Born C1794 Rotherfield, Sussex, baptised 1870 Rusthall, Speldhurst Kent (Denny Bottom), died 18 Mar 1870 Rusthall, Speldhurst Kent (Denny Bottom), 75 or 76 years. Occupations: Road Surveyor, Contractor. Son of William Peerless and Mary ?
In 1851 Census he farmed 60 acres employing 5 labourers, living at Rusthall with his wife, their children (H)ellen & Henry & 3 visitors; in 1861 Census he was alone at Denny Bottom, Speldhurst. Will, when described as a road surveyor & contractor, dated 28.5.1869, proved at London 10.5.1870; probate to Thomas Fitness, farmer, & Henry Whitley of Tunbridge wells, solicitor's clerk; beneficiaries included his widow Charlotte, sons William, James & Henry and daughters Harriett Huntley, widow, Jane Saltmarsh & Ellen Russell.
Married 31 Mar 1816 Ashurst, Kent (53 years married) to:
Born C1798 Penshurst, Kent
In 1861 Census she was with her daughter Jane Saltmarsh and her family at Brighton, described as "road surveyor's wife".
Born C1817 Speldhurst, Kent, baptised 1851 Langton Green, Speldhurst (Langton Gate). Occupations: Plumber
In 1851 Census he was living at Langton Green with his wife and daughter Jane; also in 1861 & 1871 Censuses.
Born C1819 Speldhurst, Kent, baptised Camberwell, Surrey & Rusthall, Kent, died 24 Jul 1885 Rusthall, Speldhurst Kent, 65 or 66 years. Occupations: Carpenter/Joiner
When married in 1842 living at Rye Lane, Camberwell; in 1851 Census Lansdowne Place, Peckham; in 1861 Census 9 Shards Road, Peckham; in 1871 Census 7 Vestry Rd, Camberwell, a widower with 3 unmarried daughters Ellen, Mary Ann & Harriett; in 1881 Census at Denny Bottom, Rusthall with his second wife Maria and their children Walter, Ada, Jessie & Alice. Will of 2.7.1885 proved 21.8.1885, Maria Peerless sole executrix and beneficiary; witnesses included his aunt Ellen Russell & his wife Maria.
Born C1821 Speldhurst, Kent (Lower Green)
Married ? Huntley, widowed before 1869; in 1881 Census living at 63 Mount Ephraim, Tunbridge Wells, with Frances Stutten & her two daughters, as a Cook Domestic.
Born C1824 Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Married William Saltmarsh, an artist & picture restorer, 3Q 1848, Tonbridge. In 1861 Census they were living at 6 Blenheim Place, Brighton with Jane's mother Charlotte Peerless and a lodger; William Saltmarsh was described as a "grainer & gilder". In 1881 Census they were living at 7 Hanover Crescent, Brighton.
Born C1826 Speldhurst, Kent. Occupations: Plumber
When Harriet Augusta was born in 1855 they lived at Parade, Tunbridge Wells. In 1861 Census Charlotte, described as married, was living without Henry but with Harriet and her sister Elizabeth Jane Young (26,b.Speldhurst, unmarried, milliner), at 4 Bedford Terrace, Tunbridge Wells. In 1871 Census Charlotte, still married and with Harriet & Elizabeth Young but without Henry, was living at 23 Qheens Gardens, Brighton, all three described as "milliner dressmaker".
Born C1832 Speldhurst, Kent
Married Frederick Russell, a schoolmaster; in 1881 Census they were living at 21 Eridge Road, Speldhurst with their daughter Jessie, Ellen described as Blind.