William Woolgar (1801-1864)

From Historical Hastings

Wiliam Woolgar
Spouse(s)Sarah Ranger (1792-1870)

Born in Eaton, Sussex, William was a blacksmith and publican who kept his premises on the site of today's Holy Trinity Church[1]. Married Brett's mother, Sarah Ranger in 1829 following the death of his (Brett's) father, sending Brett off for education at Mr. Neve's school.

Register entry for William Woolgar's marriage to Sarah Brett (nee Ranger)[2]


The 1841 Census shows William and Sarah's address as being Mercer's Bank, him still working as a blacksmith[3].

By 1851, William was working as a grocer and living in St Andrews Terrace[4] and 1861 shows he and Sarah lived with two daughters, Elizabeth (28) and Jemima (26); their son James having moved to Henfield, and he having returned to his prior occupation of a blacksmith[5].


Children of: Wiliam Woolgar and Sarah Ranger (1792-1870)
Name Birth Death Joined with
James Woolgar (1829-)


Mary Woolgar (1833-1877)


Elizabeth Woolgar (1833-)


Jemima Woolgar (1835-)


References & Notes

  1. Brett Manuscript Histories Vol. 1 Chap. 1 Pg. 6
  2. Helena Wojtczak FRHistS (1958-)
  3. UK Census Return 1841
  4. UK Census Return 1851
  5. UK Census Return 1861