Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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John GRANT (1686-1771)

and Mary GROVER (1704-?)


John Grant and Mary Grover married on 7 April 1724 in Shermanbury, Sussex.  At the time of their marriage, Mary was from Preston, Sussex.  (They were not my direct ancestors.  John was the brother of my 5x great grandmother, Jane Grant.)

John Grant was baptised on 10 October 1686 in Henfield, Sussex.  He was the son of John Grant (c1660-1715) and Ann Buck (c1665-1735).  John was buried on 2 June 1771 in Storrington, Sussex.  He was a carpenter of Storrington.  He left a will dated 18 February 1765 in which he left to his daughter Sarah, the wife of John Kneeres of West Grinstead, a freehold messuage, tenement/cottage with croft of land belonging, after the decease of his wife Mary, charged with the payment of whatever money should be due from testator to brother-in-law Edward Dowler and to brother Daniel Grant

Mary Grover was baptised on 14 January 1704 in Preston, Sussex.  She was the daughter of John Grover and Mary Browning.


John Grant and Mary Grover had 4 known children:

  1. Sarah Grant was baptised on 31 January 1724/5 in West Grinstead.  She may have been buried as the widow Neeve on 6 March 1805 in West Grinstead.  Sarah received a legacy of 10 pounds under the terms of the 1776 will of her uncle Daniel Grant, at which time she was described as the wife of John Neeve of West Grinstead who was a labourer.  On 14 October 1791, widow Sarah Neeve of West Grinstead was named in a document relating to the leasing of a messuage, garden, acre of land and hogstye near Oldfield Common in Storrington.

    Sarah married John Neeve on 15 October 1744 in Bolney, Sussex.

    On 9 January 1756 a settlement certificate was issued to John Neeve, wife Sarah and children John aged 9, Sarah aged 6, Lydia aged 3 and 6 month old Ann.  The parishes involved were Cowfold and West Grinstead.

    John probably witnessed the will of Mary Woolven, nee Neeve on 15 January 1777.  John and Mary may have been brother and sister.

    John and Sarah had 8 known children:

    1. John Neeve was born about 1746/7.  He died aged 87 years in Shermanbury and was buried on 12 August 1834 in West Grinstead.  He was mentioned in the will of Daniel Grant by which he received a legacy of 10 pounds.

      As a 48 year old bachelor he married Elizabeth Aylard by licence on 2 June 1795 in West Grinstead.  The witnesses to the marriage were William Freeman and William Gratwick.  Their marriage licence was issued on 1 June 1795 by the Archdeaconry of Chichester.  Surety for the licence was provided by John himself and Richard Woolven.  Elizabeth was then a 35 year old spinster.

      Elizabeth died aged 58 years in Shermanbury and was buried on 13 August 1817 in West Grinstead.

      John and Elizabeth had 2 known daughters:

      1. Mary Neeve was baptised on 26 June 1796 in West Grinstead.  She married Henry Knight by banns on 18 December 1816 in Henfield.  She was then a spinster of Shermanbury and he a bachelor of Henfield.  The witnesses to the marriage were Sarah Neeve and Thomas Longley.

      2. Sarah Neeve was baptised on 10 November 1799 in Shermanbury, Sussex.  She married William Mansbridge in 1817.  (They have their own page.)

    2. Sarah Neef was baptised on 16 May 1749 in Slaugham, Sussex

    3. Lydey Neef was baptised on 31 December 1753 in Slaugham.

    4. Ann Neeves was baptised on 6 June 1755 in West Grinstead.

      Ann married William Marchant by licence on 6 September 1781 in West Grinstead.  Their marriage licence was issued on 4 September 1781 by the Archdeaconry of Chichester, which recorded that William was a bachelor and husbandman of Cuckfield and Ann a spinster of West Grinstead.  They were both aged 21 years and upwards.  Surety for the licence was provided by William himself and William Freeman a shoemaker.

    5. Mary Neeve was baptised on 1 October 1758 in West Grinstead.

    6. Elizabeth Neeve was born about 1760 and married William Freeman as his second wife in 1780 in West Grinstead, to which a John Neeve was a witness.  William had first married Mary Woolven, who may have been the sister of Richard Woolven who provided surety on the 1795 marriage licence of John Neeve and Elizabeth Aylard.

    7. Thomas Neeve was born about 1764.  He died aged 74 years in Twineham and was buried on 27 July 1838 in West Grinstead.  He was mentioned in the will of Daniel Grant by which he received a legacy of 10 pounds.

    8. Mary Neeves was baptised on 3 February 1764 in West Grinstead.

  2. John Grant was baptised on 22 December 1728 in Nuthurst.

  3. Daniel Grant was baptised on 26 March 1732 in Nuthurst and buried there on 23 September 1733.

  4. Thomas Grant was baptised on 13 February 1735/6 in Nuthurst.



This page was reviewed on 10 April 2012