Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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Reverend Benjamin BROWNE (1571-1638)

and Sarah LEACHFORD (c1575-1638)


Benjamin Browne and Sarah Leachford were my 11x Great Grandparents.  They married on 8 October 1596 in Horley, Sussex.

Benjamin Browne was baptised on 12 October 1571 in Horley.  He was the son of the Reverend William Browne (c1534-1613) and Magdalene Elphick (c1540-1604).  He was buried on 28 August 1638 in Ifield.  He was the vicar of Ifield from 1596 until his death.  By his Will he left his son Thomas Browne the "greate brasse Pott wch was my grandmother Elficke Pott".

Sarah Leachford's date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me.  She may have been born about 1575 in Charlwood, Surrey.  Most sources seem to think she was the daughter of Sir Richard Leachford and Ann Lusher, but there is some doubt about this, and from what I have read on the web, I am inclined to think she was not Sir Richard's daughter.


Benjamin Browne and Sarah Leachford had 8 known children:

  1. Joseph Browne was baptised on 8 October 1597 in Ifield.  He was buried on 8 July 1627.

  2. Thomas Browne was baptised on 15 July 1599 in Ifield and buried there on 29 July 1599.

  3. Sarah Browne was baptised on 24 August 1600 in Ifield.  She died in 1664.  Sarah married Pardon John Tillinghast on 26 November 1622 in Streat, Sussex.  (There is much on the web about this couple.)  Pardon was baptised on 29 January 1599/1600 in Streat, and was the son of John Tillinghast (1571-1624) and Alice Pardon (c1570-?).

  4. Benjamin Browne was baptised on 27 Juen 1602 in Ifield.  He married Phoebe Carver on 13 April 1624 in Ifield.

  5. William Browne, my 10x Great Grandfather, was baptised on 30 September 1604 in Ifield.  He married Susanna Cooper in 1629.  (They have their own page.)

  6. John Browne was baptised on 10 August 1606 in Ifield.

  7. Thomas Browne was born about 1610 in Ifield.

  8. Mary Browne was baptised on 7 January 1612 in Ifield.



This page was reviewed on 9 April 2012