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and Catherine STURT (c1777-1849)
William Trigwell and Catherine Start married by banns on 30
July 1798 in Beddingham, Sussex. He was then of West Firle and she was
of Beddingham. (They were not my direct ancestors.)
William Trigwell's date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to
me, but possibly in about 1774 in Tarring Neville, Sussex. He was the
William Trigwell (1751-?) and
(c1753-1832). He died on 13 April 1850 at Goldstone Bottom, Hove.
I have checked a transcript of the West Firle parish registers and William
was not baptised there.
Catherine Sturt's date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me.
She died on 8 June 1849 at 5 Offord Street, Brighton.
A transcript of the Patcham baptism register records in 1806 and 1809, that
her maiden name was George, and in 1811 and 1813 as Sturt. She was of
Beddingham when she married and I have checked a transcript of the
Beddingham registers from 1770-1780 and there were no Sturts or Georges
baptised, and the only Catherine was a Page who was baptised on 6 September
1772. A Catherine Sturt was baptised on 14 April 1761
in West Grinstead, the daughter of William Sturt and
Sarah. Might the 2 Catherines be in some way related?
The elder Catherine probably married John Hughes on 3 May
1784 in Cowfold.
In 1813 and 1817 the family were living in Moulscombe, within the parish of
When the 1841 census was recorded the couple were living in Moulscombe.
William was then said to be a 65 year old shepherd and Catherine was 60.
Also with them on census night was 27 year old Sophia Trigwell,
13 year old George Trigwell and 1 year old Geroge
William Trigwell and Catherine
Sturt had 9 known children:
William Trigwell was baptised on 13 January 1799 in Alciston,
Trigwell was baptised in Ringmer in 1800.
The death of 81 year old William Trigwell was registered
in the first quarter of 1880 in the Brighton registration district.
When the 1841 census was recorded a 43 year old
William Trigwell was living with 49 year old Emma
Trigwell at the back of Kemp Town, Brighton. William was
then an agricultural labourer. The Sussex marriage index and a
transcript of the Patcham marriage register records that a William Tugwell
married Emma Bunell by banns on 22 June 1820 in Patcham.
He was a bachelor and she a spinster and they were both of Patcham.
Neither the index or transcript notes the names of the witnesses to their
marriage. Might her surname have been Funnell? Were the
William and Emma who married in 1820 the same couple in the 1841
census? I have not found them in the 1851 census.
A William Trigwell married Charlotte Cox
by banns on 4 May 1828 in Ringmer, Sussex. They were both then
said to be of Ringmer.
Charlotte was baptised on 5 July 1807 in Ringmer and was the
daughter of Thomas Cox and Jane Hylands.
In 1841, the couple and their children were living in Ringmer.
William was then a 41 year old agricultural labourer and Charlotte
When the 1851 census was recorded, William was living with his wife
Amelia, see further below. Charlotte was then 42 years old and
living with her 32 year old husband, James Abbott
at 17 John Street, Brighton. James was a gardener and had been
born in Abbotts Langley, Hertfordshire. Charlotte gave her
place of birth as Ringmer. Charlotte and William's 17 year old
son, Thomas, was living with her in 1851.
William and Charlotte had the following children:
William Trigwell was baptised on 10 May 1829 in Ringmer.
He was 12 years old in 1841.
Lucy Trigwell was baptised on 13 November 1831 in
Ringmer. She was 10 years old in 1841.
Thomas Trigwell was baptised on 15 September 1833 in
Ringmer. He was 8 years old in 1841. In 1851 he was a 17
year old farm labourer living with his mother and step father in
A Thomas Trigwell married
on 17 August 1861 at St. Nicholas in Brighton. He was said to be
28 years old and the son of William Trigwell. She
was 23 and the daughter of Thomas Nicholas Trigwell.
(Another Thomas Trigwell, son of James Trigwell,
married Mary Mason, daughter of William Mason,
on 9 March 1861 in Brighton. He was 29 and she was 26. The
1861 census records he was 28 and she was 26 and that they were living
at 5 George Street, Brighton.)
