My great great grandmother was Margaret Cornford who married James Veness on 12 July 1864 at Warbleton Parish Church (Chapter 11).

A little is known about her ancestry, but only going back to her grandparents:

Thomas Cornford and Margaret Patterson

Thomas Cornford married Margaret Patterson on 27 April 1793 at St Nicholas Church, Brighton. At the time he was a private in the Sussex Regiment Of Militia.

Ancient parish church of Brighthelmstone | St Nicholas' Church | My Brighton and Hove 

They had a son William Cornford born on 18 July 1810 and baptised on 26 August 1810 at St. Peters Church, Bexhill (see below).

William Cornford and Mary Payn

William Cornford was born on 18 July 1810. He was baptised on 26 August 1810 at St. Peters Church, Bexhill, son of Thomas and Margaret Cornford.

William married Mary Payn on 29 June 1832 at Ewhurst Parish Church.

They are believed to have had at least six children:

  • Margaret Cornford. Born 1 May 1835. Baptised 31 May 1835 at Wadhurst Parish
  • Mary Ann Cornford. Born 24 January 1838 in Heathfield. 
  • Thomas Cornford. Born 1841 in Warbleton. Baptised 17 October 1841 at Warbleton Parish Church.
  • Amarillis Cornford. Born 1843 in Heathfield. 
  • Jane Cornford. Born 1847 in Heathfield. 
  • Miriam Ann Cornford. Baptised 1 September 1850 at Warbleton Parish Church.

In 1851 the family were living at Chapman's Town, Warbleton and William was a shoemaker. Their eldest daughter Margaret was already living away from home. 

By 1881 William was a widower. Aged 70 he still gives his occupation as a shoemaker. He was living at Hooe with his daughter Miriam and her family (see below). 

William Cornford died on in 1888 aged 78 (Reg Gen June Qtr. 1888 Hailsham 2b 59). 

Our line continues through their daughter Margaret Cornford (see below). 

But first, the following is known about Margaret's sisters and brother:  

  • Mary Ann Roberts nee Cornford 

In 1861 William and Mary's daughter Mary Ann Cornford was one of two house servant working for Matilda Duke "gentlewoman" at 6, Cambridge Terrace, Hastings. She understates her age slightly, at 21 years old. 

Mary Ann Cornford married James Roberts on 27 December 1862 at Warbleton Parish Church. James, aged 23 was a "carrier", son of James Roberts, labourer.  Mary Ann was a 25 year old servant, daughter of William Cornford, shoemaker. The witnesses were George Roberts, Elizabeth Roberts, James Veness and Margaret Cornford. (Reg Gen Oct 1862 Hailsham 2b 137). 

In 1871 they are living at 2, Magdalen Cottages, Newgate Road, St Leonards, Hastings and 31 year old James was a carpenter. Their eldest two sons had been born. 

In 1881 James and Mary Ann were living at 12, Alma Villa's, Hastings. Two more children had been born. Their eldest son was now 16 and like his father was a carpenter.  

They had four children:  

  • James Roberts. Born 1865 in Warbleton. 
  • Frederick Roberts. Born 1869 in Silver Hill, St Leonards, Hastings
  • William Roberts. Born 9 April 1874 in Warbleon 
  • Alice Roberts. Born 10 May 1877 in Silver Hill, St Leonards, Hastings

In 1891 James was listed at Luffs Farm, Westfield, all four children are listed, along with Frederick's wife, but no reference to Mary Ann.  

In 1901 James and Mary Ann were living at The Thorne, Ninfield and James was now a farmer, a bit of a change from carpentry!! Their son James, aged 36 and daughter Alice, aged 23 remained living with them. Son William and his family appear to be living next door at Thorne Cottage.   

Mary Ann Roberts died in 1904

James remarried on 28 February 1906 (Reg Gen March 1906 Hailsham 2b 164). His second wife was Nellie Eliza Woodley. Nellie had been born Nellie Eliza Shuff in 1867 in Windsor. She had been married previously. In 1911 James and Nellie were living at Thorne Farm, Ninfield with Nellie's seven year old daughter from her previous marriage, Irene Woodley. James was still a farmer! James and Mary Ann's son James, a 46 year old photographer working on his own account was still at home.     

James Roberts senior died on 1 April 1917 in Hastings. Nellie E Roberts died in 1925

James and Mary Ann's son James Roberts was living with his parents, and more latterly his father and stepmother at Thorne Farm, Ninfield until at least 1911, when aged 46 he was a photographer working on his own account.  

James and Mary Ann's son Frederick Roberts married Florence Gertrude Peters in 1890 in Battle. In 1891 they were living at Luffs Farm, Westfield with Frederick's parents and Frederick, aged 21 is described as "a farmers son". In 1901 they were living at 3 Woodgale Road, Eastbourne and Frederick, aged 34, was a Police Constable (Eastbourne Borough Police). They had four children: 

  • Frederick A Roberts. Born 18 April 1892. Frederick married Ethel Mary Calder in 1939 in Eastbourne. When the census was taken in 1939 they were living with Frederick's mother (see below). Frederick Roberts died in 1964.  Ethel Mary Roberts of Flat 26, Coventry Court, 437, Seaside, Eastbourne died in 20 March 1979
  • William Roberts. Born 17 October 1893.  William married Alice Mary Morley in 1922 in Eastbourne. In 1939 they were living at 286, Seaside, next door to William's mother. William was a bus conductor (corp). They had two children. William died in 1973 in Eastbourne, aged 80 years. Alice died in 1989 in Eastbourne, aged 95 years. 
  • Evelyn Florence Mabel Roberts. Born 17 April 1899 in Eastbourne. Evelyn married  Frederick Thomas Walder in 1921 in Eastbourne. In 1939 they were living at 9, Melbourne Road, Eastbourne and Fred was a coal merchant. Evelyn Florence Mabel Walder of 22, St Thomas Avenue, Eastbourne (wife of Frederick Thomas Walder) died on 14 September 1962 at Princess Alice Hospital, Eastbourne. Probate was granted to Frederick Thomas Walder, coal merchant. Frederick Thomas Walder died in 1974

