Edmund Freeman mentioned his wife's brother George coles in his will of 1623: "George Coles of Amberley and Nicholas Bell of Arundel (County Sussex) were to oversee will"
George Coles of Amberley deposed in 1624 that he was age 65 and was born in Wootton Somersetshire. Lived in Amberley 23 years (or about 10 years after his sister married Edmund Freeman)
Dispute Regarding Lease Of Land At East Wittering, Ex. Parte: John Osborne V Thomas Forder
Deponents: 30 October 1624
George Coles of Amberley, yeoman, where he had lived some 23 years. Born in Wootton, Somersetshire. Aged about 65 years.
note the above link also has other reference to George Coles in two disputes over the land he leased - rectory of Amberley castle and other lands there (see below).
Where George Coles lived in Amberley
Lease for 10 years, at the yearly rent of £135 16s. 0d., from Sir Henry Goringe of Burton, kt., to George Coles of Amberley, yeo. WISTON/4329 10 Nov 1610. West Sussex Record Office Great barn, standing in the gates of Amberley, a convenient garden room and convenient gateroom now railed and 'sett out'; several fields called the Copeses (80a.); lands called the Close Downes (80a.); 28a. 3r. 0p. in Amberley Common Fields; lands called the Dunny Lands (8a.); meadow called the Yonder Southe Meadow (11a.); meadow called the Southe Mead (10a.), lying beside the brook called the Oxe Brook; meadow called the Mydell Southe Mead (10a.); meadow, late in occ. of William Grevett (10a.); 38 cow pastures in the Brooks, pasture for 440 sheep on the Downs, common of pasture in the Wild Brooks for as many cattle and swine as the lessee, George Roose and Abraham Fraunces late had and used [all in Amberley].
Bond in £400 from Robert Gray of Flansham in Felpham, yeo., George Coles of Amberley, yeo., and John Flusher of West Chiltington, yeo., to Henry Goring of Okehurst [in Billingshurst] esq., Nicholas Eversfield of Grove [in Hollington] and Henry Barttelot of Stopham, gent. WISTON/4330 1 Oct 1623 To pay 'all rents and reservations' as expressed in a demise, of even date, to the said Robert Gray, in respect of:
The malthouse in Amberley Castle; that part of the rectory or parsonage of Amberley, and the lands therewith, occupied by the said George Coles; farm lands parcel of the demesne lands of Amberley; tithe hay of the North Mead of Amberley; surplus of the Brooks, and certain barns, gates and gaterooms [in Amberley] in occ. of the said George.
George Coles also mentioned in this deed:
1620: Note this deed also shows John Beauchamp as citizen and salter of London:
Contents: Bargain and Sale SAS-B/578 20 Jul 1620
These documents are held at West Sussex Record Office
By Edmund Freeman senr. of Pulborough, yeoman, to George Coles of
Amberley, yeoman, and John Bewchamp, citizen and salter of London, -
in consideration of fatherly love toward son William Freeman and a
marriage late had between the said William and Christian his wife one
of the daughters of John Hodsoll late of London, gent. decd., - of All
those lands and tenements &c. in Pulborough called Pykhurst in the
occupation of Rhos. Humfrey and other lands in the occupation of Owen
Humfrey Which premises the said Edmund Freeman late bought (inter alia) of
John Morley of Halwick and William Browne of Tangmer, esq., by deed of
14 Feb., 42 Eliz. To hold to the uses in the present deed mentioned.
Mark of Edmund Freeman senr. and seal
Witnesses:- Richd. Greene senriyener, Robt. Kitchen his servant
Nicholos Bell who appeared in the will of Edmund Freeman 1623: "Nicholas Bell of Arrondel (Arundel) and George Coles of Amberly to be overseers and to former 5 pounds" was mayor of Arundel. Nicholas Bell was a Gentleman of Arundel who died in 1631 (will). He was mayor of Arundel in 1609 and 1616, 1621, 1629. http://www.ebooksread.com/authors-eng/george-wallace-eustace/arundel-borough-and-castle-tsu/page-22-arundel-borough-and-castle-tsu.shtml
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