Monday, July 25, 2011

William Nye

Thomas and Ann Walker Nye next had another son whom they named William. He was born 12 May 1789 and christened on 9 August 1789 in the Parish Church at Leigh.

William married Elizabeth Scott of Pembury, abt 1822 in Pembury, Kent.

Beginning in 1822, the first nine children were born and christened or baptized in the beautiful baptistry in the Pembury Church. They were Eliza or Elizabeth 1822, William 1823, Harriett 1825, Mary 1827, Emma 1828, Alfred 1831, George 1833, Maria 1835, and Charles in 1838. Two more boys, John and Thomas were born in the Tonbridge area in 1840 and 1845 but no christening has been located for them.

George and Charles both died in 1841.

The 1841 and 1851 census' note that William was an agricultural laborer and he would have worked on farms belonging to others. He died about 1853.

Elizabeth became a monthly nurse, living in Tonbridge Wells. She continued in that profession until her death in 1873. Elizabeth was probably untrained and her role as a monthly nurse would have been to care for a new mother and infant for one month following the child's birth. Her oldest daughter Eliza, a widow came home from Sussex with her son Frederick and lived with Elizabeth in 1871.


  1. These people start coming alive with the information you've gathered.

  2. Ahhh, this is the link to my family. I am descended from this William Nye and would love any more information you have on the Nye history.

  3. Furtive - great to hear from you. Please contact Janice Nye Lutz at

  4. I currently have a 1986 copy of a birth certificate for a Sarah Nye born April 12, 1854 to a William and Frances(Mitchell)Nye. It states that William was a shepherd. Their residence at the time was Sompting; Registration district was Steyning, New Shoreham in the County of Sussex.

    I have no idea if this is your family line or not but thought to pass on the info. I am looking into the family because I have two cross stitch samplers I am selling along with the birth certificate.

    Hope this info may expand your info

    1. Was your William Nye born in 1823 in Pembury, Kent? He was the son of William and Elizabeth Scott Nye, who are the subject of this page.

      I will check if we have any information on his marriage and children.

    2. Hi again - we have checked our records, and unfortunately your William Nye is not part of this family line (as yet).

      I have updated the page at with details of the descendants of the William Nye in our line.