Dorcas Taylor

b. 1841
FatherAbraham Taylor b. 10 Aug 1812, d. 1890
MotherMary Ann Pettet b. 20 Sep 1814, d. 1893
     Dorcas Taylor was born in 1841 at West Firle, Sussex, England.1 She was the daughter of Abraham Taylor and Mary Ann Pettet.

Citations

  1. [S142] General Register Office: Indexes to Births, Sep 1837-2006, "Apr-Jun 1841, Lewes, Vol 7 Page 377."

Obed Taylor

b. circa 1843
FatherAbraham Taylor b. 10 Aug 1812, d. 1890
MotherMary Ann Pettet b. 20 Sep 1814, d. 1893
     Obed Taylor was born circa 1843 at West Firle, Sussex, England. He was the son of Abraham Taylor and Mary Ann Pettet.

Daniel Taylor

b. circa 1846
FatherAbraham Taylor b. 10 Aug 1812, d. 1890
MotherMary Ann Pettet b. 20 Sep 1814, d. 1893
     Daniel Taylor was born circa 1846 at West Firle, Sussex, England. He was the son of Abraham Taylor and Mary Ann Pettet.

Catherine Taylor

b. circa 1848
FatherAbraham Taylor b. 10 Aug 1812, d. 1890
MotherMary Ann Pettet b. 20 Sep 1814, d. 1893
     Catherine Taylor was born circa 1848 at West Firle, Sussex, England. She was the daughter of Abraham Taylor and Mary Ann Pettet.

Henry Taylor

b. circa 1850
FatherAbraham Taylor b. 10 Aug 1812, d. 1890
MotherMary Ann Pettet b. 20 Sep 1814, d. 1893
     Henry Taylor was born circa 1850 at West Firle, Sussex, England. He was the son of Abraham Taylor and Mary Ann Pettet.
On 2 April 1871 Henry Taylor lived at Heighton Street, West Firle, Sussex, England, with his parents.1

Citations

  1. [S69] 1871 Census for England, "RG10 piece 1069 folio 62 page 3."

Caleb Taylor

b. 1851
FatherAbraham Taylor b. 10 Aug 1812, d. 1890
MotherMary Ann Pettet b. 20 Sep 1814, d. 1893
     Caleb Taylor was born in 1851 at West Firle, Sussex, England. He was the son of Abraham Taylor and Mary Ann Pettet.
On 5 April 1891 Caleb Taylor lived at 81 Heighton Street, West Firle, Sussex, England, The 1891 census indicates that Caleb is an "imbecile". He is living with his widow mother and siblings Alice and Edward.1
The 1891 census indicates that Caleb is an "imbecile". He is living with his widow mother and siblings Alice and Edward.1

Citations

  1. [S71] 1891 Census for England "RG12 piece 799 folio 62 page 17."

Isaac Burt

b. 6 October 1765, d. 1836
FatherIsaac Burt b. c 1740
MotherMary (?)
     Isaac Burt was born in 1765 at West Hoathly, Sussex, England.
Isaac Burt was baptized on 6 October 1765 at West Hoathly, Sussex, England, This is the only possibility in the Sussex Baptisms Index and is supported by the age given on his burial record.1 He was the son of Isaac Burt and Mary (?)
Isaac Burt married Lucy Weston, daughter of John Weston and Elizabeth Weston, on 14 April 1787 at Mayfield, Sussex, England.2
On the 17 March 1795, Isaac's wife Lucy was buried at Wadhurst with her infant son William. It appears that she died in childbirth.
On 17 March 1795 Isaac Burt lived at Wadhurst, Sussex, England.
Isaac Burt was a cooper, as noted on wife Lucy's burial record on 17 March 1795.3
Isaac Burt married Philadelphia Paine, daughter of Thomas Paine, on 19 December 1795 at Wadhurst, Sussex, England.
Bastardy examination of Mary Hesman of Burwash, single woman
Date: 17 Feb 1807
Repository: East Sussex Record Office
ESRO reference: AAB 2/1/462
Description: that she was delivered of a male child at the workhouse or poorhouse in Burwash, 14 January 1807, and that Isaac Burt of Wadhurst, cooper, did get her with child; sworn before William Constable and Robert Hawes, JPs.
There was an Isaac Burt, innkeeper, of Wadhurst, Sussex in 1820. This was from: List of the freeholders, farmers & tradesmen in the parishes of Burwash, Ticehurst & Wadhurst with occupations, transcribed by Brian Harwood and published in Sussex Genealogist and Local Historian Vol. 7, No 1, pp15-16 (June 1985). 100 names. April 2009.4
There is a reference to an Isaac Burt, Constable of the hundred of Loxfield Camden, which includes Wadhurst and Mayfield, in the Estimates and Accounts book
Hundred of Loxfield Camden. Sir, Wadhurst, Feb. 10, 1826. AGREEABLE 'to your instructions, I hereby most humbly transmit to you a return of all parishes, townships or similar divisions of parishes, belonging to the hundred of Loxfield Camden (late Loxfield Pelham), which said hundred is in the county of Sussex, and extends through Mayfield parish and township, Wadhurst parish and township, and part of Lamberhurst parish and township, adjoining to the county of Kent. Isaac Burt, Constable of the said hundred.
Isaac Burt died in 1836 at Wadhurst, Sussex, England.
Isaac Burt was buried on 23 March 1836 at St Peter & St Paul, Wadhurst, Sussex, England, "age 70 years, Hawkhurst."5
Note that Hawkhurst is in the County of Kent, so there may be records of this family there.

