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JAMES & MARIAH SON & WILLIAM'S BROTHER THOMAS TREE 5/2.

 IN 1844 ON AUGUST 25TH WHEN THOMAS WAS AGED 22, HE MARRIED ANN MARTIN AGED 23. AS HE WAS BEST-MAN AT  HIS BROTHER WILLIAM'S  & CHARLOTTE’S  WEDDING.

SO WILLIAM WAS BEST-MAN FOR  THOMAS & ANN

THE OTHER WITNESS BEING ONE NAMED JOHN WOOD.

 

THOMAS WAS RANKED AS A BRICKLAYER ON THE WEDDING CERTIFICATE AND ANN MARTIN AS A SPINSTER.  HER FATHER ONE SAMUEL MARTIN, A LABOURER.  THOMAS'S FATHER JAMES BEING REGISTERED ON THE MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE AS JAMES HARMAN, BRICKLAYER.

RESIDENCE OF THOMAS & ANN MARTIN GIVEN AS ROTHERFIELD.

THEY BEING MARRIED AT ST. DENY'S CHURCH.

SO BY 1844, WE HAVE THREE OF THE FIVE BRANCHES OF THE HARMAN'S OF ROTHERFIELD MARRIED.

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JAMES MARRIED TO ANN BREEDEN 1839. GREAT GREAT GRANDFATHER WILLIAM MARRIED TO CHARLOTTE MOO N 1843. WITH BROTHERS CHARLES &. JOHN UNMARRIED.

 AFTER TAKING RESIDENCE IN THE VILLAGE THOMAS & ANN COMMENCED TO HAVE THE FOLLOWING CHILDREN.

 FREDERICK BORN 4TH DECEMBER 1846 BAPTISED FEBRUARY 7TH 1847.

 FRANK BORN 25TH MAY 1849 BAPTISED 1ST JULY 1849.

THIS CHILD WAS TO BE BURIED ON THE 5TH MAY 1854. WITH TWENTY DAYS TO HIS 4TH BIRTHDAY.

 

NELSON BORN 1852 BAPTISED 1ST FEBRUARY 1852.THIS CHILD WAS ALSO TO BE BURIED ON 26TH APRIL 1854 AT THE AGE OF APPROXIMATELY TWO YEARS OLD.

 

DIPHTHERIA WAS A SCOURGE OF CHILDREN AND IT IS POSSIBLE THAT BOTH FRANK AND NELSON AT THE TENDER AGES OF 4 AND 2 YEARS OLD WERE STRUCK DOWN TOGETHER WITH THIS VIRULENT DISEASE.

 

IT WILL BE NOTED BY THE ABOVE BURIAL DATES THAT NELSON THE YOUNGEST CHILD WAS BURIED IN LAST WEEK IN APRIL WITH FRANK THE OLDER OF THE CHILDREN SURVIVING ONLY EIGHT DAYS BEFORE HE SUCCUMBED.

 

SO ALREADY WE HAVE IN THE SHORT PERIOD OF TIME IN THE MARRIAGE OF THOMAS AND ANN, TRAGEDY STRIKING BY TWO OF CHILDREN DYING IN ALL POSSIBILITY OF DIPHTHERIA.

 

ANN THEREFORE WOULD HAVE BEEN NURSING TWO CHILDREN WHO WERE FATALLY ILL ,ALSO ANN WOULD HAVE BEEN PREGNANT IN THE FEBRUARY OF 1854, BEING NEARLY THREE MONTHS PREGNANT WHEN CHILDREN WERE BURIED.

 

FOR IN THE NOVEMBER GEORGE WAS BORN IN OCTOBER 1854 AND BAPTISED ON 5TH NOVEMBER 1854.THE REASON I BELIEVE THAT GEORGE WAS BORN IN THE OCTOBER 1854 IS THAT THOMAS AND ANN FOLLOWED THE USUAL CUSTOM AT THAT PERIOD PRIOR TO SECOND WORLD WAR OF BAPTISM AND CHURCHING OF THE WOMEN TAKING PLACE 6 WEEKS FROM BIRTH OF CHILD.

