Heslington Genealogy


George Edwards was christened on 8 Oct 1834 in Rotherfield, East Sussex, England. He died on 16 Feb 1889. He married Maria Ann Mepham Ashby on 25 Oct 1854 in Rotherfield, East Sussex, England.

Son of George Edwards and Elizabeth Excell.
Marriage extracted to IGI, age 20 at marriage.
1881 Census: Village, Rotherfield 46 year old married Head of Household, a Grocer and Postmaster.

Maria Ann Mepham Ashby [Parents] was born on 12 Oct 1836 in Mayfield, Sussex, England. She was christened on 4 Dec 1836 in Mayfield, Sussex, England. She married George Edwards on 25 Oct 1854 in Rotherfield, East Sussex, England.

Christening and marriage extracted to IGI, age 18 at marriage.
1881 Census: Village, Rotherfield 44 year old wife of a Grocer and Postmaster.

They had the following children:

  M i George Excell Edwards was born in 1855 in Rotherfield, East Sussex, England. He died in 1858.
  F ii Ruth Ashby Edwards was born in 1859. She died in 1917.
  M iii David William Edwards was born on 26 Jul 1860. He died on 17 Apr 1913.

Abraham Ashby [Parents] was christened on 27 Oct 1667 in Rotherfield, East Sussex, England. He married Elizabeth Peckham on 21 Jul 1689 in Frant, Sussex, England.

Christening recorded in Vital Records, mother: Mary
Abraham married Elizabeth Peckham or Portham of Mayfield, on 21 Jul 1689 in Rotherfield.

Elizabeth Peckham.Elizabeth married Abraham Ashby on 21 Jul 1689 in Frant, Sussex, England.

On register the surname could be PORTHAM 'of Mayfield'


Frederick Saunders [Parents] was born in 1848 in Rotherfield, East Sussex, England. He married Sarah Jane Luxford on 18 Jan 1866 in Rotherfield, Sussex, England.

Occupation: farm labourer.

Sarah Jane Luxford.Sarah married Frederick Saunders on 18 Jan 1866 in Rotherfield, Sussex, England.

They had the following children:

  M i James Walter Saunders was born on 12 Jul 1869 in Addington, Wrotham, Kent, England.

Occupation: Coal carman

Isaac Jacobs.Isaac married Susan Lilley on 30 Nov 1742 in Boxted, Essex, England.

Marriage submitted to IGI

Susan Lilley [Parents] was christened on 3 Aug 1723 in Langham, Essex, England. She married Isaac Jacobs on 30 Nov 1742 in Boxted, Essex, England.

Christening and Marriage submitted to IGI


Samuel Ashby [Parents] was born in 1774 in Frant, Sussex, England. He married Harriet Ashdown on 14 Jul 1806 in Rotherfield, East Sussex, England.

Marriage recorded in Vital Records

Harriet Ashdown.Harriet married Samuel Ashby on 14 Jul 1806 in Rotherfield, East Sussex, England.

Marriage recorded in Vital Records

They had the following children:

  M i James Ashby was christened on 14 Feb 1808 in Wadhurst, Sussex, England.

Thomas Wickens SP poss was born in 1813 in Rotherfield, Sussex, England. He married Eliza Pratt in 1862 in Rotherfield, Sussex, England.

Son of Thomas Wickens and Frances.
Thomas was married twice.

Eliza Pratt [Parents] was born on 1 Mar 1842 in Rotherfield, East Sussex, England. She died in Mar 1890 in Ringmer, East Sussex, England. She married Thomas Wickens SP poss in 1862 in Rotherfield, Sussex, England.

They had the following children:

  F i Sarah Wickens was born in 1869 in Withyham, Sussex, England.
  F ii Rhoda Wickens was born in 1870 in Rotherfield, Sussex, England.

1881 census: Mount Farm staying with her uncle and aunt
  M iii Samuel Wickens was born in 1874 in Rotherfield, Sussex, England.
  F iv Louisa Wickens was born in 1874 in Rotherfield, Sussex, England.
  F v Esther Wickens was born in 1875 in Rotherfield, Sussex, England.
  M vi Charles Wickens was born in 1879 in Ringmer, East Sussex, England.

Charles married Minnie Burton.

Thomas Ashby [Parents] was christened on 2 Oct 1791 in Lamberhurst, Kent, England. He married Elizabeth Sloman.

Other marriages:
Cook, Mary

Christening extracted to IGI
Thomas - of Etchingham. Mary Ann, Eleanor Jane and Sarah Ann are possibly children of this Thomas and Mary. Thomas is possibly the Thomas Ashby living at Sheffield Mill on the 1851 census with his mother Sarah, aged 82.
Marriage recorded in Vital Records

Elizabeth Sloman was born in 1779 in Lamberhurst, Kent, England. She died on 11 Jan 1853 in Fletching, Sussex, England. She married Thomas Ashby.

