lundi 11 juillet 2016

My great-grandfather's brother : Joseph Brown 1890

JOSEPH BROWN was born circa 1890 in Upper Beeding, Sussex (source : 1901 census). His mother was Emily Brown and his father was possibly Alphonse Joseph Delonnette, although he is the only child to have kept the surname Brown. There is a birth registered for Joseph Frederick G Brown in 4th quarter 1890 in Steyning district.

On the 1891 census, the year after Joseph's birth, 55-year-old Alphonse (listed as Alphonse Delanette) and his 65-year-old wife Phebe were at 28 Norton Rd in Hove (St Andrews), Sussex with their 23-year-old general domestic servant EMILY BROWN. Phoebe died, aged 77, on 17th August 1897 in Brighton. Alphonso later married EMILY BROWN, his former maid (before 1901), who was some thirty years younger than him. Judging by the ages on the 1901 census, by the time of Phoebe's death in 1897, Emily had already had three children (by Alphonso?) - Joseph (in 1891), Victor Alphonso (in 1891) and Josephone (1894). (They went on to have Georgina (1897), Augustus (1898) and Wilhelmina (1901).

Joseph appears to have been brought up by his grandparents in Upper Beeding (source : 1891/1901 census)

On the 1891 census, aged 7 months, he was with his grandparents and the rest of the family (but not his mum) at Pound House, Upper Beeding.

On the 1901 census, aged 10, he was listed as a grandson at Pound House, Upper Beeding, with his maternal grandparents and their children, the youngest of whom was only a year older than him.

On the 1911 census, a 21-year-old single cowman, he was with his uncle George Brown, a widower unable to work on his farm in High Street, Upper Beeding. Also in the household were his cousins Albert (29), Henry (25), John (22) and Edith (23), who all worked on the farm.

Cousin Henry died during the First World War. The Upper Beeding War Memorial website explains : 212568 Gunner Henry Brown, “B” Battery, 37th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Henry enlisted in Hove and resided in Small Dole. He was the son of George and Mary Brown of Upper Beeding. The 1911 Census shows him as a farm carter, living in the High Street, Upper Beeding, with his widowed father, his elder brother, Albert, his younger brother, John, his cousin, Joe Brown. All of them are shown as farm workers and Henry’s younger sister was also living with them as their housekeeper. He died aged 32, on Sunday 6th October 1918 in Alexandria, Egypt. Given that Henry was apparently serving in Egypt late on in the war and is simply shown as “Died” (i.e. not “Killed in Action” or “Died of Wounds”), I think it likely that he died of disease or some other natural cause(s) or, possibly, as a result of an accidentally sustained injury or injuries. In view, however, of the fact that his service record apparently did not survive the 1940 bombing raid (see page 5) it is impossible to be certain as to his cause of death. Although he died in Alexandria, Egypt, he is buried in gave CC. 21 Ramleh Military Cemetery, Israel, being one of a number of men who were exhumed after the end of the war and re-interred in that cemetery. I understand that Henry was known locally as “Harry Brown of Horton Hall”. So, presumably, he was working on that farm and that is why he is also commemorated on the Small Dole War Memorial. Henry was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal, not having gone overseas until 1916 or later."

There was a tragic accident at this farm in 1914, but I am unsure if Emily's parents still owned and lived at the farm : "Records of the coroner of the Borough of Brighton, INQUESTS - ref. COR/3/2 - FILE - FORD - ref. COR/3/2/1914/96 - date: 25 Jul 1914 [from Scope and Content] of 'Pound House', Upper Beeding, Sussex, stable boy; at the Royal Sussex County Hospital; shock following rupture of the spleen caused by being kicked by a horse at Upper Beeding on 20 Jul; accidental death" (source : A2A website).

Pound House Cottage in Upper Beeding is now a listed building (assuming it's the same property) : "Once two cottages. C18 or earlier. Two storeys. Three windows. Faced with flints with red brick dressings and quoins. Hipped thatched roof. Casement windows." .

He was present at his mother's funeral in 1944 in Hastings and his sister Georgina's funeral in Hastings in 1954 (flowers from "Joe and Mrs Lindfield" which is presumably him)

Joseph died in 1968 in Worthing district, aged 77.

Census returns for Joseph Brown :

1891 census :

Piece: RG12/825 Place: Steyning -Sussex Enumeration District: 5
Civil Parish: Upper Beeding Ecclesiastical Parish: Upper Beeding
Folio: 55 Page: 3 Schedule: 15
Address: Pound House

SurnameFirst name(s)RelStatusSexAgeOccupationWhere BornRemarks
BROWNGeorgeHeadMM47Ag Lab (Em'ee) Sussex - Bosham
BROWNMary AnnWifeMF45Sussex - Selsey
BROWNGeorgeSonSM25Ag Lab (Em'ee) Sussex - Selsey(Originally: Sussex - Lidsey)
BROWNWilliamSonSM17Ag Lab (Em'ee) Sussex - Selsey(Originally: Sussex - Lidsey)
BROWNFrederickSon-M15Ag Lab (Em'ee) Sussex - Selsey(Originally: Sussex - Lidsey)
BROWNStenisingSon-M13Ag Lab (Em'ee) Sussex - Ripe
BROWNMarkSon-M11Ag Lab (Em'ee) Sussex - Upper Beeding
BROWNAlbertSon-M9Scholar Sussex - Upper Beeding
BROWNHenrySon-M5Sussex - Upper Beeding
BROWNEdithDau-F3Sussex - Upper Beeding
BROWNCharlesSon-M1Sussex - Upper Beeding
BROWNJosephGrnson-M7mSussex - Upper Beeding

1901 census :
address : Pound House, Upper Beeding (rural district of Steyning), West Sussex

George Brown, head, 57, cowman on farm (of cattle), born Bosham Sussex
 wife Mary A, 55, born Selsey Sussex
Mark, son, 21, carter on farm (of horse), born Upper Beeding, Sussex
Albert, son, 19, labourer on farm - ag lab, born Upper Beeding, Sussex
 Henry, son, 15, carter on farm (of horse), born Upper Beeding, Sussex
 Edith,  daughter, 13, at school, born Upper Beeding, Sussex
 Charles, son, 11, at school, born Upper Beeding, Sussex
Joseph, grandson, 10, at school, born Upper Beeding, Sussex

1911 census :

address : Beeding, Upper Beeding

George Brown, head, 67, widower, 5 children/5 still living, cowman unable to work, born in the parish Bosham
Albert Brown, son, 29, single, farm labourer, born Upper Beeding
Henry Brown, son, 25, single, carter, born Upper Beeding
John Brown, son, 22, single, cowman, born Upper Beeding
Joe Brown, nephew, 21, single, cowman, born Upper Beeding
Edith Brown, daughter, 23, single, houskeeper, born Upper Beeding

samedi 2 juillet 2016

James Sands 1818

JAMES SANDS was born circa 1818 in Dallington, Sussex (source : 1881 census and age on death certificate, courtesy of Keith Sands). He was christened on 15th November 1818 in Dallington, Sussex (source : IGI and Free BMD).

He married MARTHA RUSSELL on 11th April 1840 in Mountfield, Sussex (source : marriage record, courtesy of Keith Sands). She was the daughter of WILLIAM and PHOEBE RUSSELL and was born circa 1820 in Brightling, Sussex (source : 1881 census). The witnesses were John Frend and Sophia Russell (source : marriage record). He was an iron foundry worker (source : death certificate and 1881 census).