In 1911 Frederick and "Gertrude" were at 4, Woodgate Terrace, Seaside, Eastbourne. Frederick was still a Police constable, now for Eastbourne Borough Council, Son Frederick was a grocers assistant, William, a butchers assistant and "Mabel" was a scholar.  Frederick Roberts died in 1927, aged 57 years old. In 1939 Florence G Roberts, widow was living with her son Frederick, a bus conductor (corporate) and his wife Ethel at 284, Seaside, Eastbourne.  Florence G Peters died in 1949 in Eastbourne. 

James and Mary Ann's son William Roberts married Lucy Sarah Bassett on 27 November 1895 at Tunbridge Wells. In 1901 they are living at Thorne Cottage, Ninfield and William was a stockman on a farm. Their eldest two children had been born. In 1911 they were still at Thorne Mill Cottages and a further two children had been born. They had four children:

  • Lawrence Roberts. Born 29 October 1896 in Ninfield. Lawrence married Alfreda Anderson Bloss in 1924. In 1939 they are living at Windyridge, Ninfield Road, Bexhill and Lawrence is "a dealer in eggs, honey, and garden produce and a gardener". They had a son Lester Roberts, born 14 June 1925 and another boy, David Abrahams, born 9 October 1928 is living with them. Alfreda died in 1964. Lawrence Roberts died in 1990 aged 94 years old. 
  • William Aubrey Roberts. Born 3 March 1901 in Ninfield. William enlisted in the RAF on 19 March 1920. He married Annie Elizabeth White in 1927. In 1939 they were living in Englefield, Bexhill Road, Ninfield and William was a chauffeur and gardener. Annie Elizabeth Roberts died in 1974. William Aubrey Roberts of Restorael, Nanswellyon Road, Mullion Cwll died on 23 August 1989 in Penzance, aged 88 years. 
  • Anora Mary Roberts. Born 29 December 1902 in Ninfield. Still living with her parents in 1939, Anora never married. Anora Mary Roberts of St Elizabeth's, Homefield Road, Seaford died on 26 June 1976. 
  • Arnold Lester Roberts. Born 23 January 1904 in Ninfield. Arnold married Mabel Lilian Norman in 1930. In 1939 they were living at The Garden House, Ninfield Road, Bexhill and Arnold is a master market gardener. They had a three year old son. Mabel Lilian Roberts of 30, Georges Road, Bexhill on Sea died on 21 June 1991, aged 85 years. Arnold Lester Roberts of 30, Georges Road, Bexhill died on 23 September 1994

William Roberts enlisted in the RAF on 1 October 1918, service number 299732, presumably for the remainder of WW1. In 1939 William and Lucy were still at Thorn Mills, William, aged around 65 is a "bee keeper," daughter Anora remains a home and is an assistant bee keeper. Lucy died in 1956. William Roberts of Thorne Mill Cottages, Ninfield Road, Bexhill died on 27 January 1964 at Berrow Nursing Home, Carew Road, Eastbourne. 

James and Mary Ann's daughter Alice Roberts married Hubert Harold Sargent on 24 April 1901 in Ninfield.  In 1911 they were living at Capel Hurst, Ninfield and Hubert was a market gardener. They had five children:

  • Evaline Madge Sargent. Born 15 December 1901 in Ninfield. In 1939 Evaline was living in lodgings at 22, The Grove, Purley with 7 others. She was a typist (tyre trade). Evaline never married. Evaline Madge Sargent of 380, Seaside, Eastbourne died on 29 June 1992
  • Edna May Sargent. Born 13 April 1903 in Ninfield. Edna married Robert Arthur Pilbeam in 1929. In 1939 Robert and Edna were living at Pashley Farm, Bexhill Road, Ninfield and Robert was a farmer. They had two children. Robert Arthur Pilbeam of Pashley Farm, Ninfield died on 28 September 1959 at The Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton. Edna May Pilbeam of Pashley Farm, Ninfield Road died on 15 January 1982
  • Queenie Marguerite Sargent. Born 2 April 1904 in Ninfield. In 1939 Queenie was living at 68, Warner Square, Hastings. She was the manageress in an umbrella shop. It appears that she never married. Queenie Marguerite Sargent died on 18 January 2002 aged 98 years.
  • Hubert George Sargent. Born 6 May 1906 in Ninfield. In 1939 Hubert is living at Uplands, Friday Street, where he was a butcher. The register shows he is married and his wife as Lillian, born 24 June 1908, but I can find no other reference to Lillian. Hubert George Sargent of 380, Seaside, Eastbourne died on 23 February 1980, the same address as his mother and sister
  • Edward Harold Sargent. Born 1912 in Ninfield. It is possible that in 1939 Edward was living at 43, Mill Road, Burgess Hill. Single, he was a clerk to land surveyors and auctioneers. Edward Harold Sargent died in 1992 in Haywards Heath. Is this our Edward?

