Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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My Wedge Ancestors

My 4x Great Grandfather, John Wedge, was baptised in 1781 at St. Pancras in Chichester, Sussex the illegitimate son of Ann Widge a widow.  As Ann Gibbins she had married Thomas Wedge in 1770.  John died aged 56 in November 1833, therefore, he was born about 1777.  As John Vadge he married Mary Freeman of Ashurst, Sussex, in Ashurst in 1807 at which time he was also said to have been of Ashurst - neither were able to sign their names.  Checking back through the Ashurst registers, the Freemans were there, but not the Wedges.  I found their marriage because on the 1851 census Mary was living with her son William Wedge, my 3x Great Grandfather, and her place of birth was given as Ashurst.

John and Mary married on 7 May 1807 in Ashurst and their first child, John Wedge, was born about July 1807 - he died aged 58 years and 8 months in March 1866 - and the census says he was born in Shipley, Sussex.  Their next 2 children were also born in Shipley in 1809 and 1813, but by 1818 the family had settled in Pulborough, Sussex.

My 3x Great Grandfather, William Wedge was born in Shipley and baptised there on 11 June 1809.  On 20 October 1833 he married Sarah Mills in Bury, Sussex.  She was born in Pulborough, and the couple were back in Pulborough by 11 September 1834 for the baptism of their first known child.  I found their marriage in the Sussex Family History Group's marriage index, and have yet to check the original entry for details.

William and Sarah's third child and eldest daughter was my 2x Great Grandmother, Mary Wedge, who was born on 3 May 1840 in Pulborough.  At that time, William was a Carter.  When the 1841 and subsequent census were recorded, William was an Agricultural Labourer of Pidgeons Gate in Pulborough.

Mary Wedge married my 2x Great Grandfather George Willard (1835-1902) on 29 August 1857 in Pulborough, giving her age as 18, although she was only 17 years and 4 months.  Their first child was baptised on 18 December 1857.  Mary and George had settled in Portslade, Sussex by 1866 and were still there when the 1901 census was recorded.


My line of descent


John Wedge



William Wedge



Mary Wedge



William Charles Willard



William Charles Willard



Jesse Willard


Mandy Willard


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John Wedge (1781-1833) and Mary Freeman (1782-1852)

Thomas Wedge (1750-?) and Ann Gibbons (c1750-1790)

William Wedge (1712-1773) and Love(ly) (c1720-1782)

William Wedge (1809-1872) and Sarah Mills (1808-1879)

George Willard (1835-1902) and Mary Wedge (1840-1911)

Henry Edward Hedger (1841-?) and Sarah Wedge (1842-1918)


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McTiernan Family - descendants of Eleanor Wedge (1820-1893) who was the daughter of John Wedge and Mary Freeman

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