VOL. III - APPENDIX B

Keeley

In 1810, John Barton married Catherine Keeley at Warbleton Parish Church (Chapter 2). They were my great great great (x 3) grandparents.  

Catherine Keeley was baptised on 11 October 1787 in Warbleton, the daughter of Richard Keeley and Ann Vine. 

Richard Keeley and Ann Vine 

I understand that Richard Keeley was born in 1759 and he may have been baptised in 1761 in Ewhurst, Sussex. He was the son of John Keeley and  Mary Lawrence and married who on 14 September 1758 at Etchingham, Sussex. John Keeley had been born around 1725. Mary Lawrence had been born in 1728.

Richard Keeley married Ann Vine on 3 April 1785 at Burwash Parish Church. 

Ann Vine had been born in 1760 in Burwash, the daughter of John Vine and Mary Funnell.  John Vine had been baptised on 24 January 1728 at East Hoathley, Sussex. He may have died on 24 November 1811 in London.  Mary Funnell was born in 1722 in Chiddingly, Sussex and died on 27 February 1805 at Chiddingly. John Vine was the son of John Vine and Elizabeth Emma Webb who married on 28 October 1722 at Dallington. John Vine Senior had been born on 21 January 1701 and baptised on 2 February 1701 at Laughton. He died in 1783 in East Hoathley. Elizabeth Emma Webb had been born in 1710 in Brighton and died in 1735 in Laughton.  

Richard and Ann had at least six children:

  • Catherine Keeley. Born 11 October 1787 in Warbleton.   
  • Richard Keeley. Baptised 16 January 1791 at Warbleton
  • John Keeley. Baptised 27 January 1793 in Warbleton. 
  • Sarah Keeley. Born 1798 in Heathfield. 
  • Thomas Keeley. Born 1803 in Warbleton.  
  • Maria Keeley. Born 1805 in Warbleton

Ann Vine died in 1805 in Herstmonceux. 

In 1841 Richard was living with his son Richard and his wife at the Common, Warbleton. Richard is 82 years old, but both he and his son are described as labourers. 

Richard Keeley died on 28 April 1848 in Warbleton. 

As stated above, their eldest daughter Catherine Keeley married John Barton in 1810 at Warbleton (Chapter 2). 

The following  is known about her siblings,

  • Richard Keeley & Elizabeth Keufe

Richard and Ann's son Richard Keeley married Elizabeth Keufe on 7 May 1820 in Burwash. 

They had a daughter Jane Keeley who was baptised on 7 March 1813 at Warbleton.  

In 1841 Richard and his wife Elizabeth are living at the Common, Warbleton. Richard is 51 years old, his wife 52 years old. Richard's father, aged 82 years is living with them. Both he and his son are described as labourers. Also at the address, 79 year old Hester Rummery and 10 year old Richard Mautter. 

In 1851 Richard and Elizabeth are still at The Commmon, Warbleton. Richard is 61 years old and a game keeper and farmer employing 2 men. Also listed are two servents, William Burchett, aged 31 and Richard Walter, aged 21, born Heathfield, both agricultural labourers and visitor Mary Bishop, aged 58, a pauper. Richard appears to have been their grandson (see below).  

In 1861 they are still "on the Common" at Warbleton and Richard, aged 71 is farming 17 acres with one boy employee. Their grandson Richard K Walter, aged 9 is living with them (is this more likely to be great grandson - see below). Their former servant William Burchett maty have married and waas now living next door to them. 

Elizabeth Keeley died in 1871. Richard Keeley died in 1876, aged 85 years old. 

Richard and Elizabeth's daughter Jane Keeley married David Walter on 20 June 1829 at Heathfield. David had been born in 1810 in Heathfield, the son of  Benjamin Walter (1779 to 1821) and Letitia Butcher (1772 to 1850). David and Jane had two sons:

  • Richard Walter. Born 1829 in Heathfield. Richard married Hannah Butcher on 30 July 1851 in Warbleton. They had three children. Hannah died in 1857 in Tonbridge, Kent. In 1871 Richard, a 41 year old widower, farmer of 10 acres was living at Blackdown, Warbleton with one of his sons. Richard remarried in 1885. His second wife was Elizabeth Harriett Funnell. They had one son. In 1901 they were living in Warbleton where Richard was farming. In 1911 they were living at Hooks Down Cottage, Punnetts Town, Heathfield where Richard, aged 81 was a retired farmer. He died on 29 January 1915 at Warbleton.  Elizabeth Harriett Walter died on 22 April 1922 in Hailsham. 
  • William Walter. Baptised 31 July 1831 at Heathfield. William died later that same year and was buried on 27 September 1831 at Heathfield. .  

Jane Walter died aged 19 and was buried on 2 December 1831 at Heathfield. It is possible David Walter did not remarry and in 1861, aged 50, was living with his brother Stephen and his family at St George's Lodge, Lambeth. 

  • John Keeley & Hannah Cramp

Richard and Ann's son John Keeley married Hannah Cramp on 17 May 1813 at Ashburnham. 

They had ten children:

  • Hannah Keeley. Born 1815 in Sussex 
  • John Keeley. Born 1818 in Ashburnham
  • Fanny Keeley. Born 1821 in Ashburnham 
  • George Keeley. Born 1823 in Battle
  • Richard Keeley. Born 19 June 1826 in Ashburnham,
  • Thomas Keeley. Born 1828 in Ashburnham
  • Harriot Keeley. Born 1830 in Ashburnham
  • James Keeley. Born 1834 in Ashburnham
  • Charles Keeley. Born 1836 in Ashburnham
  • Jonathan Keeley. Born 1838 in Wartling. 

In 1841 they were living in Thornden, Ashburnham where John was a labourer. Hannah, George, Richard, Harriott, James, Charles and Jonathan remained at home. 

In 1851 John and Hannah were still living in Thornden. John was an agricultural labourer and his wife Hannah a school mistress. There were four children at home - Harriott, aged 21, James, 17 year old, Charles, 15 years old and Jonathan, aged 12 were all agricultural labourers. 

In 1861 John and Hannah were still living in Thornden where John, aged 69 was a carter/agricultural labourer. None of the children remained at home. 

In 1871 John and Hannah were still at Thornden Road, Ashburnham. John, aged 79 was still an agricultural labourer.  

John Keeley died in 1876. Hannah also died in 1876. 

Nothing more is known about John and Hannah's children, Hannah Keeley, John Keeley, Fanny Keeley

John and Hannah's son George Keeley married Sarah Hunnisett on 27 January 1850 in Wartling. In 1851 George, an agricultural labourer, and Sarah were living at Tilley Road, Wartling with Sarah's mother Mary Hunnisett, a 61 year old widow on paupers relief and her two sons, Wlilliam Hunnisett, aged 26 and Henry Hunnisett, aged 19, both agricultural labourers and Mary's mother in law, Sarah Hunnisett, aged 73, also on pauper relief. In 1861 Sarah Keeley was a 33 year old housekeeper working for Charles Golding, a 56 year old agricultural labourer.  It is not clear where George would have been at that time, but it is believed that he died by 1865. In 1871, Sarah Keeley, a 44 year housekeeper was working for David Genty, a 44 year old bricklayer in High Street, Lewes. Nothing more is known. 

John and Hannah's son Richard Keeley married Ruth Burton in 1851 in Hastings. Ruth Burton had been born on 26 September 1827 and baptised 4 November 1827 at Heathfield Independant chapel, the daughter of William Burton and Mary "of Dallington". In 1851 Richard and Ruth were living in Dallington and Richard, aged 24 was an agricultural labourer. In 1861 they are living at Olivers Hill, Ashburnham. Richard was an agricultural labourer. Their two eldest children had been born. In 1871 they were still at Ashburnham and a further three sons had been born. They were still at Olivers Hill, Ashburnham in 1881 and 53 year old Richard was still an agricultural labourer. They had the following children:

  • Fanny Keeley. Born 12 December 1851 in Dallington. Fanny married James Kemp on 28 July 1872 in Dallington. In 1881 they were living in Ashburnham with James's parents. In 1891 they were at 3, Burnt Farm Cottages, Ashburnham where 41 year old James was a general labourer. In 1901 they were still at Burnt Barns where James was a stockman on a farm. They had five children. James Kemp died in 1910 
  • William Keeley. Baptised 1 April 1855 at Dallington. William died in 1860 in Dallington. 
  • Charles Keeley. Baptised 8 May 1858 in Dallington.  Charles died in 1859 in Dallington. 
  • James Keeley. Baptised 16 September 1860 in Dallington. James died on 16 March 1885 in Dallington . 
  • Richard John Keeley. Baptised 15 November 1863 at Dallington.  Richard married Sarah Burton on 18 October 1886 in Dallington. In 1891 they were living at The Street, Dallington where Richard was a gardener. The eldest two of their four children had been born. Sarah Keeley died in 1893 in Dallington. In 1901 Richard and three of his children were living at 2, Bookham Cottages, Hanworth where he was a gardener.  Also at the address was Sarah Ann Smith, housekeeper, 42 year old widow and her 4 year old daughter. Richard remarried on 10 November 1906 in Staines. His second wife was his housekeeper, Sarah Ann Smith. In 1911 they were living at 42 Silverlands Road, St Leonards on Sea, where Richard, aged 48 was a gardener. They had four children. Richard died in 1933 in Staines. In 1939 Sarah was living at 31, Chestnut Grove, Staines with her one of her sons. Sarah Ann Keeley died on 12 May 1940 in Staines. 
  • George Keeley. Born 5 November 1865 in Ashburnham. Baptised 10 December 1865 in Dallington.  George married Rose Amy Mitchell on 3 April 1897 in Dallington. In 1901 and 1911 they were living at Turners Farm, Brighting where George was farming. They had three girls and one boy. In 1939 they were at Perch Hill Cottage, Battle where George was a smallholder.  George Keeley of 13, Greenfield Rod, Burwash died on 6 February 1952. Probate was granted Rose Amy Keeley, widow. Rose Amy Keeley of  Frogs Hill Cottage, Newenden died on 11 April 1958. Probate was granted to Vernon George Keeley, foreman electrician, their son. 
  • Robert Keeley. Baptised 4 October 1868 in Dallington.  Robert married Jane Alma White in 1894 in Battle. In 1901 they were living at Stream Farm, Dallington, where Robert was farming. They had had three of their five children. One of their sons Clarence William Keeley, born 13 September 1901, married Ellen Elizabeth Beale. Ellen was the daughter of George Beale (1888 to 1924) and Eliza Budgen (1887 to 1938). George was the son of Henry Beale (1843 to 1912) and Sally Bourner (1852 to 1939). Sally was the daughter of Peter Bourner (1817 to 1888) and Sarah Barton (1818 to 1888). Sarah Barton was the daughter of John Barton and Catherine Keeley making this a marriage of 3rd cousins once removed (Chapter 2 and Appendix G). Robert Keeley died on 1 April 1916 and was buried at Dallington.  Jane A Keeley died in 1953 in Battle.  

Richard Keeley, late of Ashburnham, farmer, died on 6 November 1889. Probate was granted to Ruth Keeley, widow, and Thomas Peters of Dallington, draper and grocer. In 1891, Ruth, a 64 year old widow was living at Olivers Hill Farm, Ashburnham where she was farming. Sons George and Robert were living with her and working on the farm. In 1901 Ruth was at Dallington, aged 73 she is described as "living on her own Means". In 1911 Ruth Keeley, an 83 year old widow is living with her daughter Mary Kemp, widow, a monthly nurse at Mill House, Ninfield. Was thIs our "Ruth" and if so who was daughter Mary, was this Fanny? The census shows that Ruth has eight children of which four survived!! Ruth Keeley of Mill House, Ninfield died on 24 August 1915. Probate was granted to George Keeley.  

Nothing more is known about John and Hannah's children Thomas Keeley and Harriott Keeley

John and Hannah's son James Keeley married Sarah Cramp in 1858 in Battle. In 1861 they were living in Thornden, next door to James's parents. James was an agricultural labourer. Their eldest daughter had been born. In 1871 they were in Ponts Green, Ashburnham and a further three children had been born, 

  • Sarah Keeley. Born 1860 in Ashburnham. In 1901 Sarah, aged 41, was a general servant living at Church Road, Ashburnham with Walter Cook, wheelwright and his wife. 
  • Emma Keeley. Born 1862 in Ashburnham. Emma Keeley married Henry Hobden in 1888 in Battle. In 1901 they were living in 60 Maws Cottages, Bexhill where Henry was a yardman. They had four children. In 1911 they were at Broad Oak Dairy Farm and Henry was a carter on a farm. Emma Hobden died in 1931. Henry Hobden died in 1940
  • James Keeley. Born 13 March 1866 in Ashburnham. James married Ellen Harmer in 1885 in Battle. In 1891 James and Ellen were in Thornden and James was a general labourer. In 1901 they were still living in Thornden, Ashburnham. James was a "roadman". Six children had been born.  In 1911 James was a farmer at Thornden. He and Sarah had twelve children of which ten survived and eight are still at home, the eldest two working as general labourers. Ellen died in 1932 in Battle. In 1939 James was living at 1, Marden Cottages, Battle where he was a jobbing gardener. James died in 1951 in Battle.  
  • Henry Keeley. Born 1869 in Ashburnham. Henry married Lois Ellen Saunders in 1891 in Hailsham. In 1891 they were living at Couch Cottages, Ashburnham where Henry was a farm labourer.  In 1901 they were living at 22, Battle Road, Hailsham and 32 year old Henry was a bricklayer. They had five children. Henry Keeley died in 1911. Later in the year Lois was living at 24 Bellbanks Road Hailsham Sussex. She was 40 years old and three sons were still at home. Lois E Keeley died in 1941

James Keeley died in 1880

John and Hannah's son Charles Keeley married Ann Burton on 30 March 1861 at Dallington. It seems likely that Ann was the daughter of William Burton and Mary and the sister of Ruth Burton who married Charles's brother Richard Keeley (see above). In 1861 Charles and Ann were living at Foxhole, Heathfield where Charles was a farmer of 12 acres. They had a son 

