This is the tree of Sarah, another child of John Watkinson of Black Notley Hall. It is not our own line. Much of the story has come from Pendril Brown of Canada and the late Mick Peck of Hertfordshire. In some respects this information contains conflicts, as so often happens, but in general the story seems good. It has now been amplified by material found in the 1881 census.

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1 Sarah WATKINSON (1746-1820) [600]

 Witnesses at the marriage of Sarah and Robert, at Black Notley, were Thomas
 Watkinson and Daniel Watkinson (her cousin, the tallow chandler, aged 20 ?)
 Infoemation on Sarah/Robert's children has come from David & Pendril Brown in
Canada and from the late Mick Peck in Herts.  Pendril has also given us a daughter
Mary, marrying
 Joseph Holland of Lt Bardfield. Was the marriage 30/3 or 17/4 ?
 Acc Samuel W's journal, her funeral text was
 Psalm 23 - 4th verse, Psalm 39 2nd part, 31 Hymn 2 Book, Psalm 23 Common Time
Sp. Robert BARNARD (1745-1817) [615]; m. 17 Apr 1767, Black Notley

 Acc Samuel W's journal, he died "at night".  He was probably born 1740/45.
 In 1939 Samuel Geoffrey Ratcliff bought Black Notley Hall from "the late Mr
 Osmond Barnard" (Rosalind Cousins).  Osmond Barnard possibly descended from
 Robt Barnard & Sarah. Colin met Mr Ratcliff at a Mid-Essex Coursing Club mtg
 c1861 & discussed the Watkinsons with him.
 Robt Barnard was probably a nephew of Abraham Barnard & execr of his Will. He
 lived at Holts, Stebbing (as did Abraham) [Watkinson Journal]
   11 Susannah BARNARD (1771-1787) [1179]
   12 Jeney BARNARD (1772- ) [1180]

    Acc Pendril Brown, Jane m Samuel Chopping.  They had a son Samuel (m Eliza
    Davey) and dau Elizabeth.
   13 Elizabeth BARNARD (1774- ) [1181]
   Sp. John GROUT (1767-1816) [1190]; m. "c1790"

    Marriage was by licence.  Five Barnards signed as witnesses -
    Robert (giving his consent as Elizabeth was a minor)
    John, Jenny, Mary and Elizabeth (who appears to have been young, based on the
    handwriting).
    John's will appointed Robert Barnard of Wimbish as an executor.
    He had land/cottages (2 ac) @@ Sibley's Grn, Thaxted, where Abraham Barnard was
    miller & Robt Barnard was in occupation.  [This info from Kenneth Armstrong]
      131 John GROUT (1791- ) [1191]
      132 William GROUT (1792- ) [1192]
      133 Thomas GROUT (1794- ) [1193]
      134 Abraham GROUT (1797- ) [1194]
      135 Samuel GROUT (1797- ) [1195]
      136 Elizabeth GROUT (1801- ) [1196]
      Sp. John BRITTON (1789- ) [1202]; m. "c1821"
         1361 Josiah BRITTON (1821-1889) [1203]

         Josiah Britton was at Poulters Farm in 1881. He was born at Great Easton in Essex.
         Also at home were his wife Louisa (44) and offspring Anne (20), Charles J (19),
         Susan (18), Fred (17).
         1362 Anna BRITTON (1823-1840) [1204]
         1363 Betsey BRITTON (1824-1837) [1205]
         1364 Susan BRITTON (1826-1858) [1206]
         1365 William BRITTON (1828- ) [1207]
         1366 Eliza BRITTON (1830- ) [1208]
         1367 Martha BRITTON (1833-1910) [1209]
         1368 Mary BRITTON (1835-1863) [1210]
         1369 John BRITTON (1836- ) [1211]
         136A Ellen BRITTON (1838-1930) [1212]
         Sp. William MASH (1831-1898) [1213]; m. "c1860"

         At the 1881 census William Mash was a grocer and draper in Old Street, Haughley,
         Suffolk, with his wife Ellen. Also present were daughters Ada E Mash and Mary K
         Mash, both draper's assistants. The son Charles J Mash, aged 14, was a "grocer".
         Thus we learn a little more about the names of those three. Alice Clara and Martha
         Helena are both recorded but there are two extra children, Frank (aged 10) and
         Florence E (aged 6).
            136A1 Ada MASH (1861-1926) [1214]
            136A2 Katie MASH (1864-1933) [1215]
            136A3 John Charles MASH (1866- ) [1216]
            136A4 Alice Clara MASH (1868-1933) [1217]
            136A5 Martha Helena MASH (1873-1945) [1218]
            Sp. Walter CROAD (1879-1943) [1219]

