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 paupers grave.

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 Lucy Clay had 5 known children:

  1. 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?

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

    Thomas married 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:

    1. 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 1881.

    2. Lucy Brown Howell was baptised on 3 March 1872 in Hurstpierpoint.  She was a 9 year old scholar in 1881.

    3. Harriet Brown Howell was baptised on 5 April 1874 in Hurstpierpoint.  She was a 7 year old scholar in 1881.

  4. 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.

    James married 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 charwoman.

    James and Jane had the following children:

    1. 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 scholar.

    2. Lily Harriet Howell was born in the first quarter of 1873 in Brighton.  She was an 8 year old scholar in 1881.

    3. Alfred Edward Howell was born third quarter of 1875 in Walworth(?), Surrey.  He was a 5 year old scholar in 1881.

    4. Rose Florence Howell was born third quarter of 1878 in Bisley, Surrey.  She was 2 years old in 1881.

  5. 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.

    Benjamin married Sarah Morton on 2 June 1884 in Chipperfield, Hertfordshire.  Their fathers were named as John Howell and George Morton.

    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:

    1. 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.

    2. Agatha M. Howell was born in 1888.

 

CLAY          HOWELL

This page was reviewed on 11 April 2012