George Courthope
Mary Warnett
Nicholas Barham
(Abt 1560-)
Ann Barham
(Abt 1587-)


Family Links

1. Henry Haslen

2. Francis Courthope

Ann Barham

  • Born: Probably Wadhurst East Sussex
  • Christened: Abt 1587
  • Marriage (1): Henry Haslen on 11 Sep 1606 in St John the Baptist, Meopham, Kent, England 545
  • Marriage (2): Francis Courthope on 9 Jan 1628 in St. Alphage, London, England 838

bullet  General Notes:

Details of Ann Barham's origins comes from the 1619 Visitation of Kent.
Anna filia Nicholai Barham de Wadhurst
Anne daughter of Nicholas Barham of Wadhurst
Wadhurst is approximately 30km from Meopham in East Sussex

Hasted, in his account of Meopham in
the 'Survey of Kent', shows a faints light on the fate of Anne, Nicholas Barham's only child. In
1606 she was married to a gentleman named Haslim, of Meopham Court, who died in 1628,
leaving her with a twelve year old son, who had been christened Barham. A year or two later,
Anne took a second husband, a Capt. Courthope of Northfleet, not Wylie. To secure the
future of Anne and Barham Haslim, her son, her father and Frances Courthope leased the
manor and parsonage of Meopham from the Dean and Chapter of Canterbury, to be held
during the lifetime of the mother and son. But then came the Civil War and the Deans and
Chapters ceased to exist for the time being. The sequestered lands were surveyed to the
Government in 1649 and it was found that the manor house and its appertainces were let at
the "yearly rent of £36, with the entertainment made to the receiver, £2 yearly; and a further
sum of £100 every seventh year, which premises were worth, besides the improved value of
£200:16:6d, and that the lessee was bound to repair the buildings and the chancel of the
parish church. One wonders whether Anne and her son Barham, if they were still alive, were
allowed to continue in the peaceful occupation of the manor and parsonage of Meopham, but
the curtain falls on their future. The findings of the Commonwealth Surveyor throw some light
on the relative value of money in those days.
The History of the Barham's of Kent and Sussex

Fine SAS-CO/1/155 <>
Fine, in which Francis Courthope Esq. & James Wabrond esq. are complainants & Anne Haslyn, Widow; deforcient, of 100 Acres in Meopham & Ashe & 4 Messuages &c. 160 Acres in Wadhurst & Lamberhurst (found amongst the Bucklinghill Charters, but it is doubtfulDate: 1629.

Wey Navigation Claims E 177/1/71 <>
Henry Haslen, infant, claiming through his guardian Sir George Cowthopp, to profits from the Navigation . CLAIMS FOR REDRESS SUBMITTED BY THE FOLLOWING Henry Haslen, infant, claiming through his guardian Sir George Cowthopp, to profits from the NavigationDate: 1671.
George Cowthorpe may have been the father of Francis Cowthorpe (Courthope) the second husband of Ann Haslem nee Barham and another George Courthope was the cousin of Francis Courthope, but I am not certain which Henry this would have been. It may have been a grandchild that was in the guardianship of George Cowthorpp- any of Ann's own children would have been too old by 1671.

This manor was De cibo monachorum, that is, to the use of their refectory. (fn. 3) In the year 1306, anno 35 king Edward I. Henry Prior and the chapter of Christ church, Canterbury, released to their homagers and tenants of Mepham certain customs and services for an annual rent, to be paid yearly to them within the manor of Mepham.
King Edward II. by his letters patent, in his 10th year, granted to the prior and convent free warren for themselves and their successors, in all their demesne lands in Meopham. King Henry VI. in his 25th year, granted to them a market at Meopham weekly, on a Saturday; and one yearly fair, on the feast of the apostles St. Peter and St. Paul. (fn. 4)
The manor of Meopham continued part of the possessions of the priory of Christ church till the dissolution of it in the 31st year of king Henry VIII. when it was surrendered into the king's hands, to whom it was, together with all the lands and possessions belonging to it, given by the general words of the act, passed that year for this purpose, but it did not remain long in the crown, for king Henry settled it, among other lands, by his dotation charter, in his 33d year, on his new erected dean and chapter of Canterbury, part of whose possessions it now remains. On the abolishing of deans and chapters, in 1649, after the death of king Charles I. their manors and lands were ordered, by the powers then in being, to be surveyed, as a security for certain sums of money to be borrowed on them, to supply the necessities of the state; and in 1650, another ordinance passed for the sale of them, to discharge those sums and other purposes therein mentioned. In consequence of the former, the manor and rectory of Meopham, belonging to the dean and chapter of Canterbury, were surveyed in March 1649, when it was returned, that the tithes of corn and blade, within the manor of Meopham, estimated, coibs annis, at 120l. were, with their appurtenances, let by the late dean and chapter, in 1630, to Francis Courthop and Nicholas Barham, and also the scite, court-lodge, and demesnes of their manor of Meopham, and all houses, barns, lands, &c. and other emoluments, parcel of the demesnes, and parsonage, and one acre of land near the parish church of Meopham, and the woods and underwoods of the manor, containing fifty-five acres, excepting all rents of assize, courts, and law days, and other royalties of the manor, to hold during the lives of Anne Courthope and Barham Haslin, at the yearly rent of 36l. and for entertainment money to the receiver, 2l. yearly, and the further sum of 100l. every seventh year; which premises were worth besides, the improved value of 222l. 16s. 6d. and that the lessee was bound to repair the buildings and the chancel of the parish church. (fn. 5)

From: 'Parishes: Meopham', The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 3 (1797), pp. 356-367. URL: Date accessed: 22 February 2008.


Ann married Henry Haslen, son of Henry Haslen and Elizabeth Waller, on 11 Sep 1606 in St John the Baptist, Meopham, Kent, England.545 (Henry Haslen was christened on 7 Dec 1587 in St John the Baptist, Meopham, Kent, England 545 and was buried on 13 Nov 1628 in St John the Baptist, Meopham, Kent, England 545.)

bullet  Marriage Notes:

<Image 12, 1606>
“Haslin & Barham
Septem the x(i?) (wd) Henry Haslin (md) and Anne Barham was married (a+ †)”
<Note: Based on marriage date, it suggest Henry Haslen was born about 1586 and Anne Barham was born about 1586 if they were about 20 years of age at their marriage.>
(Meopham Parish Register- City Ark site)


Ann next married Francis Courthope on 9 Jan 1628 in St. Alphage, London, England.838

bullet  Marriage Notes:

1628-9, Jan. 13 Francis Courthop, Gent., of Lincoln's Inn, Bachelor, 40, & Anne Hastlin, of London, 40, widow of Henry Hastlin, decd at St. Alphage.

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