Vol. III - Appendix G

The children of Peter Bourner and Sarah Barton

Sarah Barton was born on 11 October 1818 daughter of John Barton and Catherine Keeley (Chapter 2). She was baptised on 8 November 1818 at Heathfield Independent Chapel.   

Sarah married Peter Bourner on 16 May 1840 (Reg Gen June Qtr 1840 Hailsham 7 437). 

Peter Bourner appears to have been Peter Augustus Bourner, who was baptised on 24 July 1816 at Crowhurst, the son of Peter Auguste Bourner and Jane Benedicta Holland. Later census returns confirm that Sarah's husband Peter Bourner had been born around that time in Crowhurst. Peter's brother James Bourner and his nephew Peter Bourner (through brother William Bourner) both married into the Wood family (Appendix M).

Peter and Sarah had six children:

  • Mary Ann Bourner. Born 1841. Baptised 22 October 1843 in Dallington
  • Peter Bourner. Baptised 22 October 1843 in Dallington
  • David Bourner. Born 1845
  • Emily Bourner. Born 1847
  • Sally Bourner. Born 1852
  • John Bourner, Born 1855

What follows is the little that is known of their children:

Mary Ann Bourner.

In 1861 Peter and Sarah's daughter Mary Ann Bourner was an 18 year old dairymaid living at home with her parents at Wood Land, Warbleton.

In 1871, aged 29, she is still living with her parents at Woodland Farm, Warbleton, She is still living with her parents in 1881. 

In 1891, aged 50, she was living with her sister Sally, her husband, Henry, their children and her younger brother Peter at Bucklands Farm, Warbleton.

I can find no trace of her on 1901, but in 1911 she was, aged 69, again living with her sister Sally and her family, now at Woodlands Farm, Bodle Street Green.

Mary A Bourner died on 10 February 1915 aged 73 years old (Reg Gen March Qtr 1915 Hailsham 2b 179). She was buried at St John's, Bodle Street Green. 

Peter Bourner

In 1861 Peter and Sarah's son Peter Bourner was an 18 year old groom, living with and working for Jesse Smith at Mount Pleasant, Herstmonceux. Jesse was a farmer of 80 acres employing 4 men and 4 boys as well as a coal merchant employing 2 men.

In 1871, aged 27, he is back living with his parents at Woodlands farm, Warbleton, where he remains in 1881.

In 1891 Peter was living with his sister Sally and her family at Bucklands Farm, Warbleton. He was 48 years old, unmarried farmer.

In 1901 Peter is farming at Red Pale Farm, Warbleton. His sister Emily, a 54 year old widow is living with him.

In 1911 67 year old Peter was a retired farmer living with his brother David at Little Red Pale Farm, Dallington, Warbleton.

Peter Bourner. of Warbleton died on 12 February 1915, Administration was granted to John Bourner, blacksmith.

David Bourner and Sarah Ann White

Peter and Sarah's son David Bourner married Sarah Ann White on 2 April 1870 (Reg Gen June Qtr 1870 Hailsham 2b 97).

In 1871 David and Sarah were living with his parents at Woodland Farm, Warbleton, but in a seperate household. David was an agricultural labourer. Their two eldest daughters had been born and were 4 years old and 3 weeks old. In all, the couple had five children:

  • Flora Agnes Bourner. Baptised 9 April 1871
  • Rosa Catherine Bourner. Born 11 March 1871. Baptised 9 April 1871 at Bodle Street Green
  • David Bourner. Born 30 March 1875
  • Laura Bourner. Born 1879
  • Lily Bourner. Born 3 February 1887

In 1881 the family were still at Woodland Farm, Warbleton where 35 year old David was an agricultural labourer.

In 1891 David and Sarah were living at 1 Cowden Cottages, Wartling where 46 year old David was an agricultural labourer. Their 16 year old son David was also an agricultural labourer. Daughters Laura and Lily were at school. Daughter Rosa was no longer at home.

