William Akehurst of Heathfield
Sarah Stevens
(Abt 1766-1844)
Frances Akehurst
James Akehurst of Heathfield
(Abt 1831-1886)


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Ann Cornwell

James Akehurst of Heathfield 1

  • Born: Abt 1831, Burwash, Sussex, England
  • Married: 25 Dec 1850, Heathfield, Sussex, England 2
  • Buried: 5 Sep 1886, Heathfield, Sussex, England 3

  Research Notes:

Writing his Will in Dec 1838 shortly before his death, Jesse Fuller the Younger of Burwash, farmer, entrusted to his executors James Russell the Elder and James Russell the Younger, of Burwash, the monies arising from the sale of his real and personal estate, the interest of which to be used for the maintenance of James Akehurst and Stephen Akehurst, then minors, the sons of his wife Frances Fuller formerly Frances Akehurst, spinster, born before Jesse married her. He directed that, once James Akehurst and Stephen Akehurst reach their respective ages of 21 years or were married, that they should receive the Trust monies in equal shares. 4


At the time of the 1851 England Census James Akehurst, age 22, born in Heathfield Sussex, agricultural labourer, and wife Ann, age 18, born in Heathfield, were with Ann's parents Thomas and Sophia Cornwell in Phipp's, Heathfield Sussex.

At the time of the 1861 England Census James Akehurst, age 30, born in Burwash Sussex, ag lab, and wife Ann, age 28, born in Heathfield Sussex, were living in Swithe, Heathfield Sussex. Present were children (born in Heathfield): Thomas J (11), scholar, Frances A (6), scholar, and Alfred W (1).

At the time of the 1871 England Census James Akehurst, age 45, born in Heathfield Sussex, ag labr, and wife Ann, age 40, born in Heathfield, were living in Swife, Heathfield Sussex. With them were children (born in Heathfield): William (12), scholar, Rosa Elizabeth (9), Frank (5), Andrew (3), and Harry (1).

At the time of the 1881 England Census James Akehurst, age 55, born in Heathfield Sussex, agl laborer, and wife Ann, age 44, born in Heathfield, were living in Swife Road, Heathfield Sussex. With them were children (born in Heathfield): William (20), general laborer, Frank (16), general laborer, Andrew (14), general laborer, Harry (11), scholar, Jane (8), scholar, and Flora (4), scholar.


James Akehurst of Heathfield died aged 55 years (burial record).

  Marriage Information:

James married Ann Cornwell, daughter of Thomas Cornwell and Sophia, on 25 Dec 1850 in Heathfield, Sussex, England. (Ann Cornwell was christened on 14 Apr 1833 in Heathfield, Sussex, England, and was buried there on 3 Feb 1919, aged 85 years.)

  Marriage Notes:

James Akehurst, minor, bachelor, laborer, resident of Heathfield, son of Jesse Fuller, laborer, and
Mary Cornwell, minor, spinster, resident of Heathfield, daughter of Thomas Cornwell, laborer

Witnesses: David Hobden, Rebecca D--------


1 The Akehurst Wills of East Sussex (1541-1858), Geoffrey Barber, 2nd Edition, Tree 4, p. 23.

2 Heathfield Sussex Parish Registers, Marriages, p. 78, no. 156.

3 Ibid., Burials, p. 29, no. 232.

4 Sussex Wills and Administrations in the District Probate Registry at Lewes, ESRO reference: PBT 1/1/80/423.

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