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Thomas Wicking (c1500)

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Thomas Wicking were one of my 14h generation ancestors.

THIS IS STILL BEING ANALYSED & DEVELOPED. Anyone with any other details to help please let me know.

From the dates of the early Wills it appears that Wickings initially were based in Cowden and then moved to East Grinstead.

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  1. Thomas Wicking was born around 1555 probably in Cowden. Kent. He probably married Mary Saxbee (shown as Marie) on 5th May 1577 in Cowden, Kent . It is thought that his family lived 'on the Greene' as numerous records refer to this. Thomas left a 'Will' that was dated 28th September 1601 and he was buried on 30th September 1601 (shown as Weekyn). Mary was mentioned in her husband's 'Will' of 1601 (as Marie, executor & residual beneficiary). Mary was probably buried on 25th November 1625 in Cowden, Kent ('Marie, widow of the Greene') Thomas & Mary had probably eight children
    1. Elizabeth Wicking was baptised on 12th October 1578 in Cowden, Kent (no parents shown). She was mentioned in her fathers 'Will' of 1601( as wife of George Knight). Elizabeth married George Knight on 25th June 1600 in Cowden, Kent.
    2. Thomas Wicking (Weeking) was baptised on 31st July 1580 in Cowden, Kent (no parents shown). He was mentioned in his fathers 'Will' of 1601 (as under 21). He married Mary Wicking (shown as Wyking) on 14th August 1614 ('Thomas Wyking of the Greene'). Mary was probably the daughter of Peter Wicking (family ref 3). He maybe was possibly buried on 11th June 1619 in Cowden, Kent ('a tayler, & shown as Wykinge'). Grant of adminsistration of Thomas Wicking issued to widow Mary on 29th October 1619. Thomas & Mary had one child.
      1. Mary Wicking (shown as Marie Wycking) was baptised on 27th December 1615 in Cowden, Kent . She was mentioned in her grandfather Peter Wicking's 'Will' of 1618.
    3. Edward Wicking (Weeking) was baptised on 9th October 1584 in Cowden, Kent (no parents shown). He was mentioned in his fathers 'Will' of 1601 (as under 21).
    4. Mary Wicking was baptised on 28th May 1585 in Cowden, Kent (no parents shown). She was mentioned in her fathers 'Will' of 1601 (as under 21 & unmarried). She maybe married Robert Turner on 10th February 1606 in Cowden, Kent (shown as Wykinge)
    5. Joan Wicking (Johane) was baptised on 16th July 1587 in Cowden, Kent (no parents shown). She is assumed to have died young.
    6. Dorothy Wicking (Dorothie) was baptised on 19th April 1590 in Cowden, Kent (no parents shown). She was mentioned in her fathers 'Will' of 1601 (as under 21 & unmarried). She was probably buried there on 28th January 1607 ('Dorithie Wykinge of the Greene').
    7. John Wicking (shown as Weekinge) was baptised on 2nd February 1592 in Cowden, Kent (no parents shown). He was mentioned in his fathers 'Will' of 1601 (as under 21). John was probably buried on 9th June 1646 in Cowden, Kent (' John Wicking senior of the Greene'). John had probably six children.
      1. John Wicking was baptised on 27th July 1618 in Cowden, Kent ('son of John Wyking of the Greene')
      2. William Wicking was baptised on 10th December 1620 in Cowden, Kent. (son of John Wykinge of the Greene') He maybe married Elizabeth Friend on 17th September 1646 in Cowden, Kent. William & Elizabeth possibly had two children. ( Note: Marriage & children could be another William (child 8D below-William son of William son Thomas)
        1. Mary Wicking was baptised on 26th December 1647 in Cowden, Kent
        2. Anne Wicking (Ann) was baptised on 14th April 1650 in Cowden, Kent . She probably married William Treape on 15th October 1671 in Hartfield, Sussex ( shown as Anne Wicking of Cowden).
