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James BOORMAN (1740-1821)

and Mary JONES (1742-1820)

 

James Boorman and Mary Jones were my 5x Great Grandparents.  (Click here to see their place in my pedigree chart.)  They married by banns on 17 April 1770 at the parish church of St. Mary The Virgin in Salehurst, Sussex.  James was a bachelor of Burwash, Sussex and signed his name, whilst Mary was of Salehurst and made her X mark.  The witnesses to their marriage were Everenden Cruttenden and Edward Merrit.  The banns were published in both Burwash and Salehurst on 18 and 25 March and 1 April 1770.  (Edward Merrit was most probably Mary's brother-in-law.  See notes below about Everenden.)

James Boorman was baptised on 14 September 1740 in Wadhurst, Sussex.  He was the youngest son of 5 18 James Boreman (1709-1742) and 5 18 Naomi Tompsett (1714-1785).  He died aged 81 years and was buried on 7 March 1821 in the churchyard of St. Bartholomew in Burwash.  In 1783 he was described as a labourer.  Although James was baptised in Wadhurst, his elder and younger siblings were baptised in Burwash.  His parents married in Burwash and his mother married her second husband there in 1752.  When the 1747 Window Tax assessment was made, his mother and maternal grandmother were sharing a property with 9 windows in Burwash.  They were both poor widows and exempt from the tax.  At that point his grandmother was about 54 years old and his mother about 33.

Mary Jones was baptised on 31 December 1742 in Salehurst.  She was the third daughter of John Jones (1708-1760) and Sarah Butler (c1712-?).  She was buried on 9 November 1820 in Burwash and the burial register records that Mary Bourman died aged 75 years.

 

James Boorman and Mary Jones had 6 known children:

  1. Thomas Boreman was baptised on 17 March 1771 in Salehurst.  He died aged 26 years and was buried on 21 November 1797 in Burwash.  The burial register recorded his age and that he was the son of Jas Boorman.

  2. James Boreman was baptised on 16 May 1773 in Salehurst.

  3. Mary Boorman was baptised on 28 April 1776 in Salehurst.

    Mary married William Smith by banns on 6 April 1795 at the parish church of St. Bartholomew in Burwash.  He was a bachelor and she a spinster.  They were both of Burwash and both made their X marks.  The witnesses were J. Hiscock and Hab Wood.  (Hab was a parish clerk.)  The banns were published at Burwash on 30 November, 7 and 14 December 1794.

    When the 1841 census was recorded the couple and their 4 adult children were living at Totts in Burwash.  William and Mary may have died before the 1851 census was recorded, or moved away from Burwash.

    William and Mary had 5 known children: 

    1. William Smith was born about 1804 in Burwash.  He was living with his parents in 1841.  When the 1851 census was recorded he was an unmarried 47 year old agricultural labourer living at Totts Houses in Burwash, along with lodgers Alfred Smith and Mary Smith.  He was still living at Totts in 1861 along with his brother and sister and 17 year old neice, Mary Smith.  William was then a mole catcher and agricultural labourer.

    2. Edmund Smith was baptised on 2 March 1806 in Burwash.  He may have died in 1855.

      Edmund married Rachel Weeks by banns on 9 June 1835 in Burwash.  He was a bachelor and she a spinster and they were both of Burwash.

      Rachel was born 31 January 1816 in Dallington and baptised on 3 March 1816 at the Heathfield Independent Chapel.  She was the daughter of Thomas Weeks and Ann Bones.

      When the 1841 census was recorded the family were living at Old Toll in Burwash.  In 1851 the family were living at Totts Houses, Burwash, and Edmund was then an agricultural labourer.

      Edmund and Rachel had 7 known children:

      1. Selina Smith was baptised onf 26 March 1837 in Burwash.  The 1841 census records that she was 4 year old Celina Smith.  She was a 14 year old scholar in 1851.

      2. William Smith was born about 1840 in Burwash.  He was a year old in 1841.  In 1851 he was an 11 year old scholar.

      3. Edmond Smith was born about 1842 in Burwash.  He was a 9 year old scholar in 1851.  In 1861 he was a 19 year old unmarried agricultural labourer and he was visiting the home of James Weeks and his wife Mary at Sand Pit in Battle, Sussex  Edmund married Mercy sometime before or about 1869.  She was born about 1843 in Aylmere in Surrey.