            Although we have Walter Croad's birthplace (from Mick Peck) as Wetherden in
            Suffolk, the 1881 census shows a Walter Croad one year old in West Ham, infant son
            of shipwright William Croad and wife Elizabeth. There are seven older siblings.
            A more promising census entry is the Croad family in Hayes, Kent, headed by
            Reginald J Croad, grocer (aged 30, born in Dorset). His wife was Letitia (20)
            from Norfolk. Children were Maud M (5), Reginald W (2) and Daisy (4 months).
            A check of the GRO for the births of Croads in 1878/79 ruled out Reginald. He
            was Reginald William. However a William Walter Croad was registered in the IOW
            district in 1879/Q1. A further check of the 1881 census showed Walter Croad (40)
            and Maria Croad (33) in Brading, IOW. Their children were Henry (15), Henrietta
            (12), Kate (10), Emily (6), Elizabeth (4) and William (2). It is very clear
            from the GRO index that baby William is William Walter, named after his father.
            This Walter seems the likeliest candidate for the Walter Croad in our tree. Also
            living in Brading were James Croad (65) and Eliza Croad (65), possibly the
            grandparents of young William Walter. Croads, fortunately, are rather rare.
                        
               136A51 Evaline Helena CROAD (1904- ) [1220]
               Sp. John Robert Charles PECK (1893- ) [1221]
                  136A511 Michael Cecil PECK ( - ) [1222]

                   Farming at Graveley, nr Hitchin, Hertfordshire.
                  Sp. Mabel VANDYKE (1932- ) [1735]

                   Twin sister Violet died at 3 wks
      137 Mary GROUT (1803- ) [1197]
      138 James GROUT (1804- ) [1198]

      James Grout, born Thaxted 1804, is shown in the 1881 census as living near the mill
      at Gt Totham.  This makes him the first of the children of John Grout and Elizabeth
      Barnard whom we have found in 1881. He is a wheelwright and blacksmith. Was he
      still working at 77 ? With him is his rather younger wife Margarett, aged 69.
      There is no one else at home but there may perhaps be adult children in the vicinity.
      And indeed this appears to be so. The census shows a Grout family farming at
      Pain Hill Farm in Gt Totham. There are Walter (39), Sophia (29) and a string of
      children, Louisa (11), Maud (9), Samuel (8), John (7), Margaret (6), Rose Ella
      (2) and Clara (1).
      
      139 Samuel GROUT (1807- ) [1199]
      13A Daniel GROUT ( - ) [1200]
      13B Joseph GROUT (1808- ) [1201]
      Sp. Sarah DUDLEY (1811- ) [1223]; m. 25 Dec 1833, Gt Braxted
         13B1 Joseph GROUT (1836- ) [1224]

         A Joseph Grout, aged 44, is seen with his family in Ashford, Kent in 1881. It now
         seems certain that much of this Grout branch of the family had migrated to Kent. He
         is shown as a china dealer. His wife is Mary Ann Grout. Two children were born
         in Northfleet (Herbert William aged 11, Arthur Henry aged 7). Joseph's younger
         brother Arthur was a grocer in Northfleet in 1881.
         Joseph and Mary Ann had five other children, all born in Ashford, Ellen E aged 19,
         Annie E aged 16, Ernest W aged 13, Maud M aged 4 and Florence aged 2.
         13B2 Sarah GROUT (1837- ) [1225]
         13B3 John Robert GROUT (1839- ) [1226]
         Sp. Ann HORTON (1835- ) [1234]; m. 23 Sep 1864
            13B31 Henry GROUT (1865- ) [1235]

             In 1881 Henry Grout was an apprentice, aged 15, to a draper in Sittingbourne, Kent.
            His four sisters were also in Sittingbourne.
            Sp. Florence Mary CRANSTON (1870- ) [1240]; m. 28 Oct 1904, NZ Chch
               13B311 Harry GROUT (1895-1921) [1241]
               13B312 Doris Kathleen GROUT (1898- ) [1242]
               Sp. Arthur Lionel ELLISDON ( - ) [1244]; m. 19 Nov 1919
                  13B3121 Kathleen Mary ELLISDON (1921- ) [1245]
                  Sp. Geoffrey David BEAL ( - ) [1248]; m. 1943
                  13B3122 Doris ELLISDON ( - ) [1246]
                  13B3123 Nancy ELLISDON ( - ) [1247]
               13B313 Florence Annie GROUT (1904- ) [1243]
            13B32 Lucy GROUT (1867- ) [1236]

             The four Grout girls, Lucy, Caroline, Edith and Annie Louisa, are all found
            together in the 1881 census in the care of an unmarried Caroline Williams, a china
            dealer in Sittingbourne, Kent.
            13B33 Caroline GROUT (1870- ) [1237]
            13B34 Edith GROUT (1872- ) [1238]
            13B35 Annie Louisa GROUT ( - ) [1239]
         13B4 Elizabeth GROUT (1841- ) [1227]
         13B5 Daniel Dudley GROUT (1843- ) [1228]