      3. Elizabeth Wicking was buried on 23rd December 1623 in Cowden, Kent ('daughter of John Wyking of the Greene')
      4. Mary Wicking (shown as Marie) was baptised on 28th February 1625 in Cowden, Kent (daughter of John Wicking of the Greene')
      5. Sarah Wicking was probably baptised on 1st May 1628 in Cowden, Kent and she was buried there on 26th March 1629 ('daughter of John Wyking of the Greene').
      6. Thomas Wicking was baptised on 4th August 1630 in Cowden, Kent. (son of John Wicking of the Greene'). He maybe married Mary Shoebridge on 3rd April 1655 in Cowden, Kent.(Source is IGI & unconfirmed). Thomas & Mary had three children
        1. Thomas Wicking was baptised on 1st June 1656 in Cowden, Kent
        2. William Wicking was baptised on 3rd May 1658 in Cowden, Kent
        3. Mary Wicking was baptised on 23rd October 1659 in Cowden, Kent.
    8. Francis Wicking was baptised on 13th May 1593 in Cowden, Kent (no parents shown). He was mentioned in his fathers 'Will' of 1601 (as under 21). He was probably buried in Cowden, Kent on 14th January 1607 ('Francis Wykinge of the Greene')
    9. Anne Wicking (Ann) was baptised on 20th May 1594 in Cowden, Kent (no parents shown). She was mentioned in her fathers 'Will' of 1601 (as under 21 & unmarried).
    10. Joan Wicking (Johane) was baptised on 19th September 1596 in Cowden, Kent (no parents shown). She was mentioned in her fathers 'Will' of 1601 (as under 21 & unmarried).
  2. Francis Wicking was born around 1555. He married Joan Ashpoole (shown as Johane) on 1st August 1578 in Cowden, Kent (shown as Weeking). He was mentioned in his brother Thomas's Will of 1601. Francis left a 'Will' that was dated 17th March 1610 and he was buried on 25th March 1610 in Cowden, Kent ('Francis senior') . He was a Tailor. Francis & Joan had five children, but possibly others.
    1. Francis Wicking (shown as Wykinge) was probably baptised on 5th July 1579 in Cowden, Kent (no parents shown). He is mentioned in his fathers 'Will' of 1610 (as eldest son, executor and residual beneficiary). He married Faith Duffeld on 26th October 1606 in Cowden, Kent. Francis was buried on 12th March 1617 in Cowden, Kent (Grant of adminsistration issued to widow 'Faith' on 22nd March 1617).
      1. Mary Wicking (shown as Marie) was baptised on 15th November 1608 in Cowden, Kent
      2. Frances Wicking (shown as Wyking) was baptised on 22nd April 1616 in Cowden, Kent (daughter of Francis). She was buried there on 24th April 1616 ('daughter of Francis Wyking').
    2. Elizabeth Wicking (shown as Weekinge) was baptised on 18th May 1581 in Cowden, Kent (no parents shown). She is mentioned in her fathers 'Will' of 1610.
    3. Joan Wicking (shown as Joane Wicken) was baptised on 29th January 1587 in East Grinstead, Sussex. (no parents shown). She is mentioned in her fathers 'Will' of 1610.
    4. Frances Wicking was baptised on 12th September 1587 in Cowden, Kent (no parents shown). Assumed died young as not in Will.
    5. Katherine Wicking was baptised on 1st January 1589 in Cowden, Kent (no parents shown - so may not be child of Francis). She possibly married Anthony Tyler on 8th June 1615 in Cowden, Kent.
    6. John Wicking was baptised on 26th April 1590 in Cowden, Kent (no parents shown). Assumed died young as not in will.
    7. Mary Wicking (shown as Marie) was baptised on 5th January 1594 in Cowden, Kent (no parents shown). She is mentioned in her fathers 'Will' of 1610.
    8. Thomas Wicking (Wicken) was baptised on 24th March 1600 in Cowden, Kent (no parents shown). He is mentioned in his fathers 'Will' of 1610 (as under 21).
