Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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Henry PURVEY (1665-1711)

and Bridget SHERLEY (1668-1745)


Henry Purvey and Bridget Sherley were my 7x Great Grandparents, 3x over, via 3 of their daughters.  (Click here to see their place in my pedigree chart via Elizabeth, here for Sarah and here for Bridget.)  They married on 28 April 1691 at the parish church of St. Giles in Shermanbury, Sussex.

Henry Purvey was baptised on 16 May 1665 in Slaugham, Sussex.  He was the son of Robert Purvey (1629-1680) and Anne (possibly Ann Streeter).  He was buried on 14 May 1711 in Bolney, Sussex.  A burial took place 3 weeks before he died and the next was more than 2 months after, so no evidence of widespread illness in the village.  As Henry was only about 46 years old when he died, did he have an accident or was he ill?

Bridget Sherley was baptised on 4 October 1668 in Bolney, Sussex.  She was the daughter of Edward Sherly (1620-1681) and Alice Curtis (1629-?), although at her baptism her mother's name was recorded as Ealce.  She was buried on 19 February 1744/5 in Bolney, making her about 75 when she died.

How did Bridget cope after Henry's death?  She was left with 6 children aged between 17 and 2.  Did Henry leave sufficient money and/or property or the lease of a house and land?  Or were Bridget and her children taken in by relatives?  Her eldest son was about 16 years old when his father died, so did he help to support his mother, sisters and younger brother?  Of Bridget's 6 children who survived to adulthood, only her eldest daughter remained in Bolney.


Henry Purvey and Bridget Sherley had 8 known children:

  1. Henry Purvey was baptised on 6 March 1691/2 in Bolney and buried there on 10 March 1691/2 as Henry Purvie.

  2. Mary Purvey was baptised on 9 August 1693 in Bolney.  Mary married Richard Moore in 1713.  (They have their own page.)

  3. Richard Purvey was baptised on 14 January 1694/5 in Bolney.  He married Ann Borgery in 1725.  (They have their own page.)

  4. Henery Purvy was baptised on 14 March 1696/7 in Bolney and buried there on 3 April 1697 as Henry son of Henry Prvey.

  5. Elizabeth Purvey was baptised on 10 July 1698 in Bolney.  She married William Nowls in 1722.  They were most probably my 6x Great Grandparents.  (They have their own page.)

  6. Robart Purve was baptised on 5 November 1701 in Bolney.  He married Ann Potter in 1723 and then Mary Tuppen in 1730.  (They have their own page.)

  7. Sarah Purvey, my 6x Great Grandmother, was baptised on 9 August 1706 in Bolney.  She married Richard Odeley (1705-1742) in 1732.  (They have their own page.)

  8. Bridgett Purvey, my 6x Great Grandmother, was baptised on 24 January 1708/9 in Bolney.  She married Thomas Lillyott (c1705-1765) in 1733.  (They have their own page.)



A Mary Purvey married John Falkner on 13 April 1738 in Cuckfield.  Could she have been part of the above family?



This page was updated on 22 July 2012