Anne E Wadey

b. circa 1855

Parents:

Father: Walter Wadey b. 31 Oct 1830
Mother: Susan Tuppen b. c 1836
Last Edited: 21 Apr 2011

Caroline Wadey

b. circa 1857

Parents:

Father: Walter Wadey b. 31 Oct 1830
Mother: Susan Tuppen b. c 1836
Last Edited: 6 Feb 2020

Family:

John Wells b. 1853, d. 1925

Child:

Arthur John Wells+ b. 19 Sep 1876

Mary J Wadey

b. circa 1859

Parents:

Father: Walter Wadey b. 31 Oct 1830
Mother: Susan Tuppen b. c 1836
Last Edited: 21 Apr 2011

Susan Wadey

b. circa 1861

Parents:

Father: Walter Wadey b. 31 Oct 1830
Mother: Susan Tuppen b. c 1836
Last Edited: 21 Apr 2011

Emily Wadey

b. circa 1866, d. 1935

Parents:

Father: Walter Wadey b. 31 Oct 1830
Mother: Susan Tuppen b. c 1836
Last Edited: 29 Aug 2019

Family:

Alfred James Marks b. 27 Jul 1869, d. 1909

Child:

Mayland Marks+ b. 1909, d. 2010

John Grayling

b. circa 1803, d. 1872
Last Edited: 15 Dec 2017

Family:

Sophia Funnell b. 15 Mar 1818, d. 1885

Children:

John Grayling b. 23 Feb 1840
James Grayling b. 20 Nov 1842
Peter Grayling b. 27 Apr 1845
Harriet Grayling+ b. 10 Jan 1847, d. 1917
Ebenezer Grayling b. 30 May 1849
Elizabeth Ann Grayling+ b. 4 Jul 1851, d. 14 Oct 1910
Philadelphia Grayling+ b. 27 Jul 1856, d. 1933

Citations

  1. [S143] General Register Office: Indexes to Marriages, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Oct-Dec 1837, Hailsham RD, Vol 7 Page 493."
  2. [S260] Website "FUNNELLs Wood" (http://www.funnell.org/).
  3. [S141] General Register Office: Indexes to Deaths, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Oct-Dec 1872, Hailsham, Vol 2b Page 45, age 69 years."
  4. [S25] Online Index to Burials, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.uk/, ongoing project,.

James Holden

b. 27 April 1804, d. 29 March 1892

Parents:

Father: James Holden b. 7 Dec 1772, d. 1812
Mother: Sarah Akehurst b. 6 Aug 1775, d. 1851
Last Edited: 26 Mar 2019
  • Baptism*: James Holden was baptized on 27 April 1804 at Hellingly, Sussex, England.
  • He was the son of James Holden and Sarah Akehurst.
  • Marriage*: James Holden married Martha Akehurst, daughter of John Akehurst and Maria Burgess, on 7 June 1826 at Hellingly, Sussex, England.
  • Occupation: James Holden was a labourer on 15 October 1826.1
  • Occupation*: James Holden was a brickmaker in 1838.2
  • Emigration*: James Holden and Martha Akehurst emigrated in 1838 to Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, on the ship "Alfred" arriving 16 Jan 1839. One of the daughters is said to have died on the journey. They settled in the Allyn River area of NSW now called Dungog.2
  • Religion*: James Holden and Martha Akehurst were Methodists.2
  • Anecdote*: In the shipping records it states that James was a native of Hellingly, Sussex, could read and write, was a Methodist and was of good health. He was a brickmaker. He was stated to be the son of James Holden, labourer and Sarah Ackhurst daughter of John Ackhurst, labourer, all of the same place. His character was certified by Thomas Freddy, Wesleyan Minister and Jeremiah Smith.
  • Death*: James Holden died on 29 March 1892 at Moruya, New South Wales, Australia, at age 87.

Family:

Martha Akehurst b. 4 Nov 1804, d. 25 Nov 1854

Children:

Sarah Mariah Holden+ b. 15 Oct 1826, d. 24 Apr 1899
Harriet Holden b. 7 May 1834, d. 23 Dec 1863
Jane Anne Holden b. 22 Mar 1837, d. 1838
Charlotte Holden+ b. 24 Dec 1840, d. 18 Nov 1915

Citations

  1. [S23] Online Index to Baptisms, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.uk/, ongoing project, "Sally Mariah Holden."
  2. [S244] Website "Ancestry" (http://www.ancestry.co.uk/) "State Records Authority of New South Wales; Kingswood New South Wales, Australia; Persons on bounty ships (Agent's Immigrant Lists); Series: 5316; Reel: 2134; Item: [4/4784]
    Source Information: Ancestry.com. New South Wales, Australia, Assisted Immigrant Passenger Lists, 1828-1896 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007."