 

BUT TO RETURN TO THOMAS AND ANN, THEIR SON GEORGE WAS BORN IN OCTOBER 1854 AND BAPTISED ON 5TH NOVEMBER 1854 AT ST. DENY'S ROTHERFIELD, SIX MONTHS AFTER THE DEATH OF FRANK AND NELSON.

 

THE LAST CHILD TO BE BORN WAS THE ONE AND ONLY DAUGHTER KATE, BORN SEPTEMBER 1858 AND BAPTISED 19TH OCTOBER 1858 FOUR YEARS AFTER THE BIRTH OF GEORGE.

 

SO FROM 1854 - 1858 THOMAS AND ANN MOVED AND RESIDED WITH HIS BROTHER WILLIAM AND CHARLOTTE WITH  THEIR CHILDREN AT FROGS HOLE.

 

IN 1854 -1858 THIS PERIOD, HIS BROTHER JAMES & MARY ANN WAS SUFFERING WITH LOSS OF CHILDREN BY POSSIBLY THE SAME EPIDEMIC. AS HIS BROTHER THOMAS & HIS WIFE ANN.

 

THOMAS WAS ALSO ENHANCING HIS FORTUNE AND IT IS RECORDED IN THE 1861 CENSUS THAT HE WAS EMPLOYING 6 MEN AND 3 BOYS.

 

JOHN THE YOUNGEST SON OF JAMES &, MARIAH  MARRIED TO RHODA MARTIN.

APPROXIMATELY 1850 RESIDED FIRSTLY IN THE VILLAGE.

 RHODA HAD A SISTER ANN MARTIN WHO WAS MARRIED TO THOMAS HARMAN.

 

RESEARCH HAS DISCOVERED THAT BOTH JOHN AND RHODA JOINED BROTHERS WILLIAM, JAMES AND THOMAS AT FROGS HOLE FOR APPROXIMATELY TWO YEARS AND THIS IN THE PERIOD PRIOR TO THE EPIDEMIC.

 

THOMAS AS WE ALREADY STATED, WAS IN A REASONABLE POSITION WITH NOT AN OVERLY LARGE FAMILY TO SUPPORT HAVING ONLY THE THREE CHILDREN, AND NOT AS MOST FAMILIES IN THAT DAY AND AGE EIGHT TO TWELVE.

 

BUT WITH THE HARD CONDITIONS OF THE TIMES, THEY ALSO HAD THEIR FAIR SHARE OF PERSONAL TRAGEDY. IN 1866 TRAGEDY STRUCK AGAIN, WITH THE DEATH OF  THOMAS AT THE AGE OF FORTY-THREE YEARS OLD.

LEAVING ANN A WIDOW AT THE AGE OF FORTY FIVE WITH THREE CHILDREN.

 

FREDERICK THE ELDEST AGED 19. GEORGE AGED TWELVE.

 KATE THE ONLY DAUGHTER AGED EIGHT YEARS OLD.

 

WHAT CAUSED THE DEATH OF THOMAS HAS NOT YET BEEN ESTABLISHED TO DATE IN OUR RESEARCH. BUT BY THE IMPLICATIONS ON READING THE INSCRIPTION ON THE TOMBSTONE THAT ANN HAD GOT INSCRIBED I WOULD SUSPECT A HEART ATTACK.

 

THE INSCRIPTION READS AS FOLLOWS:-

 

IN LIVING MEMORY OF THOMAS HARMAN.

WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE SEPT 30TH 1866.AGED 43.

 

HOW FRAIL IS MAN HOW SHORT HIS BREATH.

IN MIDST OF LIFE WE ARE IN DEATH.

OUR LIFE HANGS ON A SINGLE TMREAD.

