When the 1841 census was recorded, 80 year old Nicholas was an
agricultural labourer living at Wineham in Shermanbury along with 65
year old Elizabeth. She may have died aged 83 years and have been
buried on 24 October 1855 in Shermanbury. At the time of the 1851
census, 78 year old Elizabeth was living alone in Wyneham Lane,
Shermanbury. She then gave her place of birth as Albourne.
She may have been baptised as Elizabeth King on 31 May
1772 in Albourne, the daughter of William King and Martha
James Matthews was baptised on 20 November 1791 in Albourne,
Sussex. He died aged 70 years and was buried on 12 November 1861
Elizabeth Matthews was baptised on 21 April 1793 in Albourne.
Elizabeth may have married John Standford by banns on 8 April
1817 in Shermanbury. He was then a bachelor and she a spinster and
they were both of Shermanbury and both made their marks. The
witnesses to their marriage were Elizabeth Walder and James
Dewdney who both signed their names.
William Matthews was baptised on
17 January 1795 in Shermanbury. He died aged 64 years and was
buried on 18 February 1859 in Shermanbury.
Abigail Sayers by licence on 20 May 1822 in
Twineham, Sussex. He was then a bachelor and she a spinster and
they were both of Twineham. The witnesses to their marriage were
Edmund Davey and ? Botting.
Abigail was baptised on 23 September 1805 in Twineham and was the
daughter of John Sayers and Sarah.
John Matthews married
Ann Mansbridge in 1844.
Henry Matthews was baptised on 5 February 1797 in Shermanbury.
Catherine Matthews was baptised on 5 February 1797 in
Henry Newman by banns on 29
May 1817 in Shermanbury. He was then a bachelor and she a spinster
and they were both of Shermanbury and both made their marks. The
witnesses to their marriage were Nicholas Matthews (marked) and
James Dewdney who signed his name.
Sarah Matthews was born in 1799 in Shermanbury.
John Matthews was baptised on 18 January 1801 in Shermanbury.
Ann Matthews was baptised on 15 August 1802 in Shermanbury.
Mary Matthews was baptised on 25 March 1804 in Shermanbury.
She died aged 17 years and was buried on 20 September 1821 in
Peter Matthews was baptised on 13 March 1808 in Shermanbury.
Peter married Sarah Anscombe by banns on 25 November 1834 in
Shermanbury. He was then a bachelor and she a spinster and they
were both of Shermanbury and both made their marks. The witnesses
to their marriage were Thomas Matthews and Caroline Matthews
and they both made their marks.
Stephen Matthews was baptised on 1 July 1810 in Shermanbury and
buried there on 4 August 1810.
Jane Matthews was baptised on 17 November 1811 in Shermanbury.
Nicholas Matthews was baptised on 27 March 1814 in Shermanbury,
at which time his father was a labourer. He was buried in
Shermanbury on 1 April 1814.
Caroline Matthews was baptised on 10 January 1819 in Shermanbury,
at which time her father was a labourer.
Caroline married William Wheeler on 11 February 1839 in
William was baptised on 30 September 1810 in Bolney, Sussex and was the
son of William Wheeler (c1781-?) and Mary
In 1851 the couple and 6 children were living in Wyndham Lane,
Shermanbury. William was a 40 year old sawyer and Caroline was 31.
The 1891 census recorded the couple were living in West Street, Clayton.
William was an 80 year old sawyer and Caroline was 72. With them
was their 45 year old widower son Matthew Wheeler and 2
grandchildren, namely William Wheeler aged 22 and 18
year old Albert Wheeler who were all farm labourers.
William and Caroline had the following children:
Michael Wheeler was born
about 1840 in Shermanbury. In 1851 he was an 11 year old
Fanny Gumbrell on 2 August 1863 in
Poynings. He was then a 24 year old bachelor and blacksmith
from Brighton and she was a 29 year old spinster of Poynings.
Their fathers were named as William Wheeler a
blacksmith and Thomas Gumbrell a cordwainer.
The witnesses to their marriage were W.
Wheeler and M. Gumbrell.
Fanny was born on 2 January 1844 and baptised on 11 February 1844 in
Poynings. She was the daughter of
and Sarah Simmons
In 1871 the couple and young son were living at Pottersfield in
Albourne, Sussex. Michael was then a 31 year old blacksmith
from Shermanbury and Fanny was 27 and from Poynings.
By 1881 the couple had moved to Tollbar Cottage in Bolney, Sussex.
He was a 41 year old blacksmith and Fanny was 37. With them
were their 2 children and 1 year old niece
At the time of the 1891 census the couple and 11 year old niece
Norah W. Gumbrill were living at 3
Prospect Cottage in Clayton, Sussex. Michael was a 51 year old
blacksmith and Fanny was 47.
Michael and Fanny had the following children:
Arthur Sydney Wheeler was born about 1867 in
Brighton. He was 4 years old when the 1871 census was
recorded. In 1881 he was 14 years old.
Mahala Wheeler was born about 1872 in
Aldingbourne. She was a 9 year old scholar in 1881.
Caroline Wheeler was baptised on 21 February 1841
in Shermanbury. She was a 10 year old scholar in 1851.
Ellen Wheeler was baptised on 17 July 1842 in
Shermanbury and buried there on 28 April 1844.
Matthew Wheeler was baptised on 23 June 1844 in
Shermanbury. He was a 7 year old scholar in 1851.
Joseph Wheeler was baptised on 30 August 1846 in
Shermanbury. He was 6 years old in 1851.
William Wheeler was born about 1848 in Shermanbury.
He was 3 years old in 1851.
Irad Wheeler was baptised on 5 May 1850 in
Shermanbury. He was a year old when the 1851 census was
Albert Wheeler was baptised on 4 April 1852 in
Leonard Wheeler was baptised on 2 April 1854 in
George Henry Wheeler was baptised on 2 August 1857