Honeysett or Hunnisett

Selina Honeysett or Hunnisett was my great x 3 grandmother. She married James Veness on 1 January 1840 at Ashburnham Parish Church. 

I had traced the family back to James Honeysett and Sarah Sivyer, but other researchers have accomplished much more. Extensive information regarding the Hunnisett is already available on line at 


This suggests that first Hunnisetts recorded in England were two Frenchmen, Jacques who is known to have arrived in about 1517, and Adrian who arrived in about 1523 originated in France.  It then becomes difficult to trace our ancestors through to a time when life events were more often recorded, but others research suggests the families line of descent could be as follows: 

  • Peter Henesit. Born 1540. Married Clemens Tole on 28 August 1569 at Fletching. They had a son Clement who was baptised on 14 February 1575/6 at Mountfield. 

  • Clement  Handsete. Baptised 14 February 1575/6 at Mountfield, son of Peter and Clemence. He married Anne Hunt on 10 February 1593/4 in Westfield, They had five children, Mary, baptised 18 May 1595 at Westfield, Thomas, born approx 1600, Jeremy, Rachel, born approx 1608, John, born 23 February 1611/12 at Westfield. Clement was buried on 29 November 1616

  • Thomas Henesett. Born approx 1600 in Westfield, son of Clement and Anne. He married Tamasin Blackman in Ninfield on 2 November 1618. They had six sons baptised at Ninfield, Joseph, born 8 June 1620, Richard, baptised 14 July 1622, Thomas, baptised 28 February 1623/4, John, baptised 9 February 1625/26, David, baptised 29 April 1627 and Adrian, baptised 20 October 1633.  

  • Adrian Heneset. Baptised 20 October 1633 at Ninfield, son of Thomas and Tamasin. He married Susanna Hollands (1632-1702) on 25 January 1665/6 at Hailsham they had seven children, baptised at Wartling, Thomas, baptised 11 November  1666, William, baptised 25 April 1669, John, baptised 3 March 1671/2, David, baptised 28 March 1675, Samuel, baptised 29 October 1676, Richard, baptised 27 December 1679 and Mary, baptised 10 September 1682. Adrian was buried on 21 March 1682 at Wartling. Susanna was buried on 25 August 1702 at Westham. 

  • David Honniset. Baptised 28 March 1675 at Wartling, son of Adrian and Susanna. He married Elizabeth Rhodes in Westham on 28 April 1702 and they had seven children, John, baptised 18 February 1702/3 in Hailsham, David, baptised 10 June 1705 in HailshamElizabeth, baptised 28 December 1707 in Dallington, Mary, baptised 18 March 1710/11 in Dallington, Samuel, baptised 19 June 1714 in Dallington, Thomas, baptised 7 September 1718 in Dallington and Sarah, baptised 8 December 1721 in Dallington. Elizabeth was buried in Dallington on 8 September 1748 and David on 2 October 1749. Selina's line continues through son Thomas (my 6th great grandfather), but his brother David is also my 6th great grandfather through the Barton line (see Volume III. Appendix M). 

  • Thomas Honeysett, baptised 7 September 1718 at Dallington, son of David and Elizabeth. He married Ann. They had ten children, Samuel, baptised 19 June 1743 in Warbleton, Thomas, baptised 13 January 1744/5 in Ashburnham, William, baptised 30 March 1746 in Ashburnham, Ann, baptised 8 May 1748 in Ashburnham, John baptised 10 December 1749 in Ashburnham, Elizabeth, baptised 22 March 1751/2 in Dallington, David, baptised 9 June 1754 in Dallington, James, baptised 7 November 1756 in Dallington (see below), Sarah, baptised on 23 December 1759 in Dallington and Edward, baptised 6 April 1764 in Dallington. "The wife of Thomas Honeysett" was buried in Dallington on 11 May 1785. Thomas was buried on either 15 January 1797 or 9 October 1797. 

James Honeysett and Mary Pim/Sarah Sivyer

James Honeysett was baptised on 7 November 1756 at Dallington Parish Church, the son of Thomas and Ann Honeysett.

