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William & Winifred Hunnisett of Westham

William Hunnisett, the first child born to James and Mary after their marriage, was born on 31 May 1785 and baptised in Westham on 19 June.

Winifred Manser, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth, was baptised in Westham on 25 October 1798.

William and Winifred were married in Westham on 6 March 1821 and they had nine children baptised there:

Thomas 4 Aug 1822  
Elizabeth 29 Aug 1824  
Esther 18 Jun 1826
Mary 25 May 1828
Frances 9 Mar 1831
Benjamin 25 Jun 1833
Joseph 7 Feb 1836
Samuel 14 Oct 1838
Caroline 6 Nov 1842

William was an agricultural labourer and lived in Blackness, a hamlet in the parish of Westham. The 1841 census shows them at Black Nest with all their children except Thomas who was working as a farm servant at Peelings. Their daughter Esther was buried on 8 October 1843 aged 17.

The 1851 census shows William and Winifred still in Blackness with their three youngest children; Joseph, Samuel and Caroline. Also with them were two grandchildren; John, shown as their son but actually Elizabeth's illegitimate son, and Esther, shown as their niece but really the daughter of Thomas and his wife, Mary.

William died aged 66 and was buried in Westham on 12 September 1851. In 1861 Winifred was working as a servant for Ephraim Baker in Glynde, close to where her daughter, Elizabeth, was living. Winifred lived to be 71, died during the night of 27/28 December 1869 and was buried in Westham on 2 January 1870. The Sussex Express for 4 January 1870 carried a report of the inquest into Winifred's death, held at the Red Lion, Westham, at which it appeared that her son [un-named, but probably Thomas], with whom she was staying, had found her to be dead when he arose in the morning.

Of William and Winifred's children:

  • Thomas married Mary Funnell and they lived with their children in Westham (see page for Thomas & Mary).
  • Elizabeth had an illegitimate son John, born at the Union House, Eastbourne, on 18 April 1847. In 1851 she was working as a servant at 8 Cornfield in Eastbourne, and John was being brought up by his grandparents in Westham. On 24 June 1860 Elizabeth married John Turner in Glynde where they were living in 1861 with their daughter Winifred and Elizabeth's son John. Elizabeth's known children were:
    John Hunnisett 18 Apr 1847 Eastbourne
    Winifred Turner late 1860 Glynde
    Caroline Rhoda Turner late 1862 Beddingham
    In 1871 John and Elizabeth were living at Southease near Newhaven but by 1881 they had moved to a cottage in Adams Yard just off Roberstbridge High Street. Elizabeth appears to have died before the 1891 census.
    • John married Harriett Hook from Robertsbridge and lived in Salehurst with their children.
  • Esther died in 1843, aged 17.
  • Mary was a servant in Lewes in 1851. She married a carpenter, William Goldsmith, in 1854 and they lived in Lewes with their children:
    Mary Q3 1855 Lewes
    Frederick William Q1 1857 Lewes
    Herbert Q4 1858 Lewes
    Eunice Q1 1861 Lewes
    Ernest Q2 1863 Lewes
    Rose Q4 1865 Lewes
    Mary died in 1877 aged 48.
  • Frances was working as a cook at a school for young ladies in Walcot, near Bath in Somerset in 1851.  By 1861 she had returned to Sussex and was a servant to Charlotte Baxter in Lewes.  There she married Edward Knowles, a carpenter, in 1865 and they moved to Newington, London, where their son was born:
    Sidney Herbert Q4 1869 Newington
    At the 1871 census they were living at 47 Ash Street, Newington, but Frances died later that year, aged 39.
  • Benjamin was working as a servant to Mr Breton at Peelings Farm in 1851. He married Louisa Clapson in Westham on 6 February 1858 and they had the following children:
    William Benjamin 6 Jun 1858 Westham
    Thomas Henry 25 Mar 1860 Westham
    Fanny 15 Dec 1861 Westham
    James 6 Apr 1863 Westham
    Louisa 3 Sep 1865 Westham
    Benjamin 5 Apr 1868 Westham
    George born 24 Mar 1871 Westham
    Charles 14 Dec 1873 Ripe
    Frederick Q4 1875 Ripe
    Harry Q1 1878 Ripe
    Arthur Ernest born 20 Dec 1880 bap Ripe 27 Feb 1881
    Herbert Q1 1886 Ripe
    In 1861 Benjamin was an agricultural labourer living at Red Dyke and in 1871 he was a groom living in Clay Hill Barn cottages. The family moved from Westham to Ripe in about 1872 where Charles was baptised on 14 December 1873. In 1881 they were in Ripe and Benjamin was again described as a groom.
    Louisa died on 10 February 1886, shortly after Bert was born, and in 1891 Benjamin, by then described as an agricultural labourer, was still in Ripe with his sons Benjamin, Charles, Frederick, Harry and Arthur. In 1901 Benjamin was living in West Firle with his daughter Louisa.
    Benjamin died on 22 September 1905, aged 72. A headstone to Benjamin and Louisa was erected in Ripe churchyard by their children.
    headstone for Benjamin and Louisa In loving memory of
    died February 10 1886
    aged 44
    Also of BENJAMIN
    husband of the above
    died September 22 1905
    aged 72
    they are gone from our sight,
    but not from memory, nor from love,
    but gone to our father's home above

