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The BOOKER Family

 

Richard & Dorothy Booker’s Family

John & Harriet Booker’s Family

Henry & Sarah Ann Booker’s Family

Charles & Ann Booker’s Family

 

 

John & Harriet Booker’s Family

 

Chart of John & Harriet Booker's Family

 

Richard John Booker, known as John, married Harriet Turk at the Parish Church of St Margaret the Queen in Buxted on 19 October 1841. John and Harriet had thirteen children, the first of whom was born about 18 months before they married, and the last in 1861. In the census of 6 June 1841 Harriet and her illegitimate daughter were living with Harriet's parents at Grovehurst in High Hurstwood and Harriet was working as a servant.

According to the census records of where their children were born, John and Harriet first lived in Buxted Parish, and then in about 1846 they moved to adjacent Rotherfield Parish in Sussex. In the census of 30 March 1851 they were living at Slaugham Gill in the Crowborough area of Rotherfield Parish with their then seven children, and John was a farm labourer. Living with them was Harriet’s widowed father, Thomas Turk. Their next child was born in Buxted Parish in late 1853 and in the 1855 Post Office Directory of the Six Home Counties John was listed as a farmer at Shadwell Farm in the High Hurstwood area of Buxted Parish. So John had probably become the tenant farmer at Shadwell Farm in about 1852. In the census of 7 April 1861 they were living at Shadwell Farm with nine of their children, and Harriet’s brother, Benjamin Turk, was their live-in farm servant. John was now described as a farmer of 56 acres and employing one man. In the 1862 Post Office Directory of Sussex John was listed as a farmer at Shadwell Farm.

John's father died in 1863, and at the Court of the Manor of Framfield held on 27 June 1864 John, on payment of 6d to the Lord of the Manor, was admitted to his late father's tenement of 22 perches of land, as his inheritance, his father's will dated 22 February 1856 stated that John was to have the piece of land on which he had built a house. This is the land of 22 perches granted to John's father in 1832 that was plot 153 on the 1840 Tithe Map and then 1 rood 10 perches in size, and is now the land on which Trinity Cottage and White Briars stand. The house John had built no longer exists but stood just behind where White Briars now stands.[1]

John must have been making money as a farmer, for at the Court of the Manor of Framfield held on 12 February 1867 John was admitted, on payment of 3d to the Lord of the Manor, to his mother's copyhold property that is now called The Cottage, which he had purchased from her for £60.[2] Then at the Court of the Manor of Framfield held on 15 October 1870 John was admitted, on payment of 3s 9d to the Lord of the Manor, to the copyhold property called Crossways (now White Cottage) in High Hurstwood, that consisted of a cottage and about 2 acres of land, being plots 200 & 201 on the Tithe Map of 1840 and plot 93 of the enclosures of 1862, and which he had purchased from Edward Skinner for £240. This property paid a yearly rent of 7½d to the Lord of the Manor, and a yearly tithe rent of 10s.[3] But then at the Court of the Manor of Framfield held on 23 June 1871 it was recorded that on 10 January 1871 John had mortgaged some of his copyhold properties, consisting of 22 perches of land on which he had built two cottages and a grocer's shop, and land of 12 perches with messuage on which he had built four cottages and a boot maker's shop, to George Carter a linen draper of Woodbridge in Suffolk and Horace Page a farmer of Framfield for £300 at 5% interest.[4] This court record indicated that John also owned his late father's freehold land consisting of plots 64 & 65 of the 1862 enclosures, which were probably also part of the mortgage, it is not known if John got these by inheritance or purchase. The number of cottages John is said to have built on the adjoining lands of 22 perches and 12 perches are about twice what actually existed and has to be wrong.

In the Return of Owners of Land 1873, Sussex John Booker of Buxted was described as owning 4 acres, 1 rood, 26 perches of land with a rental value of £56.

 

 

Though John owned land at High Hurstwood, in the census of 2 April 1871 they were living at Frymans Farm in Brede near Rye in Sussex with seven of their children, and John was a farmer of 150 acres. They had 21-year-old Edmund Whitewood, who was soon to marry their eldest daughter, as a live-in farm servant, and two of their sons were farm labourers and presumably working for John on the farm.

In the census of 3 April 1881 John and Harriet were living at Inchreed Farm in Rotherfield Parish. Living with them were three of their unmarried children, a nephew, John Booker, who was working for them as an indoor farm servant, and Harriet’s brother, Benjamin Turk, who at the age of 73, was back as their live-in farm labourer. In both the censuses of 1871 and 1881 Harriet was recorded as Margaret, so it seems that she was known by that name during this period but later reverted back to Harriet.

At the Court of the Manor of Framfield held on 3 November 1884 John, who was described as being a farmer at Inchreed Farm in the Parish of Rotherfield, was admitted on payment of 9s 6d to the Lord of the Manor, to the copyhold property called Hanghurst (now Medleys Farm) at High Hurstwood, consisting of a house, barn, garden, orchard and land of about 6½ acres, being plots 1386 to 1389 on the 1840 Tithe Map and plot 76 of the 1862 enclosures, that he had purchased from Henry Peerless for £700. This property paid a yearly rent of 1s 7d to the Lord of the Manor, and a yearly tithe rent of £1 12s 0d.[5]

John died at Inchreed Farm on 29 April 1885, at the age of 64, and he was buried in the graveyard of Five Ash Down Independent (Calvinistic) Chapel on 2 May 1885. In his will dated the 31 May 1882 and proved in the Principal Registry of Her Majesty’s High Court of Justice on 10 June 1885, John left all his real estate to his sons Thomas and John, who were the executors of his will, to sell after his wife’s death, and the proceeds to go to his personal estate. So at the Court of the Manor of Framfield held on 19 June 1885 Thomas and John were admitted to all their late father’s copyhold properties on payment of 14s to the Lord of the Manor.[6]

In the census of 5 April 1891 Harriet was living at South Street in Rotherfield; she was described as ‘living on her own means’ and had her two spinster daughters, Emily and Charity, living with her. Harriet died at the age of 77, and she was buried in the graveyard of Five Ash Down Independent (Calvinistic) Chapel on 26 March 1894.

Then later that year it was recorded in the Court Books of the Manor of Framfield that out of court before the Steward of the Court on 2 October 1894 Thomas and John Booker sold all their late father's copyhold properties, the details are as follows:[7]

To Edward Page Mitchell a grocer of High Hurstwood they sold, for £25, 1 perch of copyhold land abutting, on the north to land to be sold to James Midmore, on the east to the high road, and on the south and west to freehold land that today they had sold to Edward Page Mitchell. This copyhold and freehold property is what for many years was the village shop and today is called Lilac Cottage.

To James Midmore a boot maker of High Hurstwood they sold, for £60, 1 rood of copyhold land with cottage abutting, on the north to a tenement to be sold to Margaret Jane Higgins, on the east to the high road, on the south to copyhold land sold to Edward Page Mitchell, and on the west to freehold land that today they had sold to James Midmore. This copyhold and freehold property is where, after demolishing the existing buildings, James Midmore and his son Benjamin built two cottages and a shoemaker's shop, the shoemaker's shop has now gone and the cottages are today called Trinity Cottage and White Briars.

To Margaret Jane Higgins a spinster of The Nest (formerly Browns Nest), High Hurstwood they sold, for £155, 12 perches of land with the messuage thereon, that was then divided into two tenements, and abutted land of Margaret Jane Higgins on the north. This is the property that is today called The Cottage.

To their brother Richard Booker, a bricklayer of High Hurstwood they sold, for £200, the property called Crossways, which is today called White Cottage.

To Trayton Ireland a grocer and draper of Laughton they sold, for £265, the majority part of the property called Hanghurst, which is today called Medleys Farm.

To Abraham Richard Betchley a miller of Groombridge they sold, for £190, the remaining part of Hanghurst with the cottages thereon, that today is called Stoneley.

It was recorded in the Court Book of the Manor of Framfield on 29 November 1895, that in a writing dated the 7 July 1894 George Carter and Horace Page acknowledge repayment of £300 and interest on the mortgage taken out by Richard John Booker on 10 January 1871.[8]

 

Their children were:

Sally 1840-1921  Emma (Emily) 1842-1919  Caroline 1843-1924

Charles 1845-1918  Richard 1847-1917  Stephen 1848-1894

Thomas 1851-1907  Ann 1852-1875  John 1853-1933  Charity 1855-1908

Herbert 1857-1933  Alice 1859-1859  Mercy 1861-1950

 

 

John and Harriet’s eldest child was Sally Turk/Booker who was born in Buxted Parish, probably at High Hurstwood, in Sussex before her parents were married. She was baptised at the Parish Church of St Margaret the Queen in Buxted on 5 April 1840, and at this baptism her father's name was given as John, so it is assumed to have been John Booker. In the census of 6 June 1841 Sally, at the age of 1, and her mother were living with her maternal grandparents, Thomas and Sarah Turk at Grovehurst in the High Hurstwood area of Buxted Parish. Then in the census of 30 March 1851 Sally, now aged 11, was living with her parents at Slaugham Gill in Crowborough, Sussex and she was going to school. In the census of 7 April 1861 Sally, at the age of 21, was living with her parents at Shadwell Farm in High Hurstwood and was she described as being a 'farmer's daughter at home'. Then in the census of 2 April 1871 Sally, at the age of 31, was living with her parents at Frymans Farm in Brede near Rye in Sussex, and one of her father's live-in farm servants was Edmund Whitewood, whom Sally was soon to marry.

Later that year, while she was still 31, Sally married 20-year-old Edmund Whitewood in Rye registration district in Sussex during the 2nd quarter of 1871. Edmund was the son of Robert and Mary Whitewood; he had been born at Nutley in Sussex and baptised at the Parish Church of James the Less in Nutley on 9 March 1851. Edmund and Sally had six children; the first was born at Brede in 1872; the next two at Cowden in Kent in 1874 and 1876; and the following two at Penshurst in Kent in 1878 and 1880. In the census of 3 April 1881 Edmund and Sally and their then five children were lodging with Sally's brother John Booker near Crowborough Railway Station, and Edmund was working as a farm labourer. Their sixth child was born in Rotherfield Parish, Sussex in 1884.

In the census of 5 April 1891 Edmund and Sally were living at Inchreed Farm in Rotherfield Parish with their six children, and Edmund was now a farmer and employer. They had Sally's 83-year-old bachelor uncle, Benjamin Turk, living with them and also two live-in farm servants, one of whom, 26-year-old James Luxford, was related to Sally by marriage through the Booker family. In the census of 31 March 1901 Edmund and Sally were still living at Inchreed Farm, where Edmund was still a farmer and employer, but only their two youngest children, Rhoda and Jabez, were still living with them. In the census of 2 April 1911 Edmund was living at Inchreed Farm with his now married son Jabez Jabez's wife and two children. Edmund was still a farmer and employer, both his son and daughter-in-law were working for him. In this census Sally was away visiting her eldest daughter Emily and her husband Ernest Maynard at 4 Vernon Road in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

Sally died at the age of 81 (not 83 as given on her death certificate), her death being registered in Uckfield registration district during the 1st quarter of 1921. Thirteen years later Edmund died at the age of 83 (not 84 as given on his death certificate), his death being registered in Uckfield registration district during the 2nd quarter of 1934.

