Ancestors of Mandy Willard
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William SPICER (1809-1868)
and Sophia DIXON (1809-1862)
and Susan MARSH (1813-1867)
and Sopia Dixon were my 3x Great Grandparents.
(Click here to see their place in my pedigree chart.)
were married by banns on Sunday 4
October 1829 at St. Nicholas, Brighton, by the vicar H. M. Wagner.
William Spicer was a bachelor and signed his name, whilst Sophia
Dickson was a spinster and made her X mark. They were both of
Brighton. The witnesses to the marriage were John Pocock
(signed) and Robert Clarke (marked).
was baptised on Monday 19 June 1809 at St. Nicholas, Brighton.
He was the third son and fifth child of
(c1780-?) and Martha
Howell (1778-1813). He died aged 60 years and his death was
registered in the fourth quarter of 1868 in the Brighton registration
district. In 1841 the family
were of 7 Bunkers Hill and of 5 Bunkers Hill in 1851. When the 1861
census was recorded the family were living at 2 Sion Gardens in Brighton and
William was a 51 year old boatman. William married twice.
Sophia Dixon was baptised on Saturday 9 June 1809 at St. Nicholas,
Brighton. She was the second child and eldest daughter of
Dixon (1769-1852) and
Jane Smith (1783-1827). She was a
fisherwoman. When the 1861 census was recorded she was a 51 year old
fish hawkers. Her death was registered in the third quarter 1862 in the
Brighton registration district, when she would have been about 53 years old
and her youngest child aged about 15.
After Sophia's death, William Spicer married
Susan Taylor by banns on Tuesday 7 November 1865 at St. Nicholas,
Brighton. He was a widower aged 56 of 2 Sion Gardens and he
signed his name. She was a widow aged 53 of 51 Russell Street and
she made her X mark. Her father was named as William Marsh a
fisherman. The witnesses were Thomas Harman (marked) and
Isabella Colbran (signed).
Previously as Susanna Marsh she married James
Taylor on 29 October 1838 at St. Nicholas, Brighton. They were
both of full age and both made their X marks. James was a bachelor and
fisherman of 3 Dukes Court, and the son of William Taylor, a
fisherman. Susanna was a spinster of 4 Kent Street, and her father
William Marsh was also described as a fisherman. The witnesses
were John Pocock and William Shelley who both signed their
names. They were married by Thomas Cooke, curate.
Susan Marsh was baptised on 16 May 1813 in
Brighton and was the daughter of William Marsh and Maria Markwick.
She died aged 55 years and her death was registered in the second quarter
1867 in the Brighton registration district.
William Spicer and Sophia Dixon had 10 known children:
was born in about 1828, according to the 1841 census, so may have
been born before his parents marriage. I have not found his baptism
as either a Spicer or a Dixon. He was not living with his parents in
1851 and I have not been able to identify him in the 1881 British census.
(There were 2
other William Spicers born about 1828 in Brighton. In
1851 a 23 year old William Spicer, born Brighton, was living with
wife Catherine aged 24 and born Southwick, at 28 Kensington Place,
Brighton. This William was a Carpenter and the son of
Ashby Spicer (1788-?) who was also a Carpenter and Esther Kent
(c1790-?). He had been baptised on 10 February 1828 and married
Catherine Godley on 17 June 1849.)
John Joshua Spicer was baptised on 3 October 1830 at St. Nicholas,
Brighton. He died in 1877 aged 46 years and his death was registered
in the third quarter in the Brighton registration district. In 1851
he was an unmarried fisherman living with his parents. When the 1861
census was recorded he was a 31 year old fisherman living with his wife
and 3 children at 27 Sun Street, Brighton. In 1871, John, his wife
and daughter were living at 24 Nelson Place in Brighton and he was still a
fisherman. Caroline was then a monthly nurse. Also with them
on census night in 1871 was 39 year old lodger Luke Breach who was
an unmarried groom.
John married Caroline before 1854.
Caroline was born in
Brighton and may have died aged 47
years in 1872. Her age was recorded as 40 years in the 1861 census
and 45 in the 1871.
John and Caroline had 3 known children:
Lucy Spicer was baptised on 27
February 1854 in Brighton. The 1861 census records that she was a 10
year old scholar. The 1871 census records that she was a 17 year old
servant. Lucy married William Joseph
Packham on 3 October 1876 at St. John's in Brighton. He was born
about 1852 and was the son of William John Packham.
John Joshua Spicer was baptised
on 14 October 1857 in Brighton. He was 5 years old in 1861.
John married Louisa Baker by
banns on 21 January 1878 at St. Peter, Brighton. At the time he was
a bachelor aged 23 and fisherman. Louisa was a 29 year old widow,
and the daughter of William Belville a boiler maker. They
were both of 20 Washington Street, Brighton and both signed their names.