James Holden

b. 7 December 1772, d. 1812

Parents:

Father: John Holden b. 11 Jun 1749, d. 1825
Mother: Ann Cuckney b. c 1751, d. 1815
Last Edited: 10 Apr 2021

Family:

Sarah Akehurst b. 6 Aug 1775, d. 1851

Children:

John Holden b. 5 Apr 1801, d. 1859
Sarah Holden b. 3 Oct 1802
James Holden+ b. 27 Apr 1804, d. 29 Mar 1892
Harriet Holden b. 3 Nov 1805
Frances Holden b. 20 Nov 1806
Phyllis Holden b. 15 Feb 1808
Jane Holden b. 27 May 1810
Charlotte Holden b. 3 Nov 1811, d. 1819

Citations

  1. [S23] Online Index to Baptisms, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.uk/, ongoing project,.
  2. [S24] Index to Marriages, 1538-1837, Compact Disc SFHGCD003, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, 2008.

Sarah Akehurst

b. 6 August 1775, d. 1851

Parents:

Father: John Akehurst b. 8 Nov 1753, d. Mar 1835
Mother: Sarah Funnell b. c 1750, d. 1796
Last Edited: 28 Jun 2016
  • Baptism*: Sarah Akehurst was baptized on 6 August 1775 at Herstmonceux, Sussex, England.1
  • She was the daughter of John Akehurst and Sarah Funnell.
  • Anecdote*: The candidates for the Sarah Akehurst who married James Holden are:
    1.     Sarah Akehurst baptised 2 Jul 1780 at Hellingly, daughter of John Akehurst and Elizabeth Collin/Collen.
    2.     Sarah Akehurst baptised 6 Aug 1775 at Herstmonceux, daughter of John Akehurst and Sarah Funnell.
    In consideration of all the known facts it is my opinion that she is the Sarah Akehurst baptised 6 Aug 1775 at Herstmonceux, daughter of John Akehurst and Sarah Funnell and NOT the Sarah Akehurst baptised 2 Jul 1780 at Hellingly, daughter of John Akehurst and Elizabeth Collin/Collen.
    The reasons are as follow:
    1. The 1780 baptism is accounted for by the marriage of Sarah Akehurst to Samuel Saxby on 19 Jan 1800 at Hellingly. She and Samuel can be found in the 1851 census at 31 Upper St James St, Kemp Town, Brighton, Sussex. Her age is given as 72 years (i.e. born c1779) and her place of birth given as Hellingly. She is a perfect fit for the 1780 baptism. There are no other Sarah Akehursts baptised at Hellingly around that time.
    2. The burial of Sarah Holden, wife of James, on 6 Mar 1851 at Hellingly, states "age 75 years, Herstmonceux". The age gives her birth as almost spot on 1775 (and not 1780).
    3. The Sarah Akehurst baptism in 1775 occurred at Herstmonceux. This matches with the "Herstmonceux" information recorded on her burial at Hellingly on 6 Mar 1851.
    4. When Sarah Akehurst married James Holden on 15 Oct 1799 at Hellingly she was noted as being “of Wartling”. Also, the banns had been read 29 Sep 1799 at Wartling. Wartling is closer to Herstmonceux that to Hellingly so this Sarah Akehurst is more likely to be the 1775 baptism at Hertmonceux.2
  • Marriage Bann: Marriage banns for Sarah Akehurst and James Holden were published on 29 September 1799 at Wartling, Sussex, England; Sarah Akehurst of Wartling, James Holden of Hellingly.3
  • Marriage*: Sarah Akehurst married James Holden, son of John Holden and Ann Cuckney, on 15 October 1799 at St Peter & St Paul, Hellingly, Sussex, England, Sarah of Wartling.3
  • Married Name: As of 15 October 1799, her married name was Holden.
  • Residence*: On 7 June 1841 Sarah Akehurst lived at Wartling, Sussex, England, age 65 living next to the families of Thomas and Nancy Pinyon, and Robert and Mary Hunnisett (no obvious conection to either).4
  • Death*: Sarah Akehurst died in 1851 at Hellingly, Sussex, England.
  • Burial*: Sarah Akehurst was buried on 6 March 1851 at St Peter & St Paul, Hellingly, Sussex, England, "age 75 years, Hurstmonceux."5

Family:

James Holden b. 7 Dec 1772, d. 1812

Children:

