VOL. III - APPENDIX M
My great grandmother was Caroline Wood who was baptised 6 August 1865 at St John's Church, Bodle Street Green, the daughter of Richard Wood, labourer and Elizabeth Honeysett.
She married John Henry Barton (Chapter 4) on 3 May 1887 at St John's Church, Bodle Street Green,Her "Wood" ancestry has been traced back to her great x 2 grandparents. The Wood's are without doubt one of the most prolific branches of the family I have come across in my research. It had originally NOT been my intention to follow the more distantly related Wood families any further forward than their immediate children, but the discovery of another Wood/Barton connection in the grandchildren made me change my mind (see below) and this has thrown up a few other points of interest (well to me at least).
Thomas Wood & Mary Marten
Other researchers suggest that Thomas Wood, Caroline's great (x 2) grandfather was born in 1706 in Wartling Hill.
He married Mary Marten in 1740 in Herstmonceux. Mary Marten had been baptised on 19 February 1720 at Herstmonceux, the daughter of John Marten and Mary.
They had two children
- John Wood. Baptised 17 December 1746 in Herstmonceux. John may have married Sarah Vidler on 21 January 1774 in Herstmonceux. Sarah Vidler/Vitler may have been baptised on 25 July 1756 the daughter of Samuel Vitler and Sarah Crowhurst (1722 to 1756). John may have died in 1824 and was buried on 11 April 1824 at Herstmonceux.
- Thomas Wood. Born 1760 (see below)
Thomas Wood died in 1771 and was buried on 20 May 1771 in Heathfield.
Mary remarried on 18 April 1776 at Warbleton. Her second husband was John Honeysett. Mary died in 1802.
Thomas Wood & Anne Worger
Caroline's great grandfather Thomas Wood is believed to have been born in 1760, the son of Thomas Wood and Mary Marten.
Thomas married Anne Worger on 14 January 1787 in Wartling.
Other researchers have suggested that they had seven children, although i have only been able to trace baptisms for five of their children:
- Thomas Wood. Baptised 8 July 1787 at Herstmonceux
- Mary Wood. Baptised 12 July 1789 at Herstmonceux
- John Wood. Baptised 17 April 1791 at Herstmonceux.
- Jesse Wood. Born 1793 in Herstmonceux.
- Samuel Wood. Baptised 21 February 1796 in Herstmonceux
- James Wood. Born 1798 in Herstmonceux
- William Wood. Baptised 12 January 1800 in Herstmonceux
Anne Wood is believed to have died in 1836 in Herstmonceux.
Thomas Wood died on 17 December 1839 at Herstmonceux.
Our line continues through Thomas and Anne's eldest son Thomas, but first the following is known about their other children:
- Mary Wood
Other researchers suggest that Thomas and Anne's daughter Mary Wood married James Goble on 21 January 1833 in Herstmonceux, but later censuses show that James's wife had been born in 1805, indicating that his wife is not "our" Mary Wood and was in fact more in line with James's age.
- John Wood & Sarah Cook
Thomas and Anne's son John Wood married Sarah Cook on 11 March 1813 at Herstmonceux, They had twelve children:
- Mary Wood. Baptised 29 September 1811 in Herstmonceux.
- William Wood. Baptised 20 February 1814 in Herstmonceux.
- George Wood. Baptised 13 August 1815 in Herstmonceux.
- Samuel Wood. Baptised 30 March 1817 in Herstmonceux.
- Sarah Wood. Baptised 21 February 1819 in Herstmonceux.
- Charles Wood. Baptised 30 August 1820 in Herstmonceux. Charles died that same year and was buried at Herstmonceux on 29 December 1820.
- Fanny Wood. Baptised 20 May 1821 in Herstmonceux.
- Thomas Wood. Baptised 20 July 1823 in Herstmonceux.
- John Wood. Born 3 August 1825 in Herstmonceux. Baptised 25 September 1825 at Heathfield Independent Chapel. Buried 1826 in Herstmonceux.
- Joseph Wood. Born 1830 in Warbleton.
- Robert Wood. Baptised 23 March 1830 in Warbleton. Robert may have died in 1831.
John Wood is believed to have died in 1831 in Warbleton. He would have been around 40 years old.
Their daughter Fanny is believed to have died in 1832. She would have been 11 years old. Their son Thomas Wood is also believed to have died in 1832 aged 9 years old. What a truly awful time the family must have have over that couple of years!!
Their daughter Sarah is believed to have died in 1836. She would have been around 17 years old.
In 1841 Sarah Wood was living with daughter Mary and son Joseph at Church Street, Warbleton. Sarah is described as an "agricultural labourer". In 1851 his widow Sarah may have been a servant, living and working for at Prospect House, Rye Road, Hawkshurst, Kent. Nothing more is known about her.
John and Sarah's daughter Mary Wood married James Cramp on 18 July 1841 in Rotherfield. In 1851 they were living at Great Markley, Heathfield with their three eldest children and James was an agricultural labourer. In 1861 they were living at Trosley Court Cottages, Trottiscliffe, Kent with four children. Their eldest daughter is not listed. James was a shepherd. They had five children in all
- Matilda Cramp. Born 1844 in Heathfield. it is likely that in 1861 Matilda was a servant working for Robert Whitby, miller, and his family at Mill Lane, Kingsdown, Farmingham. In 1871 she was working for Mary Ann Harrison and her daughter at 12, Chapel Terrace, Swanscombe who were living off "income from dividends". In 1881, aged 35, she was a nurse working for Kate Higgins and her five young children at Broadwater, Sussex. Kate is described as "the wife of District Superintendent of Police in in uncovenanted service in India". In 1891 she was cook and housekeeper for Stephen Wright who was "living on his own means" at 21 Scarsdale Vill, Kensington. In 1901 she is shown as visiting John Hales, farm bailiff and his wife Sarah at Jenkins, Cobham. In 1911 she is still living with her sister Sarah and her husband at Craigs Farm, Singlewell, Kent. Matilda Cramp died in 1919.
- Abraham Cramp. Born 1847 in Heathfield. Abraham married Jane Randall on 27 June 1869 at Swanscombe. In 1871 they were living at Park Cliff Road, Swanscombe and Abraham was a "labourer at general works". Their eldest daughter had been born. In 1891 they were living at Ingram Vale, Swanscombe where Abraham was a "kiln drawer in a cement factory". They had four children in all. In 1901 they were living at 1 Park View, Swanscombe. In 1911 they were at 68, Thorockhall Road, Greenhithe and Abraham was a general labourer at a cement factory. Abraham Cramp died in 1911, aged 65 years old. Jane Cramp died in 1935.
- George Cramp. Baptised 4 August 1850 in Heathfield. George married Ellen Pankhurst on 19 November 1876 in Swanscombe. In 1891 they were living 3, Cliffe Cottages, Swanscombe and George was a general labourer. They had five children. In 1901 they were at Parke Cliffe Cottages and George, aged 50 was a "Portland cement works labourer". In 1911 they were still at 2, Parke Cliffe Cottages and George was a cement labourer. George Cramp died in 1927. In 1939 Ellen was living at 184, Brook Street, Erith, a widow she is described as "retired". Ellen died on 11 February 1940 at Dartford.
- Sarah Hannah Cramp. Baptised 22 August 1852 in Heathfield. Sarah married John Henry Hales on 28 February 1881 in Ifield, Kent. In 1881 they were living at the Post Office, Northfleet, Kent with John's parents. John's father was a farm bailiff and he was a farm labourer. In 1891 they were at Singlewell, Northfleet. In 1901 they were living at Jenkins, Cobham where John was a farm bailiff. In 1911 they are living at Craigs Farm, Singlewell, Kent where John is farming. They had no children. John Henry Hales died in 1931. Sarah H Hales died in 1938 in Gravesend.
- Elizabeth Mary Cramp. Born 10 January 1856 in Trottiscliffe, Kent. Baptised 25 February 1857 at Trottiscliffe. Elizabeth married Edward Parker Read on 26 September 1886 in Holy Trinity, Brompton, Middx. Edward was a 23 year old labourer, son of Edward Read, labourer. Elizabeth was 29 years old, the daughter of James Cramp, shepherd. In 1891 they were living at 28, Wycliffe Road, Northfleet and Edward was an agricultural labourer. In 1901 they were at East Malling, Kent. They had five children. In 1911 they were at Tong Farm Cottages, Eastling. Edward, now 49 and his 14 year old son, the only child remaining at home, were both farm labourers. Edward died in 1930. In 1939 Elizabeth was living with her eldest son Edward Read and his wife at 93, Pannock Street, Gravesend. She is described as an old age pensioner. Her son is described as an invalid - unfit due to injury. He had been in the forces.
In 1871 James and Mary were living at Swanscombe. Kent. Their three youngest children remained at home. James was a shepherd, son George, aged 20 was a farm labourer. Mary Cramp died in 1876 in Dartford, Kent. James Cramp may have died that same year.
John and Sarah's son William Wood married Mary Freeland on 14 January 1837 in Dallington. In 1841 they were living in Warbleton and their eldest two children had been born, In all they had six children:
- Sarah Wood. Baptised 23 April 1837 in Warbleton. In 1851 Sarah, aged 14 was living with her Uncle Joseph Wood at Waldron (see below), It is possible that she never married and in 1901 was working as a housekeeper in Surrey.
- Mary Wood. Baptised 25 January 1840 in Warbleton. In 1861 Mary was a servant working for Thomas Barton, aged 65, a farmer of 195 acres employing 6 men and 2 boys, and his wife Lucy at Prospect House, Wadhurst. No connection with our Barton line is apparent at present. Mary married James Charles Pearl on 7 December 1879 at Christchurch, Camberwell. James had been married previously and had eleven children! His first wife, Betsey Church had died on 21 January 1878. In 1881 James and Mary had three children of their own. In 1881 they were living at 4 Charles Place, Lewisham James was a gardener and Mary (unusually) was described as "employed at photographer". Seven of James's children from his first marriage were living with them and their own daughter was 6 months old. In 1891 they are at 4, Ladywell Road, Lewisham, James is a jobbing gardener and only their own three children are listed. James Pearl died on 15 March 1892, aged 60. In 1911 Mary, a 74 year old widow was living at 1 Colfes Almshouses, High Street, Lewisham. Mary died on 28 February 1927, aged 87 years in Lewisham, Kent.
- William Wood. Baptised 25 January 1842 in Warbleton.
- Fanny Wood. Baptised 27 January 1843 in Warbleton
- Robert Wood. Baptised 15 December 1844 in Warbleton.
- Elizabeth Wood. Baptised 13 December 1846 in Warbleton. In 1871 Elizabeth was working as a nurse for Edward Warner, JP and non practicing barrister and his family at Hanover Square, London. His daughter and son in law were living with them, his son-in-law was a secretary at the German Embassy. The household also employed two footman, cook, two housemaids and a governess. In 1901, Elizabeth was still in service, now working for Edward Brooke, "gentleman" at 22, Brompton Square, Kensington.
William Wood died in 1849 in Warbleton. In 1851 Mary Wood is living at Chapman's Farm, Warbleton. She is a 33 year old widow, a pauper. Of her children, only Mary, Robert and Elizabeth are listed. Is it possible William and Fanny died in infancy? Mary remarried on 19 January 1856 at Warbleton. Her second husband was Robert Roberts. He had been married previously, he and his first wife who died in 1851 had ten children, none of whom lived with them! In 1861 they are living at Stonehouse Road, Warbleton. Robert is a jobbing gardener. Only daughter Elizabeth Wood, now 14 is living with them. By 1871 they had moved to Ninfield and were living at Moor Hall Lodge where Robert was a gardener. No children remained at home. Moor Hall was occupied by Thomas Sampson, landowner and farmer of about 700 acres employing 18 men and 5 boys. Moor Hall (now demolished) is pictured below.
Robert Roberts died on 16 January 1872 at the Moor Hall Estate. The death certificate (posted by Timothy Roberts on Ancestry.co.uk) shows the cause of death as something like "suffering of the brain" (so presumably a stroke?). In 1881 Mary Roberts is listed alone living at "Cottage", Ninfield, although she is still shown as married. Aged 65, under occupation it states "Village annuitant". Mary Roberts died in 1888 in Ninfield.
In 1841 John and Sarah's son George Wood, aged 25 was living at the Nursery, Warbleton with Mary Message, aged 20. George married Mary Message later in 1841. They had four children.
- Amon Wood. Born 1848 in Warbleton. Amon died in 1867 aged just 19 years old.
- Joseph Wood. Born 1850 in Warbleton
- Ellen Wood. Born 1853 in Warbleton. Ellen died in 1868, aged just 15 years old.
- Emma Wood. Born 1859 in Warbleton.
In 1861 they were living at the Common, Warbleton and George was farming 20 acres. George Wood late of Warbleton, farmer died on 13 February 1869. Probate was granted to Stephen Message of Hellingley. miller. Mary Wood may have died in 1881 in Horsham.
In 1841 John and Sarah's son Samuel Wood, aged 20 may have been living with Fanny Pattenden. a 40 year old farmer at Egypt, Warbleton. Also at the address was Charity Douch, aged 20, farm servant. Samuel married Charity later that same year. In 1851 they were living in Warbleton and Samuel was an agricultural labourer. Their first six children had been born, their eldest son was 9 years old and already shown as an agricultural labourer. In 1861 they were still in Warbleton and a further five children had been born. They had eleven children in all:
- John Wood. Baptised 2 January 1842 in Warbleton. John married Mary Ann Middleton in 1863 in St Pauls, Bishopwearmouth, Sunderland. In 1871 they were living at Gateshead, Durham and John was a foreman. The census confirms that he was born in Warbleton. In 1881 they were living at Section no 4, Industrial Dwellings, and John was "sun-blind & bellows worker? - out of employ" They had six children. In 1891 they were at 48, Hendon Street, Bishops Wearmouth and John is a mariner. John Wood died in 1900 and was buried on 29 March 1900 in Phillips Park Cemetery, Manchester. Mary Ann Middleton died in 1908.
- Thomas Wood. Born 1844 in Warbleton. Thomas married Elizabeth Mary Vine. In 1871 they were living in Jevington and Thomas was an agricultural labourer. They had four children. In 1874 they emigrated to Queensland, Australia under the "Assisted Immigration 1848 to 1912 Scheme" arriving on the St James on 24 July 1874. Elizabeth died on 29 July 1875. Thomas died in 1925 and was buried at Apple Creek, Bundaberg Region, Queensland.
- George Wood. Baptised 23 November 1845 in Warbleton. George married Elizabeth Jane Elliott in 1868. In 1871 George and "Jane" were living is St Mary's in the Castle, Hastings and George was a labourer. Their eldest daughter had been born. They had seven children in all. In 1881 they were living at Westfield Road, Hollington and George was a "Hay- Trusser (agricultural labourer)". In 1891 they were at 2 Woodside Cottages, Hollington and George was a "general cornman". In 1901 they are still at Woodside Cottages. George Wood of 2 Woodside Cottages, Baldslow, near Hastings died on 18 April 1901. Probate was granted to his wife Elizabeth. Elizabeth remarried in 1906. Her second husband was George Henry Payne. In 1911 they were living at 2 Woodside Cottages. George was a farmer. One of Elizabeth's sons remained at home. Elizabeth J Payne died in 1935.
- Louisa Wood. Born 1848 in Warbleton Louisa married Frederick Lavender in 1867. Other researchers attribute this marriage to another Louisa, but later censuses confirm Frederick's wife was born in Warbleton. In 1871 they were living at Rookery Cottages, Warbleton and Frederick was an agricultural labourer. Their first daughter had been born. In 1881 they at Rushlake Green, Warbleton, Frederick is now a "cowman" and a further six children had been born. In 1891 they were at "Great Crauches", Warbleton, Frederick, aged 50 was now an "agricultural foreman" and they had three more children. By 1901 they had moved to New Cottage, Friday Street, Westham and Frederick was once again a "cowman on a farm". Only two daughters remained at home. Louisa Wood died in 1909. So by 1911 Frederick was a widower living at Beale Cottage, Hampden Park, Eastbourne with one of his daughters. He was still a farm labourer. Frederick Lavender died aged 80 and was buried on 27 September 1920.
- James Wood. Baptised 17 June 1849 in Warbleton. James is thought to have died in 1928 in Kent.
- Fanny Wood. Born 27 November 1850 in Warbleton. Fanny married George Stevens in 1868. In 1871 they were living at "Cottage" Warbleton and George was a labourer. their eldest son Urban Chapman Stevens had been born. In 1881 they were at "Crawle Cottage", Warbleton, George was a shepherd and four more children had been born. Still there in 1891 and 1901, by 1911 they had moved to Holme Buck Hill, Hellingley , 40 year old George remained a shepherd, the census shows they had nine children, but four had died. Fanny Stevens died in 1923 aged 72 years. George Stevens died on 10 February 1924.
- William Wood. Baptised 26 February 1854 in Warbleton. William married Francis Ann Leatherdale on 25 December 1875 in St Marks, Victoria Park, Bow, London. William was 21 years old, the son of Samuel Wood, farmer. No occupation is given. Frances was a 24 year old dressmaker, daughter of Oliver Leatherdale, wheelwright. They both give addresses in Bow. In 1881 William and "Ann" were living at Crapley Street, Shoreditch, William was what looks like a "man cook". They had two daughters. In 1891 they are living at Goswell Street, Clerkenwell, William is a cook and Francis a dressmaker. William Wood died on 19 June 1916. Frances Ann Wood died on 14 November 1925 and was buried at St John the Baptist, Harrietsham, Maidstone, Kent.
- Harriett Wood. Baptised 28 June 1857 in Warbleton. Harriett married George Wenham on 7 May 1873 at Heathfield. Both were servants. George, the son of William Wenham, labourer was only able to make his mark. In 1881 George and Harriett were living at Wenham Mews, Eastbourne where George was a stableman. They had nine children. In 1891 Harriett and her children are at Lower Street, Eastbourne and she is shown as a "charwoman". It is not known what happened to George, but later that year Harriet remarried. Her second husband was James Richard Gregory. In 1901 they were living at 9, Tower Street, Eastbourne and James was a house painter. They had five children of their own. In 1911 they were at 34, Cambridge Street, Eastbourne. James Gregory of 34, Cambridge Road, Eastbourne died on 5 November 1919. Probate was granted to Alice Gertrude Wenham, spinster and Harry Stanton Wenham, fishmonger. Harriett Gregory died in 1929 in Eastbourne.
- Samuel Frederick Wood. Baptised 27 February 1859 in Warbleton. Samuel possibly died in 1879.
- Ellen Wood. Baptised 10 March 1861 at Warbleton.