In 1901 they were living in Bodle Street next to their Uncle Thomas's widow Eleanor Barton (Appendix F).

In 1911 David and Sarah were living at Little Red Pale Farm, Dallington. David was a 66 year old farmer. His wife Sarah Ann, was 65. None of their children were at home, but David's brother Peter was living with them as was their 13 year old grandson, Harold Pont.

Sarah Bourner died in 1913 aged 67 (Reg Gen March Qtr 1913 Eastbourne 2b 145).

David Bourner died in 1917 aged 72 (Reg Gen March Qtr 1917 Eastbourne 2b 145)

In 1891 David and Sarah's daughter Flora Agnes Bourner was a cook working for Edward Holyson, a farm steward and his wife in Ashburnham. Nothing more is known about her. 

David and Sarah's daughter, Rosa Catherine Bourner married William Charles Pont in 1892 (Reg Gen June Qtr 1892 Hailsham 2b 200).  In 1901 they were living in Conblye, Brightling where 32 year old William was an agricultural labourer. William and Rosa had seven children:

  • Edith Pont. Born 20 March 1893 in Brightling. Edith married Owen Albert Wrenn in 1917. They had six children. Owen Albert Wrench died on 7 February 1929 aged 36 years. In 1939 Edith was living at 44, Wellington Gardens, Battle. Edith Wrenn died on 20 January 1951 at Brook Hospital, Shooters Hill, Woolwich.
  • William David Pont. Born 11 January 1895 in Brightling. William David Pont married Kate Fairall in 1928Kate Fairall was the daughter of David Fairall and Margaret Jane Mepham. David Fairall (like William's mother, Rosa Catherine Bourner) was a great grandchild of John Barton and Catherine Keeley (through their son Thomas Barton) making William and Kate "3rd cousins" (see Chapter 2 and Appendix F). 
  • Harold Pont. Born 9 February 1898 in Brightling. Harold married Elsie May Bodle in 1922. They had one son. Elsie died in 1938 aged 44 years old. In 1939 Harold was living with his mother Rosa at 48 Wellington Gardens, Battle (see below). Harold died in 1958.
  • Edward Pont. Born 31 July 1899 in Penhurst. Edward married Mabel Kate Crouch in 1938. In 1939 they were living 2 Park View, Battle and Edward was a "banksman". Mildred Kate Pont of Little Hollingrove Farm, Brightling died on 11 March 1972. Edward Pont of Winstowe, Charles Road, St Leonards on Sea died on 25 May 1978.
  • Albert Benjamin Pont. Born 25 June 1902 in Mountfield. Albert married Eveline Ruth Wright in 1928. Eveline Ruth Pont died in August 1944. In 1951 Albert married Ivy Kate Carden in Tonbridge, Kent. Ivy Pont died in 1978. Albert died in 1984 in Tunbridge Wells. 
  • Kate Pont. Born 28 January 1905 in Mountfield. Kate married Reginald Roger Brooman in 1932. They had two children. In 1939 they were living at 1 Council House, Battle and Reginald was a public works labourer. Reginald died in 1985. Kate died in 1991.
  • Archie Bertram Pont. Born 30 January 1907 in Mountfield. Archie married Constance Ruth Cornford in 1937. Constance Ruth Cornford was the daughter of Daniel Cornford and Ruth Honeysett (Vol. IV. Appendix C). In 1939 they were living at Great Sprays, Battle and Archie was a woodcutter and cleaver. Archie died in 1981. Constance Ruth Pont of Ramsdell, 33 Virgins Lane, Battle died in 20 April 1991. 

