John Honeysett (1749 - 1803?) of Headcorn, Kent

John, a son of Thomas and Ann was baptised in Ashburnham, Sussex, on 10 Dec 1749. The register actually says John and Ann but this is almost certainly a mistake and this is verified by the fact that John is referred to in the will of his brother, Edward.

John married Sarah Bayley (ca.1750-1790) in Horsmonden, Kent, in September 1773 (banns were called in Headcorn, John's parish, on 22, 29 Aug & 5 Sep) and they are known to have had nine children, all baptised or buried in Headcorn:


9 Jul 1774


25 Jun 1775


13 Apr 1777


25 Dec 1778

buried the next day


19 Dec 1779

an un-named and un-baptised child of John Honeysett was buried on 18 Jan 1781


19 Apr 1782


11 Jul 1784


26 Apr 1789

Sarah Honeysett, aged 39, was buried in Headcorn on 19 March 1790.

John remarried to Sarah Smith in Headcorn on 27 December 1790. They appear to have had two children:


29 May 1795

Cranbrook Independent


11 Jun 1798

Staplehurst Independent

John was probably buried in Headcorn on 27 April 1803.

In 1841 Sarah was recorded in Yalding, living with her married daughter Sophia.

It It was probably Sarah, aged 78 of Yalding, who was buried in Headcorn on 21 February 1848.

Of John's children:

  • James, aged 19, was buried in Headcorn on 14 June 1793.
  • John and his wife, Elizabeth, lived in Headcorn.
  • William married Ann Tolhurst and lived in Headcorn.
  • Thomas, aged 34, was buried in Headcorn on 13 September 1818.
  • The Ashburnham parish bastardy records of December 1814 show that a Sophia Hunnisett gave birth to a female child on 11 October 1814 at the Poor House. As Sophia had Honeysett aunts and uncles in the Ashburnham area it could well have been this Sophia. The father was said to be a Richard Pursglove of Herstmonceux.

    Sophia is known to have married William Daw in Wateringby, Kent, in 1834 and in 1841 she was in Yalding with William and their son. Also with them was Sarah Hunnysett, Sophia's mother. Sophia died in Yalding in 1886.