          In 1881 Daniel D Grout was a grocer in "Minster in Sheppey". With him were his wife
         Anna M (aged 41) and four daughters, Sarah A Grout (aged 13), Anna M Grout (aged
         12), Bessie S Grout (aged 9) and Alice M Grout (aged 5). His brother Thomas Grout
         was trading nearby.
         13B6 Deborah GROUT (1845- ) [1229]
         13B7 Thomas GROUT (1847- ) [1230]

         The 1881 census sees Thomas Grout as a grocer in "Minster in Sheppey" with his wife
         Augusta (aged 35). As with Daniel's family, daughters predominate, with Annie M (9),
         Lizzie Amelia (7) and Augusta B (5). The enumerator had trouble with Alztrudd?
         (aged 2), and there was also baby Thomas Dudley aged 4 months. Remember that
         Thomas Grout's mother was Sarah Dudley  -  There are several features in this 1881
         information that seem to tie it all together into a convincing pattern.
         13B8 Jeffrey GROUT (1850- ) [1231]

         It may be possible to identify Jeffrey with an assurance agent and lay baptist
         preacher in Tonbridge.
         13B9 Arthur GROUT (1853- ) [1232]

         Arthur was yet another tradesman. He was a grocer in Northfleet, Kent, in 1881 with
         wife Elizabeth (29) and four small children. They were Arthur L (aged 5), Mabel C
         (aged 3), Cyril T (aged 1) and Hilda E (aged 5 months).
         13BA Maria Grout F (1855- ) [1233]

         Maria was unmarried in 1881. It is almost certainly she who is found as a milliner
         in a large drapery shop in Sittingbourne in 1881.
   14 Robert BARNARD (1775-1846) [1182]
   Sp. Ann PIGGOTT ( - ) [1189]
      141 Robert BARNARD (1799-1864) [1480]
      Sp. Hannah GURSOM ( - ) [1482]; m. 10 Apr 1822
         1411 Sarah BARNARD ( - ) [1483]
         1412 Robert BARNARD ( - ) [1484]
         1413 Susanna BARNARD (1826-1869) [1485]
         Sp. Caleb HAUGHTON ( - ) [1490]

          The 1881 census enumerator was not very legible. In High Street, Billericay, we
         find Calif. Houghton (59) and Prissilla (52) running a drapery business. Also
         present are Maria Houghton (25), Edmund John Houghton (17). It looks rather like the
         same
         family, Calif being Caleb and Prissilla being a second wife. There is also a
         grandson William (8) and a "neice" Selina.
            14131 Alice Susanna HAUGHTON (1847-1898) [1491]
            Sp. Samuel MILLS ( - ) [1500]; m. 22 Sep 1869
               141311 Henry MILLS ( - ) [1501]
               141312 Frederick MILLS ( - ) [1502]
               141313 Arthur MILLS ( - ) [1503]
               141314 Bertha MILLS ( - ) [1504]
            Sp. Sylvanus John JONES ( -1903) [1505]; m. 22 Oct 1881
               141315 Arthur Sydney JONES (1884-1930) [1506]
               Sp. Maud DE COURCY (1886- ) [1509]; m. "?? OCT 1913"
                  1413151 Arthur JONES ( - ) [1510]
                  1413152 Eleanor Maud JONES (1921-1979) [1511]
                  Sp. Clifford MORGAN ( - ) [1516]; m. 4 Apr 1942
                  1413153 Gladys JONES ( - ) [1512]
                  Sp. Dennis MCCARTHY ( - ) [1515]
                  1413154 John JONES ( - ) [1513]
                  Sp. Gladys CHATERIS ( - ) [1514]
               141316 Alice JONES ( - ) [1507]
               Sp. George RAWLINGS ( - ) [1508]
            14132 Sarah HAUGHTON ( - ) [1492]
            14133 Emily HAUGHTON ( - ) [1493]
            14134 Maria HAUGHTON ( - ) [1494]
            14135 Elizabeth HAUGHTON ( - ) [1495]
            14136 Edmund HAUGHTON ( - ) [1496]
            14137 Emma HAUGHTON ( - ) [1497]
            14138 Hannah HAUGHTON ( - ) [1498]
            14139 Robert HAUGHTON ( - ) [1499]
         1414 James BARNARD ( - ) [1486]
         1415 Eulalia BARNARD ( - ) [1487]
         1416 Mary BARNARD ( - ) [1488]
         1417 William BARNARD ( - ) [1489]
      142 Ann BARNARD ( - ) [1481]
   15 John BARNARD (1776- ) [1183]

