Elizabeth Merike

b. 1614
     Elizabeth Merike was born in 1614 at Sussex, England.
Elizabeth Merike married Nicholas Fryar on 5 May 1635 at Eastbourne, Sussex, England.1

Family

Nicholas Fryar b. 1610
Marriage*
Elizabeth Merike married Nicholas Fryar on 5 May 1635 at Eastbourne, Sussex, England.1 
Child

Citations

  1. [S24] Index to Sussex Marriages, 1538-1837, Compact Disc SFHGCD003, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, 2008.

Nicholas Meriwether

     Nicholas Meriwether married Alice A'Downe, daughter of William A'Downe and Eleanor Saxbyes, on 7 November 1596 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.1
Nicholas Meriwether witnessed the will of John A'Downe dated 7 November 1600 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.2

Family

Alice A'Downe b. 5 Jun 1573
Marriage*
Nicholas Meriwether married Alice A'Downe, daughter of William A'Downe and Eleanor Saxbyes, on 7 November 1596 at Rotherfield, Sussex, England.1 

Citations

  1. [S24] Index to Sussex Marriages, 1538-1837, Compact Disc SFHGCD003, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, 2008.
  2. [S665] Will of John Downe of Rotherfield, Sussex, England, made 17 Nov 1600, proved in the Archdeaconry court of Lewes, 17 Dec 1600. (ESRO: PBT/1/1/11/61B).

Alfred Merrit

b. circa 1888
FatherSamuel Merrit b. c 1849, d. 1915
MotherEmily Gladman b. 25 Apr 1847
     Alfred Merrit was born circa 1888 at Hassocks, Sussex, England.1 He was the son of Samuel Merrit and Emily Gladman.
Alfred Merrit was a soldier on 2 April 1911.1

Citations

  1. [S73] 1911 Census for England "Class: RG14; Piece: 5212; Schedule Number: 160."

Arthur Thomas Merrit

b. circa 1881
FatherSamuel Merrit b. c 1849, d. 1915
MotherEmily Gladman b. 25 Apr 1847
     Arthur Thomas Merrit was born circa 1881 at Burgess Hill, Sussex, England.1 He was the son of Samuel Merrit and Emily Gladman.

Citations

  1. [S73] 1911 Census for England "Class: RG14; Piece: 5212; Schedule Number: 160."

Charles Merrit

b. circa 1883
FatherSamuel Merrit b. c 1849, d. 1915
MotherEmily Gladman b. 25 Apr 1847
     Charles Merrit was born circa 1883 at Hassocks, Sussex, England.1 He was the son of Samuel Merrit and Emily Gladman.
Charles Merrit was a baker on 2 April 1911.1

Citations

  1. [S73] 1911 Census for England "Class: RG14; Piece: 5212; Schedule Number: 160."

Frank William Merrit

b. circa 1879
FatherSamuel Merrit b. c 1849, d. 1915
MotherEmily Gladman b. 25 Apr 1847
     Frank William Merrit was born circa 1879 at Burgess Hill, Sussex, England.1 He was the son of Samuel Merrit and Emily Gladman.
Frank William Merrit was a policeman on 2 April 1911.1

Citations

  1. [S73] 1911 Census for England "Class: RG14; Piece: 5212; Schedule Number: 160."

George Henry Merrit

b. circa 1876
FatherSamuel Merrit b. c 1849, d. 1915
MotherEmily Gladman b. 25 Apr 1847
     George Henry Merrit was born circa 1876 at Burgess Hill, Sussex, England.1 He was the son of Samuel Merrit and Emily Gladman.
George Henry Merrit was a builder's labourer on 2 April 1911.1

Citations

  1. [S73] 1911 Census for England "Class: RG14; Piece: 5212; Schedule Number: 160."

