Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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Thomas BALDWIN (1797-1867)

and Sarah Ann STEVENSON (1814-?)


Thomas Baldwin and Sarah Ann Stevenson married by licence on 5 November 1834 in Mayfield, Sussex.  Their marriage licence was issued by the Archdeaconry of Lewes on 31 October 1834 which recorded that Thomas was a bachelor and husbandman of Horsmonden, Kent, aged 21 years and Sarah Ann was a 20 year old spinster.  (Details of the marriage licence have come from the Sussex marriage licence.  I wonder if it should read that Thomas was aged 21 years and upwards?)  (They were not my direct ancestors.  Thomas was the great nephew of my 6x great grandmother, Elizabeth Pettitt.)

Thomas Baldwin was born on 9 November 1797 and baptised on 19 April 1798 in Wadhurst, Sussex.  He was the son of Samuel Baldwin (c1768-?) and Elizabeth Pettitt (c1772-1858).  He may have died aged 69 years in 1867 in the Uckfield registration district.  Or he may have died/buried 6 May 1871 in Wadhurst, as per a database at

Sarah Ann Stevenson was baptised on 3 July 1814 in Mayfield, Sussex.  She was the daughter of Thomas Stevenson (c1789-?) and Sarah Harvey (c1788-?).

When the 1841 census was recorded the couple were living in Hale, Horsmonden and Thomas was a 40 year old farmer.  Sarah was then 27 years old.  Neither of them were born in Kent.  Also with them on census night were 2 children, 24 year old Heneritta Kemp who was a dressmaker, 20 year old Thomas Wilson and 15 year old Abraham Duke who were both servants.

In 1851 the family were living at Kensley Hill in Warbleton, Sussex.  Thomas was then a 53 year old farmer of 84 acres employing 3 labourers and 2 boys.  Sarah Ann was 38 years old.  Also with were 7 of their children, 19 year old house servant Elizabeth Fuller and 19 year old farm servant Henry Bishop.

By the time the 1861 census was recorded the family were living at Mousehall in Mayfield.  Thomas was then a 63 year old farmer of 104 acres, employing 3 men and 1 boy.  Sarah A.'s age was recorded as 46 years.  Eight of their children were with them on census night along with Sarah's widower father, 72 year old Thomas Stevenson who was a retired farmer who had been born in Mountfield (Sarah was born in Mayfield), 31 year old visitor Mary A. Chandler who was an unmarried milliner, 20 year old house servant Sarah Hammond and 16 year old servant and carter's mate Samuel Hammond.

In the Mayfield directory of 1867 Thomas was listed as a farmer of Mousehall.


Thomas Baldwin and Sarah Ann Stevenson had 10 known children:

  1. Thomas Baldwin was born about 1836 in Horsmonden.  He was 5 years old in 1841, and 15 years old in 1851.

  2. Charity Baldwin was born about 1840 in Horsonden.  At the time of the 1841 census she was a year old.  In 1851 she was 11 years old.  The 1861 census records that she was the eldest of her siblings living at home and she was then an unmarried 21 year old farmer's daughter.

  3. Esther Baldwin was born about 1843 in Brenchley, Kent.  She was an 8 year old scholar in 1851.  In 1861 she was 18 years old.

  4. Benjamin Baldwin was born about 1845 in Brenchley.  He was a 6 year old scholar in 1851.  In 1861 he was a 16 year old draper's apprentice.

  5. Ganius Baldwin was born about 1847 in Warbleton.  He was  4 year old scholar in 1851.  In 1861 he was a 14 year old farmer's son.

  6. Ruth Baldwin was born about 1849 in Warbleton.  In 1851 she was 2 years old.

  7. Albert Baldwin was born in 1850 in Warbleton.  At the time of the 1851 census he was 7 months old.  In 1861 he was and 11 year old scholar.

  8. Jabez Baldwin was born about 1853 in Mayfield.  He was an 8 year old scholar in 1861.

  9. Ebenzer Baldwin was born about 1855 in Mayfield.  In 1861 he was a 6 year old scholar.

  10. Lydia Baldwin was born about 1857 in Mayfield.  She was 2 years old when the 1861 census was recorded.


Many thanks to Keith Baldwin for the details about Thomas's death, the listing in the Mayfield directory and for pointing out that it was the Thomas born in 1797 who most probably married Sarah Ann.


Another Thomas Baldwin married Mary Burridge by banns on 26 October 1822 in Wadhurst.  They were both then of Wadhurst.

Yet another Thomas Baldwin married Sophia Fenner on 2 May 1825 in Mayfield.  Thomas was of Wadhurst and Sophia of Mayfield.  In 1841 and 1851 Thomas and Sophia were living at Burchetts Green, Ticehurst.  In 1841 they had 8 children with them and 7 and a grandson in 1851.  Thomas was an agricultural labourer.

In 1851 a 56 year old Thomas Baldwin was living with his 37 year old wife Elizabeth and their son Henry aged 13 at Pook Pitt Cottage in Wadhurst.  He was an agricultural labourer.

Also in 1851, a 51 year old Thomas Baldwin was living at Lucks Wood, Wadhurst, along with his 37 year old wife Mary and their 2 sons (Horace 12 and John 7).  That Thomas was a higgler.  In 1841 40 year old Thomas and 25 Mary together with 3 year old Horace were living in the home of Henry Bones at Swatlands in Wadhurst.



This page was reviewed on 8 April 2012