Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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James MILES (c1828-1874)

James HOADLEY (c1821-1907)

and Naomi BOORMAN (c1848-?)


James Miles and Naomi Boorman married by banns on Thursday 2 January 1868 in Wadhurst, Sussex.  He was then a widower of full age and a farmer.  Naomi was a minor and spinster.  They were both of Wadhurst and both signed their names.  The witnesses were Thomas Boorman (signed) and another witness whose name I can no make out.  Can you decipher it - someone Cooke?

James and Naomi's signatures from their marriage certificate   Signatures of the witnesses from James and Naomi's marriage certificate

After James's death, Naomi Miles married James Hoadley in the fourth quarter of 1878 in the Ticehurst registration district (not St. Peter and St. Paul in Wadhurst).  James was then a widower.  (The couples were not my direct ancestor, but Naomi was the sister of my 2x Great Grandfather and daughter of my 3x Great Grandparents.)

James Miles's date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me.  He was the son of Richard Miles, a farmer.  James died aged 46 years and his death was registered in the fourth quarter of 1874 in the Ticehurst registration district.

James Hoadley was born about 1818-21 in Ticehurst, Sussex.  He was the son of James Hoadley (c1794-?) and Elizabeth Golden (c1793-?).  His parents had married by banns on 17 November 1817 in Ticehurst.  They were both then of Ticehurst and the witnesses were Isaac Hoadley and James Dunk.  When the 1841 census was recorded James was said to be 23 years old and living with his parents at Burchett Green Farm in Ticehurst.  Both father and son were then farmers.  James died aged 86 years and his death was registered in the first quarter of 1907 in the Uckfield registration district.  James had previously married Emily Balcomb.  Emily was born about 1828.

Naomi Boorman was born about 1848 and was the daughter of Thomas Boorman (1810-1881) and Charlotte Bourne (1813-1893).  When the 1851 census was recorded she was 3 years old and living with her parents at Witherden in Burwash.  At the time of the 1861 census she was a 13 year old scholar living at home with her parents and siblings at Snapehood Stream in Wadhurst.

When the 1881 census was recorded the family were living in Rotherfield along with James's 12 year old son, Esli Hoadley.  By 1901 the family were living at Quarry House in Rotherfield and James was an 80 year old farmer.


James Miles and Naomi Boorman had 3 known children:

  1. Charles Miles was born about 1869 in Wadhurst.

  2. Henry Miles was born about 1871 in Frant, Sussex.

  3. George Miles was born about 1872 in Frant.  In 1901 he was single and bootmaker living in the home of his mother and step-father.


James Hoadley and Naomi Boorman had 5 known children:

  1. Arthur James Hoadley was born in the third quarter of 1879 in Rotherfield.  He was not living with his parents in 1901.  He may have married in the second quarter of 1909 in the Uckfield registration district.

  2. Ada Jane Hoadley was born about 1880 in Rotherfield.  She was single when the 1901 census was recorded and living with her parents.  She may have married in the third quarter of 1910 in the Tonbridge registration district.

  3. Frederick Thomas Hoadley was born about 1883 in Rotherfield.  He was living with his parents when the 1891 census was recorded but not in 1901.  He married Wave Shead.  She was born in the first quarter of 1887 in Rochester, Kent and was the daughter of Nehemiah Shead (1852-?) and Abigail (c1863-?).  He was mentioned as cousin Fred Hoadley in the diary of Violet Boorman and on 19 July 1920 he, along with his Uncle Charles Boorman and his wife, and Aunt Emma and her husband, went by motor to visit Violet, most probably in Frittenden, Kent.

  4. James Hoadley was born about 1885 in Rotherfield.  His birth may have been registered in the second quarter of 1886 in the Uckfield district.  He was described as a farmer's son in 1901 and was then living at home with his parents.

  5. Eva Hoadley was born about 1889 in Rotherfield.  She was living with her parents in 1901.


James Hoadley and Emily Balcomb had the following children:

  1. Caroline Hoadley was born in 1863 in Buxted, Sussex.  She died in 1937.  Caroline married David William Edwards on 9 November 1880 in Rotherfield.  He was born on 26 July 1860 in Rotherfield and was the son of George Edwards (1835-?) and Maria Ashby (1836-1908).  David died on 17 April 1913.

    David and Caroline had 9 known children:

    1. Herbert J. Edwards was born in 1885 in Ripe.

    2. Henry David Edwards was born in 1886.

    3. Florence H. Edwards was born in 1887.

    4. George Edwards was born in 1889 in Rotherfield.

    5. Clifford Edwards was born in 1891 in Ripe.

    6. Cicely Maria Edwards was born in 1893 in Ripe.

    7. Douglas Frank Edwards was born in 1895.

    8. Kate Caroline Edwards was born in 1896 in Ripe.

    9. Ella Sophia Edwards was born in 1900.  She married Edgar Oswald Swain.

  2. Esli Hoadley (son) was born about 1869 in Rotherfield.


Many thanks to the following for additions to this page:

Suzanne Edwards          Chris Spain


This page was reviewed on 10 April 2012