Heslington Genealogy


David Pratt [Parents] was born on 21 Dec 1814 in Rotherfield, East Sussex, England. He was christened on 19 Feb 1815 in Rotherfield, East Sussex, England. He was buried on 1 Dec 1901 in Rotherfield, East Sussex, England. He married Frances Harmer on 10 Jul 1839 in Rotherfield, East Sussex, England.

Other marriages:
Hider, Ann
Histead, Mary Ann

Place of birth: Maynards Gate.
Occupation: Smallholder at Crowborough.
Marriage to Frances extracted to IGI
1881 Census: Crowborough, Rotherfield: 66 year old Head of Household, a retired farmer.

Frances Harmer was born in 1820 in Rotherfield, East Sussex, England. She died in Jun 1847 in Rotherfield, East Sussex, England. She married David Pratt on 10 Jul 1839 in Rotherfield, East Sussex, England.

Marriage extracted to IGI

They had the following children:

  M i Benjamin Pratt was born on 23 Aug 1840 in Rotherfield, East Sussex, England.
  F ii Eliza Pratt was born in 1844 in Withyham, Sussex, England.
  M iii James Pratt was born on 1 Feb 1845.

David Pratt [Parents] was born on 21 Dec 1814 in Rotherfield, East Sussex, England. He was christened on 19 Feb 1815 in Rotherfield, East Sussex, England. He was buried on 1 Dec 1901 in Rotherfield, East Sussex, England. He married Ann Hider on 7 May 1848 in St Michael, Withyham, Sussex, England.

Other marriages:
Harmer, Frances
Histead, Mary Ann

Place of birth: Maynards Gate.
Occupation: Smallholder at Crowborough.
Marriage to Frances extracted to IGI
1881 Census: Crowborough, Rotherfield: 66 year old Head of Household, a retired farmer.

Ann Hider was born in 1816 in Rotherfield, East Sussex, England. She died in 1871 in Rotherfield, East Sussex, England. She married David Pratt on 7 May 1848 in St Michael, Withyham, Sussex, England.

Daughter of Peter Hider.

They had the following children:

  M i John Pratt was born on 26 Feb 1849.
  F ii Mary Ann Pratt was born on 30 Apr 1850.
  M iii Peter Pratt was christened on 4 Apr 1852 in Rotherfield, East Sussex, England.
  M iv Thomas Pratt was christened on 28 Dec 1852 in Rotherfield, East Sussex, England.
  M v Joseph Pratt was christened on 8 Feb 1857 in Rotherfield, East Sussex, England.
  F vi Elizabeth Pratt was christened on 12 Jun 1858.
  M vii Francis Pratt was christened on 14 Aug 1859 in Rotherfield, East Sussex, England.
  M viii Moses Pratt was christened on 14 May 1860 in Rotherfield, East Sussex, England.
  M ix George Pratt was christened on 14 Jul 1861 in Rotherfield, East Sussex, England.

David Pratt [Parents] was born on 21 Dec 1814 in Rotherfield, East Sussex, England. He was christened on 19 Feb 1815 in Rotherfield, East Sussex, England. He was buried on 1 Dec 1901 in Rotherfield, East Sussex, England. He married Mary Ann Histead Apr - May 1872 in Rotherfield, East Sussex, England.

Other marriages:
Harmer, Frances
Hider, Ann

Place of birth: Maynards Gate.
Occupation: Smallholder at Crowborough.
Marriage to Frances extracted to IGI
1881 Census: Crowborough, Rotherfield: 66 year old Head of Household, a retired farmer.

Mary Ann Histead was born in 1815 in Rotherfield, East Sussex, England. She died in 1892 in Rotherfield, East Sussex, England. She married David Pratt Apr - May 1872 in Rotherfield, East Sussex, England.

Mary was blind.
1881 Census: Crowborough, Rotherfield: 66 year old wife born Rotherfield.

They had the following children:

  M i William David Pratt was christened on 6 Mar 1854 in Rotherfield, East Sussex, England.

David was blind like his mother and never married.
1881 Census: Crowborough, Rotherfield: 27 year old unmarried son, an Agricultural Labourer.

