FC: Sabean People, Places and Origins
1: Sabean My Gran had a shoe box in her kitchen cupboard, it was full of photos, old snapshots of people and places. They were all black and white, some had been folded others had had rough edges and corners that had been handled so much that pieces were missing but they all had one thing in common, they were memories of family events frozen in time. I loved looking at them, imagining the people, what they were like, I knew a lot of them but not as they were in these black and white days. Over and over I would ask my Gran, "Who is this? Where is this?" and mostly she would be able to tell me but there were some that she only had a vague idea of who the person was or where it was taken and there were some where she had no idea but these forgotten photos still remained in the box as part of the family. I have selected some photos of our family, most of them I will give some details of the people or places depicted there are some that I do not know the history of but as they were with my family photos then that is where they will remain. | A very young Peter David Sabean Taken in 1951, Victoria Road Primary School, Ashford, Kent UK In the school Hall.
2: In the Back garden of number 26 West Street, Ashford, Kent. Mollie Sabean nee Hayward and Stella Jean Sabean. Mollie married Pt Arnold Clifford Sabean of the Canadian Army in 1941. He was in Europe on active duty during WW2. Stella was the first child of the marriage born in June 1942. West Street was not far from the town centre, at the time Ashford was a bustling market town situated in the heart of Kent. The garden of England and this small garden provided many of the vegetables for the family.
3: Mollie at the front door of the house in West Street with Stella and myself, I was born in 1945, just before the end of WW2, I believe this picture was taken around the time of VE Day, May 1945, a celebration of the end of the war with Germany. Stella aged 7, a school photo. Me on the seashore, this was at Dymchurch, a sandy beach on the South Kent Coast about 12 miles from Ashford. Finally at Folkestone Beach, Alan Harding, a cousin and me on a summer day in 1951, the year of The Festival of Britain. We caught the train that day, it was only a 30 minute journey from Ashford.
4: 1959-60 All of these were taken in Ashford, Kent. We had grown up our parents had divorced, our father returned to Canada and mother remarried a local man, Percy Laker. The centre picture shows Stella at the rear of number 6 West Street, we moved from number 26 many years ago. Stella is holding Mary Laker our sister.
5: Stella as you can see was a very attractive young woman and it wasn't long after these photos were taken that she was married. David Cowland was the man Stella married, the wedding was at St Marys Church in the centre of Ashford and the reception was held at the Parish Rooms in the Churchyard. They moved away to Hawkhurst to live for a while but soon returned to Ashford where Stella remained and still lives as I put together this book.
7: Arnold Clifford Sabean and Mollie Hayward. They were married in Bromley Registry Office, Kent on 10th October 1941. Molly was stationed at Biggin Hill, Arnold was with the Canadian Forces. Arnold came from Weymouth Nova Scotia where the Sabean family are very prominent his family first settled there in 1760 having come from New England. The Sabeans took up land in Canada, Jeremiah was the original settler, he was a fisherman, along with five others they built a fish house and decided to stay. Born in December 1916 Arnold was the youngest of a large family, he became a career soldier, serving in WW2 The Royal Canadian Black Watch. He remained in Berlin with N.A.T.O 1950. Fought in the Korean War.
8: Above Arnold aged 5 with sisters Lulu and Etta. Weymouth NS. Below, with mother Stella, sisters Lulu, Etta and elder brother Hallet at rear. Weymouth NS | Above, birth certificate. Group of school children, Arnold is at rear of group aged around 10. Weymouth NS
9: On retiring from his army career, Arnold went back to school and studied to be an Marine engineer. As newspaper clipping explains which ships he was employed on. He retired from the merchant navy 1965.
10: A family day out at the Seaside, Whitstable in north Kent, the date is around 1937 and the whole Hayward family is enjoying peace before the war. The bottom picture shows from left to right.front Jean Hayward Victor Hayward Bob Hayward Jack Hayward Theresa Hayward Mollie Hayward Barbara Hayward Unknown. Rear Sarah Hayward Druisilla Hayward? Unknown The top photo shows front:- Victor Hayward Bob Hayward Jean Hayward Barbara Hayward Rear:- Sarah Hayward Unknown
11: Frederich William Hayward Born in 1898, West Street Ashford kent. The school he attended was right opposite his house, Fred is shown rear centre of shool photo. The middle picture was taken in 1919, it was taken along with photos of his sisters, Gladys and Flora. Photo of the family house, Flora was ill on the day but still managed to get in the shot.