  • William Keeley. Baptised 16 March 1862 at Dallington. William married Annie Elizabeth Neville in 1888 in Uckfield.  In 1901 they were living in Back Lane, Waldron where William was a carter on a farm. They had four children.  William died in 1902 and was buried in Punnetts Town. Annie remarried in 1907

Ann Keeley died in 1862. Charles remarried in 1864. His second wife was Mary Ann Martin. In 1871 they were living at Punnets Town where Charles was farming four acres. His son William was living with them and Charles and Mary Ann eldest four children had been born. In 1881 they were living in Scocos, Mayfield where Charles is now farming 113 acres employing one man, who is most likely his 14 year old son.  A further four children had been born. In 1891 they were still at Scocos Farm and their three eldest sons were farm labourers. They had twelve children in all, including:

  • Esther Keeley. Born 16 February 1865 in Warbleton. In 1881 Esther, a 16 year old domestic servant, and her sister Annie, aged 11, were visiting Henry A Clark and his wife, Emily at Dungates Farm, Waldron. Esther married James William Berry on 11 July 1885 in Uckfield. James was a 23 year old poultry dealer, son of George Berry, carrier. In 1891 they were living in Waldron Cottages, Framfield and James was a general dealer. Four daughters had been born. By 1901 they were farming at Scocos Farm and a further four children had been born. In 1911 they were still at Scocos Farm, Five Acres, Tunbridge Wells. The youngest two of their ten children had been born. In 1939 they were still at Scocos Farm. Son James, a cowman and Alfred, a farm carter were assisting their father. Reported in the "Crowborough and Uckfield Weekly", on 24 August 1940 James and Esther lost two sons when a bomb dropped on Scocos Farm, that they had been farming for 55 years. Esther died on 17 September 1941 and was buried in Waldron. James W Berry died on 2 December 1948 and was buried in Waldron Churchyard. 
  • John Keeley. Baptised 3 June 1866 at Warbleton. John emigrated to Australia where he married Elizabeth Ann Polkinghome in Queensland on 13 September 1892. Elizabeth, the daughter of George Millers had been married previously. They had one son. On 24 July 1921 John Keeley a 52 year old farmer returned to the UK. Elizabeth Ann Keeley died on 21 August 1930 in Brisbane. John Keeley died on 29 September 1934 in Queensland. 
  • Hannah Keeley. Born 1868 in Warbleton. Hannah Keeley died in 1882, aged 14 years old.
  • Annie Keeley. Born 5 November 1869 in Warbleton. In 1881, Annie and her elder sister Esther were visiting Henry A Clark, a 20 year old agricultural labourer and his wife, Emily at Dungates Farm, Waldron. In 1891, aged 21 she was a laundress, boarding with Matilda Noble, laundress at The Laundry, Isinghurst. Annie married Charles William Brockhurst on 6 January 1894 at Hadlow Down. In 1901 they were living at 7, Cromwell Gardens, Kensington where Charles was a police officer (sergeant). Their daughter was seven years old. In 1911 they were at 501, Lea Bridge Road, Leyton and Charles was a police inspector in the Metropolitan Police. This would appear to be a police station as also listed is a "prisoner charged with drunkenness". He resigned from the force on 2 August 1920 and became a pensioner. In 1939 they were living at Hurst View, Sherrifs Lane, Uckfield. Annie Brockhurst died in 1954. Charles William Brockhurst of Hurst View, Rotherfield, Crowborough died on 24 November 1956 at Kent and Sussex Hospital, Tunbridge Wells. 
  • Charles Keeley. Born 24 April 1871 in Warbleton. Charles married Louisa Mary Young in 1900. In 1901 they were living on George's parents farm (see below). In 1911 they were at Toll Farm, Bodle Street. They had a son George Charles Keeley who was born on 26 March 1902 in Bodle Street. George married Annie Beale in 1950. Annie was the daughter of Henry Beale (1888 to 1949) and Edith Jane Dann (1884 to 1947). Henry Beale was the son of Henry Beale (1843 to 1912) and Sally Bourner (1852 to 1938). Sally Bourner was the daughter of Peter Bourner (1817 to 1888) and Sarah Barton (1818 to 1888). Sarah Barton was the daughter of John Barton (1788 to 1868) and Catherine Keeley (1787 to 1854), so this was a marriage of "3rd cousins once removed" (see Chapter 2 and Appendix G. Louisa Mary Keeley of Toll Farm, Warbleton died on 2 August 1937. So by 1939 Charles had been widowed and was living with his son and daughter at Toll House Farm, Bodle Street. Charles Keeley of Toll Farm, Warbleton died on 14 September 1949 at The Royal East Sussex Hospital, Hastings. Probate was granted to George Charles Keeley and Victor James Keeley, farmers. 
  • George Keeley. Born 1874 in Warbleton. George married Caroline Reed on 17 April 1898 in Heathfield. In 1901 they were living with George's parents (see below). George died in 1901 in Punnetts Town.  Caroline remarried in 1909.  
  • Mercy Keeley. Born 19 September 1875 in Warbleton.  Mercy married Edward John Kenward in 1903 in Hailsham. In 1911 they were living at Douse Grove, Northiam, where Edward was a general labourer. They had three daughters.  In 1939 they were at City Stores, Battle and Edward was  shopkeeper and bricklayer. His wife was assisting in the business. Edward J Kenward died in 1947 in Battle. Mercy Kenward of 3, Cumberland Gardens, St Leonrds on Sea died on 8 February 1971. 
  • Mary Anna Keeley. Born 26 June 1877 in Waldron.  Mary married James Young on 18 November 1899 in Heathfield.  In 1901 James and Mary were living at 2,Bulls Eye Cottage, Heathfield. James, aged 24 was a farm labourer. Their eldest son had been born.  In 1911 James and Mary Ann were living at Pear Tree Farm, Bodle Street. Three of their four children had been born. Mary Ann's parents were living with them (see below).  James and Mary Ann Young were still at Pear Tree Farm in 1939. James Young of Snowdon House, Dallington died on 7 March 1950. Probate was granted to Edward Bertram Watson, auctioneer and George Young, farmer.   Mary A Young died in 1959 in Eastbourne. 
  • Richard Keeley. Born 27 January 1880 in Waldron.  Richard married Amy Beatrice Relf on 21 November 1903 in Heathfield. In 1911 they were at Prinkle Farm, Bodle Street Green where Richard was farming. They had four children of which three are listed. Their 14 year old nephew isalso living with them and working on the farm. In 1939 they were still at Prinkle Farm and Richard is now described as a dairy farmer. Amy died in 1961. Richard Keeley of Prinkle Farm, Bodle Street died on 10 September 1969
  • Frances Anne Keeley. Born 24 August 1881 in Mayfield. Frances married Edward Brook in 1905. In 1911 they were living at Bodle Street where Edward was a carter on a farm. They had two sons.  In 1939  they were at Yew Tree Cottage, Bodle Street and Edward was a gardener.  Frances A Brook died in 1951. Edward Brook died in 1968.  
  • Helena Keeley. Born 28 May 1884 in Mayfield. Helena married Edward Dallaway in 1908. In 1911 they were living on West Dene, Heathfield and Edward was a carpenter. They had one daughter. Edward Dallaway enlisted in the "Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry". Edward Dallaway was killed in action on 9 April 1917 and was buried at Saint Martin sur Cojeul, Departement du Pas-de-Calais. Administration was granted to his widow Helena. Helena remarried in 1919, her second husband was John Beale. John Beale was the son of Henry Beale (1843 to 1912) and Sally Bourner (1852 to 1938) Sally Bourner was the daughter of Peter Augustus Bourner (1817 to 1888) and Sarah Barton (1818 to 1888). Sarah was the daughter of John Barton (1788 to 1868) and Catherine Keeley (1787 to 1854) making this a marriage of "2nd cousins once removed" (see Chapter 2 and Appendix G) .  In 1939 they were living at Red Pale, Bodle Street and John was a dairy farmer. Helena Beale of Red Pale Farm, Bodle Street died on 4 August 1944 at Three Counties Emergency Hospital, Arlesey, Bedfordshire. John Beale died in 1973. 

In 1901 Charles and Mary Ann were at Little Totteryworld Farm, Heathfield. Charles, aged 65 was still farming. His son George, daughter in law Caroline, son Richard, and daughters Frances and Helena were living with them. HIs son Charles and his wife Louisa were living on a cottage on the farm. George and Richard were farmers and Charles was a carter on a farm. In 1911 Charles, retired farmer were boarding with James Young and his wife Mary Ann at Pear Tree Farm, Bodle Street. The census shows that they had twelve children, but five had died. Although not noted on the census Mary Ann was their daughter. Charles Keeley the elder of Pear Tree Farm, Bodle Street died on 11 July 1911 and was buried at Heathfield Chapel, Punnetts Town. Probate was granted to Richard Oxley, assistant overseer. Mary A Keeley died in 1920 and was buried with her husband. 

John and Hannah's son Jonathan Keeley married Hetty Wilmshurst on 24 December 1859 in Hellingley. In 1861 they were living at Wartling where Jonathan was an agricultural labourer. Their eldest son was seven months old. In 1871 they are living in Warbleton and 32 year old Jonathan was a labourer.  A further six children had been born. In 1881 they were living at Lower Butlers, Herstmonceux. A further two children hd been born. In 1891 they were living in Pentons Grove, Hellingley and Jonathan, aged 54 was an agricultural labourer. They had nine children including: 

  • George Keeley. Born 1860 in Heathfield. George may have died in 1930 in Eastbourne
  • William Keeley. Born 31 May 1862 in Hailsham. William married Alice Asenath Mitchell in St Judes, Grays Inn Road, London on 1 March 1892. William was a 29 year old coachman, son of Jonathan Keeley, farmer. Alice was 35 years old, the daughter of William Mitchell, deceased, formerly a coal merchant.  In 1901 William and Alice were at 66, Northgate Street, Gloucester and William was a refreshment house keeper. In 1911 they were living at 4, Hawthorn Road, Gloucester and William was a green grocer and fruiter. Alice Keeley of 21 Wilton Road, Gloucester (wife of William Keeley, retired restaurant keeper) died on 4 January 1932. In 1939 William is still at 21, Wilton Road, but is strangely listed as a "house decorator - retired". His brother James and his wife were living with him. William Keeley of 21, Wilton Road died on 14 December 1943. Probate was granted to James Keeley, retired farmer. 
  • Charles Keeley. Born 1864 in Hellingley. Charles married Annie Gifford in 1892 in Brighton. In 1901 they may have been living at 12, Church Hill, Newhaven and Charles was a carter. In 1911 they were living at 28, Harper Road, Newhaven. Charles was a gas stoker. They had been married 19 years and had four children, one of which had died.  Charles Keeley died in 1934 in Newhaven.  
  • Frances Elizabeth Mary Keeley. Born 4 November 1865 in Hellingley. Frances married William Holmwood in 1896 in Hailsham. In 1901 they were living in Mayfield Flat Farm, Hadlow Down where William was farming. Their eldest five children had been born. They were still at the same address in 1911, but the farm is now described as being in "Cross in Hand". They had eight children of which seven had survived. Their eldest son aged 13, was already working on the farm. William Holmwood of Hopes Farm, East Hoathley died on 26 November 1921. Probate was granted to his widow.  In 1939 Frances was still at Hopes Farm, a widow she is described as incapacitated. One daughter remained at home and was a housekeeper. Their eldest son was still a farmer working on his own account.  Frances Elizabeth Mary Holmwood of Hopes Farm, East Hoathley died on 28 April 1940. Probate was granted to Mabel Saunders, married woman.  
  • Harriett Keeley. Born 1867 in Herstmonceux. Harriett had a son, Frank Keeley, born out of wedlock and baptised 15 April 1888 in Herstmonceux. In 1891 Frank was living with Harriett;s parents.  Harriett married Josiah Terry in 1892 in Hailsham. In 1901 they were living with Josiah's uncle at 7, Garfield Road, Hailsham. Josiah was a bricklayers labourer and they had one son of their own. Harriett's son Frank Keeley died later in 1901. In 1911 they were still at 7, Garfield Road, but Josiah is now head of the household, a farm labourer.  Josiah Terry of Victoria Road, Hailsham died on 10 March 1922. Probate was granted to his widow. Harriett Keeley died on 1 February 1924.
  • Joseph Henry Keeley. Born 26 September 1868 in Warbleton. Joseph married Anna Rosetta Parkes on 12 October 1891 in Hadlow Down. In 1901 they were living at 20, Norton Road, Newhaven where Joseph was a dock labourer.  In 1911 they were at Cemetry Gardens Lewes Road Newhaven and Joseph was a market gardener and greengrocer.  They had four children. In 1939 they were living at 10, Murray Avenue, Newhaven and Joseph was a general labourer. Anna Rosetta Keeley of 10, Murray Avenue, Newhaven died on 2 August 1943. Administration was granted to her husband. Joseph Henry Keeley of 10, Murray Avenue,  Newhaven died on 17 February 1949, Probate was granted to George Keeley, motor mechanic and Eric Lees Allsop, sanitary inspector.  
  • Thomas Keeley. Baptised 17 April 1870 in Warbleton. Thomas married Mary Lydia Vine in 1901. Later that year they were living in Victoria Villa, Hailsham and Thomas was a corn warehouseman. In 1911 they were still at Victoria Villas and Thomas was a warehouseman. They had one son.  Mary Lydia Keeley of Victoria Villas, Hailsham died on 27 March 1949. Thomas Keeley of 22, Ersham Road, Hailsham died on 14 January 1961. Probate was granted to Arthur Keeley, gardener.  
  • James Keeley. Born 15 August 1872 in Warbleton. Baptised 13 October 1872 in Warbleton. James married Ruth Pelling in 1910. In 1911 they were living in Hellingly where James was a poulterer. Ruth's mother was living with them.  In 1939 James and Ruth were living with James's brother William at 21 Wilton Road, Gloucester, James was a poultry farmer retired. James Keeley of 21 Wilton Road, Gloucester died on 28 October 1945. Probate was granted to Phillip Terry, chaffeur and Sidney White, farmer. Ruth Keeley of 21, Milton Road, Gloucester died on 25 October 1948. Probate was granted to Arthur Miller Cook, master printer.  
  • Robert Keeley. Baptised 19 April 1874 at Warbleton. In 1901 Robert was a brickmaker boarding at 7, St Mary's Cottages, Bexhill. 

