Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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James NYE (1758-1828)

and Ann SILVERSON (1757-1812)


James Nye and Ann Silverson married on 2 April 1779 in Woodmancote, Sussex.  At the time James was of Seale alias Beeding, Sussex.  The witnesses the wedding were Charles Gregory and William Vinall.  Anne made her X mark in the marriage register.  (They were not my direct ancestors.)

James Nye was born on 1 March 1758 and baptised on 17 March 1758 in Henfield, Sussex.  He was the son of John Nye and Ann Moore.  James was buried on 4 April 1828 in Henfield.

Anne Sylvester was baptised 27 November 1757 in Albourne, Sussex.  She was the daughter of Richard Silverson (1726-1791) and Ann Tree (1722-1801).  Ann was 43 years old when her last known child was born.  She died aged 54 years and was buried on 10 March 1812 in Henfield.

Another James Nye married Ann Gratwick on 29 July 1776 in West Grinstead, Sussex.  They had a son baptised there in 1777 and then disappeared from the pages of the West Grinstead parish registers.  A James and Ann Nye had children baptised in Cuckfield, Sussex in 1784, 1786, 1788, 1790, 1792 and 1795.


James Nye and Ann Silverson had 11 known children:

  1. Ann Nye was baptised on 3 October 1779 in Henfield.

  2. John Nye was baptised on 2 February 1781 in Henfield and buried there on 18 September 1781.

  3. George Nye was baptised on 29 November 1782 in Henfield.  He may have died/buried on 1 July 1857.

  4. Richard Nye was baptised on 30 July 1784 in Henfield.  It was noted in the baptism register that his parents were able to pay the 3d baptism fee.  He may have been buried on 24 June 1794 in Henfield, but the burial register only records his name and nothing to help identify which Richard was buried.

  5. Thomas Nye was baptised on 26 February 1785 in Henfield.  His parents were able to pay the 3d baptism fee.

    Thomas may have married Bet Elliot on 11 April 1809 in Henfield, but another Thomas Nye was baptised in Henfield on 19 June 1785, the son of Mary Nye.

  6. Benjamin Nye was baptised on 17 February 1788 in Henfield.  It was noted that his parents were paupers and thus exempt from paying the baptism fee.

  7. Phillip Nye was baptised on 21 February 1790 in Henfield.  His parents were unable to pay the baptism fee.

  8. Frances Nye was baptised on 3 June 1792 in Henfield.  It was noted in the baptism register that her parents were paupers and unable to pay the baptism fee.  She may have married James Juniper by licence on 5 September 1810 in Henfield.  He was then a bachelor of Ditchling and she a spinster of Henfield.

  9. Allickander Nye was baptised on 1 July 1794 in Henfield.  His parents were unable to pay the baptism fee.

  10. William Nye was privately baptised, as he was ill, on 13 February 1796 in Henfield.  He was received into the church on 21 February 1796.

  11. Harriet Nye was baptised on 7 December 1800 in Henfield.

    Harriet married William Shoulder by banns on 31 December 1821 in Henfield.  They were both then of Henfield and he married with the consent of his parents.

    William was baptised on 11 July 1801 and again on 4 October 1801 in Henfield.  He was the son of Joseph Shoulder and Elizabeth Winton.

    When the 1851 census was recorded the couple and 2 of their children were living in Nep Town, Henfield.  William and Harriet were both then said to be 50 years old and he was an agricultural labourer.

    William and Harriet had 9 known children:

    1. John Shoulder was baptised on 30 June 1822 in Henfield

    2. Stephen Shoulder was baptised on 14 March 1824 in Henfield.

    3. Mary Shoulder was baptised on 28 May 1826 in Henfield.

    4. Charlotte Shoulder was baptised on 6 April 1828 in Henfield.

    5. Philip Shoulder was baptised on 25 July 1830 in Henfield.

    6. William Shoulder was baptised on 22 July 1832 in Henfield.  When the 1881 census was recorded he was a railway labourer living at Spring Land in Henfield, along with wife Louisa and son George Shoulders an 11 year old scholar who had been born in Patcham, Sussex.

      William married Louisa Harriot on 31 December 1854 at St. Michael in Lewes.  She was born about 1830 in Lewes and was the daughter of John Harriot.

    7. Frances Shoulder was baptised on 5 October 1834 in Henfield.  She was 16 years old in 1851.

    8. James Shoulders was born on 2 October and baptised on 12 November 1837 in Henfield.

    9. Abel Shoulders was baptised on 10 October 1841 in Henfield.  He died aged 43 years in the fourth quarter of 1884 and his death was registered in the Cuckfield registration district.

      In 1851 he was a 9 year old scholar.  The 1861 census records that he was an unmarried 20 year old railway porter, lodging in London Road, East Grinstead, in the home of William Argent who was also a railway porter.  In 1871 he was a 29 year old railway porter living at 4 Railway Row in Haywards Heath, which was then within the parish of Cuckfield, Sussex, along with his 25 year old wife, Lizzie and their 2 children.  When the 1881 census was recorded he was a 39 year old railway porter living at 4 Station Cottage, in Haywards Heath, along with his 35 year old wife Liz, their son and a 19 year old lodger Joseph Pelling.

      Abel may have married Lizzie Harris in the second quarter of 1869 in the Camberwell, Surrey, registration district.

      Lizzie was born about 1846 in Maldon, Essex.

      Abel and possibly Lizzie had the following known children:

      1. Harriott Shoulders was born about 1862 in the parish of St. Wilfrid's in Haywards Heath, Sussex.  She was a 9 year old scholar in 1871.

      2. William James Shoulders was baptised on 8 January 1866 in the parish of St. Wilfrid's in Haywards Heath.  His mother's name was recorded as Elizabeth Ann.  He was a 5 year old scholar in 1871 and his name was recorded in the census as James William Shoulders.  The 1881 census records his name as William Shoulders and he was then a 15 year old railway clerk.

        William married twice, firstly to Eliza Evans in 1889 and then to Sarah Ann Leggatt in 1899.

        Eliza was born about 1865 in Brighton and died there in 1898.

        Sarah was born about 1861 in Brighton.

      After Abel's death, Lizzie Shoulders married Frederick Siars Ferguson in the second quarter of 1889 in the Steyning registration district.  At the time of the 1891 census the couple and presumably his 2 children, namely 14 year old Alfred Ferguson and 10 year old Caroline Ferguson, were living at the Burrell Arms Inn in Haywards Heath.  Frederick was then 51 years old and he was a publican and coal merchant and he gave his place of birth as Godstone, Surrey.  Also with the family on census night was Frances Sayers who was a 16 year old general servant who had been born in Ardingly.  By 1901 the couple, together with 24 year old Alfred and 20 year old Emily C. Ferguson, were living at 2 Sydney (looks like Pls or Vls, so could Place or Villas) in Haywards Heath and Frederick was then just a coal merchant.



This page was reviewed on 9 April 2012