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MY RESEARCHES INTO THE SOMPTING STEERS ARE FAR FROM COMPLETE. IF YOU HAVE ANY ADDITIONAS OR CORRECTIONS PLEASE E-MAIL ME Martis1@hotmail.co.uk

 

SOMPTING STEERS

Nicholas Steere married in 1676 in Sompting Sarah Stammer . The next mention in the registers is William who was baptised 4/3/1753 the son of William and Hannah. He was buried 14 /9/1753. They had another son Edward baptised 6/10/1754. Could William be a brother to Thomas? This is probably the William Steer of Salvington who married 1/7/1750 Ashington Hannah Smith, a widow from Salvington.

Thomas and Mary may possibly have had a son Thomas Steer born and died 1770. He does not appear on the transcription I have, and I will have to check the original registers.

Similarly the John Steer I had born and died 1773 has on the transcription been given as the son of Thomas Street. This will need to be checked. However it is unlikely to be the child of Thomas and Mary as their daughter Fanny was baptised September 1772 and this John March 1773.

I have included Ambrose/Amberhurst/Amberhose Steer baptised 1777 and Samuel baptised 1783 as possibles although both have mothers given as Jane and Ann respectively. I have come across several other cases where mother’s names have been put incorrectly in the baptism registers around this time.

A Thomas Steer blacksmith of Egdean married Jane Osborn in 1771 and they only had one child baptised in Egdean in 1772 so they could possibly be the parents of Ambbrose/Amberhurst.

There is no marriage on Sussex Marriage Index for a Thomas and Ann.

THOMAS STEER

Born: 1742

Buried: 2/5/1819 Sompting. He was living Cokeham.

Married: 16/7/1766 Sompting

Spouse: Frances Goble.

Born : 1748

Buried: 7/12/1828 Sompting, from Cokeham.

Children: George Steer b 1767 Sompting

Thomas Steer b. 1770 Sompting

Thomas Steer b 1772 Sompting

Fanny Steer b 1772 Sompting

John Steer b 1774 Sompting

Ambrose/Amberhurst Steer b 1777 Sompting

James Steer b 1779 Sompting

Mary Steer b 1781 Sompting

Samuel Steer born 1782/1783 Sompting

Elizabeth b 1785 Sompting Steer

Sarah Steer b 1786 Sompting

Ann Steer b 1789 Sompting

Both made marks. Witnessed by Mary Garton and John Stubbs

 

GEORGE STEER

Born: 1767 Sompting

Father: Thomas Steer

Mother: Fanny Goble

Baptised: 15/2/1767 Sompting

Died: 1850 Worthing district

Married; possibly 15/5/1796 Broadwater (see note 1)

Spouse: Elizabeth Bacon

Baptised: probably 7/6/1767 Broadwater

Parents Charles & Mary Bacon

Note 1: witnessed by Jn Leggett, Jn Peryer

1841 census: Residing High Street Broadwater with Emma & Edward Ede (not his daughter)

 

HANNAH STEER

Born: 1768 Sompting

Father: Thomas Steer

Baptised: 9/10/1768 daughter of Thomas

Married|: 5/1/1799 Sompting

Spouse: James Penfold

Children: John Steer bapt 1/3/1795 Sompting

James Penfold born 1800

Thomas Penfold born 1803

1851 census: 32 Cumberland Place, Brighton. Occupation: bricklayer

1861 census: 13 Park Place, Brighton. Occupation; bricklayer

1871 census: Bosses Gardens, Brighton

SEE PENFOLD FILE

 

THOMAS STEER

Born: 1771 Sompting

Father: Thomas Steer

Mother: Fanny Goble

Baptised: 20/5/1771 Sompting

Died; 17/3/1848 Lancing (see Note 2)

Buried: 23/3/1848 in Lancing

Married: 26/6/1798 Steyning (see Note 1)

Spouse: Martha Merrit

Baptised: 9/10/1773 Ashington

Father: Edward Merrit

Mother: Mary Dinnig.

Buried: 24/1/1819 Lancing

Married ; 23/4/1821 Lancing.

Spouse: Susannah Slaughter born Cobden (see Note 3)

Baptised: Aldingbourne 9/1/1772.