In 1901 Jonathan and Hetty were still at Pentons Grove, Hellingley. John, aged 61 was a farmer working on his own account. Only son James remained at home and he too was a farmer working on his own account. In 1911 they were still at Hellingley, living alone, Jonathan was an old age pensioner. They had nine children of which eight survived. Hetty died later in 1911. Jonathan Keeley died in 1925. 

  • Sarah Harmer nee Keeley

Richard and Ann's daughter Sarah Keeley married Reuben Harmer on 12 July 1824 at Heathfield. Reuben Harmer was the son of William Harmar (1760 to 1852) and Philidelphia Crews (1762 to 1838).  

In 1841 Reuben and Sarah were living at Brighthelmstone where William was a plumber. They had seven children.

  • Maria Harmer. Baptised 15 January 1826 in Heathfield. 
  • Sophia Harmer. Baptised 8 April 1827 in Heathfield. 
  • Reuben Harmer. Baptised 21 December 1828 in Heathfield. 
  • Ann Harmer. Baptised 15 February 1831 in Heathfield. Ann died and was buried on 1 November 1832 at Heathfield.  
  • William Harmer. Born 1832. William died and was buried 13 December 1837 in Heathfield. 
  • Stephen Harmer. Baptised 6 January 1839 in Heathfield.  
  • David Harmer. Baptised 24 November 1844 in Heathfield.  

Reuben Harmer died and was buried on 19 February 1849 at Heathfield. 

In 1851 Sarah Harmer, a 48 year old widow, a pauper, was living at Haven Beech, Heathfield. Her youngest sons Stephen, aged 13, was an agricultural labourer and David, aged 7 was a scholar. 

Sarah Harmer died in 1868 in Heathfield. 

In 1841 Reuben and Sarah's daughter Maria Harmer was a servant working for John Rogers, farmer in Heathfield. Maria died aged 19 and was buried on 1 April 1845 in Heathfield.

Reuben and Sarah's daughter Sophia Harmer married Aaron Morris on 10 February 1850 at Crowhurst.  In 1851 they were living with Aaron's parents in Morris Cottage, Battle. Aaron was a farm labourer. Their eldest son was 6 months old. In 1861 they were living in Battle and a further four children had been born. Aaron's mother was living with them. In 1871 they were at Hastings Road, Battle and two more children had been born. They had eight children:

  • Stephen Morris. Born 1851 in Battle. Stephen was living with his parents and his widowed mother up to 1891.  In 1901 Stephen, aged 49 was a carter liviIng on Telham Mill Cottages, Battle. In 1911, aged 60 and still single was living with David Baker and his family at Park Cottage, Baldslow, he was a carter on a farm.  
  • William Morris. Born 1852 in Battle.  
  • Ann Morris. Born 1855 in Battle. Ann married Charles Ernest Henry Schaper in September 1883 in Kensington. In 1901 Ann was living at Telham Mill Cottages, Battle with three of their four children. She is shown as married, but Charles is not listed. Charles was a servant, a waiter working at Shindales Hotel, Taplow, Bucks. In 1911 again Ann, but not Charles, is living at 132, Stephens Road, Tunbridge Wells. She had been married for 28 years with five children, two of which had died. One son, Reginald Schnaper had emigrated to the USA in 1911 (see below) Ann Schaper of 72, Melfort Road, Thornton Heath, Surrey (wife of Ernest Henry Schaper) died on 14 November 1917 at Perth Road, St Leonards on Sea. Probate was granted to Ethel Harriet Munn (wife of Alfred Munn). Charles Ernest Henry Schaper died in 1939 in Maidenhead. 
  • Emily Morris. Born 1858 in Battle. Emily married George Page in 1881 in Battle. In 1891 they were living at 2 Green Bank Cottage, Hollington and George was a harness maker. In 1901 they were at 1 Greenbank Cottages, Hollington Old Lane. In 1911 they were at 5, Perth Road, Silverhill, St Leonards on Sea. George, aged 54 was still a harness maker. They had been married for 29 years and had three children, all surviving, but only one remained at home. George Page died in 1920. Emily Page died in 1932. 
  • James Morris. Born 1861 in Battle. James married Sarah Samways in 1889 in Battle. In 1891 they were living at Hastings Road, Battle and James was a milkman. In 1901 they were at Black House Road, Battle and James was a farm bailiff. In 1911 they were at Hastings Road, Battle and James was a "horse feeder for a miller and baker". They had two children. James Morris died in 1938
  • Matilda Morris. Born 13 July 1864 in Battle. Later censuses suggest that Matilda emigrated to the United States in 1887 or 1889. Matilda's naturalisation record shows that she arrived on 12 October 1889. but from Canada, having been born in England. Matilda Morris, aged 25, daughter of Aaron Morris and Sophia Harmer married Thomas Douglas on 21 February 1890 at Oakland, Michigan. In 1900 and 1910 they are living at Southland, Oakland, Michigan where Thomas was farming. They had five children.  In 1920 they were living at Redford, Wayne and Thomas is now a labourer for the Red Rock Company. Their nephew Reginald Schaper, aged 29,  plumber born England was living with them, having arrived in 1911. Matilda Douglas died in 1925 in Detroit. In 1930 Thomas is living in Detroit where he is  labourer on a golf course! Thomas Douglas died in 1938. Louisa Morris. Born 17 December 1868 in Battle.  Louisa also emigrated to the USA in 1893.  Louisa Morris, daughter of Aaron Morris and Sophia Harmer married John Veness, son of Jas. Veness and Catherine Brotherhood on 11 April 1898 in Southfield, Oakland, Michigan. There is no obvious connection between John Veness and "my" Veness line covered in Volume IV. In 1900 John and Louisa Veness were living at Redford, Wayne and John was a weigh master at a milk depot. John had been in the USA ten years. In 1910 John and Louisa Venus were living in Redford, Wayne where John was  butcher. They had two children. In 1913 Louisa Venus, aged 45, sailed from Liverpool to New York on the S.S. Carolina. She was returning to her husband John Venus in Redford. In 1920 they are again listed in Redford and John is a meat merchant.  Louisa Venus  died on 18 April 1926 in Detroit and was buried at Great Lawn Cemetary. In 1930 John is listed in Redford, Wayne and no occupation is given. He is living wth his daughters and son in law. In 1940 he is still in Redford and once again listed as a butcher.  John Venus died on 28 January 1949 in Wayne, Detroit. 
  • Charles Morris. Born 1 January 1870 in Battle. Charles also emigrated to the USA in 1893. Charles married Elizabeth Priestley on 1 December 1901 in Detroit. Elizabeth was the daughter of William Kaye.  Elizabeth nd had previously married John Priestley in Bradford on 20 January 1889 and they had divorced on 19 July 1900 on the grounds of desertion. In 1910 Charles and Elizabeth were living at Redford, Wayne and Charles was a dairy farmer. In 1920 they were still living at Redford but Charles was now a labourer in a cemetary. Their son, aged 17, was a steam fitter in the auto industry. In 1930 they were at Grayfield Avenue, Redford and Charles was now a watchman at a cemetary. They were still there in 1940, Charles, now 70 was now described as  cemetary caretaker. Elizabeth Kaye Morris died on 15 November 1942. Charles Morris, widower, died on 10 July 1945 in Alpena, Michigan, USA

In 1881 Aaron and Sophia were living in Black Horse Road, Battle. Aaron, aged 56, was a general farm labourer and his wife Sophia was a laundress. Son Stephen was an agricultural labourer, daughter Emily was a laundress, James was a milkman and Louisa, aged just 13 was a laundress assistant. Aaron Morris died in 1887 in Battle. In 1891 Sophia Morris, a 64 year old widow, a laundress was living at Loose Farm Cottages, Battle. Son Stephen, aged 40 was a woodcutters labourer. Charles, aged 21 was also still at home. Sophia Morris died in 1893 in Battle.  

In 1851 Reuben and Sarah's son Reuben Harmer was an agricultural labourer (servant) working for William Pocock, aged 65, a farmer of 45 acres employing 22 labourers, and his wife Ann at Hilting Top Farm, Hollington. William had been born in Hooe in about 1786. Another farm servant was Thomas Veness, aged 24, born Ninfield.  Neither William Pocock or Thomas Veness can currently be connected to my Veness or Pocock lines (see Volume IV).  Reuben married Ann Eliza Wooden on 18 May 1854 at Heathfield. Reuben, aged over 21, labourer, was the son of Reuben Harmer, labourer. He was only able to make his mark. Ann was a minor, a servant, the daughter of James Wooden, farmer. She signed the register. In 1861 they were living at Clappers, Heathfield and Reuben was an agricultural labourer. Four children had been born. In 1871 Ann Eliza Harmer is listed at Parks Corner, Heathfield. The census notes "Carters wife. Reuben Harmer, her husband, being temporarily away in District 12". A further four children had been born. In 1881 Reuben and Annie re both at Walkhurst Farm, Benedon. Reuben, aged 53 was an agricultural labourer. There were three more children under 10 years old. In 1891 they were at Coursesham Lane, Cranbrook, Kent. They had eleven children: 

  • William Harmer. Born 7 December 1854 in Warbleton. William married Martha Colley on 12 January 1878 in Benedon. They were both of full age. William was a labourer. Martha was a servant, the daughter of George Colley, labourer. In 1881 they were living in Ewhurst, William was an agricultural labourer and their eldest child had been born. In 1891 they were in Frittendon, Benedon and a further three children had been born.  In 1901 they were at Iden Green, Benedon with  further four children. They were still there in 1911. William was a 56 year agricultural lbourer. The census confirms that they had nine children, all surviving. Five children were still listed at home including a married daughter who had three children of her own.  In 1939 William and Martha were at 11, Pullington Cottages. They are both old age pensioners. Willim is a retired farm labourer and Martha is described as incapacitated. Martha Harmer died on 25 February 1940 at 11, Pullington Cottages, aged 81 years. William Harmer of 11 Pullington Cottages died on 20 September 1940, aged 85. They were married for over 60 years and received a telegram from the King on their diamond wedding anniversary. 
  • Charles Harmer. Born 1857 in Heathfield. Charles married Hannah Philliss on 25 September 1878 in St Georges Church, Benenden. They had two sons. In 1881 they were living in Crit Hall, Beneden where Charles was a carpenter. Their eldest son was born. In 1891 and 1901 they were living at Cranbrook Road, and another son had been born. Hannah's parents were living with them. Charles was a carpenter and builder. In 1911 it was just Charles and Hannah at Iden Green, Benenden.  Hannah died in 1938 and Charles in 1939 in Benenden. 
  • Elizabeth Harmer. Born 1859 in Heathfield.  Elizabeth married Charles Turner in 1878 in Cranbrook. In 1881 they were living at Ewhurst and Charles was an agricultural labourer. In 1891 they were living in Benenden. In 1901 and 1911 they were living at Goddards Green, Benenden, where Charles was an agricultural labourer: They had twelve children. Elizabeth Turner died in 1924. Charles died in 1941 in Maidstone.
  • Robert Harmer. Born 29 March 1861. Baptised 19 May 1861 in Heathfield. Robert died on 10 August 1864 and was buried on 16 August 1864
  • Richard Harmer. Born 12 May 1863 in Heathfield. Richard married Kate Elizabeth Edwards on 10 December 1892 in Cranbrook. Richard was a 28 year old gardener. Kate was 26 years old, the daughter of Frederick David Edwards (deceased), waggoner.  In 1901 Richard and Kate were at the Royal Oak, Benenden. In 1911 they were living at Lodge Cottage Hurst Green Sussex and Richard was again a garden. Seven of their nine children had been born. On 10 June 1913 Richard and family sailed on the "Megantic" from Liverpool to Quebec.  Richard was a "baker". In 1921 they were living at 18 Victoria St, Stratford, Perth North, Ontario. Richard was a nurseryman working on his own account. Richard died on 17 July 1934 at Victoria Street, Stratford, Perth, Canada. His obituary includes "Before going to Canada, Mr Harmer resided at Hawkhurst and Benendon for a number of years and was well known in the district. For some years he was head gardener to the late Doctor Harmer at North Grove House Asylum, Hawkhurst and only left a short time before that institution was burnt to the ground. On leaving Hawkhurst he was employed as a gardener at Hemsted, Benendon. In the time of the First Earl of Cranbrook and from there went to The Grange, Benendon in the service of Lord Medway (afterwards the Second Earl of Cranbrook). While at The Grange Mr Harmer, with the late Mr Samuel Goodwin (whose widow resides at Chickhurst, then Staplehurst), set out the gardens there, he married Miss Kate Edwards, of Westhill, Hastings, who prior to her marriage was in the service of the late Reverend Alban H. Harrison then vicar of Cranbrook. Mr and Mrs Harmer afterwards took over the Royal Oak Inn, Iden Green, Benendon where four of their children were born, and on leaving there went to the White Horse Hotel, Silverhill, Hurst Green, where their three other children were born, a son and twin girls, they lost one son in The Great War". Kate Elizabeth Harmer, widow died on 17 July 1944 in Avondale, Perth.  
  • Annie Marie Harmer. Born 1865 in Heathfield. Annie married William Saunders in 1895 in Ticehurst. In 1901 they were living at Swiftsdene, Salehurst. William was a farmers son and Annie was a domestic charwoman.   Annie M Saunders died in 1947. 
  • Alfred Harmer. Born 1868 in Waldron. Alfred married Mary Elizabeth Fuggle on 5 February 1899 at St Leonards. In 1911 they were living at New Buildings, Dingleden Farm, Benenden and Alfred was a farm labourer. They had nine children.  Mary Elizabeth Harmer died in the 1950's in Lewes. 
  • Ellen Jane Harmer. Born 1870 in Heathfield.  In 1901 Ellen was living with her sister Maria and her husband Frederick at Sculls Gate, Beneden (see below). Ellen may have died in 1958 in Uckfield.  
  • Maria Harmer. Baptised 25 August 1872 in Heathfield.  Maria married Frederick Weekes on 2 January 1899 in Benenden.  In 1901 they were living at Sculls Gate, Benendon and 28 year old Frederick was a waggoner on a farm. They had one son.  In 1911 they were at Corner Cottage, House, Benenden. Maria Weeks died in 1912. Frederick Weeks died in 1933. 
  • John Harmer. Born 21 January 1876 in Benenden. Baptised 26 March 1876 in Benenden. John married Elizabeth Lavender on 10 May 1899 at St Mary Magdalene, St Leonards. John was a 24 year old gardener. Elizabeth was a 28 year old domestic servant, daughter of Alfred Lavender, oddman. In 1901 they were living at Crause Lane, Cranbrook and 25 year old John was a gardener. They had a 8 month old daughter. In 1911 they were living at East End, Benendon and John was a domestic gardener. Elizabeth died on 26 October 1916 at Goddards Green, Benenden, aged 44 years.  John Harmer died on 25 April 1923 at No.37, West Hill, Dartford, Kent.
  • Emily Edith Harmer. Born 18 May 1878 in Benenden. Baptised 28 July 1878 at Benendon. Emily married Samuel Goodwin on 16 March 1901 in Benenden. In 1901 Samuel and  Emily were living at Iden Green where Samuel was a gardener.  In 1911 they were in Chapel Lane, Iden Green, Benenden where Samuel was a general labourer. They had been married 10 years and had no children. Their nephew, William Harmer, aged 8, was living with them. Samuel Goodwin died in 1933 in Maidstone, Kent. In 1939 "Edith E Goodwin", widow, was living at Chickhurst, Staplehurst, Maidenhead.  Edith Emily Goodwin of West View, Tenterden, died on 12 January 1949. Probate was granted to Florence Kate Rhodes (wife of Lewis Rhodes).   

