Ancestors of Mandy Willard
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and Ann ALFREY (1759-1788)
and Hannah SCUTT (1769-1849)
were my 4x Great Grandparents. (Click
see their place in my pedigree chart.) They married by banns on Friday
25 June 1790 at the parish church of St. Mary's in Billingshurst, Sussex. They
were both of Billingshurst. Richard signed his name and Hannah made
her X mark. The witnesses to their marriage were
(can't quite make out his surname, but
having looked through the registers think it was probably Turner) and
who both signed their names. I don't know if the witnesses were in any
way related to Richard and Hannah.
Richard had previously married
by banns on Monday 24 April 1780 at the parish
church of St. Margaret's in Ditchling, Sussex. Richard was a bachelor of Billingshurst and
Ann a spinster of Ditchling. They both signed their names. The witnesses
to their marriage
were John Alfrey
and they both signed their names. (John
Alfrey may have been Ann's father and
was Ann's sister who had married
on 24 January 1780 in Ditchling.)
Richard and Ann were married by the curate, Edward Peyton. The
banns for Richard and Ann's marriage were published in Billingshurst.
Richard and Ann's signatures from their marriage entry.
Signatures of the witnesses to to Richard and Ann's marriage.
Ann's signature at her sister Mary's marriage on 24 January 1780.
was most probably baptised on Sunday 27 July 1755 in Steyning, Sussex,
which would mean he was the son of
Norris (c1725-1789) and
Penfold (c1730-?). He died aged 70 years and was buried on
Friday 14 April 1826 in Billingshurst.
Richard was a collarmaker.
was born on Thursday 31 May and baptised on
Friday 15 June
1759 in Steyning. She was the daughter of
(c1724-1813). She was buried on Tuesday 18 March 1788 in Billingshurst.
was my 6x Great Grandfather on my
Dadís side, whereas Richard Norris and Hannah Scutt are ancestors on my
was baptised on Sunday 26 March 1769 in Billingshurst. She was the daughter of
Scutt (1726-?) and
Miriam (1734-1817). In 1841 she was
living with her Grandson
(1816-?). Hannah died aged 80 of palsey, on Tuesday 30 January 1849 and was buried on
4 February 1849 in Billingshurst. There is a problem with her death
certificate, as it states she was the wife of
a harness maker, although her death was registered by
who probably muddled the names of Hannah's husband and son.
Richard Norris and Ann
Alfrey had 3 known children:
was baptised on Saturday 31 March 1781 in Billingshurst and buried there on
Tuesday 30 December 1788.
Mary Norris was baptised on
November 1782 in Billingshurst.
Mary may have married
by banns on 20 September 1814 in the
parish church of St. Mary's in Pulborough, Sussex. He was a bachelor and she a spinster. They
were both of Pulborough. The witnesses to their marriage were
(parish clerk). (Thomas Streeter may have
been James's elder brother.)
James may have been the James
Streeter who was baptised on 16 December 1777 in Billingshurst, the son of
That James died aged 76 years in Lancing and was buried on 15 September 1854 in Billingshurst.
The 1841 census records that a 60 year old James Streater was living in
Lancing, Sussex, and he was then a dealer in hops. Also with him on
census night was his 45 year old servant, Ann Sparry. The pair
were still living in Lancing in 1851 and he was then a 73 year old retired
malster and he gave his place of birth as Billingshurst. Ann was a 52
year old servant and she gave her place of birth as Storrington, Sussex. They
were both said to be unmarried. In 1861, 70 year old Ann Sparry,
born in Storrington, was described as mother-in-law and she was living in
Lower Street, Pulborough in the home of 39 year old James Hopkins
and his 41 year old wife Mary Ann, born in London. James
Hopkins married Mary Ann Sparry on 21 June 1843 at
Old Church, St. Pancras, London. In 1871, Ann Sparry
was 75 years old and nearly blind. She was described as mother and was
living with 51 year old James Hopkins, a veterinary surgeon
and 50 year old Mary A. Ann Sparry died aged 74 years
(as per the burial register) and was buried on 22 January 1872 in Pulborough.
Ann may have married James Sparry from Herefordshire.
Mary Ann Sparry may have been born on 13 May 1816 and
baptised on 5 June 1816 in Marylebone, London.
James and Mary had 2 or 3 children:
was baptised on 22 February 1815 in
Pulborough. The baptism register noted that her father was a
Mary married James Hide by banns on 18 May 1834 in West
Tarring, Sussex. She was then a spinster and he a bachelor and
they were both of West Tarring. The witnesses to their marriage
were William Marley and Esther Marley.
James was baptised on 27 August 1811 in Ferring and was the son of
James Hide and Ann Ayling.
When the 1841 census was recorded James aged 20 and Mary aged 25 were
living in North Street, West Tarring. With them on census night
was their young son and 6 year old Mary Mitchell and 60
year old plasterer James Parsons.
In 1851 the couple were living in South Street, West Tarring.
