Ancestors of Mandy Willard
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and Mary LUXFORD (?-?)
and Sarah WILLARD (1754-?)
Bridger Champion and wives, were not my direct ancestors. He
first married Mary Luxford by banns on 18 August 1767 in Cowfold,
Sussex. They were both then of Cowfold. The witnesses to the
marriage were Mary Field (see
notes below) who made her
X mark and Walter Hills (he was an Overseer of Cowfold in 1755 and
died in 1802 aged 80 years). Bridger next married Sarah Willard
on 23 September 1774 in Findon, Sussex. They married by licence, which
stated he was a widower aged 29 years and of Findon, and she a 20 year old spinster of
Storrington who married with the consent of her father, Jo. Willard a
Farmer of Storrington. Henry Baker provided surety for the
marriage licence, which was dated 24 August 1774 and issued by the
Archdeaconry of Chichester.
Bridger Champion was baptised on 1 February 1739/40 in Storrington,
Sussex. He was the son of John Champion and Hannah Longley,
who had married on 23 September 1733 in Wiggonholt, Sussex.
Mary Luxford's date and place of birth/baptism are unknown. She
died between November 1771 and August 1774. She may have been the
James Luxford and Sarah Newman who married by Banns in
Cowfold on 28 August 1743; or
Henry Luxford and Elizabeth Stoner who married in Cowfold on
17 February 1743/4; or
William Luxford and Sarah. They had a 14 year old
daughter Mary Luxford baptised on 15 January 1758 in Cowfold, i.e.
born about 1744. No possible marriage for them in the SFHG's
marriage index nor the IGI.
Sarah Willard was born about 1754. A Sarah Willard
was baptised on 22 June 1754 in Storrington, Sussex, the daughter of
Willard (1715-?) and
Steer, but given that her father was named as Jo.
Willard in her marriage licence, this baptism would seem unlikely. A John Willard married Sarah Walder
on 30 January 1754 in Burpham, Sussex, and Burpham borders Storrington to
the south-west. John may have died aged 71 years in 1790 in
Bridger Champion and Mary
Luxford had 2 known children:
was baptised on 31 July 1768 in Findon.
was baptised on 17 November 1771 in
Findon. He may have died as an infant.
Bridger Champion and
Sarah Willard had 10 known children:
was baptised on 9 October 1774 in Findon. He died in Cheltenham,
Gloucestershire in 1851.
John married Sarah Turner on 18 July 1800 at St. Clement Dane in
John and Sarah had 8 known
Champion was born in 1801 in Croydon, Surrey. He died in the
first quarter of 1875.
Catherine Wood on 2 September 1828 at St. Peter in Leckhampton,
Gloucestershire. She died in the fourth quarter of
Catherine had 8 known children:
Champion was born about 1830 in Leckhampton.
Champion was born about 1833 in Leckhampton.
Champion was born about 1834 in Leckhampton.
Champion was born about 1836 in Leckhampton.
Champion was born about 1838 in Leckhampton.
Champion was born about 1841 in Leckhampton.
Champion was born about 1842 in Leckhampton.
Champion was born about 1847 in Leckhampton.
Champion was baptised on 7 June 1802 in Cheltenham.
Champion was baptised on 11 May 1804 in Cheltenham.
Champion was baptised on 20 May 1805 in Cheltenham.
Champion was baptised on 3 May 1807 in Cheltenham.
Champion was baptised on 20 Jan 1811 in Cheltenham.
Champion was born about 1814 in Cheltenham.
Champion was born about 1815 in Cheltenham.
was baptised on 5 October 1777 in Findon.
Champion was baptised on 10 October 1779 in Findon.
was baptised on 5 February 1781 in Findon.
was baptised on 1 December 1782 in Findon.
Champion was baptised on 26 April 1785 in Findon.
Champion was baptised on 27 March 1788 in Findon.
was baptised on 11 December 1789 in Findon. When the 1851 census was
recorded David was a 61 year old widower and agricultural labourer living
on Rogers Farm in Findon with his son Jesse. On census night in 1861
he was a visitor at the Green Man Inn in Hurst Green Road, Ringmer,
Sussex. He was then said to be a 73 year old former agricultural
David married Ann Hanson
on 11 July 1814 in Findon. He was then a bachelor and she a
spinster, and they were both of Findon. The witnesses to the
marriage were George Holford (see
notes below) and
David and Ann had 6 known children:
Champion was baptised on 16 February 1815 in Findon.
married Sarah Smith on 26 December 1842 in Brighton, Sussex.
Sarah was born about 1815 in West Grinstead, Sussex and was the daughter
of Thomas Smith.
