Hannah Hearne

Female, b. circa 1665, d. circa 1729
     Hannah Hearne was born circa 1665.1

She married George Mead, 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.2,3

Hannah was named as the sole Executrix of the will of her husband George Mead written on 17 October 1700. He left her 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.4

George died on 22 March 1708 and was buried four days later in the churchyard of Great St Mary's, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire.5,6 Her daughter Ann died at an early age and was buried on 25 January 1709, also at Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire.7 A month later on 25 February 1709 Hannah's late husband's will was proved.4

Hannah lived on as a widow for a further twenty years making her own will on 3 August 1728. She left to her son John her house in Sawbridgeworth and he was further bequeathed £50 (which he had already received) while Richard was to receive £20. Her grandson Joseph Watts (Mary’s daughter) and her sisters Ann Eve and Grace Hearne were each to receive “one pound and one shilling”, while her daughter Hannah was to receive £5, her chaise and all her clothing. John, Thomas and Hannah were each to receive an additional £10 which was in the hands of the Executors of her late son-in-law Rosamond Cowel. Thomas was to receive all her plate, John and Thomas were to share her remaining household goods, and Thomas, who was Executor of the will, was left the remainder of her estate.8

Hannah died circa 1729 probably in her mid-60s and her will was proved on 12 June 1729.8

Children of Hannah Hearne and George Mead


  1. [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). "1686 ... Ann daughter of George & Hannah Mead was Bpt. - Apr:26 ...". [HRTPAR].
    This is an approximate date of birth based on the assumption that Hannah married about 1685 and was probably about 20 at the time. However, it is quite possible that she was born somewhat earlier or later, especially as the facts indicate that a daughter Hannah was born to George and Hannah before the birth of Ann.
  2. [S91] Parish Registers of Sawbridgeworth, 1654 to 1712.
  3. [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.
  4. [S79] Will of George Mead of Sawbridgeworth, Herts., yeoman, 1709.
  5. [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 ...". [HRTMI].
  6. [S91] Parish Registers of Sawbridgeworth, 1654 to 1712.
  7. [S91] Parish Registers of Sawbridgeworth, 1654 to 1712.
  8. [S78] Will of Hannah Mead, widow of Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, dated 3 August 1728, proved 12 June 1729 in the Commissary Court of the Bishop of London. (Essex County Record Office, Wharf Road, Chelmsford, Essex, England. Reference: D/ABR 20/195). [DOC0024/WIL0018].