Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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William STILLAWAY (1774-1818)

and Elizabeth WOODLEY (c1775-1811)

and Elizabeth (c1770-1846)


William Stillaway and his second wife Elizabeth were probably my 4x Great Grandparents.  (Click here to see their place in my pedigree chart.)  They married by banns on 23 May 1814 at St. Peter's in Henfield, Sussex.  He was then described as William Stilaway, widower and she as Elizabeth Knight, widow.  They were both of Henfield.  The witnesses to the marriage were George Holden and George Vinall.  William had previously married Elizabeth Woodley by banns on 16 October 1803 in Henfield.  He was then a bachelor and she a spinster.  Joseph Stillaway was a witness to this marriage.  So far I have not found any children from the first marriage and as yet I have not found Elizabeth Knight, widow's first marriage.

William Stilve was baptised on 20 February 1774 in Henfield.  He was the eldest child of William Stilve alias Cobby (1737-1819) and Mary Ward  (1746-?).  He was described as a labourer at the baptism of his children in 1815 and 1818.  William died aged 44 years and was buried on 15 April 1818 in Henfield.

Elizabeth Woodley may have been born about 1775.  She died aged 36 years and was buried on 13 August 1811 in Henfield.  She may have been baptised on 27 April 1777 in Henfield as the base born daughter of Elizabeth Woodley.

Elizabeth may have been born about 1770.  She died aged 76 years on 14 January 1846 in Henfield and was buried there on 19 January 1846.  Her death certificate records that she was the widow of William Stillaway a farm labourer and her death was registered by Charlotte Lelliott.  On 6 November 1820, her son Samuel was admitted as a pupil of the Henfield Free School.  She was then described as widow Stealaway of Henfield with 4 children.  When the 1841 census was recorded, Elizabeth and her daughter Charlotte were living at Jarvis in Henfield, which was the home of 45 year old James Stillaway and his family.


Elizabeth Woodley had the following children:

  1. Eleanor Woodley was baptised on 27 November 1796 in Henfield.  A transcript of the Henfield burial register notes an unnamed Woodley was buried on 11 June 1797 - could this have been Eleanor, or some other family member?

  2. Elizabeth Woodley was baptised on 21 April 1799 in Henfield.  She died aged 23 years and was buried on 11 February 1823 in Henfield.


William Stillaway and Elizabeth had 4 known children:

  1. Samuel Stillaway, 3x Great Grandfather may have been born about 1814/5 in Henfield.  He married Ruth Woolgar in 1843.  (They have their own page.)

  2. Charlotte Stillaway was baptised on 24 December 1815 in Henfield.  She died in 1893.  Before her marriage she had a illegitimate daughter:

    1. Elizabeth Stillaway was born on 22 March 1839 and baptised on 12 May 1839 in Henfield.  She was 2 years old when the 1841 census was recorded and living with her mother and grandmother at Jarvis in Henfield.  In 1851 she may have been 12 year old Elizabeth Lelliott lodging at Potwells Cottage in Henfield, the home of 32 year old Henry Knight and his family.

    Charlotte married John Lelliott by banns on 5 May 1842 in Henfield.  He was then a widower and a bargeman, and he was able to sign his name.  His father was named as James Lelliott on the marriage certificate.  Charlotte was a spinster and made her X marks.  The witnesses were Richard Vinal (signed) and Mary Vinal (mark).

    John was born about 1803-7 in Henfield.  Might he have been the son of James Lelliott (1760-1843) and Mary Goble (c1766-1846)?  When the 1841 census was recorded John was a 35 year old bargeman living in Neptown in the home of Robert Sayers.  Also with him was 7 year old Eleanor Lelliott.  James born in 1760 was also a bargeman.

    When the 1851 census was recorded the family were living in Nep Town, Henfield and John was a 44 year old journeyman bargeman.  Also with them in 1851 were 2 lodgers, 25 year old Harriet Dale and her new born son who was just 4 hours old.

