Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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Richard WOOLVEN (1675-1742)

and Mary GROVER (?-1762)


Richard Woolven and Maria Grover married by banns on 9 May 1699 in West Grinstead, Sussex.  At the time they were both of West Grinstead.  (They were not my direct ancestors.)

Richard Woolven was baptised on 4 March 1674/5 in West Grinstead.  He was the son Richard Woolven (1651-1710) and Ann Cripps (c1650-1707).  He was buried on 18 December 1742 in Henfield.  He was mentioned in his uncle John Cripps's will of 1675 by which he was to receive a legacy of five pounds when he reached the age of 21 years.

Mary Groversís date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me.  She was buried on 15 February 1762 in Henfield.  Might she have been born on 31 May and baptised on 1 July 1688 at St. Thomas in the Cliff, Lewes, the daughter of John Grover and Ann (either Rawlingson or Robinson)?


Richard Woolven and Mary Grover had 5 known children:

  1. James Woolvin was baptised on 3 March 1699/1700 in Henfield, Sussex.

  2. Richard Woolvin was baptised on 3 March 1702/3 in Henfield.  He was buried there on 18 January 1783.  A reference in "The History of Henfield", states that Richard Woolven was the contractor for the building of the Workhouse in about 1736.  The Workhouse opened on 27 December 1742 and closed in 1837.  It was in Nep Town and known as the Old Workhouse when later divided into cottages.

    Richard married Mary Hill by licence on 11 May 1738 in Woodmancote, Sussex.  He was then of Henfield.  Mary was baptised on 16 January 1700/1 in Woodmancote and was the daughter of John Hill and Mary Yalden.

    Mary was buried in Woodmancote on 18 October 1755.

  3. John Woolvin was born on 10 September and baptised on 20 September 1704 in Henfield.

    John married Ann Patching by licence on 3 December 1728 at St. Michaels in Lewes, Sussex.  Their marriage licence was issued on 2 December 1728 by the Archdeaconry of Lewes, which stated that John as a Yeoman of Henfield and Ann was of Steyning.

  4. Mary Woolvin was baptised on 2 March 1706/7 in Henfield.

  5. Thomas Woolvin was born on 6 June and baptised on 13 June 1716 in Henfield.  He was buried there on 26 June 1796.

    Thomas married Jane Holden on 7 February 1756 in Henfield.

    They had at least 1 known child:

    1. Thomas Woolven was born/baptised on 9 November 1758.  He may have married Ann Elliott on 4 November 1779 or Mary Carter on 22 July 1781.  Both marriages took place in Ashurst, Sussex and were both by licence.  The 1779 marriage recorded that Thomas was a 21 year old bachelor and Husbandman of Henfield, whilst the Thomas who married in 1781 was a 22 year old bachelor and Husbandman of Ashurst.