Ancestors of Mandy Willard
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William WEDGE (1809-1872)
and Sarah MILLS (1808-1879)
Wedge and Sarah Mills were my 3x Great Grandparents. (Click
to see their place in my pedigree chart.) They married on Sunday 20
October 1833 at the parish church of St. John the Evangelist in Bury, Sussex.
Wedge was probably born between January and June 1809 and was baptised on
Sunday 11 June 1809 at the parish church of St. Mary's in Shipley, Sussex.
He was the second son of
(1782-1852). He died aged 62 years on Saturday 13 January 1872 and was
buried on Wednesday 17 January 1872 in Pulborough. He was the only person
buried in Pulborough that day. His cause of death was ingravescent
apoplexy which had lasted 3 hours. He death was registered by William
Wedge, junior (he made his X mark) who was also of Pulborough and had been
present at the death.
William's father was granted settlement in Pulborough in 1813. William gave his place of birth
as Shipley in the 1851, 1861 and 1871 census. From at least 1841 until his
death he lived at Pi(d)geons Gate in Pulborough. He was at various times a
carter and a farm labourer.
Mills was baptised on Sunday 11 December 1808 at the parish church of St.
Mary's in Pulborough, Sussex. She was the youngest daughter of
Brooks (1780-1862). She died aged 71 years on Tuesday 25
November 1879 and was buried on Friday 29 November 1879 in Pulborough. Her
cause of death was bronchitis. Her daughter-in-law, Jane Wedge, who
was of Pulborough and present at the death, registered Sarah's death. In
December 1852, Sarah was most probably the informant who recorded her
William and Sarah had 34 known grandchildren born between 1857 and 1891.
Although they were both buried in Pulborough they do not seemed to have a
headstone to mark their grave.
William Wedge and Sarah Mills
had 6 known children:
John Wedge was baptised on Thursday 11 September 1834 in Pulborough.
He died aged 66 years and his death was registered in the third quarter of 1901
in the East Preston registration district. At the time of his death he may
have been living with his son John in Arundel, Sussex John was a
gardener and labourer. When the 1901 census was recorded John was living
in London Road, Pulborough and he was then a carter on a farm. Also with
him on census night was his son William and 2 cousins, namely
Harriet Stepney who was a married 49 year old who had been born in
Hardham, Sussex and was employed as a housekeeper, and unmarried 46 year old
Brockhurst who was a butcher/slaughter man who was also born in Hardham.
John married Jane Coot on Saturday 19 September 1857 in
Pulborough. He was a 23 year old bachelor and labourer of Pulborough.
She was a 25 year old spinster of Pulborough. John made his X mark and
Jane signed her name. The witnesses to the marriage were William Wedge
and Jesse Greenfield.
Jane was born about 1832-4 in Kirdford, Sussex and was the daughter of
Charles Coot and Hannah Stevens. She died aged 56 years in
1890. Her name would seem to have been recorded as Jane Coute in
the 1851 census, at which time she was a 16 year old house servant living at
what looks like, Keababs in Kirdford.
John and Jane had 4 known children:
Mary Wedge was baptised on 23 May 1858 in Kirdford, although according to
the 1861 census she was born in Pulborough. She died aged 9 years and was
buried on 15 May 1867 in Pulborough.
William Wedge was baptised on 28 October 1860 in Pulborough. In
1901 he was an unmarried 43 year ordinary agricultural labourer, living with his
John Wedge was baptised on 22 February 1863 in Pulborough. He
married Eliza before or about 1898. By the time of the 1901 census
was recorded the couple were living in Queen Street, Arundel, Sussex along with their 4 sons,
including twins, and John was a brewery tunman. Also with them on census
night was their 12 year old sister-in-law, Isabel Covey who had been born
in Billingshurst. Eliza was born about 1862
in Billingshurst, Sussex.
John and Eliza had the following children by 1901:
Wilfred Felix V. Wedge was born in the fourth quarter of 1897 in
Arundel. He was 3 years old when the 1901 census was recorded.