In 1871 Thomas and his family were living with his father and step
mother Amelia, at 29 Hereford Street, Brighton. Thomas was then a
39 year old chaff cutter and his wife Mary was also 39.
This all a bit strange! As on 12 February 1871,
Elizabeth Trigwell, widow and daughter of Thomas
Nicholas Trigwell married George Wilson.
But her first husband Thomas appears in the 1871 census living with his
wife Mary, in the home of his father William.
Thomas had the following known (to me) children:
Thomas Trigwell was born about 1862 in Hove.
He was a 9 year old scholar in 1881.
William Trigwell was born about 1864 in Hove.
He was a 7 year old scholar in 1881.
Amelia Trigwell was born about 1866 in Brighton.
In 1881 she was a 5 year old scholar.
William Trigwell may also have married Amelia Mason, widow on 11 July 1847 at
St. Nicholas, Brighton. She was the daughter of William Weller,
and had previously married William Mason on 2 July 1828 in
Amelia Weller was baptised on 26 January 1806 in Rudgwick
and was the daughter of William Weller and
The 1851 census records that 52 year old William was a
bricklayer's labourer, living at 4 Colebrook Row, Brighton, along with
his 46 year old wife Amelia, 3 children, namely Fanny Trigwell
aged 12, 11 year old Amelia Trigwell and 9 year old
Jane Trigwell, 6 year old nurse child Anne
Morley and 71 year old visitor Sarah Stevenson.
The 1851 census records William's place of birth as Alfriston and
Amelia's as Rugweek (Rudgwick?). (The 3 girls were baptised as
Mason rather than Trigwell.)
In 1861 the couple were still living at 4 Colebrook Row. William was
then a 62 year old chaffeur and again gave his place of birth as
Alfriston. Amelia was then a 53 chairwoman and her place of birth
was given as Rudgwick. Also with them on census night was
Jane Mason an 18 year old shirtmaker who was described as
By 1871 William and Amelia were living at 29 Hereford Street, Brighton.
He was then a 72 year old chaff cutter and again said he was born in
Alfriston. Amelia was 65. Also with them on census night was
William's 39 year old son Thomas and his family.
The 1871 census would seem to imply that William had bigamously
married Amelia in 1847, as his wife Charlotte and mother of his son
Thomas, was still alive in 1851 and supposedly living with her husband
James Abbott. Unless William
and Charlotte had divorced, but that would seem unlikely, given their
However, there is still the problem of whether there were 2
William Trigwells of similar age, or
whether he was unsure of his place of birth. The parishes of
Alfriston and Alciston adjoin one another, and perhaps he miss heard
his parents when they told him where he was born, unless he was born in
Alfriston and then baptised in Alciston because perhaps the church was
closer. But then what of the the William Trigwell
who was living with Emma in 1841? Was he really a Trigwell, or was
he a Tugwell?
John Trigwell was baptised on 30 September 1800 in Alciston.
Did he marry Sarah White by banns on 11 February 1822
in Patcham? He was then a bachelor and she a spinster and they
were both of Patcham. Then as a widower of Preston, did he marry
Lucy Nell on 5 November 1825 in Falmer? Lucy was
then a spinster of Falmer.
When the 1841 census was recorded a 40 year old
John Trigwell was living with 25 year old Lucy
Trigwell in Heighton Street, South Heighton, Sussex. John
was then a shepherd. Also with the couple on census night was 25
year old William Geering and 20 year old Emma
Geering. In 1851, John was a 51 year old shepherd and
gave his place of birth as Blatchington. He was then living in
Westmeston Village along with his 46 year old wife Lucy who was born in
Falmer and occupied herself with "domestic duties". The 1861
census records that Lucy was a 57 year old widow, lodging at 65 George
On 3 August 1862, Lucy Trigwell, widow, married
David Gurr at St. Nicholas in Brighton. She was then said
to be 53 years old and the daughter of James Nell.
David was a 47 year old widower and the son of Henry Gurr.
Lucy was baptised on 29 April 1804 in Falmer and was the daughter of
James Nell and Sarah Leany.
