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GEORGE & ELIZABETH’S SON THOMAS. TREE 6

THOMAS HARMAN HAD LEFT EAST GRINSTEAD AND SETTLED DOWN ABOUT TWENTY MILES AWAY IN THE PARISH OF ROTHERFIELD. THIS AS A STONE MASON & BRICKLAYER. IT WAS HERE HE MET HANNAH LATTER A WIDOW WHO HAD BEEN MARRIED TO SIMON LATTER A COLLIER ON THE 3rd JULY 1779 SHE WAS AGED 25. HANNAH WAS THE DAUGHTER BORN IN 1753 TO EDWARD & HANNAH HYDER OF ROTHERFIELD. HER HUSBAND SIMON WAS THE SON OF SIMON & MARY LATTER OF ROTHERFIELD.

HANNAH HAD TWO CHILDREN FROM HER MARRIAGE TO SIMON, ONE BEING A GIRL AND THE OTHER A BOY NAMED AFTER HIS FATHER SIMON. HER HUSBANDS DEATH DID NOT OCCUR IN ROTHERFIELD NOR WERE HER CHILDREN BAPTISED IN ROTHERFIELD. HER HUSBAND SIMON AS A COLLIER COULD HAVE BEEN KILLED IN THE MINES WHICH IN ALL PROBABILITY WAS IN KENT. AND IT WOULD HAVE BEEN THERE THAT HE WAS BURIED.

CONDITIONS IN THE MINES WERE ATROCIOUS, WITH EVEN WOMEN AND CHILDREN WORKING IN THE MINES. THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN NO COMPENSATION FOR INJURY OR DEATH DUE TO AN ACCIDENT IN THOSE DAYS. IT WAS TOUGH LUCK. HANNAH AND HER CHILDREN WOULD HAVE BEEN SENT BACK POST HASTE TO THE PARISH OF HER BIRTH WHICH WAS ROTHERFIELD, AS IN NO WAY WOULD HAVE SHE BEEN HELPED BY THE PARISH IN WHICH SHE AND HER HUSBAND LIVED AT THE TIME OF HIS DEATH.

HANNAH'S SON SIMON WAS LIVING WITH HER FATHER IN-LAW SIMON LATTER SENIOR: THE PARISH RATE RELIEF RECORDS SHOW 5/-SHILLINGS A MONTH PAID TO HIM. FOR THE RELIEF OF HIS GRANDSON SIMON.

HANNAH HER-SELF KEPT THE GIRL. BUT THE GIRLS NAME IS NOT MENTIONED IN THE RECORDS WHEN HANNAH OBTAINED RELIEF FOR HER DAUGHTER'S CLOTHING. THE RATE RELIEF RECORDS JUST STATING MONIES FOR WIDOW HANNAH LATTER FOR HER DAUGHTERS CLOTHING.

WE CAN ONLY HOPE IT WAS FOR LOVE WHEN HANNAH MET AND MARRIED THOMAS HARMAN.

THOMAS ABOUT 32 WHEN HE MET HANNAH WHO WAS OF THE SAME AGE 32, ON HER RETURN TO ROTHERFIELD. THERE MUST HAVE BEEN SOMETHING ABOUT HANNAH TO ATTRACT HIM TO HER.

THOMAS HARMAN MARRIED HANNAH LATTER THE WIDOW OF THE TWO CHILDREN ON THE 17th APRIL 1766 AT ST: DENY'S ROTHERFIELD.

HANNAH'S DAUGHTER CAME TO LIVE WITH THOMAS & HANNAH FOR THIS IT IS RECORDED IN THE RATE BOOKS THAT THOMAS HARMAN RECEIVED 5/- SHILLINGS A MONTH FOR THE DAUGHTER OF HANNAH, AS DID SIMON LATTER SENIOR FOR THE GRANDSON SIMON. THERE IS NO RECORD OF HOW LONG THE CHILD LIVED WITH THOMAS & HANNAH. NO OTHER INFORMATION HAS BEEN FOUND ON THIS LITTLE GIRL IN MY RESEARCH.

THOMAS & HANNAH SETTLED DOWN TO MARRIED LIFE AND LIVED REASONABLY WELL. THOMAS HAVING THE TRADE AS A STONEMASON & BRICKLAYER.

