Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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Richard SAWYER (c1761-?)

and Elizabeth COYFE (c1766-?)


Richard Sawyer and Elizabeth Coyfe married by licence on 7 June 1785 in Withyham, Sussex.  Their marriage licence was issued by the Archdeaconry of Lewes on 7 May 1785 and recorded that Richard was a yeoman and bachelor of Rotherfield, Sussex aged 24 years and upwards.  Elizabeth was a spinster of Withyham aged 19 years and upwards.  (They were not my direct ancestors.)

Richard Sawyer's date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me.  Might he have been baptised on 22 July 1757 in Rotherfield and have been the son of John Sawyer and Elizabeth White?  They had married on 3 October 1743 in the Fleet Prison, London and also had a son named Stephen baptised in Rotherfield in1762.

Elizabeth Coyfe's date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me.


Richard Sawyer and Elizabeth Coyfe had 9 known children:

  1. Ann Sawyers Coyfe was baptised on 26 June 1785 at St. Michael's in Withyham.  Only her mother's name was recorded against her baptism.  She may have died aged 46 years and have been buried at St. Peter's in Bexhill, Sussex on 7 March 1829.

  2. Stephen Sawyers married Dorothy Lansdell by licence on 27 March 1811 in Ninfield, Sussex.  He was then of Hooe and she of Ninfield.  They had at least 1 child:

    1. William Sawyer was born on 29 December 1811 and baptised on 10 January 1812 in Ninfield.

  3. John Sawyers

  4. David Sawyers

  5. Susanna Sawyers

  6. Thomas Sawyers

  7. Benjamin Sawyer was born on 12 June and baptised on 17 July 1806 in Hooe.

  8. Joseph Sawyer was born on 5 February 1808 and baptised on 31 May 1812 in Hooe.

  9. Jonathan Sawyer was baptised on 21 November 1813 in Hooe.


Many thanks to Gloria Bauer Ishida for additions to this page.