In 1939 "Harold" and Alice were living at Clovelly, Bexhill Road, Ninfield and Hubert was a market gardener. Sylvia Kemp, widow, born 6 September 1871 and an invalid, was living with them. Hubert Harold Sargent of Clovelly, Ninfield died on 22 October 1954. Alice Sargent of 380, Seaside, Eastbourne died on 4 August 1976, aged 99 years old

  • Thomas Cornford and Mary Ann Avard.

William and Mary's son Thomas Cornford married Mary Ann Avard in 1863 (Reg Gen Sept Qtr 1863 Hailsham 2b 113)

In 1871 they were living at Princetown, Heathfield where 28 year old Thomas was a shoemaker. In 1881 they were at Little Holm, Warbleton, where 38 year old Thomas was still a shoemaker. They had ten children:

  • Thomas Henry Cornford. Baptised 22 May 1864 in Warbleton
  • Rhoda Cornford. Born 2 October 1867 in Heathfield. Baptised 10 November 1867 at Warbleton.
  • Alice Maude Cornford. Born 1870 in Heathfield. Baptised 20 February 1870 at Heathfield.
  • Edith Cornford. Born 1874 in Heathfield. Baptised 23 August 1874 at Warbleton
  • Lillie Emma Cornford. Born 1876 in Heathfield. Baptised 11 June 1876 at Warbleton. 
  • Charlotte Cornford. Born 1878 in Heathfield. Baptised 26 May 1878 at Warbleton. 
  • Katie Cornford. Born 1881 in Heathfield
  • Blanche Cornford. Born 6 September 1882 in Warbleton.
  • Christopher Cornford. Born 9 July 1884 in Warbleton.
  • Roland Cornford. Born 1886 in Warbleton

Mary Ann Cornford died in 1890 aged 44 years old (Reg Gen Sept Qtr 1890 Hailsham 2b 66) so by 1891, Thomas, now aged 49 was a widower, still a shoemaker. living near Punnetts Town with his children. 

Thomas and Mary Ann's daughter Charlotte Cornford died in 1894 aged 16 years old.  

Thomas Cornford died in 1899 aged 58 years old.

Thomas and Mary Ann's son Thomas Henry Cornford married Ellen Eliza Edwards on 1 March 1893 at Warbleton (Reg Gen March Qtr. 1893 Hailsham 2b 127). In 1901 they were living at Farm House, Heathfield with their children. Also at the address were Henry Edwards and Eliza Edwards, Ellen's parents. Henry Edwards was a 68 year old farmer. By 1911 the family was living at Oak Farm, Punnetts Green, Heathfield where 46 year old Thomas was a boat maker. His 17 year old son Thomas was assisting in the business. A further daughter had been born. Thomas and Ellen had four children: 

  • Thomas Henry Cornford, Born 14 December 1893. Baptised 9 February 1894 in Heathfield. In 1939 Thomas is living at Rose Court, Punnetts Town. He is shown as married, but the relationship to others listed is not immediately apparent.  Thomas Henry Cornford of Moreton, Briscobel Road, St Leonards died on 28 October 1986
  • Ellen Eliza Cornford. Baptised 27 September 1895 in Heathfield.
  • "Lottie" Lily Cornford. Born 17 March 1897. Baptised 28 May 1897 in Heathfield. Lottie married Charles Milward in 1920. In 1939 they were living at 12 Bellbanks Road, where Charles was a "mat trimmer". Charles Milward of 12 Bellbanks Road, Horsham died on 30 December 1982. Lottie Lily Milward of Hedgefield Cottage, St Peters Way, East Blatchington died on 26 December 1983. 
  • Rhoda Amy Cornford. Born 2 October 1902. Baptised 21 November 1902 in Heathfield. Rhoda married Reginald Frederick Davis in 1922. In 1939 Rhoda is listed at Holmbury, Punnetts Town. She is shown as married, but there is no reference to her husband. Reginald died in 1962. Rhoda Amy Davis of 9, Pont Road, Punnetts Town died on 9 May 1986 at Punnetts Town, Heathfield. 

Ellen Eliza Cornford died in 1969 in Worthing. 

In 1901 Thomas and Mary Ann's daughter Rhoda Cornford, aged 33 was a dressmaker working on her own account at home at 24 Cummington Road, Eastbourne. In 1939 Rhoda was living by herself at 4, Church Hill, Warbleton. Rhoda Cornford never married and she died in 1949 in Hailsham. 

Thomas and Mary Ann's daughter Alice Maud Cornford also appears not to have married and she died in 1909 in Hailsham, aged 38 years old. 

Thomas and Mary Ann's daughter Edith Cornford married Ethelbert George Kendall on 15 September 1910 at Warbleton. In 1911 they were living at the White Horse Inn, Chichester where Ethelbert was the landlord. In 1917 Ethelbert enlisted in the Army Service Corps. He gives his address as the White Horse Inn, but his trade as a butcher!! Edith Kendall died in 1918 aged 44 years old. Ethelbert remarried in 1920. HIs second wife was Florence Mabel Fisher. Ethelbert George Kendall of 147, St Pancras, Chichester died on 5 April 1938. Probate was granted to his widow Florence Mabel Kendall. In 1939 Florence Kendall, widow, was at 147, St Pancras Road, Chichester where she was an "eating house and shop keeper". Also at the same address was labourer Michael Goudry.  

Thomas and Mary Ann's daughter Lillie Emma Cornford married in 1903 in Brighton. Lily Emma Cannon died in 1909 in Brighton, aged 33 years.

