Sarah Humphreys otherwise Knibbs

b. 1813, d. 1870
FatherHenry Humphries b. 14 Sep 1788, d. 8 Jul 1860
MotherDiana Lines b. 1 Dec 1793, d. 1833
     Sarah Humphreys otherwise Knibbs was born in 1813 at Whitfield, Northamptonshire, England. She was the daughter of Henry Humphries and Diana Lines.
Sarah Humphreys otherwise Knibbs was baptized on 12 September 1813 at Whitfield, Northamptonshire, England, baptised Sarah NIBS to parents Henry and Hannah (assumed to be Diana).
Sarah Humphreys otherwise Knibbs married Richard Bull, son of Thomas Bull and Martha Bandy, on 7 September 1835 at Finmere, Oxfordshire, England, Sarah married under the surname HUMPHREYS.
Richard Bull's sister Elizabeth married Sarah's brother, Benjamin Nibs otherwise Humphries.
On 7 June 1841 Sarah Humphreys otherwise Knibbs and Richard Bull lived at Tingewick, Buckinghamshire, England.1
On 30 March 1851 Sarah Humphreys otherwise Knibbs and Richard Bull lived at Buckingham, Buckinghamshire, England.2
Sarah Humphreys otherwise Knibbs was a lace maker on 7 April 1861.3
On 7 April 1861 Sarah Humphreys otherwise Knibbs and Richard Bull lived at Gawcott, Buckinghamshire, England.4
Sarah Humphreys otherwise Knibbs died in 1870 at Brighton, Sussex, England.5

Family

Richard Bull b. 29 Aug 1813, d. 23 Jun 1883
Marriage*
Sarah Humphreys otherwise Knibbs married Richard Bull, son of Thomas Bull and Martha Bandy, on 7 September 1835 at Finmere, Oxfordshire, England, Sarah married under the surname HUMPHREYS. 
Children

Citations

  1. [S67] 1841 Census for England "Class: HO107; Piece: 44; Book: 29; Civil Parish: Tingewick; County: Buckinghamshire; Enumeration District: 1; Folio: 15; Page: 25; Line: 12;."
  2. [S16] 1851 Census for England "Class: HO107; Piece: 1724; Folio: 229; Page: 30;."
  3. [S68] 1861 Census for England, "Class: RG 9; Piece: 878; Folio: 63; Page: 5; GSU roll: 542715."
  4. [S68] 1861 Census for England, "Class: RG 9; Piece: 878; Folio: 63; Page: 5;."
  5. [S141] General Register Office: Indexes to Deaths, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Oct-Dec 1870, Brighton, Vol 2b Page 128."

Jonathan Humphreys

b. 19 December 1756
FatherThomas Humphrey b. 31 May 1721, d. 1797
MotherMary (?) b. 1728, d. 1784
     Jonathan Humphreys was born in 1756 at Hinton in the Hedges, Northamptonshire, England.
Jonathan Humphreys was baptized on 19 December 1756 at Hinton in the Hedges, Northamptonshire, England, from ancestry.com (JohnMeek62 tree) - needs to be checked. He was the son of Thomas Humphrey and Mary (?)
Jonathan Humphreys married Elizabeth Knibb, daughter of Daniel Knibb and Mary (?), on 19 November 1780 at Whitfield, Northamptonshire, England.
Patricia Armstrong writes: "According to the removal order for Rose Hannah Humphreys otherwise Knibbs's from Eastbourne to Finmere Johnathon left his wife Elizabeth so she started using her maiden name "Knibb" again.

Family

Elizabeth Knibb b. 17 Jan 1760, d. 16 Sep 1842
Marriage*
Jonathan Humphreys married Elizabeth Knibb, daughter of Daniel Knibb and Mary (?), on 19 November 1780 at Whitfield, Northamptonshire, England
Child

Kezia Humphreys

b. 26 June 1803, d. 6 December 1804
MotherElizabeth Knibb b. 17 Jan 1760, d. 16 Sep 1842
     Kezia Humphreys was born on 26 June 1803 at Whitfield, Northamptonshire, England.
Illegitimate daughter of Elizabeth Humphreys (Elizabeth used her legal name Humphreys). She was the daughter of Elizabeth Knibb.
Kezia Humphreys died on 6 December 1804 at Whitfield, Northamptonshire, England, at age 1.

Sarah Ann Humphreys

b. 1846, d. 1905
     Sarah Ann Humphreys was born in 1846 at West Peckham, Kent, England.1,2
Sarah Ann Humphreys was baptized on 26 April 1846 at West Peckham, Kent, England.3
Sarah Ann Humphreys married Henry Beach in 1866 at Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England.4
Sarah and Harry Beach had five children. Harry died in 1875.
Sarah Ann Humphreys married James Humphrey, son of William Humphrey and Margaret Barber, in 1879 at Tonbridge, Kent, England, Sarah is recorded as Sarah Beech.5
On 3 April 1881 Sarah Ann Humphreys and James Humphrey lived at Rats Castle, Tonbridge, Kent, England.6
On 5 April 1891 Sarah Ann Humphreys and James Humphrey lived at Higham Lane, Hadlow, Kent, England.1
On 31 March 1901 Sarah Ann Humphreys and James Humphrey lived at New Barn Farm, Southfleet Road, Swanscombe, Kent, England, with their daughter Alice J. Humphrey age 22 years.7
Sarah Ann Humphreys died in 1905 at Dartford, Kent, England. Age 60 years.8,9

Family 1

Henry Beach b. 12 Sep 1837, d. 1875
Marriage*
Sarah Ann Humphreys married Henry Beach in 1866 at Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England.4 