THE HOUSE THAT THEY LIVED IN IT IS RECORDED IN THE RATE BOOKS AT A 1 PER YEAR. TO ASSIST IN THE UPKEEP OF THE PARISH. ALSO TO ASSIST IN THE POOR RELIEF. IN LATER YEARS IT SHOWED THAT THEY ALSO HAD A LODGER BY THE NAME OF JOHN BROOKER.

THOMAS & HANNAH'S FIRST CHILD WAS A BOY NAMED THOMAS AFTER HIS FATHER WHO WAS BORN IN 1786, THE NEXT CHILD TO BE BORN WAS A BOY NAMED JAMES NAMED AFTER FATHER'S TWIN BROTHER. THIS BOY WAS BORN IN 1788 AND WAS TO BE NEXT IN MY LINE OF DESCENT.

BOTH JAMES AND THOMAS HIS BROTHER WERE BAPTISED TOGETHER AT ST; DENY'S CHURCH ON THE 27th JULY 1788. PARISH RECORDS SHOW THAT THOMAS THE FIRST-BORN SON OF THOMAS & HANNAH WAS ONE YEAR OLD.

GEORGE HARMAN THE FATHER OF THOMAS HARMAN HAD BEEN RIGHT IN HIS ASSESSMENT ON THE CHANGING FORTUNES OF THE FARMING INDUSTRY. WOOL THAT HAD MADE THE CLOTHES OF THE PEOPLE WAS NOW BEING SUPPLANTED BY THE USE OF COTTON. SO RAPID HAD BEEN THE GROWTH OF COTTON

THAT IN 1791 BRITAIN HAD TRANSPORTED 35,000 NEGROES FROM AFRICA TO THE COTTON PLANTATIONS OF AMERICA TRADING THEM FOR COTTON. THIS WAS MORE THAN HALF THE EUROPEAN SLAVE TRADE FOR THAT YEAR. THIS AFFECTED THE FARMS, WHICH HAD RELIED ON WOOL OVER THE GENERATIONS. IT ALSO STARTED A DECLINE IN THE STYLE, WHICH PEOPLE DRESSED AND LIVED. BREECH'S WORN FOR DECADES DECLINED FOR MEN. SIMPLER DRESS A NATURAL LOOK, ALMOST COUNTRY LIKE; COAT TURNED BACK FORMING TALES AND CASUALLY HALF-BUTTONED; EASY NECKLINE WITH WIDE COLLAR, RIBBED STOCKINGS AND PLAIN SHOES. SHIRTS MADE OF COTTON

FOR WOMEN THE OPPORTUNITY OF BUYING CHEAP AND ATTRACTIVE FABRICS FOR MAKING INTO CLOTHES WAS LITTLE MORE THAN A MIRACLE. THERE WAS HOWEVER A GREATER BENEFITS THAT OF WASHING CLOTHES MORE EASILY THAN WOOL. MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE VISIBLE FRESHNESS OF THE CLOTHES WAS THE EFFECT ON THE HEALTH. CLEANLINESS BECAME OF PARAMOUNT IMPORTANCE TO THE COMMON MAN AND WOMEN OF THE DAY, WITH REGULAR WASHING OF THEMSELVES AND THEIR CLOTHES.

ALL WOMEN COULD SEW AND MEND CLOTHES WHICH THEY WERE TAUGHT FROM INFANCY.

WITH THE NEW AND CHEAPER COTTON PEOPLE IN GENERAL WERE REASONABLY DRESSED. WOMEN'S DRESS WERE MORE IN LINE WITH TODAY'S, BUT LONGER IN LENGTH, FULL SLEEVES. BUT STILL ADORNED WITH LACE, AND EMBROIDERED FOR ATTRACTIVENESS.

CLOTHES WERE HANDED DOWN ALTERED AND REPAIRED WITH PATCHES WHERE NECESSARY. IF PEDDLERS CALLED SECONDED HAND CLOTHES WOULD BE BOUGHT OR SOLD. ALL CLASS'S RICH AND POOR SOLD AND BOUGHT SECOND HAND CLOTHES. FOR CLOTHING WAS EXPENSIVE BUT WITH THE EVENT OF COTTON BECOMING CHEAPER. AS OTHERS HAD DONE BEFORE HER HANNAH WOULD NEED TO MAKE AND MEND ALL THE CLOTHES FOR THE FAMILY. INVARIABLY THERE WOULD BE ANIMALS KEPT, WHICH HANNAH WOULD NEED TO TEND AND FEED. THIS WOULD BE A PIG AND CHICKENS, AS WELL AS RABBIT'S. THIS TREND CONTINUED FOR DECADES PAST AND UP TO RECENT YEARS FOR IT MUST BE REMEMBERED THAT ALL OF BRITAIN'S DESCENDANTS WERE COUNTRY MEN AND CAME FROM A FARMING COMMUNITY

