Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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Simeon TULLETT (1809-1891)

and Ann Tullett KNOWLES (c1816-1884)


Simeon Tullett and Ann Tullett Knowles married by banns on 28 May 1834 in Cuckfield, Sussex.  Simeon was a bachelor and Ann a spinster and they were both of Cuckfield.  The witnesses were William Tullett and Mary Ann Godsmark.    (They were not my direct ancestors.  Ann was the sister of my 2x Great Grandmother, Catherine Tullett (1836-1924), making her my 2nd Great Grand Aunt.  Simeon was my 2nd cousin 5x removed.)

Simeon Tullett was baptised on 28 May 1809 in Cuckfield.  He was the youngest son Peter Tullett (1760-1843) and Mary Pesket (c1764-1813).  He died aged 81 years in 1891.  He was an Agricultural Labourer.

Ann Tullett Knowles was born about 1816 in Cuckfield.  She was the illegitimate daughter of Mary Knowles (1797-1860), who in December 1816 married William Tulet (1795-1877).  She died aged 68 years in 1884.  She was mentioned as Ann Tullett Knowles in the 1836 will of her Grandfather John Knowles.

Simeon's Great Grandparents - Peter Toolet (?-1748) and Elizabeth Gratwick (c1705-1786) - were also probably Ann's 2x Great Grandparents.

The family were very unfortunate as 4 sons died very close together in October 1859 (buried 7th, 10th, 12th and 14th).  I would guess there had been an illness in the family.  At some point I will try and check a newspaper of the time to see if any epidemic had been reported in the Cuckfield area.

In 1841 the family were in Clayton; by 1851 they were at Ansty Cross, Cuckfield; 1861 Highlands, Cuckfield; and 1871 Borde Hill Cottage, Cuckfield.  In 1881 Simeon and Ann were back at Highlands along with 34 year boarder Amos Beard.


Simeon Tullett and Ann Tullett Knowles had 8 known children:

  1. Simeon Tullett was baptised on 19 October 1834 in Cuckfield.

    Simeon married Frances Mitchell on 7 April 1855 in Cuckfield.  At the time of their marriage they were both of full age and both of Cuckfield.  Simeon was a bachelor and labourer.  Frances was a spinster.  The witnesses were Jesse Upton and Mary ? (can't read her surname).

    Frances was baptised on 27 January 1833 in Cuckfield and was the daughter of John Mitchell (1802-?) and Martha Blanch.

    In 1871 Simeon was a carpenter and the family were living at Gate Lodge, Cuckfield Place.  Simeon was still a carpenter in 1881 and the family were then living at Highlands, Cuckfield, along with Frances's widowed mother Martha Mitchell aged 79 years.

    Simeon and Frances had 3 known children:

    1. Frances Ellen Tullett was baptised on 6 December 1857 in Cuckfield.

      Frances married John Butcher in 1888.

      John was born about 1864 in Maresfield.  He may have died before 1901.

      John and Frances had the following child:

      1. Olive Butcher born about 1890 in Cuckfield.  At the time of the 1891 census she was a year old.

    2. Simeon James Tullett was baptised on 5 June 1863 in Cuckfield.  He was a carpenter.  In the 1881 and 1901 census his name was recorded as James Tullett.  He may have married Elizabeth and they may have had a daughter Lily Tullett born about 1897 in Cuckfield.  A Simeon James Tullett was born in 1902.

    3. William Tullett was baptised on 5 June 1863 in Cuckfield.

  2. Mary Ann Tullett was baptised on 23 July 1837 in Cuckfield.  She died before 1881.

    Mary Ann married Joseph Tomblin on 17 October 1863 in Cuckfield.  Joseph was then a bachelor and an engine driver of Bolney.  Mary Ann was a spinster of Cuckfield.  They were both of full age.  The witnesses were Simeon Tullett and Fanny Mitchell.

    Joseph was baptised on 29 January 1832 in Barnock, Northamptonshire and was the son of James Tomblin and Sarah.  In 1861, Joseph was an unmarried 28 year old engine driver and he was lodging with Mary Ann's Uncle James Tullett.

    In 1881 Joseph was a farmer of 30 acres living at Hazeldean Farm Cuckfield along with his 4 sons and housekeeper 73 year old widow Mary Russell.

