Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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James BLUNDEN (1820-1871)

and Ann SCUTT (1821-1870)


James Blunden and Ann Scutt married by banns on 21 July 1845 in Pulborough, Sussex.  He was then a 24 year old bachelor and labourer and she was a 23 year old spinster.  Their fathers were named as Richard Blunden and Thomas Scutt who were both labourers.  The witnesses to their marriage were Towner Daughtrey and Martha Slater.  (They were not my direct ancestors.  One of their sons married the sister of my 2x Great Grandfather, George Willard.)

James Blunden was baptised on 20 August 1820 in Pulborough, Sussex.  He was the son of Richard Blunden (1777-1849) and Elizabeth Streeter (c1792-1851).  James died aged 50 years and was buried on 17 April 1871 in Pulborough.  The burial register noted that he was from Mare Hill.  When the 1841 census was recorded he was a 20 year old servant in the home of farmer John Jupp at Broomershill in Pulborough.

Ann Scutt was baptised on 7 October 1821 in Pulborough, Sussex.  She was the daughter of Thomas Scutt (1794-1872) and Jane Verrell (c1795-1849).  Ann died aged 48 years and was buried on 14 April 1870 in Pulborough.

When the 1851 census was recorded the couple and 2 sons were living at Mill Farm in Pulborough.  James was then a 30 year old agricultural labourer and Ann was 29.  In 1861, the couple and 4 children were living in Mare Hill, Pulborough.  James was then a 40 year old labourer and Ann was 39.  By the time of the 1871 census, James was a 50 year old widower and agricultural labourer, living in on Mare Hill Common with his 2 sons, George and John and 44 year old widow and housekeeper Mary Ann May.


James Blunden and Ann Scutt had 4 known children:

  1. George Blunden was baptised on 25 October 1846 in Pulborough.  He was 3 years old in 1851 and in 1861 he was a 13 year old plough boy.  The 1871 census records he was an unmarried 24 year old agricultural labourer living with his father and younger brother.

  2. John Blunden was baptised on 3 February 1850 in Pulborough, Sussex.  He married Sarah Jane Willard in 1871.  (They have their own page.)

  3. Edmund Blunden was baptised on 27 June 1852 in Pulborough.  He was an 8 year old scholar in 1861.  When the 1871 census was recorded he may have been 18 year old Edward Blunden, born Pulborough and living with his uncle Thomas Streeter was a 55 year old widower and carman who had been born in Pulborough.

  4. Ellen Blunden was baptised on 15 April 1855 in Pulborough.  She died aged 12 years and was buried on 7 February 1867 in Pulborough.  She was a 6 year old scholar in 1861.