Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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Robert WILLARD (1709-?)

and Mary LAURENCE (c1714-1745)

and Mary BREEDON (c1715-?)


Pulborough Church circa 1791 - from Willard and Mary Larence were my 6x Great Grandparents.  (Click here to see their place in my pedigree chart.)  They married on 8 May 1735 at the parish church of St. Mary's in Pulborough, Sussex.  After Mary's death, Robert married Mary Breedon on 26 or 28 December 1745 in Pulborough.

Robert Willard was baptised on 27 July 1709 in Pulborough.  He was the son of William Willard (c1680-1753) and Sarah West (1680-1752).  Only his father's name was recorded in the Pulborough baptism register.  He does not seem to have been buried in Pulborough, nor in Storrington or Billingshurst - I need to check West Chiltington, although there is nothing in the transcript of the parish burial registers.

Mary Laurence may have been baptised on 15 December 1706 in Wisborough Green, the daughter of Edward Lawrence and Mary Collens. Or on 27 April 1708 in Coldwaltham, the daughter of John Lawrence and Ann. Or on 15 January 1713 in Fittleworth, Sussex, the daughter of Thomas Laurence and Mary.  Or she may have been baptised on 8 October 1715 in Stopham, Sussex, the daughter of John Laurence and Mary Kinions.  Mary was buried on 13 May 1745 in Pulborough.

Mary Breaden's date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me.  There were a few possibilities:

12 March 1712 in Pulborough, the daughter of Edmund Breden and Katherine Harwood.  She or a younger Mary may have married Thomas Mellish on 6 June 1734 in Pulborough.  Thomas and Mary named a son Edmund in 1740.  Thomas may have been buried on 28 October 1792 in Pulborough.

20 December 1713 in Pulborough, the daughter of Robert Breaden and Ann Greenfield.

9 April 1714 in Storrington, Sussex, the daughter of John Breaden.  She may have married George Sperry on 21 February 1736/7 in Parham, Sussex.

16 August 1724 in Storrington, the daughter of James Breadon (?-1730) and Margaret Roots (?-1728), but she was buried in Storrington on 29 September 1724.


Robert Willard and Mary Laurence had 4 known children:

  1. Robert Willard, my 5x Great Grandfather, was baptised on 7 September 1735 in Pulborough.  He married Mary Wild in 1762.  (They have their own page.)

  2. Mary Willard was baptised on 2 September 1738 in Pulborough.  She was buried on 21 October 1777 in West Chiltington, Sussex.

    Mary married William Penfold by banns on 12 May 1760 in Pulborough.  He was then a bachelor and she a maiden.  They were both of Pulborough and both made their X marks.  The witnesses to the marriage were Daniel Searle and John Hues.  The banns were published in Pulborough on 27 April, 4 and 11 May 1760.

    William was probably baptised on 10 April 1733 in West Chiltington and have been the son of George Penfold (1693-?) and Susan Lyfford (1700-?).

    William and Mary had 5 known children:

    1. Susan Penfold was baptised on 19 May 1760 in West Chiltington and buried there on 20 May 1760.

    2. Parnel Penfold was baptised on 13 February 1763 in West Chiltington.

      Parnell married John Collens on 13 October 1785 in Coldwaltham, Sussex.  They were both of Hardham.  He was a bachelor and made his X mark.  She was a spinster and signed her name.  The witnesses were Daniel ? (marked) and Thomas Ridell (signed).

      John was born about 1755.  He died aged 79 years and was buried on 16 January 1834 in Hardham.

      John and Parnel had 3 known children:

      1. Sarah Collins was baptised on 31 August 1788 in Pulborough.  She died as an infant and was buried on 2 February 1789 in Hardham.

      2. George Collins was baptised on 9 December 1792 in Hardham.

      3. John Collins was baptised on 1 November 1795 in Hardham.

    3. Sarah Penfold was baptised on 22 December 1765 in West Chiltington.

    4. Susanna Penfold was baptised on 13 March 1768 in West Chiltington.

    5. Mary Penfold was baptised on 23 August 1772 in West Chiltington.

  3. Sarah Willard was baptised on 11 February 1740/1 in Pulborough.

  4. Elizabeth Willard was baptised on 8 May 1743 in Pulborough and buried there on 23 December 1743.


Robert Willard and Mary Breedon had 1 known child:

  1. James Willard was baptised on 16 July 1746 in Pulborough and buried there on 15 July 1752.


Only Robert's name was recorded against the baptisms of his children.



This page was updated on 30 May 2014