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George STILLAWAY (1789-1871)

and Sarah BARNETT (1791-1839)


A marriage licence was issued on 24 March 1814 by the Archdeaconry of Lewes to George Cobbe and Sarah Barnett.  He was then a labourer of Henfield and she a spinster of Edburton.  The sponsors of their licence were George himself and James Strivens a carrier of Fulking.  (They were not my direct ancestors.  George was most probably the brother of my 4x great grandfather, William Stillaway.)

George Stillaway was baptised as George Cobbe on 29 November 1789 in Henfield, Sussex.  He was the son of William Stilve alias Cobby (1737-1819) and Mary Ward (1746-?).  George died aged 79 years in the Shoreham Union Workhouse and was buried on 12 June 1871 in Henfield.

Sarah Barnet was baptised on 30 August 1791 in Edburton, Sussex.  She was the daughter of John Barnet and Mary Hayler.  She died aged 50 years and was buried on 18 November 1839 in Henfield.

In 1841 George and his children (John, Henry, Thomas, Frances and Richard) were living at Millend in Henfield and George was then an agricultural labourer.  Also with them in 1841 was 20 year old Fanny Stillaway and her young daughter.

When the 1851 census was recorded, 60 year old George and his son Richard were lodging in the home of Philip Allfrey and his wife and daughter at Wood House in Henfield.  George and Richard were both then agricultural labourers.

In 1861, George was the head of his household and he was a 72 year old widower and agricultural labourer living at Knep Town (Neptown) in Henfield, along with his son Richard.  His son Henry and his wife and their niece were lodging with George.

By 1871 George was living in The Steyning Union Workhouse at Shoreham and he was then said to be a 79 year old agricultural labourer.  His brother James was also living in the workhouse.


George Stillaway and Sarah Barnett had 10 known children:

  1. George Stillaway was baptised on 25 September 1814 in Henfield and his father was described in the baptism register as a labourer.  He died aged 56 years and was buried in the cemetery at Hastings, Sussex on 11 May 1871.  He was not living with his parents when the 1841 census was recorded.

    George married Sarah some time between 1851 and 1861.

    Sarah was born about 1809 in Brighton, Sussex.  She was buried in the Hastings cemetery, on 14 July 1866 aged 56 years.

    At the time of the 1851 census, George was an unmarried 36 year old army private stationed in Chatham, Kent.  In the 1861 the couple were living at the back of 47 All Saints (possibly Place) in Hastings.  George was then a 49 year labourer and Sarah Ann was 52 years old.  When the 1871 census was recorded George was a 58 year old widower and labourer, living alone at 4a Wellington Mews in the parish of St. Mary in the Castle in Hastings.

  2. James Cobby was baptised on 2 March 1817 in Henfield.  The 1841 census recorded that 20 year old James Stillaway was a servant in the home of Thomas Warden at Larkness Hall in Henfield.

    James married Sarah Wade by banns on 5 May 1845 at St. Andrews, Holborn, London.  James was a 24 year old bachelor and gardener and Sarah was a 28 year old spinster.  They were both of Southampton Court.  Their fathers were named as George Stillaway a farmer and Thomas Wade a porter.  The witnesses to their marriage were William Lambron and Mary Joy Melner (think that's her name).

    In 1851 the couple and son James, were living at Garham Hall, Garden House, Carshalton, Ewell, Kent.  James was a 34 year old gardener from Henfield and Sarah was also 34 and from Hoxton, Middlesex.

    By 1861 the couple and 2 sons (James and Thomas) were living in Garden House, Hethersett Hall, Hethersett, Norfolk.  James and Sarah were both 41 years old and he was a domestic servant.  His place of birth was given as Henfield and hers as Hoxton.

    The 1871 census recorded the couple and son Thomas were living in Turnpike Road, Hethersett.  They were both 52 years old.  James was a gardener from Henfield and Sarah was from Hoxton.

    James and Sarah had the following children:

    1. James Stillaway was was baptised on 4 April 1847 in Mitcham, Surrey, although his birth may have been registered in the fourth quarter of 1846 in the Croydon registration district.  He was 4 years old in 1851.  In 1861 he was 14 years old and a worker in the garden.

      James married Jane Vince in the second quarter of 1869 in the Camberwell registration district.

      James and Jane emigrated to Canada on board the Beaver Line sailing ship "Lake Erie", which departed London on 30 March 1870 and arrived in Quebec on 29 April 1870.  He was then a 23 year old gardener and she was 22.

    2. Thomas Stillaway was born in the third quarter of 1853 in Ewell, Surrey.  He was a 7 year old scholar in 1861.  He was a 17 year old gardener in 1871.

  3. Mary Ann Stillaway was baptised on 2 April 1819 in Henfield.  She died aged 40 years and was buried as Mary Anne Mansell on 22 January 1858 in Henfield.

