Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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James HOADLEY (1811-1858)

and Maria BARNARD (c1814-1875)


James Hoadley and Maria Barnard married by banns on 7 November 1840 in Sullington, Sussex.  He was then a bachelor and husbandman from Henfield and she was a spinster and servant.  Their fathers were named as James Hoadley a farmer and James Barnard a labourer.  The witnesses to their marriage were William Hoadley and Eliza Hoadley.  (They were not my direct ancestors.  James was the nephew of my 4x Great Grandfather, Richard Hoadley.)

James Hoadley was born on 27 August 1811 and baptised the next day in Henfield.  He was the son of James Hoadley (1764-1844) and Sarah (c1775-1844).  James died aged 47 years and was buried on 19 August 1858 in West Grinstead.

Maria Barnard was born about 1814 in either Storrington or Sullington, although her baptism does not appear in the transcripts of either parish.  She was most probably the daughter of James Barnard (c1786-?) and Leah Richardson (c1788-1867).  Maria died aged 61 years and was buried on 8 December 1875 in West Grinstead.

When the 1841 census was recorded the family were living at Cuckholds Green in Woodmancote and James was an agricultural labourer.

In 1851 the couple and 4 children were living in Henfield.  James was then a 39 year old farmer of 15 acres and gave his place of birth as Henfield.  Maria was 36 years old and said she was born in Storrington.  Also with them on census night was 27 year old married lodger, Harriet Peper, who was a groom's wife.

The 1861 census records that Maria was a 46 year old widow and she again said she was born in Storrington.  She was then a farmer of 170 acres employing 3 labourers and 1 boy at Thistleworth in West Grinstead.  She was the head of her household comprising of 4 of her children, 2 visitors, namely 74 year old labourer's widow Leah Barnard born in Shipley and unmarried 27 year old Mary Barnard a house maid who was born in Sullington, and 14 year old servant Walter Worsfold who was an under carter.

Maria was still at Thistleworth in 1871 when she was a 56 year old widow and farmer of 160 acres employing 1 man and 1 boy.  Her children Alfred and Sarah were also with her, along with 1 year old grandson John J. Hoadley who had been born in East Grinstead and 3 servants, namely 16 year old general servant Ann Freeman, 17 year old William Hillman and 12 year old Frederick Funell who were both farm servants.


James Hoadley and Maria Barnard had 8 known children:

  1. James Hoadley was baptised on 14 March 1841 in Henfield.  He was 3 months old when the 1841 census was recorded.  In 1851 he was a 10 year old scholar.  In 1861 he was a 20 year old farmer's son and he was living with his mother.

    James married Charlotte.

    Charlotte was born about 1845 in Ditchling, Sussex.

    When the 1881 census was recorded the couple together with 8 year old niece Mary C. Dale (born Twineham) were living at Wood Place, Warbleton, Sussex and James was then a farm bailiff.  In 1891 the couple were living alone in Warbleton.  By 1901 the couple were living in Little Barford in Bedfordshire and James was a land agent.

  2. Alfred Hoadley was baptised on 20 March 1842 in Woodmancote.  He was a 9 year old scholar in 1851.  In 1861 he was a 19 year old farmer's son and he was living at home.  The 1871 census records that he was an unmarried 29 year old farmer's son and he was living with his mother.  In 1881 he was described as married, but his wife was not at the same address.  He was then living at Thistledown Farm in West Grinstead, Sussex where he was a farmer of 160 acres employing 1 man and 2 boys.  Also in his household at that time was his unmarried sister Sarah A. Hoadley and 3 young servants, namely Annie Fairs (15, born Shipley), Henry Cherryman (17, born West Grinstead) and George Clear (14, born Ashington, Sussex).  By 1901 he and sister Sarah were living in Leigh, Surrey where he was a farm bailiff and she a housekeeper.

  3. Henry Hoadley was baptised on 12 November 1843 in Henfield.  He was a 7 year old scholar in 1851.  When the 1881 census was recorded he was living at 3 Derby Terrace, Derby Road, Croydon, Surrey, where he was a commercial traveller dealing in books.  Also with him was wife Fanny who had been born about 1833 in Hailsham, Sussex and 4 children.  Fanny died before 1898 as in that year Henry married Constance Jane Engleheart in Hastings, Sussex.  By the time the 1901 census was recorded, Henry and Constance were living in Ottery St. Mary in Devon and they were living on their own means.  Constance was born about 1861 in Bromley, Kent.

  4. Maria Hoadley was baptised on 17 January 1845 in Henfield and buried there on 28 November 1850, aged 6 years.

  5. Walter Hoadley was baptised on 13 September 1846 in Henfield and buried there on 24 December 1846, aged 5 months.

  6. Sarah Ann Hoadley was baptised on 14 November 1847 in Henfield.  At the time of the 1851 census she was 3 years old.  In 1861 she was a 13 year old farmer's daughter.

  7. William Hoadley was baptised on 26 August 1848 in Henfield and buried there on 14 September 1848, aged 2 weeks.

  8. Arthur Hoadley was baptised on 10 July 1853 in Cowfold, at which time his father was a farmer.   He was a 7 year old scholar in 1861.



This page was reviewed on 10 April 2012