John Holden b. 5 Apr 1801, d. 1859
Sarah Holden b. 3 Oct 1802
James Holden+ b. 27 Apr 1804, d. 29 Mar 1892
Harriet Holden b. 3 Nov 1805
Frances Holden b. 20 Nov 1806
Phyllis Holden b. 15 Feb 1808
Jane Holden b. 27 May 1810
Charlotte Holden b. 3 Nov 1811, d. 1819

Citations

  1. [S23] Online Index to Baptisms, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.uk/, ongoing project, "surname ACKHURST."
  2. [S25] Online Index to Burials, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.uk/, ongoing project, "age 75 years, Hurstmonceux."
  3. [S24] Index to Marriages, 1538-1837, Compact Disc SFHGCD003, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, 2008.
  4. [S67] 1841 Census for England "Class: HO107; Piece: 1105; Book: 13; Civil Parish: Wartling; County: Sussex; Enumeration District: 7; Folio: 9; Page: 8; Line: 18; GSU roll: 464157."
  5. [S23] Online Index to Baptisms, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.uk/, ongoing project, "age 75 years, Hurstmonceux."

Sarah Mariah Holden

b. 15 October 1826, d. 24 April 1899

Parents:

Father: James Holden b. 27 Apr 1804, d. 29 Mar 1892
Mother: Martha Akehurst b. 4 Nov 1804, d. 25 Nov 1854
Last Edited: 21 Apr 2017

Family 1:

John Walter Walters

Child:

James William Holden+ b. 16 Jun 1840, d. 21 Mar 1929

Family 2:

Thomas Myers b. 15 Dec 1814, d. 8 Nov 1872

Children:

Frederick Myers+ b. Jul 1850, d. 19 Jun 1925
Martha Maria Myers+ b. 1852, d. 6 Aug 1925
Harriet Maude Myers b. 1854, d. 5 Jan 1934
Eliza Frances Jeannie Myers+ b. 31 May 1860, d. 1900

Family 3:

Thomas Dawson b. 1820

Citations

  1. [S23] Online Index to Baptisms, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.uk/, ongoing project,.

Harriet Holden

b. 7 May 1834, d. 23 December 1863

Parents:

Father: James Holden b. 27 Apr 1804, d. 29 Mar 1892
Mother: Martha Akehurst b. 4 Nov 1804, d. 25 Nov 1854
Last Edited: 5 May 2016

Family:

Joseph Eales b. c 1822, d. 1883

Citations

  1. [S23] Online Index to Baptisms, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.uk/, ongoing project,.

Jane Anne Holden

b. 22 March 1837, d. 1838

Parents:

Father: James Holden b. 27 Apr 1804, d. 29 Mar 1892
Mother: Martha Akehurst b. 4 Nov 1804, d. 25 Nov 1854
Last Edited: 5 May 2016

Citations

  1. [S23] Online Index to Baptisms, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.uk/, ongoing project,.

Charlotte Holden

b. 24 December 1840, d. 18 November 1915

Parents:

Father: James Holden b. 27 Apr 1804, d. 29 Mar 1892
Mother: Martha Akehurst b. 4 Nov 1804, d. 25 Nov 1854
Last Edited: 24 Mar 2019

Family:

George Henry Goodin b. 15 Mar 1828, d. 6 Dec 1889

Children:

Martha Maria Goodin b. 1 Sep 1861, d. 15 Sep 1945
Sarah Ann Goodin+ b. 20 Jul 1863, d. 3 Sep 1932
Thomas Sydney Goodin b. 1865, d. 4 Aug 1881
George Henry Goodin b. 25 Jun 1866, d. 1 Jul 1930
Walter Hamilton Goodin b. 1 Feb 1869, d. 1934
Arthur William Goodin b. 13 Jun 1870, d. 1896
Henrietta Mary Goodin b. 12 Sep 1871, d. 20 Jan 1902
Frederica Adelaide Goodin b. 26 Jan 1873, d. 8 Oct 1918
Elizabeth Keturah Goodin b. 22 Feb 1875, d. 30 Jun 1939
Harriet Maria Goodin b. 18 Nov 1876, d. 14 Oct 1891
Peter Goodin b. 4 Apr 1878, d. 17 Feb 1958

Thomas Henry Hill

b. 1875, d. 1 April 1932

Parents:

Father: Daniel Reuben Hill b. 1835, d. 1886
Mother: Mary Jane Roser b. 1837, d. 1929
Last Edited: 10 Sep 2013

Family:

Margaret Edith Griffiths b. 1876

Children:

Citations

  1. [S143] General Register Office: Indexes to Marriages, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Jul-Sep 1899, Brighton, Vol 2b Page 520."
  2. [S73] 1911 Census for England "RG14PN5140 RG78PN227 RD79 SD2 ED20 SN25."

