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1597FreeholderRichard MichelborneNether ClapwaterBuckhurst Terrier
Richard Michelborne holds by deed Nether Clapwater, 20 acres, bounds:
  • Seth Awcock to the East and West
  • heirs of Addam Ashburnham, to the South
  • land from Fletching town to Ashdown Forrest to the North
Rent 3s.

1597FreeholderRichard MichelborneClapwater GroveBuckhurst Terrier
Richard Michelborne, gent, holds by deed tenement and land called Clapwater Grove, 6 acres
Rent 2s.

c 1795Nutley, Sussex - c 1795Part of the 1 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1795 by William Gardner and Thomas GreamClaywater Farm

6th Jun 1841CensusJohn Staplehurst, M, Head, age 40 to 44, born Sussex; occupation Farm labourerJohn StaplehurstClapwater1841 Census
Fletching, Sussex
Frances Staplehurst, F, [Wife], age 35 to 39, born SussexFrances Staplehurst [Ridley]
Elizabeth Staplehurst, F, [Daughter], age 12, born SussexElizabeth Staplehurst
Mary Staplehurst, F, [Daughter], age 10, born SussexMary Staplehurst
Sarah Staplehurst, F, [Daughter], age 8, born SussexSarah Staplehurst
James Staplehurst, M, [Son], age 6, born SussexJames Staplehurst
John Staplehurst, M, [Son], age 4, born SussexJohn Staplehurst
William Staplehurst, M, [Son], age 2, born SussexWilliam Staplehurst
Harriot Staplehurst, F, [Daughter], age 1, born SussexHarriott Staplehurst
Edward Smith, M, age 14, born SussexEdward Smith

6th Jun 1841CensusWilliam Cooper, M, Head, age 40 to 44, occupation: farm labourerWilliam Cooper, farm labourerClapwater1841 Census
Fletching, Sussex
Elizabeth Cooper, F, [Wife], age 40 to 44Elizabeth Cooper
John Cooper, M, [Son], age 15John Cooper
Mary Cooper, F, [Daughter], age 11, born SussexMary Cooper
Emma Cooper, F, [Daughter], age 8, born SussexEmma Cooper
Caroline Cooper, F, [Daughter], age 6, born SussexCaroline Cooper
Lewis Cooper, M, [Son], age 3, born SussexLewis Cooper
Thomas Cooper, M, [Son], age 1, born SussexThomas Cooper
Harriot King, F, age 13, born Sussex; occupation: servantHarriot King
William Watson, M, age 40 to 44; occupation IndependentWilliam Watson

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation FARM BAILIFFJohn ThirlwellClapwater1851 Census
Fletching, Sussex
WifeElisabeth Thirlwell

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation Farm labourerThomas SimmonsClapwater1851 Census
Fletching, Sussex
WifeSarah Simmons [Wood]
Son; occupation ScholarJames Simmons
Son; occupation ScholarThomas Simmons
SonWilliam Simmons
Step daughterMaryanne Wood

30th Mar 1851CensusHead; occupation Farm labourerJohn StaplehurstClapwater1851 Census
Fletching, Sussex
WifeFrances Staplehurst [Ridley]
DaughterJane Brooman [Staplehurst]
Son; occupation Farm labourerWilliam Staplehurst
Daughter; occupation Farm labourerHarriott Staplehurst
Son; occupation SCHOLARHenry Staplehurst
Son; occupation SCHOLARFrank Staplehurst
DaughterCaroline Staplehurst

1867Directory entryGibbons William, farm bailiff to Sir Thomas Wilson, Bart., ClapwaterClapwaterPost Office Directory

1874Directory entryGibbons Wm., steward & farm bailiff to Lieut. Spenser Wilson, R.N., ClapwaterClapwaterPost Office Directory

c 1875Splaynes Green & Down Street, West of Maresfield - c 1875Part of the 6 inch to 1 mile map of Sussex produced in 1875 by Ordnance SurveyClapwater

3rd Apr 1881CensusWilliam Gibbons, M, Head, married, age 57, born Kent; occupation: land stewardWilliam GibbonsClapwater1881 Census
Fletching, Sussex
Hester Gibbons, F, Wife, married, age 59, born ChiddingstoneHester Gibbons [Marchant]
Charles Percy Gibbons, M, Son, single, age 24, born Fletching; occupation: brewerCharles Percy Gibbons
Alice Gibbons, F, Daughter, age 22, born FletchingAlice Gibbons
Lilia Gibbons, F, Daughter, age 18, born FletchingLelia Gibbons
Amelia Elizabeth Farmer, F, Servant, age 13, born Fletching; occupation: domestic servantAmelia Elizabeth Farmer

3rd Apr 1881CensusJohn Staplehurst, M, Head, married, age 44, born Fletching; occupation Farm labourerJohn StaplehurstClapwater1881 Census
Fletching, Sussex
Eliza Staplehurst, F, Wife, married, age 43, born FletchingEliza Staplehurst
Alfred Staplehurst, M, Son, single, age 18, born Fletching; occupation Gamekeeper's assistantAlfred Staplehurst
Anne Staplehurst, F, Daughter, single, age 9, born Fletching; occupation ScholarAnne Staplehurst
Bertha Mary Staplehurst, F, Daughter, single, age 6, born Fletching; occupation ScholarBertha Mary Staplehurst
George Staplehurst, M, Son, single, age 5, born FletchingGeorge Staplehurst
Agnes Staplehurst, F, Daughter, single, age 2, born FletchingAgnes Staplehurst

3rd Apr 1881CensusThomas Simmons, M, Head, married, age 57, born Fletching; occupation Stockman and MilkmanThomas SimmonsClapwater1881 Census
Fletching, Sussex
Sarah Simmons, F, Wife, married, age 58, born FletchingSarah Simmons [Wood]
Samuel Simmons, M, Son, single, age 26, born Fletching; occupation GroomSamuel Simmons
Richard Simmons, M, Son, single, age 24, born Fletching; occupation StablemanRichard Simmons
Louisa Simmons, F, Daughter, single, age 11, born Fletching; occupation ScholarLouisa Jane Walter [Simmons]
Charles Alfred Wood, M, Grandson, single, age 19, born Fletching; occupation GroomCharles Alfred Wood
Richard Read, M, Grandson, single, age 1, born FletchingRichard Read

1882Directory entryGibbons Wm., steward & farm bailiff to Sir Spencer Maryon Maryon-Wilson bart., ClapwaterClapwaterKelly's Directory

1888Directory entryGibbons, William, steward to Sir S. M. Wilson, Bart., ClapwaterClapwaterBrooker's Guide

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