Sarah Parker (T2b4a)1,2

(circa August 1767 - circa May 1852)
FatherRobert Parker3 (cir. May 1743 - cir. Jan 1807)
MotherJane Marshall3 (say 1745 - Feb 1791)
Relationship4th great-grandmother of Lorna Henderson

BMDB data

     Sarah Parker (T2b4a) was born cir. Aug 1767 Ashdon, ESS, ENG.4 She was baptized on 9 Aug 1767 at Ashdon, Essex; entry in 1767 reads Aug 9 Sarah D. of Robert & Jane Parker.3
     Sarah Parker (T2b4a) married James Tyrell on 7 Jul 1793 St Mary the Virgin, Saffron Walden, ESS, ENG, undated entry, assumed to be 7 days after the 3rd publication of banns in the Saffron Walden Banns register shows
Banns of marriage between James Tyrrell & Sarah Parker b.o.t.p. were Published in this church on Sundays June 16th, 23rd & 30th by me ?W Gretton?; James signed, Sarah X her mark; Wit.: Philip Darnell, Richard Bush (who both signed all on page); George Smith X his mark who also signed the following.
Entries on the page are not in date order but married: 16 Apr; 21 May; 20 May; 21 Jul; 6 Aug (banns May 19th 26th Jun 2nd); 16 Jun (banns May 26, Jun 2, 9th); James/Sarah; 18th Aug (banns Jul 28 Aug 4, 11).5
     Sarah Parker (T2b4a) died cir. May 1852 Saffron Walden, ESS, ENG.6 She was buried on 5 May 1852 Saffron Walden, ESS, Sarah Tyrell, aged 86.6
     The admittedly small set of DNA matches that led me to re-evaluate Jemima Parker's origins, also led me to believe that the new mother found for Jemima seems highly likely to be one and the same Sarah Parker who later married James Tyrrell.

Ashdon is very near to Saffron Walden, Jemima's 1788 baptism is in Saffron Walden, which is where a Sarah married James Tyrell in 1793.
Proximity and opportunity seem too good to miss given Jemima's death cert. says she was born there.

There's a mitochondrial DNA kit with your name on if you are a direct female line descendant of Sarah Tyrell nee Parker.
Please use the contact link in the footer if you think you may qualify.
A haplogroup mis-match to me will disprove it, a match will add weight, which hopefully more autosomal DNA matches from any descendants of either Sarah will clinch, eventually.
Research to date however indicates there may not be many candidates available.7,4,1

Census/Where lived/Occupations

     Sarah Parker (T2b4a) appeared on the census of 1841 Duckingstool St, Saffron Walden, ESS, ENG, as Sarah Tyrell 65 widow (crossed out); Emily Marsh 14 F.S; James Tyrell 20 carpenter; All born county[2]
(James is a grandson, son of Sarah's son William) (NB enumerators were instructed to round ages down to the nearest multiple of 5.)8
     Sarah Parker (T2b4a) appeared on the census of 1851 Mt Pleasant, Saffron Walden, ESS, ENG, enumerated as JOHNSON: John 57 ag lab b. Helions Bampstead, ESS; wife Eliza 55 laundress b. Walden, ESS; Children: Thos 20 bricklayer, Mary 23 laundress, both b. Walden, ESS; Mother (in-law) Sarah Tyrell 86 widow, pauper b. Ashdon, ESS.9


     A direct maternal descendant of Sarah's was assigned mitochondrial haplogroup T2b4a from a FamilyTreeDNA mtDNA full sequence test.
Keeo an eye on any progress for this haplogroup over on DNASurnames
2021 update:
yFull mtree now shows haplogroup as T2b4a3 with TMRCA of 475 years before present, ie1950 (so 525 years ago, range being from 120-1620 years ago)
2019: FTDNA file transferred to the mtree at yFull (May), same T2b4a haplogroup assigned and as at Sep, no time estimates.
If only there were some matches to explore further!