JAMES SANDS died, aged 87, on 29th March 1907 in Hurst Green, Sussex (source : death certificate, courtesy of Keith Sands). He was buried on 2nd April 1907 at St Mary’s Church, Saleshurst (source : parish register).

The Children of JAMES SANDS and MARTHA RUSSELL:


JOHN SANDS was born circa 1841 in Brightling, Sussex. He ran the post office at Hurst Green (source : Keith Sands). The child of JOHN SANDS and his first wife was MINNIE EVALINE SANDS (who emigrated to Canada – source : Keith Sands). He married his second wife ELIZA ANN PEARCE on 30th April 1869 in Polar, Middlesex (source : Keith Sands). She was born on 19th June 1845 in Cirencester, Gloucester (source : 1881 census) and died on 17th December 1885 in Hurst Green (source : Keith Sands). Thay had several children. John Sands died on 12th December 1921 at 18 Nelson Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent (source : Keith Sands). (For further generations, contact me for Joanne Mays Becker's email address.)

MARY SANDS was born circa 1852 in Brightling, Sussex (but is listed “of Hastings”) (source : Joanne Mays Becker). She was christened on 4th April 1852 in Brightling, Sussex (source : Brightling Parish register).

ALBERT EDWARD SANDS was born circa 1863 in Brightling, Sussex (source : 1881 census). He was christened on 26th July 1863 in Salehurst, at the same time as his two brothers THOMAS and GEORGE (source : Brightling Parish register). He was a 17-year-old postmaster’s assistant, living at home with his parents in Salehurst on the 1881 census.

THOMAS SANDS was born circa 1863 in Brightling, Sussex (but is listed as “of Salehurst”) (source : Joanne Mays Becker). He was christened on 26th July 1863 in Brightling, Sussex, at the same time as his two brothers ALBERT and GEORGE (source : Brightling Parish register).

GEORGE SANDS was born circa 1863 in Brightling, Sussex (but is listed as “of Salehurst”) (source : Joanne Mays Becker). He was christened on 26th July 1863 in Brightling, Sussex, at the same time as his two brothers ALBERT and THOMAS (source : Brightling Parish register). This could be George and family on the 1901 census (RG13 888 11 13 84 1901 census online) (source : Joanne Mays Becker) :
Dwelling : Church Road, Hurstmonceux (parish Eastbourne All Saints)
GEORGE SANDS head M 37 carter on farm, worker, born Dallington Sussex
AMELIN C SANDS wife M 30 born Tunbridge Wells Kent
THOMAS SANDS son S 8 born Hellingly Sussex
ALBERT E SANDS son S 5 born Hellingly Sussex
ARTHUR J SANDS son S 3 born Warbleton, Sussex
WILLIAM J SANDS son S 8months born Hurstmonceux Sussex


Census returns for JAMES SANDS and MARTHA RUSSELL:


1881 census (FHL film 1341248 RG11 Piece 1046 Folio 36 Page 14)
Dwelling : Salehurst, Sussex

JAMES SANDS head M 61 born Dallington, Sussex, brass and iron moulder
MARTHA SANDS wife M 61 born Brightling Sussex
ALBERT E SANDS son U 17 born Salehurst Sussex, Postmaster’s assistant (CS Messenger)

My gx2 grandfather's sister : Isabella Jane Sands

 ISABELLA JANE SANDS was born circa 1867 in Hastings (source : 1881 census). She was christened on 11th August 1867 at All Saints Church, Hastings (source : IGI and BVRI 2d edition). On the 1871 census, she was aged 4, with her family at 5 East Hill Passage in Hastings Old Town. On the 1881 census, age 13, Isabella is at 9 East Hill Hill Passage with her parents William Sands (age 70, born in Dallington, Sussex) and Ann. On the 1891 census, she was an unmarried 23-year-old (no occupation mentioned) with her family at 277 Harold Road in Hastings.

She married WILLIAM DOUCH in September quarter 1895 (source : Free BMD – district Hastings volume 2b page 25).

WILLIAM DOUCH was born on 29th August 1868 in Hastings (source : IGI) and his parents were WILLIAM DOUCH and MARY ANN VIDLER (source : IGI).

A year after their marriage, in 1896, their first child William Alfred was born. They had two more children - Robert in 1899 and Grace in 1902 - but both sadly died before their first birthday.

On the 1901 census, Isabella is with husband William, a 33-year-old labourer, 4-year-old son William and her 70-year-old widowed mother Ann Sands at 34 Tackleway, Hastings. On the 1911 census, William is a chimney sweep and Isabella, William and son William (14, errand boy) are all in a 6-roomed house at 25 Hill Street Hastings .

William, their only remaining child, was killed, aged 21, in active service in Flanders in 1917.

Both Isabella and her husband were killed during the bombings in World War 2 (Isabella in April 1944).

The Children of ISABELLA JANE SANDS and WILLIAM DOUCH:


1. WILLIAM ALFRED DOUCH was born on 11th July 1896 in Hastings (source : IGI). On the 1901 census, William (4) and his family are listed at 34 Tackleway, Hastings, Sussex.  He was killed on active service in World War I ("Theatre of War: France & Flanders" - source : Commonwealth War Graves Commission) on 26th October 1917, aged 21 (source : written on back of photo). He was Private 203925 of the Bedfordshire Regiment, 1st Battalion, Formerly 225725, Northants Regiment, and he enlisted in Hastings, Sussex (source : Kathy Perkins). He is buried at TYNE COT MEMORIAL cemetery in Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium (near the town of Ypres) (Grave or Reference Panel Number: Panel 48 to 50 and 162A) (source : Commonwealth War Graves Commission).

"The Tyne Cot Memorial is one of four memorials to the missing in Belgian Flanders which cover the area known as the Ypres Salient... The Salient was formed during the First Battle of Ypres in Octoberand November 1914, when a small British Expeditionary Force succeeded in securing the town before the onset of winter, pushing the German forces back to the Passchendaele Ridge. The Second Battle of Ypres began in April 1915 when the Germans released poison gas into the Allied lines north of Ypres. This was the first time gas had been used by either side and the violence of the attack forced an Allied withdrawal and a shortening of the line of defence. There was little more significant activity on this front until 1917, when in the Third Battle of Ypres an offensive was mounted by Commonwealth forces to divert German attention from a weakened French front further south. The initial attempt in June to dislodge the Germans from the Messines Ridge was a complete success, but the main assaultnorth-eastward, which began at the end of July, quickly became a dogged struggle against determined opposition and the rapidly deteriorating weather. The campaign finally came to a close in November with the capture of Passchendaele. The German offensive of March 1918 met with some initial success, but was eventually checked and repulsed in a combined effort by the Allies in September. The battles of the Ypres Salient claimed many lives on both sides... "

" The site of the Menin Gate was chosen because of the hundreds of thousands of men who passed through it on their wayto the battlefields... The TYNE COT MEMORIAL now bears the names of almost 35,000 officers and men whose graves are not known. ... The memorial forms the north-eastern boundary of TYNE COT CEMETERY, which was established around a captured German blockhouse or pill-box used as an advanced dressing station. The original battlefield cemetery of 343 graves was greatly enlarged after the Armistice when remains were brought in from the battlefields of Passchendaele and Langemarck, and from a few small burial grounds. It is now the largest Commonwealth war cemetery in the world in terms of burials... There are three other pill-boxes in the cemetery. There are now 11,952 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated in Tyne Cot Cemetery. 8,365 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to more than 80 casualties known or believed to be buried among them. Other special memorials commemorate 20 casualties whose graves were destroyed by shell fire. " (source : Commonwealth War Graves Commission).

