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The BOOKER Family

 

Richard & Dorothy Bookerís Family

John & Harriet Bookerís Family

Henry & Sarah Ann Bookerís Family

Charles & Ann Bookerís Family

 

 

Charles & Ann Bookerís Family

 

Chart of Charles & Ann Booker's Family

 

Charles Booker married Ann Vinall at the Parish Church of St Margaret the Queen in Buxted, Sussex on 9 December 1853 Charles and Ann had five children born at High Hurstwood in Buxted Parish between 1855 and 1865. In the census of 7 April 1861 Charles and Ann and their then three children were lodging with Charles' parents at Newlands Farm in High Hurstwood, and Charles was working as a farm labourer. Three years after the birth of their last child Ann died at the age of 33 (not 34 as given on her death certificate), her death being registered in Uckfield registration district in Sussex during the 4th quarter of 1867.

In the census of 2 April 1871 widower Charles and four of his children were living at Crossways (now White Cottage) in High Hurstwood, which was owned by his brother Richard John Booker. Also living there as his housekeeper was his niece, Caroline Booker, the daughter of his brother Richard John Booker, and thought to possibly be the mother of his youngest child, and a lodger Benjamin Turk, who was now an almsman, but had worked for Richard John Booker and was the brother of his wife. In the census of 3 April 1881 Charles and his youngest child were living at Bassett's Farm in Cowden, Kent, with his nephew, farmer Herbert Booker, for whom Charles was presumably working as a farm labourer. Also living there, as housekeeper, was Caroline Booker who had earlier been Charles' housekeeper.

In the census of 5 April 1891 Charles was living at Redbridge Farm in Rotherfield Parish, Sussex with his niece, Caroline Booker, and her son, who was possibly Charles youngest child, and Charles was a farm labourer working for Caroline, who was now a farmer. Then in the census of 31 March 1901 Charles was living with Caroline at Redbridge Farm, and he was now her farm foreman. Three years later Charles died at Redbridge Farm at the age of 74 (not 73 as given on his burial record), and he was buried in the Churchyard of St Denys at Rotherfield on 14 October 1904.

In the census of 2 April 1911 Charles' niece 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. Then 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.

 

 

Charles and Annís eldest child was Catherine Ann 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 29 July 1855. In the census of 7 April 1861 Catherine, at the age of 5, was living with her parents, who were lodging with her father's parents at Newlands Farm in High Hurstwood, and she was going to school. Then in the census of 2 April 1871 Catherine, now aged 15, was a live-in general servant to the family of draper and grocer Esli Weston at Rotherfield, Sussex.

When she was 20 years old Catherine married 21-year-old John Burton at the Parish Church of St Denys in Rotherfield on 9 October 1875. They were both then living at Rotherfield where John was a farm labourer and Catherine was a domestic servant. John was the illegitimate son of Mary Burton; he had been born at Heathfield in Sussex and his birth registered during the 1st quarter of 1854; at his marriage he gave his father as Peter Paine.

John and Catherine had twelve children, six of whom died young. Their first two known children were born at Ashburnham in Sussex in 1878 and early 1881. In the census of 3 April 1881 they were living at Bodle Street Green in Sussex with their two children and John was working as a farm labourer. Their third known child was born at Warbleton in Sussex in 1889 and in the census of 5 April 1891 they were living at Trolilloes in Bodle Street Green with their three children and John was continuing to work as a farm labourer. Their fourth and fifth known children were born at Herstmonceux in Sussex in 1893 and 1896, and then their sixth known child was born at Lindfield in Sussex in 1899. In the census of 31 March 1901 they were living at The Gables in Staplefield, Sussex with their four youngest children; John was working as a poultry man on a farm and they had farm labourer Amos Baker as a lodger. In the census of 2 April 1911 they were living at Slaugham Ghyll in Crowborough, Sussex with their six children and John was now working as a domestic gardener.

Catherine died at the age of 76, her death being registered in Uckfield registration district during the 4th quarter of 1931. Six years later John died at the age of 83 his death being registered in Uckfield registration district during the 2nd quarter of 1937.

 

 

John and Catherineís eldest known child was Alice Ann Burton who was born at Ashburnham in Sussex and whose birth was registered during the 4th quarter of 1878. In the census of 3 April 1881 Alice, at the age of 2, was living with her parents at Bodle Street Green in Sussex. Then in the census of 5 April 1891 Alice, now aged 12, was going to school and living with her parents at Trolilloes in Bodle Street Green. In the census of 2 April 1911 Alice, at the age of 32, was working as a domestic kennel maid and living with her parents at Slaugham Ghyll in Crowborough, Sussex.

 

John and Catherineís second known child was Harry Burton who was born at Ashburnham in Sussex and whose birth was registered during the 1st quarter of 1881. In the census of 3 April 1881 Harry, at the age of 2 months, was living with his parents at Bodle Street Green in Sussex. Then in the census of 5 April 1891 Harry, now aged 10, was going to school and living with his parents at Trolilloes in Bodle Street Green. In the census of 31 March 1901 Harry, at the age of 20, was a live-in groom to the family of Arthur Tharp at 37 St James Place, Westminster, London. Then in the census of 2 April 1911 Harry, at the age of 30, was working as a domestic motor driver and living with his parents at Slaugham Ghyll in Crowborough, Sussex.

 

John and Catherineís third known child was David Burton who was born at Warbleton in Sussex and whose birth was registered during the 4th quarter of 1889. In the census of 5 April 1891 David, at the age of 1, was living with his parents at Trolilloes in Bodle Street Green. Then in the census of 31 March 1901 David, now aged 11, was living with his parents at The Gables in Staplefield, Sussex. In the census of 2 April 1911 David, at the age of 21, was working as a farm labourer and living with his parents at Slaugham Ghyll in Crowborough, Sussex.