 

 

Edmund and Sally’s eldest child was Emily Whitewood who was born at Brede in Sussex, and whose birth was registered during the 4th quarter of 1872. In the census of 3 April 1881 Emily, at the age of 8, was living with her parents, who were lodging with her mother's brother John Booker near Crowborough Railway Station in Sussex, and she was going to school. Then in the census of 5 April 1891 Emily, now aged 18, was living with her parents at Inchreed Farm in Rotherfield Parish, Sussex.

When she was 27 years old Emily married 27-year-old Ernest Maynard in Uckfield registration district in Sussex during the 1st quarter of 1900. Ernest was the son of James and Mercy Maynard; he had been born at Rotherfield in Sussex and his birth registered during the 1st quarter of 1873. In the census of 31 March 1901 Ernest and Emily were living at 28 Dukes Road in Tunbridge Wells, Kent and Ernest was working as a postman. They had two children who both died young. In the census of 2 April 1911 they were living at 4 Vernon Road in Tunbridge Wells and Ernest was continuing to work as a postman. They had two of their nephews living with them, 9-year-old Reginald Maynard and 3-year-old Ernest Rabson, and Emily's mother, Sally Whitewood, was visiting them.

 

Edmund and Sally’s second child was Frances Whitewood who was born at Cowden in Kent, and whose birth was registered during the 2nd quarter of 1874. In the census of 3 April 1881 Frances, at the age of 6, was living with her parents, who were lodging with her mother's brother John Booker near Crowborough Railway Station in Sussex, and she was going to school. Then in the census of 5 April 1891 Frances, now aged 16, was living with her parents at Inchreed Farm in Rotherfield Parish, Sussex.

 

Edmund and Sally’s third child was Robert John Whitewood, known as John, who was born at Cowden in Kent, and whose birth was registered during the 2nd quarter of 1876. In the census of 3 April 1881 John, at the age of 5, was living with his parents, who were lodging with her mother's brother John Booker near Crowborough Railway Station in Sussex, and he was going to school. Then in the census of 5 April 1891 John, now aged 15, was living with his parents at Inchreed Farm in Rotherfield Parish, Sussex; he was described as a farmer's son and would have been helping his father on the farm.

 

Edmund and Sally’s fourth child was Harriet Ann Whitewood who was born at Penshurst in Kent, and whose birth was registered during the 1st quarter of 1878. In the census of 3 April 1881 Harriet, at the age of 3, was living with her parents, who were lodging with her mother's brother John Booker near Crowborough Railway Station in Sussex. Then in the census of 5 April 1891 Harriet, now aged 13, was living with her parents at Inchreed Farm in Rotherfield Parish, Sussex and she was going to school.

 

Edmund and Sally’s fifth child was Rhoda Whitewood who was born at Penshurst in Kent, and whose birth was registered during the 3rd quarter of 1880. In the census of 3 April 1881 Rhoda, at the age of 7 months, was living with her parents, who were lodging with her mother's brother John Booker near Crowborough Railway Station in Sussex. Then in the census of 5 April 1891 Rhoda, now aged 10, was living with her parents at Inchreed Farm in Rotherfield Parish, Sussex and she was going to school. In the census of 31 March 1901 Rhoda, at the age of 20, was continuing to live with her parents at Inchreed Farm.

 

Edmund and Sally’s sixth child was Jabez Whitewood who was born at Rotherfield in Sussex, and whose birth was registered during the 4th quarter of 1884. In the census of 5 April 1891 Jabez, at the age of 6, was living with his parents at Inchreed Farm in Rotherfield Parish, and he was going to school. Then in the census of 31 March 1901 Jabez, now aged 16, was continuing to live with his parents at Inchreed Farm; he was described as a farmer's son and would have been helping his father on the farm.

When he was 22 years old Jabez married 27-year-old Ellen Hook in Uckfield registration district in Sussex during the 4th quarter of 1906. Ellen was the daughter of Moses and Julia Hook; she had been born at Rotherfield and her birth registered under the name Nellie during the 3rd quarter of 1879. Jabez and Ellen had at least two children born at Rotherfield in 1907 and 1909. In the census of 2 April 1911 Jabez, Ellen and their two children were living with Jabez's parents at Inchreed Farm where Jabez was working on the farm and Ellen was doing dairy work.

 

 

Jabez and Ellen’s eldest child was Frederick Harry Whitewood who was born at Rotherfield in Sussex and whose birth was registered during the 3rd quarter of 1907. In the census of 2 April 1911 Frederick, at the age of 3, was living with his parents and paternal grandparents at Inchreed Farm in Rotherfield Parish.

 

Jabez and Ellen’s second child was Grace Ellen Whitewood who was born at Rotherfield in Sussex and whose birth was registered during the 4th quarter of 1909. In the census of 2 April 1911 Grace, at the age of 1, was living with her parents and paternal grandparents at Inchreed Farm in Rotherfield Parish.

 

 

John and Harriet’s second child was Emma Booker, known as Emily, who was born in Buxted Parish, probably at High Hurstwood, in Sussex, and baptised at the Parish Church of St Margaret the Queen in Buxted on 10 July 1842. In the census of 30 March 1851 Emily, at the age of 8, was living with her parents at Slaugham Gill in Crowborough, Sussex and she was going to school. Then in the census of 7 April 1861 Emily, now aged 18, was a live-in general servant in Rotherfield Village, Sussex to the family of Thomas Russell, the Baptist Minister of Providence Chapel. In the census of 2 April 1871 Emily, at the age of 28, was a live-in general servant in Rotherfield Village to the family of Thomas Russell's widow, Jane Russell. Then in the census of 3 April 1881 Emily, at the age of 38, was still a live-in general servant to the family of widow Jane Russell at Providence Villa in Rotherfield Village.

In the census of 5 April 1891 Emily, at the age of 48, was living with her widowed mother and her spinster sister, Charity, in South Street at Rotherfield. Emily's mother died in 1894 and in the census of 31 March 1901 Emily, at the age of 58, was living with two of her other spinster sisters, Charity and Mercy, at Chapel Cottage in Rotherfield, and she was described as living on her own means. Emily's sister Charity died in 1908 and in the census of 2 April 1911 Emily, at the age of 68, was living with two of her other spinster sisters, Caroline and Mercy, at Chapel Cottage in Rotherfield, and they were all living on private means. Emily never married and she was living in the High Street at Rotherfield when she died at the age of 77 (not 76 as given on her burial record), and was buried in St Denys Churchyard at Rotherfield on 26 November 1919.

 

 

John and Harriet’s third child was Caroline Booker who was born in Buxted Parish, probably at High Hurstwood, in Sussex, and whose birth was registered during the 4th quarter of 1843. Caroline was baptised at the Parish Church of St Margaret the Queen in Buxted on 27 March 1844. In the census of 30 March 1851 Caroline, at the age of 7, was living with her parents at Slaugham Gill in Crowborough, Sussex and she was going to school. Then in the census of 7 April 1861 Caroline, now aged 17, was a live-in general servant to the family of grocer and draper George Edward in Rotherfield Village, Sussex.

In late 1869 Caroline, at the age of 26, had an illegitimate son, who was probably fathered by her uncle Charles Booker. Because, in the census of 2 April 1871 Caroline, now aged 27, was living at Crossways in High Hurstwood, where she was housekeeper for her widowed uncle, Charles Booker, and four of his children, the youngest of which was hers.

In the census of 3 April 1881 Caroline was and living at Bassett's Farm in Cowden, Kent, where she was housekeeper for her unmarried brother Herbert; also living there was her son, Ephraim Booker, and her uncle, Charles Booker, the probable father of her son. In the census of 5 April 1891 Caroline, at the age of 47, was a farmer at Redbridge Farm in Rotherfield Parish. Living with her was her son, Ephraim, and her uncle, Charles Booker; both were farm labourers and probably working for Caroline. Then in the census of 31 March 1901 Caroline, still unmarried at the age of 57, was still a farmer at Redbridge Farm. Now just her uncle, Charles Booker, who was now farm foreman, was living with her.

Caroline's uncle Charles died at Redbridge Farm in 1904. Then in the census of 2 April 1911 Caroline was living with two of her spinster sisters, Emily and Marcy, at Chapel House in Rotherfield and they were all living on private means. Thirteen years later Caroline was living in New Road at Rotherfield when she died at the age of 80, and was buried in the Churchyard of St Denys at Rotherfield on 7 February 1924.

 

 

Caroline’s illegitimate son was Ephraim Booker who was born in Buxted Parish, probably at High Hurstwood, and his birth registered during the 4th quarter of 1869. His father is thought to have been his mother's uncle, Charles Booker, who she was then living with as housekeeper. (Ephraim was recorded as Charles' son in the 1871 census, and then as Caroline's son in the 1891 census.)

In the census of 2 April 1871 Ephraim, at the age of 1, was living with his mother and probable father at Crossways in High Hurstwood. Then in the census of 3 April 1881 Ephraim, now aged 11, was, together with his mother and probable father, living with his uncle, farmer Herbert Booker, at Bassett's Farm in Cowden, Kent. In the census of 5 April 1891 Ephraim, at the age of 21, was living with his mother and probable father at Redbridge Farm in Rotherfield Parish, and he was working as a farm labourer, probably for his mother.

When he was 29 years old Ephraim married 25-year-old Harriet Ann Walters in Uckfield registration district in Sussex during the 4th quarter of 1898. Harriet was the daughter of John and Harriet Walters; she had been born at Crowborough in Sussex and her birth registered during the 2nd quarter of 1873. Ephraim and Harriet had three children. Their first child, a daughter, was born at Crowborough in 1899. In the census of 31 March 1901 they were living at Stone Cross in Crowborough with their young daughter, and Ephraim was continuing to work as a farm labourer. Ephraim had become a farmer when their second child was born at Crowborough in 1905. Their third child was born at Crowborough in 1909 and in the census of 2 April 1911 they were living at Ladysmith Villa, Blackness Road, Crowborough and Ephraim was working as a miller's carman.

Ephraim died at the age of 71 (not 70 as given on his death certificate), his death being registered in Uckfield registration district during the 1st quarter of 1941. Twenty-three years later Harriet died at the age of 91 (not 93 as given on her death certificate, her death being registered in Uckfield registration district during the 2nd quarter of 1964.

 

 

Ephraim and Harriet’s eldest child was Lily Annie Booker who was born at Crowborough in Sussex, and whose birth was registered during the 4th quarter of 1899. In the census of 31 March 1901 Lily, at the age of 1, was living with her parents at Stone Cross in Crowborough. Then in the census of 2 April 1911 Lily, now aged 11, was living with her parents at Ladysmith Villa, Blackness Road, Crowborough.

