I am researching my Dennett family history, and have already had a lot of help from my memberships of SFHG and of the West Australian Genealogical Society (WAGS).
American sources and Surname studies suggest that Hugh d'Anet went from Normandy to Sussex with William the Conqueror, and had large estates settled on him ( including Hurstpierpoint and Woodmancote). There are archive records (3825/D460) of almost 300 title deeds.*
Thanks to Beryl Lucey "20 Centuries in Sedlescombe" and other sources it seems that my ancestors were from there, where there were several Dennett blacksmiths.
Thomas Dennett and a Mary. It could be a Thomas b. 1697 at Woodmancote, or one of Sedlescombe and Peasmarch who married a Mary Daw at Peasmarch in 1720. The latter seems more likely, but I cannot find another Thomas birth record near Sedlescombe about 1700.
Further back, there is a large gap of records at Sedlescombe and nearby between then and the 1500s, and I wonder why.
Moving forward at Sedlescombe leads to William Dennett, born 1859. He was in the 1861 Census at Sedlescombe and married in NSW Australia in 1882. I cannot find out how he migrated.
Mal Dennett, Perth Western Australia
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* Title Deeds of the Estate of the Dennett Family of Woodmancote, acquired between 1671 and 1760 Add Mss 30845 - 31,134 1345-1829. These documents are held at West Sussex Record Office.
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