Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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Charles DOWLEN (1786-1868)

and Mary RENVILL (1784-1857)


Charles Dowlen and Mary Renvill married by licence on 25 May 1812 in Wivelsfield, Sussex.  He was then of Cowfold, Sussex and she of Wivelsfield.  (They were not my direct ancestors.  Charles was the brother of my 3x great grandfather, John Dowlen.)

Charles Dowlen was baptised on 3 May 1786 in Cowfold, Sussex.  He was the son of Charles Dowlen (1754-1822) and Ann West (1760-1825).  He died aged 82 years at Preston, near Brighton, Sussex and was buried on 19 May 1868 in Cowfold.  He was an executor of his father's 1821 will and that of his father-in-law's of 1827.

Mary Renvil was baptised on 16 May 1784 in Wivelsfield, Sussex.  She was the daughter of Robert Renvill (1749-1831) and Elizabeth Jeffery.  She was buried in Cowfold on 23 March 1857.

When the 1841 census was recorded the family were living at Goodyers in Cowfold along with 52 year old Susan Renvall (Mary's unmarried sister).  They were still at Goodyers Farm in 1851, along with a daughter and grandson.


Charles Dowlen and Mary Renvill had 8 known children:

  1. Ann Dowlen was baptised on 26 July 1812 in Cowfold.

  2. Christiana Dowling was baptised on 6 March 1814 in Bolney.

    As Christian Dowlen she married Richard Terrell by banns on 3 October 1837 in Cowfold.  He was then a bachelor and miller of Gorseden Mill in Cowfold and she a spinster of Cowfold.  They were both of full age and both signed their names.  The witnesses were William Ansell and Mary Ann Dowlen, who both signed their names.

    Richard was baptised on 7 August 1814 in Cowfold and was the son of Thomas Terrell and Catherine Goble.  His father was also a miller.

    Richard and Christiana had the following children:

    1. Richard Terrell was baptised on 19 August 1838 in Cowfold.

    2. Mary Terrell was baptised on 13 June 1841 in Cowfold.

  3. Charles Dowlen was born in 1816.  He died on 14 April 1875.

    Charles married Rebecca Johnson Cheesman on 7 October 1845 (not in Cowfold).

    Rebecca was born about 1820 in Keymer, Sussex and died on 4 December 1879 in Reigate, Surrey.

    By 1861 the couple were living at Attlees Mill in Dorking, Surrey, along with Peter Ansell.  Peter was the grandson of Jane Renvill, and Jane was a cousin of Charles's mother Mary.

  4. Mary Ann Dowlen was baptised on 24 May 1818 in Woodmancote, Sussex and died in 1879 in Horley, Surrey.  She had an illegitimate son:

    1. Charles Dowlen was born on 1 March 1848 in Cowfold.  He married Ann Cooper on 22 October 1877.

    On 7 July 1852 Mary Ann married John Mew at Brighton, Sussex.

    John was born about 1821 in Preston near Brighton and died in 1875 in Horley.  They had 1 known son:

    1. John Dowlen Mew was born about 1852 in Brighton.  He married Ellen Collins in 1880 in Horley.

  5. Sarah Dowlen was baptised on 1 October 1820 in Woodmancote.

  6. Elizabeth Buckwell Dowlen was baptised on 9 June 1822 in Woodmancote.  She died aged 29 years on 3 October 1851 and was buried on 9 October 1851 in Cowfold.

  7. Edward Dowlen was baptised on 29 August 1824 in Woodmancote.  He died on 23 May 1867 in Kennington, London.  He married Mary Ann Porch, widow, on 23 July 1860 in Lambeth, Surrey.  She died in 1869 in Lambeth.

  8. Susanna Jane Dowlen was baptised on 24 June 1827 in Cowfold.  She was buried in Henfield on 24 February 1918.  She never married.


Many thanks to the following for additions to this page:

Rosie Ansell          Jay Glanville


This page was reviewed on 9 April 2012