Another John Trigwell was baptised on 3 June 1798 in
Ringmer, the son of Isaac Trigwell and
Elizabeth Clarke. A message posted at
Genealogy.com, says that this John was tried in Sussex in 1837, and
sentenced to 7 years and transported to Hobart. He married
Caroline Towner on 26 December 1818 in Ringmer.
Given that William and Catherine settled in Patcham, I am inclined to
think that their son John, married Sarah and then Lucy, but I could be
wrong. John's place of birth in the 1851 census is a problem.
Blatchington is very close to Alfriston, which adjoins Alciston.
Might John have been unsure where he was born? He was a shepherd
in 1841 as was his father. Might William have been shepherding on
The Downs at about the time John was born, and perhaps Alciston church
was more convenient than Blatchington church?
Henry Trigwell was baptised on 5 December 1802 in Alciston.
Thomas Trigwell was baptised on 1
January 1805 in Patcham.
Thomas married Elizabeth Weller on 5 December 1824 at St. Nicholas
Elizabeth was baptised on 27 May 1804 in Ashington, Sussex. She was the
daughter of Charles Weller and Ann.
At the time of the 1841 census the couple and 3 children were living at
Scabes Castle Cottage in the parish of St. Peter's, Brighton.
Thomas was then a 36 year old agricultural labourer and Elizabeth was
37. The 1851 census records that the couple and 2 of their
children were living at Park Farm in Warnford, Hampshire. Thomas
was then a 46 year old shepherd and gave his place of birth as Brighton.
Elizabeth was 47 and also said she was born in Brighton.
In 1861 the couple and their son were living in Lower Beeding and Thomas
was then a 53 year old shepherd.
Thomas and Elizabeth may have had the following children:
Joseph Trigwell may have been part of this family. He
was baptised on 4 March 1827 at St. Nicholas, Brighton. His
parents names were recorded in the baptism register as Thomas and
George Trigwell was baptised on 26 March 1829 at St.
Nicholas, Brighton. In 1841 he was 12 years old and living
with his parents in Brighton. He may also have been the 13
year old George Trigwell living/staying with his
paternal grandparents in Patcham.
A George Trigwell married Caroline Moppett
on 31 July 1852 in Ovingdean. They were both aged 22 years and
their fathers were named as Thomas Trigwell and
Caroline was baptised on 21 December 1828 in Ovendean and was the
daughter of John Moppett and Charlotte
The 1861 census records that the couple and 3 children were living
at Withden Cottages in Patcham. George was then a 30 year old
carter and gave his place of birth as Stone in Sussex. Also
with the family were 3 lodgers, namely John Maskell
aged 19, William Maskell aged 16 and 28 year old
George and Caroline had the following children:
Charles Trigwell was baptised on 20 November
1853 in Rottingdean. He was a 7 year old scholar in 1861.
Ellen Jane Trigwell was baptised on 2 March
1856 in Patcham. She was a 5 year old scholar in 1861.
George Moppett Trigwell was born about 1858
Brighton. In 1861 he was 3 years old. He married
Mary Ann Sayers on 8 December 1879 at St.
Peter's in Brighton.
Catherine Isabella Trigwell was baptised on 1
November 1863 at St. Nicholas, Brighton.
Thomas Trigwell was baptised on 8 May 1831 at St.
Mary Trigwell was born about 1835. She was 6
years old in 1841.
Frances Trigwell was baptised on 7 September 1837
at St. Nicholas, Brighton.
Ellen Trigwell was born in 1841. At the time of
the 1841 census she was 3 months old. In 1851 she was an 11 year
old scholar and living with her parents.
William Trigwell was born in 1844
in Brighton. He was a 7 year old scholar in 1851. In 1861 he was a 17 year old carter living with his
parents. He died in about 1874.
Maria Jane Weller on 3
September 1864 in Hove. Their fathers were named as Thomas
Trigwell, a shepherd and Richard Weller. The witnesses
to their marriage were John Mason and Amelia Mason.
