Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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Thomas PANKHURST (1771-1823)

John WYBORN (c1795-?)

and Rhoda MATTHEWS (1789-1873)

 

Thomas Pankhurst and Roda Mathews married on 29 October 1812 in Biddenden, Kent.  As a widow, Rhoda Pankhurst married John Wyborn on 24 May 1830 in Northiam, Sussex.  John was then a bachelor and they were both of Northiam and both made their marks.  The witnesses to the their marriage were John Thompson (signed) and Elizabeth Thompson (marked).  John and Rhoda were married by the rector, Henry Lord.  (They were not my direct ancestors.)

Thomas Pankhurst was baptised on 7 July 1771 in Beckley, Sussex.  He was the son of Edward Pankhurst and Sarah Friend.  His father was a carpenter.  Thomas died aged 52 years and was buried on 16 September 1823 in Northiam.

John Wyborn was, according to the 1841 and 1851 census, born between 1793 and 1797 in Northiam, although I have not found his baptism in the Northiam baptism register during the 1790's.  He may have been the son of Mark Weyburn and Mercy Cook who had married in Northiam on 6 October 1782.

Rhoda Matthews was baptised on 2 June 1789 in Benenden, Kent.  She was the daughter of Job Matthews and Hannah Ranger.  She died aged 88 years in the Rye Union Workhouse and was buried on 7 August 1873 in Northiam.  Her name was recorded as Rhoda Whyborne in the Northiam burial register.

When the 1841 census was recorded John Wybourne aged 48, Rhoda aged 52, and 3 children were living in High Park, Northiam.  In 1851, 54 year old John Wybourn, Rhoda 67 and their widowed daughter and granddaughter were living at High Park Corner in Northiam and John was then an agricultural labourer.

 

Thomas Pankhurst and Rhoda Matthews had 5 known children:

  1. Sarah Pankhurst was baptised on 9 January 1814 in Headcorn, Kent.

  2. Edward Pankhurst was baptised on 19 March 1814 in Northiam, at which time his father was a labourer.  He died aged 13 years and was buried on 22 April 1828 in Northiam.

  3. William Pankhurst was baptised on 16 January 1817 in Northiam, at which time his father was a sweep.  In 1841 he was 24 years old and living with his mother and step father.  When the 1851 census was recorded, William was a 34 year old bargeman living in Northiam village with his 31 year old wife Emma who had been born in Northiam.  In 1861, 44 year old William was still a bargeman living with his 41 year old wife in Newenden Road, Northiam.  With them was 72 year old widower and lodger, Thomas Carter.  I have not found the couple in the 1871 English census.

    William married Emma Carter by banns on 14 September 1845 in Northiam.  They were both of Northiam.  He was a bachelor and labourer and she a spinster.  Their fathers were named as Thomas Pankhurst a chimney sweeper and Thomas Carter a labourer.  The witnesses to the marriage were Thomas Carter (marked) and Mary possibly Leny (marked).

  4. Hannah Pankhurst was baptised on 1 November 1818 in Northiam, at which timer her father was a sweep.

  5. David Pankhurst was baptised on 4 January 1821 in Northiam, at which time his father was a chimney sweep.

 

Rhoda Matthews and unknown had 1 known daughter:

  1. Susannah Pankhurst was baptised on 4 April 1827 in Northiam, although from her age in the census she may have been born as early as 1824.  The baptism register records that she was the daughter of Rhoda Pankhurst a single woman.  The 1841 census records her name as 14 year old Susan Wybourne and she was living with her parents.

    Susan married twice.  Firstly to William Henley by banns on 4 August 1844 in Beckley, Sussex.  He was then a bachelor of full age and a labourer of Beckley.  Susan was a minor and spinster of Northiam.  William's father was named as Joseph Henley a labourer.  Susan's father's name was omitted from the register.  They both signed their names.  The witnesses to the marriage were Elizabeth Unicomb and William Unicomb who both signed their names.

