Family History

Fanny Steer was the sister of an ancestor of mine. If you have any amendments, additions or comments please e-mail me



Born:            1772 Sompting

Father:          Thomas Steer

Mother:         Fanny Goble

Baptised:      13/9/1772 Sompting

Married:        25/2/1794 Sompting

Buried:        17/5/1794 Sompting

Spouse:         JOHN PATCHING

Children:       William Patching born 1795 Sompting

William is probably the William Patching baptised 24/1/1796 Sompting son of John and Ann. John remarried 20/7/1795 New Shoreham Ann Couter



Born:           1795 Sompting

Father:         John Patching

Mother:       Fanny Steer


Married       Sarah b abt 1801 Ashurst {possibly Sarah Talche 15/9/1822 West Grinstread or 29/4/1817 Sarah Feast in Wiston] neither of these two were baptised Ashurst. The Sarahs baptised Ashurst at this time were Sarah Searle and Sarah Allen in 1800

Buried           possibly 1/11/1867 Shipley aged 68

    Children:   John Patching b 1832  Shipley

               Eleanor Patching  b 1834 Shipley buried 12/12/1848 Shipley aged 12

               Emily Patching b 1836 Shipley

              William Patching b 1839 Shipley

               Walter patching b 1840 Shipley


1841 Residing Dragon lane, Shipley. Occupation: agricultural labourer

 1851. Residing Dragon lane Shipley. Occupation: agricultural labourer. Visitors were William Nicholson aged 32 from Shipley and his children Michael 8 (West Grinstead) and Mary 6 (Shipley)

1861 census: Residing Dragon Lane Shipley. Occupation: agricultural labourer


John Patching

Born:       1832 Shipley

Father:     William Patching

Mother:   Sarah

Died:       1915 Horsham district

Married:  1857 Horsham district

Spouse:   Ruth Thompsonb

Born:      1833 Warnham.

Died:        1899

Children:   Fanny Patching born 1859 Horsham

                       William Patching b 1859 Horsham

       Ellen patching b 1862 Warnham

       Ann Patching b 1868 Warnham

       Mary patching b 1870 Warnham

       John patching b 1872  ifield m Rose b 1876 Ifield



1861 residing Corner House, Roberts lane, Warnham. Occupation agricultural labourer

1871 Residing Goldfinch Cottage, Horsham

1891 Residing Langley lane, Ifield

1901 residing Langley lane ifield. Widower, son  and daughter –in-law John and Rose Patching living with him

1911 census: Residing Ginhams Cottage Ifield with son John.. Occupation: agricultural labourer


Fanny Patching b 1859 Warnham

1881 Residing garden Rd, Clapham. Genral servant to Walter Paine, Stockbroker’s clerk


John Patching b 1872  Ifield m 1899 Horsham district Rose Harriet Nicholls born 1876 Ifield; John Patching born 1904 Ifield

Children:  Annie Patching b 1900 Ifield

1901 Residing with father Langley lane, Ifield. Occupation: agricultural labourer

1911 census: Rwesiding Ginhams Cottage Ifield. Occupation: agricultural labourer



Born: 1840 Shipley

Father:   John Patching

Mother:  Sarah

Died:     1910 Steyning district


1861 census: Residing with parents. Occupation: agricultural labourer

1871 census: Boarder Sopers West Grinstead. Occupation: agricultural labourer

 1881 census: Lodger in Lancing. Occupation: agricultural labourer

1891 census: Lodger 1 Pen Hill Road, Lancing. Occupation: general labourer

1901 census: Visiting Kings Barn Ashurst. O