    Erected by their children
    Ben's sons
    Ben's and Louisa's children - probably taken in 1905
  • Joseph married Sophia Reed in Westham on 17 July 1858 and they had one son:
    Joseph James 14 Nov 1859 bapt. 19 Feb 1860, Westham
    However, Sophia died in 1861 and was buried on 15 January aged 23. At the time of the census Joseph was staying at Red Dyke, Westham, with the Funnell family, and young Joseph was with his grandfather, Jeremiah Reed, in Herstmonceux.
    Joseph then fathered a child by Sophia's sister, Frances Reed:
    Joseph George (Reed) 1 May 1862 bapt. 1 May, Bodle Street Green
    Joseph and Frances planned to marry but marriage to one's deceased wife's sister was, in those days, illegal and the local vicar refused to perform the ceremony. Consequently they went to Lewes and were married in the registry office on 31 May 1863. However, their deception was discovered and Joseph was sentenced to 2 months hard labour as punishment. Joseph and Frances continued to live as man and wife and had four more children:
    Alfred Henry 31 July 1865 bapt. 8 Oct , Bodle Street Green
    William Thomas 31 Dec 1867 Bexhill
    Alfred John 28 Sep 1871 bapt. 3 Dec, Crowhurst
    Ansley Rosaleid 10 July 1875 Bexhill
    Their son Alfred died in 1867 around the time the family moved to Sidley Green, Bexhill, where they then lived until Joseph died in 1895, aged 58.
  • Samuel, married Eliza Buckfield in Herstmonceux on 9 March 1867 and they had the following children:
    Samuel 14 Nov 1869 Bexhill - born 25 July
    Mary Ann Q1 1872 Hooe
    Walter prob. 25 May 1874 Herstmonceux
    Benjamin 30 Sep 1877 born 29 July, Pope's Farm
    Alice Jane 19 August 1882 Hellingly
    In 1871 the family were at Hall Cross Cottage in Hooe and in 1881 they were living at Whitesmith. By 1891 they had moved to Upper Wyckham, Steyning, where they were living with Walter, Benjamin & Alice. Mary Ann was a servant at the Grammar School in Church Street.
    Samuel died in Steyning on 5 July 1891, aged 52, and Eliza on 12 October 1919.
  • Caroline married a blacksmith, Frederick Fairall, in Bodle Street Green on 20 June 1860 and their children were:
    Caroline Winifred bapt. 1 Sep 1861 Bodle Street Green
    Matthew born 1862  
    Mark bapt. 28 Feb 1864 Bodle Street Green
    Jane bapt. 25 Dec 1865 Bodle Street Green
    Luke bapt. 11 Aug 1867 Bodle Street Green
    John born ca. 1871 Bodle Street Green
    Emily bapt. 24 Nov 1874 Bodle Street Green
    Fred bapt. 10 Dec 1876 died March 1878
    Esther bapt. 27 Apr 1879 Bodle Street Green
    Rose bapt. 26 Jun 1881 Chiddingly
    Annie ca. 1883
    Sally ca. 1885
    In 1871 the family were living in Robertsbridge and in 1881 they were at Whitesmith Green, Chiddingly. By 1891 they were back in Robertsbridge living in Station Road and in 1901 their address was given as 18 Station Road.
    Caroline died in 1906, aged 66.

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