THE SUSSEX MUDDLE FAMILIES
THE WALDRON MUDDLES
The Waldron Muddles are a relatively small family that originate with Abraham Muddle who married Elizabeth Midmore at Waldron in Sussex in 1742. Abraham had probably been born in about 1715 but so far no trace of a baptism for him has been found, though he was almost certainly from one of the other Sussex Muddle families in the immediate area.
Abraham and Elizabeth lived at Waldron where they had seven children, who were generally not very productive of the next generation, either dying young or not marrying. The exceptions being their eldest daughter Sarah Muddle who married John Bones and lived at Mayfield where they produced thirteen children. Their second daughter Elizabeth Muddle had three illegitimate children before she married and had another child, but her three illegitimate children never passed the Muddle name on to the next generation as the only one to marry changed his name to Piper.
The Muddle name only continued through Abraham and Elizabeth's eldest son John Muddle who married Ann Parks in 1766. They lived at Waldron where they had six children, three sons and three daughters. The three daughters all married but of course never carried on the Muddle name. Of the three sons only one married and produced children to carry on the Muddle name. This was William Muddle who married Sarah Hendley in 1791; they lived mostly at Mayfield in Sussex where they had eight children, only one of which was a son. Of their seven daughters nothing is known about what happened to two of them, the three youngest went to Brighton to work and of these one had an illegitimate daughter before disappearing from the records, one married and the other one worked as a cook never married and ended up in London. The other two daughters both married and had a large number of children, one at Jevington in Sussex and the other at Withyham in Sussex.
William and Sarah's only son, John Muddle, married Harriet Ticehurst in 1817; they lived at Rotherfield in Sussex and had nine children, six of whom died relatively young and unmarried. Their eldest son married but never produced and children. Their eldest daughter had two illegitimate daughters before she married and had four more children but none of these were to carry the Muddle name forward. Their youngest son, Henry Muddle, moved to London where he worked as a policeman and then a waiter. He married Martha Austin Alder and they had two daughters, the first dying in infancy, and after the birth of the second daughter in 1872 this family disappears from the records.
So as far as it has been possible to trace what happened to the descendants of Abraham and Elizabeth, those that continued to carry the Muddle name had all died out by the later part of the 19th century.
Copyright © Derek Miller 2012-2015
Last updated 10 April 2015
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