Reginald William V. Wedge was born in the fourth quarter of 1897
in Arundel. He was also 3 in 1901.
Alfred John Wedge was born in the fourth quarter of 1899 in Arundel.
He was a year old in 1901.
Edward Alexander Wedge was born in the second quarter of 1901 in Arundel.
He was a month old when the 1901 census was recorded.
Eliza Wedge was baptised on 8 February 1868 in Pulborough. She
married Walter Smart in 1892. In 1901 the couple together with 3
children were living in Coldwaltham, Sussex and Walter was a carter on a farm.
Walter was baptised on 12 November 1871 in Pulborough and was the son of
George Smart (1830-?) and Maria Elliott (c1834-?). (See
below for more details about the Smart's.)
John and Jane were the witnesses to the 1857 marriage of his sister Mary
to George Willard. In 1861 John was a labourer in a garden and the
family were living at Pidgeons Gate, Pulborough. By 1881 the couple were
living at 5 Bells Cottages, Pulborough and John was then a farm labourer.
Also in 1881 they had a lodger living with them, 30 year old, unmarried,
Frederick Houndsome who was a brother-in-law to 2 of John's sisters, Emily
and Charlotte. When the 1901 census was recorded, John was a 66 year old
carter on a farm in Pulborough and he an his son, William, were the only Wedge's
left in Pulborough.
William Wedge was baptised on Sunday 11 February 1838 in Pulborough.
He was an agricultural labourer.
William married Sarah Smart on Saturday 27 December 1862 in
Pulborough. He was a 25 year old bachelor and labourer of Pulborough.
She was a 21 year old spinster of Pulborough. The witnesses to the
marriage were Jesse Greenfield and Eliza Smart (Sarah's sister).
Sarah was baptised on 23 January 1842 in Pulborough and was the daughter
of Charles Smart (1813-?) and Hester Daughtry (1813-?). (See below
for more details about the Smart's.) She died aged 50 years in 1892.
The family were living at Pidgeons Gate in Pulborough when the 1871 and 1881
census were recorded. Sarah was a widow by 1891 and she and 3 of her
children were living at Church Hill, Cross -rown Coffe Tavern in Pulborough,
where she was a coffee tavern keeper.
William and Sarah had 5 known children:
George Wedge was born on 4 March 1869 and baptised on 25 March 1869 in
Pulborough. In 1871 he was 2 years old. He was an unmarried 22 year old grocer's porter in 1891. He married Julia Wood on 18 June 1894 in Lydd, Kent,
when he was a grocer's stockman of Tunbridge Wells, Kent. Julia was born
about 1867/8 in Lydd and died aged 31 years in 1899. She was the daughter
of Thomas Wood and Elizabeth Duff Butchers. George then
married Eliza Sheppard on 11 April 1906 in Howard, Kent, Ontario, Canada.
Eliza was born about 1865 in England and was the daughter of James Sheppard
and C. E. Knollihe. George probably left for Canada
before the recording of the 1901 British census. He may have been buried
in Ridgetown, near Windsor, Ontario.
Charles Wedge was baptised on 24 September 1871 in Pulborough. He
married Charlotte Emma Baker in 1900. She was born in the first
quarter of 1871 in Islington, Middlesex. When the 1901 census was recorded
the couple were living at 31 Cromwell Road in Tunbridge Wells, Kent and Charles
was a town carman. The couple emigrated to Canada
after the birth of their daughter Gladys Lillian Wedge in 1905.
Charles and Charlotte were buried in the Erie Cemetery in Wheatley, Ontario.
The above photographs have been kindly provided
by Marcy Scott, Great Granddaughter of Charles Wedge and
Charlotte Emma Baker, known as Lottie, and Granddaughter of Gladys
Lilian Wedge. (Click on the images to enlarge.)
