Fifth English Generation


Soldier and Agent for the King

Kent and London

Portent of Suffolk



E43.  PAUL [PAULE] SYDNOR  [SIDNOR, SIDNOUR, SEDNOUR, SYDNOUR, SYDNER], gentleman*,[1] (William Sydnor,1 probably ____ Sydnor,2 William Sydnor Sr,3 William Sydnor Jr4), born January 1506/7 probably in Kent or London,[2] died at Gray's Inn*[3]  in London 16 December 1551[4] in his forty-fifth year, will dated 20 September 1550 and probated 27 January 1551/2,[5] probably buried in London.

          Married by 1529[6] Alice [Latin:Alicia] Jenour ,[7] born circa 1510?,[8] died May 1558, buried 2 May 1558 at Ellough parish in Suffolk,[9] act of administration of her estate filed 13 February 1566/7[10] that showed she was then of Willingham  in Suffolk.  Alice was the daughter of Robert Jenour  (circa 1485?-1536[11]), gentleman* or esquire*[12] of Essex , and Margaret (Higham[13]) Jenour Roodes  (circa 1490?-1551[14]).  Alice appeared to be the only surviving child when the will of her father was written.  Margaret was named the executor for the will of her husband, Robert Jenour; Paul Sydnor was named the supervisor. Margaret Jenour later married John Roodes .

          Alice married (2) in 1552[15] John Berney  (????-1558[16]), esquire*, of Reedham in Norfolk, who was the father of her daughter-in-law-to-be Ursula Berney .  Alice and John had no children by their union.  Their respective children, William Sydnor  and Ursula Berney, were married six years after their own marriage.  The administration for the deceased executrix [de bonis non administratis], Alice (Jenour) Sydnor Berney was granted 9 May 1558.[17]

          John Berney , the step-father for the Sydnor children, in his will provided legacies for the poor in thirteen parishes, including Reedham  and Thorpe .  He gave to his wife Alice (Jenour) Sydnor Berney  £20 plus many other items including livestock at Brenchley  in Kent, specifically noting that she had sums of money due to him in her right.  Alice received the manor* of Bradeston at Reedham  as part of her jointure*.[18]  John said, "good wife, I pray you to be content and accept this in good part, considering my poor ability and therewith great charge of children, which if my ability were correspondent to my heart and good will towards you, I assure you I think it very little, and would with all my heart enlarge it much more."  He gave to his step-daughters "Dorathie , Grace , Margaret , and Bridget  Sydner my dozen spoons that I bought last in London, evenly to be divided amongst them."  He gave to his stepson "William Sydnor  half a dozen silver spoons with knobs like acorns."  His daughter Ursula was given her mother's wedding ring and five hundred marks* (£333) when she became eighteen years old or when she married.

            For the period of Paul's minority, his father had requested that his uncle Richard Sydnor , canon* at St George’s Chapel at Windsor in Berkshire, serve as his guardian.[19]

            An interesting notation in the papers of King Henry VIII showed that a servant of “Lady Sydenor,” perhaps Alice (Jenour) Sydnor, received five shillings* for bringing “orange pies” to the king at Sandwich on 9 April 1529.[20]

            On 23 December 1532, Paul Sydnor [Sydnour], gentleman*, held a lease of a messuage* in Priest Street [21] in New Windsor in Berkshire from the dean and canons* of St George’s.  In the same lease, he also held a messuage* and garden called Old Hawes .  The lease came to thirteen shillings* and four pence* and was for a period of forty years.[22]

            In 1533,[23] and perhaps recorded on 1 February 1563/4[24] some years after Paul's death, there was a quitclaim* deed executed by George Whetenhall, esquire*, of East Peckham  in Kent to Paul Sydnor, gentleman*, of his interest in a messuage* called Curtneys , Trenche , Cromfeld , Knottes  and other messuages* and lands in Brenchley and Yalding  in Kent.

