Moorland Farm & Mrs Jane Hills

Hello I am researching my family tree and the daughter of my 3rd great grandfather, Lawrence William Caesar, was Jane Caesar born 1850 in Alton. She married William Hills a farmer at Moorland farm in Lodsworth. I would be very interested in any information about the Hills and their farm. Jane Hills (Caesar) had a cousin called Julius Caesar who was a famous cricketer from Godalming in Surrey. He played for England. Many thanks for your time.

Tim Waters

3 thoughts on “Moorland Farm & Mrs Jane Hills”

  1. Thanks for your enquiry through our website.

    As we discussed on the phone, we have records of most of the businesses in Lodsworth parish. William Hills was indeed the proprietor of Moorland Farm at Gosden Heath, Lodsworth around 1870-71 (1871 Census and Kelly’s Directory) and Mrs Wm Hills was the proprietor in 1874 (Kelly’s). A William Hills died on 9 April 1874 aged 37 or 38 and was buried in St Peter’s churchyard in Lodsworth (burial register says one age, gravestone says the other!), so it looks as if his widow took over the farm. Before William, Charles Hills was the proprietor from at least 1841 to 1867 (censuses and various trade directories): it sound likely that this was William’s father.

    Hills were also proprietors of South Heath Farm for most of the 19th century. Other Hills were wheelwrights, tool makers and blacksmiths. I think it likely that these were all related. Thomas Hills was the proprietor of the Three Horseshoes (now the Lickfold Inn) between at least 1859 and 1867.

    Let us know how you get on with your research. If I find out more, I will email you.
    Ian Buckingham

  2. I see from the baptism register that William and Jane had two children baptised in St Peter’s, Lodsworth. One of the names of the first child indicates the link.

    Date – Child – Father – Mother – Surname – Occupation
    28/05/1873 – Lawrence William Cesar – William – Jane – HILLS – Farmer
    01/07/1874 – Ellen Kate – William – Jane – HILLS – Farmer

    The second was baptized a few months after her father’s early death.

    There is no Hills – Cesar/Caesar marriage in the Lodsworth marriage register.

    Ian Buckingham

  3. Dear Ian, very nice to talk with you on Friday. I am doing very well with my research with Jane Caesar and her arrival in Lodsworth, her marriage to William Hills and their two children. I have lots to send you when I have put it all together. I am sure that William Hills was the brother of Henry Hills, your famous Lodsworth Folk singer. I am trying to get a copy of the Journal of the Folk Song Society 1901, where Henry’s songs were published. It is amazing they I am connected to such a wonderful man!! I will be in contact soon. If you find any extra copies of the Henry Hills CD by Denise & Stewart Savage I would be happy to purchase it at the drop of a hat!!
    My Kindest Regards, Tim

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