jane Ryland (wife of Valin), Mary Ancocke (wife of Edward), Elizabeth; his sons John, Arthur (executor); Overseers were Edward Underhill of Lingfield and Edward Aulcock of Oxted. Witnesses were Edward Underhill, Thomas Heath, Thomas Heath, jnr, James Fowles.
  4. Arthur Underhill (Family ref 4 H ii) left a 'Will' that was dated 13th March 1712 and was proved on 19th June 1714 (ref LMA-DW/PA/ 05/1714/116).The link is to an Abstract & a Copy of the Will. The 'Will' mentions his sister Mary Alcock; his Neices/Nephews Edward Alcock, Jane Alcock, John Alcock (under 21), Thomas Alcock (under 21), George Alcock (under 21), Richard Alcock (under 21-executor); Overseers were John Underhill of Puttenden. Witnesses were Arthur Underhill, John Underhill, John Ketelbey

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  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