Henry Hunnisett (1746 - 1791)
Yeoman of Hailsham

The eldest son of Richard and Elizabeth, Henry was born in Herstmonceux where he married Elizabeth Erray/Arry from Ninfield on 24 April 1770. Elizabeth was the daughter of Edward and Abigail Erray of Warbleton. Henry was a yeoman farmer and lived in Hailsham where he owned 'Coggers' and also land in Wartling. He sold some of his land in 1790. They had a number of children baptised, the first two in Herstmonceux, the rest in Hailsham:


9 Oct 1770


28 Nov 1771


3 May 1773

buried 15 Jun 1781


4 Jun 1775


6 Nov 1776


20 Apr 1778


16 Mar 1780

buried 6 May 1780


18 May 1781

buried 14 Jul 1781

Henry was buried in Hailsham on 12 May 1791 and he left 5 guineas per year to his wife and the remainder to be shared between his five surviving children when the youngest, Charles, reached the age of 21 (1799).

Of Henry's children:

  • Elizabeth married Francis Box, a widower from Speldhurst, Kent, in Hailsham on 18 October 1791.
  • Richard became a cooper, married Mary Martin and lived in Frant.
  • Henry moved to Chatham in Kent where he worked as a wheelwright and married Ann Winder in Tenterden.
  • Charles appears to have followed his brother Henry to Chatham where he married Sarah Dyke and also worked as a wheelwright.

Extracts from Henry's will:

...... I Henry Hunnisett Yeoman of the parish of Hailsham in the County of Sussex ...... nominate and appoint Richard Hunnisett of the parish of Herstmonceux William Arry of the parish of Warbleton and Mr Robert Pursglove Gentleman of the parish of Herstmonceux within County of Sussex to be my Executors .....

...... all my part of that Estate cal'd Bartons or Pents Bartons situated and being in the Parish of Herstmonceux ...... also all that Messuages or Tenement Buildings Lands and all thereunto belonging cal'd Coggers situated and being in the parish of Hailsham ...... also all that Land situated and being in the parish of Wartling ...... shall be sold ......

And all the rest residue and remainder of my Estate ...... with all my Chattels my Stock and my Goods whatever and all my Bonds my Bills and my Book Debts, leashold and personal, be sold and collected ......

...... my will and desire is that as many of my children lawfully born in wedlock that are not or have not been put as Apprentices or be not of the Age of twenty one Years at the time of my Decease that each and every one of them not haveing any trade or be not of Age shall be allowed the Sum of fifteen Pounds of good and lawfull Moneys to put them to some good trade ......
...... I give and bequeath unto Elizabeth my beloved Wife the Sum of five pounds five shillings a year to be paid her at to half yearly payments and ...... my Executors shall keep in there hands the Sum of one hundred and fifty pounds for the purpose of the above payments ...... but after her Decease what and all ...... that shall remain ...... shall be divided eaquelly between all my Children ......

...... all the Moneys profits Gains Benefits and Advantages be kept in my before named Executors hands and Care til my youngest Child lawfully born in Wedlock shall be the Age of twenty one Years. Then my Will and Desire is that my before named Executors shall then devide all the Sum and Sums of Money ...... eaquelly share & share alike between my Children viz Elizabeth my Daughter Richard my Son Henry my Son Jane my Daughter and Charles my Son ......

...... this second day of December in the Year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and eighty eight 1788

Henry Hunnisett

...... as witnesses
Thos Camfield          Thos Skinner           Joseph Turner

Henry's will was proved on 4 June 1791 and it was declared 'that the Goods Chattels and Credits of the said deceased do not amount in value unto three hundred pounds'.

Richard Hunnisett, one of the executors, would have been Henry's younger brother (the Looker).