Died: 1862 Lancing

Children: Mary Steer b 1799 Lancing

William Steer b 1800 Lancing

Ambrose Steer b 1803 Lancing

Thomas Steer b 1805 Lancing

Frances Steer b 1807 Lancing

John Steer b 1810 Lancing

Sarah Steer b 1810 Lancing

1841census: Residing Lancing. John Stone aged 80 living with them

1851 census: Susannah a pauper lodging with Jane Knight b 1803 pauper, her son John Butler b 1824 and William Knight b 1836, and Thomas Knight b 1839, Ann knight b 1845 (daughter of Jane Butler and James Knight)

1861 census: Susannahpauper on relief residing with lodging Ship House with Thomas Pannett aged 68 and his wife Elizabeth aged 64 (born Beeding) and their grandson Edwin Martin aged 11.

Note 1: Thomas’s surname in IGI is Steere.  At time of marriage he was a shepherd for James Stubbs farmer who was his spnsor for the special licence and witness at the marriage. The other witness was John Barber. John Penfold vicar performed the ceremony.  At his marriage to Susannah Slaughter Hugh Kedd was a witness.. . at time of marriage had only been in Steyning parish for four weeks, and Thomas had been in lancing for four weeks.

Note 2: Cause of Thomas’s death was decay of nature and death not certified. Death was notified by son John Steer on 20/3/1848.

Note 3: married as Susanna 17/6/1802 St Peter the Great Chichester James Slaughter. No trace of any children from this marriage

FANNY STEER

Born: 1772 Sompting

Father: Thomas Steer

Mother: Fanny Goble

Baptised: 13/9/1772 Sompting

Married: 25/2/1794

Spouse: John Patching

Note: both made their marks. Witnessed by Francis Pelling

 

JOHN STEER

Born: 1774 Sompting

Father: Thomas Steer

Mother: Frances Goble

Baptised: 9/10/1774 Sompting

Buried: possibly 2/10/1833 Lyons Farm, but aged 55

Married: 4/12/1814 Broadwater Amy Cooter, witnessed by Thomas Cooter, Jane Bashford

Born: 1772 Sompting

Died: 1852 Worthing district

1841 census: widow Amey residing Broadwater Street, , Broadwater, a pauper

1851 census: The Street, broadwater occupation: infirm? housekeeper

AMBROSE (AMBERHURST?) STEER

Born: 1777 Sompting

Father; Thomas Steer

Mother: Fanny Goble (given as Thomas & Jane)

Baptised: 9/3/1777 Sompting (Amberhose)

Buried: 9/1/ 1801 St Peter the Less Chichester

JAMES STEER

Born: 1779 Sompting

Father: Thomas Steer

Mother: Fanny Goble

Baptised: 2/5/1779 Sompting

Buried: 3/9/1824 Sompting

Married: 25/5/1799 Sompting.

Spouse; Sarah Emery (see note 1)

Baptised; probably 3/4/1774 Steyning

Parents: John & Ann Emery

Buried: 14/5/1828 Sompting aged 53

Children: Samuel Steer bapt 23/3/1800 (see Note 2)

John Steer bapt 14/2/1802 Sompting

Note 1: Witnessed James Long, Francis Pelling. He made a mark, she signed

Note 2: Samuel Steer married 6/5/1822 Sompting Ann Nettleford SEE STEER,SAMUEL line

This is to be looked at - Steer, James Sompting 1824 A STC /111/1/ f 83

The Times 10/9/1824

At an inquest held a few days since, before G Gwynne esq coroner for the eastern division of the county of Sussex on the body of mr Steer landlord of the Marquis of Granby Inn in Sompting , it appeared that in evidence that the deceased had taken a party to brighton the day before in one of his own postt-chaises and that on his return home o that part of the road between New and Old Shoreham the fellock of one of the fore wheels of the chaise by some means came off and that the sudden and unexpected shock occasioned thereby dislodged the unfortunate. Man from the bar of the chaise (where he sat to drive_ and precipitated him to the ground when it was conjectured . from the appearance of the wound in his head that one of the spokes of the wheel must have gone through his head. From the traces of blood upon the ground it appeared also he had been dragged some distance after his fall it was supposes from some of his clothes hanging to the broken wheel. The horses with the chaise reached the toll-gate at Shoreham Bridge before the accident was discovered to have taken place, The absence of the driver immediately caused a search to be made when not far from the gate poor Steer was found prostrate on the ground and his skull fractured and convulsed with the agonies of death. Coroner’s verdict – ‘Accidental death

