Ancestors of Mandy Willard

Number of pages

in this site:


Please bear this in mind when you contact me, as I can not always remember what I've said where.  It would be really helpful if you could tell me the page title or URL you are contacting me about.


Links to other pages in this site or other websites are in BLUE or RED.


Family History is my hobby.  I am not a professional genealogist.


Thank you for taking the time to view my humble effort.  Also, a very BIG THANK YOU to all those who have kindly contributed information.


Please check the data for yourself against original sources.


Tip:  You may need to hit your F5 key to see any changes to the page since your last visit.




William GRATWICK (1708-?)

and Mary LYLLIATT (c1710-?)


William Gratwick and Mary Lylliatt married on 7 May 1734 in West Grinstead, Sussex.  (They were not my direct ancestors.  William was the brother of my 6x great grandmother.)  I have taken their marriage date from the Comber genealogies, Horsham centre.  I have not found it in the Sussex marriage index, nor the Parish Register Transcript Society's transcript of the West Grinstead parish registers.

William Gratwick was baptised on 5 November 1708 in West Grinstead.  He was the son of Joseph Gratwick (1669-1748) and Mary Arnold (1675-1735).

Mary Lylliatt's date and place of birth are unknown, to me.  Given that her last child was born in 1754, I would think Mary was born not earlier than about 1710.

Neither William and Mary appear to have been buried in West Grinstead, nor Cowfold, Ashurst or Shipley, as per transcripts of those parish registers.

On 21 April 1761, William or his son, was a witness to the marriage of William Mansbridge and Elizabeth Goacher.  The other witness was James Stiles who was possibly a churchwarden as he witnessed several marriages.


William Gratwick and Mary Lylliatt had 8 known children:

  1. Mary Grattwick was baptised on 27 April 1736 in West Grinstead.  She was buried on 18 March 1776 in West Grinstead.  The burial register noted that she was the wife of John Cook.

    Mary married John Cook by banns on 29 April 1764 in West Grinstead.  The witnesses to their marriage were Richard Stiles and James Stiles.

    John and Mary had the following child:

    1. William Cook was baptised on 14 September 1765 in West Grinstead.

  2. Elizabeth Gratwick was privately baptised on 10 April 1738 and admitted to the church on 30 April 1738.  She was buried on 27 June 1738 in West Grinstead.

  3. Sarah Gratwick was baptised on 23 May 1739 in West Grinstead and buried there on 21 March 1739/40.

  4. William Gratwick was privately baptised on 15 November 1741 in West Grinstead and received into the church on 15 March 1741/2.  He married Sarah Noldret in 1767.  (They have their own page.)

  5. Jane Gratwick was baptised on 9 June 1745 in West Grinstead.

    Jane may have married Thomas Gratwick on 10 January 1764/5 in West Grinstead.  She was then of West Grinstead and he was from Cowfold.

  6. John Grattwick was privately baptised on 23 June 1746 in West Grinstead and received into the church on 8 April 1746.

  7. George Gratwick was baptised on 16 May 1749 in West Grinstead and buried there on 27 December 1751.

  8. Ann Gratwick was baptised on 6 August 1754 in West Grinstead.

    Ann married James Nye by banns on 20 July 1776 in West Grinstead.  The witnesses to their marriage were John Cook and James Stiles.

    Another James Nye (1758-1828) married Ann Silverson (1757-1812) in 1779 in Woodmancote, Sussex.  They would seem to have raised their family in Henfield, Sussex.

    Yet another James Nye married Martha Freeman by banns on 10 November 1765 in Horsham, Sussex.  He was then a husbandman of West Grinstead and she of Horsham.  They had a daughter baptised in West Grinstead in 1766.

    A James and Ann Nye had children baptised in Cuckfield, Sussex in 1784, 1786, 1788, 1790, 1792 and 1795.

    James and Ann had the following child:

    1. James Nye was baptised on 23 March 1777 in West Grinstead.



This page was reviewed on 10 April 2012