manWilliam Peerless‏‎
Born ‎C1778‎, baptised ‎ Speldhurst, Kent, died ‎16 Mar 1846‎, 67 or 68 years, bur. ‎Mar 1846 Speldhurst, Kent (MI). Occupations: Carpenter. Son of William Peerless and Mary ?
Witnesses at their marriage in 1803 were George & Ann Best. Will dated 28.1.1844 proved 9.5.1846; witnesses were James Hartridge & William Davis (a smith of Langton Green, Speldhurst); Admon. granted to Elizabeth, the widow - "no executor".

Married ‎8 Feb 1803 Frant, Sussex (43 years married) to:

womanElizabeth Stiles‏‎
Born ‎C1782 Frant, Sussex‎, baptised ‎1851 Speldhurst, Kent, died ‎8 Jan 1864 Speldhurst, Kent‎, 81 or 82 years, bur. ‎Jan 1864 Speldhurst, Kent (MI). Occupations: Laundress (1851)
In 1851 Census she was a widow living at Speldhurst with daughter Elizabeth & a lodger. Will dated 26.9.1861, probate granted 8.3.1864 to William Davis, blacksmith of Langton, Speldhurst, her son-in-law and sole executor; beneficiaries included her 6 children, James, Mary wife of Edward Wheatley, Elizabeth, William, Harriet wife of William Hartridge & Ellen wife of William Davis. Her parents were Thomas (1737-24.11.1821) & Jane (1758-19.7.1844) Stiles, who were buried with her and her family at Speldhurst.

Children:

1)
manJames Peerless‏
Born ‎6 Jun 1803 Speldhurst, Kent‎, baptised ‎ Bromley & Croydon, died ‎14 Sep 1877 Croydon, Surrey (Cemetery - MI)‎, 74 years. Occupations: Master Carpenter
In 1851 Census he was a master carpenter employing 1 man, living at Bromley with his wife Maria. In 1861 Census he was widowed, living at Bromley with his unmarried sister-in-law Elizabeth Stewart (50,b.London) as his housekeeper, his nephew John Ralph (25,b.West Cliffe, Kent, carpenter) and 2 lodgers. In 1871 Census he was living at Vine Cottage, Sheldon Street, Croydon with his second wife Sarah.
2)
womanMary Peerless‏‎
Born ‎11 Apr 1805 Groombridge, Kent‎‎
Married Edward Wheatley. In 1881 Census he was shown as a builder, born at Lamberhurst c1822, living at Bordyke, Tonbridge with his wife Mary & children Edward (b.c1855, Pembury, Kent), Fanny (b.c1858, Leigh, Kent) & Albert (b.c1863, Leigh, Kent); his wife Mary was shown as born c1821 at Cranbrook, Kent and, judging by the ages of the children, this was a second wife or perhaps a later daughter of William & Elizabeth Peerless. Edward & Mary had other children baptised at Leigh in 1847, 1850, 1853, 1856 & 1860.
3)
womanJane Peerless‏‎
Born ‎9 Apr 1807 Speldhurst, Kent‎, died ‎before 1861‎, at most 54 years
4)
womanElizabeth Peerless‏‎
Born ‎16 Oct 1808 Speldhurst, Kent‎, died ‎1Q 1881 Tunbridge Wells, Kent‎, 72 or 73 years. Occupations: Laundress (1851&1861)
In 1851 Census she was unmarried, living with her mother at Speldhurst; also in 1861 Census at Little Farnham, Speldhurst.
5)
manWilliam Peerless‏
Born ‎4 Feb 1811 Speldhurst, Kent‎, baptised ‎1851 Langton Green, Speldhurst, Kent, died ‎1Q 1883 Ticehurst, Sussex‎, 71 or 72 years. Occupations: Carpenter
In 1851 Census he was a carpenter, living at Langton Green with his wife and four children, Ann, Louis, Mary & William. In 1861 Census he and his wife and children Lewis[sic], Mary & William were still at Langton Green; with them was their son-in-law Charles J Booker, a widower, who had married their eldest daughter Ann in 1859. ?In 1881 Census William Peerless, widower shown as born at West Wickham[?], Kent c1811, was lodging with Harriet Golding at Union Street, Ticehurst, Sussex.
6)
womanHarriet Peerless‏‎
Born ‎C1814 Speldhurst, Kent (Adams Well), died ‎before 1881‎, at most 67 years
Married William Hartridge (b.c1814, Ashurst, Kent; bpt.24.4.1814, Speldhurst), son of Francis & Ann Hartridge, whose daughter Ann married Harriet's brother William Peerless. In 1881 Census he was a widower, a carpenter living at Speldhurst with his daughter Mary Jane (b.c1855, Ashurst); other children were George Peerless Hartridge (bpt.5.4.1840, Speldhurst), Albert (bpt.1.10.1843, Speldhurst) & William (bpt.27.4.1845, Speldhurst).
7)
manGeorge Peerless‏‎
Born ‎C1815, died ‎18 Oct 1836‎, 20 or 21 years, bur. ‎Oct 1836 Speldhurst, Kent (MI)
8)
manLewis Peerless‏‎
Born ‎C1819, died ‎16 Jul 1830‎, 10 or 11 years, bur. ‎20 Jul 1830 Speldhurst, Kent (MI)
9)
womanAnn Peerless‏‎
Born ‎13 May 1821 Ashurst, Kent‎, died ‎30 Jul 1840‎, 19 years, bur. ‎1840 Speldhurst, Kent (MI)
10)
womanEleanor (Ellen) Peerless‏‎
Born ‎C1823, died ‎before 1881‎, at most 58 years
Married William Davis (b.c1823 Speldhurst, blacksmith) at St George, Southwark 4Q 1848; Vicar-General Marriage Licence dated 30.11.1848, William of St George the Martyr, Southwark, Ellen of Tonbridge, both over 21. In 1881 Census he was widowed, an ironmonger living at his cottage & forge at Speldhurst with his brother Jno.Davis, his daughters Ann (bpt.10.6.1856 Speldhurst) & Emily (b.c1862 Speldhurst) and a grand-daughter Alice Broughton (b.1876 Speldhurst). Another daughter was Ellen (bpt.7.2.1849 Speldhurst [VRI]).