The Eastes Family

many of the records pertaining to this family use the spelling Estis or Estes


Aaron Eastes

Baptism: 11 December 1631, in Davington, Kent, England

Father: Richard Eastes

Mother: Sara (Norman) Eastes

Married: Susanna Whetstone on 11 April 1653, in St Leonard's, Deal, Kent, England

Susanna married, secondly, William Trippett on 21 February 1666, in Deal, Kent.

Children: Occupation: Mariner

Death: 1664

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Ann Eastes

Birth: 1641, in Deal, Kent, England

Father: Richard Eastes

Mother: Sara (Norman) Eastes

Death: 1642, in Deal, Kent, England

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Ann (Eastes) Bowen

Birth: 16 November 1651, in Deal, Kent, England

Father: Richard Eastes

Mother: Sara (Norman) Eastes

Married: John Bowen on 2 November 1666 in Deal, Kent, England
John Bowen is recorded as a bachelor, aged 24, a seaman, of Deal. Ann Estes is recorded as a spinster, aged 23, the daughter of Richard Estes, who consents.

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Ann Eastes

Baptism: 4 January 1676/7 (OS/NS), in Deal, Kent, England

Father: John Eastes

Mother: Sarah (Banes) Eastes

Burial: 13 August 1698, in Deal, Kent, England

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Annis (Eastes) Bowen

Baptism: 26 July 1618, in Davington, Kent, England

Father: Richard Eastes

Mother: Agnes (Dove) Eastes

Married: John Bowen in 1645

John was of Northbourne, Kent. He is likely related to the John Bowen who married Annis's niece, Ann Eastes, in 1666.

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Anny (_____) Ewstas

Married: Nycholas Ewstas

Children: Death: after 1533, when Anny is mentioned in her husband's will

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Aron Eastes

Baptism: 6 July 1589, in St Leonard's, Deal, Kent, England

Father: Henry Eastes

Mother: Mary (Rand) Eastes

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Henry Eastes

also spelled Henry Eastice

Birth: 1549, in Deal, Kent, England

Father: Sylvester Eastes

Mother: Jone (___) Eastes

Married: Mary Rand on 3 July 1574, in Deal, Kent, England

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Occupation: Fisherman. Henry owned a pinnace, a relatively large vessel and so likely was fishing on a large commercial scale. Church records from 1586 show that Henry owned a boat named Mynion, which was possibly this pinnace.

Death: 1590 - 1592
Henry must have died between the making of his will on 30 April 1590, and the naming of his wife as administrator of his estate on 30 June 1592, and more likely towards the latter date.

Will: dated 30 April 1590. Henry's wife, Mary, was named administrator on 30 June 1592, after his brother, Robert, declined the appointment in Henry's will. Robert and a Jacobus Whit were made to post a bond of £30 with the Canterbury Court anyway. Robert is listed as a sailor and Jacobus Whit as a yeoman, or small farmer.
Last Will & Testament of Henry Eastice
In the name of God Amen, I Henry Eastice of the parish of Deale in the County of Kent, fisherman, being in perfect mind and memory thanks be to almighty God so make this my last will and testament this XXXth daye of Aprile in the year of our Lord 1590 in for and manner as follows. First, I commit my body to be buried in the parish churchyard of Deale hopeing to have my sines pardoned by the death of Jesus Chirst. First, my will is that my pinase with appurtenances belonging thereto and one hempe pot lying before by gat shall remyn unto my three sons Rychard, Henry and Aron equally to be divided and if any of them or they shall happen to dye, then the one shall be the others heire and moreover my mind is that as as long as my wife shall keep herself a widow that she shall have the house, keping to wind tite and water tite neither skipping nor wasting, but if she shall happen to marry then my mind is that she shall have nothing to do with my house and household but presently to returne unto my sonnes.
Item I give unto my wife my bort, and my best feather bed with one bolster an one coverlet, and the bedsteddel wherin it nowe standeth.
Item I give unto Rychard, one raper, and unto my sonne Henry one sword.
Item I give to my youngest sone Aron, a great chest with a flat lid and to my sone Henry, one great ship chest.
Item I give my sylver whistle unto my sonne Henry.
Item I will that my wife shall sell one caliber, one handyoorne, and one crossbowe, for the bringing up of my children, and also all such planks, boards and timbers is about my place, my wife shall sell for the behaulf of my children.
Item I give unto Aron, my sonne a payr of diaper chests.
Item I give unto Henry my sone my clocke.
Item I give unto Aron my black breches.
Item I give my worst featherbed unto Aron my sonne.
Item I give unto Rychard my sonne, diaper chest and one diaper tablecloth.
Item I give unto my wife firesheet and one small table with two lockes and syx putere platters.
Item I give my beast candlestick unto Aron, my sonne and the beast saving one unto Henry my sonne and the other unto Rychard.
Item I give my great table unto Aron my youngest sonne.
Item I will that my wife shall keep every year one tree as long as the ground shall aforde it, for fire.
Item I give to my sone Rychard, one sprat net and to my wife another and to eche of my sonnes, a herryng net.
Item I give haufle a barrel of tarr unto my wife.
Item my will is that my sones shall come to ther part of the house when they come to the age of XIXth yeares.
Item I will that none of my sones shall sell ther part of my house to any man. I make my brother Robert Eastice my whole executore and my whole overseer.
A note of such debts as I owe I owne unto Myles ffuler (Miles Fuller) Xs (10 shillings) formost, which sum of money my house rent which I am to receyve of Thomas Swayne shall discharge.
Item Bryant Gibbons oweth me xviijs (17 shillings)