Richard Pratt [Parents] was born on 7 Oct 1816 in Rotherfield, East Sussex, England. He was christened on 10 Nov 1816 in Rotherfield, East Sussex, England. He died on 7 Sep 1895 in Rotherfield, East Sussex, England. He married Hannah Callow on 14 Apr 1841 in St Denys, Rotherfield, Sussex, England.

Place of birth: Maynards Gate. Place of Death: Bentley Farm, Halland and buried at Forest Fold.
He built a new mill in Crowborough, Pratt's Mill - a letter in The Sussex County Magazine for March 1936 (Vol. X No 3) from G H Payneter (Crowborough) he says 'I have recently read a book entitled 'Wilderness Travel' by Richard Pratt, the builder of the mill, who gives the date "Commenced to build September 1861; finished February 1862" - there is a reproduction of a photograph supplied by G H Paynter which shows the mill in 1890 before the mill was 'towered', reducing it to about half the original height. (This was a steam mill and was situated in Harlequin Lane, Crowborough, eventually bought and run by a man called Bingham. Richard Pratt was the 4th son of James and Kitty. He was hurt in an accident when he was about four and a half, he was with his father when his father was carting some mould from the ditches in the meadow of Stonehouse Farm, he tried to climb into the cart when his father has told him not to, he climbed up on the spokes of the wheel without his father seeing and when the horse moved forward he fell off the cart and the wheel of the cart passed over his head and hand smashing one of his fingers on his right hand. From 1828 to 1829 he attended a Dame school run by the Misses Saunders at Eridge Forstall, it was his only formal education and would have cost 1 penny per week, he then went to work at Stone Mill with his widowed grandmother, Catherine Ashby, as a miller and book-keeper (1830-1840), he also kept the accounts for a nearby farmer who paid him 12 shillings a week for this service. His family were nominally C of E, his interest changed to non-conformity, disatisfied with the attitude of the Rector, Rev. Gream, and then attended local chapels. He suffered from Scrofula (King's Evil), and had a deformed right arm following the cart accident, he was interested in herbal remedies. Acquaintance with Mrs Sarah Callow and her daughters led to his marriage to Hannah, who was in service in London. They were married at St Denys by Mr Gream the Rector on April the 14th 1841 . In 1841 he moved to Battersea where he worked as a miller and attended various London chapels (Alie St.) but soon returned to Crowborough Common (census 1841 - living with his sister, Elizabeth Adams, Sheep Plain) working at Crowborough Mill with his cousin Reuben Ashby, he then was for a short time at Withyham. By January 1842 he had been offered a partnership in the Crowborough Black Mill - this mill used to stand on a site in Mill Lane and Richard took up this offer after borrowing the money to do so. Richard and his partner had money problems and in January 1843 they sold out to Edward Howis who employed Richard to work the Black Mill - all worked out well until Howis asked Richard to grind on a Sunday to meet the demand for more flour and Richard refused - he was given the sack. Despite his meagre savings Richard rented a small field from his father at 7 pounds a year the field was off Crowborough Hill on a site now know as Mill Drive it was very rough and covered in sandstone, the field had to be cleared before any crops could be grown and Richard used the stones to build a small cottage which he added to over the years. In June 1843 when the cottage could not have consisted of much more than 2 small rooms, the family moved in. In the first year Richard managed to grow four and a half acres of potatoes which enabled him to sell some and bargain with others in order to have the cash to raise other crops. He continued to grow potatoes and it was with these, in October 1843, that he was able to persuade a lady farmer to part with a horse she had advertised for £4. Two years later when Richard read in a newspaper that the Black Mill's lease was up for sale even though he had had a terrible time, his daughter died and his 1845 crop of potatoes had been blighted he borrowed money for the lease. On the 1851 census he is living with his family in Thatch Cottage and his occupation is given as Grocer. In 1851 he opened his shop in the Eridge Road, the area where the mill was subsequently built, he farmed Luxford farm which was taken over by his brother David. By 1860 his cottage had been much enlarged and the little farm improved, subsidised with cash from his work in the mill but then the lady owner of the mill died and it was put up for sale but Richard could not afford the asking price. In 1861 he was able to buy a second-hand mill at Tunbridge Wells which he brought to Crowborough on a borrowed timber-tug, drawn by four horses, he erected the mill next to his cottage, buying bricks to make the rounded lower section which would house the machinery bought in Tunbridge Wells and using materials from derelict mills, particularly that on Frant Road, Tunbridge Wells, site of Neville Golf course today. His 'Black Book' was lost, containing records of this time, it ran to 1862. The Mill was in use late 1861/62 and business must have been good because Richard was able to buy another 15 acres of land from his father to add to his farm by the mill. Tragedy struck with the death at the mill of his son, Jesse - his clothing became caught in the machinery and he died aged 18. Records of mill book no 2 began, continued to 1874, he left Crowborough for Mount Farm, Ringmer in 1877. His son Samuel took over the mill until his death in 1898. Richard's wife died at Mount farm in 1891. In 1891 Richard moved to Bentley Farm with his son Richard and died there in September 1895. As a non-conformist Preacher, he was the founder of two chapels, at Crowborough - Gethsemane and Blackness, and a small chapel on Ringmer Green. He preached mainly in the Kent and Sussex Weald, Surrey, Redhill, Croyden in London and the Midlands. He was in association with Mr Gadsby and other prominent non-conformists. He was a sub-contractor, providing labour and transport, hedging, ditching, ground clearence, contractor to railway at Eridge and elsewhere, timber, bricks etc. 1865, labour force drawn from family and relations, wagons and carts for hire. He was Election Agent for Lord Henry Cavendish in the 1864 election - provided transport to East Grinstead to vote (he voted Liberal). He provided Land Valuation - particularly for Mrs Fry of Welches, Jarvis Brook. He was executor of wills - Somerset House - tracing family records. He opened a bank account - Tunbridge Wells. The publication of his book 'The Wilderness Journey' brought recognition and increased preaching committments - correspondence with Mr Gadsby and other strict Baptist leaders. NB The area of Crowborough, including St John's Common, was common land, essentially cleared by squatters who were enabled to increase their holding by moving back their gorse enclosure, still practised until recent times. The Rating Map of Crowborough, 1841 shows that James (Richard's father), George and David (brothers) held such enclosures between the Cross and Cooks Corner Farm at that time.
Marriage extracted to IGI, aged 24 at marriage.
1881 Census: Mount Farm, Ringmer, Sussex: 64 year old married Head of Household, a Farmer of 116 acres employing 2 men.

