Family History


THOMAS STEER the younger

Born: 1771 Sompting

Died: 1848 lancing

Married: 1798 Steyning Martha Merrit

Married: 1821 Susannah Slaughter


Thomas Steer was baptised 20/5/1771 Sompting the son of Thomas Steer and Mary Goble. He married firstly Martha Merritt 26/June 1798 in Steyning by special licence issued by Chichester diocese. Thomas had been in Lancing for four weeks. At time of marriage he was a shepherd probably for James Stubbs farmer who was his spnsor for the special licence and also a witness at the marriage. The other witness was John Barber. Both he and Martha made their marks

He married secondly in Lancing Susannah Slaughter on23/4/1821. She had been christened Susan Cobden in Aldingbourne 9/1/1772 and married as Susanna 17/6/1802 St Peter the Great Chichester to James Slaughter. I have been unable to date to find his death, it wasnít in Lancing, and it does not appear they had any children. The witnesses to this marriage were Hugh Kidd and Frances Greenyer. This could be Frances Agates who married widower Thomas Greenyer in Sompting in 1809. Susannah was able to sign on both her marriage certificates.

The Steers were poor. Accounts of Lancing vestry reveals Thomas received outdoor relief. This started 20/1/1801 with 5 bushels pease 6s. At various times February 1806 to April 1810 he received casual relief (February and June eight weeks at 2s a week; April 1807 14s; throughout 1808 to February 1809 16s a month; 2 April 1809 £1 4s for six weeks; May and June 1809 16s each month; December to April 1820 2s a week). The surviving account books then restart 1838. Thomas does not appear until July 1841 when he receives some casual relief and then permanent relief until his death (casual 31/7/41 to 4/9/41 5s a week ; 18/9 3s 4d; 18/12/41 1s 6d; 27/81842 5s 9d; 22/7/1843 5s; 29/7/1843 3s 4d; permanent relief 30/9/143 to 23/12/1843 at 3s 4d a week; casual relief 24/2/1844, 2/3/1844 and 9/3/1844 at 2s 6d; casual relief 30/3 4s 6d; permanent relief 29/6/1844 to 22/3/45; casual relief of 5s 10/5/1845. then permanent relief until his death)

On the 1841 census Thomas and Susannah were living along The Street, Lancing with Thomasís daughters Sarah and Frances on either side. They had John Stone aged 80 living with them. Thomas died 17 march 1848 and was buried at St James the Less Lancing on 23 March. The cause of death was decay of nature, not certified. Following Thomasís death Susannah was a pauper on relief for the rest of her life; in 1851 lodging with Jane Knight b 1803 also pauper and in 1861 she was lodging at the Ship House with Thomas Pannett his wife Elizabeth. She was buried 15 February 1862 aged 90.

Children: Mary Steer born 1799

William Steer born 1800 died 1869 married 1821 Ann Kimber

Ambrose Steer born 1803 died 1876 married 1833 Emma Lawson

Thomas Steer born 1805 buried 1858 married 1830 Ann Still

Frances Steer born 1806/1807 married 1835 Richard Mitchell

John Steer b 1810 died 1882 married 1835 Margaret Nottingham

Sarah Steer born 1810 died 1897 married 1830 William Winton