Ancestors of Mandy Willard
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and Eliza HILLS (1833-?)
Richardson and Eliza Hills married on
20 July 1850 in Lower Beeding, Sussex. Their
fathers were named as Henry Richardson and Henry
Hills. (They were not my direct
William Richardson was baptised on 11 October 1829 in
Chailey, Sussex. He was the son of
and Mary Everden
His father was a farmer.
William died before 1860. His death may have been registered in the
first quarter of 1857 in the Cuckfield registration district.
Eliza Hills may have been born
in Lower Beeding, Sussex, although she was baptised in Nuthurst, Sussex
on 28 July 1833. She was the daughter of
(c1809-1849). Her death may have been registered in the first
quarter of 1863 in the Cuckfield registration district.
As a widow, Eliza Richardson married
Venn on 7 April 1860 in Slaugham.
Thomas Venn was baptised on 18 November 1838 in Slaugham.
He was the son of
Venn (1789-1866) and
Tullett (1798-1873). His death may have been
registered in the first quarter of 1863 in the Horsham registration
In 1851 William was 22 years old and living with his father-in-law in
When the 1861 census was recorded Thomas and Eliza were living in Slaugham.
He was a 22 year old wood sawyer and she was said to have been 25 and born in Beeding. Also
with them was their infant daughter and Eliza's 2 sons from her
previous marriage. They were living next door to Eliza's
mother-in-law Mary Richardson.
Richardson and Eliza Hills had 2
William Richardson was baptised on 9 January 1853 in
Lower Beeding. He was an 8 year old scholar in 1861 and living
with his mother and step father.
Henry Francis Richardson was baptised on 27 July 1856 in Slaugham.
He died in 1935 He was 4 years in 1861.
In 1871 he would seem to
have been a 14 year old gardener living in the home of Benjamin
Attree (1831-?) and Susannah Still (1839-?) at
He was described as their nephew. Benjamin was the son of
Henry Attree and Mary Penfold, and Susannah
was the daughter of William Still and Susannah Hill
and she was born in Tonbridge, Kent.
Henry married Mary Ann Botting in the first quarter of
1880 in the Horsham registration district.
Mary Ann was baptised on 4 October 1857 in Shipley and was the daughter
of James Botting (c1814-?) and Mary Ann Brown
(c1829-?). She died in 1939. When the 1861 census was
recorded she was 3 years old and living with her parents at Dragon Green
In 1881 the couple and their young daughter were living at 14 Mill Lane,
Lower Beeding. Henry was a 24 year old gardener and Mary Ann was
The 1891 census records the family were living at Leonardslee Stables in
Lower Beeding. Henry was then a 33 year old gardener/labourer and
Mary Ann was 34. Five of their children were with them on census
When the 1901 census was recorded the couple and 6 children were living
at Selehurst Gardens in Lower Beeding. Henry Francis was then a 43
year old gardener and Mary Ann was 44.
Henry and Mary Ann had 8 known children:
Mary Ann Richardson was born on 20 November 1880 and
baptised on 6 February 1881 in Lower Beeding. The baptism
register noted that her father's name was Harry Richardson
and he was a gardener. She was 4 months old
in 1881. In 1891 she was a 10 year old scholar. The 1901
census recorded that she was an unmarried 20 year old dressmaker and
living with her parents.
William Richardson was born on 6 January 1882 and baptised
on 5 March 1882 in Lower Beeding. He was a 9 year old scholar
in 1891. In 1901 he was a 19 year old assistant gardener and
living at home.
Henry James Richardson was born on 20 December 1883 and
baptised on 17 February 1884 in Lower Beeding. He died on 7
September 1971. Henry was a 7 year
old scholar in 1891. In 1901 he was living in Slaugham (Roffey)
where he was training to be a butcher with George Nailard
and Alice Nailard at Crawley Road, Horsham.
Henry married Annie Brown on 7 September 1907,
possibly in Lower Beeding.
Rose Agnes Richardson was born on 30 September 1885 and
baptised on 15 November 1885 in Lower Beeding. She was a 5
year old scholar in 1891. In 1901 she was 15 years old and
"helping at home".
Nellie Jane Richardson was born on 28 October 1887 and baptised on 18 March 1888 in
Lower Beeding. She died on 29 June 1959. She was a 3 year old scholar in 1891. In
1901 she was 13 years old.
Amy Richardson was born on 4 February 1890 and baptised on
20 April 1890 in Lower Beeding. She died aged 6 months and was
buried on 11 August 1890 in Lower Beeding.
Charles Edward Richardson was born on 26 July 1891 and
baptised on 20 September 1891 in Lower Beeding. He was 9 years
old in 1901.
Florence Alice Richardson was born on 3 March 1896 and
baptised on 5 April 1896 in Lower Beeding. She was 5 years old
Thomas Venn and Eliza
Hills had 1 known child:
Venn was baptised on 27 January 1861 in Slaugham. She was
4 months old when the 1861 census was recorded. In 1871 she was a
10 year old scholar and living with her 72 year old widowed grandmother
Mary Venn at Slaugham Green. When the 1881 census
was recorded she may have been 20 year old Mary Venn,
employed as a housemaid in the home of Elizabeth Elphick
at 19 Sillwood Road, Brighton.
Mary Ann married in the second
quarter of 1890 in the Brighton registration district, to John William Hollister.
John William was born about 1863/4
in Brighton. In 1871 he was a 7 year old scholar and living with
his widowed mother Caroline Hollister, aged 44 and born
in Lambeth. They were living at 30 Boston Street, Brighton along
with John's siblings James 10 born in Swindon, Wiltshire, Thomas 5 born
Brighton, Rhoda 3 born Brighton and Caroline's 75 year old widowed
grandmother Ann Bennet who was born in Wiltshire.
In 1901 the couple were living at
12 Monson Road, St. Pauls, Deptford, London. John was then a 37
year old assistant oilman. Mary Ann was 38. Also with them
on census night were 2 of their children, William's 40 year old
unmarried brother James B. Hollister,
77 year old widowed aunt Jane Venn (born Pirbright,
Surrey), 71 year old widow and monthly nurse, Eliza Hart,
and 33 year old unmarried lodger, George H.
John William and Mary Ann had 2
Hollister was born about 1899/1900 in New Cross. She
was a year old in 1901.
Hollister was born in 1901 in New Cross. He
was 3 weeks old when the 1901 census was recorded.
Need to obtain
marriage certificates or check marriage registers for details from William
and Eliza's marriage in 1850 (Lower Beeding) and also Thomas and Eliza's
marriage in 1860 (Slaugham).
Also need to obtain
death certificates and check burial registers:
Richardson, first quarter 1857, possibly in Slaugham (Cuckfield RD)
first quarter of 1863, possibly Slaugham (Cuckfield RD)
first quarter of 1863 (Horsham RD)
My thanks to Colin Murphy for
inspiring this page and providing additional data.
This page was updated on 21 October