Ancestors of Mandy Willard
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and Sarah Ann COURTNEY (1834-1913)
Henry Stillaway and Sarah Ann Courtnay married in the fourth
quarter of 1855 in the Steyning registration district. And then as
Sarah Ann Stillaway she married John Merrix in the
fourth quarter of 1887 in Brighton. (They were not my direct
Henry Stillaway was baptised on 8 June 1834 in Henfield, Sussex.
He was the son of Henry
Stillaway (1803-1877) and
(c1803-1868). Henry died aged 51 years and was buried
on 21 April 1886 in New Shoreham. In 1841 he was 7 years old. He
was a 16 year old agricultural labourer in 1851 and the eldest of his
siblings living at home at Toddington Sands in Upper Beeding. The 1881
census records that he was a married carpenter living/staying with his
sister and brother-in-law, Caroline and John Banfield in
Church Street, Henfield.
Sarah Ann Courtney or Courtenage was
baptised on 14 December 1834 in Henfield, Sussex. She was the
Eli Courtney (c1808-1881) and Lucy Sayers
(1805-1888). She died aged 79 years and her death was registered
as Sarah A.
Merrix in the second quarter of 1913 in the Steyning
In 1841, Sarah was 6 years old and living with her parents at
Mitchell's Buildings in Henfield. Her father was then said to be a
35 year old agricultural labourer and her mother's age was recorded as
30, although she was baptised in Henfield in 1805. The 1851 census
recorded that her father was 45 and her mother 46. When the 1881
census was recorded Sarah Ann was the head of the household living at 1
Commercial Terrace in New Shoreham along with her 5 children.
At the time the 1861 census was recorded the couple and their 2 young
children were living in Old Shoreham and Henry was a carpenter.
The couple and their 4 children had moved to Commercial Terrace in New
Shoreham by the time of the 1871 census. Also with them in 1871
was 32 year old lodger Emma Jane Stillaway who was a mariners
wife, but her husband was not at the same address on census night.
In 1891, 55 year old married Sarah A. Merrix
was living at 1 Ham Road, Shoreham, where she was the head of the
household. Her husband was not at home on census night and she was
then earning her living as a charwoman. She had 3 of her children
The 1901 census records that 66 year old Sarah A.
Merrix was the head of her household and she was married,
although her husband was not at home on census night. She was then
living in Ham Road, Shoreham where she was the caretaker of a board
school, and her son George and daughter Hetty were with her.
John Merrix may have been born about 1833/4 and died aged
81 years in the fourth quarter of 1914 in the Steyning registration
district. The 1891 census records that a 68 year old John
Merrix (i.e. born about 1823) was a married boarder in the home
of 28 year old Susannah Wickenden in New Road, New
Shoreham. He was then said to be a master mariner and his place of
birth was given as New Shoreham. The 1901 census then records that
a married 68 year old John Merrix was the head of his
household at 20 East Street, Shoreham and he was then an agent to the
Lord of the Manor. He then gave his place of birth as Shoreham.
With him on census night was his 29 year old widowed daughter
Annie Soughton and 13 year old servant Annie Woods.
John had previously married Mary Ann Budd. Mary
Ann died aged 52 years and was buried on 10 March 1887 in New Shoreham.
A John Merrix was baptised on 18 June 1833 in New
Shoreham, the son of John Merrix and Elizabeth.
The baptism register noted that his father was a seaman. His
daughter Annie Louise Merrix had married
Collins Charles Soughton by banns on 20 April 1899 in New
Shoreham. Collins was a 27 year old bachelor and R.N. Petty
Officer, and she was a 27 year old spinster. Their fathers were
named as William Soughton a deceased mariner and
John Merrix a master mariner. The witnesses to
their marriage were John Merrix and Ellen
Soughton. Collins died aged 26 (as per the burial
register) and was buried on 26 August 1899 in New Shoreham.
Henry Stillaway and Sarah Ann Courtney had 7-9 known children:
Emma Stillaway may have been part of his family.
She died aged 13 years and was buried on 12 May 1870 in New Shoreham,
therefore, she was born about 1857.
Alice Stillaway was born in the third quarter of 1858 in Old
Shoreham. She was 2 years old when the 1861 census was recorded.
In 1871 she was 12 years old.