  3. Margaret Wicking was born around 1555 probably in Cowden. Kent. She Married a Mr Cheeseman. She is mentioned in her brother Francis Wicking's 'Will' of 1610 as Margaret Cheeseman. She had a child.
    1. Agnes Cheeseman was mentioned in her Uncle Francis 'will' of 1610 (as daughter of sister Margaret).
  4. John Wicking was mentioned in his brother William Wicking's 'Will' of 1620
    1. John Wicking was baptised on 16th July 1581 in East Grinstead, Sussex. He was mentioned in his uncle William Wicking's 'will' of 1620. He married Elizabeth Wheler. Details of John Wicking & Elizabeth Wheler are shown separately as they are direct ancestors.
    2. Robert Wicking was baptised on 31st January 1580 in East Grinstead, Sussex (no parents shown) and  was buried there on 12th May 1580 ('son of John').
    3. Robert Wicking was mentioned in his uncle William Wicking's 'will' of 1620.
  5. Richard Wicking. He may or may not have had six children- they could be anyones
    1. Richard Wicking (Weeking) was probably baptised on 29th January 1576 in Cowden, Kent (no parents shown). Richard possibly married firstly Anne Riges on 11th April 1597 in East Grinstead, Sussex. He possibly married secondly Joane Streeter on 11th August 1599 in East Grinstead, Sussex. He possibly married thirdly Mary Bannister (a widow) on 22nd June 1606 in Hartfield, Sussex. Richard died prior to 1655 as he was mentioned in his brother John Wicking's 'Will' of 1655 as deceased. His last wife remarried Richard Randoll of Sevenoaks, Kent (but wife's name not known)-mentioned in John Wicking's 'Will' of 1655. Richard & Anne had one child.
      1. Richard Wicking was baptised on 2nd March 1599 in Lingfield, Surrey ('son of Richard'). He was mentioned in his uncle John Wicking's 'Will' of 1655 as son of his deceased brother Richard. John Wicking also left money to Richard's five unnamed children who were all under 21 in 1655.
        1. John Wicking He was mentioned in his great uncle John Wicking's 'Will' of 1655 as second son of cousin Richard.
    2. Roger Wicking
      1. William Wicking (shown as Wyking) was baptised on 22nd April 1594 in Hartfield, Sussex. He possibly married Ann Tye on 17th February 1622 in Hartfield, Sussex (License issed at Lewes on 25th February and Ann shown as a widow. William shown as Wickinge & Wickens). William & Ann had two children (but only William shown as parent).
        1. Jane Wicking (Wickinge) was baptised on 18th July 1624 in Hartfield, Sussex.
        2. Robert Wicking was baptised on 24th September 1626 in Hartfield, Sussex
    3. Thomas Wicking
      1. John Wicking was baptised on 20th August 1595 in Hartfield, Sussex.
    4. John Wicking was possibly born around 1585. John left a will dated 11th November 1655 and he died around 1657 probably in Hartfield, Sussex. He maybe had children, but had no wife or children living at date of death.
      1. Elizabeth Wicking (Wickinge) was baptised on 6th May 1610 in Hartfield, Sussex.
      2. Elizabeth Wicking (Wickinge) was baptised on 4th March 1612 in Hartfield, Sussex.
    5. Mercy Wicking was possibly born around 1595. She married George Drewry on 26th June 1620 in Fletching, Sussex (shown as Mercye Wickens). She was buried on 23rd June 1658 in East Grinstead, Sussex. Her husband George died in about 1652. George & Mercy had seven children (John, George, Richard, Elizabeth, Katherine, Mary & Mercy). Mercy was mentioned in her brother John Wicking's Will of 1655 as a widow. All of her children were mentioned in their uncle John Wicking's Will of 1655 with John Drewry being executor. The daughter Mercy Drewry was mentioned as being Mercy Coldgate, wife of Henry Coldgate of Sevenoaks, Kent, cooper & they had children under 21.
