Sarah Ward

b. 15 April 1827
FatherThomas Ward b. c 1797
MotherElizabeth Harrison b. c 1799
     Sarah Ward was baptized on 15 April 1827 at St Mary's, Handsworth, Yorkshire, England.1 She was the daughter of Thomas Ward and Elizabeth Harrison.

Citations

  1. [S388] Website "FamilySearch" (http://www.familysearch.org/) "GS Film number: 990889."

William Henry Ward

b. 25 December 1835
FatherThomas Ward b. c 1797
MotherElizabeth Harrison b. c 1799
     William Henry Ward was baptized on 25 December 1835 at St Mary's, Handsworth, Yorkshire, England.1 He was the son of Thomas Ward and Elizabeth Harrison.

Citations

  1. [S388] Website "FamilySearch" (http://www.familysearch.org/) "GS Film number: 990889."

Edwin Ward

b. 25 December 1837
FatherThomas Ward b. c 1797
MotherElizabeth Harrison b. c 1799
     Edwin Ward was baptized on 25 December 1837 at St Mary's, Handsworth, Yorkshire, England.1 He was the son of Thomas Ward and Elizabeth Harrison.
On 30 March 1851 Edwin Ward lived at Low Green School, Otley, Yorkshire, England, a pupil at the school.2

Citations

  1. [S388] Website "FamilySearch" (http://www.familysearch.org/) "GS Film number: 990889."
  2. [S16] 1851 Census for England "HO107 piece 2285 folio 249 page 22."

Harrison Ward

b. 8 January 1840, d. 13 July 1923
FatherThomas Ward b. c 1797
MotherElizabeth Harrison b. c 1799
     Harrison Ward was born on 8 January 1840 at Attercliffe, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England.1 He was the son of Thomas Ward and Elizabeth Harrison.
Harrison Ward was baptized on 21 June 1840 at St Mary's, Handsworth, Yorkshire, England.2
On 30 March 1851 Harrison Ward lived at Low Green School, Rawdon, Otley, Yorkshire, England, a pupil at the school.3
The information about Harrison Ward going to Australia and marrying Mary Maria Perigo has been collected from family trees contributed to Ancestry.co.uk and has not been verified. It needs to be treated with some suspicion until it has been checked.
The New South Wales Police Gazette dated 1 Feb 1865 mentions the recovery of "a portmanteau, containing wearing apparel, etc (portmanteau and portion of contents recovered), the property of Harrison Ward". The theft was reported in the Police Gazette on 11 Jan 1865. Was this the year he arrived in Australia?4,5
Harrison Ward married Mary Maria Perigo on 14 July 1870 at St George, New South Wales, Australia.6
They had eight children.
On 4 November 1914 Harrison Ward lived at Blaxlands Ridge, New South Wales, Australia.7
Harrison Ward died on 13 July 1923 at Blaxlands Ridge Post Office, Blaxlands Ridge, New South Wales, Australia, at age 83. Age 84 years.8

Family

Mary Maria Perigo b. 28 Sep 1848, d. 28 Oct 1920
Marriage*
Harrison Ward married Mary Maria Perigo on 14 July 1870 at St George, New South Wales, Australia.6 

Citations

  1. [S419] Birth certificate of Harrison Ward, born 8 Jan 1840, registered 21 Jan 1840 in the Registration District of Sheffield, Yorkshire, England (GRO Index Ref: Vol 22 Page 551).
  2. [S388] Website "FamilySearch" (http://www.familysearch.org/) "GS Film number: 990889."
  3. [S16] 1851 Census for England "HO107 piece 1333 folio 2/28 page 20."
  4. [S244] Website "Ancestry" (http://www.ancestry.co.uk/) "State Records Authority of New South Wales; Police Gazettes 1862-1930; Roll: 3130; Year: 1865; Page: 41."
  5. [S244] Website "Ancestry" (http://www.ancestry.co.uk/) "State Records Authority of New South Wales; Police Gazettes 1862-1930; Roll: 3130; Year: 1865; Page: 15."
  6. [S244] Website "Ancestry" (http://www.ancestry.co.uk/) "Australia Marriage Index, 1788-1950 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. (Marriage Reg. No. 1444)."
  7. [S244] Website "Ancestry" (http://www.ancestry.co.uk/) "State Records Authority of New South Wales; Police Gazettes 1862-1930; Roll: 3598; Year: 1914; Page: 531."
  8. [S298] Webpage The Sydney Morning Herald (http://trove.nla.gov.au/) "1923 'Family Notices.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 14 July, p. 12, viewed 24 April, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article16080611."

Alfred Ward

b. 22 April 1834
FatherThomas Ward b. c 1797
MotherElizabeth Harrison b. c 1799
     Alfred Ward was baptized on 22 April 1834 at St Mary's, Handsworth, Yorkshire, England.1 He was the son of Thomas Ward and Elizabeth Harrison.

Citations

  1. [S388] Website "FamilySearch" (http://www.familysearch.org/) "GS Film number: 990889."

Thomas Realf

b. circa 1783
     Thomas Realf was born circa 1783 at Kent, England.
Information from Sheila Smith:
Said on his Marriage licence to have come from Penshurst, Kent and to be a yeoman. No further information yet. Aged 21 +
Bondsmen, Thomas Realf & William Newnham of Framfield, miller(South Melling Peculiar)
Taken from Sussex Record Society Vol xxvi, Lewes Melling, M-Z. Sussex Marriage Licences.
Marriages from 1789 - 1812, number 5 at ESRO, Lewes,Sussex,England Witnesses were William & Elizabeth Newnham see paper files

deaths: Brighton 1852 or Thakeham March 1867 aged 83. If Thakeham, he must have married twice .

Brighton Census 1851 says Thomas Realf, aged 69, was born in Buxted, Sussex, England and was a blacksmith, pauper and widower.

