Mary Mead

Female, b. circa 1745, d. 23 May 1803
     Mary Mead, daughter of Thomas Mead and Ann Flack, was born circa 17451 and christened on 22 August 1745 at The Independent Chapel, Brentwood, Essex.2 Mary Mead married John Stonard on 8 November 1764 at St Mary Magdalene, Great Burstead, Essex. John came from the parish of Hockley.3

Mary was named as a beneficiary in the will of her father Thomas Mead written on 9 December 1793. He planned to leave her the sum of £10 and an annuity of £5. She would also receive a share of his plate, household goods, furniture and linen upon the death of her mother.4

Mary died on 23 May 1803 was buried at The Independent Meeting House, Billericay, Essex. A year later her sister Martha Clement was laid to rest in the same grave which was next to those of her father and mother.1


  1. [S113] Transcripts of memorial stones, Monumental Inscriptions South Essex Volume 1 - Old Meeting Burial Ground, Billericay, Essex, CD-ROM (Research Centre, Wharf Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 6YT: Essex Society for Family History, 2008), " ... To the memory of / MARY STONARD / who died May the 23 1803 / aged 57 years / also of MARTHA CLEMENT / who died Jan the 1(4) 1(804) / aged 56 years / ...". [ESSMI]
  2. [S124] The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "England, Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," index, FamilySearch TM Website ( : accessed 3 November 2010 and 2 March 2013), Mary Mead, 22 Aug 1745. Source: Baptisms, 1707-1837 and burials, 1800-1837 Independent Chapel (Brentwood, Essex). Microfilm of original records at the London Public Record Office, London. Essex Record Office, Chelmsford, no.: D/CR 51. "Christening: 22 Aug 1745, Independent, Brentwood, Essex, England. Father: Tho. Mead". It seems that the family must have worshipped at the Independent Chapel at Brentwood before going to The Independent Meeting House at Billericay. Also christened here were four Clement children of Richard and Mary Clement, an Eve family, a Davy family (mentioned in Robert Mead’s will), a Hammond family (mentioned in Robert Mead’s will), a Petchy family, a Thomas Richardson (Robert Mead’s executor and Sally Mead’s first husband was named Richardson). [FSIGI]
  3. [S114] Parish Register of St Mary Magdalene, Great Burstead, Essex, 1754-1771, content: Marriages 1754-1771, (Essex County Record Office, Wharf Road, Chelmsford, Essex, England. Reference: D/P 139/1/6). Marriage, 8 Nov 1764, " ... John Stonard of Parish of Hockley and Mary Mead in the presence of Thomas and John Mead ... ". [ESSPAR].
  4. [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].