Descendants of John Longhurst
John Longhurst, who lived in Ockley Surrey England in the 1500's, is a starting point for a record of descendants leading up to 1787, to the birth of Joseph Longhurst. Joseph and his family, including son James, were the first ancestral Longhursts to settle in Canada. Alfred Thomas Burton Longhurst is a descendant of Joseph, through his son James. If John is considered to be the first generation, Alfred Thomas Burton Longhurst is the fifteenth generation.
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The information below includes these key ancestors...
John Longhurst - born c1515, died 1575, married Amy ________ .
Walter Longhurst - born c1550, died 1624, married Ames Diggins.
William Longhurst - born c1575, died 1599, married Elizabeth ________ .
John Longhurst - born c1586, died c1631, married Ann Spooner.
Joseph Longhurst - born c1650, died c1698, married Margaret Steere.
Walter Longhurst - born c1674, died c____, married Elizabeth Knight.
Walter Longhurst - born c1715, died c1797, married Ann Capon.
John Longhurst - born 1745, died 1815, married Mary Wheeler.
Joseph Longhurst - born 1787, died 18, married Sarah Haysman.
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Notes for material below...
Note : yeoman - a farmer who cultivates his own land, especially a member of a former class of small freeholders in England. A yeoman in England is considered as next in order to the gentry.
Note : husbandman - a farmer; a cultivator or tiller of the ground. A husbandman would generally not own the land he worked, but would lease or rent it.
Note : a "messuage" is a dwelling-house with outbuildings and land assigned to its use.
Note : place names were spelled variously - Cranley, Cranleigh; Wooton, Wootton, Wotton;
Will of Edward Longhurst of Ewhurst, husbandman, dated April 7, 1687...
... to brother John of Ewhurst - 1s.; to cousin John, son of brother John - £5; lease of cottage and land in Pitland Street, Ewhurst, in my occupation, by deed granted by me to John Ockshott of Great Bookham, yeoman, from his mother, between me and my wife Joan, for 60 years for our benefit, cottage, etc., after the death of my wife - to daughter-in-law Elizabeth Eliott, if then 21, residue to wife.
Overseers John Stone of Wotton, and brother-in-law John Longhurst of Wookland (Weekland) Ockely, yeoman.
Proved December 12, 1688.
Will of William Longhurst of Ockley, yeoman, sick March 17, 1645 (or 1646)
To cousin Thomas Smith of Guilford, draper's two children by Ann Smith, his late wife, my kinswoman - £120 viz to Thomas Smith Jr. £60 and rest to other children (sic); to Henry Spooner, son of Henry Spooner, deceased - £20 at 21; to John Longhurst, William Acoules, and Robert Acoules - £3 each, and to the two sons of George Longhurst - £3 each; to Mary and Jane, two daughters of my nephew William Longhurst deceased - £5 each; to William Amy - £5; to my friends Roger Heath and Henry Bauldwin - £5 each; the residue to my brother Thomas Longhurst, executor.
Witness - Davy Tydie, John Longhurst. Proved April 21, 1646, to executor.
Will of John Longhurst, of Breach Grove, Ewhurst Surrey, yeoman, April 27, 1699 : to poor - £1, all to Richard Longhurst of Ockley, yeoman, and to John Lipscomb of Abinger, yeoman, executors; proved April 3, 1700 to executors.
Will of George Longhurst of Ewhurst, husbandman, sick December 4, 1690...
...mentions sister Jane Dendy, widow, and her children; sister Elizabeth, wife of Edward Worsfold, and her children; brother William; sister Ann Dendy, wife of William Dendy, and her children; Sarah Longhurst, widow of his brother Walter, and her children - John, David, William, Sarah, Elizabeth, Jane and Ann; brother Richard; brother Edward; Jane Arnould.
Proved February 9, 1690/91.
Will of John Longhurst of Ewhurst, yeoman, senior, March 21, 1689/90...
...to son Walter Longhurst - £5; to daughter Elizabeth Worsfold, wife of Edward Worsfold - 5 s.; to daughter Jane Dendy - 5 s.; to daughter Ann Dendy, wife of William Dendy - 5 s.; to grandson Walter Longhrust, son of my daughter Catherine Longhurst - 5 s.; to son Edward - 5 s.; to wife Elizabeth - all my household goods for life, and then to my executors, my four sons John, William, George and Richard.
Proved June 12, 1690, to executors.
Will of Henry Spooner of Ockley, yeoman, sick May 23, 1630...
