Ancestors of Mandy Willard
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Richard KNOWLES (c1740-1788)
and Frances BROOKER (c1744-1826)
were my 5x Great Grandparents.
here to see their place in my pedigree chart.) They married by
banns on 27 May 1765 at the parish church of Holy Trinity in Cuckfield, Sussex. They were both
Cuckfield. The witnesses to their marriage were
James Brooker and
The banns were published in Cuckfield on 28 April, 5 and 12 May 1765. (Might James and Frances have been related, if so, how?
Might he have been her father or brother?)
Richard Knowles was born in about 1740
(as per the IGI). He was probably buried on 15
April 1788 in Balcombe, Sussex, but the burial register just records his name and no
further details. In 1787 2 of his sons aged about 9 and 11 were
boarded out and I assume this was because Richard was unable to support
them. Might he have been ill? Richard was most probably the son of
(1698-1776). On 1 February 1766,
Richard together with Philip Knowls provided surety for a
bastardy bond issued by the overseers of Hurstpierpoint, in respect of
James Knowls who was named as the putative father of an
unborn child by Susannah Wise of Balcombe. All 3 men
were then said to be husbandmen. Philip and James were both the sons of
William and Elizabeth, and I am, therefore, assuming Richard was also the
son of William and Elizabeth. William and Elizabeth would seem to have
been the only Knowles couple in the Cuckfield/Balcombe area at about the
time Richard was born, which I think was probably about 1735, rather than
was born in about 1744. She died aged 82 years and was buried on 25
February 1826 in Balcombe. Might she have been the daughter of
who married in 1730 in Slaugham, Sussex? There was a Frances Brooker
baptised in 1745/6 in Brenchley, Kent, the daughter of John Brooker
and Mary Walter (as per the IGI). There was also a
Frances Brooker born in 1732, the daughter of
Taylor, but she married
George Swaine in 1758. A William Brooker had
children baptised in Balcombe: Thomas in 1745,
James in 1747, Ann 1749, Elizabeth
1752 and Jane 1756.
Richard Knowles and
Frances Brooker had 13 known children:
was baptised on 30 November 1765 in
Elizabeth may have married
by licence on 17 November 1791 in
Slaugham. At the time of their marriage Thomas was “residing in
Slaugham”, he was a bachelor and signed his name. Elizabeth was a
spinster of Slaugham and signed her name. The witnesses to their
my 4x Great Grandfather, was baptised on 25 December 1766 in Balcombe. He
in 1788. (They have their own
was baptised on 17 April 1768 in
Balcombe. He was buried on 10 September 1769 in Cuckfield.
was baptised on 18 June 1769 in Slaugham.
Richard may have married
Scrivens by banns on 12 November
1792 in Worth, Sussex. Richard was a bachelor and made his X mark and
Mary was a spinster and signed her name. They were both of Worth. The
witnesses to their marriage were Thomas Scrivens
(signed). (Mark was born in 1739. Might he have been related
to Richard, if so, how? Might he have been an uncle, i.e., the elder
brother of Richard's mother? Or might Mark and Frances have been
Richard and Mary had 2 known sons:
was baptised on 25 July 1794 in Worth.
was baptised on 11 June 1797 in
was baptised on 21 September 1770 in
Cuckfield. Did he marry
on 7 February 1804 at St. Nicholas,
was baptised on 3 May 1772 in Balcombe.
She may have married
Marchant on 12 April 1796 in
East Grinstead, Sussex. (They have their own page.)
was baptised on 6 November 1774 in
Balcombe. On 3 February 1790 he was boarded out to John
was baptised on 13 December 1776 in
Balcombe. On 3 January 1787 he was boarded out by the Balcombe
overseers to John Webber, and then again on 9 February
1788, 3 February 1789 and 3 February 1790. On 3 July 1791 he went
to John Turner and then to Thomas Gardner
on 6 February 1792.
was baptised on 15 February 1778 in
Balcombe. On 3 January 1787 he was boarded out by the Balcombe
overseers to Thomas Gardener and then again on 9
February 1788 and 3 February 1789. On 3 February 1790 he was
boarded out to John Comber and again on 3 July 1791 and
6 February 1792.
was baptised on 26 November 1780 in
Balcombe. He was buried on 6 December 1857 in Balcombe
on 14 October 1806 in Balcombe.
They were both single and both of Balcombe. The witnesses to the marriage
(John was Elizabeth's uncle.)
Elizabeth was baptised 13 June 1786 in Balcombe and was the daughter of
She was buried on 25 March 1853 in Balcombe.
Edward and Elizabeth had 8
was baptised on 8 March 1807 in
was baptised on 10 September 1809 in
was baptised on 19 January 1812
Elizabeth had an illegitmate daughter:
Eleanor Knowles was baptised on 15 August 1830 in Balcombe.
She may have married James Jeal on 14 April 1860 in Balcombe.
was baptised on 7 August 1814 in Balcombe. She died in
Harriett married John Hugkulstone (or Jonah)
on 17 April 1842 at St. James in Paddington,
John was born about 1812-18 in Marylebone and died aged 72
years in 1890.
They had 4 known children:
Elizabeth Hugkulstone was baptised on 5 October 1845 at St.
Mary's in Whitechapel, London.
John Hugkulstone was born in 1846 (fourth quarter).
Henry Hugkulstone was born on 23 November 1848 and baptised on 16
September 1849 at St. Mary's in Whitechapel. He died in 1895.
He married Emma Jane Vail (1852-1940).
Harriett Hugkulstone was born in 1852 (fourth quarter). She
married Edward John Howe.
was baptised on 15 June 1817 in
Frances married Henry Upton on 17 September 1836 in
They had 1 known daughter:
Elizabeth Fieldwick Upton was baptised on 3 April 1853 in
was baptised on 2 April 1820 in
Balcombe. She married Jeremiah Cox Hill on 13 September
1841 in Balcombe.
was baptised on 8 February 1824 in Balcombe.
was baptised on 26 February 1826 in
was baptised on 25 August 1782 in
was baptised on 19 June 1785 in Balcombe.
William Knowles was baptised on 3
September 1786 in Balcombe. He may have been buried on 22 June 1794 in
Balcombe, but the burial register just records the name and no further
Richard and Frances were the only Knowles couple to have had children
baptised in Balcombe between 1765 and 1786. At at about the time
Richard was born, the only Knowles couple to have had children in Balcombe
were William and Elizabeth.
Many thanks to
Neil Thaler for additions to this page.
This page was reviewed on 11 April 2012