2.ROBERT J F DOUCH was born in December quarter 1899 in Hastings, Sussex (source : Free BMD, district Hastings, volume 2b, page 21). He died on 27th March 1901 in Hastings, Sussex (source : IGI, Film Number: 458464 ). His death was registered in March quarter 1901 in Hastings, Sussex and his age was given as 1 (source : Free BMD, district Hastings, volume 2b, page 24).


3.GRACE ALICE DOUCH was born in June quarter 1902 in Hastings, Sussex (source : Free BMD, district Hastings, volume 2b, page 22). She died on 10th April 1903 in Hastings, Sussex (source : IGI, Film Number: 458475 ). Her death was registered in June quarter 1903 in Hastings, Sussex and her age was given as 1 (source : Free BMD, district Hastings, volume 2b, page 12).


Census returns for ISABELLA JANE SANDS and WILLIAM DOUCH:



1881 census for Isabella (FHL film 1341242 RG11 piece 1022 folio 48 page 46)
Dwelling : 9 East Hill Passage, Hastings All Saints

William SANDS head M 70 born Dallington, Sussex, moulder in iron foundry
Ann SANDS wife 58 born Hastings
Isabella SANDS dau 13 scholar born Hastings


1881 census for William
Dwelling : 36 Whitefriars Rd, Hastings St Mary In The Castle, Sussex

William DOUCH Head M Male 33 Hastings, Sussex, England Engine Fireman
Mary V. DOUCH Wife M Female 34 Hastings, Sussex, England Engine Firemans Wife
William DOUCH Son U Male 12 Hastings, Sussex, England Scholar
Alfred DOUCH Son U Male 8 Hastings, Sussex, England Scholar
Eugene DOUCH Daur U Female 6 Hastings, Sussex, England Scholar
Walter DOUCH Son U Male 5 Hastings, Sussex, England Scholar
Phillip DOUCH Son U Male 3 Hastings, Sussex, England Scholar
Arthur DOUCH Son U Male 2 Hastings, Sussex, England Scholar
Ernest DOUCH Son U Male 2 m Hastings, Sussex, England
William FIELD Lodger U Male 22 Hastings, Sussex, England Plasterers Labourer
Charles TORRANCE Lodger U Male 44 Hastings, Sussex, England Luggage Porter


1901 census – RG13 864 Folio 17

address : 34 Tackleway, Hastings (All Saints)
WILLIAM DOUCH head married 33 labourer born Hastings
ISABELLA JANE DOUCH wife 33 born Hastings
WILLIAM A DOUCH son 4 born Hastings
ANN SANDS mother-in-law widow 70 born Hastings

1911 census 

address : 24/25 Hill Street Hastings (6 rooms)

William Douch, head, 43, married, chimney sweep, own account, born Hastings Sussex
Isabella Jane Douch, wife, 43, married for 15 years, 3 children (1 living, 2 dead), born Hastings Sussex
William Alfred Douch, son, 14, single, errand boy, born Hastings Sussex

George Sands 1796

GEORGE SANDS was born circa 1796 in Ashburnham, Sussex (but he wasn’t christened there) (source : Joanne Mays Becker).

He married MARY HONEYSETT on 2nd June 1817 in Dallington, Sussex (source : Hellingly Parish Register). The witnesses were John Sands (the groom's older brother or father), Grace Noakes, William Walter (the bride's step-father) and Charlotte Brackpool (source : Joanne Mays Becker). She was the daughter (only child) of JOHN HONEYSETT and ELIZABETH GODDEN. She was born circa 1799 in Dallington (source : 1851 census). Her father was involved in the Lime Burner (he received payments from the Earl of Ashburnham), which could explain how Mary and George met (source : Joanne Mays Becker).

GEORGE SANDS was qualified to vote in 1832 due to “Freehold house and garden” and voted in the poll for Cavendish and Curteis. In 1837, he voted for George Darby Esq and Augustus Elliot Fuller Esq, both of whom were elected (source : Kevin Sands). He lived at Bakers Cottage, whose name changed to The Wickets (source : Joanne Mays Becker). He was a blacksmith in Dallington (source : 1851 census).

MARY SANDS nee HONEYSETT died, age 68, on 16th July 1868 (source : gravestone in Dallington Churchyard) and was buried on 20th July 1868. GEORGE SANDS died on 8th April 1876 in Dallington, Sussex (source : Joanne Mays Becker and Free BMD June quarter 1876 – district Battle vol 2b page 29). He was buried, age 80, on 12th April 1876 in Dallington, Sussex (source : Dallington Parish register). His tombstone reads : “Here lieth the remains of Mary, wife of Georg smith of this parish, who died July 16th 1868 aged 68 years. Also of George Sands, smith who died April 8th 1870 in the 80th year of his age. God is our refuge and strength. A very present help in trouble Psalm XLVI” (source : Penhurst Parish register PAR 441/1/1/3/1/2/6).

The Children of GEORGE SANDS and MARY HONEYSETT:


1. JOHN SANDS was born 22nd November 1817 in Dallington, Sussex (source : MCC Scores and Biographies Vol VI page 166, 1876 – he gave the information about himself, but lied about his age, shaving five years off!! – source : Joanne Mays Becker) and was christened on 28th December 1817 at Heathfield IC (source : Hellingly Parish Register). He married HARRIET HUNNISETT on 20th April 1840 in Hurstmonceux, Sussex (source : Free BMD – June quarter 1840 : district Hailsham vol 7 page 429 and Pete Hunisett). They were both aged 22 (source : Pete Hunnisett). She was born on 29th June 1817 (source : tombstone inscription), christened on 29th June 1817 at Herstmonceux Congregational Church and was the daughter of WILLIAM HONEYSETT and HARRIET DULY. She died on 22nd July 1848 in Gardner St, Herstmonceux, shortly after Harriet’s birth.

In 1854, John Sands moved away from the area and had various (cricket-related?) jobs in various places before becoming coach and groundsman for Drumpellier Cricket Club, Coatbridge, near Glasgow in 1864 (source : “Dallington, Six Miles from Everywhere, the History of a Sussex Village” by Karen Bryant-Mole). He held this position for twenty-five years (source : “Drumpellier Cricket Club 1850-1906” by John Thomson, pub 1908 by Airdrie, Bairds and Hamilton). In 1874 he was known to have a cricketing shop in Coatbridge (source : Joanne Mays Becker).