WHICH SOON IS CUT AND WE ARE DEAD.

THEN BOAST NOT READER OF THY MIGHT

ALIVE AT NOON AND DEAD AT NIGHT.

 

AFTER THE DEATH OF THOMAS, HIS WIFE ANN WAS TO MOVE BACK TO COTTAGE HILL. THIS I BELIEVE IS DUE TO THE NEED TO HAVE HER SISTER RHODA NEAR .

 

RHODA MARTIN WHO HAD MARRIED JOHN HARMAN RESIDED AT NO.1. COTTAGE HILL, WITH ANN AND HER CHILDREN LIVING AT NO.5. COTTAGE HILL.

 

THE CENSUS OF 1861 ANN WAS AGED 51. LIVING   NO.5. COTTAGE HILL REGISTERED AS A CHARWOMEN AND HER BROTHER WILLIAM MARTIN WHO WAS A WIDOWER WAS LODGING WITH HER, GEORGE THE SON WAS NOW 16 ,AND KATE 12.

 

FREDERICK THE ELDEST SON WAS A BRICKLAYER APPRENTICE AT THE TIME OF HIS FATHER'S DEATH AND IN ALL PROBABILITY WOULD HAVE BEEN APPRENTICED EITHER TO HIS FATHER OR ONE OF HIS UNCLE'S, AS ALL THE HARMAN'S WERE STONEMASONS BRICKLAYERS.

 

GEORGE ALSO BECAME A BRICKLAYER ON EVENTUALLY REACHING ADULTHOOD AND DEFINITELY IN HIS CASE HE WOULD HAVE BEEN APPRENTICED TO ONE OF HIS UNCLES, AS ANN WOULD NOT HAVE AFFORDED TO PAY FOR HIS APPRENTICESHIP.


IN THE CENSUS OF 1891 ANN HARMAN HAD MOVED FROM COTTAGE HILL TO THE VILLAGE AND NOW RESIDED AT NO 1, NORTH STREET. HER SON GEORGE AND HIS WIFE AGNES AND THEIR CHILDREN LIVING AT 1, EAST STREET.

 

LIVING AT HOME WITH ANN WAS HER DAUGHTER KATE HARMAN STILL NOT MARRIED AGED 32. ALSO ANN STILL HAD LIVING WITH HER THE GRANDDAUGHTER SARAH ANN WHO WAS LIVING WITH HER GRANDMOTHER ANN IN THE 1881 CENSUS THEN AGED 6, NOW IN 1891 SARAH ANN IS AGE 16.

 

IT WOULD SEEM THAT ANN HARMAN BROUGHT HER GRANDDAUGHTER UP FROM AN EARLY AGE AS A CHILD.

 

THOAMAS & ANN’S SON FREDERICK & HIS WIFE ANN WERE LIVING IN THE VILLAGE IN THE 1871 CENSUS, BUT IN THE FUTURE CENSUS'S THERE IS NO RECORD OF THEM.

 EXCEPT FOR THE CHRISTENING OF THEIR DAUGHTERS.

 

WHAT HAPPENED IN THE YEARS FROM 1875 TO 1881 WE DO NOT KNOW.

IT CAN ONLY BE PRESUMED THAT FREDERICK DIED AND PERHAPS HIS WIFE ANN ALSO, AND THIS IS THE REASON THAT HIS MOTHER ANN BROUGHT UP GRANDDAUGHTER SARAH ANN.

ONLY FURTHER RESEARCH OF PARISH RECORDS OF BURIALS AT ROTHERFIELD PARISH WILL CONFIRM THIS.

 

THERE COULD HAVE BEEN NO BAD BLOOD BETWEEN THE FAMILY FOR IT MUST BE REMEMBERED THAT IN 1886 HIS BROTHER GEORGE GAVE HIS SON HIS BROTHERS FIRST NAMING HIM FREDERICK THOMAS. WHICH INDICATES A STRONG FAMILY TIE TO HIS BROTHER FREDERICK.

