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Agnes/Anne Wight (Bray), of Braboeuf

Also Known As: "Angnes Brey"
Birthplace: England, United Kingdom
Death: circa 1561 (32-49)
Artington, Guildford, Surrey, England (United Kingdom)
Immediate Family:

Biological daughter of Robert Bray and Joan Kemp
Adopted daughter of Robert Kemp
Wife of John Wight, of Wimbledon
Mother of Elizabeth Wight; Rice (Richard/Riceus) Wight, of Braboeuf; Raffe "Ralph" Wight; Joane Phillipott; Thomas Wight and 2 others
Sister of Robert Bray and Richard Bray

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About Agnes/Anne Wight, of Braboeuf

The reputed manor of CHINTHURST (Chilthurst xvi cent.) formed, together with a moiety of Loseley, the dower assigned to Thomasine widow of William Sidney by his son William in 1452. (fn. 29) It had then lately been held by John Hover. It passed with Loseley to Sir Christopher More in 1532, and descended to his son (fn. 30) William More of Loseley, who exchanged it in 1557 for Polsted Manor in Compton with John Wight and his wife Agnes. (fn. 31) John Wight, a descendant of this John (see Artington), sold the manor to John Sparkes of Gosden in 1791. (fn. 32) The manor was then held successively by his son and grandson, both being his namesakes. (fn. 33) It is now the seat of Mr. W. V. Cooper.

About fifty years later it was owned by Edward Jenens, who, dying without issue, left it to his aunt Jane wife of Robert Kempe. Her only daughter and heir married John Wight,

It was ultimately inherited by Agnes, or Anne, niece of Sir John [Jenyns] and wife of John Wight, who sold it to Sir William More of Loseley in 1558, from which time its history has been coincident with that of Loseley.

Name: Jhon Wyght Gender: Male Marriage Date: 22 Sep 1549 Marriage Place: Kingston Upon Thames,Surrey,England Spouse: Angnes Brey FHL Film Number: 0097138, 0991684-686

It [Polsted]  was ultimately inherited by Agnes, or Anne, niece of Sir John and wife of John Wight. British History Online indicates John Wight's wife was referenced as both Agnes and Anne.

Sources claim Anne Bray was the daughter of Robert and Joan Bray, being her mother married three times. However, the sources agree that Joan was married to Robert Kemp when Anne married John Wight. Therefore, showing Robert and Joan Bray as the biological parents and Robert and Joan Kemp as the adoptive parents. This brings consistency to the sources showing both Roberts as the father.

Anne has also been called Agnes in legal documents pertaining to the Wights. However, Anne died shortly after the litigation over Braboeuf was concluded and John Wight married Agnes Armstrong, the mother of John's daughter in law, who also lost her husband about the same time. This marriage is clearly revealed in the wills of John in 1573 and of Agnes in 1576.

Anne did not inherit Braboeuf from her mother. When Edward Jenyns died, his mother Elizabeth received Braboeuf and she willed it to Lord Gray when she died in 1558. John and Anne/Agnes (Bray/Kemp) Wight filed a lawsuit against Lord Gray and won, being awarded Braboeuf Manor.

Short title: Wight v Lord Grey. Plaintiffs: John WIGHT and Agnes his wife, descendant... Reference: C 1/1486/48 Description: Short title: Wight v Lord Grey. Plaintiffs: John WIGHT and Agnes his wife, descendant and heir of Bernard Jenyns. Defendants: John GREY, Lord Grey. Subject: Detention of deeds relating to the manors of Braboeuf in the parish of St Nicholas, Guildford, and of Polsted in Compton, and messuages and lands in Shalford, Worplesdon, Chiddingfold, Bromley, Albury, Wonersh, Dunsfold and Haslemere. Pedigree given. Surrey Date: 1556-1558 Held by: The National Archives, Kew Legal status: Public Record(s) Closure status: Open Document, Open Description

