Margaret Heron

Female, b. circa 1706, d. circa 1769
     Margaret Heron was born circa 1706.

After a marriage licence was obtained on 20 February 1727, with Benjamin Brecknock a grocer of Moreton standing as bondsman, Margaret Heron married George Mead, son of George Mead and Mary Goodwin, at Whitsun on 21 May 1727 at Moreton, Essex.1,2

Margaret was named as a beneficiary in the will of her husband George Mead written circa 1763. He intended that she should have the use of all plate, linen, household goods and furniture until she remarried or died as his widow, but she was permitted distribute these items between their two daughters. She also had the use of the house in which they currently lived for twelve months beginning on the next quarter day after George's decease and up to one hundred pounds housekeeping and the use of any item in George's store. Additionally she would receive one hundred pounds payable within six months of George's decease and any outstanding rent due from Widow Webb for the farm lying in the parishes of Moreton, High Laver, Magdalen Laver and Northweald Basset.3

Margaret Heron died circa 1769 and was buried on 8 October 1769 in the family vault in the churchyard of St Mary Magdalene, Great Burstead, Essex.4

Children of Margaret Heron and George Mead


  1. [S101] Correspondence from Thora Broughton to Don Green, dated p 25, Marriage licences reference D/ABL 1727 ... 20 Feb 1727 George Mead of Billericay, grocer, single man; Margaret Heron of Moreton single woman (her father is living and consents to the marrying); Bondsman Benjamin Brecknock of Moreton, grocer; to take place at Moreton ... ", A.R. Mead's records, Epsom, Surrey, reference COR14/13-27, relating to research on Mead and associated families of Hertfordshire and Essex, 1700-1850. The letter refers to various records (Essex County Record Office, Wharf Road, Chelmsford, Essex, England CM2 6YT) which have not been checked.
  2. [S85] F.A. Crisp, compiler, published transcript of the Parish Registers of Moreton, Essex, 1558-1759, privately published by Frederick Arthur Crisp (1890), (Society of Genealogists, 14 Charterhouse Buildings, Goswell Road, London. Reference: ES/R 45). Marriages p 66. " ... George Mead of Billericay in Essex singleman and Margarett Heron of Morton singlewoman were married May 21th 1727 being Whitsunday... ". [ESSPAR].
  3. [S112] Will of George Mead, merchant of Billericay, dated 24 July 1764, proved 15 January 1765 in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. (The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, England. Reference: PROB11/905). [DOC0040/WILL0050].
  4. [S110] Parish Register of St Mary Magdalene, Great Burstead, Essex, 1768-1808, content: Baptisms 1768-1808 and Burials 1768-1808, (Essex County Record Office, Wharf Road, Chelmsford, Essex, England. Reference: D/P 139/1/4). Burial, 8 October 1769, " ... Mrs. Margaret Mead, widow, buried in family vault ... free funeral £3.0.0 it not being a faculty vault ... ". [ESSPAR].
    Building of a vault in the chancel cost £26.5.0, in the church £21.0.0 and in the churchyard £5.0.0. To open a vault in the chancel or church was £5.0.0, or in the churchyard £3.0.0. Therefore the family vault was in the churchyard..