Reuben Harmer, farmer labourer, died on 24 April 1899 at Ashton Cottages, Iden Green, Benendon, Kent. He was 71 years old. The informant was his daughter Edith Harmer (see above). In 1901 Ann was living with her daughter Maria and her husband Frederick Weekes, a wagonner on a farm at Sculls Gate, Benendon. Her daughter Ellen, aged 29, and neice Florence Harmer, aged 7 was also at the address. In 1911 Ann was visiting Charles Turner, 56 year old farm labourer, his wife Elizabeth and their four children at Goddards Green; Benendon. Although not described as such, Elizabeth was Ann's daughter (see above). Eliza Ann Harmer died on 11 October 1921 at Goddards Green, Benendon. She was 89 years old. Her grandaughter Constance Alice Turner of Goddards Green was the informant. 

In 1861 Reuben and Sarah's son Stephen Harmer was lodging at Filsham Cottage, St Leonards with James Fuller, carter and his family. He was a 22 year old carter. His brother David, a 19 year old carter was at the same address. Stephen married Mary Holman later in 1861 in Hailsham. In 1871 they were living in Battersea where Stephen, aged 34, was a gardener. They had four children 

  • Charles Alfred Harmer. Born 1862 in Chiddingly. Charles died on 29 March 1924 at 52 Milton Road, East Croydon, Surrey.
  • Sarah Ann Harmer. Born 1863 in Reigate. Sarah died on 23 May 1943 in Albion Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent. 
  • John William Harmer. Born 1866 in Reigate. John married Mary Upfold in 1890 in Reigate. In 1891 they were living in St John's Terrace Road, Reigate where John in a grocers assistant. In 1901 they were at St Johns Road, Tunbridge Wells and John, aged 34, was a shopkeeper (grocer). In 1911, they were at 72, St James Road,  Tunbridge Wells and John was a grocer and provision dealer. They had three children. John William Harmar of 47, Albion Road, Tunbridge Wells died on 10 January 1945. Probate was granted to George White, farmer. Mary Harmer died in 1959
  • Arthur Ernest Harmer. Born 1867 in Reigate. Arthur may have died in 1875. 

Mary Harmar died in 1874 in Lambeth. Stephen remarried in 1879 in Reigate, Surrey. His second wife was Esther Reynolds. In 1881 they were living at Bell Street, Reigate and Stephen was a greengrocer and seedsman. In 1891 Stephen and Esther were at Copse Road, Reigate and Stephen, aged 54, was a greengrocer. Esther Harmar died in 1894. Stephen Harmer, of Mead-Vale, Reigate died on 18 March 1895. Probate was granted to Edwin Pecknall, baptist minister. 

Reuben and Sarah's son David Harmer married Barbara Ellen Harding in 1867 (Reg Gen Sept 1867 Battle 2b 70). Barbara had had a son Edward John Harding, born "out of wedlock" in 1865 in Battle. In 1871 David and "Ellen" were living at Fullers Farm, Battle where David was a farmer. Edward is listed as "Edward Harmer" and is 6 years old. Two other children had been born. Edward Harding is believed to have died in 1874. In 1881 David and Ellen were at Whallington Road, Battle and David was a carter. A further two children had been born.  In 1891 they were at Marley Lane, Battle and their two youngest children had been born. In 1901 they are at 43, Sidley Street, Bexhill, David, aged 60 was a horseman on a farm. Two children remained at home. In 1911 David and Ellen were still at 13, Sidley Street. David is a general labourer. They had eight children of which four survived

  • David Harmer. Born 1868 in Battle. In 1891 David was still living with his parents in Marley Lane, Battle. He was an agriculture labourer. David married Elizabeth Tribe in 1893 in Battle. In 1901 they were living at 1, Worshaam Cottages, Bexhill and David was a carter on a farm. There are two children listed, but the eldest, at 12 appears to have been born "out of wedlock". In 1911 they are still at Worsham Cottages and David was a waggoner. The census confirms that they only had one child who now aged 17 was a dressmaker.  David Harmer of 2 Sea View, Ninfield Road, Bexhill on Sea died on 6 December 1933 at Watermill Lane, Sidley. Administration was granted to his widow Elizabeth. In 1939 Elizabeth Harmer, an old age pensioner was living at Two Trees, Woodshef Park venue with her married daughter and her family. Elizaabeth Harmer died in 1952 in Hove. 
  • Mary Ann Harmer. Born 1870 in Battle. Mary Ann is listed in the 1871 census, but not the 1881 or 1891 so it seems likely that she died in infancy. 
  • William Harmer. Born 1873 in Battle. William Henry is an 7 year old 1881. In 1891 he may have enlisted in the East Kent Regiment. He later became a Chelsea Pensioner.  
  • George Harry Harmer. Born 1876 in Battle. George may have married Minnie Ashdown in 1898 in Battle. In 1901 they were living at the same address as George's parents, 43, Sidley Street, Bexhill, but were a seperate household. Two children are listed. George Harry Harmer died in 1905. In 1911 Minnie, a widow, was  laundress living at 33, North Road, Sidley with her six children. It seems likely that she had been pregnant when her husband died.  
  • Charles James Harmer. Born 1878 in Battle. Charles James Harmer died in 1879 aged less than a year old. 
  • Frank Stephen Harmer. Born March 1883 in Battle. Frank married Emily Maud Beton in 1908 in Battle. In 1911 they were living at 13, Sidley Street, Sidley, Bexhill with Frank's parents. They had one daughter. Frank was a decorator.  In 1939 Emily and five others are living at 4, Racton Road, Fulham, London. She is shown as married, but Frank is not listed.  He is a patient at West Park Hospital, Epsom.  Frank Stephen Harmer died on 13 December 1940 and was buried in Epsom and Ewell. Emily M Harmer died in 1958 in Fulham. 
  • Kate Alice Harmer.  Born 1885 in Battle. In 1901 Kate is 15 years old and living with her parents. In 1917 she married James H Mason in Watford, Herts. Kate Alice Mason died aged 50 and was buried on 1 October 1935 in Essex.  James H Mason may have died in 1954 in Watford.   
  • Elizabeth Mary Harmer. Born 1888 in Eastbourne. Elizabeth isnot listed in the 1891 or 1901 censuses so it is likely she died in infancy.  

Barbara E Harmer died in 1918 in Battle. David Harmer died in 1920 in Battle. 

  • Thomas Keeley & Hannah Edgecomb

Richard and Ann's son Thomas Keeley married Hannah Edgecomb on 16 April 1827 in Heathfield.  

In 1841 they were living at Warbleton and Thomas is an agricultural labourer. They are still in Warbleton in 1851. They had eight children:

  • Thomas Keeley. Born 1831 in Warbleton
  • Jane Keeley. Born 4 September 1833. Baptised 13 October 1833 in Heathfield Independant Chapel. 
  • Hannah Keeley. Born 1837 in Warbleton
  • George Keeley. Born 14 May 1840 in Warbleton. 
  • Clara Keeley. Baptised 29 May 1842 in Warbleton.  
  • Caroline Keeley. Baptised 24 August 1845 in Warbleton. 
  • Maria Keeley. Born 1849 in Warbleton
  • John Keeley. Born 1850 in Warbleton

In 1861 Thomas, Hannh andfamily were still in Warbleton and Thomas, aged 60 is now described as a farmer and labourer of 14 acres. Daughter Maria and son John remain at home. 

Thomas Keeley, the elder, late of Stores Farm, Warbleton died on 28 January 1877. Probate was granted to Hannah Keeley of Warbleton, widow and Joel Sands of Heathfield, miller. 

In 1881 Hannah is living at Clish Hole, Warbleton. A widower she is farming 14 acres. Her daughter Maria, married and widowed is living with her with 10 year old daughter. 

Hannah Keeley died in 1884, aged 80 years old. 

Thomas and Hannah's son Thomas Keeley married Lucy Piper on 7 April 1855 in Hailsham. Lucy Piper was baptised 15 March 1829 in Heathfield, the daughter of Jasper Piper and Eleanor. Daw who had married on 23 November 1828 in Heathfield.  In 1861 they were living in "Dirty Baby", Heathfield and Thomas, aged 30 was an agricultural labourer. In 1871 they were living in Monk Eagle Road, Wadhurst and Thomas was a carter. In 1881 they were at 2, Poplar Cottages, Speldhurst. They had eight children;

  • Thomas Keeley. Born 1857 in Warbleton. Thomas married Mary Jane Reid in 1883 in Ticehurst. In 1891 they were living at Toll Bridge Cottages, Wadhurst and Thomas was an agricultural labourer. In 1901 and 1911 they were at Pell Bridge, Wadhurst and Thomas was a general labourer. They had eight children, two of whom had died. Mary Jane Keeley died in 1906 in Essex. Thomas died in 1927 in Ticehurst.  
  • George Keeley. Baptised 1 August 1858 at Warbleton. George died in 1877 aged 19 years old. 
  • Fanny Keeley. Born 1861 in Heathfield. In 1881 Fanny, aged 19, was a housemaid working at Tidebrook Vicarage.  
  • Ellen Keeley. Born 1863 in Hailsham. 
  • Albert Kealey. Born 1866 in Heathfield. Albert married Catherine Tester in 1892 in Tonbridge. In 1901 they were living in Crouches Cottage, Wadhurst and Albert was a hay trusser. They had six children. Albert Keeley died later in 1901. In 1911, Catherine was living at the Alms Houses Sparrows Green Wadhurst, aged 46 she was a charwoman. Three of her children were living with her and her elder sister was visiting. Catherine Keeley died in 1934.   
  • Henry Keeley. Born 14 September 1867 in Etchingham. Henry married Frances Mary Jones in 1893 in Tunbridge. In 1901 they were living at 8, Church Street, Eastbourne and Henry was a baker and confectioner. In 1911 they were at 21, Norman Villas, Robertsbridge and Henry was a millers clerk and traveller. They had three children. Henry's uncle James Piper, aged 72, agricultural labourer, was living with them. Frances Mary Kealey died in 1919 in Knaresborough. Henry remarried Margaret L Rowsell in 1920 in Eastbourne. Margaret L Kealey died in 1936 in Eastbourne. In 1939 Henry was living at 43/47 Tisbury Road, Hove where he was a hotel proprietor in partnership with his son. Henry Kealey of 65, Park Road, Hove died on 6 February 1946 in Hove. Probate was grnted to Henry William Ronald Kealey, sergeant RAF.   
  • Annie Keeley. Born 1872 in Wadhurst. Annie married Henry Edward Hoadley in 1892. In 1901 they were living at Blowers Hill, Medhurst, Kent and Henry was a carter on a farm. They had six children of which four survived. Henry Edward Hoadley died later in 1901. In 1911 Annie, a 39 year old widow was a charwoman living at 18, Hervey Court, Crescent Road, Tunbridge Wells. In 1939 Annie Hoadley, widow was an old age pensioner living at 34, Stephens Road, Tunbridge Wells. Annie Hoadley died in 1956 in Tonbridge. 
  • Harriett Keeley. Born 22 February 1874 in Frant. In 1891 Harriett was a 19 year old cook, at 26, Gildridge Road, Stamford House, Eastbourne. In 1901 she was a cook at Arundel Road, Eastbourne. In 1939 Harriett was a housekeeper living at 7 Broadwater (basement), Tunbridge Wells.  