On 9 July 1776 he married Mary Pim at Ashburnham Parish Church.

James and Mary had two children:

  • Mary Honeysett. Baptised 12 December 1780 at Heathfield Independent Chapel.
  • David Honeysett. Baptised 1783 at Ashburnham Parish Church.

It is assumed James's wife Mary died although her burial has not been located, for on 21 October 1788 James remarried. His bride was Sarah Sivyer and they were married at Ashburnham Parish Church.

James and Sarah had four children:

  • Selina Honeysett. Baptised 1808 aged 16 at Herstmonceux Parish Church.
  • Edward Honeysett. Born 13 January 1795. Baptised 15 November 1818 at Ashburnham Parish Church.
  • Thomas Honeysett. Baptised on 21 January 1838 as an adult at Ashburnham Parish Church
  • James Honeysett. Baptised 1802 at Warbleton Parish Church.

In 1851 Sarah was an 84 year old widow at Alms Houses, Ashburnham, She is described as "an almswoman formerly ag lab". Sarah Honeysett is believed to have died in 1852

Our line continues through Thomas Honeysett and his life is detailed below. 

Nothing more is known about Mary, James daughter from his first marriage, Selina or James from his second marriage.  

The following is known about their remaining children: 

  • David Honeysett and Francis Veness

James and Mary's son David Honeysett married Francis Veness on 14 October 1806 at Ashburnham Parish Church.

Francis Veness was baptised on 4 May 1786 at Ashburnham Parish Church, the daughter of Samuel Veness and Ann Martin who were married on 12 April 1768 at Hooe Parish Church. Her father Samuel (baptised 25 November 1749 at Brightling. Buried 10 March 1808 at Brightling) was the son of Samuel Venice who married Mary Durrant on 11 September 1748 at Brightling. Her grandfather Samuel (baptised 6 February 1725 at Brightling. Buried 12 February 1801 at Brightling) was the son of Richard Venice and Mary Muggridge (Chapter 2). Francis Veness was one of eleven children, her siblings were:

  • Elizabeth Veness. Baptised 21 August 1768. Her brother Samuel's will indicates that she married John Jenkins and that they had issue.
  • Ann Veness. Baptised 8 October 1769. She married Robert Pettitt on 13 May 1793 in Ashburnham. They had the seven children, Mary Pettitt (born 1793, died 6 February 1824), Ann Pettitt (born 1795), Edward Pettitt (Born 1796 in Ashburnham. Married Mary York on 20 December 1820. They had numerous children, not detailed here. Died 1839 in Ashburnham), Harriett Pettitt (baptised 9 December 1796 in Ashburnham. Married Thomas Croft), Sophia Pettitt (Baptised 20 June 1801 at Ashburnham), Charlotte Pettitt (Baptised 16 October 1803 at Ashburnam. Married James Curtis in 1824. Died 1849), Sarah Pettitt (Baptised 14 January 1810 at Ashburnham. Married Reuben French on 22 November 1828. Died in 1889 in Wartling), Celia Pettitt (Baptised 12 September 1813 at Ashburnham. Married John Sweatman) and Sarah Pettitt (Baptised 1813 at Ashburnham).
  • Edward Veness Baptised 10 October 1771 at Ashburnham
  • Mary Veness. Baptised 5 September 1773 at Ashburnham. She had an illegitimate son John Veness baptised on 20 December 1800 before marrying Henry Beney on 24 November 1802 at Ashburnham. It appears from her brother Samuel's will there may have been a son Samuel. Mary died on 22 September 1861 at Ashburnham.
  • Samuel Veness. Baptised 9 July 1775 in Ashburnham. In 1841 Samuel was living in Burwash. It is believed that he died on 4 April 1851. In his will made on 10 October 1844 he is described as a wheelwright of Burwash and he seems to leave his assets in trust for the use of "Providence Chapel" in Burwash for as long as it is used for the "independent denomination of Calvinistic dissenters". Thereafter his estate goes to the various relatives mentioned in the will who are brother Thomas Veness, sisters Ann Pettitt and Mary Beney, Elizabeth Jenkins, Mary's son Samuel Veness and his son John Veness and nephew William Heathfield. The will indicates that William was a relative of Samuel's late wife, but as no children are mentioned it is assumed that they had no issue.
  • Thomas Veness. Baptised 15 March 1778 at Ashburnham. Thomas's brother's will indicated he had married and had issue but had died by 1844.
  • Bett Veness. Baptised 7 November 1779,
  • Sarah Veness. Baptised 18 November 1781,
  • James Veness. Baptised 27 July 1783 and
  • John Veness. Baptised 4 September 1785