HO107/1645/1058     1851 census microfiche, Brighton: Thomas Realf, UnionWorkhouse, Brighton, pauper, widower, blacksmith aged 69, b. Buxted

Uckfield Union Poor Law Records XA30/58/8-9:
25 March 1858 Thomas Realf b. 1781, labourer, Uckfield. shows in records until 25 March 1859. Died 1st wk April 1859.
Bastardy Order at Framfield. Thomas Realf, putative father of HannahMorris's child. Dated 3rd April (or July) 1804 (see e-mail from PamAllsopp dated 16th Sept. 2003
National Burial index gives a Thomas Realf who was buried at Eastbourne St Mary on 3rd April 1804. (Unlikely to be him.)
Bastardy Order at Framfield. Thomas Realf, putative father of Hannah Morris's child. Dated 3rd April (or July) 1804.
Thomas Realf and Hannah Morris obtained a marriage licence on 5 July 1804 at Archdeaconry of Lewes, Sussex, England, Said on his Marriage licence to have come from Penshurst, Kent and to be a yeoman. No further information yet. Aged 21 +
Bondsmen, Thomas Realf & William Newnham of Framfield, miller(South Melling Peculiar)
Taken from Sussex Record Society Vol xxvi, Lewes Melling, M-Z. Sussex Marriage Licences.
Marriages from 1789 - 1812, number 5 at ESRO, Lewes,Sussex,England Witnesses were William & Elizabeth Newnham.1
Thomas Realf married Hannah Morris, daughter of Joseph Morris and Hannah Turner, on 5 July 1804 at Framfield, Sussex, England, Thomas of Penshurst, Kent.1
There is a baptism of a Lucy RELFE in Framfield on 21 May 1820 to Hannah RELFE, spinster - an illegitimate child. Also there is a burial in Framfield on 9 Mar 1830 of Hannah RELFE, spinster, age 39 years.
5 Sep 1827 Thomas RELF married Hannah PARSONS in Burwash.
Sarah Anne RELFE is baptised in Burwash, Sussex to Thomas RELFE (labourer) and Hannah.
Possibility for a burial is 1 Oct 1858 at Uckfield Holy Cross, age 77 years. This would give a birth around 1781.2

Family

Hannah Morris b. 4 Sep 1785
Marriage License*
Thomas Realf and Hannah Morris obtained a marriage licence on 5 July 1804 at Archdeaconry of Lewes, Sussex, England, Said on his Marriage licence to have come from Penshurst, Kent and to be a yeoman. No further information yet. Aged 21 +
Bondsmen, Thomas Realf & William Newnham of Framfield, miller(South Melling Peculiar)
Taken from Sussex Record Society Vol xxvi, Lewes Melling, M-Z. Sussex Marriage Licences.
Marriages from 1789 - 1812, number 5 at ESRO, Lewes,Sussex,England Witnesses were William & Elizabeth Newnham.1 
Marriage*
Thomas Realf married Hannah Morris, daughter of Joseph Morris and Hannah Turner, on 5 July 1804 at Framfield, Sussex, England, Thomas of Penshurst, Kent.1 
Children

Citations

  1. [S24] Index to Marriages, 1538-1837, Compact Disc SFHGCD003, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, 2008.
  2. [S25] Index to Burials, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project,.

Richard Realf

b. 10 February 1805, d. 6 May 1881
FatherThomas Realf b. c 1783
MotherHannah Morris b. 4 Sep 1785
     Richard Realf was baptized on 10 February 1805 at Framfield, Sussex, England, surname RELF.1 He was the son of Thomas Realf and Hannah Morris.
Richard Realf married Martha Highlands on 3 September 1826 at Framfield, Sussex, England.2
On 7 June 1841 Richard Realf and Martha Highlands lived at Durgate's Cottage, Uckfield, Sussex, England.
Richard Realf was a police officer on 30 March 1851.
On 30 March 1851 Richard Realf and Martha Highlands lived at Police Office House, Kineshead Lane, Uckfield, Sussex, England.
On 7 April 1861 Richard Realf and Martha Highlands lived at Pound Green, Buxted, Sussex, England.
Richard Realf was a police constable on 7 April 1861.
On 2 April 1871 Richard Realf and Martha Highlands lived at Buxted Street, Buxted, Sussex, England.
On 3 April 1881 Richard Realf and Martha Highlands lived at Buxted Street, Buxted, Sussex, England.
Richard Realf was a superannuated police officer on 3 April 1881.
Richard Realf died on 6 May 1881 at Buxted, Sussex, England, at age 76.

Family

Martha Highlands b. c Jan 1805, d. 19 Jan 1887
Marriage*
Richard Realf married Martha Highlands on 3 September 1826 at Framfield, Sussex, England.2 
Children

Citations

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

Martha Highlands

b. circa January 1805, d. 19 January 1887
     Martha Highlands was born circa January 1805 at Framfield, Sussex, England.
Martha Highlands married Richard Realf, son of Thomas Realf and Hannah Morris, on 3 September 1826 at Framfield, Sussex, England.1
As of 3 September 1826, her married name was Realf.
On 7 June 1841 Martha Highlands and Richard Realf lived at Durgate's Cottage, Uckfield, Sussex, England.
On 30 March 1851 Martha Highlands and Richard Realf lived at Police Office House, Kineshead Lane, Uckfield, Sussex, England.
On 7 April 1861 Martha Highlands and Richard Realf lived at Pound Green, Buxted, Sussex, England.
On 2 April 1871 Martha Highlands and Richard Realf lived at Buxted Street, Buxted, Sussex, England.
On 3 April 1881 Martha Highlands and Richard Realf lived at Buxted Street, Buxted, Sussex, England.
Martha Highlands died on 19 January 1887 at Buxted, Sussex, England.

Family

Richard Realf b. 10 Feb 1805, d. 6 May 1881
Marriage*
Martha Highlands married Richard Realf, son of Thomas Realf and Hannah Morris, on 3 September 1826 at Framfield, Sussex, England.1 
Children

Citations

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

Edward Realf

b. circa January 1827, d. March 1895
FatherRichard Realf b. 10 Feb 1805, d. 6 May 1881
MotherMartha Highlands b. c Jan 1805, d. 19 Jan 1887
     Edward Realf was born circa January 1827 at Framfield, Sussex, England. He was the son of Richard Realf and Martha Highlands.
Edward Realf married Caroline Allitt on 4 October 1848 at Wembley, Middlesex, England.
Edward Realf was a gardener (deaf) on 7 April 1861.
On 7 April 1861 Edward Realf and Caroline Allitt lived at Northwood District Gates Hill, Ruislip, Middlesex, England.
Edward is totally deaf from paralysis according to the 1871 census.
On 2 April 1871 Edward Realf and Caroline Allitt lived at Cambridge Street, Brighton, Sussex, England.
Edward Realf was a shoemaker on 2 April 1871.
Edward Realf was a shoemaker (jobbing) on 3 April 1881.
On 3 April 1881 Edward Realf and Caroline Allitt lived at Horsted Green, Little Horsted, Sussex, England.
Edward is recorded as deaf and dumb in the 1891 census.
On 5 April 1891 Edward Realf and Caroline Allitt lived at Horsted Green, Little Horsted, Sussex, England.
Edward Realf was a shoemaker on 5 April 1891.
Edward Realf died in March 1895 at Uckfield, Sussex, England.
Edward Realf was buried on 2 April 1895 at Little Horsted, Sussex, England.
The Mystery of Edward Realf
by Sheila Smith