            In the 1536 will of Alice's father, Robert Jenour , the Sydnors were well remembered.  If Alice's mother were to remarry after her father's death, they were to receive the manor* of Barnes[25]  and advowson*[26] of vicarage [parsonage] of Brenchley in Kent."  The gift of this property and benefice were conditioned on the remarriage of his mother-in-law, Margaret (Higham) Jenour Roodes , and the following transfer may have been the result of that event.  On 11 February 1539/40 the following grant was made: "Letters Patent* under Great Seal (broken).  Whereas on 23 November 27 Henry VIII [1539] grant was made to Rob Jenour  [Jonour],[27] gentleman*, for thirty-one years at rent of £14 thirteen shillings* four pence* of manor* and rectory* of Barnes  in Brenchley, reserving advowson* and profits of the vicarage* of Brenchley; now for 240£ we grant to Paul Sydnor, gentleman*, and Alice his wife the reversions[28] of the premises (forfeited by Thomas Wolsey , late Archbishop of York now deceased, for that, that the same Thomas, late Archbishop of divers contempts, trespasses, and offences by the same archbishop formerly committed and perpetrated against us, our crown, was accused and impleaded.)  To have and to hold the aforesaid reversion of the said manor*, also the advowson* of the vicarage*, also the rent payable by Rob Jonour [Jenour] during the said term."[29] 

            Another source reported, "Henry VIII granted Paul Sydnor  the manor* of Barnes  and advowson* of vicarage at Brenchley  in Kent "to hold in capite* by knightly* service."[30] 

            In the will of Robert Jenour  was property called Baldwin  in Willingham [Willingham Saint Mary][31] parish in Suffolk.  There was also property in Ellough [alias Willingham All Saints] , in Sotterley , in Henstead , and in Mutford . 

            Robert Jenour also left Paul and Alice a horse, his best goblets, his best gown, a satin jacket, and his wood knife.  His two granddaughters, Dorothy Sydnor  and Grace Sydnor , were left £5 apiece towards their marriages.

            About 1539 Paul Sidnor, esquire*, the agent in Spain  of the English king, Henry VIII, was granted by that king a manor* called "Criols Court  in the parish of Brenchley.[32]

It was probably about this time that Paul Sydnor took possession of the manors* of Stockhill  and Studmore  in that same parish.[33]

            About 1540, he alienated to James Broker  the manor* of Madekin  in the parish of Denton after Paul had received the grant of the manor* of Barnes  in Brenchley.[34]

            In 1541, he served as the administrator[35] for the estate of his cousin, John Sydnor  [E15], of the parish of Sutton Valence  in Kent. 

            Paul contributed a "loan of £5" to Henry VIII on 15 May 1542.[36]

            In the muster book for the army against France  in 1544, "Poule Sydner" from Kent was listed in "The vanguard [Vantgard]" at "four footmen [f]."[37]

            In a grant by patent* in August 1545, there was a transfer to John Tufton  and Stephen Reamys  of the manor* of Densted . with appurtenances in the parish of Chartham in the tenure of Paul Sednour.[38]

            With the separation of the church of England from the church of Rome, there was a desire by founders, patrons and heirs to reclaim properties given for pious purposes.  The crown urgently desired to gain possession of those properties.  To that end, a Chantries Act was passed with commissioners appointed from each county to enter the chantries*[39] and seize the properties for the crown.  In a commission issued on 14 February 1545/6,[40] Paul Sydnor, esquire*, served with Thomas Cranmer , archbishop* of Canterbury, and twelve others of Kent.[41]

            A second Chantries Act[42] was passed to allow the conversion of religious foundations to create grammar schools, as well as the true purpose to provide money for the needs of the crown.  The county commission was formed and the certificate of return[43] for this act was made by Paul Sydnor, esquire*, together with ten other men of Kent.  The sale of chantry* lands, using these records, followed in 1548.

            On 26 May 1547, Paul Sydnour was appointed "Commissions* of the Peace" and Paul Sydnour, esquire*, again on 14 February 1547/8 “to enquire in the county of Kent and the cities of Canterbury and Rochester what colleges, chantries, etc, have come to the king . . ..”[44]

            On 5 December 1548, Paul Sidnor was appointed escheator*[45] for the young king, Edward VI, for Kent  and Middlesex .[46]  On 20 October 1549, Paul Sydner, esquire*, served as escheator* in an inquisition* post mortem in London .[47]

            On 16 December 1550, Paul Sidnor was one of those commissioned to collect the third payment of a relief*[48] granted by parliament.[49]

            He owned land in London  in 1551[50] and Egerton  in 1554.[51]

            In her will drafted in 1547 and probated in 1551, his mother-in-law Margaret (Higham) Jenour Roodes  remembered Paul and members of his family.[52]

            Alice had been given in her jointure* for marriage properties in Egerton , and Sutton Valence  in Kent plus Winkfield [53] in Suffolk.  Paul acknowledged these in his will.

