Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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William TESTER (c1827-1868/9)

and Frances Mary BUSS (1827-?)


William Tester and Frances Mary Buss married on 26 November 1850 in Laughton, Sussex.

William Tester was born about 1827 in Burwash, Sussex (as per the 1861 census).  (I have a transcript of the 1841 census for Burwash, Ticehurst and Etchingham, and William was not found.)

Frances Mary Buss was baptised on 30 May 1827 in Mayfield, Sussex.  She was the daughter of Benjamin Buss (c1800-?) and Eliza Newington (c1799-?).


William Tester and Frances Mary Buss had 4 known children:

  1. William Samuel Tester was born on 3 October 1851 in Chiddingly, Sussex.

  2. Edward Tester was born in the second quarter of 1853 in Herstmonceux, Sussex.  Might he have died in the fourth quarter of 1855 in the Ticehurst registration district?  Or might he have married Harriet Pennells in the second quarter of 1875 in the Ticehurst district?  She died aged 66 years in 1919 and was buried at St. Bartholomew's, Burwash, along with 89 year old Edward Tester (no date of death on gravestone).  But, the 1881 census records that the Edward married to Harriet was born about 1851 in Etchingham, Sussex.

  3. Benjamin Tester was born on 18 January 1855 and baptised on 4 March 1855 in St. Bartholomew's in Burwash, Sussex.

  4. Edwin Frederick Tester was born on 29 April 1863 and baptised on 5 July 1863 in St. Bartholomew's, Burwash.


From sometime before 1855 until about 1868/9, William and Frances farmed approximately 130 acres of Park Farm along the Dudwell River just outside Burwash, with the help of 3 hired labourers and a servant girl.  The farm is now part of the Bateman's Estate, owned by the National Trust.

After William senior's death in about 1868/9, Frances Mary and sons William Samuel, Benjamin and Edwin made their way to Canada and the US.


Many thanks to Steve Chute for the details on this page.