Albert Edward Hill

b. 1901

Parents:

Father: Thomas Henry Hill b. 1875, d. 1 Apr 1932
Mother: Margaret Edith Griffiths b. 1876
Last Edited: 10 Sep 2013

Citations

  1. [S142] General Register Office: Indexes to Births, Sep 1837-2006, "Jan-Mar 1901, Brighton, Vol 2b Page 236."

George Alfred Hill

b. 1867, d. 1953

Parents:

Father: Daniel Reuben Hill b. 1835, d. 1886
Mother: Mary Jane Roser b. 1837, d. 1929
Last Edited: 28 Jan 2013

Family:

Ada Mary Griffiths b. 1867

Child:

Ada May Hill b. 1895, d. 1915

Citations

  1. [S73] 1911 Census for England "RG14PN5145 RG78PN227 RD79 SD2 ED25 SN105."

Ada May Hill

b. 1895, d. 1915

Parents:

Father: George Alfred Hill b. 1867, d. 1953
Mother: Ada Mary Griffiths b. 1867
Last Edited: 25 Apr 2011

Daniel Reuben Hill

b. 1835, d. 1886
Last Edited: 25 Apr 2011

Family:

Mary Jane Roser b. 1837, d. 1929

Children:

George Alfred Hill+ b. 1867, d. 1953
Thomas Henry Hill+ b. 1875, d. 1 Apr 1932

Mary Jane Roser

b. 1837, d. 1929
Last Edited: 16 Jan 2013

Family:

Daniel Reuben Hill b. 1835, d. 1886

Children:

George Alfred Hill+ b. 1867, d. 1953
Thomas Henry Hill+ b. 1875, d. 1 Apr 1932

Kate Jeffery

b. 1872, d. 3 October 1951

Parents:

Father: Alfred Jeffery b. 22 Jan 1837, d. 14 May 1920
Mother: Mary Ann Holmwood b. 1841, d. 1882
Last Edited: 10 Apr 2018

Family:

Arthur Stevens b. c 1872, d. 1937

Citations

  1. [S142] General Register Office: Indexes to Births, Sep 1837-2006, "Jul-Sep 1872, Tonbridge, Vol 2a Page 543."
  2. [S73] 1911 Census for England "RG14PN4046 RG78PN156 RD50 SD1 ED7 SN360."
  3. [S143] General Register Office: Indexes to Marriages, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Jul-Sep 1916, Eastbourne, Vol 2b Page 169."
  4. [S285] 1940 Census for USA.
  5. [S733] Webpage "Virginia Gravestones" (https://virginiagravestones.org/) "https://virginiagravestones.org/view.php?id=16570."

Jane Brabon

b. circa 1809

Parents:

Last Edited: 17 Nov 2019

Family:

William Holmwood b. 8 Apr 1810

Children:

Mary Ann Holmwood+ b. 1841, d. 1882
William Holmwood b. 26 Feb 1843, d. 1909
Henry Holmwood b. 12 Dec 1847, d. 18 Mar 1912

Citations

  1. [S68] 1861 Census for England, "Class: RG 9; Piece: 491; Folio: 82; Page: 9; GSU roll: 542648."
  2. [S244] Website "Ancestry" (http://www.ancestry.co.uk/) "London Metropolitan Archives; London, England; Reference Number: P89/ALS/057."
  3. [S69] 1871 Census for England, "Class: RG10; Piece: 927; Folio: 129; Page: 34; GSU roll: 838706."

Mary Baker

b. circa 1845, d. 1906
Last Edited: 23 Dec 2012

Family:

Alfred Jeffery b. 22 Jan 1837, d. 14 May 1920

Citations

  1. [S143] General Register Office: Indexes to Marriages, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Oct-Dec 1885, Tunbridge Wells, Vol 2a Page 1073."
  2. [S141] General Register Office: Indexes to Deaths, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Jan-Mar 1906, Tonbridge, Vol 2a Page 496, age 60 years."

Henry Howell

b. 15 June 1806, d. 24 June 1892
Last Edited: 24 Aug 2017

Family:

Harriet Terry b. 6 Apr 1806, d. 21 Jul 1879

Children:

Walter Howell b. 21 Oct 1828, d. 1840
Keziah Howell+ b. 22 Nov 1829, d. 1914
Elizabeth Howell+ b. 1832, d. 26 May 1884
Harriet Howell+ b. 1834
Hannah Howell b. 1836
Sarah Ann Howell b. 8 Aug 1841
William Howell b. 1844
Charlotte Howell b. 24 Oct 1847

Citations

  1. [S16] 1851 Census for England "HO107 piece 1643 folio 764 page 8."
  2. [S24] Index to Marriages, 1538-1837, Compact Disc SFHGCD003, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, 2008.
  3. [S69] 1871 Census for England, "Class: RG10; Piece: 1076; Folio: 30; Page: 6; GSU roll: 827496."
  4. [S70] 1881 Census for England, "Class: RG11; Piece: 1080; Folio: 107; Page: 57; GSU roll: 1341254."

