Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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John TRIGWELL (1798-?)

and Caroline TOWNER (1800-?)


John Trigwell and Caroline Towner married on 26 December 1818 in Ringmer, Sussex.  (They were not my direct ancestors.)

John Trigwell was baptised on 3 June 1798 in Ringmer, Sussex.  He was the son of Isaac Trigwell (1773-1838) and Elizabeth Clarke (1773-1828).

Caroline Towner was baptised on 10 January 1800 in Barcombe, Sussex.  She was the daughter of William Towner (1783-?) and Phoebe White.


John Trigwell and Caroline Towner had 2 known children:

  1. Leonard Trigwell was baptised on 26 December 1819 in Ringmer.  He died in 1858.  (I have taken some details about his family from a database found at owned by rwstoker.)

    Leonard married Charlotte Blaber on 7 February 1841 in Ringmer.

    Charlotte was baptised on 5 November 1815 in Ringmer and was the daughter of James Blaber and Ann.  She died or was buried on 31 May 1887 in Ringmer.

    In 1851 the couple and 5 children were living in Ringmer.  Leonard was then a 30 year old farm labourer and Charlotte was 34.

    Leonard and Charlotte had the following children:

    1. Anna Maria Trigwell was baptised on 22 August 1841 in Ringmer.  She was a 9 year old scholar in 1851 and the census recorded her name as Hannah Trigwell.

    2. Albert Trigwell was baptised on 24 July 1842 in Ringmer.  He was an 8 year old scholar in 1851.

    3. Caroline Trigwell was baptised on 27 April 1845 in Malling.  She was a 6 year old scholar in 1851.

    4. Leonard Trigwell was baptised on 31 October 1847 in Rinmer.  He was 3 years old in 1851.

    5. Sarah Trigwell was baptised on 17 June 1849 in Ringmer.  She was 2 years old in 1851.

    6. George Trigwell was baptised on 6 July 1851 in Ringmer.

    7. James Trigwell was baptised on 24 January 1853 in Ringmer.  He died on 9 April 1914 in Yalding, Kent.

      James married Martha Brinkhurst on 1 January 1873.

      Martha was baptised on 8 December 1849 in Framfield, Sussex.

      In 1881 the couple and 3 children were living at 13 Rose Street in Tonbridge.  James was then a 27 year old railway guard and Martha was 30.  He gave his place of birth as Ringmer and she as Framfield.  Also with the family was 22 year old unmarried boarder, Alfred J. Huggins.

      James and Martha had the following children:

      1. Henry James Trigwell was baptised on 7 September 1874 in Staplehurst, Kent.  In 1881 he was a 6 year old scholar.

        Henry married Florence Rose Prall.

        Henry and Florence had the following children:

        1. Victor James Trigwell

        2. Gladys Lillian Trigwell

        3. Ernest Frank Trigwell

        4. Lilly Trigwell

        5. Florence Trigwell

        6. Stanley James Trigwell 

          Stan Trigwell and his father were the signalmen at Knockholt Station (used to be called Halstead), they were known as Trigwell Senior and Trigwell Junior - the Railway Children story emanated from here.  The picture is of Stan in the Knockholt football (please click on it for a larger view).  Stan and his wife are buried in Knockholt graveyard.  (My thanks to Peter Jones for the information and photograph.)

        7. Barbara Audrey Trigwell

      2. Caroline Lillie Trigwell was born about 1876 in Staplehurst.  She died in 1942.  The 1881 census records her name as Lillie Trigwell and she was a 4 year old scholar.  She married Henry Vinten.

      3. Leonard Ernest Trigwell was born on 31 July 1879 in Tonbridge, Kent.  The 1881 census records his name as Ernest Trigwell and he was a year old.  He died on 11 April 1957 in Keymer, Sussex.  Leonard married Annie Laura Wenborn.

      4. Frank Alexander Trigwell was baptised on 23 September 1881 in Tonbridge.

    8. Joseph Trigwell was baptised on 4 May 1857 in Ringmer.  He died in 1937.

      Joseph married Eliza Simmond.

      Eliza was born about 1858 in Lewes and died in 1939.

      Joseph and Eliza had the following children:

      1. Joseph L. Trigwell

      2. Elizabeth Jane Trigwell

      3. Florence E. Trigwell

      4. Beatrice C. Trigwell

      5. William A. Trigwell

      6. George A. Trigwell

      7. Ann C. Trigwell 

    9. Ann Trigwell was baptised on 5 September 1858 in Ringmer.

    10. George Trigwell was born in 1859.

  2. William Trigwell was baptised on 3 March 1822 in Ringmer.

    William married Ellen Williams.

    William and Ellen had the following children:

    1. John Trigwell (1848-1858)

    2. Mary Trigwell (1850-?)

    3. Emily Trigwell (c1853-?)

    4. Samuel Edward Trigwell (1856-1912)

    5. Rosanna Trigwell (1858-?)

    6. William Trigwell (1860-?)

    7. George Leonard Trigwell (1867-1918).  He married Fanny Washer in 1888.



This page was updated on 12 November 2010