Ancestors of Mandy Willard
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and Frances BARHAM (1836-1917)
Edward Boorman and Frances Barham were my 2x Great Grandparents.
here to see their place in my pedigree chart.) They married
on Saturday 14 July 1866 at the
Wesleyan Chapel, Ticehurst. At the time of their marriage
Frederick was a 21 year old bachelor and bricklayer of Wadhurst, Sussex.
Frances said she was a 28 year old spinster of Wadhurst. The witnesses
were John Baldwin and Ann Barham. (Ann was Frances's
sister who married John Baldwin later in 1866.)
Frederick Edward Boorman was born on Friday 20 March 1846 in Burwash
and baptised on Sunday 26 April 1846 in the Parish Church of St.
Bartholomew's in Burwash, Sussex. He was the fifth son and eighth
(1813-1893). Fred died aged 38 years on Thursday 14 August 1884 in
Wadhurst Village and was buried in the churchyard on 16 August 1884.
His cause of death was inflammation (14 days) and abscess (5 days). He
was a bricklayer and builder. At the time of the 1851 census he was 5
years old and living with his parents at Witherden in Burwash. When the 1861 census was recorded he was
a 15 year old bricklayer's labourer and the eldest of his siblings living at
home with his parents at Snapehood Stream in Wadhurst.
Frances Barham was born on Friday 29 July 1836 and baptised on Sunday
6 November 1836 at the Parish Church of St. Peter and St. Paul in Wadhurst,
Sussex. She was the eldest daughter and second child of
(1812-1901). She was also known as Fanny Barham and Fanny
Boorman. Her father and several generations before had been
wheelwrights in Wadhurst. In 1891 Fanny was a laundress living in
Wadhurst Town with her four children. She was still living in Wadhurst
Town in 1901, along with her son Frank and daughter Lillie.
Frances died aged 80 years on Tuesday 2 January 1917 at 26a Lower Abbey
Road, Belvedere, Erith, Kent. Her cause of death was acute bronchitis
and cardiac failure. She was buried on Saturday 6 January 1917 in
Wadhurst, along with her husband.
When the 1881 census was recorded the family were living in Church Street,
Wadhurst. In 1911 Frances was living on her own means at Church
Street, Wadhurst. She was then a 74 year old widow. Also with
her on census night was her 13 year old granddaughter, Violet May
Warman who was at school.
Photograph taken in 1892 at
the doors of Wadhurst Church of Frances Boorman (nee
Barham) and her 4 children.
Frederick Edward Boorman and Frances Barham had 4 known children:
my Great Grandmother, was born on 28 March 1868 in Wadhurst. She married
Arthur Edward Warman
(1872-1918) in 1896. (They have their own page.)
Boorman was born on 9 January 1872 in Wadhurst. He was
baptised as an adult on 17 May 1908 at the Parish Church of St. Peter and St. Paul in
Wadhurst. (Also on that day,
Henry Edgar Boorman was baptised
as an adult. Henry was the son of
Edgar Boorman and
Frank was a gardener
when the 1891 census was recorded. He was still a gardener in 1901 and
living with his mother and younger sister in Wadhurst. He registered
his mother's death on 2 January 1917 and at that time he lived at 6 Fairhurst in Wadhurst.
Frank died aged 62 years on Friday 22 June 1934
and was buried on Tuesday 26 June 1934 in Wadhurst churchyard.
Frances Margaretta Buck
by banns on Wednesday 9 July 1902 at the Parish Church of Wadhurst. He was then a 30 year old
bachelor and a machinist's clerk of Wadhurst. His father was named as
Frederick Edward Boorman a bricklayer. Frances was a 22 years
spinster of Wadhurst. Her father was named as Moses Buck a
gardener. The witnesses to the marriage were Moses Buck and
Daisy Beatrice May. They all signed their names in the marriage
Frances Margaretta Buck was born in the fourth quarter of 1879 in
Wadhurst and was the fourth daughter and sixth child of
(1847-?) and Harriet Stedman (1851-1917). When the 1901 census was
recorded she was a domestic servant in Wadhurst. Frances died aged 46
years on Friday 14 May 1926 at the Buchanan Hospital, St. Leonards (on the
Sussex coast) and was buried on Wednesday 19 May 1926 in Wadhurst
churchyard. She died as a result of a stomach problem. Her
father had been born in Rudgwick, Sussex and her mother in Horsham, Sussex.