A great explanation of some of the terms in Henry's will can be found at Stewart Estes's website. A pinnace indicates that Henry was a man of substantial wealth. Stewart makes an excellent point about the clock mentioned in Henry's will - that the first free-standing clock in England was developed in 1585, only five years prior to this will, so that clock was likely both rare and valuable.

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Henry Eastes

Baptism: 6 April 1581, in St Leonard's, Deal, Kent, England

Father: Henry Eastes

Mother: Mary (Rand) Eastes

Married: Jone Baker on 14 January 1601/2, in Deal, Kent, England

Jone and Henry were first cousins.

Children: Death: 1610

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Jefferie Eastes

Baptism: 17 October 1683, in Deal, Kent, England

Father: John Eastes

Mother: Sarah (Banes) Eastes

Burial: 25 October1683, in Deal, Kent, England

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John Eastes

Baptism: 18 November 1638, in Davington, Kent, England

Father: Richard Eastes

Mother: Sara (Norman) Eastes

Burial: 23 May 1646, in St Leonard's, Deal, Kent, England

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John Eastes

Baptism: 2 September 1649, in St Leonard's, Deal, Kent, England

Father: Richard Eastes

Mother: Sara (Norman) Eastes

Married: Sarah Banes on 2 March 1673/74 (OS/NS), in St Leonard's, Deal, Kent, England
John Eastes is recorded as a mariner, aged 23. Sarah Banes is recorded as a spinster, aged 25.

Children: Occupation: Sailor in the Royal Navy

Death: 27 November 1695, outward bound on his Majesty's service

Burial: 1695, in St Leonard's, Deal, Kent, England
If John's death was on an outward bound voyage he is unlikely to have actually been buried in St Leonard's, and this burial entry may be more of an official record of his death than a record of the actual burial.

Will: dated 18 April 1690, proved 3 July 1696, by widow Sarah
gives to wife Sarah, 6 acres of marsh land in Great Monaghan and Sholden; also one-half of his dwelling house and garden in Deal, and one-half of his personal property; she to be his sole executor, and prove a tender and loving mother to his four daughters.

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John Eastes

Baptism: 3 June 1679, in Deal, Kent, England

Father: John Eastes

Mother: Sarah (Banes) Eastes

Burial: 22 May 1687, in Deal, Kent, England

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Jone (_____) Eastes

also spelled Jone Eustes

Married: Sylvester Eastes c1545, in Deal, Kent, England

Children: Burial: 15 May 1561, in St Leonard, Deal, Kent, England

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Jone (Eastes) Baker

Birth: 1547, in Deal, Kent, England

Father: Sylvester Eastes

Mother: Jone (___) Eastes

Married: Henrye Baker on 9 July 1563, in Ripple, Kent, England

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Magdalene (Eastes) Fisher

Baptism: 1689

Father: John Eastes

Mother: Sarah (Banes) Eastes

Married: William Fisher on 29 October 1706, in the parish church of Deal, Kent, England

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Mary Eastes

Baptism: 15 January 1586/7, in St Leonard's, Deal, Kent, England

Father: Henry Eastes

Mother: Mary (Rand) Eastes

Buried: 29 December 1587, in St Leonard's, Deal, Kent, England

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Mary (Eastes) Saffery

Baptism: 28 June 1635, in Davington, Kent, England

Father: Richard Eastes

Mother: Sara (Norman) Eastes

Married: Jeffery Saffery on 18 February 1655/6 (OS/NS)

Jeffery was of Lower Deal, Kent.

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Mary (Eastes) Blechynden

Baptism: 8 April 1687 (OS/NS), in Deal, Kent, England

Father: John Eastes

Mother: Sarah (Banes) Eastes

Married: Aylmer Blechynden on 25 March 1708, in the parish church of Deal, Kent, England

Aylmer Blechnyden was baptised on 20 April 1670 in Aldington, Kent, the son of Thomas Blechynden and Margaret Lynch. He married, firstly, Jane Stowe on 16 July 1694, in Bekesbourne, Kent and married secondly Mary Saffory on 16 March 1696/7 (OS/NS) in Deal, Kent, then thirdly to Mary Eastes. Aylmer and Mary Saffory had a number of children, including Margaret (1697), Jane (1702), Aylmer (1703) and Savory (1707).

