Thomas Tourt
(-Bef 1580)
Alice Grangeman
Mary Tourt
(Bef 1550-1636)


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1. Henry Ballard

  • Mary Ballard
  • Alice Ballard+
  • Frances Ballard+
  • Thomas Ballard

Mary Tourt 1

  • Born: Bef 11 Feb 1550
  • Baptised: 11 Feb 1550, St. Alban's Church, Church Lane, Frant, Tunbridge Wells, East Sussex, TN3 9DX, GB 1
  • Marriage (1): Henry Ballard on 30 Dec 1578 in St. Mary's Church, Church Lane, Lamberhurst, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN3 8DU, GB
  • Died: 1636
  • Buried: 1636, All Saints' Church, Upper Street, Hollingbourne, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 1UN, GB

   Another name for Mary was Mary Toorle.

  Burial Notes:

Presumably living with daughter Frances. Date is difficult to read, possibly August or September.


Will, 10 Oct 1622, Wadhurst, East Sussex, TN5, GB. 2 In the name of God Amen I Henry Ballarde of Wadhurst
in the Countie of Sussex yeoman beinge sicke in bodie but of sounde and perfect memo-
rie the Lord be praised therefore) doe make and ordaine this my last Will and testament
this tenth daie of October Anno Dmi 1622 for and concerninge the disposinge of such
landes and tenements as Almightie God hath blessed me withall First I will and de-
vise unto Mary my welbeloved Wieffe tenn poundes by the yeare for and duringe here
naturall life for and in lieu of all Dower and other right in or to my landes what-
soever yssueinge or goeinge out of all my landes in Wadhust aforesaid comonlie called
Barkley Beerewoode and Sterlinge to be paide unto her at fower severall feastes in the
yeare viz at the Feast of St Michaell thearchangell the birth of our Lord God thannun-
ciacon of the blessed virgin St Mary and the Nativitie of St John Baptist be even and
equall porcons the first payment to begin at such of the saide Feaste daies as shall first
happen next after my decease and for default of payment it shalbe lawfull for her and
her assignes into all or any parte of my said landes to enter and distreine And the same
to deteyne untill thereof fully satisfied and paide Item I give and devise unto
Mary Stiver my daughter the wife of Richard Stiver of Brenchley the somme of
Three poundes by the yeare of like lawfull money of England duringe her naturall
Life to be paide at the said fower severall feastes in the yeare by even and equall porcons
Which Like clause of distresse in all my said landes as aforesaid the first payment to begine
At such of the aforesaid Feastes dayes as shall first happen next after the decease of the

