Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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James BROOKER (c1710-1801)

and Frances CARE (c1710-?)


James Brooker and Frances Care married on 6 January 1730/1 in Slaugham, Sussex.  He was then a bachelor.

James Brooker's date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me.  A James Brooker died aged 91 years and was buried on 18 October 1801 in Cuckfield, Sussex.  Might he have been baptised on 14 June 1713 in Worth, Sussex and have been the son of Thomas Brooker and Jane Chapman, who had married in East Grinstead in 1699?  Or was he the son of James Brooker and Ann Vinall who had married in West Hoathly in 1707?  (I think it more likely he was the son of James and Ann.)

Frances Care's date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me.  (The Sussex marriage index records the marriage of John Care of Balcombe and Elizabeth Roser of Lindfield, on 11 May 1708 in Lindfield, and I had wondered if they may have been Frances's parents, but his name was John Cave not Care.)

On 1 July 1739 a settlement certificate was issued to the couple and their 4 children, namely, John, Jane, James and George, by the overseers of West Hoathly, to allow the family to settle in Cuckfield.


James Brooker and Frances Care may have had the following children:

  1. George Brooker was baptised on 17 April 1732 in Slaugham, at which time his parents were of Hordly.  (There was another George Brooker born in 1733 in Isfield.  One of them may have married Mary Tunnel on 31 April 1752 in Ditchling, Sussex.  Might her name have been Mary Funnel?)

  2. James Brooker was baptised on 14 April 1733 in Slaugham.

  3. John Brooker was baptised on 15 May 1737 in Worth, Sussex.

  4. Jane Brooker was baptised on 15 April 1739 in Slaugham.

    As Jane Brucker she married James Holden by banns on 3 August 1770 in Cuckfield.  They were both then of Cuckfield.

  5. Frances Brooker was born about 1744 and may have been part of this family.  She married Richard Knowles in 1765 in Cuckfield.  (They have their own page.)


Thomas Brooker married Susanna Muzzal by banns on 14 October 1760 in Lindfield.  He was from Westmeston and she of Lindfield.

Esther Brooker married Rose Ellyat on 4 February 1765 in Slaugham.  Esther was of Slaugham and Rose from Goring.

Elizabeth Brooker married William Downer on 31 July 1774 in Balcombe.  She may have been baptised on 24 September 1752 in Balcombe, the daughter of William Brooker.

Frusanna Brooker married William Holliday by banns on 13 February 1780 in Cuckfield.  They were both described as sojourners.

William Brooker married Sarah Juniper by banns on 25 May 1785 in Cuckfield.  They were both of Cuckfield.



This page was reviewed on 9 April 2012