He remarried MARY ANN GOBLE on 3rd February 1875 in the Church of St Andrew, Hastings by license (source : Joanne Mays Becker). She was the daughter of WILLIAM GOBLE and CAROLINE HONEYSETT. She was born on 28th April 1833 in Cowbeech, Herstmonceux (source : Herstmonceux IC register). John retired from Drumpellier in 1890 (source : Joanne Mays Becker) and on the 1891 census, was living at The Wickets, Dallington, with his wife Mary (57 Cowbeech) and their granddaughter JESSIE HONISETT (5). On the 1901 census, they were still at The Wickets, Dallington : John (83 Mountfield, retired cricketer) and Mary (67, Sussex not known). He died on 24th December 1902, age 85, at The Wickets, Dallington. The cause of death was given as “cancer of stomach and liver (1 year) and heart failure (10 days)” and attending at the death was Chas. F. Honisett, nephew (source : death certificate). Mary died on 21st April 1915 in Penn Cottage, Gardner St, Herstmonceux, the week before her 82nd birthday (source : death certificate).

John and Harriet had the following children : GEORGE SANDS (born circa 1841 in Dallington), HENRY SANDS (born circa 1841 in Dallington), CHARLES HENRY SANDS (born 1st January 1843, Dallington), WILLIAM LEWIS SANDS (born circa 1844 Dallington), MARY HARRIET SANDS (born circa 1848). John and Mary had the following children : HETTY FRIEND (SANDS) (born circa 1860), ARTHUR JOHN FRIEND (SANDS) (born circa 1862), JOHN SANDS (born 16th June 1876 in Coatbridge, Scotland). (For further generations, contact me for Joanne Mays Becker’s email address.)


2. ELIZABETH SANDS was born/buried (?) on 31st October 1819 and was christened in Dallington (source : Joanne Mays Becker).


3. JANE SANDS was born 14th July 1822 and christened in Dallington, Sussex (source : Hellingly Parish Register). She married JAMES KING on 2nd July 1849 at All Saints Church, Hastings (source : BVRI and birth certificate).


4. MARY HARRIOTT SANDS was born on 9th November 1828 and christened in Dallington (source : Hellingly Parish Register).


5. SARAH ANN SANDS was born on 29th June 1834 and christened in Dallington (source :Hellingly Parish Register). Her daughter MARY ELIZABETH SANDS(?) was christened on 2nd December 1866 in Bodle Street, Sussex (source :Joanne Mays Becker).


6. GEORGE SANDS was born circa 1839 in Dallington (as per 1881 and 1901 census). He married AMELIA ? before 1862(?). She was born in Warbleton, Sussex (source : 1881 and 1901 census) and died on 18th January 1893 in Dallington, Sussex, aged 58. Her death certificate lists her as “wife of George Sands, blacksmith” (source : Joanne Mays Becker). On the 1881 census, George (42, blacksmith) is at Bakers, Dallington (formerly his father George’s home, and later (in 1890) to become his brother John’s home – source : 1881 and 1901 census) with his wife Amelia (46) and their eight children EMMA (15), ROLAND (14), MARY (12 scholar), ELIZABETH (11 scholar), EDWARD (9 scholar), LILLY (7 scholar), LAURA (6 scholar) and KATHARINE (5 scholar) and Joseph J Oliver (18 servant, Bsmith, born Warbleton). They also had the following children who do not show up on the 1881 census: KITTY AMELIA SANDS (born circa 1862), ALFRED HARRY SANDS (born circa 1864) and CAROLINE ANNE SANDS (born circa 1872) (source : Joanne Mays Becker). On the 1891 census, George (52 blacksmith) is with his wife Amelia (55) and two children in Dallington (source : “Dallington, Six Miles from Everywhere”). On the 1901 census, George Sands (widower, 62, farmer own account) is at Forest Row, Dallington (source : RG13 873 82 7 49).


7. CHARLES HENRY SANDS was born circa 1843 (source : 1851 census). He was not found on the 1901 census.

My gx4 grandfather : Thomas Page 1807

THOMAS PAGE was born circa 1807 in Highworth/Hyworth, Wiltshire (source : 1851 and 1881 census) or circa 1811 in Sussex (source : 1841 census). On the 1841 census, he was a 30-year-old brickmaker, living in Standens Road, Ore, Hastings, with his wife and children. On the 1851 census, he was an “ag. lab.” living in Ore Down, Hastings, with his wife and children.

He married ANN ? before 1841, as they were married on the 1841 census, and presumably before 1835 when SARAH PAGE was born. She was born circa 1816 in Sussex (source : 1841 census) or circa 1813 in Beckley, Sussex (source : 1851 census).


The Children of THOMAS PAGE and ANN:


SARAH PAGE was born circa 1835 in Sussex (source : 1841 census). On the 1841 census, age 6, she was living in Standens Road, Ore, Hastings, with her parents. She is no longer living at home on the 1851 census (age 16 – married? Deceased? Working as a servant somewhere?)

THOMAS PAGE was born circa 1838 in Ore, Sussex (source : 1841, 1851 and 1881 census). On the 1841 census, age 3, he was living in Standens Road, Ore, Hastings, with his parents. On the 1851 census, age 13, (not listed as a scholar), he was living in Ore Down, Hastings, with his parents.

ALBERT JAMES PAGE was born circa 1841 in Ore, Sussex (source : 1841, 1851, 1881 and 1901 census – he obviously messed up on the 1891 census and was out by ten years). On the 1841 census, age 10 months, he was living in Standens Road, Ore, Hastings, with his parents. On the 1851 census, age 10, a scholar, he was living in Ore Down, Hastings, with his parents. (Click through to see his page)

CAROLINE PAGE was born circa 1844 in Ore, Sussex (source : 1851 census). On the 1851 census, age 7, a scholar, she was living in Ore Down, Hastings, with her parents.

WILLIAM PAGE was born circa 1846 in Ore, Hastings (source : 1851 and 1881 census). There are two births listed for WILLIAM PAGE in September quarter 1845 in Hastings (Free BMD – district Hastings volume 7, pages 372 and 363). On the 1851 census, age 5, a scholar, he was living in Ore Down, Hastings, with his parents.

JANE PAGE was born circa 1848 in Ore, Hastings (source : 1851 census). There is a birth listed for JANE PAGE in December quarter 1847 (Free BMD – district Hastings, volume 7 page 391). On the 1851 census, age 3, she was living in Ore Down, Hastings, with her parents.

JOHN PAGE was born circa 1851 in Ore, Hastings (source : 1851 and 1881 census). On the 1851 census, age 6 months, he was living in Ore Down, Hastings, with his parents. On the 1881 census, age 29, a bricklayer’s labourer, he was unmarried and living with his parents at Middle Road, 2 Hays Place, Ore, Sussex.

ALFRED PAGE was born circa 1855 in Ore, Hastings (source : 1881 census). On the 1881 census, age 25, a bricklayer’s labourer, he was unmarried and living with his parents at Middle Road, 2 Hays Place, Ore, Sussex.