...to the poor of Abinger - £1 per annum for ten years from land called Burchetts Abinger; to poor of Ockley 10 s. per annum for 10 years from land called Weekes Ockley; to the five children of my deceased uncle William Spooner - £1 each; to my aunt Agnes Dalton - £3, and to her seven children - £1 each; to Henry Spooner, son of Robert Spooner - 10 s., and to the rest of Robert's children - 5 s. each; to my godchild Elizabeth Longhurst - 10 s.; to the rest of my godchildren - 5 s. each; to my brother-in-law William Longhurst - £3; to my brother and sister-in-law John Longhurst and Mary Longhurst - £1 10 s. each; to Joan Worsfold, widow, 15 s.; to my wife Ann Spooner - all the household goods I have lately bought, and all the money her father John Longhurst bequeathed her by his will, £20, all the pewter given at our marriage, if she is pregnant with male - all land, etc. called Burchetts and Yard lands, Weeks and Weeks Wood in Abinger and Ockley, and if not - to my brother William Spooner; and if she is pregnant with female - £400 at 17, or Burchetts and Yard lands themselves, and to bringing up female child - £10 per annum, if pregnant with male child - Weeks and Weeks Wood to my borhter William Spooner in nonage of the child; to my brother William - so many oaks and beeches as are worth £300; to Elizabeth Spooner, widow, £1; residue to my brother William, executor. (Also some bequeaths to servants.)
Overseers : friends John Stone of Godstone, John Leyscombe of Abinger, my Uncle Walter Longhurst, my brother-in-law William Longhurst, John Mower Jr. of Ewhurst, and Richard Margesson of Ockely (£1 each).
Witnesses : John Mower, Thomas Longhurst, Stockdale Cuddington, Richard Dendye, and Richard Longhurst.
Proved June 16, 1632 to executor.
1851 census for Ewhurst village - James Longhurst, age 51, carpenter, in Capel; wife Sarah, age 49, Wanborough; son John, age 25, carpenter, in Ockley; son James, farm labourer, in Ockley; daughter Lucy, age 8, scholar, in Ockley
Will of John Longhurst, of Ockley, yeoman, sick October 11, 1631...
...to my eldest son, William Longhurst, all messuages, etc., in Ockley, half the yearly rent from lands called Yard Ewhurst for four years,; to my youngest son, John Longhurst, my messuage, etc. called Yard; to my son William - £2 p.a. from land called Woolspitts Ewhurst; to my daughters Mary Longhurst and Ann Longhurst - £250 each; to my son John Longhurst and my daughters Mary and Ann - a full share in all my linen; to my brother William Longhurst's son Ralph Longhurst - 10 s.; to my brothers and sisters - 10 s. each; to my kinsmanWilliam Bowles - £5 at 26; to my servants - 5 s. each; to my godchildren - 1 s. each; residue to my son William, executor.
Overseers : John Stone of Gostride, Richard Dendy of Cowpers, and my brother Walter Longhurst.
Witness : Thomas Ride, Henry May, Richard Margesson.
Proved : November 23, 1631
1. The reputed manor of Breath was probably a member of Gomshall Netley. In the 16th century it was the property of John Agmondesham. He mortgaged the manor to John Atlee and Nicholas Dendy, who disputed the division of the estates. Nicholas Dendy died during the dispute, but it was setled by compromise that his son should have the northern half of the lands i.e. North Breath. Finally, in 1594, William Atlee conveyed all his rights to Ralph Dendy, probably the heir of John Dendy. In 1630, Edward Dendy sold the manor to Walter Longhurst, whose descendants remained in possession for nearly a century and a half. Ralph Longhurst and Richard Stenning were holding South Breath at the time of the Commonwealth. In 1768-69, Richard Longhurst and his wife Anne sold the manor to John Vincent of Stoke by Guildford.
2. Bargain and sale from Walter Longhurst of Ockley, yeoman, to William Longhurst of Ockley, yeoman, his brother, of a messuage in Wotton in the tenure of Thomas Longhurst, lands called Ruckenham and Nyetimbers alias Newtymbers in Wotton (64 acres, boundaries given) devised to grantor by George Longhurst late of Ockley, yeoman, deceased, his brother.
At the 1658 Valuation, South Breach (valued at £24) was occupied by John Artridge.
Will of Walter Longhurst of South Breath Ewhurst, yeoman, senior, not well - dated March 2, 1693...
To only son Walter - South Breath Naldret and Logs (?Lags or Lays) and all other lands in Ewhurst and elsewhere, at age 21. If [his son] dies before 21, then all above to brother Ralph Longhurst, paying legacies to brothers William Longhurst, John Longhurst, Solomon Longhurst and Richard Longhurst, and sister Anne Longhurst - £40 apiece, within one year.
