William Darby1

#12578, (5 May 1811-May 1838)
FatherRichard Darby1 (c 1780-c 9 Feb 1851)
MotherLetitia White1 (1789-c Jun 1870)
ChartsBrett Family - descendants
Darby Family - descendants
Descendents of Richard Darby
Last Edited15 Jun 2016
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William Darby was born on 5 May 1811 at Greensted-juxta-Ongar, Essex.1 Greensted is situated in a large natural clearing in Epping forest. The Ongar road is mentioned in The Caturbury Tales. The village was part of the area under Danish law, and in 1801 had a population of 102. In 1839 it was estimated to have 289 acres of arable land and 325 acres of meadows and pasture.2

He was the son of Richard Darby and Letitia White.1 William Darby was baptised at St. Andrew's on Sunday, 1 September 1811 at Greensted-juxta-Ongar, Essex.1 Greensted Church has been situated in its idyllic setting for nearly 1,200 years; St. Andrews is the oldest wooden church in the world, and perhaps the oldest wooden building in Europe. It is also said to have been the resting place of unknown early crusader who is said to have arrived, badly wounded, at the church and died there.3

William Darby married Elizabeth Young, daughter of (?) Young and Young (?), at St. Lawrence on Thursday, 17 January 1833 at Ardeley, Hertfordshire.1 The village of Ardeley (or Yardeley until 1850) lies on the western edge of the hill overlooking the village of Walkern and the valley of the River Beane. It consists of the church and the vicarage and a few cottages around the farm known as Church End. In addition to barley, wheat and beans are the chief crops grown. Of 2,424 acres, rather more than half is arable land. The church of St. Lawrence, which stands on high ground to the west of the village, dates back to the 13th century and is built of flint rubble, mostly covered with rough-cast, with stone dressings, and roofed with tiles and with lead. 4

William Darby was a hay and straw carter.5 A report was written in the Hertford paper when some wine was stolen from them.5

William died in May 1838. He was buried on 15 May 1838 at Ardeley, Hertfordshire.1


1811BirthGreensted-juxta-Ongar, Essex1
1811BaptismSt. Andrew's, Greensted-juxta-Ongar, Essex1
1833MarriageSt. Lawrence, Ardeley, Hertfordshire1
1838BurialArdeley, Hertfordshire1


Elizabeth Young (c 1807-May 1867)


  1. [S549] E-mails from Eve Mintern to Tim Hill, 2012- 26 Sep 2012.
  2. [S582] W. R.(editor) Powell A History of the County of Essex: Volume 4 http://www.british-history.ac.uk/source.aspx?pubid=53
  3. [S415] Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greensted_Church
  4. [S581] William Page A History of the County of Hertford: Volume 3 http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=43603
  5. [S541] The Hertford Mercury and Reformer, Hertford, Hertfordshire, England, 8th Mar 1836 p.2.
  6. [S549] E-mails from Eve Mintern to Tim Hill, 2012- 30th Oct 2012 "Descendant Chart."
  7. [S903] E-mails from David Spencer to Tim Hill, 2016- 'Darby family' - 9 February 2016 at 22:50.