Elizabeth Moore

b. 17 March 1816, d. March 1890

Parents:

Father: Thomas Moore b. c 1790
Mother: Martha (?)
Last Edited: 13 Feb 2022
  • Birth: Elizabeth Moore was born in 1816 at Ludgershall, Buckinghamshire, England.
  • Baptism*: Elizabeth Moore was baptized on 17 March 1816 at Ludgershall, Buckinghamshire, England.1
  • She was the daughter of Thomas Moore and Martha (?)
  • Anecdote: There is a book by George Edward Meek, grandson of Benjamin Humphries titled "George Meek, Bath Chairman by Himself" which provides remarkable information about Benjamin Humphries and his second wife Elizabeth Moore. George Meek was born 1868 and raised by Benjamin and Elizabeth from 1871 after his parents and siblings emigrated to the USA, eventually returning in 1877. George was considered too weak to travel with them. Excerpts from the book are quoted here in italics.2
  • Residence*: On 30 March 1851 Elizabeth Moore lived at Ludgershall, Buckinghamshire, England, living with her widowed father and her illegitimate son Charles.
  • Occupation: Elizabeth Moore was a lacemaker on 30 March 1851.
  • Marriage*: Elizabeth Moore married Benjamin Humphries, son of Henry Humphries and Diana Lines, in 1852 at Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England, surname HUMPHRY.3
  • Married Name: As of 1852, her married name was Humphries.
  • Anecdote: There were no children from Benjamin Humphries second marriage to Elizabeth Moore.
  • Anecdote: Benjamin, Elizabeth and the three surviving children, Rose Hannah, Ann Elizabeth, and Sarah ... "came to the neighbourhood of Eastbourne (Sussex) from Buckinghamshire with a farmer named Paxton, who had taken a farm at Willingdon. Here they occupied an old flint cottage which stood upon the corner of the main road and Church Street where "Flint House" now stands. Leaving Mr. Paxton's service after a time my grandfather entered that of another farmer named Reid at Jevington. Here he did some poaching. My grandmother has often spoken of burying fur and feathers to elude the search of their cottage made for them by game- keepers. Butcher's meat was scarce and dear in the country in those days. I do not suppose my grandfather's wages were very high. There were three growing girls to be kept, and doubtless an occasional hare or partridge was acceptable."
    The farmer named Paxton would have been John Paxton, baptised 14 Sep 1817 at Finmere, Oxfordshire and who married Mary Sadler on 18 May 1842 at Newton Purcell, Oxfordshire. He is listed in the 1861 census at Chalk Farm, Willingdon "a farmer of 1000 acres employing 30 labourers". John Paxton's parents Robert and Mary Paxton had "a farm of 870 acres employing 38 laboureres" in Mixbury, Oxfordshire (next to Finmere) according to the 1851 census. It would be interesting to know how John came to be in possession of Chalk Farm, which is doubtlessly where Benjamin worked.
    The farmer named Reid at Jevington was likely John Reid at Street Farm. In the 1861 census he was a farmer of 377 acres employing 3 boys and 7 men. Street Farm is near the intersection of Jevington Road and Green Lane. A photograph of the cottage they lived in is shown in the local history book "Jevington, Wannock and Willingdon: A Portrait in Old Postcards and Photographs" by Rosalind Hodge.2,4
  • Anecdote: Regarding their cottage in Willingdon, Rosalind Hodge wrote on 11 Apr 2015: I just remembered the photo I attach taken 4 1/2 years ago showing the exact corner where the cottage stood. It shows you how it looks today with the Wheatsheaf and the boundary wall of Flint House/Five Gables to the right.
  • Residence*: On 7 April 1861 Elizabeth Moore and Benjamin Humphries lived at Jevington, Sussex, England. They are in the 1861 census under the name NIBBS.
  • Anecdote: "About 1862 my grandfather (Benjamin Humphries) moved into Eastbourne, where he entered the employment of James Peerless, the builder, as a carter. He stayed with him twelve years, receiving eighteen shillings per week wages. In '66 or '67 my father and mother (Benjamin's daughter, Sarah Humphries) became acquainted and were married.2"
  • Residence: In 1864 Elizabeth Moore and Benjamin Humphries lived at 11 Tower Street, Eastbourne, Sussex, England, Tower Street was in the roughest area of Eastbourne and home to many of Eastbourne’s Fishermen. The houses were very small and terraced. On a modern map St James Road (a close actually) leads to a block of flats called Gwent Court which is built on the site of Tower Street.5
  • Residence: On 2 April 1871 Elizabeth Moore and Benjamin Humphries lived at 5 East St, Eastbourne, Sussex, England. They are in the 1871 census under the name NIBBS.
