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richard washer


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i'm looking for the parents of richard washer. richard washer was born in 1835 in ringmer,sussex. he was married to susanna pilfold born in 1835. richard washer and susanna pilfold married on 13th may 1858in lewes,sussex.

please help


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Hi Nicola,

This was the only one that came up for 1841. Rinngmer being in the civil parish of Lewes, 4.8 kilometres east of Lewes.

Civil parish St Thomas in The Cliffe
Rd Lewes
Sub Rd Lewes
North Street - Lodging House

John Washer age 45 occ ag. lab
Lucy Washer age 40
Hannah Washer age 20
Lucy Washer age 5
William Washer age 15 occ ag. lab
John Washer age 14 occ ag. lab
Jane Washer age 12
James Washer age 10
Fanny Washer age 8
Mary Washer age 6
Richard Washer age 4
Thomas Washer age 2

All born in county


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Hi Nicola

If you use www.familysearch.org you will find a submitted entry for Richard, and then if you press the Pedigree button it comes up with his parents.

Having said that, a submitted entry is only as good as the work of the submitter , and we all take it with a pinch of salt. You then should go to the W.Sussex Record office in Chichester, which I have already told you about, and look it up in the Parish Records yourself. Then you will have proved it correct.

I have my suspicions to his parents marriage details as they were not married in Sussex where they both lived.

If any of the details are recorded, they come from the Parish records or Bishops Transcripts, and can be taken fairly safely, although you should double check with the originals at the above Record office.

I hope this helps
Dear Nicola

Richard & Susan WASHER had 4 children bapt in Ringmer between 1868 & 1877, the last being Lucy bapt 4 Mar 1877.

There is a prominent and interesting WASHER family in 19th century Ringmer, but I have not linked this family to it, and there is no Ringmer baptism for Richard.

Lucy WASHER, singlewoman, had an illegitimate son Charles Bert WASHER baptised at Ringmer 30 Oct 1897 but he was buried here on 12 Feb 1898, age given as 2 months. Lucy WASHER of Ringmer aged 24, daughter of Richard WASHER, lab, then married Samuel L. FOORD, a labourer aged 19, at Ringmer on Christmas Day 1900.

The 1881 census has Richard & Susan WASHER & 5 of their children in a cottage at The Islands, Ringmer Green, not one of the smartest addresses in the parish. Within the same set of cottages were the households of James WILLIAMS (Samuel's son) and a married laundry maid Ann TRIGWELL with no evident husband. A hundred yards away in cottages on North Road, Ringmer Green, were two adjacent TRIGWELL households, including William & Ellen TRIGWELL with a son, a miscellaneous grandson and old samuel WILLIAMS, Ellen's father, now in his 80s.

This census says that Richard WASHER was 48 & born Ringmer; Susan 43 & born Lewes; the two eldest sons, Samuel & John, both ag labs like their father, aged 21 & 18, both born in Lewes. Then we have Susan (10), Thomas (6) & Lucy (4), all born in Ringmer.

By 1891 Richard & Susan WASHER have moved to 'Back Green' [= North Road, Ringmer Green] and they are right next door to William TRIGWELL, now a widower, and his assorted three generation family. Another TRIGWELL family is two doors away. Richard & Susan WASHER are now both 54, born in Ringmer & Lewes respectively, and they have with them just Thomas (17) & Lucy (14).

By 1901 Richard WASHER is a farm cowman and has moved to Broyle Lane, Ringmer. He lived in a cottage about half way up the lane, on the west side. Richard was 66, his wife Susan 65, and again born in Ringmer & Lewes respectively. With him was his married son Samuel (aged 42, and a carter on the farm, born in Lewes) but not Samuel's wife (there is another story there; his wife is at Rushey Green), plus Richard's daughter Lucy FOORD (24) and son-in-law Samuel FOORD (20, farm carter, born Plumpton), plus also three TRIGWELL grandchildren, Susan aged 11, Maud aged 8 and George aged 4, all born in Ringmer. Quite a household. The TRIGWELL grandchildren are presumably Susanna Jessie (bapt 1889), Agnes Maud (bapt 1892) and George Leonard (bapt 1896), three of six children of William & Ellen TRIGWELL's son George Leonard TRIGWELL and his wife Annie or Fanny, who had been a Miss WASHER.

George Leonard & Fanny had been with his father on North Road in 1891 (when Richard & Susan lived next door), but I'm told they were in Laughton in 1901, and that they had more children after 1901. That comes, I think, from a descendant called Samantha Struthers. Anyone you know?

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