Peter Brown Family History

John Wicking (1696) & Mary

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General History

John Wicking & Mary were not one of my direct ancestors but they are related to me as later indirect generations of a direct ancestor.

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John Wicking was baptised on 27th October 1696 in Cowden, Kent. He was probably the son of Ethelbert Wicking (& Mary) who was the son of Matthew Wicking & Susan Brooker. He married firstly Mary. John married secondly Mary Bysh, on 10th February 1739/40 in Horne, Surrey. John left a 'Will' dated 7th November 1754 and died in November 1754.

NOTE: all the information below has yet to be confirmed.

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John had thirteen children. Seven wife his first wife Mary and six with his second wife Mary.

William John William Elizabeth Ethelbert Hannah Joan Henry Thomas James Mary Thomas Mary
  1. William Wicking (Wickin) was born on 16th August and was baptised on 20th August 1725 in Godstone, Surrey.
  2. John Wicking (Wickin) was baptised on 31st July 1727 in Godstone, Surrey. He was mentioned in his father's 'Will' of 1754 (as eldest son & Executor).
  3. William Wicking (Wickin) was baptised on 20th September 1731 in Godstone, Surrey (only father shown). He was mentioned in his father's 'Will' of 1754 (as executor). William married Martha Dodd on 11th November 1766 in Godstone, Surrey. (Surrey Licenses 1673-1770 show - 1st November 1766 William Wicking of Godstone, farmer, bachelor,21, and Martha Dodd of Godstone, abode 4 weeks, spinster, a minor,19 ; at Godstone. With consent of John Dodd of Godstone, farmer,her father. Both sign.) NOTE: IS THIS THE CORRECT WILLIAM OR SHOULD IT BE WILLIAM SON OF THOMAS & JANE of Hartfield 1744 or is there another William born c1745. William & Martha had eleven children.
    1. Martha Wicking (Wickings) was baptised on 10th November 1767 in Godstone, Surrey.
    2. James Wicking was baptised on 3rd October 1770 in Godstone, Surrey. He married Sarah Steer on 23rd November 1790 in Godstone, Surrey.
    3. Sarah Wicking was baptised on 20th May 1772 in Godstone, Surrey. She married William Hall on 12th July 1792 in Godstone, Surrey.
    4. George Wicking was baptised on 1st July 1773 in Godstone, Surrey.
    5. Benjamin Wicking was baptised on 28th September 1775 in Godstone, Surrey.
    6. Mary Wicking was baptised on 11th February 1777 in Godstone, Surrey.
    7. Martha Wicking was baptised on 15th March 1780 in Godstone, Surrey. She married William Dumsday on 5th July 1804 in Godstone, Surrey.
    8. Amy Wicking was baptised on 25th October 1782 in Godstone, Surrey. She married Samuel Lomas on 4th October 1806 in Godstone, Surrey.
    9. Francis Wicking was baptised on 16th January 1784 in Godstone, Surrey.
    10. Robert Wicking was baptised on 16th February 1786 in Godstone, Surrey.
    11. Daniel Wicking was baptised on 24th November 1787 in Godstone, Surrey.
  4. Elizabeth Wicking (Wickin) was baptised on 24th March 1733 in Godstone, Surrey.
  5. Ethelbert Wicking was baptised on 23rd April 1734 in Godstone, Surrey. He was mentioned in his father's 'Will' of 1754.
  6. Hannah Wicking was baptised on 28th August 1736 in Godstone, Surrey
  7. Joan Wicking (Joanna) was baptised in February 1739 in Godstone, Surrey
  8. Henry Wicking was baptised on 29th December 1742 in Godstone, Surrey
  9. Thomas Wicking was baptised on 18th February 1744 in Godstone, Surrey. Assumed died as later son.
  10. James Wicking was baptised on 24th May 1745 in Godstone, Surrey. He was mentioned in his father's 'Will' of 1754 as child of wife Mary and under 21.
  11. Mary Wicking was baptised on 25th April 1747 in Godstone, Surrey. Assumed died as later daughter.
  12. Thomas Wicking was baptised on 14th November 1748 in Godstone, Surrey. He was mentioned in his father's 'Will' of 1754 as child of wife Mary and under 21. He maybe married Mary Worger on 4th December 1771 in Horne, Surrey (Thomas shown as from Edenbridge).
  13. Mary Wicking was baptised on 22nd August 1752 in Godstone, Surrey. She was mentioned in her father's 'Will' of 1754 as child of wife Mary and under 21.

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John Wicking owned the Blue Anchor Inn in Blindley Heath. (information from Felbridge History Group - Blue Anchor)
It is not until the early 18th century that surviving documents yield the name of the tenant of the Blue Anchor Farm and that he was also the innkeeper.  On the 13th January 1731, a counterpart agreement was made between Edward Evelyn [grandson of Sir John Evelyn of Godstone  of Godstone (residing at Felbridge Park)  and John Wicking, a yeoman of Godstone, for "The building by the said Edward Evelyn on the Blew Anchor Farm in Walkhamsted alias Godstone leased to the said John Wicking, of a new stable with a granary over it, half the bigness of the present stable, viz: 14ft one way and the breadth in proportionable manner and to drive out the other stable 4ft".

John Wicking was asked to pay an additional yearly rent of 30s for the newly built stable and it may suggest that to require more stabling and an extension to the existing stable the inn was experiencing a growth in passing trade requiring accommodation for traveller’s horses.  This theory is also borne out in the structural survey that identified that the dwelling house was also further extended in the early 18th century.  As to John Wicking’s occupation, his will of 1754 indentifies him as the innkeeper & Farmer. Little else is known about John Wicking other than the fact that in 1731 he was referred to as a yeoman meaning he was a farmer who was more prosperous than the average husbandsman.  He left his wife £300 and £600 to his children.   

Several generations of the Wicking family went on to be involved in eating and drinking establishments in the Felbridge area including John’s great grandson Thomas who was the beer retailer at the Cherry Tree at Froggit Heath in the second half of the 19th century along with his daughter Caroline, wife of William Smeed .

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  1. John is presumed to be the son of Ethelbert as he named one of his sons Ethelbert.
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Wills:

  1. John Wicking left a 'Will' dated 7th November 1754 and proved 29th November 1754. The link is to a transcript of the 'Will'. It mentions his wife Mary; children (of surving wife Mary) James, Thomas, Mary (all under age 21); sons John, William, (eldest sons & executors) and Ethelbert. The will was witnessed by John Hollamby, William Wicking and Edward Green
  2. William Wicking left a 'Will' proved 1807. He mentions- not confirmed; his Wife Martha; his sons William, James, Ethelbert, Benjamin, Francis, Daniel, George; and daughters Sarah, Ann, Martha, Amy.

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