Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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Samuel WOOLGAR (1643-1702)

and Grace NEWNHAME (c1645-1679)

and Mary DILLY (c1656-?)


Samuel Woolgar and Grace Newnhame were my 8x Great Grandparents.  (Click here to see their place in my pedigree chart.)  They married on 13 July 1669 in Mayfield, Sussex.  After Grace’s death, Samuel married Mary Dilly sometime between 1679 and 1694.

Samuel Woolgar was baptised on 30 April 1643 in Henfield.  He was the fourth son and last child of 5 263 William Woolgar (c1593-1649) and 5 263 Mary Page (1605-1652).  He was a yeoman.  Samuel was buried on 13 August 1702 in Henfield, making him about 59 years old at the time of his death.  He left a will dated 25 August 1702 which was proved on 1 February 1702/3.  The witnesses to his will were Richard Sheppard, Robert Trower and Frances Whiteing.  Samuel contributed 4d to the charity collection at Henfield for Turkish captives in 1670.  By 1694 he was the Landlord of the King's Head in Henfield.

The signature of Samuel Woolgar (1643-1702) as it appears in a 1701 document.

Grace Newnhame’s date and place of birth are unknown, although she was the daughter of John Newnhame.  She was buried on 7 March 1678/9 in Henfield.  I have no further details about her parents and possible siblings.

Mary Dilly was born about 1656 and was the daughter of Ann Dilly.  She was mentioned in her husband’s will of 1702.  (See notes below.)


Samuel Woolgar and Grace Newnhame had 3 known children:

  1. William Woolgar, my 7x Great Grandfather, was baptised on 28 April 1671 in Henfield.  He married 5 221 Sarah Hill in 1692.  (They have their own page.)  He was mentioned in his father’s Will along with his first 3 children.

  2. John Woolgar was baptised on 27 February 1671/2 in Henfield.  He probably died before 1702 as he was not mentioned in his father’s will.

  3. Samuel Woolgar was baptised on 23 September 1675 in Henfield.  He died in 1726.  He was mentioned in his father’s will.


Samuel Woolgar and Mary Dilly had 2 known children:

  1. Mary Woolgar was born on 24 July and baptised on 29 July 1694 in Henfield.  She was buried on 17 March 1694/5 in Henfield.

  2. Grace Woolgar was baptised on 7 June 1699 in Henfield.  She was mentioned in her father’s will.

    Grace married John Alcock in 1720.




Thanks to Bob Hyslop for passing on the following:


(EPII/5/19 P.71)    8/5/1694

Mary, wife of Samuel Woolgar of Henfield (there for 20 years) aged 38 yrs.

She alleged she was the grand-daughter of Mary Barthe, the widow of John Mercer but had been banned from visiting by John Mercer fils.  However, “with much intreaty at length prevayled with the said John Mercer’s wife to let her come in his house and goe up and see her __ grandmother “on the Friday before Mary Barthe’s death & her grandmother “would fain make my“ will  & so she arranged Mr. Sheppard to write the will on the next day.  However, by then JM had countermanded instructions by declaring his step-mother of not being in a sensible mind.  Soon afterwards Mary Barthe died & several witnesses declared she had wished to make a will.  Mary Woolgar was the “sester’s daughter” of Ann Dilly?  [More work needed as writing poor]

However, there were other views: 

John Mercer denied Mary Woolgar had been barred but said that she had visited her grandmother & “fell in a great passion of crying”

Anne Gratwicke claimed John Mercer had not been paying his mother the annual amounts he should have done, but never heard of any unkindness towards her when sick, apart from allegations of Mary Woolgar

Robert Percoas(?) had met Mary Bartheat the house of Samuel Woolgar being the King’s Head in Henfield” (P.74) & she had been persuaded by Shepherd, Woolgar to sue her son for £100

Francis Bland (P.74) said about 3 days before her death Mary Barthe & Anne Tilly her daughter “parted in anger and that great difference was between them”.  When asked if she wanted to be reconciled Mary Barthe said no as her daughter “had abused her and been more like a turke or a jew than a dutiful child”.  John Mercer did not want Mary Woolgarat any time come within his door by reason she stirred up strife in the family and had spread abroad reports of his unkindness to his mother in letting her want in her sickness which was.......false

Jane Trower declared neither she nor her Aunt Tilly wished to contest the will.

Elizabeh Ellyott said John Mercer had banned Mary Woolgar from the house having quarrelled with her.


Many thanks to the following for additions to this page:

Bob Hyslop          Marion Woolgar


This page was updated on 5 December 2010