Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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Richard BLUNDEN (1777-1849)

and Elizabeth STREETER (c1792-1851)


Richard Blunden and Elizabeth Streeter married by banns on 22 October 1819 in Pulborough, Sussex.  He was a bachelor and she a spinster.  The witnesses to their marriage were Charlotte Wadey and James Overington.  (They were not my direct ancestors.  One of their Grandsons married the sister of my 2x Great Grandfather, George Willard.)

Richard Blunden was baptised on 15 April 1777 in Pulborough.  He was the son of John Blunden (1727-?) and Betty Penfold (c1736-?).  Richard died aged 74 years and was buried on 10 November 1849 in Pulborough.

Elizabeth Streeter's date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me.  She may have died aged 59 years and have been buried on 9 October 1851 in Pulborough, making her birth about 1792.  However, another Elizabeth Blunden died aged 57 years and was buried on 29 March 1844 in Pulborough, making her birth about 1787.  Given that the 1841 census recorded her age as 45, i.e. born 1796 +/- 5 years, I think it more likely Richard's Elizabeth was born about 1792 and died in 1851.

When the 1841 census was recorded the couple were living at Millfarm in Pulborough.  Richard was then said to be a 60 year old agricultural labourer and Elizabeth's age was recorded as 45 years.  Also with them on census night was 50 year old schoolmaster John Puck and 65 year old agricultural labourer James Blunden.  The family of 25 year old Edward Blunden was also living at Millfarm, either next door or sharing the property.  (Edward was the son of Robert Blunden.)

The 1851 census records that 58 year old widow Elizabeth Blunden was a visitor in the home of 83 year old Edmund Sayers at Baths or Batts in Pulborough.  Elizabeth was then said to be a pauper and charwoman, and her place of birth was recorded as Pulborough.  An Elizabeth Streater was baptised in Pulborough on 20 March 1796, the daughter of Jane Streater.  Jane married Luke Breadon by banns on 20 May 1797 in Pulborough.  The witnesses to their marriage were Edward Juning and Sarah Streeter.


Richard Blunden and Elizabeth Streeter had 3 known children:

  1. James Blunden was baptised on 20 August 1820 in Pulborough.  He married Ann Scutt in 1845.  (They have their own page.)

  2. George Blunden was baptised on 10 March 1822 in Pulborough.

  3. John Blunden was baptised on 25 April 1824 in Pulborough.  In 1841 he was most probably the 15 year old John Blunden living at Brinsbury in Pulborough where he was a servant in the home of 50 year old farmer Thomas Sparry.



This page was reviewed on 9 April 2012