- Mary Wood. Baptised 11 December 1861 at Warbleton. Mary married Henry William Hutchi(n)son in 1880. In 1881 they were living at Parke Farm, Hollington with Mary's parents, Henry, aged 21 was a wheelwright. In 1891 they were at 5, Robertson Terrace, Hollington and Henry was a carpenter. In 1901 they were at 38, Belhing Road, Eastbourne. They had five children in all. Henry died in 1907 in Eastbourne. In 1911 Mary and two of her daughters were living at 6, Clarence Road, Eastbourne. Mary, aged 49 and a widow was a laundress. Other researchers have suggested that Mary went to New Zealand where she remarried Frederick Browne on 19 January 1918 in Auckland. Frederick had originally emigrated to New Zealand in the 1850's and had been married previously, his first wife having died in 1916. It;s possible that Mary went to New Zealand to be with her children who had emigrated? Frederick died on 1 February 1920. Mary died on 26 May 1942 in Auckland.
In 1871 Samuel, Charity and the family were still in Warbleton and Samuel is just described as a labourer. In 1881 they were living at Parks Farm, Hollington and Samuel, now 60 was the farm bailiff. their 12 year old grandson Urban J Stevens (see above) was living with them. Charity Wood died on 28 September 1883 at Ashdown Farm, Hollington. Samuel Wood died on 22 October 1885 in Hollington.
John and Sarah's son Joseph Wood married Mary Jane Knight on 11 November 1849 in Warbleton. In 1851 they were living in Bast Cottages, Waldron and Joseph was a waggoner. His niece Sarah (brother's William's daughter) was living with them. In 1861 they were at Highland Cottages, Framfield and Joseph was an agricultural labourer. They had seven children:
- Amelia Wood. Born 1847 in Framfield. Amelia married John Parks on 24 November 1866 at All Saints Church, Lewes. In 1871 they were living at 4 Workhouse Road, South Street, Lewes and John was a general labourer. By 1881 they had five children, but John had died in April 1876 and Amelia was now a widow, still at South Street, Lewes but working as a charwoman. Amelia remarried later that year. Her second husband was William Newnham. In 1891 they were living at 103, South Street and William was a chalk pit labourer. In 1901 and 1911 they were still in South Street. The 1911 census shows that they had four children, one of which had died. Amelia Newnham died in 1911, aged 64 years. William Newnham died in 1919, aged 75 years.
- Sarah Jane Wood. Born 1850 in Waldron. Sarah married William Henry Miller. In 1871 they were living at Tanyarth, Waldron and William was an agricultural labourer. In 1881 they were living at Pump House, Framfield. They had six children. In 1891 they were at Barnett Wood, Framfield and a further five children had been born. In 1911 they were living at 20, Lower Berwick, North Alfriston. Only two children remained at home, their 2 year old granddaughter was also living with them. William Miller died in 1920. Sarah J Miller died in 1928 in Steyning.
- George Wood. Born 1855 in Framfield.
- James Wood. Born 1858 in Framfield. Died 1858 in Framfield.
- Alfred Wood. Born 1859 in Framfield. In 1881 Alfred Wood was lodging with William & Harriet Smith at Streal Cottage, Framfield, aged 21 he was a journeyman blacksmith. In 1891 he was lodging with Henry Barton (aged 49, born Framfield) and his wife Anna. Alfred was a blacksmith. It is not clear how, if at all, Henry is connected to "our" Bartons. Alfred married Avis Pettitt in 1892. They had one daughter, Kate Wood born on 2 March 1893. Alfred Wood died on 26 December 1933 in Uckfield. Avis Wood died on 28 October 1938 in Tunbridge Wells.
- Henry Wood. Born 1862 in Framfield. Henry Wood may have died in 1935 in Croydon.
- Frederick Wood. Born 1865 in Framfield.
Mary Jane Wood died in 1867. Joseph remarried on 21 February 1870 in Framfield. His second wife was Martha Brooker. In 1871 they were living at Bretts Cottages, Framfield. They had eight children, nine if you include Martha's daughter born out of wedlock in 1866!!
- Susannah Brooker. Born 1866 in Mayfield. Susannah married George Henry Jeffery in St Thomas Church, Framfield on 24 December 1905. George enlisted on 29 November 1915 and served in France from 4 February 1917 to 18 March 1918. Susannah Jeffery died in 1935.
- Mary Ann Wood. Born 2 February 1869 in Framfield. Baptised 2 May 1880 in Buxted. Mary married George Brown in 1892. In 1901 they were living at 5, Chapel Hill, Cliffe and George was a chalkpit worker. In 1911 they were till at 5, Chapel Hill and George was now a stableman. They had no children. Mary Ann Brown died in 1915. George Brown died in 1936.
- Harriett Jane Wood. Born 13 November 1870 in Framfield. Harriet married Thomas Bateman in 1897 at St Georges, Nottingham. In 1901 they were living at 7, Wilfield Cottage, Goodland Street, Nottingham. In 1911 they were at 44, Bland Street, Sheffield. The census shows they had seven children of which four had died, but then goes on to list four children, so I think they got that the wrong way round. Thomas was an iron and steel dresser. Thomas Bateman died in 1934. In 1939 Harriett was still at 33, Bland Street, she was a widow on unpaid domestic duties. One of her daughters remained at home. Harriett died in 1947.
- Frances Hannah Wood. Born 26 January 1872 in Framfield. In 1891 Frances may have been working as a servant for John Reeves, who is described as out of business and his family at Elfords, Baldstow Road, Hastings. Frances married Alfred Robert Balcombe in 1901. in 1911 they were living at Rodmill Farm Cottages, Eastbourne and Alfred was a "cowman labourer". In 1939 they were living in "the house with no name", Wish Hill, Eastbourne and Alfred was a jobbing farm labourer. Three children remain at home. Francis Hannah Wood died in 1947. Alfred died in 1960.
- Joseph Samuel Wood. Baptised 21 September 1873 in Buxted.
- Charles Robert Wood. Born 14 April 1875 in Buxted. Baptised 2 May 1880 in Buxted. In 1891 Charles Wood, aged 16 may have been working as a ploughboy for Charles Farrant, farmer, at Gate House, Framfield. In 1911, aged 35, he was back living with his mother and stepfather. Charles R Wood may have died in 1916.
- John Wood. Born 1877 in Buxted.
- William Wood. Born 15 December 1878 in Buxted. In 1911 William, now 32 was living with his mother and stepfather and employed as a farm labourer. He married Edith Fanny Standen/Baker in 1917. In 1939 they were living at Park Farm Cottages, Hailsham and William was a "cowman labourer".
- Ellen Matilda Wood. Born 1880 in Buxted. Baptised 2 May 1880 in Buxted. In 1901 Ellen was a servant living with and working for George Collins Richardson, a draper shopkeeper at 59, High Street, Southover.
Joseph Wood died aged 48 on 25 October 1879 in Buxted. His wife would appear to have been pregnant with their youngest child at the time!! It is odd that some, but seemingly not all of their children were baptised with Ellen. In 1881 Martha was a 35 year old widow living at Carey Cottages, Buxton living with nine children. She is described as a "former launderess". In 1891 Martha was in Uckfield Workhouse, aged 44 she is described as a "indoor pauper" and her occupation is charwoman. Also in Uckfield Workhouse were five of her children including 4 year old Ada Wood (see below).
Things improved!! Martha remarried in 1900. Her second husband was William Brown. In 1901 and 1911 they were living Ridgewood Hill, Uckfield, Sussex. William, although 72 years old in 1911 was still a farm labourer. They had no children, but in 1901 two daughters were living with them, both born after Joseph's death, who was their father?
- Ada Wood. Born 1888 in Buxted
- Kate Wood. Born 1893 in Buxted
In 1911 two of Joseph and Martha's sons now in their thirties and farm labourers were living with them. William Brown died in 1916.
- Jesse Wood & Jane Brook
Thomas and Anne's son Jesse Wood had married Jane Brook on 26 December 1815 at Herstmonceux. "Jenny" Brook had been baptised on 30 December 1785 in Wartling.
In 1841 they were living at Stunts Green, Wartling and 45 year old Jesse was an agricultural labourer. They appear to have had six children:
- Alfred Wood. Baptised 1 May 1814 in Herstmonceux.
- Reuben Wood. Baptised 3 December 1815 at Herstmonceux.
- Louisa Wood. Baptised 3 January 1819 at Herstmonceux
- Matilda Wood. Baptised 12 February 1821 in Herstmonceux.
- Ellen Selina Wood. Born 1824 in Wartling.
- Esther Wood. Born 1837 in Wartling.
Jesse Wood died in 1842 and was buried in Herstmonceux on 9 November 1842.
In 1851 Jane, a 65 year old widow is living at "Lemons", Wartling. She is described as "paupers relief". Two granddaughters, Hester Wood aged 14 and Ann Wood, aged 11 are living with her. It is not currently clear whose children these were, or indeed whether the Esther listed in 1841 and shown above as a daughter was in fact a granddaughter.
In 1861 Jane Wood was boarding with Robert Page and his family at New Brewery Cottages, Herstmonceux, aged 76 and a widow she is described as an "agricultural labourers wife".
Jane Wood died aged 85 and was buried on 21 August 1870 in Herstmonceux.
Jesse and Jane's son Alfred Wood married Jemima Porter on 7 June 1835 in Wartling. In 1841 they were living at Sampson Cottage, Herstmonceux and Alfred was an agricultural labourer. In 1851 they were still in Wartling. They had 10 children:.
- Alfred Wood. Baptised 11 September 1836 at Wartling. Alfred married Matilda Wood in 1861. Matilda had been baptised on 9 July 1837 in Laughton, the daughter of Obadiah Wood and Esther Miller who married on 16 May 1842 at Ninfield? Can this be correct? Obadiah's father was Samuel Wood, but I have yet to connect him to "our" Wood tree. In 1871 Alfred and Matilda were living at Alma Terrace, Hastings and Alfred was a journeyman shoemaker. In 1881 they were at 24 Alma Villas, but Alfred is now a gardener!! They had six children. In 1891 they are at Kiln Bank, Bexhill and Alfred is a market Gardener, two children remain at home and two grandchildren are staying. In 1901 Alfred and Matilda are still at Kiln Bank, but Alfred is now a laundryman and Matilda a launderess and they are working "on their own account". One daughter and four grandchildren are living with them. In 1911 they are still running the laundry business from Kiln Bank and three grandchildren are living with them, one is now 20 and working in the business. Alfred Wood died in 1916. Matilda Wood died in 1926.
- Edward Wood. Baptised 18 November 1838 in Wartling. Edward married Naomi Buckwell on 27 August 1864 at Warbleton. Naomi was "under age" and only able to make her mark. she was the daughter of William Buckwell, labourer. In 1871 and 1881 they were living at Stunts Green and Edward was an agricultural labourer. In 1891 they are at Cowbeech Hill . They had four children. In 1901 they are still at Cowbeech Hill, but Edward, aged 61 is a "roadman under district council". In 1911 they are still at Cowbeech and Edward is still a roadman for Hailsham District Council. They had four children, of which one had died. One of their daughters remains at home and is a "mothers help". Also listed are two children Maisie Rushman, aged 5, and Cyril Oliver, aged 10 months, both described as "nursechild". I think this might be the modern day equivalent of fostering? Naomi Wood died in 1921. Edward Wood died in 1927.
- David Wood. Born 1841 in Wartling. David married Henrietta Ranger on 19 April 1864 in Tenterden. Kent. In 1871 they were living in "Rooms over Revill's Stores Coach House". David was a coachman and they had two children. David's sister Louisa (see below) was lodging with them. In 1881 they were living at Highland House Mews, Hastings. David (incorrectly recorded as Daniel) was a coachman. In 1891 they were living at the Grove Gatehouse, Hollington and David was a domestic coachman. None of their children remained at home. In 1911 they were living at 18, Clarence Road, St Leonards on Sea. David, aged 69 was still a domestic coachman. They had been married 46 years and had 6 children, 3 of whom had died. David may have died in 1913.
- Jesse Wood. Baptised 10 September 1843 in Wartling, son of Alfred and "Mima". In 1871 Jesse was lodging with John Giddley, millwright and his family at High Street, Cray St Paul, Kent. He was a domestic gardener. Two deaths of Jesse Wood (born 1843) have been located, one in Brighton in 1901 and one in East Grinstead in 1918. It is not clear which if either are "our" Jesse.
- Charles Wood. Born 1846 in Wartling. Nothing more is known about Charles with any certainty. It is possible that by 1911 he was a 64 year old labourer, a labourer in a cement works, living at 67, Vallance Road, Lewes.
- Caroline Wood. Born 1846 in Wartling. Caroline had a son Reuben Alfred Wood, born out of wedlock who was baptised on 11 October 1868 at Herstmonceux. In 1871 she was a servant working for William Keen, master ironmonger and his family at 23, Robertson Street, Hastings. Reuben was staying with his grandmother (see below). Caroline married Alfred Sinden on 26 January 1878 at Herstmonceux. In 1881 they were living at Lodge, Ringmer where Alfred was a agricultural carter. Reuben, aged 14 is living with them. Also listed are Herbert and Alfred Colbran Sinden who are described as "son"s, "carter boys" and three younger children. William had previously been married to Elizabeth Baker Colbran who had died in 1875 and they had four sons. William Sinden died in 1885. In 1891 Caroline, a 44 year old widow was working as a charwoman in Herstmonceux. One of her stepsons and one of her sons were living with her. Also at the address was a 7 month "nursechild" described as "daughter of a domestic servant". By 1901 Caroline had remarried and was living with her second husband, Jabez Nicholls, an "ordinary agricultural labourer" at High Street, Ticehurst. Jabez had been married previously and his 27 year old son, a private in the Royal Sussex Regiment and one of Caroline's sons, a brickmakers labourer were living with them. Caroline Wood died in 1910. Jabez Nicholls died in 1917.
- Elizabeth Wood. Born 1850 in Wartling. Nothing more is known about Elizabeth Wood. Other researchers have suggested that it was this Elizabeth that married Amos Baker (see below), but the marriage certificate shows that it was Elizabeth, the daughter of Richard Wood who married Amos.
- Louisa Maria Wood. Born 1854 in Wartling. In 1871 she was living with her brother David in Hastings (see above). Louisa may have married Charles Brook in 1875. In 1881 they were living in Herstmonceux and Charles was an agricultural labourer. In 1891 they were at Stoke Golding, Leicestershire and Charles was a groom and gardener. They had three children. In 1911 they were still in Stoke Golding and Charles was now farming.
- Jane Wood. Baptised 30 November 1856 in Herstmonceux. Jane married Thomas Scotcher in 1884. In 1891 they were living at Baldslow, St Mary's in the Castle, Hastings. Thomas, aged 34 was a miller's loader. They had three children. Jane Scotcher died in 1892 in Hastings. Thomas appears to have remarried on 13 August 1893. His second wife was Sarah Annie Bignell. They had ten more children together. Thomas Scotcher died on 2 September 1924 at Royal East Sussex Hospital, Hastings. Sarah Annie Scotcher died on 17 November 1934 in Sidley, Bexhill.
- Esther Wood. Born 27 February 1859. "Hester" Wood was baptised 18 December 1859 at Bodle Street Green. Esther married James Pellett in 1892. In 1901 they were living at Dessdonny? Cottage, Herstmonceux, where James 42 was a carter on a farm. They had three children. Esther's mother was living with them. In 1911 they were living at Magnum Down where James was a waggoner on a farm. They had four children, their eldest son was a grocers assistant and their two younger sons aged 16 and 13 were farm labourers. In 1939 Esther was a widow, "incapacitated", living with her eldest son, still a grocers assistant at No 4 School House, Windmill Hill. Esther Pellett died in 1949, aged 89 years.
Alfred Wood died in 1860. In 1861 Jemima Wood and her children were living at Stunts Green, Herstmonceux. She is shown as a widow, but described as a "agricultural labourers wife". In 1871 she is 54 years old, living at Magnam Down and described as a "nurse". Her two youngest daughters remain at home and 3 year old Reuben Wood (see above) was visiting. In 1881 she is still at Magnam Down, now a dressmaker, her daughter Jane and her 12 year old granddaughter Alice Wood are living with her. In 1901 Jemima was living with her daughter Esther and her husband at Herstmonceux (see above). Jemima Wood died in 1904.
In 1841 Jesse and Jane's son Reuben Wood was living at home with his parents. Some researchers have suggested that Reuben married Sophia Mewett in 1843 and went on to have four children, but that Reuben was born in Folkington around 1800. It is likely that "our" Reuben Wood died aged 32 and was buried in Herstmonceux on 27 April 1848.
Jesse and Jane's daughter Louisa Wood married Thomas Crowhurst on 15 June 1839 at Herstmonceux. Thomas was the son of Charles Crowhurst and Martha Burgess who married on 30 January 1806. He was the brother of Orpha Crowhurst who married James Barton and uncle to their son John Henry Barton's mother. (see Appendix I). John Henry Barton married Caroline Wood (see below). Louisa was Caroline's 1st cousin once removed Tom and Louisa had two children
- Orpah Jane Crowhurst. Born 2 December 1839 in Hellingley
- Thomas Crowhurst. Born 1841.
Louisa Crowhurst died in 1845. Thomas remarried and had a second family. His and his children's lives are detailed at Appendix I
Jesse and Jane's daughter Matilda Wood married Thomas French on 22 May 1841 in Herstmonceux. In 1851 they were living at Chiddingly and Thomas was an agricultural labourer. In 1861 they were at Friths, Chiddingly. They had seven children.
- Jane Elizabeth French. Born 1840 in Herstmonceux. Jane married Edwin Eldridge on 21 June 1864 in Uckfield. In 1871 they were living in Moat Mill Cottage, Mayfield and Edwin, aged 34 was a millers loader. They had three daughters. In 1881 they were still at Moat Mill Cottage. Jane Elizabeth Eldridge died aged 47 and was buried on 21 November 1887. Edwin Eldridge died on 7 December 1895 aged 58 years old.
- Reuben French. Born 1845 in Chiddingly. In 1861 Reuben may have been boarding with Richard Putt and his family at The Common, Hooe. He is shown as a 19 year old agricultural labourer, although, if "our" Reuben he overstates his age. Nothing more is known about Reuben with any certainty.
- Trayton French. Born 1847 in Chiddingly. Trayton is listed on the 1851 census but nothing more is known.