THOMAS & HANNAH'S FIRST CHILD WAS THOMAS WAS 1787 HE WAS BAPTISED WITH HIS BROTHER JAMES. BORN 1788 WHEN HE WAS ONE YEAR OLD. THEN FOLLOWED BY WILLIAM BORN 1791.THEN CAME: JOSEPH, BORN IN 1792 HANNAH WAS NEXT, BORN IN 1796, JOHN WAS THE NEXT CHILD BEING BORN IN 1797. HARRIET WAS BORN IN 1803 SARAH, WHO WAS BORN IN 1806

THIS WAS THE PARISH OF ROTHERFIELD AND THE VILLAGE, WHICH FOR COUNTLESS OF YEARS HAD REMAINED UNCHANGED. ROTHERFIELD IS SET IN THE BEAUTIFUL COUNTY OF EAST SUSSEX. NEAR TO THE ASHWOOD FOREST. THAT STILL EXISTS TO THIS DAY.

IT WAS HERE THAT THOMAS SETTLED WITH HANNAH AND COMMENCE TO RAISE A FAMILY. FINDING WORK AT THIS TIME AS A STONEMASON, AND SUPPORTING HANNAH, AND THEIR CHILDREN.

THE YEAR AFTER THE MARRIAGE OF THOMAS & HANNAH IN 1787 THE FIRST BATCH OF FELONS WERE TRANSPORTED TO BOTANY BAY AUSTRALIA.. THESE POOR SOULS COULD BE SENT FOR A MINOR OFFENCE, AND THERE WERE MANY WHO DID NOT SURVIVE THE VOYAGE, FOR LIFE WAS HARD FOR THE ORDINARY SEAMEN, LET ALONE THE PRISONERS.

WHEN THOMAS & JAMES LEFT EAST GRINSTEAD TO FIND LIFE ELSE WHERE. JAMES AS WE KNOW WENT TO THE VILLAGE OF ARDINGLY AND THEIR MARRIED MARY BOX. THOMAS WENT TO THE VILLAGE OF ROTHERFIELD MARRYING HANNAH HYDER.

IN BOTH LOCATIONS THE NAME HARMAN WAS NOT WELL KNOWN, AND THE LOCAL PARSONAGE KNEW ONLY THE NAME OF HARMER WHICH WAS A COMMON NAME FOR THE AREA. WHEN THOMAS AND JAMES MARRIED THE RECORDS SHOWED THEM AS HARMERS.

BUT AS TIME ELAPSED THE FUTURE MARRIAGES ,BAPTISMS, AND DEATHS WERE SHOWN AS EITHER HARMER’S OR HARMAN'S.

NEITHER THOMAS OR HIS TWIN JAMES COULD READ OR WRITE SO CONSEQUENTLY THEY WERE UNAWARE OF THIS WHEN THEY MADE THEIR MARK ON THE MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE. EVENTUALLY THIS WAS RECTIFIED WHEN PARSONS AND STEWARDS FOR THE LORD OF THE MANOR WHO WERE MORE WIDELY TRAVELLED, AND KNEW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO SURNAMES.

THIS IS BORNE OUT IN THE NEXT PARAGRAPHS WHEN THOMAS ATTENDED THE LORDS COURT AT ROTHERFIELD.

THE TEXT WRITTEN BY THE STEWARD SPELLS OUT THOMAS SURNAME CORRECTLY AS HARMAN. HOWEVER THIS STILL CONTINUED TO HAPPEN IN OTHER BAPTISMS AFTER THIS WITH SOME OF MY RECENT DESCENDANTS. THIS OBVIOUSLY CAUSES PROBLEMS IN RESEARCH, BUT TENACITY, PLUS THE HELP OF THE HARMERS ASSOCIATION CLARIFIES THE ISSUE OF PARENTAGE.