Census returns for THOMAS PAGE and ANN:


1841 census
Dwelling: Standens Road, Ore, Hastings
(name – age- occupation – born in this county?)
PAGE THOMAS 30 brickmaker yes
PAGE ANN 25 yes
PAGE SARAH 6 yes
PAGE THOMAS 3 yes
PAGE ALBERT 10 months yes

1851 census
Dwelling : Ore Down, Hastings
PAGE THOMAS head M 44 ag. Lab. Born WIL Highworth
PAGE ANN wife M 38 born SSX Beckley
PAGE THOMAS son U 13 born SSX Ore
PAGE ALBERT son, U, 10, scholar born SSX Ore
PAGE CAROLINE dau U 7 scholar born SSX Ore
PAGE WILLIAM son U 5 scholar born SSX Ore
PAGE JANE dau U 3 born SSX Ore
PAGE JOHN son U 6 months born SSX Ore

1881 census
FHL Film 1341242 RG11 Piece 1021 Folio 63 Page 22
Dwelling : Middle Road, 2 Hays Place, Ore, Sussex
THOMAS PAGE head M Male 75 born Hyworth, Wiltshire general labourer
ANN PAGE wife M female 68 born Beckley, Sussex
JOHN PAGE son U male 29 born Ore Sussex bricklayer’s labr
ALFRED PAGE son U male 25 born Ore Sussex bricklayer’s labr

My gx3 grandfather : Albert James Page 1841

ALBERT JAMES PAGE was born circa 1841 in Ore, Sussex (source : 1841, 1851, 1881 and 1901 census – he obviously messed up on the 1891 census and was out by ten years). On the 1841 census, age 10 months, he was living in Standens Road, Ore, Hastings, with his parents. On the 1851 census, age 10, a scholar, he was living in Ore Down, Hastings, with his parents.

He married HARRIET ? who was born circa 1842 in London (in Westminster according to the 1881 census, in Kennington according to the 1891 census).

On the 1881 census, his name is given as ALBERT JAMES PAGE and he is a 40-year-old general labourer living at 25 Brewery Cottages, Roebuck Yard, St Clements, Hastings. On the 1891 census, he gives his name as JAMES PAGE (which is how family members knew him) and he gives his age as 59, ten years more than the age he declared in the other censuses. In 1891, he is still a general labourer and is now living at 111 Athelstone Road, All Saints, Hastings (presumably Athelstan Road) with his wife and two nursechildren (carrying the surname ALLEN – the maiden name of his daughter-in-law) (source : 1891 census) . On the 1901 census, he is down to renting (presumably) two rooms at 46 North Lane, St Clement (Halton parish), Hastings with his wife, a house shared by the COLEMAN family (a 22-year-old plasterer, his wife and 1-year-old son). He is a 60-year-old navvy (source : 1901 census).


The Children of ALBERT JAMES PAGE and HARRIET:


ALBERT JAMES PAGE was born circa 1868 in Hastings (source : 1881 census). On the 1881 census, he was a 15-year-old general labourer and was living with his parents at 25 Brewery Cottages, Roebuck Yard, St Clements, Hastings. (Click through to see his page)

MINNIE M. PAGE was born circa 1870 in Hastings (source : 1881 census). On the 1881 census, she was an 11-year-old scholar and was living with her parents at 25 Brewery Cottages, Roebuck Yard, St Clements, Hastings.


Census returns for ALBERT JAMES PAGE and HARRIET:


1881 census (FHL film 1341242 RG11 piece 1023 Folio 68 page 62)
Dwelling: No 25 Brewery Cottages, Roebuck Yard (Census Place – Hastings St Clement Sussex)
ALBERT J PAGE, head, M, male, 40, born Ore Hastings, Sussex, Genl labourer
HARRIET PAGE, wife, M, female, 37, born Westm, Middlesex
JAMES PAGE, son, U, male, 15, born Ore Hastings Sussex, Genl labourer
MINNIE M PAGE, dau, female, 11, born Ore Hastings Sussex, Scholar

1891 census
Dwelling : 111 Athelstone Road, All Saints, Hastings (presumably Athelstan Road)
JAMES PAGE, head, married, 59, gen labourer, born Ore Hastings
HARRIET PAGE, wife, married, 49, born Kennington London
AUGUSTUS ALLEN, nursechild, 3, born Ore Hastings
ALICE ALLEN, nursechild, born Ore Hastings

1901 census
Dwelling : 46 North Lane, St Clement (Halton parish), Hastings

Number of rooms: 3
CHARLES COLEMAN, head, M, 22, plasterer ( builders), born Sussex Eastbourne
MILLIE COLEMAN, wife, M, 21, born Sussex Northiam
DORIS COLEMAN, daur, 1, born Sussex St Leonards

Number of rooms : 2
ALBERT J PAGE, head, M, 60, navvy, worker, born Sussex Hastings
HARRIETT PAGE, wife, M, 55, born London

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My gx9 grandfather : Edward Bourne 1607

EDWARD BOURNE was born circa 1607. (Many thanks to Mandy Willard for this information.) He married AGNES COALE (source : Mandy Willard).

The Children of EDWARD BOURNE and AGNES COALE:


1. THOMAS BOURNE was born circa 1640 (source : Mandy Willard). He was baptised on 27th December 1640 in Burwash, Sussex (source : Mandy Willard). (Click through to see his page)

My gx8 grandfather : Thomas Bourne 1640


THOMAS BOURNE was born circa 1640. (Many thanks to Mandy Willard for this information.) He was baptised on 27th December 1640 in Burwash, Sussex (source : Mandy Willard). He married MARY ? .

The Children of THOMAS BOURNE and MARY ?:


1. EDWARD BOURNE was baptised on 15 May 1673 in Burwash (source : Mandy Willard). He married FRANCES HAMMOND in 1704 (source : Mandy Willard)


2. MARY BOURNE was baptised on 6 May 1674 in Burwash (source : Mandy Willard).


3. JUDITH BOURNE was baptised on 5 October 1675 in Burwash (source : Mandy Willard).


4.THOMAS BOURNE was baptised on 2 May 1677 in Burwash and probably died young (source : Mandy Willard).


5.JOHN BOURNE was baptised on 3 May 1680 in Burwash (source : Mandy Willard). He married MARY ? (source : Mandy Willard). (Click through to see his page)


6. THOMAS BOURNE was baptised on 5 October 1684 in Burwash (source : Mandy Willard).


7. NICHOLAS BOURNE was baptised on 6 August 1692 in Burwash (source : Mandy Willard).

My gx7 grandfather : John Bourne 1680


JOHN BOURNE was baptised on 3 May 1680 in Burwash . He married MARY ? (Many thanks to Mandy Willard for this information.)

The Children of JOHN BOURNE and MARY ?:


1. JOHN BOURNE was baptised on 20th January 1711/2 in Salehurst (source : Mandy Willard)


2.HENRY BOURNE was baptised on 9 May 1714 in Salehurst (source : Mandy Willard).


3.THOMAS BOURNE was baptised on 18 November 1716 in Salehurst (source : Mandy Willard). (Click through to see his page.)

My gx6 grandfather : Thomas Bourne 1716


THOMAS BOURNE was a farmer (source : David Packham and Mandy Willard). He married SARAH ? (who appears as SUSANNAH on several baptisms) (source : David Packham). She died in 1762 and was buried on 16th July 1762 in Brightling, Sussex (source : David Packham). Thomas died in 1789 and was buried on 22nd November 1789 in Brightling, Sussex (source : David Packham). Although they were not 'gentry', they clearly had some status since their tombstones occupy an important site in Brightling churchyard (source : David Packham).

The Children of THOMAS BOURNE and SARAH / SUSANNAH ?:


1. SARAH BOURNE was born circa 1745. She was baptised on 10th March 1745 in Brightling, Sussex (source : David Packham).


2.THOMAS BOURNE was born circa 1746. He was baptised on 26th December 1746 in Brightling, Sussex (source : David Packham).


