Ancestors of Mandy Willard
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Her husband descends from John and Lucy's son,
James Howell born in 1845.
John HOWELL (1819-?)
and Maria Lucy CLAY (c1818-1855)
John Howell and Maria Lucy Clay married by banns on 9 October 1836
at St. Nicholas, Brighton, Sussex. He was a bachelor and she a spinster,
and they were both of Brighton.
John Howell was most probably baptised on 18 July 1819 at
St. Nicholas, Brighton, the son of
William Howell and
Elizabeth (possibly Elizabeth Sawyer who
may have been born in Brighton in 1784). At the time of his baptism
his father was a fisherman and the family were living in Pimlico.
Maria Lucy Clay was born about 1818 in Longfleet, Dorset
and was the daughter of James Clay and Maria.
Her father was a plasterer. Lucy died in 1855 and was buried in a
When the 1841 census was recorded John and Lucy were living in Jubilee
Street and they were both said to be 20 years old. John was then a
labourer. Two of the their children were also with them.
In 1851 the couple and 3 sons were living at 21 Over Street, Brighton, a
house they were sharing with Benjamin and Ellen
Knight as one household and Edward and
Mary Sinden as another. John was then a 32 year old
labourer and Lucy was 33.
So far John has not been found in the 1861 census, nor any subsequent
census. Nor has his deaths or burial been found. In 1861,
one son, Thomas, was living in Hurstpierpoint, Sussex and was a 17 year
old servant, and the youngest son, Benjamin, was 9 years old and living
in Lincolnshire. Their son James has not been found in the 1861
census, but in 1871 he was in Brighton. Their eldest son John may
have been in Brighton in 1871.
John Howell and Maria
had 5 known children:
John Howell was born about 1839. He was 2 years
old in 1841 and a 12 year old scholar in 1851. Might he have been
born on 4 March 1839 and baptised on 24 March 1839 at St. Mary Magdalene
in Woolwich, Kent, the son of John and Lucy?
William Howell was baptised on 28 March 1841 at St.
Nicholas, Brighton. He was the son of John and Lucy. At the
time of the 1841 census he was 3 months old. He probably died
young as he was not with his parents when the 1851 census was recorded.
Thomas Howell was baptised on 14 May 1843 at St.
Nicholas, Brighton. He was the son of John and Maria Lucy.
He may have died in 1916.
When the 1851 census was recorded he was an 8 year old scholar living
with his parents in Brighton. In 1861 he 17 years old and living
in Hurstpierpoint where he was a servant and page in the home of Nathaniel Borrer, a magistrate at Pakyns.
Harriet Browne on 5 September 1868 at
St. Nicholas, Brighton. He was then 25 and she was 36 years old.
Their fathers were named as John Howell and James Browne. (The IGI only lists
one Thomas Howell, son of
John, born circa 1843.)
Harriet was baptised on 12 January Pyecombe, Sussex and was the daughter
of James Brown and Martha King.
When the 1871 census was recorded the couple were living in the High
Street of Hurstpiepoint, Sussex. Thomas was then a 28 year old
carpenter and Harriet was a 38 year old lodging house keeper. With
them on census night was 16 year old servant Clara Sayers
and 24 year old boarder Ernest Alfred Brown who was the
unmarried curate of Hurstpierpoint. In the 1881 the couple and 3
daughters were living at Clifford Lodge in Hurstpierpoint, along with
unmarried 58 year old sister-in-law Mary Brown and 31
year old widower and lodger Evelyn B. Blaker.
Thomas was then a 37 year old carpenter journeyman and Harriet was 46.
Thomas and Harriet had 3 known children:
Mary Brown Howell was baptised on
7 March 1869 in Hurstpierpoint. In 1871 she was a 2 year old
visitor in the home of William Giles a 61 year old
tailor and his 63 wife Lucy Giles who was a school
mistress. She was a 12 year old scholar in
Lucy Brown Howell was baptised on
3 March 1872 in Hurstpierpoint. She was a 9 year old scholar
Harriet Brown Howell was baptised
on 5 April 1874 in Hurstpierpoint. She was a 7 year old
scholar in 1881.
James Howell was baptised on 13 April 1845 at St.
Nicholas, Brighton. He was the son of John and Lucy. He died
in 1881 in Harling Street. In 1851 he
was a 6 year old scholar.
Jane Rebecca Leaver in the third quarter
of 1866 in the Marylebone registration district.
Jane Rebecca was born in the first quarter of 1842 in Bethnal Green,
Middlesex. Her father was a tailor.
When the 1871 census was recorded 26 year old James and 29 year old Jane
were living at 31 Cobden Road, Brighton and he was a tailor. Their
young son was also with them on census night. The 1881 census
records that Jane Rebecca was a 39 year old widow living with her 4
children at 55 Harling Street, Camberwell, London. She was then a
James and Jane had the following children:
James Thomas Howell was born in
the third quarter of 1869 in Brighton. He was 2 years old at
the time of the 1871 census. In 1881 he was an 11 year old
Lily Harriet Howell was born in the first quarter
of 1873 in Brighton. She was an 8 year old scholar in 1881.
Alfred Edward Howell was born third quarter of 1875
in Walworth(?), Surrey. He was a 5 year old scholar in 1881.
Rose Florence Howell was born third quarter of 1878
in Bisley, Surrey. She was 2 years old in 1881.
Benjamin Howell was baptised on 29 November 1851 at St.
Nicholas, Brighton. He was the son of John Howell,
a bricklayer and Lucy, formerly Clay. In 1861 Benjamin would seem to have
been a 9 year old scholar living in the home of Jonathan
and Sarah Knight in Moulton, Lincolnshire. In
1881, he was an unmarried 29 year old national school master boarding in
the home of Ann Morton Kings Langley, Hertfordshire.
Sarah Morton on 2 June 1884 in
Chipperfield, Hertfordshire. Their fathers were named as John Howell and
In 1891 Benjamin was a job master clerk in Fulham, London and in 1901 he
was a schoolmaster in Hopton, Suffolk.
Benjamin and Sarah had the following children:
Hubert J. Howell was born in 1885.
In 1901 he was a pupil teacher. He married Elizabeth
Clark in Romford, Essex in 1915 and was a sergeant in the
Cambridgeshire and Gloucestershire regiments during WW1.
Agatha M. Howell was born in 1888.
This page was reviewed on 11 April 2012