Hannah Callow was born on 27 Dec 1816 in Rotherfield, East Sussex, England. She was christened on 16 Feb 1817 in Rotherfield, East Sussex, England. She died on 21 Nov 1891 in Ringmer, Sussex, England. She married Richard Pratt on 14 Apr 1841 in St Denys, Rotherfield, Sussex, England.

Parents: Samuel Callow and Sarah Miles. Place of death: Mount Farm and buried at Forest Fold.
Christening and Marriage extracted to IGI, aged 24 at marriage.
1881 Census: Mount Farm, Ringmer, Sussex: 64 year old wife born Rotherham.

They had the following children:

  F i Eliza Pratt was born on 1 Mar 1842. She died in Mar 1890.
  M ii Jesse Pratt was born on 27 Dec 1843 in Rotherfield, East Sussex, England. He died on 3 Feb 1862 in Crowborough, Sussex, england.
  M iii Samuel Pratt was born on 5 Aug 1845. He died in 1898.
  F iv Hannah Pratt was christened on 2 Sep 1847 in Rotherfield, East Sussex, England. She was buried on 17 Dec 1852 in Rotherfield, East Sussex, England.
  M v William Pratt was christened on 5 Apr 1849. He died on 21 Apr 1915.
  F vi Sarah Pratt was born in 1851. She died on 16 Aug 1920.
  M vii Richard Pratt was born on 5 Jun 1853. He died on 30 Apr 1930.
  F viii Leah Pratt was christened on 14 Nov 1855. She died in 1935.

John Ashby [Parents] was christened on 12 Jan 1772 in Mayfield, Sussex, England. He died in 1845 in Brixton, Surrey, England. He married Hannah Luetchford on 5 May 1803 in Sevenoaks, Kent, England.