In 1891 Thomas and Lucy were still at Broomhill, Speldhurst. Thomas, aged 60 was an agricultural labourer, as were sons Albert and Henry. Daughter Annie, a domestic servant was also still living at home. Lucy Keeley died in 1898 in Ticehurst. In 1901 Thomas Keeley was  a 69 year old widower, a "farm labourer on  farm" was living with his sister Maria and her husband Joshua Stevens at Streat Hall Farm, Heathfield (see below). Thomas Keeley died in 1905 in Kent. 

Thomas and Hannah's daughter Jane Keeley married Thomas Pettitt on 31 May 1851 at Warbleton. Thomas was of full age, the son of Edward Pettitt, labourer. Jane was 18 years old, the daughter of Thomas Keeley, labourer. Both were only able to make their mark. In 1861 they were living at Brownbread Street, Ashburnham. Thomas was an agricultural labourer.  In 1871 and 1881 they were at "The Barley Mow", Punnetts Town, Heathfield. Thomas, aged 39 was a beer house keeper. They had six children:

  • Mary Pettitt. Born 1852 in Ashburnham. Some reserchers have suggested that Mary married George Harman in 1873, but others suggest that this was the daughter of William Pettitt and Caroline Clout. The last we know for sure is in 1871 when she was living at home.  
  • Rhoda Pettitt. Born 5 January 1856 in Warbleton. Rhoda married Alfred Whitten on 24 April 1880 at St George's, Hanover. Alfred was 27 years old, a corporal in the Coldstream Guards, the son of George Whitten, groom. Rhoda, was 24 years old, daughter of Thomas Pettitt, gardener.  In 1881 they were living in the Barracks at Caterham.  In 1901 they were living at Golden Noble Hill, Colchester and Alfred was a town crier! They had seven children.  In 1911 they were at 8 Stanwell Road, Colchester and Alfred was a caretaker for Essex County Council. Four children remained at home. Alfred died in 1927 in Colchester. In 1939 Rhoda was living with one of her sons at 51, Northgate Street, Colchester. Rhoda Whitten of 51, Northgate Street, Colchester died on 25 July 1942. Probate was granted to Gerald Carr Benham, solicitor.   
  • Edmund Pettiitt. Born 2 December 1858 in Warbleton. Edmund married Edith Eliza Oxley on 26 December 1881 in Hailsham. Edmund was  23 year old gardener, Edith was 19 years old, daughter of James Oxley, farmer. In 1891 they were living at 5, Denton Island, Denton, Newhaven and Edmund was a dock labourer. In 1901 they were staying at 1, New Cottages, Wilmington and Edmund was a hedge trimmer. In 1911 they were living at Upperdean Vaindean, Patcham abd Edmund was a farmer. They had three children. In 1939 Edmund and Edith were living at 147, London Road, Sevenoaks and Edmund was a retired cowman. Edmund died on 27 March 1944 in Tonbridge. Edith Eliza Pettitt died on 18 July 1950 at Grove House, Goose Green, Peckham.  
  • William Pettitt. Born 10 August 1862 in Ashburnham. William married Susannah  Martha Mary Ann Coleman in 1884 in Hailsham. In 1891 and 1901 they were  living at Punnetts Town  where Wiliam was a general labourer. In 1911 they were at The Alley, Heathfield. They had eight children, one of whom had died. Susan Martha Pettitt of Holly Cottage, Heathfield (wife of William Pettitt, labourer) died on 3 November 1931. Probate was granted to William Pettitt.  William Pettitt of Holly Cottage, died on 29 November 1942 in Heathfield.  Probate was granted to Percy John Pont, grocer.  
  • Walter Pettitt. Born 1865 in Ashburnham. Walter married Anne Packham Benge in 1886. In 1891 they were living at Greenwoods Farm, Heathfield where Walter aged 27 was an agricultural labourer. In 1901 they were at Blackdown Cottage next to Greenwoods Farm.  They were still there in 1911. They had two children. Walter died in 1934. Anne died in 1940 in Eastbourne. 
  • Lydia Pettitt. Born 1871 in Ashburnham. Lydia married Walter George Fuller in 1891 in Ticehurst. In 1901 they were living in America Street, Marden, Kent where Walter aged 30 was a chicken fattener. In 1911 they were living in Little Bigknowle, Heathfield and Walter was a "dealer in stock and swine". They had eight children. Walter and his family left London for Sydney on board on the "Gothic" on 20 July 1912, arriving in September 1912. In 1915 they were living at Kukerin, Williams, Swan, Western Australia. Walter George Fuller died on 15 July 1933 and was buried in Albany, Western Australia. Lydia Fuller died on 22 September 1956 in Sydney. 

Thomas Pettitt died in 1882 in Heathfield.  In 1891 Jane was a 58 year old widow, a domestic housekeeper for John Dallaway, miller and his children at Rockmill House, Heathfield. Daughter Lydia, aged 21 was living with them.  In 1901 Jane was still working for John Dallaway. Jane Pettitt died on 17 February 1907 aged 74 years at Punnetts Town, Heathfield. She was the widow of Thomas Pettitt an Innkeeper. The informant for the death was Susannah Pettitt, daughter in law, of The Alley, Heathfield who was present at the death. 

Thomas and Hannah's daughter Hannah Keeley married William Hopper on 27 May 1855 at Warbleton. William was of full age, a labourer, the son of William Hopper, labourer. Hannah was 18 years old and a servant. In 1861 they were living at Mead Vale, Reigate Foriegn where William was a labourer. Three sons had been born.  In 1871 they were in Hardwick Road, Reigate and William, aged 44, was an under gardener. A further four sons had been born.  In 1881 William and Hannah were still at Hardwick Road. William, aged 54 was a gardener and two further children had been born. 

  • William Hopper. Born 1855 in Heathfield. William married Ellen Pegden on 24 November 1880 at St Mary's, Brystanton, Westminster. William was a 26 year old coachman. Ellen, also 26, was a servant, daughter of Pendred Pegden, farmer. In 1891 Ellen is listed a 3, Elm Road, Portslade with five children. Ellen was a "grocer". She is shown as mrried, but it is not clear where William was aat the time. In 1901 Ellen is again listed without William, married she is now a laundress. In 1911 William and Ellen are both living in 50, Franklin Road Portslade By Sea where William, aged 54 was a yard foreman and housekeeper  The census shows tht they had five children of which four survived. Ellen died in 1932. William Hopper of 50, Franklin Road, Portslade by Sea, died on 27 December 1934 at Southlands Hospital, Shoreham by Sea. Administration was granted to William Pendred Hopper, laundry worker.  
  • David Hopper.  Born 1858 in Burwash. David married Mary Ann Gilbert on 22 April 1877 at St Paul, Deptford, Lewisham. David was a 20 year old butcher, son of William Hopper, gardener. Mary Ann, was 20 years old, the daughter of Henry Gilbert, porter. In 1881 David and Mary Ann were living at at 3, Champion Crescent, Wandsworth, where David was a fish hawker. In 1891 they are living at 9, Woolwich Road, Greenwich and David is a greengrocer. They had five daughters. Mary Ann Hopper died and was buried on 18 June 1897 in Greenwich. David remarried in 1901. His second wife was Sarah Louisa Thompson. In 1901, David and Sarah were living at 62, Mill Road, Lewisham, David, aged  42 was a butcher. In 1911 they were at 3 Loampit Hill, Lewisham. David, ged 52 was a butcher. His wife was 37 years old. The census shows that they had been married and had six children of which two had died.  Sarah Louis Hopper died and was buried on 9 June 1942 in Lewisham. 
  • George Hopper. Born 1856 in Heathfield. George married Sarah Maria Giles on 1 June 1879 at Crawley, West Sussex. In 1881 they were living at Slaugham, Sussex and George was a journeyman baker. They had one son. In 1891 they were at 49 Whitehorse Road, Croydon and George was a millers carman. Sarah died in 1907 in Croydon. George remarried in 1908 in Croydon. His second wife was Ann Carver. In 1911 they were aat 38, Nova Road, Croydon and George was a general labourer. Ann died in 1930. George died in 1931 in Croydon. 
  • James Hopper. Baptised 30 November 1862 in St Mary's, Reigate. James married Caroline Annie Theobald on 6 April 1889. In 1891 they were living at Straight Road, Lexton and James was a general labourer. They had one son. In 1901 they were at 1, Coles Road, Watford and George was now a horse keeper/groom. By 1911 they had moved to Prince Edward Street, Berkhamstead and James was a furniture foreman. Their son, now aged 20 was a furniture porter. Caroline died in 1917. James Hopper of The Gable, Prince Edward Street, Berkhamstead, died on 5 April 1923 at The West Hertfordshire Hospital, Hemel Hempstead. Probate had been granted to Kate Robina Hopper, widow and George William Hentall, retired police constable. Kate Robina Hopper was the widow of James and Caroline's son James Herbert Hopper, a Corporal in the Buffs (East Kent) regiment who had been killed on 31 January 1916 in Picardie, France.  
  • Samuel Hopper. Baptised 4 December 1864 in St Mary Mgdelene, Reigate. William married Laura Jane Pitney on 5 February 1887 in Westbourne. In 1891 they were living at 1, Alexander Terrace, Canterbury and Samuel was a District Inspector for the Pearl Life Insurance Company. They one child. Nothing more is known with any certainty.  
  • Stephen Thomas Hopper. Baptised 17 November 1867 in St Mary Magdelene, Reigate. Stephen married Sophia Underwood in 1890 in Canterbury. In 1891 Stephen and Sophia were living at 43, Union Road, Croydon and Stephen was a master grocer. In 1901 they were at 24, Old Town, Croydon and Stephen was now a furniture packer? They had four children.  In 1911 they were at 5, Old Town, Croydon and Stephen was a general labourer!! Sophia died in 1936 in Edmonton. In 1939, Stephen. a "wholly retired pensioner" was living with Hannah Smith and three others at 23, Chatham Place, Brighton. Stephen died in 1943 in Edmonton. 
  • Frederick John Hopper. Born 1870 in Warbleton. Frederick married Emily Jane Charlwood on 13 February 1897 in Chepsted, Surrey. Frederick, aged 26 was a grocers assistant, son of William Hopper, labourer. Emily was 23 years old, the daughter of William Charlwood, labourer. In 1901 they were living at 3, Garratts Cottages, Banstead, Surrey and Frederick was a grocers assistant. In 1911 they were living at Elm Cottages, Ferndale Road, Banstead, Surrey and Frederick was a shop assistant at a grocery stores. They had seven children. Emily died in 1931 in Epsom. Frederick James, otherwise Frederick John Hopper of 8, Ferndale Road, Banstead, Surrey died on 13 February 1939 at Ewell Park, Epsom. Probate was granted to Ernest Hopper, bricklayer and Frederick Hopper, railway guard. 
  • Albert Hopper. Born 19 December 1874. Baptised 7 March 1875 in Surrey. Albert married Jane Elizabeth Othen in 1896 in Reigate. In 1901 they were living in 54, Earlswood Road, Reigate where Albert, aged 26 was a bricklayer. In 1911 Albert and Jane were at 76 Earlswood Road, and Albert was a bricklayer. They had seven children. Jane died in 1935 in Surrey. In 1939 Albert was living at 18, Knighton Road, Reigate. He was a widow and a bricklayer. Two of his children were living with him. Albert Hopper of 18, Knighton Road, died on 18 December 1941. Probate was granted to Gerald Hopper, fireman National Fire Service. 
  • Alfred Hopper. Born 15 January 1877 in Reigate. Alfred married Phyliss Victoria Dudley on 10 April 1898 in Redhill. Alfred was a 21 year old labourer. Phyliss was a 21 year old spinster, daughter of Theophilius Dudley, labourer. In 1901 they were living at 2A North Road, Reigate and in 1911 they were at 28 Hardwick Road, Meadvale. Alfred was a bricklayers labourer. They had three children. In 1939 Alfred and Phyllis were still living at 28 Hardwick Road and Alfred was a "builders jobbing hand". Their son was an "apprentice wireman electrician". Phyliss Victoria Hopper of 28, Hardwick Road, Meadvale, Reigate (wife of Alfred Hopper) died on 31 October 1950 at 52, Colesmead Road, Redhill. Administration was granted to Harold Alfred William Hopper. platelayer. Alfred Hopper of 28, Harwick Road, Medvale, Redhill died on 27 January 1951. Administration was granted to Harold Alfred William Hopper, platelayer.  
  • Ellen Hopper. Born 1881 in Reigate. 

In 1891 William and Hannah were at 28, Hardwick Road, Reigate and William was a general labourer, as was 17 year old son Albert. Two younger children remained at home. They were still there in 1901, living alone with Hannah, William was a jobbing gardener. William Hopper died in 1906 in Surrey. Hannah Hooper died in 1912 in Reigate, Surrey 

In 1861 Thomas and Hannah's son George Keeley was a 21 year old carter working for Charles Galway, a farmer of 182 acres employing 4 labourers and 2 boys at Priory, Warbleton. George married Harriett Miller on 17 May 1867 in St Mary's, Reigate, Surrey. They were both of full age. George was a labourer, son of Thomas Keeley, labourer. Harriett was the daughter of Thomas Miller, labourer. 

