Family History

The IGI only lists the name eight times for Sussex, eight christenings the latest being 1712 and eight marriages, the latest 1730. There were many variations of the name e.g. Fyffins, Fithian, Fivian, Fivens, Fuffins, Fithyan. There was a family of Fithians in Pulborough, and indeed a Sarah born 1698. Unfortunately she died 1716 Interestingly her name was recorded as Fiffen!

The name was recorded Shipley as Fiffen, Fiven, Fivens, Fevins

Sarah Fiffens my ancestor married 26/5/1724 Wiggonholt cum Greatham Thomas Humphry. I have not been able to find a birth for Sarah but I believe she may have been born in Shipley. An Elizabeth Fiffens born in Shipley in 1702 was probably the Elizabeth Fiffens from Shipley who married in Wiggonholt 1724 too.

Possible Shipley family tree



Buried: possibly 12/7/1706 Shipley however as Mary and Jane Fiffen who were buried in 1707 were described in burial register as his daughters this burial could possibly be for his father? He or his likely son John could have been buried 30/3/1736, John husbandman

Married: 11/6/1697 Shipley

Spouse: Jane Etheridge

Children: Jane Fiffen baptised 8/3/1697 Shipley buried 28/8/1707 Shipley

John Fiffen baptised 17/3/1699 possibly buried 30/3/1736 Shipley married Sarah who was buried 4/7/1833 Shipley

Elizabeth Fiffen baptised 4/11/1702 Shipley married 17/9/1724 Wiggonholt John Cooper

Mary Fiffen baptised 24/6/1705 Shipley buried 20/8/1707 Shipley

John Fiffen and wife Sarah had Thomas Fiffen baptised 1/6/1730

John Fiffen baptised 19/10/1731

TIMOTHE FIVENS (female) possibly sister to John married 9/7/1696 Shipley John Newman. IGI have a baptism submitted for her of 25/3/1673 Shipley but I havenít found the original for this yet

A THOMAS FIFFENS was buried 1/10/1742 in Shipley. He was possibly born Aldingbourne son of Henry Fiffens and Mary. Their children were Henry baptised 30/1/1701; Mary baptised 30/1/1701; John baptised 23/4/1704; Thomas baptised 2/1707

Buried in Aldingbourne were Henry 11/2/1722 and John 4/10/1724