Ancestors of Mandy Willard
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and Jane AKEHURST (1772-?)
Samuel Pettitt and Jane Akehurst
married on 20 April 1795 in Tonbridge Kent. (They were not my
direct ancestors. Samuel was the nephew of my 6x great
grandmother, Elizabeth Pettitt.)
was baptised on 15 February 1775 in Wadhurst,
Sussex. He was the son of
Mary Markwick (1738-1802). He was mentioned in his father's will.
He died before 1851.
Jane Akehurst may have been baptised on 12 July 1772 in Wadhurst
and have been the daughter of William Akehurst (1741-?) and
I have not found Samuel and Jane in the 1841 census. When the 1851
census was recorded, Jane was an 81 year old widow living with her son
Joseph at Partridges in Wadhurst.
Samuel Pettitt and Jane
Akehurst had 3 known children:
Mary Petitt was born on 4 October and baptised on 23 November
1800 in Wadhurst. Might she have married Thomas Barton
by banns on 12 November 1819, or George Sivyer by banns
on 24 August 1823? Both marriages took place in Wadhurst and they
were all of the parish. When the 1851 census was recorded, both
Mary Barton wife of Thomas and Mary Sivyer
wife of George were 51 years old and gave their place of birth as
Wadhurst. Mary did have a cousin
who was also born in 1800.
Joseph Pettitt was born about 1805 in Wadhurst.
Hannah Hall (her name has come from the birth
certificates of their children) (ref.1).
Hannah probably died in the first quarter of 1845 in the Ticehurst
registration district. Might she have been baptised on 13 February
1814, the daughter of William Hall and Martha
Cornwall or on 19 February 1815, the daughter of James
Hall and Frances? Both baptisms took
place in Mayfield. A Hannah Hall, spinster of
Mayfield married Thomas Piper on 26 December 1840 in
The 1841 census records that 35 year old Joseph and 25 year old Hannah
were living in Partridges Cottage, Wadhurst, next door to the family of
Thomas Kitchenham. He was then an agricultural
labourer. With the couple on census night were 4 children,
including 10 year old Charity Pettitt, and Joseph's
brother William. By 1851 Joseph was a 46 year old widower and agricultural labourer
living at Partridges in Wadhurst with his mother, brother and 4
Joseph and Hannah had 4 or 5 known children:
Charity Pettit may have died in the third quarter
of 1850 in the Ticehurst registration district.
Joseph Pettitt was born in 1837 in Wadhurst. The 1841
census records that he was 5 years old. He was a
14 year old agricultural labourer in 1851 and the eldest child at
Samuel Pettitt was born in the second quarter of 1838 in Wadhurst.
The 1841 census records that he was 5 years old. He was a 12
year old agricultural labourer in 1851. When the 1861 census
was recorded on the night of 7 April he was an unmarried 23 year old
private on board HMS Pembroke.
Samuel married Esther Diplock in the second quarter
of 1870 in the Tonbridge registration district..
Esther was born in 1850 in Rotherfield, Sussex and was the daughter
of James Diplock (1818-?) and Sarah Ann
Stevens (c1823-?). At the time of the 1851 census she
was 9 months old and living with her parents at Mark Cross in
Rotherfield, next door to her paternal grandparents, Samuel
Duplock (c1783-?) and Jemima Coleman
(c1779-?). In 1861 she was a 10 year old
scholar living with her parents at Mark Cross and her father was
then an agricultural labourer.
When the 1871 census was recorded 32 year old Samuel and 20 year old
Esther were living at Bestbeech Hill in Wadhurst. He was then
an agricultural labourer. In 1881 the couple and 5 children
were living at Coleshall Cottage in Mayfield. He was then a 40
year old agricultural labourer and Esther was 31. In 1891, the
couple and 5 children were living at No. 1 Coles Hall Cottage and
Samuel was a 51 year old agricultural labourer and Esther was 40.
Samuel and Esther had the following children:
Joseph Pettitt was born in the fourth quarter
of 1871 in Wadhurst. He was a 9 year old scholar in 1881.
In 1891 he was a 19 year old gardener and living at home with
Samuel Thomas Pettitt was born in the first
quarter of 1874 at Coles Hall, Mayfield (ref.1).
In 1881 he was a 7 year old scholar. When the 1891 census
was recorded he was an 18 year old milk carrier, lodging in the
home of James W. Barrett at 22
Eden Road in the parish of St. Mary, Lambeth, London.
Samuel married Ann Elizabeth Dixon on 8 April
1897 at Dover Castle where he was based as a serving soldier in
the royal field artillery (ref.1).
Samuel and Ann Elizabeth had 7 children in all, one of whom was:
Reginald Pettitt was born in 1902 (ref.1).
He married Amelia Elizabeth Hart on 13
November 1926 (ref.1).
Amelia was from Folkestone (ref.1).
They had 4 children.
Alice Ellen Pettitt was born in the third
quarter of 1875 in Mayfield. She was a 5 year old scholar
Emily Pettitt was born in the third quarter of
1877 in Mayfield. She was 3 years old in 1881. In
1891 she was a 13 year old scholar.
Mary Jane Pettitt was born in the fourth
quarter of 1879 in Mayfield. At the time of the 1881
census she was a year old. In 1891 she was an 11 year old
Albert William Pettitt was
born in the first quarter of 1882 in Mayfield. He was a 9
year old scholar in 1891.
Sophia Pettitt was born in the first quarter of 1841 in Wadhurst.
At the time of the 1841 census she was 5 months old. In 1851
she was a 10 year old employed at home.
Jane Pettitt was born in 1843 in Wadhurst. When the
1851 census was recorded she was an 8 year old employed at home.
William Pettitt was born about 1811 in Wadhurst. In 1841 he
was a 30 year old agricultural labourer and he was living with the
family of his brother Joseph. He was an
unmarried 40 year old agricultural labourer when the 1851 census was
recorded and he was still living with his brother Joseph.
Joseph Pettitt married Mary Kenrua Hart by licence on 3 July 1833 in Tonbridge.
He was then a bachelor of Ticehurst and she a spinster of Tonbridge.
When the 1851 census was recorded 50 year old Joseph and 44 year old
Mary K were living in Ticehurst along with their 4 children, 3
assistants, 1 visitor and 3 servants. Joseph was then described as
a grocer employing 3 men. He then gave his place of birth as
Ref. 1 - Brenda Rowley