Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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William WILLARD (c1680-1753)

and Sarah WEST (1680-1752)


Sketch of St. Mary's by Richard Nevin, taken from Willard and Sarah West were my 7x Great Grandparents.  (Click here to see their place in my pedigree chart.)  They married on 29 September 1707 at the parish church of St. Mary's in Pulborough, Sussex.  (In 1707 the Rector of Pulborough was Mr. James Wickliffe and his daughter Jane was baptised on the same day as William and Sarah married.)

William Willard's date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me, but I am guessing he was born about 1680.  He was buried on 23 February 1753 in Pulborough.  His baptism was not recorded in the Pulborough parish registers, nor that of any other Willard infants in 1680, +/- 10 years, nor was he baptised in the neighbouring parish of Billingshurst during that time.  William was most probably a labourer, although so far I have not found any reference to his occupation.  Nor have I found a will for him or any details about  property which he may have tenanted.  Might he have been the son of Richard Willard (c1650-1726) and possibly Mary (c1655-1740)?  Richard would seem to have had children baptised in the neighbouring parish of West Chiltington between 1676 and 1696.

Sarah West was baptised on 26 August 1680 in Pulborough.  She was the daughter of Robert West (c1650-1693) and Mary.  She was buried on 5 June 1752 in Pulborough.  There was also a Sarah West baptised on 10 July 1683 in the neighbouring parish of Billingshurst, Sussex, the daughter of Ralph West (?-1736) and Jane Huchen (?-1736), but she was buried there on 28 May 1697.


William Willard and Sarah West had 4 known children:

  1. Robert Willard, 6x Great Grandfather, was baptised on 27 July 1709 in Pulborough.  He married twice.  Firstly to 5 57 Mary Larence in 1735 and then to Mary Breedon in 1745.  (They have their own page.)

  2. Daniel Willard was baptised on 28 June 1715 in Pulborough.  He may have been the Daniel Willard of Horsham who left a will in 1773 (ref. S 55 - I haven't yet seen this document).  Or he may have been buried on 11 January 1790 in Pulborough, but this burial may have been that of his great nephew Daniel Willard who was born in 1764.

  3. Sarah Willard's birth/baptism has not so far been found.  She was buried on 27 March 1719 in Pulborough.

  4. Edward Willard was baptised on 14 January 1720/1 in Pulborough and buried there on 6 March 1720/1.



This page was updated on 9 April 2012