Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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Charles WILLARD (1801-1860)

and Mary MOORE (c1809-1833)

and Esther MAPLE (1798-1867)


Charles Willard married twice, firstly to Mary Moore on 9 April 1833 in Pulborough, Sussex.  The witnesses to their marriage were Henry Willard and Ann Willard.  Charles then married Esther Slatter, widow on 7 August 1836 in Thakeham, Sussex.  They were both of Thakeham and both made their X marks.  The witnesses to their marriage were James Mercers (mark) and John Mitchener (signed).  As Esther Maple she had previously married William Slater on 11 October 1815 in West Chiltington, Sussex.  (They were not my direct ancestors.  Charles was the brother of my 3x Great Grandfather, Clement Willard.)

Charles Willard was baptised on 18 January 1801 in Pulborough.  He was the son of John Willard (1773-1846) and Jane Godden (1774-1850).  Charles died aged 57 years (as per the burial register) and was buried on 21 March 1860 in Storrington, Sussex.

Mary Moore was born about 1809.  As Mary Ann Willard she died aged 24 years and was was buried on 4 September 1833 in Pulborough.

Esther Maple was baptised on 1 July 1798 in Billingshurst, Sussex.  She was the daughter of Henry Maple and Mary Standen.  Esther died aged 69 years and was buried as Esther Willard on 1 May 1867 in Storrington.  When the 1861 census was recorded she was a widow, again, and living in West Street, Storrington where she was earning her living as a monthly nurse.

When the 1841 census was recorded the couple and their 2 children and Esther's son, 10 year old George Slater were living at West Wantley Farm in Sullington, Sussex.  Charles was said to be 35 years old and he and his stepson were agricultural labourers.  Hester's age was then recorded as 45 years.  In 1851, Charles was 48 and Esther 53 and they were living in Storrington with their their 2 children.


Charles Willard and Mary Moore had 1 known child:

  1. Mary Willard baptised on 8 September 1833 in Pulborough.  She was 7 years old in 1841 and living with her paternal grandparents.  In 1851 she was a 17 year old servant and housemaid in the home of Thomas Carter, a grocer and draper, in Storrington.


Charles Willard and Esther Maple had 2 known children:

  1. Charles Willard was baptised on 7 August 1836 in Thakeham.  He was 5 years old in 1841.  In 1851 he was a 13 year old agricultural labourer.  When the 1861 census was recorded, he may have been the 22 year old Charles Willard living at 23 Francis Street, Lambeth.  He was then alone and the head of his household, although he was sharing the property with 5 other men, 3 of whom were heads of household, 1 a son and 1 a visitor.  Charles was then a milkman and said he was born in Storrington.

  2. Harriett Willard was born on 15 May 1839 in Thakeham.  She married Charles King in 1866 in Storrington.  (They have their own page.)



At one point I had thought that the above Charles Willard born in 1836 had married Eliza.  The GRO index records that a Charles John Willard married Eliza Kennard in the fourth quarter of 1862 in the Islington registration district.  However, the GRO index also records that a Charles John Willard was born in the quarter of 1839 in the Eastbourne registration district.  I now think it more likely that Eastbourne Charles married Eliza.

Eliza was born about 1830 in Kent.  In 1891 she was a 61 year old widow and monthly nurse living with her son Henry P. at 44 Radno Street in the St. Luke's parish of London.

I have not found Charles and his possible family in the 1871 census.  When the 1881 census was recorded he may have been living at 11 Tabernacle Walk in London where he was Chas. J. Willard a 45 year old gasfitter, born in Sussex.  He was then living with his 50 year old wife Eliza and 3 children.  Also in Tabernacle Walk, in 1881, at number 27, was the family of another Charles Willard aged 59.

Charles and Eliza had 3 known children:

  1. Frederick Willard was born about 1863 in London.  Might his birth have been registered as Frederick William Willard in the second quarter of 1862 or Frederick Charles Willard in the fourth quarter of 1864?  Both births were registered in the Lambeth district.  He was an 18 year old electrician when the 1881 census was recorded.

  2. William Willard was born about 1868 in London.  In 1881 he was a 13 year old scholar.

  3. Henry Percy Willard was born in the first quarter of 1874 in Shoreditch.  In 1881 he was 8 year old Percy Willard and he was a scholar.  In 1891 he was living with his mother and he was a 17 year old furrier's porter.


MOORE          MAPLE          WILLARD

This page was reviewed on 9 April 2012