Richard Darby1

#11872, (circa 1731-February 1821)
FatherRichard Darby2 (c 1700-)
ChartsDarby Family - descendants
Mike Hill - ancestors
Descendents of Richard Darby
Last Edited3 Apr 2021
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(For a brief history and context on the Darby family see this page)

Richard was born circa 1731 at Roydon, Essex.3,2 He was the son of Richard Darby.2 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.4

Richard Darby was baptized at St. Peter's on Tuesday, 4 December 1731 at Roydon, Essex.2 The church has walls of flint and rubble, and probably dates back to at least 1260.4

As of 1749, Richard Darby was also known as Richard Derby.5 Richard lived in October 1749 at Roydon Hamlet, Essex.5

Richard Darby married Sarah Peachy, daughter of John Peachy and Jane Peachy, at St. Peter's on Sunday, 26 October 1749 at Roydon, Essex.5,2 Richard and Sarah Peachy became the parents of Richard Darby circa 1752.6 Richard, as the father of the bride, attended Sarah Darby and John Underwood's wedding at St. Peter's on Monday, 12 October 1772 at Roydon, Essex.7

In Benjamin Darby's will Richard Darby and Thomas Darby were named joint executors by Benjamin to handle his estate on 3 April 1798. Benjamin stated he was "weak in body but of sound mind memory and understanding (praised be God)". The majority of his will was left to his wife, his father and to his son.. Richard Darby the father was to be recipient of the remainder of Benjamin's 'Goods, Effects and Personal Estates' as well as provide for his grandson Richard through a hundred pound bequest..8

Benjamin Darby's will was probated on 16 February 1799.8 Richard lived circa 1820 at Hunsdon, Hertfordshire.1 He came to be known as the patriarch of the Darby family of at Hunsdon, Hertfordshire.9 "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."10

He made a will on 27 January 1821. George Darby, Thomas Darby and Joseph Munns were named as executors.1,9

Richard died in February 1821 at Hunsdon, Hertfordshire, at about the age of 90.9,3 He was buried on 14 February 1821 at St. Dunstan's churchyard, Hunsdon, Hertfordshire.11,12

Richard's will was probated on 20 March 1821. At the Consistorial and Episcopal Court, London, Further to his will, the beqests were all granted along with a further £800 in consolidated stock which was granted to the executors George Darby, Thomas Darby and Joseph Munns. This £800 was redeemed shortly afterwards but it isn't known what was done with it.1


Sarah Peachy (c 1730-)


  1. [S471] City of London Corporation Libraries, London, England, Wills and Probate, 1507-1858 Name: Richard Darby, Probate Date: 20 Mar 1821, Parish: Hunsdon (
  2. [S549] E-mails from Eve Mintern to Tim Hill, 2012- 05:30 19th Oct 2012.
  3. [S499] Hunsdon Village Website - Parish registers page (
  4. [S582] W. R.(editor) Powell A History of the County of Essex: Volume 4
  5. [S1162] Essex, England, Church of England Parish Registers, 1538-1812, ( Name: Richard Derby; Marriage Place: Roydon, St Peter, Essex, England; Marriage Date: 26 Oct 1749; Spouse: Sarah Peachy; Phillimore Ecclesiastical Parish Map: ; View this parish; Source Description: Register of Baptisms, Marriages and Burials; Service of Church: Registers of Baptisms, Marriages and Burials; Incumbent; Roydon, St Peter; Parish Records;1706-1774.
  6. [S549] E-mails from Eve Mintern to Tim Hill, 2012- 15th Oct 2012.
  7. [S549] E-mails from Eve Mintern to Tim Hill, 2012- 03:24 19th Oct 2012 "Children of Richard Darby and Sarah Peachey."
  8. [S468] The National Archives, England ( Will of Benjamin Darby, Farmer of Hunsdon, Hertfordshire - Reference: PROB 11/1319/52 (
  9. [S472] William Darby Strong Tim Hill's collection, (
  10. [S581] William Page A History of the County of Hertford: Volume 3
  11. [S1165] England, Select Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991, ( Name: Richard Darby; Gender: Male; Burial Date: 14 Feb 1821; Burial Place: Hunsdon, Hertford, England; FHL Film Number: 1537794.
  12. [S499] Hunsdon Village Website - Parish registers page ( p.283.
  13. [S549] E-mails from Eve Mintern to Tim Hill, 2012- 05:30 19th Oct 2012 "Parish Registers for Roydon Essex."
  14. [S499] Hunsdon Village Website - Parish registers page ( page 237.