 

John and Catherineís fourth known child was Catherine Ann Burton who was born at Herstmonceux in Sussex and whose birth was registered during the 2nd quarter of 1893. In the census of 31 March 1901 Catherine, at the age of 8, was living with her parents at The Gables in Staplefield, Sussex. Then in the census of 2 April 1911 Catherine, now aged 18, was working as a general domestic servant and living with her parents at Slaugham Ghyll in Crowborough, Sussex.

 

John and Catherineís fifth known child was Jack Burton who was born at Herstmonceux in Sussex and whose birth was registered during the 2nd quarter of 1896. In the census of 31 March 1901 Jack, at the age of 5, was living with his parents at The Gables in Staplefield, Sussex. Then in the census of 2 April 1911 Jack, now aged 15, was working as a domestic gardener and living with his parents at Slaugham Ghyll in Crowborough, Sussex.

 

John and Catherineís sixth known child was Bruce Burton who was born at Lindfield in Sussex and whose birth was registered during the 4th quarter of 1899. In the census of 31 March 1901 Bruce, at the age of 1, was living with his parents at The Gables in Staplefield, Sussex. Then in the census of 2 April 1911 Bruce, now aged 11, was going to school and living with his parents at Slaugham Ghyll in Crowborough, Sussex.

 

 

Charles and Annís second child was John 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 27 December 1857. In the census of 7 April 1861 John, at the age of 3, was living with his parents, who were lodging with his father's parents at Newlands Farm in High Hurstwood. Then in the census of 2 April 1871 John, now aged 13, was a live-in farm labourer with farmer David Bishop at Huggetts Farm in Fowley Lane at High Hurstwood. In the census of 3 April 1881 John, at the age of 23, was living at Inchreed Farm in Rotherfield Parish, Sussex with the family of his father's brother Richard John Booker, for whom he was working as an indoor farm servant.

When he was 30 years old John married 19-year-old Margaret Taylor at the Parish Church of All Saints in Crowborough, Sussex on 4 February 1888. They were both then living at Crowborough, and John was now a blacksmith. Margaret was the daughter of charcoal burner Reuben Taylor and his wife Mary Ann, and she had been born at Rotherfield on 14 September 1868.

John and Margaret had seven children. Their first four children were born in Crowborough and Rotherfield Parishes between 1888 and 1893. In the census of 5 April 1891 they were living at Sparrows near Burnt Oak in Rotherfield Parish with their then two children. John was a blacksmith, and they had 17-year-old blacksmith's apprentice, Harry Avis, living with them. Then when their third child was born on 29 January 1892 they were living with the family of John's cousin Sally Whitewood at Inchreed Farm near Burnt Oak.

Their other three children were born at High Hurstwood between 1896 and 1902. In the census of 31 March 1901 they were living at Grovehurst Farm in High Hurstwood with their six children, and John was a blacksmith and farmer working on his own account. Then in the census of 2 April 1911 they were living in Kiln Field Cottage at Grovehurst with six of their children, their daughter May was now out working in service, and John was a farmer working on his own account at home. John was described as being a blacksmith when his daughter Kate married in 1917 and as a farmer when his son Frank married in 1917 and 1919. It's thought that John worked as a blacksmith at the Smithy near Burnt Oak crossroads, which was never very far away from the various places he had lived at since at least 1881. It was probably a year or so before 1920 that John gave up being a blacksmith as it is known that in the 1920s this smithy had become unused and deserted.

They were living at Exeter House in Queens Road, Crowborough when John died in Crowborough Cottage Hospital on 1 August 1934, at the age of (not 75 as given on his death certificate). John died intestate and administration of his estate was granted by Lewes Probate Registry on 7 May 1934 to his widow Margaret, and his personal estate was valued at £563 16s. In the National Register of 29 September 1939 Margaret was living at Exeter House and had her daughter May with May's husband Bert Garrett and daughter Ivy Booker living with her. Ten years after her husband's death Margaret was still living at Exeter House in Queens Road, Crowborough when she died at 11 Whitehill Close, Whitehill, Crowborough on 4 February 1944, at the age of 75. Probate of her will was granted by Lewes Probate Registry on 17 March 1944 to her sons Fred and Jabez Booker, and her personal estate was valued at £284 9s 1d.

 

 

 

John and Margaretís eldest child was Fred Booker who was born at Crowborough in Sussex on 22 May 1888, and baptised at the Parish Church of All Saints in Crowborough on 9 September 1888. In the census of 5 April 1891 Fred, at the age of 2, was living with his parents at Sparrows in Rotherfield Parish, Sussex. Then in the census of 31 March 1901 Fred, now aged 12, was living with his parents at Grovehurst in High Hurstwood, Sussex. In the census of 2 April 1911 Fred, at the age of 22, was living with his parents at Kiln Field Cottage at Grovehurst and working on the family farm.

When he was about 29 years old Fred married 22-year-old Eleanor Mabel Still, who was known as Nellie, in Steyning registration district during the 3rd quarter of 1917. Nellie had been born at Hove in Sussex in about 1894. Fred and Nellie had two children born in 1921 and 1929 while they were living at Burnt Oak Cottages in Crowborough Parish and Fred was working as a farm carter. In the National Register of 29 September 1939 they were living at Brickyard Cottages near Cooks Corner in Crowborough with their young daughter and Nellie's widowed mother. Fred was working as a cowman and they had 8-year-old schoolboy Frank May, who was probably an evacuee, living with them. Fred was a farm labourer when, with his brother Jabez, he was granted probate of his mother's will in 1944. In the 1950s Fred worked at Cooks Corner Farm in the Withyham Parish area of Crowborough and they lived in a cottage down the lane leading to Gildridge Fruit Farm.

Nellie died at the age of 74, her death being registered in Uckfield registration district during the 4th quarter of 1968. Nine years later Fred died when he was just on 89 years old, his death being registered in Uckfield registration district in Sussex during the 2nd quarter of 1977.

