The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Cottage Hill    Mayfield Road  Rotherfield  

Books and other documents
PublishedTitle, author and references
1928Rotherfield - The Story of some Wealden Manors by Catharine Pulleinp. 14

Places in Cottage Hill
Bricklayers Arms
Cottage Hill Farm
Historical records

2nd Apr 1871CensusJohn Harman, M, Head, married, age 42, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: builder employing 8 men and 3 boysJohn Harman, bricklayerCottage Hill1871 Census
Rotherfield and Crowborough, Sussex
Rhoda Harman, F, Wife, married, age 41, born Rotherfield, SussexRhoda Harman [Martin]
Frank Harman, M, Son, single, age 19, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: bricklayer journeymanFrank Harman, beerhouse keeper
Sarah Harman, F, Daughter, single, age 17, born Rotherfield, SussexSarah Ann Walter [Harman]
John Harman, M, Son, single, age 18, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: bricklayer journeymanJohn Harman, bricklayer
Samuel Harman, M, Son, age 14, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarSamuel Harman, carpenter
Walter Harman, M, Son, age 12, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarWalter William Harman, beerhouse keeper and carpenter
George Harman, M, Son, age 10, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarGeorge Harman, farm labourer
Rhoda Harman, F, Daughter, age 4, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarRhoda Harriett Harman
Maria Harman, F, Daughter, age 7m, born Rotherfield, SussexAnn Maria Harman

2nd Apr 1871CensusWilliam Hammond, M, Head, married, age 42, born Mayfield, Sussex; occupation: carrierWilliam Hammond, carrierCottage Hill1871 Census
Rotherfield and Crowborough, Sussex
Elizabeth Hammond, F, Wife, married, age 44, born Mayfield, SussexElizabeth Hammond
Edward Hammond, M, Son, single, age 24, born Mayfield, Sussex; occupation: bricklayer's labourerEdward Hammond
Elizabeth Hammond, F, Daughter, single, age 22, born Mayfield, SussexElizabeth Hammond
William Hammond, M, Son, single, age 18, born Mayfield, Sussex; occupation: farm labourerWilliam Hammond
Mary Ann Hammond, F, Daughter, single, age 16, born Mayfield, SussexMary Ann Hammond
Jethro I Hammond, M, Son, age 12, born Mayfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarJethro I. Hammond
Ebenezer Hammond, M, Son, age 10, born Mayfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarEbenezer Hammond
Mercy Hammond, F, Daughter, age 7, born Mayfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarMercy Hammond
Hannah Hammond, F, Daughter, age 6, born Mayfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarHannah Hammond
Jacob Hammond, M, Son, age 4, born Rotherfield, SussexJacob Hammond
Ruth Hammond, F, Daughter, age 1, born Rotherfield, SussexRuth Hammond

2nd Apr 1871CensusCharles Harman, M, Head, married, age 44, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: bricklayer journeymanCharles Harman, bricklayerCottage Hill1871 Census
Rotherfield and Crowborough, Sussex
Jane Harman, F, Wife, married, age 43, born Warbleton, SussexJane Harman [Head]
Emily Harman, F, Daughter, single, age 17, born Rotherfield, SussexEmily Martin [Harman]
George Harman, M, Son, age 14, born Mayfield, Sussex; occupation: bricklayer's labourerGeorge Harman, farm labourer
Irune Harman, M, Son, age 8, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarHiram Henry Harman, farm labourer
Hennerrata Harman, F, Daughter, age 6, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarHenrietta Harriett Harman
Rosanaah Harman, F, Daughter, age 4, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarRosanna Leah Walls [Harman]
Jane Harman, F, Daughter, age 2, born Rotherfield, SussexJane Ann Harman

2nd Apr 1871CensusMary Norman, F, Head, widowed, age 47, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: farm labourer's widow (almswoman)Mary Norman, farm labourer's widowCottage Hill1871 Census
Rotherfield and Crowborough, Sussex
Trayton Norman, M, Son, single, age 22, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: bricklayer journeymanTrayton Norman
Thomas Norman, M, Son, single, age 18, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: farm labourerThomas Norman
George H Norman, M, Son, age 15, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: farm labourerGeorge H. Norman
John H Norman, M, Son, age 12, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarJohn H. Norman
Mary J Norman, F, Daughter, age 7, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarMary J. Norman