            At the time of the death of Paul, Alice probably took the Sydnor children to her Jenour family in Essex and Suffolk where she was to remarry.  All the Sydnor children married people from that new area.

            On 5 July 1552, there was a "grant to Alice Sydnour, widow, late the wife of Paul Sydnour, gentleman*, deceased of an annuity of £10 to be assigned by the Court of Wards*[54] in the lands in Brenchley  and Yaldyng  or elsewhere, Kent, in the King's hands by the minority of William Sydnour, son and heir of the said Paul who held of the king in chief*; also the custody of the body and the marriage of the heir [William Sydnor]."[55]

            About 1553, Paul's estate apparently bought or was awarded for Paul's service a chalice* weighing four ounces[56] sterling and another of eight shillings* from the chantry* of Pepingbury[57]  in Kent; also "a chafer*[58] and a charger*[59]" for seven shillings* and six pence* from the "late" college*[60] of All Saints  at Maidstone in Kent.[61]

            In his will, Paul referred to holdings, other than those received in jointure* with his wife Alice mentioned above, of "lands and tenements* in Yalding and Brenchley now in the tenure of Thomas Broker , and my lands called Fekes , Margery Lands , Rabelettes , Longbroke , and Cromefeldes  [Cromfield]."

According to one reference, Paul sold the manor* of Criols Court  in Brenchley "shortly thereafter."[62]  According to another reference, Criols was sold by Paul’s son William in 1578.[63]  It was probable that he did not sell all the property in the area because his son William Sydnor sold some land in the parish of Brenchley in 1576.[64]

            Paul’s presence at Gray’s Inn*  at the time of his death indicated that he practiced law.  He wrote his own will in his own hand, and this was further evidence of his having practiced law.  Paul appointed his wife Alice, George Fane ,[65] and John Raymond [66] as his executors.

            In his will, he made a bequest to a Mr Pards , to his mother-in-law Margaret (Higham) Jenour Roodes  who had in turn made a similar bequest in her will, Mr Bidwell  of the Inner Temple [67] and was sometime treasurer of the Lyon’s Inn ,[68] his servant George Cooper  a forgiven debt, Henry Barker , and Mr Prymer , with the remainder to his wife Alice.


+            E50.        DOROTHY , born by 1534; married (1) possibly 25 January 1555/6 ____ Jermyn ; (2) circa 1560 John Reppes .

              E51.        GRACE , born by 1534; [70] married Leonard Allen  (Alien), [71] gentleman*, of London.

                                  She was shown as the second daughter in her grandmother Jenour's  will.  Grace was left 5£ for her marriage in her grandfather Jenour's  will. Dorothy was also bequeathed three spoons by her step-father John Berney  in 1553.  She was given 40£ towards her marriage in the will of her father. [72]

                                  There were probably no children of this marriage.[73]

             E52.        WILLIAM SR , born 22 June 1543, died 26 August 1613; married (1) license granted 7 May 1558 Ursula Berney ; married (2) 17 May 1571 Bridget Jernegan .

              E53.        MARGARET , born after 1534[74] and before 1547,[75] living 1553 when she was bequeathed three spoons in the will of her step-father John Berney .  She was given 50£ towards her marriage in the will of her father.

+            E54.        BRIDGET , born after 1534 and before 1547, living 1624; married John Underwood .  She was bequeathed three spoons in the will of her step-father John Berney .  She was given 50£ towards her marriage in the will of her father.


E49.    possibly[76] WALTER SYDNOR  [SYDG, SYDGER[77]], (William Sydnor,1 probably ____ Sydnor,2 John Sydnor Sr,3 William Sydnor Sr4), born circa 1510?,[78] will dated 24 September 1562 and proved 19 February 1562/3,[79] of Otham  in Kent.