 

 

 

Fred and Nellieís eldest child was Arthur Edward Booker who was born at Crowborough in Sussex on 17 July 1921 and baptised at the Parish Church of All Saints in Crowborough on 11 September 1921. When he was 28 years old Arthur married 21-year-old Eileen Joyce Simmonds in South Eastern Surrey registration district during the 4th quarter of 1949. Eileenís birth had been registered in Godstone registration district in Surrey during the 2nd quarter of 1928. Arthur and Eileen had two children born in 1951 and 1955 while they were living at 37 Alderbrook Close in Crowborough and Arthur was working as a house painter. Arthur died at the age of 73, his death being registered in Uckfield registration district during February 1995.

 

Fred and Nellieís second child is Vera Amelia Booker who was born at Crowborough in Sussex baptised at the Parish Church of All Saints in Crowborough on 12 May 1929. When she was 19 years old Vera married 23-year-old Douglas H T Tooth in Uckfield registration district in Sussex during the 1st quarter of 1949. Douglasí birth had been registered in Tonbridge registration district in Kent during the 1st quarter of 1926. Douglas and Vera lived in Huntingdon Road, Crowborough and they had one child born in 1961.

 

 

John and Margaretís second child was Jabez Booker who was born at Burnt Oak in Rotherfield Parish, Sussex on 24 November 1889, and baptised at the Parish Church of All Saints in Crowborough, Sussex on 9 February 1890. In the census of 5 April 1891 Jabez, at the age of 1, was living with his parents at Sparrows in Rotherfield Parish. Then in the census of 31 March 1901 Jabez, now aged 11, was living with his parents at Grovehurst in High Hurstwood, Sussex. In the census of 2 April 1911 Jabez, at the age of 21, was living with his parents at Kiln Field Cottage at Grovehurst and working as a milkman and gardener.

When he was 22 years old Jabez married his 3rd cousin, 19-year-old Dorothy Mary Moon, at the Parish Church of Holy Trinity in High Hurstwood on 17 August 1912. Dorothy was the daughter of Amos and Mary Ann Moon; she had been born at High Hurstwood on 29 April 1893, and baptised at the Parish Church of Holy Trinity in High Hurstwood on 11 June 1893. Jabez and Dorothy had two children born in 1913 and 1919 and also adopted one in 1927. Their first child was born at Maresfield in Sussex in August 1913 and they were living at Jarvis Brook in Sussex where Jabez was working as a gardener when this child was baptised in October 1913.

During the First World War Jabez was a 26-year-old cowman living at Stone Hall Cottages in High Hurstwood when he enlisted as Private G/25499 in the 3rd Battalion of the Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment) at Uckfield on 10 December 1915 for the duration of the war. He was then described as 5ft 3Ĺins tall with a 34ins fully expanded chest and he was put on the army reserve. Jabez was mobilized on 21 February 1917 and posted to the 3rd Battalion on 25 February 1917. He was now described as 5ft 3ins tall, weighed 114lbs, had a 34ins fully expanded chest and fairly good physical development, but had bad teeth that needed dental treatment. On 8 May 1917 he was transferred to the 7th Battalion and embarked the same day for France. While serving in France he was off duty sick due to a problem with his heel from 13 February 1918 and returned to duty on 20 March 1918 as a member of the 8th Battalion. He was given leave in England from 8 to 22 July 1918 and then on 6 February 1919 he finally left France for England where he was given leave until he was demobilized to the army reserve on 10 March 1919. He was then to live at Ivy Cottage in High Hurstwood.[1] Jabez was awarded two campaign medals, the Victory Medal and the British War Medal.[2]

While Jabez was serving in the army Dorothy and her daughter Kathleen moved to Ivy Cottage in High Hurstwood and were living there when Kathleen started school in September 1918. Jabez joined them there when he returned from the war in February 1919 and their second child was born there in November 1919. In 1927 they adopted Betty when she was 6 weeks old, and they also had Robert Smith as a foster child. Jabez worked as a gardener at Hurstwood House, and they had moved to a cottage called Hillside, which is now called White Briars, in High Hurstwood by the time Betty started school in 1932.

In the National Register of 29 September 1939 Jabez and Dorothy were living at Hillside with their adopted daughter Betty and foster child Robert Smith, who had been born on 18 March 1923 and was now working as a houseboy. Jabez was then working as a vegetable gardener. Jabez was again described as a gardener when, with his brother Fred, he was granted probate of his mother's will in 1944. Jabez and Dorothy later moved to a council flat at Maypole Cottages in High Hurstwood. Jabez died on 7 April 1972, at the age of 82, and Dorothy died on 11 July 1979, at the age of 86. They were both cremated at Brighton.

 

 

 

Jabez and Dorothyís eldest child was Kathleen Alice Booker, known as Kath, who was born at Maresfield in Sussex on 31 August 1913, and baptised at the Parish Church of Holy Trinity in High Hurstwood, Sussex on 19 October 1913. Kath went to High Hurstwood School, starting on 23 September 1918 at the age 5, and leaving on 12 July 1927 just before her 14th birthday. Soon after she left school Kath was a domestic servant for the Maslen family at Sleeches in High Hurstwood.

When she was 21 years old Kath married 19-year-old Bertram John Dadswell, known as Bert, at Crowborough Register Office in Sussex on 22 January 1936. Bertram was the son of George and Maud Ethel Dadswell, and he had been born at Crowborough on 1 August 1915.

Bert and Kath had two children. They first lived at Jarvis Brook in Sussex, and they were at Oxney Cottage in Jarvis Brook when their daughter Gillian was born in 1936. By the time of the National Register of 29 September 1939 they had moved to Ivy Cottages in High Hurstwood, where Kath and her daughter were then recorded as living. And they were still living at Ivy Cottages when their son Ken was born in 1942. Then in 1950 they moved to a council house, 5 Maypole Cottages in High Hurstwood.

