Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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Frederick COLES (1827-1895)

and Philadelphia Eliza WOOD (1833-1862)

and Ann West DOWLEN (1836-1915)


Frederick Coles married twice.  Firstly to Philadelphia Eliza Wood on 24 September 1853 in Keymer, Sussex.  He next married Ann West Adams on 10 April 1864 in Clayton, Sussex.  Frederick was then a 35 year old widower and a labourer of Clayton.  Ann was aged 28 and a widow of Clayton.  The witnesses were George Stoner and Mary Anne Stoner.  Ann had previously married Isaac Adams in 1857.  (Frederick and wives were not my direct ancestors, but Ann was the sister of my 2x Great Grandfather, Charles Dowlen.)

Frederick Coles was born on 6 November 1827 and baptised on 2 December 1827 in Newtimber, Sussex.  He was the son of John Coles (1797-1852) and Catherine Groves (1800-1855).  He died in 1895.  December 1862 was a very sad time for him as his wife and 2 children died within days of one another.

Philadelphia Eliza Wood was baptised on 9 June 1833 in Rottingdean, Sussex and was the daughter of Thomas Wood (1801-?) and Mary Ann Saunders (1807-?).  She died 7 days after childbirth on 2 December 1862 in Hurstpierpoint 5 days after the birth of her son.  Her death certificate records the cause of death as Puerperal fever, which is a streptococcal/staphlococcal infection after child birth.  Frederick registered her death on 5 December 1862.

Ann West Dowlen (1836-1915) - thanks to Karen Robb for this photographAnn West Dowlen was born on 23 December 1836 in Cowfold and baptised on 5 March 1837 in Henfield (Independent).  She was the daughter of John Dowlen (1802-1875) and Elizabeth Mansbridge (1808-1879).  She died aged 78 years on 9 March 1915 at Prospect Place, Ifield, Sussex.  Her cause of death was Cerebral Haemorrhage and Bronchus Pneumonia.  Her death was registered by her daughter E. Still who was of 9 Henfield Cottages, Newdigate.  (E. Still was probably Esther Coles.)  In 1901 Ann West Coles was living in Henfield along with her sons Fred and Albert and daughter Emily and Emily’s husband Fred Dawkins.

When the 1881 census was recorded the Frederick and Ann W. were living at Cannons in Henfield along with their 6 children (Samuel, John D., Esther, Emily, Frederick and Albert E.).  Frederick was then a 52 year old agricultural labourer and Ann was 44.  He gave his place of birth as Newtimber and she as Cowfold.  They were living next door to the family of Ann's brother David Dowlen.

In 1891 the couple and 3 children (John, Emily and Albert) were living at Tattlers in Henfield.  Frederick was a 63 year old agricultural labourer and Ann was 54.


Frederick Coles and Philadelphia Eliza Wood had 6 known children:

  1. Philadelphia Eliza Coles was baptised on 26 August 1855 in Pycombe, Sussex.  She died aged 8 years of scarlatina and her death was registered by her father on 9 December 1862.

  2. Sarah Coles was born on 28 November 1856 and baptised the next day in Pycombe.

    Sarah married William Thomas Scott in 1875 in Brighton.

    William Thomas was born in 1852 in Brighton and was the son of Joseph Scott and Sarah Jane Bignell.

    William and Sarah had 3 known children:

    1. Frederick William Scott was born in 1877 in Brighton and died there in 1954.  He married Charlotte Frederica Annie Prince-Cox in 1899 in Brighton.  She was born in 1880 in Brighton and died there in 1954.  She was the daughter of William Henry Prince-Cox and Elizabeth Ann Handyside.  The couple had 13 known children.

    2. Sarah J. Scott was born in 1879 in Brighton.

    3. Katherine Scott was born in 1881 in Brighton.

  3. A son was born and died in 1857.

  4. George Wood Coles was baptised on 7 November 1858 in Newtimber.  He died aged 4 years of scarlatina and his death was registered by his father on 8 December 1862.

  5. Catherine Coles was born on 10 October 1860 baptised on 2 November 1860 in Newtimber.  She died on 3 August 1906 in Henfield.

    Catherine married George Dewdney in 1884 in Steyning.

    George was born on 4 October 1862 in Shermanbury, Sussex and was the son of George Dewdney and Jane Knapp.  He died on 3 August 1936 in Henfield.

    George and Catherine had 6 known children:

    1. George Dewdney was born on 28 January 1884 in Henfield.  He died in 1944 in Cardiff, Wales.

    2. Kate Dewdney was born on 3 April 1885 in Henfield.  She died on 24 August 1954.

      Kate married Louis William Lewry in 1909 in Steyning.

      Louis was born in 1889 in Cowfold and was the son of Louis Lewry and Sarah Mitchell.  He died on 7 December 1963.

      Louis and Kate had 7 known children:

      1. Gertrude Margaret Lewry was born on 2 July 1909 in Henfield.  She died on 24 June 1995.  Gertrude married Robert Baker (Bob) on 19 October 1929.