In 1911 William, Rosa and the family was living at Darwell Furnace, Brightling and 42 year old William was now a quarryman of Hardstone. Darwell Furnace was used in the manufacture of cannon. The Fuller family from Brightling were a major cannon manufacturer in the local area, and produced a wide range of models from 32 pdr 10ft long to a 6 pdr 6ft long. Daughter Edith, aged 18, was a parlour maid working for Catherine Halifax in Tonbridge, Kent. Son William, aged 16 was still at home, but was already a farm labourer. The only child not listed is Harold who was living with his grandparents David and Sarah.  William Charles Pont died in 1926

In 1939 Rosa was living at 48 Wellington Gardens, Battle. Rosa is described as "housekeeper for son". She was living with her son Harold (see above), a gypsum worker and grandson, Eric G Pont, born 22 April 1924, a grocery salesman. Rosa Catherine Pont died in 1941 in Brightling. The above picture of Rosa Pont was posted on Ancestry.co.uk by Steve Gray. 

In 1901 David and Sarah's son David Bourner was a 26 year old police constable boarding with David Miles, car man and contractor, and his family at 44 Lideswell Street, Eastbourne. In 1902 he married Ada Janette Hayward (Reg Gen Dec Qtr 1902 Eastbourne 2b 164). In 1911 they were living at 64 Latimer Street, Eastbourne. David, now 36 was a police sergeant. They had three sons

  • Reginald David Bourner. Born 29 January 1904 in Eastbourne. Reginald married Mary E Harris in 1935. In 1939 they were living at 1 Port Road, Eastbourne and Reginald was a motor driver. Reginald died in 1973.
  • Clifford Bourner. Born 8 February 1907 in Eastbourne. Clifford married Marjorie J Harris in 1953. Clifford died in 1977.
  • Sidney Ronald Bourner. Born 20 October 1910 in Eastbourne. Sidney Ronald Bourner of 129 Victoria Drive, Eastbourne died on 7 September 1983.

In 1939 David and Ada were living at 129 Victoria Drive, Eastbourne, David was a retired police officer. Sons Clifford and Sidney were still at home, both warehouse clerks. David Bourner of 129 Victoria Drive, Eastbourne died on 27 November 1953 at St Mary's Hospital, Eastbourne. Probate was granted to Ada Janette Bourner, widow and Clifford Bourner, sales manager. His wife Ada Janette Bourner of 129 Victoria Drive died on 15 October 1958 aged 81 years old.

David and Sarah's daughter Laura Bourner married Edward George Shingleton in 1915 (Reg Gen June Qtr 1915 Cuckfield 2b 487). They had at least two children:

  • Joan A Shingleton. Born 1920
  • Harold David Shingleton. Born 14 September 1921. Harold married Barbara I Parkins in 1951. He died on 28 January 1993 in Poole, Dorset.

Edward George Shingleton of Dean House Farm, Hurstpierpoint died on 17 April 1928 at West London Hospital, Hammersmith. Probate was granted to Frederick William Shingleton and Ernest Arnold Shingleton, manufacturers. Laura Bourner died in 1933, leaving their children orphaned in their early teens. 

Finally in 1911 David and Sarah's daughter Lily Bourner was visiting Mortimer Crisford, a 54 year old journeyman butcher, his wife Maud Crisford, aged 50 and their children Charles Crisford, aged 25, a car man and Millicent Maud Crisford, aged 23, a dressmaker. Lily married Charles Crisford later that year. They had three children:

  • Charles Mortimer Crisford. Born 28 August 1912. Charles Mortimer Crisford of Red Pale Cottage, Dallington died on 24 April 1988 in Eastbourne.
  • Ivy Grace Crisford. Born 2 January 1915. Ivy married Frederick Brett in 1947. Ivy Grace Brett died in 1995.
  • Margery Doris Crisford. Born 26 December 1919. Margery married Kenneth D Axell in 1942. Margery Doris Axell of Oaklands, Dallington died on 20 May 1969, aged 49 years. 

In 1939 Mortimer and Lily were living at Bucklands Farm, Hailsham where Charles was farming. Their son Charles was assisting on the farm. Daughter Margery was also still at home. Also listed was bricklayer Kenneth H Axell (see above). Lily Crisford died in 1954 aged 66 years old. Charles Crisford of Furze House, Flimwell, Battle died on 14 June 1971.

