Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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Richard SILVERSON (1726-1791)

and Ann TREE (1722-1801)


Richard Silverson and Ann Tree were my step 6x Great Grandparents.  (Click here to see their place in my pedigree chart.)  They married on 6 May 1749 in Albourne, Sussex.

Richard Sylvester was baptised on 13 March 1725/6 in Edburton, Sussex.  He was the son Richard Silvester (1692-?) and Elizabeth Backshall (c1700-?).  The baptism register records that he was the son of Richard Sylvester and Elizabeth.  Richard was buried on 12 August 1791 in Albourne, Sussex, and his surname was then spelt Silverson.

Ann Tree was most probably baptised on 30 September 1722 in Cowfold, Sussex, the daughter of John Tree (c1700-?) and Ann Ridge (1699-?).  She was buried on 13 February 1801 in Albourne when her surname was recorded as Silverstone.


Richard Silverson and Ann Tree had 6 or 7 or 8 known children:

  1. Richard Silverson was baptised on 14 January 1749/50 in Albourne.  He married Sarah Harland in 1776.  (They have their own page.)

  2. John Sylverston was baptised on 16 February 1751/2 in Albourne.  He married twice, firstly to Jenny Gearin in 1776 and then to Elizabeth Friend in 1780.  (They have their own page.)

  3. Elizabeth Silverson was born about 1755/6.  She died aged 56 years and was buried on 8 March 1812 in Patcham.  The burial register noted that she was late Silverson and the wife of Samuel Baker.

    Elizabeth married Samuel Baker on 27 July 1777 in New Shoreham, Sussex.  He was then a bachelor of Patcham and she a spinster.

    Samuel Baker died aged 70 years and was buried on 14 July 1822 in Patcham, therefore, born about 1752.  He was most probably baptised on 11 August 1751 in Patcham, the son of John Baker and Elizabeth.

    Samuel and Elizabeth were most probably the witnesses to the marriage of my 5x Great Grandmother Lucy Gadsby (c1737-1804), when she married her third husband, Thomas Vinall, in 1802 in Patcham.

  4. Anne Silverson was baptised 27 November 1757 in Albourne.  At her baptism, her surname was recorded as Sylvester.  She married James Nye in 1779.  (They have their own page.)

  5. Sarah Silverson was baptised on 25 July 1760 in Hangleton, Sussex.  At the time of her baptism, her surname was spelt Silverstone.  She had an illegitimate daughter:

    1. Mary Silverstone was privately baptised on 8 March 1794 in Edburton and received into the church on 6 April 1794.  Mary was buried in Edburton on 10 August 1794.

  6. Barbara Silverson was baptised on 18 July 1762 in Edburton.  Her surname was then spelt Sylverstone.

    Barbara married twice.  Firstly to Henry Green by banns on 22 October 1788 at St. Nicholas in Brighton, Sussex.  Henry was then a bachelor and signed his name, whilst Barbara Silverston was a spinster who made her X mark.  They were both then of Brighton.  The witnesses were Thomas Nutley (signed), Mary Kent (marked), Fanny Howell (signed), Richard Avery (signed) and Barbara Jeffery (signed).

    Henry and Barbara had 1 known daughter:

    1. Fanny Green was baptised on 17 February 1793 in Brighton.

    Barbara next married James James by banns on 12 May 1811 at St. Nicholas, Brighton.  He was then a widower and she a widow, and they were both of Brighton and both made their X marks.  The witnesses were Elizabeth Cu??? (signed) and John Pocock (signed).

  7. Frances Silverson was privately baptised on 2 March 1766 in Edburton.  Her surname was then spelt Sylverstone.  She was admitted into the church on 16 March 1766.

Might Richard and Ann have been the parents of:

  1. Charles Silverson married twice.  Firstly to Sarah before or about 1800.  They had 2 known sons:

    1. Charles Silverson was born on 8 September and baptised on 8 October 1800 at St. Nicholas, Brighton.

    2. Charles Silverson was born on 10 August and baptised on 27 September 1801 at St. Nicholas, Brighton.

    Charles then married Mary Gurr on 12 September 1811 at St. Nicholas, Brighton.  He was then described as Charles Silverson, widower who made his X mark.  She was a spinster and signed her name.  The witnesses were Mary Hall (marked) and John Pocock (signed).  Charles and Mary had 1 known son:

    1. Henry Silverson was baptised on 6 February 1814 in Brighton.  At the time his father was a labourer of Pimlico in Brighton.  The death of a Henry Silverstone was registered in the first quarter of 1842 in the Brighton registration district.  Henry married Maria Cornick on 6 November 1836 in Hove, Sussex.  The couple had 1 known daughter:

      1. Mary Ann Augusta Silverson was baptised on 21 May 1837 in Brighton.  Her surname was then spelt Silverston and her father was a porter of Blucher Place in Brighton.

      After Henry's death Maria married Thomas Mellish on 21 November 1858 in Hove.



This page was updated on 16 May 2012