Demetrius Hobden by banns on 18 July 1880 in New Shoreham.
He was a 24 year old bachelor and mariner and she a 21 year old
spinster. Their fathers were named as Joshua Dinnage
Hobden a mariner and Henry Stillaway a
carpenter. The witnesses to their marriage were Harry
Payne and Albert Payne.
Demetrius was baptised on 18 April 1857 in Southwick and was the son of
Joshua Dinnage Hobden (1828-?) and Sarah Ellen Oram
When the 1891 census was recorded the couple and their 5 children were
living at 15 Surrey Street in New Shoreham. Demetrius was then a
mariner. By 1901 they had moved to 5 Adur Terrace in New Road, New
Shoreham. Demetrius was then a yacht captain.
Demetrius and Alice had the following known children:
Alice Mabel Hobden was born in the first quarter of 1881
in New Shoreham. She was a 10 year old scholar in 1891. She
was known as Mabel.
Harry Gordon Hobden was born in the fourth quarter of 1885
in New Shoreham. He was a 5 year old scholar in 1891. In
1901 Gordon Hobden
was a 15 year old drapper's assistant. He was known as Gorden.
Beatrice Maud Hobden was born in the first quarter of 1887
in New Shoreham. In 1891 she was 4 years old. The 1901
census recorded that she was 14 year old Maud Hobden and she was
a day nursemaid. She was known as Maud. Maud married
Emma Eveline Hobden was born in the third quarter of 1888
in New Shoreham. In 1891 she was 2 years old. She was 12
years old in 1901. She was known as Emma and Em.
Nora Kathleen Hobden was born in the fourth quarter of
1890 in New Shoreham. She was 4 months old when the 1891 census
was recorded. The 1901 census recorded that she was 10 year old
Kathleen Hobden. She was known as Kathleen and possibly Kit.
Henry Owen Stillaway born in March 1861 in Old Shoreham. He
was 14 days old and unnamed in the 1861 census. In 1871 he was 10
years old. He died aged 12 years and was buried on 2 August 1872
in New Shoreham.
William Arthur Stillaway may have been part of this
family. He died aged 7 years and was buried on 21 December 1870 in
New Shoreham, therefore, he was born about 1863.
Caroline Harriett Stillaway was born in the second quarter of
1866 in Shoreham. She was 4 years old in 1871. In 1881 she
was 14 years old and the eldest of her siblings living at home with her
mother. The 1891 census records that she was an unmarried 24 year
old grocer's assistant boarding in the home of Arthur Eade in the
High Street, Shoreham. She was known as Carrie.
George Albion R. Hedgecock
by banns on 25 October 1897 in New Shoreham. He was a 32 year old
bachelor and boot maker and she was a 31 year old spinster and shop
assistant. Their fathers were named as Albion Hedgecock
and Henry Stillaway who were both deceased carpenters.
The witnesses to their marriage were Mary Emily Hedgecock
and Hetty Lillian Stillaway.
When the 1901 census was recorded the couple were living at 12 East
Street, Shoreham and George was a 36 year old boot maker. Also
with them on census night in 1901 was George's unmarried 34 year old
sister, Susanna Hedgecock. George and his sister were both
born in Emsworth, Hampshire.
George and Caroline had the following child/children:
Lily Hedgecock married Jack Humphrey.
Jack and Lily had the following daughter:
Joan Hedgecock may have been part of this family.
Sarah Ann Stillaway was born on 20 December 1868 in Buckingham
Street, New Shoreham. She died on 5 February 1843 at Winnipeg,
Manitoba, Canada. She was 2 years old in 1871. In 1881 she
was an 11 year old scholar. The 1891 census records that she was
an unmarried 22 year old general domestic servant in the home of
Annie M. Osborne in East Street, Shoreham.
Henry Young by banns on 11 September 1898 at St. Mary's in New
Shoreham. He was a 26 year old bachelor and baker and she a 29
year old spinster and domestic servant. Their fathers were named
as George Young a baker and Henry Stillaway
a deceased carpenter. The witnesses to their marriage were
Hedgecock and L. Stillaway.
Henry was born 16 April 1872 at Hemel Hempstead or Bourne End,
Hertfordshire. He died on 20 February 1942 in Winnipeg, Manitoba,
Canada. Both Henry and Sarah Ann were of Apartment 70, Thelmo
Mansion, Winnipeg when they died. Henry continued his trade as a
baker in Canada and was presented with a silver tray by the Canada Bread
Co. Ltd. on completion of 25 years service (1913-1938).
