Ancestors of Mandy Willard
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John FREEMAN (c1749-1819)
and Ann WOOLVEN
John Freeman and Ann Woolven were my 5x Great Grandparents.
here to see their place in my pedigree chart.) They married
by licence on Tuesday 23 April 1776 at the parish church of St. James in Ashurst, Sussex. John was
then a bachelor of Ashurst and Ann a spinster of West Grinstead, Sussex. They both signed
their names. The witnesses were William Freeman and Thomas
Muzzall. Their marriage licence was issued by the Archdeaconry of
Chichester on 19 April 1776 and recorded that John was a farmer of Ashurst
(4 weeks) aged 21 years and upwards. Ann was a spinster of West
Grinstead (4 weeks) and also aged 21 years and upwards. Surety for the licence
was provided by John himself and William Freeman a shoemaker of West
Grinstead. (Might William have been a brother of John?)
John Freeman's date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me,
although he was the son of
(c1715-1778). John died aged 70 years in
Ashurst and was buried on 5 March 1819 in West Grinstead. His baptism
was not recorded in the Ashurst or West Grinstead parish registers.
John was mentioned in his father's 1776
John was also mentioned in the 1775
will of his
kinsman John Freeman (c1689-177), from whom he was left
"Tenament Farm Lands and Premisses
situate lying and being in the parish of Ashurst in the said County called
by the Name of Costides and Costling".
Ann Woolvin was baptised on 5 June 1753 in West Grinstead. She
was the daughter of
Thomas Woolvin (1719-1757) and
Mary Neeve (1719-1782).
She may have died aged 79 years in Ashurst and have been buried on 6 May
1831 in West Grinstead, but the burial register just records that "widow
Freeman of Ashurst was buried". She was named in her mother's
1777 will as the wife of John Freeman.
There was another Ann Woolven baptised on 28 April 1757 in West
Grinstead. She was the daughter of
(1737-?), but she died aged 62 in 1819 and married Henry West in
John Freeman and Ann
Woolven had 10 known children:
was baptised privately on 12 March 1777 in
Ashurst. He may have died aged 61 years and have been buried on 22
November 1838 in West Grinstead, but there was but there was another
Richard Freeman born in 1775 and another
Richard Freeman who was born in 1776.
Richard may have married
by banns on 8 February 1816 in Ashurst.
Richard was a bachelor and Frances a spinster. They were both of Ashurst
and both made their marks. The witnesses were
who also both made their marks.
Frances was born about 1777/8 in West Grinstead. She died aged 82
years in Steyning and was buried on 24 February 1859 in Ashurst.
When the 1841 census was recorded she was living at Hills in Ashurst,
along with her son John and 35 year old Michel Philpot, who was an
Richard and Frances had 1 known son:
John Freeman was born about 1816 in Ashurst. In 1841 he was a
25 year old labourer living with his mother in Ashurst.
John married Sarah Kensett on 21 July 1849 in Shipley. She was born about 1814 in West Grinstead
When the 1851 census was recorded the couple was living at Golden Cross in
Ashurst along with their young son, Sarah's 10 year old son William
Kenset and John's widowed mother, Frances Freeman who was a 73
year old pauper. John was an agricultural labourer. In 1861
the couple were living in Clayton, Sussex along with their 2 sons and a
lodger, 24 year old Henry Kensett. The 1871 census records
that John and Sarah were living Burpham and he was a bailiff. In
1881 the couple were living at Green Cross in Plumpton, Sussex.
Their son Peter was then living next door.
John and Sarah had 2 known sons:
George Freeman was baptised on 23 March 1851 in Ashurst, at which
time his father was a labourer. He was a month
old when the 1851 census was recorded. In 1861 he was a 10 year old
scholar. When the 1871 census was recorded he was an unmarried 20
year old agricultural labourer living with the family of his brother,
William Kensett at Halfway in Clayton.
Peter Freeman was born about 1853 in Keymer or Ditchling, Sussex.
In 1861 he was an 8 year old scholar. When the 1871 census was
recorded he was an 18 year old agricultural labourer, lodging at the Dairy
House in Mill Lane, Arundel in the home of Ann Beadmore. In
1881,28 year old Peter and his wife 31 year old wife Mary Ann were
living next to his parents at Green Cross in Plumpton, along with their 2
young sons, 4 year old John and 2 year old George.
was baptised on 3 September 1778 in
Anne Freeman was baptised
privately on 20 February 1781 in Ashurst. She married
in 1802. (They have their own page.)
Freeman, my 4x Great
Grandmother, was baptised on 12 January 1783 in Ashurst. She married
in 1807. (They have their own
was baptised on 20 November 1784 in
Ashurst. He may have been buried on 10 December 1841 in West
Grinstead, however, the transcript of the burial register records his age
at death as 52 years. He may have been a witness to the marriage of
William Illman and
Sarah Stringer on 26 October 1826 in West Grinstead.
Edward married Ann Harris on 26 May 1823 in Shipley.
According to a transcript of the headstone she shares with her husband,
sh died aged 79 years on 1 October 1869.
When the 1841 census was recorded the couple and 2 sons were living in
Shipley. Edward was then a cordwainer.
Edward and Ann had 3 known children:
Elizabeth Freeman was baptised on 4 July 1824 in West Grinstead.
