Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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Charles WILLARD (c1780-1854)

and Mary ANDREW (1778-1843)


Charles Willard and Mary Andrew married by banns on 20 October 1806 in Upper Beeding, Sussex.  He was a bachelor and she a spinster.  The witnesses to their marriage were Richard Andrew and Frances Andrew.  (They were not my direct ancestors.)

Charles Willard was born about 1780.  He died aged 74 years and was buried in 1854 in Capel, Surrey.

Mary Andrew was baptised on 18 September 1778 in Horsham, Sussex.  She was the daughter of John Andrew and Sarah Longhurst.  She died aged 65 years and was buried in 1843 in Capel.

When the 1841 census was recorded the couple were living at Roughey Place in Horsham, Sussex.  They were both said to be 61 years old, both born in Sussex and Charles was an agricultural labourer.


Charles Willard and Mary Andrew had at least 4 known children:

  1. Charles Willard was baptised on 18 September 1809 in Upper Beeding.  He may have been the Charles Willard who married Sarah Berwich in 1839.  (They have their own page.)

  2. Robert Willard was born on 5 August 1810 and baptised on 2 December 1810 in Ifield, Sussex.  Robert most probably married Eliza Bowers in 1832.  (They have their own page.)

  3. Mary Willard was baptised on 14 March 1812 in Ifield.  She may have been the Mary Willard who married Joseph Willard in 1836.  (They have their own page.)  If so, Joseph was probably the son of James Willard and Mary Elliott.  However, Joseph's wife was said to have been born sometime between 1813 and 1815, so she may have been the daughter of James and Mary and Joseph the son of Charles and Mary.

  4. Ann Willard may have been part of this family.  She may have been born about 1815 in Horsham (as per the 1851 census) or about 1817 in Ifield (as per the 1881 census).

    When the 1841 census was recorded she was most probably living with Charles Willard and his wife Sarah in the High Street of the St. Mary the Virgin district of Guildford.

    In 1851 she was most probably an unmarried 36 year old servant in the home of 53 year old David Jones, a General Practitioner, in Capel Street, Capel.  Also part of the household was 15 year old Kate Willard who was the daughter of Robert Willard and Eliza Bowers.

    I have not identified Ann in the 1861 census, but in 1871 she was a 50 year old annuitant living alone in Capel, Surrey.  She then gave her place of birth as Horsham.

    In 1881 she was an unmarried 64 year old annuitant, living next door to Robert and Eliza in Capel.

  5. James Willard was baptised on 30 April 1819 in Horsham.  The baptism register noted that his father was a farmer from Beeding.  The 1861 census records that a 41 year old James Willard, born in Capel, was an unmarried agricultural labourer, lodging with the family of 35 year old Jack Stanford at Highland in Capel.


Might Charles have had the following siblings:

James Willard (c1777-1832) married Mary Elliott (c1775-?) by banns on 12 February 1806 in Upper Beeding.

Sarah Willard (c1785-1819) married John Jones by banns on 1 December 1805 in Upper Beeding.  He was a bachelor and she a spinster.  The witnesses to their marriage were Charles Willard and Mary Camdrene (could that be Andrew?).  John and Sarah's children were:  Catherine 1806, Charles 1808, Ann 1809, Maria 1810, John 1811, Emma 1815, Henry 1817 and Mary 1818.


It would seem unlikely they were the children of Hersey Willard (c1745-1797) and Mary Boorer (?-1792), who had children baptised in nearby Ockley, Surrey.


Might they in some way be related to William Willard (1757-1831) and Leah Jay (1761-1817)?  They did have a son James Willard born in 1785 in Warnham, but it would seem he married Jane Woolvin in 1808 and they were both buried in Warnham in 1856 and 1866, respectively.  They also had a daughter Sarah Willard baptised in 1799.  Could William have been the uncle of Sarah, Charles and James?  William did have a brother John.



This page was reviewed on 9 April 2012