  • Occupation*: Elizabeth Moore was a charwoman on 2 April 1871.
  • Anecdote: In March(?) 1871 Benjamin's daughter Sarah and family emigrated to the USA leaving their son George Edward Meek and Sarah's sister Rosanna's son Benjamin Henry (Harry) Meek with their grandparents, Benjamin and Elizabeth.
  • Anecdote*: C1870's ..... "My home life during this period was very happy. My grandparents were very good to me, and although we were poor we never knew what it was to want. My grandmother went out to work occasionally, but not, I think, regularly. I can remember her at a laundry in Cavendish Place, where I was anxious to turn the mangle; but I remember more distinctly her lace-making. She had a "pillow" and boxes of "bobbins," and with these she made excellent hand lace. She told me in after years that she used to sit on the beach in front of the Grand Parade with this work in the summer time and that she found some good customers for it among the passing gentry. I remember that one day she went over the rocks close to the Wish Tower to gather limpets, and that she fell and cut her face dread- fully. ...... Part of the time we lived in a little two-roomed cottage in a yard, or "close," off Grove Road. This has since been demolished. Here, I remember, my grandfather brought out his gun and shot some starlings, which he had, baked in a pie, for supper. I think I must have been left by myself a great deal, or at most with my cousin, a lad who at that time could not have been more than seven or eight years old. There are recollections of lonely meals I ate, of no care except from him, of long evenings spent waiting for grandfather and grandmother to come home. They always came home sober. I do not remember seeing my grandfather the worse for drink except on one occasion, and that was on a Christmas Day. He had a glass or two of ale every day, but I gather that he never exceeded. My grandmother was never addicted to drink. She was careful, fond of her home, making no silly pretensions, but just anxious to live a quiet, comfortable life. One incident I recall with reference to her at this time. She had bought a new pair of boots at a local shop on a Saturday night. On Sunday she and grand- father went for a walk along the sands, and the soles of her new boots fell off! She loomed very large in my early days. When she was at home I spent most of my out- of-school hours with her. When I was sick — I remember only one occasion, when I had the measles — she nursed me, giving me, by the doctor's orders, port wine, a drink which I pre- ferred very much to the nasty medicine. For some years afterwards whenever I felt I wanted something particularly nice I complained of feeling ill, and begged for more port wine. Then I had trouble with my teeth, which she tried to relieve by rubbing my gums with coarse salt. Also there were warm baths and shower baths, the latter administered by means of a garden watering-pot; nauseous castor-oil every now and then; pennies for sweets, which were often spent in children's books. Of these I acquired quite a large collection, and my grandfather bound them into one large volume. I suppose I could not read very well at that time, as I used to get him, when I bought a new book, to read it to me. The last year or two of our stay in Eastbourne we occupied three back rooms in a house in Cross Street, for which, I understand, my people paid four shillings and sixpence per week. While we were there the notable fire at Peerless' yard occurred. It was my habit on fine days, though I was very young, to go up and meet my grandfather in the evening when his work was done. I believe I spent much of my spare time with him. I remember going to the brick-yards with him, where I used to watch him load his cart with bricks. He put on his hands a pair of leather things like gloves with no backs to them. Then a man would throw bricks to him, three at a time, from a large stack; these he caught, piling them in his cart. It was amusing when I walked home with him to hear the tramp, tramp of his great hob- nailed boots and the pitter, patter of my little ones.2"
  • (Witness) Death: Elizabeth Moore witnessed the death of Ann Elizabeth Humphries on 6 October 1872 at South Court, South St, Eastbourne, Sussex, England; She died of chronic nephritis (a kidney disease) and anasarca (swelling of the skin due to liver failure).6
  • Residence: On 6 October 1872 Elizabeth Moore and Benjamin Humphries lived at South St, Eastbourne, Sussex, England.6