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Notes: Mary's cousin, Susanna, the daughter of Aaron Eastes, mentioned Mary in her will which was dated 5 July 1697, and probated on 21 March 1697/8 - "to my kinswoman, Mary, wife of Aylmer Blechinden, my black and marble cabinet"

Burial: 11 October 1708, in the parish church of Deal, Kent, England

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Moses Eastes

Baptism: 12 November 1643

Father: Richard Eastes

Mother: Sara (Norman) Eastes

Married (1st): Mary Mumbray on 30 November 1663, in Deal, Kent, England
Moses Estes is recorded as a bachelor, aged 20, whose parents consent. Mary Mumbray is recorded as a spinster, aged 22.

Mary was born in 1640/1, and was buried on 29 November 1664 in St Leonard, Deal. She was presumably related to Stephen Mumbray who had married Moses's elder sister, Sara, in 1651.

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Married (2nd): Ellin Eastes on 23 December 1667 in St Leonard, Deal, Kent, England
Moses Estes is recorded as a widower, of Deal. Ella Estes is recorded as a maiden, aged 24, whose parents are dead in Deal. Nicholas Estes of Wingham, yeoman, bonds.

Ellin was baptised on 11 December 1642, in Nonington, Kent, the daughter of Silvester Estis and Ellin Martin. She was buried on 26 December 1729 in St Leonard, Deal. Ellin was related to Moses - they had common ancestors in Sylvester Estes (1522 -1579) and Jone (1527 - 1561), who were Moses's great-great grandparents and Ellin's great-grandparents, making them second cousins once removed.

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Death: 19 March 1708/9 (OS/NS)

The gravestone of Moses Estes and Constant Estes
The gravestone of Moses Estes and Constant Estes, in St Leonard's church cemetery, Deal, Kent
photograph by Ray Durrant at findagrave.com
Burial: in St Leonard's, Deal, Kent, England
The gravestone reads:
Here lyeth interred ye body of Moses Estes who departed this life 19 of March 1708 Aged 65 years
Also ye body of Constance Estes his daughter who departed this life November 1708 aged 36 years


The prominent skull and crossbones on Moses's gravestone would be a memento mori, or a remembrance that we all must die, rather than having its modern connection to piracy.

Will: dated 18 February 1708/9 (OS/NS), proved 11 March 1708/9, by Ellen Estes, relict, gives to his widow Ellena Estes, all his houses and goods for life, then to his son Samuel and daughter Constant; witnesses, Mary Estes, Elizabeth Smith, Joseph Nichols, pilot.

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Nycholas Ewstas

Married: Anny _____

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The will of Nycholas Ewstas
The will of Nycholas Ewstas dated 17 June 1533
will posted on The Estes Family originally from Canterbury Cathedral Archives
Will: dated 17 June 1533
Original text:
In dei no'ie Amen, the xviith day of June the yere of our Lorde mlcccccxxxiiith, I Nycholas Ewstas beyng of hole mynd and remembraunce ordeyne and make this my last Wyll and Testament in manner and form folowyng Fyrst I bequethe my soule to Almyghty God, our Lady Siynte Mary and all the holy company of Hevyn and my body to be buryed in the church yerde of Saynte Leonarde in the parisshe of Deale. Also I bequethe to the hygh aulter for my tythes undelygently forgotten viiid. Item I wyll that my wyffe cause to be dun at the day of my buryall v mases with placebs and dirige and as many at my monthes mynde.Item I bequethe to Sylvester my sone one ewe and a yong horsse. Item I bequethe to Felyx Beans one ewe. The resydue of all my goodes, moveables and unmoveables I wyll and bequethe to Anny Ewstas my wyff whom I make sole Executrix of this my last Wyll and Testament the yere and day above rehersyd.
 Wytnessys beyng present and requyred Robert Whyte, John Myselson

Translation into Modern English:
 In the name of God, Amen, the 17th day of June the year of our Lord 1533 I, Nycholas Ewstas, being of whole mind and remembrance ordain and make this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following,
 First, I bequeath my soul to Almighty God, our Lady Saint Mary and all the holy company of heaven and my body to be buried in the church yard of Saint Leonard in the parish of Deal.
 Also I bequeath to the high alter for my tithes undiligently forgotten 8 pence.
 Item, I will that my wife cause to be done at the day of my burial five masses with placebos and dirige and as many at my month's mind.
 Item I bequeath to Sylvester, my son, one ewe and a young horse.
 Item I bequeath to Felix Beans one ewe.
 The residue of all my goods, moveables and unmoveables I will and bequeath to Anny Ewstas my wife whom I make sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament the year and day above rehearsed.
 Witnesses being present and required
 Robert Whyte, John Myselson


