Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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Matthew MIRIAM (c1660-1733)

and Joan (?-?)


Matthew Miriam and Joan married before or about 1689.  No possible marriage has been found for them in the Sussex Marriage Index.  (I think they were my 7x Great Grandparents.  Click here to see their possibly place in my pedigree chart.)

Matthew Miriam's date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me.  He was buried on 25 July 1733 in Ifield, Sussex.  (Not sure why I think Matthew senior, rather than junior died in 1733 - I need to double check.)  Might he have been born on 30 January 1653/4 and baptised as Mathew Ellis on 9 March 1653/4 in Horsham, the son of Matthew Merryman and Elizabeth Ellis?

Joan's date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me.


Matthew Miriam and Joan had 3 known children:

  1. Matthew Miriam was baptised on 2 February 1688/9 in Ifield, Sussex.  As Matthew Meryan he may have married Sarah Parsons, widow, by licence on 25 February 1726/7 in Horsham, Sussex.  Their marriage licence was issued on 24 February 1726/7 by the Archdeaconry of Chichester.  It recorded that Matthew Merryan was a labourer and that they were both of Horsham.

  2. William Miriam was baptised on 17 April 1692 in Ifield.  (He may have been my 6x Great Grandfather.)  Did he marry Elizabeth Truelove in 1726 and then Hannah Harrison in 1733?  There was another William Miriam born in 1693.

  3. Richard Miriam was baptised on 28 May 1694 in Ifield.  The Rusper burial register records that Richard Miriam, widower, was buried on 20 May 1751.

    Richard may have married Jane.

    Jane wife of Richard Miriam was buried in Rusper on 14 September 1748.


Matthew may have had a brother:

Richard Myrian of Ifield married Alice H--- on 28 April 1698 in Charlwood, Surrey.

Richard Myrian married Joan Baker on 27 January 1701/2 in Nuthurst, Sussex.



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