 

Ephraim and Harriet’s second child was Frederick Charles Booker who was born at Crowborough in Sussex, and baptised at All Saints Church in Crowborough on 7 May 1905. In the census of 2 April 1911 Frederick, at the age of 6, was living with his parents at Ladysmith Villa, Blackness Road, Crowborough.

 

Ephraim and Harriet’s third child was Edward John Booker who was born at Crowborough in Sussex, and whose birth was registered during the 4th quarter of 1909. In the census of 2 April 1911 Edward, at the age of 1, was living with his parents at Ladysmith Villa, Blackness Road, Crowborough.

 

 

John and Harriet’s forth child was Charles Booker who was born in Buxted Parish, probably at High Hurstwood, in Sussex, and baptised at the Parish Church of St Margaret the Queen in Buxted on 1 June 1845. In the census of 30 March 1851 Charles, at the age of 6, was living with his parents at Slaugham Gill in Crowborough, Sussex and he was going to school. Then in the census of 7 April 1861 Charles, now aged 16, was living with his parents at Shadwell Farm in High Hurstwood. In the census of 2 April 1871 Charles, at the age of 26, was a live-in agricultural carter for woodreeve David Baker in the Crowborough Warren area of Buxted Parish.

When he was 28 years old Charles married 22-year-old Eunice Mary Baker, known as Mary, at the Parish Church of Holy Trinity in High Hurstwood on 8 May 1873. Charles was then a farmer living with his parents at Brede in Sussex, and Mary, who was living at Crowborough Warren, was the daughter of the David and Ann Baker with whom Charles had been living as a servant in 1871. Mary had been born in Buxted Parish on 14 February 1851, and baptised at the Parish Church of St Margaret the Queen in Buxted on 26 February 1854, at the same time as three of her elder siblings.

Charles and Mary had five children; the first two were born at Crowborough Warren in High Hurstwood Parish in 1873 and 1875, and the next in Buxted Parish during 1877. They then moved to Rotherfield Parish where in the census of 3 April 1881 they were living at Brattles near to Inchreed Farm with their then three children, and Charles was working as a farm labourer. Their fourth and fifth children were born in Rotherfield Parish in 1882 and 1885. Then in the census of 5 April 1891 they were living at Stephnetts Farm in the Blackham area of Withyham Parish in Sussex with their five children, and Charles was now a farmer. In the census of 31 March 1901 they were continuing to live at Stephnetts Farm, now with four of their children, and Charles was still a farmer. Then in the census of 2 April 1911 they were still living at Stephnetts Farm, now with just their youngest son still living with them. Charles was a farmer, grazier and employer at home and his son was working for him.

Charles died at the age of 73, his death being registered in East Grinstead registration district, which includes Withyham, during the 2nd quarter of 1918. Eighteen years later Mary died at the age of 85, her death being registered in Uckfield registration district in Sussex during the 2nd quarter of 1936.

 

 

Charles and Mary’s eldest child was Esther Booker who was born at Crowborough Warren in High Hurstwood Parish, Sussex and baptised at the Parish Church of Holy Trinity in High Hurstwood on 31 August 1873. In the census of 3 April 1881 Esther, at the age of 7, was living with her parents at Brattles near Inchreed Farm in Rotherfield Parish, Sussex and she was going to school. Then in the census of 5 April 1891 Esther, now aged 17, was living with her parents at Stephnetts Farm in the Blackham area of Withyham Parish in Sussex. In the census of 31 March 1901 Esther, at the age of 27, was working as a general domestic servant and continuing to live with her parents at Stephnetts Farm.

When she was 28 years old Ester married 25-year-old William Clarke in East Grinstead registration district in Sussex during the 4th quarter of 1901. William was the son of William and Martha Clarke; he had been born at Withyham and his birth registered during the 4th quarter of 1876. William and Esther didn't have any children. In the census of 2 April 1911 they were living at Blackham where William was working as a grocer and shopkeeper on his own account at home, and Esther was assisting him in the business.

Esther died at the age of 67, her death being registered in Hailsham registration district in Sussex during the 2nd quarter of 1940. Six years later William died at the age of 69, his death being registered in Uckfield registration district in Sussex during the 1st quarter of 1946.

 

Charles and Mary’s second child was Charles Booker who was born at Crowborough Warren in High Hurstwood Parish, Sussex and baptised at the Parish Church of Holy Trinity in High Hurstwood on 4 April 1875. In the census of 3 April 1881 Charles, at the age of 6, was living with his parents at Brattles near Inchreed Farm in Rotherfield Parish, Sussex and he was going to school. Then in the census of 5 April 1891 Charles, now aged 16, was living with his parents at Stephnetts Farm in the Blackham area of Withyham Parish, Sussex and he was described as being a farmer's son, meaning that he was helping his father on the farm.

Charles was still a farmer’s son living at Withyham when, at the age of 23, he married 21-year-old Annie Jeffery at the Parish Church of St Michael & All Angels in Withyham on 26 October 1898. Annie was the daughter of Richard and Martha Jeffery; she had been born at Withyham and her birth registered during the 3rd quarter of 1877. Annie was the sister of the William Jeffery who was to marry Charles' sister Mary in 1903. Charles and Annie lived in the Blackham area of Withyham Parish where they had five children born between 1900 and 1908. In the census of 31 March 1901 they were living at 2 Stephnetts Cottage in Blackham with their then two children, and Charles was working as a farm labourer, probably for his father at Stephnetts Farm. At the baptism of their fourth child in 1904 Charles was described as being a labourer on the L.B.S.C.R. (London, Brighton & South Coast Railway). In the census of 2 April 1911 they were living at Heath Farm in Blackham with their five children and Charles was a platelayer on the L.B.S.C.R.

Annie died at the age of 66, her death being registered in Uckfield registration district in Sussex during the 2nd quarter of 1943. Twelve years later Charles died at the age of 79, his death being registered in Uckfield registration district during the 1st quarter of 1955.

 

 

 

Charles and Annie’s eldest child was Annie Booker who was born at Blackham in Withyham Parish, Sussex and baptised at the Parish Church of St Michael & All Angels in Withyham on 21 January 1900. In the census of 31 March 1901 Annie, at the age of 1, was living with her parents at 2 Stephnetts Cottages in the Blackham area of Withyham Parish. Then in the census of 2 April 1911 Annie, now aged 11, was going to school and living with her parents at Heath Farm in Blackham.

 

Charles and Annie’s second child was Alice Victoria Booker who was born at Blackham in Withyham Parish, Sussex and baptised at the Parish Church of St Michael & All Angels in Withyham on 3 March 1901. In the census of 31 March 1901 Alice, at the age of 2 months, was living with her parents at 2 Stephnetts Cottages in the Blackham area of Withyham Parish. Then in the census of 2 April 1911 Alice, now aged 10, was going to school and living with her parents at Heath Farm in Blackham.

 

Charles and Annie’s third child was Cissie Mary Booker who was born at Blackham in Withyham Parish, Sussex and baptised at the Parish Church of St Michael & All Angels in Withyham on 6 July 1902. In the census of 2 April 1911 Cissie, at the age of 8, was living with her parents at Heath Farm in Blackham.

 

Charles and Annie’s fourth child was Winifred Ruth Booker who was born at Blackham in Withyham Parish, Sussex and baptised at the Parish Church of St Michael & All Angels in Withyham on 25 December 1904. In the census of 2 April 1911 Winifred, at the age of 6, was living with her parents at Heath Farm in Blackham.

 

Charles and Annie’s fifth child was Thomas Booker who was born at Blackham in Withyham Parish, Sussex and baptised at the Parish Church of St Michael & All Angels in Withyham on 9 February 1908. In the census of 2 April 1911 Thomas, at the age of 3, was living with his parents at Heath Farm in Blackham.

 

 

Charles and Mary’s third child was Mary Booker who was born in Buxted Parish, Sussex, and baptised at the Parish Church of Holy Trinity in High Hurstwood, Sussex on 28 October 1877. In the census of 3 April 1881 Mary, at the age of 3, was living with her parents at Brattles near Inchreed Farm in Rotherfield Parish, Sussex. Then in the census of 5 April 1891 Mary, now aged 13, was living with her parents at Stephnetts Farm in the Blackham area of Withyham Parish, Sussex. In the census of 31 March 1901 Mary, at the age of 23, was continuing to live with her parents at Stephnetts Farm in the Blackham area of Withyham Parish.

When she was 25 years old Mary married 23-year-old William Jeffery in East Grinstead registration district in Sussex during the 2nd quarter of 1903. William was the son of Richard and Martha Jeffery; he had been born at Withyham and his birth registered during the 1st quarter of 1880. William was the brother of Annie Jeffery who had married Mary's brother Charles in 1898. William and Mary had four children, one of whom, probably the first, died young. Their first two surviving children were born at Croydon in Surrey in 1906 and 1909. In the census of 2 April 1911 they were living at 108 Gloucester Road in Croydon with their then two surviving children and William was working as a Railway Guard. Their third surviving child was born at Croydon in 1912.

 

 

William and Mary’s eldest surviving child was Mary Jeffery who was born at Croydon in Surrey and whose birth was registered during the 2nd quarter of 1906. In the census of 2 April 1911 Mary, at the age of 4, was living with her parents at 108 Gloucester Road in Croydon.

 

William and Mary’s second surviving child was Ruth Jeffery who was born at Croydon in Surrey and whose birth was registered during the 3rd quarter of 1909. In the census of 2 April 1911 Ruth, at the age of 1, was living with her parents at 108 Gloucester Road in Croydon.

 

William and Mary’s third surviving child was Richard J Jeffery who was born at Croydon in Surrey and whose birth was registered during the 2nd quarter of 1912.

 

 

Charles and Mary’s fourth child was Thomas Booker who was born in Rotherfield Parish, Sussex, and baptised at the Parish Church of Holy Trinity in High Hurstwood, Sussex on 12 November 1882. In the census of 5 April 1891 Thomas, at the age of 8, was living with his parents at Stephnetts Farm in the Blackham area of Withyham Parish, Sussex. Then in the census of 31 March 1901 Thomas, now aged 18, was working as a domestic gardener and continuing to live with his parents at Stephnetts Farm.

When he was just on 24 years old Thomas married 24-year-old Agnes Eva Stanford in East Grinstead registration district in Sussex during the 4th quarter of 1906. Agnes was the daughter of Harry and Ann Stanford; she had been born at Markbeech in Kent and her birth registered during the 2nd quarter of 1882. Thomas and Agnes had two children; the first, a daughter, was born at Withyham in 1909. In the census of 2 April 1911 they were living in the High Street at Cowden in Kent with their daughter and Thomas was working on his own account as a fishmonger and fruiterer. Their second child was born in Sevenoaks registration district in Kent in 1917.

