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NOTES ON THE CHATFIELD FAMILY - Part 1
Collected by members of the Society
Original Secretary: Colin Chatfield, 1 Rue de Chez Jeammet, 16380, Chazelles, France
This short collection of data has been put together because so much genealogical data is lost to individuals because it is not published. One can hardly say that this collection is being published but it is being made available to those interested in the family name of CHATFIELD.
The society was formed in 1986 with the intention of collecting every piece of information on the family possible. Naturally this cannot be achieved but a good start was made by compiling a list of those born in England and Wales and recorded in the Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths. This has now been completed for the 19th century and more slowly work has begun on the 20th century which it is hoped will be up to date by the end of the century. Membership of the society includes people not only in England but also in Australia and New Zealand, America and Canada. Various people emigrated to Australia and New Zealand and Canada but one group of three young men who left Pagham in Sussex emigrated to America in the 17th century and two of them married and had children. The majority of Chatfield's in America can trace their descent from these two.
The society has a bi-annual newsletter and has had one reunion to date which was held in Brighton, Sussex in 1990. Other independent Chatfield reunions have been reported from America.
The purpose of any research is to collect information but the handling of it can be very difficult. This applies to the society as much data comes from wills which the society do not have and have to rely on the interpretation of others. Later information has shown that in some cases the conclusions are suspect. Particularly as to the early family tree of descendants of Thomas Chatfield of Ditchling, Sussex who was born in the mid 1450's. Until further checking is made we rely on two authors who do not agree and in one case information which came to the society in 1990 tends to put in doubt the corrections made by the later genealogist, Comber, of the earlier man.
Regardless of these limitations of any one name study the data which has been collected must be seen to be of immense value to those seeking to trace their own lines. The Society has data on approximately 7-8000 individuals spread over five continents and members are welcome to make enquiries through the computer database which has been set up.
The society is very proud that the 2nd Lord Chatfield of Ditchling is their president and despite living in Vancouver, Canada he attended the 1990 reunion in Sussex and regularly corresponds with the society. He has offered several corrections to this manuscript for which the author is most grateful.
The name Chatfield, to those who bear it or are descended from the line, is their family name and one to be proud of. Most believed it to be an unusual name with perhaps connections to 'conversing with nature', the original green folk. However, this flight of fancy does take us back to the countryside at least to discover that the name possibly comes from the village of Catsfield in Sussex. A fuller explanation is detailed within this book.
Who was the first member of the family with the name CHATFIELD? Well that will never be known. Early records of the name mention Cedesfeld, listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. Cattesfeld (without surname) was documented in the year 1200 in County Sussex. William Catfeld was documented in Sussex in 1273, and William Chatfeld of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379.
But the first reliable recorded names go back to 1287 and belong to Reginald and Robert de Chatfield. Theobald de Chattefeld was also recorded in the 13th century and may have been even earlier. Subsequently Walter Cattesfelde and Stephen Chatefield were recorded in 1378. The genealogical ancestor with the most ancient pedigree belongs to Thomas Chatfield of Ditchling who was born about 1450. To date there are records of well over 2500 of his descendants spreading over 19 generations. His descendants are known to be in Australia, Britain, Canada, India, New Zealand, South Africa and the U.S.A.
Thomas's descendants spread initially from Ditchling to Chichester and thence to Pagham and later to America; westwards along the coast to Lancing and Sompting; to Cuckfield and thence to Croydon in Surrey; to Greatham and thence to Australia and New Zealand; to Hastings and thence to London. Documentation on other branches is still being gathered but large numbers of the Chatfields' now live in the Brighton area of Sussex only a few miles from Ditchling with only one Chatfield family actually living in Ditchling who moved there in the mid 1980's from Southwick on the coast near Brighton. In 1639 three brothers, Francis, Thomas and George Chatfield emigrated from Pagham to New England and from them are descended the vast majority of people of the family name in the States.
For a continuous period nearly a hundred years during the 18th and 19th centuries, except for a period of a few months, four generations of Chatfield's were incumbents in the Parish Church at Balcombe in Sussex. Many members of the family went into the church with others particularly during the 19th century going into the army serving often in India with others going to South Africa. During the Second World War Leonard Desmond Chatfield rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. However the highest ranking Chatfields must be the admiral father and son Alfred John and Alfred Ernle Montacute Chatfield. The latter was created a baron in 1937 and he took the title Lord Chatfield of Ditchling as he was descended from Thomas of that town. His son Ernle David Lewis, Lord Chatfield the second baron was the president of this society until his death.
There have been two Chatfield reunions during recent years in England with one being held in the north Midlands for those Chatfields' who seem to have come about the name with no known connection to the Chatfields' of Sussex. The other was held in 1990 in Brighton at which Lord and Lady Chatfield attended from their home in Vancouver, Canada.
The Chatfield Family History Society was formed in 1986 with the aim of collecting every piece of information possible relating the the family name of CHATFIELD.
Quote from the diary of Mr. John Burgess, tailor, sexton and Particular Baptist, of Ditchling, which are given in the Sussex Archaeological Collections.
"June 29th 1786. Went to Lewes with some wool to Mr. Chatfield, fine wool at £8.5.0d (£8.25 decimal money) per pack. Went to dinner with Mr. Chatfield. Had boiled Beef, Leg of Lamb and plum Pudden. Stopped there all the afternoon. Mr. Pullin was there; Mr. Trimby and the Curyer, etc., was there. We had a good deal of religious conversation, particularly Mr. Trimby."
D. BOOKS - "PEOPLE OF HIDDEN SUSSEX" by Warden Swiffen & David Arscott
An ancient manor belonging to Boxgrove Priory at least since the time of Edward III, Drayton passed to the Chatfield Family after the Dissolution in 1536. George Chatfield was Mayor of Chichester in 1586 (and again for a few months in 1599 when he died in office) at a time when the office was far more active and far less of a figurehead than it is today. Later the manor came to the Elson family.