Executor - son Walter. Executors in trust - John Spooner of Burchetts in Abinger, alias Abinworth, yeoman, and brother Ralph Longhurst.
Proved October 18, 1694 to executors in trust.
Will of John Longhurst of Ruckmans Wotton, yeoman, inform March 15, 1715/16...
To my mother Anne Longhurst, widow, - £10; residue to my brother Walter Longhurst, executor. Proved July 26, 1716 to executor.
(a) Mortgage by WIlliam Longhurst of Wotton, yeoman, to Richard Bax of Plastow, in the parish of Capel, yeoman, messuages and lands called Ruckenham and Newtimber in Wotton
(b) Bond of William Longhurst by which he is bound in the sum of $600 to Richard Bax, to pay £307 2s. 6. December 29, 1721.
Assignment of mortgage (1) Richard Bax of Capel, yeoman, Anne Longhurst of Wotton, widow, and William Longhurst of Wotton, yeoman, son of said Anne, at the nomination of (2) Lee Steere of Jayes, in the parish of Wotton, esquire, assigns to (3) John Steere of Guildeford, gent, messuages and lands called Ruckenham and Newtimber in Wotton (mortgaged December 29, 1721 by the said William Longhurst, to the said Richard Bax - the reversion having since been granted to Lee Steere. April 6, 1722.
Will of William Longhurst of Wotton, butcher, sick and weak May 15, 1722...
...to be buried in the churchyard.
To mother Anne Longhurst - all lands and tenements during term of her natural life for bringing up my son [William] and for his education, and after her decease - all to my son William. If son William dies before he comes of age of 21, then land called Sunt to Walter Longhurst, son of Walter Longhurst of Ewhurst; with £50 twelve months after son's death to Mary Longhurst, daughter of Walter Longhurst, and to four living children of John Risbridger - £40 apiece to be paid as aforesaid, and John Risbridger, the father, should have use of it as long as he lives; and to my aunt Anne Longhurst, and all my first cousins - 20 shillings apiece; and the rest to Anne Longhurst, my beloved mother, she to be executor; and I desire my cousin Walter Longhurst of Ewhurst, aforesaid yeoman, and my kinsman John Mitchell of Rudgewick, yeoman, to be trustees if my mother dies before my son is 21.
Will of Ralph Longhurst of Wotton, yeoman...
To eldest son Walter - one messuage or tenement called South Breath, the Laggs and Naldretts in Ewhurst. To son Ralph - a messauge and lands called Ruckmon, alias Newtimber in Wotton. Executed August 19, 1679, proved in Arch Court, Surrey on October 16, 1679.
Will of William Longhurst, of Ruckenham, Wotton, yeoman, sick April 28, 1647...
...to the poor of Wotton below the hill - £1; to the poor of Abinger below the hill - £1; to the poor of Ewhurst - £2; to my eldest daughter Ann Longhurst, and to my youngest daughter Mary Longhurst - £6 per annum annuity out of my messuages Ruckenham and Newtimber, Wotton - until they are 21, and then £100 each and £5 per annum each, and to them my linen and pewter in the great chest, and a boxon coffer each; to son Ralph Longhurst - the rest of my household goods and £4 per annum until he is 21; residue to John Stere of Ockley, yeoman, and Richard Stenning of Ewhurst, yeoman - execs in trust until Ralph is 21 and they have my messuages above and Southbreach Ewhurst lately given by my late brother Walter, deceased, and when 21 - Ralph to have these lands.
Witnesses : John Longhurst, John Tydie, John Artridge
Proved : July 21, 1647, to exec Richard, power reserved to John
Probate of will of William Longhurst of Ruckenham, in the parish of Wotton, yeoman... (as above)
...to daughters Anne and Mary - £6 annuity each issuing out of a messuage and lands called Ruckenham and Newtimbers , Wotton. John Steersof Ockley, yeoman, and Richard Stening of Ewhurst, yeoman, to be executors and trustees, to whom are bequeathed a messuage and lands called Southbreach in Ewhurst, to surrender to son Ralph Longhurst when he comes of age.
Executed April 28, 1647; proved Arch Court Surrey, on July 21, 1647.
Will of George Longhurst, of Ockley, yeoman, sick November 14, 1618...