Samuel Merrit

b. circa 1849, d. 1915
     Samuel Merrit was born circa 1849 at Alresford, Hampshire, England.1
On 2 April 1871 Samuel Merrit lived at Clayton, Sussex, England.2
Samuel Merrit was a carpenter's apprentice on 2 April 1871.2
Samuel Merrit married Emily Gladman, daughter of Gideon Gladman and Caroline Eager, on 16 November 1872 at Burgess Hill, Sussex, England.3
On 5 April 1891 Samuel Merrit and Emily Gladman lived at 15 Bonchurch Rd, Keymer, Sussex, England.4
On 31 March 1901 Samuel Merrit and Emily Gladman lived at 15 Bonchurch Rd, Keymer, Sussex, England.1
Samuel Merrit was a carpenter on 31 March 1901.1
On 2 April 1911 Samuel Merrit and Emily Gladman lived at 10 Leylands Terraces, Fishergate, Shoreham, Sussex, England.5
Samuel Merrit died in 1915 at Steyning, Sussex, England. Needs to be checked.6

Family

Emily Gladman b. 25 Apr 1847
Marriage*
Samuel Merrit married Emily Gladman, daughter of Gideon Gladman and Caroline Eager, on 16 November 1872 at Burgess Hill, Sussex, England.3 
Children

Citations

  1. [S72] 1901 Census for England "Class: RG13; Piece: 910; Folio: 76; Page: 18."
  2. [S69] 1871 Census for England, "Class: RG10; Piece: 1064; Folio: 69; Page: 24; GSU roll: 827490."
  3. [S143] General Register Office: Indexes to Marriages, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Oct-Dec 1872, Cuckfield, Vol 2b Page 280."
  4. [S71] 1891 Census for England "Class: RG12; Piece: 793; Folio: 69; Page: 13; GSU roll: 6095903."
  5. [S73] 1911 Census for England "Class: RG14; Piece: 5212; Schedule Number: 160."
  6. [S141] General Register Office: Indexes to Deaths, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Jan-Mar 1915, Steyning, Vol 2b Page 572, age 74 years."

Samuel Edward Merrit

b. circa 1874
FatherSamuel Merrit b. c 1849, d. 1915
MotherEmily Gladman b. 25 Apr 1847
     Samuel Edward Merrit was born circa 1874 at Burgess Hill, Sussex, England.1 He was the son of Samuel Merrit and Emily Gladman.
Samuel Edward Merrit was a gardener on 2 April 1911.1

Citations

  1. [S73] 1911 Census for England "Class: RG14; Piece: 5212; Schedule Number: 160."

Elizabeth Harriet Message

b. 11 November 1822, d. 1914
MotherHannah Message
     Elizabeth Harriet Message was born on 11 November 1822 at Warbleton, Sussex, England.1 She was the daughter of Hannah Message.
Elizabeth Harriet Message was baptized on 1 April 1823 at Heathfield Chapel (Independent), Heathfield, Sussex, England.1
Elizabeth Harriet Message married John Funnell, son of John Thelwell and Phillis Funnell, in 1840 at Hailsham, Sussex, England, under the name Harriet Message.2
Elizabeth Harriet Message died in 1914 at Battle, Sussex, England.

Family

John Funnell b. 28 Mar 1819
Marriage*
Elizabeth Harriet Message married John Funnell, son of John Thelwell and Phillis Funnell, in 1840 at Hailsham, Sussex, England, under the name Harriet Message.2 

Citations

  1. [S244] Website "Ancestry" (http://www.ancestry.co.uk/) "The National Archives of the UK; Kew, Surrey, England; General Register Office: Registers of Births, Marriages and Deaths surrendered to the Non-parochial Registers Commissions of 1837 and 1857; Class Number: RG 4; Piece Number: 3107."
  2. [S143] General Register Office: Indexes to Marriages, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Oct-Dec 1840, Hailsham, Vol 7 Page 523."