      2. George Louis Lewry was born in 1912 in Henfield.  He died on 1 November 1961.  He married ? on 23 March 1935.

      3. William Lewry was born on 19 November 1913 in Henfield.  He died on 16 February 1971.  William married Rita Wakeham.  She was born on 11 February 1916 and died on 28 January 1979.

      4. Joan Lewry was born about 1915 in Henfield.  Joan married Thomas Fitzgerald on 9 February 1945.

      5. Albert Victor Lewry was born on 11 December 1918 in Henfield.  He died on 23 February 1969.  Albert married Mabel Beatrice Wakeham on 18 January 1941.  Mabel was born on 7 May 1920 and died on 10 December 2004.

      6. Jack Dennis Lewry was born on 18 February 1925 in Henfield.  He died on 13 February 1965.  Jack married Marie Gunn on 2 August 1946.

      7. Douglas Robert Lewry was born on 31 January 1928 in Henfield.  He died in Southlands Hospital, Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex on 3 February 1971.  Douglas married Pamela Mabel Skilton on 31 March 1952 at St. Peters, Henfield.  Pamela was born on 29 June 1928 in Henfield and was the daughter of Albert Skilton and Mabel Message (see below).  Pamela died in July 1993 in Brighton, Sussex.

    3. Ernest Dewdney was born in 1887 in Henfield and died there on 1 April 1889.

    4. Mabel Dewdney was born on 24 February 1889 in Henfield.  She died on 14 January 1972.

      Mabel married twice, firstly to Charles Hillman in 1915 in Steyning and then to her brother-in-law Louis William Lewry on 9 February 1957 in Steyning.

    5. Frank Dewdney was born in 1891 in Henfield.

    6. Percy John Dewdney was born on 16 October 1894 in Henfield.  He died on 17 January 1960 in Worthing.  He married Edith Louisa Browning in 1925.  Edith was born on 1 September 1896 and died in 1960 in Worthing.

  6. Samuel Coles was born on 26 November 1862 and baptised on 9 December 1862 in Hurstpierpoint.  In 1881 he was an 18 year old agricultural labourer.

    Samuel married Emily Stringer in 1885.

    Emily may have been baptised on 10 January 1864 in Henfield and have been the daughter of Thomas Stringer (1830-?) and Mary Browning.  Emily died aged 29 years, possibly in childbirth, and her death was registered in the third quarter 1893 in the Steyning registration district.

    Samuel and Emily had 4 known children.

    Samuel next married Ruth Glazebrook in 1895.

    Ruth, according to the 1901 census, was born about 1861 in Shermanbury.  She may have been baptised on 2 May 1858 and have been the daughter of Frederick Glazebrook (1821-?) and Mary Shoulder (1827-?).

    Samuel and Ruth had 2 known children.


Frederick Coles and Ann West Dowlen had 6 known children:

  1. Ann West Coles was born on 6 July 1864 and died in 1890.

  2. John Dowlen Coles was born on 25 April 1867 in Burgess Hill, Sussex.  He was a 13 year old agricultural labourer in 1881 and his place of birth was then given as Clayton, Sussex.  In 1891 he was a 23 year old agricultural labourer.

    John married Anne Franklin in 1895.

    Anne was born about 1873 in Henfield.

    In 1901 the couple were living in Horsham, Sussex and John was a railway telegraph labourer.

    John and Anne had the following child:

    1. James Coles was baptised on 2 July 1896 in Henfield.  The baptism register noted that his father was a labourer from Henfield Common.  He died aged 2 days and was buried on 4 July 1896 in Henfield.

  3. Esther Coles was born on 27 November 1870 in Clayton.  In 1881 she was a 10 year old scholar.

    Esther married Harry James Still in 1897.

  4. Emily Coles was born 2 January 1874 and baptised on 10 May 1874 in Henfield.  She died in 1954.  In 1881 she was a 7 year old scholar.  She was 17 years old in 1891.

    Emily married Frederick Dawkins in 1900.

    Fred was born about 1878 in West Tytherley, Hampshire and was the son of John Dawkins (1833-?) and Sarah Bendel (1836-?).

    Fred and Emily had 4 known children.

  5. Frederick William Coles was born on 9 February 1876 and baptised on 16 February 1876 in Henfield.  In 1881 he was a 5 year old scholar.

    Frederick married Grace Merritt in 1919.

    Grace was born in 1885 in West Grinstead.

    Frederick and Grace had 3 children:

    1. Grace Coles

    2. Olive Coles married Frank George Skilton.  His parents were Albert Skilton and Mabel Message (see above).

    3. Joyce Margaret Coles

  6. Albert Edward Coles was born on 14 December 1880 and baptised on 12 March 1881 in Henfield.  At the time of the 1881 census he was 3 months old.  In 1891 he was a 10 year old scholar.


Grateful thanks to Maureen Lewry for much of the information on this page.

COLES          DOWLEN          WOOD

This page was updated on 23 July 2012