2nd Apr 1871CensusAnn Harman, F, Head, widowed, age 53, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: bricklayer's widow (almswoman)Ann Harman [Martin]Cottage Hill1871 Census
Rotherfield and Crowborough, Sussex
George Harman, M, Son, age 14, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: farm labourerGeorge Harman, bricklayer
Kate Harman, F, Daughter, age 12, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarKate Bellingham [Harman]
William Martin, M, Brother, widowed, age 57, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: farm labourerWilliam Martin, farm labourer

c 1875Catts Corner, Town Row, Horse Grove & Cottage Hill, Rotherfield - c 1875Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1875 by Ordnance SurveyCottage Hill

3rd Apr 1881CensusWilliam Fry, M, Head, married, age 62, born Rotherfield; occupation: brick and tile makerWilliam Fry, farm labourerCottage Hill Cottage1881 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Eliza Fry, F, Wife, married, age 61, born RotherfieldEliza Fry [Miles]
James Miles, M, Boarder, widowed, age 82, born Rotherfield; occupation: farm labourerJames Miles, farm labourer

3rd Apr 1881CensusElizabeth A. Gilligan, F, Wife (Head), married, age 27, born Lancashire; occupation: laundressElizabeth A. GilliganCottage Hill Cottage1881 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
William E.A. Gilligan, M, Son, age 4, born Ireland; occupation: scholarWilliam E.A. Gilligan

3rd Apr 1881CensusJohn Reed, M, Head, married, age 32, born Wadhurst; occupation Farm labourerJohn ReedCottage Hill, No 21881 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Marie Reed, F, Wife, married, age 29, born RotherfieldMarie Reed
Walter Reed, M, Son, age 4, born WadhurstWalter Reed
Henry Reed, M, Son, age 8 m, born RotherfieldHenry Reed

3rd Apr 1881CensusSamuel Harman, M, Head, married, age 24, born Rotherfield; occupation: carpenter journeymanSamuel Harman, carpenterCottage Hill, No 31881 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Sarah E. Harman, F, Wife, married, age 22, born DorsetSarah Edith Harman [Kent]
Edith H. Harman, F, Daughter, age 2, born RotherfieldEdith Harriet Harman

3rd Apr 1881CensusHarry Rogers, M, Head, married, age 31, born Rotherfield; occupation: farm labourerHenry Rogers, farm labourerCottage Hill, No 41881 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Martha Rogers, F, Wife, married, age 29, born MayfieldMartha Rogers
Harry Rogers, M, Son, age 8, born Rotherfield; occupation: scholarHarry Rogers
Emily Rogers, F, Daughter, age 6, born Rotherfield; occupation: scholarEmily Jane Rogers
George Rogers, M, Son, age 2m, born RotherfieldGeorge Rogers

3rd Apr 1881CensusAnn Harman, F, Head, widowed, age 69, born Rotherfield; occupation: charwomanAnn Harman, charwomanCottage Hill, No 51881 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
William M. Hyder, M, Nephew, age 6, born Rotherfield; occupation: scholarWilliam M. Hyder
Annie Harman, F, Gr Daughter, age 6, born Surrey; occupation: scholarAnnie Harman

3rd Apr 1881CensusGeorge Harman, M, Lodger (Head), married, age 26, born Rotherfield; occupation: bricklayer journeymanGeorge Harman, bricklayerCottage Hill, No 51881 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Agnes Harman, F, Wife, married, age 20, born SurreyAgnes Harman [Jordan]

