Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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John BROOKS (1744-1807)

and Catherine REDFORD (1745-1816)


St. Mary's, Pulborough, drawn by Richard Nevins and taken from Brooks and Catherine Redford were my 5x Great Grandparents, twice over, via 2 daughters.  (Click here to see their place in my pedigree chart.)  They married by banns on 11 December 1770 at the parish church of St. Mary's in Pulborough, Sussex.  They were both of Pulborough.  John was a bachelor and Catherine a single woman.  They both made their X marks.  The witnesses were Daniel Searle (signed) and Richard Redford (marked).  The banns were published at Pulborough on 25 November, 2 and 9 December 1770.  (The picture is of St. Mary's in Pulborough and is by Richard Nevins.)

John Brooks was baptised on 28 February 1743/4 in Billingshurst, Sussex.  He was the son of 5 128 John Brooks (c1715-1781) and 5 128 Sarah Stevens (1717-1778).  He may have been buried on 9 August 1807 or on 3 November 1807 in Pulborough, however, the burial register only records a name and gives no other details.

Catherine Redford was baptised on 27 October 1745 in Pulborough.  She was the daughter of 5 129 Richard Redford (1711-1779) and 5 129 Mary Young (c1702-1769).  She died aged 72 years and was buried on 14 January 1816 in Pulborough.  Catherine was appointed the sole executrix of her father's will, by which she was to receive a third of the value of his estate, plus it was her father's desire that Catherine and her husband should take over his business, providing the landlords approved.  Her father was a farmer in Pulborough.


John Brooks and Catherine Redford had 7 known children:

  1. Richard Brookes was baptised on 7 July 1771 in Pulborough.  He died aged 71 years and was buried on 15 October 1842 in Pulborough.  In 1841 Richard aged 70, was living with the family of 5 83 Frances Herbert, nee Holder.  Frances was the daughter of 5 83 Allen Older and 5 83 Sarah Brooks.  Richard was a witness to the 1794 marriage of Sarah Brooks and James Slater.

  2. Frances Brookes was baptised on 24 March 1773 in Pulborough. 

    Before her marriage she had an illegitimate daughter:

    1. Frances Brooks was baptised on 13 November 1791 in Pulborough.  On 11 February 1815 a removal order was issued to Frances Brooks, a pregnant single woman, daughter of Frances Barnes, removing her form Pulborough to Funtington.

      Frances had an illegitimate daughter:

      1. Frances Brooks was born on 10 March 1815 at the poorhouse in Pulborough and baptised on 2 April 1815 in Pulborough.  On 2 September 1815 a bastardy order/bond was issued naming her father as George Collins a labourer.

      Frances married George Collins  by banns on 24 November 1817 in Bury, Sussex.  On 19 February 1825, the couple were removed from Pulborough to North Mundham, or vice versa.

    Frances married Henry Barnes by banns on 11 April 1796 in Pulborough.  Henry was a bachelor of St. Andrew, Chichester and Frances a spinster of Pulborough.  They both made their X marks.  The witnesses were Richard Hammond and Avice Caplin.  (Avice was baptised on 1 April 1770 in Pulborough and was the daughter of John Caplin and Avice Jupp.)  Frances was a witness at the 1801 marriage of her sister Charlotte. 

  3. Sarah Brookes, my 4x Great Grandmother, was baptised on 7 April 1775 in Pulborough.  She married 5 83 Allen Older in 1794.  (They have their own page.)

  4. Elizabeth Brookes was baptised on 12 July 1778 in Pulborough.

    Elizabeth may have married William Richardson by licence on 28 February 1800 in Washington, Sussex.  Their marriage licence recorded that William was a 30 year old bachelor of Ashington (4 weeks) and Elizabeth was a 21 year old spinster of Washington (4 weeks).

  5. Charlotte Brookes, my 4x Great Grandmother, was baptised on 2 February 1780 in Pulborough.  She married James Mills in 1801.  (They have their own page.)

