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Thomas HOADLEY (1677-bef 1727)

and Ann DOBELL (c1680-?)


Thomas Hodly and Anne Double married by licence on 8 November 1698 in Pyecombe, Sussex.  Their marriage licence was issued by the Archdeaconry of Lewes on 12 November 1698 and recorded that Thomas Hoadly junior was a bachelor and Ann Dobell was a spinster.  They were both of Shermanbury, Sussex.  (Dates from the the Sussex marriage index.)

Thomas Hoadly was baptised on 9 December 1677 in Bolney, Sussex.  He was the son of Thomas Hoadley (c1650-1727) and Elizabeth Peirce (1651-1693).  Thomas died before his father.  On 1 July 1699, a Settlement Certificate was issued by the overseers of Shermanbury to those of Cowfold in respect of Thomas Hoadley, son of Thomas, a married blacksmith with one child.

Ann Dobell's date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me.  She may have been baptised as Anne Double on 29 March 1674 in Barcombe, Sussex, the daughter of Nicholas Double and Jane Coppard.


Thomas Hoadley and Anne Dobell had 4 known children:

  1. William Hodeley was baptised on 4 January 1698/9 in Shermanbury, Sussex.

  2. John Hoadley was baptised on 29 December 1700 in Shermanbury. 

    John may have married Sarah Curtis on 12 May 1736 in Shermanbury.  The John who married Sarah left a will dated 27 December 1775 and proved on 5 May 1778.  This couple may not have had any children as none were mentioned in their wills, nor did he mention any Hoadley kin.  John Hoadlee of Blakes was buried on 7 March 1778 in Ashurst, Sussex.  In his will, he named kinsman Richard Blake, but as yet I haven't worked out the connection.  A John Gratwick died at Blakes Farm in 1735/6.  Previously in 1725 he settled the property on his son, another John Gratwick who died in 1744.  The property then passed to John, junior's daughter Mary Gratwick who died a spinster in 1809.  (Ref:  British History Online.)  Presumably the Hoadley's were tenants of the Gratwick's, but when and how did they settle at Blakes?

    Sarah was born on 1 May 1717 and baptised on 10 May 1717 in Henfield, Sussex.  She was the daughter of Abraham Curtis (c1685-1771) and Sarah.  She was buried on 8 March 1793 in Ashurst, Sussex and the burial register noted that she was from Lewes.  She left a will dated 6 August 1783 (at which time she was of Southover, Sussex) and proved on 30 October 1793.

  3. Thomas Hodeley was baptised on 28 October 1702 in Shermanbury and buried there on 3 November 1706.

  4. Richard Hodeley was baptised on 31 January 1704/5 in Shermanbury.  Did he marry Sarah Purvey in 1732?  Richard died in 1742 and Sarah in 1743, leaving 3 or 4 children aged between 2 and 5 or 7.  The 3 younger children all married, so who raised them?  Given that 1705 Richard had an elder brother who seems to have been married without children of his own, you would have thought he may have taken in the children, but there was no mention of them in his will, which makes me think that this was not the Richard who married Sarah.


Two of Thomas and Anne's sons were alive in 1727 as they were mentioned in the will of Thomas Hoadly senior, but not named.



This page was reviewed on 10 April 2012