- Thomas Alfred French. Born 1849 in Chiddingly. Thomas married Harriet Maria Gurr on 7 November 1874 in Hooe. In 1881 they are living at 62, Bohemia Road, Hastings and Thomas is a carter. In 1891 Thomas and "Maria" are at 10, Greenleaf Terrace, Hollington and Thomas is an agricultural labourer. They are four children listed. In 1901 they are at 1, Beaconsfield terrace, Battle Road, Hollington and Thomas is an "ordinary agricultural labourer". In 1911 Thomas and Harriett are living at 149, Battle Road, Hollington. Thomas is a gardener at a nursery. The census shows that they had seven children, but three died. Harriett French died in 1930. Thomas A French died in 1939.
- Mary Harriett French. Born 1852 in Chiddingly. In 1891 Mary was still living at home with her widowed mother. It seems likely she never married?
- Walter French. Born 1855 in Chiddingley. Walter married Elizabeth Collins in 1881. In 1881 they were living at Elphick's Farm, Hooe where Walter was a groom. Their daughter was 4 months old. In 1891 they were at 11 Oban Terrace, St Leonards. Their second child had been born. In 1901 they were at 11, Alma Terrace, Hastings where Walter was a coachman (non domestic). in 1911 they were at Fern Cottage, Haven Beach, Heathfield and Walter, aged 56 was a domestic coachman. Both children had left home. Walter French died in 1946 in Hastings.
- Charles Ebenezer French. Born 1858 in Chiddingley. Charles married Rhoda Corke on 6 July 1878 in Hooe. In 1881 they were living at Sadlers Farm, Hooe and Charles was an agricultural labourer. Their eldest two children had been born. In 1891 they were at Broad Street and a further four children had been born. They had seven children in all. Charles French died in 1895. In 1901 Rhoda French, was living at 2 North Street, Bexhill with her children and working as a laundress. it seems she had a further son in 1900 who was 10 months old. In 1911 Rhoda was boarding with Harry Downey and his family at 22, Sackville Road, Bexhill. Her 10 year old son was living with her and another daughter appears to have been born in 1901 who went by her mothers maiden name. Rhoda French died in 1938 in Keighley, West Riding.
In 1871 Thomas and Matilda French are living at Hooe Common Cottage, Hooe. Thomas and three of his sons are all agricultural labourers. By 1881 Thomas had died and Matilda is living at the Old Workhouse, Hooe (The Workhouse in Hailsham, Sussex (workhouses.org.uk)) , aged 60, she is a laundress. Daughter Mary, aged 26 and also a laundress is living with her. In 1891 Matilda, a 70 year old widow is living at the Common, Hooe with daughter Mary, aged 40. She is described as an "outdoor relief pauper". In 1901 and 1911 she was living with her nephew Alfred James Page at 371, Bexhill Road, St Leonards on Sea (see below). Matilda French died in 1912 aged 91 years old.
Jesse and Jane's daughter Ellen Selina Wood married Henry Page on 4 November 1843 at Herstmonceux. In 1851 they were living in St Leonards and in 1861 in Hollington where Henry was a labourer. In 1871 they were at 4, Foords Cottages and in 1881 at 4 Battle Road, Hollington. They had eight children.
- Mary Ann Page. Baptised 3 March 1844 in Herstmonceux. Mary Ann married George Button in 1863 in Battle. In 1871 they were living at St Mary's in the Castle where George, aged 32 was a gardener and Mary Ann was a laundress. Their eldest three children had been born. In 1881 they were at Vale Road, St Leonards and George was a labourer. In 1891 they were living at 19, Vale Road, St Leonards. They had six children. Mary Ann Button died in 1900. In 1901 George was living at Florence Villa, Vale Road, St Leonards. In 1911 George was living with his daughter Alice Louise Button and her husband Amos Moon at 12, Vale Road, St Leonards. George, aged 73 was an old age pensioner. George Button died in 1922.
- Phillis Page. Born 1845 in St Leonards. Phillis married Albert Boon in 1866 in Tenterden, Kent. In 1871 they were living in High Street, Appledore, Kent, seemingly close to Albert's family and where he was a housepainter. Their eldest son was 8 months old. By 1881 they were back living at Vale Road, St Leonards and had four children. In 1891, Phillis is listed very clearly as a 44 year old widow living at 23, Sandown Cottages, Ore with three of her six children (another two having been born since 1881) and working as a laundress. However Albert Boon is living at 3 Old Waddon Road, Croydon with his son Frederick Thomas Boon. He is shown as married!! Also listed is boarder, Elizabeth Thompson, single, a 47 year old dressmaker! Phillis Boon died in 1895. In 1901 Albert and two of his sons are living at 53 Coal Road, Croydon. Albert is now described as a widower, and Elizabeth as "housekeeper". Albert Boon died in 1906 in Croydon.
- Henry Nelson Page. Born 1849 in St Leonards. Henry married Sarah Thomas in 1869 in Battle. In 1871 they were living at 4, Albert Road and "Nelson" was a labourer. In 1881 "Nelson" and Sarah were living at 125, St Georges Road, St, Mary in the Castle, Hastings where he was a builders labourer. They had three children. In 1891 they were living at 18, Sandown Cottages, Ore. None of their children remained at home. In 1911 Henry Nelson Page and his wife Sarah (born Hastings) were living at Hornsey, but 62 year old Henry was now a bootmaker. Their grandson, Frederick Henry Hickmott, aged 20, also a bootmaker is living with them. One of Henry and Sarah's daughter's married a Hickmott, so this does look like this is them!! Henry N Page may have died in 1912 in Hastings? Sarah may have died in 1937?
- Jesse Page. Born 1852 in St Leonards. Jesse married Emily Marchant in 1871 in Hastings. In 1881 they were living at No 12 and 13 Greengrocers shop, Yok Road, Eastbourne and 29 year old Jesse was a gardener. They had three children. Also at the address was Jesse's brother Alfred (see below), aged 15, a gardener. as well as Charles W Neve, aged 34, brother-in-law and his daughter Annie, aged 9. In 1891 they were at 21, Beaconsfield Terrace, Bexhill and Jesse was now a brickmaker! In 1901 they were living at 13, Clifton Road, St Leonards and Jesse was still a bricklayer. In 1911 they were still in St Leonards and Jesse, aged 59, was a jobbing gardener. They had had thirteen children, of which two had died, five were living at home including one daughter, aged 30 who had been married and widowed, along with her five children aged 13 to 5. Jesse Page died in 1912 in Hastings. Emily Page died in 1932.
- William Page. Born 1855 in St Leonards. In 1881 William may have been a private in the army stationed at "North Camp" Huts D, F, G and H Lines, Farnborough. Nothing more is known,
- George Page. Born 1858 in St Leonards. In 1871 George was a 13 year old labourer! living with his parents. Nothing more is known about him with any certainty.
- Jane Elizabeth Page. Born 1860 in Hollington. Jane married William Mitchell in 1880 in Hastings. In 1881 they were living at 5, Caves Road, Hastings where William was a porter for a wine merchants. Their eldest son had been born. In 1891 they were at 10, Tower Road, St Leonard's and William was a bricklayers labourer, They had three more children. In 1901 they were still in St Leonards and William was a plasterers labourer. In 1911 they were at 82, Bulverhythe Road, St Leonards. William was again described as a bricklayers labourer. They had been married 31 years, had nine children, of which three had died. The remaining six children were at home and their 1 year old granddaughter was also living with them, presumably one of their unmarried daughters child. Jane E Mitchell died in 1930. William Mitchell died in 1932 in Hastings.
- Alfred James Page. Born 24 September 1865 in Hollington. Alfred married Sophia Louisa Bennett in 1888. Sophia had been born on 15 May 1867, the daughter of Andrew Andrews and Harriett Bennett who married in 1847. It is not clear why in some records she is shown as "Andrews" and in others "Bennett". In 1891 they were living at 2, Stream Laundry Cottages, Hastings where Charles was Alfred was a laundry engineer. In 1901 Alfred and "Louisa" are at 379, Bexhill Road, St Leonards and Alfred is a "laundry man" and Louisa a laundress. They had four children. Also at the address is Aunt Matilda French (see above), an 80 year old widow and sister in law Ellen Andrews, aged 46. laundress. In 1911 they are still at 379, Bexhill Road. Alfred, aged 45, was a carpet beater, his wife Louisa, a laundress. They had been married 22 years and had six children, five of which remained at home. Also at the address was "auntie" Matilda French, widow now aged 90 (see above) and sister in law Harriett Andrews, aged 56 and single. In 1939 they were living at 449, Bexhill Road, St Leonards. Alfred was still a carpet cleaner. Alfred James Page of 449, Bexhill Road, St Leonards died on 7 August 1942. Probate was granted to Charles James Nelson Page, carpet cleaner. Sophia L Page died in 1949.
Henry Page died in 1881 and by 1891 Ellen was living with her daughter Mary Ann and her husband at 19, Vale Road, St Leonards. Her daughter Mary Ann had died by 1901, but Ellen was still living with her son-in-law George Button at Florence Villa, Vale Road (see above). In 1911 "Helen Selina" was living with her granddaughter, Alice Louisa Moon, wife of Amos Moon and daughter of her eldest daughter Mary Ann and George Button (see above). Ellen was a 87 year old widower, an old age pensioner. Ellen Selina Page died in 1922.
- Samuel Wood & Sarah Fox
Thomas and Anne's son Samuel Wood married Sarah Fox on 9 May 1818 in Wartling.
In 1841 they were living in Wartling and Samuel was an agricultural labourer. They had nine children:
- Samuel Wood. Baptised 6 February 1820 in Wartling.
- Sophia Wood. Born 1824.
- Grace Ann Wood. Born 9 April 1827 at Wartling. Baptised 10 May 1827 at Herstmonceux Independent Chapel.
- Edward Wood. Born 15 November 1830 in Wartling. Baptised 12 December 1830 at Herstmonceux Independent Chapel.
- Elizabeth Wood. Born 29 May 1833 in Wartling. Baptised 30 June 1833 at Herstmonceux Independent Chapel.
- Marah Wood. Born 27 May 1835 in Wartling.
- Harriet Wood. Born 26 April 1837 in Wartling. Baptised 28 May 1837 at Herstmonceux Independent Chapel.
- Thomas Wood. Born 1839 in Wartling
- Esther Wood. Born 4 December 1841 in Wartling.
In 1851 Samuel and Sarah and family were still in Wartling. Only three children remained at home, Marah, Thomas and Esther.
In 1861 and 1871 they were living at Cowbeech Hill, Wartling. Samuel, aged 65 and then 75 was still an agricultural labourer.
Sarah Wood died in 1872. Samuel Wood died in 1875 in Wartling.
Samuel and Sarah's son Samuel Wood married Eliza Saunders on 12 April 1841 in Herstmonceux. In 1841 and 1851 they were living at Lemons, Cowbeech and Samuel was an agricultural labourer. In 1861 they were at Little Chisholm, Herstmonceux. They had nine children :.
- David Wood. Born 1842 in Wartling. David married Susan Hutcheson on 22 October 1864. In 1871 they were living at New House, Wartling and David was a labourer. Susan had had a son, now aged 6 who was living with them as well as two children of their own. In 1881 they were living at Silverdale Cottage, St Marys in the Castle, Hastings and David was a builders carter. In 1891 they were at Birchfield Lane, Mountfield and David was "shepherd agricultural labourer". In 1901 they were at Mays Farm Cottages and David was a "stockman". They had thirteen children, but only one son, Milton Wood remained at home. Their 5 year old granddaughter was living with them. In 1911 they were at 74, North Road, Sidley. David was still a farm labourer and Susan a laundress. Son Milton, aged 24 is "a soldier, seven years a private" (he would later marry but be killed in World War I). David Wood died in 1913. Susan Wood died in 1917.
- Samuel Wood. Born 1842 in Wartling. Samuel married Elizabeth Hutchison on 8 September 1866 in Herstmonceux. In 1871 they were living in Tye House, Wartling and Samuel was an agricultural labourer. Their eldest two daughters had been born. In 1881 they were at Loose Cottage, Battle and Samuel was a farm stockman. In 1891 they were living at Court Lodge, Crowhurst and Samuel was a "cowman". By 1901 they have moved again and are now at Petsham Cottage, Bexhill and Samuel, aged 59, is still a cowman. They are still there in 1911. They had been married 44 years and had six children of whom 1 had died. Samuel Wood died in 1924 in Hastings. Elizabeth Wood died in 1932.
- Eliza Wood. Born 1844 in Wartling. Eliza married David Martin Hunnisett on 13 February 1866 at Herstmonceux. David had been born in 1845 in Herstmonceux, the son of William Hunnisett. Eliza Hunnisett died aged 26 and was buried on 7 July 1870 in Herstmonceux.
- Selia Wood. Born 1847 in Wartling.
- Ruth Wood. Born 1849 in Wartling. Ruth married George Brooks on 4 May 1872 in Herstmonceux. In 1881 they were living at Windmill Hill where George, aged 31 was an agricultural labourer. They had five children. Ruth Brooks died in 1885, aged 36 years old.
- Thomas "Tom" Wood. Born 1852 in Wartling. Thomas married Elizabeth Brooker on 22 November 1881 in Battle. In 1891 they were living at Crowhurst Lane, Hollington and Thomas was a cowman. They had five children. In 1901 they were at Woods Place, Whalington and Thomas was a stockman on a farm. In 1911 they were living at Trug Cottage, Udimore, Rye, Thomas was a cowman on a farm. Only one son remained at home, but their 4 year old grandson was living with them. Elizabeth Wood, widow of Thomas Wood, farm stockman died on 24 January 1927 at Sharndew Cottages, Mayfield.
- Sarah Wood. Born 1854 in Wartling. Sarah married James Bradford in 1875. In 1881 they were living at 34, Longstone Road, Eastbourne and James, aged 29 was a luggage porter. In 1891 they were at Langney Road, Eastbourne Their four children had been born. They were still there in 1901. In 1911 they were at 78 Ashford Road, James, aged 59 was still a luggage porter. all their children had left home. James Bradford died in 1923 in Eastbourne. Sarah Bradford died in 1934.
- Edward Wood. Born 1856 in Herstmonceux. Edward married Lucy Message on 12 January 1881 in Herstmonceux. In 1891 they were living in Sayerslands Road, Polegate where Edward was a farm labourer. Five children had been born. In 1901 they were at Bramley Field Cottage, Polegate, a further two children had been born. Lucy Wood died in 1909. In 1911 Edward was still at Bramley Cottage, aged 55 he was still a farmer labourer. Two of his children remained at home. Edward Wood died in 1931 in Eastbourne.
- Edwin Wood. Born 21 September 1858 in Herstmonceux. Edwin married Ellen Augusta Daw in October 1878. In 1881 they were living at Rushlake Green and 22 year old Edwin was a gardener. Their eldest son James Edwin Wood was 3 months old. They had three children in all, before Ellen died in 1884. Edwin remarried on 16 December 1884. His second wife was Ellen Hook. Ellen was the daughter of Edward Hook and Hannah Cornford who married on 17 May 1856 at Herstmonceux. In 1891 Edwin and Ellen were living at Hamlees, Hailsham and Edwin was a millers grinder. Edwin's two surviving children from his first marriage, Eliza Augusta Wood and Frederick Wood (James Edwin Wood had died in 1886), their own son Edward Samuel Wood and Ellen's 8 year old son, Thomas F Hook were living with them. Ellen had three children outside wedlock, Thomas, and daughters Florence Beatrice Hook (born 1880, died 1888) and Clara Ellen Hook (born 1882, died 1882). A further daughter Alice Rowena Wood was born later that year. In 1901 Edwin and Ellen were at Bodle Street and Edwin was farming. Daughter Alice remains at home. In 1911 they were living at Bunsells Farm, Bodle Street Green and Edwin was farming. They had been married 26 years and had three children of which one had died. Edwin died in 1923 in Herstmonceux, aged 63 years. Ellen died in 1932.
By 1881 Samuel and Eliza were living at Stunts Green, both were 61 years old and all the children had left home. Samuel was still an agricultural labourer. They were still there in 1891 and now 71, Samuel was still working. Eliza Woods died in 1902. Samuel Wood died in 1903.
Samuel and Sarah's daughter Sophia Wood married George Mepham on 3 April 1847 at Wartling. George Mepham had been baptised on 13 June 1824, the son of George Mepham and Elizabeth Morris who married on 20 April 1822 at Burwash (see below). In 1851 George and Sophia were living in Herstmonceux with George's parents . In 1861 they were at Little Latterns, Herstmonceux where George was an agricultural labourer. They had five children:
- Mercy Mepham. Born 1850 in Herstmonceux. Mercy died in 1856.
- George Mepham. Born 1853 in Herstmonceux. He married Elizabeth Froud in 1879 in Maidstone, Kent. In 1881, they were both servants living and working at Buckle Farm, Wartling. In 1891 they were living at Back Lane, Bodle Street Green and George was an agricultural labourer. In 1901 they were living at Cowbeech and George was a general labourer on a farm. They were still at Cowbeech in 1911. They had five children of which two had died. One son remains at home. Their 5 year old grandson is also listed. Elizabeth Mepham died in 1927. George Mepham died in 1938, aged 86 years.
- Elizabeth Mepham. Born 1855 in Herstmonceux. From 1871 through to 1891 Elizabeth was a servant working for William Andrew, more latterly as a housekeeper at Trumpetts Farm, Warbleton. Elizabeth married Valentine Lulham in 1896 at St Johns, Bodle Street Green. In 1901 they were at Summertree Farm, Bodle Street Green where Valentine was a "working foreman on a farm". In 1911 they are still in Bodle Street Green and Valentine is now working as a farmer. Elizabeth Lulham died in 1936, aged 81 years. In 1939 Valentine Lulham, widower was living at North Road, Hailsham. He is still described as a "cowman". Valentine died in 1949 at the age of 89 years.
- Sarah Mepham. Born 1857 in Herstmonceux. Baptised 23 February 1862 at Bodle Street. Sarah gave birth to an illegitimate son George Vincent Mepham on 22 September 1880. In 1881 and 1891 she was living with initially her parents and then her widowed father in Bodle Street Green (see below). Sarah Mepham died in 1894. George went to live with Valentine and Elizabeth Lulham.
- Grace Mepham. Born 1860 in Herstmonceux. Baptised 23 February 1862 at Bodle Street. In 1881 Grace was visiting her sister Elizabeth at Trumpetts Farm, Warbleton, aged 20, she is "a teacher in a school". Grace Mepham died in 1890 in Hailsham.
In 1871 and 1881 George and Sophia and family were at Bodle Street Green, but by 1881 only two daughters remained at home, Sarah and Grace, although it seems Grace was visiting her sister Elizabeth (see above). Also at the address was their 4 month old grandson, George Mepham (see above). Sophia Mepham died in 1882. In 1891 George was living at Bodle Street Green with his unmarried daughter, Sarah, aged 33 and described as a housekeeper and 10 year old grandson, . George Mepham died in 1896.