Emily Oxley nee Bourner

In 1861 Peter and Sarah's daughter Emily Bourner was a servant living with and working for William Perigo, a farmer of 148 acres employing 4 labourers and 1 boy a Warbleton. In 1871 she was a servant living and working for John Harris, farmer of 333 acres employing 11 men and 4 boys in Warbleton.

Emily married Caleb Oxley later in 1871.

In 1881 Caleb & Emily were living at Thornden, Ashburnham where 44 year old Caleb was a waggoner. They had three children:

  • William Oxley. Baptised 5 April 1874 at Mayfield.
  • Mary Ann Oxley. Born 14 November 1877 in Warbleton. Died in 1878.
  • John Oxley. Born 1880 in Ashburnham

In 1891 the family are living at the Water Mill, Catsfield where 54 year old Caleb was a carter. Their eldest son, William, now 16 is a carters mate.

Caleb Oxley died in 1899.

In 1901 Emily was living with her brother Peter at Little Red Pale Farm, Warbleton where Peter is farming. Emily, a 54 year old widow is described as a housekeeper.

Emily remarried in 1905. Her second husband was Henry Mitchell. However Henry had died by 1911 at which time Emily was boarding with William Christian at Silveriche Farm, Ashburnham. Also boarding is 4 year old James Arthur Barton, born Ashburnham. James Arthur Barton was born on 7 July 1906 at Sliverhicks Farm, Ashburnham. He was the son of Mary Jane Barton, housemaid (domestic). It is not certain how he fits in at present. The only Mary Jane Barton I have in the family tree at present is the daughter of John Henry Barton and Caroline Wood and that Mary Jane is certainly the right age to be James mother. (Chapter 4 & Appendix N).  John Henry Barton was a 1st cousin of Emily Oxley nee Bourner.

Emily Mitchell died in 1924.

In 1901 Caleb and Emily's son William Oxley was boarding with William & Eliza King at 25 Edwards Road, Mile End, aged 26 he was working as a labourer. It is possible that he died in 1915 in Woolwich. 

In 1891 Caleb and Emily's son John Oxley was boarding with 7 others at the home of John Marchant, railway foreman and his family at Bridge Street, Ashford, Kent. Aged 21 he was a carpenter and labourer. John married Bessie Rampley on 3 August 1907 in Exning. In 1911 they were living at Hillside, Ditton Prior, Bridgenorth, Shropshire where John was a general labourer at a quarry. They had five children.

  • Herbert John Oxley. Born 21 March 1909 at Cleobury Mortimer, Shropshire. Herbert married Melinda Jane Davies in 1947. Melinda died in 2003. Herbert died in 2006 in Barnsley, Yorkshire.
  • Phillis Elsie Oxley. Born 30 October 1909. Baptised 6 February 1910 at Llanbedr-y-Cennin, Caernarvonshire. Phillis never married and died in 1997 in Leicestershire
  • Leonard William Oxley. Born 21 September 1912 in Ditton Priors, Cridling Stubbs. Leonard may have died in 1959 in Bridgnorth. 
  • Margery Eva Oxley. Born 7 August 1914. Margery married John Dickman on 12 January 1943 at Leicester. John died on 29 May 1985. Margery died on 10 April 1992 at Leicester General Hospital.
  • Dorothy Kate Oxley. Born 7 August 1914. Dorothy never married and died in 1939 in Shropshire

On 8 February 1915 John Oxley of 7 Bent Lane, Ditton Priors, Bridgenorth, a 35 year old quarry plate layer enlisted in Sussex Regiment. In 1939 John and Bessie were still living at 7 Bent Lane, Bridgnorth where John was a government service engineer. Son Leonard and daughter Dorothy were still at home. John Oxley died in 1957. Bessie Oxley died in 1958 in Bridgnorth, Shropshire.

