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CLARK,SUTTON and NIGHTINGALE families in Dallington and Brightling 1830 onwards

[The account below was kindly supplied by Maureen Hague and posted on her behalf]

In 1839 my great great grandfather William Frederick Clark was Miller at Coxes Mill Dallington working in partnership with Albert Geering. In June 1858 it seems that it is the Geering family living at Coxes Mill. Albert Geering had married Williams sister in law Rebecca Sutton (daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Sutton).

Just down the road from Coxes Mill was Dabchicks occupied by Rebecca’s brother. William was married to Elizabeth , Rebecca’s sister. Rebecca died in 1864 and her death ,plus the death of Williams wife Elizabeth on Christmas day 1863 , and the death of Williams son George caused the death of Elizabeth Sutton the mother of the 2 girls and grandmother of George.

George Clark was born in 1839 and lost his life in tragic circumstances at Coxes Mill in March 1864. On the night of Thursday 17th March George was working at Coxes Mill with his younger brother Charles and his father William when his Millers frock became entangled in machinery. He received mortal fractures to the left leg and a fracture to the right. On the coroner’s report it states that he languished for 2 days having had a leg amputated. He is buried in the church in Brightling with his mother Elizabeth.  Rebecca was buried in St Giles Dallington.

On the 18th day of May 1864 Elizabeth Sutton, mother and grandmother took her own life by cutting her throat. This took place at Prinkle Farm Dallington where the Suttons lived.IN the coroners report it states she was not of sound mind.

Samuel Sutton died July14th 1880 and is buried in Dallington St Giles . The Suttons had quite a few children who stayed in the area.

Charles Frederick Clark ,my greatgrandfather married Jane Nightingale on 17th October 1867. Her father was John Nightingale , a farmer having lands around Haseldean and Giffords Farm. By 1871 the Clarks and Nightingales move to Heath Mill Pulborough where after 4 children Jane dies. Charles remarries and returns to work with his father for a while at Darwell Mill ,near Brightling,He has a further 10 children.five being born in Brightling.William Clark ,who marries his first love Naomi Jarman in 1866 dies in 1876 and is buried in Brightling. Before his marriage to Elizabeth Sutton William had a son William in 1837 by Naomi Jarman.

I myself was evacuated as a young child to Great Worg Farm Brightling which does not seem far from Coxes Mill. My grandmother, |Emma Julia, youngest daughter of Charles and Jane ,b 1872 in Pulborough died there in 1941.

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