    By 1861 the family had moved to 12 Manchester Row in Brighton and John was a labourer.  Strangely, John's age was recorded as 46 and Charlotte's as 42.  The couple were still in Brighton in 1871 and living at 5 Little St. John's Street in Kemp Town.  John's age was then given as 69 and Charlotte's as 58.  He was then a farm labourer and she a charwoman.  Also with them on census night were 2 of their children and 2 grandsons, 7 year old Frederick Lelliott and 2 year old John Lelliott, who were both scholars and had been born in Brighton.

    In 1881, John was a 78 year old coal dealer and was living with his wife and eldest daughter at 150 Eastern Road, Brighton.  Also with them were 3 grandchildren, Fred Lelliott aged 16, Jack Lelliott aged 11 and 4 year old Kate Lelliott.

    John and Charlotte had 6 known children:

    1. Mary Lelliott was baptised on 14 August 1842 in Henfield.  She was a 9 year old scholar when the 1851 census was recorded.  In 1871 she was an unmarried 27 year old charwoman living with her parents.

    2. Charlotte Lelliott was baptised on 10 November 1844 in Henfield.  She was a 7 year old scholar in 1851.  In 1861 she was said to be a 15 year old scholar.

    3. Caroline Lelliott was baptised on 13 February 1848 in Henfield.  She was 3 years old in 1851.  She was a 12 year old scholar in 1861.

    4. William Lelliott was baptised on 13 April 1851 in Henfield.  He was a month old when the census was recorded.  The 1861 census records that he was an 8 year old scholar.  In 1871 he was a 20 year old farm labourer living at home.

    5. Henry Lelliott was baptised on 1 April 1855 at St. Nicholas in Brighton.  The baptism register noted his parents were of Hereford Street in Brighton and that his father was a labourer.

    6. Alice Lelliott was born in 1861 in Brighton.  She was 2 months old at the time of the 1861 census.

  3. Mary Stillaway was baptised on 6 September 1818 in Henfield.  She died aged 35 years on 30 September 1854 and was buried on 3 October 1854 in Henfield.  Her death was registered by Frances Stillaway who was present at the death.

    Mary married Anthony Hole (also recorded as Anthony Howell) on 4 May 1839 in Henfield.  The witnesses to their marriage were Richard Vinal and Mary Vinal.

    Anthony was born about 1816 in Bolney, Sussex.  He was the son of Thomas Hole (1790-?) and Ann Phillips (c1790-?).  He was a blacksmith.  Anthony died died aged 69 years and was buried on 11 July 1886 in Patcham, Sussex.  After Mary's death he married Frances Stillaway on 1 July 1855 in Henfield.  The witnesses to their marriage were Richard Stealaway and Mary Ann Mansell.  (Mary Ann Mansell and Frances were sisters, and the daughters of  George Stillaway.)

    Anthony and Mary had 5 known children:

    1. Alfred Hole was baptised on 11 October 1840 in Twineham, Sussex.  The baptism register noted his father was a blacksmith of Hickstead.  He was a tailor.

      Alfred married Eliza Blake on 16 June 1867 in Albourne, Sussex.

      Eliza was born about 1845 in Ditchling, Sussex.

      In 1881 the family were living at 3 Champions Cottages in Keymer.

      Alfred and Eliza had 7 known children:

      1. Ernest Hole was baptised on 5 July 1868 in Twineham.  A transcript of the baptism register noted his parents were Alfred and Ellen and that his father was a tailor.  In 1881 he was an agricultural labourer lodging in the home of Edmund Stenning (c1841-?) at Mercers in Twineham.  Ernest married Caroline Bond.

      2. Fanny Hole was baptised on 2 January 1870 in Twineham.  The baptism register noted she was the daughter of Alfred and Ellen and that her father was a tailor.

      3. Alfred Hole was baptised on 3 September 1871 in Twineham.  The baptism register noted his father was a tailor.  He married Fanny Lucy Blanchard in 1895.

      4. Hannah Eliza Hole was baptised on 29 March 1873 in Twineham.  The baptism register noted her father was a tailor.

      5. Ellen Hole was baptised on 2 August 1874 in Twineham.  The baptism register noted her father was a tailor.  In 1901 she was a baker's shop assistant living in Brighton.