5th Apr 1891CensusRichard Markwick, M, Head, widowed, age 47, born Hadlow Down, Sussex; occupation: tailorRichard Markwick [Packham], beerhouse keeperCottage Hill1891 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Clara Markwick, F, Daughter, single, age 18, born Buxted, Sussex; occupation: housekeeperClara Elizabeth Packham
Harry Markwick, M, Son, age 16, born Buxted, Sussex; occupation: farm labourerJohn Henry (Harry) Packham
Richard Markwick, M, Son, age 14, born Buxted, SussexRichard Marwick
Arthur Markwick, M, Son, age 13, born Buxted, Sussex; occupation: scholarArthur Marwick
Rosey Markwick, F, Daughter, age 9, born Buxted, Sussex; occupation: scholarRose Marwick
Montague Markwick, F, Daughter, age 6, born Buxted, Sussex; occupation: scholarMontague Marwick

5th Apr 1891CensusEbezener Mankelow, M, Head, married, age 50, born Wadhurst, Sussex; occupation: general labourerEbenezer John Manktelow, farm labourerCottage Hill1891 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Jemina Mankelow, F, Wife, married, age 46, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: laundressJemima Manktelow [Moon]
Fanny Mankelow, F, Daughter, single, age 21, born Ticehurst, SussexFanny Doris Hall [Mankellow]
George Mankelow, M, Son, single, age 17, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: grocer's porterGeorge William Manktelow, postman
Jabez Mankelow, M, Son, single, age 11, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarJabez Manktelow
Ernest Mankelow, M, Son, age 9, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarErnest Mankelow
Walter Coombes, M, Grandson, age 3, born Three Bridges, SussexWalter Coombes

5th Apr 1891CensusCharles Baldock, M, Head, married, age 71, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation Carpenter and FarmerCharles Baldock, carpenterCottage Hill1891 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Elizabeth Baldock, F, Wife, married, age 63, born Rotherfield, SussexElizabeth Baldock
James R Baldock, M, Son, single, age 29, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation Carpenter and FarmerJames R. Baldock
Benjamin Baldock, M, Son, single, age 24, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation Carpenter and FarmerBenjamin Baldock
Samuel Baldock, M, Son, single, age 20, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation ShoemakerSamuel Baldock
Mary A Baldock, F, Granddaughter, age 22, born Rotherfield, SussexMary A Baldock

5th Apr 1891CensusHenry Browning, M, Head, married, age 38, born Enfield, Sussex, occupation: jobbing gardenerHenry Browning, jobbing gardenerCottage Hill1891 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Elizabeth Browning, F, Wife, married, age 37, born Whitnash, Warwickshire, occupation: laundressElizabeth Browning
Maud Mary Browning, F, Daughter, age 11, born Wigan, Lancashire, occupation: scholarMaud Mary Browning
William Henry Browning, M, Son, age 10, born Enfield, Sussex, occupation: scholarWilliam Henry Browning
Alfred James Browning, M, Son, age 8, born Brighton, Sussex, occupation: scholarAlfred James Browning
Arthur John Browning, M, Son, age 7, born Aldrington, Sussex, occupation: scholarArthur John Browning
Florence Browning, F, Daughter, age 5, born Brighton, Sussex, occupation: scholarFlorence Browning
Rose Browning, F, Daughter, age 3, born Wadhurst, SussexRose Browning

5th Apr 1891CensusAlfred Streeter, M, Head, married, age 31, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: gardenerAlfred Streeter, gardenerCottage Hill1891 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex

5th Apr 1891CensusAlfred Streeter, M, Head, married, age 31, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: gardenerAlfred Streeter, gardenerCottage Hill1891 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Rhoda Streeter, F, Wife, married, age 31, born Ringmer, SussexRosa (Rhoda) Streeter [Wickens] [Herrington]
Rhoda Streeter, F, Wife, married, age 31, born Ringmer, SussexRhoda Streeter [Upton]
Alfred Streeter, M, Son, age 7, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarAlfred Henry Thomas Streeter
Albert Streeter, M, Son, age 5, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarAlbert Edward Streeter
Mary Streeter, F, Daughter, age 2, born Rotherfield, SussexMary Rhoda Streeter