    Joseph and Mary Ann had 5 known children:

    1. James William Tomblin was born on 10 November 1865 in Cuckfield and died in November 1957 (as per the IGI).

      James married Mercy Olive Walder on 9 October 1893 in Cuckfield.

      Mercy was born on 9 October 1869 in Bolney and died in 1910 (as per the IGI).  She was the daughter of Warden Walder (1828-1906) and Sarah Newman (1832-1904).

    2. Sarah Ann Tomblin was born on 2 January 1870 in Cuckfield and died on 27 February 1871 (as per the IGI).

    3. Thomas Edward Tomblin was born on 4 December 1872 in Cuckfield (IGI).

    4. John Alfred Tomblin was born on 12 September 1874 in Cuckfield (IGI).

    5. Joseph Tomblin was born on 27 March 1876 in Cuckfield (IGI).

  3. Eleanor Tullett was baptised on 14 February 1841 in Hurstpierpoint.  Her name was recorded as Ellen against the baptisms of her children.

    Eleanor married William Bennett on 28 March 1864 in Cuckfield.  They were both then of Cuckfield and of full age.  William was a bachelor and a painter.  Eleanor was a spinster.  The witnesses to their marriage were Peter Bennett, Henry Bennett and Mary Ann Tomblin.

    William was born about 1835 in Cuckfield and was the son of Henry Bennett.

    In 1881 William was the Parish Clerk and Sexton living at Church Yard Cottages, Church Street, Cuckfield, along with his wife and children.

    William and Eleanor had 5 known children:

    1. Annie Bennett was baptised on 7 October 1866 in Cuckfield.

    2. John Henry Bennett was born about 1869 in Cuckfield.  He may have married in the second quarter 1894.

    3. Alice Emma Bennett was baptised on 2 April 1872 in Cuckfield.  She died aged 27 years in 1898.

    4. Agnes Mary Bennett was baptised on 6 April 1873 in Cuckfield.  She may have married in the third quarter 1899.

    5. Alfred Bennett was born on 18 December 1874 in Cuckfield and died on 1 April 1907 (as per the IGI).

      Alfred married Annie Croucher in 1894.

      Annie was born about 1877 in Burton on Trent, Derbyshire.

      Alfred and Annie had 3 known children:

      1. Alfred George Bennett was born on 22 November 1894 in Cuckfield and died on 23 March 1915 (IGI).  I have checked the Commonwealth War Graves Commission web site and could not find Alfred listed.

      2. Alice May Bennett was born on 3 August 1897 in Cuckfield and died in September 1898 (IGI).

      3. Herbert Bennett was born about 1900 in Chislehurst, Kent.  When the 1901 census was recorded he was with his maternal Grandparents, William and Ellen.

  4. Peter Tullett was baptised on 25 January 1843 in Hurstpierpoint.  He died aged 17 years and was buried on 14 October 1859 in Cuckfield.

  5. William Tullett was baptised on 7 June 1846 in Cuckfield.

    William married Kate Maria Marchant in 1876.

    Kate was baptised on 8 August 1855 in Balcombe, Sussex, and was the daughter of Thomas Marchant (1833-?) and Maria Pickard (c1833-?).

    In 1881 William was a police constable living at the Police Station in Isfield, Sussex, along with his wife and young son, 3 year old William Tullett, and brother Albert Edwin Marchant aged 14.

    William and Kate had 3 known children (possibly more):

    1. William Tullett was born about 1878 in Isfield, Sussex.

    2. Ruby Agnes Tullett was baptised on 7 April 1886 in Cuckfield.

    3. Rose Alice Tullett was baptised on 7 December 1887 in Cuckfield.

    I have been unable to find the family in the 1901 census.

  6. James Tullett was baptised on 3 September 1848 in Cuckfield.  He died aged 11 years and was buried on 12 October 1859 in Cuckfield.

  7. David Tullett was born about 1851 and baptised on 4 May 1856 in Cuckfield.  He died aged 8 years and was buried on 7 October 1859 in Cuckfield.

  8. Josiah Tullett was baptised on 4 May 1856 in Cuckfield.  He died aged 4 years and was buried on 10 October 1859 in Cuckfield.



This page was reviewed on 10 April 2012