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Descendant's report for William Hallett, Alderman and Mayor of Brighton and J.P. for Sussex, son of Thomas Hallett, farmer and Martha Hallett [Maskell]

William Hallett was born on 10th April 1793 at Rotherfield and christened at St Denys Church on 4th August 1793, the eldest child of Thomas and Martha [nee Maskell] Hallett. At the age of 17 he moved to Brighton as a carpenter and workman on the Pavilion but returned to Rotherfield with his first wife Mary Ann Miles whom he had married on 23rd November 1819 at Lewes. They had four daughters at Rotherfield before the family settled in Brighton and then two sons - William Henry Hallett (1828-1892) and Frederic Francis Hallett (1831-1901) both of whom were to have highly successful careers. After the death of his wife, Mary Ann, he was to marry Harriet Rebecca Ashmead in 1855 with whom he had three more sons.

William Hallett was one of the major builders of Brighton during the middle of the 19th century - including St John the Baptist church which was consecrated on 7th July 1835, The Bristol Hotel (named after the Marquess of Bristol his patron), The Victoria Wing on the County Hosptal in 1837, The Kemp Town Brewery in Seymour Street in the 1840s and much of the Eastern end of Brighton. William Hallett was prominent in public life from 1829 until his death in 1862 - as Director and Guardian of the Poor; High Constable; Alderman and from 1855-56 as Mayor of Brighton. He also played a significant role in local charities.

On 3rd April 1862 at 142 Marine Parade, Brighton, William Hallett died, aged 68. He was buried at St Denys Churchyard in Rotherfield where, in 1900, his eldest son from the second marriage John Hallett (1856-1904) erected a memorial and glass window to William Hallet and his wife Harriet Rebecca.


Generation No. 1
  1. William Hallett, Alderman and Mayor of Brighton and J.P. for Sussex was the son of Thomas Hallett, farmer and Martha Hallett [Maskell]. He was born 10th Apr 1793 at Rotherfield, Sussex; christened 4th Aug 1793 at St. Denys Church, Rotherfield, Sussex; died 3rd Apr 1862 at 142 Marine Parade, Brighton, Sussex, aged 67 years; buried 9th Apr 1862 at St. Denys Church, Rotherfield, Sussex
  He married (1) Mary Ann Miles on 23rd Nov 1819 at All Saints, Lewes, Sussex. She was born 1799; died Feb 1849 at Rotherfield, Sussex, aged 50 years; buried 10th Feb 1849 at St. Denys Church, Rotherfield, Sussex. They had the following children:
  iElizabeth Ann who was born 19th Nov 1820 at Rotherfield, Sussex; christened 25th Dec 1820 St. Denys Church, Rotherfield, Sussex; died Jun 1826 Rotherfield, Sussex, aged 4 years; buried 2nd Jun 1826 St. Denys Church, Rotherfield, Sussex
  iiCaroline who was born 4th Jul 1822 at Rotherfield, Sussex; christened 25th Aug 1822 St. Denys Church, Rotherfield, Sussex; died Aug 1823 Rotherfield, Sussex, aged 1+ years; buried 18th Aug 1823 St. Denys Church, Rotherfield, Sussex
  iiiCatherine who was born 20th Oct 1823 at Rotherfield, Sussex; christened 14th Mar 1824 St. Denys Church, Rotherfield, Sussex; died Sep 1824 Rotherfield, Sussex, aged 10 months; buried 22nd Sep 1824 St. Denys Church, Rotherfield, Sussex
  ivMary Anne who was born 1824 at Rotherfield, Sussex; christened 14th Mar 1824 St. Denys Church, Rotherfield, Sussex
2 vWilliam Henry who was born 1828 at Brighton, Sussex; died 1892
3 viFrederic Francis who was born 1831 at Brighton, Sussex; died 1901
  He married (2) Harriet Rebecca Ashmead on Oct to Dec 1855, registered at Chelsea District, London, ref: 1855 Q4 Vol 1a Page 256. She was born 1825 at Chelsea, London; died 18th Nov 1891 at Rotherfield, Sussex, aged 69 years; buried after 18th Nov 1891 at St. Denys Church, Rotherfield, Sussex. They had the following children:
  iJohn who was born 1856 at Brighton, Sussex; died 1904
  iiAlfred who was born 1859 at Brighton, Sussex
  iiiGeorge who was born 1861 at Brighton, Sussex
   
Generation No. 2
  2. William Henry Hallett, Mayor of Brighton was the son of William Hallett and Mary Ann Hallett [Miles]. He was born 1828 at Brighton, Sussex; died 1892
  He married Mary Corrall on July to Sep 1875, registered at Brighton District, Sussex, ref: 1875 Q3 Vol 2b Page 289. She was born 1845 at Manchester
   
  3. Frederic Francis Hallett, Fellow of the Linnean Society was the son of William Hallett and Mary Ann Hallett [Miles]. He was born 1831 at Brighton, Sussex; died 1901
  He married Charlotte Crickmore on Apr to June 1851, registered at Mutford District, Suffolk, ref: 1851 Q2 Vol 13 Page 743. She was born 1823 at Suffolk. They had the following children:
  iMary Charlotte who was born Jan to Mar 1854 at Brighton, Sussex, registered at Brighton District, Sussex, ref: 1854 Q1 Vol 2b Page 195
  iiElizabeth Maud who was born Jan to Mar 1856 at Brighton, Sussex, registered at Brighton District, Sussex, ref: 1856 Q1 Vol 2b Page 193
  iiiEdith Rose who was born Oct to Dec 1857 at Brighton, Sussex, registered at Brighton District, Sussex, ref: 1857 Q4 Vol 2b Page 193
  ivEmma Frederica who was born Jan to Mar 1860 at Brighton, Sussex, registered at Brighton District, Sussex, ref: 1860 Q1 Vol 2b Page 195
  vGertrude May who was born Jan to Mar 1864 at Brighton, Sussex, registered at Brighton District, Sussex, ref: 1864 Q1 Vol 2b Page 198
   

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