John Akehurst of Alfriston
Joseph Akehurst of Beddingham
(-Aft 1792)
Frances Akehurst


Family Links

0. Unknown

2. William Stephens of Alciston

Frances Akehurst 1

  • Christened: 12 Apr 1767, Beddingham, Sussex, England 2
  • Married (0):
  • Married (1): 21 May 1792, West Firle, Sussex, England 3
  • Died: 10 Dec 1855, Alciston, Sussex, England
  • Buried: 16 Dec 1855, Alciston, Sussex, England 4

  Research Notes:

Family name also spelled AKHURST.


Writing his Will in 1792 Joseph Akehurst of Beddingham bequeathed to his daughter Frances the wife of William Stephens of Westfirle in co. Sussex, yeoman, his two copyhold tenements in Alfriston late the estate of his brother William Akehurst. He also gave to her his copyhold cottage in Alfriston late the estate of his brother William's children Sarah Machen and William Akehurst.

In 1810 Frances the wife of William Stevens of West Firle, yeoman, was the residuary legatee of the Will of her brother Joseph Akehurst of West Firle, yeoman.

At the time of the 1841 England Census Fanny Stephens, aged about 70, and husband William Stephens, aged about 80, ind[ependent], were living in Alciston Sussex. With them were children: Henry (40) and Alexander (25).

At the time of the 1851 England Census Frances Stevens, age 84, born in Firle, and husband William Stevens, age 88, born in Firle, land proprietor and house, were living in Alciston Village, Alciston Sussex. With them were sons (unmarried, born in Firle): Henry (48) and Alexander (40).


STEPHENS.—December 10, at Alciston, Elizabeth [sic], relict of the late Mr. William Stephens, aged 88 years.

Sussex Advertiser, 18 December 1855, p. 7


Frances Stephens of Alciston died aged 89 years (burial record). The GROE death index gives her age as 88 years.

  Marriage Information:

Frances married William Stephens, son of Thomas Stephens and Mary Peirce, on 10 Oct 1787 in Beddingham, Sussex, England. (William Stephens was born about 1761 in West Firle, Sussex, England, christened there on 7 Mar 1762, died on 2 Oct 1854 in Alciston, Sussex, England and was buried there on 8 Oct 1854, aged 93 years.)

  Marriage Notes:

William Stephens of the parish of Bishopstone and Frances Akehurst of this parish

Married by Banns

Witnesses: Joseph Akehurst, John Haywood


1 The Akehurst Wills of East Sussex (1541-1858), Geoffrey Barber, 2nd Edition, Tree 4, p. 24.

2 Beddingham Parish Registers, Baptisms.

3 West Firle Parish Registers, Marriages, no. 87.

4 Alciston Sussex Parish Registers, Burials, p. 22, no. 176.

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