Ancestors of Mandy Willard
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and Rhoda MATTHEWS (1789-1873)
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.
and Rhoda Matthews had 5 known children:
Pankhurst was baptised on 9 January 1814 in Headcorn, Kent.
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.
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).
Pankhurst was baptised on 1 November 1818 in Northiam, at which timer
her father was a sweep.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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
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.
Susan had 6 known children:
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:
Field was born in the second quarter of 1878 in Hastings.
was baptised on 29 July 1855 in Brede, at which time her father was a
labourer. She was 6 years old in 1861.
Morgan was baptised on 26 October 1856 in Brede, at which time
her father was a labourer. She was 4 years old in
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:
Morgan was born about 1887 in Brede. He was 4 years old at
the time of the 1891 census.
Morgan was born about 1890 in Brede. In 1891 he was a year
Morgan was baptised on 25 May 1862 in Brede, at which time his
father was a labourer.
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:
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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