Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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The STEDMAN Family of Sussex


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My Stedman Ancestors

I join the Stedman tree with a 5x Great Grandmother Sarah Stedman who was born 1738 in Slaugham, Sussex and married William Finch there in 1765.


In January 2009 I did a review of my Stedman ancestors and came to the conclusion that I'd gone wrong.  I'm fairly confident that Sarah Stedman baptised in 1739 in Slaugham was my ancestor.  But who were her parents?

The Slaugham baptism register said she was the daughter of Richard Stedman and originally I had not realised the significance of the extra words in the register, that her father was of Cuckfield.  I had previously assumed Sarah was the daughter of Richard Stedman and Ann Simmonds who had married in Ardingly in 1733.  That Richard was then of Slaugham and I had again assumed that all the children baptised to Richard in Slaugham after 1733 were their children.  The mother's name was only mentioned against a 1734 baptism.

But, another Richard Stedman had married Ann Tasker in 1728 in Lewes and he was said to be of Cuckfield.  I now believe that this couple also had children baptised in Slaugham at the same time as the other Richard and Ann.  The only distinguishing difference in the baptism register between the two Richards was that one was said to have been from Cuckfield.

I now think that Richard Stedman and Ann Tasker were the parents of Sarah Stedman, and that he left the will in 1764, which I haven't yet read.  I also think Ann was buried in Slaugham in 1747, when she was said to be of Cuckfield.  Another Richard Stedman of Cuckfield left a will in 1780 and from extracts found at A2A, it would seem he was the son of Richard and Ann (nee Tasker).  This younger Richard mentioned an elder sister in his will, but as I haven't yet read his will in full, I don't know if he mentioned his possibly younger sister, Sarah.

The next problem is when was Richard born?  The Slaugham baptism register records that a Richard Stedman was baptised there in 1698 to Richard Stedman and Jane, and another in 1701 to John Stedman and Elizabeth.  Could these be the two Richards? 


My line of descent


Richard Stedman



Sarah Stedman



Mary Finch



Elizabeth Mansbridge



Charles Dowlen



Lily Dowlen



Annie Elsie Stillaway



Eileen Isabel Tullett


Mandy Willard


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John Stedman (1571-?) and Thomsen Ellis

John Stedman (1636-?) and Mary Burstow (1650-?)

John Stedman (c1660-1711) and Elizabeth Sawyer (c1660-1734)

Richard Stedman (1593-?) and Joan Bartley

Richard Stedman (c1665-1708) and Jane Ward (1661-?)

Richard Stedman (c1700-?) and Ann Simmonds (1703-?)

Richard Stedman (c1700-1764) and Ann Tasker (?-1747)

Richard Stedman (1764-?) and Elizabeth Box (1768-?)

Thomas Stedman (c1540-?)

William Stedman (1606-?) and Ann Jenner (1606-1648)

Moses Buck (1847-?) and Harriet Stedman (1851-1917)

Edward Tullett (1618-1678) and Jane Stedman (1623-1681)

William Finch (1740-1821) and Sarah Stedman (1739-1803)



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This page was updated on 20 May 2012