Gentleman and vestryman for the chapel at Ash, also called a farmer at Colston. On 23 Jan. 1511/12 Edward Pratt demised the messuage 'Cobbestrete' at Ash by Sandwich to Richard Exherst on condition that he carry out the will of William Norres and shall find a yearly obit 'de dirige et missis'.
Richard Exhurst was born about 1471 in Kent, England. He was the son of John and Alice Septvans Exhurst. Alice may have been the second wife of John, because he was about 45 years old at the time of Richard’s birth. Richard had sisters, one named after his grandmother Godleva. They may have been half sisters. Richard was mentioned in his father’s will of 1493 and also made executor. He must have been an adult at this time, born around 1470 or earlier. Richard married Alice Waller about 1498. They had two daughters, Elizabeth and Bennett. A deed from John Herynden and Robert Southlands, transferring land in Staplehurst parish to Richard, the heir of John Exhurst and his wife Alice, was also done in 1498. Richard’s wife Alice died around 1505. Richard then married Joan Roberts and they had two daughters and a son. The name of Richard’s second wife is proved by her father’s will. Walter Roberts named ‘Joan Horden, my doughter’ in his will. Richard’s second wife, Joan, married Thomas Horden after the death of Richard Exhurst.
Another deed, in 1518, transfers half of the interest of Richard and his first wife Alice in Staplehurst parish to Alice’s brother, John Waller of Old Stoke, Southampton. He was to hold it for their daughter Elizabeth, and if she died without issue, to their second daughter, Bennett. Richard’s nuncupative will, dated June 15, 1512, left the Exhurst land to his wife Joan and after her death to his son Thomas, but Thomas died around 1636. Richard died in 1512 and was buried in the churchyard of St. Nicholas’ Church in Sandwich, Kent.
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