3.HENRY BOURNE was born circa 1748. He was baptised on 19th June 1748 in Brightling, Sussex (source : David Packham). He was a yeoman farmer (source : David Packham). He married SARAH WILLARD on 12th February 1773 in Hellingly, Sussex (source : David Packham). Henry died in 1825 and was buried on 16th June 1825 in Hellingly (source : David Packham). Sarah was still alive at this time (source : David Packham).


4.MARY BOURNE was born circa 1750 and was baptised on 29th April 1750 at Brightling, Sussex (source : David Packham).


5. ANN BOURNE was born circa 1752. She was baptised on 2nd May 1752 in Brightling, Sussex (source : David Packham).


6. JOHN BOURNE was born circa 1754 and was baptised on 27th December 1754 in Brightling, Sussex (source : David Packham). He married ? and died before 1825 (source : David Packham). He had two children - HENRY BOURNE who died after 1825 (source : David Packham) and SARAH BOURNE who died after 1825 and was probably unmarried in 1825 (according to the will of Henry Bourne - source : David Packham).


7. JAMES BOURNE was born circa 1758. He was baptised on 29th March 1758 in Brightling, Sussex (source : David Packham). He died in 1758 and was buried on 18th April 1758 in Brightling, Sussex (source : David Packham).


8. ELIZABETH BOURNE was born circa 1759. She was baptised on 9th May 1759 in Brightling, Sussex (source : David Packham). She died in 1761 and was buried on 13th July 1761 in Brightling, Sussex (source : David Packham).


9.WILLIAM BOURNE was born circa 1761 He was baptised on 24th July 1761 in Brightling, Sussex (source : David Packham). (click through to see his page)



My grandfather : Frederick Walter Albert Bourne 1914 - 1979



FREDERICK WALTER ALBERT BOURNE was born on 7th July 1914 in Hastings (All Saints) (source : short birth certificate). His birth was registered two weeks later on 30th July 1914 (source : short birth certificate ). In 1936, he was working as a bus conductor; in 1937, he was working as a printer(?) for Parsons in Hastings; in 1940, he was living at 89 Whippingham Road, Brighton and 4 Kimberley Road, Brighton and working on a lathe (source : family letters). In 1943, he was living at 59 Upper Lewes Road, Brighton (source : family letters).He operated the West Hill lift in Hastings, as far back as 1947 (first mention of “the lift” in 1938) (source : family letters and newspaper article).

He married BARBARA JOYCE BOOTH on 1st August 1942 at All Souls Church, Hastings. He was a bachelor, age 28, occupation given as munitions worker; she was a spinster, age 23. Both gave their address as 178 Athelstan Road at the time of the wedding (which was their home for the rest of their lives). WALTER ALBERT BOURNE (FREDERICK BOURNE’s father) gave his occupation as baker, BARBARA JOYCE BOOTH gave no father’s name. The witnesses were ALICE KATE ELSIE BURGESS (his cousin, Kate Louisa Heselden nee Sands’ granddaughter) and Norman David Charles Teich (his co-lodger from Brighton) (source : wedding certificate and family letters).



BARBARA JOYCE BOOTH was born on 15th July 1919 in Croydon (at 42 Kemerton Road – as per birth certificate) . She was given up for adoption by her mother, HILDA MAY TODMAN, formerly BOOTH, a maternity nurse, living at 21 Gladstone Road, Croydon (source : birth certificate and family knowledge) and was brought up by the CLARKE family at Isfield.

FREDERICK WALTER ALBERT BOURNE died on 9th April 1979 in Hastings (source : death certificate). BARBARA JOYCE BOURNE nee BOOTH died on 26th June 1986 in Hastings (source : Hastings cemetery). They were both cremated and their ashes scattered on the grave of their daughter, MARION LINDA JOAN DELONNETTE nee BOURNE.

My gx2 grandfather : Thomas Usher 1866

THOMAS USHER was born circa 1866 in Wormshill, Kent (source : 1881 census). On the 1881 census, he was a farmer’s boy, living with his parents at Nepicar A Cottage, Wrotham, Kent. On the 1901 census, he was listed as a gardener (worker not domestic) and on his daughter EDITH JANE USHER’s wedding certificate in 1905, he gives his occupation as carman.

He married ELLEN KATE WICKHAM in September quarter 1889 in Malling, Kent (source : Free BMD – district Malling (covers Wrotham), volume 2a page 1010). She was born circa 1868 in Marden, Kent (source : 1901 census). On the 1881 census, she was living with her parents GEORGE (a farm bailiff) and FRANCES (a domestic) WICKHAM and their other children at New House Cottage, Wrotham, Kent.

On the 1901 census, they were living at 44 St Mary’s Lane, Wrotham, Kent.

The Children of THOMAS USHER and ELLEN KATE WICKHAM:


1. EDITH JANE USHER was born circa 1887 in Wrotham, Kent (source : 1901 census). On the 1901 census, she was living with her parents at 44 St Mary’s Lane, Wrotham, Kent. (Click through to see her page.)


2. FLORENCE USHER was born circa 1890 in Wrotham, Kent (source : 1901 census). On the 1901 census, she was living with her parents at 44 St Mary’s Lane, Wrotham, Kent.


3. THOMAS USHER was born circa 1892 in Wrotham, Kent (source : 1901 census). On the 1901 census, he was living with his parents at 44 St Mary’s Lane, Wrotham, Kent.


4. ERNEST GEORGE USHER was born in December quarter 1893 in Wrotham, Kent (Free BMD – district Malling (covers Wrotham, which is the place of birth given on the 1901 census) volume 2a page 611). On the 1901 census, he was living with his parents at 44 St Mary’s Lane, Wrotham, Kent.


5. WILLIAM CHARLES USHER was born circa 1895 in Wrotham, Kent (source : 1901 census). On the 1901 census, he was living with his parents at 44 St Mary’s Lane, Wrotham, Kent. He died on 12th September 1948 source :death announcement card).


6. MABEL USHER was born in December quarter 1897 in Wrotham (? source : 1901 census), Kent (Free BMD – district Dartford volume 2a page 524). On the 1901 census, she was living with her parents at 44 St Mary’s Lane, Wrotham, Kent.


7. FREDERICK USHER was born circa 1899 in Wrotham, Kent (source : 1901 census). On the 1901 census, he was living with his parents at 44 St Mary’s Lane, Wrotham, Kent.


Census returns for THOMAS USHER and ELLEN KATE WICKHAM:


1901 census

Address : St Mary’s Lane, Wrotham, Kent (number of rooms : 4)

Thomas USHER head M 34 Gardener (not domestic), worker, born Kent Wormshill
Ellen K USHER wife M 33 born Kent Marden
Edith USHER daur S 13 born Kent Wrotham
Florence USHER daur S 11 born Kent Wrotham
Thomas USHER son S 9 born Kent Wrotham
Ernest USHER son S 7 born Kent Wrotham
William USHER son S 6 born Kent Wrotham
Mabel USHER daur S 4 born Kent Wrotham
Frederick USHER son S 2 born Kent Wrotham


Census returns for ELLEN KATE WICKHAM:


1881 census (FHL film 1341215 PRO Ref RG11 piece 0903 folio 74 page 15)

Dwelling : New House Cottage
Census Place : Wrotham, Kent

George WICKHAM head M 45 farm bailiff, born Wadhurst Sussex
Frances WICKHAM, wife, M, 48, domestic, born Goudhurst Kent
Deborah WICKHAM, daur, U, 18, labourer’s daughter, born Marden Kent
MargaretWICKHAM, daur, U, 16, domestic servant, born Marden Kent
George W WICKHAM, son, U, 14, house boy (dom), born Marden Kent
Ellen K WICKHAM, daur, U, 12, scholar, born Marden Kent
Sarah WICKHAM, daur, U, 11, scholar, born Marden Kent
Samuel WICKHAM, son, U, 6, scholar, born Wrotham Kent

My gx3 grandfather : John Usher 1831

JOHN USHER was born in Wychling (transcribed as Witchland on the census), Kent in circa 1831 (source : 1881 census). He was a farm labourer on the 1881 census, living at Nepicar A Cottage, Wrotham, Kent, with his wife and children.

