Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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John MARCHANT (1728-1801)

and Elizabeth SMITH (c1728-1752)

and Dorcas ALFREY (1738-1822)


John Marchant and Elizabeth Smith married on 7/17 July 1750 in Linfield, Sussex.  At the time John was of Cuckfield and Elizabeth of Ardingly.  John then married Dorcas Alfrey on 2 May 1758 in Shermanbury, Sussex.  (They were not my direct ancestors, but Dorcas was the sister of my 7x Great Grandfather, John Alfrey.)

John Marchant was born on 11 December 1728 and baptised on 15 December 1728 in Ardingly, Sussex.  He was the eldest son of Edward Marchant (1696-1761) and Sarah Simmonds (1700-1774).  He was buried on 19 August 1801 in Shermanbury.  He was a witness to his sister Elizabeth marriage on 18 June 1769 in Ardingly, at which time he signed his name.

Elizabeth Smith was born about 1728 and buried on 19 July 1752 in Ardingly, aged 24 years.

Dorcas Alfrey was born on 7 May 1738 and baptised on 17 May 1738 in Henfield, Sussex.  She was the fifth child and second daughter of John Alfrey (1691-?) and Elizabeth Davis.  She died age 84 years and was buried on 31 October 1822 in Shermanbury.


John Marchant and Elizabeth Smith had 1 known child:

  1. John Merchant died aged 3 months and was buried on 28 December 1750 in Ardingly.


John Marchant and Dorcas Alfrey had 11 known children:

  1. 5 89 James Marchant was baptised on 31 December 1758 in Shermanbury and buried there on 22/7 October 1761.

  2. John Marchant was baptised on 26 April 1761 in Shermanbury.

  3. Ann Marchant was baptised on 17 October 1762 in Shermanbury.

    Ann married twice.  Firstly by licence to Stephen Stoner on 27 April 1784 in Shermanbury.  He was then a bachelor and labourer of Hurstpierpoint, whilst Ann was a spinster of Shermanbury and made her mark.  Surety for the licence were provided by Stephen himself and William Bowell a farmer of Shermanbury.

    Ann then married James Staplehurst on 28 August 1800 in Leigh, Kent.  He may have been baptised on 17 October 1764 in Lingfield, Surrey.

  4. Sarah Marchant was baptised on 20 January 1765 in Shermanbury and buried there on 20 March 1768.

  5. James Marchant was baptised on 11 January 1767 in Shermanbury.  He married Jane Tye on 10 October 1795 in Shipbourne, Kent.

  6. Lydy Marchant was baptised on 2 July 1769 in Shermanbury.  She was buried on 18 March 1810 in Leigh, Kent.  She married Richard Turner on 13 April 1791 in Leigh.  He was baptised on 15 May 1768 in Leigh and buried there on 6 July 1841.

  7. Hugh Marchant was baptised on 3 March 1771 in Shermanbury and buried there on 14 March 1771.

  8. Edward Marchant was baptised on 3 May 1772 in Shermanbury.  He was buried on 10 July 1850 in Tonbridge, Kent.

    Edward married Elizabeth Pankhurst on 22 August 1795 in Leigh.

    Elizabeth was born about 1778 in Leigh and buried on 14 March 1869 in Tonbridge.

  9. William Marchant was baptised on 16 April 1775 in Shermanbury.  He left a will dated 17 August 1845 and proved on 9 February 1846, in which he stated he was of Moorfields Farm in Cuckfield.

    William married Mary Hamshar on 26 October 1801 in Bolney, Sussex.

    Mary was baptised on 22 May 1778 in Streat, Sussex and was the daughter of William Hamshar and Ann.

    William and Mary had 8 known children.

  10. Henry Marchant was baptised on 23 March 1777 in Shermanbury.  He was buried on 30 May 1814 in Tonbridge, Kent.

    Henry married twice, firstly to Sophia Walking on 18 September 1800 in Leigh.

    Sophia was baptised on 1 April 1781 in Leigh and buried there on 7 November 1804.

    Henry then married Mary Knight on 1 May 1808 in Sevenoaks, Kent.

    Mary was born about 1788 in Shipbourne and was buried on 26 May 1866 in Tonbridge.

  11. Sarah Marchant was baptised on 15 August 1779 in Shermanbury.  She was buried on 16 September 1827 in Leigh.

    Sarah married William Wheatley on 24 April 1810 in Leigh.

    William was baptised on 5 October 1791 in Leigh and buried there on 15 April 1865.



Many thanks to Don Marchant and Tony Bower for the above data.