Family 2

Child

Family 3

James Humphrey b. 16 Aug 1830, d. 1906
Marriage*
Sarah Ann Humphreys married James Humphrey, son of William Humphrey and Margaret Barber, in 1879 at Tonbridge, Kent, England, Sarah is recorded as Sarah Beech.5 
Children

Citations

  1. [S71] 1891 Census for England "RG12 piece 682 folio 109 page 29."
  2. [S142] General Register Office: Indexes to Births, Sep 1837-2006, "Apr-Jun 1846, Malling, Vol 5 Page 364."
  3. [S244] Website "Ancestry" (http://www.ancestry.co.uk/) "Ancestry.com. England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014.
    Original data: England, Births and Christenings, 1538-1975. Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013."
  4. [S143] General Register Office: Indexes to Marriages, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Jan-Mar 1866, Tunbridge Wells, Vol 2a Page 578."
  5. [S143] General Register Office: Indexes to Marriages, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Jul-Sep 1879, Tunbridge Wells, Vol 2a Page 919."
  6. [S69] 1871 Census for England, "RG10 piece 934 folio 38 page 24."
  7. [S72] 1901 Census for England "RG13 piece 706 folio 126 page 38."
  8. [S244] Website "Ancestry" (http://www.ancestry.co.uk/) "FreeBMD. England & Wales, FreeBMD Death Index, 1837-1915 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006.
    Original data: General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration Indexes. London, England: General Register Office."
  9. [S141] General Register Office: Indexes to Deaths, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Apr-Jun 1905, Dartford, Vol 2a Page 320."

Susanna Humphreys

b. October 1784, d. 1867
FatherJonathan Humphreys b. 19 Dec 1756
MotherElizabeth Knibb b. 17 Jan 1760, d. 16 Sep 1842
     Susanna Humphreys was born in October 1784 at Whitfield, Northamptonshire, England. She was the daughter of Jonathan Humphreys and Elizabeth Knibb.
Susannah's parents listed as Nathan and Elizabeth. Nathan was used as a name later. Could it have been a mistake on the Bishop's Transcripts or was Nathan an abbreviation for Johnathan??
It appears that Susannah never married.
In the 1841 census Susannah, age 55 years is living with her mother, Elizabeth, age 80 years. Nearby is the family of Joseph and Elizabeth Knibb, both age 45 years.1
On 7 June 1841 Susanna Humphreys and Elizabeth Knibb lived at Whitfield, Northamptonshire, England.1
Susanna Humphreys witnessed the death of Elizabeth Knibb on 16 September 1842 at Whitfield, Northamptonshire, England; She died of decay of nature.2
In the 1851 census Susannah was age 63 years, unmarried, and used the surname Knibb.3
Susanna Humphreys was a lacemaker on 30 March 1851.3
On 30 March 1851 Susanna Humphreys lived at Whitfield, Northamptonshire, England.3
Susanna Humphreys died in 1867 at Whitfield, Northamptonshire, England.4
Susanna Humphreys was buried on 15 February 1867 at Whitfield, Northamptonshire, England, "Susan Knibbs, age 81 years".5

Citations

  1. [S67] 1841 Census for England "Class: HO107; Piece: 804; Book: 23; Civil Parish: Whitfield; County: Northamptonshire; Enumeration District: 2; Folio: 7; Page: 10; Line: 17;."
  2. [S529] Death certificate of Elizabeth Knibb, died 16 Sep 1842, registered 17 Sep 1842 in the Registration District of Brackley, Northamptonshire, England (GRO Index Ref: Vol 15 Page 131) "" died 10am, age 85 years.""
  3. [S16] 1851 Census for England "Class: HO107; Piece: 1735; Page: 11;."
  4. [S141] General Register Office: Indexes to Deaths, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Jan-Mar 1867, Brackley, Northamptonshire, Vol 3b Page 3."
  5. [S244] Website "Ancestry" (http://www.ancestry.co.uk/) "Ancestry.com. Northamptonshire, England, Burials, 1813-1912 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014.
    Original data: Northamptonshire Anglican Parish Registers and Bishop’s Transcripts. Textual records. Northamptonshire Record Office, Northampton, England."

Alice Humphries otherwise Knibbs

b. 1816, d. 1817
FatherHenry Humphries b. 14 Sep 1788, d. 8 Jul 1860
MotherDiana Lines b. 1 Dec 1793, d. 1833
     Alice Humphries otherwise Knibbs was born in 1816 at Finmere, Oxfordshire, England. She was the daughter of Henry Humphries and Diana Lines.
Alice Humphries otherwise Knibbs died in 1817 at Finmere, Oxfordshire, England.

Elizabeth Humphries otherwise Knibbs

b. circa 1838
FatherWilliam Humphries otherwise Knibbs b. 1812, d. 1889
MotherRebecca Whitlock b. c 1813, d. 1884
     Elizabeth Humphries otherwise Knibbs was born circa 1838 at Syresham, Northamptonshire, England. She was the daughter of William Humphries otherwise Knibbs and Rebecca Whitlock.
On 7 April 1861 Elizabeth Humphries otherwise Knibbs lived at Finmere, Oxfordshire, England.