James was then a 39 year old farm labourer and Mary was a 36 year old
laundress. He gave his place of birth as Ferring and she as
Pulborough. With the couple on census night was his 26 year old
married sister Harriet Sayers and her 1 year old son
The 1861 census records that the couple were living at 20 South Street,
West Tarring. James was a 50 year old agricultural labourer and
Mary a 45 year old laundress. Also with the couple was 60 year old
widow, former housekeeper and mother-in-law, Elizabeth Streeter
who had been born in Guildford, Surrey. James's 76 year old mother
and widow, Ann Hide, was living next door at 19 South
Street. Ann then gave her place of birth as Tortington, Sussex.
(In 1871, 76 year old widow Elizabeth Streeter, born in
Guildford, was living at 1 Church Street, West Tarring. She died
aged 83 years and her death was registered in the first quarter of 1878
in the East Preston registration district.)
At the time of the 1871 census the couple were living at 18 South
Street, West Tarring. James was a 59 year old agricultural
labourer and Mary was 56. His 86 year old mother, Ann Hide,
was also living with them.
James and Mary had 1 known son:
James Hide was born in 1841 in West Tarring.
He was a month old when the 1841 census was recorded.
was baptised on 9 November 1817 in Pulborough. The baptism
register noted that her father was a labourer. Sarah died aged 14
years and was buried on 24 October 1831 in Pulborough.
was baptised on 29 January 1825 and again on 20 February 1825 in Pulborough.
The baptism register noted that her father was a labourer. She
died as an infant and was buried on 23 April 1825 in Pulborough.
A Mary Streeter from Billingshurst died aged 31 years and was
buried on 12 February 1825 in Pulborough, therefore, she was born about
1794. Might Mary Streeter, nee
Norris have died soon after the birth of Sarah in 1817 and
James have remarried another Mary sometime before or about 1824?
A James Streeter married Mary Hammond on 2
July 1818 in Sevenoaks, Kent. And another James Streeter
married Mary Allen on 1 August 1819 at St. Leonards in
(A James Streeter married Ann Atfield on 13
September 1820 in Houghton, Sussex. She was then from Storrington and
married with consent of her parents. They had children baptised
between 1821 and 1848.)
was baptised on Monday 4 April 1785 in Billingshurst. She may have been buried on
Monday 12 November 1787 in Billingshurst as
Richard Norris and Hannah
Scutt had 11 known children:
was baptised on 12 November 1790 in
Billingshurst. She may have been buried there on 10 December 1803 as
was baptised on 13 June 1792 in
Billingshurst. She may have been buried there on 26 July 1804 as
Philip Norris was baptised on 25
June 1794 in Billingshurst. He died aged 85 years in the first
quarter of 1878 in the Steyning registration district. Like his father he was a collar
maker and also a harness maker. In 1848 he was described as a sadler.
Philip married Avice Piper by
banns on 17 May 1815 in the parish church of Billingshurst. He was a
bachelor and signed his name as Phillip Norris. She was a spinster
and made her X mark. They were both of Billingshurst. The witnesses
to their marriage were
William Stening and
James Champion who both signed
Avice was baptised on 1 June 1788 in Wisborough Green,
Sussex and was the daughter of William
Piper and Ann.
In 1841 the
family were living in Billingshurst, and 26 year old
Harriett Whiting was visiting.
The 1851 census records Philip and Avice were living in Billingshurst
village along with their 8 year old grandson Richard Norris.
Philip and Avice had 6 known children:
Richard Norris was baptised on 10
March 1816 in Billingshurst. He married Rhoda. The
had at least 1 known child:
Thomas James Norris was baptised on 4 November 1838 in
Wisborough Green, Sussex. A Thomas James Norris married
in the second quarter of 1868 in the Lewes registration district.
Ann Norris was baptised on 12
July 1818 in Billingshurst, on the same day as her cousin Lucy
Burchell. The death of an Ann Norris aged 75 was
registered in the first quarter of 1894 in the Steyning district.
Ann had an illegitimate son:
Richard Kempsell Norris was baptised on 20 November 1842 in
At that time his mother was a servant of Billingshurst. His birth was registered as Richard Kempshill
Norris in the third quarter of 1842 in the Petworth registration district. He
died aged 53 years and his death was registered as Richard
Kempshall Norris in the first quarter of 1896 in the Horsham
district. He was an 8 year old scholar in 1851 and he was then
living with his maternal grandparents.
As Richard Kempshell Norris he married
Caroline Shepperd on 29 December 1869 in Stanmer, Sussex..
When the 1881 census was recorded he was a married policeman living in
the Police Station at Patcham, Sussex, along with his widowed mother
Ann Norris aged 50 (surely this should be 62?), daughter Ann
Norris aged 9 and 6 year old son Thomas Norris.
was baptised on 15 August 1841 in Great Bookham,
Surrey and was the daughter of Thomas Shepherd and Barbara.
When the 1881 census was recorded, 40 year old, married, Caroline
Norris, born in Surrey, was a visitor in the home of Jasper
Steer (56) and his wife Jane Steer (60) at Vine Cottage,
East Street, Billingshurst. The death of a Caroline Norris
aged 40 was registered in the third quarter of 1881 in the Steyning
An Ann Norris was a witness to the marriage William Hills
and Elizabeth Bennett on 24 December 1842 in Billingshurst.
