Ancestors of Mandy Willard
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and Mary HEATH (1721-1796)
were my 6x Great Grandparents.
(Click here to see their place in my pedigree chart.)
They married on 21 October 1740 at the parish church of St. John the Baptist in Sutton, Sussex.
was baptised on 7 August 1715 in Petworth,
Sussex. He was the youngest son and child of
(1673-1749). He was just 12
years old when his father died and his mother remained a widow. His
father was a coachman. Joseph died sometime after 1757 and was
probably buried on 24 June 1785 in Arundel, Sussex, but unfortunately the
burial register only recorded a name and no other helpful information.
was baptised on 2 February 1720/1 in Sutton. She was the daughter of
(1683-1752). She may have been buried on 10 November 1796 in Sutton.
Sutton village is about 4 miles south of Petworth village and the 2 parishes
adjoin one another.
Joseph Henry and Mary
Heath had 7 known children and possibly 2 more:
or Jane Harry
was baptised on 7 March 1741/2 and her
baptism was recorded in the parish registers of Burton cum Coates and
Sutton, Sussex. No possible marriage for her has been found in the Sussex
marriage index. A Jane Henry was a
witness to the marriage of John Reid and Frances Cheraman on
28 December 1760 in Pulborough. Did Jane marry John Gregory on
21 October 1777 in Great Bookham, Surrey?
was baptised on 24 March 1744/5 in Sutton.
No possible marriage for him has been found in the Sussex marriage
index, nor does he appear to have been buried in Sutton as an infant or
John Henry may
have been part of this family. Might he have been baptised as
Joseph and have been known as John to distinguish him from his father?
John married Sarah
Batman on 29 November 1778 in
Storrington, Sussex. He was then of Parham, Sussex. (Who
were the witnesses to their marriage?)
have been baptised on 11 August 1754 in North Stoke, Sussex and have been
the daughter of Joseph Batman and Mary. Sarah died
aged 36 years and was buried on 21 June 1789 in Arundel.
John and Sarah had
5 known children:
was baptised on 11 April 1779 in
was baptised on 14 January 1781 in
was baptised on 30 March 1783 in
Arundel, Sussex. She died aged 74 years (as per the burial
register) and was buried on 3 April 1853 in Petworth.
Elizabeth married Henry Burgess by banns on 22
February 1802 in Petworth. He was then a bachelor and she a
spinster and they were both of Petworth. The witnesses to the
Clement Roberts Burgess and Hannah Henry.
Henry was baptised on 7 June 1767 in
Petworth and was the son of John Burgess and Elizabeth. He was a shepherd and labourer. Henry
died aged 63 years and was buried on 7 August 1829 in Petworth..
Henry and Elizabeth had 3 known children:
John Burgess was born on 20 September and baptised on 13
November 1803 in Petworth. He died as an infant and was buried there on 29 December
James Burgess was born on 5 January and baptised on 13 January
1805 in Petworth. He died aged 63 years and was buried on 8 July
1869 in Petworth.
James married Susannah Boyden by banns on 24 April 1838 in
Petworth. He was then a bachelor and gamekeeper from Johanna in
Petworth. She was a spinster and servant from Petworth House.
Their fathers were named as Henry Burgess a deceased bailiff
and Thomas Boydon a carpenter. The witnesses to the
marriage were Philip Hoad and Mary Richardson.
When the 1841 census was recorded James was a beer shop keeper living
in North Street along with his 2 young children and his 58 year old
mother Elizabeth Burgess. In 1851, 46 year old James was
a widower and brewer living at the Beer House in North Street,
Petworth, along with his 70 year old widowed mother and his 2
children. The family also had a 14 year old house servant,
Frances Holden living with them in 1851.
James and Susan had 2 known children:
Elizabeth Burgess was baptised on 3 March 1839 in Petworth, at
which time her father was a gamekeeper. She was 2 years old when
the 1841 census was recorded and a 12 year old scholar in 1851.
George Burgess was baptised on 11 October 1840 in Petworth, at
which time his father was a beer shopkeeper. When the 1841
census was recorded he was 8 months old and in 1851 he was a 10 year
old scholar. George died aged 24 years and was buried on 8 July
1864 in Petworth.