Family 1

Lucy Weston b. 31 May 1769, d. 1795
Marriage*
Isaac Burt married Lucy Weston, daughter of John Weston and Elizabeth Weston, on 14 April 1787 at Mayfield, Sussex, England.2 
Children

Family 2

Philadelphia Paine b. 15 Aug 1774, d. 1812
Marriage*
Isaac Burt married Philadelphia Paine, daughter of Thomas Paine, on 19 December 1795 at Wadhurst, Sussex, England
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. [S25] Index to Burials, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project,.
  4. [S266] Index to People, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project, "Source: 24, Entry: 12382."
  5. [S25] Index to Burials, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project, "age 70 years, Hawkhurst."

Lucy Weston

b. 31 May 1769, d. 1795
FatherJohn Weston b. 13 Aug 1738, d. 1816
MotherElizabeth Weston
     Lucy Weston was born in 1769 at Mayfield, Sussex, England.
Lucy Weston was baptized on 31 May 1769 at Mayfield, Sussex, England.1 She was the daughter of John Weston and Elizabeth Weston.
Lucy Weston married Isaac Burt, son of Isaac Burt and Mary (?), on 14 April 1787 at Mayfield, Sussex, England.2
As of 14 April 1787, her married name was Burt.
Lucy Weston died in 1795 at Wadhurst, Sussex, England.
Lucy Weston was buried on 17 March 1795 at St Peter & St Paul, Wadhurst, Sussex, England, "Wife of Isaac, cooper". Surname spelt BIRT.3

Family

Isaac Burt b. 6 Oct 1765, d. 1836
Marriage*
Lucy Weston married Isaac Burt, son of Isaac Burt and Mary (?), on 14 April 1787 at Mayfield, 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, "Mayfield St Dunstan."
  2. [S24] Index to Marriages, 1538-1837, Compact Disc SFHGCD003, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, 2008.
  3. [S25] Index to Burials, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project,.

John Weston

b. 27 March 1733, d. 1807
FatherRichard Weston d. 1779
MotherSarah Read d. 1780
     John Weston was born in 1733 at Mayfield, Sussex, England.
John Weston was baptized on 27 March 1733 at St Dunstan, Mayfield, Sussex, England, Note: John's age at burial in 1807 (75 years) is consistent with this baptism.1 He was the son of Richard Weston and Sarah Read.
John Weston married Elizabeth Peerless on 19 May 1757 at Mayfield, Sussex, England.
John Weston died in 1807 at Mayfield, Sussex, England.
John Weston was buried on 17 March 1807 at St Dunstan, Mayfield, Sussex, England, "75 years."2

Family

Elizabeth Peerless
Marriage*
John Weston married Elizabeth Peerless on 19 May 1757 at Mayfield, Sussex, England

Citations

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

Elizabeth Weston

     Elizabeth Weston married John Weston, son of Richard Weston and Charity (?), on 23 May 1765 at Mayfield, Sussex, England.1

Family

John Weston b. 13 Aug 1738, d. 1816
Marriage*
Elizabeth Weston married John Weston, son of Richard Weston and Charity (?), on 23 May 1765 at Mayfield, Sussex, England.1 
Children

Citations

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

Mary Ann Burt

b. 22 June 1809, d. 1863
FatherIsaac Burt b. 22 Jul 1787, d. 5 Feb 1867
MotherHarriet Heathfield d. b 1815
     Mary Ann Burt was born on 22 June 1809 at Hellingly, Sussex, England; "of Hellingly" stated on the baptism record.1 She was the daughter of Isaac Burt and Harriet Heathfield.
Mary Ann Burt was baptized on 28 July 1809 at Heathfield Chapel (Independant), Heathfield, Sussex, England, Father: Isaac Burt, Mother: "Haryet."1,2
Mary Ann Burt was also known as Ann.
Mary Ann Burt married William Newman on 2 September 1831 at Hellingly, Sussex, England.3
As of 2 September 1831, her married name was Newman.
Mary Ann Burt was baptized on 25 April 1847 at St Peter & St Paul, Hellingly, Sussex, England, adult baptism?
On 30 March 1851 Mary Ann Burt and William Newman lived at North St, Hellingly, Sussex, England.4
On 7 April 1861 Mary Ann Burt and William Newman lived at North St, Hellingly, Sussex, England.5
Mary is recorded as Mary Jane in the 1861 census.
Mary Ann Burt died in 1863 at Hellingly, Sussex, England.
Mary Ann Burt was buried on 30 May 1863 at St Peter & St Paul, Hellingly, Sussex, England, "age 53 years."6
Isaac Burt's will of 1866 mentions a daughter Ann which is probably this Mary Ann, particularly as she is mentioned first in the will suggesting she is the eldest.7
Mary Ann Burt is mentioned in the will of Isaac Burt dated 8 December 1866 at Hellingly, Sussex, England.7

Family

William Newman b. c 1809
Marriage*
Mary Ann Burt married William Newman on 2 September 1831 at Hellingly, Sussex, England.3 
Children

Citations

  1. [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."
  2. [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."
  3. [S24] Index to Marriages, 1538-1837, Compact Disc SFHGCD003, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, 2008.
  4. [S16] 1851 Census for England "Class: HO107; Piece: 1638; Folio: 258; Page: 21;."
  5. [S68] 1861 Census for England, "Class: RG 9; Piece: 569; Folio: 42; Page: 16;."
  6. [S25] Index to Burials, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project, ""age 53 years.""
  7. [S429] Will of Isaac Burt of Hellingly, Sussex, England, made 8 Dec 1866, proved in the Archdeaconry court of Lewes, 14 Jun 1867. (unknown document ref).