    6. Jane Wicking was baptised on 29th June 1594 in Hartfield, Sussex (daughter of Richard).
  6. Peter Wicking (shown as Wykinge) was born around 1555. He married Thomasin Saxbee. Details of Peter Wicking & Thomasin Saxbee are shown separately.
  7. Thomas Wicking . (Only the last child is identified as father is Thomas, otherwise no parents are shown and they are not all children of Thomas)
    1. Elizabeth Wicking was baptised on 29th May 1563 in East Grinstead, Sussex.(no parents shown)
    2. John Wicking (shown as Wickyng) was baptised on 11th July 1568 in East Grinstead, Sussex. (no parents shown)
    3. Drew Wicking  was baptised on 27th December 1569 in East Grinstead, Sussex.(no parents shown). He married Mary Butcher. Details of Drew Wicking & Mary Butcher are shown separately.
    4. Thomas Wicking was baptised on 25th February 1571 in East Grinstead, Sussex. (no parents shown). He possibly married Joan, who was buried on 24th July 1599 in East Grinstead (Joan, wife of Thomas Wekyng).They maybe had one child, but no parent details are shown: Thomas maybe was buried on 2nd April 1617 in East Grinstead, Sussex. (shown as Wickens, but this may have also been his father)
      1. Joan Wicking (shown as Johane) was baptised on 8th September 1594 in East Grinstead, Sussex
    5. Mercie Wicking was baptised on 2nd March 1572 in East Grinstead, Sussex. (no parents shown).
    6. Aves Wicking was baptised on 2nd May 1574 in East Grinstead, Sussex. (no parents shown).
    7. Mary Wicking (shown as Marie) was baptised on 2nd February 1584 in East Grinstead, Sussex (no parents shown).
    8. Joan Wicking (shown as Johane) was baptised on 1st May 1589 in East Grinstead, Sussex. She was shown as the daughter of Thomas Wickens, widower. She was possibly buried on 1st April 1661 in East Grinstaed, Sussex ('an old maid').
  8. Elizabeth Wicking (shown as Weeking) was born about 1555 and married William Dike on 21st June 1579 in Cowden, Kent
  9. Edward Wicking was born around 1565. He married Joan Chamber on 1st November 1591 in Framfield, Sussex. Edward & Joan had at least one child. He was possibly buried on 13th June 1606 in Framfield, Sussex.
    1. Edward Wicking (shown as Wykinge) was probably baptised on 12th February 1592 in Cowden, Kent (no parents shown). He was possibly buried on 11th May 1633 in Framfield, Sussex.
  10. William Wicking was born around 1570. He possibly married firstly Bridget. He married secondly Joan Bannister. William left a 'Will' that was dated on 24th January 1620 and he was probably buried on 27th January 1620 in Cowden, Kent ('of Ludwells'). Joan was mentioned in her husband's 'will' of 1620 as executor (and also mentioned was her brother Edward Bannister).
    1. Bridget Wicking (Wyking) was baptised on 24th March 1594 in Hartfield, Sussex (dau of William).
    2. Frances Wicking was baptised on 30th June 1604 in East Grinstead, Sussex (dau of William).
    3. Ano Wicking was buried on 18th July 1608 in East Grinstead, Sussex (' Son of William Weekynge, unbaptised')
    4. William Wicking was baptised on 26th August 1610 in East Grinstead, Sussex ('son of William & Bridget')
    5. Anne Wicking was baptised on 2nd October 1614 in Cowden, Kent ('daughter of William Wyking of Ludwells'). She was buried there on 24th November 1614 ('daughter of William Wyking of Ludwells')
    6. William Wicking was baptised on 14th April 1616 in Cowden, Kent ('son of William Wykinge of Ludwells'). He was mentioned in his father's 'Will' of 1620 as under 10 years.
    7. Elizabeth Wicking was baptised on 19th September 1619 in Cowden, Kent ('daughter of William Wyking of Ludwells'). She was mentioned in her father's 'Will' of 1620 as under 10 years.