Sally Beale nee Bourner

Peter and Sarah's daughter Sally Bourner married Henry Beale in 1877. 

In 1881 they were living in Red Pale Road, Warbleton where 23 year old Henry was an agricultural labourer. Sally, aged 29 was six years Henry's senior. In 1891 they were living at Bucklands Farm, Warbleton which Henry was farming.

Henry and Sally had eight children, all born in Warbleton:

  • Annie Beale. Born 1877.
  • Ellen Beale. Born 14 March 1879
  • Henry Beale. Born 7 April 1880.
  • William Beale. Born 26 October 1883
  • Thomas Beale. Born 9 January 1886
  • George Beale. Born 20 May 1888. Baptised 24 August 1888 at Bodle Street.
  • John Beale. Born 29 September 1890 at Warbleton.
  • David Beale. Born 1892

Their daughter Annie Beale died in 1894 aged 16 years.

In 1911 Henry and Sally were living at Woodlands Farm, Bodle Street. Henry, 62 was still farming. Sons Tom, aged 25 and John, aged 20 were still at home. Both were working on their fathers farm. Sally's sister Mary Ann Bourner was also living with them.

Henry Beale of Woodlands, Warbleton, died on 22 April 1912. Probate was granted to Sally Beale, widow, William Beale, carpenter and Thomas Beale, labourer. 

Sally Beale died in 1939.

Henry and Sally's daughter Ellen Beale married Charles William Christian in 1897. In 1901 they were living with Charles's parents William Christian and Mary at Silvericks Farm, Ashburnham. Charles, aged 24 is described as a farmers son. In 1911 they were living at Red Pale, Bodle Street where 36 year old Charles was a farmer. Their son Albert, aged 13 was already working on the farm. Charles and Ellen had two sons

  • Albert John Christian. Born 1898. Albert married Beatrice M Winchester in 1920. Albert died in 1986. Beatrice died later the same year.
  • Alfred Thomas Christian. Born 1904. Alfred died in 1918 aged 15 years old.

In 1939 Charles and Ellen Christian were living at Mount Pleasant, Hailsham. Charles is described as "incapacitated". Charles William Christian of Pleasant House, Bodle Street died on 27 March 1946. Probate was granted to Ellen Christian, widow. Ellen Christian died in 1972.

Henry and Sally's son Henry Beale married Edith Jane Dann in 1902. In 1911 they were living at Woodland, Bodle Street where 30 year old Henry was a farm labourer. Henry and Edith had two children:

  • Annie Beale. Born 29 March 1903. Annie married George Charles Keeley in 1950. George Charles Keeley was born 26 March 1902 the son of Charles Keeley and Louisa Mary Young. Charles Keeley was the son of Charles Keeley (1836 to 1911) and Mary Ann Martin (1843 to 1920). CHarles Keeley Snr was the son of John Keeley (1793 to 1876) and Hannah Cramp (1791 to 1876). So George Charles Keeley was the great x 2 grandson of Richard Keeley and Ann Vine and they were "3rd cousins once removed" (see Appendix B). Annie Keeley of Toll Farm, Bodle Street Green died in 14 February 1978. Toll Farm had been George's parents farm in 1939. George Charles Keeley of Timberdown, 12 High Street Heathfield died on 1 January 1986
  • Henry Thomas Beale. Born 18 September 1904. Henry married Lois Sanders in 1928. In 1939 they were living at Corner Cottage, Bodle Street and Henry was a E S S C sectional roadmarker. Henry died in 1983. Lois died in 2004. She had been living at Stone Acre, Bodle Street Green in the years prior to her death. 

In 1939 Henry and Edith were living at Prinkle Bungalow, Hailsham and Henry was a farm carter. Daughter Annie was still living at home. Edith died on 27 February 1947. Henry Beale of Prinkle, Bodle Street died on 30 November 1949 at St Mary Hospital, Eastbourne. Probate was granted to Annie Beale, spinster.