TO THIS COURT COMES SAMUEL MC'PUSAN THE CUSTOMARY: TENANT OF THIS MANOR, AND DOTH SURRENDER INTO THE SAID HANDS OF THE SAID LORD OF THE MANOR, BY THE ACCEPTANCE OF SAID STEWARD BY THE ROD (THE ROD MEANING THE AUTHORITY TO ACT ON BEHALF FOR THE LORD OF THE MANOR.) THE NORTH PART OR, DWELLING OF A MESSUAGE AND COTTAGE. THE WHOLE BEING IN TWO DWELLINGS AND HALF A, GARDEN.

(THE WORD MESSUAGE MEANS DWELLING -HOUSE OR IN THIS CASE COTTAGE WITH OUT BUILDINGS, AND LAND ASSIGNED FOR ITS USE.)

THERE-TO BELONGING TO THE SAME IS NOW DIVIDED INTO' TWO APPURTENANCES IN ROTHERFIELD. PAYING TO THE LORD YEARLY BY APPORTIONMENT, (MEANING SHARE DUE IN FINE TO LORD OF MANOR YEARLY.) OF 1 AND A 1/2 PENCE AND THE REVERSI0NS AND REMAINDERS.

(REVERSION MEANS IN THIS CASE RETURN TO GRANTOR THIS BEING THE LORD OF THE MANOR AND HIS HEIRS.) WITH REMAINDER MEANING (RESIDUAL INTEREST IN THE ESTATE GIVEN TO ANOTHER WITH ALL PAYMENTS AND DEBTS SETTLED) IN THIS CASE SAMUEL MC'PUSAN .)RENTS ISSUE'S AND PROFIT' THEREOF, AND OF' EVERY PARCEL OF, LAND TO THE BEHOOF OF THOMAS HARMAN OF, ROTHERFIELD IN THE COUNTY OF SUSSEX, BRICKLAYER HIS HEIRS AND ASSIGN'S (THIS MEANING ONE WHO HAS THE PROPERTY, AND RIGHT TO LEGALLY TRANSFER TO ANOTHER.) FOR,, EVER WHERE UPON HAPPENS TO THE LORD. FOR HERIOT NOTHING FOR THE, SAID SAMUEL MC, PUSEN RENTING TENANT.

('HERIOT WAS A: FEUDAL LAW" 'THAT ON THE DEATH 'OF A TENANT IN: THE LORDS MANOR A FINE WAS DUE TO THE, LORD., THIS ,TO RENDER TO THE LORD THE BEST LIVE BEAST OR DEAD 'CHATTEL OR PAYMENT TO THE' LORD ON DECEASE.)

NOW AT THE. COURT COMES: THE SAID THOMAS HARMAN IN HIS 'PROPER PERSON AND' PRAYS TO BE ADMITTED TO THE AFORESAID PREMISE'S. PURSUANT TO THE SAID SURRENDER.

TO WHOM THE LORD BY HIS STEWARD AFORESAID GRANTS, SEIZURE THEREOF BY THE ROD.

TO HAVE, AND TO HOLD THE AFORESAID PREMISE'S WITH THE APPURTENANCES UNTO THE SAID THOMAS HARMAN, HIS, HEIRS AND ASSIGN'S FOREVER BY COPY, OF COURT ROLLS, AT THE WILL OF THE LORD. ACCORDING TO, THE, CUSTOM OF, 'THE SAID, MANOR, BY THE RENT' S.

CUSTOM AND SERVICE'S THEREFORE DUE AND' OF RIGHT ACCUSTOMED HE IS ADMITTED TENANT THEREOF PAID TO THE LORD, FOR: FINE ONE POUND AND, ONE SHILLING, AND DID FEALTY.

(FEUDAL CUSTOM WHERE TENANTS AND VASSALS GIVE ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND OBLIGATIONS TO THE LORD.)

AND THE SAID THOMAS HARMAN IMMEDIATELY AFTER HIS ADMISSION AFORESAID DOTH SURRENDER INTO THE HANDS OF THE LORD OF THE SAID MANOR BY ACCEPTANCE OF THE SAID STEWARD BY THE ROD. ALL AND SINGULAR THE AFORESAID PREMISE'S WITH THE APPURTENANCES.

TO SUCH USE'S INTENTS AND PURPOSE'S AS HE THE; SAID THOMAS HARMAN SHALL IN HIS LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT IN WRITING SUBMIT DIRECT AND APPOINT.

