Ancestors of Mandy Willard
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and Sarah WOODHATCH (1843-?)
John Knight and Sarah Woodhatch married on 6 May 1865
in Rudgwick, Sussex. John was then a 20 year old bachelor and labourer from Rudgwick. Sarah was a 22 year old spinster also from Rudgwick.
Their fathers were named as Stephen Knight a brickmaker and
John Woodhatch a labourer. The witnesses to their marriage
were William Woodhatch and Elizabeth Woodhatch.
(They were not my direct
ancestors. One of their grandsons married my mother's twin sister.)
John Knight was baptised on 8 September 1844 in Wisborough Green,
Sussex. He was the son of
(1808-1889) and Sarah
Sarah Woodhatch was baptised on 20 August 1843 in Rudgwick,
Sussex. She was the daughter of John Woodhatch
(1819-1857) and Elizabeth Frances (c1825-?).
When the 1871 census was recorded the couple, together with 3 of their
children, widowed mother 46 year old Elizabeth Knight and
17 year old George Knight who was described as wife's
brother, were all living at Weyhurst in Rudgwick. John was then a 27
year old agricultural labourer and Sarah was 25. In 1881 the couple
and 4 of their children were living in Howick Cottage in Rudgwick.
John was then a 36 year old farm labourer and Sarah was 37 years old.
The 1891 census records the couple and 3 of their children were living at
Smithers in Rudgwick. John was a 46 agricultural labourer and Sarah
was 47. At the time of the 1901 census, John and Sarah were living in
Wisborough Green along with their youngest daughter. John was a 58
year old agricultural labourer and Sarah was 59.
John Knight and Sarah Woodhatch had
8 known children:
William Knight or Woodhatch was baptised
on 9 April 1865 in Rudgwick. The baptism register recorded that he
was the base born son of John Knight a labourer and
Sarah Woodhatch a domestic servant, who were from Manly
Lane. The 1871 census records that he was a 6 year old scholar and
living with his parents.
Miriam Knight was born on 22 October 1866 in Rudgwick
and baptised there on 2 December 1866. Her birth was registered by
her mother, Sarah, who signed her name with a cross. Her birth
certificate noted that her father was an agricultural labourer whilst
the baptism register just said he was a labourer. In 1871 she was 3 years
old and she was 14 years old in 1881.
Before her marriage Miriam had 2 sons:
William Jacob Knight was born in the second quarter
of 1888 in Rudgwick. The 1891 census records that he was 2
year old William Hampshire.
In 1901 he was 12 years old and living with his parents.
Albert George Knight was born in the fourth quarter
of 1890 in Rudgwick. He was 5 months old at the time of the
1891 census and the census records his name as Albert George
Hampshire. In 1901 he was 10 years
old and living with his parents.
Albert George Hampshire on 19 January
1891 in the Horsham registration register office.
Albert George was born on 26 December 1867 in Thakeham, Sussex and was
the son of
Mary Ann Puttick/Hampshire (1849-1873).
The 1871 census recorded that he was 3 years old and living with his
Puttick, at Stile House in Pulborough. He was
still living with his maternal grandparents in 1881 at Cray Hill Lane in
Pulborough, and he was then a 13 year old
agricultural labourer and carter boy. The 1871 census recorded
that he was born in Chiltington and in West Chiltington in 1881.
When the 1891 census was recorded, the Albert, Miriam and their 2 sons
were living at Workhouse in Rudgwick, a property situated between
Frankton Hook and Alms Cottage. Albert and Miriam were both said
to be 23 years old and he was a general labourer. In 1901, the
couple and their 3 sons were living at Hazelwood Cottages in Cranleigh,
Surrey. Albert was then a 33 year old brickwork engine and he gave
his place of birth as Thakeham, Sussex. Mirian was then 34 years
old and said she was born in Rudgwick.
Albert George and Miriam had the following children:
John Henry Hamshere was born on 24 June 1892 in
Bucks Green, Rudgwick. In 1901 he was 8 years old.
John Henry married Caroline Daisy Girling on 14
August 1915 in the Hambledon registration district.
Ivy Olive Hamshere was born on 22 November 1905 in
was baptised on 8 November 1868 in Rudgwick, at which time his father
was a labourer. He married
Fanny Ross Clark in
1896. (They have their own page.) He was 2 years old in 1871
and living with his parents.
John Knight was baptised on 29 October 1871 in Rudgwick,
at which time his father was a labourer from Weyhurst. He was a 9
year old scholar in 1881. In 1891 he was a 19 year old
agricultural labourer and living at home with his parents and younger
Stephen Knight was baptised on 1 March 1874 in Rudgwick
and was buried there aged 11 months on 30 December 1874. At the
time of his baptism his father was a labourer from Weyhurst.
Mary Ann Knight was baptised on 28 November 1875 in
Rudgwick, at which time her father was a carter from Weyhurst. She
was a 5 year old scholar in 1881.
Abraham Knight was born about 1879 in Rudgwick. He
was 2 years old at the time of the 1881 census. In 1891 he was a
12 year old scholar. The 1901 census records he was an unmarried
22 year old boarder and cattle stockman living at Tismans Common,
Maria Knight was born about 1882 in Rudgwick. In
1891 she was a 9 year old scholar. In 1901 she was 19 years old
and the only one of her siblings living at home.
Many thanks to Ann Clarke for
additional details about Miriam Knight and her
This page was reviewed on 11 April 2012