On 16th December, 1854, Ralph Edwards of Rickmansworth Hertfordshire, aged 23 joined the 9th Battalion of the Royal Artillery as a gunner/driver. He became a bombardier on the 10th January 1856, and was in Constantinople in hospital (possibly Scutari) in February 1856 when he had an apoplectic attack following a fever. By May he was in Portsmouth where he had a second attack and was invalided out of the R. A. on November 11th 1856. He had served for a total of one year and three hundred and thirty two days, of which eight months were in Constantinople, unfit for service. 11 Military records of Ralph Edwards, R. A. no: 4663 at TNA, Kew, Ralph’s war was a very short one. It seems likely that he was in action from December 1854 until about February 1856. He would not have been present at the battles of the Alma, Balaklava, or Inkerman (September, October and November 1854 respectively.) and was ill in Constantinople when the Armistice was signed on February 29th, 1856. Ralph would have been one of the second wave of troops sent out to the Crimea and, as a gunner, would probably have been involved in the second to the sixth bombardments of Sebastopol which met with varying degrees of success.22 See “Into Battle” British orders of Battle for the Crimean War 1854 to 1856 The taking of Sebastopol, in September 1855, marked the effective end of the war although the Treaty of Paris was not signed until the end of March.

The facts from his Army medical records33 Military records of Ralph Edwards, R. A. no: 4663 at TNA, Kew, show that Ralph was returned to England in May 1856 after his first apoplectic attack (stroke) and had a second attack in Portsmouth, resulting in his having a “paralytic affection of the muscles of the face and tongue” and being “rendered totally deaf”. He was granted a pension of 6d per day from his discharge on the 11th November 1856 until 2nd June 1858 and this was renewed at six monthly intervals until it was made permanent on 26th April 1864.

Edward Realf was born in January 1827 and baptised at St Thomas à Becket Church. In the 1841 census Edward was living with his family at Farm Cottage, Isfield, Sussex. No more is known about Edward until 1848 when, on October 4th, he married Caroline Allitt, a servant, the daughter of William Allitt, a farmer of Sudbury on Thames, at St. John’s Church, Wembley Middlesex. The young couple were both twenty one and Edward was shown as the son of Richard Realf, a police constable of Uckfield, Sussex. Edward’s trade was shown as “labourer, late Royal Artillery”. 44 Marriage Certificate of Edward Realf and Caroline Allitt

Edward and Caroline lived in the London area until sometime between 1868, when their son Edward Henry was born in Hendon, Middlesex and 1873 when their last recorded child, Joseph Thomas, was born in Uckfield. During the following years, three children were born between 1848 and 1853 and all of them were dead by October 1853. In fact, all the deaths are recorded in the same quarter in the indexes of the General Record Offices. It seems likely that they died of the third cholera epidemic which began in September of that year and resulted in 15000 deaths. The area in which the Realfs were living at this time was badly hit by the epidemic. In 1854, a daughter, Caroline was born in the final quarter of the year and it is about this time that Ralph Edwards enlisted in the Royal Artillery.

The puzzle about Edward seems to begin with those words “labourer, late Royal Artillery” on his marriage certificate. To date I have been unable to find any sign of him in the records of the Royal Artillery at Kew and given his age, 21, he could not have served for very long in the army. Why had he left and did he, when he rejoined, use the name of Ralph Edwards of Rickmansworth Hertfordshire, aged 23? - He was actually 27. I have not as yet been able to solve the problem of why Edward re-enlisted under an alias, though circumstantial evidence, including his portrait, points to this. If so, he must certainly have kept up the deception throughout his life since army records for Ralph exist well into the 1870s.

In September 1857, Edward and Caroline Realf had a son, Frederick Edward who was born at Batchworth, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire. Edward was an agricultural labourer at this point. Ralph had given his place of birth as Rickmansworth when he enlisted and was drawing his pension from Watford in November 1857. Frederick Edward was registered in Watford. I have still to verify whether Ralph’s pension was transferred to Uckfield between 1868 and 1873 but this seems likely.

Documentary evidence for Edward’s return to Sussex and continued living there come from two letters by his brother Richard to his sister Sarah (Whapham) in the USA written when Richard paid a visit home to England in the summer of 1873. He mentions visiting Edward and says that “old Ned” is well.55 Photocopies of original letters by Richard Realf to Sarah Whapham Simon Wright’s article on “A Village School: Little Horsted in 1860s & 70s” in “Hindsight” Vol. 466 Journal of the Uckfield & district preservation Society shows Henry Realf (Edward Henry already mentioned, 10th child of Edward and Caroline) appearing in the school log for 1876, 1878 and 1879. By 1881, Edward is listed as a jobbing shoemaker of Horsted Green, Little Horsted in the census.

In 1882, Thomas Suplee, a friend and biographer of Richard Realf, the American Civil War soldier and poet, came to England to visit Martha and Edward and his sister Ellen Madgwick. He wrote an article on this trip and his description of Edward adds to my conviction that Edward and Ralph are the same person. “I found Edward Realf, ……. Living in a little cottage, covered with rose vines, …………… In the hey-day of his youth and strength he enlisted in the army and was sent out for service in the Crimea. When he reached Constantinople , he was stricken down with disease then paralysed, and finally returned to England a perfect wreck!……………………Edward Realf is hopelessly deaf and all conversation with him is carried out by signs. ……….”77 “A Visit to the Early Home of Richard Realf” A letter written by Sarah Whapham on October 31st 1882 corroborates the story of Edward’s fever and paralysis, adding the information that he was in Scutari Hospital and received a pension of 6d per day for six months which was made permanent after Florence Nightingale wrote to the Prince Consort and Edward “agitated through the papers.”88 transcript of letter from Sarah Whapham to Thomas Suplee

So was Ralph Edwards really Edward Realf? If so, why did he leave the Royal Artillery before his wedding in 1848? Did he re-enlist to earn money to keep his wife and baby daughter? If so, why did he use an alias which he never, as far as I know, used anywhere but in the army? Did he desert before October 4th 1848 and if he did, why admit to having been in the Royal Artillery on his marriage certificate? I feel almost certain that Ralph is Edward but I am still trying to find answers to these questions.