          Married circa 1540? Clemence ____ .  Clemence was trusted to serve as the executrix of the will of her husband.

            Walter’s will showed his occupation was millman.[80]  His estate was substantial for the time, but there was no real property mentioned in his will.  His wife Clemence was his executor and the witnesses to his will were Thomas Hendley [Hendle] ,[81] William Webb , Thomas Calye , clerk*.


+            E55.        JOHN SR , born circa 1535?, died between 15 Dec 1568 and 29 Apr 1569; married circa 1560? Elizabeth ____ .

              E56.        ELEANOR  [ELENOR], born circa 1540?;[83] married ____ SISON [84]____ [SYSON].  Eleanor was given £5 in her father's will.

              E57.        MARGERY , born circa 1540?;[85] married ____ RICH  [RYCHE].[86]  Margery was given only forty shillings* in her father's will.

              E58.        RICHARD , born circa 1540?.[87]  Richard was given £10 in his father's will.

              E59.        THOMAS , born circa 1545?.[88]  Thomas was given £40 in his father's will.

              E60.        WILLIAM [89] [WYLLYAM], born circa 1545?.[90]  William was given £30 in his father's will.


[1]                 A gentleman was a man of gentle birth entitled to bear arms, but not ranked among nobility.  The term was later broadly applied without precision to any person of distinction. 

[2]                 See The Story of a Dozen Generations: Seidner, Sidener, Sydner, and Sydnor Family History, Orrin Wade Sidener, v.1 (1961), p.98.  Original reference?

[3]                 The Inns of Court were collegiate houses in London which held the exclusive privilege of conferring the rank of barrister at law.  They were societies of students and practitioners of the law of England that exercised the exclusive right of admitting persons to practice at the bar.  The five sets of buildings for the societies were the Inner Temple, the Middle Temple, Lincoln's Inn, Gray's Inn, and Staple's Inn.  The Inns served as living quarters, dining facilities, offices, meeting rooms, and class rooms for those practicing and studying law. 

[4]                 For the date of death (or burial?) for Paul Sydnor, see Floyd W. Sydnor's letter of 1 October 1951.The original source was not found.  Ask EP?

[5]             The will of Paul Sydnor was found at Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Powell, f.2.  See Appendix.

[6]                 The estimated date of marriage was derived from the event of the “orange pies” mentioned below, where the only likely “Lady Sydnor” was Alice (Jenour) Sydnor.  Also, the will of Robert Jenour, drafted in 1534, mentioned only two of his grandchildren by his daughter Alice (Jenour) Sydnor.  Paul would have been about 22 years of age when he married.

[7]                 The Jenour genealogy was shown in The Visitation of Essex, 1558, Walter C. Metcalf (Publication of the Harleian Society), v.13 (1878), pp.63-64; also pp.221-222. The spelling Jenour was certain, but there are several phonetic and scribal variations, e.g. Jenow, Joyner, Jenor, Jennor, Jener, Jenner, Jettor, all perhaps deriving originally from Gayner in the Norman.  See Maternal Line: Jenour.

[8]                 The Jenour Book of Entries (Library of Congress Phillips Collection ms.26752, access.1093.4) showed a number of Jenour births including an Alice Jenour born 16 June 1509, but who died 24 December 1530; thus she was not this .

[9]                 See Parish Registers of Ellough, Suffolk, 1545-1812, ed. F. A. Crisp (1886).

[10]               See Pedigrees (in manuscript, LDS ref:Q942.61/D2ho), G. H. Holley, v.6, pp.33-34.  The reference has not been found at Consistory Court of Norwich.  Ask TH?  A will for an Alice Berney was made and proved in 1565, but she was not this Alice.

[11]               Robert Jenour's will, dated 16 September 1534 and proved 10 November 1536, was found at Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Hogen, f.41.  See Appendix.

[12]               An esquire (or squire or armiger) was originally an apprentice knight* and by the mid-fourteenth century, a class that for all practical purposes had attained equality with the knights*; later the lord* of the manor; later a person who belonged to one of the five (greatly disputed) classes of the highest order of gentry*, ranking immediately below a knight* and just above a gentleman* and entitled to bear arms*; later, a title broadly distributed as an ill-defined and ever-declining courtesy.