In 1871, George and Harriett are living at Hardswood Common, Reigate Foriegn where George is a gardner. Their eldest two children had been born. Harriett's mother Sarah Miller, aged 75, a former nurse was living with them. In 1881, George and Harriett are at Rectory Cottage, Withyham, Sussex and George is a stockman. A further five children had been born. In 1891 they are at Burch Foord, Warbleton and George is a gardener. Two more children had been born. There were ten children in all:

  • John Thomas Keeley. Baptised 3 November 1867 in St Mary's, Reigate. 
  • George Keeley. Baptised 30 May 1869 in Reigate. George married Rose Hannah Charlwood on 22 May 1897 at St John, Redhill. George was a 28 year old gardener. Rose was 26 years old, daughter of Charles Charlwood, labourer.   In 1901 they are living at Warbleton and George is a domestic gardener. In 1911 they were at Anstie Farm, The Holmwood Dorking and George was a cowman on  farm. They had two daughters.  Rose Keeley died on 4 April 1916. George died in 1938, aged 68 years old.  
  • Alice Keeley. Born 5 February 1870 in Reigate. Baptised 6 November 1870 in St Mary's Reigate. Alice married George Goldsmith in 1898 in Eastbourne. George had been born in 1872 in Steyning, Sussex, the son of William Goldsmith (1851 to 1915) and Mary Wenham (1850 to 1924). In 1901 they were living at 1, Duke Street, Eastbourne and George, aged 30 was a house painter.  In 1911 they were at 18, East Street, Eastbourne. George was a furniture porter. They had one son.  George Goldsmith died in 1934 in Eastbourne. In 1939 Alice Goldsmith, widow was living at 18, East Street, Eastbourne. Alice Goldsmith of 24, Windlesham Gardens, Brighton, widow, died on 7 June 1949 at The Royal Sussex County Hospital, Eastern Road, Brighton. Probate was granted to Charles Tamkin, company director and Sydney Thomas Tankin, schoolmaster!!
  • Richard Keeley. Born 1873 in Reigate. Richard married Emma Styles on 2 July 1894 in Reigate. Richard was a 22 year old gardener, son of George Keeley, gardener. Emma was 24 years old, the daughter of Thomas Styles, gardener. In 1901 they were living at 35, Albion Road, Reigate nd George was a domestic gardener. In 1911 they were at 22, Birkhead Road, Reigate. They had five children.  Richard Keeley died aged 49, at The Hospital, Redhill and was buried on 7 May 1921. Emma Keeley died in 1930 aged 61 years old. 
  • Thomas Keeley. Baptised 5 July 1874 in St Mary's, Reigate.  Thomas Keeley died on 30 December 1915 in Rochester. He was a private in Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment, but died at home. His effects went to his brothers George and Frederick and Mrs Philadelphia R Keeley? 
  • Henry Keeley. Baptised 26 March 1876 at St Mary's, Reigate.  Henry married Philadelphia Rose Kemp on 12 October 1895 in Heathfield. In 1901 they are living at Cade Street, Heathfield and Henry aged 24 is a general labourer (although census shows he was born in Warbleton). They had two children. In 1911 Henry and Philadelphia are still at Cade Street and Henry is still labouring on farms. They had had eight children of which six were still living, including a 1 month old son as yet unnamed. On 26 January 1915 Henry enlisted in the Royal Garrison Artillery for the duration of the war. Could this be why his wife was one of the recipients of his brothers effects (see above). He was "called up" for on 10 March 1917 and posted to France on 12 March 1917. He was transferred to Aldershot on 20 May 1917 and discharged as no longer physically fit for service on 21 August 1917.  The medical report shows he suffered from attacks of rheumatism.  Henry had died by 1939 and Philadelphia, a widow described as an invalid was living with her one of her sons at 223. Wakefield Road, Dewsbury, Yorkshire. Philidelphia R Keeley died in 1952 aged 76 years old.   
  • Joseph Keeley. Born 28 December 1877. Baptised 12 February 1878 at St John's, Redhill. Joseph married Fanny Sweatman on 27 May 1901 in Ticehurst. In 1911 they were living at 12, Pembury Road, Tunbridge Wells and Joseph was an insurance agent! They had two children. Joseph enlisted on 5 May 1915, at the time his occupation was a "baker", but he was discharged on 13 May 1915 as "not likely to become an efficient soldier". In 1939 Joseph and Fanny were living at 22, Picton Street, Brighton and Joseph was a gardener/general labourer and Fanny was a dommestic servant. Fanny Keeley died in 1942 in Brighton. Joseph Keeley died on 12 August 1957 in Brighton. 
  • Frederick Keeley. Born 21 November 1880. Baptised 6 February 1881 at Saint Michael's, Withyham. Frederick enlisted in the Royal Navy on 26 December 1898, initially for a period of 12 years, but he appears to have relisted and served on numerous ships over the years, Frederick married Kate Elizabeth Baitup in 1905 in Hailsham. Frederick Keeley of "H M S London" became a member of the Freemasons "Union of Malta" Lodge on 2 May 1906. He resigned on 20 January 1909. In 1911 Frederick and Kate were living at 1 Palmerston Road, Chatham, Kent and Frederick was a  seaman Petty Officer First Class in Royal Navy. They had one daughter. Frederick Keeley of "The Potters Arms", The Dicker, Hellingley died on 27 February 1933 in Hailsham. In 1939 Kate, a widow, was still the licensee of "The Potters Arms". Her daughter who was living with her was a trained certified teacher. Kate E Keeley died in 1959.  
  • Kate Keeley. Born 18 December 1882. Baptised 4 March 1883 at Warbleton. In 1911 Kate was visiting Thomas Cox and his wife Sarah Ann at 44, Tolworth Park Road, Tolworth. Also listed is their nephew, Henry Edward Mant, a 29 year old motor wagon driver. Kate married Henry Edward Mant on 15 August 1911 in St Matthews, Surbiton, Surrey. Henry, aged 29 was an engine driver, son of Henry Mant (deceased), labourer. They had four daughters. In 1939 Henry and Kate were living at 119, Acre Road, Kingston upon Thames where Henry was a transport driver. All four daughters remained at home. Henry Edward Mant died and was buried on 28 October 1944 at Kingston. Kate Mant of 119, Acre Road, Kingston died on 16 May 1955 at 26, Wolverton Avenue, Kingston Upon Thames. Probate was granted to Hilda Matilda Mant, spinster. 
  • Rose Keeley. Baptised 13 May 1885 in Warbleton.  In 1911 Rose may have been an inmate at Hailsham Union Workhouse in Hellingley. The register notes that she was "an imbecile from birth". Rose died in 1936 in Hailsham. 

George Keeley of Stores Farm, Warbleton died on 22 September 1895 at Warbleton, aged 55 years old. In 1901, Harriett, a 58 year old widow was living at Warbleton. Daughters Kate, a laundress assistant, and Rose were living with her. In 1911, she was living alone at Havenbeech, Heathfield, the 67 year old widow gives her occupation as "needlewoman". Harriet Keeley died in 1918

Thomas and Hannah's daughter Clara Keeley married William Butcher on 29 November 1869 at Headcorn, Kent. In 1871 they were living in Tattlebury, Headcorn, William, aged 27 was an agricultural labourer and their eldest two daughters, twins, had been born.  In 1881 they were at Chapmans Cottages, Heinker Lane, Sutton Valance, a further four children had been born. In 1891 they were at "Cross at Hand", Staplehurst, Kent, William, 47, was still an agricultural labourer, their last two children had been born. They had eight children in all,

  • Caroline Butcher. Born 2 March 1870 in Headcorn (twin).  Caroline married William George Fleet on 6 August 1893 in Linton. In 1901 they were living in Brookes Cottage, East Farleigh and William was a farm labourer. In 1911 William and Caroline were at Dean Street, East Farleigh. they had eight children of which six survived. Caroline died in 1932 in Maidstone, Kent. In 1939 William was living at Lone Cottage, Farleigh Road, Maidstone where he was a labourer at a paper mill. William George Fleet died in 1949
  • Clara Butcher. Born 2 March 1870 in Headcorn (twin). Clara married George William Standing on 3 March 1895. In 1901 they were living at St Helens Lane. East Farleigh and George was a farm labourer.  In 1911 Clara was at Greens Row Cottages, East Farleigh. She is shown as married. but George is not listed. They had one child. George, a farm labourer, was a patient at West Kent, General Hospital, Marsham Street, Maidstone. George W Standing died in 1922. In 1939, Clara was living t 12, Court Lodge Cottages, Maidstone. Clara Standing of 9, Leeds Cottages, Hadlow, Kent died on 6 May 1944 at 10, Trafalgar Road, Gravesend. Probate was granted to Thomas Butcher, farmer.  
  • Maria Butcher. Born 1873 in Headcorn. Kent.  In 1891 Maria was a general servant living and working at 26, Waterloo Crescent, St James. London. In 1901 she was a 28 year old cook, working at Canton Villas, Folkestone Road, Dover. In 1911, Maria was cook living with Albert Graham and his family at 5, York Road, Canterbury. Albert, is a 36 year old coach painter, his wife was the same age. Maria is described as his "sister in law". Maria Butcher may have married John Thomas Luckhurst in 1915 in Maidstone. Maria Luckhurst of Dicesters Hill, Chaing, Kent (wife of John Thomas Luckhurst) died on 8 July 1947. Probate is granted to said John Thomas Luckhurst, agricultural labourer.  
  • Florence Butcher. Born 1875 in Headcorn, Kent.  Florence married William Cottington in 1892 in Maidstone.  In 1901 they were living at Moat Cottage, Eltham and William was an "ordinary Agricultural labourer". In 1911 they were still at Moat Cottage. William was a farm labourer. They had two daughters. They were still there in 1920. Florence Cottington of 70, Court Road, Eltham, widow, died on 8 January 1935. Probate was granted to Alice Emily Cottington, spinster.  
  • George Butcher. Born 14 February 1877 in Sutton Valence. George married Emily Bennett on 27 October 1897 at Marden, Kent. In 1901 they were living in Hurst Green Cottage, Marden, Kent and George was a carter on farm. In 1911 they were at Hunton Place, Hunton and George was still a carter. They had four children. In 1939 George and Emily were living at Manor Farm Cottages, Maidstone and George was a horseman on  farm. 
  • William Butcher. Born 1880 in Sutton Valance. William married Elizabeth Stevens on 25 December 1898 in Mitcham, Surrey. William was a 20 year old labourer. Elizabeth was 19 years old, the daughter of Charles Stevens, general dealer. In 1901 they were living at 2 Fieldgate Lane, Mitcham where William was a general dealer. Elizabeth's father and her siblings were living with them. They are believed to have had nine children. William enlisted on 4 June 1915. He served until 26 September 1916 when he was discharged as not physically fit due to excessive scarring on his right side from shoulder to knee which it was suggested were from burns in infancy.  
  • Thomas Horace Butcher. Born 24 December 1883 in Sutton Valance. Thomas married Emily Jane Harris in 1904 in East Ashford, Kent. In 1911 they were living at Little Cop Hall, Marden where Thomas was a labourer on  farm. They had two children. In 1939 Thomas and Emily were at Copthall, where Thomas was farming. Other researchers suggest that they had three sons of which two sons were still living with them, one a tractor driver and horseman for his father, the other a shepherd pigman and poultry feeder for his father. Emily Jane Butcher of Copt Hall Farm died on 6 May 1963. Administration was granted to her husband, now a retired farmer. Thomas Horace Butcher of Copthall Farm died on 16 December 1970
  • Rhoda Butcher. Born 17 September 1884. Baptised 2 November 1884 in Sutton Valance, Kent.  In 1901 she was a 19 year old housemaid, working at Canton Villas, Folkestone Road, Dover. Her sister Maria was the cook in the household (see above).  In 1911 Rhoda was now a cook, working for William Henry Godfrey Deacon, 59 year old widower, Civil Servant working for the Board of Trade t 14, The Drive, Ilford, Essex. Rhoda married William Henry Bardell on 12 February 1916 in West Ham, Essex. William had enlisted on 12 December 1915, giving his occupation as a pigeon handler. He qualified as a signalman and served through to 30 November 1918 when he was demobbed. His address at the time was 108, Upton Lane, Forest Gate, E7. In 1939 William and Rhoda were living at No 38 Old Farm House, Docking, Norfolk and William was a poultry attendent. Rhoda Bardell of Evenkeel, Lynn Road, Ingoldisthorpe died on 4 March 1966. Probate was granted to William Henry Bardell, retired estate worker. William Henry Bardell of Evenkeel, Lynn Road, Ingoldisthorpe died on 29 July 1975.  

In 1901 William and Clara were at The White House, Linton, Kent. William, aged 56 was a farm labourer, as was his son Thomas, aged 18, the only child remaining at home.  In 1911 William and Clara were living in Vessells Farm Cottage, Marden where William was a labourer on a farm. As above, they had eight children, of which seven survived. William Butcher of Mount Pleasant Cottages, Marden, Kent died on 22 May 1914. Probate was granted to Clara Butcher, widow. Clara Butcher of Charing, Kent, widow, died on 23 July 1924. Probate was granted to Thomas Horace Butcher, smallholder. 

Thomas and Hannah's daughter Caroline Keeley died in 1869 aged 23 years old. 

Thomas and Hannah's daughter Maria Keeley married George Mitchell on 5 December 1870 in Warbleton. In 1871 they were living in Warbleton where George was an agricultural labourer. They had a daughter who was 2 1/2 months old when the census was taken.

  • Hannah Mitchell. Baptised 9 April 1871 in Warbleton. Hannah may have married Alfred Butcher on 18 January 1891 at St Saviour, Southwark. In 1891 they were living in 3, Susannah Place, Horsleydown, Bermondsey and Alfred was a general labourer. In 1901 Alfred and Hannah were living at 29, Magdelen Street, Bermondsey and Alfred was a waterside labourer. two children are listed. In 1911 they were living at 3 Medley Place, Bermondsey Street S E 7. They had been married 18 years and had eleven children, six of which had died, five were still living and three were at home, the eldest aged six. Hannah Mitchell is believed to hve died in 1924. 

George Mitchell died in 1874 in Cuckfield, aged just 30 years old. In 1881 Maria Keeley and her daughter. Hannah were living at Clish Hole, Warbleton with Maria's widowed mother, Hannah Butcher.  Maria may have remarried in 1882 in Ticehurst (Reg Gen June 1882 Ticehurst b 177). Her second husband was possibly Joshua Stevens.  In 1891 Joshua and Maria were living at Streat End Farm House, Heathfield. Joshua was a farmer. Joshua had been married previously and had six children, two of whom were still at home. In 1901 Joshua and Maria were still at Streat End Farm. Joshua, aged 58 was  pork butcher and farmer. Maria's brother Thomas Keeley, 69 year old widower, farm labourer was living with them (see above).  Elizabeth Keeley, born 1885, neice was also living with them. She was Martha's brother John's daughter (see below). Maria Keeley died in 1926. Joshua Stevens of Upper Magreed Farm, Heathfield  died on 16 December 1929. Probate to James Laban Stevens, farmer.   

