Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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Richard PEARSON (c1675-1750)

and Jane POOLE (c1680-1743)

and Mary SWEET (?-?)


Richard Pearson and Jane Poole were my 6x Great Grandparents.  (Click here to see their place in my pedigree chart.)  They married by licence on 17 January 1708/9 in Terwick, Sussex.  Their marriage licence was issued on 14 January 1708/9 by the Archdeaconry of Chichester.  It recorded that Richard Pearson was a bachelor and brickmaker, whilst she was Jane Dennyer, widow.  They were both then of Woolbeding.  The sponsors of the licence were Richard himself, Henry Hearsey a cordwainer of Chichester, John Doe and Richarde Doe.  Her name was recorded as Jane Dennier in the marriage register.  Jane had previously married William Denyer on 1 June 1697 in Bepton, Sussex.  (William and Jane have their own page.)

As a widower and bricklayer of Woolbeding Richard Pearson married Mary Sweet by licence on 12 June 1745 in Cocking, Sussex.  She was a spinster of Woolbeding.  Their marriage licence was issued by the Archdeaconry of Chichester on 10 June 1745.  Surety for the licence was provided by Richard himself and John Gates a bricklayer of Chichester.

Richard Pearson's date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me.  He left a will dated 24 March 1748/9 and proved 8 March 1750.  Principally he left his brickyard and meadow to his son Richard and then to his grandson also named Richard.  Click here to read my transcript of his will.

Jane Poole's date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me.  She was buried on 4 March 1743 in Stedham, Sussex.  The burial register noted she was the wife of Richard Pearson.

Mary Sweet's date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me.  She was appointed the sole executrix of her husband's will.


Richard Pearson and Jane Poole may have been the parents of:

  1. Ann Pearson was named in her father's 1748 will and she was then the wife of William Pryar.

    As Ann Pearcy she married William Pryor by licence on 31 January 1733/4 in Cocking, Sussex.  They were both then of Heyshott.  Their marriage licence was issued on 29 January 1733/4 by the Archdeaconry of Chichester, which recorded that he was a bachelor and husbandman.

    William and Ann had the following known children:

    1. William Prior was baptised on 23 June 1734 in Heyshott.

    2. Jane Prior was baptised on 14 September 1735 in Heyshott.

    3. Richard Prior was baptised on 22 February 1736 in Heyshott.  He was mentioned in his maternal grandfather's will of 1748.

    4. Sarah Prior was baptised on 25 December 1739 in Heyshott.

    5. John Prior was baptised on 22 March 1741 in Heyshott.

    6. Thomas Prior was baptised on 30 May 1742 in Heyshott.

    7. George Prior was baptised on 23 March 1745 in Heyshott.

    8. James Prior was baptised on 23 October 1748 in Heyshott.

    9. Ann Prior was baptised on 29 September 1751 in Heyshott.

  2. Richard Pearson, my 5x Great Grandfather, married Ann Denyer in 1743.  (They have their own page.)




In addition to "my" Jane Poole, there were at least 2 others of similar age:

  1. Jane Pool married William Boone on 10 January 1692/3 in Felpham, Sussex.

  2. Jane Poole, spinster married Thomas Courtney a bachelor, on 23 February 1692/3 in Lurgashall, Sussex.  They were both then of Lurgashall.


The IGI doesn't record any possible baptisms for any of the Jane Poole's.


Could the following be related to Jane:

Elizabeth Poole married Stephen Allen on 2 March 1683/4 in Fernhurst, Sussex.

Benjamin Poole married Martha Marner on 29 April 1678 in Midhurst, Sussex.



This page was updated on 2 June 2012