Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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John PELLING (1809-1887)

and Mary Ann SILVERSON (1811-1887)


John Pellin and Mary Ann Silverstone married by banns on 9 May 1830 in Woodmancote, Sussex.  The banns were published in Woodmancote on 18 and 25 April and 2 May between John Potten of Poynings and Mary Ann Silverstone of Woodmancote (he was John Pellin in the marriage entry).  John was able to sign his name and Mary Ann made her X mark.  The witnesses to their marriage were Ann Knight and Henry Martin who both made their X marks.  They were married by the Curate, R. Green.  (They were not my direct ancestors.)

John Pelling was born on 2 June and baptised on 12 July 1809 in Poynings, Sussex.  He was the son of Richard Pelling (1785-1870) and Elizabeth Cornford (1781-1866).  John died aged 77 years in the first quarter of 1887 in the Cuckfield district.

Mary Ann Silverson was baptised on 13 October 1811 in Albourne as Mary Ann Silveston.  She was the daughter of Richard Silverson (1788-1866) and Mary (c1789-1850).  Mary Ann died in March 1887.

When the 1841 census was recorded the family were living in Flint Cottage in Newtimber, Sussex.  John Pellin was then said to have been a 30 year old agricultural labourer.  Mary was also 30.  With the couple were 5 children.

By the time of the 1851 census the family were living in Red House Cottage in Newtimber.  John Pellen (or could be Pellon) was a 41 year old farm labourer and gave his place of birth as Poynings, Sussex.  Mary Ann was also 41 and she said she was born in Albourne.  Six of their children were at home on census night and they also had a lodger, unmarried 52 year old John Creasy a farm labourer from Effingham in Surrey.

At the time of the 1861 census the couple were living at Red House, Newtimber.  John Pelling was a 52 year old farm bailiff and Mary Ann was 50.  With them were 4 of their children, 2 year old granddaughter Grace Clara Pelling and 32 year old unmarried lodger Charles Tidey.

In 1871 the couple along with 2 of their children and 12 year old granddaughter were living at Perching Sands in Edburton.  John was a 61 year old agricultural labourer and Mary was 59.

In 1881 the couple were living at 11 Park Cottage in Hurstpierpoint, Sussex.  John was then a 71 year old agricultural labourer and Mary Ann was 69.  Also with them on census night was their son Henry and 24 year old daughter Ellen M. Pelling born in Steyning (she was their daughter-in-law and married to Henry).


John Pelling and Mary Ann Silverson had 10 known children:

  1. Richard Pelling was baptised on 25 September 1831 in Poynings.  He was 9 years old in 1841.  In 1851 he was a 19 year old farm labourer and living at home with his parents.

    As Richard Pellen he married Jane Hayler on 30 May 1858 in Newtimber.

  2. Susan Pelling was born on 7 March and baptised on 28 April 1833 in Poynings.  She was 8 years old in 1841.  When the 1851 census was recorded she may have been a 19 year old house servant living in the home of 46 year old James Ward and his 53 year old wife Mary Ward in London Terrace, Hurstpierpoint.  Susan Pelling's place of birth was recorded as Hurstpierpoint.  Mary was a school mistress and there were ten girl scholars aged between 10 and 16 and two 6 year old boy scholar in the household.

    As Susan Pellen she married Henry Miller on 22 May 1852 in Newtimber.

  3. William Pelling was baptised on 5 April 1835 in Poynings.  He was 6 years old in 1841.  In 1851 he was a 16 year old labourer.

  4. Eliza Pelling was born on  26 September and baptised on 29 October 1837 in Poynings.  She was 3 years old in 1841.  In 1861 she was an unmarried 23 year old cook living at Oaklands in Keymer, Sussex.

    Eliza had the following daughter:

    1. Grace Clara Pellen was born on 31 January 1859 and baptised on 10 February 1859 in Newtimber.  She was 2 years old in 1861 and living with her grandparents.  In 1871 she was 12 years old and living with her grandparents.

  5. Esther Pelling was baptised on 27 December 1840 in Newtimber, Sussex.  She died aged 28 years in the fourth quarter of 1868 in the Cuckfield registration district.  At the time of the 1841 census she was 7 months old.  In 1851 she was a 10 year old scholar.

  6. Walter Pelling was baptised on 5 March 1843 in Newtimber.

    Walter married Ann Miller on 5 January 1869 at St. Nicholas in Brighton.