Thomas and Mary Ann's daughter Katie Cornford appears to have never married and she died in 1954 in Hailsham.  

Thomas and Mary Ann's daughter Blanche Cornford married Gordon Oliver in 1908. In 1911 they were living at Three Cups, Punnetts Green and Gordon is a butcher! In 1939 they were living at  Little Bathurst Farm, Hailsham where Gordon was a dairy farmer and his eldest son was a farm labourer. They appear to have had five children:

  • Gordon Thomas Oliver. Born 1909. Gordon T Oliver died in 1918 in Hailsham. 
  • Leonard William Oliver. Born 19 July 1910. Leonard married Frances May Pollington in 1931 in Hailsham. In 1939 they were living at 3 Pains Farm Cottages, Hailsham where Leonard was a heavy goods vehicle driver. Their daughter was living with them. Leonard died in 1996 in East Hoathley. Frances May Oliver on 4 September 2009
  • Cecil Oliver. Born 29 May 1915. Cecil married Marjory Iris Hobden in 1943. Cecil Oliver of Yew Tree Farm, Flitterbrook  Lane, Punnetts Town died on 24 October 1979 in Eastbourne. Marjory Iris Oliver died in 1987 in Eastbourne. 
  • Phyllis May Oliver. Born 26 April 1926. Phyllis married Eric Leonard Emery on 24 November 1945 at Warbleton. They had two children. Phyllis May Emery died on 22 June 1969 in Hailsham, aged just 43 years old.  Eric Leonard Emery died on 19 March 2003 in Eastbourne. 
  • John Royston Oliver. Born 23 November 1928. John married Betty G Catt in 1952 in Hailsham. Between 2003 and 2006 they were living at Marklye, Marklye Lane, Rushlake Green. John Royston Oliver died on 26 January 2006.   

Gordon Oliver died in 1964 in Eastbourne. Blanche Oliver of  Hazeldene, Warbleton died on 21 April 1968

Thomas and Mary Ann's son Christopher Cornford married Louisa Jane Cornford in 1909. Louisa was the daughter of Samuel Cornford and Elvina Burgess  who had married in 1867 in Hailsham. The relationship between the two Cornford families (if any) has not been established. In 1909  Christopher Cornford is listed as a shopkeeper in Punnetts Town. In 1911 they were living in Punnetts Town and Christopher is described as a cycle agent. They had a son 

  • Victor Joseph Cornford. Born 22 May 1916. Victor died in 2002 in Eastbourne, aged 86 years. 

Louisa Jane Cornford of The Yews, Punnetts Town (wife of Christopher Cornford died on 17 March 1932, aged 45 years old. Christopher Cornford remarried, Dora May Marchant in 1933. In 1939 they were living in The Yews, Batke Road, Hailsham and Christopher was a general shopkeeper and garage proprietor. Dora Mary Cornford (wife of Christopher Cornford) of The Yews, Punnetts Town, Heathfield died on 5 March 1963. Administration was granted to Christopher Cornford, shopkeeper.  Christopher Cornford died in 1978, aged 93 years old.

Thomas and Mary Ann's son Roland Cornford married Ellen Mercy Kemp in 1912. In 1939 they were living at Scragg Oak, Rushlake Green where Roland was a dairy farmer. They had a daughter who at the time was employed as a poultry dresser.

  • Kate Cornford. Born 8 January 1914. Married Cecil Catt in 1940. Cecil was the son of Stephen Catt and Daisy Eliza Burchett who married in 1912 in Hailsham. He was the great grandson of Stephen Catt who married Ann Barton on 31 March 1834. Ann Barton was the daughter of John Barton and Catherine Keeley (Volume III. Appendix C). Kate Catt died in 2004 aged 90 years old.

Ellen Mercy Cornford died on 9 October 1973 at Heathfield. 

  • Amarillis  "Emma" Sutton nee Cornford  

In 1861 William and Mary's daughter Amarillis Cornford was a 17 year old housemaid working for Robert W Pitcher, a farmer of 400 acres employing 12 men and 4 boys, his wife and eight children at Crawel House, Warbleton. 

Amaryllis Cornford married William Coley Sutton on 27 June 1865 in Warbleton. William, aged 24 was a fisherman from Hastings, the son of William Sutton, fisherman. Amaryllis was a 21 year old servant, the daughter of William Cornford, bootmaker (Reg Gen April 1865 Hailsham 2b 108). 

In 1871 William and "Emma" (as it appears Amaryllis became known) were living at 4, East Cliff Cottages, Hastings. William was a 31 year old fisherman and Emma was 27 years old. William's father, William, a widower was living with them. Their eldest son had been born.  Whilst I cannot explain the name change, I can find no further trace of William and Amaryllis, the information on the 1871 census (age, place of birth, etc) ties in with what we know and so I am reasonably sure that I have the correct family. 

In 1881 William and Emma were at 1, Tackleway, Hastings. In 1891 they were at 6, Slaves Cottages, Hastings. They had five children:

  •  William Coley Sutton. Born 20 July 1869. Baptised 12 September 1869 at Hastings.
  • Jacob Richard Sutton. Born 31 May 1871. Baptised 9 July 1871 at Hastings. 
  • Mary Jane Sutton. Baptised 10 August 1878 at  All Saints, Hastings
  • Frederick Robert Sutton. Born 4 June 1875. Baptised 25 June 1875 at All Saints. Hastings. 
  • Tom Sutton. Born 21 November 1881. 

In 1891 their nephew Ivor Breed, aged 4 was living with them. 

