Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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William BOTTING (c1746-1820)

and Mary FREEMAN (1747-1818)


William Botting and Mary Freeman married by licence on 22 December 1771 at the parish church of St. James in Ashurst, Sussex.  He was then a bachelor and she a spinster and they were both of Ashurst.  The witnesses to the marriage were William Freeman and Thomas Muzzall.  (They were not my direct ancestors.  Mary was the sister of my 5x great grandfather, John Freeman.)

William Botting may have been born about 1746.  He died aged 74 years in Washington and was buried on 4 February 1820 in West Grinstead.  He was appoint a joint executor of his father-in-law's will of 1776, in which he was said to be a carpenter of Shipley, living in the same house as his father-in-law.

Mary Freeman was baptised on 26 July 1747 in West Grinstead.  She was the eldest daughter of Richard Freeman (c1715-1778) and Mary Bennet (1715-?).  Mary died aged 71 years in Washington and was buried on 24 June 1818 in West Grinstead.  Mary was mentioned in the 1752 will of her paternal grandfather, Richard Freeman.


William Botting and Mary Freeman had 9 known children:

  1. Richard Botting was baptised on 2 June 1772 in Ashurst.

  2. Ann Botting was baptised on 1 November 1777 in West Grinstead.

  3. Martha Botting was baptised on 5 December 1778 in West Grinstead.

  4. Jane Botting was baptised on 5 May 1781 in West Grinstead.

  5. William Botting was baptised on 29 September 1783 in West Grinstead.

  6. Elizabeth Botting was baptised on 23 January 1785 in West Grinstead.

  7. Harry Botting was baptised on 8 April 1786 in West Grinstead.

  8. Sarah Botting was baptised on 5 July 1788 in West Grinstead.

  9. Frances Botting was baptised on 8 May 1791 in West Grinstead.



This page was reviewed on 9 April 2012