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The SETFORD Family of Sussex


My Setford Ancestors

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My Setford Ancestors

I join the Setford tree with a 2x Great Grandfather, Thomas Setford (1838-1905), who it is strongly believed was the father of my illegitimately born Great Grandfather, Thomas William Tullett (1862-1911).  Thomas senior married Thomas junior's mother, Catherine Tullett (1836-1924), 4 months after the birth baby Thomas.  In the 1871 and 1881 census Thomas junior was recorded as Thomas Setford son of Thomas and Catherine.  But when junior married in 1884 he did so in the name of Tullett and his father's name was not recorded on the marriage certificate.

The family story passed on to me by my mother is that when Thomas, junior, died in 1911, his wife told their children that they should have been Setford's and not Tullett's.

Thomas Setford (1838-1905) was the son of Henry Setford who died aged 44 in 1838, just 4 months after his son Thomas was born.  Therefore, Henry was born about 1794, but so far I have not found his baptism.  I have checked the East Sussex Baptism Index, but nothing was found.  Other Setford baptisms also seem to be missing, or individuals were baptised as adults.

Henry Setford (1794-1838) married Hannah Sawyers (1814-1882) in 1832 in Chailey, which is where their 4 children were baptised, but Henry was buried in Newick.

The Setford clan is not all that large and they seem to have arrived in Sussex in about the 1750's.  Might they have originated from Hampshire?  The first known Sussex Setford couple were described as 'Travellers'.  Could this imply they were gypsies?  But they did not have gypsy sounding names, which could mean they were just in search of work.

Might the surname Setford be a corruption of the place name of Sidford in Hampshire?

I am slowly trying to include details of all Sussex Setfords, in an effort to try and work out who belonged to which family.


My line of descent


Henry Setford



Thomas Setford



Thomas William Tullett



Thomas William Tullett



Eileen Isabel Tullett


Mandy Willard


(click on a name to go to their family group page)



The Sussex Family History Group's Marriage Index records 22 Setford/Sitford marriages between 1773 and 1832.


I have a copy of the National Burial Index, second edition, on CD, which records the following number of Setford/Sitford burials in England and Wales:





























Family Group Pages

Alfred Setford (1851-1916) and Emily Rich (1856-1906)

Charles Setford (c1745-1808) and Hannah (c1747-1825)

Charles Setford (1804-?) and Harriet Heasmen (c1806-1836)

David Setford (1774-1851) and Jane Hastings (c1779-1826) and Henrietta Kemp (c1788-?)

Henry Setford (c1750-1826) and Elizabeth Peckham (1747-1824)

Henry Setford (c1788-?) and Ann Stephenson (c1781-?)

Henry Setford (c1794-1838), William Sturt (c1812-1892) and Hannah Sawyers (1814-1882)

Henry Setford (c1812-1883) and Emma Shorter (c1817-1888)

Henry Setford (1839-?) and Mary Ann Wood (c1840-?)

James Setford (1834-1910) and Martha Page (c1845-?)

John Setford (c1720-?) and Ann (c1725-?)

John Setford (c1745-?) and Ann (c1740-1835)

John Setford (c1815-?) and Mary (c1818-?)

John Setford (1837-?) and Jane Stevenson (c1847-?)

Joseph Setford (1757-1837) and Barbara Hollingdale (c1764-1825)

Moses Setford (c1760-?) and Mary Wakeling (c1765-?)

Samuel Setford (1819-?) and Mary Ann Ball (c1820-1850) and Annesley (c1820-1876)

Stephen Setford (1790-?) and Elizabeth Warren (c1795-?)

Thomas Setford (1838-1905) and Catherine Tullett (1836-1924)

William Setford (1754-1818) and Elizabeth Marden (1759-?)

William Setford (1804-?) and Ann Wood (c1806-?)

William Setford (c1815-1884) and Elizabeth Ann Longhurst (1821-?)




How might the following connect:

Martha Setford and William Arnold married by banns on 15 January 1787 in Ewhurst, Surrey.  They were both of Ewhurst.

Joseph Sitford and Mary Chapman married by banns on 16 October 1821 in Limpsfield, Surrey.  He was then of Edenbridge, Kent and she was of Limpsfield.

Charlotte Setford and Richard Collins married in 1834 in Bermondsey.



Links to Other Web Sites



Lauren Thomson - she descends from Thomas Setford born about 1794


Setford Message Board - by


Romany & Traveller Family History Society


This page was updated on 19 May 2012