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Mary (Hedges) Leaver (1761 - 1829)

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Mary Leaver formerly Hedges
Born in Cookham, Berkshire, Englandmap
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married 11 Sep 1786 in Cookham, Berkshire, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Maidenhead, Berkshire, Englandmap
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Mary Hedges was born in 1761, [1] and was probably the daughter of Francis Hedges and Ann Parker. It is likely that she was born in Cookham Parish, but her birth record hasn't been found, so this is uncertain.

It has been suggested by another researcher that Mary Hedges' father is John Hedges b in 1747. However this is unlikely - John was probably Mary's brother. If Rev Whateley is correct in his year of Mary's birth then John married after Mary was born. John (and his future wife Mary Elslee) was a witness at Mary's wedding, which implies a close relationship. Mary's first son was named Francis, and the custom seems to have been to name children after close relatives - and her husband James Leaver having been married previously, has used his family names for children in his first marriage.

Marriage to James Leaver, and their Children

Following the death of Elizabeth Fry, James was left with several young children to bring up. He clearly needed a wife, and on 11 Sep 1786, he married Mary Hedges in Cookham Parish Church, after Banns.

The marriage was conducted by J Simmonds, Clerk, and was witnessed by Jno Hedges Jnr and Lydia Ilsley. James and Mary both signed the register.

The witness, John Hedges was probably Mary's brother. He later married Lydia Ilsley, the other witness. [2]

Mary was about 25, and James 41, when they married. She would have been old enough to take on an already existing, young family.

James and Mary went on to have 13 children. They were:

Francis born 1787 D
Robert born 23 Mar 1789
Sarah born 1790
Stephen Calvin born 23 Jul 1791 D
Stephen born 14 Aug 1792
Jonathan born 25 Sep 1793
David born 1795
Ann born 1796 D
Elizabeth born 1797
Isaac born 1798 D
Rebecca born 1799
Jane Leaver born 5 Nov 1802
Christina born 1804 D

Where Rev Whateley [1] marked these children with a D (presumably for Dead), they have been so marked here.

Of the above children, no reference other than Rev Whateley has been found for Francis, Isaac and Christina - Rev Whateley marked them all with "D", though he didn't give the year of death. [1] Of the remaining children, no further trace can be found of Stephen or Ann.

No details have yet been found of Jonathan but it is thought that he had a daughter, Ann Jane Leader, who lived with Robert for some time Ref 1841 & 1851 census, and was referred to as his niece.

The remaining children - Robert, Sarah, David, Elizabeth, Rebecca and Jane - have all been traced, with descendants to the present day. Many descendants are in Australia.

Death and Burial

Mary died in March 1829, in North Town, Maidenhead, at the age of 68, and was buried in Cookham Parish on 10th March, presumably in the Independent Church burial ground. [3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Rev Whateley's Notebook P254
  2. Cookham Parish Register
    James Leaver of this Parish
    and Mary Hedges of the same
    were married by Banns in this Church, on the
    Eleventh Day of September in the Year of our Lord One Thousand
    Seven Hundred and Eighty Six By Me J Simmonds Clerk
    This Marriage was solemnised between us James Leaver
    Mary Hedges
    In the Presence of Jno Hedges Jnr Mary Ilsley
    Cookham Parish Register transcription held at Maidenhead Library
  3. Non Conformist Register
    RG4 / 313 / P24v
    Parish: Cookham
    County: Berkshire
    Year: 1829
    Page: 43
    Name: Mary Leaver
    Abode: Maidenhead
    North Town
    When Buried: 1829 March 10th
    Age: 69
    Ceremony by: Revd J B Pearce

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