William GRAY
Edmond GRAY


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1. Joan AYLING

Edmond GRAY 2

  • Born: 1540, Heyshott, Sussex 3
  • Marriage (1): Joan AYLING on 3 Dec 1563 in All Hallows, Woolbeding, Sussex 1
  • Died: Aft 1588, Of, Woolbeding, Sussex 3

bullet  Notes:

Edmond was his father's heir, and also acquired the Manor at Woolbeding through his marriage to Joan Ayling (qv) in 1563. He moved to Woolbeding around the time of his father-in-law's death in 1583. They are thought to have had seven surviving children. Their eldest son Thomas, who was a JP in Woolbeding, married Katherine Woolstock of Easebourne in 1586; they are not known to have had any children. Their next son William moved to Upmarden, and it is likely that his descendants inherited most of the Gray property. Their only known daughter was Mabel (qv). Next was John who was leased Todham Farm near Easebourne for 60 years; he had seven children with his wife Joan Peckham. Next was Edmund who was educated at New College Oxford, and was Rector of both Woolbeding and Iping until he was sequestered after the Civil War; he married Barbara Harmar of Winchester. Little is known about the next son Richard. Their youngest son was Anthony, who was also educated at New College Oxford, and was vicar of Compton with Upmarden; he married and had several children in Upmarden.

Additional source:
Berry, William (1830) Pedigrees of the Families in the County of Sussex, p208. London: Sherwood, Gilbert and Piper


Edmond married Joan AYLING, daughter of William AYLING and Daughter AYLWIN, on 3 Dec 1563 in All Hallows, Woolbeding, Sussex.1 (Joan AYLING was born in 1541 4 and died after 1610 5.)



1 Church Register, Transcript of Woolbeding, FHL(L) ref 0416727.

2 Church Register, Woolbeding, FHL(L) ref 0918460 (baptism of grandson Nicholas).

3 Inference, Deposition Book dated Nov 1589, TNA ref Ep/I/11/6


4 Inference, Notes of Post Mortem Inquisitions taken in Sussex, Vol 202 no 170. Sussex Record Society Vol 14, 1912.

5 Inference, Deed dated 26-8-1611, West Sussex County RO ref Par/56/6/3

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