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Thomas WILLARD (c1811-1865)

and Louisa ISAACS (1816-1902)

 

Thomas Willard and Louisa Isaac married on 5 March 1835 at the parish church of St. Dunstan in Stepney, London.  She was then of the parish of St. Mary's, Islington.  The witnesses to their marriage were Joseph Higgins and Elizabeth Higgins (ref. Jeff Thomas).  (They were not my direct ancestors.)

Thomas Willard was born about 1811-2 in Chichester, Sussex, as per the details he gave at the time of the 1851 census, but so far no possibly baptism has been found for him in the Chichester area (see below for some possible parents).  He died aged 54 years on 27 December 1865 at 147 Edmund Road, Bethnal Green (according to his death certificate) or Edmund Street, Bow (according to the Tower Hamlets Cemetery records) (ref. Jeff Thomas).  He was buried on 2 January 1866 (ref. Jeff Thomas).  He worked for Customs and Excise.

Louisa Isaacs was baptised on 7 January 1816 in Ringwood, Hampshire.  She was the daughter of John Isaacs and Dorothy (possibly Dorothy King).  She died aged 86 years on 8 March 1902 at St. Olave's Infirmary, Lower Road, Rotherhithe (ref. Jeff Thomas).  Her death certificate said workhouse but the census describes it as a hospital (ref. Jeff Thomas).  When the 1881 census was recorded, she was a needle woman living with the family of her daughter Elizabeth.

In 1840 and March 1844, Thomas was a Licensed Victualler; in July 1844 he was a weigher in the Customs; in 1851/1852/1865 a Custom House Clerk (ref. Jeff Thomas).

At the time of the 1851 census the family were living at 2 Harlow Place in Stepney, Mile End.  Their other addresses were:  1844, 27 Charles Street, Globefield, Stepney and 1 Ann Street, Mile End Old Town, Stepney; 1852, 2 Bartholomew Place, Bethnal Green; and in 1854 Skidmore Street, Stepney (ref. Jeff Thomas).

 

Thomas Willard and Louisa Isaacs had the following children:

  1. Louisa Catherine Willard was born on 20 June 1835 and baptised on 15 July 1835 at St. Saviours in Southwark, Surrey.  She most probably died as an infant.

  2. Thomas Willard was born about 1839 in the parish of St. Giles, Middlesex.  He was 12 years old in 1851.

  3. Emily Willard was born on 24 September 1840 at 82 Upper Ground Street, Blackfriars (ref. Jeff Thomas).  She died in 1929 in Charlton (ref. Jeff Thomas).  She was 10 years old when the 1851 census was recorded.

    Emily married William Francis Hale on 14 October 1861 in East Wickham (ref. Jeff Thomas).

    William was born on 14 October 1835 in Powis Street, Woolwich and baptised on 24 May 1835 at St. Mary's in Woolwich (ref. Jeff Thomas).  He was the son of George Hale (1807-1871) and Ann Elliott (1805-?) (ref. Jeff Thomas).  He died in 1914 in Charlton (ref. Jeff Thomas).  William was a marker out at the Royal carriage dept at the Woolwich Arsenal (ref. Jeff Thomas).

    William and Emily had the following children (all details ref. Jeff Thomas):

    1. Charles Hale was born on 9 November 1862 in Woolwich.  He died in 1946.  Charles married Janet.

    2. William John Hale was born on 22 December 1864 in Woolwich.  William married Julia Mackenzie.

    3. Herbert Hale was born on 21 March 1870 in Woolwich and baptised on 4 April 1880 at St. Mary's in Woolwich..  Herbert married Annie.

    4. Marion Annie was born on 22 April 1872 in Woolwich and baptised on 4 April 1880 at St. Mary's in Woolwich.  She died in 1962.

    5. Henry Willard Hale was born on 9 September 1874 in Woolwich and baptised on 4 April 1880 at St. Mary's in Woolwich.  He died in 1929.

    6. Florence Lilian Hale was born on 18 October 1876 and baptised on 4 April 1880 at St. Mary's in Woolwich.  She died in 1974 in Poole, Dorset.  Florence married George Woodard on 16 August 1896 in Enfield.

    7. Henrietta Beatrice Hale was born on 24 January 1878 in Woolwich and baptised on 4 April 1880 at St. Mary's in Woolwich.  She died in 1960.

    8. Kate Louise Hale was born on 19 November 1884 in Woolwich.  She was known as Kit.  She died in 1976 in Australia.

  4. Louisa Willard was born in 1842 and died on 23 March 1844 (ref. Jeff Thomas).

  5. Jane Elizabeth Willard was born on 9 July 1844 and baptised on 15 December 1852 at St. Mary's, Rotherhithe, London.  In 1851 she was 6 years old.

  6. Marian Willard was born on 28 February 1846 and baptised on 15 December 1852 at St. Mary's, Rotherhithe.  The 1851 census records that she was 5 year old Mary A. Willard.

  7. Emma Dorothy Willard was born on 22 April 1848 and baptised on 15 December 1852 at St. Mary's, Rotherhithe.  In 1851 she was 3 years old.

    Emma married Alfred Bowden in the second quarter of 1873 in the Holborn district.

    When the 1881 census was recorded the couple were living alone at 12 Pakenham Street in London and Alfred was a carriage builder.

