Heslington Genealogy


Reuben Ernest Ashby [Parents] was born in 1878 in Bedmont, Hertfordshire, England. He married Martha Ashby.

GRO Birth/Jun 1878/Watford/3a/450
GRO Marriage/Jun 1912/Watford/3a/1534 (Alice)
Reuben married (1) Alice L GENTLE in 1912. Alice was born in 1878.
Alice died by drowning in the well of their garden at Notley Croft, Bedmond Road, Bedmond, Herts.
1881 Census: Beacon Farm, Lower Beeding, Sussex: 3 year old grandson born Bedmont Herefod (sic) should be Hertfordshire.
After the sad death of Reuben's wife Alice he married his cousin Martha Ashby, daughter of Mark Ashby and Emily (Suter)
Reuben married (2) Martha ASHBY daughter of Mark ASHBY and Emily SUTER. Martha was born on 2 Jan 1878 in Plummers Plain, Sussex.

Martha Ashby [Parents] was born on 2 Jan 1878 in Plummers Plain, Sussex, England. She married Reuben Ernest Ashby.

Martha was Reuben Earnest Ashby's second wife. His first wife drowned in a well in the garden of their home at Notley Croft, Bedmond.
GRO Births: 1q 1878 Horsham 2b 322


Thomas Ashby [Parents] was christened on 31 Jul 1813 in Edenbridge, Kent, England. He married Sally Cole in 1837 in Riverhead, Sevenoaks, Kent, England.

Christening found in Vital Records
In 1815 Stephen, the father (see his notes) worked in Edenbridge as a carrier, and from there to London for 11 months during which time he hired an apartment for 2s 9d a week of Mrs Cork. He has four illegitimate children by Susan Archer, singlewoman, now residing with him in Edenbridge. Now chargeable to Edenbridge.
James (10), born in Battersea
Henry (8), born in Wandsworth
Susan (5), born in Wandsworth
Thomas (2), born in Edenbridge
He has never done any act to gain a settlement. Ordered to Lamberhurst and his children to the parishes of their birth.
In the Edenbridge parish register we find the following:
Thomas Ashby, son of Stephen and Susanna, of Church Lane, Edenbridge, carrier, bapt July 31st
William Ashby,son of Stephen and Susan, of Church Lane, Edenbridge, age 3, buried Jan 14th 1815
Susanna Ashby, wife of Stephen, of Church Lane, Edenbridge, age 35, buried Feb 2nd 1815

Sally Cole was born in 1817. She married Thomas Ashby in 1837 in Riverhead, Sevenoaks, Kent, England.

Info from Richard Ashby and The “Ashby book” (it’s a big word file) Richard is not the author of the bulk of the research (except for the descendants of Reuben Ashby & Elizabeth Blackstone – Richard's direct ancestors) it is not for circulation or publication.
Daughter of Henry COLE and Sarah TIDY

They had the following children:

  F i Ellen Ashby was christened on 10 Dec 1837 in Brasted, Kent, England.

Christening extracted to IGI
  F ii Anne Ashby was christened on 24 Nov 1839 in Brasted, Kent, England.

Christening extracted to IGI
  F iii Sarah Ashby was born in 1850. She died in 1916.

Samuel Ashby [Parents] was christened on 19 Sep 1770 in Ticehurst, Sussex, England. He was buried on 11 Sep 1838 in Tudeley, Kent, England. He married Mary Dray on 30 Jan 1828 in Speldhurst, Kent, England.

Other marriages:
Noakes, Mercy

Christening and both Marriages extracted to IGI Marriage recorded in Vital Records

Mary Dray was christened on 4 Jul 1786 in Dallington, Sussex, England. She died after May 1828. She married Samuel Ashby on 30 Jan 1828 in Speldhurst, Kent, England.

Christening extracted to IGI: Parents were: James Dray and Sarah.
Marriage extracted to IGI Marriage recorded in Vital Records

They had the following children:

  F i Eliza Ashby was born in Jan 1821.
  M ii Adolphus Ashby was christened on 4 May 1828.

Richard Ashby [Parents] was christened on 27 Feb 1746 in Wadhurst, Sussex, England. He died in 1776. He married Elizabeth Crouch on 18 Oct 1767 in Ticehurst, Sussex, England.