He married SARAH ? before 1861, judging by the ages of their children. She was born circa 1834 in Wormshill, Kent (source : 1881 census).

Maidstone Telegraph Kent, England

1 Oct 1870
John was robbed by one of his employees in 1870 - three week's hard labour seems like a tough sentence for a 2 shilling handbill though !

The Children of JOHN USHER and SARAH ?:


1. JOHN USHER was born circa 1861 in Wormshill, Kent (source : 1881 census) (There is a birth listed on Free BMD which COULD be him, but may not be – JOHN USHER, March quarter 1860, district Hollingbourne (covers Wormshill), volume 2a page 493). On the 1881 census, he was a farm labourer, living with his parents at Nepicar A Cottage, Wrotham, Kent.

2. THOMAS USHER was born circa 1866 in Wormshill, Kent (source : 1881 census). On the 1881 census, he was a farmer’s boy, living with his parents at Nepicar A Cottage, Wrotham, Kent. (Click through to see his page.)

3. EDWIN H USHER was born circa 1868 in Wormshill, Kent (source : 1881 census). On the 1881 census, he was living with his parents at Nepicar A Cottage, Wrotham, Kent.

4. EMILY F USHER was born circa 1876 in Hollingbourne, Kent (source : 1881 census). On the 1881 census, she was living with her parents at Nepicar A Cottage, Wrotham, Kent.


Census returns for JOHN USHER and SARAH ?:


1881 census (FHL film 1341215 PRO ref RG11 Piece 0903 Folio 47 Page 2)

Dwelling : Nepicar A Cottage
Census place : Wrotham, Kent, England

John USHER, head, M, 50, farm labourer, born Witchland Kent
Sarah USHER, wife, M, 47, born Wormshill Kent
John USHER, son, U, 20, farm labourer, born Wormshill Kent
Thomas USHER, son, U, 16, farmer’s boy, born Wormshill Kent
Edwin H USHER, son, U, 13, scholar, born Wormshill Kent
Emily F USHER, dau, U, 5, born Hollingbourne Kent
Mary A BENNETT, visitor, U, 32, housemaid (unemployed), born Horsemonden, Kent

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My grandmother's brother : WILLIAM STEPHEN OFFEN (1909)

WILLIAM STEPHEN OFFEN was born on 28th April 1909 in Ramsgate to parents George Isaac Offen and Edith Jane Usher. (Click through to see their page.) He was baptised on 9th May 1909 at Holy Trinity, Ramsgate, son of George and Edith Jane, 66 Hereson Rd, lab (source : baptisms register, courtesy of Janet Todd).

On the 1911 census, aged 2, he was with his family at  10 Belle Vue Cottages Ramsgate.

He married  FRANCES ETHEL RAY in 1931 in Hastings, Sussex.

The children of WILLIAM STEPHEN OFFEN and FRANCES ETHEL RAY : 

GEORGE W  OFFEN (1932 ) - country & western singer

 PETER J OFFEN (1934)

KATHLEEN J OFFEN (1935)

FREDERICK S OFFEN (1943)

ALAN J OFFEN (1943)

WILLIAM R OFFEN (1947)

Census returns :


1911 census :
Dwelling : 10 Belle Vue Cottages Ramsgate

George Offen, head, 29, married, house painter/decorator, born Kent Ramsgate
Edith Jane Offen, wife, 22, married (for 5 years), 4 children born, 4 still living, born London Hammersmith
George Offen, son, 4 , born London Hammersmith
John Offen, son, 3, born Kent Ramsgate
William Offen, son, 2, born Kent Ramsgate
Edith Offen, daughter, 7 months, born Kent Ramsgate

My grandmother's brother : JOHN RICHARD (Jack) OFFEN (1908)


JOHN RICHARD OFFEN (known as JACK) was born on 9th May 1908 in Ramsgate to parents George Isaac Offen and Edith Jane Usher. (Click through to see their page.)He was baptised on 31st May 1908 at Holy Trinity, Ramsgate, son of George and Edith Jane, 13 Turner St, carman (source : baptisms register, courtesy of Janet Todd).

On the 1911 census, aged 3, he was with his family at  10 Belle Vue Cottages Ramsgate.

He was always out for a laugh as a youth and seemed to spend half of his life (and his money) being fined for his boyish pranks !
Hastings and St Leonards Observer East Sussex, England 4 Oct 1924
Hastings and St Leonards Observer East Sussex, England 1 Jan 1927
Hastings and St Leonards Observer East Sussex, England 12 Jan 1929
 On a more serious note, he is possibly the John Richard Offen who stumbled across a young man who had just accidentally shot himself at the miniature rifle range in Ramsgate - he was only 21 and later died of his injuries. Jack had ben in Hastings a few months earlier, but it's possible that he was back in Ramsgate as he still had family there.

Sevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser Kent, England

6 Sep 1929
He married MAY (MOLLY) WINCH in 1932 in Hastings. There are no more mentions of boyish pranks in the papers after this date so maybe she straightened him out !



Jack died on 22nd October 1987 in Hastings.

The children of JOHN RICHARD OFFEN and MAY WINCH : 

JOAN G E OFFEN (1932 - 1933)

 DOROTHY J OFFEN (1934)

PATRICIA E OFFEN (1935)

BRIAN J R OFFEN (1939)

JOHN R L OFFEN (1941)

SYLVIA M OFFEN (1943)

PAMELA C OFFEN (1945)

MICHAEL R OFFEN (1950)


Census returns :


1911 census :

Dwelling : 10 Belle Vue Cottages Ramsgate

George Offen, head, 29, married, house painter/decorator, born Kent Ramsgate
Edith Jane Offen, wife, 22, married (for 5 years), 4 children born, 4 still living, born London Hammersmith
George Offen, son, 4 , born London Hammersmith
John Offen, son, 3, born Kent Ramsgate
William Offen, son, 2, born Kent Ramsgate
Edith Offen, daughter, 7 months, born Kent Ramsgate

My great aunt : Alice Lilian Offen (1912)

ALICE LILIAN OFFEN (my grandmother's sister) was born in 1912 in Ramsgate, Kent.

Hastings Observer, 17 Feb 1945


She married CHARLES H A CUMMINGS (born 1906), a Canadian soldier, in February 1945. They both served overseas during World War II. Alice was in the ATS and served in Belgium. (The Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS; often pronounced as an acronym) was the women's branch of the British Army during the Second World War. It was formed on 9 September 1938, initially as a women's voluntary service, and existed until 1 February 1949, when it was merged into theWomen's Royal Army Corps : source wikipedia)

Charles was injured on service in Italy and received a military medal. Unfortunately he was a bigamist and had a wife back home.

