and Sarah FRENCH (1765-1840)
James Tulet and Sarah French were my 4x Great Grandparents.
to see their place in my pedigree chart.) They married by banns on 9
July 1787 in the parish church of Holy Trinity in Cuckfield, Sussex. James was then a bachelor of Ardingly,
Sussex and Sarah a spinster of Cuckfield. The witnesses to their
marriage were James Holden and Mary Juniper.
James Tullett was baptised on 18 March 1764 in Slaugham, Sussex.
He was the son of
John Tullett (1734-1809) and
(c1735-1815). James died on 1 January 1841 in the Hurstpierpoint
workhouse and was buried on 4 January 1841 in Cuckfield. His death
certificate records that he was a 79 year old labourer (making his birth
about 1761). His cause of death was palsy. His death was
registered by Elizabeth Heaver, matron of Hurstpierpoint workhouse.
I wonder if James entered the workhouse after his wife's death in March
Sarah French was baptised on 20 January 1765 in Patcham, Sussex.
She was the daughter of
(c1737-1804). Sarah died on 9 March 1840 at Cuckfield and was buried there
on 15 March 1840. Her death certificate records that she died aged 78
years (making her birth about 1762), and also that she was the wife of
James Tulett, a labourer. Her cause of death was decay of nature.
Her death was registered by William Tulett of Cuckfield, who was in
attendance. For more than 50 years, Sarah worked as a trusted and
loyal servant at Cuckfield Place. After her death, her employer, Mr.
Sergison, placed a commemoration board to her memory in the Cuckfield
churchyard. This simple white painted board with black lettering is
still in existence and regularly maintained. James is mentioned on the
reverse of the board, although I don't have any evidence that he also worked
for the Cuckfield Place estate. I don't know if Sarah lived at
Cuckfield Place, in the servants' quarters; maybe she did before her
marriage. But is it likely that after her marriage her husband and
children also lived there?
Might James and Sarah have lived with there son William in their old age?
Tulet and Sarah French had 8 known children:
Sarah Tulet was baptised on 30 September 1787 in Cuckfield. She
may have died before 1808.
James Tulet was baptised on 21 March 1790 in Cuckfield. He may
have died aged 78 years and have been buried on 9 July 1866 in Cuckfield.
Lucy Tulet was baptised on 8 July 1792 in Cuckfield. She married
in 1824. (They have their own page.)
William Tulet, my 3x Great Grandfather,
was baptised on 13 December 1795 in Cuckfield. He married
Mary Knowles (1797-1860)
(They have their own page.)
was baptised on 11 November
1798 in Cuckfield. She died aged 33 years, soon after her last child was
baptised and was buried on 18 April 1830 in Lindfield.
James Cox by
banns on 11 May 1824 in Lindfield. He was a bachelor and she a spinster
and they were both of Lindfield. The witnesses were
They all made their X marks. James was a labourer.
James and Harriet had
4 known children:
Ann Cox was baptised on 4 July
1824 in Lindfield.
William Cox was baptised on 5
March 1826 in Lindfield.
Cox was baptised on 20 January
1828 in Lindfield.
Cox was baptised on 28 March 1830
was baptised on 16 August
1801 in Cuckfield.
banns on 15 March 1831 in Cuckfield. William was a bachelor and Mary a
spinster and they were both of Cuckfield. The witnesses were
baptised on 13 May 1804 in Cuckfield.
was baptised on 14 February
1808 in Cuckfield.
I don't have any evidence to prove that "my" Sarah French was the one baptised in
1765 in Patcham, but these are my reasons: there had been several
generations of Frenches in Cuckfield before Sarah's birth; the forename
Charles was frequently used in the Cuckfield families; Sarah named a
daughter Lucy, was this after her mother or just a coincidence?
Julie Cheesmanís 4x Great Grandfather
John Batchelor was a coachman at
Cuckfield Place. He married Sarah Elizabeth
Ward (1781-1843) in 1804 Cuckfield, so it is possible that John knew
my Tullett ancestors! John may have
been born in 1787 Cuckfield the son of John
Batchelor and Sarah.
This page was updated on 16 May 2012