Marriage submitted to IGI

Elizabeth Crouch was christened on 1 Feb 1745/1746 in Ticehurst, Sussex, England. She was buried on 5 Mar 1792 in Ticehurst, Sussex, England. She married Richard Ashby on 18 Oct 1767 in Ticehurst, Sussex, England.

Parents: John Crouch and Sarah Swift
Christening submitted to IGI

They had the following children:

  M i Samuel Ashby was christened on 19 Sep 1770. He was buried on 11 Sep 1838.

William Ashby [Parents] was christened on 15 May 1760 in Burwash, Sussex, England. He married Hannah Blackman on 4 Jun 1796 in Kent, England.

Other marriages:
Nailard, Hannah

Farmed at Wittersham, Kent.

Hannah Blackman.Hannah married William Ashby on 4 Jun 1796 in Kent, England.


William Ashby [Parents] was christened on 15 May 1760 in Burwash, Sussex, England. He married Hannah Nailard on 22 Jul 1781 in Mayfield, Sussex, England.

Other marriages:
Blackman, Hannah

Farmed at Wittersham, Kent.

Hannah Nailard died before 1796. She married William Ashby on 22 Jul 1781 in Mayfield, Sussex, England.

Info from Richard Ashby and The “Ashby book” (it’s a big word file) Richard is not the author of the bulk of the research (except for the descendants of Reuben Ashby & Elizabeth Blackstone – Richard's direct ancestors) it is not for circulation or publication. Philadelphia married Richard ASHDOWN on 21 Feb 1808 in Rotherfield, Sussex.

They had the following children:

  F i Hannah Ashby was christened on 11 Nov 1781 in Mayfield, Sussex, England.
  F ii Lydia Ashby was christened on 29 Feb 1784 in Mayfield, Sussex, England.
  F iii Philadelphia Ashby was christened on 5 Nov 1786 in Mayfield, Sussex, England.

Philadelphia married Richard ASHDOWN on 21 Feb 1808 in Rotherfield, Sussex.
  F iv Ann Ashby was christened on 12 Jul 1789 in Mayfield, Sussex, England. She was buried on 29 Jul 1789 in Mayfield, Sussex, England.

Robert Pratt [Parents] was born on 29 Sep 1850 in Rotherfield, East Sussex, England. He was christened on 1 Dec 1850 in Rotherfield, Sussex, England. He married Caroline Ellis Jan - Feb 1874 in Brentford, Middlesex, England.

Marriages Mar 1874 Ellis Caroline Brentford 3a 93 Pratt Robert Brentford 3a 93
1881 census: 11 Station Gardens, Twickenham, Middlesex, a Police Officer.

Caroline Ellis was born in 1848 in Brightling, Sussex, England. She married Robert Pratt Jan - Feb 1874 in Brentford, Middlesex, England.

Marriages Mar 1874 Ellis Caroline Brentford 3a 93 Pratt Robert Brentford 3a 93

They had the following children:

  M i Arthur Ellis Pratt was born Jul - Aug 1871 in Southborough, Tonbridge, Kent, England.

Births Sep 1871 Ellis Arthur Tunbridge 2a 525
  M ii Clement Pratt was born Jul - Aug 1874 in Twickenham, Middlesex, England.

Births Sep 1874 Pratt Clement Brentford 3a 64
  M iii Robert Peel Pratt was born Oct - Nov 1876 in Twickenham, Middlesex, England.

Births Dec 1876 PRATT Robert Peel Brentford 3a 64
  M iv Frederick Thomas Pratt was born Apr - May 1879 in Twickenham, Middlesex, England.

Births Jun 1879 Pratt Frederick Thomas Brentford 3a

John Ashby [Parents] was christened in 1756 in Mayfield, Sussex, England. He was buried on 7 Sep 1824 in Rotherfield, East Sussex, England. He married Kitty Ashby on 6 Feb 1783 in Rotherfield, East Sussex, England.

