Family History

My ancestor Mary Grinstead married 3/4/1768 Billingshurst James Pellet. Witnessed by J Nye, Solomon Nye. I have found no conclusive baptism for her. Could she have been the Mary Grinstead baptised 30/12/1742 Horsham daughter of Richard & Sarah. I believe Sarah may have been an error for Elizabeth as I have found no marriage (using the Sussex marriage Index) for a Richard and Sarah, nor any other children born to this couple in Horsham, although I have a family for Richard and Elizabeth who seemed to move from Horsham to Billingshurst.

But this is essentially pure speculation. I intend carrying on my research into the Grinsteads. ANY AMENDMENTS, CORRECTIONS OR COMMENTS ARE VERY WELCOME. PLEASE E-MAIL ME

Three male Grinsteads are buried in Horsham who may be the sons born in Warnham of John Grinstead who possibly married 14/8/1693 Horsham Mary Gumbridge

JOHN GRINSTEAD baptised 24/4/1694 Warnham buried 1/5/1747 Horsham, a farmer, possibly married 21/9/1721 Horsham Sarah Collis. She could be the Sarah Grinstead widow buried 9/12/1761 Horsham

THOMAS GRINSTEAD baptised 17/9/1697 Warnham buried 5/8/1744 Horshm, bachelor

RICHARD GRINSTEAD baptised 12/9/1701 Warnham buried 26/5/1760 or 30/9/1768, ‘a poor man’. Possible wife Elizabeth who was buried 20/5/1767 ‘wife of Richard’

WILLIAM GRINSTEAD baptised 2/10/1703 Warnham

RICHARD GRINSTEAD married 13/1/1736 in Horsham Elizabeth Etheridge baptised 4/2/1718 daughter of Daniel and Jane Etheridge. Richard could possibly have been buried Horsham 26/5/1760 or 30/9/1768. Elizabeth could have been buried 20/5/1767 ‘wife of Richard’ However an Elizabeth wife of Richard was buried 23/1/1771 Horsham.


Richard baptised 29/7/1741 (no mother given) possibly buried 25/12/1745 Horsham, a child

John baptised 24/5/1745 Horsham

Sarah baptised 25/10/1846 Horsham

James b 1749 (bapt 26/3/1749) Billinghsurst

Ann b 1750 (chr 19/12/1750) Billingshurst

Daniel 1753 (chr 8/4/1753) Billingshurst

Edward 1756 (bapt 23/5/1756) Billinghsurst

Henry 1759 (bapt 11/2/1759 Billinghsurst)

Mary baptised 1742 would have fitted well between Richard and John.