      6. Anthony Hole was born about 1878/9 in Twineham (first quarter of 1879).  He married Alice Louisa.

      7. Lily Hole.

    2. Anthony Hole was baptised on 18 November 1843 in Henfield and died in 1899.  He was a blacksmith.

      Anthony married Ann Silverson in 1866.

      Ann was baptised on 2 October 1845 in Woodmancote, Sussex and was the daughter of James Silverson (1819-1896) and Rebecca Stoner (1818-1870).

      Anthony and Ann had 8 known children:

      1. Alice Caroline Stoner Hole was born in 1867 in Patcham, Sussex.  She married William Thomas Shoulders in 1890.  He was baptised on 9 July 1865 in Henfield and was the son Samuel Potter Shoulders (1839-?) and Harriet Silverson (1840-1884).

      2. Charles James Hole was born about 1869 in Ansty near Cuckfield, Sussex.

      3. Rebecca Hole was baptised on 12 March 1871 in Littlehampton, Sussex.

      4. Amos John Hole was born in 1875 in Southampton, Hampshire (first quarter).

      5. Edith J Hole was born about 1880 in Steyning, Sussex.

      6. Ernest Alfred Hole was born in 1883 in Steyning (second quarter).

      7. Agnes Annie Hole was born in 1885 in Steyning (third quarter).

      8. Clara F Hole was born about 1889 in Steyning.

    3. Charles Hole was baptised on 19 January 1847 in Henfield.

    4. Jane Hole was baptised on 9 December 1849 in Henfield.

    5. Thomas Hole was baptised on 12 December 1852 in Henfield.

  4. William Stillaway was baptised on 31 March 1822 in Henfield, but as his father died in April 1818 and his sister was baptised in September 1818, when was he born?  The baptism register records that his father was deceased.  The 1841 census records that a 19 year old William Stillaway was living at Wick in Albourne, Sussex where he was employed as a servant.  In 1843 a William Stillaway was a witness to the marriage of Samuel Stillaway.  I have not been able to identify him in the 1851 census.


Many thanks to Harry Hutchinson for additions to this page.


If Elizabeth was born about 1770 then she may have first married sometime between about 1786 and 1814.  Also to bear in mind, she may have been a widow when she married her Knight husband, or maybe it was assumed she was a widow because of her age or she had children - who knows?

The following are some male Knight to Elizabeth marriages, taken from the Sussex marriage index:

  1. William Knight and Elizabeth Bourne married by banns on 28 October 1788 in Cuckfield.  He was then a labourer and she a spinster.

  2. William Knight and Elizabeth Lindfield married by banns on 30 October 1791 at St. Thomas Cliffe in Lewes.

  3. Edward Knight and Elizabeth Avery married by banns on 13 February 1795 in Lindfield.  They were both then of Lindfield.

  4. John Knight and Elizabeth Moase married by banns on 12 May 1797 in West Chiltington.  He was then a bachelor of Pulborough and she was a spinster of West Chiltington.  The witnesses to their marriage were Hannah Moase and Thomas Knight.

  5. Christopher Knight and Elizabeth Adams married by banns on 21 August 1800 in Southwick.  He was a bachelor and she a spinster and they were both of Southwick.  The witnesses to their marriage were Sarah Smith and Harry Adams.

  6. William Knight and Elizabeth Mitchell married by banns on 22 November 1805 in West Tarring.  He was then a bachelor and she a widow and they were both of West Tarring.  A witness to their marriage was Jos Taplin.

  7. Richard Knight and Elizabeth Carter married by banns on 2 November 1807 in Brighton.  He was a widower and she a spinster and they were both of Brighton.  They may have had the following son:

    1. John Knight was born on 4 June 1810 and baptised on 30 September 1810 at the North Street Countess of Huntingdons Chapel in Brighton.

    Elizabeth Carter may have been born on 31 October 1786 and baptised on 26 December 1786 at the Countess of Huntingdons Chapel in Brighton.

  8. James Knight and Elizabeth Moore married by banns on 28 December 1812 in Brighton. He was a widower and she a widow and they were both of Brighton.  As Elizabeth Bean, spinster, she may have previously married John Moore by banns on 1 April 1792 in Brighton.  He was then a bachelor and they were both of Brighton.



This page was updated on 8 October 2012