    William died aged 24 years and was buried on 6 December 1845 in Beckley, therefore, he was born about 1821.

    In 1851, 25 year old widow, Susan Henley was living with her parents and she was then described as a pauper agricultural labourer.

    William and Susan had 2 known children:

    1. William Pankhurst Henley was baptised on 6 April 1845 in Beckley, at which time his father was a labourer.  He died aged 5 years and was buried on 30 September 1849 in Beckley.

    2. Susan Jane Henley was baptised on 7 January 1846 in Beckley.  She married George Masters in 1862.  (They have their own page.)

    As a widow, Susannah Henley then married Hannaniah Morgan in the fourth quarter of 1852 in the Rye registration district.

    Hananiah was baptised on 2 February 1829 in Beckley, Sussex and was the son of Hananiah Morgan and Eliza Adams.

    When the 1861 census was recorded the couple and their children were living in Pollery Road, Brede and he was a 33 year old agricultural labourer and Susannah's age was recorded as 37 years.  They were still living in Brede in 1871.  Hananiah was 44 and Susannah 47.  By 1881 Susannah was the head of her household in Brede and she was a 57 year old house keeper.  Also part of the household in 1881 was a 22 year old unmarried lodger, Alfred Griffin who was an agricultural labourer.  In 1891 Susan was a 65 year old widow living with the family of her son John.

    Hananiah and Susan had 6 known children:

    1. Hannah Harriet Morgan was baptised on 29 May 1853 in Brede.  She was 8 year old Harriet in the 1861 census.  When the 1881 census was recorded she was 28 year old widow Hannah Feilde who was visiting her mother in Brede.  She was then a domestic house keeper. 

      Hannah Harriet married Stephen William Field in the third quarter of 1877 in the Hastings registration district.

      Stephen William was born in the fourth quarter of 1852 in the Rye registration district.  He died aged 25 years and his death was registered in the Rye registration district.

      Stephen William and Hannah Harriet had the following known child:

      1. William John Field was born in the second quarter of 1878  in Hastings.

    2. Eliza Morgan was baptised on 29 July 1855 in Brede, at which time her father was a labourer.  She was 6 years old in 1861.

    3. Dorcas Elizabeth Morgan was baptised on 26 October 1856 in Brede, at which time her father was a labourer.  She was 4 years old in 1861.

    4. John Morgan was baptised on 30 October 1859 in Brede, at which time his father was a labourer..  When the 1861 census was recorded he was a year old.  In 1871 he was an 11 year old scholar.  He was an unmarried 21 year old agricultural labourer in 1881 and living at home with his mother.  John married Ellen, possibly Mary Ellen Bryant in the second quarter of 1885 in the Rye registration district..  The 1891 census records that they were living in Brede and he was a 31 year old agricultural labourer.  Ellen was born about 1865 in Brede.

      John and Ellen had the following children:

      1. Hannaniah Morgan was born about 1887 in Brede.  He was 4 years old at the time of the 1891 census.

      2. William Morgan was born about 1890 in Brede.  In 1891 he was a year old.

    5. Hananiah Morgan was baptised on 25 May 1862 in Brede, at which time his father was a labourer.

    6. Sarah Ann Morgan was baptised on 28 May 1865 in Brede, at which time her father was a labourer.  She was a 6 year old scholar in 1871.

 

John Wyborn and Rhoda Matthews had 1 known child:

  1. Mark Wyborn was baptised on 19 September 1830 in Northiam, at which time his father was a labourer.  He died aged 66 years and his death was registered in the first quarter of 1897 in the Rye registration district, as Mark Whybourne.  He was 10 years old when the 1841 census was recorded and living with his parents.  I have not found Mark in the 1851, 1861, 1871 or 1881 census.  The 1891 census records that Mark Whybourne was a 66 year old inmate at the Rye Union Workhouse, where he was described as a single sailor and also an imbecile.

 

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