Ancestors of
Mandy Willard



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Richard PEARSON (c1720-1785)

and Ann DENYER (1724-1788)


Richard Pearson and Ann Denyer were my 5x and 6x Great Grandparents.  (Click here (5x) or here (6x)to see their place in my pedigree chart.)  They married by licence on 30 July 1743 in Woolbeding, Sussex.  Their marriage licence recorded that Richard was a bachelor and brickburner, whilst Ann was a spinster of Woolbeding.  The sponsors of the licence were Richard himself and Thomas Denyer a brickburner of Woolbeding.

Richard Pearson's date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me.  He was the son of Richard Pearson (c1675-1750) and Jane Poole (c1680-?).  He was a brickmaker.  Richard was buried on 27 August 1785 in Bepton, Sussex and the burial register records that he was a pauper.  He was mentioned in his father's will, by which he received his father's brickyard in Wooldbeding.

Ann Denyer was baptised on 26 February 1723/4 in Woolbeding.  She was the daughter of Robert Denyer (1701-?) and Ann Austin (1703-?).  She was buried on 22 March 1788 in Bepton and was described in the burial register as the widow of Richard Pearson.


Richard Pearson and Ann Denyer had 2 known children:

  1. Richard Pearson was born before 1748.  He was named in his grandfather's will.

  2. John Pearson, my 4x Great Grandfather, was baptised on 25 September 1759 in Woolbeding.  Both his parent's were named in the baptism register.  He married my 4x Great Grandmother 5 96 Lydia Randall in 1783.  (They have their own page.)



Richard Pierson married Mary Purser by licence on 6 March 1753 in Burton cum Coates, Sussex.  Their licence was issued on 4 March 1753 by the Archdeaconry of Chichester, which recorded that Richard was a bachelor and brickmaker, and Mary was a spinster.  They were both of Petworth.  Sponsors to the licence were Richard himself and Thomas Pierson a Husbandman of Petworth.  Richard may have been born on 4 February and baptised on 19 February 1730 in Petworth and have been the son of William Person and Elizabeth.



The following was found on the A2A web site:

Estate Papers, Manorial Title Deeds, Manor of West Preston.

FILE - Attested copy of Conveyance (Lease and Release) to declare the uses of a Recovery - ref.  GOODWOOD/E496, 497  - date: 10, 11 March 1780

. newly erected barn, with gateroom, land and part of a fish pond adjoining called North Lands (in all 15a.) in Woolbeding, late in occ. of Richard Pearson and now of Christopher Croucher .


"Brickmaking in Sussex" mentions that Christopher Croucher paid tax on brick kilns in respect of land near Tyeland Farm on the edge of Bepton Common.  Before him the brickyard was occupied by Robert Denyer died in 1657, Robert Denyer died in 1684, William Denyer was the owner of the freehold in 1724, Thomas Denyer died in 1730 and William Denyer in 1743.

The book also mentions that Richard Pearson was in occupation of the brickyard on Bepton Common east of Serverals Road in 1751.  He was followed by John Pearson who was there in 1783, John Percy/Pearson was the tenant in 1838, John Pearson in 1860, Peter Pearson from 1874 to 1878 and Mrs Fanny Pearson in 1882.



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