Henry Humphries otherwise Knibbs

b. circa 1836, d. 1900
FatherWilliam Humphries otherwise Knibbs b. 1812, d. 1889
MotherRebecca Whitlock b. c 1813, d. 1884
     Henry Humphries otherwise Knibbs was born circa 1836 at Syresham, Northamptonshire, England. He was the son of William Humphries otherwise Knibbs and Rebecca Whitlock.
On 30 March 1851 Henry Humphries otherwise Knibbs lived at Finmere, Oxfordshire, England.
On 7 April 1861 Henry Humphries otherwise Knibbs lived at Shenley, Buckinghamshire, England.
On 3 April 1881 Henry Humphries otherwise Knibbs lived at Finmere, Oxfordshire, England.
On 5 April 1891 Henry Humphries otherwise Knibbs lived at Shenley Church, Shenley, Buckinghamshire, England.
Henry Humphries otherwise Knibbs died in 1900 at Buckinghamshire, England. "age 66 years."1

Citations

  1. [S141] General Register Office: Indexes to Deaths, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Oct-Dec 1900, Newport Pagnell, Vol 3a Page 453."

Sarah Humphries otherwise Knibbs

b. circa 1842
FatherWilliam Humphries otherwise Knibbs b. 1812, d. 1889
MotherRebecca Whitlock b. c 1813, d. 1884
     Sarah Humphries otherwise Knibbs was born circa 1842 at Haversham, Northamptonshire, England. She was the daughter of William Humphries otherwise Knibbs and Rebecca Whitlock.

Thomas Humphries otherwise Knibbs

b. circa 1847
FatherWilliam Humphries otherwise Knibbs b. 1812, d. 1889
MotherRebecca Whitlock b. c 1813, d. 1884
     Thomas Humphries otherwise Knibbs was born circa 1847 at Finmere, Oxfordshire, England. He was the son of William Humphries otherwise Knibbs and Rebecca Whitlock.

William Humphries otherwise Knibbs

b. 1812, d. 1889
FatherHenry Humphries b. 14 Sep 1788, d. 8 Jul 1860
MotherDiana Lines b. 1 Dec 1793, d. 1833
     William Humphries otherwise Knibbs was born in 1812 at Chipping Warden, Northamptonshire, England.1 He was the son of Henry Humphries and Diana Lines.
William Humphries otherwise Knibbs married Rebecca Whitlock on 9 February 1835 at Syresham, Northamptonshire, England.
William Humphries otherwise Knibbs was an agricultural labourer on 7 April 1861.2
On 7 April 1861 William Humphries otherwise Knibbs and Rebecca Whitlock lived at Finmere, Oxfordshire, England.2
In 1864 William Humphries otherwise Knibbs and Rebecca Whitlock lived at Finmere, Oxfordshire, England.1
William Humphries otherwise Knibbs was a carter on 2 April 1871.3
On 2 April 1871 William Humphries otherwise Knibbs and Rebecca Whitlock lived at Finmere, Oxfordshire, England, with unmarried son Thomas (25 years) and grandson Harry Harwood (5 years, born Finmere).3
On 3 April 1881 William Humphries otherwise Knibbs and Rebecca Whitlock lived at Finmere, Oxfordshire, England.4
William Humphries otherwise Knibbs died in 1889 at Northamptonshire, England. "age 78 years."5

Family

Rebecca Whitlock b. c 1813, d. 1884
Marriage*
William Humphries otherwise Knibbs married Rebecca Whitlock on 9 February 1835 at Syresham, Northamptonshire, England
Children

Citations

  1. [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).
  2. [S68] 1861 Census for England, "Class: RG 9; Piece: 922; Folio: 6; Page: 6;."
  3. [S69] 1871 Census for England, "Class: RG10; Piece: 1467; Folio: 30; Page: 4;."
  4. [S70] 1881 Census for England, "Class: RG11; Piece: 1531; Folio: 113; Page: 4;."
  5. [S141] General Register Office: Indexes to Deaths, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Jan-Mar 1889, Brackley, Vol 3b Page 1."

Ann Elizabeth Humphries

b. 10 July 1843, d. 6 October 1872
FatherBenjamin Humphries b. 15 Oct 1820, d. 4 Oct 1878
MotherElizabeth Bull b. 28 Dec 1816, d. 18 Apr 1849
     Ann Elizabeth Humphries was born on 10 July 1843 at 4:30am, Finmere, Oxfordshire, England; surname spelt HUMPHRYS.1 She was the daughter of Benjamin Humphries and Elizabeth Bull.
Ann Elizabeth Humphries was baptized on 10 September 1843 at Finmere, Oxfordshire, England.
Ann's mother, Elizabeth Bull, died in 1849 in Finmere, Oxfordshire at age 34 years, leaving Benjamin to raise the young family and eventually find a second wife, Elizabeth Moore, who he married in 1852. Sometime after this the family moved to Willingdon near Eastbourne in Sussex and by 1861 were living in the neighbouring village of Jevington.
On 7 April 1861 Ann Elizabeth Humphries lived at Eastbourne, Sussex, England, working as a servant at the Commercial Hotel under the name Anne Nibbs.2
Ann Elizabeth Humphries married William Godden, son of Michael Godden and Ruth Dunk, on 5 March 1865 at Eastbourne, Sussex, England.3
On 2 April 1871 Ann Elizabeth Humphries and William Godden lived at 17 Elder Place, Brighton, Sussex, England, with children Ann Elizabeth (5 years), Alfred (3 years), Emma (2 years), Infant (3 weeks), and nephew Alfred (19 years) born Eastbourne, who was also a fireman on the railway.4
Ann Elizabeth Humphries died on 6 October 1872 at South Court, South St, Eastbourne, Sussex, England, at age 29. She died of chronic nephritis (a kidney disease) and anasarca (swelling of the skin due to liver failure).5
Ann Elizabeth Humphries was buried on 10 October 1872 at St Mary's, Eastbourne, Sussex, England.6
Ann was one of three surviving daughters of Benjamin Humphries and Elizabeth Bull, all of whom died before the age of 40 years. Her sisters both died of consumption; Rose Hannah in 1871 age 29 years and Sarah in 1883 age 37 years.

