Guestling in East Sussex Village Guide

Family History

All the following occurred in St Laurence church Guestling
19 Jan 1783 John Pankhurst baptised; parents James & Susanna.
17 Dec 1805 John Pankhurst married Anne Everest after banns.
The following baptisms have the parents John & Anne Pankhurst.
06 Mar 1808 John
27 Mar 1814 Dinah
19 May 1816 Philly (Philadelphia)
14 June 1818 George
05 Aug 1821 Elias
I have taken these details from indexes transcribed by members of Hastings & Rother Family History Society. I think there are microfilm copies of the originals in Lewes library.
Frank in Manchester.

26 responses to “Family History”

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    Seeking information on George Cronk who married a Mary Ann? George was born about 1828 and Mary Ann about 1831 in Guestling. The 1841 Census for Guestling shows him as a Rail Labourer aged 22 and Mary aged 20yrs. We guesstimate that they were newlyweds and wondered if their were any Marriage details in church records. Or maybe a family who are also researching the Cronk family in this area. On the 1861 Census they were living in South East London at Camberwell and we have been able to obtain fairly substantial information from thereon. Many thanks.

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    George Cronk married Mary Ann Buffard on 25 Dec 1850.
    Father William Cronk. Have nothing before for George.
    Mary-Anne Buffard baptised 20 Mar 1831. Parents William and Eleanor.
    Have nothing before.
    Frank in Manchester.

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    Is there any person who could tell me about the history of a property that was / is in Guestling called Wy(e)borne House. I have an interest in the Family name Wybourne that originally came from Beckley. Thank You

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    Dear David

    Do you know of a Whybourne House in Guestling.

    Thanks Derek

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    I have a Thomas Buffard (1777-1851) in my family tree. Thomas married Sarah Gain in 1803 in Guestling

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    Hi there, I was wondering if you could possibly help me. I have a Frank(Francis) Buffard in my tree, his mother was Mary Buffard and he was baptised on 22.7.1832. His mother was Mary Buffard and he had no father. Mary is living with William Buffard in the 1841 Census along with a Caroline Crittenden baptised 10.4.1825. I have drawn a total blank with Mary and wondered if you could shed any light on whether or not she is Thomas’s daughter or William’s as the only records I can find in the parish records for Guestling is a Mary Anne baptised in 1805. Any help would be very much appreciated as I have been going around in circles!
    Best Wishes,

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    Hi Sharon
    I have a reference to a Buffard in my family tree. Thomas Bufford / Buffard born abt 1777 married Sarah Gain 5 Jan 1803 Guestling. In 1841 census aged 60 Downs Farm, Guestling In 1851 aged 73 Red Lake, Ore (Hastings) which isn’t far from Guestling.

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    Hi Meg,
    Thank you for your quick reply. I have been able to get all the stuff on your Thomas, but am unable to link him to my William (he was baptised on 10.10.1771). I need to link them together as I think that my William’s father was John Buffard from Westfield which could possibly make William a cousin of Thomas (who married Sarah). Unfortunately, I have drawn a blank with the parish records! Do you know any more? Have been going around in circles with this one! ARRRRGH!
    Best Wishes,

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    Sorry, Sharon. I have no further information on the Buffard / Bufford connection.
    Good Hunting Meg

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    Thomas is my 3x Gt Grandfather do you have any other info on your William like who he married and are his parents John and Elizabeth look forward to hearing from you

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    Hi Ethel,
    My William, bap 10 October 1771 was the son of John Bovis b.1725; d.1782 married to Elizabeth (no dates). I understand that John Bovis was the son of Thomas Bovis/Buffard bn Crowhurst 1698 m Hannah Wenborn (d. 16 Sept 1735)at St Laurences 21 April 1723. Is your Thomas the one that married Sarah Gain, if so, we link somewhere, but dont know how. My line is a Mary who should be William’s daughter, but can’t find the baptism record should be c.1805 mother possibly Jane/Jenny, but know she was with him in the 1841 census with her two illegitimate children!! Hope this answers your question?
    Best Wishes

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    Hello Sharon
    Many thanks for your reply. This family is a real minefield. Yes my Thomas married Sarah Gain. I do not get on very well trying to write in this small box so if you wish my email is
    [reveal email]
    Thomas was the son of Mary Bovis a sister of your William parents were John BUFFIS/BOVIS and Elizabeth Tufswell.I do have quite a lot of info on the Bovis/Buffard family which maybe we can sort out between us. Look forward to hearing from you.
    All the best,