Agnes died at the age of 50, her death being registered in St George Hanover Square registration district in London during the 4th quarter of 1932. Nineteen years later Thomas died at the age of 69, his death being registered in Tonbridge registration district in Kent during the 4th quarter of 1951.

 

 

Thomas and Agnes’ eldest child was Nellie Gertrude Booker who was born at Withyham in Sussex and whose birth was registered during the 2nd quarter of 1909. In the census of 2 April 1911 Nellie, at the age of 2, was living with her parents in the High Street at Cowden in Kent.

 

Thomas and Agnes’ second child was Ernest C Booker whose birth was registered in Sevenoaks registration district in Kent during the 1st quarter of 1917.

 

 

Charles and Mary’s fifth child was Andrew Booker who was born in Rotherfield Parish, Sussex on 27 December 1884, and baptised at the Parish Church of Holy Trinity in High Hurstwood, Sussex on 8 February 1885. In the census of 5 April 1891 Andrew, at the age of 6, was living with his parents at Stephnetts Farm in the Blackham area of Withyham Parish, Sussex. Then in the census of 31 March 1901 Andrew, now aged 16, was working as a bricklayer and continuing to live with his parents at Stephnetts Farm. In the census of 2 April 1911 Andrew, at the age of 26, was still living with his parents at Stephnetts Farm and he was now working for his father on the farm.

When he was 36 years old Andrew married 26-year-old Bessie Southgate in East Grinstead registration district in Sussex during the 3rd quarter of 1921. Bessie was the daughter of Edward and Harriet Southgate and she had been born at Sproughton in Suffolk on 17 September 1895. Andrew and Bessie had four children born in East Grinstead registration district between 1922 and 1929.

Andrew died at the age of 87, his death being registered in Uckfield registration district in Sussex during the 1st quarter of 1972. Eleven years later Bessie died at the age of 87, her death being registered in Uckfield registration district during the 1st quarter of 1983.

 

 

Andrew and Bessie’s eldest child was Joan A S Booker whose birth was registered in East Grinstead registration district in Sussex during the 3rd quarter of 1922.

 

Andrew and Bessie’s second child was Hilda S Booker whose birth was registered in East Grinstead registration district in Sussex during the 4th quarter of 1924.

 

Andrew and Bessie’s third child was Constance V S Booker whose birth was registered in East Grinstead registration district in Sussex during the 2nd quarter of 1926.

 

Andrew and Bessie’s fourth child was Bridget M S Booker whose birth was registered in East Grinstead registration district in Sussex during the 1st quarter of 1929.

 

 

John and Harriet’s fifth child was Richard Booker who was born at Rotherfield in Sussex, and baptised at the Parish Church of St Margaret the Queen in Buxted, Sussex on 21 March 1847. In the census of 30 March 1851 Richard, at the age of 4, was living with his parents at Slaugham Gill in Crowborough, Sussex and he was going to school. Then in the census of 7 April 1861 Richard, now aged 14, was a cordwainer's apprentice living at Crossways in High Hurstwood, Sussex with the family of James Midmore a master cordwainer (shoemaker).

When he was 22 years old Richard married 22-year-old Harriet Caroline Mitchell, known as Caroline, in Tonbridge registration district in Kent during the 4th quarter of 1869. Caroline was the daughter of Richard and Frances Mitchell; she had been born at Rotherfield on 31 July 1847, and baptised at the Parish Church of St Denys in Rotherfield on 5 September 1847.

Richard and Caroline had four children; the first two born at High Hurstwood in early 1870 and early 1871. In the census of 2 April 1871 they were living with their two children in one part of the cottage now called The Cottage that was owned by Richard's father and was just to the south of Browns Nest in High Hurstwood. Richard was now a journeyman shoemaker, presumably working for James Midmore, who lived and had the shoemaker's shop in the other part of The Cottage. Richard and Harriet had two more children born at High Hurstwood in 1873 and 1876. Then in late 1877 Caroline died at the age of 30, and she was buried in the graveyard of Five Ash Down Independent (Calvinistic) Chapel on 18 November 1877. Their youngest child then died in early 1879 when only 33 months old.

 

 

In the census of 3 April 1881 Richard, who was now a farm worker, was living in one half of Ivy Hole Cottages in High Hurstwood with his three surviving children, together with his housekeeper, Emily Ann Young, and her two children. These two children were almost certainly fathered by Richard as were the next four children that Emily had before they married at the Parish Church of Holy Trinity in High Hurstwood on the 19 November 1890. The first of these six children had been baptised soon after birth but the other five were all baptised together on 1 October 1890, seven weeks before Richard and Emily married. Emily was the daughter of William and Edith Young; she had been born at High Hurstwood and baptised at the Parish Church of St Margaret the Queen in Buxted on 8 April 1860.

In the census of 5 April 1891 Richard, who was now a bricklayer, and Emily were living at Hanghurst (now Medleys Farm) in High Hurstwood, which was one of Richard's late father's properties and was then owned by the executors of his father's will. Then living with Richard and Emily were one of Richard's children from his first marriage and six of their children born to Emily since she had come to live with Richard as his 'housekeeper'. After their marriage Richard and Emily had five more children, the first two were born in 1891 and 1894 while they were still living at High Hurstwood.

After his mother's death in 1894, it was recorded at the Court of the Manor of Framfield held on 2 October 1894 that Richard was admitted, on payment of 3s 9d to the lord of the manor, to his late father's copyhold property called Crossways (now White Cottage) at High Hurstwood, which he had purchased from the executors of his father's will (his brothers Thomas & John), for £200. Then at the Court of the Manor of Framfield held on 29 November 1895, it was recorded that for the sum mentioned in an indenture dated the 29 June 1895 Richard was granted the freehold of Crossways by the lord of the manor. It was at about this time that they moved to Crowborough where their other three children were born between 1898 and 1902. In the census of 31 March 1901 they were living at 2 Pilmer Road in Crowborough with seven of their children, and Richard was continuing to work as a bricklayer. So it looks as if Richard probably sold Crossways after he was granted the freehold. They were still living at 2 Pilmer Road when their son Albert was transferred to the army special reserve on 7 December 1908 and Richard was still described as being a bricklayer when his daughter Hetty married in 1910.

In the census of 2 April 1911 Richard and Emily were living at Hartington Villa, Whitehill Road, Crowborough with five of their children; Richard was now a general labourer and Emily was working on her own account as a midwife. Six years later Richard died at the age of 70, his death being registered in Uckfield registration district during the 4th quarter of 1917. Twenty years later Emily died at the age of 76, her death being registered in Croydon registration district in Surrey during the 1st quarter of 1937.

 

 

Richard and Caroline’s eldest child was Luther Booker who was born at High Hurstwood in Sussex, and whose birth was registered during the 1st quarter of 1870. In the census of 2 April 1871 Luther, at the age of 1, was living with his parents in one part of the cottage now called The Cottage that was just to the south of Browns Nest in High Hurstwood. His mother died in 1877 and in the census of 3 April 1881 Luther, now aged 11, was going to school and living with his widowed father in one half of Ivy Hole Cottages in High Hurstwood. In the census of 5 April 1891 Luther, at the age of 21, was a miller's grinder boarding with the family of farm labourer Thomas Dabson at Huggetts Furnace Cottage in Hadlow Down, Sussex. He would have been working for Eli Dadswell at the nearby Huggetts Furnace Mill.

When he was 27 years old Luther married 24-year-old widow Rosina Rampling, whose maiden name was Welch, in Dartford registration district in Kent during the 4th quarter of 1897. Rosina was the daughter of James and Rose Welch; she had been born at Eynsford in Kent and her birth registered during the 1st quarter of 1873. Rosina married Henry Rampling in 1889 and had three children one of whom died young, before Henry died in 1896.

Luther and Rosina had twelve children, Luther, Kathleen, Cecil, Leslie, Herbert, John, May, Thomas, Douglas, Horace, Percy and Gordon, born at Dartford between 1898 and 1921. In the census of 31 March 1901 they were living at 1 Bridge Court in Dartford with their then two children and Rosina's two children from her first marriage, and Luther was working as a labourer at a cement works. Then in the census of 2 April 1911 they were living at 88 Overy Street in Dartford with their now six children and Rosina's son from her first marriage, and Luther was now a general labourer.

Luther died at the age of 53 (not 52 as given on his death certificate), his death being registered in Dartford registration district during the 2nd quarter of 1923. Thirty-two years later Rosina died at the age of 81, her death being registered in Dartford registration district during the 1st quarter of 1955.

 

Richard and Caroline’s second child was Hephzibah Booker who was born at High Hurstwood in Sussex, and whose birth was registered during the 1st quarter of 1871. In the census of 2 April 1871 Hephzibah, at the age of 2 months, was living with her parents in one part of the cottage now called The Cottage that was just to the south of Browns Nest in High Hurstwood. Her mother died in 1877 and in the census of 3 April 1881 Hephzibah, now aged 10, was going to school and living with her widowed father in one half of Ivy Hole Cottages in High Hurstwood. In the census of 5 April 1891 Hephzibah, at the age of 20, was a live-in general domestic servant to the family of farmer John Mitchell, who was a brother of her late mother, at Ford Brook in Rotherfield Parish, Sussex. Then in the census of 31 March 1901 Hephzibah, at the age of 30, was continuing to live with the family of John Mitchell, but now at Leighlands Farm in Rotherfield Parish; she was now described as being their niece and working for them as a mother's help. In the census of 2 April 1911 Hephzibah, at the age of 40, was still living with her uncle and aunt, John and Sophia Mitchell, now at Millbrook in Jarvis Brook, Sussex and working as their general domestic help. Hephzibah never married. She died at Forest Hill Bethesda Home in Lewisham, London on 12 April 1956, at the age of 85.

 

Richard and Caroline’s third child was Ruth Bookerwho was born at High Hurstwood in Sussex, and whose birth was registered during the 2nd quarter of 1873. Her mother died in 1877 and in the census of 3 April 1881 Ruth, at the age of 7, was going to school and living with her widowed father in one half of Ivy Hole Cottages in High Hurstwood. Then in the census of 5 April 1891 Ruth, now aged 17, was living with her father and stepmother at Hanghurst in High Hurstwood. In the census of 31 March 1901 Ruth, at the age of 27, was an inmate of The Union Workhouse in Uckfield, and she was described as having the occupation of domestic nurse. Then in the census of 2 April 1911 Ruth, still unmarried at the age of 37, was still an inmate of The Union Workhouse in Uckfield, and she was described as having the occupation of domestic servant. No further records of Ruth have been found so it's not known what subsequently happened to her.

 

Richard and Caroline’s fourth child was Thomas Booker who was born at High Hurstwood in Sussex, and whose birth was registered during the 2nd quarter of 1876. His mother died in late 1877 and then just over a year later Thomas died when only 2 years and 9 months old, and he was buried in the graveyard of Five Ash Down Independent (Calvinistic) Chapel on 13 February 1879.