  • Anecdote: "In 1874, when I was six years old, my grand- father gave up his place at Peerless the builder's and took service as ploughman with a farmer named Edwards at Jevington, a village five miles over the hills and seven miles by road from Eastbourne. My grandfather was allowed the use of a farm wagon to remove our furniture from Eastbourne to Jevington. This, drawn by three huge brown horses whose names I subsequently learned were "Cubit," "Captain" and "Smiler," caused me great wonder. It had no tail-board at the back, simply a wooden bar across the top from side to side, and at the bottom a roller, through two holes in which long loose pegs were passed. This, I learned afterwards, was used when the wagon was loaded very high (with hay or com, for in- stance) to tighten the ropes which were passed over it from the front. The horses were gay with much jingling, brightly burnished brass about their harness, and blue, red and yellow ribbons on their bridles. I, my grandmother and my cousin Harry rode on top of the furniture. I do not remember much of the journey, except that when we had passed Wannock Glen my cousin got down and gathered a large bunch of primroses for me, so it must have been in the early spring. It is curious how little incidents of this kind are retained in the memory. I can see him now, a rough-clad little boy, handing the big bunch of yellow flowers up to me as I sat on the wagon. When we reached our little cottage we found there was no fire-grate in it. A broken one was borrowed. This had to be kept upright with two or three loose bricks. It had originally been a four-legged affair, but two of the legs had been broken off. We made shift with this for a time until a new one was bought. When my grand- mother wanted to make a cake for Sunday's tea, and was not using the large brick oven in the washhouse, she baked it by placing it under the grate with a sheet of tin over it to keep the ashes from falling into it. This cottage can still be seen. It stands on the right, just inside the upper end of the village, opposite a large barn. They found that my cousin Harry was not needed, so they sent him into the workhouse. But he was not there long. My grandfather, much to my delight, fetched him out to be his ploughboy. Poor Harry never had much education.2"
  • Anecdote: The cottage had about ten rods of garden attached. This ran down the side, the larger part given over to vegetables, but a long slip of it under a wall contained, among other things, flowers the seeds of which had been sent us from Ohio. This was my grandmother's special care. One year we tried to grow some Indian corn, but though it grew very high and the ears developed, it never fully ripened. People passing in carriages would often stop to buy a bunch of flowers. My grandmother insisted always that only sweet-smelling ones were worth having, consequently in the summer her garden scented the whole place. There was a pear tree, the special resting-place, I used to think, of our cat, and in the wall, serving the two houses, a well, from the depths of which the buckets some-times brought up bright-coloured lizards with the water. The neighbours once gave me so much honey it made me ill.2
  • Anecdote: "After my grandfather's death my mother and grandmother lived together for two years and a half at Willingdon. We were very poor, I remember. There was no regular income apart from some small relief from the parish and my cousin's earnings as a carter boy, which were not great. Occasionally my grandmother did a day's washing or charing. My mother set up in business as a dressmaker, but I am afraid she did not prosper greatly. My grandfather had been paid sixteen shillings a week. In addition he had a cottage rent free. This had ensured us a regular, if plain living." (George Edward Meek.)
  • Residence: On 3 April 1881 Elizabeth Moore lived at Lower Willingdon, Willingdon, Sussex, England, a lodger with George and Amelia Putland and family.
  • Occupation: Elizabeth Moore was a lacemaker on 3 April 1881.
  • Residence: In 1888 Elizabeth Moore lived at Susans Rd, Eastbourne, Sussex, England, moving to Eastbourne to be near her grandson, George Edward Meek.2
  • Death*: Elizabeth Moore died in March 1890 at Eastbourne, Sussex, England. Age 74 years.7,8
  • Burial*: Elizabeth Moore was buried on 10 March 1890 at St Mary, Eastbourne, Sussex, England, 74 yrs, surname spelt HUMPHREY.
  • Anecdote*: The old lady was getting more feeble; she was close upon seventy-four, and early in the following March 1890 she contracted bronchitis, and died a few days afterwards. She was buried at Langney on a very windy day, I being the only mourner. She had always been very fond of me; no mother could have been more kind. (George Edward Meek.)2