In 1901 William and Emma were living at 49  All Saints, Hastings. William aged 61 was still a fisherman and an employer. The only child remaining at home was Frederick who at 26 was also a fisherman, a worker presumably employed by his father. 

William Coley Sutton died in 1908 aged 68 years old.

In 1911 Emma, a 67 year old widow was still living at 49, All Saints, but Frederick, now married is shown as head of the household.

Emma Sutton died in 1912.

William and Emma's son William Coley Sutton married Harriet Brook in 1892 in Hastings. In 1901 they were living at 25, Bourne Walk, Hastings and William was a carter (corporation). In 1911 they were living at 30, Milward Cottages, Bourne Walk, Hastings. They had been married 19 years and had four children of which three survived

  • Harriett Ethel Sutton. Born 12 November 1892. Baptised  4 December 1892 at St Clements, Hastings it is possible that Harriet married Thomas Lewis Gibbs in 1912 in Islington Registry Office. In 1939 they were living at 100, Nicholas Lane, Shoreditch and Thomas was a general labourer. Three sons remained at home. Thomas Gibbs died in 1955. Harriet E Gibbs died in 1965 in Luton. 
  • Henry William Sutton. Baptised 14 February 1894 at All Saints, Hastings. Henry married Violet Ellen Fyatt in 1921 in Medway, Kent. In 1939 Violet was at 3, Picardy Street, Erith where  she was managing a timber merchants and on unpaid domestic duties. Henry is not listed. Violet Ellen Sutton of 113, Saunders Street, Gillingham, Kent, wife of Henry William Sutton, died on 18 June 1954. Administration was granted to Henry William Sutton, civil servant. Henry William Sutton died in 1970 in Chatham. 
  • Frederick Thomas Sutton. Born 3 February 1896. Frederick married Rose Elizabeth Bannister in 1919 in Hastings. In 1939 they were living at 17, Courthouse Road, Hastings where Frederick was an electric train linesman. Rose Elizabeth Sutton died in 1976. Frederick died in 1978

At the time that the 1911 census was taken  William was a carter, daughter Harriett was a dye stamper, Harry was a plumbers mate and Frederick was a grocers errand boy.  Also at the address was William Henry Harman, aged 5 described as an "adopted child" and Frank Victor Page, a 21 year old boarder, a provisions salesman. Harriett Sutton died in 1917.  William remarried in 1919 in Hastings. His second wife was Ellen Masters. Ellen had previously been married to Frederick Masters, but had been born Ellen Brook and was Harriet's elder sister. In 1939 they were living in 135B All Saints Street, Hastings and William was a sail worker, corporation employee retired. William Coley Sutton died in 1941 . Ellen Sutton died in 1956.

William and Emma's son Jacob Richard Sutton married Sarah Elizabeth Phillips on 5 August 1893 at Hastings. Jacob aged 22 was a fisherman, the son of William Coley Sutton, fisherman. Sarah was a 21 year old servant, the daughter of James Phillips, fisherman. In 1901 they were living at 11 Scrivens Buildings, All Saints, Hastings where Jacob, aged 29 was a fish hawkers attendant and Sarah was an ironer. Their eldest two children had been born. In 1911 they were living at 1,Swan  Avenue, Hastings and Jacob was a fish market labourer. The census indicates that they had had four children of which three were surviving. I am aware of 

  • Sarah  Elizabeth Sutton. Baptised 27 April 1894  at St Clements, Hastings. Sarah married Leonard Gaves in 1917 in Hastings. In 1939 they are living at 6, Hill Street, Hastings and Leonard was a corporation road sweeper. Leonard Gaves of 29, Silchester Road, St Leonards on Sea died on 2 April 1957 at St Helen's Hospital, Hastings. Probate was granted to Maurice Nattrass, shop manager. Sarah Elizabeth Gaves died in 1977. 
  • Jacob Coley Richard Sutton. Born 28 June 1895. Baptised 1 September 1895 at St Clements. Jacob married Phoebe G Rose in 1917. In 1939 they were living in 91, Manor Road, Hastings and Jacob was a plumber, locksmith and welder. Jacob remarried in 1951. His second wife was Ethel Moxom. Jacob Coley Richard Sutton of 80, Raddiscombe Drive, Brixham died on 24 September 1975. Ethel Sutton of Athelington, Church Road, Dartmouth died on 30 January 1997.
  • Charlotte Ena Sutton. Born 22 July 1908 in Hastings. Charlotte married Walter Charles Ward in 1931 in Hastings. In 1939 they were living at 7, Canterbury Way, Watford and Walter was a printing compositor. Walter Charles Ward died in 1990 in Watford. Charlotte Ena Ward died in 2004 in Watford. 

Also living with Jacob and Sarah in 1911 was Percival Ernest Phillips, their 5 year old nephew. In 1939 Jacob is listed at 6, Hill Street. Hastings, the address of his daughter Sarah and her husband. He is shown as married, but the next two entries are "closed'.. Jacob R Sutton of 176 London Road. Hastings died on 3 January 1959 at St Helen's Hospital. Probate was granted to Sarah Elizabeth Sutton, widow. Sarah Elizabeth Sutton of 15, Cloudesley Road, St Leonards on Sea died on 9 April 1966. Administration was granted to Jacob Coley Sutton, retired plumber. 

In 1891 William and Emma's daughter Mary Jane Sutton may have been a servant living with and presumably working for Mary James and her two sisters who ran a boarding house at 5, West Hill, St Leonards. Nothing more is known about her. 

