Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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James MARCHANT (1770-1843)

and Sarah RASSTRIGG (1775-1859)


James Marchant and Sarah Rasstrigg married by banns on 25 April 1799 in Balcombe, Sussex.  He was then of Ardingly and she of Balcombe.  (They were not my direct ancestors.)

James Marchant was born on 2 November 1770 and baptised on 9 December 1770 in Ardingly, Sussex.  He was the son Michael Marchant (1740-1815) and Elizabeth Jarrett (1742-1824).  He died aged 73 years and was buried on 26 December 1843 in Balcombe, on the same day as his brother John.

Sarah Rasstrigg was baptised on 12 February 1775 in Balcombe.  She was the daughter of John Rasstrigg and Martha Goldsmith.  In 1851 she was a 73 year old widow and pauper living at Mates Croft in Balcombe in the home of her youngest son William.  She died aged 84 years and was buried on 3 March 1859 in Balcombe.


James Marchant and Sarah Rasstrigg had 7 known children:

  1. Mary Marchant was baptised on 5 December 1799 in Balcombe.

  2. James Marchant was baptised on 28 April 1802 in Balcombe and buried there on 29 June 1828, aged 26 years.

  3. Henry Marchant was baptised on 10 March 1805 in Balcombe.  He married Harriet before or about 1838.  She was born about 1813 in Balcombe.  In 1851 the couple together with 7 children were living at Mates Croft in Balcombe and Henry was an agricultural labourer.

  4. Martha Marchant was baptised on 8 May 1807 in Balcombe.  She may have married Richard Tester on 30 October 1830 in Slaugham, Sussex.

  5. John Marchant was baptised on 19 August 1810 in Balcombe.  He married Theresa Marchant on 1 June 1833 in Balcombe.  She was born about 1814 in Cuckfield.  In the 1851 the couple together with 4 children were living at Parkers in Balcombe and John was a farmer of 20 acres and an Agricultural Labourer.

  6. Elizabeth Marchant was baptised on 4 July 1813 in Balcombe.

  7. William Marchant was born about 1817 in Balcombe.  He married Elizabeth Upton on 2 June 1849 in Balcombe.  She was born about 1828 in Ardingly.  In 1851 the couple together with their daughter, his widow mother and a lodger 22 year old Frederick Marchant, were living at Mates Croft in Balcombe and William was an agricultural labourer.