Sussex genealogist

I have been researching family history for over 10 years and completed an MSc in Genealogical, Palaeographic & Heraldic Studies at the University of Strathclyde.  I specialise in family and social history of Sussex, Kent and Surrey, an area I know well.

I am using this blog to share research into my own family tree as well as general news and views from the world of genealogy.  My family tree is based in Sussex, mainly East Sussex around Dallington, Burwash and Heathfield with parts of family based in Cuckfield and Slaugham, West Sussex and other parts on the Surrey, Sussex, Kent border in Lingfield, Edenbridge and East Grinstead.

My father’s family however buck the trend, they came from Hackney in Middlesex with lines coming from Norfolk and Devon and recently discovered – France.


Please feel free to contact me especially if you think we have a family link!

Also please feel free to contact me if you would like some genealogical help with your own family history.

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  1. Fascinating stuff Kerry, I think our ancestors paths must have crossed, my family are Catt’s and Messengers…. I have managed quite a lot of the tracing back to Warbleton and I am looking at Thomas Message 1797 who married Lucy Pallet or Pellat? in 1834. (my fourth great grandfather) On the census from 1861 Rushlake Green seems to be inundated with shoe and bootmakers, including Thomas, I don’t no the area at all, and have googled but can’t find much, would you know if they were independant shoe makers, or was there some kind of factory, or did they work from home? Don’t worry if you can’t help, but any snippets would be helpful.
    many thanks

  2. thank you so much for doing my family tree, it’s really interesting. This piece of work makes my family come alive and will be a treasured piece of work for future generations.

  3. Hi Kerry, I was wondering if you had a source for John Thorpe’s (c. 1527-1607) wife being called Alice? I’ve plenty of evidence of her being a Bowett, but as yet, have not seen a satisfactory source for her being named Alice. ‘Alice’ doesn’t get mentioned in any of the childrens’ baptism records I’ve found, she is buried as ‘wife of John Thorpe, there is no reference to her in John’s will, and she’s only referred to as heiress Bowett in established pedigrees, so I’m unsure of where the suggested name comes from and would greatly appreciate any information you have to offer. John and ‘Alice’ are my 10x great grandparents. I’ve been researching them since the early 90’s.

    1. Hi Helen

      Thank you for your email. I have been back through the documents I have and no I don’t have a source for her being called Alice. The only place I can see that she is called Alice is other family trees I have seen and I would love to know where the name Alice originates from. I will change my tree to reflect this fact. I have seen a number of sources that prove she was a Bowett, such as the Victoria County Histories which connect the two names and Elizabeth Thorp’s memorial at Hurstpierpoint with the Bowett arms on it. Do you have any evidence for whether she came from Yorkshire as stated on the IGI or Newdigate in Surrey?

      Best wishes

      Kerry Baldwin

  4. Kerry, I first came across a post of yours some years back and meant to try and contact you then but for some reason didn’t. It concerned your query regarding William Faulconer and Mary Shallcross. Marys father John of Godstone was my 6X great grandfather. I have quite a bit of information on their conections if it is of any interest to you. If you recieve this feel free to Email me. Best wishes, Glenn Shallcross.

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