Bert was originally a gardener and served as a soldier in the Second World War, later he became a bus driver. In addition to his main occupation, for 25 years up to 1973 Bert mowed the lawns, cut the hedges and did other churchyard maintenance at Holy Trinity Church in High Hurstwood.

In early 1940 Kath had started working at High Hurstwood School as dinners' cook and at the School's Christmas Party on 17 December 1965 the children presented her with a plant stand filled with plants, as this was her 25th Christmas with the school. Kath finally resigned as the school cook on 19 December 1975 after nearly 36 years' service. Olive Miller, who had worked for the school for about 11 years, resigned the same day and a party in recognition of their long service to the school was held on the 17 December. At this party that was attended by several education officials from the area as well as staff and ex-pupils Kath received a cheque from them, and from the school children she received a silver plated rose bowl, bouquet of pink roses and a large card signed by all the children. Olive Miller received similar presents.

Bert died on 21 July 1979, at the age of 63, and he was cremated at Tunbridge Wells. After Bert's death Kath moved into a council flat at Maypole Cottages. Then in 2000 she had to go into hospital, and on discharge from hospital she went into a nursing home at Crowborough. She died during December 2010, at the age of 97.

 

Jabez and Dorothyís second child was Bertram Victor Booker, known as Bert, who was born at High Hurstwood in Sussex on 27 November 1919, and baptised at the Parish Church of Holy Trinity in High Hurstwood on 22 February 1920. Bert went to High Hurstwood School, starting on 22 December 1924 at the age 5, and leaving on 27 March 1934 at the age of 14. During the Second World War Bertram was a Gunner 906891 in the Royal Field Artillery; he was captured by the Germans and spent a long time as a PoW 8072 in Stalag Marienburg.

When he was 25 years old Bert married 19-year-old Sarah Mary Coram at Crowborough Register Office in Sussex on 8 September 1945. Sarah had been born on 11 September 1925. Bert and Sarah had one child, a son, born in 1946. They first lived at Moulden Wood Cottages in Chillies Lane at High Hurstwood, and Bert worked as a groom before becoming a gardener. Then in 1951 they moved to Colemans Hatch in Sussex, where Bert continued to work as a gardener even after retirement. Bert died at the age of 75, his death being registered in Tunbridge Wells registration district during March 1995.

 

Jabez and Dorothyís adopted daughter was Caroline Elizabeth Booker, known as Betty, who was born on 15 January 1927 and adopted at the age of six weeks by Jabez and Dorothy who were then living at High Hurstwood in Sussex. Betty went to High Hurstwood School, starting on 5 January 1932 at the age of 5, and leaving on 29 May 1941 at the age of 14.

When she was 22 years old Betty married 31-year-old George Henry Paige at the Parish Church of Holy Trinity in High Hurstwood on 15 October 1949. George was then a nurseryman living at Rotherfield, Sussex and he had been born on 24 January 1918. George and Betty had five children born between 1950 and 1968, the second of whom died when only 6 weeks old. They always lived at Rotherfield, and George worked on the railways as a track relayer. George died at the age of 88, his death being registered in Uckfield registration district during May 2006.

 

 

John and Margaretís third child was May Booker who was born at Inchreed Farm near Burnt Oak in Rotherfield Parish, Sussex on 29 January 1892, and baptised at the Parish Church of All Saints in Crowborough on 10 April 1892. In the census of 31 March 1901 May, at the age of 9, was living with her parents at Grovehurst Farm in High Hurstwood, Sussex. May went to High Hurstwood School, probably starting in 1897 when she was 5 years old, and leaving in mid-1904 when she was 12 years old. A Labour Certificate dated 8 June 1904 recorded that May had reached 12 years of age and had attained Standard VI in her education so she could leave school and take up employment.

From postcards addressed to May it seems that she was a live-in servant at Hollymount in High Hurstwood in 1909 and then at The Homestead in High Hurstwood from at least 1910 to 1914. In the census of 2 April 1911 May, at the age of 19, was a live-in cook at The Homestead. May was confirmed on 3 December 1912, when she was 20 years old, and she took her first communion at the Parish Church of Holy Trinity in High Hurstwood on Sunday 8 December 1912. In 1920 when she was about 30 years old May had an illegitimate daughter. Then during the 1920s May was cook at a private boys' school (now a private house called Kimberley Court) on the Uckfield Road south of Crowborough, Sussex and half a mile north of the Crow & Gate public house.

 

 

When she was 39 years old May married 33-year-old Herbert James Garrett, known as Bert, who was then serving in the Royal Corps of Signals, in Uckfield registration district during the 2nd quarter of 1931. Bert was the son of schoolmaster Clifford Ernest Garrett and his wife Lucy, and he had been born in the School House at Farringdon near Exeter in Devon on 7 April 1898. During the First World War Bert had served in the army as Private 5044 in the Norfolk Regiment and then as Private 78104 in the Notts & Derby Regiment; for which he was awarded the British War Medal.[3]

Bert and May didn't have any children. In the National Register of 29 September 1939 Bert and May, and May's illegitimate daughter, were living with May's mother, Margaret Booker, at Exeter House in Queens Road, Crowborough and Bert was a labourer in the Post Office Engineer's Department. It was probably after May's mother died in 1944 that they moved to 11 Whitehill Close in Crowborough, that was built by Connor Brothers; all the houses in the Close were rented from Connor Brothers. May's grandson, John Tester/Bailey came to live with them after his father died in early 1949.

After his discharge from the Royal Corps of Signals in 1939 Bert worked as an engineer for Post Office Telephones until having to retire because of ill health in about 1962. During the Second World War he was a Corporal in the Crowborough Home Guard. He was a founder-member of Crowborough Toc H branch, a member of All Saints Church and a Sunday school teacher.

