Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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William FREEMAN (c1750-1820)

and Mary WOOLVEN (1751-?)

and Elizabeth NEEVE (c1760-1833)


William Freeman first married Mary Woolven by banns on 9 December 1771 in West Grinstead, Sussex.  The witnesses to the marriage were John Neeve and Thomas Woolven.  As a widower of Shipley, William then married Elizabeth Neve by licence on 3 January 1780 in West Grinstead.  She was then of West Grinstead.  Their marriage licence was issued by the Archdeaconry of Chichester on 31 January (yes, that's what is in the Sussex marriage index).  The licence recorded that William was a widower and cordwariner of Shipley (4 weeks) aged 21 and upwards.  Elizabeth Neeves was a 20 year old spinster of West Grinstead and married with the consent of John Neeves a husbandman.  Surety for the licence was provided by William himself and John Neeves of West Grinstead.  (They were not my direct ancestors.  William may have been the brother of my 5x great grandfather, John Freeman.  Mary was the sister of 5x great grandmother Ann Woolven who married John Freeman.  The Woolven sisters' mother was Mary Neeve, so Elizabeth Neeve may also in some way have been related.)

William Freeman was born about 1750.  His baptism was not recorded in the Ashington, Ashurst or West Grinstead parish registers.  William was the son of Richard Freeman (c1715-1778).  He died aged 70 years in Shipley and was buried on 7 June 1820 in West Grinstead.  A transcript of his headstone gives that he died on 12 June 1820.  On 19 April 1776, a William Freeman shoemaker of West Grinstead was a sponsor of the marriage licence of John Freeman and Ann Woolven.  On 2 June 1795 in West Grinstead, William was a witness to the marriage of John Neeve (c1746-1834) and Elizabeth Aylard.  William was mentioned in his father's 1776 will.

Mary Woolven was baptised on 8 October 1751 in West Grinstead.  She was the daughter of Thomas Woolven (1719-1757) and Mary Neeve (1719-1782).  She was mentioned in her mother's will dated 15 January 1777.

A Settlement Certificate was issued on 8 October 1772 for William Freeman and wife Mary, from West Grinstead to Horsham (or vice versa).

Elizabeth Neeve was born about 1760, but so far no baptism has been found for her.  Elizabeth died aged 73 years in Shipley and was buried with her husband on 6 April 1833 in West Grinstead.  A transcript of the headstone she shares with her husband gives that she died on 1 April 1833, aged 72 years.  She was most probably the daughter of John Neeve and Sarah Grant (1725-1805) who married in Bolney, Sussex in 1744.


William Freeman and Mary Woolven had 2 known children:

  1. Mary Freeman was baptised on 9 January 1774 in West Grinstead.

  2. Richard Freeman was baptised on 9 December 1775 in West Grinstead.  He may have died aged 61 years and have been buried on 22 November 1838 in West Grinstead, but there was another Richard Freeman who was born in 1776 and another Richard Freeman born in 1777.


William Freeman and Elizabeth Neeve may have had the following children:

  1. Philip Freeman was baptised on 2 April 1781 in West Grinstead.  Philip may have married Sarah.  When the 1841 and 1851 census were recorded the couple were living at Coolhurst Farm in Horsham, Sussex.

  2. Thomas Freeman was baptised on 16 February 1783 in West Grinstead and buried there on 31 July 1785.

  3. Elizabeth Freeman was baptised on 16 May 1784 in West Grinstead and buried there on 15 July 1785.

  4. Henry Freeman was baptised on 12 February 1786 in West Grinstead.  A transcript of a headstone in West Grinstead churchyard records that Harry Freeman died aged 48 years on 30 April 1834.  The memorial was erected by Sir Charles Burrell, for whom Harry faithfully served for 26 years.

  5. Sarah Freeman was baptised on 21 October 1787 in West Grinstead.  Her parents names were recorded as John and Elizabeth in the baptism register.

  6. Edward Freeman was baptised on 2 June 1789 in West Grinstead.  His parents names were recorded as John and Elizabeth in the baptism register.

  7. Charlotte Freeman was baptised on 27 March 1792 in West Grinstead.

  8. Catherine Freeman was baptised on 19 November 1793 in West Grinstead.

  9. Elizabeth Freeman was baptised on 31 July 1796 in West Grinstead.


FREEMAN          NEEVE          WOOLVEN

This page was reviewed on 10 April 2012