BRABOEUF MANOR, which extends very widely about St. Catherine's Hill and towards Godalming, includes that portion of Stephen de Turnham's manor which was assigned to his daughter Alice de Bendeng, for she granted her portion of Artington to Geoffrey of Braboeuf in 1232, (fn. 26) and he had confirmation of the grant in 1251. (fn. 27) He had other lands in Artington and Guildford, and in 1257, together with Richard Testard, obtained a royal grant of the sites of old mills in Guildford which they had recently sold to the king, and also of new mills which they were to remove to the site of the old ones. (fn. 28) Cicely 'la Braboeuf' held a quarter of the manor at 'Artington next Braboeuf' at her death in 1347, (fn. 29) probably as dower. John Braboeuf witnessed deeds of Artington in 1337 and again in 1350. (fn. 30) Andrew Braboeuf, son of Andrew and Cecily de Braboeuf, died seised of one quarter of Artington in 1361–2, leaving a daughter Agnes, (fn. 31) who married first Robert Danhurst, and secondly, Robert Loxley. At her death her grandson Robert Danhurst inherited her lands. He died s.p.m. in 1481–2, having settled Braboeuf on Bernard Jenyn and his wife Elizabeth, who was niece of Agnes Braboeuf's second husband Robert Loxley. (fn. 32) Bernard Jenyn settled the manor on his second son Thomas, (fn. 33) who died in March 1508–9. (fn. 34) Sir John Jenyn, kt., son of Thomas Jenyn, died holding Braboeuf in 1545, leaving a son Edward aged five, (fn. 35) who died a minor and was succeeded by his aunt Joan, wife of Robert Kemp. (fn. 36) Agnes, wife of John Wight of Wimbledon, and daughter of Joan Kemp, was in possession of Braboeuf in 1559, (fn. 37) and was succeeded by her son Rice (Riceus) Wight, who died at Artington 31 October 1602. His son John was born in 1674 and died in 1656, his son John died 1707 and was succeeded by his eldest surviving son William, who died in 1722, and his son Tempest Wight died 1768. John Wight, his son, died 1817, his son Arthur Wight died 1847, having married Jane More-Molyneux of Loseley. His son Albert Wight died in 1905, and his widow, née Mary Anne Boulderson, is lady of the manor. (fn. 38)

POLSTED, the most easterly part of the parish, was distinguished from the main manor of Compton (fn. 103) early in the reign of Richard I, for in 1196 Walter de Windsor warranted it to Hugh of Polsted and his wife Cecily to hold by knight's service, (fn. 104) while in 1199 mention is made of a house which had belonged to Gerard of Polsted and to the land of Richard the Reeve (prepositus) of Polsted. (fn. 105) At the time of the confirmation to Hugh of Polsted William de Astinges was laying claim to the service from the manor, but apparently failed to prove his right to it, for in 1219 Michael of Polsted, probably a son of Hugh, obtained confirmation of his land in Polsted from William de Windsor. (fn. 106) In 1261 a second Hugh of Polsted conveyed the manor to Simon Passelew and his heirs. (fn. 107) About ten years later John de Middleton conveyed the manor to William of Wintershull, (fn. 108) on whose younger son Walter it was settled, together with Bramley (q.v.). (fn. 109) In 1308–9 John de Polsted granted land to Thomas his son; Richard de Polsted was a witness. (fn. 110) They were perhaps then tenants of the Wintershulls. In 1424 Joan then wife of William Catton and Agnes Basset, sisters and co-heirs of Thomas Wintershull, to whom Walter Wintershull's estates had descended, sued John Loxley for the manor, (fn. 111) and again in 1441 Agnes Bassett and John Weston son of Joan Catton disputed it against John Jenyn. The latter claimed to be enfeoffed of it, jointly with Bernard Jenyn of Brabœuf, who is said to have married Elizabeth daughter of John Loxley, son of Robert Loxley, half-brother of Thomas Wintershull. (fn. 112) The Jenyns seem to have made good their claim to the manors, for Thomas Jenyn, son of Bernard, held it at his death in March 1508–9. (fn. 113) He left an infant son John, afterwards knighted, who died in 1545. (fn. 114) His widow married Stephen Adams, who was holding the manor in her right a few years after Sir John's death. (fn. 115) It was ultimately inherited by Agnes, or Anne, niece of Sir John and wife of John Wight (or Weight), (fn. 116) who sold it to Sir William More of Loseley in 1558, (fn. 117) from which time its history has been coincident with that of Loseley.

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Agnes/Anne Wight, of Braboeuf's Timeline

England, United Kingdom
November 24, 1550
Wimbledon, Surrey, England (United Kingdom)
December 26, 1552
Wimbledon, Surrey, England (United Kingdom)
April 12, 1557
Wimbledon, Surrey, England (United Kingdom)
June 30, 1561
Age 41
Artington, Guildford, Surrey, England (United Kingdom)