REMEMBER GEORGE & AGNES WAS AT HOME IN 1881 WHEN SARAH ANN THE DAUGHTER OF FREDERICK & ANN LIVED WITH THEM AND GEORGE'S MOTHER ANN AT COTTAGE HILL

 

ANN HARMAN THE WIFE OF THOMAS HARMAN WAS IT SEEMED A VERY CARING PERSON. SHE WORKED HARD ALL OF HER LIFE AFTER THE DEATH OF HER HUSBAND THOMAS AS A CHARWOMEN.

OBVIOUSLY SHE LOOKED AFTER HER GRANDDAUGHTER SARAH ANN, WHO SHE CALLED ANNIE.

EXAMPLE OF HER KINDNESS CAN BE  TO HER SISTER RHODA & HER HUSBAND JOHN HARMAN.

 

IN 1872 FOR EXAMPLE TWO CHILDREN OF JOHN & RHODA HARMAN WERE SERIOUSLY ILL WITH DIPHTHERIA AS ANN'S CHILDREN HAD BEEN APPROXIMATELY SIXTEEN YEARS BEFORE.

IT IS BELIEVED THAT ANN ASSISTED IN NURSING OF THESE SICK CHILDREN OF JOHN & RHODA

 ON THEIR EVENTUAL DEATH TO SAVE FURTHER ANGUISH FOR JOHN & RHODA ANN ARRANGED AND INFORMED REGISTER OF DEATHS, THE CIRCUMSTANCE, RESIDENCE ETC.

 

 IT IS ANN HARMAN' S NAME THEREFORE AS THE PERSON IDENTIFYING AND RECORDING THE DEATHS OF THE CHILDREN ON THE DEATH CERTIFICATES.

THESE ISSUED BY JESSE BELLINGHAM.

 

ANN HARMAN WAS TO LIVE TO HER 78TH YEAR AND DIED ON JANUARY 20TH 1898 AND WAS BURIED WITH THOMAS. HER HUSBAND.

 

: -DETAILS FROM TOMBSTONE IN THE CHURCHYARD OF ST DENYS CHURCH, ROTHERFIELD

 

DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF THOMAS HARMAN.

 

IN LOVING

MEMORY OF

THOMAS HARMAN

WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE

SEPTEMBER 30TH, 1866

AGED 43 YEARS

 

HOW FRAIL IS MAN HOW SHORT HIS BREATH

IN MIDST OF LIFE WE ARE IN DEATH

OUR LIFE HANGS ON A SINGLE THREAD

WHICH SOON IS CUT AND WE ARE DEAD

THEN BOAST NOT READER OF THY MIGHT

ALIVE AT NOON AND DEAD AT NIGHT

 

ALSO

ANN HARMAN

WIFE OF THE ABOVE

WHO DIED JANUARY 20TH, 1898

AGED 78 YEARS

 

ANN HARMAN WAS TO LIVE TO HER 78TH YEAR AND DIED ON JANUARY 20TH 1898 AND WAS BURIED WITH THOMAS. HER HUSBAND.

:-DETAILS FROM TOMBSTONE IN THE CHURCHYARD OF ST DENYS CHURCH, ROTHERFIELD

 

DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF THOMAS HARMAN.

 

IN LOVING

MEMORY OF

THOMAS HARMAN

WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE

SEPTEMBER 30TH, 1866

AGED 43 YEARS

 

HOW FRAIL IS MAN HOW SHORT HIS BREATH

IN MIDST OF LIFE WE ARE IN DEATH

OUR LIFE HANGS ON A SINGLE THREAD

WHICH SOON IS CUT AND WE ARE DEAD

THEN BOAST NOT READER OF THY MIGHT

ALIVE AT NOON AND DEAD AT NIGHT

 

ALSO

ANN HARMAN

WIFE OF THE ABOVE

WHO DIED JANUARY 20TH, 1898

AGED 78 YEARS

 

THOMAS & ANN'S DAUGHTER KATE.