AT THIS COURT IT IS AGREED THAT THE SAID SAMUEL MC'PUSAN IS To PAY IN FUTURE FOR HIS HOUSE AND GARDEN THE YEARLY QUIT RENT OF ONE PENNY HALF PENNY.

TO THE SAID THOMAS HARMAN .IS TO PAY IN FUTURE FOR HIS HOUSE AND GARDEN A YEARLY QUIT RENT OF ONE PENNY HALF PENNY. AND THE SAME IS APPORTIONED ACCORDINGLY.

QUIT RENT WAS A FEUDAL LAW THAT A TENANT OF THE MANOR SHOULD GIVE TO THE LORD OF THE MANOR HIS LABOUR FOR A NUMBER OF DAYS OR PAY A MONEY RATE TO OFF-SET WORKING FOR THE LORD) SO GRAND-FATHER THOMAS HARMAN OPTED FOR QUIT RENT.)

ALL THE ESTATE, RIGHT TITLE INTEREST, TRUST, PROPERTY, CLAIM AND DEMAND WHATSOEVER ON HIM, THE SAID THOMAS HARMAN OF IN OR TO THE SAID PREMISE'S AND EVERY PART, PARCEL AND LAND.

THEREOF TO THE USE AND BEHOOF OF ROBERT FRY OF ROTHERFIELD IN THE COUNTY OF SUSSEX GENT: HIS HEIRS AND ASSIGN FOREVER. PROVIDED ALWAYS AND. UPON THIS CONDITION THAT. THE SAID THOMAS HARMAN HIS HEIRS AND EXECUTORS OR ADMINISTRATORS DO AND SHALL, WELL AND TRULY PAY OR CAUSE TO BE PAID, TO THE SAID ROBERT FRY HIS EXECUTORS OR ADMINISTRATORS. OR ASSIGN'S. THE FULL AND JUST SUM OF TWENTY POUNDS OF GOOD AND LAWFUL MONEY OF GREAT BRITAIN. WITH INTEREST FOR THE SAME, AFTER THE RATE OF FIVE POUNDS BY THE HUNDRED FOR A YEAR. ON THE TWELFTH DAY OF APRIL WHICH SHALL BE IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD 1799. WITHOUT ANY ABATEMENT OR DEDUCTION TO BE MADE OR TAKEN OUT OF THE SAME OR ANY PART THEREOF OR IN RESPECT OF ANY MANNER OF TAXES, OR ANY OTHER MATTER. CAUSE OR THING WHATSOEVER. AND WITHOUT FRAUD OR DELAY

THEN THIS SURRENDER TO BE VOID; AND OF NONE EFFECT OTHERWISE TO BE AND REMAIN IN FULL FORCE AND VIRTUE (TO WIT) TO THE USE AND BEHOOF OF THE SAID ROBERT FRY HIS HEIRS AND ASSIGNEES.

THE LAST PARAGRAPH INDICATES TO ME THAT MY -GRANDFATHER THOMAS HARMAN OBTAINED A MORTGAGE FROM ROBERT FRY TO PURCHASE LAND AS PREVIOUSLY DESCRIBED. WHICH HAD TO BE SETTLED WITH-IN TWELVE MONTHS, AT A RATE OF 5% BEING APPLIED TO THE TWENTY POUNDS BORROWED. THIS BEING A LARGE SUM AT THIS IN TIME. IF NOT PAID BY HEIRS OF THOMAS HARMAN THE LAND TO REVERT TO LENDER, ROBERT FRY

MY GRANDFATHER THOMAS HARMAN MUST HAVE REPAID THIS SUM AS IN THE YEAR i1810 THOMAS HARMAN APPEARS AGAIN IN THE ROTHERFIELD MANOR ROLLS AGAIN. ELEVEN-YEAR'S AFTER PURCHASE OF MESSUAGE. THIS TIME TO SELL THE LAND.

THIS IS THE RECORD OF THAT COURT.

ADMINISTRATION AND SURRENDER TO WILL THOMAS HARMAN TO JOHN BOURHAM.2 nd DAY OF JULY 1810 FOR THE SUM OF ONE HUNDRED POUNDS. WITH THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE INVOLVED:-

JOHN BOURHAM OF TUNBRIDGE WELLS WINE MERCHANT

THOMAS COE OF PEMBURY NURSERY MAN

JAMES COLLINS OF ROTHERFIELD CORDWAINER

SAMUEL SMITH. OF MAYFIELD LABOURER

BENJAMIN FIELD OF MAYFIELD FARMER

CONVERTED INTO MEETING HOUSE IN TENEMENT YARD SITUATED IN THE TOWN OR VILLAGE OF ROTHERFIELD. ALL THAT NORTH PART OR DWELLING OF A MESSUAGE AND COTTAGE.

