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John WEDGE (1781-1833)

and Mary FREEMAN (1782-1852)

 

St. James, Ashurst, circa 1920 - from http://www.westsussexpast.org.uk/pictures/index.htmlJohn Wedge and Mary Freeman were my 4x Great Grandparents.  (Click here to see their place in my pedigree chart.)  They were married by banns by the rector, James Ellis, on Thursday 7 May 1807 at the parish church of St. James in Ashurst, Sussex.  His name was then recorded as John Vadge and he was a bachelor.  They were both of Ashurst and both made their X marks.  The witnesses to the marriage were Richard Freeman and James Botting.  The banns were published on Sundays 19 and 26 April and 3 May 1807 in Ashurst.  (Richard Freeman was most probably Mary's elder brother who was born in 1777.  James Botting may have been a churchwarden as he witnessed the previous marriage in the register that took place in February 1807.)  At the time of their marriage, Mary was about 7 months pregnant.  John and Mary had 22 known grandchildren who were born between 1834 and 1863.

St. Pancras, Chichester - from:  http://www.stpancras.freeuk.com/John Wedge was baptised on Thursday 11 October 1781 at the parish church of St. Pancras in Eastgate Square, Chichester, Sussex.  He was the fourth child and second son of Ann Widge, widow, nee Ann Gibbons (c1750-1790).  He died aged 56 years (according to the burial register) and was buried on Friday 22 November 1833 in the churchyard of St. Mary's in Pulborough, Sussex, therefore, born about 1777.  However, he had an elder brother baptised in 1779, so I would think John was born in 1781, and, therefore, only 52 when he died.

John was a labourer.  He would seem to have been the first Wedge in the Ashurst/Shipley/Pulborough area, which is about 50km from Chichester.  There was at that time a large family of Wedge's living in the Bosham, Sussex area (near Chichester), although his mother's husband's family were from South Bersted, Sussex.  Ann was most probably born in Merston, Sussex, but was of Donnington, Sussex when she married Thomas Wedge in 1770.

Pulborough Church circa 1791 - from http://www.collectbritain.co.uk/A settlement examination was undertaken on 13 November 1813 by Pulborough parish overseers in respect of John Wedge a ploughboy of St. Pancras, Chichester.  He was then employed by William Heath a tanner.

Mary Freeman was probably born towards the end of 1782 and was baptised on Sunday 12 January 1783 at the parish church of St. James in Ashurst, Sussex.  She was the fourth child and second daughter of 5 93 John Freeman (c1749-1819) and Ann Woolven (1753-1831).  Mary died aged 70 years on Sunday 26 December 1852 in Pulborough, Sussex.  Her cause of death was asthma, long standing, and hamatemesis (5 days).  Her death was registered by Sarah Wedge of Pulborough, who was present at the death.  (Sarah was probably her daughter-in-law, the wife of William.)  Mary was buried on Saturday 1 January 1853 in the churchyard of St. Mary's in Pulborough.  When the 1841 and 1851 census were recorded Mary was living at Pidgeons Gate in Pulborough, with the family of her son William.  Of Mary's known grandchildren, 11 were born within her lifetime.

Although John and Mary were buried in Pulborough churchyard there does not seem to be a headstone to mark their grave(s).

 

John Wedge and Mary Freeman had 7 known children:

  1. St. Mary's, Shipley, circa 1910 - from http://www.westsussexpast.org.uk/pictures/index.htmlJohn Wedge was born about July 1807 in Shipley, Sussex (as per his age at death and 1851 census).  No baptism has been found for him in Shipley.  He died aged 58 years and 8 months and was buried on 14 March 1866 in Pulborough.  He was a witness to the 1841 marriage of his sister Mary, at which time he was able to sign his name.  I don't think he married.

  2. William Wedge, my 3x Great Grandfather, was baptised on 11 June 1809 in Shipley.  Only his father's name was recorded in the baptism register.  William married in Sarah Mills 1833.  (They have their own page.)

  3. Mary Wedge was baptised on Sunday 7 November 1813 in Shipley.  The baptism register records that she was the daughter of John Vig and Mary.  When the 1841 census was recorded she was living in her brother William's household.  The death of a Mary Holden aged 72 years was registered in the second quarter of 1882 in the Thakeham registration district.