Bert died in Hawkenbury Hospital at Tunbridge Wells in Kent on 29 May 1968, at the age of 70, and he was cremated at the Kent & Sussex Crematorium at Tunbridge Wells on 5 June 1968. An obituary for Bert was published in the local newspaper:

Mr. Herbert James Garrett, of 11 White Hill Close, Crowborough, died last week, aged 70.

Born in Devon, Mr. Garrett served with the Norfolk Regt. and the Notts. and Derby Regt. in the 1914-18 war. He was demobilised in 1920, but two years later re-enlisted in the Royal Corps of Signals on a regular engagement and served in India and Palestine.

He left the army in 1939 and became a member of the Post Office Telephones engineering staff, retiring about six years ago for health reasons.

In the last war, he was a member of the Home Guard.

A founder-member of Crowborough Toc H branch, he was closely associated with All Saints' Church. Keenly interested in youth work, he was a Sunday school teacher for many years. He was an active member of Crowborough branch of the British Legion.

Mr. Garrett is survived by his wife and a daughter. A funeral service at All Saints' Church on Sunday was conducted by a former Vicar of Crowborough, the Rev. Gordon Clark.

Twenty years later May died at the age of 96, and she was cremated at the Kent & Sussex Crematorium at Tunbridge Wells on 29 March 1988. The ashes of both Bert and May were buried in the garden of remembrance in the Churchyard of All Saints at Crowborough.

 

 

 

Mayís illegitimate daughter was Ivy Booker who was born on 16 March 1920 and baptised at the Parish Church of Holy Trinity in High Hurstwood on 2 May 1920. When she was 21 years old Ivy married 19-year-old David Tester in Uckfield registration district during the 2nd quarter of 1941. Davidís birth had been registered in Uckfield registration district during the 1st quarter of 1922. David and Ivy had two children, a daughter born in 1941 and a son born in 1944. They moved to Brighton, Sussex where David died at the age of 27, his death being registered in Brighton registration district during the 1st quarter of 1949. Their son then went to live with Ivyís mother and her husband at Crowborough, and Ivy and her daughter continued to live at various places in Brighton and Hove. Ivy then started living with a university lecturer named Bailey and had four more children with him born in Sussex between 1951 and 1959. She also had the surnames of the two children from her marriage changed from Tester to Bailey. Ivy, who had now added Yvonne to her name, died at the age of 83, her death being registered under both the name Bailey and Tester in Brighton registration district during October 2003.

 

 

John and Margaretís fourth child was Kate Booker who was born at Sweethaws near Crowborough in Sussex on 16 December 1893, and baptised at the Parish Church of All Saints in Crowborough on 11 February 1894. In the census of 31 March 1901 Kate, at the age of 7, was living with her parents at Grovehurst in High Hurstwood, Sussex. Then in the census of 2 April 1911 Kate, now aged 17, was living with her parents at Kiln Field Cottage at Grovehurst and doing housework. In this census it was stated that Kate had suffered from fits since she was 3 years old.

When she was 23 years old Kate married 23-year-old Frank Rodemark at the Parish Church of Holy Trinity in High Hurstwood on 4 August 1917. They were both then living at High Hurstwood, and Frank was working as a labourer. Frank was the son of Henry and Ann Rodemark, and he had been born at Buxted in Sussex aon 2 February 1894. They had six children born at High Hurstwood between 1918 and 1931. At his children's baptisms from 1918 to 1925 Frank was recorded as working as a carter. In the National Register of 29 September 1939 they were living at 4 Stonehall Cottages in High Hurstwood and Frank was working as a carter and farm labourer. There are three closed records that are probably their three youngest children. They continued living at 4 Stonehall Cottages until at least 1942.

Then they were living at Maypole Cottages in High Hurstwood when Frank died at the age of 70, and was buried in the Churchyard of Holy Trinity at High Hurstwood on 1 February 1965. Nine years later Kate was living at 15 Maypole Cottages when she died at the age of 80, and was buried in the Churchyard of Holy Trinity at High Hurstwood on 25 November 1974.

 

 

Frank and Kateís eldest child is Elsie May Rodemark who was born at High Hurstwood in Sussex on 12 August 1918, and baptised at the Parish Church of Holy Trinity in High Hurstwood on 6 October 1918. Elsie went to High Hurstwood School, starting on 1 October 1923 at the age of 5, and leaving on 26 August 1932 at the age of 14.

When she was 18 years old Elsie married 29-year-old Albert Edward Heather in Uckfield registration district in Sussex during the 4th quarter of 1936. Albert was the son of Edward and Louisa Heather and he had been born at Dorking in Surrey on 6 March 1907. Albert and Elsie had three children; the first was born in Mid-Eastern Surrey registration district in 1937. Then in the National Register of 1939 they were living at Twitton Vale in Otford near Sevenoaks in Kent with their young son and Albert was working as an agricultural tractor driver. Their second child was born in Sevenoaks registration district in 1940 and the third in South Eastern Surrey registration district in 1947.

Albert died at the age of 67, his death being registered in Maidstone registration district in Kent during the 4th quarter of 1974. Twelve years later Elsie died at the age of 67, her death being registered in Maidstone registration district during May 1986.

 

 

Frank and Kateís second child is Mabel Florence Rodemark who was born at High Hurstwood in Sussex on 30 May 1920, and baptised at the Parish Church of Holy Trinity in High Hurstwood on 1 August 1920. Mabel went to High Hurstwood School, starting on 9 June 1925 at the age of 5, and leaving on 9 August 1929 at the age of 9 to go to Fairwarp School. Mabel never married. She died at the age of 72, her death being registered in Horsham registration district in Sussex during July 1992.