Descended from yeoman and miller, came to Frant, active in circulating Friend's literature.
1803 miller at Bidborough, Kent, 1816 took land at Brixton on a 99 year lease and built windmill, mill house, warehouses, stables, bakery, 3 cottages. Also leased watermill at Mitcham. Will dated 23.12.1841 - proved Sept. 1845. Not a Quaker - Witnesses of the marriage were: William Luetchford, Luetchford.
1841 Census: ..... Mill, Lambeth, Surrey: 65 year old Miller not born in Surrey.

Hannah Luetchford [Parents] was born in 1779 in Sevenoaks, Kent, England. She married John Ashby on 5 May 1803 in Sevenoaks, Kent, England.

Hannah was the daughter of William LUETCHFORD on 5 May 1803 in Sevenoaks, Kent. Hannah was born in 1779 in The Half Way House Public House, Sevenoaks, Kent.
1841 Census: ..... Mill, Lambeth, Surrey: 60 year old (Wife of a Miller) not born in Surrey.

They had the following children:

  F i Sarah Ashby was christened on 8 Nov 1804.
  M ii John Ashby was born on 6 Jun 1807.
  F iii Hannah Ashby was born on 20 Jan 1809.
  M iv Aaron David Ashby was christened on 11 Oct 1812. He died Jul - Aug 1854.
  F v Julia Ashby was born on 25 Jan 1813.
  F vi Eliza Ashby was christened on 22 Apr 1815 in Fair St. Southwark, London, England. She was buried on 26 Mar 1816 in Longford Meeting, London, England.
  M vii Amos Ashby was christened on 11 Oct 1816. He died before 1881.
  M viii Joshua Ashby was born in 1821. He died on 22 Jun 1888.
  F ix Elizabeth Ann Ashby was christened on 25 Sep 1825. She was buried on 5 Feb 1826 in Longford Meeting, London, England.

Joseph Ashby [Parents] was born in 1791 in Lamberhurst, Kent, England or Stratford, Essex, England. He was buried on 10 Nov 1860 in Greenwich, Market, Kent, England. He married Christiana.

Other marriages:
, Jane
Martin, Caroline

An Orange Merchant and importer, lived at 24 The Market Greenwich, granted 'by appointment' to Queen Victoria, said to have married three times. He was a Lieutenant Gunner under Admiral Allen - left everything to Caroline his third wife. On Alexander's marriage certificate Joseph's profession is given as Fruiterer. Joseph married (1) Christiana . Christiana was born in Union Street, Greenwich. They had the following children: Joseph ASHBY was born in 1818 in Ratcliffe, Stepney. He was christened on 24 Feb 1818 in Ratcliffe, Stepney.

Christiana died about 1818 in Stepney, London, England. She married Joseph Ashby.

They had the following children:

  M i Joseph Ashby was born on 24 Feb 1818 in Ratcliffe, Stepney, London, England. He was christened on 31 May 1818 in St Dunstan, Stepney, London, England.

Christening extracted to IGI
Joseph married Jane.

Joseph Ashby [Parents] was born in 1791 in Lamberhurst, Kent, England or Stratford, Essex, England. He was buried on 10 Nov 1860 in Greenwich, Market, Kent, England. He married Jane on 21 Dec 1824.

Other marriages:
, Christiana
Martin, Caroline

An Orange Merchant and importer, lived at 24 The Market Greenwich, granted 'by appointment' to Queen Victoria, said to have married three times. He was a Lieutenant Gunner under Admiral Allen - left everything to Caroline his third wife. On Alexander's marriage certificate Joseph's profession is given as Fruiterer. Joseph married (1) Christiana . Christiana was born in Union Street, Greenwich. They had the following children: Joseph ASHBY was born in 1818 in Ratcliffe, Stepney. He was christened on 24 Feb 1818 in Ratcliffe, Stepney.

Jane.Jane married Joseph Ashby on 21 Dec 1824.

They had the following children:

  F i Lydia Ashby was born in 1819 in Chapel Court, Southwark, London, England. She was christened on 23 Jan 1820 in St George the Martyr, Southwark, London, England.