 

Richard and Emily’s eldest child (Richard’s fifth) was Hilda Selina Young/Booker who was born at High Hurstwood in Sussex on 9 March 1879, and baptised at the Parish Church of Holy Trinity in High Hurstwood on 11 May 1879 as the illegitimate daughter of Emily Young. In the census of 3 April 1881 Hilda, at the age of 2, was living with her unmarried parents in one half of Ivy Hole Cottages in High Hurstwood. Then in the census of 5 April 1891 Hilda, now aged 12, was living with her now married parents at Hanghurst in High Hurstwood.

When she was 20 years old Hilda married 21-year-old Charles Arthur Rout in Brighton registration district in Sussex during the 4th quarter of 1899. Charles was the son of Charles and Emma Rout; he had been born in Brighton and his birth registered during 1st quarter of 1878. In the census of 31 March 1901 Charles and Hilda were living at 28 Terminus Road in Brighton and Charles was working as a Lamp Porter for the LB&SCR (London Brighton & South Coast Railway). Charles and Hilda had six children, Charles, Edythe, Leslie, Daisy, Irene and Florence, born in Brighton between 1901 and 1915. In the census of 2 April 1911 they were living at 60 New Dorset Street in Brighton with their then four children and Charles was a Railway Inside Porter for the LB&SCR.

Hilda died at Brighton on 4 December 1931, at the age of 52, possibly either a murder or suicide. The Saturday 5 December 1931 edition of The Brighton and Hove Herald reported that Hilda's body had been washed ashore between Black Rock and Roedean clothed in only her underwear, and several of her teeth were missing from her upper jaw. Eighteen years later Charles died at the age of 72, his death being registered in South Eastern Surrey registration district during the 3rd quarter of 1950.

 

Richard and Emily’s second child (Richard’s sixth) was Martha Young/Booker who was born at High Hurstwood in Sussex, and whose birth was registered during the 3rd quarter of 1880. She was only baptised, together with four of her siblings, at the Parish Church of Holy Trinity in High Hurstwood on 1 October 1890 as the illegitimate daughter of Emily Young, just before her parent's marriage. In the census of 3 April 1881 Martha, at the age of 7 months, was living with her unmarried parents in one half of Ivy Hole Cottages in High Hurstwood. Then in the census of 5 April 1891 Martha, now aged 10, was living with her now married parents at Hanghurst in High Hurstwood. In the census of 31 March 1901 Martha, at the age of 20 and using the name Booker, was a live-in parlour maid at The Hall in Nutley, Sussex.

When she was 27 years old Martha married 41-year-old Martin William Ranger in Uckfield registration district in Sussex during the 1st quarter of 1908. Martin was the son of James and Eliza Ranger; he had been born at Tunbridge Wells in Kent and his birth registered during the 4th quarter of 1866. Martin and Martha had five children, the first two dying young; the other three were William, Charles and Kathleen born at Crowborough in Sussex in 1910, 1913 and 1915. In the census of 2 April 1911 Martin and Martha were living at 2 Alderbrook Cottage in Jarvis Brook, Crowborough with their then one surviving child and Martin was working as a house painter.

Martin died at the age of 66, his death being registered in Uckfield registration district during the 4th quarter of 1932. Then a few months later Martha, at the age of 52, married John W Baldock, who was about 50, in Croydon registration district in Surrey during the 1st quarter of 1933. Ten years after their marriage John died at the age of 61, his death being registered in Croydon registration district during the 3rd quarter of 1943. Then sixteen years later Martha died at the age of 78, her death being registered in Croydon registration district during the 3rd quarter of 1959.

 

Richard and Emily’s third child (Richard’s seventh) was Albert Young/Booker who was born at High Hurstwood in Sussex, and whose birth was registered during the 4th quarter of 1882. He was only baptised, together with four of his siblings, at the Parish Church of Holy Trinity in High Hurstwood on 1 October 1890 as the illegitimate son of Emily Young, just before his parent's marriage. In the census of 5 April 1891 Albert, at the age of 8, was living with his parents at Hanghurst in High Hurstwood. Then in about 1897 Albert moved with his parents to Crowborough in Sussex and in the census of 31 March 1901 Albert, now aged 18, was working as a bricklayer's labourer and living with his parents at 2 Pilmer Road in Crowborough.

On 27 August 1902 Albert, at the age of 19, was living with his parents at 2 Pilmer Road in Crowborough and working as a builder's labourer for Mr D Wickens of White Hill, Crowborough, when he enlisted as Private 371 in the Royal Army Medical Corps Militia for 6 years. He was then described as 5ft 5¼ins tall, weighed 117lbs, with 34ins fully expanded chest, dark complexion, brown eyes, dark brown hair and a mole on his neck. He was on active service (embodied) for four months from 15 October 1902 to 21 February 1903. Then each year from 1904 to 1906 he went for four weeks annual training each summer. He was appointed a 2nd Class Orderly on 1 July 1907 and then on completion of his 6 years on 26 August 1908 he re-enlisted for a further 4 years. He was living with his parents at 2 Pilmer Road and working as a labourer when he was put on the Army Special Reserve on 7 December 1908 as Private 226 in the Royal Army Medical Corps Militia. He was now described as 5ft 6¾ins tall, weighed 140lbs, with 35½ins fully expanded chest, hazel eyes, dark brown hair and a small wart on the back of his neck. He attended two weeks annual training each summer from 1909 to 1912, and in 1910 was admonished for being late for training and then given two days confined to barracks for quitting his duty without permission. He was discharged on 26 August 1912, having completed his 10 years' service, when his character was described as very good.[9] Presumably during all his time in the militia Albert continued to live with his parents and work as a labourer because in the census of 2 April 1911 Albert, at the age of 28, was working as a general labourer and living with his parents at Hartington Villa, Whitehill Road, Crowborough.

It seems that immediately after the 1911 census Albert started to live with married woman Emily Smitherman, whose maiden name was Child. Emily was the daughter of Edwin and Emily Child and she had been born at Rotherfield in Sussex on 11 August 1886. When she was 21 years old Emily married 20-year-old George Smitherman in Tonbridge registration district in Kent during the 4th quarter of 1907. George was the son of George and Alice Smitherman and his birth had been registered in Tunbridge Wells registration district in Kent during the 3rd quarter of 1887. George and Emily had two children, both sons, born in 1908 and 1909 before their marriage ended in separation in 1910. It seems that Emily had been found with another man, presumably Albert Booker, and George's father told George to 'clear off for a while' so George went to Australia in March 1910 and returned in April 1911. After returning to England George ended up living with Louisa May Neal, who had been born in Tunbridge Wells on 22 June 1891, by whom he had seven more children born between 1913 and 1934. George and Louisa lived in the Tunbridge Wells area of Kent. George died at the age of 74, his death being registered in Tonbridge registration district during the 3rd quarter of 1961. After George's death Louisa changed her name to Smitherman by deed poll, she died when she was just on 90 years old, her death being registered in Tunbridge Wells registration district during the 2nd quarter of 1981. George and Emily's two sons were brought up by George's parents, George and Alice Smitherman.

Returning to Albert and Emily, they had seven children, Albert Emily, Richard, Edith, Ivy, Mary and Susan born in Uckfield registration district between 1911 and 1921. They lived in Queens Road in Crowborough, which is in Uckfield registration district. They finally married in Uckfield registration district during the 4th quarter of 1954. As the death of Emily's first husband, George Smitherman, was not registered until 1961, either George and Emily had finally divorced, which seems unlikely as George never married Louisa Neal, or Emily married Albert Booker bigamously.

Albert died at the age of 77, his death being registered in Uckfield registration district during the 4th quarter of 1960. Ten years later Emily died at the age of 84, her death being registered in Uckfield registration district during the 2nd quarter of 1971.

 

 

Richard and Emily’s fourth child (Richard’s eighth) was Clara Young/Booker who was born at High Hurstwood in Sussex, and whose birth was registered during the 1st quarter of 1885. She was only baptised, together with four of her siblings, at the Parish Church of Holy Trinity in High Hurstwood on 1 October 1890 as the illegitimate daughter of Emily Young, just before her parent's marriage. In the census of 5 April 1891 Clara, at the age of 6, was living with her parents at Hanghurst in High Hurstwood. Then in about 1897 Clara moved with her parents to Crowborough in Sussex and in the census of 31 March 1901 Clara, now aged 16, was living with her parents at 2 Pilmer Road in Crowborough.

 

 

Richard and Emily’s fifth child (Richard’s ninth) was Hetty Young/Booker who was born at High Hurstwood in Sussex, and whose birth was registered during the 4th quarter of 1886. She was only baptised, together with four of her siblings, at the Parish Church of Holy Trinity in High Hurstwood on 1 October 1890 as the illegitimate daughter of Emily Young, just before her parent's marriage. In the census of 5 April 1891 Hetty, at the age of 4, was living with her parents at Hanghurst in High Hurstwood. Then in about 1897 Hetty moved with her parents to Crowborough in Sussex.

When she was 23 years old Hetty married 27-year-old Percy James Mackellow at the Parish Church of All Saints in Crowborough, Sussex on 26 March 1910. They were both then living at Crowborough, and Percy was working as a bricklayer. Percy was the son of James and Sophia Mackellow; he had been born at Rotherfield in Sussex and his birth registered during the 1st quarter of 1883. In the census of 2 April 1911 Percy and Hetty were living at Hartington Villa, Whitehill Road, Crowborough, next-door to Hetty's parents, and Percy was working for a builder as a bricklayer.

Then twenty-one months after their marriage Percy and Hetty emigrated from England to Australia. They sailed 3rd class on the Oswestry Grange of the Queensland Line from London on 5 January 1912. On the passenger list Percy was described as a bricklayer and their intended destination port was given as Rockhampton in Queensland.[10]

 

Richard and Emily’s sixth child (Richard’s tenth) was Agnes Young/Booker who was born at High Hurstwood in Sussex, and whose birth was registered during the 2nd quarter of 1889. She was only baptised, together with four of her siblings, at the Parish Church of Holy Trinity in High Hurstwood on 1 October 1890 as the illegitimate daughter of Emily Young, just before her parent's marriage. In the census of 5 April 1891 Agnes, at the age of 2, was living with her parents at Hanghurst in High Hurstwood. Then in about 1897 Agnes moved with her parents to Crowborough in Sussex and in the census of 31 March 1901 Agnes, now aged 12, was living with her parents at 2 Pilmer Road in Crowborough. In the census of 2 April 1911 Agnes, at the age of 22, was a live-in domestic servant to lodging house keeper Isabella Nye at The Cedars, Pilmer Road, Crowborough.