They married in Rudgwick in 1871 and had moved to Wadhurst by around about
1873/4 and were still in Wadhurst when the 1901 census was recorded.
Her father was alive in 1926. Frances kept chickens.
At the time of the 1911 census, the couple and their 2 children were living
at 6 Fairhurst, Osmer's Hill, Wadhurst. Frank was a 39 year old
engineer's clerk and Frances was 31.
Frank and Frances had 2 children:
Frederick Cyril Boorman was born on 23 May 1903 and baptised on 26 July 1903 in the parish
church of Wadhurst. His father at that time was an engineer's clerk
of Wadhurst. He died on 3 February 1983. Frederick was a solicitor's
clerk. At the time of the 1911 census he was 7 years old.
Frederick married Elsie Dorothy Austen on 6 November 1941 and they had 2
In April 1974 Frederick was living at Greenhurst, Old
Station Road in Wadhurst. Many of Frederick's photographs and
collection of documents relating to Wadhurst have been deposited at the
East Sussex Record Office by his daughter.
Winifred Ivy Boorman was born on 6 March 1908 and baptised on 31 May 1909 in the parish church of Wadhurst.
Her father was then an engineer's assistant of Wadhurst. She died
aged 89 years and her death was registered in June 1997 in Tunbridge
Wells. She never
married. I believe
at one point she was living at 25 Weald
View Road, Tonbridge, Kent, as her name and address were found in my
Grandmother's address book, which may have been from about the 1930's or
40's. In a letter dated 12 August 1925 from Dolly Warman (1905-1993) to her mother Flora Warman
(nee Boorman), Dolly mentions that she is going too see Winnie in
Wadhurst. In 1911 she was 3 years old.
Arthur Charles Boorman was born
in the second quarter of 1875 in Wadhurst. In 1891
he was a grocery assistant. By 1901 he was a civil managerís clerk living
in Gordon Road, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, where he was a boarder in
the home of Thomas Gardner.
Arthur married Elizabeth Lelean
in the third quarter of 1901 in the Farnham registration district.
Elizabeth was born about 1874 in
Portmellon or Mevagissey,
Cornwall. Her birth was registered in the first quarter of 1874 in
the St. Austell registration district. She was the daughter of
Joseph Davies Lelean (c1836-1893) and Catherine
(c1833-). When the 1881 census was recorded, Lizzie Lelean
was 7 years old and living with her parents and elder siblings at
Greybury Farm in Edenbridge, Kent. Her father was then a farmer of
320 acres. At the time of the 1891 census she was a 17 year old
scholar and living in the home of her brother-in-law Ellis
Hewith, who was a Presbyterian Minster from Scotland, and
sister Annie at 79 Victoria Road, Aldershot, Hampshire.
In 1901 she was an unmarried 27 year old and living with her
widowed mother at 112 Victoria Road, Aldershot. Her mother was
then a lodging house keeper.
When the 1911 census was recorded the
couple and 3 children were living at Espero Cottage, Rectory Avenue,
High Wycombe. Arthur was then a 36 year old chartered secretary
and Elizabeth was 37. The census noted they had been married for 8
Arthur and Elizabeth had the following
Lelean Boorman was born on 20 July 1902 in High
Wycombe. He died aged 85 years and his death was registered in
January 1988 in the Aylesbury Vale, Buckinghamshire registration
district. He was 8 years old at the time of the 1911 census.
Charles married Winifred Evelyn Hawkins
in the third quarter of 1929 in the Wycombe registration district.
Winifred Evelyn was born on 24 May 1904. She died aged 83 years
and her death was registered in September 1987 in the Aylesbury Vale
Charles and Winifred had the following daughter:
Betty W. Boorman was born in the fourth
quarter of 1933 in the Wycombe registration district. Betty
married Brian H. Blake in the
second quarter of 1957 in the Wycombe district. Brian and
Betty had the following son:
James E. H. Blake
Gordon Boorman was born on 19 May 1905 in High
Wycombe. He was 5 years old in 1911. He died aged 84 years
in February 1990 in Haywards Heath, Sussex.
Katherine Espero Boorman was born in the fourth quarter of 1907
in High Wycombe. In 1911 she was 3 years old.
Lillie Boorman was born in the first quarter of 1880 in Wadhurst.
She died aged 67 years and her death was registered in the first quarter
of 1947 in the Dartford registration district. In 1901 she
was a grocer's cashier.