Family

William Godden b. 4 Oct 1844, d. 19 Jan 1888
Marriage*
Ann Elizabeth Humphries married William Godden, son of Michael Godden and Ruth Dunk, on 5 March 1865 at Eastbourne, Sussex, England.3 
Children

Citations

  1. [S200] Birth certificate of Ann Elizabeth Humphrys, born 10 Jul 1843, registered 20 Jul 1843 in the Registration District of Brackley, Northamptonshire, England (GRO Index Ref: Vol 15 Page 198).
  2. [S68] 1861 Census for England, "Class: RG 9; Piece: 567; Folio: 92; Page: 34;."
  3. [S59] Marriage certificate of William Godden and Ann Elizabeth Humphries, married 5 Mar 1865 in the Registration District of Eastbourne, Sussex, England (GRO Index Ref: Vol 2b Page 77).
  4. [S69] 1871 Census for England, "RG10 piece 1081 folio 94 page 29 (surname GODDING)."
  5. [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).
  6. [S25] Index to Sussex Burials, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project, "age 29 years."

Benjamin Humphries

b. 15 October 1820, d. 4 October 1878
FatherHenry Humphries b. 14 Sep 1788, d. 8 Jul 1860
MotherDiana Lines b. 1 Dec 1793, d. 1833
Booklet published in 2016 about Benjamin Knibbs otherwise Humphries.
     Benjamin Humphries was born circa 1820 at Finmere, Oxfordshire, England; place of birth as given in census records.
Benjamin Humphries was baptized on 15 October 1820 at Tingewick, Buckinghamshire, England. He was baptised as Benjamin Knibbs. He was the son of Henry Humphries and Diana Lines.
Benjamin Humphries was also known as Benjamin Knibbs.
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.1
Benjamin .... "in his young days, while employed in London, he had taught himself to read and write. Later he had been in some sort of service under the last Duke of Buckingham at Stowe House, Buckinghamshire, but in what capacity I do not know. There used to be a good deal of talk of poachers and poaching, so I should say he was either an under-gamekeeper or one of their natural enemies — a poacher himself. When the Duke of Buckingham died there was a great sale at Stowe House, at which, I have heard my grandfather (Benjamin) say, a Lord Rothschild outbid the late Queen Victoria for a valuable bedstead. He himself bought some old Windsor chairs from the kitchen, which, with their brightly burnished brass crests — consisting of a sheaf of wheat surmounted by a crown and surrounded by a motto — were among the most familiar objects of my early childhood. When, in after years, my grandmother died and left them to me with the rest of her furniture, being out of work I was glad of the fancy price they fetched.1"
Benjamin Humphries married Elizabeth Bull, daughter of Thomas Bull and Martha Bandy, on 1 June 1841 at Tingewick, Buckinghamshire, England.2
On 1 June 1841 Benjamin Humphries and Elizabeth Bull lived at Tingewick, Buckinghamshire, England.2
On 7 June 1841 Benjamin Humphries and Elizabeth Bull lived at Tingewick, Buckinghamshire, England.3
Benjamin Humphries was an agricultural labourer on 7 June 1841.
Their children were baptised under the surname "Knibbs otherwise Humphries".
Benjamin Humphries was a labourer on 10 July 1843.4
On 20 April 1849 Benjamin's wife, Elizabeth, died and was buried in Finmere, Oxfordshire. He also lost his 1 month old son Henry on 12 May 1849. There were also deaths of two other "Humphries o'wise Knibbs" children in 1849 whose parents are unknown.
On 30 March 1851 Benjamin Humphries lived at Ludgershall, Buckinghamshire, England. He was a waggoner working on a property of 240 acres for Ralph & Jane Smith under the name KNIBBS. His future second wife, Elizabeth MOORE, is also living in the village with her widowed father and illegitimate son, Charles.
Benjamin Humphries married Elizabeth Moore, daughter of Thomas Moore and Martha (?), in 1852 at Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England, surname HUMPHRY.5
There were no children from Benjamin Humphries second marriage to Elizabeth Moore.
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.1,6
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.
On 7 April 1861 Benjamin Humphries and Elizabeth Moore lived at Jevington, Sussex, England. They are in the 1861 census under the name NIBBS.
Benjamin Humphries was a carter on 7 April 1861.
"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.1"
In 1864 Benjamin Humphries and Elizabeth Moore 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.7
Benjamin Humphries witnessed the marriage of William Godden and Ann Elizabeth Humphries on 5 March 1865 at Eastbourne, Sussex, England.8
Benjamin Humphries witnessed the marriage of Sarah Humphries and Joseph Edward Meek on 1 January 1868 at Eastbourne, Sussex, England.9
Benjamin Humphries witnessed the marriage of Rose Hannah Humphries and Richard Meek in 1869 at Eastbourne, Sussex, England; Her name was spelt Rosahannah HUMPHYRES.10
On 2 April 1871 Benjamin Humphries and Elizabeth Moore lived at 5 East St, Eastbourne, Sussex, England. They are in the 1871 census under the name NIBBS.
Benjamin Humphries was a labourer (jobbing) on 2 April 1871.
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.
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.1"
On 6 October 1872 Benjamin Humphries and Elizabeth Moore lived at South St, Eastbourne, Sussex, England.11
"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.1"
In the autumn and winter my grandfather would go rabbit-shooting (he had the farmer's permission to do so over some downland), and often brought six or eight brace home with him, but I never remember seeing him with a partridge or pheasant, or even a hare. He was fond of animals, of his horses and our domestic pets, which consisted of a tabby cat, a blackbird, a goldfinch and a number of tame rabbits.1