Jane Burt

b. circa 1827
FatherIsaac Burt b. 22 Jul 1787, d. 5 Feb 1867
MotherAlice Ashdown b. 12 Oct 1792, d. 20 Jan 1854
     Jane Burt was born circa 1827 at Hellingly, Sussex, England. She was the daughter of Isaac Burt and Alice Ashdown.
Identifying Jane's birth has been a problem. The only baptism that has been found is in 1847 at Hellingly, stating that she was the daughter of Isaac Burt (cooper) and Harriet (not Alice). Harriet was an earlier wife of Isaac (married 1808) who died c1813 and his second wife was Alice Ashdown (the banns for his marriage to Alice state he was a widower). It was assumed that the 1847 baptisms are therefore adult baptism, although it did not state this. The later adult baptism of Isaac Alfred Burt in 1849 (which gives his actual birth date in 1818) and definite religious non-conformity in the family seems to support this conclusion.
The subsequent discovery of Jane's emigration to Brazil, South America in 1851 where she married James Francis Chaplin and a family would indicate that she is likely the child of Alice Ashdown and not Heather Heathfield. She had her last child in 1865 and this would have been at age 50 years or more if Harriet Heathfield was her mother. Also, in documents in Brazil she explicity states that AliceAshdown is her mother.
The birth and original baptism for Mary Ann Burt, the first of the 1847 adult baptisms, has been found (bap. 1809, Heathfield non-conformist chapel) and confirms that her mother was indeed Harriet. However, Jane's original baptism has not been found and my conclusion is that she did have an adult baptism in 1847 with her sister Mary Ann but that her mother was actually Alice and this was not properly recorded in the register (the clerk probably assumed they had the same mother). Baptisms for most of Isaac and Alice Burt's children have not been found, and Isaac's will made in 1866 listing the children places Jane after Sarah and Elizabeth but before Harriet, indicating that her birth was probably c1822 .
There is another branch in her mother's Ashdown family which emigrated to the USA to join the Mormons in Salt Lake City, Utah. The indication of strong religious non-conformity in the family would explain the difficulty in finding baptisms in the Church of England records.
In the 1841 census Jane may be the person recorded as "Jane Burt, age 20 years, female servant, born Sussex" residing in High St, Lewes with the family of John Madgwick, grocer. There was another servant there called Lydia Verrall, also age 20 years. It must be remembered that for the 1841 census ages over 15 years were rounded to the nearest 5 years, so theoretically Jane could have been between 18-22 years old, putting her birth at c1819-1823. This would support her being the daughter of Alice Ashdown, not Harriet Heathfield.1
Jane Burt was baptized on 25 April 1847 at St Peter & St Paul, Hellingly, Sussex, England, adult baptism?
Jane Burt emigrated in 1850 to Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, She arrived alone (with friends on board?) at Porto de Rio Grande in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil on February 4, 1851. In the newspaper "O Rio-Grandense" on 5 February 1851, page 4, there is news of arriving passengers:
"Entries on day 4, coming from Liverpool (58 days travel), ship Ingles (English?) "Irene" - 187 tons - MWD - equipped 9 load coal - Carruthers Souza & C. British passengers: Elizabett Hooper, James Hooper, Mary Hooper, Jane Burt, Clement Busby Fox, A. Sinclair Maclveen, Riclara Dendy and 31 more settlers."
(Article found and translated by Angelo Figurelli, Sep 2014)
It is likely that she met her future husband, James Chaplin, on board the ship. James was in the merchant navy and could have been one of the crew.
Jane's name was translated as Eugenia in Brazil.
Given the history of religious non-conformity in the family she may have left England for religious reasons although no evidence of this has been found and her 1847 adult baptism into the Church of England with sister Mary Ann has to be taken into consideration. Angelo writes: About religious beliefs, the Burt, Chaplin and Platt families are buried in the Protestant cemetery in my town. When Alice Chaplin Platt married Luigi Figurelli they only married in the civil registry, no religious ceremony, as they had different religions.
Jane Burt married James Boyes Brownsmith Chaplin, son of Thomas Manley Chaplin and Evarilda Margaret Bradley, on 21 June 1851 at English Consulate, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Entry sighted (Vol 1, Page 89) by A. Figurelli. Jane was age 24 years. A witness was Thomas Benbow Philips who later founded a colony in Patagonia.
As of 21 June 1851, her married name was Chaplin.
At the time of their marriage in 1851 James and Jane were living in the colony of Cambria, about 80 kms from the port city of Rio Grande (where all immigrants first arrived). In the state of Rio Grande do Sul, there were three British colonies: Cambria, Dom Pedro II and Monte Bonito.
From 1858 they lived in Rio Grande.
According to Angelo Figurelli's reading of old newspapers, those who arrived on the "Irene" in 1851 were destined for the Dom Pedro II colony. So Jane Burt should have gone there before going to Cambria.
In her father's will made on 8 Dec 1866, Jane is referred to as "in foreign lands". She was still alive at this time according to the will.2
Jane Burt is mentioned in the will of Isaac Burt dated 8 December 1866 at Hellingly, Sussex, England.2
The information about Jane's family in South America has come from her descendant Angelo Figurelli who lives in Brazil:
Jane's name was translated in Brazil as Eugenia Burt and James's name was translated as Santiago Chaplin.
My city is the port of Rio Grande do Sul, where all immigrants arrived. Many immigrants came by Uruguay in search of better land.
Jane Burt baptized 3 sons on the same day, in the village of Povo Novo in Rio Grande - RS - Brazil. This happened in 09 February 1864, the children were Alberto, Isaac, Guillerme.
Rio Grande was a Portuguese colony. There were many errors in the documents due to the local language and also the translated names. For Example: William translated to Guillerme. This complicates the search.