Family 1:

Child:

Charles Moore b. c 1840

Family 2:

Benjamin Humphries b. 15 Oct 1820, d. 4 Oct 1878

Citations

  1. [S388] Website "FamilySearch" (http://www.familysearch.org/) ""England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NBVD-GSQ : 10 February 2018, Elisabeth Moore, ); citing Ludgershall, Buckingham, England, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 1,042,390."
  2. [S76] George Meek, "George Meek, Bath Chair-Man, By Himself", Constable & Co. Ltd., First Edition (1910).
  3. [S143] General Register Office: Indexes to Marriages, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Jan-Mar 1852, Aylesbury, Vol 3a Page 449."
  4. [S521] Rosalind Hodge, "Jevington, Wannock and Willingdon: A Portrait in Old Postcards and Photographs", S B Publications, First Edition (2003).
  5. [S526] Settlement Examination & Removal Order for Rose Hannah Humphries and her illegitimate son Benjamin Henry (8 months) from Eastbourne to Finmere, 9 Aug 1864. (ESRO:DE/B 26/71).
  6. [S86] Death certificate of Ann Elizabeth Godding, died 6 Oct 1872, registered 8 Oct 1872 in the Registration District of Eastbourne, Sussex, England (GRO Index Ref: Vol 2b Page 39).
  7. [S141] General Register Office: Indexes to Deaths, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Jan-Mar 1890, Eastbourne, Vol 2b Page 62."
  8. [S76] George Meek, "George Meek, Bath Chair-Man, By Himself", Constable & Co. Ltd., First Edition (1910) "Chapter XV "A Year of Dark Days.""

Henry Pollard

b. 26 June 1868, d. 22 February 1944

Parents:

Father: John Pollard b. c 1844
Mother: Jane Diplock b. c 1842
Last Edited: 2 Jan 2022

Family:

Christianna Victoria Barber b. 5 Mar 1869, d. 19 Aug 1957

Children:

Charles Henry Pollard b. 1891, d. 1952
John Robert Pollard b. 5 Jun 1894, d. 16 Jul 1966
Francis Pollard b. 16 Aug 1898, d. 1972
James Victor Pollard b. 17 Dec 1905, d. 1972

Citations

  1. [S69] 1871 Census for England, "Class: RG10; Piece: 1082; Folio: 29; Page: 1."
  2. [S556] 1939 Register (29 Sep 1939) for England "RG101/2457B/004/4."
  3. [S71] 1891 Census for England "Class: RG12; Piece: 808; Folio: 65; Page: 32."
  4. [S143] General Register Office: Indexes to Marriages, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Apr-Jun 1891, Brighton, Vol 2b Page 471."
  5. [S141] General Register Office: Indexes to Deaths, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Jan-Mar 1944, Brighton, Vol 2b Page 388, 75 years."
  6. [S422] National Probate Calendar, England & Wales (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1995. (https://www.ancestry.co.uk/).

Charles Henry Pollard

b. 1891, d. 1952

Parents:

Father: Henry Pollard b. 26 Jun 1868, d. 22 Feb 1944
Mother: Christianna Victoria Barber b. 5 Mar 1869, d. 19 Aug 1957
Last Edited: 5 Sep 2014

Family:

Dorothy L Potter b. 1891

Citations

  1. [S13] General Register Office: Indexes to Birth, Marriages, Deaths, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Oct-Dec 1891, Brighton, Vol 2b Page 241."
  2. [S143] General Register Office: Indexes to Marriages, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Jan-Mar 1916, Brighton, Vol 2b Page 489."
  3. [S141] General Register Office: Indexes to Deaths, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Dec 1952, Brighton, Vol 5h Page 135, age 64 years."

John Robert Pollard

b. 5 June 1894, d. 16 July 1966

Parents:

Father: Henry Pollard b. 26 Jun 1868, d. 22 Feb 1944
Mother: Christianna Victoria Barber b. 5 Mar 1869, d. 19 Aug 1957
Last Edited: 2 Jan 2022

Family:

Edith Annie Hollingdale b. 1878

Citations

  1. [S13] General Register Office: Indexes to Birth, Marriages, Deaths, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Jul-Sep 1894, Brighton, Vol 2b Page 208."
  2. [S73] 1911 Census for England "Class: RG14; Piece: 5108; Schedule Number: 372."
  3. [S143] General Register Office: Indexes to Marriages, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Jan-Mar 1923, Brighton, Vol 2b Page 368."
  4. [S422] National Probate Calendar, England & Wales (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1995. (https://www.ancestry.co.uk/).

Francis Pollard

b. 16 August 1898, d. 1972

Parents:

Father: Henry Pollard b. 26 Jun 1868, d. 22 Feb 1944
Mother: Christianna Victoria Barber b. 5 Mar 1869, d. 19 Aug 1957
Last Edited: 29 Jul 2014

Family:

Mabel Cecilia Elphick b. 1899

Citations

  1. [S13] General Register Office: Indexes to Birth, Marriages, Deaths, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Jul-Sep 1898, Brighton, Vol 2b Page 239."
  2. [S143] General Register Office: Indexes to Marriages, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Oct-Dec 1926, Brighton, Vol 2b Page 570."
  3. [S422] National Probate Calendar, England & Wales (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1995. (https://www.ancestry.co.uk/).
  4. [S141] General Register Office: Indexes to Deaths, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Mar 1972, Brighton, Vol 5h Page 164, age 73 years."