Christening extracted to IGI
  F ii Hannah Ashby was christened on 9 Jul 1826 in St Dunstan, Stepney, London, England.

Christening extracted to IGI
  M iii William Henry Ashby was christened on 25 Oct 1829.

Joseph Ashby [Parents] was born in 1791 in Lamberhurst, Kent, England or Stratford, Essex, England. He was buried on 10 Nov 1860 in Greenwich, Market, Kent, England. He married Caroline Martin on 3 Jan 1847 in St Saviour, Southwark, London, England.

Other marriages:
, Christiana
, Jane

An Orange Merchant and importer, lived at 24 The Market Greenwich, granted 'by appointment' to Queen Victoria, said to have married three times. He was a Lieutenant Gunner under Admiral Allen - left everything to Caroline his third wife. On Alexander's marriage certificate Joseph's profession is given as Fruiterer. Joseph married (1) Christiana . Christiana was born in Union Street, Greenwich. They had the following children: Joseph ASHBY was born in 1818 in Ratcliffe, Stepney. He was christened on 24 Feb 1818 in Ratcliffe, Stepney.

Caroline Martin.Caroline married Joseph Ashby on 3 Jan 1847 in St Saviour, Southwark, London, England.

They had the following children:

  M i Edward Ashby was born on 24 Sep 1847 in Greenwich Market, London, England. He was christened on 20 Oct 1847 in St Aphage, Greenwich, Londopn, England.
  M ii Charles Ashby was born on 26 Feb 1849. He died on 25 Mar 1905.
  M iii David Ashby was born in Dec 1850 in Greenwich Market, London, England.
  M iv George Ashby was born on 7 Jan 1852 in Greenwich, London, England. He died on 4 Aug 1940 in Adelaide, Australia.

George did not get on with his step father so he ran away to sea. He fought in the Boer War and returned to marry his cousin. They emigrated to South Africa then to Broken Hill, NSW. Australia. Took up land on the River Murray, South Australia.
Place of death: Adelaide Hospital
  M v Albert Ashby was born in 1853 in Greenwich Market, London, England.

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  M vi Alexander Ashby was born in 1855.

John Ashby [Parents] was christened on 17 Jul 1763 in Wadhurst, Sussex, England. He married Ann Masters on 8 Apr 1787 in Lamberhurst, Kent, England.

Marriage submitted to IGI
Of Horsmonden. In his father's will John is left the remainder of his estate after all bequests, debts and expenses have been paid 'all the residue and remainder of my ready money, securities for money, chattels, effects and personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever I give and bequeath unto my son John'.

Ann Masters.Ann married John Ashby on 8 Apr 1787 in Lamberhurst, Kent, England.

Marriage submitted to IGI

They had the following children:

  M i Joseph Ashby was born in 1791. He was buried on 10 Nov 1860.

George Ashby [Parents] was christened on 16 Oct 1809 in Rotherfield, East Sussex, England. He married Matilda Mepham on 25 Aug 1835 in Burwash, Sussex, England.

George was a grocer at Jarvis Brook in 1851
Marriage extracted to IGI

Matilda Mepham was christened on 15 Oct 1815 in Burwash, Sussex, England. She married George Ashby on 25 Aug 1835 in Burwash, Sussex, England.

Matilda's parents were Joseph Mepham and Ann Harmer.
Marriage extracted to IGI

They had the following children:

  F i Maria Ann Mepham Ashby was born on 12 Oct 1836.
  M ii Joel Mepham Ashby was born in 1838 in Mayfield, Sussex, England. He was buried on 26 Apr 1839 in Mayfield, Sussex, England.
  F iii Sarah Mepham Ashby was christened on 3 Nov 1844 in Rotherfield, East Sussex, England.
  F iv Ruth Ashby was born in 1846 in Rotherfield, Sussex, England.

Possible husband and children for Ruth, from the 1881 Census. Ruth married John HOLMWOOD. John was born in 1842 in Rotherfield, Sussex. They had the following children :Laura HOLMWOOD was born in 1869 in Rotherfield, Sussex. Harriet HOLMWOOD was born in 1874 in Rotherfield, Sussex.
  F v Matilda Ashby was born in 1850 in Rotherfield, East Sussex, England.

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