THOMAS'S ORIGINAL INVESTMENT HAD REALISED A HANDSOME PROFIT, AVERAGING EIGHT POUNDS A YEAR FOR THE ORIGINAL SUM PAID OF 20.00 TO ROBERT FRY IN THE YEAR 1799.

GRANDFATHER THOMAS AND GRANDMOTHER HANNAH AT THIS POINT IN TIME WERE AGED 53 YEARS OF AGE. AND IN THE YEAR 1810 DURING THIS PERIOD SUFFERED LIKE MOST TO LOSE THEIR LOVED ONE. FOR IN THE INTERVENING YEARS THIS IS AN ACCOUNT OF THE CHILDREN THEY HAD LOST.

JOSEPH, BORN IN 1792 AND BAPTISED ON 3RD JUNE 1792 AND WHO DIED AT THE AGE OF FOUR AND WAS BURIED AT ROTHERFIELD ON 6TH MAY, 1796.

THOMAS & HANNAH LOST JOSEPH WHILST AWAITING THE BIRTH OF HANNAH. JOSEPH BEING BURIED IN MAY AND HANNAH BEING BORN PROBABLY AT THE END OF MAY OR EARLY JUNE.

THREE YEARS AFTER THOMAS SELLING THE LAND AND COTTAGE TO THE CONSORTIUM IN 1810, THREE YEARS LATER IN 1813 TRAGEDY STRUCK AGAIN JOHN THE CHILD BEING BORN IN 1797 AND WHO WAS BAPTISED ON 29TH MARCH 1797. BY ACCIDENT OR ILLNESS OF DIPHTHERIA, AT THE AGE OF SIXTEEN JOHN DIED AND WAS BURIED AT ROTHERFIELD ON 17TH FEBRUARY 1813.

TWO YEARS BEFORE THOMAS SOLD THE LAND IN THE YEAR 1808 JAMES THE SON NAMED AFTER HIS FATHER'S TWIN BROTHER MY NEXT INLINE OF DESCENT MARRIED MARIAH LENNARD.

THIS JUST LEFT THE THREE BOYS STILL LIVING THOMAS JNR: 27 SINGLE AND NOT MARRIED, JAMES NOW MARRIED 26, AND WILLIAM 22. THIS LAST SON WILLIAM NO FURTHER INFORMATION COULD BE FOUND IN ROTHERFIELD PARISH RECORDS. BUT IN THE CENSUS OF 1951 WILLIAM WAS AT GREAT BARNWOOD FRANT AS AN AG / LABOURER AGE 60 WHERE WILLIAM WAS AND WHAT LIFE HE HAD IN THE INTERVENING YEARS IS NOT KNOWN.

THIS THEN LEFT THOMAS JNR: WHO WAS UNMARRIED AND LIVING AT HOME WITH HIS MOTHER AND FATHER THOMAS & HANNAH WHO WERE NOW BOTH AGED 60.

IN THE YEAR 1829 JAMES & MARIAH'S CHILDREN WERE GETTING THAT MUCH OLDER. JAMES SISTERS HAD MARRIED AND WERE HAVING THEIR OWN FAMILIES. HIS PARENTS THOMAS & HANNAH BY NOW HAD QUITE A FEW GRAND CHILDREN, FROM THE MARRIAGES OF JAMES TO MARIAH.

HANNAH TO WILLIAM WALNUT, AND HARRIET TO JAMES CATT, THERE WAS ONE OTHER SON BORN TO THOMAS & HANNAH THIS WAS WILLIAM BORN IN 1791 WHO I HAVE NO FURTHER INFORMATION ON, EXCEPT THAT HE MOVED AS ALREADY STATED TO THE PARISH OF BARWOOD FRANT.

