was born in about 1814/5 and according to his marriage certificate he was
the son of William Stillaway.
On the census for 1851 through to 1881 he gave his place of birth as
Henfield, but he doesn't appear to have been baptised there. He
(1821-1858) and thanks to Marion Woolgar my/our Woolgar ancestry goes
back to the 1500's.
Stillaway or Stilve, who may have been Samuel's father, was
born in 1774 in Henfield and was the son of
(1746-?). He married twice. Firstly to
and then to my possible 4x Great Grandmother
who was a widow when she married William.
William senior, would seem to have been baptised as William Cobby in
Northchapel, Sussex in 1737, the son of William Cobby and
Elizabeth Nowel. He died aged 84 years and was buried in
Northchapel in 1819, as William Stillwell alias Cobb.
In 1814 a Removal Order was issued to remove William Stillaway
otherwise Cobby from Henfield, Sussex to Northchapel, Sussex.
I have no idea how or why the surname came to be recorded as Stilve
in the Henfield parish registers and then changed to Stillaway.
I have not found any other Stilve families, but there are some earlier
Stillaway families in Sussex, Hampshire and Surrey. It is also the
possible that Stillaway is a corruption of the more popular
Stillwell. But why the change from Cobby to Stillaway?
In 1800 Joseph Stillaway, son of William Stilve/Stillaway
and Mary Ward, married by licence, which stated that he was "Joseph
Stilloway, alias Cobby, alias Ward of Wivelsfield".
On 2 August 1827 a George Stilway married Harriet Baker by
banns in Up Marden, Sussex. He was a bachelor and she a spinster and
they were both of Up Marden. The witnesses were John Bettesworth
and Charles Cobbe, senior.
Family Group Pages
(1850-1922) and Hannah Matilda Harding (c1853-1921)
(1789-1871) and Sarah Barnett (1791-1839)
(1775-1837) and Elizabeth Peters (c1783-1862)
(1803-1877) and Ann Hannell (c1803-1868)
(1834-1886) and Sarah Ann Courtney (1834-1913)
(1792-1877) and Frances Chatfield (?-?)
(1817-1885) and Hetty Elliott (1820-1899)
(c1700-1763) and Elizabeth Till (c1705-?)
Stillaway (1837-1915) and Jane Batchelor (1840-1902)
Samuel Stillaway (c1814-1887) and Ruth
alias Cobby (1737-1819) and Mary Ward
William Stillaway (1774-1818)
and Elizabeth Woodley (c1775-1811) and
(c1830-1901) and Elizabeth Green (1830-1895)
(1848-1925) and Ellen Foice (1849-1937)
(1849-1892) and Sarah Buckman (1849-1889)
William Stillaway (1866-1939) and Lily
William Tullett (1891-1956) and Annie Elsie Stillaway (1898-1985)
Silverson (1850-1935) and Eliza Stillaway (1846-1908)
An Interesting Story
The following has
been passed on to me by Susan Brignall, nee Stillaway:
"A story I had
been told by my father, and a couple of other cousins were told similar
tales, was that the name Stillaway was taken by a Nobleman who was the blacksheep of the family and had run away from home. His correct name was
Warner Cobbett (although if I remember rightly the names my cousins
had were slight variations of this) there again this is not miles away from
Ward and Cobby! Like the 'Chinese Whispers' game it could well have
changed. I had dismissed this story as a bit of a yarn passed down by my
grandfather. As now all my aunts and uncles have died there is no one to
verify this tale."
I have been told
that in the 19th and 20th Centuries there were Stilve families in Latvia and
doing a search of the web I see the name occurs in many Russian web sites.
I have also been told by a current day descendant (as at 2002) of the
Latvian Stilves, that they understood the surname to have had French
You may like to try entering Stilve into the
Surname Navigator to see just how few Stilves are mentioned on the web.
It has been pointed out to me that in French the "e" with an accent would be
pronounced "ay". could that be how the name changed from Stilve to
Other Stillaway Families
surname Stillaway is fairly scarce, therefore, I am curious about how other
Stillaway families may connect.
William Stillaway was born about 1830 in Ash, Surrey, the son of
James Stillaway. But when and where was James born?
William Leg and Jone Stilaway married by
banns on 23 September 1656 in Compton. The banns were published on
6, 13 and 20 July 1656.
Peter Stellaway and Ann Knight married
on 28 October 1690 in Compton.
Peter may have been buried as Goodman Stillaway on 3
January 1729/30 in Compton.
Ann may have been buried as Goody Stillaway on 28 January
1724/5 in Compton.
Peter and Ann had the following children:
A daughter was baptised on 7 January 1691/2 in Compton. An
Anne Stellaway daughter of Peter was buried on 26 June 1700 in
Compton. Plus, there was a Sarah Stillaway
daughter of Peter who was buried on 20 March 1700/1 in Compton.
John Stellaway was baptised on 8 July 1694 in Compton.
