Walter was born in 1633 at More House in Wivelsfield, Sussex, England. Like his father and grandfather, he was a gentleman.
When he was about 32 years old he married Elizabeth Attree. She was 11 years younger than Walter, and her family owned a nearby estate called Theobalds (sometimes pronounced “Tibbles”).
Theobalds House from Sussex Archaeological Collection, Vol. 35
Walter and Elizabeth had five daughters and two sons. We’re descended from the third child, Ann More.
Walter died in 1706, and Elizabeth outlived him by twenty years.
Walter’s father was Thomas More (1592-1664).
Next Anne: Twice Married
Anne was born in October 1670 in Wivelsfield. She came from a well-to-do family. She had two older sisters and four younger brothers and sisters.
When she was about 22 years old, she married a man called John Chatfield, who was twice her age. They got married in the same village church where Anne had been baptised, and where her family had been attending services for generations.
Anne and John had two boys and two girls. We’re descended from the third child, Jane.
When Anne was 44 her husband died. She lived as a widow for about four years, and then remarried. Her second husband was named John Plumer.
We don’t yet know the exact date of Anne’s death, but we know she was alive in 1723 because she inherited £50 from her rich aunt, Frances More. Frances also left jewelry, silver plates and bowls, and rings to various family members–plus the right to decide who could sit in her pew at the local church!
Anne’s father was Walter More (1633-1706).
Next Jane: Dear Beloved Wife
Jane’s father died when she was in her late teens or early 20s.
She was about 25 years old when she married Thomas Stanbridge (1695-1754). He was about 3 years older than she was, and he came from a good family in the nearby village of Cuckfield, about 5 miles from Jane’s home in Wivelsfied. Thomas and Jane had three children. We’re descended from their son Walter
Sadly, Jane’s husband got sick and died at the age of 59. In his will he left her some property and a comfortable income. He said “I give and bequeath unto my dear beloved wife Jane Stanbridge…[a] yearly sum of eight pounds of lawful money”, to be paid in quarterly instalments. £8 went a lot farther in those days than it does now!
After her husband died, Jane lived as a widow for 22 more years, surrounded by her many friends and relatives who lived nearby. She was in her 80s when she died in 1776.
Jane’s mother was Anne More (1670-c1720).
Next Walter: Yeoman of Old House