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GEORGE & ELIZABETH'S SON ROBERT TREE 10.

ROBERT HARMAN THE ELDEST SON OF GEORGE & ELIZABETH MARRIED JUDITH JORDAN ON 26th MAY IN 1645 AT EAST GRINSTEAD, AT THE AGE OF TWENTY THREE & JUDITH ABOUT NINETEEN .

IN THE FOLLOWING YEAR 1646 THEIR FIRST CHILD WAS BORN. THIS WAS A GIRL NAMED AFTER HER MOTHER NAMED JUDITH, THIS FOLLOWED BY THEIR FIRST BORN SON IN 1648 WHO WAS NAMED AFTER HIS GRANDFATHER GEORGE HARMAN.

WHEN ROBERT & JUDITH MARRIED FROM 1645 TO 1648 IT WAS ONE OF THE WORST PERIODS IN ENGLAND. WITH THE CIVIL WAR, AND WHEN 200 WITCH'S WERE EXECUTED IN THE EASTERN COUNTIES. CHIEFLY AS A RESULT OF ONE NAMED MATTHEW HOPKINS A WITCH FINDER.

WITCH CRAFT WAS WIDELY AND CREDULOUSLY ACCEPTED AS FACT BY THE GREAT MANY PEOPLE IN HIGH AND LOW POSITIONS OF SOCIETY.

THE CIVIL WAR CONTINUED THROUGH THE YEARS UP TO 1647 WITH PARLIAMENTARIANS EVENTUALLY DEFEATING CHARLES THE 1st WHO FLED TO SCOTLAND.  THOUGH CHARLES THE 1st WAS A STUART, THE SCOTTISH HANDED HIM OVER TO THE ROUNDHEADS.

HE WAS KEPT AT HONOURABLE CAPTIVITY AT HAMPTON COURT AND CROMWELL AND FAIRFAX TRIED TO GET CHARLES THE 1st TO AGREE WITH CHANGES IN THE CONSTITUTION.

CHARLES THE 1st AGAINST ADVICE OF HIS ADVISORS REFUSED. HE FLED TO THE ISLE OF WIGHT, WHERE HE TRIED TO BARGAIN WITH THE PEACEMAKERS OF THE PARLIAMENTARY FORCES, AND THE SCOTTISH PARLIAMENTARY.

THEY THE SCOTTISH PARLIAMENTARY DID NOT CARE FOR A STUART TO BE IN CAPTIVITY BY. THE ENGLISH. THOSE SCOTS THAT SUPPORTED CHARLES STUART RAISED AN ARMY CALLED THE ENGAGERS AND INVADED ENGLAND.

ROYALISTS IN SOUTHERN ENGLAND WHO WERE DISENCHANTED WITH THE STRICT RULES OF THE PURITANS, TOOK UP ARMS AGAIN IN SUPPORT OF CHARLES THE 1st.EAST GRINSTEAD IN PARTICULAR WAS A ROYALIST TOWN WHERE ROBERT & JUDITH LIVED.

THE WAR IN 1648 CAME TO A QUICK END WITH CROMWELL DEFEATING THE SCOTS AND FAIRFAX THE ROYALIST IN SOUTH EAST ENGLAND.

ROBERT & JUDITH MUST HAVE BEEN RELIEVED BY THE END OF THE CIVIL WAR.

IT WAS THE SOUTH EAST OF ENGLAND WHO HAD BEEN INVOLVED IN THE LAST ROYALIST BATTLE AGAINST THE ROUNDHEADS IN 1648. IT IS MAYBE THAT GEORGE, ROBERTS BROTHER FOUGHT' IN THIS WAR FOR HE DID NOT MARRY UNTIL HE WAS 28 IN 1652.

ROBERT & JUDITH'S FAMILY CONTINUED TO GROW WITH THE BIRTH OF MARY IN 1655, KATHERINE IN SEPT 1657 LIVED A MONTH AND WAS BURIED 29 OCT 1657 , FOLLOWED BY TWINS ANN & ELIZABETH 1658 FURTHER RESEARCH REVEALED THERE WAS A STILLBORN CHILD ANN BURIED IN 25 Oct 1658 NAMED IN THE PARISH RECORD'S. THEN DOROTHY IN 1659.  DOROTHY WAS TO MARRY A ANTHONY ELLIS 19TH APRIL 1696 AT EAST GRINSTEAD AT THE AGE OF TWENTY SEVEN.

