Ancestors of Mandy Willard
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and Mary GODFREY (1735-1761)
and Sarah FULLER (1738-1809)
Thomas Whiteman and Sarah Fuller were my 5x Great
to see their place in my pedigree chart.) They married by banns on 29
October 1765 at the parish church of St. Mary in Udimore, Sussex. They were both then of
Udimore. The witnesses to their marriage were John Woodhams,
junior and Sarah Bourn (or it could be Brown). This was
Thomas's second marriage. He had first married Mary Godfrey on 24
April 1753 in Northiam, Sussex.
Thomas Whiteman was baptised on 16 November 1729 in Udimore, Sussex.
He was the son of
John Whiteman (c1700-1765) and
(c1700-1776). He died aged 80 years on 26 June 1810 and was buried on 30 June 1810
in Udimore. His will was dated 2 April 1805 and proved on 10 February
1813. It mentioned that he was a farmer of Udimore. He also
named his wife Sarah and her brother John Fuller (1751-?), and his
4 children John, William, Alice wife of John Larkin and Mary wife of
John Bourne. He does not mention his daughter Sarah or whether
she had any children. The witnesses to the will were Richard
Chester, Christopher Collins and William Morfey. His
estate was divided equally between his 4 children and did not amount in
value to more than £800. (Click
here to read a
transcript of his will.)
Mary Godfrey may have been baptised on 16 March 1734/5 in Iden,
Sussex and have been the daughter of Thomas Godfrey and Mary
Fisher. Mary was buried on 10 December 1761 in Udimore.
Fuller was baptised on 29 October 1738 at St. George in
Brede, Sussex. She was the eldest daughter and second child of
Longley (1712-1767). Her youngest sibling was baptised in
Brede in 1755 so it would seem likely she grew up in the parish. Sarah
was buried on 22 March 1809 in Udimore.
The parishes of Udimore and Brede adjoin one another and their churches are
about 4km apart as the crow flies, or about 5km by road. Udimore is to
the east of Brede, and the Udimore parish church is about 1km from the Brede
From about 1750, Thomas farmed Tibbs Farm in Udimore, which is still in
existence and situated on the B2089 Udimore Road. The farm is about
1km east of the Udimore church. From about 1757 Thomas also farmed
Stocks Farm in Udimore. On today's map there is a Stocks Wood located
a short distance from Tibbs Farm. Also from about 1757, Thomas farmed
part of Mr. Waters farm at Sowdens. Sowdens Farm in Brede is
also situated on the B2089 and about 3km west of Tibbs Farm. From
about 1788 Thomas farmed Hounster which was part of the Rye school lands and
also Stocks Farm. By 1793 he was farming Pound, Hounster, Stocks and
Crofts Farms. (Many thanks to Andrew Geering for dates and
place where Thomas farmed.)
Thomas Whiteman and Mary
Godfrey had 2 known children:
An unbaptised infant of Thomas Whiteman was buried on 29 October 1753
Sarah Whiteman was baptised on 3 August 1756 in Udimore. She
may have died before 1805 as she was not mentioned in her father's will.
Sarah married John Weeks, junior by licence on 2 February 1776 in
Udimore. He was then of Peasmarsh and she of Udimore.
Thomas Whiteman and Sarah
Fuller had 5 known children:
was baptised on 24 March 1769 in Udimore. He married twice.
Firstly to Sarah
Mepham in 1797 and then to
widow in 1825. (They have their own page.)
Alice Whiteman was baptised on 2 June 1771 in Udimore.
Ellis Whiteman she married John Larkin by banns on 14 October
1789 in Udimore. John was then a carpenter of Beckley, Sussex.
John was baptised on 7 April 1766 in Beckley and was the son of George
Larkin and Mary Stoneham.
John and Alice had 12 known
Alice Larkin Whiteman was baptised on 29 June 1788 in Udimore.
Did she marry John Newsham on 12 November 1807 in
Udimore, or John
Cogger on 29 October 1816 in Winchelsea, Sussex?
Mary Larkin was baptised on 4 July 1790 in Udimore.
marry Thomas Stoneham by licence on 24 June 1819 in Beckley, or
George Larkin on 14 July 1819 in Rye, Sussex?
Sarah Larkin was baptised on 5 October 1792 in Brightling, Sussex.
Did she marry John Burt on 9 April 1816 in
Northiam, Sussex, or
Thomas Catt on 31 May 1819 in Ewhurst, Sussex, or
on 1 September 1821 in Brede?
James Larkin was baptised on 10 January 1795 in Rye, Sussex.
Did he marry Jane Skinner on 3 July 1815 in Peasmarsh, Sussex, or
Mary Edwards on 7 November 1819 in Rye?
A James Larkins
married Winifred Turner on 16 December 1820 in Brede. He was
born on 3 July 1799 and baptised on 25 August 1799 in Brede, the son of
Joseph Larkins and Elizabeth Coleman. Winney Turner
was baptised on 1 March 1801 in Brede and was the daughter of Thomas
Turner and Whinea Morphey. James and Winifred emigrated to
Australia on board the 'Lady Nugent', arriving at Sydney on 27 November
William Larkin was baptised on 12 May 1797 in Bodiam, Sussex.
He may have died as an infant.
John Larkin was baptised on 11 January 1799 in Bodiam and buried
there on 17 January 1799.
Elizer Larkin would seem to have been baptised twice. Firstly
on 27 May 1800 and then on 16 August 1800, both in Bodiam. As Eliza
Larkin she married William Ranger on 21 October 1818 in Beckley.
John Larkin was baptised on 25 July 1802 in Bodiam.
John married Sarah Ranger on 21 April 1824 in Beckley.
In 1841, the couple and 5 children were living at Newmans in Brede.