John Ashby and Kitty Ashby are 3rd cousins. Their common ancestors are Thomas Asheby and Mary Peet.
Miller at Rotherfield - he took over Stone Mill (a water mill) from William Ashby, in 1792 (William had acquired it from another family in 1782 - don't as yet know the relationship between John and William). In 1817 there is a reference in the manorial records to John having mortgaged the mill to his father-in-law, John Ashby of Mayfield. The family lived in the miller's house which is now a farm called Stone Mill Farm and is situated next door to the mill, a little further up the hill. The mill was converted into a house in the 1950's - beautifully restored. In John Ashby's will he left the mill to his wife who continued to run it with help from different members of the family until her death on 17 April 1856. The rest of his estate was divided between his surviving children (13) excluding Catherine! He appointed his 'good friend William Tooth of Mayfield' as his Executor. Will dated 19 Sep 1823, proved 7 Dec 1824. Stone Mill was a small three storied water corn mill, in the Parish of Rotherfield and in the Manor of Dewlands, Sussex. At the time of the Norman Conquest, the hundred of Rotherfield which, like the parish, was very large, seems from the Domesday Book to have contained three manors. The manor of Rotherfield was one of only two manors in Sussex retained by King William himself. The other two manors in Rotherfield hundred, held before the Conquest by Alfward and Wulfward, were held by William's half-brother, the Count of Moretaine and contained one mill. The Domesday Book does not mention any mill in Rotherfield manor. In Catherine Pullein's book 'Rotherfield: The Story of Some Wealden Manors' she suggest that one of the Count of Moretaine's manors was Dewlands and the mill in it may have been Stone Mill. It is likely because the lands of Dewlands Manor ran from just south of Rotherfield village in a long narrow strip down hill and south to the Stone Mill Brook, which provides the only flow of water capable of operating a mill. For at least four centuries and probably longer, Stone Mill was part of the very large estates of the Nevill family of Eridge Park, Lords and later Marquesses Abergavenny. It was included in the Nevill's Hadlow Down Estate of some 3,700 acres in the parishes of Rotherfield, Mayfield, Hadlow Down and Buxted which was the subject of a family settlement in 1535. That estate was sold privately as a whole by the Nevills in late 1947, on-sold in early 1949 and put up for auction in 52 lots in September that year, lot 38 being Stone Mill Farm (including the Mill, Stone Mill Wood and Fox Wood). Stonemill Farmhouse was originally the miller's house. The property of some 20 acres included the house and the mill with, in between them, a substantial mill pond of .75 acres fed by water from the brook, diverted by a dam and sluice at the eastern end of what is now Stone Mill's garden. The rate books show that from 1782 to 1856 it was occupied by Ashbys (John and Kitty) and from 1864 to 1890 by the Wilmshursts - they also had Tickeridge Mill. In 1895/6 Stone Mill was owned occupied by Eli Napthali Dadswell and some time after this fell into disuse as a corn mill. In 1910 it was being used to generate electricity - in 1949 the Farmhouse and farm land of 32.8 acres was let to Mr A Holiday for £55 pa but the mill and the woodland of 13 acres was not - Mr John Eric Graves the purchaser of the farm property at the auction of 1949 had the property conveyed to him in May 1950 subject to a 1939 lease to Albert Hobday, farmer who seems to have been living there, but in September 1950 Hobday surrendered the lease in so far as it related to the Mill itself and what became its garden. By 1951 applications were approved for the conversion of the mill to a dwelling and the condition that it should only be occupied by a local agricultural worker was waived on 19th March 1953. During the next few years the property changed hands a number of times and eventually the conversion of the mill to a house was largely completed by 1977 - 28 years after the auction! In 1987 Stone Mill was bought by Michael and Rosemany Edwards who at the same time bought the near-by Paternoster Meadown, part of Stone Mill Wood and in 1991 also bought Fox Wood. They have continued the improvements to the house and garden and set about the rehabilitation of the neglected woodlands.

Kitty Ashby [Parents] was christened on 12 Jul 1767 in Lamberhurst, Kent, England. She was buried on 17 Apr 1856 in Rotherfield, East Sussex, England. She married John Ashby on 6 Feb 1783 in Rotherfield, East Sussex, England.

Christening extracted to IGI
John Ashby and Kitty Ashby are 3rd cousins. Their common ancestors are Thomas Asheby and Mary Peet. Kitty was baptised as Kitty but called herself Catherine on her marriage certificate. On the 1851 census Kitty is aged 84 a widow, farmer of 25 acres employing 2, living at Stone Mill. She was left five hundred and fifty pounds in her father's will.

They had the following children:

  F i Elizabeth Ashby was christened on 18 May 1783 in Rotherfield, East Sussex, England.

Christening extracted to IGI. Mother's name spelt as 'Catharn'.
Elizabeth married Mr Gladwin.
  F ii Catherine Ashby was christened on 7 Nov 1784 in Rotherfield, East Sussex, England. She died in 1786 in Groombridge, Sussex, England.

