William Honeysett (1764 - 1838) of Herstmonceux

William, a son of John and Mary, was baptised in Warbleton on 9 November 1764. He was probably brought up in Herstmonceux where all his younger siblings were baptised. He married Esther Walter (1764-1842) in Westham on 26 December 1787 at which time he was said to be 'of Wartling', probably Wartling detatched. They had a number of children baptised, mainly in Herstmonceux:


3 Aug 1788


27 Jun 1790


28 Oct 1792


8 Mar 1795


13 Apr 1797



27 May 1798

It is possible that there were other, subsequent, children but no baptisms have been found to support this. David of Windmill Hill may have been a later son.

When his daughter, Mary, married in 1819 William was said to be 'of Ashburnham' on the marriage licence. William died of 'stoppage in his water' on 7 November 1838, aged 74, and was buried on 12 November when his address was given as Bodle Street.

In 1841 Esther (77) was living at Handcomb, Westham, with James (33), probably her grandson, and her married daughter Mary Holter's family. She died on 10 November 1842 'of infirmity' and was buried in Westham, aged 77, on 13 November.

Of their known children:

  • John married Ann Debly in Hailsham on 23 April 1810 and to have had a son James baptised in Warbleton in July 1811. Ann was buried in Warbleton on 26 November 1811. James was mentally handicapped and appears to have been looked after by William and Esther, and later by their daughter, Mary.
  • Walter married Sarah Bedell and lived in Herstmonceux.
  • William married Harriet Duly and lived in Herstmonceux.
  • Thomas married Mary Bedall in 1816 but appears to have been transported to Australia the following year for attempted murder.
  • Mary married Aaron Holter in his home parish of Ashburnham on 26 February 1819 and they lived in Westham where they had seven children. In 1841 they had Mary’s mother living with them and also James Hunnisett (John's son). Both apparently stayed with the Holters until they died. In 1851 they were living in Sodders Lane, Westham.