and Charity MANSBRIDGE (1797-1861)
William Roberts and
Charity Mansbridge married by licence on 7 June 1821 in Cowfold,
Sussex. He was then a bachelor of Cowfold and she a spinster of West
Grinstead. The witnesses to their marriage were John Batchelor
and Henry Heasman. (They were not my direct ancestors.
William was the nephew of my 4x Great Grandmother, Naomi Lelliott,
whilst Charity was the niece of my 4x Great Grandfather, James
William Roberts was born on 30
January and baptised on 1 March 1801 in Ashurst, Sussex. He was the
son of John Roberts
(c1765-1849) and Ruth
Lelliott (1780-1846). William died aged 88
years on 27 March
1889 and was buried in Cowfold on 31 March 1889.
Charity Mansbridge was born on 27 September and baptised on 12 November 1797 in West Grinstead,
Sussex. She was the
John Mansbridge (1763-1836) and
Sarah White (c1768-1825).
Charity died aged 64 years on 30 April 1861 and was buried in Cowfold on 5 May
At the time of the 1841 census the couple and 4 children (John, Elizabeth,
Jane and Emma) were living in Cowfold Street, Cowfold. William
Robberds was said to be 40 years old and Charity was 44.
When the 1851 census was recorded the couple and 2 daughters (Jane and
Emma) were living
in Foice's Cottages, Cowfold and William was then a 50 a sawyer and agricultural
labourer and Charity was 53. He gave his place of birth as Ashurst
and she as West Grinstead.
In 1861, the couple and 2 daughters (Jane and Emma) were living in Robert's
Cottage in Cowfold. William was then a 60 year old sawyer and
Charity was 63. They again gave their places of birth as Ashurst and
By the time the 1871 census was recorded, William was a 70 year old widower
and sawyer. He and his 2 daughters (Jane and Emma) were living at Elm
Grove, Station Road, Cowfold, either next door or sharing a property with
the family of his son John.
The 1881 census recorded that William was an 80 year old carpenter and
widower and living with his daughter Jane in Cowfold Street, Cowfold.
William Roberts and Charity Mansbridge had 7 known children:
Mary Ann Roberts was baptised on 6 December 1821 in Cowfold.
She married Thomas Davey
1842. (They have their own page.)
Sarah Roberts was baptised on 23 April 1824 in Cowfold. She
died in 1881.
Sarah married Edward Stringer by banns on 14 September
1850 in Cowfold. He was a bachelor and labourer and she a
spinster. Their fathers were named as James Stringer
and William Roberts who were both labourers. The
witnesses to their marriage were Richard Mitchell and
Edward was baptised on 21 September 1823 in Lancing, Sussex and was the
son of James Stringer and Sarah Knight.
He died in 1886.
Edward and Sarah had the following child:
Ellen Stringer was born about 1851 in West
Ellen married Charles Matthew Coombs in the fourth
quarter of 1881 in Brighton.
Charles was baptised on 18 June 1854 in Brighton and was the son of
Henry Coombs and Mary.
Charles and Ellen had the following children:
Ellen Elizabeth Coombs
Emily Kate Coombs
Charles Edward Coombs
James Henry Coombs
Harriet Roberts was born on 21 September and baptised on 22 October 1826 in Cowfold.
She died aged 62 years on 21 December 1888 and was buried in Cowfold on
26 December 1888. The burial register noted she was from
married John Pilbeam on 11 November 1848 in Cowfold. He was
a bachelor and labourer from Cuckfield and she a spinster. Their
fathers were named as William Philbeam and
William Roberts who were both labourers. The witnesses to
their marriage were Alfred Philbeam ad Sarah
John was baptised on 7 January 1827 in Cuckfield, Sussex and was the son
of William Pilbeam and Elizabeth Jenner.
When the 1851 census was recorded the couple were both 28 years old and
servants to Frederick Sperrell the 26 year old curate
of Barcombe, at the The Rectory in Barcombe. John was a groom and
gardener and Harriet the housekeeper. He gave his place of birth
as Cuckfield and she as Cowfold.
John Roberts was baptised on 11 October 1829 in Cowfold.
John married twice, firstly to
Mary Cocks in 1850
and then to Elizabeth
Ireland in 1853. (They have their own page.)
Elizabeth Roberts was born on 3 August and baptised on 16 September 1832 in Cowfold.
She died on 1 July 1851 and was buried in Cowfold. In 1841 she was
9 years old. At the time of the 1851 census she may have been 19
years old and a house servant in the home of William Isted
at Sakeham in Shermanbury.
