Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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William WEEKS (1804-1879)

and Ann PIPER (1805-1841)

and Caroline GUEST (c1808-1872)


William Weeks and Ann Piper married on Monday 20 June 1825 in Mayfield, Sussex.  He was then of Mayfield and she of Ticehurst, Sussex.  William also married Caroline Baldock on 13 November 1845 in Mayfield.  She was then a widow and her father was named as Joseph Guest.  (They were not my direct ancestors.)

William Weeks was baptised on 4 April 1804 in Wadhurst, Sussex.  He was the son of John Weeks (1776-?) and Philadelphia Akehurst.  He died aged 74 and was buried on 8 May 1879 in Wadhurst.  He married twice.

Ann Piper was baptised on 29 June 1806 in Ticehurst, Sussex.  She was the daughter of George Piper and Mary Martin.  She died aged 36 and was buried on 8 October 1841 in Wadhurst.  In the 1841 census her name was recorded as Mary Ann, but she was baptised and married as Ann, and her name was Ann against the birth registrations of her children at the Shovers Green Baptist Chapel.

Caroline Guest was born about 1808/9 in Ticehurst.  She was the daughter of Joseph Guest and Ann Ford.  Caroline died aged 62 years and was buried on 10 December 1872 in Wadhurst.  She had previously married William Baldock - they will have their own page.


William Weeks and Ann Piper had 9 known children:

  1. Henry Weeks was born on 2 October 1825 in Mayfield and his birth was registered at the Shovers Green Baptist Chapel in Wadhurst.  He was not living with his parents when the 1841 census was recorded, nor can I find him in the 1881 census.

  2. William Weeks was born on 3 April 1827 in Wadhurst and buried there on 18 July 1832, when he was 5 years old.  His birth was also registered at the Shovers Green Baptist Chapel.

  3. John Weeks was born on 18 May 1829 in Wadhurst.  He was living with his parents when the 1841 census was recorded.

  4. Mary Weeks was born on 7 October 1831 in Wadhurst.  She was living with her parents when the 1841 census was recorded.

  5. George Weeks was baptised on 8 May 1835 in Wadhurst.  He married Isabella Boorman (1839-1902) in 1857.  (They have their own page.)

  6. Eliza Weeks was born on 6 July 1837 in Wadhurst.  She was living with her parents in 1841, but not when the 1851 census was recorded.

  7. Horace Weeks was born about May 1838.  He died aged 7 months and was buried on 20 November 1838 in Wadhurst.

  8. James Weeks was born about October 1839.  He died aged 6 weeks was buried on 6 December 1839 in Wadhurst.

  9. Ellen Weeks was born on Tuesday 8 December 1840 in Wadhurst, when her father was an agricultural labourer.  The 1841 census enumerator would seem to have recorded her name as 5 month old Elizabeth Weeks.  She died aged 24 years on Thursday 17 August 1865.

    As Helen Weeks she married George Kemp on Sunday 29 May 1859 in Wadhurst.  Neither Ellen or George could sign their names.  The witnesses to the marriage were George Weeks and Ruth Baldock.  (George and Ellen were the Great Grandparents of Tom Kemp.)

    George was born about 1836 in Wadhurst and was the son of Thomas Kemp (c1812-1858) and Eliza Kitchenham (1814-1909).


William Weeks and Caroline Guest had 3 known children:

  1. Reuben Weeks was born in the third quarter 1847 in Wadhurst.  In 1861 he was a house boy living in Cousley Wood in Wadhurst.

    Reuben married Ruth Mabb in 1868.

    Ruth was born about 1849 in Wadhurst.  When the 1861 census was recorded she was living with her Uncle John Mabb (c1809-?) and his wife Mary in Wadhurst.

    At the time of the 1871 census the couple were living with her parents in Stone Cross, Wadhurst.  In 1881 the family were living in Tunbridge Wells Road in Wadhurst and Reuben was then a master carpenter employing 5 men.  By 1891 they had moved to Tenterden, Kent and Reuben was still a carpenter and also a Baptist Minster.  The couple were living in Hainult Lodge in Tenterden when the 1901 census was recorded he was a builder and a Baptist Minster living in Tenterden, Kent.