    Mary married Harvey Holden by banns on Saturday 3 July 1841 in Pulborough.  He was then a 22 year old bachelor and labourer of Pulborough.  She was a 28 year old spinster of Pulborough.  William signed his name whilst Mary made her X mark.  Both their fathers were then said to be labourers.  The witnesses to the marriage were John Wedge (signed) and Sarah Wedge (marked).  There were no known children from this marriage.

    Harvey was baptised on 12 September 1819 in Pulborough and was the son of John Holden and Esther Green.  He died aged 74 years in 1892.

    When the 1851 census was recorded the couple were living in Pulborough.  In 1861 and 1871 they were living in Lower Street, Pulborough.  In 1881 they were living in Lower Street, South Side, along with lodgers, 58 years old Thomas Greenfield who was a widower and 21 year old Frank Greenfield.  In 1891 Harvey was a 72 year old widower and still living in Lower Street and Harvey was a jobbing labourer.  Also with him in 1891 were Thomas Greenfield a 67 year old widower, Mary Ayling a 51 year old widow and housekeeper, Ernest Ayling a 17 year old agricultural labourer, Louisa Ayling an 11 year old scholar, and 30 year old Charles Wedge who was employed as an agent and had been born in Chichester, Sussex.

  4. Sarah Wedge was baptised on Sunday 15 March 1818 in Pulborough, at which time her father was a labourer.  She was baptised on the same day as James Whittington who was the son of James Whittington and Sarah.  Sarah died aged 59 years and she was buried on 8 December 1877 in Pulborough.  When the 1841 census was recorded she was living with her brother William and his family.

    Sarah married Thomas Greenfield by banns on Saturday 27 December 1845 in Pulborough.  Thomas was a 24 year old bachelor and labourer.  Sarah was a 28 year old spinster.  They were both of Pulborough and both made their X marks.  Both their fathers were labourers.  The witnesses to the marriage were John Greenfield and Ann Wedge.

    Thomas was baptised on 2 February 1823 in Pulborough and was the son of John Greenfield and Sarah Ruff.  He died aged 86 years at the Thakeham Union Workhouse and was buried on 1 February 1909 in Pulborough.  The couple were living alone in Pulborough at the time of the 1851 census.  In 1871 the family were living at Swan Tap in Pulborough and Thomas was an ostler.

    Thomas and Sarah had 1 known son:

    1. Frank Greenfield was born about 1859 in Pulborough or Billingshurst, Sussex.  His baptism has not been found in a transcript of the Pulborough registers.  In 1881 he was a bricklayer's labourer living in the home of his Uncle Harvey Holden.  Frank married Eliza Edward(s) in the second quarter of 1888 in the Hambledon registration district.  In 1901 the couple together with 4 children were living in Cranleigh, Surrey where Frank was a bricklayer.

  5. Eleanor Wedge was baptised on Sunday 16 July 1820 in Pulborough and her father was then a labourer.  She was baptised on the same day as James Penfold son of James Penfold and Sarah and Eliza Hunt daughter of William Hunt and Sarah.  She died aged 72 years and was buried on 22 April 1893 in Pulborough.  When the 1841 census was recorded she was 19 years old and living with the family of her brother William.

    Eleanor had an illegitimate daughter:

    1. Mary Wedge was baptised on 1 August 1841 in Pulborough.  In 1851 she was living with the family of her uncle William Wedge.

      Mary married William Ayling on 21 April 1866 in Pulborough.  William was then a 30 year old bachelor and labourer of Pulborough.  His father was named as James Ayling.  Mary was a 26 year old spinster of Pulborough.  The witnesses to the marriage were Harvey Holden and Jesse Greenfield.

      William may have been baptised on 29 September 1839 in Pulborough and have been the son of James Ayling and Philadelphia White.  He died before the recording of the 1881 census.

      By the time of the 1881 census, Mary was a widow and charwoman living at Lock House in Hardham, along with 3 children.  In 1891 she and 2 children were living in the home of her uncle, Harvey Holden

      William and Mary had 5 known children:

      1. Kate Wedge was baptised on 10 March 1866 in Pulborough.  When the 1881 census was recorded, she was 16 year old Kate Ayling, a domestic servant in the home of Thomas Knight, a farmer of 300 acres, at Broomer Borough in Pulborough.

      2. Stephen Ayling was baptised on 8 December 1867 in Pulborough, and his father was then described as a labourer in the baptism register.  In 1881 he was a 14 year old farm servant living with his sister in the home of Thomas Knight.

      3. Fanny Ayling was baptised on 26 December 1869 in Pulborough, at which time her father was a labourer.  When the 1881 census was recorded she was a 12 year old general servant, living with her mother and younger siblings.

