and Mary PICK (1684-1731)
and Mary SMITH (c1703-1766)
were my 7x Great Grandparents. (Click
see their place in my pedigree chart.) They married on 10 January
1709/10 at the parish church of St. Peter's in Ardingly, Sussex. His
name was recorded as
in the marriage register. After Mary's death John may have married
on 31 August 1735 in Ardingly. They were
both of Ardingly. The marriage register does not state whether he was
a widower, or if she was a spinster or a widow.
was baptised on 11 February 1682/3 in
Ardingly. He was the son of
(1644-1716). He died aged 80
years and was buried on 17 August 1762 in Ardingly.
may have been baptised on 1 June 1684 in
East Grinstead, Sussex. She may have been the daughter of
(1646-?). She died aged 45 years and
was buried on 18 March 1730/1 in Ardingly. (Her age at death puts her birth
at about 1685/6.)
Mary Smith was born about 1703. She
died aged 63 years and was buried on 9 February 1766 in Ardingly.
From a transcript of the court rolls for Wakehurst Manor, in Ardingly:
"Paid John Elsey for to pay the small pox tender £1."
John Elsey and Mary Pick
had 7 or 8 known children:
was baptised on 12 August 1713 in
Ardingly. He probably died young although there is no mention of his
burial in the Ardingly registers. But the registers don’t record any
burials between 13 July 1713 and 29 January 1713/4.
Elsey, my 6x Great Grandmother,
was baptised on 26 February 1715/6 in Ardingly. She married
in 1738. (They have their own
was baptised on 16 March 1717/8 in
Ardingly and buried there on 24 March 1720/1. He was described in the
burial register as “a Chield”.
was baptised on 17 April 1720 in
Ardingly. He died aged 57 years and was buried on 10 December 1777 in
sometime before or about 1750. Not possible marriage has been found
for them in the Sussex marriage index.
William and Elizabeth had 5 known
was born on 2 September and
baptised on 16 September 1750 in Ardingly.
was born on 2 December and baptised on
15 December 1751 in Ardingly. Did he, or his possible cousin
William Elsey born in 1754, marry Elizabeth Ridley in 1775?
was born on 8 April and baptised on 13
April 1753 in Ardingly.
John may have married Sarah Greenfield
by banns on 11 April 1771 in Ardingly, but there was another
born in 1750 in Ardingly.
was born on 31 March and baptised on 13
April 1755 in Ardingly. He died aged 2 years and 11 months and was
buried on 2 March 1758 in Ardingly.
was born on 17 November and baptised on
20 November 1757 in Ardingly.
was baptised on 1 January 1722/3 in
Ardingly. He died aged 60 years and was buried on 6 August 1783 in
by banns on 9 May 1771 in Slaugham.
They were both then of Slaugham.
baptised on 4 September 1729 in Slaugham and was the daughter of
She died as a widow aged 68 years and was buried on 26 February 1797 in
It is unlikely there were any children from this marriage.
was baptised on 16 May 1725 in Ardingly
and buried there on 31 July 1726.
was born on 2 December and baptised on 22
December 1726 in Ardingly.
may have been part of this family. He married
Susannah sometime before or about
1750. No possible marriage has been found for them in the Sussex
marriage index. The IGI gives that George was born about 1724, but
that was probably based on him being 25 years old when he possibly married
George and Susannah
had 3 known children:
was born on 22 September and privately baptised on
24 September 1750 in Ardingly. The baptism register recorded that
his parents were George and Susannah. He was received into the
church on 6 March 1751.
John may have married Sarah Greenfield
on 11 April 1771 in Ardingly. They were both then of Ardingly.
The witness to the marriage were William Sharpe and Abraham
Jenner. According to the Sussex marriage index, John was the son of George, but
there was no mention of this in the original marriage register or the
There was another
born in 1753.
was born on 28 November and baptised on
8 December 1754 in Ardingly. The baptism register recorded that
his parents were George and Susannah. He may have died aged 14 years and
have been buried on 6 February 1768 in Ardingly.
Ardingly marriage register records that a William Elsey married
Elizabeth Ridley by banns on 18 April 1775. They were both then of
Ardingly and again the Sussex marriage index records that William was
the son of George. (There was a possible cousin
William Elsey born in 1751.) The witnesses to their marriage
were William Sharpe (he was a witness to several marriages, so he
was possibly a church warden/clerk) and James Ridley who made his
William and Elizabeth
had 5 known children:
John Elsey was born on 4 June and privately baptised on 25 June
1780 in Ardingly. He was received into the church on 16 June 1782.
John married Hannah Langridge by banns on 20 February 1802 in Ardingly.
They were both then of Ardingly.
Ann Elsey was born on 2 June and baptised on 16 June 1782 in
Ardingly. Ann married Thomas Wickings by banns on 23 March
1808 in Ardingly. She was then of Ardingly and he of Keymer.
Elizabeth Elsey was born on 28 December 1784 and baptised on 6
February 1785 in Ardingly. At the time of her baptism her parents
were described as poor.
Sarah Elsey was born on 1 November and privately baptised on 5
November 1787 in Ardingly. She was received into the church on 23
December. Sarah married John Cook by banns on 17 September
1811 in Lindfield, Sussex. They were both then of Lindfield.
George Elsey was born and privately
baptised on 14 July 1791 in Ardingly. He was received into the
church on 26 February 1804.
George married Elizabeth Bish
by banns on 17 October 1815 in Linfield. He was then a bachelor
and she a spinster and they were both of Lindfield.
George and Elizabeth had 3
known children, one of whom was Ann Elsey who was born on 6
February 1822 in Ardingly. She married Henry Cook (1823-?)
and they were the parents of James Cook (1849-?) who married
Mary Newnham (1857-?), and they were the parents of George Henry
Cook (1893-?) who married
Alice Mabel Holder in 1920, daughter of
John Holder and
was born on 17 September and baptised on
1 October 1758 in Ardingly. Her parents were named as George and
Susannah in the baptism register.
Mary married Thomas Payne by
banns on 15 October 1781 in Ardingly. She was then of Ardingly and
he of West Hoathly.
Thomas and Mary
had at least 1 child:
Mary Pain was baptised on 4 May 1788 in Balcombe. She
in 1808. (They have their own page.)
John Elsey and Mary Smith
had 2 known children:
was born on 15 November and baptised on 17
November 1734 in Ardingly, as the son of John Elsey and Mary Smith. He
was buried on 26 October 1735 in Ardingly aged 1 year.
was born on 22 October and baptised on 30
October 1737 in Ardingly. He was buried on 2 April 1738 in Ardingly, aged
A Settlement Examination was undertaken on 19 May 1801 by the overseers of
Cowfold parish, of John Elsey a labourer married to Elizabeth.
He was born in Ardingly where his parents were settled. (Ref.
Could the following connect to the above family:
Burials in Lindfield:
30 March 1624, Elizabeth wife of Stephen Elisy alias Martin
20 September 1634, Stephen Elssey
John Elzey and Mary Martin married on 11 May 1697 in
Twineham, Sussex. He was of Hurstpierpoint and she of Twineham.
They had the following known children:
Susan Elsey was born and died in1698 in Twineham.
John Elsey was born in 1699 in
Twineham. He may have married
on 17 April 1733 or 1735 at All Saints,
Lewes. He was then said to be of Twineham and Ann of Bolney.