Filmer, William

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  • Name Filmer, William 
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Householder (1613) 
    Died 1613 
    Buried 12 Oct 1613  Sutton Valence, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • He was left 20/- under his uncle ROBERT's will dated 28/3/1584 and proved on 19/11/1586

      William Filmer married Elizabeth Simmons at Sutton Valence in 1586 being 'born in Sutton Valence and having many kinsfolk there'). The Licence, issued on the 15th December, indicates that he came from East Sutton, and she was a spinster from Sutton Valence.

      (It is also of interest to note that a Ralf Simmons was a witness to the will of his uncle, George's wife, Mary in 1592).

      He is most likely to be a son of John, the fourth or fifth son of James and Marjorie Filmer. William and Elizabeth appear to have lived at Sutton Valence where he died in 1613.

      His will, proved on the 1st November 1613 (ACC A 59 307) is summarised below:

      'Body to be buried in Sutton Valence.
      To son, James £10.
      To son, Harry Filmer £10.
      To son, Robert Filmer £10.
      To son, William Filmer £10.
      To son, Edward Filmer £10.
      To daughter, Elizabeth £10.
      To son, John £10.
      I give my lands to my eldest son, James Filmer and heirs lawfully begotten and in default of such heirs to son John Filmer and heirs. And in default of such heirs to be equally divided between sons Harry, William, Robert and Edward.
      Wife, Elizabeth to be sole executor.
      Wife to have profit of my land during her natural life, keeping of her son James Filmer.
      Also that she pay my legacies to my children within two years after my decease.
      Also that she pay all my debts out of my moveable goods.
      Also that she give to the poor of Sutton Valence at my burial 5/-.
      Witnesses: Thomas Sanford, John Buckhurst, Richard Edwards Edward Busher, John Edwards.
      Dated 10th October, 1613'.

      His wife, Elizabeth, remarried an the 8th October, 1615 a well established farmer, John Moule, who possessed lands in East Malling and Sutton Valence. John Moule, himself died three years later in 1618.

      Elizabeth died at Sittingbourne in December 1637, where she clearly went to live, probably staying with her son, Edward, who was a mercer in the town.


      Of William and Elizabeth's children - the eldest, James, probably died without issue at Otterden in 1636; Robert, a yeoman and mercer of Maidstone, married three times and had several children; William, born at Sutton Valence in 1594 was still living in 1646 when he is mentioned with two of his children in brother, Edward's will; Harry (Henry) married Joan Gaunt at Sutton Valence in 1610; daughter, Elizabeth, born in 1600 at Sutton Valence, married John Smythe, gentleman, at St. Georges, Bartolph Lane in London. Her mother consented to the marriage. (It looks likely that her mother, Elizabeth, was left fairly well off on the death of John Moule, and probably visited her former husband's brother, Robert Filmer, in London from time to time); John, born in 1603 at Sutton Valence, contracted a marriage to Mary Idem in 1627 (by licence). After his death she appears to have remarried a Robert Slater at Boughton Monchelsea in November, 1633. He was a grocer in Maidstone, no doubt getting some of his produce from his relations' farms. The youngest(?) child, Edward, was probably born around 1603/4. A deposition by him in 1643 indicates that he was born at Sutton Valence and was then about forty years of age. He married twice, both times by licence but seems to have had only one surviving child - a daughter Elizabeth.



      There is a marriage by Licence of a William Filmer to Elizabeth Simmons at Sutton Valence in 1586. The Licence indicated that William came from East Sutton. Reginald M. Filmer considered that this was the marriage of John's brother, William, born around 1533. If so, he would have been in his fifties and seemingly too old to then produce a large family. It is much more likely that this was the marriage of one of John's sons. He would then have been in his mid twenties - a far more appropriate age for marriage. It is also likely that after his father's death that he stayed with his uncle, Robert, at East Sutton. This would explain the reference to East Sutton.

      William Filmer and Elizabeth Simmons progeny do seem to have been more closely associated with the principal line than those of Reginald, and could be considered to have remained within the lesser gentry rather than joining the yeomanry. He appears to have been given or inherited property at Sutton Valence and Otterden. This latter, if Sleyde Farm, may have come to him on the death of his uncle, William. Uncle, William, was still alive in 1584 when mentioned in his brother Robert's will of that date.


      William and Elizabeth Filmer's family could be considered as being of a social status bordering on that of gentlemen. It was quite common for gentlemen at that time to be involved with trade. The family also had contacts in the City of London and it seems that, initially, they may have been closer to the principal line than the other cadet families - indeed they may have been brought up with them. However, it looks as if by the end of the seventeenth century this association had drifted away.
    Person ID I16373  Hougham
    Last Modified 11 Aug 2004 

    Father Filmer, John
              b. Abt 1534
              d. (? 1580), Stalisfield, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother (Filmer)
              d. 1568, Otterden, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F5912  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Simmons, Elizabeth
              d. 1637, Sittingbourne, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 28 Dec 1586  Sutton Valence, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Licence
    Family ID F5949  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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