Family

James Boyes Brownsmith Chaplin b. 16 Aug 1823, d. 22 Aug 1900
Marriage*
Jane Burt married James Boyes Brownsmith Chaplin, son of Thomas Manley Chaplin and Evarilda Margaret Bradley, on 21 June 1851 at English Consulate, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Entry sighted (Vol 1, Page 89) by A. Figurelli. Jane was age 24 years. A witness was Thomas Benbow Philips who later founded a colony in Patagonia. 
Children

Citations

  1. [S67] 1841 Census for England "Class: HO107; Piece: 1120; Book: 1; Civil Parish: All Saints; County: Sussex; Enumeration District: 7; Folio: 9; Page: 9; Line: 6;."
  2. [S429] Will of Isaac Burt of Hellingly, Sussex, England, made 8 Dec 1866, proved in the Archdeaconry court of Lewes, 14 Jun 1867. (unknown document ref).

William Ashdown

b. 28 February 1746/47, d. 1830
FatherWilliam Ashdown b. 31 Jul 1720, d. 2 Jan 1782
MotherElizabeth (?) b. c 1725
William Ashdown signature (1825)
     William Ashdown was born in 1747 at Hellingly, Sussex, England.
William Ashdown was baptized on 28 February 1746/47 at Hellingly, Sussex, England.1 He was the son of William Ashdown and Elizabeth (?)
There is confusion in identifying the parents of the William Ashdown who married Ann Smith in 1774 at Chiddingly. There are two possible candidates for William’s baptism:
1. 28 February 1746/47 at Hellingly, son of William Ashdown and Elizabeth (maiden name unknown).
2. 2 March 1746/47 at Mayfield, son of William Ashdown and Mary Pratt (this William had a twin sister Mary).
I believe the Hellingly baptism is probably the correct one as he married at Chiddingly and later lived at Hellingly (refer his will made 1825 and proved 1830). His children were baptised at Heathfield Independent Church but they mostly give their place of birth as Chiddingly in the 1851 census. I believe this might be because where they lived in the parish of Hellingly was a small hamlet called Burlow which is almost equidistant to the villages of Chiddingly and Hellingly. Their connection to Chiddingly was probably stronger because that is where William married in 1774.
So their closeness to Hellingly (which is much closer to where William married and had his family than is Mayfield) leads me to favour William's parents being William Ashdown and Elizabeth of Hellingly and not William Ashdown and Mary Pratt of Mayfield.2,3
William Ashdown married Ann Smith, daughter of John Smith and Sarah Tooth, on 18 May 1774 at Chiddingly, Sussex, England, both of this parish.3
The children of William and Ann were baptised at the Heathfield Independent Chapel which was Independent Congregational. This was built in 1769, only 5 years before their marriage in 1774. The children of their son James Ashdown were also baptised there. It is down this line that part of the family became Mormons and emigrated to Utah in the USA.
William Ashdown was a yeoman. His will mentions two messuages (properties) containing about 2 acres of land in Hellingly and known by the name of Burlow.
William Ashdown left a will made on 21 February 1825 at Burlow, Hellingly, Sussex, England.4
Will of William ASHDOWN, yeoman of Hellingly, 1830
(ESRO:PBT 1/1/77/165)
Made: 21 Feb 1825
Proved:9 Aug 1830
Familysearch.org: Film no: 1886182; Image no: 560
This is the Last Will and Testament of me William Ashdown of the Parish of Hellingly in the County of Sussex, yeoman, touching the disposal of such temporal Estate and it hath pleased Almighty God of his goodness to bestow upon me. First I order and direct that all such just debts as I shall happen to owe at the time of my decease my funeral expences and the charges and expences of proving this my will shall be paid and discharged by my Executors hereinafter named, from and out of my Personal estate. I Give devise and bequeath unto my son Daniel Ashdown, All that my Copyhold Estate consisting of two Messuages or Tenements, buildings, Garden, Orchard, Lands and Hereditaments thereunto belonging containing about two Acres of Land little more or less situate lying and being at Hellingly aforesaid known by the name of Burlow and now in my own occupation To have and to Hold unto him the said Daniel Ashdown, His Heirs, Executors, Administrators and assigns for every Chargeable nevertheless and I do hereby charge the said Copy Hold Estate with the sum of Forty Pounds which I do hereby give thereout in Two Legacies namely to my son James Ashdown the sum of Twenty Pounds thereof and to my son Jesse Ashdown the remaining sum of Twenty Pounds thereof which said legacies I do hereby order and direct to be paid to the said James Ashdown and Jesse Ashdown within one year next after the decease of my wife Ann Ashdown And with respect to my Personal Estate I hereby dispose thereof as follows
I Give unto my Daughter Phebe the wife of Joseph Seymour the sum of Ten Pounds. To my Daughter Emme the wife of Richard Haiselden the sum of Ten Pounds. To my Daughter Mildred the widow of James Heathfield the sum of Ten Pounds. To my Daughter Alley the wife of Isaac Burt the sum of Ten Pounds. And to the Six Children (or the survivors of them) of my Daughter Abigail late wife of Thomas Barnes the sum of Ten Pounds to be equally divided between and amongst the six of the survivors and survivor of them share and share alike.
I Give and bequeath to William Ashdown my Eldest son All and singular Remainders and Remainder of my Personal estate of what nature kind or quality soever the same may be found at the time of my decease and all my estate and interest therein to the said William Ashdown my son for his sole use and benefit. And if it should so happen that any or either of my said children shall die before his or her or their share or shares shall become payable, Then I order and direct the shares or several shares of him, her or them so dying shall be paid to their respective lawful issue to be equally divided between them if more than one in the same manner as before directed in respect to the children of my Daughter Abigail, deceased wife of Thomas Barnes. And my will and meaning is that none of the above mentioned Legacies shall be payable until one year after the decease of my wife the said Ann Ashdown. And my will is further, and I do hereby Charge my sons the said William Ashdown and Daniel Ashdown to support and maintain their Mother the said, Ann Ashdown at their Joint expence until the time of her decease and decently to bury her between or at their joint expence. And I do hereby nominate, constitute and appoint the said William Ashdown and Daniel Ashdown my sons Joint Executors of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking and disallowing all former Will by me made and Declare this and this only to be my Last Will And Testament contained in two sheets of Paper. In Witness thereof I the said William Ashdown the Testator have to the first sheet hereof set my hand and to this second and last sheet thereof my hand and seal this twenty first day of February in the Year of our Lord One Thousand eight hundred and twenty five.
[signed] William Ashdown [seal]
Signed Sealed Published and Declared by the said William Ashdown the Testator as and for his Last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each the have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses.
James Piper
the mark of Steph. Piper
Richard Power
(Transcribed by Leanne Carroll. Copied from a tree in Ancestry.co.uk called "David Alexander Carroll's ancestors" which gave the source as "Wills. Family History Library, Salt Lake City. microfilm #1,866,182").
On the 9th day of August 1830 were sworn William Ashdown and Daniel Ashdown the Executors on this will named To whom was committed the execution thereof. And the said William Ashdown and Daniel Ashdown were also sworn that the Goods Chattels and Credits of the said deceased were under the value of Three hundred Pounds. Under Caution by us John Scobrill Curr.
(Transcribed by Geoffrey Barber July 2013.)