Edward Realf died at Ridgewood, Uckfield in March 1895 and was buried in Little Horsted Churchyard on April 2nd of that year. Caroline lived on at 41 Horsted Green Cottages, Little Horsted, moving to live with her youngest son Joseph in West Hoathly after 1901. She died and was buried there in 1906.
The Mystery of Edward Realf (continued).
by Sheila Smith

Two years ago, my article about my 2 x great grandfather, Edward Realf, born in Framfield in 1827, I wrote that I was unable to account for his rejoining the Royal Artillery in 1854 under the name of Ralph Edwards. I speculated that he had deserted in order to marry in October 1848.

A recent visit to TNA to research my Norfolk Tooby ancestors (all excise men) gave me the opportunity to look again at Edward’s military record. This time I was lucky and found the evidence of his earlier service in WO69/11, record number 844. I quote this below. It seems that poor Edward, far from being a deserter, was a victim of a less than romantic problem which led to his discharge! Incidentally, even on his first entry to the army, Edward was a little economical with the truth. His age on enlistment is given as 17, whereas he was really 19 years old. Having checked with the Royal Artillery Museum, it seems likely that this was simply a mistake on his part or upon the part of the army clerk who wrote up the record.

WO69/11 record number 844. Edward Realf born in the parish of Framfield in the town of Uckfield in the county of Sussex. Enlisted in the Royal Artillery on 21st February 1846 at Lewes. Aged 17 years and 0 months with the rank of Gunner. Became a Driver dated 23rd February 1847 under age. 9th Battalion ? Brigade

Discharged 11th July 1848 at the age of 19 years one hundred and forty days. Total service to 11th July is one year and one hundred and forty days. We certify that the above is a correct statement of the service of Edward Realf to the 11th July 1848.

Discharged 11th July 1848 in consequence of varicose veins of the legs. Character very good.

And the varicose veins? Well Edward came from a long line of agricultural labourers and probably worked in the fields round Uckfield from an early age.

Family

Caroline Allitt b. c 1828, d. c Dec 1906
Marriage*
Edward Realf married Caroline Allitt on 4 October 1848 at Wembley, Middlesex, England
Children

Caroline Allitt

b. circa 1828, d. circa December 1906
     Caroline Allitt was born circa 1828 at Marylebone, Middlesex, England.
Caroline Allitt married Edward Realf, son of Richard Realf and Martha Highlands, on 4 October 1848 at Wembley, Middlesex, England.
As of 4 October 1848, her married name was Realf.
On 7 April 1861 Caroline Allitt and Edward Realf lived at Northwood District Gates Hill, Ruislip, Middlesex, England.
On 2 April 1871 Caroline Allitt and Edward Realf lived at Cambridge Street, Brighton, Sussex, England.
On 3 April 1881 Caroline Allitt and Edward Realf lived at Horsted Green, Little Horsted, Sussex, England.
On 5 April 1891 Caroline Allitt and Edward Realf lived at Horsted Green, Little Horsted, Sussex, England.
Caroline Allitt died circa December 1906 at East Grinstead, Sussex, England.
The Mystery of Edward Realf
by Sheila Smith

On 16th December, 1854, Ralph Edwards of Rickmansworth Hertfordshire, aged 23 joined the 9th Battalion of the Royal Artillery as a gunner/driver. He became a bombardier on the 10th January 1856, and was in Constantinople in hospital (possibly Scutari) in February 1856 when he had an apoplectic attack following a fever. By May he was in Portsmouth where he had a second attack and was invalided out of the R. A. on November 11th 1856. He had served for a total of one year and three hundred and thirty two days, of which eight months were in Constantinople, unfit for service. 11 Military records of Ralph Edwards, R. A. no: 4663 at TNA, Kew, Ralph’s war was a very short one. It seems likely that he was in action from December 1854 until about February 1856. He would not have been present at the battles of the Alma, Balaklava, or Inkerman (September, October and November 1854 respectively.) and was ill in Constantinople when the Armistice was signed on February 29th, 1856. Ralph would have been one of the second wave of troops sent out to the Crimea and, as a gunner, would probably have been involved in the second to the sixth bombardments of Sebastopol which met with varying degrees of success.22 See “Into Battle” British orders of Battle for the Crimean War 1854 to 1856 The taking of Sebastopol, in September 1855, marked the effective end of the war although the Treaty of Paris was not signed until the end of March.

The facts from his Army medical records33 Military records of Ralph Edwards, R. A. no: 4663 at TNA, Kew, show that Ralph was returned to England in May 1856 after his first apoplectic attack (stroke) and had a second attack in Portsmouth, resulting in his having a “paralytic affection of the muscles of the face and tongue” and being “rendered totally deaf”. He was granted a pension of 6d per day from his discharge on the 11th November 1856 until 2nd June 1858 and this was renewed at six monthly intervals until it was made permanent on 26th April 1864.

Edward Realf was born in January 1827 and baptised at St Thomas à Becket Church. In the 1841 census Edward was living with his family at Farm Cottage, Isfield, Sussex. No more is known about Edward until 1848 when, on October 4th, he married Caroline Allitt, a servant, the daughter of William Allitt, a farmer of Sudbury on Thames, at St. John’s Church, Wembley Middlesex. The young couple were both twenty one and Edward was shown as the son of Richard Realf, a police constable of Uckfield, Sussex. Edward’s trade was shown as “labourer, late Royal Artillery”. 44 Marriage Certificate of Edward Realf and Caroline Allitt

Edward and Caroline lived in the London area until sometime between 1868, when their son Edward Henry was born in Hendon, Middlesex and 1873 when their last recorded child, Joseph Thomas, was born in Uckfield. During the following years, three children were born between 1848 and 1853 and all of them were dead by October 1853. In fact, all the deaths are recorded in the same quarter in the indexes of the General Record Offices. It seems likely that they died of the third cholera epidemic which began in September of that year and resulted in 15000 deaths. The area in which the Realfs were living at this time was badly hit by the epidemic. In 1854, a daughter, Caroline was born in the final quarter of the year and it is about this time that Ralph Edwards enlisted in the Royal Artillery.

The puzzle about Edward seems to begin with those words “labourer, late Royal Artillery” on his marriage certificate. To date I have been unable to find any sign of him in the records of the Royal Artillery at Kew and given his age, 21, he could not have served for very long in the army. Why had he left and did he, when he rejoined, use the name of Ralph Edwards of Rickmansworth Hertfordshire, aged 23? - He was actually 27. I have not as yet been able to solve the problem of why Edward re-enlisted under an alias, though circumstantial evidence, including his portrait, points to this. If so, he must certainly have kept up the deception throughout his life since army records for Ralph exist well into the 1870s.