John was then said to be a 35 year old agricultural labourer and Sarah was
When the 1851 census was recorded the couple and their daughter Jane were
living in Brede. John was a 48 year old gardener and said he was born
in Beckley. Sarah was 50 years old and also said she was born in
John and Sarah had the following known children:
John Larkin was born about 1827. He was 14 years old
Ann Larkin was born about 1829. She was 12 years old
Harriet Larkin was born about 1831. In 1841 she was
10 years old.
Caroline Larkin was born about 1834. She was 7 years
old in 1841.
Jane Larkin was baptised on Saturday 16
July 1836 in Udimore, at which time her parents were of Brede. In 1841
she was said to be 3 years old. The 1851 census records that she was
13 years old.
Spencer Masters in the second quarter of 1857 in the Rye
Spencer was baptised on 1 February 1835 in
Udimore and was the son of
Benjamin Masters (1808-1886) and
Louisa Larkin was baptised on 8 June 1806 in Beckley, Sussex.
Spencer Larkin was baptised on 20 November 1808 in Beckley.
He was a school master.
Did he first marry Winifred Byrant on
28 February 1829 in Beckley?
married Pheobe Judge on 14 September 1830 in Ticehurst, Sussex.
When the 1841 census was recorded the couple and their 4 children were
living at the Vicarage in Udimore. Their next door neighbour at the
time was the family of
John Noakes. In 1881 Spencer was the Parish Clerk living in
Glebe House, Udimore along with daughter Roasanne Larkin and
housekeeper Sophia Paine who was a 67 year old widow.
Spencer and Pheobe had the following known children:
Louisa Larkin was born about 1832. She was 9 years old in 1841.
Spencer Larkin was born about 1834. In 1841 he was 7 years old.
Ann Larkin was born about 1836. In 1841 she was 5 years old.
Augusta Larkin was born about 1840. She was a year old when the
1841 census was recorded.
Henry Larkin was baptised on 25 May 1811 in Beckley.
Did Henry marry Mary Blunden on 30 December 1830 in
Dallington, Sussex, and/or
Harriet Ridley on 25 March 1831 in Beckley, and/or
Mary Smith on 17 December 1834 at Northiam?
In 1841 Henry and his wife Mary were living at Malthouse in Buck Yard in
Beckley with their 4 children. They were both said to be 30 years old
and Henry was an agricultural labourer.
When the 1851 census was recorded, Henry was a 39 year old widower and he
was living in Beckley along with his 6 children. He was then described
as a parish clerk and his place of birth was given as Beckley.
Henry had the following children:
Hiram Larkin was born about 1831. He was 10 years
old in 1841.
Harriet Larkin was born about 1834 in Beckley. In
1841 she was 8 years old. She was 17 years old in 1851.
Jane Larkin was born about 1835 in Beckley. She
was 6 years old in 1841.
John Larkin was born about 1839 in Beckley. In
1841 he was 3 years old. He was a 12 year old scholar in 1851.
Mary Ann Larkin was born about 1842 in Beckley.
She was a 9 year old scholar in 1851.
Sarah Larkin was born about 1844 in Beckley. She
was a 7 year old scholar in 1851.
Barbara Larkin was born about 1847 in Beckley. In
1851 she was 4 years old.
James Thomas Larkin was born about 1849 in Beckley.
He was 2 years old in 1851.
William Larkin was baptised on 6 December 1813 in Beckley.
was baptised on 25 June 1773 in Udimore. He married
in 1791. (They have their own page.)
Godfrey Whiteman, my 4x Great Grandmother, was baptised on 14 April
1776 in Udimore. She married
in 1796. (They have their own page.)
Stephen Whiteman was baptised on 20 June 1779 in Udimore and buried
there on 13 October 1782.
Many thanks to John Silverson
for additions to this page.
Settlement examination of William Bennett - ref. PAR511/32/4/35
- date: 13 Dec 1771
Scope and Content] born
in Winchelsea where his father was settled; Lady Day 1758 he hired himself
to William Woodhams, the elder, of Udimore for a year and continued
in his service for two years; then hired himself to Thomas Whiteman
of Udimore for a year and continued with him for a year and a half
FILE - Settlement examination of William
Bennett - ref. PAR511/32/4/78 - date: 26 Aug
Scope and Content] Lady
Day 1758 he hired himself as a yearly servant to William Woodhams the
elder of Udimore for a year which he served; then lived another year with
WW, then lived with Thomas Whiteman in Udimore as a yearly servant
and continued there for a year and a half; seven years ago he was married at
Winchelsea to Ann Ball, spinster, by whom he has three children:
Susannah, aged four; Elizabeth, aged 3; and William, aged
1; his wife and children now live with him in Winchelsea
The Sussex marriage index records that William Bennett of Icklesham
and Ann Ball married on 19 February 1770 in Winchelsea.
FILE - Bastardy examination - ref. PAR511/34/1/43
- date: 20 Jun 1815
Scope and Content] Alice
Whiteman, singlewoman, charges William Sheader of Beckley,
FILE - Warrant to arrest William Sheador
of Beckley, labourer - ref. PAR511/34/2/28 -
date: 26 Jun 1815
Scope and Content] father
of the child expected by Alice Whiteman, singlewoman
FILE - Bastardy order - ref. PAR511/34/4/5
- date: 17 Oct 1815
Scope and Content] against
William Sheather of Beckley, labourer, father of the bastard son of
Alice Whiteman born at the workhouse 26 Sep 1815
FILE - Summons for failing to obey bastardy
order - ref. PAR511/34/4/26 - date: 1822
Scope and Content] against
William Sheather father of the bastard son of Alice Whiteman
born at the workhouse
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