Ancestors of Mandy Willard
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George BOX (1687-1757)
and Anne COMBER (1697-1753)
were my 6x Great Grandparents. (Click
here to see their place in my pedigree chart.) They married on
16 June 1715 at the parish church of St. Mary's in Balcombe, Sussex. Given their dates of birth/baptism, George
was aged about 28 and Anne about 17 years when they married.
was baptised on 18 March 1686/7 in Ardingly,
was the son of
(c1655-1705). He died aged 70 years and was
buried on 28 February 1757 in Ardingly, as per the Sussex Record Society
transcript of the parish registers. I’m told the Bishop’s Transcripts state
that he died aged "70 years almost" and was buried on 20 February 1757. George
may have been a wheelwright, as a
of Ardingly took on an apprentice named
of Lindfield, for a period of 7 years from 8
June 1723. George’s brother-in-law
Comber (1691-1756) was also a
wheelwright. George does not seem to have left a will.
was born and baptised on 9 September 1697 in
Ardingly, Sussex. She was the eldest daughter of
(1666-1726). She died aged 56 years
and was buried on 2 September 1753 in Ardingly. Under the terms of her
father's 1726 will, she was left a legacy of twenty pounds.
and Anne Comber had 6 known children:
was baptised on 18 December 1718 in Ardingly.
She was mentioned in her uncle
William Comber's 1778 will, as "Mary daughter of my sister Ann", by which
she received a legacy of five pounds. She was the only one of her siblings to be
left a legacy by their uncle. Did this
or her cousin
born 1719, marry
of Lingfield, Surrey on 27 October 1747 in Ardingly?
was baptised on 9 October 1720 in Ardingly.
He died aged 58 years and was buried on 14 February 1779 in Ardingly. There
is no evidence from the Ardingly parish registers that William married.
was baptised on 5 January 1723/4 in Ardingly.
in 1743. (They have their own page.)
was baptised on 11 February 1725/6 in
Ardingly. He died aged 27 years and was buried on 11 January 1753.
Richard married Ann.
Their headstone inscription reads:
“Here lyeth the Body of / RICHARD BOX --
/ who departed --- / the -- day of Jan 1752 aged 27 years / also the Body of
ANN / the wife of RICHARD BOX / 2 Sep 1753 / 56 years.”
(Was Ann really 30
years older than her husband? Or should her age read 26 years?
Richard's uncle Richard Box had married Ann Pierce on 5 January
1719/20 in Lindfield, Sussex.)
John Box, my 5x Great Grandfather,
was born on 5 May and baptised on 7 May 1732 in Ardingly. He married
in 1754. (They have their
was born on 5 May and baptised on 10 May 1741
in Ardingly. She may have married John Holford on 11 June 1763 in
Horsted Keynes, Sussex. But another Anne Box was born in 1735 in
Ardingly. The 2 Annes were cousins.
George and Anne were married 3˝
years before their first child was born.
Might they have had a child, or children, who died before Mary was born in
December 1718? There was also a 6 year gap between Richard and John and a 9
year gap between John and Anne. Again, might there have been other
children? I have checked the Ardingly registers and there is nothing to
indicate that they did have other children.
Many thanks to
Helen Green for additions to this page.
This page was reviewed on 9 April 2012