12: Gladys Hayward. | Flora Hayward | Frederich Hayward | Early trick photography, the person to whom post card opposite was sent. Elsie was just sixteen when she was in service for the Knox 'Darcy Family of Earls Court, London. | Elsie Hayward
14: Sarah Wood from Boughton married Frederich Hayward. Fred at rear of 26 West Street. Sarah holding Robert Hayward 1948.
15: The Ashford Temperance Society at the rear of Mission Hall in Forge Lane. Fred second from right at rear. Emily and Sarah Wood. Sarah, Flora and Fred in Nottingham. Fred far right rear of football team.
16: Arnold Clifford Sabean Jr 2008 Arnold was killed in a car Accident December 2010 | Maria Slater nee Sabean Whale watching 2008 Nova Scotia
17: Hank Kenny Roy Maria Eben Arnold Schooldays 1960s
19: Eben and Hank Sabean reflecting on time gone by. Roy Sabean back porch at Plymton.
20: Charles Wentworth Sabean No date for this but it must be around 1900, probably in New Tusket NS. Some of these fellows are reputed to be grandsons of Robert Sabean, the photo was probably taken mid to late 1800s, somewhere in Nova Scotia.
21: Seated front left to right :- Charles Wentworth Sabean born 1846 New Tusket. Hallet Sabean born 1904 Sarah Ann Eliza Martha Sabean nee Armstrong from USA. rear:- George Wentworth Sabean born1892 Stella Bessie Sabean nee Alcorn born 1883 Charles Eben Sabean born 1868 Weymouth NS
22: Charles Eben Sabean with his new car and daughters Lulu and Henrietta (Etta). He was a successful Stone mason and built many of the brick/stone buildings around Weymouth NS. Photo circa 1924.
23: A list of items purchased by Robert Sabean, dated 1826. He was born in Weymouth about 1797 and married Eliza Grant in 1819. They had 14 children. Robert died 11th January 1878.
25: Weymouth Nova Scotia
26: It was in a spot like this where our ancestor Jeremiah Sabin decided to set up his fish house all those years ago. He came from Massachusetts and liked this area so much he brought over his wife and family. That is how the Sabean family arrived in Canada.
27: Above left, the headstone of Robert Sabean at Weymouth NS. Above right, the marker of Arnold Clifford Sabean at Weymouth. Another view of the coast at Savary Park. Named after Deidamia Sabean the first daughter born in Sissibou to Jeremiah and Susanna Sabin
29: Origins The previous page shows the male lineage from William Sabin of Titchfied in Hampshire, he was born in 1609 and was first mentioned in New England in 1638. Along with his Father-in-Law Captain Richard Wright he was one of the founders of the town Rehoboth in 1643. There are many mentions of William in the town records, he was know as The Miller of Rehoboth. William's eldest son Samuel married Mary Billington, Mary was Daughter of Frances Billington, son of John Billington twenty sixth signer of the Mayflower Compact. Both Frances and John were Mayflower passengers. This little volume is just to give a brief history of the families beginnings in North America, there is much more information to be found on the many Genealogy, history sites on the Internet. The name Sabean originates from Saba, later called Sheba. The area is now known as Yemen. It was originally settled by the Sabaeans around 2.500 BC, they displaced the Aboriginal people, built the Marib dam and cultivated Frankincense and Myrrh, they became very wealthy. Nothing is known where they came from but apparently they were already civilised when they arrived. Prior to Jeremiah in 1765 the surname was Sabin, indeed Jeremiah's first three children were Sabin, it is not sure why the spelling was changed but according to the Oxford dictionary of surnames Masculine -Sabin, feminine Sabine, Latin Sabinus of the Sabine tribe. An ancient Italic people of central Italy, whose name is of uncertain origin. There are twenty one different spellings of the name listed in the dictionary from as many countries, one of the oldest dated from the time when Civilisations were being formed. Maybe the names are from the same ancestral people.
30: Arnold the soldier and civilian.
31: Peter David Sabean, Then and now.