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George Hemsley

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Paul Report 17 Nov 2012 11:09

Dear all,

Am looking for information on George Hemsley, a coal heaver / coal porter in Lewes. Was married to Elizabeth (Davies), had a son Richard b. 1811, daughter Sarah (1813), all in Lewes All Saints; he lived in Cliffe Churchyard 1851 and died c1866 in Lewes workhouse.

Need info re: his parents, place of birth, etc. No reference to any other George Hemsley cites Richard or Sarah as his children...and Richard's marriage cert annoyingly refers to George as Foreman of Wine Vaults (???)

Any leads welcomed.



Reggie Report 17 Nov 2012 11:14

His birthplace should be recorded on the 1851 census record to which you will his age at the time, which is vital.


Reggie Report 17 Nov 2012 11:16

How do you know for sure that the family you list is that of the Richard whose marriage cert you have?


Reggie Report 17 Nov 2012 11:19

Is THIS the 1851?

1851 England Census

Name: George Hemsley
Age: 72
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1779
Relation: Lodger
Gender: M (Male)
Where born: Preston, Sussex, England
Civil parish: Lewes St Thomas in the Cliffe
County/Island: Sussex
Country: England

Registration district: Lewes
Sub-registration district: Ditchling
ED, institution, or vessel: 8b
Neighbors: View others on page
Household schedule number: 60
Piece: 1643
Folio: 591
Page Number: 16
Household Members:
Name Age
Susan Richardson 57
George Hemsley 72***********Pauper, Coal Porter


Astra Report 17 Nov 2012 11:19

parents: Geo. Hemsley,? Sarah Hemsley
name: George Hemsley
gender: Male
baptism/christening date: 06 Nov 1774
baptism/christening place: Framfield, Sussex, England
father's name: Geo. Hemsley
mother's name: Sarah Hemsley
indexing project (batch) number: I04396-1
system origin: England-EASy
source film number: 2186971

Possible sisters Mary 1778 and Hannah 1776

George senior may have died in 1779 and Sarah may have married again in 1783 to Edward Colven

EDIT: Not this one. He is shown in the census separate to yours


Astra Report 17 Nov 2012 11:57

This is a George Hemsley mistranscribed in 1841. He is an Agricultural Labourer

Name: George Hanzely
Age: 65
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1776
Gender: Male
Where born: Sussex, England
Civil parish: All Saints
Hundred: Chichester
County/Island: Sussex
Country: England
Household Members:
Name Age
William Wood 80
Elizabeth Wood 70
George Hanzely 65
Sarah Greenwood 45
Sarah Greenwood 15

Mike *

Mike * Report 17 Nov 2012 12:11

It's Hemsley on original


Paul Report 18 Nov 2012 22:24


I DON'T know that Richard's family is the same for sure but his (second) marriage cert of 1877 lists his father's name as George; a George Hemsley did have a child called Richard b. Lewes 1811 which coincides with Richard's date and place of birth and Richard lived in Preston (now Brighton) for which there is the 1851 citation for George.

But...I don't know for sure if that George is correct as Richard's marriage cert lists George as a wine vaults foreman yet every thing else I've seen re: George says he was a coal porter / heaver.

I appreciate the info though :-)