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William MOREN (c1763-1831)

and Elizabeth SMITH (1766-1815)


William Moren and Elizabeth Smith were my 5x Great Grandparents.  (Click here to see their place in my pedigree chart.)  They married by banns on 31 October 1790 in Wadhurst, Sussex.  They were both of Wadhurst and signed their names.  The witnesses were Charles Moren and Thomas Cooper.  The banns were published at Wadhurst on 10, 17 and 24 October 1790.  Charles Moren may have been William’s brother or father, and Thomas Cooper was probably a Church Warden.  At the time of their marriage William was aged about 27-29 and Elizabeth about 24.

William Moren may have been born about 1761-3.  He was probably the son of 5 69 Charles Moren (c1725-1802) and 5 69 Anne Wells (c1738-1815).  He died aged 69 years in Wadhurst and was buried on 26 May 1831 in Wadhurst.  He was a labourer and a farmer.  His will was dated 2 May 1829 and proved on 12 September 1831 - click here to read my transcript of his will.  At the time he made his will he was living at Wickhurst Farm in Wadhurst, which is north of the village and near the border with Lamberhurst parish.

A cricket match was played in Wadhurst on 9 June 1788 - I wonder if William played or went along to watch?

Elizabeth Smith was baptised on 24 August 1766 in Wadhurst.  She was the daughter of 5 158 Thomas Smith (1742-1827) and 5 158 Grace Hill (c1745-1793).  She died aged 48 years in Wadhurst and was buried on 7 January 1815 in Wadhurst.  The burial register records that she was the wife of William Moren.


Did William or his brother Charles Moren, father a daughter by Mary Avard

  1. Mary Moren Avard was baptised on 17 March 1782 in Wadhurst.

Charles named a daughter Mary in 1793.  Mary Avard was baptised in January 1760 in Wadhurst and was the daughter of Edward Avard and Mary SmithMary Smith was the sister of Thomas Smith who was the father of Elizabeth Smith married to William Moren.  Therefore, Mary Avard and Elizabeth Smith were cousins.


William Moren and Elizabeth Smith had 6 known children:

  1. 5 67 Elizabeth Moren, my 4x Great Grandmother, was baptised on 16 January 1791 in Wadhurst.  She married Nicholas Barham in 1808.  (They have their own page.)

  2. Fanny Moren was born on 19 March and baptised on 14 April 1793 in Wadhurst.

    Fanny married Evenden Hiscock by banns on 14 October 1810 in Wadhurst.  They were both of Wadhurst and Evenden signed his name whilst Fanny made her X mark.  The witnesses to the marriage were Charles Moren and John Cooper who both signed their names.  Charles’s signature looks pretty much like that of the Charles Moren who married Harriet Hunt on 19 August 1810 in Wadhurst, and this Charles was the son of Charles Moren and Mary Kennard, therefore, he and Fanny may have been cousins.

    Evenden was baptised on 7 September 1782 in Salehurst, Sussex and was the son of Joshua Hiscock (1735-?) and Ann Noakes (1744-?).  He died aged 91 years and was buried on 20 January 1874 in Wadhurst.

    When the 1841 census was recorded Evenden and Fanny were living at White Gates in Wadhurst along with 2 servants:  Albert Kitchenham and Elizabeth Pack who were both said to be 15 years old, but there ages had probably been rounded down.  Evenden was then a farmer.  By the time of the 1851 census the couple were living at Sparrows Green in Wadhurst and he was a yeoman.  They were living in Sparrows Green Road by the time of the 1861 census and Evenden was a retired farmer.

  3. William Moren was born on 30 June and baptised on 28 July 1799 in Wadhurst.  When the 1851 census was recorded he was a 51 year old farmer of 250 acres living at Wickhurst in Wadhurst (where his father had been living in 1829) along with wife Mary.  Their surname was recorded as Moun in the 1851 census index.  He then employed 14 people and living with couple were Ruth Kemp a 16 year old house servant, Samuel Kemp a 19 year old carter and Henry Hall a 16 year old carter's mate - all 3 were single.  In 1841 a William Moren aged 40 was living with Mary Moren aged 30 at Cade Street, Heathfield.  He may have died aged 66 years at Penshurst and have been buried on 14 October 1865 in Wadhurst.  He may have married Sophia Sheather by banns on 15 May 1823 in Wadhurst, but he also had a cousin William Moren born in 1799.  At the time of William and Sophia’s marriage they were both of Wadhurst, he signed his name whilst Sophia made her X mark.  The witnesses were Charles Moren (signed) and Sarah Sheather (mark).

  4. John Moreland was born on 18 March baptised on 24 March 1802 in Wadhurst.  As John Moren he married Mary Tompsett by banns on 29 June 1823 in Wadhurst.  They were both of Wadhurst.  John was a bachelor and signed his name and Mary was a spinster and made her X mark.  The witnesses were Joseph Moren and Thomas Cooper who both signed their names.  Mary may have died aged 62 years in Edenbridge, Kent and have been buried on 10 January 1863 in Wadhurst.

  5. Joseph Moren was baptised on 28 December 1805 in Wadhurst.

    Joseph married Ann Simcock by licence on 28 February 1829 at St. Luke's in Chelsea, London.  He was then described as a bachelor of Wadhurst and she a spinster of the parish of St. Luke.

    Joseph and Ann had 3 known children:

    1. William Moren was baptised on 11 March 1832 in Ticehurst, Sussex.  He died aged 7 months and was buried on 7 September 1832 in Wadhurst.

    2. Ann Moren was baptised on 11 August 1833 in Ticehurst.

    3. Sarah Moren was baptised on 16 January 1836 in Ticehurst.

  6. Ruth Moren was baptised on 23 January 1812 in Wadhurst.


MOREN          SMITH