George Mead

Male, b. circa 1640, d. 22 March 1708
     George Mead was born circa 1640.1

He appears to have married Mary ____ circa 1672.2

George married Hannah Hearne, circa 1685, when he was almost certainly a widower with two sons and a daughter by his earlier marriage - George, Richard and Mary - now aged about 12, 10 and 8 years.3,4

He made a will on 17 October 1700 in which he described himself as "of Sabridgeworth in the County of Herts., yeoman".5

George Mead died on 22 March 17086 and he was buried on 26 March 1708 at Great St Mary's, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire.7 His will was proved on 25 February 1709. To his wife Hannah he left one and a half acres of land, lying in Manfeild, which he had purchased from the widow Ann Brett, and the remainder of his estate after all bequests, debts and expenses had been paid. His eldest sons George and Richard, and his daughter Mary who was married to Joseph Watts, were each to receive twenty shillings. His younger daughters Hannah and Ann would receive fifty pounds when they reached the age of twentyone. Thomas and John were to receive seventy pounds each when they became twentyone, although any monies required to "place out either of them" would be deducted from their bequests.5

Children of George Mead and Mary ____

Children of George Mead and Hannah Hearne


  1. [S95] Monumental Inscriptions, Great Saint Mary's, Sawbridgeworth, MI Series No. 26, Hertfordshire Family and Population History Society (1989) ISBN 0-946780-40-4, (Society of Genealogists, 14 Charterhouse Buildings, Goswell Road, London. Reference: HTM/20). HT/MI/63838 Hertfordshire Monumental Inscriptions Vol. 7. Section Z of the book contains inscriptions of monuments recorded by W.B. Gerish in the early years of the 20th century which are not now to be found. " ... Mead George d. 22 March 1708 aged 68 ... ". [HRTMEM].
  2. [S91] Microfilm of the Parish Registers of Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, 1654 to 1712 (Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies, County Hall, Pegs Lane, Hertford, Hertfordshire, England. Reference: D/P 98 1/2, reel 94). "1673 ... George the Sonne of George Meade and Mary his wife was Baptized - August 6 ...". [HRTPAR].
    Assuming that Mary was about twentyone at the time of the birth of her first son, then she would have been born about 1652; it may of course have been somewhat earlier. The assumption is also made that George and Mary were recently married.
  3. [S91] Parish Registers of Sawbridgeworth, 1654 to 1712.
  4. [S79] Will of George Mead, yeoman of Sawbridgeworth, dated 17 October 1700, proved 25 February 1708/1709 in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. (The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, England. Reference: PROB11/508). [DOC0010/WIL0009].
    George, Richard and Mary are all children of George named in his will. The assumption that George had previously been married to Mary ____ is the best interpretation of the data that can be made. George, the first named child, was certainly the son of George and Mary. Hannah, also named in his will, was almost certainly the child of George and Hannah. George's daughters Mary and Hannah would then have been the first daughter born to each of his wives Mary and Hannah. As Ann was baptised in 1686, George and Mary would therefore have been married a little before this. However, as Hannah appears to be an elder daughter, the marriage would probably have been earlier still.
  5. [S79] Will of George Mead of Sawbridgeworth, Herts., yeoman, 1709.
  6. [S95] Monumental Inscriptions, Great Saint Mary's, Sawbridgeworth. " ... Mead George d. 22 March 1708 aged 68 ... ". [HRTMI].
  7. [S91] Parish Registers of Sawbridgeworth, 1654 to 1712.
    "... 1708 ... George Mead buried Mar 26 ...".