In 1901 the couple and their young son were living at 29 Surrey Street,
Shoreham and Henry was a 27 year old bread baker.
The couple and son Harry emigrated to Canada in 1912. They sailed
on the Royal George (Steerage), leaving Avonmouth on 7 August 1912 and
arriving at Quebec on 15 August 1912. They then travelled by train
to Winnipeg and arrived there on 23 August 1912.
Henry and Sarah Ann had the following known child:
Henry George Young was born on 6 October 1899 in
Shoreham. He was a year old in 1901. He was known as
Harry. On 29 October 1909 he sent a postcard of his school
class to his Grandmother Young at 43 Chapel Street, Hemel Hepstead.
Harry went to work in the Post Office as a young man and ended
working for years for Sharpe’s Auto Electric repairing and setting
up speedometers for the different vehicles of the day. On July 2nd,
1965 he was presented with a Service Award from Stewart-Warner
Corp., Instrument Service Division for continuous service since
September 1st, 1926. He would have been 27 then. In August,
1984, Harry gifted the Manitoba Museum of Man & Nature, a Sons of
England, 25 year Fidelity Badge which I assume belonged to his
father. He retired in ? and enjoyed his days until his death,
November 23,1985 at Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Harry married Eva on Saturday 17 August 1929 at her
home, 208 Colony Street in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The ceremony
was conducted by Rev. S.C.
Wright of The United Church. The witnesses to their
marriage were J.A. Rodgers
(Eva's step father) and Sarah Ann Young (Harry's
Eva was born Mary Eveline Taylor on 6 September
1903 at Glenella, Manitoba and was the daughter of James
Morris Taylor and Evelyn Ann Morrison.
Harry and Eva had the following children:
Gordon Kitson Young (1931-2008)
Margaret Evelyn Young - to whom I am very
grateful for all the information about her grandparents and
Judith Ann Young (1944-2008)
Minnie Stillaway was born in the first quarter of 1872 in
Shoreham. She was a 9 year old scholar in 1881. In 1891 she
was an unmarried 19 year old general domestic servant and living with
Edward Thomas Patching by banns on 18 April 1898 in New Shoreham.
He was a 28 year old bachelor and mariner and she a 26 year old spinster
and shop assistant. Their fathers were named as James
Patching a deceased mariner and Henry Stillaway
a deceased carpenter. The witnesses to their marriage were
Arthur Eade and Hetty Lillian Stillaway.
When the 1901 census was recorded
Minnie Patching was living at 1 Albion Terrace in Ham Road,
Shoreham. Her husband was a yachtsman and he was not at home on
Edward and Minnie had 2 known children by 1901:
Edward Horace Patching was born in the second quarter of 1899
in Shoreham. He was 2 years old when the 1901 census was
Helen Alice Patching was born in the third quarter of
1900 in Shoreham. She was 8 months old in 1901.
George Stillaway was born in the fourth quarter of 1874 in
Shoreham. He was a 6 year old scholar in 1881 and 16 in 1891.
In 1901 he was an unmarried 26 year old general labourer, living with
his mother. George died aged 55 years and his death was registered
in the second quarter of 1930 in the Steyning registration district.
Lilian Stillaway was born in the second quarter of 1877 in
Shoreham, most probably on 10 April 1877. When the 1881 census was
recorded she was 4 years old. The 1891 and 1901 census recorded
her name as Hetty L.
Stillaway. In 1891 she was 14 years old and in
1901 she was an unmarried 23 year old assistant school caretaker, living
with her mother.
As Hetty Lillian Stillaway she married
Albert Henry Atherfold in the third quarter of 1905 in the
Steyning registration district.
Albert and Hetty had the following daughter:
Noreenah Hetty Lillian Atherfold was born in
England on 23 July 1911 and died in Comox, British Columbia, Canada
on 5 July 1985. She was known as Babs and had
married a Mr. Sharpe. The daughter of her
cousin Harry Young, has a photograph of Babs and
her mother, which on the back says "This was taken on Mum's 67th
birthday, April 10, 1944.
This page was updated on 23 December