Ancestors of Mandy Willard
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and Philadelphia AKEHURST (1772-?)
John Weeks and Philadelphia Akehurst married by banns on 19
April 1797 in Wadhurst, Sussex. At the time they were both of
Wadhurst and both made their marks. The witnesses were Thomas
Pattenden (marked) and John Cooper (signed). (They were not my direct ancestors.
One of their grandsons married the sister of my direct ancestor.)
John Weeks was baptised on 18
February 1776 in Wadhurst. He was the son of
and Mary (c1736-1821). A John Weeks was a Deacon in the Shovers Green Strict
Baptist Church (also known as the Church of Christ) and was one of four
Deacons to sign their First Declaration on 7 July 1816. It is likely
that 1776 John was the Deacon.
Philadelphia Akehurst may have
been baptised on 6 August 1772 in Mayfield as the daughter of William
Akehurst (1745-1822) and Mary Eastwood (1742-1827). Or she
may have been baptised in November 1777 in Wadhurst, as the daughter of
William Akehurst (1741-?) and Elizabeth Wren. A transcript
of the Shovers Green Baptist Chapel registers held at the East Sussex Record
Office, states that 1772 Philadelphia was the mother of a child by
Whereas, I have been given details from "Dr. William's Library of
Nonconformist Registers, that states 1772 Philadelphia was the wife of
and Philadelphia Akehurst had 7 or 8 known children:
Weeks was baptised on 6 August 1797
in Mayfield, Sussex.
Philadelphia Weeks was baptised on 14 July 1799 in Wadhurst.
Ann Weeks was baptised on 25 July 1802 in
was baptised on 28 July 1804 in Wadhurst. He married twice, firstly to
in 1825 and
then to Caroline
Baldock, widow in 1845. (They have their own page.)
John Weeks was baptised on 11 January 1807 in
Wadhurst. When the 1861 census was recorded he may have been 54 year
John Weeks living with wife Harriott aged 55 in Savages Pit
Cottage. He was then an agricultural labourer and they were both
born in Wadhurst.
James Weeks was born on 1 November 1809 in Wadhurst and baptised on
2 September 1810 at the Independent or Calvanistic Chapel in Burwash,
Samuel Weeks was born
on 10 September 1813 in
Wadhurst. He married
in 1834. (They have their own page.)
Hannah Weeks was born on 18 July 1815 in Wadhurst and baptised on 20 August
1815 at the Independent Chapel in Burwash, Sussex. Her mother was said to have been the
daughter of William Akehurst and Mary Eastwood. This
would mean Philadelphia was baptised on 6 August 1772 in Mayfield and,
therefore, about 43 at the birth of Hannah. Her father was named as
Weeks, but might this have been error?
George Weeks was born
on 3 June 1816 in Wadhurst. He
married Matilda Weston
in 1835. (They have their own page.)
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This page was reviewed on 8 April 2012