William and Emma' son Frederick Robert Sutton married Amy Gasson in 1908 in Hastings. In 1911 they were living at 49, All Saints, Hailsham with Frederick's widowed mother. The census shows they had two children of which one survived. Two children are listed, as well as Ellen Gasson, sister in law, presumably Amy's sister, aged 22, a housemaid domestic. 

  • Albert Amey Gasson. Born 4 April 1901 and was Frederick's stepson. Albert enlisted in the Royal Army Veterinary Corps. He later adopted the surname Sutton. Albert Amey Sutton of 2, Western Road. Newhaven died on 26 May 1990.  
  • Winifred Anna Sutton. Born 23 January 1910.  Winifred married William G D P Willis in 1939 in Lewes. When the register was taken they were living with William's father (a retired major) and his mother at 4, Claremont Terrace, Seaford. William was a NT & LT cable jointer employed by Stat. Electricity Unity. Winifred was a cook. Winifred died in 1990 in Eastbourne. 

In 1939 Frederick and Amy were living at 1, Sea View, Newhaven. Frederick is still a fitters labourer statutory electric supply under???. A further daughter had been born and was still at home

  • Dorothy Ethel Amy Sutton. Born 7 October 1917. Dorothy married David Henry Breeds in 1941 in Lewes. David died on 31 January 1990 in Hailsham. Dorothy Ethel Amy Breeds died on 1 January 1999 and was buried on 31 January 1999 in Cambridgeshire.

Frederick Robert Sutton of 35 Rose Walk, Newhaven died on 20 March 1947. Administration was granted to Amy Sutton, widow. Amy Sutton died in 1961.

Finally William and  Emma's son Tom Sutton enlisted in the Royal Navy on 15 December 1900 and served at sea until 3 July 1903 when he was discharged at his own request. Nothing more is known about Tom.

  • Jane Cornford

I had originally thought that in 1861 William and Mary's daughter Jane had been staying with Robert Cornwall and his family at Gardener Street, Herstmonceux. Robert aged 39 was a shoemaker. His wife Sarah was 29 and they had 5 children of their own. However the age on the census is wrong, 16, and "our Jane" would be closer to 14 and the relationship to head of the household is "sister in law", so she was Sarah's sister. The only Sarah Cornford (born around 1832) that I can trace is in the 1841 census for Brighton and her parents are William Cornford, butcher and Ann. So it appears that this entry in the 1861 census is not "our" Jane.  

Jane was a witness when her sister Margaret married James Veness on 12 July 1864 at Warbleton Parish Church (see below).

In 1871, a Jane Cornford was a general servant living at 53, Havelock Road, Hastings with George and Mary Fairman who were hotel keepers. Three visitors; a captain in the army and an annuitant and his wife; are also listed. However this Jane was 23 years old and born in Bexhill!!

Again I had originally thought that "our" Jane had married James Vitler on 27 December 1879 at Hooe, but that Jane Cornford, a 32 year old spinster, servant from Alfriston was the daughter of William Cornford, tradesman (Reg Gen Dec 1879 Hailsham 2b 181). Whilst born the correct year I am reasonably sure this is also not "our" Jane which is a shame because it would have been another connection with the Vitler family!

James Vitler had been born in 1857 and was the son of James Vitler senior (1830 to 1907) and Louisa Parker (1825 to 1895). Louisa had previously been married to James Vitler senior's older brother Joseph Vitler (1820 to 1853) from 1848 to his death in 1853. I've been told that she married James in 1860, about three years after their son's birth. 

James Vitler senior had been baptised on 17 October 1830, the son of William Prior Vitler (1781 to 1842) and Emma Chatfield (1786 to 1850). He was: 

  • the brother of Charlotte Vidler (1822 to 1893) who married Henry Lewis (1818 to 1900) (Appendix G) and the uncle of Mary Lewis (1840 to 1900) who married Thomas Pocock (1815 to 1891) (Appendix E), the parents of Charlotte EdIth Pocock (1874 to 1956) (Chapter 12). 
  • the 1st cousin of Charlotte Vitler (1818 to 1857), Thomas Pocock's first wife (Appendix E). Their mutual grandparents were  William Vitler Prior (1755 to 1800) and Ann Gander (1756 to 1837) who married on 20 January 1777 in Hooe. 

As explained in Appendix G, the surnames Vidler and Vitler appear to be interchangeable and there were a number of births out of wedlock.   

Jane's husband was one of six children, born to James Vitler Senior and Louisa Parker. His siblings included

  • Eliza Elizabeth Vitler. Baptised 24 June 1860 in Hooe. Eliza married Charles William Pocock (1860 to 1940), the son of Richard Pocock (1826 to 1900) and Caroline A Freeman (1833 to 1921). It was his uncle Thomas Pocock who married Charlotte Vitler and then Mary Lewis (see Appendix E). 

James and Jane had two children:

  • Edith Martha Vitler. Born 1882 in Battle. Baptised 21 May 1882 in Hooe. Edith married Albert Grant in about 1906. In 1911 they were living at 4, Stream Cottages, Hailsham Road, where Albert, aged 36, was a waggoner on a farm. They had at least five children. Edith Martha Grant died in 1920. In 1939 Albert was living at 529, The Ridge, Hastings, with his son Charles. Albert was still a cowman and son Charles was a motor driver (laundry). Albert Grant died in 1960.  
  • William James Vitler. Born 1884 in Battle. In 1911 James and Jane's son William James Vitler was living with his widowed father, still single at 26 he was a general farm labourer. William married Charlotte Emily Allen in 1913. They had one son. William James Vitler enlisted in the Royal Field Artillery (816th Battery 215th Brigade), service number 905309. He was a quartermaster sergeant when he was killed on 9 January 1919 in Mesopotamia. He is described as the wife of C Vitler of Halls Cross, Hooe. When William's father James Vitler died in 1925, probate was granted to Charlotte Emily Vitler, widow. Charlotte E Vitler died in 1966.  