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.1

"On December 6, 1876, my grandfather received a telegram from Brooklyn, N. Y., saying that a theatre had been burnt down, and my father had been one of the audience. Shortly after- wards a letter in a black-bordered envelope came from my mother. My grandfather was threshing oats with a flail in one of the bams. I was sent to him with it, and directly he saw it he broke down and cried like a child, for my father had been killed in the fire.1"
In 1877 Sarah Meek and children returned to Eastbourne from the USA after the death of Sarah's husband, Joseph Edward Meek, in December 1876.
Benjamin Humphries died on 4 October 1878 at Lower Willingdon, Sussex, England, at age 57. He died of pneumonia (6 days.)12
Benjamin Humphries was buried on 8 October 1878 at St Mary, Willingdon, Sussex, England.13
But alas! and alas! my happy days — happy in spite of canings and motherly frowns — were numbered. My grandfather quarrelled with the farmer for whom he worked at Jevington, and taking service with another over the hills in a neighbouring village, had only been with him three weeks when he died of bronchitis, aged fifty-nine. His death was a great blow to me. He had been always, if anything, too kind to me. He more than filled the place of my father, whom I never remember seeing. I was very greatly attached to him, and delighted to be with him in the fields, or going to Polegate with him on a load of corn.
The booklet "George Meek's Grandfather" was published in February 2016. The abstract for the book reads:
George MEEK (1868-1921) lived a life of poverty in Eastbourne, East Sussex, yet in 1910 he published the book: “George Meek, Bath Chair-Man, By Himself” with the support of famous author and fellow socialist H.G. Wells.
This booklet is about Benjamin KNIBBS otherwise HUMPHRIES, the grandfather who raised George as a child and is frequently mentioned in the book although not by name. It provides a comprehensive family background for George Meek, integrating it with his writings in the book, much of which has not been published before. A detailed family tree is presented in the appendices along with a transcription of the settlement examination held in 1864 for Benjamin's daughter Rose Hannah which reveals much of the family history.
A copy is available for download at www.archive.org.

Family 1

Elizabeth Bull b. 28 Dec 1816, d. 18 Apr 1849
Marriage*
Benjamin Humphries married Elizabeth Bull, daughter of Thomas Bull and Martha Bandy, on 1 June 1841 at Tingewick, Buckinghamshire, England.2 
Children

Family 2

Elizabeth Moore b. 17 Mar 1816, d. Mar 1890
Marriage*
Benjamin Humphries married Elizabeth Moore, daughter of Thomas Moore and Martha (?), in 1852 at Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England, surname HUMPHRY.5 

Citations

  1. [S76] George Meek, "George Meek, Bath Chair-Man, By Himself", Constable & Co. Ltd., First Edition (1910).
  2. [S49] Marriage certificate of Benjamin Humphreys and Elizabeth Bull, married 1 Jun 1841 in the Registration District of Buckingham, Buckinghamshire, England (GRO Index Ref: Vol 6 Page 523).
  3. [S67] 1841 Census for England "Class: HO107; Piece: 44; Book: 29; Civil Parish: Tingewick; County: Buckinghamshire; Enumeration District: 1; Folio: 15; Page: 25; Line: 14; GSU roll: 241212."
  4. [S200] Birth certificate of Ann Elizabeth Humphrys, born 10 Jul 1843, registered 20 Jul 1843 in the Registration District of Brackley, Northamptonshire, England (GRO Index Ref: Vol 15 Page 198).
  5. [S143] General Register Office: Indexes to Marriages, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Jan-Mar 1852, Aylesbury, Vol 3a Page 449."
  6. [S521] Rosalind Hodge, "Jevington, Wannock and Willingdon: A Portrait in Old Postcards and Photographs", S B Publications, First Edition (2003).
  7. [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).
  8. [S59] Marriage certificate of William Godden and Ann Elizabeth Humphries, married 5 Mar 1865 in the Registration District of Eastbourne, Sussex, England (GRO Index Ref: Vol 2b Page 77).
  9. [S143] General Register Office: Indexes to Marriages, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Jan-Mar 1868, Eastbourne RD, Vol 2b Page 79."
  10. [S143] General Register Office: Indexes to Marriages, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Oct-Dec 1869, Eastbourne RD, Vol 2b Page 109."
  11. [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).
  12. [S82] Death certificate of Benjamin Humphress, died 4 Oct 1878, registered 7 Oct 1878 in the Registration District of Eastbourne, Sussex, England (GRO Index Ref: Vol 2b Page 41).
  13. [S25] Index to Sussex Burials, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project, "age 59 years."

Henry Humphries

b. 8 April 1849, d. May 1849
FatherBenjamin Humphries b. 15 Oct 1820, d. 4 Oct 1878
MotherElizabeth Bull b. 28 Dec 1816, d. 18 Apr 1849
     Henry Humphries was born in 1849 at Finmere, Oxfordshire, England; surname spelt HUMFRIES.1
Henry Humphries was baptized on 8 April 1849 at Finmere, Oxfordshire, England. He was the son of Benjamin Humphries and Elizabeth Bull.
Henry Humphries died in May 1849 at Finmere, Oxfordshire, England.
Henry Humphries was buried on 12 May 1849 at Finmere, Oxfordshire, England.

