Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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Francis RICHARDSON (1706-1760)

and Mary  (c1710-1753)


Francis Richardson and Mary were my 6x Great Grandparents.  (Click here to see their place in my pedigree chart.)  They married sometime before or about 1739.  No possible marriage for them has been found in the Sussex marriage index.

Francis Richardson was baptised on 10 March 1705/6 in Bolney, Sussex.  He was the son of 5 184 Francis Richardson (c1680-1743) and 5 184 Mary Young (?-1745).  He was buried on 10 May 1760 in Bolney.

Mary’s date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me.  She was buried on 14 September 1753 in Bolney. 


Francis Richardson and Mary had 6 known children:

  1. 5 122 Mary Richardson, my 5x Great Grandmother, was baptised on 24 February 1739/40 in Bolney.  She married William West in 1760.  (They have their own page.)

  2. John Richardson was baptised on 16 August 1741 in Bolney.  He died aged 63 years and was buried on 20 April 1804 in Bolney. 

    John married Sarah.

    Sarah died aged 57 years and was buried on 8 August 1804 in Bolney.

    They had 1 known daughter:

    1. Elizabeth Richardson was buried on 6 August 1775 in Bolney.  Her baptism was not recorded in the Bolney registers.

  3. Ann Richardson was baptised on 28 August 1743 in Bolney.  She may have married Richard Lidbetter on 16 January 1766 in Nuthurst.

  4. Elizabeth Richardson was baptised on 9 June 1745 in Bolney.  She may have been buried on 19 December 1795 or 31 October 1801, both in Bolney, but unfortunately the parish register gives no clue as who the Elizabeth’s were.

    Elizabeth married William Saunders of Bolney by banns on 15 April 1773 in Cowfold.  The witnesses were Isaac Anscomb and Mary West.

    William was baptised on 16 May 1741 in Bolney and was the son of 5 189 John Saunders and 5 189 Mary Ward (1713-1771).  He died aged 71 years and was buried on 18 August 1812 in Bolney. 

    William and Elizabeth had 2 known daughters.

  5. Francis Richardson was baptised on 11 November 1750 in Bolney.

    Francis married Susanna King on 27 May 1772 in Cuckfield.

    A Settlement Order was issued on 31 August 1782 in the name of Francis Richardson, married, wife Susan, parish Bolney, other parish Cuckfield.

    Francis and Susanna had 5 known children:

    1. John Richardson was baptised on 13 September 1772 in Slaugham.

    2. Francis Richardson was baptised on 20 November 1774 in Bolney.

    3. Henry Richardson was baptised on 16 June 1776 in Bolney.

    4. William Richardson was baptised on 31 May 1778 in Slaugham.

    5. Mary Richardson was baptised on 7 November 1790 in Bolney.

  6. Harry Richardson was baptised on 5 November 1752 in Bolney.


When Mary (the mother) died, the eldest child was coming up for 14 years old, whilst the youngest nearly 1 year old.  Then nearly 7 later the father died.  So what became of the younger children?