Monday, July 4, 2011

Gracy or Grace Nye

Another daughter, Grace Nye was next born to Thomas and Ann Walker. She was christened as Gracy on 22 May 1785 at Leigh, Kent. However other records have her name as Grace.

On 24 December 1807 Grace married James Nicholls in East Peckham, Kent.

A thorough search of Penshurst, East Peckham, Chiddingstone, Leigh and Sevenoaks was made in November 2007 and no christening was found for James.

James and Grace had the following children -

James christened at Leigh on 13 June 1813 married Susan Baker in 1839 in Malling, after she died he married Sophia Watts in 1869 in Sheppey, then after her death he married Eliza Crowhurst in 1872 in Sevenoaks. He did not have children with Susan or Sophia but he and Eliza had a son that she named Charles James Nicholls Marchant in 1860. This child had been born while Eliza was keeping house for James. Her name at that time was Eliza Marchant.

Thomas Nicholls was christened on 30 November 1817 at Leigh and was buried at Leigh on 26 February 1848. He was not married.

William Nicholls was christened at Blackheath, Kent. This is a beautiful area near London, England. There were a great many deaths in that area resulting from the black epidemic, hence the name Blackheath. He married Frances Osborne on 1 April 1849 in Tonbridge. On 1 April 1853 William was buried in the church yard at Leigh.
He and Frances did not have children.

Eleanor Nicholls was christened 12 February 1826 at Leigh. She married Benjamin Winn on 29 Nov 1845 in Tonbridge. Eleanor was buried 16 October 1846 at Leigh and didn't have children.

Grace's husband James died and was buried on 25 December 1831 in Leigh.

A second marriage to Joseph Stone took place on 5 October 1833 in Sundridge, Kent. Joseph was the same age as her eldest son, Grace being 48 and Joseph age 20. She must have looked much younger than her age because she stated her age as 40 in the 1841 census.

In 1851 Grace is listed as being 50 and Joseph is 40, she was actually 66 years old and Joseph was 38.

Grace was buried on 27 June 1854 in Leigh. I had especially hoped to find her grave and the graves of her family members in the Leigh, Kent church yard but we were unsucessful.

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