Charles Burgess was born in 1814 in Tillington and baptised on 16 July 1815 in Petworth,
at which time his father was a labourer from Gunter's Bridge in
He died on 13 August 1853. Charles was a coal merchant and inn
Charles married Jane Cox by banns on 20 February 1838 in
Petworth. He was then a bachelor and coal merchant from Pound
Street and she a spinster from Tillington Village. Their fathers
were named as Henry Burgess a deceased shepherd and James
Cox who was also deceased. The witnesses to their marriage
were James Burgess and Susan Boyden.
Jane was born in 1808 in Tillington and died in 1873.
The couple had 2 known children.
was baptised on 19 June 1785 in Arundel
and he may have been buried there on 24 June 1785, but the burial
register only records the name, whereas other infants were identified as
therefore, I think the burial was that of his grandfather.
Joseph Henry may have married Mary.
Joseph and Mary had the following son:
Josiah Henry baptised on 19 February 1819 in Fittleworth,
was baptised on 25 August 1786 in Arundel.
Binstead by banns on 23 March 1811 in Bignor, Sussex. The
witnesses to the marriage were John Kelham and Jane Batman.
(Jane Batman was probably a cousin and she married James Cooper
on 10 July 1813 in Houghton, Sussex. John Kelham married Sarah
Snelling on 2 May 1809 in Bignor.)
Thomas Freeharry was baptised on 25 September 1748 in
Sutton. It was noted that he was the son of Joseph and Mary.
Freeharry, my 5x Great Grandmother,
was baptised on 11 March 1749/50 in Sutton. As
Hannah Henry she married
in 1770. (They have their own
page.) She may have been named after her mother's elder half
was baptised on 25 February 1753 in
Sutton. He died aged 78 years and was buried on 24 August 1831 in
Bignor, Sussex, as William Henrys.
Did William marry Elizabeth Richard on 18 December 1772 in
East Lavant, Sussex? No possible children appear for them in the
was baptised on 9 March 1755 in Sutton.
The Sutton burial register records that a 67 year old Elizabeth
Sheppard was buried on 6 March 1813, therefore, born about 1746
- might her age have been wrongly recorded?
William Shepherd by banns on 17
December 1776 in Sutton. He was then a bachelor and she a spinster
and they were both of Sutton. The witnesses to the marriage were
Henry Neal and John Tribe.
William was baptised on 21
October 1753 in Sutton and was the son of John Shepherd and
Catherine. He died aged 70 years and was buried on 16 May 1824
William and Elizabeth had 8 known children:
William Shepard was baptised on 8 March 1778 in Sutton.
John Sheppard was baptised on 3 October 1779 in Sutton.
Thomas Shepperd was baptised on 4 July 1782 in Sutton.
James Sheppard was baptised on 14 May 1786 in Sutton.
Catherine Shephard was baptised on 22 July 1787 in Sutton.
Richard Shephard was baptised on 22 November 1789 in Sutton.
James Shephard was baptised on 20 November 1792 in Sutton.
Joseph Shephard was baptised on 20 September 1796 in Sutton.
was baptised on 1 May 1757 in Sutton.
No possible marriage for her in the Sussex Family History Group's marriage
Mary Henry may have been part of this family.
had an illegitimate son:
Gearing Henry was baptised on 24 February 1771 in Stopham, Sussex.
Clement was baptised on 21 February 1775 in Petworth. He was the son
of John Burgess and Sarah Roberts who had married by licence
on 6 December 1774 in Petworth. As a
25 year old bachelor of Tillington, Sussex, Clement Burgess married Ann Howard on
11 January 1800 in Fittleworth. Then as a widower Clement
Rogers Burgess married Elizabeth Pratt on 9 February 1809 in
Petworth. On 2 February 1802 in Petworth, Clement was a witness to the
Henry Burgess. Could Clement and Henry have been half brothers?
Or perhaps nephew and uncle?
Many thanks to
Alan Burgess for additions to this page.
This page was updated on 29 May 2014