Jane Roberts was baptised on 18 January 1835 in Cowfold. She died aged 58 years on 5 November 1892 and was buried in Cowfold on 9
She did not marry. She was 7 years old in 1841. In 1851 she
was a 16 year old apprentice dressmaker. In 1861 she was an
unmarried 26 year old dressmaker. She was an unmarried 36 year old
dressmaker in 1871 and 1881 she was a 46 year old dressmaker living with
Emma Roberts was baptised on 5 November 1837 in Cowfold.
She died aged 84 years and her death was registered as Emma
Woolven in the second quarter of 1922 in the Horsham
registration district. She was 4 years old when
the 1841 census was recorded. In
1851 she was a 13 year old scholar living with her parents and elder sister.
1861 she was an unmarried 23 year old dressmaker living with her parents and sister.
She was an unmarried 33 year old dressmaker's assistant in 1871.
Emma married John Woolvin by banns on 8 November 1873
in Cowfold. He was a bachelor and labourer and she a spinster.
Their fathers were named as William Woolvin a labourer
and William Roberts a sawyer. The witnesses to
their marriage were Ellen Stringer and Peter
John was baptised on 10 April 1839 in Cowfold and was the son of
William Woolven and Jane Newman. He may
have died aged 71 years and his death registered in the third quarter of
1909 in the Horsham registration district as John Woolven.
In 1881 the couple and 2 children (William J. and Ada M.) were living in
Kent Street, Shermanbury. John was a 41 year old agricultural
labourer and Emma was 43. All except Ada were born in Cowfold,
whilst she was born in Shermanbury.
When the 1891 census was recorded the couple and daughter Ada were
living at Pound House in Cowfold. John was a 56 year old road
labourer and Emma was 53. They were all born in Cowfold.
I have not found the couple in the 1901 census.
By 1911 Emma Woolven was a 73 year old widow and living
alone in 3 rooms at Rose Cottage, Crab Tree, Lower Beeding, Sussex.
She said she had been married 39 years and had had 2 children, 1 of whom
John and Emma had the following children:
William John Woolven was baptised on 22 February
1874 in Cowfold. The baptism register noted his father was a
labourer. He died aged 25 years and his death was registered
as William John Woolven in the first quarter of
1898 in the Steyning registration district.
He was a 7 year old scholar in 1881.
Ada Mary Woolvin was born born on
28 May 1877 and baptised on 29 July 1877 in Cowfold. The
baptism register noted her father was a farm labourer from Kent
Street in Shermanbury. She was 3 years old in 1881. In
1891 she was 13 years and a personal domestic servant.
Before her marriage Ada had the following child:
Lilian May Woolven was born in
the third quarter of 1896 in Cuckfield, Sussex. She was 4
years old in 1901. In 1911 she was a 14 year old inmate
and scholar at Dr. Barnardo's Girls Village Homes at
Barkingside, Illford in Essex. She may have married
Peter Newton in the third quarter of 1920 in
the Brentford registration district.
Ada Mary married William Lucas in the second
quarter of 1899 in the Horsham registration district.
William was baptised on 19 December 1871 in Shipley, Sussex and was
the son of William Lucas (c1849-?) and
Sarah Francis (c1848-?).
When the 1901 census was recorded the couple were living in Patmans
Cottage, Shipley along with Lilian who was described as wife's
daughter and there own daughter Emma. William was then a 30
year old carter on a farm and Ada was 23. He gave his place of
birth as Shipley and she as Cowfold.
In 1911 the couple and 5 children (Mary Emma, William, Joseph
Frederick, Sarah Anne and George) were living in 3 rooms at Long
Row, Cootham, Sussex. William was a 39 year old road labourer
and Ada Mary was 32. They again gave their places of birth as
Shipley and Cowfold and said they had been married 12 years and had
had 5 children, all of whom were living.
William and Ada had the following children:
Emma Mary Lucas was born in
1900 in Billingshurst. At the time of the 1901 census she
was 8 months old. In 1911 she was 10 years.
William Lucas was born about 1903 in Cowfold.
He was 8 years old in 1911.
Joseph Frederick Lucas was born about 1906 in
Billingshurst. He was 5 years old in 1911.
Sarah Anne Lucas was born about 1907 in
Sullington, Sussex. She was 4 years old in 1911.
George Lucas was born about 1910 in Cootham.
He was a year old in 1911.
This page was updated on 20 July 2012