Alfred Wedge was baptised on 28 December 1873 in Pulborough. In
1901 he was living in Chatham, Kent where he was a constable with the
Metropolitan Police Force.
Alfred Wedge - again, thanks to Marcy for
Walter Wedge was born about 1877 in Pulborough. When the 1891
census was recorded he was a 14 year old errand boy. In 1901 he was a
24 year old boarder at 41 Cromwell Road in Tunbridge Wells where he was a grocer's assistant. He may
have married in the second quarter of 1901 in the Tunbridge Wells
registration district, to either Sarah Ann Smith or Mary Ann
Thorogood - the other groom was Stephen Henry Bennett (details
Mary Ann Wedge was born about 1880 in Pulborough. She was an 11
year old scholar in 1891. In 1901 she
was a housemaid living in Putney, London.
my 2x Great Grandmother, was born on 3 May 1840 and baptised on 31 May 1840
in Pulborough. She married
Willard in 1857. (They have their own page.)
Sarah Wedge was baptised on Sunday 13 March 1842 in Pulborough.
She married Edward Henry Hedger
in 1862. (They have their own page.)
Emily Wedge was baptised on Sunday 22 April 1849 in Pulborough.
She was deaf.
At the age of 18 Emily had an illegitimate daughter:
Amelia Greenfield Wedge was born on 28 May 1867 and baptised on 28
July 1867 in Pulborough. She died on 8 November 1948. In 1871
she was 3 years old and living with her mother in her grandparents home.
The 1881 census records that she was a 15 year old Amelia Houndsome
and she was then a general servant in the home of George Robinson and
his wife Charlotte at 32 Arundel Road in Littlehampton, Sussex.
As Amelia Hounsome she married Mark Laker on 26 June 1886 at
Mark was born about 1861/2 in Horsham.
When the 1891 census was recorded the couple and young daughter were living
at Vine Cottage in Shipley. By 1901 the couple and 6 children were
living at Birchwood Cottage in Southwater. Mark was a groom and
gardener. Also with the family on census night was 25 year old single
brother-in-law, William Hounsome.
Mark and Amelia had 7 children, 6 of whom were:
Annie L Laker was born about 1887 in Horsham. She was 4 years
old in 1891. In 1901 she was 14 years old
Ernest Laker was born about 1892 in Shipley. He was 9 years old
Cecil Laker was born about 1892 in Shipley. He was 9 years old
William A Laker was born about 1894 in Horsham. In 1901 he was
7 years old.
Daisy M Laker was born about 1896 in Horsham. She was 5 years
old in 1901.
Charlie J Laker was born about 1899 in Horsham. In 1901 he was
2 years old.
Emily married William Houndsome on Saturday 21 October 1871 in
Pulborough. He was a 24 year old bachelor and labourer of Pulborough.
She was a 23 year old spinster of Pulborough. The witnesses to the
marriage were William Wedge and Sarah Wedge.
William was baptised on 26 April 1846 in Pulborough and was the son
of William Houndsome and Mary. In 1871 William was a
lodger in the Wedge household at Pidgeons Gate, Pulborough.
1881 census was recorded the family were living at Codmore Hill, Pulborough
and William was then a farm labourer. By 1901 the couple were living
in Cranleigh, Surrey along with 4 children. The 1901 census index
records William's occupation as farm maker.
William and Emily had 7 known children, they may also have been the parents
of Mary Ann Hounsome who died aged 7 days and was buried in
Pulborough on 27 March 1872:
was born 1873 in Pulborough.
William Alfred Hounsome
was born 1876 in Pulborough. In 1901 he was a general labourer
living with the family of his elder sister.
was born about 1879 in Pulborough.
was born about 1881 in Pulborough.
Walter Henry Hounsome
was born 1883 in Ockley, Surrey.
was born about 1888 in Bramley,
was born about 1891 in Cranleigh,
Charlotte Wedge was baptised on Sunday 14 March 1852 in Pulborough.