In 1911, Henry and Sally's son William Beale was boarding with Albert Hobday, a 35 year old farm labourer. William was a 27 year old waggoner on a farm. William married Edith Crouch in 1915. They had at least three children, the 1939 register suggests more. 

  • William Victor Beale. Born 9 February 1920 in Steyning. William Victor Beale died on 5 April 2010 in Brighton. 
  • Elizabeth Beale. Born 9 March 1925 in Steyning. Elizabeth Beale married George P Hoad in 1959. Between 2003 and 2009 she was living at 215 Manor Hall Road, Southwick, Brighton.  
  • John David Beale. Born 29 August 1928 in Steyning. John died in 1987

In 1939 William, Edith and their children were living at Portslade On Sea and William was a general labourer. William died in 1958 in Hove, East Sussex. Edith died in 1967.

In 1911 Henry and Sally's son Thomas Beale was living with his parents. Aged 25 he is described as a farmers son. Thomas married Mabel Freeman in 1914. In 1939 they were living at Woodlands Farm, Bodle Street, Thomas's parents old farm? They had at least two sons

  • Frederick Henry Beale. Born 31 July 1914. Frederick H Beale died in 1994.
  • Stanley Thomas Beale. Born 2 September 1918. Stanley married Alice Agnes Amelia Pilbeam in 1941. Alice Agnes Amelia Beale of 3 Dales Close, Windmill Hill, Hailsham died on 12 July 1993. Stanley died in 1996

Mabel died in 1970 aged 87 years old. Thomas Beale may have died in 1975 aged 89 years old. 

Henry and Sally's son George Beale married Eliza Budgen in 1909. In 1911 they were living in Park Cottage, Dallington where 22 year old George was a farm labourer. They had six children:

  • William George Beale. Born 23 July 1910 in Dallington. William married Dorothy May Isted on 20 August 1938 in Ashburnham. Dorothy was a registered nurse. In 1939 Dorothy was staying with her parents at Northlands, Battle.  Its not clear where her husband was at the time. William died on 22 July 1991. Dorothy died on 1 May 1997 in Hastings.
  • Henry Gilbert Beale. Born 19 February 1912 in Battle. Henry died in 1984.
  • Constance Mabel Beale. Born 28 April 1913 in Hailsham. Constance married Arthur J R Woolgar in 1930. In 1939 they were living at Thorneyfold Cottage, Hailsham where Arthur was an agricultural worker, a tractor driver. They had one son. Constance died on 18 April 1970 in Uckfield.
  • Ellen Elizabeth Beale. Born 23 March 1915 in Hailsham. Ellen married Clarence William Keeley in 1934. Clarence Keeley was born on 13 September 1901, the son of Robert Keeley and Jane Alma White. Robert was the son of Richard Keeley (1826 to 1889) and Ruth Burton (1827 to 1915). Richard was the son of John Keeley (1793 to 1876) and Hannah Cramp (1791 to 1876). John was the son of Richard Keeley (1759 to 1848) and Ann Vine (1760 to 1806) making this a marriage of "3rd cousins once removed" (see Appendix B) In 1939 they were living at Brigden Hill Cottages, Battle where Clarence who was 14 years Ellen's senior was farming. Ellen died on 9 March 1988. Clarence died in 1990.
  • Edith Mary Beale. Born 7 October 1916. Edith married George Edward Turner in 1940. Edith died in 1986. George died in 2005.
  • David John Beale. Born 1920. David died on 27 October 1942 and was buried at El Alemain, Egygt. He had been a private in the Royal Sussex Regiment.

George Beale died on 7 February 1924 aged 35 years old. Eliza died in 1938. Their children would have ranged from 18 to 28 years old at the time they lost their mother.  

