Sarah Darby1

#12679, (9 December 1750-April 1829)
FatherRichard Darby1 (c 1731-Feb 1821)
MotherSarah Peachy1 (c 1730-)
ChartsDarby Family - descendants
Descendents of Richard Darby
Last Edited20 Nov 2012
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Sarah Darby was baptized at St. Peter's on Wednesday, 9 December 1750 at Roydon, Essex.1 The church has walls of flint and rubble, and probably dates back to at least 1260. Historically, Roydon was a parish of scattered farms and cottages, with open fields and common meadows. There were 105 ratepayers named in 1734, and the population was 667 in 1801. On the north and west, rivers form the parish and county boundaries.2

She was the daughter of Richard Darby and Sarah Peachy.1

She married John Underwood, at St. Peter's on Monday, 12 October 1772 at Roydon, Essex. Witnesses to the wedding were Richard Darby.3 Sarah Darby was a witness at the wedding of Matthew Bush and Susannah Darby at St. Dunstan's on Monday, 9 August 1790 at Hunsdon, Hertfordshire. They went on to have eleven children over the next 20 years.4,5 "About two miles north-east from Stanstead, in the same hundred (Braughin), stands the pleasant village of Hunsdon, in the parish of its name. From the church, and other positions in the neighbourhood, some beautiful views may be obtained, including the course of the Stort to join the Lea ... The parish [1839] contains about 600 inhabitants." The church stands close to Hunsdon House, nearly a mile south of the village. The walls are of flint rubble with stone dressings, the south chapel being built of brick. This church possesses some exceptionally good details of fittings of the 16th and 17th centuries.6

Her father died February 1821 at the approximate age of 90. Sarah was aged 70 when this happened.

Sarah died in April 1829 at age 78. She was buried on 10 April 1829 at St. Dunstan's churchyard, Hunsdon, Hertfordshire.3


1750BaptismSt. Peter's, Roydon, Essex1
1772MarriageRoydon, Essex3
1829BurialSt. Dunstan's churchyard, Hunsdon, Hertfordshire3


John Underwood (c 1750-)


  1. [S549] E-mails from Eve Mintern to Tim Hill, 2012- 05:30 19th Oct 2012 "Parish Registers for Roydon Essex."
  2. [S582] W. R.(editor) Powell A History of the County of Essex: Volume 4
  3. [S549] E-mails from Eve Mintern to Tim Hill, 2012- 03:24 19th Oct 2012 "Children of Richard Darby and Sarah Peachey."
  4. [S468] The National Archives, England ( Probate 11/1820 Will of Thomas Darby, Farmer of Hunsdon Lodge , Hertfordshire.
  5. [S549] E-mails from Eve Mintern to Tim Hill, 2012- 22nd Oct 2012 "Susannah Darby."
  6. [S581] William Page A History of the County of Hertford: Volume 3