 

 

Frank and Kateís third child is Ethel Rodemark who was born at High Hurstwood in Sussex on 23 August 1922, and baptised at the Parish Church of Holy Trinity in High Hurstwood on 9 August 1925 at the same time as her younger sister Bessie. Ethel went to High Hurstwood School, starting on 26 September 1927 at the age of 5, and leaving on 28 July 1936 at the age of nearly 14.

When she was 22 years old Ethel married 28-year-old Leslie Sheppard in South Eastern Surrey registration district during the 4th quarter of 1944. Leslie was the son of Harry and Emily Sheppard and he had been born in Greenwich registration district in London on 4 January 1916. Leslie and Ethel had one child born in South Eastern Surrey registration district in 1945.

Leslie died at the age of 84, his death being registered in Sutton registration district in Surrey during July 2000.

 

 

Frank and Kateís fourth child is Bessie Joan Rodemark who was born at High Hurstwood in Sussex on 25 March 1925, and baptised at the Parish Church of Holy Trinity in High Hurstwood on 9 August 1925 at the same time as her elder sister Ethel. Bessie went to High Hurstwood School, starting on 29 April 1930 at the age of 5, and leaving on 6 April 1939 at the age of 14.

 

Frank and Kateís fifth child is Frank Henry Rodemark who was born at High Hurstwood in Sussex on 14 June 1928, but only baptised at the Parish Church of Holy Trinity in High Hurstwood on 11 June 1942. Frank went to High Hurstwood School, starting on 29 August 1933 at the age of 5, and leaving on 30 July 1942 at the age of 14.

When he was 25 years old Frank married Meryl L E Ward in Uckfield registration district in Sussex during the 1st quarter of 1954. They had six children; the first was born in Cuckfield registration district in Sussex in 1954, the second in Mid-Eastern Surrey registration district in 1956, the third in Watford registration district in Hertfordshire in 1957, the fourth in Maldon registration district in Essex in 1960, the fifth in Lewes registration district in Sussex in 1962, and the sixth in Tonbridge registration district in Kent in 1966.

 

Frank and Kateís sixth child is James Frederick Rodemark who was born at High Hurstwood in Sussex on 12 February 1931, but only baptised at the Parish Church of Holy Trinity in High Hurstwood on 5 April 1959. James went to High Hurstwood School, starting on 21 April 1936 at the age of 5, and leaving on 4 September 1942 at the age of 11 to go to Buxted School.

When he was 28 years old James married 22-year-old Stella Alice Tester in Tonbridge registration district in Kent during the 3rd quarter of 1959. Stella was the daughter of Albert and Doris Tester and she had been born in Tonbridge registration district on 31 May 1937. James and Stella had two children born in Tonbridge registration district in Kent in 1961 and 1965.

Stella died at the age of 68, her death being registered in Kent registration district during October 2005.

 

 

John and Margaretís fifth child was Alice Booker who was born at High Hurstwood in Sussex, and baptised at the Parish Church of Holy Trinity in High Hurstwood on 13 December 1896. In the census of 31 March 1901 Alice, at the age of 4, was living with her parents at Grovehurst in High Hurstwood. Then in the census of 2 April 1911 Alice, now aged 14, was living with her parents at Kiln Field Cottage at Grovehurst. About a month later Alice died at High Hurstwood, at the age of 14, and she was buried in the Churchyard of Holy Trinity at High Hurstwood on 10 May 1911.

 

 

John and Margaretís six child was Frank Booker who was born at High Hurstwood in Sussex on 20 August 1898, and baptised at the Parish Church of Holy Trinity in High Hurstwood on 9 October 1898. In the census of 31 March 1901 Frank, at the age of 2, was living with his parents at Grovehurst in High Hurstwood. Then in the census of 2 April 1911 Frank, now aged 12, was going to school and living with his parents at Kiln Field Cottage at Grovehurst.

When he was 21 years old Frank married 21-year-old Dorothy Bernice Maria Eldridge, known as Bessie, at the Parish Church of Holy Trinity in High Hurstwood on 30 July 1919. They were both then living at High Hurstwood, and Frank was working as a cowman. They didn't have any children of their own but adopted two children, and when these children were baptised in 1930 and 1932 they were living at Latchmoor, 5 Old Lane, Crowborough, Sussex and Frank was a labourer. Later they lived in Whitehill Close, Crowborough.

Bessie died at the age of 59, her death being registered in Uckfield registration district in Sussex during the 1st quarter of 1958. Thirteen years later Frank died at the age of 72, his death being registered in Mid-Eastern Surrey registration district during the 2nd quarter of 1971.

 

 

 

Frank and Bessieís eldest adopted child is June Booker who was baptised at the Parish Church of All Saints in Crowborough, Sussex on 5 October 1930.

 

Frank and Bessieís second adopted child is Gladys Margaret Booker who was baptised at the Parish Church of All Saints in Crowborough on 14 February 1932. When she was 22 years old Gladys married 29-year-old George William D Marsh in Uckfield registration district in Sussex during the 1st quarter of 1954. George was the son of Alpheus and Emmie Marsh and he had been born in Wolverhampton registration district in Staffordshire on 21 July 1924. George and Gladys had two children; the first born in West Bromwich registration district in Staffordshire in 1958 and the second in Wednesbury registration district in Staffordshire in 1959. George died at the age of 76, his death being registered in Wolverhampton registration district in the West Midlands during August 2000.

 

 

John and Margaretís seventh child was Emily Booker who was born at High Hurstwood in Sussex on 21 June 1902, and baptised at Parish Church of Holy Trinity in High Hurstwood on 24 August 1902. Emily attended High Hurstwood School, probably until she was 12 years old. In the census of 2 April 1911 Emily, at the age of 8, was living with her parents at Kiln Field Cottage at Grovehurst in High Hurstwood.

