Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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Edward SA(W)YERS (c1645-1711)

and Mary SCRACE (c1650-?)


Edward Sayars and Mary Scrace were my 8x Great Grandparents.  (Click here to see their place in my pedigree chart.)  They married on 11 February 1674/5 in Horsted Keynes, Sussex.

Edward Sa(w)yers was mentioned as deceased in his brother Walter Sayers will of 1728.  Walter was baptised in Lindfield, Sussex in 1641 and was the son of Richard Sayers (1604-1665) and Ann Parsson.  Edward was most probably also born in Lindfield and his baptism may have taken place between 1644 and 1647, when there is a gap in the registers.  Edward was buried on 1 July 1711 in Lindfield.

Mary Scraceís date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me.  Might she have been baptised on 18 October 1649 in Westmeston, Sussex and have been the daughter of John Scrase?  However, another Mary Scrace married John Allexsander on 9 November 1670 in Cuckfield, Sussex, and yet another Mary Scrace married William Godly on 5 July 1677 in Horsted Keynes.


Edward Sa(w)yers and Mary Scrace had 6 known children:

  1. William Sawyer was baptised on 21 December 1675 in Lindfield.

  2. Ann Saires was baptised on 16 December 1681 in Lindfield.

  3. Edward Sawyer was baptised on 30 January 1687/8 in Lindfield.

  4. Walter Sawyers, my 7x Great Grandfather, was baptised on 21 May 1691 in Lindfield.  He married Catherine in about 1725.  (They have their own page.)

  5. A daughter (her uncle Walter Sayers who died in 1728 mentioned that his nephew Walter had 2 sisters and 2 brothers.

  6. Jane Sayers was buried on 24 April 1700 in Lindfield (as per a transcript of the Lindfield registers).


Many thanks to Nigel Sawyer for additions to this page.