Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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The MARSH Family of Sussex


So far, I do not have any known Marsh ancestors of my own, but I do have one convoluted link.


According to the IGI, Susan Marsh was baptised at St. Nicholas in Brighton, Sussex on 13 May 1813.  She was the daughter of William Marsh and Maria Markwick who had married on 31 December 1798, also in Brighton.  Susan died in 1867.  Her father William was a Fisherman and she married 2 Fishermen.  Her first husband was James Taylor, whom she married on 29 October 1838.  Her second husband was my 3x Great Grandfather William Spicer (1809-1868), whom she married on 7 November 1865.  Both marriages took place at St. Nicholas in Brighton.  Both her husbands were the sons of Fisherman, i.e. William Taylor and Richard Spicer.

It would appear that Susan had a brother named Francis Marsh, a Fisherman, who was baptised on 8 December 1806 at St. Nicholas.  This date has been checked against the original register and records that Francis was the son of William Marsh and MariaFrancis married Ann May on 19 June 1827 in Brighton, and they were the ancestors of David, who like me, is now a Bexhill-on-Sea resident (as at May 2004).  Ann was baptised on 31 December 1809, also at St. Nicholas and was the daughter of Edward May and BarbaraEdward had married Barbara MacNabb, widow on 16 October 1801.  Previously as Barbara Harman she had married James MacNabb on 16 July 1798.  Both marriages at St. Nicholas.  And, the Harman's were also Fishermen.

The IGI also records other children of William Marsh and Maria Markwick, but there seem to be some discrepancies and it will be necessary to check the original register to confirm details.

I am curious about the above families, as in researching them I may find out more about my own Brighton Fishermen ancestors, namely the Spicers and Howells.  I also have a much earlier Markwick ancestor from Wadhurst, Sussex and a possible a Markwick ancestor from Ticehurst, Sussex.