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John Wicking died 1657: (Taken from irenaus.net)

John's extensive will shows he died without issue or a living wife, so he distributed his fair amount of wealth amongst numerous relatives, with the bulk of his estate going to his sister Mercy's children and his nephew Richard WICKING. Interestingly, John left all his freehold lands in Fletching to his unmarried niece, Mercy's daughter Mary DREWRY, rather than to one of his several nephews.
John styled himself a Yeoman in his will. He owned lands in both Hartfield and Fletching, Sussex, and gave numerous monetary legacies, so was apparently a fairly substantial man. On 19 Mar 1642/43, he bought Huggetts in Fletching, where he lived (deed included in a collection of business papers of Henry de Bourbel in the East Sussex Record Office). The property consisted of 30 acres and a barn; John paid 233 pounds for it.
John names WICKING relatives in various Kent and Sussex parishes; the picture that emerges is of a large extended family in the period concentrated in the area around Cowden, Kent, and Fletching, Sussex, with kinsfolk mentioned as living in Leigh and Sevenoaks in Kent, and in Hellingly, Chiddingly, and Buxted in Sussex.

Mercy's husband, George DREWRY, appointed John one of the Overseers of his will in 1652.

Verification & Concerns Returns to 'Top of Page'

  1. The family group information is conjecture only and is incorrect. 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.
  2. There may be two or more discrete familes. Children 1-3 are definitely linked as they are cross referenced in the Wills of Thomas and Francis.
  3. There are a variety of names used instead of Wicking. These are all felt to be spelling variations. The names identified are: Wicken, Wickinge, Wickens, Wickyng, Wekyhge, Weekyng, Weckynge, Weeknge, Weekinge, Weekyn, Weking, Wyking, Wycking, Wykinge. There are Wickenden's in East Grinstead & Cowden, but these have been excluded as considered another name.
  4. All births of Wicking's in East Grinstead, Cowden & Hartfield are shown .
  5. The only other marriage records for Wicking's in this period (up to 1609, but excluding those directly related to Peter, Drew & John ) are:
    1. Cowden: Joan Wicking married Richard Pickett 15/09/1566
    2. Cowden: Frances Wicking married Matthew Wickenden 28/05/1570
    3. Cowden: Frances Wicking married William Blackman 08/06/1572
    4. Cowden: Edmund Wicking married Alice Crocher 17/9/1580
    5. Cowden: Mary Wicking married Robert Kemp 11/10/1590
    6. Hartfield: Agnes Wicking married Richard Saxby 13/05/1594
  6. The only other burial records for Wicking's in this period (up to 1629, but excluding those directly related to Peter, Drew & John ) are:
    1. East Grinstead: Ano was buried on 31/01/1579 in East Grinstead, Sussex ('a child', shown as Wickings).
    2. East Grinstead: John son of Goodmane Weekynge buried 4/7/1603 East Grinstead
    3. East Grinstead: Joan widow of Antony Wekyng buried 11/3/1609 East Grinstead:
    4. East Grinstead: William Wickings buried 08/04/1614 an old man East Grinstead
    5. Cowden: George Wicking buried 11/05/1584
    6. Cowden: William Wicking buried 16/05/1584
    7. Cowden: Isabel Wicking buried 09/11/1590
    8. Cowden: Elizabeth Wicking buried 02/04/1601
    9. Cowden: Thomas Wicking buried 23/09/1607
    10. Hartfield: Richard Wicking buried 02/10/1604
    11. Hartfield: Andrew Wicking buried 03/03/1609
  7. Early Kent Wills in Cowden not yet seen
    1. Thomas 1510
    2. Richard 1562
    3. John 1604
    4. William 1620
    5. John 1640
    6. John 1645 (Leigh)
    7. John 1646
  8. Kent Administrations Cowden not yet included
    1. Richard 1638 (Sevenoaks) Grantee Prudence- widow 16/4/1638
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Wills