David and Francis Honeysett had nine children:

  • Frances Honeysett. Born 1807
  • David Honeysett. Born 1812 In Warbleton. 
  • Sarah Honeysett. Born 6 November 1814. Baptised 21 February 1815 at Heathfield Independent Chapel. 
  • Hannah Honeysett. Born 19 February 1817. Baptised 8 July 1917 at Heathfield Independent Chapel. 
  • Harriett Honeysett. Born 13 April 1820. Baptised 18 June 1820 at Heathfield Independent Chapel
  • Samuel Honeysett. Born 29 April 1822.  Baptised 16 June 1822 at Heathfield Independent Chapel 
  • James Honeysett. Born 10 August 1824. Baptised 28 September 1824 at Heathfield Independent Chapel
  • William Honeysett. Born 4 November 1827. Baptised 17 February 1828 at Heathfield Independent Chapel
  • Thomas Honeysett. Baptised 8 July 1831 at Ashburnham Parish Church.

In 1841 David and Francis were living at Sprays Hill, Ashburnham with their children Samuel Veness, aged 19, William Veness, aged 19, Thomas Veness, aged 10. There is also a further male Honeysett aged 2 but the name is eligible and no relationship is given on the census.

David Honeysett on 28 April 1845 in Ashburnham and by 1851 his widow "Fanny" Honeysett was a 63 year old domestic living with her brother Samuel, a retired wheelwright at the Village, Burwash. 

Nothing more is known about David and Frances daughter Frances Honeysett, 

David and Frances' son David Honeysett married Harriett Winchester in 1836. it is understood that David was accused of stealing in 1835 but acquitted. In 1840 he was found guilty of larceny and sentenced to 6 months hard labour. In 1841 David was in the House of Correction, Lewis. William, aged 30 was described as a "prisoner - labourer". It is understood that David and Harriett lived in Ashburnham with their six children. David died in 1853 in Ashburnham. 

At www.hunnisett.org.uk it is suggested David and Frances' daughter Sarah Honeysett also appeared in the East Sussex Quarter Session records of 1839 when she was convicted with stealing from her mother and sister  and was sentenced to six months hard labour. In 1851, Sarah was a 37 year old house servant, living with and working for Stephen H Lee, a 36 year old distiller and his wife at 25 Thonlee Square, Kensington In 1861 she was a 45 year old domestic servant still living with and working for Stephen H Lee, but now at "House by Vitril factory, Norwood". In 1871 she was a 56 year old cook living with and working for Eleanor Whitfield, a 72 year old annuitant, at 73 Grand Parade, Brighton.  In 1881, aged 66, she was living with her nephew Walter Thorope, a 26 year old railway carman and his family at 7 Railway Cottages, Eastbourne. In 1901, Sarah was an inmate in Battle Union workhouse. she is described as an 84 year old housekeeper. 

David and Frances' daughter Hannah Honeysett married Henry Delia on 4 September 1836 at Battle. In 1841 they were living in Battle where 25 year old Henry was a shoemaker.  In 1851 they were living in Hadlow, Kent where 34 year old Henry was a constable. They are understood to have had six children