MARY STEER

Born: 1781 Sompting

Father: Thomas Steer

Mother: Fanny Goble

Baptised; 19/2/1781 Sompting

Died: 1853 Steyning district

Married; 12/4/1809

Spouse: James Bashford

Born: 1785 Sompting

Died: 1873 Steyning district aged 89

Children: Mary Bashford 1809

James Bashford 1811

George Bashford 1813

Jane Bashford 1814

Frances Bashford 1816

Sarah Bashford 1818

John Bashford 1820

Thomas Bashford 1825

1841 census: Residing Sompting Street, Sompting Occupation: gardener

1851 census: Residing Sompting Street, Sompting. Occupation: gardener

1861 census; widower James residing Lower Cokeham with son George. Occupation: market gardener

1871 census: Residing Hams House Sompting with son George

SEE BASHFORD LINE

SAMUEL STEER

Born: 1782/1783 Sompting

Father: Thomas Steer

Mother: Mary Goble (given as Annon baptism register)

Baptised: 27/1/1783 Sompting

ELIZABETH STEER

Born: 1785 Sompting

Father: Thomas Steer

Mother: Fanny Goble

Baptised: 17/7/1785 Sompting

SARAH STEER

Born: 1786 Sompting

Father: Thomas Steer

Mother: Fanny Goble

Baptised; 24/9/1786 Sompting

Died: Possibly 1859 Brighton

Married: 15/9/1805 Brighton (see Note 1)

Spouse: William Pearce

Died: Possibly 1837 Brighton

Children: Mary Ann Pearce bapt 10/8/1817 St Nicholas, Brighton

Sarah Pearce baptised 28/5/1819 St Nicholas, Brighton

[Possibly George Pearce b abt 1820 Brighton

Frederick Pearce b abt 1825 Brighton]

1841 census: Possibly residing Brighton Place (no husband listed). Occupation: grocer, two sons George aged 20 and Frederick aged 15 living with her

1851 census: Widow residing 15 Sidney Street, Brighton. Occupation: bathing machine proprietor. Living alone with young female servant

Note 1: She is recorded as Sarah Steers. He was sergeant in Gloucestor militia

SEE PEARCE LINE

ANN STEER

Born: 1789 Sompting

Father: Thomas Steer

Mother: Fanny Goble

Baptised: 12/7/1789 Sompting

Died; 1859 Steyning district

Married: possibly 17/4/1817 Sompting (see note 1)

Spouse: Hugh Young

Baptised: 6/11/1767 Durrington

Died: 1867 Worthing district

Parents: Joseph & Elizabeth Young

Children: Mary Young b 1817 Durrington (bapt 8/7/1817 Durrington)

Thomas Young b 1821 Durrington (bapt. 4/1/1821 Durrington)

John Young b 1823 Durrington (bapt 25/5/1823 Durrington)

Frances Young b 1826 Durrington (bapt 28/5/1826 Durrington)

James Young b 1828 Durrington (baptised 17/8/1828 Durrington)

1841census: Sand Hill, Durrington. Ann a farmer

1851 census: Durrington Lane William Baker lodger, dealer in bones, Richard Scutt lodger. Also Catherine Young granddaughter aged 4

Note 1: Ann Steer (in parish for 5 weeks) aged 25 Hugh Young aged 18 from Durrington, with consent of Elizabeth Pellen, West Tarring sponsor Martin Stubb wheelwright, Sompting

SEE YOUNG LINE

 

Recent Steers in Sompting. Not related I think

Sompting – burials –

Albert Henry Steer died 22/8/1955 aged 71 and Florence kate Steer died 29/1/1955 aged 66. Albert was born 1884 hastings district

The Times 10/9/1824

 

James Steer buried Sompting 3/9/1824 aged 44

 

At an inquest held a few days since, before G Gwynne esq coroner for the eastern division of the county of Sussex on the body of mr Steer landlord of the Marquis of Granby Inn in Sompting , it appeared that in evidence that the deceased had taken a party to brighton the day before in one of his own postt-chaises and that on his return home o that part of the road between New and Old Shoreham the fellock of one of the fore wheels of the chaise by some means came off and that the sudden and unexpected shock occasioned thereby dislodged the unfortunate. Man from the bar of the chaise (where he sat to drive_ and precipitated him to the ground when it was conjectured . from the appearance of the wound in his head that one of the spokes of the wheel must have gone through his head. From the traces of blood upon the ground it appeared also he had been dragged some distance after his fall it was supposes from some of his clothes hanging to the broken wheel. The horses with the chaise reached the toll-gate at Shoreham Bridge before the accident was discovered to have taken place, The absence of the driver immediately caused a search to be made when not far from the gate poor Steer was found prostrate on the ground and his skull fractured and convulsed with the agonies of death. Coroner’s verdict – ‘Accidental death

 

 

 

 

 

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