  6. John Brookes was baptised on 25 January 1782 in Pulborough.  He died aged 50 years and was buried on 25 May 1831 in Sutton, Sussex.

    John married twice.  Firstly to Sarah Ward by banns on 10 November 1803 in Pulborough.  They were both of Pulborough and both made their X marks.  The only witness to their marriage was James Collins.

    As a widower John married Elizabeth Harwood on 12 October 1811 in Sutton, Sussex.  They were both of Sutton.  The banns were published on 15, 22 and 29 September 1811 in Sutton.

    Elizabeth was baptised on 14 July 1788 in Sutton and was the daughter of Thomas Harwood (1742-1816) and Mary Grant (1756-1830).  In 1841 she was living in Sutton along with 12 year old Henry Brooks and 9 year old George Brooks.

    John and Elizabeth had 6 known children: 

    1. Charles Brooks was baptised on 26 April 1818 in Sutton, Sussex.  He died on 26 August 1896 in Amberley, Sussex.

      Charles married Sarah Parsons on 23 May 1841 in Amberley, Sussex.

      Sarah was baptised on 3 September 1820 in Amberley, and was the daughter of John Parsons and Ann Barnet.  She died on 15 January 1896 in Amberley.

    2. Caroline Brooks was baptised on 18 June 1820 in Bignor, Sussex.

      Caroline married George Clear.

      George and Caroline had 3 known children:

      1. Olive Clear was born about 1856 in Bury, Sussex

      2. George Clear was born about 1858 in Bury.

      3. Ellen Clear was born in 1862 in Bury (third quarter).

    3. Clara Brooks was baptised on 16 November 1823 in Bignor.  She died aged 70 years and her death was registered in the first quarter of 1892 in the Thakeham registration district.

      Clara married Henry Short in the third quarter of 1848 in the Chichester registration district.

      Henry was baptised on 17 September 1820 in Coldwaltham, Sussex and was the son of Samuel Short and Hannah Sowter.

    4. Clement Brooks was baptised on 30 April 1826 in Sutton.  He died aged 54 years and was buried on 10 February 1881 in Patching, Sussex.

      Clement married Mary Ann Giles on 16 June 1860 in Storrington.  Clement was then said to be a 32 year old labourer and Mary Ann a 20 year old spinster.  Their fathers were named as John Brooks and George Giles who were both labourers.  The witnesses to their marriage were John Giles and Harriet Hazelgrene.

      Mary Ann was baptised on 8 August 1841 in Storrington, and was the daughter daughter of George Giles (c1799-?) and Sarah (c1806-?).  At the time of her baptism her father was a labourer from Hurston.  She died aged 41 years and was buried on 19 January 1882 in Patching.  When the 1851 census was recorded she was a 10 year old scholar and living with her parents and siblings at Old House in Storrington.

      In 1881, Mary Ann was a 39 year old widow living in Patching Street, Patching, along with her 8 children.

      Clement and Mary Ann had 9 known children:

      1. Mary Ann Brooks was born about 1862 in Wiggonholt.  She married Frederick Kennard.

      2. William Clement Brooks was baptised on 12 July 1863 in Clapham, Sussex.  He was a 17 year old agricultural labourer in 1881.

      3. George Anscombe Brooks was baptised on 6 May 1866 in Sullington, Sussex.  In 1881 he was a 15 year old agricultural labourer.

        George married Alice Penfold on 18 August 1894 in Steyning.

        Alice was baptised on 28 May 1871 in Pulborough and was the daughter of Barton Penfold and Harriet.

      4. Thomas S. Brooks was baptised on 14 June 1868 in Storrington.  He was a 12 year old agricultural labourer in 1881.

      5. Ellen Elizabeth Brooks was baptised on 19 June 1870 in Storrington.  She was a 10 year old scholar in 1881.  In 1891 she was an unmarried 20 year old parlour maid in the home of Edward Cooksey at 26 Marine Parade in Broadwater, Sussex.