Nothing more is known about Samuel and Sarah's daughter Grace Ann Wood after 1841 when she was a 14 year old living at home with her parents. .
In 1861 and 1871 Samuel and Sarah's son Edward Wood was lodging with firstly with George Dann and his family at Ripe Road, Laughton and then Francis Larkin, farm bailiff at Cleavers, Laughton. He was an agricultural labourer. Edward died in 1874 aged 43 years.
Samuel and Sarah's daughter Elizabeth Wood "Betsy" married Alfred Clapson on 16 July 1859 at Bodle Street Green. In 1861 they were living in Cowbeech Hill and Alfred was an agricultural labourer. In 1871 they were at Stunts Green, Wartling, in 1881, back in Cowbeech Hill and in 1891 in Magnum Down. They did not have any children. Alfred Clapson died in 1891. Elizabeth Clapson remarried in 1898. Her second husband was Edward Mugridge. She would have been around 64 at the time of r second marriage. In 1901 they were living at Blackford, Cowbeech, Edward a woodman was 12 years his wife's junior. In 1911 they are living at Cowbeech Hill and Edward is a "woodreave labourer". Elizabeth Wood died in 1921 aged 87 years old. Edward Mugridge died in 1927 aged 80 years old.
Samuel and Sarah's daughter Marah Wood. Born 27 May 1835 in Wartling. Marah married James Bourner on 24 March 1860 in Hailsham. James Bourner was the son of Peter Auguste Bourner and Jane Benedicta Holland who married on 6 January 1816 at Salehurst. James was probably the brother of
- Peter Bourner who married Sarah Barton (Appendix G). Sarah Barton was the daughter of John Barton and Catherine Keeley (Chapter 2) and the aunt of James Henry Barton (Chapter 2) and John Henry Barton (Chapter 4).
- William Bourner, whose son Peter Bourner married Charlotte Wood (see below). Marah and Charlotte were 1st cousins once removed.
James and Marah emigrated to America, later censuses suggest in 1860. In 1870 they were living in Dwelling 135 in Oshtemo, Kalamazoo, Michigan. James was a farmer and they had four children all born in Michigan. In 1880 they were still in Oshtemo and two more children had been born.
- Emily Grace Bourner. Born 1862 in Ostego, Michigan. Emily married James Henry Barton in 1887. James Henry Barton was born 27 August 1857 in Allegan, Michigan, the son of Henry Barton who emigrated to the US in 1850 and married Ellen Smith on 19 October 1853 (Chapter 2). James Henry Barton was the grandson of John Barton and Catherine Keeley (Chapter 2) as was John Henry Barton who married Caroline Wood (Chapter 4 & below), meaning they were 1st cousins. Emily Grace Bourner was the great granddaughter of Thomas Wood and Ann Worger, as was Caroline Wood who married John Henry Barton (Chapter 4 & below) meaning they were 2nd cousins. The Bourners had arrived in the USA some 10 years after Henry Barton, but appear to have settled in the same township. In 1900 James and Emily were living in Ostego where James was a farmer. Seven children had been born. They had ten children in all. In 1910 they were still farming in Ostego and their eldest two sons were working on the farm. They were still farming in 1920 and 1930. Emily Grace Barton died on 25 November 1931 aged 70 years. James Henry Barton remarried on 10 May 1933 at the age of 75 years!! His second wife was Ellen Van Wyck who was marrying for the first time at the age of 71!! James Henry Barton died on 11 January 1937 in Ostego. Ellen Barton died on 20 June 1945. The picture below of Emily Grace Bourner was posted on Ancestry.co.uk by Judy Nash.
- Charles J Bourner. Born 5 April 1863 in Ostego, Michigan. Charles married Sarah "Addie" Williams on 25 February 1892 at Alamo, Kalamazoo, Michigan. They had two children. In 1900 and 1910 they were living at Oshtemo, Kalamazoo and Charles was farming. "Addie" Bourner died on 22 February 1911. Charles remarried on 24 May 1917 at Kalamazoo. His second wife was Sarah Brewer. In 1920 they were living at Oshtemo and Charles was a "day labourer". Charles J Bourner died on 23 July 1929 at Kalamazoo, Michigan. Sarah Bourner died on 10 January 1959.
- Annie Maria Bourner. Born 25 December 1864 in Michigan. Annie married William Pitts on 5 March 1885 at Kalamazoo. They had six children. in 1900 they were living at Porter, Van Buren, Michigan where William was farming. William Pitts died in 8 May 1909. In 1910 Annie was still at Porter, Van Buren, Michigan. She is described as a farmer "fruit farm". In 1920 she is still at Porter, but under occupation it states "none". In 1930 she is living in Kalamazoo. Two daughters remain at home. Still in Kalamazoo in 1940, now aged 75, a son and daughter are living with her. Annie Pitts died on 16 December 1950 at 2231 Wilmette Street, Kalamazoo, Michigan, aged 86 years old.
- Marian Thressa Bourner. Born 26 November 1867 in Oshtemo, Kalamazoo. Marian married Fred Eugene Glover on 20 February 1894 in Alamo, Kalamazoo. In 1900 they were living at Prairie Ronde, Kalamazoo, and Fred was a farmer. Marian's sister Alice was living with them. In 1910 they were at Big Rock Road, Otsego and Fred was still farming. In 1920 they were at Cooper, Kalamazoo. In 1930 they were living at Otsego, Allegan
and Fred was a proprietor of a grocery store.
Marian died on 3 August 1939 in Otsego, Allegan. When the census was taking into 1940, Fred was still a proprietor of a grocery store. At the same address was Marian's sister Alice. Fred married Alice Louisa Bourner on 20 May 1940 in Otsego! Fred E Glover died on 28 September 1958 and was buried at Plainwell, Allegan. He shares a grave with his first wife!!
- Flora Ann Bourner. Born 10 May 1871 in Kalamazoo County. She died on 29 August 1872 in Oshtemo, Kalamazoo. .
- John Franklin Bourner. Born 25 April 1873 in Kalamazoo. John married Ellen Aletha Deal in 1898. In 1910 they were living at Oshtemo where John was farming. Six of their ten children had been born. In 1920 they were still at Oshtemo and John was a grain and fruit farmer. In 1930 he is described as a general farmer. Only one daughter remained at home. In 1940, John, aged 66 is still farming. Ellen Aletha Bourner died on 26 March 1941 at Oshtemo. John Franklin Bourner died on 2 May 1949 in Oshtemo.
- Alice Louisa Bourner. Born 18 May 1880 in Oshtemo. In 1920 and 1930 Alice was living with her sister Marian and her husband (see above). In 1940 she was living with her sisters widower. At the age of 59, Alice married her sister's widower Fred Eugene Glover (see above). Alice L Glover died on 3 August 1948.
James Bourner died on 5 January 1893 at Oshtemo. Marah Bourner died on 25 October 1900 in Otsego, Allegan County, Michigan.
Nothing more is known about Samuel and Sarah's daughter Harriet Wood. I initially thought that she married Robert Robins on 11 April 1857, but that Harriet Wood was the daughter of Jeremiah Wood.
Samuel and Sarah's son Thomas Wood married Lucy Mockford in 1864. In 1871 they were living at Reel Cottage, Hailsham and 31 year old Thomas was a groom and gardener. They were still there in 1881. They had four children .
- Harriett Wood. Born 1866 in Hailsham. In 1891 she was a servant working for James Green, rope maker at Melbourne Villas, Hailsham. In 1901 Harriett was a general servant working for Thomas Sutton, a "dealer in works of art" and his family at 55, South Street, Eastbourne. In 1911 she was back living with her parents.
- Mary Ann Wood. Born 28 December 1867 in Hailsham. In 1891 Mary Ann was a servant working for Jane Manser Smallfield, widow, who was "living on own means" at Carlton Cottage, Fairlight. In 1901 she was back living with her parents. Mary Ann married Charles Henry Walker in 1907. In 1911 they were living at 4, Elmsdown Place, Hailsham. Charles was a farm labourer. In 1939 they were living at 6, Station Road, Hailsham. Charles was "retired". Charles Henry Walker of 46 Station Road, Hailsham died on 23 May 1953. Probate was granted to Kenneth Geoffrey Taylor, surveyor and Joseph Dean Faulkner, solicitor. Mary A Walker died in 1960 in Hailsham, aged 92 years old.
- Alice E Wood. Born 1869 in Hailsham. Alice died in 1871.
- Thomas Wood. Born 15 September 1872 in Hailsham. Thomas married Amelia Hannah Olliff in 1897 in Chichester. In 1901 they were at 8, Sunnyside Villas, Preston, Brighton where Thomas was a grocer "at home". They had two children. In 1911 Thomas and Amelia were at 21, Culverdele Avenue, Tunbridge Wells Thomas was a builders clerk!!! Amelia's widowed father William John Olliff was living with them. By 1939 they were living at 2, Leylands Road, Southwick and Thomas was again a grocer working on his own account, His daughter was assisting. Amelia died in 1961 in Worthing. Thomas Wood of Iolanthe, 6, Busticle Lane, Sompting, Lancing, Sussex died on 22 January 1963. Probate was granted to Thomas William Wood, engineering company representative and Amelia Alice wood, spinster.
By 1891 Thomas and Lucy were at Elm Place, Hailsham and Thomas was a "cow keeper". Only son Thomas remained at home. In 1901 they were at 13, Elmsdown Place, Hailsham, 61 year old Thomas was a farm bailiff and daughter Mary, aged 33 was the only daughter listed. In 1911 Thomas is at Mill Road, Hailsham and it is now Harriett, aged 45 who is living with her parents. Thomas was a "farmer and grazier". Thomas Wood died in 1915 in Hailsham. Lucy Wood of 26 Bell Banks Road, Hailsham died on 29 March 1924. Probate was granted to Thomas Wood, builders clerk and Thomas Snashall, superannuated postman.
Finally Samuel and Sarah's daughter Esther Wood married Thomas Saunders on 13 October 1860 at Herstmonceux. They had two children:
- Harriett Saunders. Born 1861 in Hellingly. Until at least 1901, Harriett was single and living with her mother and stepfather. In 1911 she is living with her brothers, Samuel and Frank Muggridge and sister Esther at Ponts Green, Ashburnham, aged 50 she is a domestic housekeeper.
- William B Saunders. Born 1863 in Hellingly. It is possible Wiliam emigrated to the USA in 1896.
In 1861 Esther and Thomas were living at Greenridge Cottage, Hellingley and Thomas, aged 20 was a carter. Thomas Saunders died in 1867. Esther remarried on 22 May 1869 at Heathfield. Her second husband was William Muggridge. In 1871 they were living in Pevensey with Esther's two children from her first marriage and their eldest son who was 1 year old. They had nine children:
- James Muggridge. Born 10 July 1869 at Cowden Cottage, Hellingly. James married Ellen Smith on 23 February 1895 in Hellingly. In 1901 they were living at Hill Cottages, Streat. They had four children. Ellen died in 1905. James remarried in 1910. His second wife was Julia Agnes Burgess. In 1911 they were living at Newick and James, aged 41, was a farm labourer. His wife was 24 years old!! Three of James children were living with them. They went on to have five children of their own. In 1939 they were living at 23, Malting Street, Lewes and James was a gardener. James Muggridge died in 1952. Julia Agnes Muggridge died on 30 August 1963 in Lewes.
- Thomas Muggridge. Born 1871 in Hellingly. Thomas married Elizabeth Collins. Elizabeth had been married previously to John James Dadd and they had two daughters, Catherine Dadd and Emma Louisa Dadd. In 1911 they were living at 262, Back Shields Road, Byker, Newcastle. Thomas was a "Customs H Officer". They had two children of their own, Thomas Muggridge and Elsie Muggridge. Thomas appears to have emigrated to Canada, arriving in Halifax alone on 30 March 1913. Thomas died aged 44 of pneumonia on 12 April 1916 in Toronto General Hospital. Did Elizabeth ever go to Toronto? She appears to have remarried in 1917 and in Northumberland, her third husband was Phillip Goddard. On 16 September 1917, Phillip, Elizabeth and daughter Elsie arrived in New York on the "Philadelphia". In 1920 they were living in Boston, Massachusetts along with Louisa Dadd (now using Muggridge) and Thomas and Elsie Muggridge. The census suggests that Phillip was born in New York, but Elizabeth had arrived in 1917, Louise in 1910 and Thomas in 1920!! In 1930 they were living in Village Street, Boston. all the children had left home. Elizabeth Goddard died in 1951.
- Robert Henry Muggridge. Born 3 April 1875 in Hailsham. Robert married Ellen Elizabeth Martin in 1898. In 1901 they were living at Victoria Road, Herstmonceux and Robert was a gardener. Also listed is a 2 year old nursechild. By 1911 they had had two children, but Ellen had died. Robert, aged 36, a gardener is still living at Victoria Road with his children. Also listed is Mercy Francis, a 32 year old widow, described as "sister". She was Ellen's sister, both daughters of John Martin and Hannah Honeysett who had married on 18 May 1872 in Herstmonceux. Hannah Honeysett was the daughter of Jesse Honeysett (1823 to 1895) and Mary Foord (1827 to 1903). Robert married his sister in law Mercy Francis in 1919. In 1939 they were still living at Victoria Road and Robert was still a gardener. Robert Muggridge died on 13 April 1952.
- Minnie Elizabeth Muggridge. Born 8 September 1877 in Hailsham. Minnie married Levi Samuel Funnell in 1901. In 1911 they were at North Street, Punnetts Town and Levi was a postman. The census states they had six children, but two had died. In 1939 they were living at Dainville, Punnets Town and Levi was a retired postman. Samson Levi Funnell of Dainville, Punnetts Town Heathfield died on 6 March 1958. Probate was granted to his widow Minnie. Minnie Elizabeth Funnell of Royston, Hailsham Road, Heathfield died on 22 February 1964. Probate was granted to James Albert Funnell, garage foreman.
- Samuel John Muggridge. Born 12 September 1878 in Chiddingly. Baptised 7 October 1878 at Wartling. In 1911 Samuel was single and living with his brother and sisters at Ponts Green, Ashburnham. He was 32 and a farm labourer. In 1939 he was living alone at Ponts Green. Samuel John Muggridge of Ponts Green, Ashburnham died on 11 January 1956 at St Helens Hospital, Hastings. Administration was granted to Esther Akehurst, married woman.
- Frank William Muggridge. Baptised 6 May 1880 at Wartling. In 1911 Frank was single and living with his brother and sisters at Ponts Green. Aged 31, he was a gardeners labourer at Ashburnham Gardens. Nothing more is known about Frank.
- Alfred George Muggridge. Born 14 April 1881. Baptised 12 July 1885 at Herstmonceux. In 1901 Alfred, aged 19 and a domestic groom was lodging with Caleb Morley and his family at Wartling Hill. Alfred emigrated to Canada arriving in Halifax on 14 April 1907. He married Emma Julia Daniell on 14 November 1908 in York. They had two daughters. In 1921 they were living in York South, Ontario and Alfred was a farmer. Emma Julia Muggridge died on 7 November 1944, aged 70 at Cooksville, Peel, Ontario and was buried in Park Lawn Cemetery, Toronto. Alfred died on 1 June 1956 and was buried at Park Lane Cemetery.
- Catherine Annie Muggridge. Born 1883. Baptised 12 July 1885 at Herstmonceux. Catherine married Albert Saunders in 1907 in Hailsham. Catherine died in 1910, so by 1911 Albert was a 27 year old widower living at 18, Station Road, Hailsham with his sister and his 2 year old son. Albert was a rug maker. By 1939 it seems Albert had remarried and had four more children. Living at 18 Station Road, Hailsham, he is shown as married, but his wife is not listed. Four children are living with him. He is a dryer of "sisal hemp, Jeeth Farms & Coir farms".
- Esther Ethel Muggridge. Born 1 August 1886. Baptised 28 October 1886 at Herstmonceux. Catherine married Frederick Thomas Jenner Akehurst in 1912 in Ashburton. In 1939 they were living at Reedlands Farm, Ponts Green, Battle where Frederick was a farmer. Their daughter was assisting on the farm. Esther Akehurst died in 1969 in Battle. Frederick Thomas Jenner Akehurst of Reedlands Farm, Ashburnham died on 13 June 1974.
In 1881 William and Esther were living at Mill Land Cottage, Herstmonceux where William was an agricultural labourer. In 1891 they were at Park Gate, Herstmonceux. In 1901 they were at Peltham, Ashburnham. William, aged 54 is now described as a farmer, but he is an employee. William Muggridge died on 31 August 1910 in Battle Workhouse. Esther Muggridge died on 19 February 1911 in Hellingly Asylum.
- James Wood & Caroline Brett
Thomas and Anne's son James Wood married Caroline Brett on 7 November 1823 in Warbleton.
They had three children:
- Mary Jane Wood. Baptised 28 December 1823 in Herstmonceux
- Elenor Wood. Baptised 25 September 1825 in Herstmonceux. Buried 8 December 1825 in Herstmonceux.
- Frances Wood. Baptised 24 May 1826 in Herstmonceux.
James Wood died in 1828 and was buried on 16 April 1828 at Heathfield.
Nothing more is known about his wife Caroline Wood.
It is possible that in 1841 Mary Jane and Frances Wood were servants working for Joseph Wratten and his family at Sussex Mews, St Leonards.
It is possible that neither of James and Caroline's daughters married, Mary Jane Wood died in 1867 in Uckfield. Frances Wood died in 1905 in Cambridge.
- William Wood & Mary Message
Thomas and Anne's son William Wood married Mary Message on 4 April 1825 in Herstmonceux.
They had a son James Wood, born on 19 April 1829 and baptised on 28 June 1829 at Herstmonceux.
William Wood was buried on 2 July 1830 at Herstmonceux.
Thomas Wood & Benedicta Rummery
Thomas Wood was baptised on 8 July 1787 at Herstmonceux, the son of Thomas Wood and Ann Worger (see above).
Thomas married Benedicta Rummery on 29 March 1815 at Herstmonceux.
Benedicta Rummery had been baptised on 25 February 1793 at Heathfield, the daughter of Richard Rummery and Ann Prior, who had married on 20 April 1778 at Heathfield.
Richard Rummery had been baptised on 16 June 1754 at Etchingham, the son of John Rummery and Jane Thomset, who married on 22 November 1747 at Etchingham. John Rummery had been born around 1727, the son of Phillip Rummery and Mary.
Ann Prior was born in 1756 was the daughter of Samuel Prior and Ann Collins who married on 6 September 1745. Samuel Prior had been born on 15 October 1723 at Heathfield.
