Maria Challis


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1. James Wallis

2. John French

Maria Challis 2

  • Born: 1798, Vange Hall, Essex 3
  • Marriage (1): James Wallis about 1817
  • Marriage (2): John French on 18 Jun 1823 in West Ham, Essex 1
  • Died: 1883, Camberwell 1

   Another name for Maria was Maria Challis.



She resided in 1861 in Rotherhithe. 4 (with unmarried son Richard)

She had a residence in 1881. 5 (with widowed daughter Maria Weatherhog)


Maria married James Wallis about 1817. (James Wallis was born about 1790.)


Maria next married John French, son of Richard French and Sarah Fryart, on 18 Jun 1823 in West Ham, Essex.1 (John French was born in Plaistow, Essex 3, christened on 6 Oct 1793 in West Ham 6 and died on 17 Aug 1857 in West Ham, Essex 1.)


1 GenesReunited,, Val Stuart.

2 GenesReunited,, Val Stuart. Challis and Wallis are two separate families. John French (b.1793) married Maria Challis. Maria Challis had previously been married to a James Wallis who died. So the marriage entry was John French and Maria Wallis. It took about 3 years to find Maria's history, and someone else did it otherwise I would still be wondering.

3 Online Census and BMD,, 1841C, 1851C.

4 Online Census and BMD,, 1861C.

5 FreeBMD Online Index of BMD, England & Wales,, 1881C.

6 GenesReunited,, Val Stuart (French). JOHN 3 FRENCH (RICHARD 2, JOHN 1) was born 06 October 1793 in West Ham, and died 17 August 1857 in West Ham. He married MARIA CHALLIS 18 June 1823 in West Ham, daughter of ANTHONY CHALLIS and MARY. She was born in 1798 in Vange, Essex, and died December 1883 in Camberwell.
Also letter from Joan Nutt essex researcher including West ham essex Baptism Index entry "1793 Oct 6 Jno of Ric'd & Sarah French"