In 1841 Thomas and his 6 children were living at Springhead in Parham,
Sussex. His 2 elder sons were then living next door. When the
1851 census was recorded Thomas was a 57 year old widower living at Brook
Cottage in Cowfold. He was then an agricultural labourer. With
him on census night were 3 of his children and 9 year old grandson,
John Faires who had been born in Cuckfield and was a scholar.
Thomas was still at Brook Cottage in 1861, this time with his daughter
Harriett. In 1871 Thomas was lodging in the home of George
Parsons and his wife Mary
at Little Brook in Cowfold.
Eliza Fairs was baptised on 21 July 1822 in Cowfold.
She died aged 21 years and was buried on 25 June 1843 in Cowfold.
In 1841 she was living with her father and younger siblings in Parham,
George Fairs was baptised on 8 August 1824 in Cowfold,
at which time his father was a labourer. In 1841 he was a 15 year
old agricultural labourer living in the home of William
Standford at Springhead in Parham - his father and younger
siblings were living in the next property on the census enumerators
Note, we can't be certain George was part of this family, but as he
was with David in 1841, we are assuming they were brothers, and we know
that David was the son of Thomas and Mary (nee Jupp). The other
Thomas and Mary (nee Roberts) most probably had sons James in 1824 and
Charles in 1825.
David Fairs was baptised on
17 December 1826 in West Grinstead. He married
in 1854. (They have their own page.)
Anne Fairs was baptised on 14 September
1828 in West Grinstead. She was 13 years old in 1841 and living
with her father.
Charles Heasman by banns on 29 July 1848 in Cowfold.
Charles was baptised on 4 August 1822 in Cowfold and was the son of
Joseph Heasman (1791-?) and
Thomas Fairs was baptised on
28 November 1830 and it would seem again on 31 January 1831 in West
Grinstead. He was 11 years old in 1841.
on 1 August 1857 in Cowfold. He was a bachelor and labourer and
she a spinster. Their fathers were named as Thomas Fairs
and Joseph Fairs and they were both labourers.
The witnesses to their marriage were George Faiers and
When the 1861 census was recorded the couple were living at Grubbs in
Cowfold along with 3 children. Thomas was then 30 and Eliza was 33
Thomas and Eliza had the following children:
Fanny Fairs was baptised on 13 December 1857 in
Cowfold. She was 3 years old in 1861.
Henry Fairs was baptised on 27 February 1859 in
Cowfold. He was 2 years old in 1861.
Sarah Fairs was baptised on 20 January 1861 in
Cowfold. The 1861 census records that she was 3 month old
Thomas Fairs was baptised on 17 July 1864 in
Mary Faires was bapitsed on 8 October 1865 in
James Fairs was baptised on 2 June 1867 in Cowfold.
Fred Faires was baptised on 11 December 1870 in
Annie Fairs was baptised on 26 April 1874 in
Cowfold. She may have died aged 15 years and have been buried
on 5 December 1878 in Cowfold, as Anne Faires.
William Fairs was baptised on 6 January 1833 in West
Grinstead. In 1841 he was 9 years old. At the time of the
1851 census he was a 19 year old agricultural labourer living with his
father. He died aged 24 years and was buried on 6 January 1857 in
Mary Fairs was baptised on 21 September 1834 in West
Grinstead. She was 7 years old in 1841. The 1851 census may
have recorded her name as 17 year old Amy Fairs
who was a housekeeper to her father.
Mary may have
married William Tidey by banns on 2 January 1852 in
Cowfold. Their fathers were named as
Thomas Tidey and Thomas Fairs who were
both labourers. The witnesses to their marriage were
George Faiers and Lydia Tidey.
Harriett Fairs was baptised on 20 August 1837 in West
Grinstead. She was 5 years old in 1841. In 1861 she was an
unmarried 24 year housekeeper living with her father.