John & Philadelphia Catt of Willingdon

John Catt, son of William and Mary, was baptised in Willingdon, Sussex, on 11 December 1785.

Philadelphia Verrall was probably born in Berwick, Sussex ca. 1783.

John married Philadelphia in Berwick on 26 December 1806 and they had 10 children baptised in Willingdon:

Harriet

26 Jul 1807

Willingdon

Elizabeth

3 Apr 1809

Willingdon

Ann

10 May 1812

Willingdon

Mary

9 May 1813

Willingdon

John

12 Mar 1815

Willingdon

Sarah

25 Aug 1816

Willingdon

Emma

3 May 1818

Willingdon

George

29 Aug 1820

Willingdon

Charlotte

30 Jun 1822

Willingdon

Phyllis

12 May 1824

Willingdon

In 1841 John, an agricultural labourer, was in Willingdon with his wife, shown as Phillis, two of their children, Harriett and Phyllis, and 2-year-old Robert Catt, the illegitimate son of Emma who was a servant in Eastbourne. Also occupying rooms in the same house were John jnr. with his wife, Mary, and Edward Climpson, widow of Elizabeth, with their two daughters.

In 1851 John and Phillis were still in Willingdon with daughter Harriett and grandson Robert.

John died in 1860, aged 75, and Philadelphia in 1867, aged 85.

Of their children:

  • Harriett did not marry but lived with her parents until they died. After that she continued to live in Willingdon, next to the post office, until she died in 1897 aged 91.

  • Elizabeth married Edward Climpson in Willingdon on 17 July 1828 and they are known to have had two children baptised:

    Elizabeth

    14 Jun 1829

    Willingdon

    Ellen

    26 May 1833

    Willingdon

    Elizabeth had died by the time of the 1841 census, possibly in 1839. In 1841 Edward and his two daughters were living in rooms in the same house as John and Philadelphia.

  • Ann married Thomas Wickens in Willingdon on 16 February 1833 and their children were:

    Ann

    1834

    Westham

    Trayton

    1836

    Westham

    Mary

    1838

    Westham

    Sarah

    1841

    Westham

    Tamar (a daughter)

    1842

    Westham

    Emma

    1844

    Westham

    Hannah Louisa

    1847

    Westham

    Thomas William

    1850

    Westham

    Thomas was a farm worker and they lived in the Langney area of Westham parish until the 1860s. By 1871 Thomas and Ann had moved into Eastbourne where they were living in Meads Street and working for Thomas Archer who was farming 1400 acres. In 1881 and 1891 Thomas and Ann were staying with their daughters Sarah and Tamar who were running a lodging house at 13 Sussex Gardens. Ann died in 1896, aged 84.

  • Mary married Jonathan Douch in 1834.

  • John, an agricultural labourer, married Mary Breedon in 1840 and they lived in Willingdon but had no children. Mary died, probably in 1854 and in 1855 John remarried to Rhoda Allen (20 years his junior) with whom he had eight children, mainly baptised in Surrey:

    William Henry

    ca. 1855

    born in Rotherhithe

    Mary Elizabeth

    28 Feb 1858

    Kingswood

    George Jasper

    1 Jul 1860

    Chipstead

    Charles Robert

    20 Dec 1863

    Chipstead

    Rosa Charlotte

    30 Dec 1866

    Chipstead

    Ernest Allen

    26 Dec 1869

    Kingswood (died 1871)

    Herbert John

    19 May 1872

    Redhill

    Frederich James

    24 Jul 1881

    Redhill

    In Surrey John worked as a nurseryman and gardener and probably died in 1899.

  • Sarah married a farm worker, Robert Jasper, in Seaford on 3 December 1836 where they had six children baptised:

    Ann

    29 Oct 1837

    Seaford (born 1 Oct)

    Mary

    29 Sep 1839

    Seaford (born 25 Aug)

    Thomas

    28 Feb 1841

    Seaford (born 9 Jan)

    Ellen

    8 Sep 1844

    Seaford

    Robert

    15 Oct 1848

    Seaford (born 28 Jul)

    John

    11 Aug 1850

    Seaford (born 7 Jul)

    In 1851 Robert was a farm bailiff in Seaford and in 1861 he was a cow keeper in Eastbourne. However, by 1871, he and Sarah were back in Seaford running a lodging house in Pelham Place, as they were in 1881 and 1891. Sarah died in 1908, aged 92.

  • Emma had an illegitimate son, Robert, baptised in Willingdon on 24 February 1839, who was brought up by his grandparents. She married Thomas Allchorn, an Eastbourne fisherman, in 1844 and had a daughter, Sarah Ann, in 1846.

  • George was working for Henry Mockett, innkeeper of the Kings Arms in Seaside, Eastbourne, in 1841. He married Ruth Mewett, from Willingdon, in Newhaven on 23 November 1844 and they appear to have had four children:

    Alfred James

    ca. 1845

    Willingdon

    Phyllis Elizabeth

    7 Nov 1847

    Willingdon

    Emily

    5 Aug 1849

    Willingdon

    William George

    1853

    Willingdon

    In 1851 he was still in Eastbourne working as a maltster. However by 1861 he was an agricultural labourer in Arlington and by 1871 he was back in Eastbourne at 3 The Goffs. In 1881 and 1891 he was a gardener living at 2 Spring Terrace, Star Lane, Eastbourne, but by 1901 he was widowed and living with his married daughter Emily. He died in 1904, aged 84.

  • Charlotte was a servant in Wilmington in 1841 where she married John Page, a farm worker, in 1845. They had six children:

    Phillis Ann

    1846

    Wilmington

    Sarah

    1848

    Wilmington

    Stephen

    1850

    Wilmington

    Caroline

    1852

    Wilmington

    Martha

    1855

    Wilmington

    George

    1857

    Wilmington

    John and Charlotte lived all their married life in Wilmington village. Widowed by 1891 Charlotte died in 1894, aged 73.

  • Phillis married George Hewlett in Willingdon on 6 March 1856 but I have not traced them after this.