When the 1851 census was recorded Charles and family were living in
Droxford, Hampshire and Charles was a 37 year old huntsman. By
1861 the family had moved to West Derby in Lancashire and Charles was
still a huntsman. At the time of the 1881
census, Charles, wife Sarah, daughter Emma and grandson 12
year old Frederick Champion were living at Woodlands in Ferring,
Sussex, where Charles was a huntsman.
Charles and Sarah may have had the following children:
Champion was born about 1839 in Findon. He was 12 years old
when the 1851 census was recorded.
Champion was born about 1842 in Findon. She was a 9 year old
scholar in 1851. She was also known as Susannah. She
married Clement Harris Berry and the couple lived
on the Wirral.
Champion was baptised on 25 January 1845 in Findon. He was a
6 year old scholar in 1851. In 1861 he was a 16 year old "whipperin"
and the eldest of his siblings living at home. He
married Caroline Cox on 25 July 1866 at St. Marys in Portsea,
Hampshire. When the 1881 census was recorded the couple and 5
children were living at Aske Wood Yard, Gilling, Yorkshire, where
Bridger was a huntsman.
Champion was baptised on 3 January 1847 in Findon. She was 4
year old in 1851. In 1861 she was a 14 year old scholar.
Champion was born in Findon and baptised on 26 August 1849 in Droxford, Hampshire.
She was a year old in 1851 and an 11 year old scholar in 1861.
Champion was baptised on 30 March 1851 in Droxford. When the
1851 census was recorded she was 2 months old. She was a 10 year
old scholar in 1861. In 1881
she was an unmarried 30 year old domestic servant living with her
Champion was baptised on 9 February 1817 in Findon.
Champion was baptised on 10 February 1822 in Findon. When the
1861 census was recorded he was an unmarried 38 year old servant and
groom living at Folkington Place in Folkington, Sussex. He
married Sarah. In 1881 the couple were living at 10
Hartington Place, Eastbourne, Sussex, where Edward was a lodging house
Champion was baptised on 10 December 1826 in Findon. He
married Sarah. When the 1861 census was recorded the family
were living at the Dog Kennels of Ringmer House in Ringmer, Sussex.
George was then a 36 year old huntsman. In 1881 the couple together with son
Charles Champion aged 26, niece Ellen Percival aged 21, and
servant Fanny Newnham aged 16, were living in Ringmer House,
Turnpike Road, Ringmer, Sussex, where George was a huntsman.
George and Sarah had the following children:
Champion was born about 1855 in Reading, Berkshire. He was a 6
year old scholar in 1861.
Champion was born about 1857 in Droxford, Hampshire. She was a
4 year old scholar in 1861.
Champion was baptised on 17 May 1829 in Findon. When the 1881
census was recorded he was an unmarried 53 year old gentleman visiting
the home of William Horscroft at 10 Clarence Street, Brighton,
Champion was baptised on 17 May 1835 in Findon. He was a 16 year old
errand boy in 1851. He married Letitia. In 1861 the
couple were living in the parish of St. Giles in Camberwell, Surrey.
Jesse was then a 26 year old painter journeyman. Letitia was a 25
year old schoolmistress who gave her place of birth as Dulwich, Surrey.
Champion was baptised on 11 November 1792 in Findon. He died
before the recording of the 1851 census.
Elizabeth Thorne by banns on 13 April 1818 in Findon. He was
then a bachelor and she a spinster, and they were both of Findon.
The witnesses were James Ratley (see
notes below) and
Mary Mandy Boston.
Elizabeth was baptised on 28 October 1792 in West Grinstead, Sussex and
was the daughter of Thomas Thorns (1758-?) and Elizabeth Luckens.
When the 1851 census was recorded she was a 58 year old shoemaker's widow
living next door to her brother-in-law, David, at Rogers Farm in Findon.
In 1861 she was living with her son William and she was then described as
Charles and Elizabeth had 7 known children:
Champion was baptised on 29 August 1818 in Findon. He married
Mary Elizabeth Marsh on 3 July 1847 in Findon.
Mary Elizabeth was born on 14 May 1820 in Fareham, Hampshire and
baptised on 6 July 1824 in Portchester, Hampshire. She was the
daughter of James Joseph Marsh and Mary Elizabeth.
When the 1851 census was recorded the family were living in Findon
Village and William was a 32 year old gardener. Also with them on
census night were logder Reuben Parker a 21 year old unmarried
under groom and visitor James William Marsh an unmarried 22 year
old sign writer and grainer.
William was still a gardener in 1861 and he was then living in Findon
Street, Findon. His wife was not at home on census night in 1861.
She was living at 83 Queen Street in Portsea, Hampshire, where she was
described as the sister-in-law of Jesse Harris and his wife
Charlotte. Also living in the Harris household in 1861 was 61
year old mother-in-law, Mary E. Marsh who was a widow.