Thomas and Benedicta Wood had at least three sons
- Richard Wood. Baptised 29 November 1818 at Herstmonceux (see below)
- Isaac Wood. Born 3 October 1827. Baptised 14 October 1827 in Heathfield.
- Henry Wood. Born 1828 in Heathfield.
Thomas Wood had died by 1841 and Benedicta, aged 60 is living with her three sons at Bodle Street Green.
Benedicta Wood died on 14 January 1856 at Herstmonceux.
Our line continues through Richard Wood (see below), but first the following is known about his siblings:
- Isaac Wood & Ellen Louise Evenden
Thomas and Benedicta's son Isaac Wood married Ellen Louise Evenden in 1865 in Hailsham.
Ellen had a daughter, seemingly born out of wedlock:
- Agnes Louisa Evenden. Baptised 28 September 1864 at Herstmonceux.
In 1871 they were living at South Street, Hailsham and Isaac was an agricultural labourer. Between them, they had four children. In 1881 they were still at South Street, but a further four children had been born. In 1891 they are living at the Old Baptist Chapel, Hailsham, isaac is now 63 years old and a farm labourer. His wife Ellen is 45 years old, A further daughter had been born. The children I know of are as follows:
- Harriett Ellen Wood. Born 1865 in Hailsham.
- Harry Wood. Born 1868 in Hailsham.
- Sarah Jane Wood. Born 1869 in Hailsham.
- Albert Wood. Born 1871 in Hailsham.
- Isaac Wood. Born 1874 in Hailsham. Isaac died in 1874.
- Lucy Ann Wood. Born 1876 in Hailsham.
- Clara Wood. Born 1878 in Hailsham,
- Edith Wood. Born 1880 in Hailsham
- James Wood, Born 28 October 1881 in Hailsham
- Bessie Wood. Born 1885 in Hailsham. Died 1885.
- Frederick Wood. Born 12 February 1888 in Hailsham
- Olive Wood. Born 17 October 1889 in Hailsham.
- Lilian Emily Wood. Born 1891 in Hailsham. Lilian died in 1892.
In 1901 Isaac and Ellen were living at Sackville Road, Hailsham and Isaac aged 73 was still a farm labourer!!
It is possible that in 1911, the 86 year old former farm labourer was an inmate at Hellingly workhouse. He is shown as married, but his wife is not listed. Ellen, aged 66 was living with her son Frederick at 23 Windsor Road, Hailsham. The census shows she had been married 47 years and had 14 children, of which 6 had died.
Isaac Wood died in 1912 in Hailsham. Ellen died in 1914 in Hailsham.
Ellen's daughter Agnes Louisa Evendon married James Martin on 27 August 1881 at Wartling when she was just 17 years old. In 1891 they are living at Gardner Street and James is an agricultural labourer. In 1901 they are at Bennells Farm, Herstmonceux and James is now a farmer. In 1911 they are living at Pound Field Cottage, Hllingdon and James is a horseman on a farm, Their 13 year old son is listed. It is not clear where he was in 1901.
- Joseph Martin. Born 1898 in Herstmonceux.
James Martin died in 1932 in Eastbourne. Agnes L Martin died in 1952 in Eastbourne, aged 88 years.
Isaac and Ellen's daughter Harriett Ellen Wood married Frederick Wood in 1883. Frederick Wood was born in 1859, the son of Henry Wood and Sarah Mann. Henry was Isaac's brother (see below) so this was a marriage of first cousins. In 1891 they were living at 3, Pottery Cottages, Rye and Arthur was a farm labourer. They had four children,
- Arthur Wood. Born 9 January 1885 in Peasmarsh. Arthur is believed to have died in 1904.
- Bessie Wood. Born 16 February 1887 in Peasmarsh. Baptised 3 April 1887 in Rye. Bessie Wood died in 1921 in Hackney.
- Luther Wood. Born 4 August 1889 in Peasmarsh. Baptised 6 October 1889 in Rye. In 1911 Luther was lodging at Osbourne House, 23 Lowther Street, Rye where he was a butcher. He married Amy Rose Smith on 14 September 1913 in Brighton. They had four children. In 1939 they were living at the Butchers, South Coast Road, Chailey and it was Luther who was the butcher! Luther Wood of Sunnyside, Vernon Avenue, Peacehaven died on 23 November 1949. Probate was granted to his widow Amy. Amy Rose Wood of Sunnyside died on 20 March 1952 at Seaview, Peacehaven.
- Alice Maud Wood. Born 21 February 1892, Baptised 3 April 1892 in Rye. In 1911 Alice was a servant working for at Albert Henin, a timber merchant and his family at 7, Sloane Terrace, Ferry Road, Rye. Alice may have married in 1920.
Harriet Ellen Wood died in 1895 in Rye, aged just 30. Frederick Wood remarried in 1897. His second wife was Eliza Page. They had two children
- Charlie Wood. Born 1898 in Rye.
- Emily Rachel Wood, Born 1900 in Rye.
Frederick died in 1900 in Rye. In 1901 Eliza Wood, a 34 year old widow was living at Ockmans Lane, Rye with all Frederick's children. Eliza remarried. Her second husband was Albert Summers. They went on to have four more children, but by 1911 Eliza had been widowed again!.
In 1891 Isaac and Ellen's son Harry Wood is listed as a "private" at the Barracks, Fulwood (see here for some history of the Barracks). Nothing else is known about Harry.
In 1911 Isaac and Ellen's daughter Sarah Jane Wood, aged 43 and described as a visitor along with numerous other seemingly unconnected people were at 20 Royal Parade, Eastbourne. Under occupation Sarah states "domestic service". The first person listed is the "superintendent of Home for servants", followed by four servants (two are described as Christian workers), five girls "training to be servants" and numerous visitors including Sarah Jane. Nothing more is known about him.
In 1891 Isaac and Ellen's son Albert Wood is also listed a "private" at Fulwood Barracks. Nothing more is known about Albert with any certainty.
In 1891 Isaac and Ellen's daughter Lucy Ann Wood may have been the "under house maid" at "Rippingale", Carew Road, Eastbourne working for Marion Michod, principal of school. Lucy Ann Wood died in Maidstone, Kent in 1909.
In 1901 Isaac and Ellen's daughter Clara Wood was a parlour maid working for William Strickland, a corn merchant and his family at Cartlands Hailsham. In 1911 she was a servant at Finston Lodge, Grange Road, Eastbourne working for Isabella Jane Harrington, 68 year old widow living on "private means".
Isaac and Ellen's daughter Edith Wood may have died in 1949 in Hailsham.
Isaac and Ellen's son James Wood enlisted in the "Dragoons of the Line" in 1899. He was 18 years old and an engine cleaner. In 1901 he was a soldier stationed at Cherington and Sandgate in Kent. He married Kate Covell Kenward in 1905 in Hailsham. In 1911 they were living at Thorns, Cross in Hand, and Janes was a farmer. They had a daughter
- May Kate Wood. Born 14 September 1914. May never married and died in 1985.
In 1939 they were living in Hailsham, James was a general labourer, his wife Kate was incapacitated by illness. Their daughter Kate remained at home. Kate Wood died in 1948. James Wood died in 1968.
Isaac and Ellen's son Frederick Wood may have married Gertrude Maria Combes in 1914 in Hailsham. In 1939 they were living at 23, Windsor Road, Hailsham where Frederick was a window cleaner. Frederick Wood died in 1963. Gertrude Wood died in 1975.
Finally Isaac and Ellen's daughter Olive Wood married Gordon Crowhurst in 1911 in Hailsham. Gordon Crowhurst had been born on 16 January 1888, the daughter of Mary Jane Crowhurst (1867 to 1942). They had two children
- Stanley Charles Crowhurst. Born 9 October 1913 in Hailsham. Stanley married Phyllis Gladstone in 1935. Stanley Charles Crowhurst of 256, Whiffens Close, Hailsham died on 7 November 1985.
- Freda Crowhurst. Born 1929. Freda married Raymond J Duke in 1951. Freda died on 1 October 2000.
In 1939 they were living 6, Whiffens Close, Hailsham, where Gordon was a carpenter. Olive Crowhurst died in 1966. Gordon Crowhurst of Hayston House, 78, Church Street, Willingdon died on 24 May 1976.
- Henry Wood and Sarah Mann
Thomas and Benedicta's son Henry Wood married Sarah Mann in 1851 in Battle.
In 1861 they were living in Peasmarsh. In 1871 they were in Peasmarsh Road, Rye and Henry was an agricultural labourer. They had eleven children,
- George Wood. Born 1853 in Friston Place
- Sarah Ann Wood. Born 1855 in Friston
- Thomas Wood. Born 1857 in Battle
- Matthew Wood. Born 1857 in Battle, presumably Thomas's twin.
- Frederick Wood. Born 1860 in Peasmarsh
- James Wood. Born 1864 in Peasmarsh
- William Wood. Born 21 September 1864 in Peasmarsh
- Harriett Wood. Born 1868 in Peasmarsh
- Herbert Wood. Born 1870 in Peasmarsh
- Charlotte Wood. Born 7 November 1873 in Peasmarsh
- John Wood. Born 21 January 1876 in Peasmarsh. Baptised 7 May 1876 in Rye.
In 1891 they were at St Barnabus, Rye. Henry, aged 64 was a farm servant. Charlotte and John remained at home.
Henry Wood died in 1892.
So 1901 Sarah had been widowed and she was living with her daughter Charlotte and her husband at 40, Royal Terrace, West Ham, Essex.
In 1911 Sarah was visiting her son Herbert and his family at Rye Foreign.
Henry and Sarah's son George Wood married Mary Ann Law on 24 February 1873 in Rye. In 1881 they were living at Main Street, Rye. He was 30 years old and an agricultural labourer. Their first three children had been born. They had six children in all
- George Herbert Wood. Born 17 September 1873. Baptised 5 December 1873 at Rye. In 1901 George, a 27 year old dock labourer (the census suggests he was already a widower) was boarding with widow Sarah Jane Fiddes and her three daughters. George married Sarah Jane Fiddes on 9 November 1902 at St Marks, Victoria Docks, Essex. They had two sons (one born in 1901) and a daughter. In 1911 they were living at 26, Robert Street, North Woolwich. George was a dock labourer. Two of Sarah's daughters remained at home and were working for the India Rubber Company making tennis balls!!
- Henry Stephen Wood. Born 13 May 1877. Baptised 1 July 1877 at Rye. In 1901 Henry was listed as an able seaman with his other crew members at Ipswich Docks, aged 24, he was single. Henry married Sophia Joanna. In 1911 Henry is shown as "skipper" along with other crew members so he was presumably at sea when the census was taken. Sophie was at 7, Bedford Place, Rye with their four daughters. Henry was also listed on the Royal Navy Reserve List. In 1939 Henry and Sophia were at 2 Gladstone Terrace, Rye and Henry was a fisherman. The only child remaining at home was their son, a general labourer. Sophia Joanna Wood of 2 Gladstone Terrace, Rye (wife of Henry Stephen Wood) on 29 January 1950. Probate was granted to her widower, a retired fisherman. Henry Stephen Wood of 101, Winchelsea Road, Rye died on 1 September 1961 at St Helen's Hospital, Hastings. Probate was granted to Amy Clara Wood, spinster, his eldest daughter.
- Charles William Wood. Baptised 4 July 1879. Baptised 3 August 1879. Nothing is known about Charles after 1891 when he was 12 years old and living at home.
- Frank Wood. Born 14 August 1885. Baptised 4 October 1885 at Rye. In 1911 Frank may have been boarding at 4, Cowpers Row, Brixton Hill, where he was a bootmaker working on his own account. Frank originally signed the census form, but this is amended to read "for Mrs Aplin". Frank was lodging with Mrs Aplin, a 40 year old widow and her five children.
- Frances Mary Julia May Wood. Born 18 December 1887. Baptised 5 February 1888 at Rye. In 1911 Frances may have been a servant working for Frances Cornish, an 80 year old widow, living off her own means, at Kelvedon, Teignmouth Road, Cricklewood. Frances Mary Wood married Herbert Richard Page in 1921 in Rye. In 1939 Herbert and Frances were living at 19, Bulverhythe Road, Hastings and Herbert is a bathing supervisor! Frances understates her age by two years, but I'm sure we have the right couple. Herbert Richard Page died in 1977. Frances Mary Page of 19, Bulverhythe Road died on 13 January 1982.
- Amy May Wood. Born 27 October 1892. Baptised 24 November 1892 at Rye. Amy married Thomas Reginald Smith on 20 September 1914 at Rye Harbour. In 1915, when Thomas enlisted they were living at 20, Cingue Ports Street, Rye. Rye was one of the original Cinque Ports - see https://www.historic-uk.com/HistoryMagazine/DestinationsUK/Rye-East-Sussex . In 1939 they were living at 15, Cinque Ports Street, Rye. Thomas was a general labourer. They had one daughter who was living at home and was a domestic servant. Thomas Reginald Smith of 30 Cooper Road, Rye died on 30 October 1961. Amy May Smith died in 1979.
In 1891 George and Mary Ann and family were living at Lower Street, Rye and George is a general labourer, as is son George. Son Henry, aged 15 is a houseboy. In 1901 they were living at 4, Lower Street, Rye and George was a gardener. Frank, an apprentice shoemaker, Frances and Amy remained at home. Mary Ann Wood died in 1906, aged 51 years. So by 1911 George was a widower, aged 57 he was a jobbing gardener still living at 4, Lower Street with his youngest daughter Amy.
Henry and Sarah's daughter Sarah Ann Wood married Alfred Weller on 6 April 1879 in Rye. In 1881 they were living in Main Street, Rye and Alfred, 29 was a farm labourer. They had three children
- Alfred William Weller. Born 28 December 1881. Baptised 5 February 1882 in Rye. Alfred died later in 1882.
- Rosa Weller. Born 24 June 1884. Baptised 3 August 1884 in Rye. Rosa married Frederick "Freddie" Morfey in 1902. In 1911 they were living at Spring Hill, Rye Foreign and Frederick was a farm labourer. They had one son. "Fred" Morfey appears to have emigrated to Australia in 1912 (see below). Rosa Morfey died in 1945 in Hastings. "Freddie" Morfey died in Western Australia in 1948.
- Agnes Weller. Born 8 June 1886. Baptised 2 July 1886 at Rye. Agnes married John Morfey in 1903. Both Frederick and John Morfey are believed to be the sons of Thomas Morfey and Ellen Susan Baker who married in 1877 in Rye. In 1911 the were living at The Street, Iden where John was a domestic groom and gardener. They had three children, Ivy, John and William. On 24 December 1912, Agnes and her three children left the UK on the "Ajana" destined for Freemantle, Australia. They were not travelling with her husband but with his brother Fred!! Had John already emigrated? In 1926 John Morfey was living (alone) at Mount Magnet, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia. Agnes Morfey returned to the UK and in 1939 was living at 78, Kings Avenue, Rye with her son William. She is still shown as married. John Morfey died on 29 July 1962 and was buried at Karrakatta, Nedlands City, Western Australia. All of their children appear to have returned to and remained in the UK.
Alfred Weller died and Sarah remarried in 1891. Her second husband was Albert Ashdown. In 1891 they were living at Thoughton Green, Pleyden and Albert was an agricultural labourer. Both surviving daughters from Sarah's first marriage were living with them. In 1901 they were living at Peasmarsh Road, Rye Foreign and Albert aged 50 was an "ordinary agricultural labourer". Albert Ashdown died in 1922 in Rye. Sarah A Ashdown died in 1929.
It is possible that in 1891 aged 34, Henry and Sarah's son Thomas Wood was employed as a dock labourer and was lodging with Henry Fruchtenicht, a fish manager born in Hanover and his family at 5, Arthur Place, North Woolwich Road. He is shown as married. His brother Matthew is also at the same address.
Henry and Sarah's son Matthew Wood married Jane Law in 1878. They had a son
- Harry Wood. Born 15 April 1880 in Iden. Baptised 4 July 1880 at Rye. In 1891 Harry was living with Jane's parents at Iden. He married Rosabel Mason in 1902. In 1911 they were living at 50, Eltringham Street, Wandsworth and Harry was a general labourer. They had four children of which one had died. A further son was born in 1914. Harry Wood of the 709th Labour Corp. was killed in action on 15 February 1918. His effects were left to his widow Rosabel. Rosabel Wood of 60, Denmark Road, South Norwoodm widow, died on 31 May 1938 at 76, Edridge Road, Thornton Heath. Probate was granted to Harry Wood, male nurse and Lily Wood (wife of Louie Henry Wood).
In 1881 Matthew and Jane were living at Brabons next to his parents. Matthew was a farm labourer. Jane died on 22 February 1883, aged 25. Matthew remarried in 1887. His second wife was Ellen Upton. It is possible that, despite not having been married long, in 1891 Matthew was a dock labourer lodging with Henry Fruchtenicht at 5, Arthur Place, North Woolwich Road, along with his brother Thomas (see above). They had three surviving children,
- William Ernest Wood. Born 18 March 1889. Baptised 5 May 1889 in Rye. William married Elsie Maggie Fincham in 1910 in West Ham. They had five children. William died in 1933. Elsie remarried and died in 1969.
- George Wood. Born 11 February 1891. Baptised 18 May 1891 in Rye. George married Ellen Louisa Isabella Stubbs on 3 August 1913 at St Luke's, Victoria Docks. They had one daughter. George died in 1930 in West Ham. Ellen remarried and died in 1982 in Luton,
- Nellie Wood. Born 1894.
A daughter Alice Mary Wood had been born and died in 1900. In 1911 Matthew and Ellen were living at 28, Leyes House, Custom House Road, where Matthew, now 52 was still a dock labourer. They had been married 24 years and had five children two of whom had died. Matthew Wood died later that year. Ellen Wood died in 1914 in West Ham.
Henry and Sarah's son Frederick Wood married Harriett Ellen Wood in 1883. Harriett was born in 1865, the daughter Isaac Wood and Ellen Louise Everdon. Henry was Isaac's brother (see above) so this was a marriage of first cousins. Their lives are detailed above.
Henry and Sarah's son James Wood married Jemima Jane Baker in 1884 in Rye. In 1891 they were living at Rye Foreign and their first four children had been born. In 1901 they were at Cadborough Road, Rye and James was a farm labourer. They had ten children, in all,
- Frederick Wood. Born 25 September 1884 in Rye. Baptised 2 November 1884. Frederick died in 1893, aged 8 years old.
- Elizabeth Wood. Born 18 August 1886 in Rye. Baptised 3 October 1886. Died 1892, aged 5 years old.
