Martha Darby1

#12684, (16 February 1765-12 March 1829)
FatherRichard Darby1 (c 1731-7 Feb 1821)
MotherSarah Peachy1 (c 1730-1 Oct 1779)
ChartsDarby Family - descendants
Descendents of Richard Darby
Last Edited10 Jul 2022
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Headstone for Jacob Bush and his wife Martha (nee Darby)
Hunsdon cemetery
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Martha Darby was baptised at St. Peter's on Saturday, 16 February 1765 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 may have attended the wedding of her brother in the marriage of Richard Darby and Anne Brett in a Church of England ceremony at St. Peter's on Thursday, 8 June 1775 at Roydon, Essex. Both Richard and Anne signed the wedding certificate. They went on to have four children together.3,4

She may have attended the wedding of her brother in the marriage of Thomas Darby and Elizabeth Perry in a Church of England ceremony at St. Peter's on Monday, 14 September 1778 at Roydon, Essex. Elizabeth and Thomas went on to have 11 children together over 17 years.5,4

Martha Darby married Jacob Bush at St. Dunstan's on Saturday, 31 October 1795 at Hunsdon, Hertfordshire.1 "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

In Richard Darby's will on 27 January 1821 Richard Darby, Jacob Bush, Martha Darby, Susannah Darby and Jane Darby were named as heirs. Martha along with her husband Jacob were to receive the dividends from £100 for the rest of their lives, and after the last of them had died, to be split between their children..7,8

Her father died February 1821 at the approximate age of 90.

Richard Darby'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.7 Martha and Jacob lived in 1829 at Hunsdon, Hertfordshire.9

Martha died on 12 March 1829 at age 64 (although it was reported that her age was 63).9 She was buried on 19 March 1829 at St. Dunstan's, Hunsdon, Hertfordshire.10 Even though Martha Darby had died only 8 years after her father, her husband Jacob Bush lived a good many more years; if her children had seen any inheritance from thier grandfather, it would not have been until late in life.


1765BaptismSt. Peter's, Roydon, Essex1
1795Married Name1
1795MarriageSt. Dunstan's, Hunsdon, Hertfordshire1
1829ResidenceHunsdon, Hertfordshire9
1829BurialSt. Dunstan's, Hunsdon, Hertfordshire10
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Family 1


Family 2

Jacob Bush (c 1771-30 Sep 1846)


  1. [S549] E-mails from Eve Mintern to Tim Hill, 2012- 03:24 19th Oct 2012 "Children of Richard Darby and Sarah Peachey."
  2. [S582] W. R.(editor) Powell A History of the County of Essex: Volume 4
  3. [S1163] Roydon, Essex Parish Registers for St. Peter's, 1774-1812 Name: Richard Darby; Gender: Male; Marriage Place: Roydon, St Peter, Essex, England; Marriage Date: 8 Jun 1775; Spouse: Ann Brett; Search Photos: Search for 'Roydon, St Peter' in the UK City, Town and Village Photos collection; Phillimore Ecclesiastical Parish Map: ; View this parish; Source Description: Marriage Register; Service of Church: Registers of Baptisms, Marriages and Burials; Incumbent; Roydon, St Peter; Parish Records;1774-1812.
  4. [S549] E-mails from Eve Mintern to Tim Hill, 2012- 15th Oct 2012.
  5. [S468] The National Archives, England ( Probate 11/1820 Will of Thomas Darby, Farmer of Hunsdon Lodge , Hertfordshire.
  6. [S581] William Page A History of the County of Hertford: Volume 3
  7. [S471] City of London Corporation Libraries, London, England, Wills and Probate, 1507-1858 Name: Richard Darby, Probate Date: 20 Mar 1821, Parish: Hunsdon (
  8. [S472] William Darby Strong Tim Hill's collection, (
  9. [S1342] E-mails from Anthony Marshall to Tim Hill (e-mail address), 2022- 'RE: Richard Darby's profile on WikiTree' - 30 Jun 2022, 02:40.
  10. [S499] Hunsdon Village Website - Parish registers page (…) p.285.
  11. [S499] Hunsdon Village Website - Parish registers page (…) p.201.
  12. [S499] Hunsdon Village Website - Parish registers page (…) p.207.
  13. [S499] Hunsdon Village Website - Parish registers page (…) p.210.