Date of her will is 23 Jun 1851


Reuben Ashby [Parents] was born on 30 Jan 1846 in Crowborough, Sussex, England. He was christened on 5 Apr 1846 in Rotherfield, Sussex, England. He died on 31 Mar 1880 in Bedmont, Hertfordshire, England. He married Maria Selby Blackwell on 3 Jun 1875 in Leavesden, Hertfordshire, England.

Christening submitted to IGI
Carpenter and publican. He died on 31 Mar 1880 aged 34 at Bedmond, Herts of pneumonia and his brother William was present at the death.
Will proved 18 Jun 1880.
Married in the presence of George Beale and Emily Ashby (wife of brother Mark Ashby).
GRO Births/Mar 1846/Uckfield/VII/542
GRO Marriages/Jun 1875/Watford/3a/480
GRO Deaths/Jun 1880/Watford/3a/261

Maria Selby Blackwell was born in 1845 in Leighton, Huntingdon, England. She married Reuben Ashby on 3 Jun 1875 in Leavesden, Hertfordshire, England.

GRO Birth/Jun 1845/Huntingdon/XIV/203
GRO Marriage/Jun 1875/Watford/3a/480
1881 Census, The Bell Inn, Bedmond, Abbots Langley, Herts, 35 year old widow, a publican and living with her daughter Elizabeth Ann Black well (13) and her children by Reuben, William (8) a scholar, Walter (3), Maria (1) plus Maria's widowed mother Ann Blackwell (69), Maria's unmarried brother Emmanuel Blackwell (30) a gardener and a lodger, Henry Douse. (William was actually aged 6).Reuben and Maria's son, Reuben (aged 3) on the 1881 census is with his grandfather Reuben Ashby.
1901 Census, Maria is now a grocer shop keeper and living at Bedmond, Abbots Langley, Herts with her children, Walter H (23) a clerk, Reuben C (22) a carpenter and Maria (20) a grocer's assistant plus Maria's widowed sister, Mary Mace.

They had the following children:

  F i Elizabeth Ann Blackwell was born in 1868 in Wooley, Huntingdon, England.

1881 Census, The Bell Inn, Bedmond, Abbots Langley, Herts, 13 year old daughter of a widowed publican
  M ii William Henry Ashby was born in 1875 in Watford, Hertfordshire, England.

GRO Birth/Jun 1875/Watford/3a/398
1881 Census, The Bell Inn, Bedmond, Abbots Langley, Herts, 8 year old son of a widowed publican
  M iii Walter Henry Ashby was born in 1877.
  M iv Reuben Ernest Ashby was born in 1878.
  F v Maria Elizabeth Ann Ashby was born on 3 Apr 1880 in Bedmont, Hertfordshire, England.

Maria was born 3 days after the death of her father Reuben.
GRO Birth/Jun 1878/Watford/3A/450
GRO Marriage/Jun 1912/Watford/3a/1534
1881 Census, The Bell Inn, Bedmond, Abbots Langley, Herts, 1 year old daughter of a widowed publican

Edwin Ashby [Parents] was born in 1828 in Pembury, Kent, England. He married Ann Cotton.

1881 Census: Battersea Park West Lodge, Battersea: Park Constable Office of Works.

Ann Cotton was born in 1830 in Hendon, Middlesex, England. She married Edwin Ashby.

They had the following children:

  F i Elizabeth Ashby was born in 1858 in Battersea, Surrey, England.

William Ashby [Parents] was born in 1826 in Withyham, Sussex, England. He was christened on 23 Nov 1828 in Withyham, Sussex, England. He married Elizabeth Ann Bedfield on 14 Jul 1856 in Crowhurst, Sussex, England.

Christening submitted to IGI
1881 Census: Polebrooks Cottage, Hever, Kent: an Ag Lab
1891 Census: Cowden, Sevenoaks: A Widower
1901 Census: Hever, Kent: aged 74, an Ag Lab

Elizabeth Ann Bedfield was born in 1834 in Mayfield, Sussex, England. She died before 1891. She married William Ashby on 14 Jul 1856 in Crowhurst, Sussex, England.

They had the following children:

  F i Edith Charlotte Ashby was christened on 26 Oct 1856 in Lingfield, Surrey, England.

1871 Census: Polbrook Farm,Hever: General servant for Richard Streatfield.
  F ii Elizabeth Ashby was born in 1857 in Lindfield, Surrey, England.

Christening extracted to IGI
  M iii William Ashby was christened on 27 Mar 1859.
  F iv Eliza Ashby was born in 1865 in Chiddingstone, Kent, England.
  F v Anne Ashby was born in 1867 in Chiddingstone, Kent, England.
  M vi Thomas Ashby was born in 1871 in Hever, Kent, England.
  F vii Ellen Ashby was born in 1873.
  M viii George Ashby was born in 1879 in Hever, Kent, England.

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