In 1891 James and Jane Vidler were living at Church Road, Catsfield  with their two children. James, aged 33, was a waggoner.  His wife was ten years his senior.. Jane Vitler died in 1899. In 1901 James and the two children were living at Broad Street, Hooe and James was a labourer on a farm. Son William, aged 16 was a grocers assistant. James Vitler of Hallcross, Hooe died on 18 December 1925. Probate was granted to Charlotte Emily Vitler, widow. Charlotte was his daughter in law. James Vitler had been predeceased by both his children.

Whilst this does not relate to "our" Jane I have left these details because of the other connections mentioned above. 

As most of the forgoing relates to the wrong Jane, this means that the last we know for sure about of William and Mary's daughter was in 1851 when, aged 4 years old, she was living with her parents in Warbleton, with another sighting in 1864 when aged 17 she witnessed her sisters's wedding.  

  • Miriam Ann Lewis nee Cornford

William and Mary's daughter Miriam Ann Cornford married Samuel Lewis on 24 July 1880 at Hooe,  

Samuel Lewis had been born on 17 December 1857 and baptised on 31 January 1858 in Hooe, the son of Henry Lewis and Charlotte Vidler (Appendix G). His sister Mary Lewis married Thomas Pocock (Appendix E) and their daughter Charlotte Edith Pocock (who married James William Veness (Chapter 12)) was his niece. 

In 1881 Samuel and Miriam were living at Hooe Common, Hooe where 26 year old Samuel was an agricultural labourer. Miriam's father, William Cornford, a  70 year old widower,  was living with them.

Samuel and Miriam had seven children:

  • Thomas Lewis. Baptised 21 August 1881 in Hooe
  • Mary Ann Lewis, Baptised 17 June 1883 in Hooe
  • Beatrice Lewis. Born 11 April 1885. Baptised 21 June 1885 in Hooe
  • William Henry Lewis. Born 4 May 1887. Baptised 17 July 1887 in Hooe
  • Arthur Robert Lewis. Baptised 17 March 1889 in Hooe,
  • Unnamed girl, Born 1891 in Hooe
  • Gordon Wallace Lewis. Born 23 January 1893. Baptised 21 May 1893 in Hooe. 

In 1891 the family were living in Rose Cottage, Sand Hill, Hooe. Samuel remained an agricultural labourer. A daughter had recently been born and was only 1 month old. She had yet to be named, She appears not to have survived as she is not listed in 1901 census.

In 1901 the family are still at Sand Hill Cottages. Samuel, 42 is now a shepherd. Daughter Mary Ann is not listed in 1901 or 1911.

By 1911 the family was living at Hooe Common. Samuel, aged 56 is still a shepherd. Son William, aged 23 is a market gardener, son Arthur, aged 22, a butcher and Gordon, aged 18 a domestic gardener.

Miriam Ann Lewis died in 1924 aged 74 years old.

In 1939 Samuel Lewis, widower was living at Aldaf, Ninfield with Herbert Hammond, a jobbing gardener and his wife Beatrice. He is described as "incapacitated". Beatrice was Samuel's daughter (see below).

Samuel Lewis is believed to have died in 1940 in Hailsham.

In 1901 Samuel and Miriam's son Thomas Lewis was still living at home, aged 19, he was a domestic gardener. Thomas married Nellie Mahala Munn in 1907. In 1911 they were living at Spring Cottage, Hooe. Thomas was now a "carter on a farm". They had two sons and a daughter

  • Maurice Lewis. Born 1907 in Hooe
  • Cyril Samuel Lewis. Born 7 May 1909 in Hooe.  Still at home and disabled in 1939 (see below) it seems likely Cyril never married. He may have died in 1959
  • Miriam Mahala Ann Lewis. Born 4 July 1914 in Hooe. In 1939 Miriam was a cook working for Horace E Marsh and his family at 1 Cantelupe Road, Bexhill. Miriam married Harold David Morris in 1940. Harold David Morris of Glenhurst, Ninfield died on 24 September 1972. Miriam Mahala Ann Morris of Glenhurst, High Street, Ninfield. (TN33 9JF) died on 31 July 1990. Miriam would have been my grandfather William Douglas Veness' second cousin (on both the Lewis and the Cornford side sharing two lots of great grandparents), and this was probably unbeknown to them both although they lived just down the road from each other.   I am reasonably certain that Miriam was the "Mrs Molly Morris" who ran the tobacconist and sweet shop until 1978 and with whom I used to spent my "1d" on the way home from Sunday School in the late 1960's/early 1970's. I also recall we sold our old Ford Anglia to Mr Morris shortly before he died and that the car sat rusting away in their front garden for many years following his death. The picture below is taken from https://ninfieldhistorygroup.org/shops/4572403471. 

Thomas Lewis died in 1934, aged 53 years old. And so by 1939 Nellie M Lewis was a widow living at 3 Council Houses, Ninfield. Her son Cyril remained at home and is descried as a general labourer (disabled). Also at the address was Myra M Browne, a married woman, born 11 March 1917.  Nellie M Lewis died in 1944, aged 64 years. 