THOMAS & HANNAH. AT THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR IN THE JANUARY 1829 HAD MORE GRANDCHILDREN. JOHN A GRANDSON FROM THE MARRIAGE OF JAMES & MARIAH. THEN IN THE MARCH, A GRANDDAUGHTER FROM HANNAH & WILLIAM WALNUT, THEIR YOUNGEST DAUGHTER SARAH HARMAN WAS PREPARING FOR HER MARRIAGE TO SAMUEL BELLINGHAM

THOMAS HARMAN WAS FAILING IN HIS HEALTH AND DIED ON JULY 20th 1829 AT THE AGE OF 76,AND WAS BURIED AT ST; DENYS, AFTER 43 YEARS OF MARRIAGE TO HANNAH.

GEORGE HARMAN HIS FATHER OF EAST GRINSTEAD HAD CHOSEN WISELY ON INDENTURES FOR HIS TWIN SONS JAMES & THOMAS. HIS SON THOMAS HAD BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN HIS TRADE AT ROTHERFIELD AS A STONE MASON AND BRICKLAYER, AND ALSO IN TURN THOMAS'S SON'S THOMAS & JAMES WERE ALSO EARNING THEIR LIVING AS STONE MASONS AND BRICKLAYER' S.

THOMAS & HANNAH’S CHILDREN HAD REMAINED IN THE PARISH AND MARRIED AND SETTLED DOWN. THE EXCEPTION BEING THOMAS HARMAN THE YOUNGER WHO AT THIS POINT IN TIME HAD NOT MARRIED, EVEN THOUGH HE WAS AGED 43 AND LIVED AT HOME IN ROTHERFIELD WITH HIS WIDOWED MOTHER HANNAH.

HANNAH HARMAN DIED IN 1837 AT THE GRAND OLD AGE OF 84. IT WAS AT THIS POINT IN TIME THAT DEATH CERTIFICATE'S BECAME LAW AND ONE WAS ISSUED FOR HANNAH. , ONE HAD NOT BEEN ISSUED FOR THOMAS HER HUSBAND.

IT WAS HER SON THOMAS WHO REPORTED HER DEATH AND REGISTERED IT. THE CERTIFICATE STATES THAT HANNAH DIED FROM "OF NATURAL CAUSE" ON THE 21ST OF SEPTEMBER 1837.. HER SON THOMAS WAS NOT MARRIED, BUT AND LIKE HIS FATHER AND BROTHER JAMES A BRICKLAYER.

HANNAH HARMAN AND HER SON THOMAS HAD BEEN LIVING TOGETHER UP TO THE TIME OF HER DEATH.

HANNAH HARMAN HAD LIVED TO A LONG AND EVENTFUL LIFE. AS A YOUNG WOMEN HAD BEEN MARRIED TO SIMON LATTER IN 1776 AT THE AGE OF 25 HAD TWO CHILDREN FROM THIS MARRIAGE A BOY AND A GIRL AND THEN BECOMING A WIDOW. SHE HAD THEN LIVED AS A PAUPER UNTIL IN 1786.

WHEN HANNAH WAS AT THE AGE OF 33 SHE MARRIED THOMAS HARMAN 5 YEARS AFTER HER FIRST MARRIAGE. IN THE 43 YEARS OF HANNAH'S MARRIAGE TO THOMAS HARMAN THEY HAD EIGHT CHILDREN. OF THESE THEY LOST, JOSEPH AT 3 YEARS OLD, AND JOHN AT 16. HANNAH HAD TEN CHILDREN INCLUDING THE TWO TO HER MARRIAGE TO SIMON LATTER. THE LAST CHILD BORN IN 1806 WHEN HANNAH WAS FIFTY YEARS OLD. IT SEEMS INCREDIBLE THAT IN THAT DAY AND AGE THAT HANNAH LIVED SHE GAVE BIRTH AT THE AGE OF 50 AND SURVIVED TO THE GRAND AGE OF 84.

HANNAH HARMAN WAS BURIED WITH HER HUSBAND THOMAS AT ST' DENY'S ROTHERFIELD.

HAVING SEEN ALL HER CHILDREN MARRIED WITH THE EXCEPTION OF HER SON THOMAS WHO WAS UN-MARRIED AND STAYED AT HOME LOOKING AFTER I BELIEVE, HIS FATHER AND MOTHER.

HOW THAT THOMAS WAS A BRICKLAYER AND THAT IN 1841 HE WAS IN RESIDENCE AT ROTHERFIELD

THOMAS & HANNAH  SON & JAMES BROTHER THOMAS. TREE-6

THE ELDEST SON, THOMAS OF THOMAS THE ELDER AND HANNAH?  WHAT FACTS WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO TRACE AND OBTAIN

BOTH THOMAS AND HANNAH HAD SEEN THEIR LIFESPAN OUT IN THIS POINT OF TIME, THOMAS BEING BURIED AT ROTHERFIELD ON 20TH JULY, 1829 AT THE AND HANNAH BEING BURIED AT ROTHERFIELD ON 26TH SEPTEMBER, 1837 AT THE AGE OF 84.