5th Apr 1891CensusGeorge Cole, M, Head, married, age 47, born Mayfield, Sussex; occupation: general labourerGeorge Cole, farm labourerCottage Hill1891 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Alice Cole, F, Wife, married, age 40, born Crowborough, SussexAlice Cole [Peerless]
Philadelphia Cole, F, Daughter, age 11, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarPhiladelphia Cole
Ellen Elizabeth Cole, F, Daughter, age 9, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarEllen Elizabeth Cole
Henry George Cole, M, Son, age 5, born Rotherfield, SussexHenry George Cole
John Cole, M, Son, age 2, born Rotherfield, SussexJohn Cole
Eva Cole, F, Daughter, age 1 month, born Rotherfield, SussexEva Cole

5th Apr 1891CensusHenry Callow, M, Head, married, age 49, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: general labourerHenry Callow, brick and tile makerCottage Hill1891 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Jane Callow, F, Wife, married, age 48, born Rotherfield, SussexGeorgina Jane Callow [Chewter]
Edward Callow, M, Son, single, age 20, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: grocer's assistantEdward Henry Callow

5th Apr 1891CensusElizabeth Beal, F, Head, single, age 53, born Mayfield, Sussex, occupation: charwomanElizabeth BealeCottage Hill1891 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex

5th Apr 1891CensusJohn Harman, M, Head, married, age 38, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: bricklayerJohn Harman, bricklayerCottage Hill1891 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Mary Harman, F, Wife, married, age 36, born Aldborough, YorkshireMary Harman [Benson]
Louisa Maria Harman, F, Daughter, age 14, born Rotherfield, SussexLouisa Maria Harman
John Francis Harman, M, Son, age 12, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarJohn Francis Harman
Arthur Henry Harman, M, Son, age 6, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: scholarArthur Henry Harman
Ernest Edward Harman, M, Son, age 4, born Rotherfield, SussexErnest Edward Harman
Cecil Bernard Harman, M, Son, age 1, born Rotherfield, SussexCecil Bernard Harman
Leonard G Harman, M, Son, age 1 month, born Rotherfield, SussexLeonard George Harman

c 1899Sheriffs Lane, Rotherfield - c 1899Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1899 by Ordnance SurveyCottage Hill

3rd Jun 1899BirthCyril James HarmanCottage HillFred Harman

1905Rotherfield from Cottage HillRotherfield from Cottage HillCottage HillPrivate collection

24th Nov 1906DeathHenry Callow, brick and tile makerCottage HillLinda Callow's records

26th Apr 1907DeathRhoda Harman [Martin]Cottage Hill, No 2Fred Harman

7th Aug 1907DeathGeorgina Jane Callow [Chewter]Cottage HillLinda Callow's records

1909View from Cottage HillView from Cottage Hill, RotherfieldCottage HillBill Chewter's records

1st Feb 1910DeathMary Harman [Benson]Cottage Hill, No 2Fred Harman

2nd Apr 1911CensusErnest Edwin Kite, M, Head, married, age 39, born Curbridge, Oxfordshire; occupation: gardenerErnest Edwin Kite, gardener9 Cottage Hill, Rotherfield1911 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Edith Kite, F, Wife, married 11 years, age 35, born Laughton, SussexEdith Kite
Elsie Kite, F, Daughter, age 11, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: schoolElsie Kite
Eva Kite, F, Daughter, age 4, born Rotherfield, SussexEva Kite
Olive Kite, F, Daughter, age 2, born Rotherfield, SussexOlive Kite
Ernest Kite, M, Son, age 9 months, born Rotherfield, SussexErnest Kite
Bertha Hickmott, F, Visitor, single, age 21, born Frittenden, Kent; occupation: housemaidBertha Hickmott
John Jarrett, M, Boarder, single, age 22, born Hadlow Down, Sussex; occupation: gardenerJohn Jarrett

2nd Apr 1911CensusJohn Francis Harman, M, Head, married, age 32, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: postmanJohn Francis Harman, postman8 Cottage Hill, Rotherfield1911 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Mary Hellen Harman, F, Wife, married 7 years, age 32, born Sandiacre, NottinghamshireMary Hellen Harman
Frank Jabez Harman, M, Son, age 7, born Rotherfield, SussexFrank Jabez Harman
Edith Louie Harman, F, Daughter, age 6, born Rotherfield, SussexEdith Louie Harman
Helen Millicent Harman, F, Daughter, age 5, born Rotherfield, SussexHelen Millicent Harman