  7. Ellen Pelling was baptised on 15 May 1845 in Newtimber.  She was 6 years old in 1851.  In 1861 she was 16 years old and the eldest of her siblings living at home.  At the time of the 1871 census she was an unmarried 26 year old domestic cook and living at home with her parents.

    Ellen married James Lelliott in the second quarter of 1873 in the Steyning district.

    James was born about 1852 in Fulking, Sussex and was the son of John Lelliott (1810-1874) and Elizabeth Mockford (c1811-?).

    James and Ellen had 6 known children.

  8. Elizabeth Pelling was born on 3 December 1848 and baptised on 4 February 1849 in Newtimber.  She was 2 years old in 1851.  The 1861 census recorded that she was 14 years old.

    Elizabeth married Francis Charles Jennings on 25 December 1877 at St. Thomas in Lewes, Sussex.  He was then aged 28 years and the son of John Lea Jennings.

    The 1881 census recorded that Francis was born in Tamworth, Warwickshire, and that he was then a merchant employing 6 men and 1 boy.  The couple were then, along with their servant, 24 year old Mary Winter who had been born in Newhaven, living at 34 High Street, Cliffe (near Lewes).

  9. Henry Pelling was born on 5 February and baptised on 16 March 1851 in Newtimber as Henry Pellen.  At the time of the 1851 census he was 2 months old.  In 1861 he was 10 years old.  He was an unmarried 20 year old agricultural labourer in 1871 and living at home.

    Henry married Ellen Marcella Hoad on 7 December 1878 at St. Peters in Brighton.

    Ellen was baptised on 14 November 1856 in Steyning and was the daughter of Henry Hoad and Susannah Hickox.

    When the 1881 census was recorded the couple were living with his parents at 11 Park Cottage in Hurstpierpoint.  Henry was a 30 year old agricultural labourer and Ellen was 24.

  10. Grace Pelling was born on 24 March and baptised on 15 May 1853 in Newtimber as Grace Pellen.  At the time of the 1861 census she was 8 years old.

    Grace married Arthur Moses Tooke in the first quarter of 1878 in Cuckfield.

    Arthur was born about 1855 in Richmond, Surrey and was the son of James Tooke and Ann.  They had some sort of ale house and were very good at dodging the census enumerator!  Arthur's father was from Suffolk.

    The following photographs are of Grace Tooke, nee Pelling and Arthur Moses Tooke.  (Please click on the images for a larger view.)  My grateful thanks to Leigh Andrews for sharing the pictures and for providing more information about the couple.

    Grace Tooke, nee Pelling   Arthur Moses Tooke

    In 1881 the couple and their 2 children were living at 8 Westcombe Terrace, Ashley Road, Richmond and Arthur was then a 26 year old grocer and oilman.  They shared this property with the William Wood who was a cook and confectioner and his wife Margaret.  At that time their next door neighbours at number 9 were Jane Cain and George Murrell who were upholsters and the family of Charles Hester a butcher and his wife Harriet.  Other occupations in Westcombe Terrace would seem to indicate that it was a parade of shops.

    By 1901 the family were living in Camberwell, London.  Arthur was then 46 years old.  Five of their children were at home on census night.

    Arthur and Grace had 7 known children:

    1. Ethel Daisy Tooke was born in the first quarter of 1879 in Shepherds Bush, Middlesex.  She was 2 years old when the 1881 census was recorded.  Ethel married Joseph Heighton and they had 2 daughters:

      1. Ethel Heighton did not marry.  She was a civil servant.

      2. Grace Heighton did not marry.

    2. Cecil Arthur Tooke was born in the fourth quarter of 1880 in Kilburn, Middlesex.  He was 4 months old at the time the 1881 census was recorded.

    3. Mary Tooke was born about 1883 in Richmond.  Her birth was most probably registered in the first quarter of 1884.

    4. William Henry James Tooke was born in 1884 in Richmond.  William married Edith Bass in 1913 and they had 8 children.  Edith was born in 1888.

    5. Grace Tooke was born in the fourth quarter of 1886 in Paddington, London.  Grace married a widower and she did not have any children of her own.

    6. Percy Edward Tooke was born in the third quarter of 1891 in Camberwell, London.

    7. Ruby Florence Tooke was born in the third quarter of 1893 in Newington, London.  She married twice but did not have any children.



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