George Gutsell (1805-1873)

From Historical Hastings

George Gutsell and his wife, Charlotte from Westfield are mentioned by Brett in his manuscript histories as being key witnesses in the Guestling Poisoning case in addition being noted as grocers and suppliers of eggs among other produce to the Bretts. George died in Battle Union Workhouse on the 8th of June 1873[1].

Genealogists may wish to take note of the corruption/mis-spelling of the Gutsell surname becoming Goodsell for George and Charlotte's children. George died poor, listed as an 'agricultural labourer' in both the 1841 and 1851 Census[2] as opposed to a grocer and spent the later years of his life in various charitable institutions[3]. It is possible that he was unable to read or write causing the change in surnames for his children.


Children of: George Gutsell and Charlotte Noakes (1803-)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Priscilla Goodsell (1832-)


George Goodsell (1840-)


Stephen Richard Goodsell (1848-)


References & Notes

  1. England and Wales Civil Registration Death Index 1873
  2. UK Census, , 1851; , &32; district Battle , folio 31 page 8, line 5.
  3. UK Census, , 1861; , &32; district Battle , folio 91 page 5,.