William Ashdown died in 1830 at Heathfield, Sussex, England.4
William Ashdown was buried on 21 February 1830 at Heathfield Chapel (Independent), Heathfield, Sussex, England, "Age 84 years."5
His estate was probated on 9 August 1830 Under 300 pounds.4

Family

Ann Smith b. 10 Sep 1750, d. 1831
Marriage*
William Ashdown married Ann Smith, daughter of John Smith and Sarah Tooth, on 18 May 1774 at Chiddingly, Sussex, England, both of this parish.3 
Children

Citations

  1. [S23] Index to Baptisms, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project,.
  2. [S388] Website "FamilySearch" (http://www.familysearch.org/) "https://familysearch.org/tree/… (Person LX76-PPQ)."
  3. [S24] Index to Marriages, 1538-1837, Compact Disc SFHGCD003, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, 2008.
  4. [S424] Will of William Ashdown of Hellingly, Sussex, England, made 21 Feb 1825, proved in the Archdeaconry court of Lewes, 9 Aug 1830. (ESRO: PBT 1/1/77/165).
  5. [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."

Ann Smith

b. 10 September 1750, d. 1831
FatherJohn Smith b. 10 Mar 1722, d. 1770
MotherSarah Tooth b. c 1725, d. 1781
     Ann Smith was born in 1749 at Heathfield, Sussex, England.
Ann Smith was baptized on 10 September 1750 at St Peter & St Paul, Hellingly, Sussex, England.1 She was the daughter of John Smith and Sarah Tooth.
The parentage of Ann Smith has yet to be confirmed. Details were copied from another site - not sure where. Note that an Ann Smith was buried at Hellingly on28 Mar 1759. It does not say that she is the daughter of John and Sarah Smith though, but there does not appear to be any other candidate so does create some doubt.2
Ann Smith married William Ashdown, son of William Ashdown and Elizabeth (?), on 18 May 1774 at Chiddingly, Sussex, England, both of this parish.3
As of 18 May 1774, her married name was Ashdown.
Ann Smith died in 1831 at Sussex, England.
Ann Smith was buried on 16 February 1831 at Heathfield Chapel (Independent), Heathfield, Sussex, England, "Age 80 years."4

Family

William Ashdown b. 28 Feb 1746/47, d. 1830
Marriage*
Ann Smith married William Ashdown, son of William Ashdown and Elizabeth (?), on 18 May 1774 at Chiddingly, Sussex, England, both of this parish.3 
Children

Citations

  1. [S23] Index to Baptisms, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project,.
  2. [S25] Index to Burials, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project,.
  3. [S24] Index to Marriages, 1538-1837, Compact Disc SFHGCD003, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, 2008.
  4. [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."

