Researching our Military Ancestors

In the previous issue of LONGSHOT a suggestion was put forward that some research should be done on the various Lindfield)fields who down the years have served in the armed forces. This immediately caught my attention, since I was already interested in this field as a result of my plans to research the army career of my great-grandfather, who served during the second half of the 19th Century. In the light of this wider interest in our military ancestors, I have therefore broadened the scope of this research to include other members of the family who have served in any of the armed forces and whose military documents can be traced. Since my immediate period of interest was in the Victorian Army, this seemed the logical starting-point for this new project. Continue reading Researching our Military Ancestors

Sussex Probate Records

In the last issue of Longshot, I promised to produce a list of all the Lin(d)field probate records which are kept at the West and East Sussex Record Offices. Well, here it is! I have endeavoured to compile an index of all the known wills, administrations and inventories relating to the county of Sussex, so I have also included the PCC records kept at the Public Record Office in Chancery Lane. Eventually, we will have copies of all these documents in the society archives; those we hold at present are marked with an asterisk, and I am slowly (perhaps I should say very slowly!) making transcripts of each and every one of them. There is a good chance that I may have missed out something completely, although my intention is to provide a comprehensive collection of everything available. Please get in touch if you know of any omissions. I should also mention that I am only dealing here with records up to 1858, before the Court of Probate Act established a Principal Probate Registry in London when all probate matters were removed from the jurisdiction of the Church. Continue reading Sussex Probate Records

Letter from America

When I was a boy, my father showed me an old letter to my great grandfather, Frederick Caesar Linfield. I was intrigued as the envelope was addressed to Hon. F C Linfield. My father explained that his grandfather had been a Member of Parliament and presumably the writer of the letter thought that was how he should be addressed. Continue reading Letter from America

Peter Linfield of Storrington 1734-1791

Among the many thousands of names we have now collected in the family archives, there are a number of individuals who stand out from the rest. One of these is undoubtedly Peter Linfield of Storrington. Born in 1734 in the parish of Nuthurst, Peter was the youngest son of William and Sarah Linfield, who were married at Itchingfield in 1724. His grandfather, Peter Linfield of Snow’s Farm in Nuthurst, was a successful yeoman farmer who died in 1715, leaving his estate to his eldest son, also Peter (1677-1756) who appears to have sold his inheritance some time before 1744. William Linfield, one of his five younger brothers, had to make do with the 40 shillings he received in his father’s will; nevertheless, it would appear he owned and farmed his own land because, with his brother Peter, he was qualified to vote in the General Election of 1734. Both of them travelled to Chichester to cast their vote, the qualification being the ownership of freehold lands or tenements whose annual net value was 40 shillings or more. Continue reading Peter Linfield of Storrington 1734-1791

Professor Frederick Bloomfield Linfield

In 1874, my great-grandfather, Samuel Linfield (1839-1913), moved from his birthplace in Twillingate, Newfoundland to a farm on the outskirts of my hometown Goderich, Ontario. With him were his wife Rachel (Petten) and their four children, Frederick Bloomfield, Mary Jane Butler, “Eliza” Rhoda Elizabeth and my grandfather-to-be, John Petten. Shortly after settling on the land, Rachel gave birth to Samuel Jr. who died in infancy. Over the next five years, Harriet Grace and Alfred were born. Of the six living children, only my grandfather and his sister Eliza stayed on the farm. However, Eliza left the farm on January 3, 1914, moving to Bozeman, Montana to live with her eldest brother, Frederick, the principal subject of this story. Eliza died in Bozeman on December 2, 1916. Mary Jane married George Rice in 1892 and they moved to Guelph, Ontario. Mary Jane died in 1931. Harriet Grace, known as Grace, left the farm with her brother Alfred on August 18, 1908 to live with brother Frederick and family. Alfred worked at different jobs and soon had his own living accommodations. Grace continued to live with Frederick and family and was a great help to Frederick’s wife who was always ill with T.B. Continue reading Professor Frederick Bloomfield Linfield

Longshot Vol 2, No. 1

Professor Frederick Bloomfield Linfield, by Jerald A Linfield
Publications for Sale, by Malcolm Linfield
Carey Hampton Borrer, by Malcolm Linfield
Peter Linfield of Storrington, by Malcolm Linfield
Letter from America, by Barry Linfield
The Generation Gap, by Malcolm Linfield
William and Anne Linfield of Worthing, by Malcolm Linfield
Snapshots of History, by Alan Lindfield
A Whimsical Look at Genealogy, by Eric Peter Linfield
Sussex Probate Records by Malcolm Linfield
Still Trying to Connect You, by Alan Lindfield
The Spectre of the Spore, by Nick Linfield
Researching our Military Ancestors, by Alan Michael Linfield
The St Catherine’s House Index, by Alan Lindfield
Blood Relatives, by Alan Lindfield

Front cover: William Lindfield, born Slaugham 1842 who joined the Islington Division of the Metropolitan Police in 1862. The uniform is the original `Peeler’ style, which was withdrawn in 1864. Photo kindly supplied by Mrs Doris Maillardet.