  • Frederick Delia. Born 1838 in Battle. Frederick married Mary Ann. Frederick Delia of Eastleigh, Southampton, a guard in the London and South Western Railway Company died on 3 October 1876 in Eastleigh. Administration was granted to his widow Mary Ann. 
  • Charles Delia. Born 11 April 1838 in Battle. Charles married Harriett and in 1871 they were living at 4 Belahay Mews, Westminster where 32 year old Charles was a police sergeant. Charlles resigned from the police force on 1 May 1880 when he became entitled to a pension of £26. 10s. 5d.  
  • Margret Delia. Born 1842 in Battle. 
  • William Delia. Born 1846 in St Leonards
  • Ellen Delia. Born 1847 in Ewhurst. Ellen married Thomas William Wells on 10 March 1867 at Sheerness. In 1871 they were living at School Lane, Hadlow where 24 year old Thomas was a bricklayer. In 1881 they were at 4 Queens Terrace, Queen Street, Sculcoates where Thomas was a general labourer. They were still there in 1891 and 1901. They had seven children. By 1911 Ellen was a 64 year old widow still at Queens Terrace. 
  • Norman Delia. Baptised 25 November 1849 at Burwash.  

Hannah Delia is believed to have died on 28 February 1898.  

David and Frances'  daughter Harriett Honeysett had an illegitimate son Frederick Honeysett in 1838. Harriett married Jeremiah Weller and in 1851 they were living at Yewtree, Westfield where 30 year old Jeremiah was an agricultural labourer.  In 1861 they were still at Yewtree. They had five children:

  • Rachel Ann Weller. Born 1844 in Hollington. 
  • Francis Sarah Weller. Born 1849 in Hollington
  • Reuben D Weller. Born 1853 in Westfield. 
  • Selina Eliza Weller. Born 1855 in Westfield. 
  • George W Weller. Born 1859 in Westfield. 

In 1871 they were still at Yewtree Cottage and Jeremiah was a shepherd. In 1881 they were living at High Street, Hadlow, but 60 year old Jeremiah is now described as a hairdresser. Their daughter Francis Sarah had married George Gunner and they had a six month old son George. Harriett Weller died in 1883 in Kent. In 1891 Jeremiah was still at High Street, Hadlow and described as a hairdresser.  

David and Frances' son Samuel Honeysett married Hannah Martin in 1844 but she died the following year. He remarried in 1852, his second wife was Maria Creasey. In 1871 they were living at 27, Norman Road West, Hastings where 47 year old Samuel was a stableman. They had three children: 

  • Ann Honeysett. Born 1853 in Ashburnham
  • William Honeysett. Born 1858. William married Annie Clark in 1888 in Penrith, New South Wales. William died in 1926 in Penrith, New South Wales. Annie died on 12 November 1941
  • John H Honeysett. Born 1859 in London

In 1881 Samuel and Maria were living at 30 Gensing Road, Hastings 59 year old Samuel was a Bath Chairman. All their children had left home. They were still there in 1891. Samuel died in 1894. Maria died in 1900. 

David and Frances' son James Honeysett married Harriet Ballard in 1847. In 1851 they were living at Brays Hill, where 26 year old James was an agricultural labourer. Harriett's father, John Ballard and her neice Ellen Ballard, were living with them. They had three children: 

  • James Honeysett. Born 24 October 1847 at Ashburnham. James married Jane Shepherd on 29 May 1871. They had four children, Frances Harriett Honeysett, born 6 March 1872 (Married Robert Burrows Pate on 21 October 1896. Died 1 April 1957), Albert Honeysett, born 1873 (Died 12 December 1899), Emily Honeysett, born 25 December 1875 (Died 2 February 1887) and Lydia Mary Honeysett, born 11 May 1879 (Married George Grow Scott on 7 August 1895. Had two children. Died 8 October 1898). Jane died 17 May 1879 and James emigrated to the USA arriving in New York on 7 November 1883, with his mother, Harriett. Only Albert and Lydia are listed on the ships passenger list although clearly all four children were living in the USA. James remarried on 5 May 1890. His second wife was Elennore Nicholls. Ellenore died  on 16 November 1915 at Salt Lake. James died on 2 March 1931 at Salt Lake City   
  • Frances Honeysett. Born 1849 in Ashburnham. Francis married James Albert Freeman (commonly called Adams) on 12 February 1876 at Bexhill. No fathers name is given for James. They had five children. Frances died in 1901. James died in 1933
  • William Honeysett. born 1852 in Ashburnham

James senior died in 1852 aged 27. In 1871 Harriett, a 45 year old widow was living at Brown Bread Street with sons James and William.  When Harriett was 58 years old she emigrated to America with her son James arriving in New York on 7 November 1883. Harriett was described as his wife, but I assume that this was a mistake. Harriett Ballard died on 7 May 1906 in Murray, Salt Lake. 