    Mary Ann married twice.  Firstly to Richard Holkham by banns on 20 February 1844 in Henfield.  He was a bachelor and blacksmith and she a spinster.  Their fathers were named as Richard Holkham a blacksmith and George Stillaway a labourer.  The witnesses to their marriage were John Stillaway and Esther Martin.

    Richard was born about 1822 and was the son of Richard Holkham and Frances Jupp.  He died aged 26 years and was buried on 3 September 1848 in Henfield.  When the 1841 census was recorded he was a 21 year old blacksmiths apprentice living in the home of John Hider in the Town of Henfield.

    When the 1851 census was recorded, Mary Ann Holkham was a 32 year old widow and housekeeper, and a servant in the home of 61 year old Richard Cherriman in Nep Town, Henfield.  Also part of the household was 37 year old widower Joseph Mansell.

    Richard and Mary Ann had 2 known children:

    1. Fanny Holkham was born on 2 May 1845 and baptised on 12 May 1845 in Henfield.  She died aged 4 months on 21 August 1845 and was buried on 25 August 1845 in Henfield as Fanny Holcombe.

    2. Richard Holcombe was born on 7 April 1847 and baptised on 8 May 1847 in Henfield.  He died aged 2 months and was buried on 11 June 1847 in Henfield.

    As Mary Ann Hockham she next married Joseph Mansell by banns on 15 August 1852 in Henfield.  He was said to be a bachelor and labourer and she a widow.  Their fathers were named as Thomas Martin and George Stillaway who were both labourers.  The witnesses to their marriage were John Stillaway and Eliza Stillaway.

    Joseph was baptised on 29 May 1814 in Henfield and was the son of Elizabeth Mansell.  The baptism register noted he was baseborn and his mother was a pauper.  He died aged 40 years and was buried on 7 June 1854 in Henfield.  In 1841 he was a 25 year old agricultural labourer and the head of his household comprising of 70 year old Phillis Mansell and 15 year old John Parkas, at Kiddens in Henfield.  His mother may have been baptised on 17 November 1793 in Henfield and have been the daughter of George Mansel and Philadelphia Cherryman.

    Joseph and Mary Ann had 1 known daughter:

    1. Mary Ann Mansel was baptised on 13 February 1853 in Henfield.  Her birth was registered as Mary Ann Mansell in the first quarter of 1853 in the Steyning registration district.  In the 1861 census her name was probably recorded as 8 year old Mary Stilloway and she was living in the home of her maternal grandfather with her uncle Henry and aunt Ellen.  When the 1881 census was recorded she was an unmarried 28 year old laundress living in the home of her uncle Henry Stillaway and his wife Ellen in Neptown, Henfield.  She was still with her uncle and aunt in 1891 and she was then an unmarried 38 year old laundress.

  4. John Stillaway was baptised on 30 September 1821 in Henfield.  Was he also baptised on 14 April 1822 in Henfield?  He died before 1901.  The 1841 census records that he was 15 years old and the eldest of his siblings living at home.

    John married twice.  Firstly to Frances French on 30 March 1847 in Henfield.  The witnesses were Richard Vinall and Mary Vinall.

    Frances was the daughter of Robert French.  She was buried on 27 June 1850 in Henfield.

    John and Frances had 1 known daughter. 

    1. Fanny Stillaway was born about 1847 in Henfield.  She married ? Vine before 1871.

    John then married Eliza Martin on 13 September 1851 in Henfield.  The witnesses were Joseph Mansell and Mary Ann Holkham.

    Eliza was baptised on 12 March 1826 in Hurstpierpoint and was the daughter of Thomas Martin and Elizabeth Mansell.  In 1901 she was living in Henfield and earning her living as a Charwoman.  The 1911 census recorded she was an 87 year old widow and laundress, born in Hurst, Sussex.  She was then living in the Steyning Union Workhouse, Upper Shoreham Road, Kingston-by-Sea.

  5. William Stillaway was baptised on 30 March 1824 in Henfield and buried there on 6 April 1825.  The burial register records that he was 11 years old, making his birth in about 1814, about the same time as his brother George, unless I have miss read his age in the register.  Or was his age wrongly recorded in the burial register?

  6. Henry Stillaway was baptised on 11 February 1827 in Henfield.  He may have died aged 90 years and his death registered in the first quarter of 1915 in the Steyning registration district.  He was 14 years old in 1841.  The 1911 census recorded that Henry was an 86 year old widower and born in Henfield, and also that he had had 2 children, both of whom were dead, and that he was then living in Moultan, Nepp Town, Henfield.

    Henry married twice.  Firstly to Susan before 1851 (possibly Susan Coppard).  When the 1851 census was recorded the couple were living at 4 Frederick Place in Brighton - a house they were sharing with the Hagman family of 4.  Henry was the a 26 year old bricklayer's labourer.  Susan was then 24 years old and gave her place of birth as Poynings, Sussex.

    Henry next married Ellen Lilliott in the second quarter of 1852 in Brighton.