      6. Olive Rose Brooks was baptised on 2 June 1872 in Patching.  In 1881 she was an 8 year old scholar.  At the time of the 1891 census she was an unmarried 19 year old visitor in the home of Walter Dale in Reigate, Surrey.  Also in the household was 6 month old nurse child Eleanor Brooks.

      7. Edwin Arthur Brooks was baptised on 1 November 1874 in Patching.  The 1881 census seems to have recorded him as 6 year old Edward Brooks.

      8. Douglas Charles Brooks was baptised on 3 December 1876 in Patching.  He was 4 years old in 1881.

      9. Stephen Herbert Brooks was baptised on 7 March 1880 in Patching.  He was a year old when the 1881 census was recorded.

    5. Henry Brooks was baptised on 20 September 1828 in Sutton.

      Henry married Mary Ann.  She was born about 1839 in Sandy, Bedfordshire.

      The couple had 1 known son:

      1. William J. Brooks was born about 1873 in London.

    6. George Brooks was baptised on 17 July 1831 in Sutton.

      George married Hester Brown Willmer on 18 October 1856 in Amberley.

      Hester was baptised on 21 February 1836 in Amberley and was the daughter of Edward Willmer and Barbara Blackman.

      George and Hester had 6 known children:

      1. Kate Brooks was baptised on 25 August 1861 in Amberley.

      2. Olive Brooks was baptised on 3 July 1864 in Storrington.  She married Jack Shelley on 23 December 1882 in Clapham.

      3. Nelly Lily Brooks was baptised on 29 September 1867 in Kingston-by-Sea, Sussex.  She married George Lasseter on 10 October 1885 in Clapham.

      4. Edith Ellen Brooks was baptised on 24 July 1870 in Kingston-by-Sea.  She married William Curtis on 28 June 1890 in Clapham.

      5. Minnie Brooks was baptised on 8 December 1872 in Kingston-by-Sea.  She married George William Charman on 22 September 1894 in Clapham.

      6. Christopher George Brooks was baptised on 31 March 1878 in Washington, Sussex.  He died on 24 March 1915 in Clapham.  He married Elizabeth May Pearson in in the fourth quarter of 1901.

  7. James Brookes was baptised on 19 September 1788 in Pulborough.  He died aged 54 years and was buried on 6 June 1844 in Pulborough.

    James married Sarah Robinson by banns on 27 November 1811 in Itchingfield, Sussex.  They were both of Itchingfield.  James signed his name, whilst Sarah made her X mark.  The witnesses were Elizabeth Robinson and John Knight, who both signed their names.

    Sarah was born about 1789 in Billingshurst.  When the 1851 census was recorded she was a 63 year old widow in receipt of parish relief and living alone in Pulborough.  She died aged 71 years at Nutbourne and was buried on 12 December 1860 in Pulborough.

    The 1841 census recorded the couple and daughter Charlotte were living in Lower Street, Pulborough.  James was then said to be a 50 year old agricultural labourer and Sarah was 45.

    James and Sarah had 3 known children:

    1. Charlotte Brooks was baptised on 6 June 1819 in Pulborough.

      Charlotte married George White on 21 June 1845 in Wisborough Green, Sussex.

      George was baptised on 13 July 1817 in Pulborough and was the son of Edmund White and Mary Saunders.

      In 1881 the couple were living at Brewers Yard, Storrington, Sussex and they were supported by an income from property.

    2. James Brooks was baptised on 25 February 1824 in Pulborough and buried there on 21 March 1846, aged 22 years.  When the 1841 census was recorded he was a 17 year old servant living in Upper Street, Pulborough, in the home of William Harwood.

    3. Jane Brooks was baptised on 20 June 1824 in Pulborough.



This page was reviewed on 9 April 2012