David and Frances' son William Honeysett married Ann Denyer in Brighton in 1850. William and Ann had five children

  • Frances Honeysett. Born 1851 in Brighton
  • Ellen Honeysett. Born 1854 in Brighton
  • Ephraim Honeysett. Born 1856 in Brighton. Died 14 March 1940 in Brighton
  • Elizabeth Honeysett. Born 1859 in Brighton
  • Joseph Honeysett. Born 1863 in Brighton.

In 1861 the family were living in 3 Centurion Place, Brighton where 33 year old William was a greengrocer. Ann Honeysett died in 1868 in Brighton and on 21 June 1869 William remarried. His new wife was Francis Ann Hibbert and the marriage took place in Brighton. William and Francis had four children:

  • Francis W H Honeysett. Born 1870 in Brighton
  • Daniel David Honeysett. Born 1872 in Brighton
  • George H Honeysett. Born 1874 in Brighton
  • Annie Honeysett. Born 1876 in Brighton.

In 1871 the family were living at 41 St Nicholas Road, Brighton. William remained a greengrocer. Eldest daughter Frances had already left home and was working in service. In 1881 the family were at 2 Guildford Road, Brighton. William died in 1886 aged 58 years old. More is known about William's children, but has not been included in this account at present. 

in 1851 David and Frances'  son Thomas was a butchers servant at Brown Bread Street, Ashburnham, He married Charlotte Primmer of Yapton on 25 December 1861 at Brighton. In 1871 they were living in Fleet Street, Brighton where 39 year old Thomas was a general labourer. In 1881 they were living at Boston Street, Brighton. At 61 Charlotte was 12 years older than Thomas and it is likely that they never had children. Charlotte died in 1891. Thomas died in 1892. 

  • Edward Honeysett and Ann Russell

James and Sarah's son Edward was born on 13 January 1795, but was not seemingly baptised until 15 November 1818 at Ashburnham Parish Church.

Edward married Ann Russell in 1815 and they had eight children:

  • Edward Honeysett. Born 1820 in Ashburnham
  • Hannah Honeysett. Born 1823 in Ashburnham
  • John Honeysett. Born 1826 in Ashburnham 
  • Sarah Honeysett. Born 1828 in Ashburnham 
  • Mary Honeysett. Born 1830 in Ashburnham
  • Martha Honeysett. Born 1832 in Ashburnham  
  • James Honeysett. Born 1835 in Ashburnham
  • Thomas Honeysett. Born 1837 in Ashburnham.

In 1841 Edward, a labourer, and Ann were at the Pound in Ashburnham with all their children except Edward who was a farm servant with James Noakes at Ponts Green. 

In 1851 Edward and Ann were living at Nelson Farm, Smarden, Kent where Edward was farming 56 acres.  

In 1861 Edward was a 67 year old farm bailiff on a 78 acre farm in Halden, Kent. His 29 year old daughter Martha and his 24 year old son Thomas were living with him. His daughter Martha had been married and widowed. Also at the address was her 9 year old son Harry Harvey.

Edward Honeysett died in 1872 in Tenterden, Kent.

Edward and Ann's son Edward Honeysett married Jane Unstead on 6 May 1848 in Wartling. and lived first in Herstmonceux, then in Headcorn, Kent.

Nothing more is known about Edward and Ann's daughter Hannah Honeysett

Edward and Ann's son John Honeysett married Harriett Heathfield on 1 May 1854 at Smarden. They had one son 

  • Edward Honeysett. Baptised 22 April 1855 in Tenterdon. Edward married Elizabeth Oliver on 15 July 1883. They had four children. Edward died on 27 May 1934 in Ashford. Elizabeth died in 1937 in West Ashford, Kent. 

