Ancestors of Mandy Willard
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and Elizabeth LINDFIELD (c1773-1835)
Thomas Fairs and Elizabeth Lindfield
married by banns on 6 October
1795 in Cowfold, Sussex. They were both then of Cowfold. The
witnesses to their marriage were James Caffyn and
Jane Caffyn. (They were
not my direct ancestors.)
Thomas Fairs was baptised on
16 September 1770 in West Grinstead, Sussex. He was the son of
(1736-1813) and Ann
Peckham. He died aged 73 years and was
buried on 25 February 1844 in West Grinstead.
Elizabeth Lindfield's date and place of birth/baptism are
unknown, to me. She died aged 62 years and was buried on 13 August 1835 in West
Grinstead, therefore, born about 1773. The burial register
recorded that she was the wife of Thomas Fairs.
The couple were buried together and their headstone records that she
died on 10 August 1835, aged 62, whilst he died aged 73 years on 20
February 1844. (Details from a transcript of monument inscriptions
by the Sussex Family History Group.)
Thomas Fairs and Elizabeth Lindfield had 7 known children and maybe more:
Harry Fairs was baptised on 17 April 1796 in West
Grinstead. Henry Fairs died aged 54 years on
16 July 1850, as per his headstone, and
was buried on 20 July 1850 in West Grinstead.
James Fairs was baptised on 12 November 1797 in
Thomas Fairs was baptised on 20 April 1800 in West
Grinstead. He may have married
in 1824. (They have their own page.)
John Fairs was baptised on 9 December 1804 in West
Grinstead. He may have died aged 27 years in Henfield and have
been buried on 12 November 1833 in West Grinstead. Or he may
have died aged 41 years and have been buried on 11 March 1846 in
Elizabeth Fairs was baptised on 7 February 1807 in
She married James Funnell
from Broadwater by licence on 20 June 1823 in West
Grinstead. The witnesses to their marriage were James
Stone and Peter Page. Their marriage
licence was issued the day before by the Archdeaconry of Chichester
which recorded that Elizabeth was 17 years old and of West Grinstead
some years. She married with the consent of her father,
Thomas Fairs a labourer of West Grinstead.
James was a 25 year old bachelor of Broadwater near Nuthurst, 2
months. Surety for the licence was provided by James himself
and James Stone a cooper of West Grinstead.
Richard Fairs was baptised on 26 November 1809 in
West Grinstead. He died aged 22 years and was
buried on 10 October 1832 in West Grinstead. His headstone
notes that he died on 6 October 1832, aged 22 years and that he was
the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Fairs.
Lucy Fairs was baptised on 24 July 1814 in West
Grinstead, at which time her father was a labourer.
Many thanks to Melanie Hopkins
for additions to this page.
This page was reviewed on 10 April 2012