               If Robert were entitled to the honorific “esquire*,” he would have been quite disappointed to be called gentleman*.

[13]               See Maternal Line: Higham.

[14]               The will of Margaret (Higham) Jenour Roodes, dated 24 April 1547 and proved in 1551, was found at Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Powell, f.3.  See Appendix.

[15]               See Norfolk, Francis Blomefield, v.11 (1806), p.125; also Berney manuscripts in the Library of The Society of Genealogists, London; also Harleian ms.1169, f.127 and British Museum ms.3881, f.71v, gave the marriage as 1552.

               No parish record for this marriage was found.

[16]               The will of John Berney of Reedham, dated 22 July 1553 at the beginning and 30 January 1553/4 at the end and date of probate not given, Ask TH? was found at Consistory Court of Norwich, Jeaves, f.70.  See Maternal Line: Berney.

[17]               By this reference, it was apparent that Alice had not completed her duties as executrix for her deceased husband, John Berney.  Reference?  Ask TH? 

[18]               Jointure was the provision and settlement for the wife, precisely before marriage, in satisfaction of a dower* of a competent livelihood by way of a freehold* in the husband's property to take effect in possession immediately after his death and to continue at least for the life of the wife; the estate or income settled on a widow for the period in which she survived her husband or until her remarriage.

[19]               This avuncular guardianship was requested in the will of Paul's father.  This powerful relationship could explain Paul's notable increase in fortune beyond those Sydnors who had preceded him.  It could explain his service to the crown as a delegate to the Spanish court.  Court of Wards reference?

[20]            See Papers of Henry VIII, v.5, p.758.

The use of Lady was probably not accurate, rather a safe honorific.  The most likely "Lady Sydnor" was Alice, the wife of Paul Sydnor, since Paul was an agent of the king to Spain.  That employment would account for Sydnors being in Sandwich, a place where no Sydnors were recorded as living at that time.

If the pies were a gift, one wonders why the recompense?  Oranges should have been fairly rare in England in the early spring, but possibly were a result of a trip to Spain by Paul.  There would be the possibility that “orange” referred to the color of the pie, and that the filling may have been pumpkin, for instance.

[21]         Priest Street is now St Alban’s Street.

[22]               See The Manuscripts of St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, ed. John Neale Dalton (1957), p.211. 

Undoubtedly, this lease was arranged by Paul’s uncle, Richard Sydnor, who was a canon at St George’s Chapel in Windsor.  The chapel held title to the property.  At one time, it appeared that Richard personally held the lease for the “messuage* in Priest Street.”

Priest Street is now St Alban’s Street.

[23]               See Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, v.30 (1922), p.44.  See Appendix.

[24]               The reference for this date has been lost.  Reference?

[25]               Although Robert Jenour did not specify the name of the manor*; this was the manor* of Barnes because this was the manor* associated with the advowson* of vicarage of Brenchley.  See Brenchley, Its Church and Ancient Houses, J. F. Wadmore, (Archaeologia Cantiana), v.13 (1880), pp.129-130  There are no known court rolls existing for this manor.

[26]               Advowson of vicarage was the heritable right of patronage* to a church or ecclesiastical office; practically, the right of a patron* to nominate a person to officiate in a vacant church; and further there was the right to collect and disburse tithes*, the excess falling to the patron.

[27]            As noted above, Robert Jenour was Paul Sydnor's father-in-law.

[28]               The properties had reverted to the crown when forfeited by Wolsey.

[29]               See Papers of Henry VIII, v.15, p.282; also Account of the Treasurer of the Court of Augmentations for 1539, Public Record Office, London.

[30]               See Patent Roll 687 (31 Henry VIII, pt.2), M.23.  This notation of knightly service meant that Paul could be called to arms, and he was, as shown in the king's muster noted further in this chapter.

[31]               The church in Willingham was dedicated to Saint Mary [beat Marie].  Willingham was so designated to differentiate it from Willingham All Saints [Omnium Sanctorum] which was the ancient name for Ellough.

[32]               See History of Kent, John Harris, v.1 (1719), pp.53-54; also History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent, Edward Hasted, v.5 (1798), p.284; also Harleian MS.1169, f.127; also British Museum MS.3881, f.71v.

