William Mead

Male, b. 15 April 1785, d. 1827
     William Mead, son of Robert Mead and Susanna Flack, was born on 15 April 1785 and was baptized on 26 June 1785 at The Independent Meeting House, Billericay, Essex.1

William was named as a beneficiary in the will of his grandfather Thomas Mead written on 9 December 1793. He was to receive a silver pint mug.2

William was named as a beneficiary in the will of his father Robert Mead written on 22 January 1818. The Executors of the will were to manage Robert's property and the farm at The Grange, Great Burstead, Essex, after his death for the benefit of his family until the lease expired. Then Robert's estate would be divided among the family with William in particular to receive: a mahogany bureau which had belonged to Robert's mother, a wainscoat bureau and a mahogany round tea table which had belonged to Robert's father, the silver tankard which Robert's father Thomas had designated for William and all the family papers contained in the bureaus; also a mahogany square table bought from James Hunt and another bought in London to match it together with six mahogany chairs bought at Mr. Fry's sale and a looking glass with a drawer bought at Mr. Pawley's sale, a share of Robert's plate, linen and china; £550 left to William by his grandmother Mrs Flack (which had been used in the meantime by Robert) together with interest at 5% from the date this was received (20 November 1812); also a further £100.3

In 1818 he farmed at at Riddens and at Stone Croft, Laindon, Essex, both owned by his father Robert.4

William Mead married Mary Ann Tyler on 6 August 1818 at Thundersley, Essex.5

On 25 May 1820, with the passing of his father, William took ownership at Stone Croft but a little over a year later on 14 June 1821 the Manor Court books record that William and his wife Mary Ann surrendered those same eight acres, abutting on a close called Scarletts in the East and Laindon Common in the west, to John Mabbs.4

After only nine years of marriage William died aged 42 in 1827.5

Children of William Mead and Mary Ann Tyler


  1. [S1] Microfilm of the Dissenters Register of The Protestant Independant Congregation of Billericay, Essex, 1778-1837, content: Baptisms and Burials, (Public Record Office (PRO), Kew, Surrey, England. Reference: RG4 1499). p. 4. [ESSNPR].
    " ... William son of Robert and Susannah Mead born April 15 1785 ... ".
  2. [S102] Will of Thomas Mead, gentleman of Great Burstead, Essex, dated 9 December 1793, proved 22 August 1794 in the Commissary of Bishop of London. (Essex County Record Office, Wharf Road, Chelmsford, Essex, England. Reference: D/ABR 28/488). [DOC0008/WIL0011].
  3. [S3] Will of Robert Mead, farmer of Great Burstead Grange, dated 22 January 1818, proved 22 September 1819 in the Commissary Court of the Bishop of London. (Essex County Record Office, Wharf Road, Chelmsford, Essex, England. Reference: D/ABW 122/2/63). [WIL0012/DOC0005].
  4. [S115] Correspondence from D.C. Green, Chepstow, to A.R. Mead, dated Extract from the Manor Court Books, A.R. Mead's records, Epsom, Surrey, reference COR7, relating to Robert Mead's family and descendants, 1742-1920. DCG refers to Manor Court Books, Land Tax returns, Quit Rents, the IGI and Robert Mead's will and descendants; source references are generally not identified. [COR7/4]
  5. [S115] Correspondence from D.C. Green to A.R. Mead, 1989-1993. No reference for the source of this information is given. [COR7/6]