They had a daughter JACQUELINE A CUMMINGS, known as Jackie, in 1947. She married CHRISTOPHER J HAZARD in December quarter 1966. She was killed, pregnant with her first child, in the Hither Green train crash in 1967.

Wikipedia : "On 5 November 1967, a busy Sunday evening train service from Hastings to London Charing Cross derailed near the Hither Green maintenance depot in London, between Hither Green and Grove Park railway stations. Of the twelve coaches, many full of standing passengers, eleven were derailed and four turned onto their sides, resulting in 49 fatalities and 78 people injured.
The derailment was found to be due to a broken rail. The Ministry of Transport report criticised the maintenance of the line, especially following a recent increase of the maximum speed of trains over the route. Following the accident the maintenance of the line was improved and plans accelerated for replacing jointed track by continuous welded rail."


She married JOHN SOCRATES ASPROGENIS in 1960. He was a Greek Cypriot and they met at the restaurant where Alice worked as a waitress. He was born in 1908. There was a previous marriage listed for a John Asprogenis to Ruth Plowright in 1932 in Paddington, London. Ruth died in 1947, aged 62, in Wandsworth, London.

John died in 1993. Alice and John lived at Cornwallis Gardens, Hastings.


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My grandfather's sister : Mabel Edith Bourne Sands (1906-1972)

Mabel and Fred with their mother, Edith Grace Bourne nee Sands - this must be just before her death in 1918, when Mabel was 12 and Fred 4. Edith is possibly dressed in black in mourning for her husband, who died 3 months before she did.


MABEL EDITH BOURNE SANDS was born on 13th July 1906 in Hastings (All Saints), Sussex (source : short birth certificate. Her birth was registered a month and a half later on 20th August 1906 (source : short birth certificate). She was therefore born several years before her parents' (Edith Grace Sands and Walter John Bourne) marriage, on 3rd March 1912 in Christchurch, Ore, Hastings, Sussex.

On the 1911 census, she is listed as Mabel Sands, aged 4, at her grandparents' home at 104C High Street, along with her unmarried domestic servant mother and uncle.

For much of Mabel's childhood, her father was ill - he died after three and a half years' illness in 1918. Tragedy struck again just a few months later when her mother also passed away, leaving Mabel, aged 12, and her brother Fred, aged 4, orphans. Fred was adopted by his aunt Kate (his mother's sister).

 In 1921, aged 15, she was living at 22 Hardwicke Road, Hastings, Sussex (source : family letters).

Mabel and Bert



She married HERBERT VICTOR PRIVETT .at St Clement's Church in Hastings on 3rd January 1932. He was 32, a linesman for the GPO (General Post Office), living at 7 West Street, father (deceased) Benjamin John Privett, a goldsmith. Mabel, 25, no profession, address 17 Hardwicke Road, father (deceased) Walter John Bourne, a baker. (She gives her name as Mabel Edith Sands Bourne, not Bourne Sands.) The witnesses were A A Eldridge and KAE Burgess.


 Herbert was born on 25th July 1899 at 6 Clarence Road in Leytonstone, Leyton UD. His father was Benjamin Alfred Privett, a walking stick mounter, and his mother was Isabel Privett formerly McNay. The registration district was West Ham.

On the 1901 census, Herbert, aged 1, was at 6 Clarence Road, Leyton, with his father Benjamin (36, umbrella & walking stick mounter, born Shoreditch Middlesex), mother Isabel (35, born Islington), four sisters and three brothers. Herbert's father died some time between 1901 and 1911, so he lost his father at about the same early age as Mabel. On the 1911 census, the family were at 54 Cecil Road, Leytonstone - Isabel is head of the household (44, widow), and only the three youngest children remain at home.

In 1935, she was/they were living at 1 Manor Road Steps, under Burton’s, Hastings; in 1937, she was/they were living at 3 Ratcliff Road, Forest Gate, London E7 ; between 1947 – 1969 (at least) they were living at 90 Southend Road, East Ham, London E6 (as per family letters). They had no children.


Herbert died on 30th June 1951, aged 51, of coronary thrombosis and his death certificate gives his job as general labourer. The informant was Mabel, who was present at the death and their address was 90 Southend Road, East Ham.


Mabel was present at Marion Linda Joan Bourne & Michael Thomas Delonnette's wedding in  1970 in Hastings.

Mabel died in 1972 in Newham, Essex, aged 66. Her death is registered in 4th quarter 1972 in Newham.



My great-grandfather's sister : Georgina Delonnette 1897 - 1954

GEORGINA DELONNETTE  was born circa 1897 in Brighton. (1901 census). Her birth was registered as Georgina Victoria Brown. Her mother, Emily Brown, aged about 30, was working as a servant for her father, Frenchman Alphonse Joseph Delonette, aged about 57, who she later married, but he was still married to wife Phoebe, aged 77, at this point. Big age differences obviously weren't an issue ! Georgina's birth almost coincided with Phoebe's death in August 1897. By the time of Phoebe's death, Emily had had four children (all with Alphonse?) : Joseph Brown, Victor Alphonse Delonnette, Josephine Delonnette and Georgina.

On 1901 census, age 4, Georgina is living with her parents at 13 Queens Road, Hastings. Her father died in 1908 when she was 10. On the 1911 census, a 14-year-old unmarried domestic nursemaid, she is with her widowed mother  at 45 Victoria Avenue, Ore.

On 9th August 1919, she had a son, AUGUSTUS JACK KNOWLES in Hastings. (He died in 1972)

She married JOHN WILLIAM KNOWLES (known as JACK) (1899-1965) in 1923 in Hastings.

On 30th October 1924, they had a daughter, BETTY JOAN  KNOWLES. She died in 2002.

She had a daughter DOREEN M KNOWLES in June 1927, but she sadly passed away a year later, in June 1928.

In October the same year, on October 15th 1928 she had a son, JOHN ARTHUR KNOWLES (1928-2005).



In 1931, she was at her sister WILHEMINA DELONNETTE's marriage to CHARLES MANSER - she is sitting to the right of the bride.

In December 1944, Georgina and Jack are listed amongst the mourners at her mother Emily's funeral.

Hastings Observer, 4th December 1948

Daughter Betty married Idris Harding in December 1948 and her parents' address was listed as 29 Middle Street.




Georgina died in 1954, aged 57. Her address is given as 29 Middle Street

Hastings and St Leonards Observer East Sussex, England

14 Aug 1954

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My great-grandfather's sister : Wilhelmina Delonnette 1901-1976

WILHELMINA DELONNETTE (or MINNIE) was born on 31st January 1901 in Hastings. Her parents were Alphonse Joseph Delonnette (born 1836 France) and Emily nee Brown. (Click here to see their page)

 On 1901 census, age 2 months, she is living with her parents at 13 Queens Road, Hastings. On the 1911 census, a 10-year-old scholar, she is with her widowed mother and siblings at 45 Victoria Avenue, Ore. 


She married CHARLES MANSER in 1931 in Hastings. This is a photo of their wedding day - you can spot Emily, the bride's mum, behind her daughter and sitting next to her is presumably her sister Georgina.

They had two sons DEREK MANSER and TONY MANSER.

Wilhelmina died in 1976 in Hastings.