To the poor of Ockley - 10 shillings; to the poor of Ewhurst - 10 shillings. My messuage, etc. called Ruckenham and Nyetimbers Wotton to my brother Walter Longhurst; to my brother John Longhurst - £10, and to his sons William Longhurst and John Longhurst - £10 each, and to his daughters Mary Longhurst and Ann Longhurst - £5 each; to my brothers William Longhurst and Thomas Longhurst - £30 each; to the children of Thomas Cowles and his wife Amy Cowles - £20 between them (i.e. £2 10s. each) at 21; to the children of my brother-in-law John Tydye - £20 between them (i.e. £6 13s. 4d. each) at 21; to Elizabeth Maye, daughter of Henry Maye - £20; to my sisters Amy Cowles and Margaret Tydye - £2 each; to Joan Spooner, William Spooner, Margaret Spooner, William Spooner (son of the said William), Henry Spooner (son of the said William), Joan Spooner (daughter of the said William), Henry Tydye, Henry Maye, and Elizabeth Nye - 10 s. each; to Edward Maye, son of Henry Maye - 5s.; to my godchildren - 1 s. each; to my uncles Thomas Longhurst and Walter Longhurst - £1 each; residue to my brother Walter Longhurst, executor.
Overseers John Worsfold, Thomas Sayere.
Witnesses William Spooner, Richard Margesson, William Longhurst, Henry Tydye.
Proved March 25, 1619, to Executor.
Will of William Longhurst, of Ewhurst, yeoman, dated May 19, 1599
Son John - lands in Ockley called Laurence Lands and Bullgrottes in Ewhurst; son George - messuage and lands called Fowles and Richardalles in Ewhurst; son William - messuage and lands called Princes and Prince Grove in Ewhurst; mentions sons Thomas and Walter, and daughters Amye and Margaret; residue to wife Elizabeth and son John, executor.
Witnesses - Robert Ovington, George Dendye, Ralph Dalton. Proved September 5, 1599, by executor.
Note from contributor Pauline Young : I'm not convinced that this is the same George who married Joan Kempshall, but this seems to be the only family which had a George of the right age for the founder of the Rusper line. All the other Georges seem to have died or had untraceable families. There is a possibility that he is the son of George Longhurst, baptized February 8, 1670 at Cranley (had a sister Sarah, baptized June 9, 1667), mother Mary Butler (married October 21, 1651), but this is unlikely.
Will of Thomas Longast, alias Longhurst, of Ockley, yeoman, September 26, 1678...
...to daughter Ann Mitchell, wife of James Mitchell, and Mary Worsfold, wife of Thomas Worsfold - 1/- each; to son Thomas's (deceased) children, Ann, Jane and Elizabeth - £40 each at marriage or 21; to son Walter's (deceased) son George - £80 at marriage or 21; to Walter's (deceased) other two sons Henry and Walter - £50 at 21; to Thomas, son of my son Walter, all household goods except some named items to John, son of Walter [and] my daughter Catherine.
Ralph [Longhurst] of Wotton, yeoman, and Walter [Longhurst] of Ewhurst, yeoman, executors-in-trust.
Proved December 23, 1679 to executors.
William's will was made verbally. He left wages that were owed him to his brother Thomas, bequests to his brothers-in-law William Richbell and George Worsfold, and to his sisters-in-law Jane and Sarah Worsfold. His brother, Walter Longhurst, was appointed executor.
Will of Elynor "Songhurste" of "Dorkinge", spinster, May 10, 1608...
Mary, Elizabeth and Sara Longhurst, daughters of Thomas Songhurste; God-daughter Agnes Man, daughter of Gilbert Man of Ockley; Aunt Joan Duggins [Diggins]; Sister's child Elizabeth Holiday, daughter of Edward Holiday Temperance Foster, daughter of Thomas Foster; John, son of John Steere of Morses, parish of Capel; sister Margaret; sister Joan Man; Temperance, daughter of Jeffrey Stillwell the elder; Elizabeth Stevens; Elizabeth and Mary Songhurst; Thomas Peter - to his wife, my green apron that I bought of my dame.
Residuary legatee and executor - brother Thomas Songhurst. Overseers : John Steere of Ockley Court the elder, and John Steere of Morses.
Witnesses : William Simon, the writer hereof John Peter. Proved : May 31, 1608
Will of John Longhurst, dated March 4, 1573 (or 1574)... ...to be buried in the church. To son Thomas - 20 marks; to son Walter - 20 marks at 21; to daughter Margaret - 20 marks at marriage or in four years; to daughters Christiana and Alice - 20 marks each at marriage or at age 21; to Edward Stone - a ewe and lamb; to daughter Juliana - a sheep and a lamb; residue to wife Amy and son William execs. Witnesses - Robert Worsfolde, John Stone, John Longhurst of Ewhurst, John Longhurst of Wotton, William Lawe. Proved March 29, 1575.