Harriett died in 1856 in Smarden and was buried on 20 September 1856. John remarried Mercy Wilson in 1860. In 1861 they were living at Durrants Green, High Halden.  In 1871 they were living at Needers Bridge, Tenterden. John's brother Thomas Honeysett was living with them. They had three children

  • Jabez Honeysett. Born 1862 in Halden. Jabez married Anne Ballard in 1887. They had at least four children. Jabez Honeysett of Childrens Farm, St Michael's, Tenterden died on 6 May 1919. Probate was granted to  Harold Victor Honeysett, farmer, one of his sons. 
  • Elizabeth Sarah Ann Honeysett. Born 1871 in Tenterden. Elizabeth married Arthur John Sharp in 1895. Arthur John Sharp of Bettmans Wood Farm, Biddenham, died on 19 August 1930. Probate was granted to Elizabeth Sarah Ann Sharp, widow. Elizabeth Sarah Ann Sharp of Readers Bridge, St Michaels, Tenterden, widow, died on 11 June 1934. Probate was granted to Reuben Frank Mercer, engineers clerk. 
  • Emily Annie Honeysett. Born 28 July 1873 in Tenterden. Emily married William Henry Gardner in 1895. They had three daughters and one son. In 1939 they were living at Readers Bridge, Tenterden and William was a smallholder. Emily Annie Gardner (wife of William Henry Gardner)*of Myrtle Cottages, St Michaels, Tenterden died on 18 May 1942. Probate was granted to William Henry Gardner of no occupation. William Henry Gardner of 1 Myrtle Cottages, St Michaels, Tenterden died on 22 February 1947. probate was granted to Mercy Ann Mercer (wife of John Charles Mercer), one of their daughters and John William Gardner, engineer, I assume that this is their son Jabez William Gardner (born 1 July 1914) . 

In 1891 they were still at Needers Bridge where 64 year old John was a farmer. They were still there in 1901 and John was a 78 year old farmer. Mercy Honeysett died on 27 June 1902 and was buried on 30 June 1902 at Station Road Extension, Tenterden. John Honeysett died on 8 June 1904 and was buried at Jireh Baptist Chapelyard, Tenterden. 

Nothing more is known about Edward and Ann's daughters Sarah and Mary Honeysett.

Edward and Ann's daughter Martha Honeysett had married Henry Harvey in 1850. There son Harry has been born in 1851 in Salvington, West Sussex. Nothing more is known about Martha after 1861. In 1871 her son Harry 19, a carpenter, lodging  with Thomas N Colwell a ships carpenter at 27 South Street, Lewes, Harry married Pheobe Caroline Driver in 1878. In 1881 they were living with an aunt Rebecca R Hodges, a 50 year old dressmaker at 8 Springfield Road, St Leonards. In 1901 they were living with Elizabeth Hodges, single, a 65 year old lodging house keeper. at * Springfield Road.  Harry is described as her nephew and Phoebe, her nephews wife, It is not clear how the Hodges are related. By 1911 Harry and his wife are living at 8 Stockleigh Road, St Leonards and Harry aged 59 is a lodging house keeper. Their neice Edith Corby is living with them as well as boarder Amy Borderlie from Tasmania who was boarding. Harry Harvey died in 1915. Phoebe Caroline Harvey of 8 Stockleigh Road, St Leonards, widow died on 29 August 1930. Probate was granted to Edith Corby, spinster.   

Edward and Ann's son James married Charlotte Dean on 11 November 1857 at Biddenden, Kent. They had a daughter Elizabeth who was born in 1857. In 1861 they were living at Durrant Green. Charlotte died in 1866 and was buried on 22 August 1866 at Biddenden. In 1871 James, aged 37, was a poultry dealer living on his own in Headcorn, Kent.

Edward and Ann's son Thomas Honeysett married Elizabeth Oliver in 1877 and that they had one daughter Alice Mercy Honeysett, born in 1879, living in Tenterden, but I am not yet convinced that this is the correct family. 