Citations

  1. [S142] General Register Office: Indexes to Births, Sep 1837-2006, "Apr-Jun 1849, Brackley, Northamptonshire, Vol 15 Page 155."

Henry Humphries

b. 14 September 1788, d. 8 July 1860
MotherElizabeth Knibb b. 17 Jan 1760, d. 16 Sep 1842
     Henry Humphries was born in 1788 at Whitfield, Northamptonshire, England.1
Henry Humphries was baptized on 14 September 1788 at Whitfield, Northamptonshire, England. He was the son of Elizabeth Knibb.
He was the illegitimate son of Elizabeth Knibbs who was married to a Humphreys/Humphries but her husband had left her. She assumed her old surname "Knibb".1
Henry Humphries married Diana Lines, daughter of William Lines and Sarah Tomson, on 9 October 1811 at Turweston, Buckinghamshire, England, surname spelt HUMPHRIES.
Witnesses to the marriage were William Durrant and Ann Foxley. Patricia Armstrong writes "William Durant married Ann Foxley in 1812. It was stated he came from Whitfield Northamptonshire. William Durrant's mother was Henry's aunt Susannah Knibb of Whitfield Northamptonshire (sister to Henry's mother Elizabeth) and his father Philip Durrant - they were married 4 Oct 1786 at Whitfield."
The transcript of Rose Hannah Humphries' removal order from Eastbourne to Finmere, 8 Aug 1864, states that Henry Humphries married Diana VINES (not LINES).1
In 1814 Henry, Diana and their two children William and Sarah were removed from Whitfield to Finmere where he served as parish constable and overseer.1
The book “The Millennium History of Finmere” by the Finmere and Little Tingewick Historical Society (2001) (ISBN 0 9533253 1 8) has a map at the end of chapter 4 showing houses & tenants in 1840. It shows where Henry Knibbs lived. He is called Henry Knibbs on the map, but Henry Humphreys on his son Benjamin’s wedding record.2
Henry Humphries witnessed the marriage of Benjamin Humphries and Elizabeth Bull on 1 June 1841 at Tingewick, Buckinghamshire, England.3
Henry Humphries was a labourer on 1 June 1841.4
On 7 June 1841 Henry Humphries lived at Finmere, Oxfordshire, England, surname KNIBBS.4
Henry is living with his sons Nathan and George and appears to be a widower although it is not stated. His neighbour is a John Paxton, agriculural labourer. This is interesting as Henry's son, Benjamin Humphries is said (in George Meek's book) to have moved to the neighbourhood of Eastbourne in Sussex with a farmer named Paxton who had taken a farm in Willingdon (see more details under Benjamin Humphries).5,4
On 30 March 1851 Henry Humphries lived at Finmere, Oxfordshire, England, surname KNIBBS.6
In the 1851 census for Finmere, Henry KNIBBS is a visitor with the family of William and Catherine Clifton. He is a widower, aged 64 years and gives his place of birth as Whitfield, Northamptonshire.6
Henry Humphries died on 8 July 1860 at Little Tingewick, Buckinghamshire, England, at age 71. Surname HUMPHREYS KNIBBS. Cause of death was serous apoplexy (stroke).7
An inquest into the death was held 9 July 1860 according to the death certificate.
Henry Humphries was buried on 10 July 1860 at Finmere, Buckinghamshire, England, age 72 years.
In an 1864 settlement examination, Henry's son Benjamin states that his father received parish relief on one occasion from the Buckenham Union on account of an accident he received on the Railway.1

Family

Diana Lines b. 1 Dec 1793, d. 1833
Marriage*
Henry Humphries married Diana Lines, daughter of William Lines and Sarah Tomson, on 9 October 1811 at Turweston, Buckinghamshire, England, surname spelt HUMPHRIES. 
Children

Citations

  1. [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).
  2. [S75] Andrew Boddington ed. "The Millenium History of Finmere", Finmere and Little Tingewick Historical Society, First Edition (30 Jun 2001).
  3. [S49] Marriage certificate of Benjamin Humphreys and Elizabeth Bull, married 1 Jun 1841 in the Registration District of Buckingham, Buckinghamshire, England (GRO Index Ref: Vol 6 Page 523).
  4. [S67] 1841 Census for England "Class: HO107; Piece: 885; Book: 13; Civil Parish: Finmere; County: Oxfordshire; Enumeration District: 7; Folio: 5; Page: 5; Line: 12;."
  5. [S76] George Meek, "George Meek, Bath Chair-Man, By Himself", Constable & Co. Ltd., First Edition (1910).
  6. [S16] 1851 Census for England "Class: HO107; Piece: 1735; Page: 4; GSU roll: 87690."
  7. [S522] Death certificate of Henry Humphreys Knibbs, died 8 Jul 1860, registered 17 Jul 1860 in the Registration District of Tingewick, Buckingham, England (GRO Index Ref: Vol 3a Page 283).

Julia Elizabeth Humphries

b. 9 September 1890, d. 1980
FatherRaleigh Humphries
     Julia Elizabeth Humphries was born on 9 September 1890 at Heckmondwike, Yorkshire, England; DOB from baptism record. She was the daughter of Raleigh Humphries.
Julia Elizabeth Humphries was baptized on 26 October 1890 at Heckmondwike, Yorkshire, England.1
Julia Elizabeth Humphries married Charles Edwin Thomas, son of John Thomas and Sarah Ann Payne, on 14 October 1915 at Bethel Chapel, Great Horton, Bradford, Yorkshire West Riding, England.2
Julia Elizabeth Humphries died in 1980 at Yorkshire, England.