In September 1857, Edward and Caroline Realf had a son, Frederick Edward who was born at Batchworth, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire. Edward was an agricultural labourer at this point. Ralph had given his place of birth as Rickmansworth when he enlisted and was drawing his pension from Watford in November 1857. Frederick Edward was registered in Watford. I have still to verify whether Ralph’s pension was transferred to Uckfield between 1868 and 1873 but this seems likely.

Documentary evidence for Edward’s return to Sussex and continued living there come from two letters by his brother Richard to his sister Sarah (Whapham) in the USA written when Richard paid a visit home to England in the summer of 1873. He mentions visiting Edward and says that “old Ned” is well.55 Photocopies of original letters by Richard Realf to Sarah Whapham Simon Wright’s article on “A Village School: Little Horsted in 1860s & 70s” in “Hindsight” Vol. 466 Journal of the Uckfield & district preservation Society shows Henry Realf (Edward Henry already mentioned, 10th child of Edward and Caroline) appearing in the school log for 1876, 1878 and 1879. By 1881, Edward is listed as a jobbing shoemaker of Horsted Green, Little Horsted in the census.

In 1882, Thomas Suplee, a friend and biographer of Richard Realf, the American Civil War soldier and poet, came to England to visit Martha and Edward and his sister Ellen Madgwick. He wrote an article on this trip and his description of Edward adds to my conviction that Edward and Ralph are the same person. “I found Edward Realf, ……. Living in a little cottage, covered with rose vines, …………… In the hey-day of his youth and strength he enlisted in the army and was sent out for service in the Crimea. When he reached Constantinople , he was stricken down with disease then paralysed, and finally returned to England a perfect wreck!……………………Edward Realf is hopelessly deaf and all conversation with him is carried out by signs. ……….”77 “A Visit to the Early Home of Richard Realf” A letter written by Sarah Whapham on October 31st 1882 corroborates the story of Edward’s fever and paralysis, adding the information that he was in Scutari Hospital and received a pension of 6d per day for six months which was made permanent after Florence Nightingale wrote to the Prince Consort and Edward “agitated through the papers.”88 transcript of letter from Sarah Whapham to Thomas Suplee

So was Ralph Edwards really Edward Realf? If so, why did he leave the Royal Artillery before his wedding in 1848? Did he re-enlist to earn money to keep his wife and baby daughter? If so, why did he use an alias which he never, as far as I know, used anywhere but in the army? Did he desert before October 4th 1848 and if he did, why admit to having been in the Royal Artillery on his marriage certificate? I feel almost certain that Ralph is Edward but I am still trying to find answers to these questions.

Edward Realf died at Ridgewood, Uckfield in March 1895 and was buried in Little Horsted Churchyard on April 2nd of that year. Caroline lived on at 41 Horsted Green Cottages, Little Horsted, moving to live with her youngest son Joseph in West Hoathly after 1901. She died and was buried there in 1906.
The Mystery of Edward Realf (continued).
by Sheila Smith

Two years ago, my article about my 2 x great grandfather, Edward Realf, born in Framfield in 1827, I wrote that I was unable to account for his rejoining the Royal Artillery in 1854 under the name of Ralph Edwards. I speculated that he had deserted in order to marry in October 1848.

A recent visit to TNA to research my Norfolk Tooby ancestors (all excise men) gave me the opportunity to look again at Edward’s military record. This time I was lucky and found the evidence of his earlier service in WO69/11, record number 844. I quote this below. It seems that poor Edward, far from being a deserter, was a victim of a less than romantic problem which led to his discharge! Incidentally, even on his first entry to the army, Edward was a little economical with the truth. His age on enlistment is given as 17, whereas he was really 19 years old. Having checked with the Royal Artillery Museum, it seems likely that this was simply a mistake on his part or upon the part of the army clerk who wrote up the record.

WO69/11 record number 844. Edward Realf born in the parish of Framfield in the town of Uckfield in the county of Sussex. Enlisted in the Royal Artillery on 21st February 1846 at Lewes. Aged 17 years and 0 months with the rank of Gunner. Became a Driver dated 23rd February 1847 under age. 9th Battalion ? Brigade

Discharged 11th July 1848 at the age of 19 years one hundred and forty days. Total service to 11th July is one year and one hundred and forty days. We certify that the above is a correct statement of the service of Edward Realf to the 11th July 1848.

Discharged 11th July 1848 in consequence of varicose veins of the legs. Character very good.

And the varicose veins? Well Edward came from a long line of agricultural labourers and probably worked in the fields round Uckfield from an early age.

Family

Edward Realf b. c Jan 1827, d. Mar 1895
Marriage*
Caroline Allitt married Edward Realf, son of Richard Realf and Martha Highlands, on 4 October 1848 at Wembley, Middlesex, England
Children

Frederick Edward Realf

b. 13 September 1857, d. 1 June 1935
FatherEdward Realf b. c Jan 1827, d. Mar 1895
MotherCaroline Allitt b. c 1828, d. c Dec 1906
     Frederick Edward Realf was born on 13 September 1857 at Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, England. He was the son of Edward Realf and Caroline Allitt.
Frederick Edward Realf married Mary Ann Tooby on 16 August 1881 at Stourbridge, Worcestershire, England.
Frederick Edward Realf died on 1 June 1935 at Stourbridge, Worcestershire, England, at age 77.

Family

Mary Ann Tooby b. 15 Nov 1859, d. 27 Dec 1949
Marriage*
Frederick Edward Realf married Mary Ann Tooby on 16 August 1881 at Stourbridge, Worcestershire, England
Child

Mary Ann Tooby

b. 15 November 1859, d. 27 December 1949
     Mary Ann Tooby was born on 15 November 1859.
Mary Ann Tooby married Frederick Edward Realf, son of Edward Realf and Caroline Allitt, on 16 August 1881 at Stourbridge, Worcestershire, England.
As of 16 August 1881, her married name was Realf.
Mary Ann Tooby died on 27 December 1949 at Worcestershire, England, at age 90.

