Thomas Geere1

M, b. 20 April 1559, d. before 3 May 1624
FatherJohn Geere b. c 1530, d. b 14 Mar 1570
MotherJoane (?) b. c 1531, d. b 1 Aug 1569
St. Peter & St. John the Baptist Church, Wivelsfield, County Sussex, England
This arch is extremely similar - indeed, nearly identical - to one at Bolney (qv), which lies only five miles away. It was probably carved by local masons in the 11thc., but whether in the Norman or Anglo-Saxon period is a matter of contention. A pre-Conquest date has been argued on the grounds of the shallow recessing of the orders, the reeded ornamentation and the tall and narrow proportions of the opening. It seems to fall into the Overlap period. [article -]
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     Thomas was born before 20 April 1559 in Wivelsfield, County East Sussex, England. On 20 April 1559, he was christened in Wivelsfield, County East Sussex, England, at St. Peter & St. John the Baptist Church. Thomas married Barbara Borde on 23 May 1585 in Barcombe, County Sussex, England, at St. Mary the Virgin Church. Thomas made his will on 4 April 1621 at Ovingdean, County Sussex, England.

Thomas Geere of Ovingdean, Sussex, 4th April 1621. He bequeaths to the poor of Rottingdean 5s and to the poor of Falmer 5s 6d. He bequeaths to my eldest son Thomas 5s the year after my decease. To Anne Panchyrst my grandchild 20s at age 20, To Derricke Carver my grandchild £5 and at 21 ... one of best pairs of sheets. To Joane Howell of Kingston 10 groats. To Anne Geere my daughter 5s. To Alice my daughter one joined bed etc. and £40 at age 21. To Joane my daughter one cupboard, a great joined chest, two pairs of sheets, one great kettle and £40. Residue to Barbara my wife and Dennys my son, joint executors.
My loving friends Ambrose Trayton, gent., and Richard Board of Rottingdean, yeoman, to be over-seers, to whom 5s each. Witnesses: George Board, John Stempe.2,3,4

Thomas departed this life in Ovingdean, County Sussex, England. He was buried in Ovingdean, County Sussex East, England, in the yard of St. Wulfrand Church. His will was probated on 15 May 1624.


Barbara Borde b. c 1558, d. b 15 Jun 1632


  1. [S616] Records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury
    : File:Lease for 1000 years for £440 - ref.AMS6108/1 - date:30 Apr 1600 - Edmund Robertes of Cuckfield yeoman to Thomas Lucas the elder of Wivelsfield gent - Messuage and yard of land (100a) called Fanners Tenement with barns and stables, occupied by TL, in Wivelsfield and Lindfield, of which
    1 The Home Lands (35a) around the house abut S: Wivelsfield Common; N: John Attree; E: land held of the prebendary of South Malling; W: road from Wivelsfield Common to The Birth and Lindfield
    2 The fourth part of a parcel called The Breach (16a) abuts E: the road to Lindfield; W: Francis Moore gent; S: John Button; N: Thomas Hother, once Stephen Boarde gent, Thomas Geere
    3 The fourth part of a common meadow called The Moore with a but of land (10a) abuts E: Wivelsfield Common - Small-bridge road; W: The Birth - Lindfield road; S: a tenant way; N: another part of the estate, John Button's land called The Litle Hamme
    4 Half of The Litle Hamme (10a) abuts E: lane to Smallbridge; W: another part of the estate, John Button; N: The Great Hamme; S: common meadow called The Moore
    5 The Firzett and The Birchett (9a) abut N: Thomas Hother; S: common meadow called The Moore; E,W: John Button
    6 Croft and meadow called The Strushe (4a) abut W: once Stephen Boarde gent; E,N: John Button; S: Hamme Brook
    7 Strush Field (12a) abuts E: Nicholas Pancost; W,S: John Button; N: Francis Moore gent
    8 The Barrowes (8a) abuts E: The Birth - Lindfield road; N: late Stephen Boarde gent; W: land called Colwell; S: John Button
    9 all wood and underwood; W: Ninian Chaloner, Francis More, Thomas Godman the younger, Walter Mascall, Abel Lucas, Edward Lucas, John Bluet.
  2. [S614] Sussex Wills & Administrations in the District Probate Registry at Lewes, County Sussex, England
    Sussex Wills & Administrations in the District Probate Registry at Lewes, County Sussex, England
    : Book A: page 18 - [1621-1624] B 5 - Will of Thomas Geere of Ovingdean.
  3. [S242] John G. Hunt, English Notes on Ann Pankhurst, Ancestress of Certain Williams, Pearsall, Halstead Families of Long Island, Abstract of the will of Thomas Geere.
  4. [S506] Note: ..... Joane Howell is possibly a daughter or granddaughter of Thomas' sister, Anne. - klm
    ..... Christening records show a Joane Howell 12 September 1602 d/o Richard Howell
    ... Groat - a silver coin of England worth 4 pennies.