  8. Robert Willard was born on 9 January 1850 and baptised on 15 December 1852 at St. Mary's, Rotherhithe.  He was a year old when the 1851 census was recorded.

  9. John Willard was born on 22 April 1852 and baptised on 15 December 1852 at St. Mary's, Rotherhithe.

  10. Elizabeth Louise Willard was born in about 1854 in Mile End, Middlesex.

    Elizabeth married Arthur Austin Alger in the third quarter of 1873 in the Mile End registration district.  His birth was registered in the third quarter of 1848 in the Stepney district.

 

Many thanks to the following for additions to this page:

Jeff Thomas          Marianne Watts

 

 

1851 census -2 Harlow Place, Stepney, Mile End Old Town, Middlesex (HO107/1553, folio 378, page 5)

Thomas Willard, Head, Mar, 39, Custom Clerk, born Chichester, Sussex

Louisa Willard, Wife, Mar, 34, his wife, born Ringwood, Hants

Thomas Willard, Son, U, 12, born St. Giles, Mdx

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Emily Willard, Daur, U, 10, born Christ Church, Surrey

Jane E Willard, Daur, U, 6, born Mile End, Midx

Mary A Willard, Daur, U, 5, born Mile End, Midx

Emma D Willard, Daur, U, 3, born Rotherhithe, Surrey

Robert Willard, Son, U, 1, born Mile End, Midx

 

 

If Thomas Willard's age at death was correct, i.e. 54 in December 1865, then he was born before December 1811.  If his age of 39 years recorded in the 1851 census taken on the night on 30 March was correct, then he was born between 31 March 1811 and 30 March 1812.  Both ages are consistent with him having been born between April and December 1811.  So who might his parents have been?

In the 1851 census he gave his place of birth as Chichester, Sussex (his wife's place of birth was then recorded as Ringwood in Hampshire and her baptism has been found in that parish).  Given that his wife correctly identified her place of birth, we can reasonably assume Thomas also gave his correct place of birth, but he may have been born in one of the smaller villages surrounding the city.

The Sussex marriage index lists the following marriages of possible parents:

  1. Robert Willard and Martha Standege (Standhedge in the Bishop's transcripts) married on 7 October 1793 in Clapham, Sussex.  They were both then of Clapham.  Witnesses to their marriage were Henry Riddle and James Page.

  2. John Willard and Jane Godding (Goddard in the marriage licence) married on 7 November 1793 in West Chiltington, Sussex.  (They were my 4x great grandparents.)  Of their several children, they had a son named Thomas born in 1805 who went on to marry and raise his own family in Pulborough, Sussex.  Therefore, this couple could not have been the parents of Thomas born in Chichester in 1811.

  3. William Willard and Mary Clark married on 27 July 1801 in Littlehampton.  He was a bachelor and she a widow and they were both of Littlehampton.  The witnesses to their marriage were Ruth Laggett and Richard Heward.

    William and Mary had 2 known daughters:

    1. Lucy Willard was baptised on 22 May 1802 at St. Mary's in Littlehampton

    2. Mary Willard was baptised on 21 January 1806 at St. Mary's in Littlehampton.

  4. James Willard and Mary Elliott married on 20 February 1806 in Upper Beeding, Sussex.

  5. Charles Willard and Mary Andrew married on 20 October 1806 in Upper Beeding, Sussex.

  6. James Willard and Jane Woolven married on 6 September 1808 in West Grinstead, Sussex.  They were both then of West Grinstead.  The witnesses to their marriage were Susanna Stringer and William Gratwick.

    There were no Willard baptisms in West Grinstead, nor does the IGI seem to list any children for this couple.

    James was baptised on 13 March 1785 in Warnham, the son of Willard Willard (1757-1831) and Leah Jay (1761-1817).

    Jane was baptised on 4 November 1782 in West Grinstead, the daughter of John Woolven (c1752-1815) and Sarah Lelliot (1755-1823).

    I don't think James and Jane were the parents of 1811 Thomas.

  7. William Willard and Charlotte Collins married by licence on 14 January 1812 in Aldingbourne, Sussex.  (They have their own page.)

    I don't think William and Charlotte were the parents of 1811 Thomas, my reasons being:  their daughter Harriet was baptised 6 months after they married, therefore, Charlotte was at least 3 months pregnant when they married; if they were the parents of Thomas why did they not marry when he was the on the way, after all they would have both been over 21 and free to marry without parental consent; if Charlotte was expecting an illegitimate child, then presumably if she was living away from her home parish, she would have been packed off by the overseers of which ever parish back to Aldingbourne - this is just my opinion.

 

There is also the possibility that Thomas was illegitimately born.  The following are the marriages of some Willard girls:

  1. Jemima Willard married John Killick by banns on 12 May 1813 in Warnham, Sussex.  She was a spinster and he a bachelor and they were both of Warnham.

  2. Philadelphia Willard married Henry Cooper on 31 July 1814 in Sullington, Sussex.  She was then a spinster of Storrington and he was a bachelor.

  3. Mary Ann Willard married Jacob Nash on 9 December 1820 at St. Andrew's in Chichester.  She was a spinster and he a widower and they were both of the parish of St. Andrew's.

 

ISAACS          WILLARD

This page was reviewed on 9 April 2012