John Smith

b. 10 March 1722, d. 1770
FatherJohn Smith b. c 1680, d. 1743
MotherRejoice Warten b. c 1680, d. 1746
     John Smith was born in 1722 at Ninfield, Sussex, England.
John Smith was baptized on 10 March 1722 at St Mary, Ninfield, Sussex, England.1 He was the son of John Smith and Rejoice Warten.
John Smith married Sarah Tooth on 3 May 1746 at Hellingly, Sussex, England, both of this parish.2
John Smith died in 1770 at Hellingly, Sussex, England.3
John Smith was buried on 20 October 1770 at Hellingly, Sussex, England.3

Family

Sarah Tooth b. c 1725, d. 1781
Marriage*
John Smith married Sarah Tooth on 3 May 1746 at Hellingly, Sussex, England, both of this parish.2 
Children

Citations

  1. [S388] Website "FamilySearch" (http://www.familysearch.org/) ""England, Sussex, Parish Registers, 1538-1910", database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KFGG-K83 : 7 December 2017), John Smith, 1722."
  2. [S24] Index to Marriages, 1538-1837, Compact Disc SFHGCD003, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, 2008.
  3. [S25] Index to Burials, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project,.

Sarah Tooth

b. circa 1725, d. 1781
     Sarah Tooth was born circa 1725 at Sussex, England.
Sarah Tooth married John Smith, son of John Smith and Rejoice Warten, on 3 May 1746 at Hellingly, Sussex, England, both of this parish.1
As of 3 May 1746, her married name was Smith.
Sarah Tooth died in 1781 at Hellingly, Sussex, England.
Sarah Tooth was buried on 25 January 1781 at St Peter & St Paul, Hellingly, Sussex, England, "widow."2

Family

John Smith b. 10 Mar 1722, d. 1770
Marriage*
Sarah Tooth married John Smith, son of John Smith and Rejoice Warten, on 3 May 1746 at Hellingly, 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. [S25] Index to Burials, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project,.

John Smith

b. circa 1680, d. 1743
     John Smith was born circa 1680 at Sussex, England.
John Smith married Rejoice Warten on 1 February 1703/4 at Penhurst, Sussex, England, John of Ninfield; Joyce WARTEN (Joyce is a shortened form of Rejoice). Penhurst is near Battle.1
John Smith died in 1743 at Ninfield, Sussex, England.
John Smith was buried on 9 March 1743 at St Mary, Ninfield, Sussex, England, "senior."2

Family

Rejoice Warten b. c 1680, d. 1746
Marriage*
John Smith married Rejoice Warten on 1 February 1703/4 at Penhurst, Sussex, England, John of Ninfield; Joyce WARTEN (Joyce is a shortened form of Rejoice). Penhurst is near Battle.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,.

Rejoice Warten

b. circa 1680, d. 1746
     Rejoice Warten was born circa 1680 at Sussex, England.
Rejoice Warten married John Smith on 1 February 1703/4 at Penhurst, Sussex, England, John of Ninfield; Joyce WARTEN (Joyce is a shortened form of Rejoice). Penhurst is near Battle.1
As of 1 February 1703/4, her married name was Smith.1
Rejoice Warten died in 1746 at Ninfield, Sussex, England.2
Rejoice Warten was buried on 26 February 1746 at St Mary, Ninfield, Sussex, England.2

Family

John Smith b. c 1680, d. 1743
Marriage*
Rejoice Warten married John Smith on 1 February 1703/4 at Penhurst, Sussex, England, John of Ninfield; Joyce WARTEN (Joyce is a shortened form of Rejoice). Penhurst is near Battle.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,.

William Ashdown

b. 31 July 1720, d. 2 January 1782
FatherWilliam Ashdown b. c 1686, d. 1768
MotherElizabeth Dickson b. c 1693, d. 1744
     William Ashdown was born in 1720 at Hellingly, Sussex, England.
William Ashdown was baptized on 31 July 1720 at St Peter & St Paul, Hellingly, Sussex, England.1 He was the son of William Ashdown and Elizabeth Dickson.
William Ashdown married Elizabeth (?) circa 1746 at England.
William Ashdown married Ann (?) circa 1749 at England.
The Sussex Marriage Index only has one marriage for a William Ashdown between 1714 and 1776, and that is William Ashdown & Mary Pratt at Mayfield in 1746. However, we know there must have been other married couples:
William Ashdown & Elizabeth had a son William baptised at Hellingly in 1746/47 but no others found.
William Ashdown & Ann had a daughter Ann baptised at Waldron in 1749 but no others found.
These marriages may have occurred outside the county or may simply be missing from the parish registers.
Could the above two couples be for the same William? Did Elizabeth die and he remarried Ann?
There is a burial of an Ann Ashdown, "wife of William" at Chiddingly on 5 Aug 1781 and a burial for a William Ashdown at Chiddingly in 1782. This is believed to be the couple that had the child Ann baptised at Waldron in 1749. (There is a marriage of a William Ashdown and Ann Smith at Chiddingly on 18 May 1774, "both of this parish", but they were having children baptised well after 1781 so the burial is not for Ann Smith).

In this it has been assumed that the Elizabeth above did die (although no burial has been found) and that Willliam remarried Ann. I realise there is very little proof for this, but it is a possibility and it keeps the information in the tree.
William Ashdown died on 2 January 1782 at Chiddingly, Sussex, England, at age 61.
William Ashdown was buried on 9 January 1782 at Chiddingly, Sussex, England, "suddenly, age 65 years."2

Family 1

Elizabeth (?) b. c 1725
Marriage*
William Ashdown married Elizabeth (?) circa 1746 at England
Child

Family 2

Ann (?) d. 1781
Marriage*
William Ashdown married Ann (?) circa 1749 at England
Child

Citations

  1. [S388] Website "FamilySearch" (http://www.familysearch.org/) ""England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V5L1-CHJ : accessed 29 May 2016), William Ashdown, 31 Jul 1720; citing HELLINGLY,SUSSEX,ENGLAND, reference ; FHL microfilm 942.25 H3 V26F."
  2. [S25] Index to Burials, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project, "suddenly, age 65 years."

