Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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Richard STEDMAN (1764-?)

and Elizabeth BOX (1768-?)


Richard Stedman and Elizabeth Box married by banns on 19 July 1788 in Ardingly, Sussex.  They were both of Ardingly and both made their X marks.  The witnesses to their marriage were Thomas Stedman and Richard Creasy.  (They were not my direct ancestors.  Elizabeth was the sister of my 4x Great Grandmother, Sarah Box.)

Richard Stedman was baptised on 23 October 1764 in Balcombe, Sussex.  He was the son of William Stedman and Mary Rice.  Richard may have been a witness to the 1788 marriage of Elizabeth’s sister, Sarah and to the 1790 marriage of her sister Catherine.

Elizabeth Box was born on 10 June and privately baptised on 11 July 1768 in Ardingly.  She was admitted into the Church on 24 July or August 1768.  She was the daughter of 5 77 John Box (1732-1810) and 5 77 Hannah Hames (1737-1816).


Richard Stedman and Elizabeth Box had 5 known children:

  1. Richard Stedman was born on 24 November and baptised on 26 December 1788 in Ardingly.

  2. Sarah Stedman was born on 14 November and baptised on 28 December 1792 in Ardingly.

  3. Mildred Stedman was born on 27 April and baptised on 28 June 1795 in Ardingly.

  4. Mary Stedman was born on 26 November 1797 and baptised on 14 January 1798 in Ardingly.  Her father's name was recorded as Edward Stedman in the transcript of the Ardingly baptism register, but this was the only mention of an Edward at that time and I think Richard's name was wrongly recorded.  Mary died aged 1˝ years and was buried on 5 June 1799 in Ardingly.

  5. John Stedman was born on 25 April and baptised on 25 May 1800 in Ardingly.


BOX          STEDMAN