Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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Joseph HEASMAN (1791-?)

and Ann DOWLEN (1784-1851)


Joseph Heasman married Ann Hues, widow by banns on 13 May 1818 in Cowfold, Sussex.  He was a bachelor and they were both of Cowfold.  Ann signed her name and Joseph made his X mark.  The witnesses were Peter Peacock (marked) and William Hills (signed).  As Ann Dowlen she had previously married James Hues in 1804.

Joseph Heasman was baptised on 10 April 1791 in Bolney, Sussex.  He was the son of Richard Heasman (1752-?) and Elizabeth Packham.  He was a yeoman.

Ann Dowlen was baptised on 21 March 1784 in Cowfold.  She was the daughter of Charles Dowlen (1754-1822) and Ann West (1760-1825).  Ann was mentioned in her father's 1821 will.  Ann died aged 67 years and was buried on 5 December 1851 in Cowfold.

In 1841, Joseph, Ann and family were living at Welches, Cowfold, next door to the family of Thomas Mansbridge and Eliza Anscombe.  They were still living at Welches in 1851.  Joseph was then a 60 year old farmer of 130 acres, employing 3 labourers and a boy.  Ann was then said to be 67 years old.  Also with them on census night were their 3 sons, a daughter-in-law, Joseph's unmarried 68 year old brother Charles Heasman 2 granddaughters, 60 year old unmarried brother-in-law Edward Dowling, visitor 31 year old William Tidy, 19 year old general servant Mary Saunders and 12 year old Peter Mansbridge.


Joseph Heasman and Ann Dowlen had 4 known children:

  1. Joseph Heasman was baptised on 5 December 1818 in Cowfold, at which time his father was a farmer of Cowfold.  He died aged 72 years in the second quarter of 1890 in the Brighton registration district.  In 1851 he was an unmarried 32 year old gamekeeper, living at home with his parents.  I have not been able to identify him in the 1881 census.

  2. Ann Heasman was born in Cowfold and baptised on 17 September 1820 in Bolney.

    Ann married Thomas Mansbridge on 16 October 1841 in Bolney.  The witnesses to the marriage were Charles Heasman and Eliza Gander.

    Thomas was born on 8 April 1820 in Bolney and was the son of William Mansbridge (1792-1874) and Sarah Walder (1799-1878).

  3. Charles Heasman was baptised on 4 August 1822 in Cowfold, at which time his father was a labourer of Cowfold.

    Charles married Ann Fairs by banns on 29 July 1848 in Cowfold.  He was then a bachelor and farmer of Cowfold and she a spinster.  Charles signed his name whilst Ann made her X mark.  Their fathers were named as Joseph Heasman a farmer and Thomas Fairs a labourer.  The witnesses to the marriage were Thomas Mansbridge and Ann Mansbridge who both signed their names.

    Anne was baptised on 14 September 1828 in West Grinstead, Sussex, and was the daughter of Thomas Fairs (1794-1874) and Mary Jupp (c1797-1838).  She died before 1857.  (Another Ann Fairs was baptised on 16 March 1828 in Cowfold, the daughter of John Fairs and Elizabeth.)

    When the 1851 census was recorded the couple and their 2 young daughters were living with his parents.  Charles was then a 28 year old agricultural labourer.  Ann was 23 years old and her place of birth was recorded as West Grinstead.

    Charles and Ann had 2 known children:

    1. Jane Heasman was baptised on 24 September 1848 in Cowfold.  She was 2 years old in 1851.  In 1861 she was 12 years old and living with her father and step mother.

    2. Mary Heasman was baptised on 28 July 1850 in Cowfold.  At the time of the 1851 census she was 9 months old.  She was 10 years old in 1861.

    Charles also married Harriet Sophia Bassett in the fourth quarter of 1857 in the Lewes registration district.

    Harriet was born about 1820 in West Grinstead.

    At the time of the 1861 census, Charles and Harriet were living in Balcombe, Sussex and Charles was a farmer of 70 acres.  By 1871 the family had moved to the Sportsmans Arms, Mogadon in Banstead, Surrey.  Charles was a beer house keeper and an agricultural labourer.  In 1881, Charles and Harriet were living in Mogadon, Banstead, along with 6 children.  Charles was then just a beer house keeper.

    Charles and Harriet had the following children:

    1. Betsey M. Heasman was born about 1858 in Balcombe.  She was 3 years old in 1861.  In 1871 she was a 12 year old scholar and the eldest of her siblings living at home.

    2. Charles Heasman was baptised on 1 April 1860 in Balcombe.  He was a year old in 1861.

    3. Kate Heasman was baptised on 27 October 1861 in Balcombe.  She was a 9 year old scholar in 1871.

    4. Louisa Heasman was born in the first quarter of 1864 in Dorking, Surrey and baptised on 13 March 1864 in Holmwood, Surrey.  In 1871 she was a 7 year old scholar.

    5. Olive Heaman was born in the fourth quarter of 1865 in Dorking (as per the 1871 census) or Banstead (as per the 1881 census), and baptised on 13 January 1866 in Holmwood.  She was a 4 year old scholar at the time of the 1871 census.  In 1881 she was a 15 year old nurse

    6. Joseph Heasman was born in the fourth quarter of 1867 in Dorking or Banstead, and baptised on 9 February 1868 in Holmwood.  He was a 3 year old scholar in 1871.  In 1881 he was a 13 year old scholar.

    7. Ellen Heasman was born in the third quarter of 1870 in Dorking or Banstead.  When the 1871 census was recorded she was a year old.  In 1881 she was a 10 year old scholar.  Ellen married John Edwin Price.

    8. Bertha Heasman was born was born in the second quarter of 1872 in Banstead and baptised on 17 August 1873 at St. Andrews in Kingswood by Reigate, Surrey.  In 1881 she was an 8 year old scholar.

    9. Benjamin Richard Heasman was born in Banstead and baptised on 4 May 1875 and/or on 16 July 1876 at St. Andrews in Kingswood by Reigate.  He was a 5 year old scholar in 1881.

    10. Agnes Heasman was born in the first quarter of 1878 in Banstead.  At the time of the 1881 census she was a 3 year old scholar.

  4. Richard Heasman was baptised on 15 February 1824 in Cowfold, at which time his father was a labourer of Cowfold.  The 1851 census records that he was an unmarried 26 year old agricultural labourer living with his parents.  In 1881 he was boarding in the home of William Boorn at Watford Farm Cottage in Stoke, Surrey.  Richard was then an unmarried 58 year old farm servant.



This page was reviewed on 10 April 2012