Elizabeth (?)

b. circa 1725
     Elizabeth (?) was born circa 1725 at Sussex, England.
As of circa 1745, her married name was Ashdown.
Elizabeth (?) married William Ashdown, son of William Ashdown and Elizabeth Dickson, circa 1746 at England.

Family

William Ashdown b. 31 Jul 1720, d. 2 Jan 1782
Marriage*
Elizabeth (?) married William Ashdown, son of William Ashdown and Elizabeth Dickson, circa 1746 at England
Child

John Hayler

b. circa 1700, d. January 1774
     John Hayler was born circa 1700 at Sussex, England.
A number of trees have identified John Hayler, illegitimate child of Susanna Hayler and Christopher Elliott, baptised 12 May 1689 at Billingshurst (father not given), as the husband of Ann Jupp. However, there is a burial of a John Hayler, son of Susan, at Billingshurst, on 25 Mar 1692, which throws this connection into doubt. Further work is required. Note that there is information on Christopher Elliott and Susannah Hayler in this database. They can be found in the surname index.
A possible baptism for John Hayler is 15 February 1684/5 at Billingshurst, the son of John Hayler from Chiltington.1
John Hayler married Ann Jupp on 21 May 1724 at Pulborough, Sussex, England, both of Pulborough. Surname spelt JUP.2
John may have married after Ann's death to Mary Duffill on 16 May 1744 at Pulborough.
John Hayler witnessed the marriage of Luke Wady and Priscilla Hayler on 18 October 1759 at Pulborough, Sussex, England; Witnesses were John Hayler senior and John Hayler junior.2
John Hayler died in January 1774 at Pulborough, Sussex, England.
John Hayler was buried on 30 January 1774 at Pulborough, Sussex, England.3

Family

Ann Jupp b. c 1696, d. 1741
Marriage*
John Hayler married Ann Jupp on 21 May 1724 at Pulborough, Sussex, England, both of Pulborough. Surname spelt JUP.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. [S25] Index to Burials, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project,.

Thomas Packham

b. circa 1874
FatherThomas Packham b. 18 Jun 1837, d. Sep 1875
MotherMargery Murray b. c 1841, d. 1924
     Thomas Packham was born circa 1874 at Portslade, Sussex, England. He was the son of Thomas Packham and Margery Murray.

John Tester

b. 22 September 1864, d. 22 April 1939
FatherIsaac Tester b. 1842
MotherSusan Chatfield b. 1841
     John Tester was born on 22 September 1864 at Hove, Sussex, England. He was the son of Isaac Tester and Susan Chatfield.
John Tester married Mary Packham, daughter of Thomas Packham and Margery Murray, on 29 January 1887 at Steyning, Sussex, England.1
John Tester was a labourer in 1891.
In 1891 John Tester and Mary Packham lived at 115 Livingstone Rd, Hove, Sussex, England.
In 1901 John Tester and Mary Packham lived at 102 Livingstone Rd, Hove, Sussex, England.
John Tester died on 22 April 1939 at Shoreham, Sussex, England, at age 74.
John Tester was buried on 23 April 1939 at Hove Cemetery, Hove, Sussex, England.

Family

Mary Packham b. 1 Sep 1865, d. 6 Dec 1931
Marriage*
John Tester married Mary Packham, daughter of Thomas Packham and Margery Murray, on 29 January 1887 at Steyning, Sussex, England.1 
Children

Citations

  1. [S143] General Register Office: Indexes to Marriages, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Jan-Mar 1887, Steyning, Vol 2b Page 381."

William Henry Packham

b. 25 May 1884, d. 1 January 1967
MotherMary Packham b. 1 Sep 1865, d. 6 Dec 1931
     William Henry Packham was born on 25 May 1884 at 9 Ham Road, Shoreham, Sussex, England.1 He was the son of Mary Packham.
William Henry Packham was baptized on 25 June 1893 at Shoreham, Sussex, England.
William Henry Packham was also known as William Tester.
William Henry Packham married Jessie Winifred M Tarr on 6 August 1921 at St Raphael, Surbiton, Surrey, England, William married as William H Tester.2
William Henry Packham died on 1 January 1967 at Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight, England, at age 82.
William Henry Packham was buried on 4 January 1967 at Newport Cemetery, Isle of Wight, England.

Family

Jessie Winifred M Tarr b. 27 Jan 1900, d. 31 Dec 1982
Marriage*
William Henry Packham married Jessie Winifred M Tarr on 6 August 1921 at St Raphael, Surbiton, Surrey, England, William married as William H Tester.2 
Children

Citations

  1. [S142] General Register Office: Indexes to Births, Sep 1837-2006, "Apr-Jun 1884, Steyning, Vol 2b Page 315."
  2. [S143] General Register Office: Indexes to Marriages, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Jul-Sep 1921, Kingston, Vol 2a Page 1224."