 

Richard and Emily’s seventh child (Richard’s eleventh) was Alice Booker who was born at High Hurstwood in Sussex, and baptised at the Parish Church of Holy Trinity in High Hurstwood on 1 May 1892. Then in about 1897 Alice moved with her parents to Crowborough in Sussex and in the census of 31 March 1901 Alice, at the age of 9, was living with her parents at 2 Pilmer Road in Crowborough. In the census of 2 April 1911 Alice, now aged 19, was a live-in domestic nurse to the family of veterinary surgeon Ernest Perry at Faircourt, 1 Southfields, Road, Eastbourne, Sussex. When she was 26 years old Alice married William G Canning in Eastbourne registration district during the 4th quarter of 1918.

 

Richard and Emily’s eighth child (Richard’s twelfth) was Benjamin Booker who was born at High Hurstwood in Sussex, and baptised at the Parish Church of Holy Trinity in High Hurstwood on 12 May 1895. Then in about 1897 Benjamin moved with his parents to Crowborough in Sussex and in the census of 31 March 1901 Benjamin, at the age of 6, was living with his parents at 2 Pilmer Road in Crowborough. In the census of 2 April 1911 Benjamin, now aged 16, was working as a domestic page boy and living with his parents at Hartington Villa, Whitehill Road, Crowborough. Benjamin died at the age of 72, his death being registered in Kettering registration district in Northamptonshire during the 4th quarter of 1967.

 

Richard and Emily’s ninth child (Richard’s thirteenth) was Emmie Booker who was born at Crowborough in Sussex, and baptised at the Parish Church of Holy Trinity in High Hurstwood, Sussex on 6 November 1898. In the census of 31 March 1901 Emmie, at the age of 2, was living with her parents at 2 Pilmer Road in Crowborough. Then in the census of 2 April 1911 Emmie, now aged 12, was going to school and living with her parents at Hartington Villa, Whitehill Road, Crowborough.

 

Richard and Emily’s tenth child (Richard’s fourteenth) was Lilian Frances Booker who was born at Crowborough in Sussex, and baptised at the Parish Church of Holy Trinity in High Hurstwood, Sussex on 16 June 1901. In the census of 31 March 1901 Lilian, at the age of 7 months, was living with her parents at 2 Pilmer Road in Crowborough. Then in the census of 2 April 1911 Lilian, now aged 10, was going to school and living with her parents at Hartington Villa, Whitehill Road, Crowborough.

 

Richard and Emily’s eleventh child (Richard’s fifteenth) was Irene Booker who was born at Crowborough in Sussex on 1 June 1902, and baptised at the Parish Church of Holy Trinity in High Hurstwood, Sussex on 28 September 1902. In the census of 2 April 1911 Irene, at the age of 8, was going to school and living with her parents at Hartington Villa, Whitehill Road, Crowborough.

When she was 21 years old Irene married 25-year-old Richard Eric Lord in East Grinstead registration district in Sussex during the 1st quarter of 1924. Richard was the son of Edmund and Annie Lord and he had been born at Withyham in Sussex on 16 January 1899. Richard and Irene had three children; the first, Eric, was born in Uckfield registration district during 1925, and the other two, Brenda and Barbara, were born in Croydon registration district in Surrey in 1928 and 1932.

Richard died at the age of 84, his death being registered in Eastbourne registration district in Sussex during the 2nd quarter of 1983. Seventeen years later Irene died at the age of 97, her death being registered in Eastbourne registration district during February 1902.

 

 

John and Harriet’s sixth child was Stephen Booker who was born at Rotherfield in Sussex, and baptised at the Parish Church of St Margaret the Queen in Buxted, Sussex on 24 December 1848. In the census of 30 March 1851 Stephen, at the age of 2, was living with his parents at Slaugham Gill in Crowborough, Sussex. Then in the census of 7 April 1861 Stephen, now aged 12, was living with his parents at Shadwell Farm in High Hurstwood, Sussex and he was going to school. In the census of 2 April 1871 Stephen, at the age of 22, was living with his parents at Frymans Farm in Brede near Rye in Sussex, and he was working as a farm labourer, probably for his father. Then in the census of 3 April 1881 Stephen, at the age of 32, was living with his parents at Inchreed Farm in Rotherfield Parish, and he was described as being a farmer's son, so he would have been helping his father run the farm. In the census of 5 April 1891 Stephen, still unmarried at the age of 42, was working as a wood contractor and living with the family of his brother Herbert at Bassett's Farm in Cowden, Kent. Stephen never married. He died at the age of 45, his death being registered in Tonbridge registration district in Kent during the 2nd quarter of 1894.

 

John and Harriet’s seventh child was Thomas Booker who was born at Rotherfield in Sussex on 5 February 1851, and baptised at the Parish Church of St Denys in Rotherfield on 2 March 1851. In the census of 30 March 1851 Thomas, at the age of one month, was living with his parents at Slaugham Gill in Crowborough, Sussex. Then in the census of 7 April 1861 Thomas, now aged 10, was living with his parents at Shadwell Farm in High Hurstwood, Sussex and he was going to school. In the census of 2 April 1871 Thomas, at the age of 20, was living with his parents at Frymans Farm in Brede near Rye in Sussex, and he was working as a farm labourer, probably for his father. Then in the census of 3 April 1881 Thomas, still unmarried at the age of 30, was working as a miller and lodging with widow Eliza Browning at 46 Union Street in Canterbury, Kent.

At the Court of the Manor of Framfield held on 19 June 1885, Thomas, who was described as being a miller of New Road in Buxted, Sussex, was admitted with his brother John, on payment of 14 shillings to the Lord of the Manor, to all of their late father's copyhold properties, which had been left to them in trust as executors of their father's will. Then, after their mother's death, at the Court of the Manor of Framfield held on 2 October 1894 Thomas and his brother John sold their late father's properties; see the section above on their parents for details.

When he was 33 years old Thomas married 29-year-old Alice Pierce in Canterbury registration district during the 2nd quarter of 1884. Alice was the daughter of Isaac and Maria Pierce; she had been born at Canterbury and her birth registered during the 1st quarter of 1855. Thomas and Alice had four children; the first born at Buxted in late 1884; the next two at Leeds in Kent in 1886 and 1888. In the census of 5 April 1891 they were living at 8 Vicarage Street in Faversham, Kent with their three children, and Thomas was a journeyman miller. Their fourth child was born at Riverhead in Kent in 1895. Then in the census of 31 March 1901 they were living at 4 Branch Street in Dover, Kent with their two youngest children, and Thomas was still working as a journeyman miller.

Thomas died when he was just on 56 years old (not 54 as given on his death certificate), his death being registered in Bridge registration district in Kent during the 1st quarter of 1907. Then in the census of 2 April 1911 Alice was living at 19 New Street in Canterbury with her two youngest children, and living on private means. Thirty-two years after Thomas' death Alice died at the age of 83, her death being registered in Canterbury registration district during the 1st quarter of 1939.

 

 

Thomas and Alice’s eldest child was George Booker who was born at Buxted in Sussex on 25 September 1884. In the census of 5 April 1891 George, at the age of 6, was living with his parents at 8 Vicarage Street in Faversham, Kent, and he was going to school. Then in the census of 31 March 1901 George, now aged 16, was working as a groom and boarding with the family of pork butcher Thomas Bennett at Station Road in Dunton Green, Kent.

When he was 23 years old George married 21-year-old Rose George in Croydon registration district in Surrey during the 1st quarter of 1908. Rose was the daughter of Haymon and Harriet George; she had been born at Lenham in Kent on 21 March 1886. George and Rose had four children; the first was born at Newnham Murren in Berkshire in 1910. In the census of 2 April 1911 they were living in Reading Road, Newnham Murren, Wallingford, Berkshire with their young daughter and George was working as a domestic gardener. Their next two children were born in Newbury registration district in Berkshire in 1913 and 1916, and their fourth child was born Petersfield registration district in Hampshire in 1927.

Rose died at the age of 90, her death being registered in Petersfield registration district in Hampshire during the 2nd quarter of 1976. Three years later George died at the age of 94, his death being registered in Islington registration district in London during the 2nd quarter of 1979.

 

 

George and Rose’s eldest child was Rose Georgina Booker who was born at Newnham Murren in Berkshire and whose birth was registered during the 1st quarter of 1910. In the census of 2 April 1911 Rose, at the age of 1, was living with her parents in Reading Road, Newnham Murren, Wallingford, Berkshire.

 

George and Rose’s second child was Haymon H Booker whose birth was registered in Newbury registration district in Berkshire during the 2nd quarter of 1913.

 

George and Rose’s third child was Stanley T Booker whose birth was registered in Newbury registration district in Berkshire during the 4th quarter of 1916.

 

George and Rose’s fourth child was Phyllis I Booker whose birth was registered in Petersfield registration district in Hampshire during the 1st quarter of 1927.

 

 

Thomas and Alice’s second child was Ellen Booker who was born at Leeds in Kent on 28 August 1886. In the census of 5 April 1891 Ellen, at the age of 4, was living with her parents at 8 Vicarage Street in Faversham, Kent.

When she was 38 years old Ellen married 63-year-old widower Weston William Clayson in Canterbury registration district in Kent during the 2nd quarter of 1925. Weston was the son of William and Eliza Clayson and he had been born at Lyminge in Kent and his birth registered during the 3rd quarter of 1861, two years before his parents’ marriage. He married Henrietta in 1885 and they had several children before Henrietta’s death in 1921.

Weston and Ellen didn’t have any children. Weston died at the age of 83 (not 80 as given on his death certificate), his death being registered in Folkestone registration district in Kent during the 1st quarter of 1945. Thirty-one years later Ellen died when she was just on 90 years old, her death being registered in Canterbury registration district during the 3rd quarter of 1976.

 

Thomas and Alice’s third child was Edith Booker who was born at Leeds in Kent, and her birth registered during the 3rd quarter of 1888. In the census of 5 April 1891 Edith, at the age of 2, was living with her parents at 8 Vicarage Street in Faversham, Kent. Then in the census of 31 March 1901 Edith, now aged 12, was living with her parents at 4 Branch Street in Dover, and she was going to school. Edith’s father died in 1907 and in the census of 2 April 1911 Edith, at the age of 22, was working as a domestic day girl and living with her widowed mother at 19 New Street in Canterbury, Kent. Edith never married. She died at the age of 74, her death being registered in Bridge registration district in Kent during the 4th quarter of 1962.

 

Thomas and Alice’s fourth child was Harriet Emma Booker who was born at Riverhead in Kent on 12 January 1895. In the census of 31 March 1901 Harriet, at the age of 6, was living with her parents at 4 Branch Street in Dover. Harriet’s father died in 1907 and in the census of 2 April 1911 Harriet, now aged 16, was working as a domestic nursemaid and living with her widowed mother at 19 New Street in Canterbury, Kent.

When she was 40 years old Harriet married 60-year-old William James Wash in Bromley registration district in Kent during the 4th quarter of 1935.William had been born at Eynsford in Kent and his birth registered during the 1st quarter of 1875. William and Edith didn’t have any children. Ten years after their marriage William died at the age of 70, his death being registered in Bromley registration district during the 2nd quarter of 1945.