2nd Apr 1911CensusGeorge Hewitt, M, Head, married, age 37, born Lymington, Hampshire; occupation: gardenerGeorge Hewitt, gardener7 Cottage Hill, Rotherfield1911 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Harriet Ann Hewitt, F, Wife, married 15 years, age 36, born Lambeth, LondonHarriet Ann Hewitt
Benjamin George Hewitt, M, Son, age 8, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: schoolBenjamin George Hewitt
Charles Edward Hewitt, M, Son, age 5, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: schoolCharles Edward Hewitt
Albert William Hewitt, M, Son, age 1, born Rotherfield, SussexAlbert William Hewitt

2nd Apr 1911CensusCharles Ephraim Saunders, M, Head, married, age 37, born Fernhurst, Sussex; occupation: stockmanCharles Ephraim Saunders, stockman6 Cottage Hill, Rotherfield1911 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Ellen Saunders, F, Wife, married 17 years, age 36, born Sheet, HampshireEllen Saunders

2nd Apr 1911CensusThomas Seal, M, Head, married, age 35, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: general labourerThomas Seal, general labourer5 Cottage Hill, Rotherfield1911 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Sarah Jane Seal, F, Wife, married 1 year, age 32, born Rotherfield, SussexSarah Jane Seal

2nd Apr 1911CensusThomas Reynolds, M, Head, married, age 33, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: carter on farmThomas Reynolds, carter on farm4 Cottage Hill, Rotherfield1911 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Edith Reynolds, F, Wife, married, age 30, born Liss, HampshireEdith Reynolds
Edith Mary Reynolds, F, Daughter, age 4, born Rotherfield, SussexEdith Mary Reynolds
Charles Edward Reynolds, M, Son, age 2, born Rotherfield, SussexCharles Edward Reynolds
Mary Ann Cousins, F, Mother-in-law, widow, age 69, born Sheet, HampshireMary Ann Cousins

2nd Apr 1911CensusWilliam Thomas Howell, M, Head, married, age 31, born Ticehurst, Sussex; occupation: gardenerWilliam Thomas Howell, gardener3 Cottage Hill, Rotherfield1911 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Ada Howell, F, Wife, married 5 years, age 30, born Horsmonden, KentAda Howell
Frederick William Howell, M, Son, age 5, born Rotherfield, SussexFrederick William Howell
Sydney Thomas Howell, M, Son, age 1, born Rotherfield, SussexSydney Thomas Howell
Reginald Daniels, M, Boarder, single, age 33, born Hadlow Down, Sussex; occupation: gardenerReginald Daniels

2nd Apr 1911CensusJohn Harman, M, Head, widower, age 82, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: retired builderJohn Harman, retired builder2 Cottage Hill, Rotherfield1911 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Kate Harman, F, Granddaughter, single, age 22, born Wingham, KentKate Harman
Ella Harman, F, Granddaughter, single, age 18, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: pupil teacherElla Harman

2nd Apr 1911CensusJohn Harman, M, Head, widower, age 58, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: builder and contractorJohn Harman, builder and contractor1 Cottage Hill, Rotherfield1911 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Louisa Harman, F, Daughter, single, age 34, born Rotherfield, SussexLouisa Harman
Arthur Harman, M, Son, single, age 26, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: house carpenterArthur Harman
Ernest Harman, M, Son, single, age 24, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: house painterErnest Harman
Cecil Harman, M, Son, single, age 21, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: gardenerCecil Harman
Leonard Harman, M, Son, single, age 20, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: harness makerLeonard Harman
Christine Harman, F, Daughter, age 12, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: schoolChristine Harman