               That office was certainly due to the influence of Paul’s uncle, Richard Sydnor, who had been Paul’s guardian.  Although Richard had been dead for about five years, he had been a canon* at St George at Windsor and closely associated with the affairs of the crown.  The gift of “orange pies” discussed above suggested that Paul may have been engaged in some royal duties since about 1529.

[33]               See History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent, Edward Hasted, v.5 (1798), p.290 that only notes that Paul held these manors* during the reign of Henry VIII.

[34]               Hasted noted that Paul Sydnor alienated this seat after obtaining the grant of Brenchley.  See The History and Topological Survey of the County of Kent, Edward Hasted, v.7 (1798), p.356.

This property had been held by the Sydnor family for five generations since 1422.

[35]               The administration was found at Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Probate Records 3, v.10, f.79r.  See Appendix.

[36]               See Kent Contributions to a Loan to the King, A. D. 1542, communicated by James Greenstreet, (Archaeologia Cantiana), v.11 (1877), pp.398-403.

               This loan was never intended to be repaid.  To this loan, other contributors were Edward Monynges, esquire*, Thomas Digges, esquire*, George Fane [Vane], esquire* (witness to the will of Paul Sydnor) of Tudley,  Joan Jermyn, widow, Thomas Moninges [Monys],   All of these surnames were connected to the Sydnors.

[37]               See Papers of Henry VIII, v.19, p.274.

               This campaign of 1544 found Henry VIII joining with Charles V of Spain to take Boulogne in France in September 1544 in an effort to curb the French influence with the Scots.

[38]               See History Gazeteer and Directory of the County of Kent, Samuel Bagshaw, v.2 (1847), p.605; also Papers of Henry VIII, v.20, p.226.

[39]               A chantry was a chapel within a church or built on its own site with an endowment for the maintenance of one or more clergy who sang daily a mass for the souls of the founder or others specified by them; a chapel, altar, or part of a church so endowed. 

[40]               See Papers of Henry VIII, v.21, p.302 (65).

[41]               See Letters and Papers of Henry VIII, v.21, pp.145-146.

[42]               See Kent Chantries at Calendar of Patent Rolls, Edward VI, v.2, p.35.

[43]               See Chantry Certificate #28 at Public Records Office E.301.28.

[44]               See Calendar of Patent Rolls, Edward VI, Public Records Office London, v.1, p.80, and v.2, p.135.

               A Ralph Fane [Vane], esquire*, was also appointed.  This was interesting because George Fane was one of the executors of Paul Sydnor.

[45]               An escheator was one who held the reversion of those real and personal properties to the lord of the fee upon the failure of finding heirs or competent heirs capable of inheriting under the original grant or as the result of the extinction of tenancy due to attainder*, that is by sentence  for treason or felony or other just cause.

[46]               See Calendar of Patent Rolls, Edward VI, Public Records Office London, v.5, p.327.

[47]               See Calendar of Chancery Proceedings, Bills, and Answers filed in the Reign of Charles I, The Index Library, v.4, p.106.

[48]               In this case, relief* was simply a special tax.

[49]               See Calendar of Patent Rolls, Edward VI, Public Records Office London, v.5, p.355.

[50]               The reference for Paul's ownership of land in London in 1551 is missing.

[51]               The reference for Paul's ownership of land in Egerton in 1554 is missing.

[52]               Margaret (Higham) Jenour Roodes' will, dated 24 April 1547 and proved in 1551, was found at Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Powell, f.3.  See Appendix.

[53]            Winkfield was not an active parish in Kent, but was a parish in Suffolk.

[54]            The Court of Wards was established in 1540 to give the crown an effectual means of asserting its rights to the incidents of feudal tenure by knight service, including wardships and liveries, relief and primer seissen, etc.  Quite unpopular, the court was abolished in 1660.

[55]            See Calendar of Patent Rolls, Edward VI, Public Records Office London, v.4, p.227.

[56]               These would be troy ounces, that is, twelve ounces to the pound.

[57]            Pepingbury was not an active parish in Kent.

[58]               A chafer was a portable warming dish.

[59]               A charger was a large platter, often used for serving.

