Edmund Latter

b. circa 1575, d. 1655
FatherUnknown Latter
     Edmund Latter was baptized circa 1575. He was the son of Unknown Latter.
The Dewlands manor court rolls include and entry in 1589 for the purchase of a property of 8 acres called Saders in Rotherfield for £20.16 "Cond. Surr, £20.16 in porch of R. Church").
The property was surrendered (ie probably sold) on 29 Dec 1591 to the use of John Turner. The property was described as 3 pieces of land and wood. It is located south of Rotherfield and appears to be reasonably close to the Drapers property held by the Barber family as it is mentioned as abutting the land of Thomas Ersfeld, which is shown on the 1597 map as across the road to Drapers.1
Catherine Pullein's book states that Thomas Catt surrendered a messuage (house) and five acres called Salters to Edmund Latter and his heirs in September 1595. She says that the position of the property was such that it lay on either side of the Station Road at Packham's Hill, each portion containing a narrow strip of land. At the time Pullein wrote her book (1928) there was only one house on each portion, and she believed the older house (ie Salters) was the one on the south side of the road. She speculated that the property owes its name to a vendor of sale, William Le Selterre, who is mentioned in tax records in 1296.
Pullein states that the property "descended in the Latter family to John Latter, who in 1685 settled it on Elizabeth, then wife of Thomas Hutchinson, presumable John Latter's daughter". However, the Sussex Marriage Index shows that Thomas Hutchinson married Elizabeth Greenwood by licence at Tonbridge on 29 Oct 1682, with the record stating that Thomas was "of Rotherfield". Further work is required to sort out the Latter family in Rotherfield.2
Edmund Latter was a husbandman on 20 November 1602.
Edmund Latter and Agnes Adowne obtained a marriage licence on 20 November 1602 at Archdeaconry of Lewes, Sussex, England, Agnes is a widow (Agnes Alchorne). Sponsor John Pemell mercer of Lewes.3
Edmund Latter married Agnes Adowne, daughter of William Adowne and Eleanor Saxbye, on 7 December 1602 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England, The marriage is recorded as Edmond Latter married Annis Allchorne, widow.3
Edmund Latter was a yeoman in 1654.
Edmund Latter left a will made on 20 January 1654 at Tonbridge, Kent, England.4
‘In the name of God Amen The twentieth day of January in the yeare of our Lord God one thousand sixe hundred fiftye and fower I Edmund Latter of Tonbridge in the County of Kent yeoman beinge at this present weake in bodye but of perfect and sounde memorie praised be God doe make and declare this to be my Testament and last will in manner and forme followinge First I will and resigne my soule to God that gave it And my bodie I commit to the earth hopeinge to have a ioyfull resurrection thereof to eternall life by my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ And for that temporall estate which God hath lent me I will and dispose of the same as followeth (that is to saie) I will to Alice my daughter wife to Henry Marten Twenty shillinges of lawfull English money And to the said Henry Marten I give all my wearinge apparell whatsoever to be paid and delivered unto them upon their reasonable demannd by myne Executrix Alsoe I will and give to Robert Martyn sonne of the said Alice my daughter the sume of five poundes of lawfull English money to be paid unto him within one yeare next after my decease by mine Executrix Alsoe I will and give to Anne my daughter in remembrance of her Twentye shillinges to be paid unto her upon her demannd thereof Alsoe I will and give to Edmund Latter my grandchild sonne of John Latter my sonne deceased the sume of five poundes of lawfull money (of England) to be paid unto him at his age of one and twentie yeares if he shall live to attaine that age by mine Executrix. Alsoe I will and give to John Latter my grandchild sonne of the said John my sonne deceased the like summe of five poundes of lawfull money To be paid unto him at his age of one andTwentie yeares if he shall live to attaine that age by mine Executrix. Alsoe I will and give to Richard Latter my brother my redd cowe to be delivered to him by myne executrix w’thin short tyme after my decease. Alsoe I will and give to my godson John Moyse Tenne shillinges to be paid unto him at his age of one and twentie yeares if he live to attaine that age by myne Executrix. Alsoe all my moveable goodes Cattle [capital] houshold stuffe readie money debtes and chattles whatsoever and of what nature or kinde soever I wholie give leave and bequeath to Anne my deare and loveinge wife to enable her to pay my debts and legacies and to recompence her love and great paines by her shewed towards me And I make and ordeine the said Anne my wife to be the full and sole Executrix of this my Testament and last will In wittnes whereof I the said Edmund Latter have to this my Testament and last will sett my hand and seale the day and yeare first above written. Edmund Latter. Read, sealed, published and declared by the said Edmund Latter to be his Testament and last will in the presence of Robert Weare, William Moyse his marke, Geo: Hooper.
This will was proved at London before the Judges for probate of wills and grannting administracons lawfullie authorized the second day of January in the yeare of our Lord God one thousand sixe hundred and fiftye sixe by the oathe of
Anne Latter the Relict and sole Executrix named in the last will and Testament of the said deceased To whome was grannted administracon &c she beinge by vertue of a Commission first legally sworne truely and faithfully to administer.’
(Transcribed by Gillian Rickard for Geoffrey Barber, 2011).
The connection to Rotherfield is confirmed in the will as Anne’s sister Alice is mentioned as being married to Henry Marten. The Sussex Marriage Index has the marriage: Alice Latter married Henry Martin at Rotherfield on 26 January 1624.3
Edmund Latter died in 1655.
His estate was probated on 2 January 1656 at Perogative Court of Canterbury, London, Middlesex, England.

Family

Agnes Adowne b. 19 Nov 1570
Marriage License
Edmund Latter and Agnes Adowne obtained a marriage licence on 20 November 1602 at Archdeaconry of Lewes, Sussex, England, Agnes is a widow (Agnes Alchorne). Sponsor John Pemell mercer of Lewes.3 
Marriage*
Edmund Latter married Agnes Adowne, daughter of William Adowne and Eleanor Saxbye, on 7 December 1602 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England, The marriage is recorded as Edmond Latter married Annis Allchorne, widow.3 
Children

Citations

  1. [S457] Court Rolls of the manor of Dewlands, Rotherfield, Sussex, England, 1583-1711, handwritten transcription by Catharine Pullein (Archives of Rotherfield St Denys Church, Archivist: Alan Yates) "p7 and p9 of 95 (PDF)."
  2. [S106] Catharine Pullein "Rotherfield: The Story of Some Wealden Manors", Courier, Tunbridge Wells, First Edition (1928) (East Sussex County Record Office) Page 303.
  3. [S26] Index to Sussex Marriages, 1538-1837, Compact Disc SFHGCD003, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, 2008.
  4. [S137] Will of Edmund Latter of Tonbridge, Kent, England, 20 Jan 1654, proved in the Perogative Court of Canterbury, London, 2 Jan 1656 (The National Archives, Kew, PROB 11/261, page 251).