John and Sarah Riglesford

John Riglesford was born about 1766; the couple originally living in Rye, Sussex, before moving to the Brightling-Mountfield area. They married around 1786. Their children were:

Entry to 12th Century Church, Mountfield
John, c. 6 Oct 1787, at Rye;
George, c. 27 Oct 1791, Brightling;
Thomas, c. 25 Aug 1793, Brightling;
Frances, c. 4 Apr 1795, Brightling;
Elizabeth, c. 19 Mar 1797, Mountfield;
Sophia, c. 14 Apr 1799, Mountfield;
James, c. 23 Aug 1801, Mountfield;
Ann, c. 9 Dec 1804, Brightling;
Jonathon, c. 6 Dec 1807, Mountfield;
Robert, c. 14 July 1810, Mountfield;
Rose (son), c. 14 July, 1810, Mountfield, died 1811.

John appears on the 1841 census, living with his youngest son, Robert, in Bowden’s Woods, Brightling. He was buried at Brightling on 3 August 1846.

George Riglesford and Sophia Funnell

George Riglesford was baptised in Brightling on 27 October 1791, the son of John and Sarah. Sophia Funnell was born in 1794 and baptised in Chiddingly in July 1800, the daughter of Henry Funnell and Lucy Thomas (who were married in Chiddingly in 1793).

George worked as an agricultural labourer -- chiefly as a limeburner. He married Sophia Funnell in Mountfield on 5 November 1814; their children were born and baptised in Mountfield:

Sophia, c. 7 July 1815;
John, c. 7 Nov 1819;
James, c. 7 Nov 1819;
Sarah, c. 31 Mar 1822 (b. 5 Feb 1822)
Mary, c. 30 May 1824.

Sophia (the wife) died at the age of 33, and was buried in Mountfield on 9 July 1827. Three years later George remarried, his second wife being Ann Mannington, whom he married in Mountfield on 10 April 1830. She was a widow. They had at least three children:

Ann, c. 13 Mar 1831, Brightling;
Samuel, c. 1838, Mountfield;
George, c. 1839, Mountfield.

In 1839 the daughter, Sarah Rigelsford, sailed to Australia where she married William Veness (see The Veness Family Origins). They were later followed by Sarah’s half-brother, George (in the late 1850s), who became a bootmaker in Glebe; her Uncle Jonathon and his family followed in 1856; her cousin James in 1858.

George and Ann Riglesford are shown on the 1841 Mountfield census, though no address is given. In April 1851 they were in the Lime Kiln House in Mountfield. Both died in 1866. Ann was buried on the 6 March 1866; George on the 30 March 1866.

Above and left:
12th century church at
Mountfield, Sussex, England




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