[60]               This college* was an ecclesiastical property, later a church after the dissolution.

[61]               See Inventories of Parish Church Goods in Kent, A. D. 1552, (Archaeologia Cantiana), v.14 (1882), p.325.

[62]               See History and Topological Survey of the County of Kent, Edward Hasted, v.5 (1798), p.292; also Brenchley, Its Church and Ancient Houses, J. F. Wadmore, (Archaeologia Cantiana), v.13 (1880), pp.129-130.

[63]               See History and Topological Survey of the County of Kent, Edward Hasted, v.5 (1798), p.284.

[64]               See details under William Sydnor Sr [E52] below.

[65]            The 1572 will of a George Fane of Tudley in Kent was found at Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Daper, f.40.  There was no mention of Sydnors in the will.

The widow Elizabeth (Hendley) Waller Fane, of this George Fane, had married (1) William Waller who had purchased the manor* of Barnes from Paul Sydnor.  It was interesting to note that a Thomas Hendley had served as a witness to the will of Walter Sydnor [E49] of Otham parish in Kent.

[66]            The will of John Raymond of St Sepulchre parish in London, dated 2 May 1557 and probated 19 Sep 1558, was found at Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Noodes, f.20.  There was nothing therein to indicate any relationship with Paul Sydnor.  Perhaps the men were colleagues in law; certainly Raymond was a trusted friend.

[67]         The Inner Temple was one of the Inns of Court.  Paul was a member of another, Gray’s Inn.

[68]            Lyon’s Inn was one of the Inns of Chancery affiliated with the Inner Temple which was one of the Inns of Court.

[69]               For all the children except John, see  Visitation of Suffolk, 1612, Edward Bysshe, (Publication of the Harleian Society, ed. W. Harry Rylands), v.61 (1910), p.169.  Also all the children, save John, were named in Paul's will.  There were about ten years difference between the ages of William and his two older sisters.

               The order of the daughters was given in the will of their step-father John Berney, as well as several other places.

               The children were probably baptized in Brenchley.  Unfortunately, the registers for this parish do not exist prior to 1560.

[70]               Grace was remembered in the will dated 1534 of her grandfather Robert Jenour.

[71]               See Harleian ms.1169, f.122; also British Museum ms.3881, f.71v.  No wills for Leonard Allen were found prior to 1577 in Kent.

[72]               The three sisters of Grace were given 50£ by their father, different from her 40£.  There was no reason given for her singular treatment.

[73]               There were no children shown in any of the genealogies or wills.

[74]               Margaret was not remembered in the will of her grandfather Robert Jenour dated in 1534.

[75]               Margaret was remembered in the will of her grandmother Margaret (Higham) Jenour Roodes dated in 1547.

[76]               The reasons for this connection were given in the last chapter.

[77]               The will of Walter's son William of Otham spelled the surname Sydnor; thus the spelling given in this will was a misscription.

[78]               This date was estimated because Walter had minor children.

[79]               The will of Walter Sydnor was found at Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Probate Records 17, v.37, f.66.  See Appendix.

[80]               Millman was a person in charge of or employed in a mill, perhaps to thicken cloth.

[81]               It is interesting that the surname Hendley also appears with Elizabeth (Hendley) Waller Fane, whose first husband William Waller purchased Brenchley from William Sydnor [E52] and whose second husband George Fane was a witness to the will of Paul Sydnor [E43].

[82]               These children were shown in Walter's will.  They were listed in the order shown in the will except that some of the daughters appeared to be older than some of the males.  It is interesting to speculate why the sons received different amounts in the will.

[83]               Eleanor was married when her father's will was formed in 1562.

[84]               A search for Sison documents might yield further information.  Check Sison wills.

[85]               Margery was married when her father's will was formed in 1562, and she was remembered after her sister Eleanor.

[86]               A search for Rich documents might yield further information.  Check Rich wills.

[87]               Richard appeared to be more than twenty-one years of age when his father's will was formed in 1562.

[88]               Thomas was less than twenty-one years of age when his father's will was formed in 1562.

[89]            It was possible that this was the William Sydnor whose will and other data were shown at William Sydnor Jr [E73].

[90]               Thomas was less than twenty-one years of age when his father's will was formed in 1562.