Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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Ralph THORNS (c1660-1741)

and Mary FEIST (c1665-1722)


Ralph Thornes and Mary Feist may have been my 8x Great Grandparents.  They married on 20 May 1686 in Horsham, Sussex.  She was then from Beeding.

Ralph Thorns was most probably baptised as Roulfe Thornes on 18 March 1659/60 in Shipley, the son of Ralfe Thornes and Mary Hurst.  He was buried on 11 December 1741 in Horsham and the burial register noted that he was a poor man.  Another Ralfe Thornes was born on 27 April 1650 and baptised on 5 May 1650 in Horsham, the son of Thomas Thornes.

Mary Feist's date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me.  Mary wife of Ralph Thorns, a labourer was buried on 22 November 1722 in Horsham.


Ralph Thorns and Mary Feist had 7 known children: 

  1. John Thornes was baptised on 26 May 1687 in Horsham and probably died as an infant.

  2. Mary Thornes was baptised on 31 November 1689 in Horsham.

  3. John Thorns was born on 27 June 1693 and baptised on 3 August 1693 in Horsham.

  4. Thomas Thorne was baptised on 4 August 1696 in Horsham.

    Thomas may have married Mary Branch on 24 April 1718 in Horsham.  She was then a spinster.

  5. Jane Thorns was baptised on 26 September 1700 in Horsham.

  6. William Thorns was born on 7 August 1702 and baptised on 16 September 1702 in Horsham.

    William may had married Ann.

    William and Ann had the following child:

    1. Ann Thorns was baptised on 15 July 1730 in Horsham.

  7. George Thorns was baptised on 24 April 1704 in Horsham.  It was noted in the baptism register that his father was a labourer.  George married Joan Grumbridge in 1727.  (They have their own page.)



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