He may have been buried on 18 April 1759 in Compton, by the name of
Joane Stillaway was baptised on 3 December 1695 in
William Stillaway was buried in June 1706 in Compton.
The burial register noted that he was the son of Peter and Anne.
Joane Stillaway was buried on 10 December 1710 in
An unnamed daughter of Ann Stillaway was buried on 16
October 1740 in Compton.
A marriage licence was issued by the Archdeaconry of Chichester on 3
October 1693 to Richard Stillaway and Frances
Albery. She was from Petworth.
William Stillway and Elizabeth Hammond
married by banns on 8 October 1693 in Oving. They were both then
William Dawkins and Jane Stillard
married on 16 October 1694 in Funtington.
William Stelloway and Elizabeth Chessell
married by licence on 14 November 1697 at St. Olave, Chichester.
He was then a husbandman of Funtington and was a spinster of the same
place. Their marriage licence was issued by the Archdeaconry of
Chichester on 13 November 1697. Surety for the licence was given
by William himself and Benjamin Starr a cordwainer of
A Pagham and Tarring Peculiar marriage licence was issued on 18 October
1709 to William Stillaway and Joan Stillaway.
He was a bachelor and she a spinster.
William Holder and Jane Stillaway
married on 8 May 1716 in Boxgrove.
Henry Stilloway and Jane Rayse married
on 6 January 1716/7 in Pagham.
A marriage licence was issued to Henry Stillaway and
Elizabeth Smith on 27 April 1720 by the Archdeaconry of
Chichester. He was then a bachelor and yeoman of Pagham and she
was a spinster of Clapham. Surety for the licence was provided by
Henry himself and William Pitman a husbandman of Pagham.
William Avery and Katherine Stillaway
married on 25 May 1725 in North Mundham.
Thomas Parker and Ann Stillaway married
by licence on 1 June 1725 at All Saints, Chichester. He was a
bachelor and she a spinster and they were both of Sidlesham. Their
marriage licence was issued on the same day by the Archdeaconry of
Chichester which also noted that he was a yeoman.
Richard Bennet and Selis Stilway married
on 18 October 1734 at St. Peter the Great, Chichester.
Philip Peter and Joan Stillaway married
on 9 March 1735/6 in Stedham.
Henry Stillway and Mary Howard married
on 6 July 1737 in Selsey. They were both from Pagham. They
were issued a Pagham and Tarring Peculiar marriage licence on 25 June
1737. It noted that he was a yeoman and she a spinster.
Surety for the licence was provided by Henry himself and William
Lilliott a yeoman of Merston.
Edward Stride and Sarah Stillaway
married by banns on 16 October 1740 at All Saints, Chichester.
They were both of Bersted.
James Stillaway and Elizabeth Pink
married on 20 September 1747 at All Saints, Chichester. She was
then from Easebourne.
Thomas Feay and Elizabeth Stilaway
married on 10 October 1751 in Up Marden.
William Tribe and Mary Stilway married
by licence on 26 September 1767 in Trotton. He was then of
Fernhurst. Their marriage licence was issued by the Archdeaconry
of Chichester on 24 September 1767 and also noted that he was a 26 year
old bachelor and she was aged 25 and from Trotton.
William Atkins and Mary Stillaway
married by banns on 23 November 1772 in Bosham. He was a bachelor
and she a spinster and they were both of Bosham.
James Stilloway and Ann Stocker married
by licence on 3 January 1774 in South Bersted. They were both aged
21 years and upwards. He was a bachelor and husbandman and she a
spinster. The witnesses to their marriage were John Gibbs
and John Stocker. A Pagham and Tarring Peculiar
marriage licence was issued to them on 1 January 1774. It noted
that he was aged 25 years and a bachelor and husbandman of South Bersted
(4 months). He signed his name as Stillway. She was a 22
year old spinster of South Bersted (8 years). Surety for their
licence was provided by James himself and John Stocker
a farmer of Bersted.
John Coats and Sarah Stillaway married
by licence on 30 May 1775 in Westbourne. Their marriage licence
was issued by the Archdeaconry of Chichester on 26 May 1775 and noted
that he was a 29 year old bachelor and gardener of Westbourne (2 years).
She was a 28 year old spinster of Westbourne (2 years).
John Stillaway and Ann Devenish married
by licence on 14 May 1795 in Lurgashall. He was a bachelor of
Lurgashall and she was a spinster. The witnesses to their marriage
were William Chadwell and Mary Cadwen.
Their licence was issued on 13 May 1795 by the Archdeaconry of
Chichester. It noted that he was a 31 year old bachelor and farmer
of Lurgashall (19 years) and she was a 47 year old spinster of the same
place (4 years). Surety for their licence was provided by John
himself and John Newman a brewer of Chichester.
Richard Stilaway and Hannah Mesh married
by banns on 25 December 1795 in Stoughton. He was a bachelor and
she a spinster and they were both of Stoughton. The witnesses to
their marriage were Ann Budd and Robert Read.
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