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Anna Elizabeth Turner (1819-1878)

Daughter of John Turner and Alice (1786-)

Born 1819
Christened 11 Mar 1819 St Michael's Parish Church, Withyham, Sussex
Married  Charles Freeth on 23 Nov 1841 at St Michael's Parish Church, Withyham, Sussex.
Died 28 Dec 1878 at Hampstead, Middlesex
Buried 3 Jan 1879 at Freeth Family Vault, Highgate Cemetery


For children from marriage between Anna Elizabeth Turner and Charles Freeth, refer to entry for Charles Freeth.


Anna's parents were John Turner, born 1780-1790, and Alice. They were married around 1810, and children from this marriage included:
  1. Edmond Turner, born 1810, christened 20 Jun 1810 at St Michael's Parish Church, Withyham, Sussex
  2. Anna Elizabeth Turner, born 1819, christened 11 Mar 1819 at St Michael's Parish Church, Withyham, Sussex
  3. John Henry Turner, born 1823, christened 16 May 1823 at St Michael's Parish Church, Withyham, Sussex
  4. Emma Alice Turner, born 1825, christened 13 Jan 1825 at at St Michael's Parish Church, Withyham, Sussex. Emma married John Macrae on 15th May 1847 at St Michaels Parish Church, Withyham, Sussex. John Macrae was born around 1825. . The headstone on the Freeth Family Vault at Highgate Cemetery is inscribed "Rosamund Emily, daughter of the Late John Macrae, Surgeon of Lewes, died 29 June 1875 aged 17 years." The National Archives[1] has various legal documents for John Macrae, Surgeon of Lewes, including a "Release by Mrs Emma Alice Macrae of 53 Acacia Road, St Johns Wood, Middlesex".
  5. Catharine Turner, born 1827, christened 29th April 1827 at St Michael's Parish Church, Withyham, Sussex
[Source: Above information from The Weald of Kent, Surrey, and Sussex at (external link)]

The marriage of Anna Elizabeth and Charles Freeth was witnessed by Emma Turner, and conducted by J.J.W.Turner. This is most likely to have been John Jervis William Turner, the Chaplain at a school for boys at Crowborough, a nearby village.

Summerford Farm

John Turner was a farmer at Summerford, Withyham, Sussex

The 1841 Census shows John (aged 60) and his wife Alice (aged 55) at Summerford Farm, with children Anna (aged 20), John (aged 15), and Emma (aged 15). There were 6 servants. All were born in Sussex.

The Summerford farm at Withyham dates back to 1326[2]. A John Turner is noted as the Tenant in 1794 and 1801. It is likely that this John Turner is the grandfather of Anna, and died in 1829 [3]. He resided at Heartwell Farm, Hartfield at some time prior to his death. His son, John Turner (Anna's father) sold the property in 1829[4]. There is also a deposition stating that John Turner is the son of John Turner, late of Heartwell Farm.

The Sussex Weald site (external link) has a copy of Greenwoods 1823 map showing Summerford Farm (just above Walls Green).

By the 1851 Census, Summerford farm is occupied by the Dives family.


  1. ^ National Archives, document ACC5902/38/5 dated 8 Apr 1874, (external link)
  2. ^ Historical Notes of Withyham, Hartfield and Ashdown Forest, C.N. Sutton 1902
  3. ^ National Archives, Statement as to the death of John Turner DLW/266 1829
  4. ^ National Archives, Memorandum of agreement DLW/260 26 Aug 1828: "By John Turner of Hartfield gent., to sell a messuage with farm house, cottage and lands called Heartwell, in Hartfield (72 a.), to George John, 5th Earl De La Warr"

Created by: Robf. Last Modification: Monday 19 of January, 2009 12:55:55 WST by Robf.

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