Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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The MABB Family of Sussex


So far, I do not have any known Mabb ancestors of my own.


In early December 2003 I received an email from Denise about Sarah Mabb who married Thomas Baldock on 2 April 1761 in Wadhurst, Sussex.  Sarah may have been born about 1740 and have been buried on 29 November 1768 in Wadhurst.  (Also see my BALDOCK section.)

In my own family tree, Thomas Barham (1748-1808) - son of my 6x Great Grandfather Nicholas Barham (1721-1790) - married Elizabeth Mabb on 22 April 1772 in Wadhurst.

QUESTION:  When and where were Sarah and Elizabeth born/baptised, and were they related?

ANSWER:  Probably not sisters, but maybe cousins or a link even further back.


The East Sussex Baptism Index records just one possible Sarah Mabb and two Elizabeth Mabb's all baptised in Wadhurst:


2 August 1730, Sarah daughter of John Mabb (a Carpenter) and Judith


25 August 1745, Elizabeth daughter of Thomas Mabb and Mary Pavey


30 June 1747, Elizabeth daughter of Edward Mabb and Anne Vigor

At some point I will check the original registers and try and work out what became of Sarah and which of the two Elizabeth's married Thomas Barham.  My guess at the moment is that 1747 Elizabeth married Thomas, as they named a son Edward.


A search of the web came up with the following database on the RootsWeb/Ancestry site:

which records that 1730 Sarah was the daughter of Jacob Mabbe and Judith Walters.  Again, at some point, I will look at the original registers to confirm whether Sarah's father was Jacob or John.  A marriage licence for Jacob Mabb of Wadhurst and Judith Watches was issued on 19 August 1726.

The IGI also records that a Sarah Mabs was baptised in June 1734 in Donnington, Sussex.  She was the daughter of Mark Mabs and Elizabeth Lockyer, who had married on 13 January 1733 in Donnington.  Mark Mabbs had been baptised on 13 January 1701 in Bosham, Sussex and was the son of Thomas Mabbs and Elizabeth.  Is it possible that this Sarah moved to Wadhurst and married Thomas Baldock?  Or did she marry John Hooke on 13 September 1756 in Selsey, Sussex?


Another distant Mabb link, is that a Ruth Mabb married Reuben Weeks in 1868.  He was the son of William Weeks (1804-1879) and his second wife Caroline.


Family Group Pages

Richard Wisdom (1733-?) and Mary Mabb (1740-?)