HOWEVER IN 1660 A FURTHER ELIZABETH WAS BORN & CHRISTIAN 10 Jan 1661. AT THE AGE OF TWENTY TWO THIS ELIZABETH HAD A BASEBORN CHILD. A GIRL WHO SHE NAMED AFTER HER SELF CHRISTIAN 4 Feb 1682/1683..

SO IT WOULD APPEAR ROBERT & JUDITH LOST BOTH THE TWINS ANN & ELIZABETH.

PURITANS BROUGHT IN AN ACT IN 1650 THAT FOR ADULTERY THE DEATH SENTENCE SHOULD BE IMPOSED, AND THIS SAVAGE PENALTY IN SOME CASE'S WAS CARRIED OUT.

THE EMPLOYMENT OF SOLDIERS TO ENTER HOUSES AT WILL TO MAKE SURE THERE WAS NO PROFANITIES BEING CARRIED OUT ON THE SABBATH. AS PARLIAMENT RULED. THAT CERTAIN PURITAN FASTS WERE BEING OBSERVED.

FOR INSTANCE, NO FOOD AND IF THEY WERE NOT BEING OBSERVED TROOPS CARRYING OFF FOOD IF FOUND IN PEOPLE'S KITCHEN. THIS AROUSED THE FIERCEST ANGER FOR THIS INTRUSION INTO THEIR HOMES BY THE ORDINARY PEOPLE.

IN MANY PLACES CUTTING DOWN THE MAYPOLES, AND THE FORBIDDING OF SPORT ON SUNDAYS. THE ORDINARY PEOPLE HAD A HARD ENOUGH LIFE WITH LITTLE JOY IN IT. THIS WITHOUT THE PURITANICAL STRICT, AND SANCTIMONIOUS RULES AFTER THE TRIUMPH OF THE PARLIAMENTARY ARMIES CAME 'THE RULE OF THE SAINTS' WITH THEIR CANTING PIETY.

THEIR INTERFERENCE WITH ORDINARY PEOPLE .THE CLOSING DOWN OF THEATRES AND SUPPRESSING CUSTOMARY SPORTS, BROUGHT ABOUT THE COLLAPSE OF THE REFORMATION, WITH THE PARLIAMENTS VOTING FOR A RETURN OF A KING TO ENGLAND.

THIS WAS THE ENGLAND THAT ROBERT & JUDITH HARMAN AND THEIR FAMILIES LIVED THROUGH FOR ELEVEN YEARS. AT THAT TIME HISTORY. THEY HAD TO CONTEND WITH WAR, BIGOTRY, AND RESTRICTIONS ON FAMILY LIFE. PLUS ENDEAVOURING TO PROVIDE SUSTENANCE FOR THEIR FAMILY'S.THEY WERE HARD TIMES INDEED FOR THE ORDINARY PEOPLE OF ENGLAND.

MANY CHURCH PARISH RECORDS OF BIRTHS, MARRIAGES, AND DEATHS WERE NOT RECORDED DURING THIS PERIOD, OR WERE LOST AND DESTROYED THROUGH THE CIVIL WAR.

ROBERT ONLY HAD ONE SURVIVING BROTHER THIS BEING GEORGE WHO WAS MARRIED TO AGNES.

THERE ARE NO PARISH RECORD'S OF ROBERT ‘S SURVIVING SISTER'S ANN, JOAN, AND MARGARET, OR WHAT HAPPENED HIS BROTHER GEORGE & AGNES AND TO HIS NEPHEW JOHN AND NIECE CATHERINE

IN 1670 ROBERTS MOTHER ELIZABETH DIED AND WAS BURIED AT EAST GRINSTEAD ON 14th FEBRUARY. ELIZABETH WAS AGED 73 AT THE TIME OF HER DEATH. GEORGE HER HUSBAND AGE 70, AND WAS TO LIVE ANOTHER 20 YEARS .

