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Roger WHITE (c1690-1729)

and Mary JOYES (1693-1726)

and Elizabeth DURRANT (1689-1727)


Roger White and Mary Joyes married on 22 November 1713 at the parish church of St. Mary's in Pulborough, Sussex.  Roger married for a second time to Elizabeth Durrant on 14 February 1726/7 in Pulborough.

Roger White's date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me.  He was buried on 13 May 1729 in Pulborough.

Mary Joyes was baptised on 16 August 1693 in Billingshurst, Sussex.  She was the daughter of John Joyes.  She was buried on 19 October 1726 in Pulborough, and the burial register recorded that she was the wife of Roger White.

Elizabeth Durrant was baptised on 23 August 1689 in Fittleworth, Sussex.  She was the daughter of John Durrant and Dorothy Frankling.   She was buried on 10 September 1727 in Pulborough, and the burial register recorded that she was the wife of Roger White.


Roger White and Mary Joyes had 3 known children:

  1. Ann Whyte was baptised on 21 August 1720 in Pulborough and buried there on 17 August 1722 as Ann Whighte, daughter of Roger.

  2. John Whighte was baptised on 7 October 1722 in Pulborough.  He may have been buried on 15 September 1783 or 3 June 1784 or 22 November 1798 in Pulborough.  As John White did he marry Elizabeth Smith on 12 May 1745 in Pulborough?

    John and Elizabeth may have had the following children:

    1. John White was baptised on 12 October 1747 in Pulborough.

    2. Luke White was baptised on 5 November 1749 in Pulborough.

    3. Sarah White was baptised on 12 January 1751/2 in Pulborough.

    4. Ann White was baptised on 31 March 1753 in Pulborough.  As with the other children baptised between 1747 and 1759, only the father's name was recorded in the baptism register.  Unless Ann was baptised when she was at least 4 or 5 months old, or Edward when he was 6 months old, then one or other could not be part of this family.  If they were twins, then surely they would have been baptised at the same time, therefore, I think if they were siblings, Ann must have been baptised as a 4 or 5 month old.

    5. Edward White was baptised on 23 September 1753 in Pulborough.

    6. William White was baptised on 3 August 1755 in Pulborough.  As with Ann and Edward, there is only a 7 month gap between the baptisms of William and Sarah.

    7. Sarah White was baptised on 16 March 1756 in Pulborough.

    8. Mary White was baptised on 24 April 1757 in Pulborough.

    9. Ann White was baptised on 8 June 1759 in Pulborough.

    10. Benjamin White was baptised on 13 December 1761 in Pulborough.  Both his parents were named in the baptism register.  He married Mary Wicker by banns on 17 December 1788 in Petworth, Sussex.  He was then a bachelor of Bignor and she a spinster of Petworth.  The witnesses to there marriage were John Blackman and William Pullin.

    11. James White was baptised on 6 November 1763 in Pulborough.  His parent's names were recorded in the baptism register as John and Betty

  3. William White was baptised on 14 September 1724 in Pulborough. Did he marry Mary Fowler by licence on 11 February 1747/8 in Coldwaltham, Sussex?  They were both then of Hardham.

Given that John and William were orphaned when they were about 6 and 4 years old, who raised them?

If John did marry Elizabeth in 1745, could the names of their children give a clue as to who took care of him as a child?  Their second son was Luke and on 16 May 1726 a Luke White married Jane Randal in Wiggonholt, Sussex.  Luke was then of Storrington and Jane of Houghton.  Luke had a daughter Anne baptised in Pulborough on 6 November 1737.  Anne was said to be baseborn and of Storrington.  Luke and Jane had children baptised in Storrington in 1729 (Luke), 1734 (Elizabeth), 1736 (Mary), 1738 (Ann) and 1742 (Sarah).  Neither Luke nor Roger's baptisms appear in the IGI, nor were they baptised in Pulborough or Storrington.

On 1 March 1737 a bastardy order/bond was issued in respect of an illegitimate child born to Ann Davis a single woman of Pulborough.  She named Luke White a yeoman of Storrington as the putative father.