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Thomas WOOLVEN (1686-1757)

and Ann MITCHELL (c1690-?)


Thomas Woolven and Ann Mitchell were my 7x Great Grandparents.  (Click here to see their place in my pedigree chart.)  They married on 23 October 1716 in West Grinstead, Sussex.

Thomas Woolven may have been baptised twice, first on 20 July 1686 and then  baptised on 7 September 1686 in West Grinstead.  He was the son of Richard Woolven (1651-1710) and Ann Cripps (1650-1707).  (There was also a Thomas Woolvyn baptised on 10 December 1686 in West Grinstead, the son of Ralph Woolvyn and Elizabeth Batchelor.)  Thomas was buried on 19 May 1757 and it was noted in the burial register that he was Thomas Woolven, senior - his son, Thomas, was buried a week later on 27 May 1757.

Ann Mitchellís date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me.


Thomas Woolven and Ann Mitchell had 3 known children:

  1. Zilpah Woolvin was baptised on 9 January 1717/8 in West Grinstead.

    Zilpah married William Martin by licence on 19 January 1741/2 in West Grinstead.  She was then of West Grinstead and he of Wiston.

    Zilpah may have died between 1755 and 1757 as on 15 September 1757, William Martin married Jane Luckin in Wiston.  But the marriage entry does not recorded whether he was a widower.

    William and Zilpah had 9 known children:

    1. Ann Martin was baptised on 26 November 1742 in Wiston.

    2. Mary Martin was baptised on 15 June 1744 in Wiston.  She had an illegitimate daughter:

      1. Zilpha Martin was baptised on 28 April 1766 in Wiston.

    3. Richard Martin was baptised on 11 October 1745 in Wiston.

      Richard married Jane Ellis by licence on 20 June 1777 in Wiston.  He was then a bachelor of Wiston and she a spinster of West Grinstead.  The witnesses to the marriage were William Martin and Edward Luckin.

      The couple had 4 known children:

      1. Eleanor Martin was baptised on 14 January 1779 in Wiston.

      2. Jane Martin was baptised on 15 April 1787 in Wiston.

      3. Eleanor Martin was baptised on 1 February 1789 in Wiston.

      4. Thomas Martin was baptised on 16 May 1790 in Wiston.

    4. Ann Martin was baptised on 1 January 1746/7 in Wiston.

    5. William Martin was baptised on 11 June 1748 in Wiston.

    6. Zilpha Martin was baptised on 3 March 1750 in Wiston.

      Zilpha married James Dumbrill by banns on 17 May 1768 in Wiston.

      James was born about 1743 in Ashurst and was the son of William Dumbrill (1713-1801) and Elizabeth Thompson.  James was buried on 30 May 1828 in Ashurst.

      The couple had 9 known children:

      1. William Dumbrill was born about 1768 in Ashurst.

      2. Elizabeth Dumbrill was born and died in 1770 in Ashurst.

      3. Zilpha Dumbrill was baptised on 19 May 1771 in Ashurst.  She married John Lelliott in 1793.  (They have their own page.)

      4. Anne Dumbrill was born about 1773 in Ashurst.

      5. James Dumbrill was born about 1774 in Ashurst.

      6. Elizabeth Dumbrill was born about 1775 in Ashurst.

      7. Bett Dumbrill was baptised on 14 September 1777 in Ashurst.

      8. Sarah Dumbrill was born about 1782 in Ashurst.

      9. Henry Dumbrill was baptised on 3 February 1788 in Ashurst.  He died on 9 March 1870 in Ashurst.

    7. Elizabeth Martin was baptised on 13 March 1751/2 in Wiston.

    8. Thomas Martin was baptised on 15 May 1753 in Wiston.

    9. Elizabeth Martin was baptised on 21 February 1755 in Wiston.  She had an illegitimate son:

      1. William Martin was baptised on 25 February 1776 in Wiston.

  2. Thomas Woolvin, my 6x Great Grandfather, was baptised on 16 December 1719 in West Grinstead.  He married Mary Neeve in 1746.  (They have their own page.)

  3. John Woolvin was baptised on 10 March 1725 in West Grinstead.  He married Mary Comber in 1749.  (They have their own page.)




Given that Zilpha is an unusual name, I assume the following was somehow connected to the above family:

Zilpah Woolven was baptised on 15 February 1767 in West Grinstead, the daughter of Thomas and Ann Woolven

The Sussex Family History Group's marriage index does not record a marriage of Thomas and Ann between 1740 and 1770.  Could it be that Ann should be Mary? And that the Thomas born in 1719 was the father of Zilpah born in 1767?  However, Thomas and Mary had a son baptised in April 1766.  And Thomas and Ann seem to have had a son, Peter, baptised in 1771 and others after that.  So I don't think 1767 Zilpah's father was the one born in 1719.  I think it more likely that Thomas was born around about 1740 and the IGI does give the baptism of Thomas Woolvin on 6 January 1742/3 in West Grinstead, but his parent's names were not recorded.  It would also seem unlikely that 1742 Thomas was the son of either 1719 Thomas or 1724 John, as mentioned above, as they both went on to have sons named Thomas.  Nor could he be the illegitimate son of 1717 Zilpha as she married just before his baptism and also named a son Thomas.  Might Thomas and Ann who married 1716 have had other children, and, therefore, could 1742 Thomas have been their Grandson?