Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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Peter BOX (1777-?)

and Sarah MASON (1774-?)


Peter Box and Sarah Mason married by banns on 27 May 1800 in Ardingly, Sussex.  At the time he was of Ardingly and she of Lindfield, Sussex.  (They were not my direct ancestors.  Peter was the grand nephew of my 5x Great Grandfather, John Box.)

Peter Knowls was born on 1 March 1777 and baptised on 31 March 1777 in Nutfield, Surrey.  He was the son of Peter Box (1748-1792) and Elizabeth Knowles (c1752-1796).

Sarah Mason was baptised on 6 August 1774 in Lindfield, Sussex.  She was the daughter of Thomas Mason and Sarah Gearing.


Peter Box and Sarah Mason had 3 known children: 

  1. William Box was born on 28 May 1800 and baptised on 29 June 1800 in Ardingly.  He was a sawyer.

    William married Charity Childs on 17 March 1821 in Ardingly.

    On 8 November 1822 a removal order was issued to William, his wife Charity and 1 year old son Richard, by the overseers of East Grinstead parish to Ardingly (or vice versa).

    William and Charity had the following son:

    1. Richard Box was baptised on 3 November 1822 in Ardingly.

      Richard married Sarah Jeffrey by banns on 28 July 1844 in Balcombe.  They were both single and both signed their names.  The witnesses to their marriage were Harriet Jeffrey and Edward Steele.

      Sarah was baptised on 13 February 1825 in Balcombe and was the daugther of William Jeffery  and Ann.

      Richard and Sarah had 7 known children.

  2. Peter Box was born on 5 August 1802 and baptised on 26 September 1802 in Ardingly.  He was buried on 27 August 1867 in Worth, Sussex.

    Peter married Mary Ann Holman by banns on 14 April 1827 in Worth.  They were both then of Worth.  Peter was a bachelor and Mary Ann a spinster and they both signed their names.  The witnesses to their marriage were John Fuller and Sarah Sherlock.

    Mary Holman was baptised on 22 December 1805 in Balcombe, Sussex and was the daughter of Thomas Holman and Sarah Cliften.  She died aged 73 years at 7 Catherine Street, London and was buried on 20 January 1879 in Worth.

    When the 1841 census was recorded the family were living at Turners Hill in the parish of Worth.  Peter was then a wheelwright.  In 1851 they were living in Worth, not far from the Queens Head.  Peter was then a 48 year old wheelwright and Mary was 45 and her place of birth was recorded as Balcombe.  In 1861, they were living in a cottage, possibly in Cuckfield Road, Worth.  Also with them on census night were their 4 sons, 9 year old grandson, Caleb Box who had been born in Brighton and 15 year old general servant, Mary A. Bish.

    Peter and Mary had 8 known children:

    1. William Box was born in Balcombe and baptised on 11 February 1828 in Worth.  He was not with his parents when the 1841 census was recorded.  The 1861 census records that he was a 30 year old widower and wheelwright, and he was then living with his parents.

      William may have married Ann Davey on 22 September 1854 in Hove, Sussex.

    2. Peter Box was born about 1830 in Worth.  He was 10 years old in 1841.  When the 1881 census was recorded he was an unmarried 50 year old farm labourer lodging in the home of George Strudwick at Pound Hill Cottage in Worth.

    3. Sarah Box was born on 5 August 1832 in Worth and baptised on 23 September 1832 at the Cuckfield Providence Chapel on Staplefield Common.  She was 9 years old in 1841.

    4. Mary Ann Box was born on 24 November 1834 in Worth and baptised on 28 December 1834 at the Cuckfield Providence Chapel on Staplefield Common.  The 1841 census records that she was 7 year old Mary Box.

    5. John Box was born on 19 December 1836 in Worth and baptised on 26 February 1837 at the Cuckfield Providence Chapel on Staplefield Common.  He was 5 years old in 1841.  In 1851 he was 14 and the eldest of his siblings living at home.  In 1861 he was an unmarried 23 year old wheelwright living with his parents.

      John married Elizabeth Tullett on 21 January 1865 in Worth.

      Elizabeth was baptised on 1 March 1840 in Worth and was the daughter of Thomas Tullett (1816-?) and Eliza Penfold (c1821-?).

      John and Elizabeth had 6 known children.

    6. Joseph Box was baptised on 28 March 1842 in Worth.  He may have died in the second quarter of 1842.

    7. Caleb Box was born about 1843 in Worth.  He was a 7 year old scholar in 1851.  In 1861 he was a 17 year old wheelwright living at home.

      Caleb married Emily Hills on 12 October 1867 in Yapton, Sussex.

      Emily was born about 1845 in Aldingbourne.

      Caleb and Emily had 6 known children.

    8. William Alfred Box was born about 1847 in Worth.  The 1851 census records that he was 4 year old Alfred Box.  The 1861 census also records his name as Alfred and he was then a 14 year old wheelwright.

  3. John Box was born on 23 September 1804 and baptised on 10 February 1805 in Ardingly.  He married Lucy Card in 1824.  (They have their own page.)


Many thanks to Helen Green for additions to this page.