Christening extracted to IGI, both her and her mother's names are spelt as 'Catharn'
  F iii Philadelphia Ashby was christened on 12 Jan 1786 in Rotherfield, East Sussex, England.

Christening extracted to IGI, Name spelt 'Pilladelphiah' with mother's name as 'Catharn'.
On the 1851 census she is an unmarried housekeeper for the Corke family (her sister Ann married a John Corke).
  M iv John Ashby was christened on 14 Oct 1787 in Groombridge, Sussex, England.
  F v Catherine or Kitty Ashby was christened on 27 Sep 1789. She died on 21 Feb 1871.
  F vi Ann Ashby was christened on 18 Sep 1791.
  M vii William Ashby was christened on 21 Jul 1793 in Rotherfield, East Sussex, England. He was buried on 5 Jun 1820 in Rotherfield, East Sussex, England.
  F viii Harriett Ashby was born in 1796 in Rotherfield, East Sussex, England. She died in 1796 in Rotherfield, East Sussex, England.
  M ix Joseph Ashby was christened on 4 Mar 1798 in Rotherfield, East Sussex, England. He died on 30 May 1831 in Rotherfield, East Sussex, England. He was buried on 3 Jun 1831 in Rotherfield, East Sussex, England.
  F x Charlotte Ashby was christened on 9 Jan 1803. She died in 1837.
  M xi Charles Ashby was born on 12 Dec 1804. He died on 19 Mar 1872.
  M xii George Ashby was christened on 16 Oct 1809.
  M xiii James Ashby was christened on 23 Aug 1811 in Groombridge, Sussex, England.

William Adolphus Waters was born in 1860 in Rusthall, Kent, England. He married Lucy Corke on 10 Sep 1885 in Rusthall, Kent, England.

Son of Abraham Waters and Mary.

Lucy Corke [Parents] was born on 8 Aug 1859 in Groombridge, Kent, England. She died on 12 Jan 1927. She married William Adolphus Waters on 10 Sep 1885 in Rusthall, Kent, England.

1871 Census: London Road, Tonbridge, Kent: 11 year old daughter of a Baker born Speldhurst, Kent.
1881 Census: Rusthall, Speldhurst, Kent: 21 year old umarried daughter born at Groombridge, a Housekeeper.

They had the following children:

  F i Beatrice Annie Waters was born on 9 Sep 1886 in Rusthall, Kent, England. She died on 4 Jun 1957.

Beatrice's first marriage was annulled when it was discovered that her 'husband' was already married.
Beatrice married (1) William James SMITHERS on 17 Mar 1917 in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.
  F ii Lillian Waters was born in Rusthall, Kent, England.
  M iii George Waters was born in 1890 in Rusthall, Kent, England.

GRO birth found on FreeBMD: 2q 1890, Tonbridge, 2a 665
  M iv William Percy Waters was born in Rusthall, Kent, England.
  M v Alfred Waters was born in Rusthall, Kent, England.

Thomas Ashby [Parents] was christened on 13 Aug 1746 in Burwash, Sussex, England. He was buried on 5 Sep 1819 in Frant, Sussex, England. He married Elizabeth Hoad on 3 Apr 1774 in Mayfield, Sussex, England.

Other marriages:
Dench, Sarah

Thomas was the Miller at Bartley Mill, he took over in 1773 remaining until 1809 eventually buying the mill, he sold the mill back to Bayham Abbey in 1809 - the mill passed back into the tenancy of the Ashby family with George and then William in occupation until at least 1874. Thomas was buried on 5th September 1819 in Frant - the vicar of Wadhurst officiated.
Marriage to Elizabeth submitted to IGI but date one day different from the research done here.

Elizabeth Hoad was born in Mayfield, Sussex, England. She was buried on 17 Sep 1820 in Frant, Sussex, England. She married Thomas Ashby on 3 Apr 1774 in Mayfield, Sussex, England.

Marriage to Elizabeth submitted to IGI but date one day different to the research done here.

They had the following children:

  F i Hannah Ashby was christened on 6 Jan 1775 in Frant, Sussex, England.

Christening extracted to IGI
  F ii Philadelphia Ashby was christened on 7 Feb 1776 in Frant, Sussex, England. She died in 1778 in Frant, Sussex, England.

Christening extracted to IGI

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