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    Hi Sharon
    Iam related to Thomas Bovies / Bovis / Buffard bn 1698 in Crowhurst and married to Hannah Wenburn/Wenborn. They had 8 children 5 boys and 3 girls, my line is through William Bovies bn 1727 in Crowhurst he married Elizabeth Weaver on 1st May 1750 in Battle. They had 11 children. How do you fit into the Bovis family tree.
    Best Wishes John

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    re Thomas Bovis. I have a photo copy of the Crowhurst church record for 1735. It is Bapt Sept 16 Mary dau of Thomas & Hannah Bovies.
    Bur. Sept 16 Hannah wife of Thomas Bovies.
    I had contact with Ethel Groves with whom I am distantly related, My forebear was Joseph Buffard, 1805, married Ann Butler. regards Dave Creed

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    I am a great great granddaughter of Joseph & Ann Buffard, through their daughter. Fanny born 1846.

    I’d love to know where you fit in. They had 8 children – 6 girls and 2 boys. I can tell you more if you ask.


    Glyn Postlethwaite

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    Hi Glyn,

    Sorry I am not able to connect to your tree my Ann Bovis/Buffards was b 1764 in Guestling and she d 28th April 1792 in Guestling no other information.


    J Bovis

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    Hi Glyn,

    For more information try contacting Ethel Groves her Email address is [reveal email]

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    Hi, Glyn,

    Had a problem signing in, okay now.

    I have John Buffard=Elizabeth circa 1750. 7 Offspring, one William married Jenny about 1800, a son Josephb 1805 married Ann Butler, Battle, 1834, 8 offspring, one Ann Buffard 1849-1919 married Alfred Thomas Marshall 1976,3 children found, one Mabel Ellen Marshall married William g. Creed 1904, Hastings, 6 Children, one my father Ronald E J Creed email [reveal email]

    Best wishes,

    Dave Creed

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    Hi Dave,

    Would it be possible to send me a copy of church record you have re Thomas Bovis.

    My Email address is [reveal email]

    Kind regards,

    John Bovis

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    Hi Dave, Mabel Marshall was my grandmother’s cousin. So I think we are 3rd cousins! I will send you an email in due course. From what my mother told me, Mabel’s husband died suddenly during the General Strike. Mum knew of their daughter Kathleen but not of any other children. I shall be very pleased to find out more.


    Glyn Postlethwaite

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    Have been offline with problems and files missing.

    Have now found old files and have Joseph Buffard married Ann Butlerc1834. Fanny Buffard Nov 12 1846m. john Stone c1864 Ann Buffard (a sister) Feb 18 1849, Guestling, died Caterham, Surrey Aug ( 1919. My maternal GGM, Dave Creed

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    Hi Dave – Great to hear from you. Joseph Buffard married Ann Butler 27.04.1834 at Battle.
    Fanny Buffard married John Stone 24.10.1868 at Guestling.
    My grandmother was Edith Shailer Stone b. 01.09.1874 ,died 23.01.1960 married 06.01.1911 Edward Squires.
    Gran remembered Mabel Marshall.

    Keep in touch!

    Glyn Postlethwaite.

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    Hi Glynn,

    Do you know about Thomas Buffard, hanged at Horsham 1832/3, for arson, buried Guestling. It eventually came out that he was innocent.


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    Hi Dave,

    Thanks for yours.

    What a tragedy – those were cruel times. I guess it must be Thomas bapt. 26.02.1807, buried Guestling o6.01.1832.
    son of Thomas and Sarah (nee Gain). They are not from our branch of the Buffards but are descended from William King and Anne Bovis.



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    Hi Glyn,

    I wonder where you live, are you local? I’m in Bexhill. I was thinking that we could get a better contact by direct email. If you’re local we could meet up for a coffee sometime.

    Best wishes,


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    Hi Dave,

    We live in Watford Herts. I would love to meet you but it’s very difficult for me as Bryan my husband is quite frail and I can’t leave him for longer than a couple of hours. My email is:
    [reveal email]
    I don’t look at emails every day but usually twice a week.
    We had a family holiday in May staying at Peasmarsh near Rye. We visited Sedlescombe, westfield, Brede and Guestling. Really interesting.



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