      4. Ernest Ayling was born in the first quarter of 1876 in Pulborough.  He was a 5 year old scholar in 1881.  He was a 17 year old agricultural labourer in 1891.

      5. Louisa Ayling was born in the fourth quarter of 1879 in Pulborough.  She was a year old at the time of the 1881 census.  In 1891 she was an 11 year old scholar.  She may have married in the third quarter of 1904 in the Thakeham registration district to either George Adsett or Arthur Edward Harrison.

    Ellinor Wedge married Edward Brockhurst on Saturday 20 November 1847 in Pulborough.  He was a 29 year old bachelor and bricklayer of Pulborough.  She was a 29 year old spinster of Pulborough.  The witnesses to the marriage were Reuben Brockhurst and Maria Brockhurst.  (Reuben was Edward's younger brother, and he had married Maria Barber in the third quarter of 1845 in the Steyning registration district.) 

    Edward was baptised on 13 December 1818 in Pulborough and was the son of Baylor Brockhurst (1792-1867) and Dinah Edmunds (1792-1879).  He died aged 61 years and he was buried on 13 March 1879 in Pulborough.

    Edward and Eleanor had 6 known children:

    1. Jane Brockhurst was born in Hardham, Sussex and baptised on 9 April 1848 in Pulborough.  She was 3 years old when the 1851 census was recorded.  Jane married Charles Lidbetter in 1866.  (They have their own page.)

    2. Harriet Anne Brockhurst was born in Hardham and baptised on 21 July 1850 in Pulborough.  She was 10 months old at the time of the 1851 census.  When the 1901 census was recorded she was most probably 49 year old Harriet Stepney, living with her cousin John Wedge in London Road, Pulborough.  Harriet was then a housekeeper.

    3. Elizabeth Brockhurst was baptised on 2 October 1853 in Pulborough.  She had an illegitimate daughter:

      1. Emily Elizabeth Brockhurst was baptised on 12 January 1873 in Pulborough.  When the 1891 census was recorded she was an 18 year old general domestic servant living at Laural Grove, Little Bognor in Fittleworth, Sussex.

      Elizabeth married Charles Kemp in the third quarter of 1879 in the Thakeham registration district.  He was born about 1846 in Rogate, Sussex.

      When the 1881 census was recorded Charles and Elizabeth were living in Washington, Sussex along her daughter Emily, boarder Arthur Brockherst and wife's mother Mary Grey, who I believe was the mother of Charles's first wife.  In 1891 the couple were living alone in Church Street, Washington and Charles was an agricultural labourer.  By 1901 the couple were living in Malthouse Lane in Ashington, Sussex and Charles was a carter on a farm.  They also had a boarder living with them, 20 year old Edwin Greenfield who was a postman and had been born in Storrington.

    4. Ellen Brockhurst was born in Hardham, Sussex and baptised on 13 April 1856 in Pulborough.  In 1881 she was an unmarried domestic servant.  She had had 2 illegitimate daughters:

      1. Fanny Amelia Brockhurst was born in the first quarter of 1876.  She was a 5 year old in 1881.

      2. Catherine Elizabeth Brockhurst was born in the second quarter of 1878.  She was a 3 year old in 1881.   As Ethel Elizabeth Brockhurst she married William Turner in the second quarter of 1899 in the Thakeham registration district.

      Ellen married Robert Pink in the third quarter of 1882 in the Thakeham registration district.  He was born about 1853 in Petersfield, Hampshire.

      The 1891 census records that the family were living in Ship Street, Shoreham, Sussex and Robert was then a farm labourer.  Also living with the couple were 2 daughters, namely 16 year old Fanny Pink and 14 year old Ethel Pink, who had both been born in Pulborough.  In 1901 the family were living in Goring, Sussex where Robert was a cowman on a farm.  Robert's 24 year old married daughter Ethel Turner was also living with them in 1901 and she was then a general domestic servant.  They also had 2 year old granddaughter Florence Brockhurst staying with them in 1901 and she was born in Pulborough.

      Robert and Ellen had the following children:

      1. Robert Pink was born about 1884 in Cootham, Sussex.  He was a 7 year old scholar in 1891.  He was 16 years old in 1901 and living at home.

      2. Edith Emily Pink was born in the first quarter of 1887 in Steyning, Sussex.  She was a 5 year old scholar in 1891.  In 1901 she was 14 years old.

