Mary Hedges was born in 1761,
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.
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.
Where Rev Whateley
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.
Of the remaining children, no further trace can be found of Stephen or Ann.
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
In the Presence of Jno Hedges Jnr Mary Ilsley
Cookham Parish Register transcription held at Maidenhead Library
Non Conformist Register
RG4 / 313 / P24v http://www.wikitree.com/photo/jpg/Hedges-985
Name: Mary Leaver
When Buried: 1829 March 10th
Ceremony by: Revd J B Pearce
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It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Mary by comparing test results with other carriers of her mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known mtDNA test-takers in her direct maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Mary: