Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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William HOLDER (1799-1865)

and Mary Ann SAYERS (1801-1873)


William Holder and Mary Ann Sayers married on 8 May 1820 in Albourne, Sussex.  He was then a bachelor and she a spinster.  (They were not my direct ancestors).

William Holder was baptised on 8 December 1799 in Woodmancote, Sussex.  He was the son of William Holder (1767-1850) and Susanna White (1770-1861).  He died aged 65 years at Wick Farm in Albourne and was buried on 29 May 1865 in Woodmancote.

Mary Ann Sayers was born on 2 February 1801 and baptised on 22 February 1801 in Hurstpierpoint, Sussex.  She was the daughter of Nicholas Sayers (1767-?) and Ann Parks.  She died aged 72 years in Albourne and was buried on 2 July 1873 in Woodmancote.

When the 1841 census was recorded the family were living in Blackstone in the parish of Woodmancote.  William was then an agricultural labourer.

The 1851 census records that William was a 52 year old married servant and agricultural labourer in the home of 29 year old John Wood at Wick Farm in Albourne.  His 51 year old wife Mary was also with him and their 18 year old son Henry.

In 1861, 62 year old William was the head of his household and he was an agricultural labourer and shepherd.  He was living with his 61 year old wife Mary in part of Wick Farm, Albourne.  With them on census night was 15 year old boarder and carter/agricultural labourer, Edwin Gander.

By 1871, 70 year old Mary Holder was a widow and housekeeper, living with her 74 year old widower brother Philip Sayers, in part of Wick Farm.  Also with them was her 10 year old granddaughter, Annie Holder.


William Holder and Mary Ann Sayers had 6 known children:

  1. William Holder was baptised on 10 September 1820 in Woodmancote, at which time his father was a labourer.  He was not living with his parents when the 1841 census was recorded.

  2. Richard Holder was baptised on 16 December 1821 in Woodmancote and buried there on 25 August 1825, aged 3 years.

  3. Mary Holder was baptised on 30 May 1824 in Woodmancote and buried there on 31 August 1825, aged 1 year.

  4. Sarah Holder was baptised on 1 July 1827 in Woodmancote.  She was a 14 year old when the 1841 census was recorded and the eldest of her siblings in the parental home.

  5. Harriet Holder was baptised on 3 January 1830 in Woodmancote.  She was 11 years old in 1841.  When the 1851 census was recorded she was an unmarried 21 year old dressmaker and a visitor in the home of 56 year old William Hallaway and his 47 year old wife Sarah Hallaway and their 18 year old daughter Emily Hallaway, in the High Street, Lydd, Kent.  (William Hallaway, widower, married Sarah Sayers in 1824 in Hastings.  He was born in Ninfield, Sussex and she in Hurstpierpoint.)

  6. Henry Holder was baptised on 8 April 1832 in Woodmancote.  He married twice, firstly to Ann Woolven in 1855 and then to Mary Ann Heffern, nee Peters.  (They have their own page.)


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This page was reviewed on 10 April 2012