      3. Percy Pink was born about 1888 in Steyning.  He was 3 years old when the 1891 census was recorded.  His age was recorded as 11 years in the 1901 census.

      4. George Henry A. Pink was born in the second quarter of 1892 in Steyning.  He was 9 years old in 1901.

      5. Rosina Pink was born about 1896 in Steyning.  She was 5 years old in 1901.

      6. William Pink was born about 1898 in East Preston, Sussex.  He was 3 years old in 1901.

    5. Edwin Brockhurst was born in Hardham and baptised on 29 August 1858 in Pulborough.  In 1881 he was an unmarried agricultural labourer.  The 1891 census records that he was a single 32 year old agricultural labourer living at Pot Common in Pulborough along with his mother and younger brother.  In 1901 he was living with his cousin, John Wedge, in London Road, Pulborough, and he was then a butcher/slaughterman

    6. Arthur Brockhurst was baptised on 28 October 1860 in Pulborough.  In 1881 he was a bricklayer's labourer living with his married sister Elizabeth in Washington.  He was a single 30 year old agricultural labourer in 1891.

    The family were living in Hardham when the 1851 census was recorded.  When the 1881 census was recorded, 60 year old Eleanor was a widow living at Lower Street, North Side in Pulborough along with daughter Ellen, son Edwin and granddaughters Fanny Brockhurst aged 5 and 3 year old Catherine Brockhurst.  Eleanor was then earning her living as a charwoman.

  6. Ann Wedge was baptised on Sunday 12 December 1824 in Pulborough and her father was then a labourer.  She was 1 of 4 infants baptised on that day.  She died aged 73 years in 1898.  When the 1841 census was recorded she was a 17 year old servant in the home of Thomas Ireland at High Fuse in Billingshurst.

    St. Michael's, Amberley, circa 1912 - from http://www.westsussexpast.org.uk/pictures/index.htmlAnn married George Sowter on Sunday 2 August 1846 at the parish church of St. Michael's in Amberley, Sussex.  His age was then recorded as 3[blank] and he was a bachelor and labourer.  Ann was a 23 year old spinster and servant.  They were both of Amberley and both signed their names.  Both their fathers were labourers.  The witnesses to the marriage were Samuel Sowter and William Wakeham, who both signed their names.

    George was baptised on 25 June 1815 in Amberley and was the son of John Sowter (1776-1855) and Mary Bridger (1775-?).  He died aged 79 years in 1893.

    George and Ann had 8 known children:

    1. Emily Sowter was baptised on 1 November 1846 in Amberley.

    2. Eliza Sowter was baptised on 19 November 1848 in Amberley.

    3. George Sowter was baptised on 1 December 1850 in Amberley.  He married Bertha White in 1876.  When the 1881 census was recorded the couple and 2 children were living at 3 South Street in  Amberley and George was an agricultural labourer.

    4. Kate Sowter was baptised on 24 July 1853 in Amberley and buried there on 19 November 1855.

    5. Harvey Sowter was baptised on 12 August 1855 in Amberley.

    6. Sarah Sowter as baptised on 31 January 1858 in Amberley and buried there on 29 September 1869.

    7. William Sowter was baptised on 31 March 1861 in Amberley.

    8. Alfred Charles Sowter was baptised on 27 December 1863 in Amberley.

    When the 1881 census was recorded the couple and their 2 sons, Harvey and Alfred, were living at 8 The Alley in Amberley.  All 3 men were agricultural labourers.

  7. Elizabeth Wedge was baptised on Sunday 17 June 1827 in Pulborough and buried there as an infant on 23 June 1827.  She was 1 of 3 infants baptised on the Sunday

 

William Heath (mentioned above) may have married Mary Burrage by licence on 14 April 1796 in Pulborough.  Their marriage licence was issued on 6 April 1796 by the Archdeaconry of Chichester, which recorded that William was a 19 year old bachelor of Pulborough and that he married with the consent of James Heath a farmer of Pulborough.  Mary was a 21 year old spinster.  The licence was sponsored by James Heath and James Heath, junior a farmer of Upwaltham.  William was baptised on 21 June 1776 in Pulborough and was the son of James Heath and Elizabeth White.  They had married in West Chiltington on 19 October 1764.  James was baptised on 31 August 1742 in Pulborough and was the son of Sarah Heath.

 

Many thanks to Eoghan McTiernan for additions to this page.

FREEMAN          WEDGE