Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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Richard WILLARD (1676-?)

and Dorothy LAWDENS (?-1777)


Richard Willard and Dorothy Lawdens married on 13 April 1707 in Wisborough Green, Sussex.  They were both then from Chiltington.  (They were not my direct ancestors.)

Richard Willard was baptised on 2 September 1676 in West Chiltington, Sussex.  He was the son of Richard Willard (c1650-1726) and Mary (c1655-1740).

Dorothy Lawdens's date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me.  She was buried on 12 February 1777 in West Chiltington.


Richard Willard and Dorothy Lawdens had 4 known children:

  1. Edward Willard was baptised on 23 December 1707 in West Chiltington.

    Edward married Mary Pescod by banns on 6 November 1733 at the parish church of St. Peter and St. Paul in Ashington, Sussex.  He was then of Washington, Sussex and she of Billingshurst, Sussex.

    Edward and Mary had 2 known children:

    1. Ann Willard was baptised on 8 September 1734 in Ashington.

    2. Edward Willard was baptised on 24 July 1737 in Pulborough, Sussex.  He was buried on 22 March 1821 in Storrington and according to the burial register he was 93 years old.

      Edward married Catherine Standen by banns on 3 June 1762 in Storrington, Sussex.  He was then a bachelor of Ashurst and she a spinster.

      Catherine was born about 1740 and was buried on 18 August 1825 in Storrington.

      A removal order was issued on 17 January 1763 by Pulborough parish to Chiltington parish (or vice versa) in the names of Edward Willard, jun, married and Catherine Willard.  Another removal order was issued to Edward and Catharine on 6 June 1818 removing them from Storrington to Chiltington (or vice versa).

      Edward and Catherine had 1 known daughter:

      1. Philadelphia Willard was baptised on 2 May 1779 in Storrington.

      Did Edward and Catherine have other children?  As a Grace Willard was buried in Storrington on 24 July 1762 and an unnamed Willard was also buried there on 30 July 1764 (burials from the NBI).

    Edward may have married for a second time to Jane Hersey on 29 September 1743 in Pulborough.

    Jane, wife of Edward, was buried on 17 July 1752 in Pulborough.

    Edward and Jane had 1 known son and possibly another:

    1. Hersey Willard may have been part of this family.  He married Mary Boorer in 1771.  (They have their own page.)

    2. Thomas Willard was baptised on 10 May 1748 in Pulborough.  On 16 April 1759, he may have been the Thomas Willard of West Chiltington who was apprenticed to Richard Greenfield, farmer.

  2. Richard Willard was baptised on 15 April 1715 in West Chiltington.  He married twice.  Firstly to Ann Daniels in 1736 and then to Jane Brinkwell, widow in 1754.  (They have their own page.)

  3. Anne Willard was baptised on 15 April 1715 in West Chiltington.  She married Henry Howick by licence on 6 August 1742 in Wiggonholt, Sussex.  He was a wheelwright and she a maiden and they were both of Pulborough.  Surety for their licence was provided by John Bridger a gent of Chichester.

  4. Mary Willard was baptised on 1 August 1721 in West Chiltington.

    Mary married John Gearing on 17 April 1744 in West Chiltington.

    The couple had 4 known children:

    1. John Gearing was baptised on 16 June 1746 in West Chiltington.

    2. William Gearing was baptised in January 1747/8 in West Chiltington.

    3. Maurice Gearing was baptised on 24 September 1757 in West Chiltington.

    4. George Gearing was baptised on 28 June 1761 in West Chiltington.


Did Richard and Mary also have a son John born about 1719?  As a John Willard died aged 71 years and was buried in Storrington on 22 April 1790. 



This page was reviewed on 9 April 2012