When she was 19 years old Emily married 26-year-old John William Wood, known as Jack, who was then a soldier, in Uckfield registration district in Sussex during the 1st quarter of 1922. Jack was the son of William and Martha Wood; he had been born at Hadlow Down in Sussex and his birth registered during the 4th quarter of 1895. Jack and Emily had six children; the first was born in Uckfield registration district in 1922, the second a Gibraltar in 1924, and the last four in Andover registration district in Hampshire in 1932, 1933, 1937 and 1938. In the National Register of 29 September 1939 Emily and her six children were living in married quarters of the Queen's Bays (2nd Dragoon Guards) at Assaye Barracks in Tidworth near Andover. After Jack left the army they lived at 3 Luxford Cottages in Luxford Lane, Crowborough, Sussex, which was close to the Wolfe Recreation Ground entrance.

Jack died at the age of 61 (not 62 as given on his death certificate), his death being registered in Uckfield registration district during the 3rd quarter of 1956. In the late 1970s Emily was living in sheltered housing at Jarvis Brook. Then thirty-five years after Jack's death Emily died at the age of 89, her death being registered in Uckfield registration district during August 1991.

 

 

 

Jack & Emilyís eldest child was Marjorie E Wood who was born in Uckfield registration district in Sussex on 3 June 1922. When she was 27 years old Marjorie married 22-year-old Alan E Brown in Andover registration district in Hampshire on 16 May 1950. Alan had been born in West Derby registration district in Lancashire on 28 August 1927. While living in England Alan and Marjorie had one child born in Gosport registration district in Hampshire in 1954. They had been living at 38 Hill Park Road in Fareham, Hampshire and Alan was a greengrocer when in 1958 Marjorie and her sister Ethel with their husbands and children all emigrated from England to Australia on £10 assisted passages. They sailed tourist class on 14 January 1958 from London to Melbourne on the P&O ship Arcadia.[4] Marjorie and her family going to in Victoria.

 

Jack & Emilyís second child was Ethel B Wood who was born in Gibraltar on 8 October 1924. When she was about 22 years old Ethel married 22-year-old Eric C Carter in Uckfield registration district during the 2nd quarter of 1946. Eric had been born in St Thomas registration district in Devon on 7 Aug 1923. While living in England Eric and Ethel had two children; the first was born in Uckfield registration district in 1947 and the second in Hastings registration district in Sussex in 1951. They were living at 3 Luxford Cottages in Crowborough, Sussex, the home of Ethelís parents, and Eric was a motor fitter when in 1958 Ethel and her sister Marjorie with their husbands and children all emigrated from England to Australia on £10 assisted passages. They sailed tourist class on 14 January 1958 from London to Melbourne on the P&O ship Arcadia.[5] Ethel and her family going to live at Perth in Western Australia.

 

Jack & Emilyís third child was Peter D Wood, who was born in Andover registration district in Hampshire on 15 June 1932. Peter served in the Royal Navy and then when he was 25 years old he transferred to the Royal New Zealand Navy and emigrating from England to New Zealand. He was a navel rating when he sailed tourist class on 29 June 1957 from Glasgow to Wellington on the Ministry of Transport Ship Captain Cook.[6]

 

Jack & Emilyís fourth child was Robert Claude Wood, who was born in Andover registration district in Hampshire on 10 July 1933.

 

Jack & Emilyís fifth child was Ronald D Wood, whose birth was registered in Andover registration district in Hampshire during the 2nd quarter of 1937. Ronald emigrated from England to Australia but returned to England and lived in Queens Road, Crowborough.

 

Jack & Emilyís sixth child was Phyllis Angela Wood, whose birth was registered in Andover registration district in Hampshire during the 3rd quarter of 1938. When she was 21 years old Phyllis married Herbert Newton at Crowborough Register Office in Sussex during the 4th quarter of 1959.

 

 

Charles and Annís third child was Louisa 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 15 April 1860. In the census of 7 April 1861 Louisa, at the age of 1, was living with her parents, who were lodging with her father's parents at Newlands Farm in High Hurstwood. Then in the census of 2 April 1871 Louisa, now aged 11, was living with her widowed father at Crossways in High Hurstwood, and she was going to school.

When she was 18 years old Louisa married 25-year-old Charles Head in Lewes registration district in Sussex during the 1st quarter of 1878. Charles was the son of Henry and Mary Head; he had been born at Mayfield in Sussex and his birth registered during the 1st quarter of 1853. Charles and Louisa had two children, both sons; the first born at Beddingham in Sussex in 1879 and the second at Lewes in 1880. In the census of 3 April 1881 they were living at 2 Petland Cottages in Cuckfield, Sussex with their two sons and Charles was working as a labourer. Louisa died at the age of 27, her death being registered in Uckfield registration district in Sussex during the 4th quarter of 1887.

Two and a half years after Louisa's death Charles, at the age of 37, married 37-year-old Clara Wright in Uckfield registration district during the 2nd quarter of 1890. Clara was the daughter of William and Mary Ann Wright; she had been born at Hockering in Norfolk and her birth registered during the 3rd quarter of 1852. In the census of 5 April 1891 Charles and Clara were living in a cottage at Danehill in Sussex with Charles' two sons and Charles was now a life assurance agent. They had one child, a daughter born at Danehill in 1893. In the census of 31 March 1901 they were living in London Road at Danehill, probably in the same cottage as in 1891, with their daughter and Charles was still an assurance agent. Then in the census of 2 April 1911 they were still living in Danehill village with their daughter but Charles was now working on his own account at home as a grocer.

Clara died at the age of 76, her death being registered in Westhampnett registration district in Sussex during the 1st quarter of 1929. Three years later Charles died at the age of 79, his death being registered in Westhampnett registration district during the 4th quarter of 1932.