aforesaid Mary my wieffe Also I give and devise unto Fraunces Wood my daughter
the wife of Richard Wood of Hollingbourne the like somme of three pounds by the
yeare of good and lawfull money of England yssuinge and goeinge out of my said
landes in Wadhurst aforesaid dureinge her naturall life to be paide at two
usuall Feastes in the yeare viz St Michaell tharchangell and thannunciacon of
our blessed lady St mary the virgin by even and equall portions the first pay-
ment to beginne at such of the two feastes as shall first happen next after the
decease of the said Mary my wieffe with like clause of distresse in the landes
aforesaid, and after the decease of my said daughter Frauncis I give the said yearly
rent of three poundes per annum to Henry the second sonne of my said daughter
Frauncis and his heires for ever yssuing and going out of my said landes aforesaid
to be paid in manner and forme aforesaid with distress for him his heires and assignes
in manner aforesaid and my meaning is that neither of my said daughters Mary
nor Frauncis shall have any right unto any rent goeing out of my said landes untill
after the decease of the said Mary my wife Also my will and meaning is that
if Mary my wiefe or Mary or Frauncis my daughters or any of them shall challenge
Clayme and demand any other right title interest of or demand unto any of my said
lands in Wadhurst aforesaid or unto any lands by me formerly bargained sold
given or infeoffed unto any person or persons whatsoever then unto them is given
and devised by this my last will and testament Then any of them that shall
soe Claime Challenge and demand shalbe from thenceforth utterly frusrate
and voyd of any benefitt by this my Will given and devised and her of their
legacie or legacies from thenceforth to Cease and be of none effecte Item my Will
and meaning is that all the aforesaid Annuityes shall goe out of my landes and
Tenements in Wadhurst Comonly Called Barkley lands Berwoode and Sterlinge
and not out of any other lands Comonly called or known by the name of Lock?
Webb Item I give unto Alice Shepard my daughter all my house and lands
in Wadhurst Comonly Called Barkley Berwood Sterlinge and Lockwebbs
or by what soever other name or names they are called or knowne for and during
her naturall life And the remainder thereof I give unto Mr Thomas Ballard
of Wadhust my nephew his executors and administrators for and during the
whole tearme of one and Twentie yeares next ymediately ensueing after
the decease of my said daughter Alice if the said Thomas Ballard shall soe
long live for and towards the maintenance and provision for such of my daugh-
ters Children as shee shall leave behynd her and not married before her death to
dispose soe much of the profitts thereof to only Child as he the said Thomas
Ballard shall judge or think fitt Provided alwaies that when either of my
daughters two sonnes Henry or Thomas shall accomplishe their severall are or
ages of Twenty fower yeares that then for his or their part ot partes so
accomplishing his or their said age the said lease shall Cease and that he
or they then shall or may enter into his or their remainder or remainders given
to them by this my said last Will and Testament the said lease or any other
thing herein to the Contrary not wythstanding the remainder of my house and
all my said landes called Barkley and Sterlings lyinge on the South west parte of the
way leading lading from Barkley unto Cousley Wood and the remainder of
all my lands lying or against my said house called Barkely lyeing on the
North part of the said way Conteyningby estimacon twelve acres called Ber-
wood I doe give unto Henry Shepard the second sonne of my said daughter
Alice Shepard and to his heires for ever The remainder of all my other
Lands lyeng on the North est part of the said way Comonly Called or Knowne
by the name of Lockwells I doe give unto Thomas Shepard the third sone of
my said daughter Alice Shepard to him and his heires for ever To have .. and

enioy according as before in this my Will is limited and appointed Item I give unto Anne
Shepard daughter of my said daughter Alice forty pounds the same to be paid out
unto Mr Thomas Ballard my nephew withyn one year nexte after my decease to be
imployed unto the benefit of the said Ann & the same with the profitt thereof to
be paid by him unto her at the daye of her marriage or thage of twenty and one
yeares wch shall first happen Item I give unto Suzan Shepard one other of the
daughters of my said daughter Alice all the underwood standing growing or being
in or upon twenty Acres or thereabouts of wood ground whereof one Mr Browne
bought the wood at the last felling of the said wood to be felled within six yeares
after the date of this my last will being the Tenth day of October anno Dmi 1622 And
if it happen that they the said Anne or Suzan dye before they marry that then
her porcon shall goe unto Martha Shepard the youngest daughter of my said daugh
ter Alice if she be then living if not then to Children of my daughter Wood to bee
equally devided between them Also if the said Martha happen to dye afterward
before the daye of her marriage that then the legacye soe falling to her by the death of
any of her said sisters shalbe equally distributed betweene the Children of my daughter
Wood Item I give unto the six Children of my daughter Wood viz William Henry
Anne Mary Frauncis and Martha twenty shillings a peece to be paid unto their
Father to their use wythin one whole yeare next after my decease Item I make and
ordaine Mary my welbeloved wife the sole Executrix of this my last Will and testament
In witness whereof I the said Henry Ballard have hereunto set my hand and seale
dated the tenth day of October ann dmi 1622 Henry Ballard Read sealed published
and subscribed this tenth day of October in the yeare of our Lorde god 1622 in the presence
of us Thos Ballard Peter Pomell

[Transcribed by Helen Hartley]

Probate, 14 May 1623, London, GB. 2 Proved at London 14 May 1623 by Maria Ballard the relict and executrix.

[Transcribed by Helen Hartley]

Mary married Henry Ballard, son of Thomas Ballard and Alice Aynscombe, on 30 Dec 1578 in St. Mary's Church, Church Lane, Lamberhurst, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN3 8DU, GB. (Henry Ballard was born before 1558, died before 17 Oct 1622 and was buried on 17 Oct 1622 in St. Peter's & St. Paul's Church, Church Street, Wadhurst, East Sussex, TN5 6AA, GB 1.)


1 Sussex Family History Group (SFHG).

2 England, GB, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, PROB 11/141/475 Henry Ballard (?-1622); digital images, National Archives, National Archives( : accessed 14 May 2021).

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