    The 1851 census shows a John Barnard (72) at Perry Child Farm, Panfield and
    his wife Sarah (63).  Our Jn Barnard should have been about 74.
   16 Samuel BARNARD (1778- ) [1184]

    Acc Pendril Brown, Samuel married Ann (ex Finchingfield) and left Essex in
    1802 for America with children Ann, Sarah, Hannah, Elizabeth, Charles &
    Barnard (!?)
   17 Abraham BARNARD (1781-1841) [1185]

    According to Pendril Brown, Abraham was located at Siblers Green Mill, Thaxted.  He was
    married with 3 chn, Sarah (m Chas Kettley), Elizabeth (m H Fry) and Abraham
    (who had sons George & William). Some of that information conflicts with his family
   as shown here (which is from Mick Peck).
   Sp. Sarah PETTIT ( - ) [1747]; m. Epping
      171 Elizabeth BARNARD ( - ) [1748]

       Married H Fry (either from Pendril Brown or Mick Peck)
      172 Abraham BARNARD ( - ) [1749]
      Sp. Mary HAYDEN ( - ) [1750]
         1721 James BARNARD ( - ) [1751]

          (Valmay Moran) Married Catherine O'Conner
         1722 Mary BARNARD ( - ) [1752]

          (Valmay Moran) Married Francesco Laloli.
   18 Thomas BARNARD (1785-1815) [1186]

    Dates of birth and death are from Pendril Brown.
   19 William BARNARD (1783-1849) [1187]

    Acc Pendril Brown, William may have lived at Holts Farm in Stebbing. As his elder
   son William was later at Holts it does seem that the Barnard family was continuously
   here.
   Sp. Hannah PIGGOT ( -1861) [1188]
      191 William BARNARD (1813-1889) [1251]

       William and Priscilla (57) are found in 1881 at the old Barnard farm of Holts in
      Stebbing. They have 799 acres and employ 33 men and 8 boys. Sarah Hannah is at home
      (aged 30), Ellen Louisa (aged 20) and Elizabeth (aged 18). There is also Mary
      E W (aged 22) who must equate to Emily Mary Watkinson Barnard. William jnr has
      left home. There is no sign of young Robert. A local census for the village of
      Stebbing in 1863 includes William Barnard as a farmer and maltster at Holts Farm.
      That
      may well be this William.
      Sp. Priscilla CHALLIS ( - ) [1252]
         1911 Priscilla Challis Piggott BARNARD (1847-1922) [1253]
         Sp. Daniel BENTALL ( - ) [1260]; m. 1876

          Daniel and Priscilla were farming 271 acres at Lawn Hall in High Easter in 1881.
         Daniel was 41 and Priscilla was 33. The first of their children are also seen, Emma
         aged 3, Daniel B aged 2 and baby Herbert aged 3 months.
            19111 Emma BENTALL (1877-1951) [1261]
            Sp. Philip Piggott BROWN ( -1953) [1269]

             Acc Pendril, Philip came to Canada in 1911.
               191111 Mary_Emma Monica Bentall BROWN (1917-1966) [1270]
               191112 Priscilla Marigold BROWN (1921-1921) [1271]
               191113 Rex Pendril BROWN (1923- ) [1272]

                From 1957 to 1967 Rex Pendril Brown was keeper of the Pine Island Light, a
               lighthouse at the NW end of Queen Charlotte Strait in British Columbia.
               191114 Philip Anthony Piggott BROWN (1914- ) [1273]

                Living in Weymouth, Dorset.
               Sp. Phyllis Mary EVANS ( - ) [1274]
                  1911141 Carole Glenys BROWN (1946- ) [1275]
                  1911142 Roger Caryl Philip BROWN (1949- ) [1276]
                  1911143 Rosemaril Gwen BROWN (1952- ) [1277]
            19112 Daniel Barnard BENTALL (1878-1948) [1262]
            19113 William BENTALL (1879-1880) [1263]
            19114 Herbert BENTALL (1881-1882) [1264]
            19115 Charles BENTALL (1882-1974) [1265]
            19116 Priscilla BENTALL (1884- ) [1266]
            19117 Anthony Frank BENTALL (1886- ) [1267]
            19118 Arthur Challis BENTALL (1888-1889) [1268]
         1912 Sarah Hannah BARNARD ( - ) [1254]
         1913 William BARNARD ( - ) [1255]

          The 1881 census shows William as a farm bailiff at Whitehouse Road Farm in
         Stebbing, aged 25.He is married to Ann (aged 23) but there are no children.
         1914 Emily Mary Watkinson BARNARD ( - ) [1256]
         1915 Ellen Lydia BARNARD ( - ) [1257]
         1916 Elizabeth BARNARD ( - ) [1258]
         1917 Robert BARNARD ( -1901) [1259]

          Drowned at sea on HMS Cobra (Pendril Brown)