Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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Robert SIMMONGS (1810-1869)

and Susan PICKERING (?-?)


Robert Simmonds and Susan Pickering married by banns on 6 February 1836 in Trotton, Sussex.  He was a bachelor and she a spinster.  The witnesses to their marriage were James Blackmore and Mary Pickering.  (They were not my direct ancestors.)

Robert Simmonds was probably born in Trotton, the son of Peter Simmonds (1762-1814) and Dinah Huntingford (1766-1831).  A transcript of the baptism register says he was born on 16 August 1810 and baptised on 24 June 1810!  He died aged 58 years and was buried on 21 January 1869 in Trotton.  Robert was most probably a witnesses to the marriage of my 3x Great Grandmother Sarah Baxter to John Restall on 24 May 1833 in Bepton.  I assume Robert was a friend of John and Sarah.

Susan Pickerings date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me.

In 1841 the couple and 2 sons were living in Elsted and Robert was a 30 year old wheelwright.  Susan was then said to be 25 years old and not born in Sussex.


Robert Simmonds and Susan Pickering had 5 known children:

  1. James Simmonds was baptised on 25 November 1837 in Trotton.  He died aged 7 days and was buried on 4 December 1836 in Trotton.

  2. William Simmonds was born on 24 January 1838 and baptised on 4 March 1838 in Trotton.  He was 3 years old in 1841.

  3. Charles Simmonds was baptised on 3 May 1840 in Trotton..  He was a year old in 1841.

  4. Caroline Simmonds was baptised on 11 December 1843 in Trotton.

  5. Samuel Simmonds was baptised on 27 January 1850 in Trotton.