Ann Ashdown

bap. 29/01/1756 Westfield, Sussex
d. 09/12/1839 the Parish of Westfield, Bexhill, Battle Union, Sussex


Nicholas Ashdown
Mary Ashdown
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m. 27/10/1773
James Catt Westfield, Sussex bur. 11/07/1819


bap. 27/10/1773 James Ashdown
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Note: Includes only children from certificates, baptism entries, or from census entries where the relationship is specified. For married women, please see their husband's entry for children from censuses.


1840 Widow

Also known as

Ann Asdown, Anne Catt

Did You Know?

  • The person filling in the marriage register spelled Ann Ashdown's surname 'Asdown' but she spelled it as 'Ashdown' in her signature.
  • Although his mother's name was given as Mary Catt in the baptism register, I would be surprised if George Catt was not the son of Ann Ashdown. There is no evidence in the indexes that Ann died between the baptism of her son John in 1791 and George's baptism in 1793, the age at death of James Catt's widow Anne in 1839 is not inconsistent with her being the same person, and George is certainly the son of the same James as James included him along with his children by Ann in his will in 1819. None of George's five daughters were given the name Mary (his eldest was given the name Ann but that was probably after her mother). George's wife Ann Kennard became Mary Ann on her death certificate, so maybe something similar happened on George's baptism entry.
  • Although she was baptised in 1756, well after the calendar change, in the parish register Ann Ashdown's January baptism is still included with the baptisms for 1755 not with those for 1756.
  • Ann Ashdown's death certificate gives 'Visitation of God' as the cause of death. In the other instance I've seen this term used - the verdict of a Coroner's Inquest on the death of Saml Burchet about a year before Ann - the victim had apparently 'compla\[i]ned of a pain at his heart'.
  • The informant on Ann Ashdown's death certificate was a Mary Cruttenden, the married name of Ann's husband's daughter Mary Cruttenden.
  • James Ashdown was baptised on the day his mother Ann Ashdown married James Catt.

Documentary Sources

Source: PBT/1/1/73/528
East Sussex Record Office

Possibly the Same Person?

Mary Catt
Name Spouse Name
There is no evidence in the indexes that George Catt was widowed and remarried between the baptism of Ann's son John in 1791 and of Mary's son George in 1793.


29/01/1756 Church, Westfield, Sussex
27/10/1773 Sussex
27/10/1773 Church, Westfield, Sussex
27/10/1773 Church, Westfield, Sussex
09/12/1839 Westfield, Sussex
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