Hannah Message

Family

Child

John Mewett

     John Mewett married Elizabeth Wollar on 11 April 1803 at Willingdon, Sussex, England, both of this parish.1

Family

Elizabeth Wollar
Marriage*
John Mewett married Elizabeth Wollar on 11 April 1803 at Willingdon, Sussex, England, both of this parish.1 
Child

Citations

  1. [S24] Index to Sussex Marriages, 1538-1837, Compact Disc SFHGCD003, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, 2008.

Lucy Mewett

b. circa 1816, d. 20 May 1889
FatherJohn Mewett
MotherElizabeth Wollar
     Lucy Mewett was born circa 1816 at Willingdon, Sussex, England.1 She was the daughter of John Mewett and Elizabeth Wollar.
Lucy Mewett married Thomas Breach, son of Richard Breach and Elizabeth Dennis, on 23 November 1844 at Newhaven, Sussex, England.1
Lucy Mewett died on 20 May 1889 at 4 Cavendish Place, Eastbourne, Sussex, England.

Family

Thomas Breach b. 26 Mar 1803, d. 10 May 1869
Marriage*
Lucy Mewett married Thomas Breach, son of Richard Breach and Elizabeth Dennis, on 23 November 1844 at Newhaven, Sussex, England.1 

Citations

  1. [S16] 1851 Census for England "Class: HO107; Piece: 1637; Folio: 217; Page: 9; GSU roll: 193540."

Elizabeth Mewitt

b. 1769, d. 2 October 1838
     Elizabeth Mewitt was baptized in 1769 at Friston, Sussex, England.
Elizabeth Mewitt married Samuel Verrall, son of Samuel Verrall and Mary Wilkins, on 11 October 1791 at Eastbourne, Sussex, England.
Elizabeth Mewitt died on 2 October 1838 at Eastbourne, Sussex, England.

Family

Samuel Verrall b. 1 Jan 1773, d. 1830
Marriage*
Elizabeth Mewitt married Samuel Verrall, son of Samuel Verrall and Mary Wilkins, on 11 October 1791 at Eastbourne, Sussex, England
Children

Lee David Meyers

b. 16 May 1908, d. 12 March 1966
     Lee David Meyers was born on 16 May 1908 at Seward, Seward County, Nebraska, United States.
Lee David Meyers married Dorothy Jeanne Ray, daughter of Robert Raymond Ray and Mary Adell Ruxton, on 3 September 1938 at Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, United States.
Lee David Meyers died on 12 March 1966 at Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, United States, at age 57.

Family

Dorothy Jeanne Ray b. 16 Oct 1913, d. 16 Feb 2006
Marriage*
Lee David Meyers married Dorothy Jeanne Ray, daughter of Robert Raymond Ray and Mary Adell Ruxton, on 3 September 1938 at Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, United States

Jenny Michell

b. 11 May 1733
FatherJohn Mitchell
MotherJane Hills
     Jenny Michell was baptized on 11 May 1733 at Portslade, Sussex, England, surname spelt MITCHELL.1 She was the daughter of John Mitchell and Jane Hills.

Citations

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

Thomas Michell

b. 5 January 1727/28
FatherJohn Mitchell
MotherJane Hills
     Thomas Michell was baptized on 5 January 1727/28 at Portslade, Sussex, England, surname spelt MICHELL.1 He was the son of John Mitchell and Jane Hills.
Thomas Michell was buried on 31 October 1800 at Portslade, Sussex, England.2

Citations

  1. [S23] Index to Sussex Baptisms, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project, "Ralph Clutton, Vicar."
  2. [S25] Index to Sussex Burials, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project,.