The witnesses to the marriage were William Shelley and Lucy
Upton who also both signed their names. They were married by
R. E. H. Raines, curate.
A Louisa Bellville was baptised
on 17 August 1845 at St. Peter, Brighton as the daughter of William
Bellville (c1815-?) and Elizabeth (c1816-?) - therefore, she
was 32 when she
married John who would have been about 20/21. When the 1851 census
was recorded she was 6 years old and living with her parents at 18
Cavendish Place North in Brighton. Her father was then a railway
In 1881 John, aged 25, a
coal labourer and Louisa, aged 30, a laundress, were still at 20 Washington
Street, along with 2 children by Louisa's first marriage and twin sons of
their own. Louisa had previously married Albert Baker in
Elizabeth Jane Spicer was
baptised on 5 May 1858 in Brighton. She was a 3 year old scholar
when the 1861 census was recorded.
was baptised on 23 September 1832 at St. Nicholas, Brighton.
At the time of his baptism the family were living in Russell Street.
He was not living with his parents in 1851. Did he marry
in 1851? (I think this is likely, but need to see their marriage
certificate for the name of his father.) Or perhaps Grace
Harris Geary/Hornsbury in 1851? (Again, I
haven't seen their marriage certificate for Henry's father's name.)
Or even Rosetta Rusbridge before 1862? Another
Henry Spicer was also born in 1832 and another
Henry Spicer was born in 1836.
was baptised on 20 April 1834
at St. Nicholas, Brighton. At the time of her baptism the family
were of Bunkers Hill. In 1851 she was an unmarried laundress living
with her parents.
Sophia married Martin Luther Mills by banns on
20 July 1852 at St. Nicholas, Brighton. At the time Martin was a 21
year bachelor and mariner of 30 Artillery Street and was able to sign his
name. Sophia was an 18 year old spinster of 5 Bunkers Hill and made
her X mark. The witnesses were S. W. Tugwell and Sarah
Honduras Mills who both signed their names. (Witness Sarah was
Martin's half-sister who was baptised in 1833.) They were married by
C. E. Douglas, curate.
Martin and Sophia had 1 known
Sophia Jane Mills was
baptised on 25 February 1853 at St. Nicholas, Brighton.
When the 1861 census was recorded Sophia was a 26 year old married laundry
woman living or staying with her parents on census night. Her name
was entered last, beneath her younger siblings, in the census entry and
her husband was not at the same address.
Sophia died before 1877 as on 26 March 1877 Martin married Rhoda Emily
Tugwell by banns at St. Peter, Brighton. They were both then of
12a Marine Square, Brighton and both able to sign their names.
Martin was a 46 year old widower and mariner, and Rhoda a 25 year old
widow. The witnesses were William Richardson (mark) and
Ellen E. West (signed). They were married by Henry Beverly,
curate. At both marriages Martin's father was named as John Smart
Mills, who in 1852 was an accountant and in 1877 he a deceased
bailiff. Rhoda's father was named as Thomas Rooke a farmer.
In 1881 Martin and Rhoda were living in Bolney, Sussex in the household of his
brother-in-law police constable Joseph Elphick (1840-?).
Martin died aged 62 years in 1893.
was baptised on 5 June 1836 at St. Nicholas, Brighton and buried there on
2 December 1836. He died of small pox and at the time was of
Bunkers Hill, West Street.
Richard Spicer was baptised on 31 December 1837 at St. Nicholas,
Brighton, when his family were living at Bunkers Hill. He died
before the 1891 census was recorded.
Matilda Burrows on 9 May 1867 in London. She was born about 1842
in Eye, Suffolk and was the daughter of William Burrows. In
1871 the couple and their young daughter were living in Pavilion Road,
Chelsea and Richard was with the 1st Life Guards. When
the 1881 census was recorded the family were living at 39 Hadley Street in
London and Richard was a 43 year old carpenter's labourer. In 1891
Matilda was a 49 year old widow living at 17 St. Gabriel Street,
Newington, London along with her daughter Margaret.
Richard and Matilda had 5 known children:
Sophia Spicer was born in 1869 in Surrey. When the 1871
census was recorded she was 3 years old.. She was a 13 year old scholar
at the time of the 1881 census She married Albert Sperry.
He was born about 1852.
William Spicer was born on 2 April 1871 in Chelsea, London.
He died in 1943 in Morden, London. He was a 10 year old scholar in
1881. William married Louisa Blott in 1890. She was
born on 29 December 1870 in London and died in 1973. She was the
daughter of Martin Blott (1848-?) and Louisa Winter
Anthony Spicer was born in 1877. He was 4 years old when the
1881 census was recorded.
Margaret E. Wickford Spicer was born about 1878. She
was 13 years old when the 1891 census was recorded.
