Ancestors of Mandy Willard
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and Elizabeth NOWEL (1717-?)
William Cobby and Elizabeth Nowel were most probably my 6x
Great Grandparents. (Click
here to see their place in my pedigree chart.) They married
by banns on 1 September 1736 at the parish church of St. Michael in Northchapel, Sussex.
William Cobby's date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me.
He was buried on 26 November 1786 in Northchapel and the burial register
records that he was a pauper. He and his family most probably lived on
Colhook Common within the parish of Northchapel. (Colhook Common is
about half way between Northchapel and Kirdford.) There was a William Cobby
baptised on 11 October 1710 in Woolavington, Sussex, the son of
Cobby and Mary Gace, but he probably married Martha Hull
in 1735 in Duncton, Sussex, unless Martha died soon after the wedding and
William remarried. However, rather confusingly, his son married as
Stilve and became a Stillaway, and was then buried as a Stillwell alias Cobb
Elizabeth Noel was baptised on 23 June 1717 in Northchapel. She
was the daughter of Peter Noel
(c1690-1777) and Elizabeth (c1686-1759). She may
have been buried on 10 March 1799 in Northchapel, but there was also the
burial of another Elizabeth Cobby on 23 March 1805 in Northchapel.
Might the burials have been of mother and daughter?
William Cobby and
Elizabeth Nowel had 6 or 7 known children:
William Cobby, my probable 5x Great Grandfather, was baptised on
28 February 1736/7 in Northchapel. As
William Stilve he married
Ward in 1773. (They have their own page.) He was
buried as William Stillwell alias Cobb.
Elizabeth Cobby was baptised on 5 August 1739 in Northchapel.
Sarah Cobby was baptised on 20 April 1742 in Northchapel.
had an illegitimate daughter:
Charlotte Cobby was baptised on 13 July 1764 in Northchapel.
She probably died as an infant and was buried on 28 February 1766 in
Sarah married Henry Ware by banns on 25 May 1766 in Kirdford,
Sussex. He was then a widower and labourer and she a spinster.
They were both of Kirdford. The witnesses to their marriage were
John Nightingale and William Barnes.
Henry's first wife was also named Sarah
and she died aged 38 years and was buried on 30 May 1765 in Northchapel.
Henry and Sarah had the following child:
Peter Ware was baptised on 4 November 1766 in Northchapel.
Henry Cobby was baptised on 18 November 1744 in Northchapel.
He died aged 20 years and was buried on 18 April 1865 in Northchapel.
Ann Cobby was baptised on 23 November 1746 in Northchapel.
Ann may have had an illegitimate daughter:
Ann Coby was baptised on 4 May 1766 in Northchapel. A
bastardy order/bond was issued on 28 May 1766 in respect of Ann Cobby
of Lurgashall who gave birth in the house of William Cobby on
Coolhook Common in Northchapel. Her father was named as John
Peirce. Ann may have been buried on 12
January 1786 in Northchapel.
Ann may have married John Percey by licence on 24 October 1765 in
Northchapel. The witnesses to their marriage were Francis
Lanaway and John Johnson.
Their marriage licence was issued on 24 October 1765 by
the Archdeaconry of Sussex and recorded that John was a 21 year old
bachelor and husbandman and Ann a 20 year old spinster. They were
both then of Northchapel and Ann married with the concent of William
Cobby a labourer.
Or, as Ann Cobbe, spinster, she may have married
James Smyth from the parish of St. Nicholas, Guildford, Surrey,
by licence on 10 March 1772 in Northchapel. The witnesses to their
marriage were George Harrison and John Johnson.
(I have a transcript of the Northchapel registers and it gives the 1766
baptism of Ann, daughter of Ann and the 1765 marriage of Ann to John.
At some point I will check the original register.)
Mary Cobby was baptised on 22 April 1751 in Northchapel.
Mary Cobbey, spinster, she married John Newman by banns on 18 October
1773 in Northchapel. The witnesses to their marriage were
Samuel Johnson and James Belton.
John and Mary had the following children:
Henry Newman was baptised on 27 February 1774 in Northchapel.
Jane Newman was baptised on 12 May 1776 in Northchapel.
Edward Newman was baptised on 1 March 1778 in Northchapel.
Maria Newman was baptised on 4 September 1780 in Northchapel.
George Newman was baptised on 18 May 1783 in Northchapel.
Margaret Newman was baptised on 6 September 1788 in
George Cobby was baptised on 23 June 1765 in Northchapel, as the
son of William and Elizabeth, but Elizabeth would have been 48 years old
at that point. Might George have been an illegitimate grandson?
George married Sarah Hillier on 19 April 1784 at St. Peter the
Great in Chichester. They were both then of the parish of St. Peter
the Great. George and Sarah had the following children:
James Cobby was baptised on 30 July 1786 in Northchapel.
William Cobby was baptised on 21 February 1790 in Northchapel.
George Cobby was baptised on 29 July 1792 in Northchapel.
Clara Cobby was baptised on 27 April 1795 in Northchapel.
Could the following be related:
Sarah Cobby married Robert Jenner by banns on 22
October 1738 in Northchapel. They may have had the following children:
Thomas Jenner was baptised on 7 October 1739 in
Northchapel. His mother's name was recorded as Sarah.
Ann Jenner was baptised on 12 March 1742 in Northchapel.
Her mother's name was recorded as Jane.
Jane Jenner was baptised on 6 March 1743 in Northchapel.
Her mother's name was recorded as Jane.
Mary Jenner was baptised on 27 March 1745 in
Northchapel. Her mother's name was recorded as Jane.
Robert Jenner was baptised on 11 September 1748 in
Northchapel. His mother's name was recorded as Jane.