Seven years after William’s death Harriet, at the age of 57, married 45-year-old George Thomas Andrews in Bromley registration district during the 3rd quarter of 1952. George was the son of George and Sarah Andrews and he had been born at Sidcup in Kent on 8 February 1907. Harriet died at the age of 75, her death being registered in Lincoln registration district in Lincolnshire during the 2nd quarter of 1970. Nine years later George died when he was just on 72 years old, his death being registered in Lincoln registration district during the 1st quarter of 1979.

 

 

John and Harriet’s eighth child was Ann Booker who was born at Rotherfield in Sussex, and baptised at the Parish Church of St Denys in Rotherfield on 4 July 1852. In the census of 7 April 1861 Ann, at the age of 8, was living with her parents at Shadwell Farm in High Hurstwood, Sussex. Then in the census of 2 April 1871 Ann, now aged 18, was living with her parents at Frymans Farm in Brede near Rye in Sussex. Ann never married. She died at the age of 23, her death being registered in Croydon registration district in Surrey during the 3rd quarter of 1875.

 

John and Harriet’s ninth child was John Booker who was born at High Hurstwood in Buxted Parish, Sussex on 24 December 1853, and baptised at the Parish Church of St Margaret the Queen in Buxted on 5 February 1854. In the census of 7 April 1861 John, at the age of 7, was living with his parents at Shadwell Farm in High Hurstwood. Then in the census of 2 April 1871 John, now aged 17, was a live-in grocer's assistant to master grocer and draper Richard Baitup at Hadlow Down in Sussex. In the census of 3 April 1881 John, at the age of 27, was a master grocer and draper living near Crowborough Railway Station in Jarvis Brook, Sussex, and he had the family of his married sister Sally Whitewood lodging with him.

When he was 29 years old John married 25-year-old Annie Wilmshurst at the Parish Church of St Denys in Rotherfield, Sussex on 26 December 1883. Annie was the daughter of William and Harriet Wilmshurst, and she had been born at Rotherfield on 28 October 1858. John and Annie had seven children born in Rotherfield Parish between 1885 and 1900, one of whom died young. In the census of 5 April 1891 they were living at Frogs Hole near Crowborough Railway Station in Jarvis Brook with their then three surviving children, and John was a master grocer and draper. They had a live-in domestic servant, and three people working for John were living with them, a draper's assistant, a grocer's assistant and a grocer's apprentice.

At the Court of the Manor of Framfield held on 19 June 1885 John, who was described as being a grocer and draper of Crowborough Station, was admitted with his brother Thomas, on payment of 14 shillings to the Lord of the Manor, to all of their late father's copyhold properties, which had been left to them in trust as executors of their father's will. Then, after their mother's death, at the Court of the Manor of Framfield held on 2 October 1894, John and his brother Thomas sold their late father's properties; see section above on their parents for details.

In the census of 31 March 1901 John and Annie were living in Station Road at Jarvis Brook with their six surviving children, and John was now a grocer, draper and sub-postmaster. Their eldest daughter, Grace, was working for her father as a grocer's clerk, and they had seven live-in servants; one was a general domestic servant and the others six worked for John as a post office clerk, three grocer's assistants and two draper's assistants. As well as his main store near the railway station John also had a smaller general store near the school in Western Road, Jarvis Brook.

In the census of 2 April 1911 they were continuing to live in Station Road at Jarvis Brook, now with five of their children still living with them. John was a grocer, draper and an employer; three of his children were working for him together with five live-in assistants; three grocer's assistants and one draper's assistant. They also had 26-year-old Hannah Fenner as a live-in general domestic servant, and Donald Beale, who was to marry their daughter Kate was visiting them.

They were living at Jarvis Brook when Annie died on 28 December 1915, at the age of 57, and was buried in the Churchyard of St Denys at Rotherfield on 1 January 1916. Eighteen years later John was still living at Jarvis Brook when he died on 15 December 1933, at the age of 79 (not 78 as given on his burial record), and was buried in the Churchyard of St Denys at Rotherfield on 19 December 1933. Probate of John's will was granted by London Probate Registry on 7 May 1934 to his spinster daughter Grace Booker and his personal estate was valued at £21,116 3s 8d.

 

 

 

John and Annie’s eldest child was Grace Booker who was born at Jarvis Brook in Rotherfield Parish, Sussex, and whose birth was registered during the 4th quarter of 1884. In the census of 5 April 1891 Grace, at the age of 6, was living with her parents at Frogs Hole near Crowborough Railway Station in Jarvis Brook, and she was going to school. Then in the census of 31 March 1901 Grace, now aged 16, was living with her parents in Station Road at Jarvis Brook, and working for her father as a grocer's clerk. In the census of 2 April 1911 Grace, at the age of 26, was still living with her parents in Station Road at Jarvis Brook and working for her father as a clerk. Grace probably continued to live with her father at Jarvis Brook after her mother's death in 1915 and until her father's death in late 1933. She was granted probate of her father's will on 7 May 1934. Grace never married; the man she was going to marry was killed in the First World War. Grace died on 8 March 1961, at the age of 76, and she was buried in the Churchyard of St Denys at Rotherfield.

 

John and Annie’s second child was Mabel Annie Booker who was born at Jarvis Brook in Rotherfield Parish, Sussex, and whose birth was registered during the 2nd quarter of 1888. In the census of 5 April 1891 Mabel, at the age of 2, was living with her parents at Frogs Hole near Crowborough Railway Station in Jarvis Brook. Then in the census of 31 March 1901 Mabel, now aged 12, was living with her parents in Station Road at Jarvis Brook. In the census of 2 April 1911 Mabel, at the age of 22, was visiting the family of widow Mary Fogwill at Egmont, South Hill, Guildford, Surrey.

When she was 25 years old Mabel married 34-year-old Elam James Whapham at the Parish Church of St Denys in Rotherfield on 15 October 1913. Elam was them an assistant overseer living at The Hollies in Mayfield, and Mabel was living at Jarvis Brook. Elam was the son of Owen and Elizabeth Whapham; he had been born at Mayfield in Sussex and his birth registered during the 2nd quarter of 1879. They had one child born in Uckfield registration district during 1915.

Mabel was living at Station Road in Jarvis Brook when she had an adult baptism at the Parish Church of St Denys in Rotherfield on 16 May 1927. Elam died at the age of 60, his death being registered in Uckfield registration district in Sussex during the 2nd quarter of 1939. Twelve years later Mabel died on 30 April 1951, at the age of 63, and was buried in the Churchyard of St Denys at Rotherfield.

 

 

Elam and Mabel’s only child is Margaret C E Whapham, known as Betty, who birth was registered in Uckfield registration district in Sussex during the 4th quarter of 1915.

 

 

 

John and Annie’s third child was Harriet Kate Booker, known as Katie, who was born at Jarvis Brook in Rotherfield Parish, Sussex on 26 March 1890. In the census of 5 April 1891 Katie, at the age of 1, was living with her parents at Frogs Hole near Crowborough Railway Station in Jarvis Brook. Then in the census of 31 March 1901 Katie, now aged 11, was living with her parents in Station Road at Jarvis Brook. In the census of 2 April 1911 Katie, at the age of 21, was living with her parents in Station Road at Jarvis Brook and working for her father as a milliner's assistant. Katie had an adult baptism at the Parish Church of St Denys in Rotherfield on 29 February 1912.

When she was 23 years old Katie married 25-year-old Donald Olaf Christopher Beale at the Parish Church of St Denys in Rotherfield on 25 June 1913. Donald was then an auctioneer living in Uckfield, and Kate was living at Jarvis Brook. Donald was the son of Louis and Mary Beale; he had been born at Frant in Sussex on 29 April 1888, and he was the brother of the Oswald Beale who married Katie's sister Dorothy. Donald and Katie had three children born in Uckfield registration district in 1915, 1923 and 1925.

During the First World War Donald was a Captain in the 12 Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles. He went to France in April 1916 and for his war service he was awarded two campaign medals, the Victory Medal and the British War Medal. After the war he was an estate agent in Crowborough, Sussex, and when his medals were issued in 1922 they were living in Croft Road at Crowborough.[11]

Donald died on 14 November 1939, at the age of 51, and was buried in the Churchyard of St Denys at Rotherfield. Twenty-three years later Katie died on 9 October 1962, at the age of 72, and was buried in the Churchyard of St Denys at Rotherfield.

 

 

Donald and Katie’s eldest child is Mollie Phyllis Beale who was born in Uckfield registration district in Sussex on 8 April 1915.

 

Donald and Katie’s second child is Anthony Peter Beale who was born at Crowborough in Sussex on 30 May 1923. Anthony was a Captain in the Royal Tank Regiment during the Second World War. He has been an engineer, psychologist and management consultant.

 

Donald and Katie’s third child is Christopher Beale who was born in Uckfield registration district in Sussex on 28 May 1925.

 

 

John and Annie’s fourth child was John William Booker who was born at Jarvis Brook in Rotherfield Parish, Sussex, and whose birth was registered during the 4th quarter of 1891. In the census of 31 March 1901 John, at the age of 9, was living with his parents in Station Road at Jarvis Brook. Then in the census of 2 April 1911 John, now aged 19, was living with his parents in Station Road at Jarvis Brook and working for his father as a draper's assistant.

John enlisted in the army as Private 3729 and then Private G/18183 in the Royal Sussex Regiment. He was Lance Corporal G/18183 in the 5th Battalion of the Royal Sussex Regiment when he died, at the age of just on 25, in France on 23 October 1916 during the Battle of the Somme in the First World War. He was buried in plot V, row E, grave 2, of the Puchevillers British Cemetery, Somme, France. For his service during the war John was awarded two campaign medals, the Victory Medal and the British War Medal.[12]

 

 

John and Annie’s fifth child was Dorothy Mary Booker who was born at Jarvis Brook in Rotherfield Parish, Sussex on 1 October 1896. In the census of 31 March 1901 Dorothy, at the age of 4, was living with her parents in Station Road at Jarvis Brook. Then in the census of 2 April 1911 Dorothy, now aged 14, was living with her parents in Station Road at Jarvis Brook and she was going to school. Dorothy had an adult baptism at St Denys Church in Rotherfield on 16 June 1915.

When she was 20 years old Dorothy married 25-year-old Alan Oswald Rufus Beale, known as Oswald, at the Parish Church of St Denys in Rotherfield on 9 December 1916. Oswald was the son of Louis and Mary Beale; he had been born at Frant in Sussex on 10 April 1891, and he was the brother of the Donald Beale who married Dorothy's sister Kate.