Finally, according to the 1911 census Thomas and Hannah's son John Keeley married Esther Uylatt in 1879.  Esther had been married previously, Her first husband was Peter Piper. Peter was the son of Thomas Piper It is not immediately apparent if he was related to Lucy Piper who married John's elder brother Thomas Keeley (see above). They had two children. Peter and Esther divorced on 3 August 1878 on the grounds of Esther's adultery with an unknown person. However the 1881 census shows John Keeley, 31 year old agricultural labourer, living at The Cottage, Warbleton with his housekeeper Esther Piper and her two sons, described as "servants sons" 

  • Thomas John Piper. Born 1879 in Hailsham. John Thomas Keeley married Ada Amelia Axell in 1904 in Hailsham. In 1911 they were living with Ada's father, a 81 year old farm labourer, and their two children. John was a journeyman butcher.  John Thomas Keeley enlisted in the Royal Engineers on 22 November 1915. John Keeley died in 1934. In 1939 Ada was living at Pine Villa, Hailsham. Two children remained at home. Ada A Keeley died in 1963 in Eastbourne. 
  • Esli Herbert Piper. Born 22 June 1880 in Hailsham. In 1901 Esli was boarding with James Hall and his family at 2, Oxford Cottages, Heathfield,. He was a bricklayers labourer. Esli Herbert Keeley married Sarah Ann Farmer in 1909 in Hailsham. In 1911 they were living at Oakdene, Heathfield and "Herbert" was a bricklayer. In 1939 they were living in Jubilee Cottages, Hailsham and Esli was a bricklayer. Eslie Herbert Keeley of Jubilee Cottage, Broad Oak, Heathfield died on 20 September 1943. Probate was granted to Sarah Ann Keeley, widow. Sarah Ann Keeley of Spring Cottage, Broad Oak died on 16 April 1953 at Idenmoor, Broad Oak. Probate was granted to Ernest Albert Farmer, bricklayer and Florence May Farmer, spinster.  

By 1891, John and Esther appear to have married, although I cannot trace a record of the marriage. They are living at Streetend Lane, Heathfield  John is an agricutural labourer. Esther's children have adopted John's surname. Was he their father? They had three more children and all five are living at home. 

  • Elizabeth Martha Keeley. Born 22 August 1884 in Heathfield. In 1901 Elizabeth was staying with her Aunt Maria (see above).  Elizabeth married Isaac James Croft in 1905 in Hailsham. In 1911 they were living at 19, Tower Street, Heathfield and Isaac was a bricklayers labourer. In 1922, Isaac and Elizabeth were on the electoral register at 53, Hazellville Road, Islington. In 1939 they were living at 162, Corbyn Street, Islington. Isaac was a builders labourer. They had at least two children. Isaac may have died in 1940 in Islington. Martha Elizabeth Croft of Stanstead, Brenchley Road, Horsmondon died on 5 June 1979.
  • Annie Matilda Keeley (registered as Annie Matilda Piper). Born 1887 in Heathfield. In 1901 Annie was a general domestic servant living at the Wheel Inn, Burwash with Thomas Hook, licensed victualler and his family. In 1911 she was a cook working for Alfred Pickard Arnold, a traveller for a publishing company, and his family. Annie Matilda married William Henry Wallis on 8 August 1917 at St Luke's, Chelsea. Wiliam was a 35 year old soldier, the son of George Wallis (deceased), soldier. Annie was 30 years old, the daughter of John Pearson Keeley, farmer. I have concerns over whether this was the correct marriage. This is one of only two records where her father is described as John Pearson Keeley, where would this middle name have come from? Equally I have been unable to trace anything that disproves her parentage. In 1938 they were living at 18, Lansdowne Road, Norland. Annie Matilda Wallis (otherwise Annie) of 2, Bredhurst Road, Wigmore, Gillingham (wife of William Henry Wallis) died on 10 October 1961. Probate was granted to William Henry Wallis, retired porter. William Henry Wallis of 2, Bredhurst Road, Wigmore died on 13 July 1971.  
  • Hannah Florence Keeley (registered as Hannah Florence Piper). Born 14 August 1889 in Heathfield. In 1911 Hannah was a 22 year old parlourmaid, working for Montague Pyke, director of limited liability companies, his wife and two young children. There was a housekeeper, domestic nurse, under nurse, cook, parlour maid, under parlour maid, housemaid and kitchen maid, looking after the four of them!!. She married Percival John Stevens on 9 September 1911 at Fulham. In 1939 Percival and Florence  were at 21, Beevers Way, Isleworth and Percival was a carpenter and joiner. They had two children. Percival James Stevens of 583, Maidstone Road, Wigmore, Gillingham died on 9 December 1962 at St Bartholomews Hospital, Rochester. Probte was granted to Florence Hannah Stevens, widow.  Hannah died on 27 March 1977 in Ringwood.   

In 1901 "Jack" Keeley and Esther were living at Streat End Farm, next door to his sister Maria (see above). Jack was a goods yard labourer on the railway.  Son John, "Jack" was a "chicken fattener" working on his own account. A further two children had been born. 

  • Edith May Keeley (registered as Edith May Piper). Born 6 November 1891 in Heathfield. Edith married Cecil Fewson in 1915 in Edmonton. They had one child. Cecil Fewson died aged 26 and was buried on 25 October 1918 in Islington. Edith remarried in 1919 in Pancras. Her second husband was William Durrant. They had two children. In 1939 they were living in 86, Fulbourne Road, Walthamstow and William was a cabinet maker. Edith M Durrant died in 1959 in Thurrock. William Durrant died in 1986 in Canterbury.
  • James William Keeley. Born 1895 in Heathfield. He enlisted Pte James William Keeley of 8th Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment died on 25 February 1917. He was buried at Aveluy, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France.  

John Pearson Keeley of Fir Grove Cottage, Three Cups, Warbleton died on 31 July 1932 at Battle Poor Law Institution, Battle. Probate was granted to Annie Wallis (wife of William Henry Wallis). Esther Keeley died on 14 March 1934 in Battle.

  • Maria Catt nee Keeley

Richard and Ann's daughter Maria Keeley married Stephen Catt on 12 May 1826 in Warbleton. 

Stephen Catt had been born on 20 February 1798 in Warbleton, the son of William Catt ( 1755 to ....) and  Elizabeth Armitage (1761 to _ ) who married on 12 July 1784 in Warbleton. Stephen had an elder brother John Catt (30 July 1786 to 1867) who married Mary Henty (1781 to 1852) on 2 October 1806 at Warbleton. John and Mary had two sons (Stephen Catt's nephews) who both married the daughters of John Barton and Catherine Keeley (Chapter 2) (Maria Keeley's nieces)

  • James Catt. Born 17 January 1812. Baptised 8 May 1812 at Heathfield Independant Chapel. James married John Barton and Catherine Keeley's daughter Hannah Barton (Appendix D) .
  • Stephen Catt. Baptised 14 September 1813 at Heathfield Independent Chapel. Stephen married John Barton and Catherine Keeley's daughter Ann Barton (Appendix C).

There are a number of connections between the Catts/Keeleys/Bartons/Veness' which I have tried to set out in the spreadsheet below,

Stephen had been married previously. His first wife was Sarah Message. They married on 5 June 1819 in Warbleton. They had two children:

  • George Catt. Born 16 January 1820. Died 1821.
  • Alfred Catt. Born 6 November 1822. Baptised 8 December 1822. 

Sarah Catt died in 1824 in Warbleton. 

Stephen and Maria Catt had ten or eleven children: 
  • David Catt. Born 18 June 1828 in Warbleton. Baptised 27 July 1828 at Heathfield Independent Chapel. 
  • Charles Catt. Born 10 October 1830 in Warbleton. Baptised 14 November 1830 at Heathfield Independent Chapel. 
  • Reuben Catt.  Born 10 February 1833 in Warbleton. Baptised 31 March 1833 at Heathfield Independent Chapel. 
  • Fanny Catt. Born 16 May 1835 in Warbleton. Baptised 21 June 1835 at Heathfield Independent Chapel 
  • Harriett Catt. Born 1 December 1837 in Warbleton
  • Robert Catt. Born 29 November 1840 in Warbleton
  • Albert Catt. Born 20 April 1843 in Warbleton
  • Charlotte Catt. Born 5 April 1846 in Warbleton. 
  • Fanny Catt. Baptised 11 June 1847 in Warbleton. 
  • George Catt. Born 26 August 1849 in Warbleton

All of the children's baptisms show they are the children of Stephen and Maria Catt, but the difference in baptisms and two "Fanny"s make me wonder if these are all the same family.   However where there are overlaps in the censuses, the ages are broadly correct, but only show a Fanny born in 1835 and not in 1847.              

In 1841 and 1851 Stephen and Maria were living at Iwood Cottage, Warbleton and Stephen was an agricultural labourer.  Stephen and Maria emigrated to America and in 1855 they were living at Wheatland, Munroe where Stephen was farming. In 1860 they were still in Wheatland. Stephen is now a "day labourer" and Maria was a washer woman. In 1870 they are living with son Robert. a 29 year old farmer. Son, George is a 20 year old farm labourer.  Stephen Catt died in 1875 and was buried at Lake Odessa, Ionia County, Michigan. Maria Catt died on 24 September 1890 and was buried with her husband.  

In 1860 Stephen and Maria's son David Catt (shown in later records as Kate's) was living with his wife Mary and their two eldest sons in Chili, Munroe. David had married Mary Cunningham. In 1870 David Catt and wife Mary and their five children were living in Riga, Monroe. In 1875 David Catt and his wife Mary were living at Churchville Village, Riga, Monroe, where 48 year old David Catt New York, USA They had five children: 

  • Charles Catt (Kates). Born 1857 in Riga, Monroe. Charles married Anna Gough in 1880 in Riga. In 1900 they were living in Cmdenm Oneida and Charles was a "turner knitt goods". They had five children. In 1910 Charles was a foreman at a cotton mill. In 1920 they are at New Hartford, Oneida where Charles was a "taper at cotton mill". Charles H Kates died on 14 July 1937 in Utica, Oneida, New York. Anna died on 13 December 1938 in Ultica, Onieda. 
  • David Catt (Kates). Born 1859 in Monroe.  David married Mary Sheehan on 23 October 1888 in Rochester. In 1900 they were living Riga, Monroe and David was a rail road labourer. They had two children. David died on 20 November 1902 in Cheambville and was buried at Churchville, Monroe County. Mary Kates died on 8 October 1916 in Utica, Oneida. 
  • John F Catt (Kates). Born 1861 in Churchville, Monroe. John married Minnie Coler in 1886 in Churchville, Monroe.  In 1900 they were living at Riga, Monroe where John was a conductor. In 1910 and 1920 he was a an "odd job teamster" working on his own account. They had two children. In 1930 they were living in North Street, Churchville, Monroe and John was an "odd job labourer". John died on 16 March 1932 in Churchville, Monroe. Minnie died in 1941. 
  • Mary Jane Catt (Kates). Born 1863 in Riga, Monroe. Mary Jane Kates died on 21 <ay 1880 in Churchville,  Monroe. 
  • Albert J. Catt (Kates). Born 1865 in Pittsford, Monroe. Albert married Anna Kane in 1891. In 1900 they were living in Pittsford, Monroe and Albert was a rail road agent. In 1910 and 1920 he was a rail road telegrapher. They had seven children. Anna Kates died on 15 July 1922 in Pittsford. Albert J Kates died on 7 August 1924 in Pittsford, Monroe County. He was buried at Rochester, Monroe County.  
  • Frederick Vincent Catt (Kates). Born 10 June 1868 in Churchville, New York. Frederick married Mary Ann (Minnie) Brady in 1890. They had nine children. In 1910 and 1920 they were living in Riga, Monroe. In 1910 "Fred" was a signalman  for a rail road and in 1920, a "helper at  signal works". In 1930 Frederick was an electrician for the NYC rail road. In 1940 they were still in Riga, but no occupation is listed and  Fred had presumably retired. Frederick died in 1946 in Churchville, Monroe and was buried at Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Cemetery. Mary Ann Kate died on 13 May 1948 in Brighton, Churchville, Monroe. 
  • William Catt. Born 1868. "Willie" per 1875 census, he was Fred's twin. Nothing more is known about him.  

In 1880 David Kates and his wife Mary were living at Churchville, Monroe. David was a 52 year old day labourer. His sons Albert, Fred and William, all still at school, remained at home. Mary Kates died 27 September 1899 in Churchville. In 1900 Daniel, a widower, was were living at Riga, Munroe where he was still farming. His son Fred and his wife and grandchild were living with him. David Catt died on 6 January 1908 at Churchville, Monroe County, New York. He was buried at Saint Paul of the Cross Cemetery, Honeoye Falls, Monroe County.  

Nothing more is known about Stephen and Maria's son Charles Catt after 1841 when he is living with his parents in Warbleton. 

In 1851 Stephen and Maria's son Reuben Catt, was a 18 year old apprentice, living with Thomas Davy, smith and his wife Harriett at Punts Green, Ashburnham.  Nothing more is known about him. 