Henry and Sally's son John Beale married Helena Keeley in 1919. Helena was born on 23 May 1884, the daughter of Charles Keeley and Mary Ann Martin. Her brother Charles Keeley married Louisa Mary Young so she was George Charles Keeley's aunt. John and Helena were "2nd cousins once removed"  (see above and Appendix B). Helena had been married previously. Her first husband was Edward Dallaway. They had married in 1908 and had a daughter Eleanor Dallaway who was born on 4 October 1908. Edward Dallaway of Westdene, Heathfield died on 9 April 1917, a member of the King's Own Light Infantry, killed in action in World War I and buried at Saint-Martin-sur-Cojeul, Pas-de-Calais, France.  In 1939 John and Helena were living at Red Pale, Bodle Street Green and John was a dairy farmer. Had they taken over from his sister and her husband (see above). Helena Beale of Redpale Farm, Bodle Street (wife Of John Beale) died on 4 August 1944 at Three Counties Emergency Hospital, Arseley, Bedfordshire. Probate was granted to John Beale. I wonder what happened and what Helena was doing in Bedfordshire? John Beale died in 1973 in Hailsham. Helena's daughter Eleanor Dallaway married Brian Jesse Cornford in 1931. They had two children. In 1939 they were living at 4 Beech Farm Cottages, Battle and Brian was a farmer. Brian Jesse Cornford of 1 Garfield Road, Hailsham died on 31 December 1970. Eleanor died on 12 December 1999 in Eastbourne, 

Henry and Sally's son David Beale married Dorothy Francis Stubberfield in 1920. He is believed to have died on 1 March 1927 aged 35. In 1939 Dorothy Beale was a patient at East Suusex County Mental Hospital in Hellingly. She is a widow and gives her occupation as a housekeeper.  Dorothy Francis Beale died in 1981, aged 85 years old. 

John Bourner and Sophia Christmas

Finally Peter and Sarah's son John Bourner married Sophia Christmas in 1878. Sophia had been born Sophia Stevens the daughter of William Stevens and had been previously married James Christmas on 29 January 1876. James had died in 1877 aged 25 years old.  

In 1891 John, aged 36, blacksmith and his wife were living at The Cloppers, Heathfield. John and Sophia had six children:

  • John Alfred Bourner. Born 1879 in Heathfield. John Alfred Bourner died in 1882 aged 3 years old.
  • Ada Sophie Bourner. Born 9 May 1883 in Heathfield
  • Alice Maud Bourner. Born 8 June 1885 in Heathfield
  • William Peter Bourner. Born 8 February 1888 in Heathfield.
  • Walter Ernest Bourner. Born 1890 in Heathfield.
  • Edith Caroline Bourner. Born 17 December 1891 in Heathfield.

in 1901 the family was living at Vines Cross, Heathfield with two lodgers, 25 year old Percy Victor Broad, general assistant and 29 year old Albert Victor Hewett, journeyman baker at Vines Cross, Heathfield. John Bourner, aged 46 was still a blacksmith.

In 1911 John and Sophia were still living at Vines Cross, Warbleton where 57 year old John was still a blacksmith, as was his 23 year old son Peter William Bourner, the only child to remain at home.

John Bourner died in 1932.

In 1939 Sophia Bourner, widow was living at Monkhurst Farm, Hailsham with her son William P Bourner and his family (see below).  

In 1911 John and Sophia's daughter Ada Sophie Bourner was a housemaid living at Swan Wood, Shoreham Reach. There was no "obvious" head of household, with 22 year old Rosina Lucy Lutton, a cook. listed as such. Ada's sister Alice was also a servant living at the same address. Ada Sophia Bourner married Martin John Wickens in 1912 in Chiddingly. They had two children:

  • Mabel Dorothy Wickens Born 4 September 1913. Mabel married Harold F Barrow in 1940. Mabel Dorothy Barrow died in 1997 in Torbay, Devon.
  • Arthur Ernest Wickens. Born 18 September 1915. Arthur Ernest Wickens of 27 Hawthylands Road, Hailsham died on 30 April 1985. 