- Katie Wood. Born 13 January 1889 in Rye. Baptised 3 March 1889. Katie appears to have had two children born out of wedlock, a daughter born in 1909 and another in 1912. She married Arthur Scarlyn Wilkins on 6 April 1914 in Rye. They had eight children. In 1939 they were living at Paines Bungalow, Romney Marsh. Arthur was a farm labourer, three children remained at home. Arthur S Wilkins died in 1958 in Hastings. Katie Wilkins died in 1963 in Bridge, Kent.
- James William Ernest Wood. Born 25 February 1891 in Rye. Baptised 3 May 1891. In 1911 James, a 20 year old labourer, is still living with his parents. Nothing else is known.
- Albert Henry Wood. Born 1894 in Rye. It is possible that Albert died in Eastbourne in 1983.
- Sarah Jane Wood. Born 13 September 1896 in Rye. Sarah Wood married Albert Horace Huggett in 1922 in Rye. Albert was born on 16 November 1900, the son of Albert Alfred Huggett and Sarah Annie Dray who married in 1891. One of his brothers married Sarah's sister, Mabel (see below) and another married her sister Ida (also see below). In 1939 they were living at Midley Cottages, Romney Marsh and Albert was a shepherd. Their daughter was still living with them. Albert Horace Huggett died in 1963. Sarah Jane Huggett died in 1969 in Hastings.
- Mabel Edith Wood. Born 11 July 1898 in Rye. Mabel married Thomas John Huggett in 1925 in Rye. Thomas was the brother of Albert Alfred Huggett who married Mabel's sister Sarah (see above) and also of John William Huggett who married Mabel's sister Ida (see below). In 1939 they were living at Puttock Cottage, Romney Marshes, Kent where Thomas was a shepherd. Thomas J Huggett died in 1955. Mabel E Huggett died in 1961 in Folkestone.
- Richard John Wood. Born 18 June 1902. Richard married Hilda Alice Peeps on 7 August 1930 at Romney Registry Office. They had one daughter. Hilda Alice Peeps died in 1931 in Eltham, aged just 24 years old. Richard John Wood of 47, Tally Ho Road, Stubbs Cross, Ashford, Kent died on 4 October 1978.
- Ida Lily Wood. Born 14 July 1904. Ida Lily married John William Huggett in 1927 in Rye. John William Huggett was the son of Albert Alfred Huggett and Sarah Annie Dray. Two of their sons had already married Ida's sisters (see above). In 1939 John and Ida were living at 1, Beckett Cottage, Romney Marsh where John was a farm labourer. They had three children. John William Huggett died on 28 September 1962 in Ashford, Kent. Ida Lily Huggett died in 1992, aged 88 years.
- Clara Frances Wood. Born 7 October 1906 in Rye. Clara married Harold A C Clark in 1928 in Rye. In 1939 they were living at 1, Council Houses, Brookland, Romney Marsh and Harold was a general labourer. Clara died on 29 December 1989 and was buried at Rye Cometary.
In 1911 James and Jemima were at 3 Weston Place, Winchelsea Road, Rye. James was a farm labourer. They had been married 27 years, had ten children of whom two had died. All their remaining children except Katie were at home. Also at the address was granddaughter Ethel Beatrice Wood, aged 1 who was believed to be one of Katie's daughter. James Wood died in 1929. Jemima Jane Wood died in 1931 in Rye.
Henry and Sarah's son William Wood married Louisa Jane Ball in 1890 in Hastings. In 1891 they were living at "St Barbands" and William was a farm servant. In 1901 they were living at Stuppington Cottages, St Mary, Canterbury and William was a agricultural labourer. They had four children, in all
- William Frederick H Wood. Baptised 6 August 1893 in Rye. William enlisted in the Army Service Corp in 1914. He married Charlotte Elizabeth Jordan in 1918 in Faversham, Kent. In 1939 they were living at Ashgore Cottages, Rodmersham, where William was a general farm labourer. William Frederick Wood may have died in 1965.
- Ivy Marian Wood. Born 1897 in Canterbury. It's possible that Ivy never married and died in 1959 in Bridge, Kent.
- Percy John Wood. Born 1898 in Canterbury. It is possible that Percy died on 13 March 1972 in Bexley Heath.
- Helena Louise Wood. Born 15 August 1906 in South Preston. Helena married Frederick James Feast in 1927 in Milton, Kent. They had two sons. In 1939 they were living at 129, London Road, Sittingbourne, Kent and Frederik was a paper making labourer. Helena's parents were living with them. Frederick died in 1991 in Worthing. Helena died in 1995 in Worthing.
In 1911 William and Louisa were at 2, Copton Cottages, Ashford Road, Preston and William, was an agricultural labourer. In 1939 William and Louisa were living at 129, London Road, Sittingbourne, Kent with their daughter Helena and William was "retired".
Henry and Sarah's daughter Harriett Wood married William Thomas Relf in 1886 in Rye. In 1891 they were living at Capelings Cottages, Brenzett, Kent and William was a "grocers caronfare". In 1901, Harriett, aged 33 is shown as married, but William is not listed and she is living with her children at Cottage, Snansgate, Romney Marsh. There were four children:
- Thomas Avery Relf. Born 20 September 1885 in Rye Foreign. Baptised 1 November 1885. Thomas married Alice Payton on 16 April 1911 at Victoria Docks. They had two daughters. Thomas Avery Relf died in 1971 in Redbridge and was buried on 17 March 1971 at Newham.
- Lucy Relf. Born 1889 in Rye Foreign.
- Mabel Relf. Born 27 August 1891 in Brenzett, Kent. Mabel married Percy Thackray on 17 May 1914 at St Lukes, Victoria Docks, West Ham. In 1939 they were living in 101, Freemasons Street, West Ham and Percy was a shopkeeper (grocery and provisions). They had one son. Percy died on 6 February 1940 in West Ham. Mabel Thackray of 4, Eton Close, West Meads, Bogner Regis died on 22 February 1979 and was buried on 28 February 1979 at Newham, Kent. Her son had predeceased her.
- William Charles Relf. Born 1896 in Snargate, Kent. William married Mary Robinson on 25 December 1921 in St Batholemews, West Ham, Essex. William died in 1952 in Eastbourne.
In 1911 William and Harriett were living at 55, Winton Road, Custom House Road, London and William was a dock labourer. Harriett Relf died in 1929 in West Ham.
Henry and Sarah's son Herbert Wood married Mary Frances Noakes on 29 March 1891 in Rye. In 1901 they were living at 34, Church Square Rye where Herbert a general labourer. In 1911 they were living at Rye Foreign. Herbert's mother Sarah was staying with them. The census shows that they had seven children of whom two had died. I am aware of five children:
- Bertha Wood. Born 29 January 1892. Baptised 3 April 1892 in Rye. Bertha married George Henry Booth in 1913 in Rye. They had nine children. By 1939 Bertha had been widowed and was they were living at 103, Military Road, Rye with five of her children. Bertha Booth died in 1975 in Battle.
- Harry Edward Wood. Born 24 July 1894 in Rye. In 1911 Harry, aged 16, was a "boys 1st class (military)" aboard HM Berwick. Harry enlisted on 24 July 1912 (see below). He married in 1915. His wife was Nellie Katherine Gates in 1915 in Portsmouth. In 1939 they were living at 38, Cornfield Terrace and Henry was a postman. They had two daughters. Harry Edward Wood of 38, Cornfield Terrace died on 22 November 1953 at St Leonard's Hospital. Probate was granted to his wife Nellie. Nellie Kate Gates may have died on 25 April 1984 in Bedford.
- Olive Eva Wood. Born 1900 in Rye.
- Doris Sarah Wood. Born 30 March 1902 in Rye. Doris married Edward S Buckley in 1933 in Rye. In 1939 they were living at Belton, Winchelsea Road, Rye where Edward was a general labourer (catchment board) and Doris was a laundry hand (washer & ironer). Edward Buckley died in 1948. Doris Sarah Buckley died in 1958 in Hastings, aged 56 years.
- Herbert Edwin Wood. Born 1904 in Rye. Herbert married Mary Ashendon in 1930 in Rye. They had three sons. In 1939 they were living at 49, Kings Avenue, Rye where Herbert was an excavator driver. Herbert died in 1974 in Battle. Mary died in 1974 in Hastings!!
Herbert Wood (senior) died in 1937. Mary Frances Wood of 2, Landgate Square, Rye died on 26 February 1938 at Cottage Hospital, Rye. Administration was granted to Doris Sarah Buckley (wife of Edward Buckley)..
Henry and Sarah's daughter Charlotte Wood married Daniel James Gibbs on 25 December 1893 in Rye. In 1901 they were living at 40, Royal Terrace, West Ham. and Daniel was a stevedore at Albert Docks. Charlotte's mother Sarah was living with them. They had six children:
- Mark James Gibbs. Born 23 November 1895 in Rye. Mark married Florence Maud Grimmett on 25 December 1917 in the Ascension, Victoria Dock. In 1939 they were living at 45, Gresham Road, West Ham and Mark was a postman. They had one son still at home. Mark James Gibbs of 67, Stortford Road, Hoddesdon, Herts died on 26 February 1944 at Haywards Heath Hospital, Bishop Stortford, Hertfordshire. Florence remarried.
- Richard James Gibbs. Born 1898 in Rye. Richard died in 1901, aged 3 in West Ham.
- Annie Elizabeth Gibbs. Born 22 November 1900 in Rye.
- Alec Sydney Gibbs. Born 1903 in Custom House, Essex. Baptised 24 May 1903 at Victoria Docks, The Ascension, Essex. Alec Sidney Gibbs died aged 24 and was buried on 8 April 1927 at Newnham.
- Gordon Henry Gibbs. Born 24 March 1906 in Custom House, Essex. Gordon married Christina Eva Wood in 1935 in West Ham. In 1936 they were both living at 38, Fernwood Crescent, Finchley Park. In 1939 Gordon is listed at 94b Russell Lane, East Barnet, Herts and he was a telephone app inspector. It's not clear where Christina would have been! They emigrated to New Zealand. In 1972 they were at 39, Donnelly Drive, Petone and Gordon is described as retired!. In 1978 they were living at 37, Fairfield Avenue, Lower Hutt, Pencarrow and Gordon was a taxi proprietor. Gordon died on 11 November 1980 at Lower Hutt, Wellington. Christina Gibbs died on 5 July 1993.
- Thomas William Patrick Gibbs. Born 11 April 1909 at Victoria Docks, The Ascension, Essex. Thomas married Ethwy Mary Tippett in 1931 in West Ham. In 1939 they were living at 329, Victoria Dock Road, West Ham and Thomas was a tyre tube moulder. Ethwy Mary Gibbs died in 1970. Thomas William P Gibbs died in 1981 in Newham.
In 1911 Daniel and Charlotte were living at Custom House, E30 Keyes Road, London. Daniel was a dock labourer. In 1939 they were living at 30, Leyes Road, West Ham and he was still a dock labourer. None of their children remained at home. Charlotte Gibbs died in 1941 in Edmonton. Daniel Gibbs died aged 82 in West Ham and was buried on 28 August 1953 in Newham.
Finally Henry and Sarah's son John Wood married Rosa Ann Ball in 1895. In 1901 they were living at 3, Elham Cottages, Canterbury. John was a general agricultural labourer. They had one daughter
- Rosalie Mary Wood. Born 28 November 1897 in Blean. Rosalie married John Pay on 8 January 1922 in Throwley. In 1939 they were living at Mill Cottage, Swale and John was a horseman on a farm. John died on 4 July 1981 in Swale. In 2005 Rosalie was living at Cooksditch House, East Street, Faversham. She died on 8 March 2005.
In 1911 John, Rosa and Rosalie were living at Bells Forestat Farm, Throwley and John was a farm bailiff. In 1939 they were at "Denfield", Swale and John was a "stack thatcher". Nothing more is known about them.
Richard Wood and Elizabeth Honeysett
Richard Wood had been baptised on 29 November 1818 at Herstmonceux, the son of Thomas Wood and Benedicta Rummery.
In 1841 Richard was living with his widowed mother Benedicta and brother Henry at Bodle Street Green. He was an agricultural labourer.
Richard married Elizabeth Honeysett on 9 April 1843 at Herstmonceux. Elizabeth Honeysett was the daughter of David Honeysett (1792 to 1859) and Elizabeth Cornford (1796 to 1858). They had married on 20 April 1816 at Warbleton. Their daughter Elizabeth was born on 31 December 1823 and was baptised on 1 February 1824. Her ancestry is set out in the excellent website https://www.hunnisett.org.uk/tree/david1792.php. Working backwards:
- David Hunnisett was baptised on 22 January 1792 at Heathfield Independent chapel. He was the son of David Honeysett (circa 1762 to 1845) and Mary Matthews who married on 26 September 1783 in Herstmonceux.
- David Honeysett was probably born around 1762, the son of John Honeysett (1731 to 1801) and Mary Harmer who had married on 21 April 1755 in Herstmonceux.
- John Honeysett was baptised on 30 November 1731, the son of David Honeysett (1705 to 1776) and Ann Hassell who married on 18 July 1729 in Warbleton.
- David Honeysett (my 6th great grandfather) was baptised on 10 June 1705 in Hailsham but was bought up in Warbleton, the son of David Honnisett (1675 to 1749) and Elizabeth Rhodes who married on 28 April 1702 in Westham. David and Elizabeth had 7 children in all and their son Thomas Honeysett (baptised 7 September 1718) was also my 6th great grandfather, but through the Veness line!! (see Volume IV. Appendix C).
- David Honnisett was baptised on 28 March 1675 in Wartling, the son of Adrian Henesett (1633 to 1682) and Susanna Hollands (1639 to 1702) who married on 25 January 1665 in Hailsham.
- Adrian Henesett was born in Ninfield and baptised on 20 October 1633, the son of Thomas Henesett (circa 1600 to 1639) and Tamasin Blackman, who married in Ninfield on 2 November 1618.
- Thomas Henesett was the son of Clement Handsete (1575 to 1616) and Ann Hunt who married on 10 February 1593 at Westfield.
- Clement Handeste was baptised on 14 February 1575 in Mountfield, the son of Peter Honisett and Clemence Tole who married on 28 August 1569 at Fletching.
Back to Richard and Elizabeth Wood, in 1851 they were living at Bodle Street, where Richard was an agricultural labourer. In 1861 they were living at "The Ale House", Herstmonceux and Richard remains an agricultural labourer. They were still at Bodle Street in 1871,
Richard and Elizabeth had eleven children
- Charlotte Wood. Baptised 7 April 1844 at Warbleton
- Harriett Wood. Born 10 January 1846. Baptised 15 March 1846 at Warbleton
- Thomas Wood. Baptised 2 April 1848 at Herstmonceux. Buried 14 November 1867 aged 19.
- Elizabeth Margaret Wood. Baptised 21 April 1850 at Herstmonceux.
- Levi James Wood. Baptised 18 July 1852 at Herstmonceux.
- William Wood. Baptised 19 March 1854 at Herstmonceux.
- Mary Jane Wood. Baptised 13 April 1856 at Bodle St Green. Buried 28 April 1883 aged 27,
- Albert Henry Wood. Baptised 8 August 1858 at Bodle St Green,
- Lucy Ann Wood. Baptised 9 December 1860 at Bodle St Green,
- Eliza Wood. Baptised 29 March 1863 at Bodle Street Green.
- Caroline Wood. Baptised 6 August 1865 at St John's Church, Bodle Street Green
Richard Wood died on 2 September 1876 at Bodle Street Green.
It is not clear where Elizabeth was in 1881 (although she may have been living with her daughter Harriett) or 1891.
In 1901 Elizabeth Wood, aged 77 was living with her daughter Caroline and her husband John Henry Barton at Warbleton.
In 1911 she was living at 27 Morris Road, Cliffe, Lewes. She was 89 years old and "living on private means". Living with her was Agnes Parks, aged 47, a single woman, described as a "companion".
Our line continues through their youngest daughter Caroline Wood, but first the following is known about their other surviving children, Caroline's brothers and sisters:
- Charlotte Bourner nee Wood
Charlotte Wood was baptised on 7 April 1844 at Warbleton, the daughter of Richard Wood and Elizabeth Honeysett.
In 1861 Charlotte was a 17 year old house servant, living and working for William Tayden, a farmer of 55 acres employing 1 labourer, at Red Pall Road, Warbleton.
Charlotte married Peter Bourner on 4 May 1863 at Bodle Street Green. Peter was born around 1843 in Dallington, the son of William Bourner and Elizabeth Tedman. It is likely that William was baptised on 19 May 1822 at Crowhurst, the son of Peter Bourner and Jane Benedicta Holland and the brother of Peter Bourner who married Jane Barton on 16 May 1840 (Appendix G) and James Bourner who married Marah Wood (see above).
In 1871 they were living at Redpale, Dallington where 28 year old Peter was a farm servant/carter. They were still living there in 1881, Peter and Charlotte had five daughters
- Kate Bourner. Baptised 30 August 1863 at Bodle Street Green.
- Jane Augusta Bourner. Baptised 29 April 1866 at Bodle Street Green.
- Rose Bourner. Baptised 21 February 1869 at Bodle Street Green.
- Rhoda Bourner. Born 1871 at Dallington
- Adah Bourner. Born 1877 in Dallington.
In 1891 they were still at Red Pale and are shown as occuping three rooms. None of their children are listed with them, but also at at separate address at Red Pale are:
- William Bourner, aged 69, farmer
- Eliza Bourner, aged 74, wife
- Adah Bourner, aged 14, granddaughter
In 1901, they are living at Red Pale House, Dallington and Peter, aged 53 is now a farmer on his own account. His widowed mother, Eliza, aged 84 is living with them, but "on her own means". Their granddaughter Annie Bourner, aged 11 is also living with them.
In 1911 they are at Pear Tree Cottage, Bodle Street and 68 year old Peter is a farm labourer.
Charlotte Bourner died in 1920. Peter Bourner of Pear Tree Cottage, Bodle Street, died 1 August 1927 at Sussex Cottages, Magnum Down. Probate was granted to William Mepham, retired farmer and Adah Bourner, spinster.
In 1881 Peter and Charlotte's daughter Kate Bourner was 17 year old domestic servant, living and working for Edward Read, a 74 year old farmer of 74 acres employing two labourers and one boy. Kate married William Mepham in 1885. William Mepham had been born on 19 January 1863, the son of James Mepham (1835 to 10 August 1919) and Lucy Daw (1835 to 1918) who had married on 11 July 1857 in Hailsham. James and Lucy are pictured below
James was the son of George Mepham (1797 to 24 February 1880) and Elizabeth Morris (1803 to 1885) who married on 20 April 1822 at St Bartholomew's, Burwash. He was the brother of George Mepham (1824 to 1896) who had married Sophia Wood (1824 to 1882), the daughter of Samuel Wood (1796 to 1875) and Sarah Fox (1799 to 1872) (see above). So George Mepham (1824 to 1896) was William's uncle and his wife Sophia was Kate Bourner's first cousin twice removed!