When the 1901 census was recorded she was a 49 year old widow and laundress
living in Littlehampton, Sussex. She died aged 58 years and her death
was registered as Charlotte Hounsome in the third quarter
fo 1910 in the East Preston registration district.
Charlotte married Richard Hounsome on Saturday 18 March 1876
in Pulborough. He was a 26 year old bachelor and blacksmith of
Pulborough. She was a 24 year old spinster of Pulborough. The
witnesses to the marriage were James Hounsome and Harriet Parker.
Richard was baptised on 6 May 1849 in Pulborough and was the son of
William Houndsome and Mary. He died aged 46 years and
his death was registered in the third quarter of 1894 in the East Preston
When the 1881 census was recorded the couple and 3 children (Kate, Fanny and
William) were living at 19
East Street, Littlehampton. Richard was a 32 year old blacksmith and
Charlotte was 29.
In 1891 the couple and 3 children (Fanny J., William R. and Ernest G.) were
living at 1 Field Place in Littlehampton. Richard was a 42 year old
blacksmith and Charlotte a 38 year old laundress.
Richard and Charlotte had 4 known children:
Kate Hounsome was born in the second quarter of 1876 in Pulborough.
When the 1881 census was recorded she was a 5 year old scholar. In 1901 she was a domestic cook in Littlehampton, which is
where she then said she was born. She may have been named after her
father's sister, Kate Hounsome who was born in 1856 and who had
married John Singleton Brooker in 1876.
Fanny Janet Hounsome was born in the fourth quarter of 1877 in Pulborough.
In 1881 she was a 3 year old scholar and in 1891 she was 14.
William Richard Hounsome was born in the second quarter of 1880 in Littlehampton.
At the time of the 1881 census he was a year old and in 1891 he was 11. In 1901
he was a carpenter in a timber yard.
Ernest George Hounsome was born about 1882 in Littlehampton
(his birth was registered in the first quarter of 1883). His death was
registered in the third quarter of 1971 in the Chichester registration
district and he was said to have been 90 years old. In 1891 he was 8
years old. When the 1901 census was recorded he was an unmarried 20
year old plumber and he was boarding in the home of Emma Woods
at 4 Henry Street, Bognor, Sussex. Ernest married Fanny Jane
Harman in 1902.
to Sue Laker and Jane Craven for additions to this page.
The Smart Family of Pulborough
William Wedge (1834-?) married
Sarah Smart (1841-?).
His niece Eliza Wedge (1868-?) married
Walter Smart (1871-?).
Walter's father was George Smart (1830-?) and he was the son of George
Smart (1802-?) and Esther Pledge. 1802 George Smart was
the brother of Charles Smart (1813-?) who was the father of Sarah
Smart married to William Wedge. George and Charles were the
sons of William Smart (1780-?) and Sarah Holden.
1871 census - Pigeons Gate,
Pulborough, Sussex (RG10/1104, folio 52, page 7)
William Wedge, Junr, Head,
Mar, 33, Ag Lab, born Sussex, Pulborough
Sarah Wedge, Wife, Mar, 29,
born Sussex, Pulborough
George Wedge, Son, 2, born
William Holden, Lodger, Unm,
20, Railway Porter, born Sussex, Billingshurst
William Wedge, Senr, Head,
Mar, 62, Ag Lab, born Sussex, Shipley
Sarah Wedge, Wife, Mar, 62,
born Sussex, Pulborough
Emily Wedge, Daur, Unm, 22,
born Sussex, Pulborough, Deaf
Amelia G Wedge,
Grandaughter, 3, born Sussex, Pulborough
James Pollard, Lodger, Unm,
34, Ag Lab, born Sussex, Burpham
Charles Wilmer, Lodger, Unm,
29, Ag Lab, born Sussex, Pulborough
William Houndsome, Lodger,
Unm, 24, Ag Lab, born Sussex, Pulborough
William Bo??ow, Lodger, Unm,
25, Groom, born N.K.
This page was updated on 2 November 2011