192 HISTORY OF EAST GRINSTEAD.
Hownynggrove towards the north, to the lands of Richard Infelde called the Plawe towards the west, and to the lands of Umphreyes called Mawles towards the east, but by degrees, before 1600 and in the decade succeeding it, not only Legsheath and Monkshill, but also Maules and Walesbeech Farms had come under the rule of the Paynes, and so continued down to the time of the subject of this notice and after him to about 1825.
A bird's-eye view of John Payne's ancestry may be given as follows, and its connection with farms in the parish gives it special interest:—
John Payne, of Monkshill, Yeoman (probably of Plawhatch in 1562),
owned freehold lands called Malls ; buried at East Grinstead as
John Payne, senr., of Monkhill, in 1597.
John Payne, of Maules, Yeoman, owned 7 acres at Buncegrove, called Baches, Legsheath and Dockets ; died 1624.
William Payne, of Walesbeech, Yeoman, owned Legsheath, Maules,
Dockets ; buried at East Grinstead as William Paine, of
William Payne, of Maules, Yeoman (5th son), owned Legsheath and
Monkshill; died 1658 ; by his will " to be buried at
Mu. William Payne, of Legsheath, owned Velvicks; his brothers,
Edward and Robert, lived at Maules and Monkshill; buried at
East Grinstead as Mr. Wm. Payne, of Legsheath, 1727.
John Payne, of Legslieath, Esqre., owned Maules, while his cousin,
Edward, owned Monkshill; Sheriff of Sussex 1738 ; buried at
East Grinstead as " John Payne, Esq.," 1760.
So much for his ancestry, which shows him to have been a true son of our parochial soil and to have made strides forward, socially and financially, since his grandfather, Wm. Payne, of Maules, yeoman, in an interesting will, dated 1658, bequeathed
Unto Susan my nowe wife seaven fields or severall closes and one coppice wood next adjoining to my customary tenement or house corn only called Munkshill with the orchard and garden plott thereunto belonging, conteyning in all by estimacon 18 acres of land more or less for and during the terme of her naturall life. And also three rooms in the said Munkshill house during her naturall life viz. the Hall, the chamber over the Hall, and the upper chamber over the same with egresse and regresse to and from the same and to have and take water and other convenient necessaries. . . .
The testator goes on to give £150 to each of his daughters, five pair of sheets to each of his children