    Ellen was born about 1834/5 in Henfield and baptised on 21 June 1835 at St. Nicholas in Brighton.  She was the daughter of John Lelliot (1810-1874) and Elizabeth Mockford (c1811-?).  She may have died aged 71 years and her death registered as Ellen Stillaway in the second quarter of 1902 in the Steyning registration district.  When the 1841 census was recorded, 6 year old Ellen Lelliott was living in the home of William Mansell at Goddons in Henfield.

    In 1861 the couple were loding with his father in Henfield and Henry was then a 30 year old gardener.  When the 1881 census was recorded Henry was a gardener and Ellen a laundress.  In 1891 the couple and their neice Mary Mansell were living at Moultan Cottage in Henfield.  In 1901, Harry was a 76 year old agricultural labourer living with his 66 year old wife, Ellen, in Nep Town Road, Henfield.

    Henry and Ellen had 1 known daughter:

    1. Elizabeth Stillaway was baptised on 18 February 1853 at St. Nicholas in Brighton.  She may have died young as she was not living with her parents when the 1861 census was recorded.  The death of an Elizabeth Stillaway was registered in the first quarter of 1853 in Brighton.

  7. Thomas Stillaway was baptised on 4 January 1829 in Henfield.  He was 12 years old in 1841.

  8. Samuel Stillaway was baptised on 19 June 1831 in Henfield and buried there on 29 December 1834.

  9. Frances Stillaway was baptised on 24 November 1833 in Henfield.  She died on 8 January 1917 at 2 Spring Street, Patcham, Sussex.  When the 1841 census was recorded she was 7 years old.  In 1851 she was a 19 year old house servant in the home of solicitor William Kennett at 22 Ship Street in Brighton.

    Frances had an illegitimate son:

    1. James Stillaway was born on 1 September and baptised on 9 October 1853 in Henfield.  It is though he went to Canada and may have been the father of Harriett Mary Louise Stillaway who was born about 1880.

    Frances married Anthony Hole on 1 July 1855 in Henfield.  Anthony had previously married Mary Stillaway (1818-1854).  On 30 September 1854, Frances was present at the death of Mary Hole and was named as the informant on Mary's death certificate.  (Frances and Mary were cousins, i.e., Granddaughters of William Stilve alias Cobbe (1737-1819) and Mary Ward (1746-?).)

    Anthony was born about 1816 in Bolney, Sussex.  He was the son of Thomas Hole (1790-?) and Ann Phillips (c1790-?).  He was a blacksmith.  Anthony died died aged 69 years and was buried on 11 July 1886 in Patcham, Sussex.

    Anthony and Frances had 5 known children:

    1. Clara Frances Hole was baptised on 9 December 1855 in Henfield.  She married Fred Davis in 1873.  He was baptised on 14 September 1851 in Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire and was the son of James Davis.  In 1881 family were living at Glass House Green Cottage in Wentworth, Yorkshire, where Fred was a Stable Groom.  The couple had 2 known children:

      1. Frederick A. Davis was born about 1875 in Cuckfield, Sussex.

      2. William Henry Davis was born in the third quarter of 1877 in Wentworth, Yorkshire.

    2. Ellen Hole was baptised on 13 December 1857 in Henfield.  She died in 1859.

    3. Harry Hole was baptised on 12 February 1860 in Henfield.  He died on 19 April 1927 at 2 Upper Shoreham Road, Kingston-by-Sea.  He married Annie Elinor Dike in 1894.  In 1901 he was the landlord of the Half Moon Inn in Plumpton.  They had 2 daughters:

      1. Adeline Clara Hole was born in 1898.

      2. Elinor Anne Hole was born in 1902.

    4. George William Hole (1862-1927)George William Hole was born on 11 January and baptised on 14 March 1862 in Henfield.  He died on 12 May 1927 at 4 Spring Street in Patcham.  He married Ann Childs (1867-1947) in 1886.  She was the daughter of Alfred Childs (1840-?) and Emily Dowlen (1839-?).  George and Ann had 5 known children:

      1. Anthony Hole was born in 1887 in Brighton and died in 1914.  He married Violet Long.

      2. Albert Hole was born in 1888 in Patcham and died in 1956.  He married May Peacock.

      3. Clara Frances Hole was born on 7 July 1892 in Patcham and died in 1989 in Henfield.  She married Albert George Wingfield.

      4. Annie Eliza Hole was born in 1894 in Patcham and died in 1985 in Henfield.  She married Albert Haffenden.

      5. Frank Cecil G Hole was born in 1900 in Patcham.  He married Nellie Dival.

    5. Ernest Joseph John Hole was baptised on 14 October 1877 in Patcham and died in 1878.

  10. Richard Stillaway was baptised on 13 August 1837 in Henfield.  He married Jane Batchelor in 1864.  (They have their own page.)


Many thanks to the following for additions to this page:

Harry Hutchinson

Jan Thirkettle


This page was updated on 8 October 2012