Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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Edward SAYERS (1682-1723)

and Susan HAMMOND (1685-1733)


Edward Sayers and Susan Hammond may have been my 7x Great Grandparents.  (Click here to see their possible place in my pedigree chart.)  They married on 9 July 1717 in Itchingfield, Sussex.  Edward was then of (West) Chiltington and Susan Beniots, widow was of Pulborough.  Susan had previously married Thomas Bennet by licence on 15 May 1705 in Boxgrove, Sussex.  Their marriage licence was issued the day before by the Archdeaconry of Chichester and noted that Susan Hamond was a spinster of West Chiltington and Thomas Bennett a husbandman of Pulborough.  As Susannah Sayres she married again to Thomas Elliot on 31 May 1726 in West Chiltington.

Edward Sayers was baptised on 17 September 1682 in Pulborough, Sussex.  He was the son of Thomas Sayers (1655-1713) and Susan Jupp (1652-1693).  He may have died in 1723 in Parham, Sussex as in that year letters of administration were grant in respect of Edward Sayers.  Edward was mentioned in his father's will, by which he was left a legacy of just 1 shilling, as his father had already set him up with a farm and stock.  It would seem Edward was mention in the will of Edmund Sayers (1656-1713) as his cousin.  Edward and his brother Thomas were appointed trustees of Edmund's will and were also requested to care for Edmund's children.

Susan Hammond was baptised on 24 January 1684/5 in West Chiltington, Sussex.  She was the daughter of Thomas Hammond. and Susan.  She was mentioned in her mother's will as Susan wife of Thomas Eliot of Parham.  Her mother left her one shilling and her wedding ring.  She was living in Parham, Sussex when she made her will in 1733, which was proved on 24 January 1737/8.  Susan witnessed the 1713 will of William Sayers.

Thomas Bennett was baptised on 20 December 1672 in Pulborough and was the son of William Bennett (?-1701) and Elizabeth Godsmarke, nee Farley.  He was buried on 8 July 1710 in Pulborough.  He left a will in which he mentioned his daughter Susan and "my children", and he appointed his wife as executrix.  He also mentioned his brother-in-law, Edmund Sayers (1656-1713) who had married his sister Elizabeth Bennett in 1694.


Thomas Bennett and Susan Hammond had 3 known children:

  1. Susan Bennet was baptised on 6 March 1706/7 in Pulborough.  She was left a legacy of 100 by her father, to be paid to her when she reached 21 years of age or on her day of marriage.  Susan married Robert Harmes by licence on 20 November 1730 in Parham.  Their marriage licence was issued on 24 October 1730 by the Archdeaconry of Chichester.  It recorded that Susan was a spinster of Parham and Robert a bachelor and yeoman of Amberley.

  2. Anne Bennet was baptised on 22 January 1707/8 in Pulborough.  She may have died young as she was not mentioned in her mother's will.

  3. Thomas Bennett was baptised on 29 September 1710 in Pulborough.


Edward Sayers and Susan Bennett, nee Hammond had 1 known child:

  1. John Sayers, my 6x Great Grandfather, was baptised on 2 January 1719/20 in Parham, Sussex.  He married Ann Holt in 1744.  (They have their own page.)


Thomas Elliott and Susan Sayers, formerly Bennett, nee Hammond had 1 known child:

  1. Edward Elliott was mentioned in his mother's will, by which he was to receive 200 from the estate of his late father.


Many thanks to Norma Podesta for additions to this page.