Family

Frederick Edward Realf b. 13 Sep 1857, d. 1 Jun 1935
Marriage*
Mary Ann Tooby married Frederick Edward Realf, son of Edward Realf and Caroline Allitt, on 16 August 1881 at Stourbridge, Worcestershire, England
Child

Reed William Neddel Realf

b. 14 October 1888, d. February 1950
FatherFrederick Edward Realf b. 13 Sep 1857, d. 1 Jun 1935
MotherMary Ann Tooby b. 15 Nov 1859, d. 27 Dec 1949
     Reed William Neddel Realf was born on 14 October 1888 at Kings Norton, Worcestershire, England.1 He was the son of Frederick Edward Realf and Mary Ann Tooby.
Reed William Neddel Realf married Lucy Marjorie Blore on 6 April 1912 at Smethwick, Worcestershire, England.
Reed William Neddel Realf died in February 1950 at Birmingham, West Midlands, England, at age 61. Age 61 years.2

Family

Lucy Marjorie Blore b. 13 Sep 1890, d. c Aug 1967
Marriage*
Reed William Neddel Realf married Lucy Marjorie Blore on 6 April 1912 at Smethwick, Worcestershire, England

Citations

  1. [S142] General Register Office: Indexes to Births, Sep 1837-2006, "Oct-Dec 1888, Kings Norton, Worcestershire, Vol 6c Page 422."
  2. [S141] General Register Office: Indexes to Deaths, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Jan-Mar 1950, Birmingham, Vol 9c Page 496."

Lucy Marjorie Blore

b. 13 September 1890, d. circa August 1967
     Lucy Marjorie Blore was born on 13 September 1890 at Liverpool, Lancashire, England.
Lucy Marjorie Blore married Reed William Neddel Realf, son of Frederick Edward Realf and Mary Ann Tooby, on 6 April 1912 at Smethwick, Worcestershire, England.
As of 6 April 1912, her married name was Realf.
Lucy Marjorie Blore died circa August 1967 at England.

Family

Reed William Neddel Realf b. 14 Oct 1888, d. Feb 1950
Marriage*
Lucy Marjorie Blore married Reed William Neddel Realf, son of Frederick Edward Realf and Mary Ann Tooby, on 6 April 1912 at Smethwick, Worcestershire, England

John Pronger

b. 18 March 1804, d. 9 August 1880
FatherEdmund Pronger
MotherSarah Wood
     John Pronger was baptized on 18 March 1804 at Clayton, Sussex, England.1 He was the son of Edmund Pronger and Sarah Wood.
John Pronger married Mary Packham, daughter of Henry Packham and Barbara Richardson, on 17 November 1827 at Clayton, Sussex, England.
John Pronger was a carpenter, publican and master builder over the 30 years they lived in either Keymer or Clayton.
John Pronger witnessed the marriage of William Packham and Mary Stoner on 2 May 1830 at Clayton, Sussex, England; both of "this parish". Witnesses John Pronger and Lydia Packham.2
John Pronger was a carpenter master employing eight men on 30 March 1851.1
On 30 March 1851 John Pronger and Mary Packham lived at Union Cottage, Clayton, Sussex, England.1
In 1871 John and Mary are no longer in the area but in Clayton there are new cottages called Pronger Cottages with John's younger brother as the caretaker.
John Pronger died on 9 August 1880 at Sussex, England, at age 76.

Family

Mary Packham b. 12 Mar 1809
Marriage
John Pronger married Mary Packham, daughter of Henry Packham and Barbara Richardson, on 17 November 1827 at Clayton, Sussex, England
Children

Citations

  1. [S16] 1851 Census for England "Class: HO107; Piece: 1642; Folio: 508; Page: 1; GSU roll: 193545."
  2. [S278] Transcript of the Parish Register of Clayton, Sussex, England, 1601 - 1840 (ESRO: WST/3/5).

Thomas Smith

     Thomas Smith married Hannah Maria Fortescue Hoare, daughter of James Kekewick Hore and Emma Fortescue, in 1875 at Kingston, Surrey, England, "Hannah Maria F Hore."1
Thomas Smith was a wheelwright and coachbuilder circa 1879.

Family

Hannah Maria Fortescue Hoare b. 16 May 1852
Marriage*
Thomas Smith married Hannah Maria Fortescue Hoare, daughter of James Kekewick Hore and Emma Fortescue, in 1875 at Kingston, Surrey, England, "Hannah Maria F Hore."1 
Children

Citations

  1. [S388] Website "FamilySearch" (http://www.familysearch.org/) ""England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2DP9-7Y1 : 13 December 2014), Hannah Maria F Hoare, 1875; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing 1875, quarter 2, vol. 2A, p. 417, Kingston, Surrey, England, General Register Office, Southport, England."

Ada Rosa Smith

b. 27 April 1882
FatherThomas Smith
MotherHannah Maria Fortescue Hoare b. 16 May 1852
     Ada Rosa Smith was born on 27 April 1882 at Sunbury, Middlesex, England. She was the daughter of Thomas Smith and Hannah Maria Fortescue Hoare.
Ada Rosa Smith married Frederick John Dannett on 13 August 1904 at Twickenham, Middlesex, England.
As of 13 August 1904, her married name was Dannett.
Notes from Keith Warren:
They had two children - Gladys and Norman. Norman married Marjorie? and there were two daughters. They lived in London somewhere, I think.
Gladys married Ken Floate and they had two daughters, one of whom was called Anna.

Family

Frederick John Dannett b. c 1875
Marriage*
Ada Rosa Smith married Frederick John Dannett on 13 August 1904 at Twickenham, Middlesex, England

Frederick John Dannett

b. circa 1875
     Frederick John Dannett was born circa 1875.
Frederick John Dannett married Ada Rosa Smith, daughter of Thomas Smith and Hannah Maria Fortescue Hoare, on 13 August 1904 at Twickenham, Middlesex, England.
Frederick John Dannett lived at Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, England.

Family

Ada Rosa Smith b. 27 Apr 1882
Marriage*
Frederick John Dannett married Ada Rosa Smith, daughter of Thomas Smith and Hannah Maria Fortescue Hoare, on 13 August 1904 at Twickenham, Middlesex, England

Ann Elizabeth Fortescue

b. 23 December 1827
FatherJohn Fortescue b. c 1804, d. 1870
MotherAnna Maria Tout b. 20 Sep 1807, d. 1878
     Ann Elizabeth Fortescue was born in 1827 at Exeter, Devon, England.
Ann Elizabeth Fortescue was baptized on 23 December 1827 at Exeter, Devon, England. She was the daughter of John Fortescue and Anna Maria Tout.