Ada Winifred Middleton

b. 9 December 1898, d. 14 September 1958
FatherJames Middleton b. 24 Apr 1857, d. 13 Nov 1938
MotherAnnie Marchant b. 25 Aug 1866, d. 24 Oct 1919
Ada Winifred Taylor (nee Middleton).
     Ada Winifred Middleton was born on 9 December 1898 at 50 Islingword St, Brighton, Sussex, England; Ada's birth certificate has her birth date as 16th December although she always knew it to be the 9th December. She only found out about this when she needed the birth certificate to emigrate to Australia. It is possible that the birth certificate is wrong.1 She was the daughter of James Middleton and Annie Marchant.
Ada was the youngest daughter of 11 children, two of whom died as infants. Her parents were rather poor. The fact that her father was deaf and dumb meant that he had difficulty getting work. There were times when her brothers would go to Race Hill to net birds to eat. In those days, during times of unemployment, there were no social security benefits.2
Ada Winifred Middleton worked in domestic service after her schooling. One of her positions was working for a Dr Shadlow and his live in cousin & housekeeper Mrs Plum. Ada's mother Annie had often helped Dr Shadlow with his confinements (childbirths). There was a boy Ambrose who sometimes came to stay with them and Ada was responsible for looking after him. One day Ada took him home to her house. When word of this got back to Mrs Plum she got very angry, saying, "One day he is going to be a famous barrister" and indicating that she did not want him mixing with people below his class. Ada told her she could have her notice and they never had anything to do with them again. However, Ada thought a lot of the boy and wanted to call her first child Ambrose. circa 1912.2
Ada knew Arthur Taylor from age 14 years. Arthur worked as a milkman before WW1 and he would exchange a bottle of milk for a cup of cocoa with Ada who was working in domestic service at this time. When Arthur returned from WW1 he had trouble finding work. His mother said "no money, no food" and Ada used to let him in through a window to where she worked as a cook and give him a meal. Ada was still working in domestic service as a cook just prior to getting married to Arthur in 1921.
Ada Winifred Middleton married Arthur George Taylor, son of George Taylor and Annie Mary Wadey, on 30 April 1921 at St Bartholomew's Church, Brighton, Sussex, England.3
Ada's Aunt Trot (Teresa Marchant) had a great influence on her. She gave Ada advice on breastfeeding and Ada's daughter Freda can remember meeting her when she was 6 or 7 years old. From 1919 until she died in 1938, Theresa was living with her sister Lily Caperon (nee Marchant) and her husband Charles Caperon. Lily's first daughter was Elsie Freda Marchant (born illegitimate in 1908) and it is highly likely that this was the source for the name of Ada's first daughter, Freda Amy Taylor (my mother!).2
Mary Josephine Middleton (Dolly) wanted to adopt Ada Taylor's daughter Joyce (aged 2 or 3 years) after having looked after her for a month while Ada was in hospital. Ada and Dolly didn't get on so well after this!
Circa 1931 Ada Winifred Middleton and Arthur George Taylor lived at 19 Fletching Rd, Whitehawk, Brighton, Sussex, England, Unfortunately, parts of Whitehawk were remodelled in the late 1970s and Fletching Road now no longer exists.
On 25 April 1934 Ada Winifred Middleton and Arthur George Taylor lived at 19 Fletching Road, Brighton, Sussex, England.4
Ada Winifred Middleton witnessed the birth of Patricia Mary Taylor on 25 April 1934 at Brighton, Sussex, England.4
On 29 September 1939 Ada Winifred Middleton and Arthur George Taylor lived at 142 Birdham Road, Brighton, Sussex, England.5
Ada Winifred Middleton witnessed the marriage of Ronald Leslie Barber and Freda Amy Taylor on 9 May 1942 at St Andrew's, Moulsecoomb, Sussex, England.6
On 9 May 1942 Ada Winifred Middleton and Arthur George Taylor lived at 142 Birdham Rd, Moulsecoomb, Sussex, England.6
Circa 1943 Ada Winifred Middleton and Arthur George Taylor lived at 23 Hartington Rd, Brighton, Sussex, England, and lived here until leaving for Australia.
Ada Winifred Middleton and Arthur George Taylor emigrated on 24 April 1948 to Perth, Western Australia, Australia; Their son Ron had wanted to move overseas to Canada but Australia was suggested to him as Ada's brother and sister were already there. Arthur and Ada also became interested in moving and (after 3 years on a waiting list according to Aunty Win) on 17th April 1948 the family (except Freda who was the only one married) left England on the ship Asturias for Australia. Arthur and Ada were both 49 years old at the time. They arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia on 16th May 1948. Freda and Ron later joined them arriving in Australia on Foundation Day, June 1950.
They lived with Ada's sister Beatrice in Beatty Avenue, East Victoria Park for about six months while building their house at 84 Egham Rd, Victoria Park, and then lived on their block of land while the house was being completed. Ada was very keen to move out of Beatrice’s house as she had a difficult personality and a bit like a school marm. After their son Ron had been diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB) and sent to the Wooroloo sanatorium, Beatrice got all Ron’s clothes and possessions and put them out on the front veranda. This just about broke Ada’s heart. Arthur and Ada ended up moving out of Beatrice’s house and living on their block in a tent while they built their house. This caused a wedge between Beatrice and Ada and they never really spoke again afterwards. The girls slept in this large army tent which had a bath and four beds, while Arthur and Ada slept in the newly completed laundry. A lean/to iron shed served as the kitchen with a wood stove outside. Ron, at this stage, was still in the sanatorium. Arthur worked as a painter and bought a Wolseley Hornet car in 1951/52.7
In 1949 Ada Winifred Middleton and Arthur George Taylor lived at 84 Egham Rd, Victoria Park, Western Australia, Australia.
Ada and Arthur moved from Egham Rd to run a delicatessen in Leederville, opposite St John of God's Hospital, but this made very little money and involved long hours of work. They sold out and moved to 73 Oats St in Kewdale in about 1957.
Ada had been in Western Australia 10 years when she died of pancreatic cancer in 1958 aged 59 years. Arthur and Ada were living at 73 Oats St, Kewdale at the time. She had complained of pains but the doctors could not find anything wrong and said it was psychological. Three months prior to her death she was operated on for a suspected ulcer after having vomited blood. The doctors found cancer in her liver and pancreas and she was given up to 3 months to live. The family decided not to tell her about this and she stayed with daughter Joyce after coming out of hospital. Two weeks before her death Joyce had to take her to hospital as she was in great pain. She stayed there until she died.
Ada Winifred Middleton died on 14 September 1958 at Royal Perth Hospital, Perth, Western Australia, Australia, at age 59. She died of carcinoma of the pancreas (7 months.)8
Ada Winifred Middleton was buried on 16 September 1958 at Karrakatta Cemetery, grave ZK 122, Perth, Western Australia, Australia.
Ada is reported to have said that there was Spanish blood in her family. Research so far has found that Ada's mother, Annie Marchant, is a descendant of a Catholic Sussex family (the Murrell's).2

