Category Archives: Lin(d)field History

The Marnhull Letters

Genealogy! – an easy subject to talk about at parties, meetings or over lunch with a friend. Most people, I believe, are interested in their own family history and will listen politely to others’. A good number of people want their family tree all laid out for them, without providing any contribution. Then there are people like the founders, executives and officers of LONGSHOT who not only have done research on their families, but are dedicating much time and energy to encourage others to share their family records for the enjoyment and interest of all potentially related parties. To them, I offer my heartiest congratulations for their unselfishness, perseverence and outstanding work in making the Lin(d)field One Name Group a successful undertaking and publication. As a proud member (no. 46), a profound “hello” to other members and a warm welcome to all new members. Continue reading

Family History from Old Newspapers – Part 2

In the first part of this article, I introduced Frederick Linfield, who was Mayor of Worthing from 1906 to 1908. Another story I came across in an issue of 1903 could very easily have ruined Frederick’s political career. The events described must, at the very least, have worried him considerably. They concern the antics of a certain Emily Frances Linfield, a middle aged spinster who had lived most of her life in Brighton, where she had helped her mother run a lodging house. Unfortunately, Emily Frances became a habitual drunkard, always pestering her aged mother for money. In desperation to get away from her, her mother came to Worthing in October 1902, where she took up lodgings in Warwick Road. Mary Emma Linfield was 90 years old on February 2nd 1903. Somehow or other, Emily eventually managed to track her down and continued to extract money from her to finance her squalid drinking binges. Continue reading

Family History from Old Newspapers – Part 1

Old newspapers are a fascinating source of information to family historians. All the large public libraries have collections of local newspapers, and among the more obvious things to look for are obituaries. Since my great great grandfather, William Linfield, had been a public official in Victorian Worthing, I expected to find an obituary notice in one of the local papers when he died in 1892. I was duly rewarded in the July 20th issue of the Worthing Gazette; though brief, it told me he had a “genial temperament and obliging disposition” (true Linfield characteristics, I like to think!) However, when time permits, the best finds are usually made by chance. Continue reading

John Lindfield of West Blatchington

JOHN LINDFIELD “junior” (1756-1826) and his sister SARAH (Bap. 1758) were probably born at West Blatchington; their baptisms are shown in the Parish Register for the Brighton (then Brighthelmstone) Parish Church which was also responsible for the small Blatchington community. They were the children of JOHN LINDFIELD (born c.1728) who married MARY KEMPTON (born c.1735) at St. Nicholas, Brighton, 10th October 1755, both of Blatchington. (I have a photocopy of the Parish Register entry). A map of the area prepared by Yeakell & Gardner (1783) shows how scattered the farming communities were at the time the Lindfield’s were there. Continue reading

Lost Emigrants

Among the various lists of passengers and emigrants, there are to be found several who seem to be worthy of further investigation. For example, in the year 1702, we find Francis and John Linfield recorded as immigrants to Bath County, North Carolina. (Ref. 1) The records also show the names of those who brought people to the County, who were apparently rewarded by being granted land. In the case of Francis and John, the person named is one William Brice, who is shown as having brought six people on June 22nd, 1702. As well as Francis and John, there were William and Ann Brice, and Elizabeth and David Depee. The records do not give any further details. The 1984 issue of the International Genealogical Index (IGI) does not have any Linfield or Lindfield entries for North Carolina, and I have not yet checked the vital records for that period. It would be interesting to know what happened to Francis and John, and whether they married and had issue. As yet, I can find no clues as to their origins in England, assuming of course that they came from England in the first place. Continue reading