Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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Richard SILVERSON (1788-1866)

and Sarah WOOD (1781-1808)

and Mary (c1789-1850)


Richard Silverson and Mary were my step 4x Great Grandparents.  (Click here to see their place in my pedigree chart.)  They may have married sometime between January 1808 and October 1811 in Albourne, Sussex.  Richard had previously married Sarah Street, widow, by banns on 13 December 1807 at St. Nicholas in Brighton, Sussex.  He was then a bachelor  The banns were published on 22 and 29 November and 6 December 1807 at St. Nicholas.  The couple were then both of Brighton and both made their X marks.  The witnesses were Sarah Brooker (marked) and John Shelley (I think, but he signed his name and it is difficult to make out his signature).

Richard Silverson was baptised on 3 August 1788 in Woodmancote, Sussex, as Richard Silverstone.  He was the fifth child and second son of Richard Silverson (1749-1823) and Sarah Harland (c1751-1827).  He died aged 84 years and was buried on 21 September 1866 in Woodmancote as Richard Silverstone.  He was an agricultural labourer.  In 1841 the family were living at Nutknowle, Woodmancote.  In 1851, Richard was living with the family of his son Henry, and the was then described as a pauper, formerly agricultural labourer.  By 1861 Richard was living with the family of his son James at Shaw House in Woodmancote.

Sarah Wood was baptised on 9 December 1781 in Albourne, Sussex.  She was the daughter of William Wood and Sarah (possibly Sarah Tovee who had married William Wood on 11 February 1767 in Cowfold, Sussex.  She was buried in Twineham on 19 December 1808 as Sarah wife of Richard Silverson.  Sarah had previously married John Street by licence on 22 January 1803 in Twineham, Sussex.  He was then a bachelor of Ditchling and she a spinster of Twineham.  The witnesses to the marriage were Thomas Mills and Sarah Stedman.  She ).  There were no known children from her marriage to Richard.

Mary's date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me.  She died aged 61 years and was buried on 1 May 1850 in Woodmancote as Mary Silversone of Edburton.


Richard Silverson and Mary had 5 known children:

  1. Mary Ann Silverson was baptised on 13 October 1811 in Albourne as Mary Ann Silveston.  She died in March 1887.

    Mary Ann married John Pelling on 9 May1830 in Woodmancote.  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 he name and Mary Ann made her X mark.  The witnesses were Ann Knight and Henry Martin who both made their X marks.  They were married by the Curate, R. Green.

    John was born about 1810 in Albourne.  He died aged 77 years in the first quarter of 1887 in the Cuckfield district.

    In 1881 the family were living at 11 Park Cottage in Hurstpierpoint, Sussex and John was then an agricultural labourer.

    John and Mary Ann had 6 known children:

    1. 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 district.

    2. Walter Pelling was baptised on 5 March 1843 in Newtimber.  He married Ann Miller on 5 January 1869 at St. Nicholas in Brighton.

    3. Ellen Pelling was baptised on 15 May 1845 in Newtimber.  She married James Lelliott in the second quarter of 1873 in the Steyning district.  He 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.

    4. Elizabeth Pelling was born on 3 December 1848 and baptised on 4 February 1849 in Newtimber.  She married Francis Charles Jennings on 25 December 1877 at St. Thomas in Lewes, Sussex.  The was then aged 28 and the son of John Lea Jennings.  The 1881 census records 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).

    5. Henry Pelling was born on 5 February and baptised on 16 March 1851 in Newtimber as Henry Pellen.  He married Ellen Marcella Hoad on 7 December 1878 at St. Peters in Brighton.  She was born about 1857 in Steyning.

    6. Grace Pelling was born on 24 March and baptised on 15 May 1853 in Newtimber as Grace Pellen.

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

      Arthur was born about 1855 in Richmond, Surrey.

      In 1881 the couple and their 2 children were living at 8 Westcombe Terrace, Ashley Road, Richmond and Arthur was then a 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 and Grace had 6 known children.

  2. Richard Silverson was baptised on 31 October 1813 in Hurstpierpoint.  He married Caroline Mobsby in 1850.  (They have their own page.)

  3. John Silverson was baptised on 10 November 1816 in Twineham.  He married Rebecca Parsons in 1839 and Mary Murrell in 1860.  (They have their own page.)

  4. James Silverson was baptised on 26 September 1819 in Woodmancote.  He married Rebecca Stoner in 1841.  (They have their own page.)

  5. Henry Silverson was baptised on 29 June 1823 in Woodmancote.  He married Esther Leasher in 1844.  (They have their own page.)