I have just retired to Fittleworth and am interested in my family roots. My great grandfather married his wife Martha Stevens who was born in 1846 in Lodsworth. She was the daughter of William Stevens and Jane Carver. They married in Tillington but lived the rest of their lives in Leggatt Hill, William being a gamekeeper there. They are buried with headstones in the Lodsworth churchyard. William Stevens had a brother James who was married to Mary Ann Boxall and married in the village in 1853. The family lived in Church Lane and Vicarage Lane.
I have an old photo taken c.1901 showing James Stevens at a family gathering at Lodsworth. He is holding a ladder up the side of his house whilst his son-in-law is picking his ‘Violet Pator Plums’.
Thus I am related to the Stevens and Carver families and would love to be put in touch with anyone who might remember the families. The Carver family I know is very large but I do have George Thomas Carver known as ‘Ratty’ in my tree. I have a picture of him drinking at the bar in the Hollist Arms.
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