Rebecca Barber

b. 2 February 1847, d. 1905
FatherRobert Barber b. 6 Jul 1802, d. 4 Feb 1867
MotherJane Holden b. 17 Oct 1802, d. 28 Oct 1882
     Rebecca Barber was born on 2 February 1847 at 35 Queens Gardens, Brighton, Sussex, England; born at half past 3 o'clock in the morning.1,2 She was the daughter of Robert Barber and Jane Holden.
Rebecca Barber was baptized on 21 March 1847 at St Peter, Brighton, Sussex, England, abode: Queens Gardens.3
Rebecca Barber witnessed the death of Robert Barber on 4 February 1867 at 23 Kensington Gardens, Brighton, Sussex, England; He died of bronchitis (6 days).4
Rebecca Barber married William Ollive, son of Henry Ollive and Ellen Cartwright, on 7 May 1870 at Brighton, Sussex, England.5
As of 7 May 1870, her married name was Ollive.
Rebecca Barber was dressmaker on 2 April 1871.
On 2 April 1871 Rebecca Barber and William Ollive lived at 71 Upper North St, Brighton, Sussex, England.
Rebecca Barber was dressmaker (employer) on 3 April 1881.
On 3 April 1881 Rebecca Barber and William Ollive lived at 106 Upper North St, Brighton, Sussex, England.
Rebecca Barber witnessed the death of Jane Holden on 28 October 1882 at Race Hill Workhouse, Brighton, Sussex, England; She died of heart disease (morbis cordis, some years) and asthma.6
On 31 October 1882 Rebecca Barber and William Ollive lived at 106 Upper North St, Brighton, Sussex, England.6
On 5 April 1891 Rebecca Barber and William Ollive lived at 106 Upper North Street, Brighton, Sussex, England.7
On 31 March 1901 Rebecca Barber and William Ollive lived at 8 High View Villas, Preston, Brighton, Sussex, England.
Rebecca Barber died in 1905 at Lewes, Sussex, England. Age 58 years.8
William and Rebecca appear to have had no children although an adopted daughter, Kate Baldy, is mentioned in the 1911 census as living with William Ollive.9

Family

William Ollive b. 1846, d. 1912
Marriage*
Rebecca Barber married William Ollive, son of Henry Ollive and Ellen Cartwright, on 7 May 1870 at Brighton, Sussex, England.5 

Citations

  1. [S142] General Register Office: Indexes to Births, Sep 1837-2006, "Jan-Mar 1847, Brighton, Vol 7 Page 329."
  2. [S272] Copy of Letter from Victoria and Albert Griffiths, to Rita and Fred Barber, dated 1 June 1980 (GG Barber Private Archives, Perth, W. Australia) ""Brothers and Sisters of Grandfather Barber" attached to letter."
  3. [S23] Index to Baptisms, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project,.
  4. [S259] Death certificate of Robert Barber, died 4 Feb 1867, registered 8 Feb 1867 in the Registration District of Brighton, Sussex, England (GRO Index Ref: Vol 2b Page 155).
  5. [S143] General Register Office: Indexes to Marriages, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Apr-Jun 1870, Brighton, Vol 2b Page 288."
  6. [S81] Death certificate of Jane Barber, died 28 Oct 1882, registered 31 Oct 1882 in the Registration District of Brighton, Sussex, England (GRO Index Ref: Vol 2b Page 131).
  7. [S71] 1891 Census for England "RG12 piece 814 folio 89 page 18."
  8. [S141] General Register Office: Indexes to Deaths, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Jul-Sep 1905, Lewes, Vol 2b Page 94, age 58 years."
  9. [S73] 1911 Census for England "Class: RG14; Piece: 5148; Schedule Number: 221."

Mary Harbor

b. 18 April 1779, d. 1859
FatherStephen Harbor b. 26 Mar 1744
MotherTabitha Batchelor b. 15 Dec 1734
     Mary Harbor was born in 1779 at Balcombe, Sussex, England.
Mary Harbor was baptized on 18 April 1779 at Balcombe, Sussex, England.1 She was the daughter of Stephen Harbor and Tabitha Batchelor.
Mary Harbor married Benjamin Jeffery, son of Isaac Jeffery and Mary Budgen, on 25 April 1795 at Balcombe, Sussex, England, both of Balcombe.2
As of 25 April 1795, her married name was Jeffery.
On 7 June 1841 Mary Harbor lived at Balcombe Lane, Balcombe, Sussex, England, a widow, 67 years, poor, living with with Frederick Jeffery age 22 years and Thomas Jeffery age 32 years and his wife Sarah age 28 years and family.3
A Tithe record has the following entry which needs to be investigated further:
Benjamin Jeffery
J Jeffery
Joseph Jeffery
Mary Jeffery
Mary Jeffry
Cuckfield 30 November 1843
WSRO Reference: TD/E91
The source is described thus: Tithe record. The same surnames in each parish share an entry but are not necessarily related. Land occupied or owned in more than one parish has a separate entry. Entries with no Landowner or Tenant name have been omitted, eg Common Lands, Roads. There may be more than one reference to the person in the tithe record. The Repository, reference id, Parish and Date are shown on each entry. For other details: the quantities of land, the names of farms, you will need to consult the actual record. These records have been supplied by West Sussex Record Office who can supply a Tithe Map CD for any West Sussex parish. The map software includes a database of the apportionment details. The CD also has a full transcription in an MSExcel spreadsheet. Price £20 (plus £2 p&p) for CD with map, database and spreadsheet. See West Sussex Record Office website at www.westsussex.gov.uk/ro/ Findon more detail in record from J Excell's earlier indexing.4
On 30 March 1851 Mary Harbor lived at Balcombe Lane, Balcombe, Sussex, England, a pauper, 73 years, living with son Frederick Jeffery age 27 yrs (a farm labourer), and Frederick's niece Emily Streater age 12 yrs, and cousin Thomas Jeffery age 22 yrs (a sawyer).5
Mary Harbor died in 1859 at Balcombe, Sussex, England.
Mary Harbor was buried on 30 June 1859 at Balcombe, Sussex, England, age 81 years.6

Family

Benjamin Jeffery b. 21 Mar 1770, d. 1840
Marriage*
Mary Harbor married Benjamin Jeffery, son of Isaac Jeffery and Mary Budgen, on 25 April 1795 at Balcombe, Sussex, England, both of Balcombe.2 
Children

Citations

  1. [S23] Index to Baptisms, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project,.
  2. [S24] Index to Marriages, 1538-1837, Compact Disc SFHGCD003, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, 2008.
  3. [S67] 1841 Census for England "HO107 piece 1111 folio 2/10 page 13, "widow poor.""
  4. [S266] Index to People, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project, "Source: 142, Entry: 89890."
  5. [S16] 1851 Census for England "HO107 piece 1642 folio 154 page 15."
  6. [S25] Index to Burials, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project, "81 years."