In 1891 William and Kate were living at 2 Gloucester Cottages, Hailsham and 28 year old William was a farm labourer. In 1901 they were at Springham, Hellingley and William was a farm bailiff. They had five children:
- Benjaman Mepham. Born 11 June 1886 in Warbleton. in 1911 Benjamin may have been boarding with Mark Henry Funnell and his wife at Ninfield. Aged 24, single, he was a chauffeur. Benjamin married Daisy Pook in 1916 in Rye. In 1939 they were living at Ninfield Garage, Bexhill Road, Ninfield and Benjamin was a garage proprietor. Ben Mepham is listed in 1960 telephone directory at Chestnuts, Ninfield Road, as "car hire". Benjamin and Daisy both died the same year, 1968. Daisy Mepham of 45 Chantry Avenue, Bexhill on Sea died on 4 April 1968. 1968 in Hastings.
- George Mepham. Born 24 November 1888 in Warbleton. George married Mary Maud Martin in 1912. They had five children, one of which died in infancy. In 1939 they were living at Fareham Farm, Herstmonceux where George was a cowman. Mary died on 26 September 1954 at Hailsham. George Mepham of Fareham Cottage, Herstmonceux died on 6 February 1961 at Royal East Sussex Hospital. Probate was granted to William Mepham and George Mepham, gardeners.
- Jane Mepham. Born 1 February 1891 in Hailsham. Jane married Frank Radbourne on 1 January 1917 in Hailsham. In 1939, they were living at 1, Sussex Cottages, Hailsham and Frank's occupation is described as "70% disability pension" and trug basket maker. Frank Radbourne died on 19 September 1941 in Eastbourne. Jane Radbourne of Marshview Nurseries, Magnum Down died on 22 April 1980.
- Herbert Mepham. Born 17 October 1893 in Hailsham. Herbert married Gertrude Ann Guy in 1919 in Tonbridge. In 1939 they were living at Moities Farm, Foul Mile, Hailsham (along with brother Joseph) and Herbert was a dairy farmer. Herbert Mepham of Cowley Cottage, Cowbeech died on 3 April 1980. Gertrude Ann Mepham died on 8 April 1986 in Mitcham, Surrey.
- Joseph Mepham. Born 30 January 1897 in Hailsham. Joseph married Edith Bradford in 1918. In 1939 they were living at Moieties Farm, Foul Mile, Hailsham and Joseph was a dairy farmer. Joseph died in 1974 at Sandycross, Heathfield. Emily died in 1979 in Gillingham, Kent.
William and Kate Mepham and their family are pictured below. This (and the picture of James and Lucy) were posted on Ancestry.co.uk by Barbara Jones, but are believed to originate with members of the Mepham family who emigrated to Australia.
In 1911 William and Kate Bourner and their family were living at Foulmile, Herstmonceux where 48 year old William was farming. Kate Mepham died in 1930. It appears William remarried in 1932, his second wife was Mary Fairall. Mary was the daughter of David Fairall (1844 to 1915) and Harriett Barton (8 March 1846 to 12 June 1937). Hannah Barton was the daughter of Thomas Barton and Elendor Tedham (Appendix F). In 1939 was living at Jubilee Cottages, Magnam Down with his wife Mary. He is described as a retired farmer. William Mepham of Jubilee Cottages died on 1 February 1940. Probate was granted to Herbert Mepham and Joseph Mepham, farmers and Edwin Fritz Young, solicitor. Mary Mepham of Jubilee House, Magnum Down died on 5 August 1963 at All Saints Hospital, Eastbourne. Probate was granted to Joseph Fairall, farmer, Henry Fairall, retired farmer, Mary Jackson, widow and Lionel Clement Brown, solicitor.
Peter and Charlotte's daughter Jane Augusta Bourner died in 1886 aged 20 years old.
Peter and Charlotte's daughter Rose Bourner married John Strudwick in 1890. They had two daughters
- Annie B Strudwick. Born 1890 in Ashburnham. In 1911 Annie was a general servant working in Worthing. Nothing more is known about her.
- Rosalie Bourner Strudwick. Born 17 January 1891 in Woking. In 1939 Rosalie is living with her step mother Annie Strudwick (born 20 December 1860) and her half sister Ethel M Strudwick (born 18 August 1895) at 52, Goldsworth Road, Fareham. She is shown as on "unpaid domestic duties", Rosalie Bourner Strudwick died on 5 December 1979 at Brockhurst Old Peoples Home,
Rose Strudwick died in 1892, aged just 23 years. Her husband John remarried in 1893 and had a second family which has not been detailed here. John Strudwick of 52, Goldsworth Road, fareham, Surrey died on 2 September 1926. Probate was granted to his widow Annie.
Peter and Charlotte's daughter Rhoda Bourner married Percival Down in 1893. In 1901 they were living at 54 St James Road, Tunbridge Wells where 30 year old Percival was a carpenter and joiner. In 1911 they were living at 46 Goods Station Road and 40 year old Percival was a builders manager. They had three children:
- Herbert Down. Born 29 July 1893 in Tunbridge Wells. Herbert married Winifred May Avery in 1926 in Tonbridge. In 1939 they were living at 63, Hopwood Gardens, Tunbridge Wells and Herbert was a "builders foreman, draughtsman, lorry driver and theological student"!! It is also noted that he was "discharged invalided from R N V R in July 1915". Herbert died in 1967 in Tonbridge. Winifred died on 29 March 1979.
- Alec Down. Born 30 March 1896 in Tunbridge Wells. When he was 19 years old, Alec enlisted in the Army service corps for the duration of WW1. He was a "motor driver" at the time. Alec married Evelyn Mary Eustace in 1926 in Wallingford. Evelyn Mary Down of "Offlands", Birchett Avenue died on 12 August 1966 at Knowle Orchard, Langton Green. Probate was granted to Alec Down, retired master builder and Gordon Swell Eustace, gardener. Alec Down of "Offlands", Birchett Avenue, Langdon Green died on 11 February 1971.
- Ada Down. Born 1901 in Tunbridge Wells. Ada married Rubert John Waters in 1924 in Tonbridge. Ada Waters (wife of Robert John Waters) of 51, College Road, Maidstone died on 21 February 1937. Probate was granted to Robert John Waters, a pharmaceutical chemist. Rubert appears to have remarried in 1939. Rubert John Waters of 9, Conway Road, Allington died on 30 March 1992 in Allington.
Rhoda Down died of 119 Upper Grosvenor Road, Tunbridge Wells (wife of Percival Down) on 13 April 1931. Probate was granted to Percival Down, builder. Percival Down of 119 Upper Grosvenor Road, died on 1 October 1937. Probate was granted to Mary Anne Down, widow and Alec Down, builder and carpenter.
In 1911 Peter and Charlotte's daughter Adah Bourner, aged 34 was a confectioners assistant living with Ruth Atkinson, confectioner at 42 High Street, Lewes. Ada died in 1937 in Battle.
- Harriett Wood
Harriett Wood was born on 10 January 1846. She was baptised on 15 March 1846 at Warbleton, the daughter of Richard Wood and Elizabeth Honeysett.
In 1881 Harriett was 36 years old general servant, employed by and living with Thomas Lawson, aged 77, a retired watchmaker and jeweller at 21 Princes Street, Brighton. Also listed was Elizabeth Wood, general servant, nurse, aged 57 and born Warbleton. She is described as unmarried, but I suspect this was Harriett's widowed mother.
In 1891, Harriett was a cook working for Jane Manser Smallfield, a widow "living on her own means" at Carlton Cottage, Fairlight. Also listed is Mary Wood, a 23 year old housemaid.
In 1901, aged 55, Harriett was a domestic servant living with and working for Mary Dowel, aged 46 who was living on her own means at Road, Warbleton.
In 1911, Harriett was 65 years old and was working as a housekeeper for David Pratt, a 43 year old widower, a carman living at Grange Road Villas, Barcombe.
In 1939 Harriett, a retired housekeeper was living with her sister Caroline Barton at Cherry Tree Cottage, Rushlake Green. She would have been 93 years old.
Harriett Wood died in 1940 (Reg Gen March 1940 Hailsham 2b 390).
- Elizabeth Baker nee Wood
Elizabeth Margaret Wood was baptised on 21 April 1850 at Herstmonceux, the daughter of Richard Wood and Elizabeth Honeysett. This appears to be the only time her middle name "Margaret" was used.
Elizabeth married Amos Baker on 10 April 1869 at Bodle Street Green. Amos was a 27 year old farm labourer, the son of Amos Baker, labourer. Elizabeth Wood of Cottage Lane, Bodle Street Green was the 20 year old daughter of Richard Wood, labourer. The witnesses were William Honeysett and Ann Honeysett. I assumed this was a non-conformist ceremony because the certificate reads "married in the church of St John's by certificate from the union registrar at Hailsham" (Reg Gen June 1869 Hailsham 2b 109).
In 1871 Amos and Elizabeth were living at Bemsells Cottage, Wartling where 28 year old Amos was an agricultural labourer. They were living next door to Amos Baker, aged 50, an agricultural labourer, his wife Phebe and their children. It is likely that these were Amos's parents. They had four children:
- Ann "Annie" Baker. Born 10 May 1869 in Wartling. Baptised 13 June 1869 at Bodle Street.
- Elizabeth Baker. Born 1871 in Wartling. Baptised 12 March 1871 at Bodle Street.
- Amos Baker. Baptised 4 April 1875 at Bodle Street. Amos died in 1881, aged 6 years old.
- Albert Ernest Baker. Born 1877. Albert died in 1879, aged just 1 year old.
Elizabeth Baker died in 1878 aged 28 years old.
In 1881 Amos Baker, a 40 year old agricultural labourer was living with his daughters Annie and Elizabeth at Bodle Street Green. In 1891 he was lodging with John Burton and his family Trolliles, Herstmonceux. He died later that same year.
In 1891 Amos and Elizabeth's daughter Annie Baker was a servant working for Walter Pocock, an upholsterer, and his family at Star Road, Eastbourne. On 24 October 1891 Annie married John Robert Henty in Warbleton. In 1901 they were living at "Road", Warbleton and 33 year old John was a "rural postman". They had six children:
- Harriet Elizabeth Henty. Born 1892 in Warbleton. In 1911 Harriett was a servant, working for Luke Daw, retired shopkeeper and his family at Beulah Hill, Warbleton. Harriett married George Ralph Unsted in 1915. George Ralph Unsted was born 25 April 1892. He was the son of Nicholas John Unsted and Maria and the grandson of William Unsted and Jane Barton. Their lives and that of their children are detailed in Appendix H.
- John Robert Henty. Born 1894 in Warbleton. John enlisted as a Private in the Royal Sussex regiment, 11th Battalion on 7 September 1914 and served at home until 3 March 1916 when he was sent to France. He was declared missing presumed dead, killed in action on 3 September 1916 in Thiepval, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France.
- Olive Henty. Born 24 September 1896 in Warbleton. Olive married George Thomas Irving in 1918. They had seven children. In 1939 they were living at 184, Beech Hall Road, Walthamstow and George was an omnibus driver. Four of their children were still at home and variously employed as a grocery shop assistant, a camera inspector, a transformer electrical engineer winder and a grocery warehouse boy. Olive died on 19 January 1970 in Rochford. George died on 24 August 1978 in Southend on Sea.
- Annie Henty. Born 13 November 1900 in Warbleton. Annie married Charles Jonathan Barrow in 1926 in Hailsham. In 1939 Annie was living at Ford Cottage, Warbleton where she was on domestic duties. Her nephew George Irving, one of her sister Olive's youngest (born 9 October 1926) was living with her. She was shown as married. It's not clear where Charles would have been. Annie Barrow died in 1972. Charles Jonathan Barrow of Heffle Court, Station Road, Heathfield died on 17 October 1981.
- Albert George Henty. Born 23 May 1904 in Warbleton. Albert married Edith Mary N Offen in 1935. In 1939 they were living in "Eritha?", Hailsham and Albert was a house painter. Albert died on 28 August 1973 in Amberstone, Hailsham. Edith died in 1982 in Eastbourne.
- Charles Percival Henty. Born 25 January 1907 in Warbleton. Charles married Elsie Jane Isted in 1931. Elsie was the daughter of Henry Harry Isted and Jane Harris who married on 10 July 1886 in Herstmonceux. Her brother George Isted had married Emily Victoria Barton, the daughter of Thomas Henry Barton and Rosannah Sinden (see Appendix F) They had at least one son, Michael Charles Henty, born 11 March 1933. In 1939 "Charlie" and Elsie were living at 2, Fern Villa, Hailsham and Charlie was a market gardener. As well as their son, their niece, 9 year old Olive J Irving, was living with them. Elsie Jane Henty died on 16 March 1949 in St Albans, but was buried in Warbleton. Charles Percival Henty died on 24 November 1980 and was buried at St Mary's, Warbleton.
In 1911 John and Annie were living at Rushlake Green and John was still a "rural postman". Their eldest son John, aged 16 was a poultryman. In 1939 they were still at Rushlake Green, but all their children had left home. John Robert Henty of Rushlake Green, Warbleton died on 16 August 1943 at 123, Church Street, Eastbourne. Probate was granted to Albert George Henty, builder and George Ralph Unsted, farm worker. Annie Henty of Rushlake Green, widow, died on 17 August 1948. Probate was granted to Annie Barrow, married woman and Charles Percival Henty, market gardener.
Amos and Elizabeth's daughter Elizabeth Baker married Seth ("Richard") White in 1900 in Battle. In 1901 they were living in Chapel Road, Banstead and Seth White was a railway signalman. Their daughter was one month old. In 1911 Richard and Elizabeth were still at Chapel Road. They had two children.
- Nellie Evelyn White. Born 4 March 1901 in Tadworth. Nellie married Thomas James Baldwin Smith on 13 April 1925 at the "Church of the Good Shepherd", Tadworth. Thomas was 24 years old, a builder, son of Fred Smith, builder. In 1939 they were living at "Lynwood", Cross Road, Banstead and Thomas was a master builder and constructor. Thomas James Baldwin Smith of 36, Cross Road, Tadworth died on 24 April 1980 and was buried on 30 April 1980 in Lewisham. Nellie Evelyn Smith of 36, Cross Road, Tadworth died on 1 August 1987.
- Dennis George White. Born 9 March 1903 in Tadworth. Dennis married Edith Madeline Heckles on 18 August 1928 in Croydon Registry Office. Dennis, aged 25 was a chemists assistant. Edith, aged 23 was a lathe worker, the daughter of John William Heckles, coal miner. However in 1939 Dennis was back living with his parents. What happened? It seems they divorced? Edith Madeline White formerly Heckles, the divorced wife of Dennis George White married Wilbur Joseph Jennings, Private ASN 3917 in the US Army, son of Leonard Alphonso Jennings, construction contractor on 3 February 1945 and she emigrated to the USA where she died in Encinitas, San Diego, California in 1997. Dennis George White died in 1983 in Surrey.
In 1939 Seth and Elizabeth were living in "Roseman", Josephine Avenue, Banstead, Surrey and Richard was a motor engineers smith. Their son Dennis as back living at home and was a chemical process worker. Seth, otherwise Richard White of "Roseman", Josephine Avenue died aged 68 years old and was buried on 23 December 1943 at St Andrews. Kingswood. Elizabeth White of "Luceda", Cross Road Tadworth also died aged 68 and was buried on 27 November 1953 at St Andrews.
- Levi James Wood and Frances Burgess.
Levi James Wood was baptised 18 July 1852 at Herstmonceux, son of Richard Wood and Elizabeth Honeysett.
In 1871 Levi Wood was an 18 year old groom, living with Robert Overy, aged 39 a business employing 5 men in Hailsham.
Levi married Frances Burgess on 1 November 1878 at Hailsham. Frances had been baptised on 17 December 1848, the daughter of Trayton Burgess and Sophia Richardson who married on 14 April 1839 at Hellingley.
In 1881 they were living at Harebating, Hailsham where 28 year old Levi was a labourer. They had five children
- Catherine Elizabeth Wood. Baptised 24 October 1874 in Warbleton. Catherine is recorded as "Caroline" in the 1881 census!!
- William Henry Wood. Born 1877 in Warbleton
- Thomas Richard Wood. Born 1880 in Hailsham
- Lilly Wood. Born 22 May 1882 in Herstmonceux
- Herbert Wood. Born 1884 in Hailsham.
In 1891 Levi and Frances were living at Gardener Street, Herstmonceux where 37 year old Levi was a brewers drayman. In 1901 they were living at Stunts Green, Herstmonceux, Levi aged 49 was a brewers drayman. Only Herbert remained at home and he was a 17 year old shopkeepers groom.
Levi Wood of Herstmonceux died on 5 February 1911, Probate was granted to William Henry Wood, cab driver and Herbert Wood, painter.
In 1911 Frances Wood, a 62 year old widow was living at Coopers Cross, Herstmonceux. sons William, aged 33, a stableman and Herbert, aged 27, a painter were both living with her.
Frances Wood died in 1924.
In 1891 Levi and Frances's daughter Catherine Wood (Katherine E in census) may have been working as a domestic servant for Richard Clarke, a medical practitioner and his family at the Surgeon Houses, Rushlake Green. She was one of three servants, including a "nursery governess". Catherine Elizabeth Wood married Samuel George Coleman on 9 April 1885 at St Philip, Stephney. Samuel was a 22 year old labourer, the son of William George Coleman, photographer. Catherine was 20 years old, the daughter of Levi Wood, brewer.
Tragically it seems Catherine died three years later in 1898 in Mile End Old Town, aged just 24 years old.
In 1911 Levi and Frances's sons William Henry Wood, a 33 year old stableman was living with his widowed mother at Coopers Cross, Herstmonceux. Nothing more is known about William.
Levi and Frances's son Thomas Richard Wood died in 1901 in Hailsham, aged just 21 years.
Levi and Frances daughter Lilly Wood married Nathaniel Partridge Baker Colbran in 1901 in Hailsham. In 1911 Nathaniel and Lilly were living at West End, Gardner Street, Herstmonceux where Nathaniel was a "trug basket maker". They had three children
- Nathaniel Partridge Baker Colbran. Born 27 December 1901 in Herstmonceux. Nathaniel had enlisted in the Royal Navy in World War I serving between 10 October 1917 (on the "Ganges") and 6 March 1920 (on the "Pembroke"). In 1922 he transferred to the Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment. He married Doris Kathleen Coomber in 1923 in Hailsham. They had four children. Nathaniel Partridge Baker Colbran of 3, Pine Cottages, Lower Dicker died on 27 April 1977. Doris Kathleen Colbran of "All Saints Hospital", Eastbourne died on 13 July 1987.