ROBERT & JUDITH CONTINUED FARMING ,.HIS FATHER GEORGE LIVING WITH ROBERT & JUDITH .THE SURVIVING CHILDREN WERE GETTING OLDER.

JUDITH THEIR DAUGHTER WAS AGED 28 UNMARRIED ,AND WAS LIVING AT LINGFIELD. SHE COULD HAVE BEEN WORKING AS A SERVANT, OR A SEAMSTRESS.

BUT IN THE FOLLOWING YEAR THEIR DAUGHTER MARY AGED 20. DIED BEING BURIED ON 15th OCTOBER 1675. AS A POOR MAID. FOUR YEARS AFTER IN 1679 ROBERT HARMAN DIED AGE 53. RECORDS STATE HE WAS BURIED POOR.

ROBERT WAS BURIED ON THE 26th JUNE 1679 .BEING MARRIED 34 YEARS. TO JUDITH.

GEORGE HIS FATHER WAS STILL ALIVE AT THE AGE OF SEVENTY-NINE. FROM HIS MARRIAGE TO ELIZABETH THEY HAD A FAMILY OF SEVEN. NOW AT THE AGE OF SEVENTY-NINE HE HAD LOST HIS WIFE AND NEARLY ALL OF HIS CHILDREN.

NOR HAVE WE ANY MORE INFORMATION ON ROBERT & JUDITH ONLY OTHER SON GEORGE. BUT IF HE WAS STILL 'ALIVE HE WOULD HAVE BEEN AGED TWENTY-SEVEN. AT THE TIME OF ROBERTS DEATH.

ROBERT & JUDITH SON JOHN HARMAN MY NEXT IN LINE OF DESCENT WAS MARRIED BY THEN & AGED TWENTY-TWO AND, LASTLY ELIZABETH AT THE TIME WAS AGED 15.

AS STATED BEFORE WHEN ROBERT & JUDITH’S DAUGHTER ELIZABETH WAS AGED 22, SHE HAD A BASE BORN GIRL WHO SHE NAMED ELIZABETH. THE CHILDREN WERE AT AN AGE THAT THEY WERE NOT TOTALLY RELIANT ON THEIR PARENTS.

JUDITH JORDAN. Born 1622 . Died 12 MAR 1704 EAST GRINSTEAD AGE 82. 14 YEARS AFTER THE DEATH OF HER FATHER IN LAW GEORGE HARMAN,

JOHN HARMAN'S MOTHER JUDITH LIVED WITH HER SON JOHN & DAUGHTER IN-LAW ANNE AFTER THE DEATH OF HER HUSBAND ROBERT. FOR TWENTY-NINE YEARS

GEORGE & ELIZABETH'S AND ROBERTS BROTHER GEORGE. TREE 11

IT IS THOUGHT THAT MAYBE IN THE CIVIL WAR GEORGE FOUGHT FOR THE ROYALIST CAUSE  FOR THE. HE DID NOT MARRY UNTIL HE WAS 28.  GEORGE SON OF GEORGE & ELIZABETH MARRIED IN 1652. TO AGNES RISEBROOK ON THE 23 RD JUNE OF THAT YEAR 1652.

IN THE FOLLOWING JULY IN 1653 THEIR FIRST CHILD WAS BORN AND NAMED JOHN, AFTER GEORGES GRAND FATHER JOHN HARMAN AND BAPTISED 21ST JULY 1653.

A FURTHER CHILD THIS BEING A GIRL WAS BORN IN 1653 NAMED CATHERINE. THIS CHILD LIVED TO THE AGE OF 66 AND BURIED A SPINSTER ON 1 MAY 1716 AT EAST GRINSTEAD.

GEORGE & AGNES ONLY HAD THESE TWO CHILDREN FOUND IN RESEARCH. AGNES WAS THE FIRST TO DIE IN THE COUPLES MARRIAGE ON TUESDAY 10 NOV 1693 AGE 69.

TEN YEARS LATER GEORGE DIED AND BEING BURIED AT EAST GRINSTEAD WITH AGNES ON THE ON SATURDAY 2 JUN 1703 AGE 79 .THEY HAD BOTH BEEN MARRIED 41 YEARS.

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