William Freeman was born about 1828. He was 13 years old in
Edward Freeman was born about 1829/30 in West Grinstead. He
was 11 years old in 1841. In 1851 he was an unmarried 22 year old
servant and footman living at 54 Dorchester Terrance in Paddington,
was baptised on 26 October 1786 in
William may have married
by banns on 4 May 1807 in West Grinstead.
William was of Ashurst and Ann of West Grinstead. They both made their X
marks. The witnesses were
- I think thatís their surnames, but they
both signed and it is difficult to read their signatures. The banns were
published on 22 and 29 March and 5 April 1807.
William and Ann had the following known children:
Peter Freeman was baptised on 22 January 1826 in Ashurst, at which
time his father was a labourer.
Jane Freeman was baptised on 6 January 1828 in Ashurst, at which
time her father was a labourer.
Elizabeth Freeman was baptised on 20 March 1831 in Ashurst, at
which time her father was a labourer.
was baptised on 7 September 1788 in
sometime before 1814. She was born
about 1789 in Shermanbury, Sussex. When the 1841 census was recorded
the family were living at Dayland in Ashurst and Thomas was an
agricultural labourer. They were still living at Day Land in 1851.
By 1861 Thomas was lodging at Parish House, the home of Thomas Freeman,
junior who was 45 years old. Thomas senior was then said to be a
married 73 year old, but his wife was not living at the same address on
Thomas and Ann had 9 known
Anne Freeman was baptised on 9 October 1814 in West Grinstead.
Mary Freeman was baptised on 11 August 1816 in Ashurst, at which
time her father was described as a labourer.
Phillee Freeman was baptised on 6 September 1818 in Ashurst, at
which time her father was a labourer.
Harriet Freeman was baptised on 13 February 1820 in Ashurst, at
which time his father was a labourer.
Isaac Freeman was baptised on 1 January 1821 in Ashurst, at which
time his father was a labourer. He died aged 67 years and was
buried on 25 January 1888 in Ashurst. His name looks like Mack
Freeman in the 1851 census and he was then an unmarried 30 year old
Thomas Freeman was baptised on 25 May 1823 in Ashurst, at which
time his father was a labourer.
John Freeman was baptised on 24 July 1825 in Ashurst, at which
time his father was a labourer. In 1851 he was probably an
unmarried 25 year old farm labourer living at Jessops in Ashurst in the
home of George Goacher.
Jane Freeman was baptised on 22 July 1827 in Ashurst, at which
time her father was a labourer.
Allen Freeman was baptised on 14 November 1830 in Ashurst, at
which time his father was a labourer. When the 1841 census was
recorded he was 10 years old and the only one of his siblings living at
home. He was a 20 year old farm labourer in 1851 living at Jessops
in Ashurst, the home of George Goacher.
was baptised on 30 May 1790 in Ashurst.
He died aged 55 years in Ashurst and was buried on 23 June 1845 in West
He was a farmer.
by banns on 13 April 1825 in Steyning.
Felix was of Ashurst and Harriet of Steyning. They both signed their
names. The witnesses were
who both signed their names.
On 7 May 1829 in Wiston, Felix and Harriet
were a witnesses to the marriage of Robert Parsons, widower of
Lilliot widow of Wiston.
Harriet was born about 1796 in Thakeham. When the 1851 census was
recorded she was a 55 year old widow living with her nephew, 40 year old
George Herrington in Henfield.
When the 1841 census was recorded the couple and their 3 children were
living at Costels in Ashurst and Felix was a farmer.
Felix and Harriet had 3 known sons:
John Freeman was baptised on 18 September 1825 in Thakeham,
Sussex. He was 15 years old when the 1841 census was recorded.
John married Sarah Ann Osbourne on 1 February 1845 in West
Grinstead. He was then a bachelor and labourer from Ashurst.
She was a spinster. Their fathers were named as John Freeman
a farmer (I think this is a mistake in the transcipt I have) and
Caleb Osbourne a shoemaker. The witnesses to their marriage
were Henry Freeman and Jane Stringer.
Sarah was born about 1821 in West Grinstead.
When the 1851 census was recorded the couple and their 2 young children
were living in west Grinstead and John was an agricultural labourer.
They had the following children:
Harriott Freeman was born about 1846 in West Grinstead. She
was 5 years old when the 1851 census was recorded.
Mary Freeman was born about 1848 in West Grinstead. In 1851
she was 3 years old.
Henry Freeman was baptised on 29 July 1827 in Ashurst, at which
time his father was a farmer. He was 13 in 1841. In 1851 he
was an unmarried 24 year old farm labourer living with the family of his
uncle William Brownings at Wantly in Henfield.
George Freeman was born about 1831. He was 10 years old in
1841. In 1851 he was a 20 year old servant/agricultural labourer
living in East part of Eatons House in Henfield.
was baptised privately on 12 July
1792 in Ashurst.
William Grant by
licence on 17
July 1824 in Ashurst. She was then a spinster aged 32 years, whilst
he was a 28 year old bachelor and farmer. They were both then of Ashurst. Their marriage licence was dated 16 July 1824 and was
issued by the Archdeaconry of Chichester.
born/baptised on 27 October 1795 and was the son of
Grant (1758-?) and
Peter Freeman was baptised
privately on 4 February 1796 in Ashurst. He married
Elizabeth Standing in 1819.
They have their own page.)
This page was reviewed on 10 April 2012