Thomas Honeysett and Hannah Weeks

Thomas Honeysett was born in around 1796 but was baptised on 21 January 1838 as an adult at Ashburnham Parish Church. He was the son of James Honeysett and Sarah Sivyer.

Thomas married Hannah Weeks on 26 October 1819 at Herstmonceux Parish Church.

Thomas and Hannah had four children:

  • Frances Honeysett. Baptised 18 June 1820 at Ashburnham Parish Church.
  • Selina Honeysett. Baptised 2 December 1821 at Ashburnham Parish Church
  • James Honeysett. Baptised 20 April 1823 at Ashburnham Parish Church.
  • Lois Honeysett. Baptised 26 June 1825 at Ashburnham Parish Church

In 1841 the family were living at Stewards Cottage, Catsfield. 

In 1851 Thomas and Hannah were living at the Nursery, Ashburnham. Thomas was a 51 year old gardener. Only daughter Lois remained at home. James Veness, aged 9, born Hooe is described as a visitor. This could be their daughter Selina's son but he is also listed with his parents at Late Wrights, Hooe (Chapter 5)

Hannah Honeysett died and was buried on 13 December 1859 at Herstmonceux Parish Church.

Thomas Honeysett died aged 67 and was buried on 11 April 1863 at Ashburnham Parish Church.

Our line continues through daughter Selina Honeysett and details are below.

Nothing further is known about their daughter Frances Honeysett. A little is known about their other two children:

  • James Honeysett and Mary Erray

There appears to be a difference of opinion over whether James Honeysett married Mary Erray in 1848 or Mary Dann. I have been unable to trace either marriage. 

By 1861 James Honeysett, aged 38 was married  and was living at Joyland Farm, Battle where he was a farmer of 220 acres employing 4 men and 1 boy. His wife Mary was 30 years old and born in Warbleton. There eldest five children had been born:

  • Lydia Honeysett. Born 1850 in Battle
  • Mary Honeysett. Born 1852 in Battle
  • Hannah Honeysett. Born 1855 in Battle
  • Rhoda Honeysett. Born 1859 in Battle
  • Sarah Honeysett. Born 1861 in Battle

In 1871 James and Mary are living at Woodsell, Dallington. James was a 47 year old farmer  of 73 acres employing 2 men and 1 boy. His wife Mary was 43 years old and is shown as born in Brightling. Daughters Hannah, Rhoda and Ruth remain at home. as do sons James and John. Visiting at the time is 69 year old  Two sons had been born: 

  • James Honeysett. Born 1863 in Dallington
  • John Honeysett. Born 1865 in Dallington.

Also living with them is Philadelphia Dann, James mother in law.

In 1881 the family were living at Stream Farm, Dallington, where 57 year old James was a farmer of 150 acres employing 3 men. Mary, aged 52 had been born in Brightling. Sons James and John remained at home. A further child had been born:

  • Ruth Honeysett. Born 1871 in Dallington 

Mary's mother Philadelphia Dann, a 78 year old widow was still living with them. 

In 1891 James and Mary were still at Stream Farm, Dallington which James, aged 68 was farming with his 63 year old wife Mary, 28 year old son James and 20 year old daughter Ruth. Also at the address was George Parker, aged 64, farmer who was visiting at the time of the census, boarder William Grant, aged 54, a travelling engine fitter and Rose Collins, a 18 year old general servant.

James Honeysett died in 1899 aged 76 years old (Reg Gen March Qtr 1899 Battle 2b 38).

In 1871 James and Mary's daughter Lydia Honeysett, aged 21 was a domestic servant to Robert Farrish, a 51 year old draper employing 5 assistants at 613 Old Kent Road, Camberwell. In 1881 she was back in Battle where she was a cook employed by 51 year old William E M Watts, "a surgeon not practising". Lydia appears to have never married and it may be she that died in 1893 aged 43 years old (Reg Gen March Qtr 1893 Hastings (1837-1977) 2b 34)

James and Mary's daughter, Mary Honeysett, married George Walker. In 1881 they were living at Beastone Cottages, Warbleton where 36 year old George was a farm servant on his father Henry's 300 acre farm. Mary's sister Rhoda Honeysett, aged 22 was visiting them.  

