Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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James GOBLE (1843-1896)

and Anne TAYLOR (1847-?)


James Goble and Anne Taylor married on 9 October 1865 in Rotherfield, Sussex.  He was then a 21 year old bachelor and brickmaker of Rotherfield.  Ann was an 18 year old spinster of Rotherfield.  James made his X and Ann signed her name.  The witnesses were Henry Smith and Mary Ann Buss who both signed their names.  (They were not my direct ancestors.  James was the brother of my 2x Great Grandfather, Edmund Goble.)

James Goble was born on 14 February 1843 in Bepton, Sussex, as James Restall.  His birth certificate records that he was the son of John Restall a horse dealer and Sarah Restall formerly Baxter.  He was baptised as James Restall on 14 May 1843 in Bepton, but only his mother's name was noted in the baptism register.  He was the son of Sarah Baxter (1815-1880) and possibly George Goble (1807-1886).  His mother had married John Restall (1807-1845) in 1833, and set up home with George Goble by at least 1845.  James died aged 54 years and his death was registered in the third quarter of 1896 in the Steyning registration district.  He was at various times a labourer, brickmaker and costermonger.  He was granted a Beer Licence on 27 April 1883 and again on 28 August 1884, in respect of a pub in Portslade owned by Messrs. Smithers & Sons, Brewers of Brighton.  At the time of the 1851 census he was 7 year old James Goble and living with his "parents" at 31 Hoeford in Fareham, Hampshire.  His place of birth was then, like his elder brother, given as Cuckfield, Sussex.

Ann Taylor was born on 20 December 1847 and baptised on 6 February 1848 in Rotherfield.  She was the daughter of Charles Taylor (1816-?) and Mary Baker (1820-?).

At the time of the 1871 census, the couple and 2 children were living at the Greengrocers in The Terrace, Fishersgate.  James was then a 25 year old brickmaker and Ann was also 25.  The census records that James was born in Portslade, Ann in Portsmouth, Hampshire and their eldest daughter in Rotherfield.  Clearly the places of birth for James and Ann are wrong in the census.  Also with the family on census night was unmarried 30 year old lodger and labourer, Thomas Coombes, whose place of birth was not known.

When the 1881 census was recorded the family were living at 6 North Street, Portslade.  James was then a 37 year old costermonger and his place of birth was given as Southampton.  Ann was 33 and said she was born in Rotherfield.  Also with the couple were 6 of their children.

In 1891, the couple and 7 children were living at 50 North Street, Portslade.  James was then said to be a 49 year old brickmaker and gave his place of birth as Portsmouth.  Ann was 43 and again said she was born in Rotherfield.

By 1901 Ann was a widow and a charwoman living at 21 Stanley Road, Portslade-by-Sea, along with 4 of her children.  She then said she was 47 years old and had been born in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.


James Goble and Ann Taylor had 11 known children:

  1. Louisa Emily Goble was baptised on 9 September 1866 in Rotherfield.  She was a 4 year old scholar in 1871 and the census records her name as Louisa Goble.  The 1881 census records that she was 14 year old Emily Goble and she was living at home with her parents.

  2. James Goble was baptised on 5 July 1868 at St. Nicolas, Portslade and buried there on 30 September 1869.

  3. George Goble was baptised on 6 November 1870 in Portslade.  He married Elizabeth Lamkin in 1891.  (They have their own page.)

  4. Rose Goble was born in about 1872 in Portslade.  Her birth may have been registered as Rosina Goble in the second quarter of 1873 in the Steyning registration district.  In 1881, Rose was a 9 year old scholar.  Did she marry Arthur Daughtery before 1901?

  5. Annie Goble was born in 1875 in Portslade.  In 1881 she was a 6 year old scholar and in 1891 she was 16 and living at home.

    Annie married William Richard Crunden on 17 September 1898 at St. Lukes, Brighton.  He was then of 49 Bentham Road and she of 66 Arnold Street.

    William was born on 22 March 1871 in Brighton and was the son of Henry Crunden (1849-?) and Mary Marchant (1848-?).

    William Richard Crunden     Annie Crunden, nee Goble

    William and Annie Crunden

    (courtesy of their Grandson Keith)

    William and Annie had 6 known children:

    1. Annie Edith M. Crunden was born in the fourth quarter of 1899 in Brighton.

    2. Beatrice Crunden, known as Beattie, was born in the first quarter of 1904 in Brighton.  She married Thomas Higgs.

    3. William Edward Crunden was born in the fourth quarter of 1906 in Brighton.  He married Olive Maynard.  She may have been born in 1904.

    4. Winifred Crunden married Ronald Bond.

    5. Walter Reginald Crunden was born on 11 July 1910 in Brighton.  He married Annie Maynard.  She was born on 15 April 1912 in Copthorne, Sussex

    6. Constance Crunden was born on 30 September 1912.  She died in Gracelands Nursing Home on 22 September 1991 in Bolney, Sussex.  She married John Philip Denny on 21 September 1935 in Brighton.  He was born on 10 February 1915.  John died at 9 Clarendon Villas in Hove on 2 July 1953.  He was a Chief Steward with British Airways.

  6. Alice Goble may have been born in 1877 in Portslade, or her birth may have been registered in the third quarter of 1878 in the Steyning district.  In 1881 she was 4 years old.  She was a 13 year old scholar in 1891.

  7. Hetty Goble was born in the fourth quarter of 1880 in Portslade.  At the time of the 1881 census she was 7 months old.  She was an 11 year old scholar in 1891.

  8. Ada Goble was born in the second quarter of 1883 in Portslade.  She was a 9 year old scholar in 1891.

  9. Millie Goble was born about 1885 in Portslade.  She was 6 years old in 1891.  In 1901 she was a 16 year old laundry maid and living with her mother and younger sister and brother.

  10. Daisy Goble was born about 1889 in Portslade.  At the time of the 1891 census she was 2 years old.  In 1901 she was 12 years old.

  11. Bertie Goble was born about 1892 in Portslade.  Might his birth have been registered as Albert Goble in the first quarter of 1892 in the Steyning district?  He was 9 years old at the time of the 1901 census.


Many thanks to the following for additions to this page:

Keith Crunden          Raymond Goble


This page was reviewed on 10 April 2012