External links

     Click here" >Click here to see Sarah's page on WikiTree. For Sarah's profile on WikiTree.10
     Sarah Parker (T2b4a) belongs to a DNA tested line. There may be more information available on DNASurnames under the DNA project for his/her surname/line.

Family 1


Family 2

James Tyrell (say 1765 - bet. 1803 - 1841)
  • William Tyrell12 (cir. Nov 1793 - bet. Mar 1864 - Jun 1864)
  • Elizabeth Tyrell13 (cir. Apr 1796 - Dec 1874)
  • Amey Tyrell14 (cir. Jun 1803 - aft. 1861)
ChartsMy pedigree chart
Maternal ancestors of Lorna
Maternal timeline
Last Edited7 Sep 2021


  1. Parish Registers: Essex, England (published), Bap. 6 Apr 1788 Jemima baseborn d/o Sarah PARKER St Mary the Virgin, Saffron Walden, D/P 192/1/5 (image 72 of 154), copy d/loaded Jan 2020.
  2. Oxford University, "Oxford Ancestors DNA test", refer to Bryan SYKES' book "The Seven Daughters of Eve", Aug 2002.
  3. Parish Registers: Essex, England (published), Bap. 9 Aug 1767 Sarah d/o Robert & Jane PARKER, from Essex Parish Registers film Film # 004298434,, extracted Jan 2020.
  4. "Lorna's Family History Musings", Jan 2020.
  5. Parish Registers: Essex, England (published), Marriage (undated but Banns 16th, 23rd & 30th Jun 1793) James TYRRELL & Sarah PARKER, Saffron Walden, ESS, D/P 192/1/7, from Saffron Walden Banns Register Essex Archived (indexed on FindMyPast as 1793 James TYRNELL & Sarah PARKER), copy d/loaded Jan 2020.
  6. Parish Registers: Essex, England (published), Bur. 5 May 1852 Sarah TYRELL, aged 86, St Mary the Virgin, Saffron Walden, extracted Apr2020.
  7. DNA matches/info ex online at, DNA matches between AMR (GEDmatch A002631) descendant of Jemima Clinton nee Parker (b. 1788 Saffron Walden) to descendants of three lines of descendants of Sarah Parker married to James Tyrrell (1793 Saffron Walden): via son William (7cMs to a Half 5C3R); daughters Elizabeth (34cMs to a Half 4C1R) and Mary Ann (8cMs to a Half 5C),extracted Jan 2020.
  8. 1841 Census images, England & Wales, via, Saffron Walden, ESS, hsehold of Sarah TYRELL,, extracted Jan 2020.
  9. 1851 Census images, England & Wales, via, Saffron Walden, ESS, hsehold of Thomas & Eliza JOHNSON, extracted Jan 2020.
  10. WikiTree online at,, created Jan 2020.
  11. Parish Registers: Essex, England (published), Bap. 6 Apr 1788 Jemima baseborn d/o Sarah PARKER St Mary the Virgin, D/P 192/1/5 (image 72 of 154), copy d/loaded Jan 2020.
  12. Parish Registers: Essex, England (published), Bap. 1793 James TYRNELL (sic) & Sarah PARKER, Saffron Walden, ESS, D/P 192/1/7, extracted from Essex Marriages and Banns 1537-1935 index on FindMyPast Jan 2020.
  13. Find A Grave online at, Dth Dec 1874 Elizabeth JOHNSON, Saffron Waldon, ESS, Section: 10 Grave: 49, memorial #12299205, extracted Jan 2020.
  14. FamilySearch, England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975: Bap. 12 Jun 1803 Amey & Mary Ann dtrs of James & Sarah TYRRELL, Saffron Walden, ESS, FHL film 1702648, extracted Jan 2020.

E. & O. E. Some/most parish records are rather hard to read and names, places hard to interpret, particularly if you are unfamiliar with an area.