DESCENDANTS OF JAMES MERCER AND MARTHA DODD
JAMES MERCER b. 1809 Brighton, Sussex, Coach Builder,
m. MARTHA DODD m. 14 Dec. 1827 Brighton, Sussex, b. 1810.
Children of JAMES MERCER and MARTHA DODD
MARTHA AUGUSTA MERCER c. 1829 Brighton, Sussex, m. JOHN ROBINSON 28 May, 1848 b. 1827.
JAMES MATTHEW MERCER c. 31 July, 1831? Brighton, Sussex.
ELIZABETH SARAH MERCER c. 23 Jun, 1833 Brighton, Sussex, d. 1911 m. JOHN WEST 22 Aug. 1852 b. 1828
Fernhurst, Sussex, d. 1875
MARY NAOMI JANE MERCER c. 19 Feb. 1837 Brighton, Sussex.
HENRY JOHN MERCER b. 1839 Brighton, Sussex, m. 1 FANNY STREETER? 1859 (from the Vital Records
m. 2 SARAH EVELEIGH 1 Aug. 1868 b. 1828 Cullompton, Devon, d. 1893.
EMMA MERCER b. 1841 Brighton, Sussex.
JANE MERCER b. 1843 Brighton, Sussex.
RUTH EMILY MERCER b. 1845 Brighton, Sussex, m. EBENEZER JENKINS
SARAH MERCER b. 1849 Brighton, Sussex.
CHARLES MERCER Wheelwright b. 1853 Brighton, Sussex m. FRANCES JANE REEVES 11 May 1872 Brighton, Sussex.
Children: CHARLES, KATE, HENRY, WILLIAM, VERNON and ALBERT.
JAMES ISAAC MERCER b. 1855 Brighton, Sussex.
Children of JOHN WEST and ELIZABETH SARAH MERCER
JULIA WEST b. 1853 Brighton, Sussex.
MERCY ELIZABETH WEST b. 4 Dec. 1854 Brighton, Sussex.
EMILY LYDIA WEST b. 1856 Brighton, Sussex.
MARTHA EMMA WEST b. 1858 Brighton, Sussex.
ELLEN MARY WEST b. 1859 Brighton, Sussex.
JOHN JAMES HENRY WEST b. 1861 Brighton, Sussex, d. 1897.
LYDIA RUTH WEST b. 1862 Brighton, Sussex, d. 1917 m. - HARRIS.
ALICE JANE WEST b. 1864 Brighton, Sussex, d. 1945.
ROSE SARAH WEST b. 1866 Brighton, Sussex.
HARRIET AGNES WEST b. 1868 Brighton, Sussex, d. 1896.
RUTH CAROLINE WEST b. 1869 Brighton, Sussex, d. 1952 Philadelphia area, United States of America m. GEORGE
GILBERT DAY b. United States of America.
CHARLES ALFRED WEST b. 6 Nov. 1870 Brighton, Sussex, d. 22 Aug. 1955 Brighton, Sussex, m. BEATRICE BALDEY
5 Dec. 1897 Brighton, Sussex, b. 24 Nov. 1877 Fulking, Sussex, d. 19 Dec. 1957 Brighton, Sussex.
CLARA HANNAH WEST b. 1874 Brighton, Sussex, d. 1898 Brighton, Sussex.
Children of CHARLES ALFRED WEST and BEATRICE BALDEY
CLARA ELEANOR WEST b. 21 Jan. 1898 Brighton, Sussex, d. Jan. 1983 m. GUSTAV EMIL LARSSON (JOHN) 14 Aug.
1919 Brighton, Sussex, b. 26 Dec. 1892 near Goteborg, Sweden, d. Jul. 1963 Brighton, Sussex.
CHARLES PERCY WEST b. 6 Nov. 1899? Brighton, Sussex, d. 31 Oct. 1979 Kingsteignton, Devon, m. (1) KATEY/KATE?
Brighton, Sussex, d. 7 Jul. 1955 m. (2) GWEN? b. Birmingham district, Warwickshire.
