Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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Daniel WILD (1711-1757)

and Mary COBBY (1715-?)


Daniel Wild and Mary Cobby may have been my 6x Great Grandparents.  (Click here to see their possible place in my pedigree chart.)  They married by licence on 21 August 1736 at the parish church of St. James in Heyshott, Sussex.  Their marriage licence was issued on the same day by the Archdeaconry of Chichester.  It recorded that Daniel Wilds was a bachelor and husbandman of Woolavington, whilst Mary was a spinster of Woolavington.  Surety for the marriage licence was provided by Daniel himself and Richard Huddlestone a yeoman of Heyshott.

Daniel Wild may have been baptised on 25 July 1711 in West Dean, Sussex and have been the son of John Wild (?-1720) and Catherine Austin (1672-?), which I think most likely.  He may have been buried on 31 January 1757 in Graffham, Sussex.  Another Daniel Wild was baptised on 27 August 1715 in Kirdford, Sussex, the son of Daniel Wild (1682-?) and Mary Tillet (1689-?).

Mary Cobby may have been baptised on 8 May 1715 in Woolavington, Sussex, and have been the daughter of John Cobby and Mary Willard.


Daniel Wild and Mary Cobby may have had the following children:

  1. John Wild was baptised on 21 July 1738 in Graffham, Sussex.

    As John Wiles he may have married Ann Legg by banns on 3 March 1760 in Woolavington.  He was then a labourer of Petworth and she a spinster.  The witnesses to their marriage were James Legg senior and James Legg junior.

    On 12 January 1761 a Removal Order was issued to John Wild, along with wife Ann and infant daughter Ann, from Tillington to Graffham, or vice versa.  Another Removal Order was issued on 19 April 1768, in respect of John Wilds, wife Ann and 3 daughters under 7 years, namely Elizabeth, Mary and Ann.  This time the parishes involved were Tillington and Woolavington.

    Their children were baptised as follows:

    1. Ann Wild's baptism has not been found, but presumably about 1760.  She may have died young.  Ann was part of the family in 1761.

    2. Elizabeth Wilds was born on 25 March and baptised on 28 March 1762 in Graffham.  Only her father's name was shown in the baptism register.

    3. Mary Wild was baptised on 17 February 1765 in Petworth, Sussex.  Both her parents names were recorded in the baptism register.

    4. Ann Wild was born before 1768.

  2. Mary Wild, my 5x Great Grandmother, may have been part of this family.  She married Robert Willard (1735-1811) in 1762 in Graffham.  (They have their own page.)  Might she have been born about 1740?

  3. Elizabeth Wild was baptised on 14 March 1741/2 in Graffham and buried there on 13 January 1753.  The Graffham burial register noted that she was the daughter of Daniel Wild and Mary.


COBBY          WILD