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My thanks to Kevin Williams for the information on Elizabeth’s baptism and marriage and the parish register scans, to Terence Clear for additonal information and to Andrew Vane for information and photographs.

[Elizabeth ANDREWS] [Robert VANE] [Biography] [Children]

 

Elizabeth ANDREWS

Baptism:
Father:
Mother:

12 June 1791 at Smeeth, KEN
Edward ANDREWS
Mary DENNIS


Modern Map of Hastingleigh

Marriage:
Spouse:

13 October 1817 at Hastingleigh, KEN
Robert VANE

Died:
Burial:

22 January 1871 at Hastingleigh, KEN
29 January 1871 at Hastingleigh, KEN

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Robert VANE

Baptism:
Father:
Mother:

9 February.1794 in Boughton Aluph, KEN
Stephen VANE
Amey TAFFENDEN

Died:
Burial:

15 December 1882 at Willesborough Workhouse, KEN
25 December 1882 at Hastingleigh, KEN

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Biography

1791:

Elizabeth Andrews was born to Edward and Mary Andrews of Smeeth. She was baptised on 12 June of this year.

1794:

Robert Vane was baptised in Boughton Aluph on 9th February. He was the fifth child of of Amey and Stephen Vane. His father was baptised in the parish of Great Chart and his mother in Eastwell.

1812:

Banns were called in the parishes of Smeeth and Brabourne for Robert GAMBRILL and Elizabeth ANDREWS on the three Sundays from 14-28 June inclusive, but it appears the marriage did not take place.

1815:

Elizabeth Andrews, a servant, gives birth to an illegitimate son Stephen who is baptised at Hastingleigh on the 16 July.

1817:

Elizabeth Andrews, spinster, and Robert Vane, batchelor, are married at Hastingleigh on 13 Ocotber. The ceremony is conducted by Henry Thomson the Curate and witnessed by William Thomas Marshall and Mary Goldup. Wm T. Marshall is listed as a local farmer in Bagshaw’s Directory 1847 for Hastingleigh. He may have been the Parish Clerk or could have been  Robert’s and/or Elizabeth’s employer. Both Elizabeth and Robert make their mark in the parish register.

1819:

Edward Vane, son of Robert and Elizabeth is baptised in Hastingleigh. Four more children follow in the next fourteen years.

1841:

Robert and Elizabeth still in Hastingleigh at the time of the census near a place known as Bowle (HO107/478/1 f4 p1). This is most likely to have been the Bowl Inn shown on both the 1876 and 1881 OS Maps at the west end of The Street. Robert is working as a labourer. The three younger children are still at home i.e. Robert (13), Jane (11) and Henry (7).

1851:

Robert and Elizabeth are living somewhere in The Street at Hastingleigh (HO107/1622 f? p11). This modern day OS map clearly shows its location within the village. Their eldest son Edward, still unmarried at 31, has returned home. Father and son are working as agricultural labourers.

1855:

Eldest son Edward dies and is buried at Hastingleigh on 14th April.

1861:

Robert and Elizabeth are living in one of the Bishops Cottages in Hastingleigh (RG9/516 folio 154 p1). Although Robert is 65 he is still working as an agricultural labourer.Once three separate cottages off The Street, Bishops Cottages are now combined into one house. In 1924 the cottages were sold and were described as having “four rooms and a pantry”, “occupying a pleasant position” and with “very large gardens”.

1871:

Elizabeth, wife of Robert Vane a farm labourer, died on the 22 January 1871, probably at home in Hastingleigh. The cause of death is given as “Senilis”, which probably just means old age. The death was reported on the 28 January by Mary Ann Vane, who was present at the death. This was probably the wife of William Vane, Robert’s and Elizabeths’ eldest legitimate son. Elizabeth was buried on the 29 January at the parish church in Hastingleigh.

Later that same year the census shows the widowed Robert living in Hastingleigh in The Street with a lodger William Cook and William’s wife Susan (RG10/963 f80 p10). William is likely to have been the one who spoke to the census enumerator, as Robert’s place of birth is marked as ‘NK’ for not known. Both men are working as labourers.

1881:

Robert is listed as one of many inmates of the East Ashford Union Workhouse in Willesborough, a common fate at this time for the elderly poor (RG11.959 f86 p28)

1882:

In spite of the hardships of the rural life and many years of being a widower, Robert lived to be 88 years old. He died in the workhouse on 15 December 1882. The cause of death was pneumonia, certified by Dr. Charles S. A. Atkinson. The death was registered on the 18 December by Thomas Tucker, Master of Willesborough Workhouse. Robert was buried on Christmas day back at Hastingleigh where he’d spent so much of his life and where he and Elizabeth had raised their children.

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Children

Name:
Baptism:
Died:
Marriage:
Spouse:

Stephen ANDREWS
16 July 1815 in Hastingleigh, KEN
13 April 1906 in Union Workhouse, Lyminge, KEN
01 April 1837 in Elmsted, KEN
Frances Ann SAWKINS

 

St. Mary, Hastingleigh 1807

St. Mary 2005

Interior St. Mary

The Rectory Hastingleigh

Name:
Baptism:
Died:
Burial:

Edward VANE
14 October 1819 in Hastingleigh, KEN
1855
14 April 1855 in Hastingleigh, KEN

Name:
Baptism:
Died:
Married:
Spouse:

William VANE
29 June 1822 in Hastingleigh, KEN
Possibly Mar 1916 East Ashford vol 2a p1319
Bet. 1851-1861
Mary Anne ?

Name:
Baptism
Died:
:

Robert VANE
29 April 1829 in Hastingleigh, KEN
1850?
Possibly Jun 1850 Tenterden vol 5 p319

Name:
Baptism:
Married:
Spouse:

Jane VANE
29 March 1830 in Hastingleigh, KEN
16 April 1854 in Wye, KEN
James CATT

Name:
Baptism:
Died::
Marriage:
Spouse:

Henry VANE
25 August 1833 in Hastingleigh, KEN
Possibly Dec 1897  East Ashford vol 2a p467
15 October 1857 in Boughton Aluph, KEN
Sarah Elizabeth EPPS

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