Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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Henry Edward HEDGER (1841-?)

and Sarah WEDGE (1842-1918)


Edward Henry Hedger and Sarah Wedge married on Saturday 22 February 1862 in Pulborough.  They were both of full age and of Pulborough.  He was a bachelor and labourer, and Sarah was a spinster.  The witnesses to the marriage were Jesse Greenfield and Emma Winter.  (They were not my direct ancestors.)

Henry Edward Hedger was baptised on 14 November 1841 in Amberley, Sussex.  He was the son of Frederick Hedger (c1811-1887) and Hannah Humphry (c1813-1870).

Sarah Wedge was baptised on Sunday 13 March 1842 in Pulborough.  She was the daughter of William Wedge (1809-1872) and Sarah Mills (1808-1879).  She died aged 75 years and her death was registered in the fourth quarter of 1918 in the East Preston registration district.

The family were living in Mere Hill, Pulborough at the time of the 1871 census and Edward was an agricultural labourer.  When the 1881 census was recorded the family were living in Stopham Road, Pulborough and Henry was then a gardener.  Also living with them on census night was 23 year old lodger, Henry Daughtry who was an unmarried farm labour who had been born in Pulborough.  In 1891 they were living at Swan Bridge in Pulborough and Henry was a gardener.  Also with them in 1891 was 80 year old lodger William Dendy and 3 year old granddaughter Lilly Hedger.  By 1901 the family were living at 20 Prospect Place in Worthing, Sussex and Henry was a domestic gardener.  Also living with the couple at that time was their daughter, 13 year old Lily Hedger and 90 year old boarder George Ward who was a widower and retired carpenter.


Henry Hedger and Sarah Wedge had 2 known children:

  1. Charles Edward Hedger was baptised on 16 March 1863 in Pulborough.  He was an 8 year old scholar in 1871.  In 1881, Charles Hedger aged 19 was an unmarried lodger at Pigeons Gate in the household of James Streeter, aged 24 and his 22 year old wife Dinah.

    Charles married Sarah Ann sometime before or about 1886.

    When the 1891 census was recorded the couple and their children were living at Pidgeons Gate and Charles was a rural postman.  In 1901 Charles was a town postman and the family were living in Howse Street, Pulborough.

    Sarah Ann was born about 1864 in Pulborough.

    Charles and Sarah had the following children:

    1. Benjamin Charles Hedger was born about 1886 in Pulborough.  He was a 5 year old scholar in 1891.  In 1901 he was a 15 year old tailor.

    2. Harriett Emma Hedger was born about 1887 in Pulborough.  She was a 4 year old scholar in 1891 and a 14 year old general service domestic in 1901.

    3. William Edward Hedger was born about 1889 in Pulborough.  He was 2 in 1891 and 12 in 1901.

    4. Frederick George Hedger was born about 1890 in Pulborough.  He was a year old when the 1891 census was recorded.  In 1901 he was 11.

    5. Sidney Thomas Hedger was born about 1892 in Pulborough.  He was 9 years old when the 1901 census was recorded.

    6. Albert Henry Hedger was born about 1897 in Pulborough.  He was 4 years old in 1901.

    7. Lily Florence Hedger was born about 1898 in Pulborough.  She was 3 years old in 1901.

    8. Ernest Frank Hedger was born about 1900 in Pulborough.  He was a year old at the time of the 1901 census.

  2. Emma Alice Hedger was baptised on 27 October 1867 in Pulborough.  She was 3 year old when the 1871 census was recorded.  In 1881, Alice Hedger was a 13 year old servant in the household of 34 year old widow, Mary Upton in Stopham Road, Pulborough.  In 1891, Emma Hedger was a 22 year old cook at the Bridge Hotel in Queen Street, Arundel.

    Emma married Frederick William Edwards in the fourth quarter of 1900 in the East Preston registration district.

    In 1901 they were lodging at 12 Buckingham Road in Worthing and Fred was then a 32 year old carpenter.  Emma's age was recorded as 30 in the census.  Emma may have been the mother of:

    1. Lily Florence J. Hedger was born in the third quarter of 1887 in Pulborough.



This page was reviewed on 10 April 2012