HARRY LIONEL WEST b. 11 Dec. 1900 Brighton, Sussex, d. 15 Mar. 1979 Bristol Avonmouth m. NELLIE CAROLINE
PAGE 11 Jun. 1938 Prestonville, Brighton, Sussex b. 29 Oct. 1904 Shoreham, Sussex d. 26 Jun. 1971 Bristol, Avonmouth.
ALFRED WEST d. childhood measles.
BEATRICE ROSE WEST b. 16 Mar. 1905 Brighton, Sussex, d. 24 Dec. 1986 Brighton, Sussex.
JACK STANLEY WEST b. Brighton, Sussex, m. RITA?
MILLICENT MAY WEST b. 23 Sep. 1910 Brighton, Sussex, d. 22 Dec. 1978 Patcham, Sussex, m. THOMAS JOHN JONES
4 Oct. 1939 Eastbourne, Sussex, b. 29 Sep. 1912 Bootle, Liverpool, Lancashire
d. 20 Feb. 1988 Cuckfield, Sussex.
OLIVE DORIS WEST b. 6 Nov. 1915 Brighton, Sussex, d. 16 Dec. 2003 Grantham, Lincolnshire, m. RONALD
STANLEY MALTBY BROOKS, 7 Jan. 1939 Brighton, Sussex b. 18 Jan. 1911 Hove, Sussex d. 8 Aug. 1996 Hove, Sussex.
KATHLEEN WEST b. 19 Dec. 1919 Brighton, Sussex, d. 19 Dec. 1996 Brighton, Sussex, m. JOSEPH ROBERT SAYERS
19 Jun. 1947 Brighton, Sussex b. 17 Sep. 1913 Brighton, Sussex.
ROY ALFRED WEST b. 22 Jul. 1922 Brighton, Sussex, d. 5 Jul. 1984 Brighton, Sussex, m. MADGE HOOK 23 Jul.
1955 Hove, Sussex b. 1 Mar. 1931 Haywards Heath, Sussex.
Children of MILLICENT MAY WEST and THOMAS JOHN JONES
PETER NORMAN JONES b. 16 Nov. 1940 Brighton, Sussex, m. MARGARET MARY JUNOR 13 Apr. 1968 Clayton, Victoria,
Australia b. 3 Mar. 1942 Thornbury, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
MARGARET ANNE JONES b. 2 Jul. 1944 Brighton, Sussex, m. NORMAN MORLEY, Patcham, Sussex.
TREVOR JOHN JONES b. 18 Mar. 1950 Brighton, Sussex, m. DOREEN JOAN FORDHAM, b. 30 Oct. 1946 m. 27 Oct. 1973
Child of PETER NORMAN JONES and MARGARET MARY JUNOR
GLEN PETER JONES b. 14 Jul. 1971 Werribee, Victoria, Australia m. TRUDI MARIE LAWFORD 25 Jan. 1997
Casterton, Victoria, Australia, b. 25 Oct. 1976 Casterton, Victoria, Australia.
Children of GLEN PETER JONES and TRUDI MARIE LAWFORD
BRANDON ALAN JONES b. 18 Jun. 2000 Millicent, South Australia, Australia.
MASON ALEXANDER JONES b. 29 Jul. 2008 Millicent, South Australia, Australia.
THE MERCER FAMILY - BRIGHTON COACH BUILDERS.
James Mercer and Martha Dodd were married on 14 Dec. 1827 in Brighton, Sussex.
When their eldest daughter Martha Augusta was born two (2) years later and baptised on 6 Sept. 1829 at St.
Nicholas Church the family were living in Duke's Passage off Duke Street.
However when their next daughter Elizabeth Sarah Mercer who was my maternal great-grandmother was born and
baptised on 23 Jun. 1833 the family had moved to Thomas Street where they were still living when their third daughter Mary
Naomi Jane was born and baptised on 19 Feb. 1837.