IN THE CENSUS OF 1841 THOMAS WAS LIVING WITH HIS SISTER HARRIET & HER HUSBAND JAMES CATT.
 BUT WHAT WE DO KNOW IS THAT THOMAS MARRIED ON 14TH NOVEMBER IN THE YEAR OF 1843 TO PHILLY GASTON, A SPINSTER AGED 23 WHO WAS THE DAUGHTER
OF JOHN GASTON, A LABOURER, AT ST. DENYS, ROTHERFIELD.

THE AGE OF THOMAS IS NOT GIVEN IN THE MARRIAGE ENTRY ONLY ( 'OF-AGE'  ) AND NO WONDER - HE WAS 55 YEARS OLD!
THE WITNESSES AT THE MARRIAGE WERE JAMES AKEHURST AND ANN FOX WITH THE SERVICE BEING CONDUCTED BY NEVILLE GREAME, CURATE.

IN 1844, A BABY DAUGHTER WAS BORN TO THOMAS AND PHILLY. BAPTISED ON 24TH AUGUST, 1844, NINE MONTHS AFTER THE MARRIAGE. A SHOTGUN WEDDING?  WE DO NOT KNOW.  UNFORTUNATELY, THE GIRL ANN-MARIA WAS BURIED ON 30TH APRIL, 1847 AGED TWO YEARS.

AFTER THE DEATH OF THOMAS AND PHILLY'S DAUGHTER IN 1847, THOMAS MUST HAVE COMMENCED TO LOSE HIS SIGHT.

IN THE CENSUS TAKEN IN 1851, FOUR YEARS LATER, HE IS LODGED IN THE UNION POOR HOUSE AT UCKFIELD AS: THOMAS HARMER, BLIND BRICKLAYER, AGED 64, MARRIED.  THREE YEARS LATER, ON 3RD AUGUST 1854, THOMAS WAS BURIED AT ROTHERFIELD AGED 67.
THOMAS PROBABLY LOST HIS SIGHT WITH THE LIME USED AT TIMES IN BRICKLAYING.

IT MAY MAKE YOU THINK!  WHY COULD NOT HIS BROTHER JAMES OR SISTERS HAVE HAD THOMAS WHEN HE WAS GOING BLIND? 

BUT REMEMBER THE TIMES, EACH PERSON HAD THEIR OWN SURVIVAL OR THEIR FAMILY'S SURVIVAL TO CONTEND WITH.ALSO A FIERCE PRIDE TO BE ABLE TO EXIST ON THEIR OWN MERITS. 

 SUCH MORAL ISSUES COULD NOT BE PURSUED AS ADDITIONAL MOUTHS TO SUCCOUR COULD EVENTUALLY MEAN THE FAMILY ALSO NOT SURVIVING.

THOMAS DID NOT MARRY UNTIL LATE IN LIFE AND HE MAY HAVE BEEN RESPONSIBLE FOR THOMAS AND HANNAH WHILE THEY WERE ALIVE AS NO RECORDS SHOW THEM OBTAINING POOR RELIEF.

PHILLY HARMAN NEE GASTON WE KNOW.  THAT SHE WAS TWENTY-THREE YEARS OLD WHEN SHE MARRIED THOMAS AND WOULD ONLY HAVE BEEN THIRTY-FOUR WHEN HE THOMAS DIED.

WIDOWS OF THAT AGE REMARRIED.  DON'T FORGET HANNAH  MARRIED THOMAS' HIS FATHER AT THE AGE OF THIRTY-THREE HAVING HAD TWO CHILDREN AND HAVING EIGHT MORE BY THE TIME SHE WAS FIFTY YET SHE STILL LIVED TO THE GRAND OLD AGE OF EIGHTY-FOUR

PHILLY HARMAN HOWEVER REMAINED A WIDOW AND WAS BURIED IN ROTHERFIELD ON OCTOBER 3RD, 1866 AT THE AGE OF 46.A WIDOW FOR TWELVE YEARS AFTER THE DEATH OF THOMAS.

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