Joseph Akehurst of Beddingham
(-Aft 1792)
Frances Akehurst
Sophia Akehurst
(Abt 1785-1867)


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Edward Carey of Ringmer

Sophia Akehurst 1

  • Born: Abt 1785, West Firle, Sussex, England
  • Christened: 25 Feb 1787, West Firle, Sussex, England 2
  • Married: 6 Apr 1804, West Firle, Sussex, England 3
  • Died: 9 Mar 1867, Ringmer, Sussex, England 4
  • Buried: 14 Mar 1867, Ringmer, Sussex, England 5

  Research Notes:

Sophia illegitimate daughter of Frances Akehurst (baptismal record)


At the time of the 1851 England Census Sophia Carey, age 64, born in Firle Sussex, and husband Edward Carey, age 71, born in East Hothly, farmer of 63 acres [employing] 2 labourers, were living in Broyle Lane, Ringmer Sussex. At the same address were daughter Elizabeth Winter (25) and her husband Edward Winter (24), farm labourer, as well as farm servant Edward Winter (15) of Ringmer.

In 1855 Sophia Carey the wife of Edward Carey of Ringmer, farmer, was one of the residuary legatees of the Will of her [step-]father William Stephens of Alciston.

At the time of the 1861 England Census Sophia Carey, age 74, born in Firle Sussex, and husband Edward Carey, age 81, born in E. Hoathly, farmer of 65 acres employing 2 men and 2 boys, were living in Broyle Farm, Ringmer Sussex. Son John Carey and his family were at the same address.


Sophia Carey of Ringmer died aged 82 years (burial record).


CAREY.—Mar. 9, at Ringmer, Sophia, relict of the late Edward Carey, farmer, aged 82.

Sussex Advertiser, 23 March 1867, p. 3


Abstract of the Will of Sophia Carey of Chailey but formerly of Ringmer, both in the County of Sussex, widow of the late Edward Carey of Ringmer aforesaid, written 17 Jan 1865, proved 13 May 1867. 4

(Names of family members are underlined.)

Appoints as trustees and executors of her Will Joseph Akehurst Carey of Ringmer aforesaid, farmer, and Thomas Simmons of Chailey aforesaid, farmer.

Directs that her property be equally divided between her eldest daughter Caroline wife of Thomas Simmons of Chailey, farmer, her son Joseph Akehurst Carey of Ringmer, farmer, her daughter Mary wife of Benjamin Heasman of Buntingford in co. Herts, carrier, her son John Carey of Ringmer, farmer, her son George Carey of Lewes, carrier, her daughter Harriett wife of George Parker of Ringmer, pensioner, her daughter Elizabeth wife of Edward Winter of Barcombe, farmer, her daughter Naomi wife of Charles Fiest of Ringmer, farmer, and her daughter Sarah Ann wife of Amos Eldridge of the Royal Artillery, soldier.

Gives and bequeaths £2 each to Elizabeth Allen wife of George Allen of Haywards Heath, blacksmith, and Emily Carey, single, daughter of Naomi Fiest.


Witnesses: George Webber, William Billinghurst

Effects under £300.

  Marriage Information:

Sophia married Edward Carey, son of Daniel Carey and Constance Jarman, on 6 Apr 1804 in West Firle, Sussex, England. (Edward Carey was christened on 22 Dec 1779 in East Hoathly, Sussex, England, died on 18 Nov 1861 in Ringmer, Sussex, England, and was buried there on 25 Nov 1861.)

  Marriage Notes:

Edward Carey of this parish, bachelor, and Sophia Akehurst of the same parish, spinster

Married by Banns

Witnesses: Jos. Akehurst, G. Geer


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

2 West Firle Parish Registers, Baptisms.

3 Ibid., Marriages, p. 39, no. 149.

4 England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1995, 1867, p. 263.

5 Ringmer Sussex Parish Registers, Burials, p. 151, no. 1203.

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