Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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John PEARSON (1759-1839)

and Lydia RANDALL (1763-1806)


St. Mary's, Bepton, circa 1910 - from Pearson and Lydia Randall were my 4x and 5x Great Grandparents.  (To see their places in my pedigree chart, click here for 4x or here for 5x.)  They married by licence on Sunday 23 November 1783 at the parish church of St. Mary's in Bepton, Sussex.  John was then of Bepton and Lydia of Chithurst, Sussex.  They both made their X marks.  The witnesses to the marriage were Daniel Dennett and John Brown.  Their marriage licence was dated 22 November 1783 and stated that John was of Bepton (12 months) and a 24 year old brickmaker.  Lydia was of Chithurst (1 month) and a 20 year old maiden who married with the consent of her father John Randal a labourer of Chithurst.  Surety was provided by John himself and Daniel Dennet a farmer of Woolbeding, Sussex.  (I believe Lydia's father's name was incorrectly recorded and should have read James Randal.)

John Pearson was baptised on Tuesday 25 September 1759 in Woolbeding, Sussex.  He was the son of Richard Pearson (c1720-1785) and Ann Denyer (1724-1788).  John died aged 82 years and was buried as John Piercy alias Pearson on 9 January 1839 in Bepton.

Lydie Randall was baptised on Sunday 20 November 1763 in Chithurst, Sussex.  She was the daughter of James Randall (1723-1795) and Elizabeth.  She was buried on 8 March 1806 in Bepton and the burial register records that she was the wife of John Pearson.


John Pearson and Lydia Randall had 5 known children:

  1. Ann Pearson, my 4x Great Grandmother, was baptised on 27 June 1784 in Bepton.  As 5 31 Anne Pearcey she married 5 31 John Baxter in 1812.  (They have their own page.)

  2. Jane Pearson was baptised on 10 February 1788 in Bepton.

  3. John Pearson, my 3x Great Grandfather, was baptised privately on 4 July 1790 in Bepton.  He married Charlotte Denyer in 1814.  (They have their own page.)

  4. Sarah Pearson was baptised privately on 14 December 1794 in Bepton.  She may have been the mother of illegitimately born Ann Pearson who was baptised on 26 November 1815 in Midhurst, Sussex.

  5. James Pearson was baptised privately on 3 September 1797 in Bepton.  He died aged 38 years and was buried on 29 March 1835 in Bepton.  The burial register recorded his name as James Piercy.



From A2A:


   Messuage, barn and buildings with 40a. of land called Heathlands in Bepton. Copyhold of the manor of Bepton

      FILE - Lease for term of 99 years - ref.  Albery and Lucas/63  - date: 15 November 1808
         hit[from Scope and Content(b) John Restall of Trotton, yeo.
         hit[from Scope and Content1 cottage and garden near Heathland Gate in Bepton Common, formerly in the occupation of John Restall, sen. but now of John Pearcy, with right to fetch water from spring.

1 cottage and garden in Bepton formerly in the occupation of Richard Restall, but now of Sarah Restall.
Rent: 10d
Covenant: (b) to maintain property at own cost, 5 fine for committing waste


Cottage and garden and two small closes of land in Bepton at or near Pitsom Gate. John Restall of Trotton, yeo.  COWDRAY/1783  15 Nov 1808
Cottage or dwellinghouse and garden near Heathland Gate; and cottage with the garden or piece of ground adjoining: both in the common of Bepton. John Restall, as above.  COWDRAY/1784  15 Nov 1808


John Pearson's granddaughter Sarah Baxter married John Restall in 1833.  John was the illegitimate son of Elizabeth Aylwin and possibly John Restall (1779-1852).



This page was reviewed on 9 April 2012