      4. Harriet Smith was baptised on 26 May 1844 in Burwash.  She was a 6 year old scholar in 1851.

      5. Ann Smith was baptised on 11 October 1846 in Burwash.  At the time of the 1851 census she was 4 years old.

      6. John Smith was baptised on 9 September 1849 in Burwash.  He was a year old in 1851.

      7. James Smith was baptised on 1 May 1853 in Burwash.

    3. Alfred Smith was baptised on 16 October 1808 in Burwash.  He was living with his parents in 1841.  In 1851 he was an unmarried 41 year old agricultural labourer, lodging at Totts Houses.  He was living with his brother and sister in 1861 and he was then an unmarried 52 year agricultural labourer.

    4. Mary Smith was baptised on 2 June 1811 in Burwash.  She was living with her parents in 1841.  In 1851 she was an unmarried 39 year old lodging at Totts Houses.  She was living with her elder brothers in 1861 and she was an unmarried 49 year old.  She may have been the mother of Mary Smith born about 1844 in Burwash.

    5. Reuben Smith was baptised on 3 October 1814 in Burwash.  He was living with his parents and elder siblings when the 1841 census was recorded.  He died aged 64 years and his death was registered in the fourth quarter of 1878 in the Ticehurst registration district.

      Reuben married Mary Weeks on 4 September 1841 in Burwash.

      Mary was born about 1821 in Dallington - I still have to check if she was the sister of Rachel (above).  She died aged 68 years and her death was registered in the second quarter of 1822 in the Ticehurst registration district.

      In 1851 the family were also living at Totts Houses in Burwash, and Reuben was an agricultural labourer.  The couple and their youngest daughter were living at The Tott in Burwash in 1871 and Reuben was then a 56 year old agricultural labourer.  By 1881, Mary was a widow and living at Windmill Hill in the parish of Wartling along with her 2 daughters and they were all laundresses.

      Reuben and Mary had 4 known children:

      1. Reuben Smith was baptised on 23 October 1842 in Etchingham, Sussex.  He probably died as an infant.

      2. Lavina Smith was baptised on 6 April 1845 in Burwash.  The 1851 census records that she was 6 year old Levenha Smith.  In 1861 she was a 16 year old house servant.  She was 36 years old in 1881.  The 1891 census records that she was an unmarried 46 year old laundress and the head of her household at Judins House in Burwash.  Also with her were her sister Mary and 66 year old lodger Thomas Akehurst.  In 1901 she was the gate keeper in Etchingham and living at the Lodge Gate along with her sister.

      3. Reuben Smith was born about 1848 in Burwash.  He was 3 years old in 1851.  In 1861 he was a 13 year old groom  Reuben married Harriet sometime before or about 1872.

      4. Mary Matilda Smith was baptised on 5 April 1857 in Burwash.  She was 4 years old in 1861.  In 1871 she was 14 years old and an assistant at home.  She was 24 years old in 1881.

  4. Amey Boorman was baptised on 16 August 1778 in Salehurst.  As Naomi Boorman she married John Barden in 1801.  (They have their own page.)

  5. William Boorman was baptised on 2 April 1783 in Salehurst and buried there on 11 April 1783.  The burial register records that he was 43 days old and that he was buried “Northside”.

  6. Edward Boorman, my 4x Great Grandfather, was baptised on 16 January 1785 in Salehurst, aged 34 days.  He married Charlotte King (1786-1859) in 1807.  (They have their own page.)

 

 

NOTES

Everenden Cruttenden was a witness to the 1770 marriage of James Boorman and Mary Jones (as noted above).

Everenden married Sarah Hiscock on 30 October 1764 and they had 6 known children, 4 of whom were baptised in Salehurst between 1767 and 1773.

Sarah was born in 1740 in Rye and was the daughter of Joshua Hiscock (?-1770) and Jane Collins (?-1781).  Sarah's brother also named Joshua Hiscock (1735-?) married Ann Noakes (1744-?).  Might Joshua, junior, have been the J. Hiscock witnesses to the 1795 marriage of Mary Boorman (above)?

Joshua and Ann's son Evenden Hiscock (1782-?) married Fanny Moren (1793-?) in 1810, Wadhurst, and Fanny was the daughter of William Moren (c1763-1831) and Elizabeth Smith (1766-1815).