Family

Charles Edwin Thomas b. 3 Jan 1885, d. 26 Dec 1923
Marriage*
Julia Elizabeth Humphries married Charles Edwin Thomas, son of John Thomas and Sarah Ann Payne, on 14 October 1915 at Bethel Chapel, Great Horton, Bradford, Yorkshire West Riding, England.2 
Children

Citations

  1. [S244] Website "Ancestry" (http://www.ancestry.co.uk/) "Ancestry.com. West Yorkshire, Non-Conformist Records, 1646-1985 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
    Original data: West Yorkshire Nonconformist Records. Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, and Wakefield, England: West Yorkshire Archive Service."
  2. [S244] Website "Ancestry" (http://www.ancestry.co.uk/) "Source Citation
    C111/299
    Source Information
    Ancestry.com. West Yorkshire, Non-Conformist Records, 1646-1985 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
    Original data: West Yorkshire Nonconformist Records. Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, and Wakefield, England: West Yorkshire Archive Service."

Nathan Humphries

b. 23 March 1823
FatherHenry Humphries b. 14 Sep 1788, d. 8 Jul 1860
MotherDiana Lines b. 1 Dec 1793, d. 1833
     Nathan Humphries was born in 1823 at Finmere, Oxfordshire, England.
Nathan Humphries was baptized on 23 March 1823 at Finmere, Oxfordshire, England, baptised as Nathan NIBBS. He was the son of Henry Humphries and Diana Lines.
On 7 June 1841 Nathan Humphries lived at Finmere, Oxfordshire, England.

Raleigh Humphries

     Raleigh Humphries was a draper, noted on daughter Julia's baptism record. in 1890.

Family

Child

Rose Hannah Humphries

b. 12 February 1842, d. 1871
FatherBenjamin Humphries b. 15 Oct 1820, d. 4 Oct 1878
MotherElizabeth Bull b. 28 Dec 1816, d. 18 Apr 1849
     Rose Hannah Humphries was born on 12 February 1842 at House of Ann Moulder, Finmere, Oxfordshire, England; Name given as Rosanna on birth certificate.1,2 She was the daughter of Benjamin Humphries and Elizabeth Bull.
Rose Hannah Humphries was baptized on 27 February 1842 at Finmere, Oxfordshire, England.
On 7 April 1861 Rose Hannah Humphries lived at 19 Victoria St, Brighton, Sussex, England, a servant, 21 years old, to Sarah Jarvis, aged 68 years. Surname spelt Humphyfors.
Rose Hannah Humphries was a servant, 21 years old, to Sarah Jarvis, aged 68 years. on 7 April 1861.3
Following the birth of her illegitimate son Benjamin Henry (known as Harry) on 6 Dec 1863, Rose Hannah was subject to the following removal order on 9 August 1864:
Removal Order, Date: 9 Aug 1864. Repository: East Sussex Record Office
, ESRO reference: DE/B 26/71. Level: File
Description: Order removing Rose Hannah Nibbs otherwise Humphries and her illegitimate son Benjamin Henry (8 months) from Eastbourne to Finmere, Oxfordshire

Examination of Rose Hannah Humphries, singlewoman: daughter of Benjamin Humphries (usually called Nibbs), carter living at 11 Tower Street, Eastbourne; mother Elizabeth died at Finmere 15 years ago; born in house of Ann Moulder at Finmere 12 Feb 1842; BH married Elizabeth Bull at Tingewick, Buckinghamshire and subsequently re-married 11-12 years ago; gave birth to illegimate son on 6 Dec 1863
Examination of Benjamin Humphries otherwise Nibbs of Eastbourne: RHH born at Finmere but does not know where he was born; parents both dead; elder brother lives at Finmere
Examination of William Nibbs: aged 52, has lived at Finmere for many years; born at Chipping Warden, Northamptonshire; brother Benjamin Nibbs was born at Tingewick; WN's father was illegitimate and born at Whitfield, Northamptonshire, he married Diana Vines [Lines?]and was removed 1814 from Whitfield to Finmere; grandmother Elizabeth Nibbs received poor relief from Finmere before she died at Whitfield two years ago [Something wrong here - Elizabeth Nibbs is her great-grandmother and she died 1842 - currently being checked]; aunt Susan Nibbs now lives at Whitfield and received poor relief from Finmere [correct - Susan died there in 1867]; grandmother EN married Henry Humphries [other sources have the name as Jonathan, not Henry - needs to be checked], who left shortly after and so she resumed her maiden name
Examination of Robert Greave, Kings Head Inn, Finmere
- See more at: http://www.thekeep.info/collections/getrecord/GB179_DE_B_26_71#sthash.JI7SVWHL.dpuf.

Rose Hannah Humphries married Richard Meek, son of John William Meek and Elizabeth Mathis, in 1869 at Eastbourne, Sussex, England. Her name was spelt Rosahannah HUMPHYRES.4
Their daughter Elizabeth Meek died Jul 1870 in Eastbourne, just 2 months old (buried Eastbourne St Mary on 6 Aug 1870).5
On 2 April 1871 Rose Hannah Humphries and Richard Meek lived at King St, Arundel, Sussex, England, with their 7 year old son Henry Meek.6
Rose Hannah Humphries died in 1871 at East Preston, Sussex, England.7
Rose Hannah Humphries was buried on 28 May 1871 at St Nicholas, Arundel, Sussex, England, age 29 years.5
Rose Hannah was one of three surving daughters of Benjamin Humphries and Elizabeth Bull. All three daughters died before the age of 40 years. Rose Hannah died in 1871 age 29 years of consumption, Ann Elizabeth died in 1872 at age 29 years of nephritis (a kidney disease) and anasarca (swelling of the skin due to liver failure), and Sarah died in 1883 age 37 years of consumption. Their mother died in 1849 in Finmer, Oxfordshire at age 34 years, and the cause of death was given as mucous irritation (14 days) and ulceration of the intestine.

