John Comber Millyard was baptised on 25 April 1816 in Nuthurst.
The baptism register records that he was the illegitimate son of John
Comber and Emeley Millyard a farmer's daughter. (I
assume his father's name should read David, rather than John.) He
died before the recording of the 1871 census.
John married twice, firstly to
Mary Dinnage on 19 October 1840 in Nuthurst.
They were both then of Nuthurst. He was then a 24 year old
bachelor and labourer. She was a 24 year old spinster. Their
fathers were named as David Comber a labourer and James
Dinnage a broom maker. The witnesses to the marriage were Maryann Comber and
When the 1851 census was recorded, John and his wife Mary were living in
Horsham along with 2 daughters, 10 year old Mary Ann Millyard and
5 year old Emily Millyard who were both scholars. Also with
them was John's 60 year old widower father-in-law, Thomas Jenner.
John Comber Millyard he next married Ann Waller by
banns on 25
October 1853 in Cowfold. He was then described as a widower and
labourer, whilst Ann was a spinster. John's father was not named
on the marriage certificate. Ann's father was named as Benjamin Waller a farmer. The witnesses to their marriage
were James Pronger and Betsey Pronger.
Ann was born about 1831/2 in Lower Beeding.
When the 1861 census was recorded,
John Millyard was a 45 year
old agricultural labourer. His wife Ann was then 29 and they were
living with their 4 children at Gods Hill, Cowfold, either next door or
part of the same house as Benjamin Waller aged 71 and his 68 year
old wife Ann, who were most probably John's parents-in-law.
(In 1861 Ann Waller gave her place of birth as Reigate, Surrey, and in
1871 as Ann Walder she also gave her place as Reigate.)
John and Ann had the following known children:
Jane Millyard was baptised on 5 November 1854 in Lower Beeding.
She was 7 years old in 1861.
George Millyard was baptised on 9 March 1856 in Cowfold. He
was 5 years old in 1861.
Betsey Comber was baptised on 27 December 1857 in Cowfold.
In 1861 she was 3 year old Betsey Millyard.
Isaac Comber was baptised on 2 September 1860 in Cowfold.
When the 1861 census was recorded he was 8 month old Isaac Millyard.
In 1871 he was a 9 year old scholar.
David Comber was baptised on 13
December 1863 in Cowfold. He was a 7 year old scholar in 1871.
Elizabeth Rachel Baines
in the second quarter of 1891 in the Lambeth registration district.
Elizabeth was born in 1863 in Lambeth and was the daughter of
Stephen Baines and
Ernest Comber was born about 1866 in Hurstpierpoint. In
1871 he was 5 years old.
Sarah Ann Comber was baptised on 4 April 1869 in Lower Beeding.
She was 2 year old Ann Comber in 1871.