2nd Apr 1911CensusEbenezer Manktelow, M, Head, married, age 70, born Wadhurst, Sussex; occupation: general labourer (past work now)Ebenezer Manktelow, general labourer (past work now)Cottage Hill, Rotherfield1911 Census
Rotherfield, Sussex
Jemima Manktelow, F, Wife, married 45 years, age 66, born Rotherfield, SussexJemima Manktelow
Jabez Manktelow, M, Son, married, age 31, born Rotherfield, Sussex; occupation: gardenerJabez Manktelow
Kate Elizabeth Manktelow, F, Daughter-in-law, married 3 years, age 26, born East Grinstead, SussexKate Elizabeth Manktelow
Irene Beatrice Manktelow, F, Granddaughter, age 1, born Rotherfield, SussexIrene Beatrice Manktelow

27th Jun 1917DeathJohn Harman, bricklayerCottage Hill, No 2Fred Harman

1st Jan 1931DeathJohn Harman, bricklayerCottage Hill, No 2Fred Harman

2nd Aug 1962DeathLouisa Maria HarmanCottage Hill, No 2Fred Harman

17th Oct 1965DeathJohn Francis HarmanCottage Hill, No 1Fred Harman

2001TodayCottage Hill

Nov 2003Contributed byFredHarmanCottage HillFred Harman

John Francis was born on the 25th Mar 1879 at Rotherfield and was christened at Saint Denys on the 11th May 1879.

At the age of 18 he run away from home to Portsmouth and joined the Royal Marines artillery at Eastney on the 26th November 1897 for a period of four years. It was here that john learnt to swim and gained his swimming certificate on the 17th June 1895. After serving this time he was discharged on 10th September 1902. John's description of himself by the Royal Marine certification is given as a height of five feet and eight inches with fresh complexion and brown eyes and hair, with two scars on his left fore finger.

John returned to civilian life as a painter and then as a postman in 1902. In the following year John Francis married Mary Helen Weller on the 2nd May 1903 at Saint Denys church. On the 17th Oct 1903 his and Mary's first son was born named Frank Jabaz. This followed by a second child a girl named Edith Louisa born on 11th Jan 1905, with the last child another girl born Helen Millicent on the 16th Mar 1906.

In 1914 John Francis was a naval reserve so he and a fellow worker in the post office were the first men to leave the village. They joined their ships on the Sunday before war was actually declared, and everyone said they would be back home in less than six months. In the battle of the Heligoland Bight battle German ships were sunk and John Francis was eventually paid prize monies for the sinking of the German ships. This was the princely sum of £7 1s &8 pence. This was in 1922. During his time in the Marines he served on His Majesties Ships Devastation, Hood, Bacchanti, and Columbine at Cromatry.

With the end of the war John Francis remained in the Marines until his final discharge in 1922 on the 4th of April. He had served in the Marines a total of a total of twelve years. By then his eldest child Frank was age 19 with Helen the youngest girl age 16. John was now aged 43, and undertook again his job as a postman. Again.

It would appear that John Francis Harman lived at his grandfather John's house after his death. For this address no 1 Cottage Hill was given as his address in the royal marine records after his marriage to Mary Helen Weller. This would have been next to his father John living at no 2 Cottage Hill.


Nov 2003Contributed byFredHarmanCottage HillFred Harman

John Harman was the second son of John and Rhoda Harman and followed the family tradition being named John. He was born at Cottage Hill on 16th January 1853 and baptised on the 6th March 1853. John Harman married Mary Benson at St Denys on the 24th July 1874. Mary Benson was born 28th April 1854 at Aldenborough, Yorkshire. Her father Francis was a groom and bailiff of Woodleigh, Withyham in 1874. Her mothers name was Hannah (nee Sinclair) Benson and her sister Helen Benson was one of the witness's at the wedding.

John sang in the choir for over fifty years at St. Denys church.

In the 1881 and 1891 census, John and his family lived at Primrose Villa, Cottage Hill.

After the death of his wife Mary on February 1st 1910, John went into business with his daughter Ella &her husband George Harman his nephew. In later life, John lived next door to George and Ella being looked after by Louisa Maria his eldest daughter.

John died on the 1st Jan 1931 and was buried on the 5th Jan 1931.

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