In 1939 Martin and Ada were living at Dunbreak, Vines Cross where Martin was a farm worker and gardener. Martin John Wickens of Dunbreak, Vines Cross died on 30 January 1945. Ada Sophie Wickens of Dunbreak, Vines Cross, Horsham died on 6 February 1945 at Burns Valley Nurseries, Vines Cross. Administration of both estates was granted to "Ernest Arthur" Wickens, Private H M Army.

In 1901, John and Sophia's daughter Alice Maud Bourner was visiting Henry & Eliza Meakins, grocers at Vines Cross. In 1911, aged 25 she was a servant to Rosina Lucy Sutton living at Sevan Wood, Shoreham Rise. In 1913 Alice married William John Vine, the entry confirms Alice's maiden name was Bourner, but the position is by no means clear. In 1911 a William John Vine, aged 30 is living at Palmers Row, Hailsham with his wife Alice, aged 28 (born 1883) and their three children. He is a marine store dealer and had been married 9 years. Was this a different William John Vine? or just a different Alice? William John Vine (born 1880) enlisted in the RAF on 11 November 1914. At the time he enlisted and his pension details name his wife as Alice Maud Vine, the pension details describe her as his widow.  The position is further complicated because a William John Vine of The Red Lion Hotel, Magnum Down died on 8 December 1946 and probate was granted to his widow Alice Maud Vine!! In 1939 William J Vine, a farmer, born 24 September 1873 and Maud A (corrected to Alice Maud) Vine born 8 June 1885 were living at The White Horse Hotel, Battle!! I can't find any other records for William that tie in with that date of birth. So what children did our couple have? Other researchers attribute 3 daughters born before 1913 to the couple, and 3 sons born after 1913, but whom all show the mothers maiden name as Burton, so I am not convinced.  Alice Maud Vine (born 8 June 1885) died in 1975. 

John and Sophia's son William Peter Bourner may have enlisted in the army on 13 January 1905. Aged 18 he was a saddler living at Hailsham. In 1911 he was a 23 year old blacksmith living with his parents at Vines Cross, Warbleton. In 1925 he married Harriett Maggie Hobden. In 1939 William and "Maggie" were living at Monkhurst Farm, Hailsham with their daughter Catherine M Bourner, born 21 July 1927  and William's mother Sophia (see above). William Peter Bourner of Holwood Cottage, Maynards Green died on 18 January 1962 at St Mary's Hospital, Eastbourne. Probate was granted to Harriett Maggie Bourner, widow and Noel Clarke, solicitor. Harriett remarried in 1963. Her second husband was William Nock. Harriett Maggie Nock of Timberdown, Heathfied died on 1 July 1987. 

In 1911 John and Sophia's son Walter Ernest Bourner was living with his uncle Urban Stevens and his wife Harriett at Green Street Farm, Old Town, Eastbourne, Aged 21 he was an apprentice to the motor industry. Private W E Bourner of the Royal Sussex Regiment died on 19 March 1916 and was buried in Y Farm Military Cemetery, Bois-Grenier, Departement du Nord, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France.

Finally John and Sophia's daughter Edith Caroline Bourner married Percival George Barrow in 1920. They had two children:

  • Betty Maud Barrow. Born 11 April 1922. Betty married Henry C Haskell in 1946.  
  • George Richard John Barrow. Born 24 March 1927. George Richard John Barrow of 7 Arundel Close, Hailsham died on 8 February 1974.

Percival George Barrow of Deanland Bungalow, Warbleton died on 19 May 1927. Administration as granted to Edith Caroline Barrow, widow and William Peter Bourner, farmer. Edith remarried on 13 December 1930 at St Mary's Church, Chadwell. Her second husband was Alfred Edward Offen. In 1939 they were living at Deanland, Leaf Cross, Hailsham. Both Edith's children were still living with them. Alfred Edward Offen died in 1977. Edith Caroline Offen died on 14 January 1983.

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