Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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John FORD (c1771-?)

and Lucy HAMMOND (c1781-?)


John Ford and Lucy Hammond married by banns on 12 October 1803 at St. Nicholas in Brighton, Sussex.  John was then a bachelor of the Sussex Militia and Lucy was a spinster of Brighton.  (They were not my direct ancestors.)

John Fordís date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me.  The deaths of 4 John Fords were registered in the Brighton registration district:  second quarter of 1848, fourth quarter of 1850, second quarter of 1852 and third quarter of 1858.

Lucy Hammond's date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me.  The death of a Lucy Ford was registered in the second quarter of 1849 in the Brighton registration district.  Might she have had a brother named Charles Hammond who was also in the Sussex Militia when he married Susanna Lewis on 4 March 1804 in Brighton?

When the 1841 census was recorded John and Lucy were living in Oxford Street, Brighton.  He was then said to be 70 years and Lucy's aged was recorded as 60 years, and they both said they were born in Sussex.  Also with the couple was their son William and 80 year old James Nye and 80 year old Sarah Nye.  (James Nye may have married Sarah Coppard by licence on 5 June 1783 in Henfield.  He was then a bachelor of Hurstpierpoint and she a spinster.)

The 1851 census records that there was an 82 year old widower, John Ford, living in the workhouse in the St. Peter's parish of Brighton.  He was then a gardener and said he was born in Dorchester, Dorset.  (Was this the John married to Lucy?  But if so, how did he come to join the Sussex Militia?)


John Ford and Lucy Hammond had 7 or more children:

  1. Joseph Ford may have been part of this family.  He was born about 1804.  As a 60 year old widower, Joseph married 47 year old Elizabeth Kelly on 28 February 1864 at St. Nicholas in Brighton.  Their fathers were named as John Ford and Thomas Kelly.  However, a Joseph Ford was baptised on 9 June 1805 in Ringmer, Sussex, the son of John Ford and Elizabeth.  The 1871 census records that 68 year old Joseph and his 54 year old wife Elizabeth were living at 14 Grovsner Street in Brighton.  He was then an agricultural labourer and gave his place of birth as Keymer and she was a nurse and said she was born in Ringmer.

  2. Caroline Ford was baptised on 11 October 1812 at St. Nicholas, Brighton.

  3. Henry Ford was baptised on 10 July 1814 in Stanmer.

    Might Henry have married Charlotte Bailey by licence on 28 April 1836 in Brighton?  Their marriage licence was issued on the same day by the Archdeaconry of Lewes, which noted that he was a bachelor and she a spinster.  They were both aged 21 years and upwards and were both of Brighthelmston.  However, there was a Henry Ford baptised on 3 August 184 in Brighton, the son of David Ford and Elizabeth Boys.

    When the 1841 census was recorded, Henry and Charlotte were both said to be 35 years old and they were living in Robt Street, Brighton, along with 3 year old Mary Ford, 4 month old Henry Ford, 71 year old Charlotte Bailey and Lucy Goldman a shoebinder.  Henry was then a servant.

  4. Charles Ford was born on 11 March 1817 and baptised 15 May 1817 in Stanmer.

  5. Stephen Ford was born on 28 August 1819 and baptised on 26 September 1819 in Stanmer.  He married Caroline Back in 1847.  (They have their own page.)

  6. Harriet Ford was born on 16 October 1821 and baptised on 11 November 1821 in Stanmer.

  7. Maria Ford was born on 5 February 1823 and baptised on 16 March 1823 in Stanmer.

  8. William Ford was baptised on 10 May 1829 at St. Nicholas, Brighton, at which time his father was a labourer of Oxford Street.  When the 1841 census was recorded he was 12 years old and living with his parents.


1841 census - Oxford Street, Brighton, Sussex (HO107/1122, folio 13, page 19)

Jno Ford, 70, Lab, born in Sussex

Lucy Ford, 60, born in Sussex

Wm Ford, 12, born in Sussex

Jas Nye, 80, Lab, born in Sussex

Sarah Nye, 80, Ind, born in Sussex



Could the following be related in anyway:

1841 census - Camelford Street, Kemp Town, Brighton

John Ford, 80, Milkman, born in Sussex

Nancy Ford, 15, born in Sussex

Matilda Cooper, 40, Ind, born in Sussex

Matilda Cooper, 14, born in Sussex

Elizabeth Cox, 15, F.S., born in Sussex

A Nancy Izard was baptised on 9 December 1825 in Brighton, the daughter of William and Martha.  Her father was then a milkman of Camelford Street.  William Izard married Martha Shrivell on 6 November 1825 in Brighton.  He was a bachelor and she a spinster.

George Cooper married Matilda Izard on 21 January 1826 in Preston, Sussex.  George and Matilda had a daughter Matilda Cooper baptised on 15 September 1826 in Brighton and another daughter, Nancy Cooper baptised on 11 May 1828 in Brighton.

A Harriet Izard married James Foard on 27 June 1829 in Brighton.

1841 census - Regent Hill, Brighton

James Ford, 35, Painter, born in Sussex

Harriet Ford, 30, born in Sussex

James Ford, 11, born in Sussex

Thos Ford, 9, born in Sussex

Wm Ford, 7, born in Sussex

Harriett Ford,5, born in Sussex

Maria Ford, 3, born in Sussex

George Ford, 3 months, born in Sussex



This page was reviewed on 10 April 2012