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William Brooker, farm labourer, son of William Brooker, farm labourer and Ann Brooker [Hills]
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Date
Type
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Source
 
11th Jan 1806
Born
In the Parish of Fletching, Sussex
 
2nd Mar 1806
Christened
At St Andrew & St Mary Church in the Parish of Fletching, Sussex
Fletching Parish Registers
 
7th Jul 1829
Married
Lucy Crowhurst at All Saints (als St. John-the.Baptist) in the Parish of Lindfield, Sussex
Lindfield Marriage Registers
 
1830
Birth of a daughter
Fanny in the Parish of Fletching, Sussex
1851 Census
Fletching, Sussex
 
6th Jun 1841
Census
At Light Row in the Parish of Fletching, Sussex; William Brooker, M, Head, age 30 to 34, born Sussex; occupation: farm labourer
1841 Census
Fletching, Sussex
 
30th Mar 1851
Census
At Homesdale in the Parish of Fletching, Sussex; Head; occupation: farm labourer
1851 Census
Fletching, Sussex
 
1879
Recollections
At Sheffield Park
Ashdown Forest dispute
 

During The Ashdown Forest Dispute 1876-1882 commoners and land owners were interviewed by the solicitor William Raper. Their comments were recorded in a series of notebooks:

Brooker, William. 73. Bailiff to Lord Sheffield. Born at Splaynes Green, Fletching, 11 January 1806, and baptised at Fletching. When I was somewhere about 12 years old I was put out as a parish boy under Squire Hutchinson at Woodgate Farm, Fletching. I acted as carter boy for 12 months and during that time I went with the team onto the Forest and fetched in litter. I then went to Mr. John Wood at Chelwood 3 years as carter boy and I went each year on to the Forest with the team and fetch[ed] litter and turf. Mr. Wood turned out. I then went to Mr. Wetherden at Atherall Farm, Fletching, as carter boy for 6 1/2 years from Ladytide to Michaelmas year. I do not think he had any litter from the Forest while I was with him but I went with the team and brought home turf for fuel in the laborers' houses on the farm (and the neighbours' houses round). He used to assist in driving the Forest. When I left him I worked about where I could get employment; work was scarce then. During that time I cut litter for Mr. Crowhurst at Light Row. I married his daughter and lived there. [Then also cut for] Mr. William Wheeler at Homesdale and Mr. Henry Bolting at Wool Pack Farm, all in Fletching. I then went into the service of the Earl of Sheffield and remained in the service of him and his son and grandson down to the present time.

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3rd Apr 1881
Census
At Sheffield Cottage in the Parish of Fletching, Sussex; William Brooker, M, Head, widowed, age 75, born Fletching; occupation: farm bailiff
1881 Census
Fletching, Sussex

Ancestor's report
Descendent's report
Brooker family records
The ancestral pedigree of William Brooker, farm labourer
  
 William Brooker
farm labourer
m: 5th Feb 1804 St. Giles Parish Church, Horsted Keynes, SussexAnn Hills 
 b: c 1780  b: 1781 Chailey, Sussex
  
         
William Henry John Matthew Martin James Thomas Charles 
b: 11th Jan 1806 Fletching, Sussex
ch: 2nd Mar 1806 St Andrew & St Mary Church
 b: 1808 Fletching, Sussex
ch: 1st Jan 1809 St Andrew & St Mary Church
 b: 1812 Fletching, Sussex
ch: 17th May 1812 St Andrew & St Mary Church
 b: 14th Dec 1814 Fletching, Sussex
ch: 19th Feb 1815 St Andrew & St Mary Church
 b: 10th Oct 1817 Fletching, Sussex
ch: 21st Dec 1817 St Andrew & St Mary Church
 b: 1820 Fletching, Sussex
ch: 6th Sep 1820 St Andrew & St Mary Church
 b: 1823 Fletching, Sussex
ch: 17th Aug 1823 St Andrew & St Mary Church
 b: 1827 Fletching, Sussex
ch: 14th Oct 1827 St Andrew & St Mary Church
 
                     
Parental
record
   
   
   
 William Brooker
farm labourer
m: 7th Jul 1829 All Saints (als St. John-the.Baptist), Lindfield, SussexLucy Crowhurst 
 b: 11th Jan 1806 Fletching, Sussex
ch: 2nd Mar 1806 St Andrew & St Mary Church
  b: 1804 Fletching, Sussex
  
  
 Fanny 
 b: 1830 Fletching, Sussex 
    
Family
record

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