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John KNOWLES (1766-1837)

and Sarah BOX (1765-?)

 

John Knowles and Sarah Box were my 4x Great Grandparents.  (Click here to see their place in my pedigree chart.)  They married by banns on 26 October 1788 in Ardingly, Sussex.  John was a single man and Sarah a spinster.  They were both of Ardingly and both made their X marks.  The witnesses to their marriage were Richard Steadman (mark) and Richard Creasy (signed).  (Richard Steadman may have been Sarahís brother-in-law.)

John Knowles was baptised on 25 December 1766 in Balcombe, Sussex.  He was the eldest son and second child of 5 140 Richard Knowles (c1740-1788) and 5 140 Frances Brooker (c1744-1826).  He was a labourer.  In 1803 he was living in Lindfield and ďWilling to ServeĒ in the Sussex Militia.  He left a will dated 26 February 1836 and proved on 22 August 1837.  (Please click 5 341 here to read my transcript of his will.)  So far I havenít found his burial, and even though his will stated that he was of Cuckfield, he doesnít seem to have been buried there.  At the time of his death he was living at Lower Ansty.  His estate was valued at £20.

Sarah Box was born on 6 October 1765 and baptised on 3 November 1765 in Ardingly.  She was the fourth daughter and fifth child of 5 77 John Box (1732-1810) and 5 77 Hannah Hames (1737-1816).  She was mentioned in her husbandís will.  Before her marriage she had an illegitimate son by Richard Fieldwick (1766-?).

On 14 December 1793 a settlement order was issued to John Knolls, wife Sarah Knolls and daughter Sarah Knolls who was then 1 year and 6 months old.  The parishes involved were Ardingly and Lindfield.

 

Richard Fieldwick and Sarah Box had 1 known child:

  1. Richard Fieldwick Box was born on 4 September 1786 and was baptised on 15 September 1786 in Ardingly.

 

John Knowles and Sarah Box had 7 known children:

  1. John Knowles was born on 29 August 1789 and baptised on 27 September 1789 in Ardingly and buried there on 23 February 1792 aged 2 years.

  2. Sarah Knowles was born on 7 May 1792 and baptised on 20 May 1792 in Ardingly.  In her fatherís will of 1836 she was described as the widow of Thomas Reeves.

    Sarah married Thomas Reeve by banns on 1 November 1814 in Cuckfield.  She was a spinster and he a bachelor and they were both of Cuckfield.

  3. William Knowles was baptised on 17 August 1794 in Lindfield, Sussex.  His fatherís will mentions that in 1836, William was married with children.

    William married Ruth Anscomb on 21 March 1821 in Cowfold, Sussex.  At the time of their marriage William was of Cuckfield and signed his name, whilst Ruth was of Cowfold and made her X mark.  The witnesses to their marriage were William Run (mark) and William Hills (signed).

    Ruth was baptised on 7 August 1803 in Slaugham and was the daughter of Benjamin Anscombe (1777-?) and Ruth Becheley (c1780-1864).  The death of a Ruth Knowles was registered in the second quarter of 1852 in the Lewes registration district.

    In 1841 the family were living in Cuckfield.

    William and Ruth had the following known children:

    1. Harriet Knowles was born about 1821.  She married James Botting before 1841.

    2. William Knowles was born about 1826.  He was 15 years old when the 1841 census was recorded.

    3. Sarah Knowles was baptised on 4 June 1826 in Cuckfield.

      Sarah married Allen Anscombe by banns on 16 September 1854 in Bolney.  He was then a bachelor and labourer and she a spinster and domestic servant.  Their fathers were named as Allen Anscombe and William Knowles who were both labourers.  The witnesses to their marriage were Philip Scutt and Thomas Attree.

      Allen was baptised on 1 April 1827 in Bolney and was the son of Allen Anscombe and Mary Scutt.

    4. John Knowles was born about 1827.  He was 14 years old in 1841.

    5. Elizabeth Knowles was baptised on 30 December 1827 in Cuckfield.

    6. Helen Knowles was baptised on 1 August 1830 in Cuckfield.  She was 11 years old in 1841 and the census recorded her name as Ellen Knowles.  In 1851 she was an unmarried 20 year old house servant in home of Elizabeth B. Shaw at Brickyard in Keymer.

    7. Catherine Knowles was baptised on 1 April 1832 in Cuckfield.  She was 9 years old in 1841 and the census recorded her name as Caroline Knowles.

  4. Mary Knowles, my 3x Great Grandmother, was baptised on 8 January 1797 in Lindfield.  She married 5 42 William Tulet (1796-1877) in 1816.  (They have their own page.)

  5. Elizabeth Knowles was baptised on 25 December 1798 in Lindfield.  In her fatherís will she was described as the wife of John Picknell.

    Elizabeth married John Picknell by banns on 27 September 1828 at St. Nicholas, Brighton.  John was a widower and Elizabeth a spinster.  They were both of Brighton and both signed their names.  The witnesses to their marriage were William Botting (marked) and John Pocock (signed).

    John was baptised on 12 July 1795 in Albourne, Sussex and was the son of Samuel Picknall and Mary Hubern.  John may have previously married either Mary King on 31 March 1817 in Brighton, or Harriet Packham on 7 April 1817 in Cuckfield.

    In 1851 the family were living in Ansty Lane, Cuckfield, and John was a sawyer.

  6. Amelia Knowles was baptised on 26 October 1800 in Lindfield.  She had an illegitimate son:

    1. John Charles Field Knowles, was mentioned in his Grandfatherís 1836 will.

    Amelia married James Simmons  by banns on 28 May 1822 at St. Nicholas, Brighton.  James was a bachelor and Amelia a spinster, and they were both of Brighton.  James made his mark, but Amelia signed her name.  The witnesses to their marriage were John Huggett (X) and ? (can not read).

  7. Frances Knowles was baptised on 27 June 1802 in Lindfield.  In her fatherís will she was described as the wife of Edward Wilford.

    Frances married Edward Willford by banns on 13 June 1825 at St. Nicholas, Brighton.  Edward was a bachelor and Frances a spinster.  They were both of Brighton and both signed their names.  The witnesses to their marriage were George Alderston and Lucy ?.

    In 1841 the couple were living in Francis Street, Brighton and Edward was a 40 year old letter carrier.  Also with them on census night was 15 year old Sarah Willford and 2 year old Mary Street.  Frances was a widow by 1851 and she was then living at 11 Tidy Street in Brighton, where she was a dressmaker.

    Edward and Frances had 1 known daughter:

    1. Sarah Ann Willford was baptised on 26 March 1826 in Cuckfield.

 

BOX          KNOWLES

This page was reviewed on 11 April 2012