William and Ann had 2 known children:
Elizabeth Champion was baptised on 3 September 1848 in Findon.
She was 2 years old in 1851. She was a 12 year old scholar in 1861
living with her mother.
Bridger Champion was baptised on 3 October 1853 in Findon. He
was a 7 year old scholar in 1861. In 1871 he was an 18 year old
domestic servant living in Aldershot, Hampshire. When the 1881
census was recorded he may have been a married 28 year old servant and
groom living at Mount Cottage in Windlesham, Surrey. His place of
birth was given as Worthing. His wife was not living at the same
address on census night. William married Jane Elizabeth
Billinghurst in the on 22 February 1886 in Preston, near Brighton.
She was baptised on 27 February 1859 in Hove, Sussex and was the
daughter of Henry Edward Billinghurst and Ann Eliza Mann.
Champion was baptised on 1 April 1821 in Findon. He married
Ann Currall on 19 August 1850 in Findon. When the 1851 census
was recorded the couple were living with his mother and younger sister.
Thomas was then a 30 year old agricultural labourer. Ann was a 34
year old laundress who gave her place of birth as Warwick in
Warwickshire. In 1881, Thomas
was a lodging house proprietor at 8 Palmerston Terrace, Crescent Road,
Thomas and Ann had 4 known
Champion was baptised on 14 September 1851 in Broadwater, Sussex.
Champion was born about 1853 in Broadwater.
Henry Champion was baptised on 3 June 1855 in Broadwater. He
died on 24 December 1898 (IGI date).
Bridger Champion was baptised on 7 November 1858 in Broadwater.
He died on 24 December 1898 (IGI date). When the 1881 census was
recorded he was an unmarried grocers clerk boarding in the home of
William Fry in Junction Road, Dorking, Surrey.
Champion was baptised on 28 September 1823 in Findon. When the
1851 census was recorded she was an unmarried 27 year old housemaid
living at 33 Bedford Square in Brighton, Sussex. She
married Thomas Currall on 24 November 1851 in Broadwater.
On the night the 1881 census was recorded, 56 year old widow Jane
Currall was a visitor in the home of John G. Adams at Cisbury
Villa, Devonshire Road, Lewisham, Kent.
Champion was baptised on 10 December 1826 in Findon.
Champion was baptised on 14 December 1828 in Findon.
was baptised on 22 January 1832 in Findon. When the 1861 census
was recorded she was an unmarried 29 year old pauper living with her
Champion was baptised on 10 August 1834 in Findon. When the
1851 cenus was recorded she was a 16 year old kitchen maid to the Vicar
of Findon, living at The Rectory.
Champion was baptised on 13 December 1785 in Findon.
Mary Field, mentioned
above, was a witness to the 1767 marriage of Bridger Champion and
Mary Luxford. Mary Field may have married Thomas Dudney by
Banns on 26 April 1773 in Cowfold. The witnesses to their marriage
were William Shearlock and Mary Shearlock who made her X mark.
The Sussex Family History Group's marriage index gives that William
Sherlock married Mary Lencer of Ashurst, on 20 November 1763 in
Cowfold, but a transcript of the Cowfold registers by the Sussex Records
Society does not include this marriage.
Holford, mentioned above, was a witness to the 1814 marriage of David
Champion and Ann Hanson. The SFHG's marriage index records
that a George Holford, junior and widower, married Sarah Pannet,
spinster, by Banns on 21 May 1792 in Findon. Previously on 24 May 1776
in Findon, as a 21 year old bachelor and Carpenter of Findon, he married
Elizabeth Harland, a 21 year old spinster of Findon. George junior
was baptised on 26 December 1754 in Findon, and was the son of George
Holford and Elizabeth Mills, who married on 29 July 1743 in
Findon. George senior may also have married Mary Baker on 14
October 1770. As a 54 year old Carpenter who had lived in Findon for
43 years, he married Mary Mitchell, a 48 year old spinster of
Clapham, on 5 July 1779.
James Ratley, mentioned
above, was a witnesses to the 1818 marriages of Charles Champion and
Elizabeth Thorne. As a bachelor he married Sarah Ockenden,
spinster, by Banns on 17 September 1818 in Findon. They were both of
Findon. James was baptised on 11 June 1795 in Findon and was the son
of Richard Ratley and Rebecca Grevatt who had married on 14
April 1791 in Goring, Sussex.
Thanks to Linda Richards for spotting the following marriage in the
John Champion and Ann Bridger married on 13 July 1671 in
Wisborough Green, Sussex. (I have rechecked the Sussex marriage index
and this marriage has been omitted.) Could John and Ann have been the
grandparents or great grandparents of Bridger Champion?
Many thanks to Barbara Berry for
additions to this page.
This page was reviewed on 9 April 2012