Ancestors of Mandy Willard
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and Ruth WOOLGAR (1821-1858)
Samuel Stillaway and Ruth Woolgar were my 3x Great
here to see their place in my pedigree chart.) They married
by banns on 14 January 1843 in Henfield, Sussex. They were both said
to be of full age and both of Henfield. Samuel was a bachelor and labourer,
and he was able to sign his name. Ruth was a spinster and made her X
mark. The witnesses to the marriage were William Stillaway
(marked) and Eliza Woolgar (signed).
Samuel Stillaway was born about 1814 or 1815 and possibly in
Henfield. According to his marriage certificate his father was
who may have been the one born in 1774. William had married Elizabeth Knight, widow on 23
May 1814 in Henfield and I think it possible that Samuel arrived either just
before or just after their wedding. Samuel died aged 72 years on 2 May
1887 in the union workhouse, New Shoreham, Sussex and was buried on 7 May
1887 in Henfield. His cause of death was bronchitis and chronic anasarca and hydroth(?) for 4 weeks and exhaustions. His death was
registered by John Charles Flint (I think that's his name, but it's
difficult to read on the certificate), who was the master of the union
workhouse. The only Samuel baptised in Henfield in 1814-15 was
Samuel Ward on 8 May 1814, son of Charles Ward and Mahala
Vinall. Charles was a bricklayer. Samuel Ward was
buried on 11 June 1836 in Henfield.
On 6 November 1820, 6 year old Samuel Stealaway was admitted as a
pupil of the Henfield Free School. He was discharged from the school
on 3 March 1823. When the 1841 census was recorded he was living at Catsfold
in Henfield, where he was a servant in the home of
John Muzzall a
farmer. Samuel and family were living at Bulls in Henfield when the
1851, 1861, 1871 and 1881 census were recorded and he was at all times an
Ruth Woolgar was baptised on 14 October 1821 in Henfield. She
was the sixth daughter and eight child of
(1784-1833). At the time of her baptism the family were living at Sibbs in Henfield. Ruth died aged 36 years on 27 August 1858 at Bulls
and was buried on 31 August 1858 in Henfield. Her cause of death was
enteritis for 6 days. Her death was registered by Samuel Stillaway,
who then made his mark.
On 9 April 1842 Ruth and Samuel were witnesses to the marriage of Ruth's
sister Naomi Woolgar.
Stillaway and Ruth Woolgar had 3 known children:
was born and
privately baptised on 2 May 1843 in Henfield, and buried there on 15 May
1843, aged 9 days.
was born on 14
August 1844 and baptised on 8 September 1844 in Henfield. He may
have died aged 72 years and his death registered in the fourth quarter
of 1916 in the Cuckfield registration district.
by banns on 30 July 1870 in Woodmancote. They were both of full age and
of Henfield. He was a bachelor and a labourer and she a spinster. The
All except Emma signed the register.
Emma was baptised on 5 April 1846 in
Henfield and was the daughter of
(1821-1862). Her father was a labourer. She died aged 31 years and was buried on 28 October 1877 in
sister, Ann Hards, married James Stenning in 1871, and their
Samuel Jacob Stenning married
Annie Ada Buckman in 1900, and Annie's mother, Ellen Silverson
was a cousin of Henry Silverson married to Eliza Stillaway.
When the 1871 census was recorded the
couple were living at Upper Wickham in Steyning, Sussex and William was an
agricultural labourer. Emma then gave her place of birth as Steyning. Also with them in 1871 was their adopted child, 1 year old
James Blann who had been born in Brighton.
In 1881, 36
year old widower William was lodging with
in New Shoreham along with his daughter
In 1891, 46 year old unmarried William was lodging in the home of 46 year
old John Knight in New Road, Shoreham. He was
then a general labourer and his daughter Catherine was living a couple
of doors away.
1901, 56 year old William was a wharf labourer living in
William and Emma had 1 known daughter and possibly another:
Kate Elizabeth Stillaway was baptised on 5 November
1871 in Steyning, at which time her parents were of Upper Wickham and
her father was a labourer. In 1881 she was 9 year old and living
with her father. The 1891 census records that an unmarried 20 year
Catherine Stillaway was a general servant in the home
of John Purnell in New Road, Shoreham. Her place
of birth was recorded as Steyning.
As Katherine Elizabeth Stillaway she married
Thomas Woolgar on 29 April 1893 at St. Leonard's in Aldrington,
When the 1901 census was recorded Thomas was a 39 year old contractors
carman and gave his place of birth as Henfield. Katherine was 29
and said she was born in Steyning. The couple were living at 6 Fonthill Road in Hove, Sussex. Also with them on census night was
25 year unmarried boarder, Frederick C. Jupp
who was a cowman from Sutton, Sussex.
Thomas was baptised on 9 December 1860 in Henfield and was the son of
Peter Woolgar and Sarah Ann Gander.
When the 1861 census was recorded he was 4 months old and living with
his parents at Cottstaple Farm Cottages in Horsham. In 1871 he was
a 9 year old scholar living with his parents in Church Lane, Upper
Beeding. His paternal grandparents were Thomas Woolgar
(1801-1841) and Sarah Cook, and his maternal
grandparents were Thomas Gander and Ann Martin.
Thomas (1860) and Kate were the 3x Great Grandchildren of
Thomas 1860 - Peter 1832 - Thomas 1801 - Thomas 1773 - Stephen 1741 -
Kate 1871 - William Stillaway 1844 - Ruth 1821 - William 1780 - Samuel
1755 - Stephen 1712
Eliza Ruth Stillaway was born in the second quarter of
1874 in Henfield and may have
been another daughter. In
1881 she may have been 6 year old
at a private school in Reigate, Surrey.
The 1891 census records that she was 17 year old Ruth Stillaway
and she lady's maid lodging in the home of 47 year old
Elizabeth Brimson at 22 Clifton Hill, Brighton.
she was a 26 year old ladies maid in Eastbourne and her name was then
recorded as Ruth Stellaway.
As Eliza Ruth Stillaway
she married in the second quarter of 1909 in the Steyning registration
district to Ernest Henry Conway.
Stillaway, my 2x
Great Grandmother was born on Wednesday 5 August 1846 in Henfield.
Henry Silverson (1850-1935) in 1874. (They have their own page.)
This page was updated on 13 November 2011