In 1841 Stephen and Maria's daughter Fanny Catt was 5 year old living with her parents at Iwood Cottage, Warbleton. In 1851 Fanny was a 15 year old servant working in Rushlake Green.  Fanny Catt married John Tasker.  In 1855 they were at Wheatland, Odessa and John was a farmer. In 1860 John and Fanny were still living at Wheatland and John was a day labourer. In 1870 John and Fanny were again still living in Odessa where John was farming and Fanny was "keeping house". They had five children

  • John Tasker. Born 6 December 1854 in New York. John married Harriet Jane Walter on 13 April 1884 in Lake Odessa, Michigan. In 1900 and 1910 they were living in Odessa where John was farming. They had four children. In 1920 John and Harriet were still at Odessa, but John is no longer farming. John died on 25 July 1931  in Lake Odessa, Ionia, Michigan. Harriet died on 9 September 1931.  
  • Charles Tasker. Born 1856 in New York. Charles married Emma Nye in 1885. In 1900 they were living in Claremont where Charles was a grain buyer. In 1910 they were at Lake Odessa Ward 2, Ionia, Michigan and Charles was a night watchman at a factory.  They had five children.  In 1920 they were living at 4th Avenue, Odessa and Charles was a salesman in retail hardware. Charles Tasker died in 12 October 1924 in Odessa.  Emma died on 11 September 1932 at Lake Odessa. 
  • George Tasker. Born 16 June 1859 in New York. George married Mary Agnes Sullivan on 4 March 1889 in Brown, Ionia. In 1900 through to 1920 they were living at Campbell, Ionia where George was farming. They had three children.  In 1930 they were living at Lake Odessa where George was an odd job labourer. Mary died on 23 December 1930 in Lake Odessa. In 1940 aged 80 George was still living alone at Lake Odessa George died on 14 January 1948 in East Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan. 
  • William Tasker. Born 13 April 1861 in New York. William married Ella A Raymond in 1890. In 1900 through to 1940 they were living in Carlton, Barry where William was farming. They had two children. William died on 17 April 1941 at  Lake Orissa and was buried at Carlton, Barry, Michigan.  Ella died in 1962 in Carlton. 
  • Imogene "Emma" Tasker . Born 3 February 1868 in Rochester, Monroe. Imogene married Rollin H. Phillips in 15 November 1891 in Grand Rapide. Kent County. In 1900 and 1910 they were living in Grand Rapids and Rollin was a "travelling salesman". They had a daughter. in 1891.  Rollin Phillips died on 20 April 1918. In 1920 Emma was living with her daughter in Wyoming, Kent. In 1930 and 1940 she went on to live with her daughter and son-in-law. Imogene Phillips died on 4 August 1945 in Wyoming, Kent County, Michigan.

Fannie Tasker died on 26 February 1872 and was buried at Lake Odessa, Iodina John Tasker died on  20 April 1905 at Lake Odessa.  

Stephen and Maria's daughter Harriett Catt married Charles Aves. In 1855 Charles and Harriott were at Wheatland, Munroe. Charles was a labourer.  In 1860 they were living at WheatIand, Munroe next door to Harriett's parents. Charles was a 26 year old farm labourer. Harriott, aged 21 was a seamstress. Their two eldest children had been born and Charles's mother was living with them. In 1870 they were at Sebewa, Ionia, Michigan, where Charles was farming. They had nine children: 

  • Anna Mary Aves. Born 5 July 1856 in New York. Anna married William Henry Rogers on 29 May 1895 in Ionia, Michigan. In 1900 they were living at Sebewa  where William was farming. William had been married previously and two of his children were living with them. They were still there through to 1930. Ann Rogers died on 5 March 1934 in Sebewa. William Henry Rogers died on 23 July 1936 in Lansing, 
  • William M Aves. Born 2 November 1857 in Wheatland, Munroe. William married Etta M Rathbun on 21 August 1889 in Groton, Brown, South Dakota.  In 1900 they are living at Groton and William was a farmer. Their neice Edith Troy was living with them. Later censuses suggest that William was born between 1861 and 1863, but he was 2 years old at the time that the 1860 census was taken!! They are still at Groton in 1910 and 1920. William was farming. In 1910 their neice Edith Troy and a cousin Alice Martin are living with them. In 1920, two nephews, Kenneth Aves and Edward Aves are living with them, as is Etta's father. William M Aves died on 24 February 1929 in Brown, South Dakota. Etta N Aves died on 8 April 1962 at The Good Samaritan Rest Home, Brown, aged 96 years old.  She is described as survived by two foster children, including Kenneth Aves and Edith Riggs. She was predeceased by her husband, one son (Charles Glen Aves, born 3 July 1902, died 28 March 1910) and a foster child. 
  • John Henry Aves. Born 1862 in New York. John married Sarah Leak on 17 January 1889 in Sebewa. In 1900 they were living at West Naron, Pratt, Kansas where John was farming. They eldest four of their eight children had been born. They were still there in 1910. In 1920 through to 1930 they were living in Naron Township where John was still farming.  Still there in 1940, aged 79, no occupation is listed. Sarah Aves died in 1942 and was buried at Hopewell, Pratt County. John Aves died in 1955 and was also buried at Hopewell. 
  • Edward B Aves. Born 15 April 1864 in Ionia County.  Edward married Cora Meliss Tupper on 20 February 1890 at Sedgewick, Kansas.  In 1900 they were living at Ware, Grant where 36 year old Edward was a farmer. Five children, out of a total of eight, had been born. Edward died on 23 January 1910 in Grant County and was buried at Medford, Grant County.  In 1910 Cora was a widow, living at Gore, she was still farming. Cora died on 30 September 1912, aged just 36 years and was also buried at Medford. 
  • Ada Aves. Born 1865 in New York. 
  • George Aves. Born 1868 in Michigan. 
  • Della Aves. Born 30 September 1871 in Sebewa. Della married Leonard E Cross on 6 July 1892 in Ionia. In 1900 they were living at Sebewa where Leonard was farming. Their eldest two of their six children had been born. They were still there in 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940. Leonard Cross died on 2 February 1942 at Sebewa. Delia died on 18 December 1956 in Sebewa.  
  • Charles Aves. Born September 1873 in Sebewa. Charles married Estella Griner in 20 February 1895 in Easton, Ionia.  In 1900 and 1910 they were living in Sebewa where Charles was farming. They had two children. In 1920 they were living at Sunfield, Eaton, Michigan. Charles was a meat cutter at the market. In 1930 they were at Grand Ledge, Grand Ledge, Eaton. In 1940 they were living with Estella's sister in Sebewa Township, Sebewa, Ionia, Michigan. Estella Aves died on 7 July 1958 in Charlotte, Eaton County and was buried in Lake Odessa. Charles Aves died on 16 February 1959 
  • Francis J Aves. Born 29 June 1876 in Sebewa Corners. "Frank" married Ona Ora Roginson on 22 December 1897 in Rosina, Ionia. They had two children. In 1900 they were living at Sebewa, Ionia where "Frank" was a store mill labourer. In 1910 they were living at Sunfield, Eaton and Frank was a labourer. "Frank", a 42, year old blacksmith enlisted on 12 September 1918. In 1920 they were in First Street, Sunfield and Frank was still a blacksmith. Ona Ora Aves died on 28 June 1923 in Sunfield Township, Eaton. Frank married Carrie May Evans on 17 July 1924 in Ionia. Carrie had been married previously, to Guy Carbaugh. In 1930 they were living in Ray Street, Lansing, Ingham, Michigan where Frank was a sand blaster.   They were still in Lansing in 1940, but Frank is once again described as a blacksmith. Carrie May Aves died on 18 May 1952 in Portland, Ionia and was buried at East Sebewa Cemetery . Frank Aves died on 21 January 1963 in Portland, Ionia. 

Harriet Aves died on 23 November 1876 in Sebewa of pleurisy. In 1880 Charles was still farming at Sebewa. His daughter Anna was "keeping house" and his mother was still living with them. In 1900 he was living with his son Charles and his family at Sebewa. Charles senior is described as a "landlord" and his son as a farmer. Charles Aves died on 25 February 1905 in Sebewa Corners, Ionia County from heart failure due to malmic poisoning!!. He was buried at Lake Odessa, Ionia County, Michigan. 

Stephen and Maria's son Robert Catt died on 1 August 1937 in Lake Odessa aged 96 years old. He was single and had been a farmer. 

Stephen and Maria's son Albert Catt  married Emeline "Emma" Taylor Goucher. In 1880 they were living at Campbell, Ionia where Albert was farming. Emeline died on 8 July 1917 in Avard, Woods, Oklahama, Albert Catt died on 5 April 1929.  

Stephen and Maria's daughter Charlotte Catt married Richard Baker on 27 May 1872 in Odessa, They were both 25 years old. Richard was a farmer. In 1880 they were living at Odessa, Ionia where Richard was farming. 

  • Anna Baker. Born 28 July 1869 in Wheatland. Anna married Victor Oliver Terry in 1889. In 1900 through to 1930 they were living in Claremont, Brown where Victor was a farmer. In 1930 it is described as a grain farm. They had two children.  In 1940 they are still at the same address, but no occupation is given, presumably Victor had retired. Anna died on 22 May 1946 in Britton, Marshall, South Dakota. Victor died on 7 March 1947 in Brown, South Dakota.  
  • George Baker. Born 27 May 1873 in Ionia, Michigan. George died on 23 September 1882 in Odessa. 
  • Berty D Baker. Born 10 October 1874 in Michigan. Other researchers suggest that Bertie had died by 1899. 
  • Walter Richard Baker. Born 28 February 1878 in New Buffalo, Berrian, Michigan. Walter married Inez Burt on 4 November 1905 at Marshall.   In 1910 they were living at Bison, Perkins, South Dakota and Walter was a labourer.  Their eldest three childen had been born. In 1920 they were at Sisseton, Marshall and Walter was a farmer. A further five children had been born. In 1930 they were at Brampton, Walter was still farming and the last two of their ten children had been born.  In 1940 Walter and Inez are living in Newark, Marshall and Walter is now a highway labourer. Inez Baker died on 16 July 1954 and was buried in Britton, Marshall County. Walter R Baker died on 15 September 1967 in New Buffalo, Berrian. 
  • Hattie Baker. Born 13 April 1879 in Michigan
  • Charles Baker. Born  15 August 1881 in Michigan. Charles died on 14 January 1904 at Claremont, aged 22 years. 
  • Emma Baker. Born 15 August 1882 in Odessa, Ionia. Other researchers suggest that Emma died before 1899.  
  • Harry Baker. Born 3 February 1884 in Vermillon, South Dakota. Harry married Edith Maude Starkweather on 22 May 1911 in Brule, South Dakota.  In 1920 through to 1940 they were living in School District 77, Musselshell, Montana, where Harry was a farmer  They had three children.  Harry Baker died on 7 May 1944 at Melstone, Musselshell. He was fatally injured when his car run off a bridge.  Edith died on 7 November 1981 in Melstone.  
  • Jennie Baker. Born 12 March 1887 in South Dakota. Jennie married James Martin Kennedy on 21 September 1910 in North Dakota. In 1940 they were living in Claremont, Brown and in 1945 they were in Rondell, Brown, South Dakota They had one child. James died on 9 February 1952 in Orange. Jennie died on 28 August 1977 in Orange. 
  • Arthur Baker. Born 9 April 1891 in Claremont, South Dakota. Arthur married Vera W Hibner on 27 September 1911 in Perkins, South Dakota.  In 1920 they were living in Miller, Marshall where Arthur was farming. They had five children.  Vera died in 1932. Arthur  died in 1942 and was buried in Warner, Lethbridge.  

In 1900 they were living in Claremont where Richard was still farming. In 1910 they were living at Bison Township. Harry and Jennie were still at home and Harry was farming with his father. In 1920 Richard and Charlotte are living alone in Brown, South Dakota. Richard Baker died on 21 June 1926 in Claremont, South Dakota. In 1930 Charlotte was living with her daughter Jennie Kennedy and her son, Charlotte's grandson.  Jennie is shown as married, but her husband is not listed. Charlotte died on 31 December 1938 in Claremont, Brown, South Dakota. 

Stephen and Maria's son George Catt married Emma Pallett on 1 January 1872 in Watson, Allegon. They had a daughterL

  • Ida May Catt.  Born 1 April 1878 in Odessa, Michigan. She never married. Ida May Catt died on 20 September 1968 in Hastings, Barry County, Michigan and was buried at Lake Odessa, Ionia.  

Emma Catt died on 28 November 1878 in Lake Odessa. The cause of death was unknown.  In 1880 George was a widower, a farmer seemingly living alone in Odessa. His daughter Ida, aged 2 was boarding with William Beckham, farmer and his family. George remarried on 16 January 1881 in Chandler, Ionia County. His second wife was Nancy Jane Herron.  In 1900 and 1910 George and Nancy were living in Odessa where George was farming. They had two children: 

  • Vertie Fay Catt. Born 13 February 1884. Vertie married Frank Robert "Rock" McDonald on 3 December 1913 in Odessa. In 1920 they were living in Sebewa where Frank was farming. They are still there in 1930 and Vertie's uncle Robert (see above) was living with them. In 1940 they are at Jordan Lake Avenue, Odessa. No occupation is listed for 56 year old Frank. Frank Robert McDonald died on 28 September 1971 in Lake Odessa. Vertie McDonald died on 9 January 1993 at Lake Odessa
  • Orvin Albert Catt. Born 13 April 1889. Orvin married Bessie B Thomas on 26 March 1913 in Ionia. In 1920 they were living in Odessa, Ionia where Orvin was farming. They had two children. In 1930 they were living at Johnson Street, Lake Odessa and Orvin was the proprietor of a Tire shop. Another child had been born. In 1940 he was still in Odessa, but was working as a janitor. Orvin died on 10 May 1986 at Hastings, Barry County, Michigan and was buried at Lake Odessa.  Bessie died on 28 September 1988 at Hastings, Barry County. 

In 1910 George and Nancy were living at Odessa, Ionia where George was farming. Daughters Ida, aged 32 and Vertie, aged 26, a music teacher, were still living at home. In 1920 they are living at 4th Avenue, Odessa, Ionia. No occupation is given for George, but daughter Ida who remains at home was a labourer for a "bean elevator"!!  George Catt died on 14 September 1925. In 1930 his widow Nancy and daughter Ida were still in Lake Odessa. Ida was a general helper in a cannery.  They were both still there in 1940, but by then neither of them are working, presumably retired. Nancy Jane Herron Catt died in 1943.

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