Joane Berry

Female 1565 - 1604  (39 years)


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  • Name Joane Berry 
    Born 14 Feb 1565  Midley, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 9 Dec 1604  Horsmonden, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 16 Dec 1604  St. Margaret in Pisidia, Horsmonden, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I4939  Petersen-de Lanskoy
    Last Modified 9 Sep 2015 

    Father Jeffery Berry,   d. of Midley, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F2101  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family John Austen,   c. 26 Apr 1560, Goudhurst, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 5 Mar 1620/1621, Horsmonden, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 60 years) 
    Married 14 Sep 1584  Lydd, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. John Austen,   c. 1 Aug 1585, Horsmonden, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Jeffery Austen,   c. 2 Jun 1588, Horsmonden, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 19 Mar 1636/1637, Horsmonden, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 48 years)
    +3. Benjamin Austen,   c. 16 May 1591, Horsmonden, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 27 Aug 1638, Horsmonden, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 47 years)
     4. Robert Austen,   c. 27 Oct 1594, Horsmonden, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Joane Austen,   c. 10 Jul 1597, Horsmonden, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Francis Austen,   c. 11 May 1600, Horsmonden, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 15 Mar 1687/1688, Horsmonden, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 87 years)
     7. Peter Austen,   c. 3 Oct 1602, Horsmonden, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 19 Dec 1638, Horsmonden, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 36 years)
     8. Thomas Austen,   c. 9 Dec 1604, Horsmonden, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 7 Jan 1630/1631, Horsmonden, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 26 years)
     9. Richard Austen,   c. 9 Dec 1604, Horsmonden, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2015 
    Family ID F2099  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • RESEARCH_NOTES:
      1. Here is a link to a photo of the famous brass effigy of Joane Berry: https://www.flickr.com/photos/52219527@N00/1771794916/ -- verified in person by myself 9 Sep 2015 (sits in the center aisle just back of the crossing of aisles under a rug):
      The effigy reads: Beneath her effigy is a larger brass plate stating: "Here vnderlyeth the body of Ioane Berry daughter of Ieffry Berry sometime of the parish of Midley and wyfe to Iohn Austen of this pish [parish] of Horsmonden beinge of the age of 36 yeares who depted the 9th of Decemb: 1604 and left behind her 8 sones and one davghter. Vidz: Iohn Ieffry Benjamin Robt Ioane Francis Peter Thomas & Robid [sic - i.e. Richard] of wch two last she died in childbed often vtteringe these speaches let nether husband nor chidren nor land nor goods separate me from tie [thy] my God."
      From the Internet accessed 19 Aug 2015: "John Austen of Goudhurst, Kent, married Joan Berry in 1584. Among their many descendants was was one of England's finest writers, Jane Austen and two brothers who became Rear Admirals of the British Fleet. Although John has usually been regarded as the ancestor of the family it is now thought that his great grandfather was William Astyn of Yalding. Descendants may have migrated to Ramsgate and Loose in Kent. The West Kent branch became wealthy through wool and cloth, purchasing Broadford and Grovehurst at Horsmonden."
      To see these estates, look at this link: http://austenfamilies.weebly.com/john-austen-of-goudhurst-m-joan-berry-1584.html

      2. Jeffry Berry is mentioned by name as the father on his daughter Joane's tomb in Horsmonden, which states Joane was born 14 Feb 1565 in Midley (next door to Lydd) and married in Lydd. Midley parish records no longer exist except for a couple pages of the Bishop's Transcripts. The Lydd parish records begin about 1570 and have the following entries:
      - The 1784 marriage of Johan Berey to John Austen.
      - A 27 Aug 1586 christening of Catherin -- dau. of Geffrey Berry.
      - Jefery Berry chr. 24 Nov 1611 -- son of John Berry.
      - John Berye chr 23 Nov 1595 -- son of John Berye.
      Since we know Joane was born 1565 to Jeffry Berry, the 1586 christening of Catherin seems too late to be Joane's sister unless perhaps Geffrey married a second time. John Berry is probably related since the name Jefery is used a generation later.
      I also checked the area for probate for the Berry family and there is none in the index. The next Berry records in Lydd are marriages in the mid-1750s.
      For now I am going to assume Catherin and John were siblings of Joane even though the connection is still tentative.

      BURIAL:
      FHL book 942.23/H3 K2c "St. Margaret's Church Horsmonden, An Historical and Descriptive Acccount," by Anthony Cronk, 3rd ed., by the Friends of Hrosmonden Church, Horsmonden, Kent, 1995, pp. 38-40:
      "Other significant changes were now taking place in Horsmonden, which are commemorated in the memorials and registers of the parish church. From being engaged almost exclusively in food production and forestry the inhabitants suddenly found their lives transformed by the advent of two important industries which had sprung up in their midst, clothworking and ironfounding. Both were destined to fourish here for a century before departing, in obedience respectively to powerful economic forces, into other regions of the realm.
      Woollen manufacture, like brickmaking and hop-growing, had received considerable impetus in Kent through the influx of Flemish refugee victims of religious persecutions in their own country. Cranbrook was rivalling Canterbury as a centre for the newly imported technical improvements in the esoteric arts of fulling, weaving and dyeing. Wool had become the 'staple' or most important rural commodity.
      We know that Walter Sycotte, a fuller of Cranbrook, leased two mills, called Broadford Mills, in Horsmonden, which were the property of Henry VIII, but it was not until the time of John Austen of Broadford, who died in 1620, that the place became famed for the manufacture of Kentish broadcloth. It was mainly a cottage industry, and several of the weavers' timbered houses still survive around Capel Cross. Broadford house itself is one of those lovely clothmasters' residences with which this part of the Weald abounds. They were termed 'halls' and served a twofold purpose, combining the funcitons of private house with office and warehouse.
      Side by side in the name of St. Margaret's are the graves of John Austen ad his wife. The brass of the latter consists of a charmng effigy of the lady in hat, ruff, and gown, 18 in. X 7 in., with a foot inscription 20-3/4 in. X 9-1/2 in., as follows:
      "Here vnderlyeth the body of Joane Berry davghter of Ieffery Berry sometime of the parish of Midley and wyfe of Iohn Avsten of this pish of Horsmonden beinge of the age of 36 yeares who depted the 9th of Decemb: 1604 and left behind her 8 sones and one davghter vidz: Iohn Ieffry Beniamin Robt Ioane Francis Peter Thomas & Robid of wch two last she died in childbed often vtteringe these speaches let nether hvsband nor children nor lands nor goods separate me from the my God."
      Above the effigy, the widower's engagingly oblique ascription:
      Amice si quaeris tvmvlvm quis convecit ipsum
      Fvit Iohannes mevs maritus nomine Austen."
      John Austen's own brass on the adjoining grave has suffered from the traffic of many feet, but is still legible:
      "Here lyeth the body of John Avsten bvryed the 5 day of March Ano Dni 1620 and left behind him 8 sonns and one davghter."
      To the stone ledger a further inscription has been incised for his son Francis:
      "Here lyeth interred the body of Francis Avsten of Grofehurst in the parish gent one of the sonnes of John Avsten who was bvried the 15th day of March 1687 and in the 89th year of his age.
      It was under Francis Austen that the Horsmonden cloth industry reached its zenith. He purchased Grovehurst with its apppendant manors from Henry Whetenhall, a lineal descendant of the de Grofhursts... The house adapted as another 'hall' for his trade, in addtion to Braodford.
      This was the family, let it be noted, from which sprang the immortal Jane [Austen, the writer] ..."