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At 19 Sarah Joyes married 31 year old James Sadler, a farm worker from West Chiltington. The wedding took place in Billingshurst shortly before the birth of their first son George in 1817 and seven more children were to arrive at regular intervals until 1835. They were William, Hannah, James, Luke, John, Mary and Jane .
Going by church and census records, the Sadlers appear to have spent their entire lives in West Chiltington.
St Mary's Church West Chiltington
Interior of St Mary's
Sarah's husband James Sadler died and was buried in the West Chiltington churchyard in 1855. Sarah herself earned money as a charwoman and lived on to a good age but became very deaf. This disability lead to a tragic ending of her life, as told in an article from the Hampshire and South of England Advertiser in 1868 below. She was also buried at West Chiltington but none of the family graves are marked with tombstones.
Of Sarah's children we know that
William Sadler died at age 45 at the Thakeham Union Workhouse.
James Sadler, her grandson, was aged 20 a militia man at the Chichester Barracks. His marriage to Alice Hankins was registered at Petworth in 1884. Births of a daughter Annie 1884 and a son William 1886 were registered at Loxwood. In 1891 his occupation was 'domestic servant and gardener' in Pagham and by 1901 'a domestic groom' at Merston.
Luke Sadler, a farm worker, married Sarah Bristow on the first of December 1855. They lived in West Chiltington in East Lane with Luke's widowed mother until her death in 1869. They had three children Jane, James and Mary. Before daughter Jane's marriage to Joseph Luff, a warehouseman, she had a son named Ernest Sadler born in Warnham. In the 1901 census Ernest, age 23, is found to be living in a boarding house at Southborough, Kent. He was employed as a grocer's assistant at the time.
The son James Luff aged 20, was a militia man at the Chichester Barracks in 1901
John Sadler died at around 3 years.
Nothing yet is known of the lives of Sarah's other children.
Hampshire and South of England Advertiser in 1868.
BILLINGSHURST. FRIGHTFUL DEATH ON THE MID SUSSEX RAILWAY.
A shocking accident occurred at one of the crossings near to Billingshurst on Friday
last. An old woman, named Sarah Sadler, was crossing the line as the train leaving
Ford at 8.57 am approached and although the engine driver whistled and did all he
could to attract her attention she did not move away, and was killed by the concussion.
The particulars will be gleaned from the inquest held on Saturday last at Hadfold
House, Billingshurst. William Grinstead, of Hadfold Farm, said: "The deceased, Sarah
Sadler, was a widow, aged about 74 years. She lived in a cottage in the parish of
West Chiltington. She was very deaf; I don't know that I ever spoke to a person more
deaf.. She called at my home yesterday morning and said she was going to Purbrook
to see her sister. She left about 9.40 and to go to Purbrook, she would have to cross
the line of the railway. Just after she went from here I heard an up train coming
on the line, and I heard the whistle of the train blow very sharp. A child came indoors
to me and called me out. I found deceased lying on the west side of the line: her
feet were about a foot from the metals, and her head was towards the water course.
I picked her up, when she appeared to me to breathe three times, and then she was
quite dead. She did not move hand or foot after I got to her. One of her shoes was
torn, and there was a great deal of blood under where she laid. The train stopped
apparently as soon as it could, and the guard and others came back to me.-