Family History




Born: Between 1695 and 1705

Married: 1723 South Stoke Richard Saxby

Buried: 1754 Slindon

Mary Smith married Richard Saxby on 3rd June 1723 in South Stoke, though the licence wasn,t granted until the 19th June 1723 (in the presence of William Saxbee of Slindon, cordwainer). At the time Richard was said to be a cordwainer of Slindon, and Mary a spinster of Walberton. They had at least nine children baptised in Slindon.

Tracing Mary’s parentage might prove impossible. There were no Mary Smiths baptised in either Walberton or South Stoke. As her youngest child wasn’t born until 1741 she must have been born after 1695 and probably before 1705. During this twn year period at least 10 possible Mary Smiths were born in West Sussex.


St Andrew's Church, South Stoke where Mary and Richard were married was built in the early 1200s although it is believed there may have been an earlier church. It is one of the most beautiful churches in the district with a large and well-kept churchyard. The Parish of South Stoke cum Woodcote is believed to have been founded in Anglo-Saxon times, possibly by St. Birinus. The church is built of local flint rubble with stone dressings and comprises a nave, north and south aisles, south porch, vestry and a western tower. It occupies a prominent position in the village, which has about 450 residents. The two lancet windows in the north wall and south aisle are from the earliest period. Since the church's foundation there have been many alterations and restorations, including some since the wedding. However on the north wall of the chancel the fine 17th century memorial in Latin for Dr. Griffiths Higgs, formerly Chaplain to Queen Elizabeth of Bohemia and Dean of Lichfield would have been there.. He founded a charity which continues today. Then South Stoke was an agricultural village. In 1366 there were 32 tenant landholders. In Victorian times there were 11 farms.

Mary was buried 6th May 1754 in Slindon.

Children: Mary Saxby born1723 died 1795 married 1746 Henry Parsons

Richard Saxby born1725 died 1816 married 1763 Mary Digins

Elizabeth Saxby born 1727 died 1730

Sarah Saxby born 1729

William Saxby born 1731 died possibly 1767

John Saxby born 1732 (had issue, no marriage traced)

Robert Saxby born 1734 died 1807

Thomas Saxby born1737 died 1821 married 1766 Elizabeth Hoare

Elizabeth Saxby born 1741