The Brighton connection (post the early 1800s)

Henry FOGDEN (1741-1820) was my great-great-great-great-grandfather.

He was a yeoman farmer who, in the early 1800s with his second wife Susanna (nee HAMMOND), left the agricultural community to the south of Chichester, for the noise and bustle of Brighton some 30 miles away to the east.  This was the time when Brighton’s population had started to mushroom (from less than 6,000 in 1794 to 24,000 in 1821 and eventually more than 100,000 in 1891) and Henry’s family were part of it.

Henry was in his early 60s so it was a major decision to move to Brighton.  But his family were young, ranging from 20 down to 1, so was he thinking about their future?  Obviously the metaphorical bright lights and growing fame of Brighton were a much stronger attraction than that of Chichester (the nearest sizeable town to Donnington) with its population of only 8,000 in 1831.  As far as I can tell Henry and his family were the first Fogdens in Brighton and most, if not all, of the Brighton Fogdens, myself included, descend from his offspring.

This is Henry & Susanna FOGDEN's family:

James was baptised on 18th November 1783 at Donnington in Sussex.  He married Elizabeth LINN on 3rd May 1804 at Brighton. James was described as 'Of the Sussex Militia'.   He was buried at Brighton on 11th December 1831.  I do not know if they had any children or what happened to Elizabeth.
Charlotte FOGDEN
Charlotte was baptised on 1st November 1785 at Donnington.  She married George WATTS, from Chichester, on 29th April 1806 at Brighton.  George was a hatter.  They settled in Chichester and had 6 children before he died in 1823 at the age of 39.  Charlotte returned to Brigton where, in 1835, she married Thomas SIMMONS, a widower.
There is no record of a baptism for Maria.   She was buried at Brighton on 6th June 1817 and it appears that she was still living with her parents.
Harriet FOGDEN
Harriet was baptised on 18th January 1788 at Donnington but she died later that year.
Louisa was baptised on 24th September 1789 at Donnington but she died in 1793.
Edmund was my great-great-great-grandfather.  He was baptised on 25th June 1792 at Donnington.
Henry was baptised on 26th December 1794 at Donnington.  He firstly married a widow, Kesiah EDWARDS, on 20th July 1816.  There was one child, Henry, born in 1817 but he died before the year was out.  Then, as a widower, he married Elizabeth MAY, a spinster of Alfriston (a village between Lewes and Eastbourne) on 24th November 1818.  Both marriages took place at Brighton.  Henry was a shoemaker (otherwise known as a cordwainer).  He died on 23rd June 1861, nearly 5 years after his second wife.
Jane was baptised on 20th February 1797 at Donnington.  She married William MILE on 18th August 1822 at Brighton.  I know nothing more about them.
Elizabeth FOGDEN
Elizabeth was baptised on 11th June 1799 at Chichester.  I know nothing more about her except that she was mentioned in her father's will (1820).
William FOGDEN
William was baptised on 11th February 1801 at Chichester but he died later that year.
George was baptised on 27th April 1803 at Rumboldswyke (just N of Donnington).  He firstly married Harriet HILL (at Lewes on 19th February 1822).  She died in 1853 and he then married Elizabeth Mary Phillips TAAFE (nee MULLANY), who was born in Ireland 50 years earlier, on 26th November 1854 at the Roman Catholic Chapel in Brighton.  George was a bookseller.  He fathered 11 children, all from his first marriage.  His second wife, Elizabeth, was a nurse.

Henry was buried at Brighton on 6th April 1820 at the age of 79.  He owned five 'dwelling houses' or tenements on the west side of Thomas Street, nos 11-15, and lived in one of them as Thomas St was his address in the burial register.  Thomas Street was in an area of Brighton that was later designated as having slum housing.  These houses were pulled down in the 1890s.

Susanna (or Susan as she was referred to in his will) died in 1833.  She was buried on 17th February 1833 in the churchyard of the Hanover Chapel in Queen's Road.  This Independent chapel was built in 1825 for the Rev M EDWARDS but from 1844 it was used by the Presbyterian Church.  So was Susan always a Nonconformist or did this 'conversion' only happen in her latter years?


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