 

 

Charles and Louisaís eldest child was Henry Charles Head who was born at Beddingham in Sussex on 17 April 1879. In the census of 3 April 1881 Henry, at the age of 1, was living with his parents at 2 Petland Cottages in Cuckfield, Sussex. Then in the census of 5 April 1891 Henry, now aged 11, was going to school and living with his father and stepmother in a cottage at Danehill in Sussex. In the census of 31 March 1901 Henry, at the age of 21, was working as a grocer's assistant and boarding with the family of jobbing compositor Alfred Brooke at 1 Lancelot Place in the parish of St Margaret & St John in London.

When he was 25 years old Henry married 23-year-old Emma Rebecca Bryant in Watford registration district in Hertfordshire during the 3rd quarter of 1904. Emma had been born at Stanmore in Middlesexon 28 July 1881. Henry and Emma had two children born at Shepherds Bush in London in 1907 and 1908. In the census of 2 April 1911 they were living at 71 Bells Lane in Acton, Middlesex with their two children and Henry was continuing to work as a grocer's assistant. In the National Register of 29 September 1939 Henry and Emma were living at 248 Windmill Road in Ealing, Middlesex, Henry was a retired Grocery Buyer and they had 32-year-old factory worker Violet Ashlee living with them.

Henry died at the age of 67, his death being registered in Westminster registration district in London during the 3rd quarter of 1946. Four years later Emma died at the age of 69, her death being registered in North Western Surrey registration district during the 3rd quarter of 1950.

 

 

Henry and Emmaís eldest child was Henry George Head who was born at Shepherds Bush in London and whose birth was registered during the 1st quarter of 1907. In the census of 2 April 1911 Henry, at the age of 4, was living with his parents at 71 Bells Lane in Acton, Middlesex.

 

Henry and Emmaís second child was Lilian Minnie Head who was born atShepherds Bush in London and whose birth was registered during the 2nd quarterof 1908. In the census of 2 April 1911 Lilian, at the age of 2, was living withher parents at 71 Bells Lane in Acton, Middlesex.

 

 

Charles and Louisaís second child was Amon David Head who was born at Lewes in Sussex and whose birth was registered during the 4th quarter of 1880. In the census of 3 April 1881 Amon, at the age of 7 months, was living with his parents at 2 Petland Cottages in Cuckfield, Sussex. Then in the census of 5 April 1891 Amon, now aged 10, was going to school and living with his father and stepmother in a cottage at Danehill in Sussex. In the census of 31 March 1901 Amon, at the age of 20, was working as a baker and boarding with the family of butcher William Edwards at 10 Park Terrace West in Horsham, Sussex. Then in the census of 2 April 1911 Amon, still unmarried at the age of 30, was a live-in cook at Belmont Workhouse in Sutton, Surrey.

Then the following year Amon, at the age of 31, emigrated from England to Canada; he sailed 3rd class on the Sicilian of the Allan Line from London on 18 April 1912 bound for Quebec. On the passenger list he gave his occupation as farming.[7] After eight years in Canada Amon, at the age of 39, married 35-year-old Agnes Elizabeth Annie Higgins in Toronto, Ontario on 28 June 1920. Amon was then working in real estate and Agnes was a nurse. Agnes was the daughter of Joseph and Eliza Higgins; she had been born at Lambeth in London and her birth registered during the 3rd quarter of 1884.

 

Charles and Claraís only child (Charlesí third) was Clara Louisa Head who was born at Danehill in Sussex on 30 November 1892. In the census of 31 March 1901 Clara, at the age of 8, was living with her parents in London Road at Danehill. Then in the census of 2 April 1911 Clara, now aged 18, was working as a pupil teacher and living with her parents in Danehill village.

When she was 22 years old Clara married 25-year-old Ebenezer Newnham in Uckfield registration district in Sussex during the 3rd quarter of 1915. Ebenezer was the son of Silas and Ellen Newnham, and he had been born at Horsted Keynes in Sussex on 31 January 1890. Ebenezer and Clara had one child born in Cuckfield registration district in Sussex during 1918. In the National Register of 29 September 1939 Ebenezer and Clara were living at Dane-Mead, Felpham Road, Bognor Regis, Sussex, with their daughter, and Ebenezer was a Builder's Company Secretary.

Ebenezer died at the age of 54, his death being registered in Chichester registration district in Sussex during the 1st quarter of 1944. Forty-one years later Clara died at the age of 92, her death being registered in Chichester registration district during the 2nd quarter of 1985.

 

 

Ebenezer and Clara's only child was Clara M Newnham whose birth was registered in Cuckfield registration district in Sussex during the 1st quarter of 1918.

 

 

Charles and Annís fourth child was William 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 3 August 1862. In the census of 2 April 1871 William, at the age of 9, was living with his widowed father at Crossways in High Hurstwood, and he was going to school. It's thought that William may have enlisted in the army; there was a William Booker serving with the Royal Sussex Regiment in India in the late 1880s, though there is no proof that it is this William Booker as there were several men of a suitable age of that name in Sussex.

 

Charles and Annís fifth child was Harriet 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 1 January 1865. In the census of 2 April 1871 Harriet, at the age of 6, was living with her widowed father at Crossways in High Hurstwood, and she was going to school. Then in the census of 3 April 1881 Harriet, now aged 16, was a live-in kitchen maid for the family of timber merchant Luke Botten at Havelock House, Tonbridge, Kent. Later that year Harriet died at the age of 17, her death being registered in Sevenoaks registration district in Kent during the 4th quarter of 1881.


[1] TNA: WO 363/B2263 First World War Army Service Documents for Jabez Booker.

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

[3] TNA: WO 372/7 First World War Medal Card for Herbert J Garrett.

[4] TNA: BT 27/1838 page 3, Outwards Passenger Lists, London, January 1958.

[5] TNA: BT 27/1838 page 5, Outwards Passenger Lists, London, January 1958.

[6] TNA: BT 27/1823 page 21, Outwards Passenger Lists, Glasgow, June 1957.

[7] TNA: BT 27/769 page 9, Outwards Passenger Lists, London, April 1912.

 

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