MY CONNECTION WITH SOME OLD NEWHAVEN FAMILIES

Photo:Alfred Hills c 1900

Alfred Hills c 1900

Connie Sexton

Photo:Alfred Hills with Baldwins deivery cart c1915

Alfred Hills with Baldwins deivery cart c1915

Connie Sexton

Photo:Alfred with another cart & unidentified person

Alfred with another cart & unidentified person

Connie Sexton

Photo:From left to right, Alfred Hills, daughter Lydia and his wife Sarah c1915

From left to right, Alfred Hills, daughter Lydia and his wife Sarah c1915

Connie Sexton

Photo:The wedding of Albert Edward Winder & Lydia Hills June 1918

The wedding of Albert Edward Winder & Lydia Hills June 1918

Connie Sexton

Photo:Jane Woolgar, sons Albert & Christopher and John Charles Woolgar c1900

Jane Woolgar, sons Albert & Christopher and John Charles Woolgar c1900

Connie Sexton

The Hills, Winders & Woolgars

By RAY SEXTON

Alfred Hills was my Great Grandfather. Born at Sandgate, Kent in 1866, he moved to Newhaven from Dungeness with his parents John & Mary, c1874. In 1887 he married Sarah Miller from Udimore. Alfred worked as a butcher/journeyman for Baldwins of Chapel Street Newhaven using a horse & cart for the local deliveries around Newhaven.

Alfred & Sarah had a daughter Lydia who married Albert Edward Winder RN. He was the son of John Charles Winder & Jane Woolgar. Albert Winder served in the Royal Navy 1906-1919 and was on HMS Kent at the Battle of the Falkands Dec 8 1914. After leaving the Navy, Albert worked in the pumice factory grinding the blue pebbles collected from Newhaven West Beach. They had a son Robert who died young, then sadly a year later Albert died leaving his widow Lydia 6 months pregnant with my mother Connie.

Connie later married Robert Sexton the fourth son of Frank Archer Sexton & Beatrice (nee Taylor).

Connie & Robert (or Bob as he was known), had 3 sons, Robert, Maurice, and myself (Raymond), also three girls, twins Maureen & Sylvia then Julie.

We grew up and went to school in Newhaven at Hillcrest, the boys School where I started in the annexe, a small outpost. I think my first form teacher was Frank Hersey, though Mister or Sir to us in those days. Then we moved to the main school and finally up to the Secondary school at the end of Southdown Road, the road we lived in. Both my brothers and I left home to join the Royal Navy and we all settled elswhere around the country. In my case it is Hampshire.

This page was added by RAY SEXTON on 17/11/2008.
Comments about this page

My Uncle George Winder and his sister Liz were blue boulder pickers.  Is there a family connection maybe? Aunt Liz became Liz Harvey and can be seen on the PEOPLE Sheet Loft Workers page.

By Colin Holden
On 20/11/2008

Thank you for posting this story about your family. I believe we share a common ancestor, John Winder born in 1775. John, who was married to Ann Vinterman, is my 4 x great grandfather. Their son Edward (my 3 x great grandfather, born in 1801) was the brother of Henry born in 1810, who I believe is your 2 x great grandfather. Edward had a son, also named Edward, born in 1827, who emigrated to America in 1849 - he is my great great grandfather. There are a bunch of us Winder's here in California, Arizona & Utah.

Thanks so much for posting all of this great information about Newhaven on this site. Much appreciated!  

By Carol Winder Yelton
On 15/09/2014

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