Thomas Stephens of West Firle
Mary Peirce
Joseph Akehurst of Beddingham
(-Aft 1792)
William Stephens of Alciston
(Abt 1761-1854)
Frances Akehurst
Thomas Stevens of Croydon


Family Links

1. Lucy Hudson
2. Sophia Jefferson, widow

Thomas Stevens of Croydon

  • Christened: 9 Jul 1797, West Firle, Sussex, England 1
  • Married (1): 21 Apr 1816, West Firle, Sussex, England 2
  • Married (2): 25 May 1835, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London, England 3
  • Died: 11 Apr 1873, Selsdon Rd., Croydon, Surrey, England 4 6
  • Buried: 18 Apr 1873, St. Peter's Churchyard, Croydon, Surrey, England 5

  Research Notes:

Family name spelled STEPHENS in the baptismal register and in his father's Will.


In Apr 1820 Thomas Stephens and his wife Lucy Stephens were present at the marriage of Thomas's brother James Stephens to Hannah Pearce in Selmeston Sussex.

At the time of the 1851 England Census Thomas Stevens, age 53, born in Firle Sussex, licensed victualler, and wife Sophia, age 54, born in Bletchingly Surrey, were living in Drovers Inn, Selsden Lane, Croydon Surrey. With them was niece Elizabeth Letts* (20) of Warlingham Surrey.

* Elizabeth Letts, b. 2 Mar 1831, chr. 27 Mar 1831 in Warlingham Surrey, daughter of James Letts and Sarah Burnell who were married in Croydon on 24 Dec 1826. One of the witnesses to the marriage was Sophia Jefferson; Sophia Burnell married William Jefferson in 1826 in Southwark Surrey, such that, based on the above, Elizabeth Letts was Sophia's niece.

In 1855 Thomas Stephens was a residuary legatee of his father's Will.

At the time of the 1861 England Census Thomas Stevens, age 64, born in Firles Sussex, widower, licensed victualler, was living in Drovers Inn, Croydon Surrey. With him was niece Elizabeth Letts (30) of Warlingham, housekeeper.

At the time of the 1871 England Census Thomas Stevens, age 74, born in Firle Sussex, widower, retired, was with his niece Elizabeth Hayward (40) of Warlingham and her family in Haling Road, Croydon Surrey.


Thomas Stevens, formerly landlord of the Surrey Drovers, Selsdon Road, died aged 76 years (cemetery record).

Thomas Stevens of Haling Road died aged 76 years (burial record).


The Will of Thomas Stevens late of Selsdon-road in the Parish of Croydon in the County of Surrey, Innkeeper, who died 11 April 1873 at Selsdon-road, was proved 30 June at the Principal Registry by Joseph Taylor of Junction-road Selsdon-road, farmer, and Charles James Coppin of St. Peter's-place Selsdon-road, cab proprietor, the executors. Effects under £450. 6

  Marriage Information:

Thomas married Lucy Hudson, daughter of John Hudson and Mary, on 21 Apr 1816 in West Firle, Sussex, England. (Lucy Hudson was christened on 25 Jan 1795 in West Firle, Sussex, England and was buried on 25 May 1834 in West Firle, Sussex, England, aged 39 years. According to the burial record, Lucy Stevens had been residing in Croydon Surrey.)

  Marriage Notes:

Thomas Stephens of this parish, bachelor, and Lucy Hudson of this parish, spinster

Married by Banns

Witnessses: George Geer, Elizabeth Jubb


It is possible that this Thomas Stevens and Lucy were the same Thomas Stevens and Lucy who had two children in Lewes St. Thomas:

- Harriet, chr. 14 Sep 1817, and
- Thomas, chr. 11 Apr 1819

  Marriage Information:

Thomas also married Sophia Burnell, widow of William Jefferson, on 25 May 1835 in St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London, England. (Sophia was born about 1797 in Bletchingly, Surrey, England and died on 17 Mar 1856 in Croydon, Surrey, England.)

  Marriage Notes:

Thomas Stevens and Sophia Jefferson both of this parish

Married by Banns

Witnessses: S? Hodgkins, Joanna Herring


1 West Firle Parish Registers, Baptisms, p. 48.

2 Ibid., Marriages, p. 4, no. 11.

3 St. Martin-in-the-Fields Parish Registers, Marriages, p. 338, no. 197.

4 Croydon in the Past: Historical, Monumental & Biographical (1883), Burials, p. 81.

5 Croydon St. Peter Parish Registers, Burials, p. 158, no. 1260.

6 England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1995, 1873, p. 166.

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