Family

Arthur George Taylor b. 6 Feb 1899, d. 13 Oct 1965
Marriage*
Ada Winifred Middleton married Arthur George Taylor, son of George Taylor and Annie Mary Wadey, on 30 April 1921 at St Bartholomew's Church, Brighton, Sussex, England.3 
Children

Citations

  1. [S142] General Register Office: Indexes to Births, Sep 1837-2006, "Jan-Mar 1899, Brighton, Vol 2b Page 201."
  2. [S11] Information supplied by Freda Amy Barber (Victoria Park, WA, Australia) to Geoffrey Barber (Subiaco, WA, Australia), Various dates.
  3. [S143] General Register Office: Indexes to Marriages, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Apr-Jun 1921, Brighton, Vol 2b Page 439."
  4. [S213] Birth certificate of Patricia Taylor, born 25 Apr 1934, registered 2 Jun 1934 in the Registration District of Brighton, Sussex, England (GRO Index Ref: Vol 2b Page 270).
  5. [S556] 1939 Register (29 Sep 1939) for England "RG101/2438D/009/13 Letter Code: EGBY."
  6. [S499] Marriage certificate of Ronald Leslie Barber and Freda Amy Taylor, married 9 May 1942 in the Registration District of Brighton, Sussex, England (GRO Index Ref: Vol 2b Page 604).
  7. [S185] Information supplied by Joyce Marie Treen to Veronica Anne Treen.
  8. [S222] Death certificate of Ada Winifred Taylor, died 14 Sep 1958, registered 30 Sep 1958 in the Registration District of Perth, W. Australia (Reference no: 2575).

