- Born: Abt 1765, Romford
- Christened: 24 Aug 1766, Romford
- Marriage: Ann
William & Ann are stated as being from Noak Hill in their son Johns birth. As there are two Johns within three years, I would imagine the first died.
In the South Weald 1841 census, William & Ann are almost certainly the parents of John, and I am guessing for a minute that they are also the parents of others including William. They are aged 70 and 68 respectively, and the next person on the census is John aged 30 with his wife Harriet
You can check this out for yourself, if you like.
William is a farmer in 1841, and it appear he passes the farm to his eldest son George. This is all pure supposition until I get to the Essex Record Office and confirm much of this.
In 1841 census, he is a Farmer, aged 70, and with his wife Ann, who is shown as aged 68
In 1851, he is aged 86, a retired Farmer. He is living with his son George, and family at Moated Castle, South Weald
Christening info is from the IGI, and not proven.
In 1781, this entry exists:
The manor of Bawedys alias Bawdes alias Downsells in his own occupation; the capital messuage and mansion house of Downsells and lands thereunto belonging a close of which is copyhold held of the manor of South Weald, in his own occupation; by estimation worth letting at £65 rent; Canterbury Farm in Shenfield in occupation of William Cumbers as tenant at will at £55 rent part of which is copyhold held of the manor of Shenfield; a messuage and farm (3 closes copyhold) in Shenfield and South Weald in occupation of William Morris as tenant at will at £8 8s. rent; lands in South Weald and Shenfield in occupation of John Poole as tenant at will at £24 rent; lands in South Weald in occupation of William Forster as tenant at will at £19 17s. rent; a close of copyhold land in South Weald held of the manor of South Weald in occupation of Richard Woolands as tenant at will at £8 rent; a house and close of land in Brentwood in occupation of Mary Finch by lease by Francis Manby esq. for 21 years at £19 19s. rent; a house in occupation of Daniel Caswell at £ 10s. 18s. rent; a house in occupation of Mary Swallow as tenant at will at £8 18s. rent; a house in occupation of John Cracklen as tenant at will at £9 18s. rent; a house in occupation of Henry Gorden as tenant at will at £5 18s.; all in South Weald; a farm in Langdon Hills in occupation of John Martin as tenant at will at £27 18s. rent; a farm being copyhold and held of the manor of Fobbing in Stanford-le-Hope in occupation of John Hardfleet by lease (by Mary Manby widow deceased and Francis Manby, 1 October 1765) for 21 years at £55 rent; quit rents amounting to £ 10s. from the manor of Bawedys alias Downsells payable to Thomas Manby; of all of which he is seised in fee simple.
William married Ann. (Ann was born about 1773 and died on 30 Dec 1843 in South Weald.)