During the First World War Oswald was an Acting Captain in the 1st Battalion of the Bedfordshire Regiment; he went to France on 27 June 1915 and was awarded the MBE, MC, and Croix de Guerre Belgique. The 18 December 1917 supplement to The London Gazette recorded that Acting Captain A O R Beale MC of the Bedfordshire Regiment had been mentioned in the 7 November 1917 Dispatch of Sir Douglas Haig. Oswald was also awarded three campaign medals, the Victory Medal, the British War Medal and the 1914-14 Star.[13]

Oswald and Dorothy had three children; the first born in 1917 while Oswald was in the army and Dorothy was living at Jarvis Brook, the second was born in 1921 when they were living at Biddenden in Kent, where Oswald was a farmer, and the third was born in 1923 in Uckfield registration district.

Oswald died on 19 January 1957, at the age of 65, and he was buried in the Churchyard of St Denys at Rotherfield. Ten years later Dorothy, at the age of 71, married 73-year-old Richard Thomas Church in Maidstone registration district in Kent during the 1st quarter of 1967. Five years after their marriage Richard died at the age of 78, his death being registered in Maidstone registration district during the 1st quarter of 1972. Seventeen years later Dorothy died at the age of 93, her death being registered in Ashford registration district in Kent during December 1989.

 

 

Oswald and Dorothy’s eldest child is Mary Beale who was born at Jarvis Brook in Rotherfield Parish, Sussex, on 3 September 1917, and baptised at the Parish Church of St Denys in Rotherfield on 16 September 1917.

 

Oswald and Dorothy’s second child is Jeanne Beale who was born at Biddenden in Kent on 16 November 1921, and baptised at the Parish Church of St Denys in Rotherfield, Sussex on 18 December 1921.

 

Oswald and Dorothy’s third child is Alan John Beale who was born in Uckfield registration district in Sussex on 23 July 1923.

 

 

John and Annie’s sixth child was Philip Frank Booker, known as Frank, who was born at Jarvis Brook in Rotherfield Parish, Sussex, and whose birth was registered during the 4th quarter of 1899. In the census of 31 March 1901 Frank, at the age of 1, was living with his parents in Station Road at Jarvis Brook. Then in the census of 2 April 1911 Frank, now aged 11, was living with his parents in Station Road at Jarvis Brook and he was going to school. Frank never married. He died on 30 November 1933 at the age of 34, from TB, which he had contracted during his service in the Navy during the First World War. Frank was buried in the Churchyard of St Denys at Rotherfield on 4 December 1933.

 

 

John and Harriet’s tenth child was Charity Booker who was born at High Hurstwood in Buxted Parish, Sussex, and baptised at the Parish Church of St Margaret the Queen in Buxted on 9 December 1855. In the census of 7 April 1861 Charity, at the age of 5, was living with her parents at Shadwell Farm in High Hurstwood. Then in the census of 2 April 1871 Charity, now aged 15, was living with her parents at Frymans Farm in Brede near Rye in Sussex. In the census of 3 April 1881 Charity, at the age of 25, was living with her parents at Inchreed Farm in Rotherfield Parish, Sussex. Then in the census of 5 April 1891 Charity, at the age of 35, was living with her widowed mother and her spinster sister Emily in South Street in Rotherfield. Charity's mother died in 1894 and in the census of 31 March 1901 Charity, still a spinster at the age of 45, was living with her other two spinster sisters, Emily and Mercy, at Chapel Cottage in Rotherfield, and she was described as living on her own means. Charity never married. She was still living at Chapel Cottage when she died at the age of 52 (not 51 as given on her burial record), and she was buried in the Churchyard of St Denys at Rotherfield on 7 January 1908.

 

 

John and Harriet’s eleventh child was Herbert Booker who was born at High Hurstwood in Buxted Parish, Sussex, and baptised at the Parish Church of St Margaret the Queen in Buxted on 14 June 1857. In the census of 7 April 1861 Herbert, at the age of 3, was living with his parents at Shadwell Farm in High Hurstwood. Then in the census of 2 April 1871 Herbert, now aged 13, was living with his parents at Frymans Farm in Brede near Rye in Sussex. In the census of 3 April 1881 Herbert, at the age 23, was a farmer of 120 acres, employing one man and one boy, at Bassett's Farm in Cowden, Kent. Living with Herbert was his unmarried sister, Caroline Booker, who was his housekeeper; his father's widowed brother, Charles Booker, who was probably the man working for Herbert on the farm; together with Caroline's young son Ephraim Booker, and 16-year-old milkman, James Turner, who would have been the boy employed on the farm.

When he was 25 years old Herbert married 32-year-old Lavinia Harding at the Parish Church of St Michael & All Angels in Withyham, Sussex on 1 November 1882. Lavinia was the daughter of William and Ann Harding; she had been born at East Grinstead in Sussex and her birth registered during the 3rd quarter of 1850. Herbert and Lavinia lived at Bassett's Farm in Cowden where they had two children born in 1883 and 1885. In the census of the 5 April 1891 they were living at Bassett's Farm with their two children. Also living with them were Herbert's bachelor brother, Stephen Booker, and Lavinia's bachelor brother, Herbert Harding. Then in the census of 31 March 1901 they were living at Bassett's Farm with their youngest daughter and their niece, 20-year-old Lillian Streatfield, who was working as their assistant.

Lavinia died at the age of 59, her death being registered in Southwark registration district in London during the 2nd quarter of 1910. In the census of 2 April 1911 Herbert and his two daughters were living at Cold Harbour Farm in Penshurst, Kent. Herbert was a farmer and employer, and his two daughters were doing dairy work for him. Later that year Herbert, at the age of 54, married 45-year-old widow Dorcus Naomi Walder, whose maiden name was Bartholomew, in East Grinstead registration district in Sussex during the 4th quarter of 1911. Dorcus was the daughter of Charles and Dorcus Bartholomew; she had been born at Ticehurst in Sussex and her birth registered during the 2nd quarter of 1866. She married Frank Walder in 1892 and had at least one child before Frank died in 1899.

Herbert died at the age of 75, his death being registered in Ticehurst registration district in Sussex during the 2nd quarter of 1933. Twelve years later Dorcus died at the age of 78, her death being registered in Battle registration district in Sussex during the 1st quarter of 1945.

 

 

Herbert and Lavinia’s eldest child was Martha Booker who was born at Cowden in Kent, and whose birth was registered during the 4th quarter of 1883. In the census of 5 April 1891 Martha, at the age of 7, was living with her parents at Bassett's Farm in Cowden, and she was going to school. Then in the census of 31 March 1901 Martha, now aged 17, was a live-in pupil governess at a small girls boarding school at 8 Wellington Terrace in Hailsham, Sussex. Martha's mother died in 1910 and in the census of 2 April 1911 Martha, at the age of 27, was living with her widowed father and her sister Minnie at Cold Harbour Farm in Penshurst, Kent and both sisters were doing dairy work for their father.

When she was 35 years old Martha married 26-yearold Arthur Sidney Hollamby in Sevenoaks registration district in Kent during the 3rd quarter of 1919. Arthur was the son of William and Mary Jane Hollamby and he had been born at Penshurst in Kent on 16 July 1893. Arthur and Martha didn't have any children. Martha died at the age of 78, her death being registered in Uckfield registration district in Sussex during the 2nd quarter of 1962. Seventeen years later Arthur died at the age of 85, his death being registered in Crawley registration district in Sussex during the 1st quarter of 1979.

 

Herbert and Lavinia’s second child was Isabel Minnie Booker, known as Minnie, who was born at Cowden in Kent, and whose birth was registered during the 1st quarter of 1885. In the census of 5 April 1891 Minnie, at the age of 6, was living with her parents at Bassett's Farm in Cowden, and she was going to school. Then in the census of 31 March 1901 Minnie, now aged 16, was continuing to live with her parents at Bassett's Farm. Minnie's mother died in 1910 and in the census of 2 April 1911 Minnie, at the age of 26, was living with her widowed father and he sister Martha at Cold Harbour Farm in Penshurst, Kent and both sisters were doing dairy work for their father.

 

 

John and Harriet’s twelfth child was Alice Booker who was born at High Hurstwood in Buxted Parish, Sussex, and baptised at the Parish Church of St Margaret the Queen in Buxted on 23 February 1859. Alice died when only 5 weeks old, and she was buried in the Churchyard of St Margaret the Queen at Buxted on 5 March 1859.

 

John and Harriet’s thirteenth child was Mercy Booker who was born at High Hurstwood in Buxted Parish, Sussex in early 1861. In the census of 7 April 1861 Mercy, at the age of 1 month, was living with her parents at Shadwell Farm in High Hurstwood. Then in the census of 2 April 1871 Mercy, now aged 10, was living with her parents at Frymans Farm in Brede near Rye in Sussex. In the census of 3 April 1881 Mercy, at the age of 20, was living with her parents at Inchreed Farm in Rotherfield Parish, Sussex. Then in the census of 31 March 1901 Mercy, at the age of 40, was living with her other two spinster sisters, Emily and Charity, at Chapel Cottage in Rotherfield, and she was working as a domestic cook. Mercy's sister Charity died in 1908 and in the census of 2 April 1911 Mercy, still a spinster at the age of 50, was living with two of her other spinster sisters, Emily and Caroline, at Chapel Cottage in Rotherfield, and they were all living on private means.

Later in 1911 Mercy, at the age of 50, married 68-year-old widower William Avis in Uckfield registration district in Sussex during the 4th quarter of 1911. William was the illegitimate son of Ann Avis; he had been born at Eridge Green in Sussex and baptised at the Parish Church of St Alban in Frant, Sussex on 12 October 1842. He married Sarah Ann Fox in 1873 and she died in 1909.

Sixteen years after William married Mercy he died at the age of 85, his death being registered in Uckfield registration district during the 1st quarter of 1928. Twenty-two years later Mercy died at the age of 89, her death being registered in Uckfield registration district during the 4th quarter of 1950.


[1] ESRO: ADA 129 pages 304-305, Manor of Framfield Court Book 16.

[2] ESRO: ADA 130 pages 6-7, Manor of Framfield Court Book 17.

[3] ESRO: ADA 130 pages 317-318, Manor of Framfield Court Book 17.

[4] ESRO: ADA 130 pages 332-334, Manor of Framfield Court Book 17.

[5] ESRO: ADA 132 pages 352-353, Manor of Framfield Court Book 19.

[6] ESRO: ADA 132 pages 427-430, Manor of Framfield Court Book 19.

[7] ESRO: ADA 133 pages 427-437, Manor of Framfield Court Book 20.

[8] ESRO: ADA 133 page 468, Manor of Framfield Court Book 20.

[9] TNA: WO 363/B2261 First World War Army Service Documents for Albert Booker.

[10] TNA: BT 27/766 Outwards Passenger Lists, London January 1912.

[11] TNA: WO 372/2 First World War Medal Card for Donald Olaf Christopher Beale.

[12] TNA: WO 372/2 First World War Medal Card for John W Booker.

[13] TNA: WO 372/2 & 24 First World War Medal Cards for A O R Beale.

 

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