My grandmother was born a Mitchell (Emily Eliza 1888 – 1984) and I have traced her family back as far as a William Mitchell who married Sarah Hide in Nuthurst in 1781. Their children Sarah, Edward and James, however, were all baptised in West Grinstead, Sussex.
James (1785 – 1846) was my 3 x great grandfather and became a caretaker at West Grinstead Park. He married Lucy Linfield in 1807. Their son Thomas (1814 – 1894) became a woodman on the estate and he married Caroline Osborne in 1837. In turn their son William (1847 – 1926) worked as a houseman at West Grinstead Park, marrying Mary Philpott from Shipley in 1877.
James and Lucy had eight children, including Henry (1822 – 1892) who became the Postmaster at West Grinstead and who ran a night school for boys, teaching my Granny’s father to read and write.
Thomas and Caroline had nine children, of whom three emigrated: James (1839 – 1925) went to Canada, settling in Hamilton, Ontario and he and his wife Mary had one daughter Caroline (1863 – 1942); Henry (1842 – 1887) married a local girl Emily Edwards in 1867 and they went to the United States almost straight away as their daughter Nettie was born in New York the following year. They settled in Palmyra, Wayne county; Allen (1850 – 1914) joined his older brother in New York where he worked on the New York Central Railroad and was later killed in an accident at work at Buffalo.