Ancestors of Mandy Willard

Number of pages

in this site:


Please bear this in mind when you contact me, as I can not always remember what I've said where.  It would be really helpful if you could tell me the page title or URL you are contacting me about.


Links to other pages in this site or other websites are in BLUE or RED.


Family History is my hobby.  I am not a professional genealogist.


Thank you for taking the time to view my humble effort.  Also, a very BIG THANK YOU to all those who have kindly contributed information.


Please check the data for yourself against original sources.


Tip:  You may need to hit your F5 key to see any changes to the page since your last visit.




Thomas MANSBRIDGE (1799-1873)

and Eliza ANSCOMBE (1815-?)


Thomas Mansbridge and Eliza Anscombe married on 1 August 1832 in Bolney, Sussex.  They were both then of Bolney.  He was a bachelor and she a spinster.  The witnesses to their marriage were Mary Lewry and Stephen Mansbridge.  (They were not my direct ancestors.  Thomas was the brother of my 3x Great Grandmother, Elizabeth Mansbridge.)

Thomas Mansbridge was baptised on 20 April 1799 in Cowfold, Sussex.  He was the son of James Mansbridge (1759-1830) and Mary Finch (1768-1837).  He died aged 74 years and was buried on 21 December 1873 in Nuthurst, Sussex..

Eliza Anscombe was baptised on 5 February 1815 in Cowfold, Sussex.  She was the daughter of Elizabeth Anscombe, who may have been Elizabeth Holman Anscombe who was baptised in Cowfold in 1791, the daughter of Sarah Anscomb.

In 1841 the family were living at Welches, Cowfold, next door to Joseph Heasman and Ann Dowlen.

When the 1851 census was recorded the family were living at Welches Cottage in Cuckfield and Thomas was then an agricultural labourer.

The 1861 census records the couple and 3 children (Barbara, Jesse and Eliza) were living in Maplehurst within the parish of Nuthurst.  Thomas was then a 62 year old agricultural labourer and Eliza was 44.  They both gave their places of birth as Cowfold.  Also with the family were 2 lodgers, namely, 33 year old unmarried Thomas Attree who was a navvy from Cowfold and 38 year old unmarried Henry Mills from Bolney.

At the time of the 1871 census the couple and 2 children (Jesse and Eliza) were living in Maplehurst.  Thomas was a 72 year old agricultural labourer and Eliza was 55.  They both again said they were born in Cowfold.  Also with them was 47 year old unmarried lodger Thomas Attree who was an agricultural labourer from Cowfold.  (Thomas Attree was baptised on 12 June 1823 in Cowfold and was the son of William Attree and Mary Constable.)


Thomas Mansbridge and Eliza Anscombe had 11 known children:

  1. Esther Mansbridge was born on 7 March and baptised on 7 April 1833 in Henfield.  She may have died aged 77 years and her death registered as Esther Tidy in the first quarter of 1910 in the Horsham registration district.

    Esther married Edmund Tidey on 14 June 1856 in Cowfold.  He was then a bachelor and labourer and she was a spinster.  Their fathers were named as Henry Tidy and Thomas Mansbridge, who were both labourers.  The witnesses to their marriage were Jephthah Wane and Ellen Tidey.

    Edmund was born on 29 August 1831 and baptised on 18 September 1831 in Bolney, Sussex.  He was the son of Henry Tidy and Susanna Maria Foot.

    Edmund and Esther had the following child:

    1. Harry Tidy was baptised on 14 September 1856 in Cowfold.  The baptism register noted his father was a labourer.

  2. Kezia Mansbridge was born on 6 February and baptised on 8 March 1835 in Henfield.  She married John Scutt in 1853.  (They have their own page.)

  3. Jane Mansbridge was born on 1 May and baptised on 11 June 1837 in Henfield.  She died in 1916.

  4. Ann Mansbridge was born on 14 July 1839 and died on 3 March 1917.

    Ann married Walter Blaber.

    Walter was born on 14 March and baptised on 18 May 1837 in Lewes and was the son of Jesse Blaber (1796-1856) and Mary Ann Brown (1806-?).

    Walter and Ann had 8 known children.

  5. Maria Mansbridge was born about 1841 in Cowfold.

    Maria married Ephriam Pratt in 1873.

  6. Henry Mansbridge was baptised on 28 April 1844 in Cowfold.  He died in 1926.  The baptism register noted his father was a labourer.  He died in 1926.  When the 1861 census was recorded he was a 17 year old servant (?addman?) in the home of Charlotte Smart at Coltstaple Farm in Horsham.

    Henry married Emily Bonniface on 19 June 1865 in Nuthurst.  He was 21 years old and she was 18.  Their fathers were named as Thomas Mansbridge and Thomas Bonniface.

    Emily was baptised on 2 May 1847 in Nuthurst and was the daughter of Thomas Boniface (1806-?) and Mary Standing (1806-1867).  She died in 1916.

    Henry and Emily had 6 known children:

    1. George Mansbridge

    2. Henry Mansbridge

    3. Thomas Mansbridge

    4. Emily Mansbridge

    5. Minnie Mansbridge

    6. Esther Mansbridge

  7. Alfred Mansbridge was born about 1846 in Cowfold and died in 1936.  In 1861 he was a 14 year old servant living at Bottings Farm in Nuthurst in the home of John Comber and his wife Mary Ann.

    Alfred married Jane Richardson on 5 March 1870 in Lower Beeding, Sussex.  He was 23 and she was 18.  Their fathers were named as Thomas Mansbridge and William Richardson

    Alfred and Jane had 5 known children.

  8. Harriet Mansbridge was born about 1849 in Cowfold and died in 1870.

  9. Barbara Mansbridge was born about 1850 in Cowfold.  She was a 10 year old scholar in 1861.

    Barbara married John O. Cruttenden in 1873.

    When the 1881 census was recorded the family were living in Tonbridge, Kent where they had rooms on the Huntley's Estate at Culverden Castle Stables.  John was then a gardener.

  10. Jesse Mansbridge was born about 1858 in Bolney and died in 1932.  He was 3 years old in 1861.  In 1871 he was a 13 year old agricultural labourer.

    Jesse married Maria Miles.

  11. Eliza Mansbridge was born about 1860 in Cowfold or Nuthurst.  She may have been 8 months old when the 1861 census was recorded.  In 1871 she was a 10 year old scholar.



This page was updated on 19 July 2009