On 28 May 1848 Martha Augusta Mercer married John Robinson at St. Nicholas Church. At the time of
the 1851 census John 24 a Grocer's Porter, Martha 21 and their children John 2 and Martha 2 months were living at 39 Kemp
Street with her parents James Mercer 42 a Coach Builder and Martha Mercer 41 a Laundress and their remaining children Elizabeth
18 an Ironer, Mary 14, Henry 12, Emma 10, Jane 8, Ruth 6 and Sarah 2.
It is reputed that the terraced houses in Kemp Street consisted of six (6) small rooms each being about
2.5 metres by 3 metres at the most which would have created cramped conditions for them all.
The following year James and Martha's daughter Elizabeth Mercer 20 married John West 24 on 22 Aug. 1852
at St. Nicholas Church. Elizabeth was still living at 39 Kemp Street whilst John was living at 45 Kemp Street and was
employed as a Watchman at the Railway. John would not have been living in Brighton very long as he was recorded in the
1851 census as living with his family in Henley Common, Fernhurst in the far north west of West Sussex.
In the 1867 edition of Kelly's Post Office Directory of Essex, Hertfordshire, Middlesex, Kent, Surrey and
Sussex James Mercer, Wheelwright was listed as running his Coach building business at 33 Queen's Gardens and 52 North Lane
When James Mercer died in 1875 his widow Martha carried on with the Coach Building Business. At the
time of the 1881 census Martha Mercer was visiting 62 Shaftsbury Road, Preston (Preston village now a suburb of Brighton)
the home of her daughter Ruth Emily Jenkins 37 and her son-in-law Ebenezer Jenkins 37 a Bootmaker who was born in Loxwood?
Sussex and their children Ada 5, Charles 3 and Martha 1, all born in Bedford, Bedfordshire. Aged 71 Martha Mercer's
occupation was given as Coach Maker and Proprietor employing 7 men and 3 boys.
Meanwhile the Robinson family who were living with James and Martha Mercer in 1851 were now living at 17
Jersey Street, Brighton. The family living at home consisted of John 54 a Coach Builder, Martha Augusta Robinson
51 and their children Henry 20 a Wheelwright, Frederick 14 a Telegraph Messenger and Arthur 7. Their eldest son John
now married was living with his family and his in-laws at 24 Gardner Street, Brighton they were: John 32 an Upholsterer,
Ellen 28 an Upholstress, their children John 6, Clara 4 and Albert 2 and his widowed mother-in-law Philadelphia Gosten 69
Upholstress and brother-in-law James Gosten 31 an Upholsterer.
In 1881 Martha Mercer's eldest son Henry 42 a Wheelwright was living at 33 Stanley Road, Preston with his
wife Sarah Mercer 52 who was born at Cullompton in Devonshire and their younger daughter Sarah 15. Her second son Charles
Mercer 27 Wheelwright was living with his family at 11 Ann Street, Brighton. Martha's youngest son James T. Mercer 26
Coach Painter was living with his family at 25 Winchester Street, Brighton.
The 1891 census shows that Henry was now a Coach Builder and that he, Sarah and their elder daughter
Caroline 28 Domestic Servant were living in Stanley Road.
Also found in the 1881 census were Mercers who may also be descendants of James and Martha Mercer.
Charles Mercer 27 Wheelwright living with his family at 11 Ann Street, Brighton.
James T. Mercers! 26 Coach Painter living with his family at 25 Winchester Street, Brighton.
The local street directories for the 1880s and 1900s carried no advertisements for the Mercer's Coach Building
Company but they did give several new business addresses.
1883 Mercer Coach Builders, 25 Spring Gardens, Brighton.
J. Mercer, Coach Builders, 33 Sydney Street, Brighton.
1900 H.J. Mercer, Coach Builders, 43 North Road, Brighton.
H.J. Mercer, Coach Builders, 38 Gloucester Road, Brighton.
All these addresses were apparently just business addresses and the family lived elsewhere.
The Brighton Museum has preserved in its entirity the Marshals Row Blacksmiths smithy (1830 - 1950) which
would have had many of the Wheelwrights' tools and equipment.
It is highly probable my Mercer ancestors functioned in a very similar environment.