Ann may also have witnessed her brother Charles's marriage in 1848.
Jane Norris was baptised on 11
June 1821 in Billingshurst, on the same day as her aunts Hannah
Norris and Caroline Norris, and her aunt Susan Norris
married on that day.
Jane married Francis Coleman by banns
on 4 June 1848 in Billingshurst. He was then aged 34, a widower
and a hoopmaker of Billingshurst. His father was named as
George Coleman a hoopmaker. Jane was aged 28 and a spinster of
Billingshurst. Francis made his X mark and Jane signed her name.
The witnesses to the marriage were George Coleman and Harriet
Coleman who both signed their names. Francis may have
previously married Elizabeth Fuller on 24 July 1837 in
Charles Norris was baptised on 20
April 1823 in Billingshurst.
Charles married Harriet Holden by
banns on 26 February 1848 in Billingshurst. He was then aged 25, a
bachelor and a labourer of Billingshurst. She was aged 19 and a
spinster of Billingshurst. Her father's name was not recorded on
their marriage certificate. Charles and Harriet both made their X
marks. The witnesses to the marriage were James Holden and
Harriet was baptised on 8 February 1829 in
Billingshurst and was the daughter of Eliza Holden.
In 1881 the couple were living at 64 William Street in Brighton where
Charles was stableman and Harriet a needlewoman. They had living
with them then a lodger, 25 year old Lewis Evans who was an
unmarried carpenter journeyman who had been born in Lewes, Sussex.
Solomon Norris was baptised on 27
January 1828 in Billingshurst. The death of a Solomon Norris
aged 36 was registered in the second quarter of 1866 in the Cuckfield
William Norris was baptised on 19
April 1829 in Billingshurst. He died aged 61 in the fourth quarter
of 1890 in the Steyning district.
William married Esther Cooper in the first quarter of 1857 in the
Thakeham registration district. In the 1881 census he was recorded as a 49 year old
groom living at New Row, Steyning along with wife 49 year old wife
Esther and 3 children Avis, Sarah and Thomas.
In 1891 Esther and Thomas were living together at Castle Row, Steyning.
She was then a charwoman.
The death of Esther Norris aged
67 was registered in the second quarter of 1897 in the Steyning
district. She was born in Tarring, Sussex.
Esther had 3 or 4 known children:
Avis Norris was baptised on 17 January 1858 in Steyning.
She was a general servant in 1881. She married James Turrell
on 6 March 1886 in Steyning. She was then said to be 24 and he
28 years old. When the 1891 census was recorded the couple were
living in Castle Row, Steyning, a few doors away from her widowed
mother. He was then a 29 year old plumber and painter and she was 33.
Philip Norris was born in the first quarter of 1860 in Steyning.
He was baptised on 15 April 1860 in Steyning.
Sarah Jane Norris was born in the second quarter of 1862 in Steyning. She was baptised on 18 May 1862 in Steyning. She
was a general servant in 1881. She married George Durrant
on 24 December 1890 in Steyning. She was then said to be 26 and
he 28 years old. When the 1891 census was recorded the couple
were living in Hurstpierpoint and he was a 26 year old gardener and
she was aged 29.
Thomas William Norris was born in the second quarter of 1876 in Steyning. In 1881 he was described as the son of William and
Esther, but in the 1891 census he was Esther's Grandson. He was
a shepherd and agricultural labourer.
was baptised on 26 December 1796 in
was a witness to the 1823 marriage
of Hannah Norris - did Rebecca marry and Overington? No
possible marriage has been found in the Sussex Family History Group's
marriage index or the IGI.
was baptised on 8 June 1800 in
Billingshurst, but she may have been born 2 years earlier. She married
as his second wife in 1815. (They have their own page.)
was baptised on 1 June 1800 in
Billingshurst. In 1824 John was a collarmaker, but in 1826 he was a
by banns on 19 November 1823 in the parish
church of Billingshurst. He was a bachelor and signed his name as Jon
Norris. She was a spinster and made her X mark. They were both of
Billingshurst. They married with the consent of parents. The witnesses
who both signed their names. (William Burchell was probably John's
Mary was baptised on 10 November 1805 in Billingshurst
and was the daughter of
John and Mary had 2 known children:
was baptised on 23 May 1824 in Billingshurst.
was baptised on 12 March 1826 in
In 1881 John and Mary were living in New
Shoreham and he was an 80 year old harnessmaker and she a 75 year old
Norris, my 3x Great
Grandmother, was baptised on 13 June 1802 in Billingshurst. She married
Hoadley in 1821. (They have
their own page.)
Mary Ann Norris
was baptised on 29 August 1804 in
was born about 1806 and baptised on 11
June 1821 in Billingshurst aged 14 years. She married
in 1823. (They have their own page.)
Thomas Richard Norris
was, according to the IGI, born on
10 February 1809 in Billingshurst, but the original source of this data
has not be found.
Caroline Norris was born about 1812
and baptised on 11 June 1821 in Billingshurst aged 9 years. She had an
Caroline Norris was baptised on
31 March 1833 in Billingshurst.
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