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Born: 24/6/1858 Lancing
Father: John Steer
Mother: Margaret Nottingham
Baptised: 25/7/1858 Lancing
Buried; 7/3/1923 from Bay Tree Cottages, The Street, Lancing
Married: 27/3/1887 Lancing
Spouse: Janet Elizabeth Wellstead,
Baptised: 26/2/1860 Burpham
Parents: Henry Ssmuel and Emily Harriet Wellstead
Buried: 26/7/1935 Lancing from Malthouse Cottage, The Street, Lancing
Children: Florence Steer b 15/3/1889 .Lancing
Margaret Jeannette Steer born 1890 in Lancing
Dorothy (Dorothea) Maud born 1894 in Lancing
Henry James Steer born 1898 in Lancing
1860: Baptism of Janet. Her father a labourer
1871 census: Residing with parents. Occupation: agricultural labourer
1881 census: Residing with parents. Occupation was groom. Janer a cook to William Woodman farmer Norton
1891 census: living 152 Old Road Lancing, occupation; gardener labourer
1901 census: Newmans Farm, Lancing. Market gardener.
1911 census: Residing 3 Myrtle Terrace, Sompting Road. Occupation market garden foreman
1915 living 3 Myrtle cottage (from school register).
1936: Janet residing Bay Tree Cottages at time of death. In St James’s churchyard: In/memory of Janet Steer lest/we forget/ Henry Steer. With flower container
Florence Steer. Birth registered 10/5/1889 by J Steer, father, Upper Lancing, labourer market garden. Buried 30/3/1889 Lancing 10 days old
Margaret Jeanette Steer baptised 6/7/1890 died 25 Queen St, Worthing, 20/4/1965 unmarried.
1911 census: Residing with parents. Occupation: domestic servant
1939 Register: Residing Little Houghts, Hoe Court Lane, Lancing. Domestic servant to Robert Sanderson retired surgeon
1955: Administration to Nancy May Sayers and Jeanette Guile. Married women, Estate £406
Dorothy Steer born 17.12.1893 baptised 4/2/1894 Lancing died 1959 Worthing district married 8/10/1927 Leonard Nelson Upfield. Marriage witnessed by Margaret and Henry Steer.. Address 3 Bay Tree Leonard was born 20/4/1898 baptised 19/6/1898 Old Shoreham son of Thomas and Alice. Upfield. He died 1981 Worthing district.
Children: Nancy May Steer born 1918, Peter J Upfield born 27/11/1932
1911 census: Residing with parents. No occupation
1939 Register: Residing Malt Cottages Grinstead Lane Lancing. Occupation: market garden labourer. Living with them son Peter, Henry Steer and Terence Sutton born 5/12/1930 (possibly evacuee)
Nancy May Steer born 13/5/1918 baptised 7/7/1918 Lancing. Married 1938 Worthing district. Frederick Sayers. Her daughter Jeanette married Michael J Guile in 1957
1932: Nancy left Lancing school 29/7/1932
Henry James Steer born 27/4/1898 baptised 28/4/1898 Lancing died 6/12/1958 38 Grinstead Lane, Lancing. Administration to Dorothy Upfield. Estate £164.8s 6d
1918: an absent voter being in RNVR. Living Baytree Cottages.
1939 Register: Residing with sister Dorothy Upfield at Malt Cottages, Grinstead Lane, Lancing. Occupation: refuse
Henry features in some old photos of Lancing, in the choir and the football team
Bay Tree cottages are still standing in North lancing
On 1901 census Newmans Farm is listed as next to Church Cottage. This was occupied by James and Mary Stephens, he was a civil engineer. They had William Barnett 77 boarder and Sarah Barnett 65 servant with them. This is probably the other cottage of two which were described in 1922 as being ‘two flint built and slated roofed cottages each containing three bedrooms, kitchen, lobby and scullery. Outside WCs’ On the other side of them Rectory House with Edward Foreman clergyman, widower, his widowed daughter Ethel Hampton 40 and her daughter Lilian 8 ands Eliza Burtenshaw 24 servant. Round the corner North lancing was Charles Stringer 60 gardner, wife Ellen 46 and daughter Stephen 2. Other side of them the School house with William Marriott 48 (from Northampton), wife Martha 48 school mistress (also Northampton) and their sons William 24 (born Northampton) , cycle agent, Percy 19 cycle agent assistant and daughters Annie 17 and Florence 13. The latter was born in lancing. Percy and Annie born BurtonOvery, Leicester.
James was definitely the baby of the family arriving on 24th June 1858 nine years after his sister Jane. There is no evidence from the Lancing burial register that Margaret had any short-lived children during this gap. Did James go to school? Compulsory schooling started in 1870 just too late. On the 1871 census aged twelve he is already an agricultural labourer. By the 1881 census he had changed to working a groom. Ten years later another change, he was now a gardener’s labourer, probably a market garden as by 1911 he was a market gardener’s labourer. He stayed in North Lancing, with his parents until his marriage then 1891 Old Road Lancing, 1901 Newman’s Farm and 1911 Myrtle Terrace Sompting Road and finally Bay tree Cottages along The Street. Bay Tree Cottages are still standing and he probably one of two which were described in 1922 as being ‘flint built and slated…each containing three bedrooms, kitchen, lobby and scullery. Outside WCs,. He probably worked in one of the market gardens between the church and Sompting. After his death his widow Janet moved to Malthouse Cottage which is at the far end of The Street towards the river Adur and is marked on the 1770 map of Lancing.