Martha Jeffery

b. 27 March 1803, d. 1888
FatherBenjamin Jeffery b. 21 Mar 1770, d. 1840
MotherMary Harbor b. 18 Apr 1779, d. 1859
     Martha Jeffery was born in 1803 at Balcombe, Sussex, England.
Martha Jeffery was baptized on 27 March 1803 at Balcombe, Sussex, England. She was the daughter of Benjamin Jeffery and Mary Harbor.
Martha Jeffery married Richard Stedman Streeter, son of Sarah Streeter, on 20 June 1829 at Balcombe, Sussex, England, both of this parish.1
As of 20 June 1829, her married name was Streeter.
On 30 March 1851 Martha Jeffery and Richard Stedman Streeter lived at Warren, Balcombe, Sussex, England.2
Martha Jeffery died in 1888 at Cuckfield, Sussex, England.

Family 1

Child

Family 2

Richard Stedman Streeter b. 27 Oct 1799, d. 1857
Marriage*
Martha Jeffery married Richard Stedman Streeter, son of Sarah Streeter, on 20 June 1829 at Balcombe, Sussex, England, both of this parish.1 
Children

Citations

  1. [S24] Index to Marriages, 1538-1837, Compact Disc SFHGCD003, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, 2008.
  2. [S16] 1851 Census for England "HO107 piece 1642 folio 155 page 17."

Isaac Jeffery

b. 24 September 1737, d. 1799
     Isaac Jeffery was born in 1737 at Balcombe, Sussex, England.
Isaac Jeffery was baptized on 24 September 1737 at Balcombe, Sussex, England, parents names not given.1
Isaac Jeffery married Mary Budgen, daughter of Benjamin Budgen and Mary Lee, on 17 December 1765 at Balcombe, Sussex, England, Isaac is noted as a labourer.2
Isaac Jeffery was a labourer on 17 December 1765.2
The East Sussex Land Tax 1785 records Issac Jeffery as the occupier of land known as "Kings" in Balcombe, paying an annual rental of 9 pounds 10 shillings to owner John Shelley Esq.
Isaac Jeffery died in 1799 at Balcombe, Sussex, England.
Isaac Jeffery was buried on 21 April 1799 at Balcombe, Sussex, England.1

Family

Mary Budgen b. 10 Aug 1746, d. 1801
Marriage*
Isaac Jeffery married Mary Budgen, daughter of Benjamin Budgen and Mary Lee, on 17 December 1765 at Balcombe, Sussex, England, Isaac is noted as a labourer.2 
Children

Citations

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

John Gladman

b. 6 January 1698/99, d. 1778
FatherWilliam Gladman b. 6 Sep 1674, d. b 1720
MotherJoan Martin b. 6 Jun 1673, d. 1720
     John Gladman was born in 1699 at Ringmer, Sussex, England.
John Gladman was baptized on 6 January 1698/99 at Ringmer, Sussex, England.1 He was the son of William Gladman and Joan Martin.
John Gladman married Sarah Rich, daughter of Richard Rich and Mary (?), on 20 November 1720 at West Firle, Sussex, England.2
John Gladman married Ann Cheale on 26 February 1753 at West Firle, Sussex, England, by licence.2
John Gladman was a yeoman farmer in 1771.3
John Gladman left a will made on 21 August 1771 at West Firle, Sussex, England.3
"I John Gladman of Westfirle in the County of Sussex yeoman do this twenty first day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy one make and declare this my last Will and Testament in manner following that is to say after payment of all my just Debts I give and bequeath all my Stock Goods Chattels personal Estate and Effects whatsoever unto my loving wife Ann to hold unto her my said wife for and during the time of her natural life if she shall so long continue my Widow And from and immediately after her decease or second marriage which shall first happen I give and bequeath the same unto my Son and three Daughters by my said wife namely George Ann Mary and Elizabeth to be equally divided between them Share and Share alike (John Gladman and William Gladman my sons by a former Wife having already received their Share and Proportion of my Estate) And I do make and appoint my said wife Ann the sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament In witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal the day and year above written – John Gladman – Signed sealed published and declared by the said John Gladman the Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who have subscribed our Names as Witnesses hereunto – Edwd Luxford – Wm Raynes
The
Will of John Gladman late of Westfirle within the Archdeaconry of Lewes yeoman deceased was proved the ninth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy eight before the Reverend Peter Guerin Crofts Clerk -- Surrogate and soforth Upon the Oath of Ann Gladman Widow the sole Executrix named in his said Will to whom was committed the Administration of the Goods and soforth She being first sworn well and faithfully to administer the same and soforth."
John Gladman died in 1778 at West Firle, Sussex, England.
John Gladman was buried on 8 April 1778 at West Firle, Sussex, England, occupation stated as farmer.4
His estate was probated on 9 April 1778 at Archdeaconry of Lewes, Sussex, England.3

Family 1

Sarah Rich b. 19 Jan 1695/96
Marriage*
John Gladman married Sarah Rich, daughter of Richard Rich and Mary (?), on 20 November 1720 at West Firle, Sussex, England.2 
Children

Family 2

Ann Cheale
Marriage*
John Gladman married Ann Cheale on 26 February 1753 at West Firle, Sussex, England, by licence.2 
Children

Citations

  1. [S23] Index to Baptisms, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project,.
  2. [S24] Index to Marriages, 1538-1837, Compact Disc SFHGCD003, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, 2008.
  3. [S333] Will of John Gladman of West Firle, Sussex, England, made 21 Aug 1771, proved in the Archdeaconry court of Lewes, 9 Apr 1778. (ESRO: PBT/1/1/63/846).
  4. [S25] Index to Burials, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project,.

Sarah Rich

b. 19 January 1695/96
FatherRichard Rich b. c 1660
MotherMary (?)
     Sarah Rich was born in 1696 at Alciston, Sussex, England.
Sarah Rich was baptized on 19 January 1695/96 at Alciston, Sussex, England.1 She was the daughter of Richard Rich and Mary (?)
Another possible baptism for Sarah Rich is 10 Mar 1699/1700 (born 10 Feb) daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Rich at Iford. This cannot be discounted yet.1
Sarah Rich married John Gladman, son of William Gladman and Joan Martin, on 20 November 1720 at West Firle, Sussex, England.2
As of 20 November 1720, her married name was Gladman.
Sarah Rich was buried before 1753.

Family

John Gladman b. 6 Jan 1698/99, d. 1778
Marriage*
Sarah Rich married John Gladman, son of William Gladman and Joan Martin, on 20 November 1720 at West Firle, Sussex, England.2 
Children

Citations

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