In 1901 Samuel and Miriam's daughter Mary Ann Lewis, aged 18 was a general servant, living with and working for Emily Medley, a 49 year old "living on her own means" at Sedgewick Road, Bexhill. In 1911 she was a 28 year old parlour maid. living with and working for 60 year old Robert William Mansfield, a retired consul general at Priory Mount, Hastings. Mary Ann Lewis married Luke Pont in 1915. Luke Pont was the son of Luke Pont "senior" (31 October 1864 to 11 November 1947) and Rosina May Crouch (1871 to 7 January 1938) who married in 1888. Luke Pont "senior" and his brother Mark Pont "senior" (1858 to 18 March 1917) were both market gardeners in Ninfield.   Mark Pont "senior" married Caroline Fanny Harris (1859 to 1944). In 1911 they were living at Hope Cottage, Ninfield and their son Mark Pont "junior" (9 April 1888 to 1 April 1958 - Luke's cousin), then aged 22, is a butcher working on his own account. The 1915 Kelly's directory shows Mark Pont Junior operating from Ninfield Green. The 1939 register confirms that he owned his own butchery business. He would have been employing my grandfather, William Douglas Veness (Chapter 13) at the time. So the niece of Margaret Cornford (my grandfather's grandmother) married Luke Pont junior who was a cousin of Mark Pont junior who was to become my grandfathers employer. Confused??? 

The photo below is taken from https://ninfieldhistorygroup.org/shops/4572403471

Mark Pont junior married Florence May Wait in 1911 and their son Archer George Pont was pageboy at my grandparents wedding (Chapter 13)

It is believed that Luke and Mary Ann had at least one daughter:

  • Daphne Beatrice Pont. Born 4 February 1919. In 1939 Daphne was living with her aunt Beatrice (see below). Daphne married Tom Lewis Allen in 1943. Tom Lewis Allen of Tiffedene, Four Acres Lane, Three Oaks, East Sussex died on 3 August 1980. Daphne Beatrice Allen of 5 Oast House Road, Icklesham, Rye died on 20 September 1995

In 1930 Luke Pont is listed in Kelly's Directory for Ninfield as a "shopkeeper". Mary A Pont died in 1935, aged 51 years. Luke Pont the younger of Lower Street, Ninfield died on 21 January 1936 (aged 48 years old) at Bexhill Hospital. Administration (with will) (limited) was granted to Luke Pont, the elder and Reginald Christian Pont, market gardeners.   

Samuel and Mariam's daughter Beatrice Lewis married Herbert John Hammond in 1911. In 1939 Herbert and Beatrice are living at Aldaf, Ninfield. Herbert is a jobbing gardener. Beatrice's father is living with them. Also at the address is Daphne B Pont, Beatrice's niece (see above). Herbert John Hammond of Aldaf, Bexhill Road, Ninfield died on 7 November 1970. Beatrice Hammond of St Bridget's Street, St Johns Road, Bexhill died on 29 November 1972, aged 87 years old.  

Samuel and Miriam's son William Henry Lewis married Eunice Beryl Crittle in 1924 in Bromley, Kent.  In 1939 they were living at Paygate Cottages, Chailey, Sussex where William was a groom/gardener/handyman. They had two daughters, both still at school 

  • Brenda Eunice Lewis. Born 14 January 1926. Brenda married John Leonard A Francis in 1944. In 1955 they were living at 56, Bradmore Way, Coulsdon, Surrey. In 1962 they were at 116. Bradmore Way. John Leonard A Francis died in 1995 in Surrey. Brenda Eunice Francis died in 2002 in Surrey. 
  • Doreen M Lewis. Born 25 May 1927. Doreen married Norman John Thorpe in 1947. Norman John Thorpe died in 1991 in Watford. 

William H Lewis died in 1964 in Lewes. Eunice B Lewis died in 1991 in Lewes, aged 92 years old. 

Samuel and Miriam's son Arthur Robert Lewis died in 1913, aged just 24 years old. 

Samuel and Miriam's son Gordon Wallace Lewis married Ethel Marjorie Cooper on 28 April 1928 in Walthamstow. In 1939 they were living at 15, Vale Road, Battle and Gordon was a gardener. Gordon Wallace Lewis died on 30 November 1980 at Bexhill on Sea. 

Margaret Veness nee Cornford

Margaret Cornford was born on 1 May 1835. She was baptised 31 May 1835 at Wadhurst Parish Church, daughter of William and Mary Cornford. 

In 1851 Margaret was a 15 year old servant living with (and presumably working for) Robert Roberts, a 41 year old agricultural labourer, his wife and six children at White Birch, Warbleton. 

Margaret married James Veness on 12 July 1864 at Warbleton Parish Church. James is described as a 22 year old butcher from Hooe, the son of James Veness, butcher. Margaret is a 28 year old servant from Warbleton, daughter of William Cornford, shoemaker. Both parties signed the register. The witnesses were William Sutton and Jane Cornford, presumably Margaret's sister.

In 1862 James Veness and Margaret Cornford had been witnesses to Margaret's sister Mary Ann Cornford's wedding to James Roberts (see above). 

They had five children: 

  • Mary Selina Veness. Baptised 20 May 1866 at Hooe Parish Church
  • Jane Veness. Baptised 21 February 1868 at Hooe Parish Church.
  • James William Veness, Baptised  25 February 1872 at Hooe Parish Church. 
  • Edith Maria Veness. Baptised on 22 February 1874 at Hooe Parish Church, and 
  • Bertha Blanche Veness on 29 August 1875 at Hooe Parish Church

 Their lives are detailed at Chapter 11.

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