Alice Beatrice Middleton

b. 9 June 1896, d. September 1986
FatherJames Middleton b. 24 Apr 1857, d. 13 Nov 1938
MotherAnnie Marchant b. 25 Aug 1866, d. 24 Oct 1919
     Alice Beatrice Middleton was also known as Beatrice.
Alice Beatrice Middleton was born on 9 June 1896 at 5 Ivy Place, Brighton, Sussex, England. She was the daughter of James Middleton and Annie Marchant.
Alice Beatrice Middleton was baptized on 28 June 1896 at Brighton, Sussex, England.
Alice Beatrice Middleton married William Ernest Victor Bateman, son of Charles Thomas Bateman and Mary Jane Stone, in 1925 at Bournemouth, Dorset, England.1
In October 1929 Alice Beatrice Middleton and William Ernest Victor Bateman lived at 5 Pelham Place, Seaford, Sussex, England.
Alice Beatrice Middleton and William Ernest Victor Bateman emigrated on 19 October 1929 to Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia, from the port of Liverpool on the ship "Vedic" with son Francis Bateman.2
They emmigrated to Australia a few years after her brother Frank Middleton, who emmigrated in 1927. In Australia they had a second son, Athol, and became Seventh Day Adventists. Francis married and moved to Eastern States (?) and Athol went to London.
When Arthur and Ada Taylor came to Australia in 1948 they stayed with Beatrice before building their own house. Arthur and Ada's daughter Joyce recalls that on Saturday nights, Beatrice and Victor used to go into a room and close off the doors so they could pray and no one was to disturb them.
In 1948 Alice Beatrice Middleton and William Ernest Victor Bateman lived at Beatty Avenue, Carlisle, Western Australia, Australia.
In 1970 Alice Beatrice Middleton and William Ernest Victor Bateman lived at 2 Basler Court, Kangaroo Flat, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia.3
After Beatrice's husband Victor died in 1970 she is said to have gone back to England to live with Athol. Athol was a pianist and he may have changed his name.
Alice Beatrice Middleton died in September 1986 at Surrey Northern, Surrey, England, at age 90. (to be checked.)4

Family

William Ernest Victor Bateman b. 1901, d. 4 Aug 1970
Marriage*
Alice Beatrice Middleton married William Ernest Victor Bateman, son of Charles Thomas Bateman and Mary Jane Stone, in 1925 at Bournemouth, Dorset, England.1 
Children

Citations

  1. [S143] General Register Office: Indexes to Marriages, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Oct-Dec 1925, Bournemouth, Vol 2b Page 1711."
  2. [S475] The National Archives (BT27), Passenger Lists leaving UK 1890-1960. (findmypast.co.uk).
  3. [S478] Death certificate of William Ernest Victor Bateman, died 4 Aug 1970, registered 22 Aug 1970 in the Registration District of Victoria, Australia (Reference no: 18857/70).
  4. [S141] General Register Office: Indexes to Deaths, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Sep 1896, Surrey Northern, Vol 17 Page 417 Reg No 986."

Ann Middleton

b. 1 November 1811, d. 1895
FatherWilliam Middleton b. 28 Nov 1766
MotherSarah Bishnell b. c 1783, d. 1836
     Ann Middleton was born in 1811 at Yaxley, Huntingdonshire, England.
Ann Middleton was baptized on 1 November 1811 at Yaxley, Huntingdonshire, England. She was the daughter of William Middleton and Sarah Bishnell.
Ann Middleton died in 1895.1

Citations

  1. [S244] Website "Ancestry" (http://www.ancestry.co.uk/) "Tree Owner: Crombiec."