- Lilly Baker Colbran. Born 26 September 1903 in Herstmonceux. Lilly married Frederick John Willoughby Elphick in 1923 in Eastbourne. In 1939 they were living at Parsonage Farm, Herstmonceux and Frederick was a carter on the farm. They had one daughter. Frederick John Willoughby Elphick of 6, Council Cottages, Gingers Green, Herstmonceux died on 9 June 1958. Administration was granted to his widow, Lilly. Lilly died on 9 May 1979.
- Winifred Baker Colbran. Born 10 September 1906 in Herstmonceux. Winifred married William Edward Banks in 1931 in Chelsea, In 1939 they were living at 22, Colehome Mews, Kensington were William was a butchers assistant. Winifred Banks of Orchard House, Orchard Parade, Willingdon died on 11 August 1967. Probate to William Edward Banks, butcher. William Edward Banks of Orchard House died on 29 September 1972.
Nathaniel P B Colbran died in 1930 in Hailsham. So by 1939 Lilly was a widow, and a housekeeper working for Charles Bramm at White House Road, Hailsham. Lily Colbran of 2, Bungalow, White House Road, Waldron died on 7 April 1972.
Levi and Frances's son Herbert Wood enlisted in the Royal Tank Corp in 1916. He was, at the time, single, a 33 year old painter, living in Stunts Green. Herbert is believed to have died in 1925 in Hailsham.
- William Wood and Mary Daw.
William Wood was baptised on 19 March 1854 at Herstmonceux, son of Richard Wood and Elizabeth Honeysett.
William married Mary Daw in 1877 around Hailsham.
In 1891 they were living at Little Redgate, Warbleton where 38 year old William was an agricultural labourer. In 1901 they were at Cottage Lane, Bodle Street.
William and Mary had thirteen children:
- Jabez Wood. Born 7 September 1877 in Herstmonceux
- Elizabeth Wood. Born 25 March 1879 in Heathfield
- Arthur Wood. Born 12 January 1881 in Warbleton
- James Wood. Born 28 October 1882 in Warbleton
- Levi Wood. Born 17 March 1887 in Warbleton
- Annie Wood. Born 1888 in Brightling
- Mercy Wood. Born 13 November 1888 in Herstmonceux
- Lilian Wood. Born 31 March 1890 in Warbleton
- Esther Wood. Born 29 August 1892 in Warbleton
- Emily Wood. Born 16 February 1896 in Warbleton
- George Wood. Born 14 October 1897 in Warbleton
- Edith Wood. Born 14 July 1902 in Warbleton.
In 1911 they were living at Barlett Farm, Bodle Street which 57 year old William was farming. Only George and Edith remained at home. Daughter Elizabeth had married Cornelius Bradford and was visiting them at the time.
Mary Wood died on 18 October 1928. She was buried at Ebenezer Baptist Chapel, Bodle Street Green.
William Wood of Rangers, Punnetts Town died on 25 February 1934. He was buried with his wife at Ebenezer Baptist Chapel. Probate was granted to Mercy Creasey (wife of George Edward Creasey).
William and Mary's son Jabez Wood married Mary Kate Hobden in 1899 in Battle. In 1901 they were living at Old Castle Farm, Dallington which was being farmed by John F Hobden and his wife Mary, possibly Kate's parents? Jabez's brother Arthur, aged 20 was living with them and was a stockman on the farm. They had two daughters:
- Lilian Kate Wood. Born 13 November 1899 in Westham. Lilian married Thomas H Rogers in 1924. In 1939 they were living at 73 The Hydneye, Eastbourne where Thomas was a gardener. They had at least one son. Thomas Rogers died in 1968. Lilian died in 2002 in Eastbourne.
- Ivy Rose Wood. Born 02 October 1905 in Dallington. Ivy married Willoughby Frederic Buss, a house painter and decorator in 1928. In 1939 they were living with Ivy's parents. Willoughby died in 1985 in Eastbourne. Ivy Rose Buss died in 1997 in Eastbourne.
In 1911 Jabez and Mary were at Copthall Farm, Warbleton where they appear to have remained for the rest of their married lives. In 1939 Jabez is described as a "smallholder". Daughter Ivy and her husband were living with them. Mary Kate Wood of Copthall Farm, Rushlake Green (wife of Jabez Wood) died on 4 March 1962. Probate was granted to Jabez Wood, retired farmer. Jabez Wood of Copthall Farm, Warbleton died on 11 January 1965 at Downside Hospital, Eastbourne. Probate was granted to Lillian Kate Rogers and Ivy Rose Buss, married women.
William and Mary's daughter Elizabeth Wood had married Cornelius Bradford in 1901 and at the time the census was taken they were living at Pear Tree, Warbleton where 25 year old Cornelius was working on a farm. In 1911 they were with Elizabeth's parents. Cornelius Bradford of Salters Green Farm, Mayfield on 22 September 1930. Probate was granted to his wife Elizabeth. In 1939, Elizabeth Bradford, widow, was living at 1-4 Dwellings, Three Cups, Heathfield. Elizabeth Bradford died on 7 August 1967, aged 88 years.
William and Mary's son Arthur Wood married Fanny Elizabeth Muddle on 17 October 1908 at Bodle Street Green. Their eldest son was born in the UK and the family then emigrated to Canada arriving in St John, New Brunswick in March 1911. Arthur was 30 years old and Fanny, 19 years old. Arthur is listed as a farm labourer. When the census was taken that year they were living in Strathcona, Alberta where Arthur describes himself as a farmer. Later censuses suggest they had six children:
- Donald Arthur Wood. Born 1910 in Hailsham.
- Cecil Frank Wood. Born 1913 in Alberta.
- Iris Rose Wood. Born 1915 in Alberta. Iris died in 1923 in Gilt Edge, Alberta.
- Hubert John Wood. Born 17 January 1917 in Wainwright, Alberta. Hubert married Kathleen Clara Hall on 26 June 1944 in Ashford, Middx!!. They had four children. Hubert died on 22 June 2003 at Abbotsford, British Columbia. Kathleen died on 15 May 2019 in British Columbia.
- Roland Wood. Born 1920 in Alberta.
- Dorothy Margaret E Wood. Born 1923 in Wainwright, Alberta. Dorothy married Donald Scott Conley Wood. Donald died on 14 November 1970 in Kelowna. Dorothy died on 19 November 2009 in Kelowna.
In 1916 Arthur, Fanny and the family were in Residence Lol D422, 46, Battle River, Alberta, Canada, Children Donald, Cecil and Iris are listed. They are living next door to John Muddle, aged 54 and Mary Jane Muddle, aged 57 who also arrived in 1911. On 1 June 1921 they were living at 45, Gilt Edge, Battle River, Alberta, Canada and Arthur is still farming on his own account. All five of their current children are listed. The 1940 voters list shows just Arthur is at Wainwright, Battle River. Some researchers suggest that Arthur died in Victoria on 1 February 1979. His obituary is below:
Fanny Elizabeth Wood died on 23 May 1984 and was buried at Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery. However something doesn't seem right here. In Arthur's obituary, there is no reference to his wife and children!
Nothing more is known about William and Mary's son James Wood.
In 1901 William and Mary's son Levi Wood, aged 16 was a poultry fattener, living with John Parsons, 24, also a poultry fattener in Ponts Green. Levi married Alice Parsons in 1909. Alice was the daughter of Thomas Henry Parsons (1862 to 1932) and Anne Baker (1861 to 1924). Although there is no obvious connection, I assume John and Alice were related? In 1911 Levi and Alice were living at Red Pale, Dallington. Levi was still a chicken fattener. In 1939 they were living at Blackdown, Punnetts Town where Levi was farming. Levi Wood is believed to have died in 1979.
According to the record of her brother Arthur's death (see above), his next of kin was Annie Thomas who I take to be his sister. Other researchers advise that William and Mary's daughter Annie Wood married Charles Goldsmith Morris (alias Thomas). According to later censuses Charles and Annie emigrated to Canada in 1902. In 1911 they are living at Nanaimo, British Columbia and Charles was a gardener. They had four children, all born in British Columbia.
- Annie Lydia Thomas. Born 5 August 1903 at Strawberry Vale, Capital Regional District, Victoria. Annie died on 26 October 1903 in Strawberry Vale, Capital Regional District, Victoria.
- May Elizabeth Thomas. Born 30 October 1904 in Victoria. May married Gordon Henry Edwin Hartley on 8 October 1927 in Victoria. Gordon had been born on 12 November 1902 in Crawley, Sussex, the son of Gordon Charles Hartley and Mary Faggetter, who had married in 1902 in Lewisham. The family had emigrated to Canada in 1907. Gordon and May had one son, Dennis Gordon Hartley. Gordon Henry Edwin Hartley died on 27 January 1981 in Victoria. May died on 2 January 1991 in Sidney, British Columbia.
- Charles Edward Thomas. Born 27 February 1906 in Victoria. Charles married Catherine Christina Simpson in 1952. In 1968 they were living at Esquimalt, Saanich, British Columbia. Charles died on 8 September 1991 at Victoria General Hospital and was buried in Saanich. Catherine died on 13 July 1993 at Victoria General Hospital. She had previously been resident at 3119, Donald Street, Victoria. She was buried at St Stephen's churchyard.
- Dorothy Isabella Thomas. Born 2 October 1908 in Victoria. Dorothy married George Cyril Hancock on 28 August 1929 in Victoria. George died on 20 May 1980. Dorothy I Hancock died on 20 January 1986 at Victoria General Hospital.
In 1921 Charles and Annie were living at Maregold, Saanich, Nanaimo, British Columbia and Charles was a farmer. A further child is born subsequently, but researchers show he was fathered by Gordon Charles Hartley (see above)!!! This was four years before Charles and Annie's daughter married Gordon's son!!!
- Kenneth James Gordon Thomas. Born 25 January 1922 in Victoria, British Columbia. Ken married Jean Dorothy Rankin on 12 June 1947. They had four children. Ken died on 21 July 1998 in British Columbia. Jean Dorothy Thomas died on 15 October 2016 at Saanichton, British Columbia.
Charles Goldsmith Thomas is believed to have died on 29 January 1939 in Victoria, British Columbia. Annie Thomas died on 10 August 1993 in Victoria, British Columbia aged 106!!
In 1911 William and Mary's daughter Mercy Wood, aged 22 was a cook living with and working for Horace Sturt, a clergyman at Ashburnham Vicarage, Battle. Mercy married George Edward Creasey in 1914 in Uckfield, In 1939 they were living at 2, The Rangers, Hailsham where George was a minibus driver. George Edward Creasey of Rangers, Punnetts Town, Heathfield died on 6 March 1948 at Kent and Sussex Hospital, Tunbridge Wells, aged 59 years old. Administration was granted to his widow Mercy. Mercy Creasey of 1 Rest Cottages, Three Cups, Heathfield died on 21 February 1983.
William and Mary's daughter Lilian Wood married Alfred Sidney Barnes Batchelor in 1920. In 1939 they were living at 28, Holders Corner, Southborough, Kent and Alfred was a bus washer and cleaner. Alfred died aged 81 and was buried on 29 January 1973. Lilian died on 6 April 1985 in Tonbridge.
In 1939 William and Mary's daughter Esther Wood was living at 69, Clifton Road, Royal Tunbridge Wells with Albert E Lansell, nursery gardener. She was his housekeeper. Esther Wood died in 1993 in Eastbourne.
In 1911 William and Mary's daughter Emily Wood, aged 15 was a general servant working for Thomas Parsons, a 49 year old bricklayer at Punnetts Town, Heathfield. Emily married George Reginald Luck in 1924. Emily died in 1932. It appears that George had remarried by 1939 and was living with his second wife at Wychbury, Hailsham. They had two children. George Reginald Luck died on 21 February 1964 in Boreham Street.
William and Mary's son George Wood married Rosetta Gertrude Cornelius in 1923 in Battle. They had a daughter:
- Renee Estelle Wood. Born 11 June 1930. Renee married Edward Stanley George on 28 August 1948 at St Peter & St Paul, Bexhill. Edward was a 26 year old marine. The marriage certificate shows he is the son of William George. However his birth certificate shows him as Elizo Edward Christie Takahashi, born on 21 May 1922 in Altmore Avenue, East Ham. He was the son of Masaichi Takahashi (Born 2 January 1888 in Tokyo. Died 18 May 1938 in Sweden), music hall artist and Eunice Aileen Adela George (Born 22 November 1895 in Ealing. Died 21 August 1978 in Brightlingsea). Edward changed his name following the death of his father, as explained in the statutory declaration below. Edward Stanley George, Chartered Secretary retired, of 35, Hildenborough Road, Hildenborough, died on 17 September 1987 at Cromwell Hospital, Kensington. Renee Estelle George died on 19 December 2005 in Eastbourne. The information regarding Edward/Elizo comes from Ancestry.co.uk and has been posted by C W Faux.
In 1939 George and Rosetta were living at 10B Parkhurst Road, Bexhill where George was a chauffeur. George Wood died in 1979. Rosetta Gertrude Wood, widow of George Wood, motor mechanic died on 29 January 1987 at 35, Leigh Road, Hildenborough, aged 88 years old. her daughter was the informant and she appears to have been with them at the time of her death.
Finally William and Mary's daughter Edith Wood married Frederick William Monk in 1926. In 1939 they were living at Grovewood, Hailsham, where Frederick was a haulage contractor. Frederick William Monk died in 1977. Edith Monk died in 1998 in Eastbourne, aged 96.
- Albert Henry Wood and Harriett/Lucy Arnold
Albert Wood was baptised on 8 August 1858 at Bodle St Green, son of Richard Wood and Elizabeth Honeysett.
Albert married Harriett Hobden in 1879 in Battle.
In 1881 they were living at Stone Land, Warbleton where 23 year old Albert was a carter.
They had two children
- William Wood. Born 1880
- Thomas Wood. Born 1883
Harriett appears to have died in 1885 (Reg Gen June Qtr 1885 Hailsham 2b 53). Albert remarried in 1888. His second wife was Lucy Arnold. Lucy had previously been married to William Stephen Verrall on 30 March 1872 in Hailsham and they had two children:
- Kate Anna Verrall. Baptised 12 January 1873 at Rotherfield.
- Louisa Ellen Verrall. Baptised 5 March 1875 at Rotherfield.
William Stephen Verrall died in 1879. It appears Lucy then had a further child outside wedlock.
- Maud Mary Verrall. Born 1883 in Rotherfield
In 1891 the family were living at Cowbeech where 38 year old Albert was a waggoner. Both sons from his first marriage are living with them. Of Lucy's children, only Maud remains at home.
In 1901 Albert and Lucy are at Road, Warbleton and Albert, aged 43 is a "Public house keeper". None of their children remain at home.
In 1911 Albert is still a publican and he gives his address as the "War-bill-in-tun" at Warbleton. his wife is described as an "assistant in bar". They had been married for 23 years. The "War-bill-in-tun" is pictured below.
Lucy Wood died in 1929.
Albert H Wood died in 1937 in Cuckfield.
Nothing more is known with any certainty about Albert and Harriet's children.
- Lucy Ann Wood
Lucy Ann Wood was baptised on 9 December 1860 at Bodle St Green, daughter of Richard Wood and Elizabeth Honeysett.
In 1871 Lucy was a 10 year old scholar living with her parents at Bodle Street.
In 1911 Lucy was living with her brother in law John Henry Barton and her sister Caroline Barton at Rushlake Green (Chapter 4). Lucy was 49 years and is described as a housekeeper (domestic) manager. She appears to understate her age by a couple of years.
It seems Lucy never married.
In 1929, Lucy was working as a housekeeper for Edward Hobden, an 82 year old farmer at Hasledean, Ninfield. She was 59 years old. Also at the address was Esther Hazleman, a 55 year old widow, a boarder.
In 1939 Lucy A Wood was living at Elm Cottage, Marlpitts Lane, Ninfield. She was single, of no occupation. She gives her date of birth as 2 November 1862 which was clearly incorrect, again understating her age by a couple of years. Also at the address was Esther Hazelman, widow, born 24 May 1866, again of no occupation.
Lucy Ann Wood of Lark Rise, Cowbeech, nr Hailsham died on 30 April 1952 at Cherry Tree Cottage, Rushlake Green. Probate was granted to Fred Barton, roadman and Arthur Wood, smallholder. Cherry Tree Cottage was the home of her sister Caroline Barton (see below). It is likely that Caroline's son Fred was one of his Aunt's executors. Her sister Caroline Barton continued to live at Cherry Tree Cottage until her own death in 1954.
- Eliza Wood
Eliza Wood was baptised on 29 March 1863, daughter of Richard Wood and Elizabeth Honeysett.
In 1871 Eliza was a 8 year old scholar living with her parents at Bodle Street.
Nothing more is known about her with any certainty.
However Eliza Wood of 15, Pevensey Road, Eastbourne, spinster, died on 2 January 1932 at Princess Alice Hospital, Eastbourne. Probate was granted to Annie Walker, wife of John Henry Walker. The register of her death suggests that she was 69 years old, so the right age to be "our" Eliza, but if she was, where had she been in the interim?
Caroline Barton nee Wood
Caroline Wood was baptised 6 August 1865 at St John's Church, Bodle Street Green, the daughter of Richard Wood, labourer and Elizabeth Wood of Sanels Lane, Bodle Street Green.
On 3 May 1887 Caroline married John Henry Barton (Chapter 5) at St John's Church, Bodle Street Green, Caroline Wood, a spinster aged 21 was the daughter of Richard Wood, labourer of Bodle Street Green. The witnesses were Harriet Wood and Charles E S Pankhurst. (Reg Gen June Qtr 1887 Hailsham 2b 151).
The couple had eight children:
- Mary Jane Barton. Born 13 February 1888 in Warbleton.
- John Barton. Born 1889 in Warbleton
- Alice Barton. Born 1 January 1895 in Warbleton
- James Richard Barton. Born 10 July 1898 in Warbleton
- Fred Barton. Born 20 June 1900 in Warbleton
- Albert Barton. Born 17 January 1903 in Warbleton
- Arthur Barton. Born 5 August 1905 in Warbleton
- Nellie Barton. Born 19 June 1907 in Warbleton
Caroline Wood is pictured below with daughters Mary Jane, known as Polly (right), Alice (left) and James Richard (in pram)
Their lives together are detailed at Chapter 4.
Caroline is pictured below at her son James Richard Barton's wedding in 1926.