Lillie married Sydney Petty by banns on 1 August 1909 in the parish
church of St. Peter and St. Paul in Wadhurst. Sydney was then aged
24, a bachelor and a railway clerk of All Saints, Belvedere. His
father was named as George Petty a railway timekeeper. Lillie
was then aged 29 years and a spinster of Wadhurst. Her father was
named as Frederick Edward Boorman a deceased bricklayer. The
witnesses to their marriage were George Ernest Petty, F.
Boorman and L. Barefield. (George Ernest Petty
married in the third quarter of 1906 in the Tonbridge registration
district, to either Louisa Cole or Ada Wood.)
Sydney was born about 1885 in Rye, Sussex and was the son of George
Petty (1844-1930) and Selina Ann Scrivens (1845-?). He
died aged 71 years and his death was registered in the fourth quarter of
1956 in the Woolwich registration district. He was
living with his parents in Rye when both the 1891 and 1901 census were
When the 1911 census was recorded the couple together with their infant
son and 41 year old nurse, Jane Louisa Ambler, were
living at 100 Lower Abbey Road in Belvedere, Kent. Sydney was then
a 26 year old railway clerk and Lillie was 31.
Sydney and Lillie had 1 known child:
Sydney Ivor Boorman Petty was born in the second quarter of 1911 in
Belvedere, Kent. He died aged 51 years and his death was
registered as Ivor S. B. Petty
in the fourth quarter of 1962 in the Westminster registration district.
Sydney married Lilian V. Diggens in the
second quarter of 1940 in the Woolwich registration district.
Lillian Violet was born on 1 October 1912 in the Woolwich registration
district. She died aged 65 years and her death was registered in
the fourth quarter of 1977 in the Greenwich registration district.
Sydney and Lilian had the following son:
Fred and Fanny may
have had other children as the burial of the following infants were recorded
in the Wadhurst parish registers:
infant of Wadhurst, buried 19 December 1870.
aged 2 of Wadhurst, buried 8 November 1872. Her death was registered in
the fourth quarter 1872 in the Ticehurst district and she was then aged 1 year.
infant of Wadhurst, buried 4 May 1873.
However, Fred and
Fanny were not the only Boorman couple in Wadhurst at this time. The
following infant was not their son:
infant of Wadhurst, buried 27 June 1873. His birth was registered in the
second quarter 1873 in the Ticehurst district and he died on 22 June 1873. He was the son of
William Boorman (1849-1926) and Eliza
Sivyer (1848-1929) and had been born or baptised on 8 June 1873.
For more details about this family, please visit
Nigel Masters's web site.
1911 Census - 6 Fairhurst, Osmer's Hill, Wadhurst, Sussex (RG14PN4910
RG78PN213 RD73 SD2 ED3 SN78) Enumeration District 3 (transcript)
Frank Boorman, Head, Married, M, 39, Engineers Clerk, born Wadhurst, Sussex
Frances Margaretta Boorman, Wife, Married, years married 8, F, 31, born
Frederick Cyril Boorman, Son, M, 7, born Wadhurst, Sussex
Winifred Ivy Boorman, Daughter, F, 3, born Wadhurst, Sussex
1911 Census - Espero Cottage, Rectory Avenue, High Wycombe, Bucks
(RG14PN7873 RG78PN393 RD145 SD1 ED10 SN400) Enumeration District 10
Arthur Charles Boorman, Head, Married, M, 36, Chartered Secretary, born
Elizabeth Boorman, Wife, Married, year married 9, F, 37, born Mevagissey,
Charles Lelean Boorman, Son, M, 8, born High Wycombe, Bucks
Arthur Gordon Boorman, Son, M, 5, born High Wycombe, Bucks
Katherine Espero Boorman, Daughter, F, 3, born High Wycombe, Bucks
1911 Census - 100 Lower Abbey Road, Belvedere, Kent (RG14PN3759 RG78PN142
RD43 SD2 ED19 SN120) Enumeration District 19 (transcript)
Sydney Petty, Head, Married, M, 26, Railway Clerk, born Rye, Sussex
Lillie Petty, Wife, Married, year married one, F, 31, born Wadhurst, Sussex
Sydney Ivor Boorman Petty, M, 0, born Belvedere, Kent
Jane Louisa Ambler, Nurse, Married, years married 21, F, 41, Nurse, born
This page was updated on 20 May 2012