James and Mary's daughter Hannah Honeysett married John Martin in 1872 (Reg Gen June Qtr 1892 Hailsham 2b 131). In 1881 they were living at Tilley in Herstmonceux where 33 year old John was a agricultural labourer. They had three children:

  • William Martin. Born 1874 in Herstmonceux
  • Ellen E Martin. Born 1877 in Herstmonceux
  • Mercy Martin, Born 1878 in Herstmonceux

In 1881 James and Mary's daughter Rhoda Honeysett, was staying with her sister Mary at Beestone Cottages, Warbleton.

Nothing has been traced of James and Mary's daughter Sarah Honeysett after 1861 so I suspect she died in infancy.

In 1881 James and Mary's son James Honeysett was working as a shopman for 46 year old grocer and draper Henry Daw at Tower Street, Heathfield. By 1891 he is back home living with and working for his father. In 1894 he married Mary Ann White (Reg Gen Dec Qtr 1894 Battle 2b 117) and in 1901 they were living in Eastbourne where aged 38 he was a "journeyman silk carrier". They had three children:

  • Raymond Charles Honeysett. Born 1896 in Eastbourne. Married Rose Butcher in 1930. Raymond died in 1969
  • Reginald James Honeysett. Born 21 April 1898 in Eastbourne. Married Florence Nellie Cheesemore in 1922. Florence died in 1971. Reginald died in June 1985 in Sussex
  • Doris Mabel Honeysett. Born 3 March 1900 in Eastbourne, Died September 1994 in Sussex.

In 1911 the family were at 91 Bradford Street, Eastbourne. James was a 48 year old "coal porter" Their eldest son, 15 year old Raymond was an "office boy", Reginald, aged 12 was a "drapers errand boy" and Doris was at school. Two further children had been born: 

  • Ethel Mary Honeysett. Born 1901 in Eastbourne. Died 1960 in Eastbourne. 
  • Audrey Grace Honeysett. Born 1908 in Eastbourne

James and Mary's son John Honeysett, had married Annie Croucher in 1888 (Reg Gen Dec Qtr 1888 Eastbourne 2b 157), In 1891 they were living at 13 Maude Road, Eastbourne where 27 year old James was employed as a pork butcher. James and Annie had one daughter Hilda Mary Honeysett, born in 1890. Also living with them was Mary Masters Croucher, aged 24, John's sister in law and various visitors from the Newall and Marten families. In 1901 John was living at 14 Marine Road, Eastbourne where the 38 year old was a lodging house keeper. A further daughter Grace Annie Honeysett had been born in 1893. His sister in law Mary M Croucher was still living with them.

Finally James and Mary's daughter Ruth Honeysett married Frederick William Marchant in 1896 (Reg Gen March Qtr 1896 Hailsham 2b 145). However by 1901 she had been widowed and was living with her widowed brother in law James Marchant and his children at Pinkle Farm, Bodle St Green. With her were her children

  • Sidney Fred Marchant. Born 1897 in Dallington
  • Rhoda Mary Marchant. Born 1898 in Dallington. 

  • Lois Chandler nee Honeysett

Lois Honeysett, Thomas and Hannah's youngest daughter, married Henry Chandler in 1852 (Reg Gen Dec Qtr 1852 Battle 2b 54).

Lois Chandler died in 1860 (Reg Gen Sept Qtr 1860 Battle 2b 22). 

Selina Veness nee Honeysett

Selina Veness was baptised on 2 December 1821 at Ashburnham Parish Church, daughter of Thomas and Hannah Honeysett.

She married James Veness on 1 January 1840 at Herstmonceux Parish Church. They had three children:

  • Thomas Veness. Born 14 July 1840 at Hooe. 
  • James Veness. Born 12 April 1842 at Hooe. 
  • George Herbert Veness. Born 1846 in Hooe

Selina Veness nee Honeysett was my great great great grandmother. Her life is detailed at Chapter 5

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