Thomas & Mary Winchester of Bletchingley

Thomas Winchester, illegitimate son of Jane, was baptised in Bletchingley on 3 March 1776.

Mary Stone was born in Lingfield around 1779 according to the 1851 census.

Thomas Winchester married Mary Stone in Godstone, Surrey, in January 1804. They are known to have had the following children baptised:

Sally

8 Jul 1804

Godstone

William

4 May 1806

Horne (b. 6 Apr)

Mary

1 May 1808

Horne (b. 3 Apr)

Ann

25 Mar 1810

Horne (b. 23 Feb)

Eliza

ca. 1812

Blechingley

Charlotte

27 Feb 1814

Blechingley (b. 7 Feb)

Thomas

9 Apr 1815

Blechingley

Harriet

3 Aug 1817

Blechingley

Edmund

29 Aug 1819

Blechingley

Richard

3 Mar 1821

Blechingley

Thomas was a farm labourer and lived in Bletchingley. In 1816 he was recorded as one of two householders in a cottage in Church Lane, Blechingley. This may have been a 14th or 15th century cottage now called Obberds, between the Butchers and what is now Nicholas Wolmer's cottage.

In 1841 Thomas and Mary were living in what was probably the same house, along with two grandchildren; Margaret, aged 9, and Kenrick, 6, and their married daughter Harriet and her family.  Margaret’s parents are not known but Kenrick was the son of their daughter Eliza. Thomas was buried in Bletchingley on 29 September 1844 and was said to be 71.

By 1851 Mary was living in the Almshouses with her granddaughter, Margaret, aged 19. Mary was buried in Bletchingley on 18 October 1857, aged 78.

Of their children:

  • William married Sarah Parsons and they lived in Bletchingly.

  • Eliza had a son, Kenrick Curtsoy? Winchester, baptised in Bletchingley on 29 March 1835, who appears to have been brought up by his grandparents. On 13 November 1839 Eliza married a widow, James Roffey, in Bletchingley. Neither has been located in the 1841 census and in 1851 Eliza and Kenrick were in Bletchingly, but not James. Kenrick died in 1860 and in succeeding census records Eliza was found to be living as housekeeper to a bachelor, Charles W Pimm, a retired farmer who also worked for a time as an Inspector of Sewers. They were in Caterham in 1861, Croydon in 1871 and Bletchingley in 1881. Eliza was buried in Bletchingley on 8 April 1891. James Roffey re-appeared lodging in Godstone in 1871 and Bletchingley in 1881, where he was buried in 1885.

  • Thomas was a farm labourer and married Emily Christmas (born ca.1824 in Capel) in Bletchingley on 17 August 1845 and they had children baptised as follows:

    Edmund

    29 Mar 1846

    Blechingley

    Emma

    20 Aug 1848

    Blechingley

    William

    3 Aug 1851

    Godstone

    Thomas

    8 Jan 1854

    Godstone

    James

    18 May 1856

    Godstone

    Louisa

    8 Aug 1858

    Godstone

    Elizabeth Ann

    9 Jun 1861

    Godstone

    Emily Christmas

    14 Feb 1864

    Godstone

    Kate

    12 Aug 1866

    Godstone

    Minnie

    9 May 1869

    Godstone

    The first two children were baptised in Bletchingley and the rest in Godstone where the family were living in 1851, 1861 and 1871. Thomas died in 1875 and Emily re-married in 1878 to George Harris.

  • Harriet married James Buckland and they lived initially in Bletchingley and later at Brookers Cottages, Cormongers Lane, Nutfield with their children:

    John

    bap. 28 Jan 1838

    Bletchingley

    James

    bap. 28 Jun 1840

    Bletchingley

    George Ezekiel

    bap. 12 Jun 1842

    Bletchingley

    William

    ca.1845

    Allan

    bap. 30 Apr 1848

    Nutfield

    Sarah Ellen

    bap. 6 Oct 1850

    Nutfield

    Harriet was widowed before 1861 and died in 1884.

  • Richard married Elizabeth Wilson (born 1826), also from Bletchingley, in 1850. However, at the 1851 census they were shown separately, Richard lodging with James Hayne and Elizabeth working as a servant for Sophia Bond. In 1861 the family were at Little Harbour Farm in Bletchingley.

    Their children were:

    Amelia

    bap. 5 Dec 1852

    Bletchingley

    Caroline

    bap. 25 Jan 1857

    Bletchingley

    Alice Elizabeth

    bap. 5 Dec 1858

    Bletchingley

    Emma

    bap. 25 Nov 1860

    Bletchingley

    Leonard Richard

    reg. Q4 1870

    Esher

    In 1871 they were at Esher Place Lodge in Esher, as they were in 1881 and 1891.

    Richard appears to have died in 1899.