  1. Thomas Wicking (family ref 1) (or Wickinge) of Cowden, Kent left a 'Will' that was dated 28th September 1601 and proved on 27th October 1601 (ref PCC Prob 11/98/278). The link is to a Transcript of the 'Will'. The 'Will' mentions his wife Marie (executor & residual beneficiary); his brother Francis (overseer); his sons Thomas, John, Francis, Edward (all under 21); his daughters Mary, Dorothy, Anne , Joan (all under 21 and unmarried) and Elizabeth (wife of George Knight) ; Others were Henry and Richard Sheffeild, John Brenchley ; Overseers were John Saxbee, John Knighte, Richard Piggott ; Witnesses were Willm Dixon, Samuell Undrell ; Properties mentioned were Fidlers in Cowden.
  2. Francis Wicking (family ref 2), (or Weekeinge) of Cowden, Kent left a 'Will' that was dated 17th March 1610 and proved on 26th April 1610. The link is to a Transcript of the 'Will'. The 'Will' mentions his sister Margaret Cheeseman ; his sons Francis (eldest son, executor and residual beneficiary) and Thomas (under 21); his daughters Elizabeth, Joan & Mary; his neice Agnes the daughter of my sister Margaret ; Overseers were Edward Swaysland and John Knight the younger of Cowden; Others were Mr Steere the minister of Lingfeilde in Surrey ; Witnesses were Robert Hooley, John Knight, Edward Swaysland, and Richard Collyn. His occupation was a Tailor.
  3. John Wicking (family ref 5 D) of Fletching, left a 'Will' dated 11th November 1655 & codicil dated 20th July 1656 and the 'Will' was proved on 15th February 1658 (ref PCC Prob 11/273/412). The link is to a transcript of the 'Will'. In the 'Will', he mentions his brother Richard (deceased) and his son Richard plus Richard's five children (all under 21) including second son John; his sister Mercy Drewry (widow) and her children John (executor), Richard, Elizabeth, Katherine, Mary & Mercy (who is now Mercy Coldgate wife of Henry Coldgate of Sevenoaks, Kent, cooper & her children under 21); his sister in law unnamed wife of Richard Randoll of Sevenoaks; his kinsmen Nicholas Wicking of Cowden, John Wicking of Leigh, Francis Wicking of Hellingly, unnamed wife of Henry Bankes of Chiddingley, unnamed wife of John Payne of Buxted, children of kinswoman Ann Wicking, deceased, late the wife of George Martin of Leigh; his cousin George Drewry of East Grinstead; Otherswere William Root of Fletching, John Smith of Maresfield (servant), Mary wife of John Godley (servant); Joan Ridgway (servant); Elizabeth, wife of Aspell (servant); Thomas Herman of Fletching. his godchild John Wicken (under 21) son of Peter Wicking of Cowden and children of William Tree, William Kenward, Thomas Kenward, John Streetfield, deceased, and Edward Streetfield; Overseers were John Roate and Richard Dane both of Fletching; witnesses were Judith Rootes, John Burges, Thomas Harman (codicil).
  4. William Wicking (family ref 10) of Cowden, Kent left a 'Will' that was dated 24th January 1620 and was proved on 21st February 1620 (ref PCC Prob 11/135/225). The link is to a abstract of the 'Will'. In the 'Will', he mentions his wife Joan; his son William (under 10) ; his daughter Elizabeth (under 10) ; his nephews William & John sons of brother John. Overseers were John Wickinge (brother), Edward Bannister (brother of wife), Samuel Underhill. Witnesses were Richard Titchbourne, John Swaysland, Roberte Hedley

Archives:

  1. Buckhurst Terrier: In 1598 on a survey of the Manor of Munchloe, Thomas Wicken holds by deed a tenement called "Broxills" (30 acres) -(bounds River from Canserne to Averies Milne S, Lord Buckhurst's land called Bentons W, land of William Norman called Broxills N, a parcel of John Woodies Boardwright E) - rent 2s 4d
  2. Buckhurst Terrier: In 1598 on a survey of the Manor of Blackham, William Wicken owns Boardwight.
Sources Returns to 'Top of Page'
  1. Sussex Record Society -  East Grinstead Parish Registers 1558-1661:
  2. Sussex Record Society – Marriage Licenses at Lewes 1586-1642,1670-1732, 1772-1837 (Volumes 1, 6, 25,26)
  3. The Weald –Sussex Record Society: database (theweald.org)
  4. Sussex Parish Registers - Hartfield, Fletching, Framfield
  5. Surrey Parish Registers - Lingfield
  6. Kent Parish Registers - Cowden
  7. British Isles Vital Record Index- Family Search
  8. Sussex Marriage Index CD
  9. Latter day Saints - Family Search:
  10. Kent Genealogy (see links)
  11. National Archives Online-Wills- see links