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Born: 1816 Somting
Died: 1888 Lancing
Married: 1835 Lancing John Steer
Margaret was born 11 September 1816 in Sompting and baptised on the 6th October 1816 in Sompting prish church, the daughter of Peter Nottingham and Jane Winton. She married John Steer 20/6/1835 in St James the Less, Lancing parish church. Their marriage was witnessed by Johnís brother and sister Ėin-law Thomas and Ann Steer, who made their marks as did John and Margaret. Marriage bans had been read on 17, 24 and 31st May. The 1841 and 1851 census show And John living apart though close to one another. In 1841 she was living with her two young sons, George 5 and Thomas 2, in The Street, Upper Lancing (now North Lancing) whilst John, a gardener, was living nearby in a tenement with other employees of Lancing Manor. Margaretís mother had been buried on 22nd July 1819 when Margaret was less than three and it is likely she might have been brought up in North Lancing by her grandparents Thomas Winton and Deborah Bennett.
By the time the 1851 census was taken both of her grandparents had died, John was enumerated as being at Lancing Manor and Margaret was living on her own with their children George 14, Abraham 8, Charles 5 and Jane a year old. Her sister-in-law, Johnís twin sister was next door. The property Old Ship was on the other side of Sarah, Margaretís son Thomas was missing, for he had been buried on the 16th August 1843. Son George was now working as a gardener like his father. . A last child James was born here in 1858. In 1861 the family seems to have been in the same property although Sarah is now a lodger in The Ship so possibly she was also in 1851, in which case Margaret was living next door to what was now called Ship House. Looking at the following census returns this seems likeliest. On the 1871 census she and John had George and James with them, they and John are all agricultural labourers . James it must remembered was only 12. Daughter Jane is a servant living with her parents. Son Abraham had moved to Cheltenham and Charles to Portslade, The 1881 census has John and son George as gardeners again and James has become a groom. Margaret was widowed just after Christmas 1882, when John died on the 28th December from congestion of the liver and lungs. She probably continued to look after her sons George and James until they both married in 1887. It is likely one of them with his wife continued to live with her or else she went to live with them. A last sadness in her life would have been the premature death of George. He was buried 17th December 1887 aged 51.
Margaret died on 11th August 1888 . The causes of death were morbus cordis (heart condition), bronchitis and dropsy (edema, which would have been caused by her heart condition). The death was reported by her son James on the 13th , but it is not known whether she was living on her own or with James and his wife. She was buried at Lancing parish church the following day. The burial register gives her age as 82 instead of 72. Just a slip of the pen, or a case of mishearing as her death was registered with the correct age. The name above her in the register is that of her sister Frances Mitchell who had been buried three weeks earlier on the 25th July aged 81.
Frances and her family had always lived near to John and Margaret and her sons also worked in market gardens.
Children: George Steer 1836-1887
Thomas Steer 1839 to 1843
Abraham Steer 1842-1899
Charles Steer 1845-1914
Jane Steer 1849-1908
James Steer 1858-1923