Harry Spicer was born in 1879. In 1881 he was 2 years old.
Ashby Spicer was baptised on 4 June 1840 at St. Nicholas, Brighton.
The death of an Ashby Spicer age 54 years was registered in the
fourth quarter of 1895 in the Steyning registration district.
married Catherine Sargant by banns on 17 February 1861 at St.
Nicholas, Brighton. At the time he was a 20 year old bachelor and
baker of 33 Cheapside, London, and he was able to sign his name.
Catherine was a 21 year old spinster of 8 Henry Street, Brighton and made
her X mark. The witnesses to the marriage were William Pelling
and Caroline Sargant who both signed their names. They were
married by W. W. Godden, curate. Catherine was the
daughter of John Sargant. When the 1881 census was recorded,
40 year old Ashby was a baker living in Preston, Sussex along with wife
Catherine aged 40 and 2 children:
born about 1869 in Brighton.
born about 1871 in Brighton.
I have not found Ashby and
Catherine in the 1901 census index. Catherine was baptised on 13
October 1839 in Brighton and was the daughter of John Sargant and
Sarah Holden. At the time of her marriage her father John was
Jane Spicer, my 2x
Great Grandmother, was baptised on 3 July 1842 in Brighton. She
John Simmons Back
(1843-1898) in 1864. (They have their own page.)
George Spicer was baptised on 3
November 1844 at St. Nicholas, Brighton, when the family were again at
Bunkers Hill. He was living with his parents in 1851. In 1861
he was a 14 year old fisherman living at home. I have not found him in the 1881 census.
He may have married Sarah Sargent on 25 December 1866 at St.
Nicholas in Brighton. He was then 22 years old and gave his father's
names as William Spicer. Sarah was 21 years old and the
daughter of George Sargent.
Thomas Spicer was born at
Bunkers Hill and baptised on
16 May 1847 at St. Nicholas, Brighton.
Thomas married Mary Jane Suter
on 2 December 1867 at St. Nicholas, Brighton. At the time he was
aged 23, a bachelor and a fisherman, and signed his name. Mary Jane
was also 23 years old, a spinster and made her X mark. They were
both of 23 Cavendish Street. The witnesses were John Simmons Back
(signed) and Sarah Ann Sayers (mark). (Witness John had
married Thomas's sister Jane in 1864.) They were married by J. A.
Colbeck, curate. (A Sarah Spicer married John Grant
in 1808 and they were at one time living at 22 Cavendish Street.)
In 1881 Thomas was
described as a boatman and was living at 4 West Street Court in Brighton
along with wife Mary Jane and 69 year old widowed mother-in-law, Grace
Suter. Mary Jane may have died before 1901, as when the census
was recorded 56 year old Thomas a sea waterman was living alone in Brighton.
Jane was baptised on 7 September 1847 at St. Nicholas, Brighton and was the daughter of Frank Souter
(or Francis Souter when he married) and Grace
Grinyer. Frank was a bricklayer in 1847 but by 1867 he was a
mariner. (Note, Thomas and Mary Ann's ages at marriage should have
been 20. Have I misread their ages or were they wrongly recorded?
Need to double check!)
1841 census - ?ook's
Row, Broadwater, Sussex (HO107/1085/2, folio 45, page 18)
Elizabeth Nye, 30,
Shoe Binder, born in Sussex
Henry Nye, 7, born
Harriettt Nye, 3,
born in Sussex
25, Blacksmith, born in Sussex
1851 census - 18
Cavendish Pl. North, Brighton, Sussex (HO107/1645, folio 967, page 6)
Head, Mar, 32, Railway Labr, born Sussex Worthing
Wife, Mar, 35, born Sussex Worthing
Daur, U, 16, born Sussex Worthing
Son, 14, Labourers boy, born Sussex Pulboro
Daur, 12, born Sussex Worthing
Daur, 10, born Sussex Worthing
Daur, 8, born Sussex Worthing
Daur, 6, born Sussex Brighton
Son, 4, born Sussex Brighton
Daur, 15 months, born Sussex Brighton
Henry Nye married Elizabeth Nash by banns on 11 November 1833 in
Broadwater, Sussex. They were both then of Broadwater. Henry and
Elizabeth had the following children:
Henry Nye was baptised on 4 October 1835 in Pulborough.
Rebecca Jane Nye was born in 1841 and died in 1881,
aged 40. She was a midwife. Rebecca Jane married
George Bond of Brighton. They had the following daughter:
Maria Ellen Bond was born in February 1872 and died
in 1964. (Many thanks to Denise Payne for
passing on details about Rebecca and her husband and daughter.)
William Belville and Elizabeth Nye married in the second quarter
of 1854 in the Brighton registration district.
to the following for additions to this page:
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This page was last updated on 22 September 2009