(An Amelia Weller married William Mason on 2 July 1828 in
Brighton. She was a spinster and he a bachelor and they were both
of Brighton. See further above as an Amelia Mason,
widow went on to marry William Trigwell (1799-1880)
who was the uncle of 1844 William. There was also a Amelia Mason who married
George Mason by banns on 27 December 1831 in Brighton. She was
a spinster and he a bachelor and they were both of Brighton.)
Maria Jane was baptised on 24 July 1842 at St. Nicholas in Brighton, and
was the daughter of
1871 William was a labourer and the census records he and his family
were living at 5 North Place in Brighton.
William and Maria Jane had the following children:
Ellen Eliza Trigwell was baptised on 8 January 1865 in Hove. She was a 6
year old scholar in 1871. She was 16 year old Ellen Tridwill
in the 1881 census.
William John Trigwell was baptised on 1 September 1867 in Hove. He was a 3
year old scholar in 1871. He was not living with his mother and
step father when the 1881 census was recorded.
George Edward Trigwell was baptised on 27 February 1870 in Hove.
In 1871 he was a year old. The 1881 census records that he was 11
year old George Tridwill.
Thomas Richard Trigwell was baptised on 17 December 1871 in Hove. He was 9 year
old James Tridwill in 1881.
Frederick James Trigewell was baptised on 28
June 1874 in Hove. In 1881 he was 6 year old Frederick Tridwill.
Emily Louise Goble in the second quarter of 1896.
Emily was born in 1875 and was the daughter of
They had the following known children:
Emily Winifred Trigwell
was born in 1898.
Frederick Trigwell was born in 1900.
Richard Trigwell was baptised on 21 December 1806 in Patcham.
Richard may have married Mary Hemsley by banns on 22 April 1828 in
Brighton. He was then a bachelor and she a spinster and they were
both of Brighton.
When the 1851 census was recorded, Mary was a 53 year old widow and
lodging house keeper living at 6 Terminus Street in the parish of St.
Peter, Brighton. With her on census night were her 2 children
James and Sarah, unmarried sister Elizabeth Emsley aged
48, and 2 nurse children, Walter North aged 5 and 3
year old Charles North. Mary and her sister were
both born in Westmeston, Sussex.
Richard and Mary may have had the following children:
Catherine Trigwell was baptised on 12 March or July
1829 at St. Nicholas in Brighton. She may have married
Richard Gravett in the fourth quarter of 1849 in the Brighton
registration district. The 1851 census records that 22 year of
Catherine was born in Brighton. She was living with her 24 year
old husband, Richard, in Albion Road, Southwick. Richard was
baptised on 22 October 1826 in Southwick and was the son of
Peter Gravatt (c1785-?) and Gaynor Upperton
James Trigwell was born about 1833 in Brighton.
He was an 18 year old apprentice in 1851.
Sarah Trigwell was baptised on 24 April 1836 at St.
Nicholas in Brighton. In 1851 she was 15 years old and had no
employement. Sarah married Matthew Nathanael Braid
on 24 March 1856 at St. Nicholas in Brighton. He was then 23 years
old and she was 20. Their fathers were named as Alexander
James Braid and Richard Trigwell.
William Trigwell was baptised on 14 May 1809 in Patcham.
Might his forename have been wrongly recorded in the baptism register?
As a Joseph Trigwell died aged 16 years and was buried
in Patcham on 29 January 1826.
Sarah Trigwell was baptised on 14 July 1811 in Patcham.
She died aged 15 years and was buried on 15 November 1826 in Patcham.
Mary Trigwell was born on 28 October 1813 and baptised on 26
December 1813 in Patcham. The baptism register also recorded that
her father was a day labourer of Moulscombe. Did she marry David Bollday
by banns on 8 December 1829 in Patcham? He may have been baptised
as David Baldy on 21 August 1808 in Falmer, Sussex and
have been the son of John Baldy and Elizabeth
Trigwell was born on 31 October 1817 baptised on 28 December 1817 in Patcham.
The baptism register also recorded that his father was a labourer from
married three times. His third wife was
whom he married in 1850. (They have their own page.)