and Audrey VINCENT (c1817-1848)
and Sarah COLES (1825-1852)
and Sarah DALE (c1832-1866)
Allfrey married three times.
Firstly to Audrey Sheppard, widow, on
27 August 1841 at the parish church of St. Michael's in Lewes, Sussex.
Their fathers were named as Thomas Allfrey and Hugh Vincent.
As Audrey Vincent, she had previously married William Shepherd
by banns on 17 November 1836 in Clayton, Sussex. They were both then
William then married Sarah Coles by
banns on 19 October 1851 at the parish church of Hurstpierpoint, Sussex.
They were married by the rector. He was then a 30 year old widower and
bricklayer of Keymer. She was a 26 year old spinster of
Hurstpierpoint, Sussex. Their fathers were named as Thomas Allfrey
a bricklayer and John Coles a labourer. The witness to their
marriage were John Coles, Jane Allfrey and Elizabeth Coles.
They all signed their names.
William's third marriage was to Sarah
Dale on 24 April 1856 at the parish church in Keymer. They were
married by the curate. William was then a 34 year old widower and
builder of Keymer. Sarah was a 24 year old spinster and servant also
of Keymer. Their fathers were named as Thomas Allfrey a builder
and John Dale and a labourer. The witnesses to their marriage
were Thomas Allfrey and Jane Redman. All except Sarah
signed their names.
(They were not my direct ancestors. William was the nephew of my 5x
Great Grandmother, Ann Alfrey. Sarah Coles was the 2x
Great Granddaughter of my 6x Great Grandparents, Thomas Lillyot and
William Allfrey was born about
1821 in Clayton. He was the son of
Catherine Picknell (c1801-1856). William died aged 70 years on
27 July 1892 at West Street, Clayton. He was then a retired builder.
His cause of death was "cerebral embolism, hemiplegia
3½ months" and
was registered by his son George.
In 1851 William was a 29 year old widower living with his parents in Keymer.
He was then a bricklayer's labourer.
Audrey Vincent was born about 1816/7.
She was the daughter of Hugh Vincent and Mary.
She died aged 31 years on 26 December 1848, from 'natural cause unknown'.
Her death certificate records that she was the wife of William Allfrey
a journeyman bricklayer, and her death was registered by Francis Harding
Gill. When the 1841 census was recorded she was 24 years old and
living with 75 year old Mary Vinson (I assume Vincent) next
door to the family of her soon to be second husband.
Sarah Coles was baptised on 3 January 1825 in Newtimber, Sussex.
She was the daughter of
John Coles (c1795-1852) and
Catherine Groves (c1800-1855). She died on 6 October 1852 and
her death certificate records that she was the wife of William Allfrey
a bricklayer. Her cause of death was phthisis (i.e. tuberculosis) 8
months, and was registered by Catherine Cole who was present at the
death and who made her mark.
Sarah Dale was born about 1832 in
Chailey, Sussex. (I have checked a transcript of the Chailey baptism
register and could not find Sarah's baptism.) She was the daughter of
John Dale and Jane Harland. Sarah died aged 34 years
and her death was registered as Sarah Allfrey in the third quarter of
1866 in Cuckfield registration district. At the time of the 1841
census she was 9 years old and living with her parents at Scotches in
Clayton. Her father was then an agricultural labourer. In 1851
she was a 19 year old general servant in the home of Joseph Glazebrook
In 1861, the family were living in West Street, Clayton and William was a
The 1871 census records that the family were living at 2
Alma Cottages in Keymer and William was a 49 year old widower and builder.
Also with them was 62 year old widow and housekeeper, Barbara Coffin.
When the 1881 census was recorded the family were living in West Street,
Clayton and William was a bricklayer employing 5 men. Also in the
household was 73 year old housekeeper and widow, Barbara Coffin who
had been born in Cowfold, Sussex. (I have checked a transcript of the
Cowfold baptism register and there were no Barbara's baptised there between
In 1891 William was living in Alma Villa, Clayton along
with his son Gideon and Barbara Coffin who was then 83 years
old. William was then a bricklayer. (Might Barbara's surname
have been Coppin?)
William Allfrey and Audrey
Vincent had 2 known children:
Mary Allfrey was born about 1842 in Clayton. She was a 9 year
old scholar in 1851 and living in her paternal grandparents home.
William Allfrey was born on 5 July 1845 in Clayton. He married
Charlotte Sarah Nash in
1864. (They have their own page.)
William Allfrey and Sarah Dale had 5 known
George Allfrey was born in the first quarter of 1857 in Clayton.
He was 4 years old in 1861. In 1871 he was a 14 year old Chemist's
Frank Allfrey was born was born in the third quarter of 1858 in
Clayton. He was 2 years old in 1861. In 1871 he was a 12 year
Alfred Thomas Allfrey was born in the first quarter of 1860 in
Clayton. In 1871 he was a 9 year old scholar.
Alfred married Laura Bailey in 1880.
Laura was born about 1860
in Reigate, Surrey.
In 1881 the couple were living at 12 Cromwell
Road, Clayton, and Alfred was then a builder. Also with them on
census night were Laura's brother and sister (probably sister-in-law)
Thomas Bailey aged 23 and a butcher born in Reigate and Hannah
Bailey aged 19 and born in Clayton.
Thomas Allfrey was born in the first quarter of 1864 in Clayton.
In 1871 he was a 7 year old scholar. He was a bricklayer's labourer
in 1881 and living with his father.
Gideon Allfrey was born in the second quarter of 1866 in Clayton.
In 1871 he was 4 years old. He was a pupil teacher at the National
School in 1881 and living with his father. He was still living with
his father in 1891 and he was then an unmarried 24 year old assistant
schoolmaster. He was most probably named after his mother's brother,
When the 1851
census was recorded there was a Barbara Coppin, aged 42 and a widow,
born in Cowfold, living in the Liberty of the Rolls, St. Thomas, Finsbury,
Middlesex, where she was a laundress. Also with her was her 18 year
old son William Coppin who was a smith. The 1841 census also
recorded her name as Barbara Coppin and she was then living at Serles
Place in the Liberty of the Rolls, along with William Coppin a 35
year old painter. (I have not found a marriage for William and Barbara
in the IGI, as either Coffin or Coppin.)
This page was reviewed on 7 April 2012