John Isaac Tester

b. 8 February 1888
FatherJohn Tester b. 22 Sep 1864, d. 22 Apr 1939
MotherMary Packham b. 1 Sep 1865, d. 6 Dec 1931
     John Isaac Tester was born on 8 February 1888 at Hove, Sussex, England.1 He was the son of John Tester and Mary Packham.
John Isaac Tester was baptized on 4 June 1888 at Hove, Sussex, England.
John Isaac Tester married Marie (?) circa 1915 at England.
They had two children.

Family

Marie (?)
Marriage*
John Isaac Tester married Marie (?) circa 1915 at England

Citations

  1. [S142] General Register Office: Indexes to Births, Sep 1837-2006, "Jan-Mar 1888, Steyning, Vol 2b Page 296."

Maud Louise Tester

b. 1891
FatherJohn Tester b. 22 Sep 1864, d. 22 Apr 1939
MotherMary Packham b. 1 Sep 1865, d. 6 Dec 1931
     Maud Louise Tester was born in 1891 at Hove, Sussex, England.1 She was the daughter of John Tester and Mary Packham.
Maud Louise Tester was baptized on 25 June 1893 at Hove, Sussex, England.
Maud Louise Tester married John Mackie circa 1915.
As of circa 1915, her married name was Mackie.

Family

John Mackie
Marriage*
Maud Louise Tester married John Mackie circa 1915. 

Citations

  1. [S142] General Register Office: Indexes to Births, Sep 1837-2006, "Apr-Jun 1891, Steyning, Vol 2b Page 298."

Ethel Mary Tester

b. 1893
FatherJohn Tester b. 22 Sep 1864, d. 22 Apr 1939
MotherMary Packham b. 1 Sep 1865, d. 6 Dec 1931
     Ethel Mary Tester was born in 1893 at Hove, Sussex, England.1 She was the daughter of John Tester and Mary Packham.
Ethel Mary Tester was baptized on 25 June 1893 at Hove, Sussex, England.
Ethel Mary Tester married Robert Chambers in 1919 at Hove, Sussex, England.2
As of 1919, her married name was Chambers.
They had three sons.

Family

Robert Chambers
Marriage*
Ethel Mary Tester married Robert Chambers in 1919 at Hove, Sussex, England.2 

Citations

  1. [S142] General Register Office: Indexes to Births, Sep 1837-2006, "Jan-Mar 1893, Steyning, Vol 2b Page 313."
  2. [S143] General Register Office: Indexes to Marriages, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Jan-Mar 1919, Steyning, Vol 2b Page 593."

George Douglas Tester

b. 15 July 1895, d. 1973
FatherJohn Tester b. 22 Sep 1864, d. 22 Apr 1939
MotherMary Packham b. 1 Sep 1865, d. 6 Dec 1931
     George Douglas Tester was born on 15 July 1895 at Hove, Sussex, England. He was the son of John Tester and Mary Packham.
George Douglas Tester was baptized on 29 September 1895 at Hove, Sussex, England.
George Douglas Tester married Sarah Ellen Taylor in 1918 at Billericay, Essex, England.1
They had three children.
George Douglas Tester died in 1973.

Family

Sarah Ellen Taylor
Marriage*
George Douglas Tester married Sarah Ellen Taylor in 1918 at Billericay, Essex, England.1 

Citations

  1. [S143] General Register Office: Indexes to Marriages, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Oct-Dec 1918, Billericay, Vol 4a Page 1199."

Ernest Victor Tester

b. 6 April 1898, d. 1988
FatherJohn Tester b. 22 Sep 1864, d. 22 Apr 1939
MotherMary Packham b. 1 Sep 1865, d. 6 Dec 1931
     Ernest Victor Tester was born on 6 April 1898 at Hove, Sussex, England.1 He was the son of John Tester and Mary Packham.
Ernest Victor Tester was baptized on 10 April 1898 at Hove, Sussex, England.
Ernest Victor Tester married Mabel Blanche Taylor in 1921 at Hove, Sussex, England.2
They had two children.
Ernest Victor Tester died in 1988 at England.

Family

Mabel Blanche Taylor b. 10 Mar 1900, d. 7 Mar 1993
Marriage*
Ernest Victor Tester married Mabel Blanche Taylor in 1921 at Hove, Sussex, England.2 

Citations

  1. [S142] General Register Office: Indexes to Births, Sep 1837-2006, "Apr-Jun 1898, Steyning, Vol 2b Page 289."
  2. [S143] General Register Office: Indexes to Marriages, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Oct-Dec 1921, Steyning, Vol 2b Page 690."

Dorothy May Tester

b. 7 July 1900, d. 13 July 1975
FatherJohn Tester b. 22 Sep 1864, d. 22 Apr 1939
MotherMary Packham b. 1 Sep 1865, d. 6 Dec 1931
     Dorothy May Tester was born on 7 July 1900 at Hove, Sussex, England.1 She was the daughter of John Tester and Mary Packham.
Dorothy May Tester married Cyril Foord on 18 September 1926 at England.
As of 18 September 1926, her married name was Foord.
They had five children. Dorothy May Tester and Cyril Foord were divorced on 31 October 1966.
Dorothy May Tester died on 13 July 1975 at England at age 75.

Family

Cyril Foord d. 18 Mar 1974
Marriage*
Dorothy May Tester married Cyril Foord on 18 September 1926 at England
Divorce* Dorothy May Tester and Cyril Foord were divorced on 31 October 1966. 

Citations

  1. [S142] General Register Office: Indexes to Births, Sep 1837-2006, "Jul-Sep 1900, Steyning, Vol 2b Page 265."