Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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William WOOLGAR (1780-1874)

and Naomi LELLIOTT (1784-1833)

and Susan COOMBS (1788-1861)


William Woolgar and Naomi Lelliott were my 4x Great Grandparents.  (Click here to see their place in my pedigree chart.)  They married by banns on 10 May 1805 at St. Nicholas in Brighton, Sussex.  The witnesses to their marriage were Richard Akehurst, Mary Patching and William Breen.  Richard and Mary may have been friends - see notes below, but William Breen's name appears as a witness to many Brighton marriages.  William next married Susan Coombs on 22 October 1836 in Southwick, Sussex.  He was then described as a widower of Henfield and she a spinster of Southwick.  The witnesses to their marriage were James Wadey and Elizabeth Wadey - see notes below.

William Woolgar was baptised on 11 June 1780 in Henfield, Sussex.  He was the son of Samuel Woolgar (1755-1839) and Mary Mitchell (1759-1841).  He died on 14 March 1874 and was buried in Henfield on 19 March 1874.

Naomi Lelliott was baptised on 25 April 1784 in Ashington, Sussex, although she was probably born in Wiston, Sussex.  She was the daughter of Samuel Lelliott (1748-1817) and Elizabeth Sergeant (1748-?).  She died aged 49 years and was buried on 22 June 1833 in Henfield.

Susannah Coom was baptised on 11 January 1788 in Portslade, Sussex.  She was the daughter of Thomas Coom and Mary Hillman.  Susannah was buried on 29 December 1861 in Henfield.


William Woolgar and Naomi Lelliott had 9 known children:

  1. William Woolgar was baptised on 22 March 1807 in Portslade, Sussex.  His motherís name was recorded as Harriot in the register, but I believe her name was wrongly recorded.  William was buried on 15 March 1859 in Henfield.

    William married Ann Lickfield on 26 April 1829 in Washington, Sussex.

    Ann was born about 1809 in Washington.  In 1851 the family were living at Little Bettley, Henfield, and William was an agricultural labourer.

    William and Ann had 8 known children. 

  2. Samuel Woolgar was privately baptised on 8 November 1808 in Henfield, and received into the church on 18 December 1808.  He was a gardener and a groom.  He died aged 53 years and was buried on 9 March 1862 in Henfield.

    Samuel married Ann Boniface on 15 November 1829 in Woodmancote.  They were both of Woodmancote and Samuel signed his name whilst Ann made her X.  The witnesses were to their marriage were ? Shoulders and Rebecca Shoulders, who both signed their names.

    Ann was baptised on 1 November 1812 in Woodmancote and was the daughter of Richard Boniface and Sarah Miles (1776-?).

    Samuel and Ann had 11 known children.

  3. Mary Woolgar was baptised on 15 April 1810 in Portslade.  She may have died aged 14 years and have been buried on 1 December 1823 in Henfield.  However, the burial register records that her father was of Horsham.

  4. Ann Woolgar was baptised on 24 April 1812 in Henfield.  (or was it 1814?)

  5. Louisa Woolgar was baptised on 27 February 1814 in Henfield.

    Louisa married Richard Laker by licence on 26 October 1833 in Henfield.  Richard was a bachelor and minor of West Grinstead, and Louisa was a spinster and a minor.  They married with the consent of their lawful parents who were named as William Laker and William Woolgar.  The witnesses to their marriage were Thomas Leppard and Wm or Mrs Godman, who both signed their names.

    Richard and Louisa had 10 known children.

  6. Amy Woolgar was baptised on 26 May 1816 in Henfield.

  7. Naomi Woolgar was baptised on 3 May 1818 in Henfield.  At the time of her baptism the family were living in Nep Town, Henfield.  Before her marriage she had an illegitimate son:

    1. Thomas Woolgar was born on 25 June and baptised on 14 September 1840 in Henfield.

    Naomi married William Sayers on 9 April 1842 in Henfield.  They were both above age and made their X marks.  William was a bachelor and labourer of Beeding, and Naomi was a spinster of Henfield.  The witnesses to their marriage were Samuel Stillaway (signed) and Ruth Woolgar (mark).  William was the son of William Sayers a soldier. 

  8. Ruth Woolgar was baptised on 14 October 1821 in Henfield - my 3x Great Grandmother.  She married Samuel Stillaway in 1843.  (They have their own page.)

  9. Eliza Woolgar was baptised on 14 May 1826 in Henfield.





Richard Akehurst was a witness to the 1805 marriage of William and Naomi.  He may have married Ann Patching on 2 April 1799 at St. Clements in Hastings, Sussex, at which time he was of the Sussex Militia.  Mary Patching may have married William Braby on 11 December 1806 in Portslade, or George Roffey on 3 April 1809 in Brighton.  George was then a Bachelor of the Sussex Militia.  (I need to check the original entries to find out the witness.)

James Wadey and Elizabeth Wadey were witnesses to the 1836 marriage of William and Susan.  They may have married on 22 May 1822 in Wiggonholt, Sussex, as James Wady of Portslade and Elizabeth Humphry.  But a James Wadey had married Elizabeth Burchett on 8 October 1836 in Hurstpierpoint.



This page was updated on 7 December 2010