Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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Richard SILVERSON (1788-1866)

and Sarah WOOD (1781-1808)

and Mary (c1789-1850)


Richard Silverson and Mary were my step 4x Great Grandparents.  (Click here to see their place in my pedigree chart.)  They may have married sometime between January 1808 and October 1811 in Albourne, Sussex.  Richard had previously married Sarah Street, widow, by banns on 13 December 1807 at St. Nicholas in Brighton, Sussex.  He was then a bachelor  The banns were published on 22 and 29 November and 6 December 1807 at St. Nicholas.  The couple were then both of Brighton and both made their X marks.  The witnesses were Sarah Brooker (marked) and John Shelley (I think, but he signed his name and it is difficult to make out his signature).

Richard Silverson was baptised on 3 August 1788 in Woodmancote, Sussex, as Richard Silverstone.  He was the fifth child and second son of Richard Silverson (1749-1823) and Sarah Harland (c1751-1827).  He died aged 84 years and was buried on 21 September 1866 in Woodmancote as Richard Silverstone.  He was an agricultural labourer.  In 1841 the family were living at Nutknowle, Woodmancote.  In 1851, Richard was living with the family of his son Henry, and the was then described as a pauper, formerly agricultural labourer.  By 1861 Richard was living with the family of his son James at Shaw House in Woodmancote.

Sarah Wood was baptised on 9 December 1781 in Albourne, Sussex.  She was the daughter of William Wood and Sarah (possibly Sarah Tovee who had married a William Wood on 11 February 1767 in Cowfold, Sussex).  Sarah was buried in Twineham on 19 December 1808 as Sarah wife of Richard Silverson.  Sarah had previously married John Street by licence on 22 January 1803 in Twineham, Sussex.  He was then a bachelor of Ditchling and she a spinster of Twineham.  The witnesses to their marriage were Thomas Mills and Sarah Stedman.  There were no known children from her marriage to Richard.

Mary's date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me.  She died aged 61 years and was buried on 1 May 1850 in Woodmancote as Mary Silversone of Edburton.


Richard Silverson and Mary had 5 known children:

  1. Mary Ann Silverson was baptised on 13 October 1811 in Albourne as Mary Ann Silveston.  She married John Pelling in 1830.  (They have their own page.)

  2. Richard Silverson was baptised on 31 October 1813 in Hurstpierpoint.  He married Caroline Mobsby in 1850.  (They have their own page.)

  3. John Silverson was baptised on 10 November 1816 in Twineham.  He married Rebecca Parsons in 1839 and Mary Murrell in 1860.  (They have their own page.)  John and Rebecca were the step grandparents of my illegitimately born great grandfather and may also have been his biological grandparents.

  4. James Silverson was baptised on 26 September 1819 in Woodmancote.  He married Rebecca Stoner in 1841.  (They have their own page.)

  5. Henry Silverson was baptised on 29 June 1823 in Woodmancote.  He married Esther Leasher in 1844.  (They have their own page.)



This page was last updated on 22 October 2010