 

KATE HARMAN & SAMUEL BELLINGHAM.

KATE HARMAN MARRIED THE SON OF HER FATHER'S SISTER SARAH.


THIS SAMUEL BELLINGHAM  WHO WAS HER COUSIN. BOTH THEIR GRANDPARENTS  JAMES & MARIAH.

 

JAMES & MARIAH DAUGHTER SARAH HARMAN MARRIED SAMUEL BELLINGHAM AND IT IS THEIR SON SAMUEL   THAT MARRIED KATE DAUGHTER OF THOMAS & ANN HARMAN .

 

IN 1899 EIGHTEEN MONTHS AFTER THE DEATH OF HER MOTHER KATE MARRIED SAMUEL BELLINGHAM ON 31ST AUGUST 1899.
THIS WAS A STRANGE MARRIAGE IN SOME WAYS THE REASON IS AS FOLLOWS:-

 

KATE WAS AGED 40 AT TIME OF MARRIAGE AND SAMUEL WAS AGED 56.IT WOULD APPEAR THAT THIS WAS A MARRIAGE OF CONVENIENCE TO BOTH PARTIES NOW IN THE LATER STAGES OF LIFE GIVING COMPANIONSHIP IN THEIR LATER YEARS.

 

THE BELLINGHAM'S WERE EDUCATED PEOPLE IN FACT JESSE BELLINGHAM WAS THE REGISTER OF BIRTHS, DEATHS AND MARRIAGES AND IT IS HIS NAME THAT APPEARS ON THE DEATH CERTIFICATES  THAT KATE'S MOTHER ANN OBTAINED FOR JOHN AND RHODA'S CHILDREN IN 1872.

 

I WOULD THINK THAT KATE'S STORY OF HER LIFE WOULD BE INTERESTING TINGED WITH SADNESS.

FIRSTLY SHE LOST HER FATHER THOMAS AT A VERY EARLY AGE OF EIGHT. SECONDLY IN ALL ,PROBABILITY AS SERVANT FROM THE AGE OF APPROXIMATELY 14 TO HER MARRIAGE AT 40.

A TWENTY SEVEN YEAR PERIOD OF SERVITUDE. AT LEAST.


LASTLY SHE LOOKED AFTER AND LIVED WITH HER MOTHER ANN UP TO HER DEATH. IT WAS ONLY THEN THAT KATE HER SELF MARRIED.

THERE IS NO DOUBT LIKE HER MOTHER KATE WAS A CARING PERSON AND DEVOTED TO THE FAMILY. WITH THE SELF SACRIFICE SHE HAD DEVOTED MOST OF HER YEARS TO HER MOTHER AND BROTHERS.

 

THOUGH BOTH PARTIES OF THE MARRIAGE WERE NOT IN THEIR YOUTH, AND THOUGH KATE WAS AGE 41 WHEN SHE MARRIED. SAMUEL. KATE GAVE BIRTH TO A BOY. AT THE AGE OF FORTY-FOUR.


THE BOY GEORGE, FREDERICK BELLINGHAM WAS BORN ON THE 10TH APRIL 1903 AND WAS NAMED BY SAMUEL & KATE AFTER HER BROTHERS GEORGE & FREDERICK ,HARMAN.

 

KATE WAS TO LIVE ANOTHER 38 YEARS WHICH IT IS HOPED THAT WERE HAPPY ONES TO MAKE UP FOR THE HEARTACHE SUFFERED DURING HER LIFE.
SAMUEL HER HUSBAND DIED AND WAS BURIED 15 MAY 1926.AFTER 26 YEARS OF MARRIAGE TO HIS COUSIN KATE.

KATE EVENTUALLY DIED AT THE GRAND AGE OF 79 AND WAS BURIED AT ROTHERFIELD ON 20TH MAY 1937.

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