    Reuben and Ruth had 9 known children:

    1. Ada Weeks was born about 1870 in Wadhurst.

    2. Arthur Weeks was born 1871 in Wadhurst.  In 1901 he was a builder and contractor living in Tenterden, along with wife Emily and 5 children.

    3. Reuben Weeks was born about 1874 in Wadhurst.  By 1901 he was an unmarried house painter living in Tenterden, but not with his parents.

    4. Albert Weeks was born about 1877 in Wadhurst.  His birth may have been registered as Albert William Weeks in the first quarter of 1876 and he may have died aged 5 in 1881.

    5. Ernest Weeks was born about 1879 in Wadhurst.

    6. Frank Weeks was born 1881 in Wadhurst.  In 1901 he was a carpenter living with his parents.

    7. Ruth Weeks was born about 1884 in Wadhurst.

    8. Mercy Weeks was born about 1886 in Tenterden.

    9. John Weeks was born about 1890 in Tenterden.

  2. Philadelphia Weeks was born in the first quarter 1850 in Wadhurst.  She died aged 5 years and was buried on 5 July 1855 in Wadhurst.

  3. Albert Walter Weeks was born about 1853 in Wadhurst.  He was with his parents when the 1861 census was recorded and again in 1871 when he was a bricklayer's labourer.




To begin with this family group caused a few problems!  I had thought that William had first married Ann, then Mary Ann and then Caroline.  But then decided that Ann and Mary Ann were one and the same, and that the William Weeks married to Caroline was another William, therefore, two couples.  The reason begin that the details on the 1841 and 1851 census didn't match up to well:

1841 - Park Pitt, Wadhurst (ref HO 107/1116, folio 29, page 10)
William Weeks, 35, Ag Lab, born Sussex
Mary Ann Weeks, 35, born Sussex
John Weeks, 12, born Sussex
continued on next page (ref HO 107/1116, folio 30, page 11)
Mary Weeks, 10, born Sussex
George Weeks, 6, born Sussex
Eliza Weeks, 4, born Sussex
Elizabeth Weeks, 5mths, born Sussex

1851 - Muddles Cottage, Wadhurst (transcript)

William Weeks, Hd, M, 45, Ag Lab, born Wadhurst

Caroline Weeks, Wi, M, 43, born Ticehurst

William Weeks, So, U, 20, Ag Lab, born Ticehurst

George Weeks, So, U, 17, Ag Lab, born Wadhurst

Sarah Weeks, Da, U, 14, Employed at Home, born Ticehurst

Joseph Weeks, So, U, 10, born Ticehurst

Ellen Weeks, Da, U, 9, twin, born Ticehurst

John Weeks, So, U, 9,twin, born Ticehurst

Reuben Weeks, So, U, 3, born Wadhurst

Philadelphia Weeks, Da, U, 1, born Wadhurst

But then Tom Kemp found the family in the 1861 census:

1861 - 1 Muddles Cottage, Wadhurst

William Weeks, Head, M, 56, Ag Lab, born Wadhurst

Caroline Weeks, Wife, M, 52, born Ticehurst

John Baldock, Son, U, 19, Ag Lab, born Ticehurst

Albert Weeks, Son, U, 7, Scholar, born Wadhurst

Which made him wonder where Baldock came from.  Tom then searched through the 1841 Ticehurst census (previously we had expected to find William Weeks and Caroline in Ticehurst in 1841, but they were not there.)  But, Tom found the following, which has been the key to unravelling the above:

1841 - Ticehurst

William Baldock, 30, Ag Lab, born Sussex

Caroline Baldock, 29, born Sussex

William Baldock, 10, born Sussex

Joseph Baldock, 2, born Sussex

Rhoda Baldock, 8, born Sussex

Ruth Baldock, 6, born Sussex

Sarah Baldock, 4, born Sussex

So what would seem to have happened is that when the 1851 Wadhurst census was recorded some of the Baldock children were down as Weeks!

1861 - Village, Wadhurst

Ruth Baldock, 25, Servant, born Wadhurst


Many thanks to the following for additions to this page:

Rona Benson          Tom Kemp

GUEST          PIPER          WEEKS

This page was reviewed on 8 April 2012