 

 

1841 census - Totts, Burwash, Sussex (HO107/1108, folio ?, page 5)

William Smith, 70, Ag Lab, born in Sussex

Mary Smith, 60, born in Sussex

William Smith, 35, Lab, born in Sussex

Mary Smith, 30, born in Sussex

Alfred Smith, 30, Lab, born in Sussex

Reuben Smith, 25, Lab, born in Sussex

 

1841 census - Old Toll, Burwash, Sussex (HO107/1108, folio ?, page 4)

Edmund Smith, 35, Ag Lab, born in Sussex

Rachel Smith, 25, born in Sussex

Celina Smith, 4, born in Sussex

William Smith, 1, born in Sussex

 

1851 census - Tott Houses, Burwash, Sussex (HO107/1639, folio 33, page 10)

Edmond Smith, Head, Mar, 45, Ag Lab, born Sussex, Burwash

Rachel Smith, Wife, Mar, 35, born Sussex, Dallington

Selinah Smith, Daur, 14, Scholar, born Sussex, Burwash

William Smith, Son, 11, Scholar, born Sussex, Burwash

Edmund Smith, Son, 9, Scholar, born Sussex, Burwash

Harriet Smith, Daur, 6, Scholar, born Sussex, Burwash

Ann Smith, Daur, 4, born Sussex, Burwash

John Smith, Son, 1, born Sussex, Burwash

 

1851 census - Tott Houses, Burwash, Sussex (HO107/1639, folio 33, page 10)

Reuben Smith, Head, Mar, 36, Ag Lab, Ag Lab, born Sussex, Burwash

Mary Smith, Wife, Mar, 29, born Sussex, Dallington

Levenha Smith, Daur, 6, born Sussex, Burwash

Reuben Smith, Son, 3, born Sussex, Burwash

 

1861 census - Tott, Burwash, Sussex (RG9/570, folio 108, page 11)

William Smith, Head, Un, 57, Mole Catcher & Ag Lab, born Sussex, Burwash

Alfred Smith, Brother, Un, 52, Ag Lab, born Sussex, Burwash

Mary Smith, Sister, Un, 49, Housekeeper, born Sussex, Burwash

Mary Smith, Neice, Un, 17, House Servant, born Sussex, Burwash

 

1861 census - Sand Pitt, Battle, Sussex (RG9/565, folio 75, page 9)

James Weeks, Head, Mar, 43, Ag Lab, born Sussex, Dallington

Mary Weeks, Wife, Mar, 40, born Sussex, Hurstmonceux

Frederick Weeks, Son, 14, born Sussex, Battle

Mary Jane Weeks, Daug, 10, born Sussex, Battle

Charlotte Ann Weeks, Daug, 7, born Sussex, Battle

James Weeks, Son, 4, born Sussex, Battle

William Weeks, Son, 2, born Sussex, Battle

Edmund Smith, Visitor, Un, 19, Ag Lab, born Sussex Burwash

 

1861 census - Tott, Burwash, Sussex, (RG9/570, folio 108, page 12)

Reuben Smith, Head, Mar, 46, Ag Lab, born Sussex, Burwash

Mary Smith, Wife, Mar, 39, born Sussex, Dallington

Lavinia Smith, Daur, Un, 16, House Servant, born Sussex, Burwash

Reuben Smith, Son, Un, 13, Groom, born Sussex, Burwash

Mary M. Smith, Dau, 4, born Sussex, Burwash

John Rich, Lodger, Mar, 66, Ag Lam born Sussex, Mayfield

Thomas Pennells, Lodger, Un, 22, Ag Lab, born Sussex Burwash

 

1871 census - The Tott, Burwash, Sussex (RG10/1046, folio 116, page 11)

Reuben Smith, Head, Mar, 56, Ag Lab, born Sussex, Burwash

Mary Smith, Wife, Mar, 49, born Sussex, Dallington

Mary M. Smith, Daur, 14, Assistant at Home, born Sussex, Burwash

 

1881 census - Windmill Hill, Wartling, Sussex (RG11/1042, folio 47, page 4)

Mary Smith, Head, Widow, 59, Laundress, born Sussex, Dallington

Levina Smith, Daug, Unm, 36, Laundress, born Sussex, Burwash

Matilda Smith, Daug, Unm, 24, Laundress, born Sussex, Burwash

 

1891 census - Judins House, Burwash, Sussex (RG12/778, folio 85, page 2)

Lavina Smith, Head, S, 46, Laundress, born Sussex, Burwash

Mary M. Smith, Sister, S, 34, Laudress, born Sussex, Burwash

Thomas Akehurst, Lodger, S, 66, Stockman, born Sussex, Heathfield

 

1901 census - Lodge Gate, Etchingham, Sussex (RG13/893, folio 59, page 5)

Lavinas Smith, Head, S, 56, Gate Keeper, worker, born Sussex, Burwash

Mary M. Smith, Sister, S, 55, born Sussex, Burwash

Arthur Halliday, Boarder, S, 26, Gardener, worker, born Berks, Farringdon

 

BOORMAN          JONES

This page was reviewed on 9 April 2012