Family 1

Child

Family 2

Richard Meek b. 1846, d. 31 Dec 1915
Marriage*
Rose Hannah Humphries married Richard Meek, son of John William Meek and Elizabeth Mathis, in 1869 at Eastbourne, Sussex, England. Her name was spelt Rosahannah HUMPHYRES.4 
Child

Citations

  1. [S142] General Register Office: Indexes to Births, Sep 1837-2006, "Jan-Mar 1842, Brackley, Northamptonshire, Vol 15 Page 212."
  2. [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).
  3. [S68] 1861 Census for England, "Class: RG 9; Piece: 602; Folio: 66; Page: 5;."
  4. [S143] General Register Office: Indexes to Marriages, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Oct-Dec 1869, Eastbourne RD, Vol 2b Page 109."
  5. [S25] Index to Sussex Burials, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project,.
  6. [S69] 1871 Census for England, "RG10 piece 1110 folio 62 page 9."
  7. [S141] General Register Office: Indexes to Deaths, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Apr-Jun 1871, East Preston, Vol 2b Page 209."

Sarah Humphries

b. 25 August 1846, d. 7 October 1883
FatherBenjamin Humphries b. 15 Oct 1820, d. 4 Oct 1878
MotherElizabeth Bull b. 28 Dec 1816, d. 18 Apr 1849
     Sarah Humphries was born in 1846 at Finmere, Oxfordshire, England.
Sarah Humphries was baptized on 25 August 1846 at Finmere, Oxfordshire, England. She was the daughter of Benjamin Humphries and Elizabeth Bull.
On 7 April 1861 Sarah Humphries lived at Jevington, Sussex, England, with her father and step mother.
Sarah Humphries married Joseph Edward Meek, son of John William Meek and Elizabeth Mathis, on 1 January 1868 at Eastbourne, Sussex, England.1
Sarah ... "was very short and slight, with nearly black hair, blue eyes, a large nose and a gay but uncertain temper; an active, restless little woman; very clean, but full of whims and always chattering. A clean housewife, though a bad manager, unable to take care of money."2
On 2 April 1871 Sarah Humphries and Joseph Edward Meek lived at 3 East St, Eastbourne, Sussex, England, with two children.3
Sarah Humphries and Joseph Edward Meek were found on a passenger list on 20 June 1871 at New York, United States, with their child Moses.4
In 1877 Sarah and children returned to Eastbourne from the USA after the death of Sarah's husband, Joseph Edward Meek, in December 1876.
"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.)
Sarah Humphries witnessed the death of Benjamin Humphries on 4 October 1878 at Lower Willingdon, Sussex, England; He died of pneumonia (6 days.)5
On 7 October 1878 Sarah Humphries lived at Lower Willingdon, Sussex, England.5
In the 1881 census, Sarah and George Mockett are shown as being married. However, in the book by Sarah's son, George Edward Meek, he says that after she died they discovered they weren't married.2
On 3 April 1881 Sarah Humphries and George Mockett lived at 57 Susans Rd, Eastbourne, Sussex, England.6
Sarah Humphries died on 7 October 1883 at 1 Victoria Terrace, Susans Rd, Eastbourne, Sussex, England, at age 37. She died of phthisis (2 years) (consumption.)7,8
Sarah Humphries was buried after 7 October 1883 at Lewes, Sussex (to be checked.)
Sarah was one of three surviving daughters of Benjamin Humphries and Elizabeth Bull. All three daughters died before the age of 40 years. Rose Hannah died in 1871 age 29 years of consumption, Ann Elizabeth died in 1872 at age 29 years of nephritis (a kidney disease) and anasarca (swelling of the skin due to liver failure), and Sarah died in 1883 age 37 years of consumption. Their mother died in 1849 in Finmer, Oxfordshire at age 34 years, and the cause of death was given as mucous irritation (14 days) and ulceration of the intestine.

Family 1

Joseph Edward Meek b. 1844, d. 5 Dec 1876
Marriage*
Sarah Humphries married Joseph Edward Meek, son of John William Meek and Elizabeth Mathis, on 1 January 1868 at Eastbourne, Sussex, England.1 
Children

Family 2

George Mockett b. c 1837
Child

Citations

  1. [S143] General Register Office: Indexes to Marriages, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Jan-Mar 1868, Eastbourne RD, Vol 2b Page 79."
  2. [S76] George Meek, "George Meek, Bath Chair-Man, By Himself", Constable & Co. Ltd., First Edition (1910).
  3. [S69] 1871 Census for England, "RG10 piece 1040 folio 95 page 9."
  4. [S194] Ancestry.com Operations Inc., New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 [database on-line].
  5. [S82] Death certificate of Benjamin Humphress, died 4 Oct 1878, registered 7 Oct 1878 in the Registration District of Eastbourne, Sussex, England (GRO Index Ref: Vol 2b Page 41).
  6. [S70] 1881 Census for England, "RG11/1039/66/17."
  7. [S13] General Register Office: Indexes to Birth, Marriages, Deaths, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Oct-Dec 1883, Eastbourne RD, Vol 2b Page 45."
  8. [S78] Death certificate of Sarah Mockett, died 7 Oct 1883, registered 8 Oct 1883 in the Registration District of Eastbourne, Sussex, England (GRO Index Ref: Vol 2b Page 45) "Surname spelt MOCKET."