Burial: probably in the churchyard of St Leonard, Deal, Kent, England.
In his will, Nycholas directs "my body to be buryed in the church yerde of Saynte Leonarde in the parisshe of Deale"

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Richard Eastes

Baptism: 1578, in St Leonard's, Deal, Kent, England

Father: Henry Eastes

Mother: Mary (Rand) Eastes

Married: Agnes Dove on 24 November 1603, in Ringwould, Kent, England

Children: Burial: 21 February 1625/6, in St Leonard's, Deal, Kent, England

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Richard Eastes

Baptism: 13 October 1605, in St Leonard's, Deal, Kent, England

Father: Richard Eastes

Mother: Agnes (Dove) Eastes

Married (1st): Sara Norman on 8 October 1627, in St Leonard's, Deal, Kent, England

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Married (2nd): Mary Hylde on 1 April 1673, in Deal, Kent, England

Burial: 31 May 1673, in St Leonard's, Deal, Kent, England

Will: dated 27 May 1673, proved 23 June 1673, by son John Eastes

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Richard Eastes

Baptism: 19 February 1636, in Davington, Kent, England

Father: Richard Eastes

Mother: Sara (Norman) Eastes

Married: Sarah Bridger in 1656, in Deal, Kent, England

Sarah was of Sandwich, Kent.

Children: Buried: 20 May 1663, in St Leonards, Deal, Kent, England

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Richard Eastes

Baptism: 16 March 1674/5 (OS/NS), in Deal, Kent, England

Father: John Eastes

Mother: Sarah (Banes) Eastes

Burial: 12 October 1686, in Deal, Kent, England

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Robert Eastes

also spelled Robert Eastye

Birth: 1554/5, in Deal, Kent, England

Father: Sylvester Eastes

Mother: Jone (___) Eastes

Married: Anne Woodward on 2 December 1591, in Sholden, Kent, England

Anne was born on 13 April 1572, in Sholden, Kent, the daughter of John Woodward and Elizabeth Palmer. She made a will on 21 April 1630, and was buried on 18 May 1630, in Ringwould. Her will was probated on 9 June 1630.

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Occupation: Mariner

Notes: Robert and Anne spent the first few years of their married life at Sholden, moving to Ringwould about 1595, according to baptismal records of their children.

Buried: 4 November 1616, aged 61, in Ringwould, Kent, England

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Samuel Eastes

Birth: 12 December 1646, in Deal, Kent, England

Father: Richard Eastes

Mother: Sara (Norman) Eastes

Married (1st): Elizabeth _____

Elizabeth died on 9 November 1666, in Deal, Kent.

Married (2nd): Elizabeth Sillary in 1666, in Ripple, Kent, England

Elizabeth died in 1706, in Ringwould, Kent.

Occupation: Mariner

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Sara (Eastes) Mumbray

Baptism: 10 June 1633, in Davington, Kent, England

Father: Richard Eastes

Mother: Sara (Norman) Eastes

Married: Stephen Mumbray on 4 December 1651, in Deal, Kent, England

Stephen Mumbray was born in 1631, in Deal, Kent, the son of William Mumbray and Joane Sampson. He was buried on 8 September 1666, in Deal, Kent. Stephen was presumably related to the Mary Mumbray who married Sara's younger brother, Moses, in 1663.

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Sarah (Eastes) Hulke

Baptism: 6 October 1684, in St. Leonard's, Deal, Kent, England

Father: John Eastes

Mother: Sarah (Banes) Eastes

Married: John Hulke on 19 March 1705/6, in the parish church, Deal, Kent, England

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Sylvester Eastes

also spelled Ewstas, Eustas or Eastye

Birth: c.1522, in Deal, Kent, England

Father: Nycholas Ewstas

Mother: Anny (___) Ewstas

Married: Jone _____ c1545, in Deal, Kent, England

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Occupation: Fisherman

On 10 December 1549 Sylvester, along with John Lamond, appeared before the Consistory Court of Canterbury (approximately 20 miles from Deal), charged by the Rector of Deal for not paying their tithes from their herring catch. Lamond asserted that "in the time of his rememberance ... he paid no tithe." Sylvester responded that in the past two years he and his colleagues had taken two or three "last" (a dozen 6-9 pound barrels) and that "the school of herring hath always comined there away but they had not netteth there to take them well before that time." It has been suggested that the failure to pay the tithe was a political gesture, rather than just oversight, church tithes becoming increasingly unpopular at that time.

Burial: 7 June 1579, in Ringwould cemetery, Kent, England

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William Eastes

Baptism: 24 May 1681, in Deal, Kent, England

Father: John Eastes

Mother: Sarah (Banes) Eastes

Burial: 22 February 1683/4 (OS/NS), in Deal, Kent, England

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