and Mary SAUNDERS
James Parsons and Mary Saunders married by
banns on 21 September 1824 in Cowfold, Sussex. The witnesses to their
marriage were John Greenfield and William Hill.
(They were not my direct ancestors.)
James Parsons was baptised on 11 May 1804 in Cowfold. He was the son of
(1770-1845). The baptism register recorded that he was the son of John
and Hannah, although there were no other children of John and Hannah
baptised in Cowfold at that time.
Mary Saunders may have been baptised on 8 November 1807 in
Cowfold and have been the daughter of Charles Saunders and
Mary Wight who had married on 7 April 1807 in Twineham.
A Mary Parsons died aged 51 years and was buried
on 6 February 1855 in Cowfold.
When the 1841 census was recorded the couple and 4 children were living in
the Old Workhouse in Cowfold. James and Mary were both said to be
35 years old and he was a farm labourer. Their next door
and his wife Ruth.
In 1851 the couple and 2 children (James and Walter) were living in
Cowfold. James and Mary were both 47 years old and he was a farm
labourer. They both gave their place of birth as Cowfold.
and Mary Saunders
had 7 known children:
Peter Parsons was born about 1828. He was 13
years old in 1841.
William Parsons was baptised on 5 January 1831 in
Cowfold. He died aged 10 days and was buried on 9 January 1831.
The burial register noted that he was the son of James and Mary.
Eliza Parsons was baptised on 7 October 1832 in Cowfold.
She was 10 yeas old in 1841.
Eliza married Henry Akehurst by banns on 1 October 1850
in Cowfold. He was a bachelor and labourer and she a spinster and
minor. Their fathers were named as Thomas Akehurst
and James Parsons who were both labourers. The
witnesses to their marriage were James Fairs and
When the 1861 census was recorded the couple were living in Cowfold.
Henry was a 36 year old agricultural labourer and Eliza was 29.
They both gave their place of birth as Cowfold. Also with them on
census night was 56 year old widower and carter James Parsons,
19 year old brother-in-law James Parsons who were both
born in Cowfold, and 8 month old boarder Emma C.
Payne who had been born in Brighton.
Elizabeth Parsons was baptised on 28 May 1836 in
Cowfold. She was 6 years old in 1841.
Anne Parsons was baptised on 9 June 1839 in Cowfold.
The baptism register noted that her father was a labourer from West
Grinstead. At the time of the 1841 census she was 2 years old.
James Parsons was baptised on 27 March 1842 in Cowfold.
In 1851 he was a 9 year old scholar. He was a 19 year of
agricultural labourer in 1861 and living in the home of his sister
Walter Parsons was baptised on 29 September 1844 in
Cowfold. He died aged 13 years and was buried on 14 June 1858 in
Cowfold. When the 1851 census was recorded he was a 6 year old
This page was updated on 19 December