The Ancestry of Charles Henry Exell Wilkinson
His Paternal Great Grandparents
Humphrey Excell and Susannah Watts
All Saints Church, Maidstone, Kent
Humphrey EXCELL (RIN: 212), son of Daniel EXCELL and Ann DAVIES , was baptised March 19,1782 in Marden, Kent, England. He married Susannah WATTS in 1803 at All Saints Church, Maidstone, Kent..
Susannah WATTS (RIN: 213) was born abt. 1783.
Children of Humphrey EXCELL and Susannah WATTS are:
|1. Sarah EXCELL (RIN: 314), b. December 30, 1803
|2. Humphrey EXCELL (RIN: 315), b. November 04, 1805
|3. John EXCELL (RIN: 316), b. February 08, 1808
|4. Henry EXCELL (RIN: 317), b. April 15, 1810
|5. William EXCELL (RIN: 312), b. 1812
|6. Mary Ann EXCELL (RIN: 309), b. 1813
|7. Charles EXCELL (RIN: 311), b. March 12, 1820
|8. Caroline EXCELL (RIN: 310), b. August 17, 1817
|9. Ann EXCELL (RIN: 226), b. February 14, 1823
I have received considerable amounts of information from two Excell descendants in England, Ann Rains and Jim Halsey, who have provided extensive details about the Excell families.
Jim has put together some suppositions about Humphrey and Susannah in his website, on the Excells in Kent. He has also provided me with copies of church records.
Historically, Marden has been an agricultural community with little or no industry since the end of the eighteenth century. In 1797 Marden was noted for cattle breeding, orchards, and hops. In 1801 cereals and hops were the most common crops but cereal production declined by the end of the nineteenth century, largely being replaced by fruit growing. Hop gardens reached their greatest extent c. 1900 and there were more than 65 oast houses. [Hops, indirectly were the cause for Ann's brother Henry being transported to Australia]
An Oast House in Kent
Marden today is still a small rural village
Humphrey was baptised on 19 March 1782 in Marden (last in the list).
Humphrey and Susannah were married on 23 July 1803 at All Saints, Maidstone, Kent, England, the certificate is shown below.
We know very little about Humphrey, except through the baptisms of his children. Although they were all baptised in Kent he seems to have moved around, most likely in search of work. His first child was baptised in Hunton, and the next three in Yalding. The remainder were baptised in Marden where he is listed as working as a labourer.
He didn't live to old age and was buried when he was almost 44 years old and his youngest daughter Ann was only three.
For more information about Humphrey and Susanna's children click here.