Robert Chatfield came of a long-established Ditchling family, but he lived much of his life at nearby Streat. His main claim to fame is that he founded the Old Meeting House at Ditchling, for in his 1735 will he refers to 'a house built belonging to me for the Baptist to Meeting' (? meet in) 'and land to bury their Dead in at Ditchling Town ....' He died in January 1736, and was the third person to be buried in the land he gave.
There are three coats of arms used by Chatfields. The one only to be used by Lord Chatfield of Ditchling being the same as the original version but having changed the centre scallop for an anchor to show the 1st Barons' connection with the sea. He also had the crest slightly altered: they now have the heraldic antelope gorged with a Naval crown in gold. And their motto is "Pro aris et focis", "For altars and hearths".
The Escallop Shells were the Pilgrims sign in their expeditions to Holy Places (Holy Wars) and became such distinguished insignia that Pope Alexander IV, allowed it to none but those who were truly Noble and were afterwards put into the Collar of the Order of St. Michael and introduced into Armoury. It is also said that Escallop shells were the symbol of St. James and were adopted by people who went on a pilgrimage to Compostella in Spain and were then adopted by all pilgrims, even those who went to Canterbury.
The Griffin (or Gryphon) is a chimerical creature half an eagle and half a lion. It is said that when he attains his full growth he will never be taken alive. Hence he is a fit representative of a Valiant Hero, who rather than yield to his enemy, exposes himself to the worst of dangers. It is one of the Principal Bearings in Heraldry.
The crest is usually found on a wreath of twisted cloth and sometimes within a coronet. In heraldry, a torse or wreath is a twisted roll of fabric laid about the top of the helm and the base of the crest, from which the mantling hangs. It was originally a protective pad worn under a knight's coif and helmet, covered by a pair of ribbons, of the principal tinctures of the shield, twisted together and extended far enough down the back to be seen beneath the helmet from the rear. The torse is also often used as a decoration on a heraldic animal, either across the brow (as a form of circlet) or around the neck as in the blackamoor above. Like the mantling, it must be of a metal and a colour; usually the torse and the mantling are the same tinctures. In British heraldry, the torse is always of six twists of material with the metal being the first tincture displayed on the dexter side, then alternating with a colour or stain. Crest-coronets are generally simpler than coronets of rank.
The Chatfield Arms are of Ancient Record and it is very probable that the incorporation of Arabesque design around the Shield was granted by some Royal Chief for Services of Distinction.
Because the author lives in France and has an affinity to France I changed the motto for myself to "Sans changer ma verite", 'I keep my word', 'Me sermonem meum servaverit'.
A copy of the arms are engraved on the tomb of Robert Wilson Chatfield and his wife Quinta in Oak Cliff Cemetery, Derby, New Haven Co., Connecticut, USA and can be seen on the internet site by clicking here www.findagrave.com. He is not entitled to the arms as his ancestor was Francis Chatfield brother of the George who was granted them. They are only used by Robert Wilson as decoration. The descendants that may be able to prove descendancy live in New Zealand and Australia, not America.
During the course of research various people have come up with the following variations on the spelling of the name CHATFIELD.
Cattesfelde, Chadfield, Chatefeild, Chatefeilde, Chatefeld, Chatefield, Chatefild, Chatefyil, Chatefyild, Chatefyld, Chatfeeilde, Chatfeeld, Chatfeelde, Chatfeild, Chatfeilde, Chatfel, Chatfeld, Chatfelde, Chatfell, Chatfelld, Chatfeyld, Chatffeeld, Chatffeelde, Chatffeilde, Chatffelde, Chatffield, Chatffild, Chatfiel, Chatfield, Chatfielde, Chatfields, Chatfifle, Chatfil, Chatfild, Chatfilde, Chatfold, Chatfon, Chatford, Chatfyeld, Chatfyilde, Chatfyld, Chatfylde, Chatfyled, Chattefeld, Chattefield, Chattfeild, Chattfield, Chattfielde, Chattifield, Chaxfeild, Chaxfill, Chetfeld, Chetffeeld, Chetffeelde, Chetfield, Chettefeld, Chxfeild plus variations of Shatfield.
H.2. DATA - CHATFIELD forename
We can assume that there are about 10,000 Chatfields' world wide.
This article relates to Chatfield and Chatfield Bridge in the County of Suffolk, England
The London and Paris Observer ( PARIS AUGUST 31 1828. Weekly Journal Cost 25 sous. (Quarter of a Franc))
Within the last forty years (of 1828) some very strange murders have been committed in the county of Suffolk. The last person hanged for murder in this county was a man named Thrower and his conviction and execution took place in 1811, twenty one years after the murder was perpetrated. Thrower murdered an old man and his grand daughter at a place called Chatfield Bridge, he beat their brains out with a hammer which he had borrowed of a man named Head. He and Head were afterwards transported and in the year 1811 when the Marrs murder was the general topic of conversation some suspicion fell on Thrower but no one knew what had become of him for above twenty years. An attorney at Chatfield named Williams was in conversation with another attorney at Cambridge on the subject of the Marrs murder and said to him "We suspect that a man named Thrower murdered the old man and his grand daughter at Chatfield in 1790 but we don't know what is become of him". The Cambridge attorney replied "that he had a legacy to pay to a woman named Thrower whose husband has been absent from her twenty years and he had learned that the man had retumed to England and was residing near Swaffham and the wife could not receive the legacy till she had obtained the husband's signature". The Chatfield attorney immediately went in pursuit of Thrower and apprehended him for the murder near Swaffham when Head came forward and confessed that Thrower had borrowed a hammer "to do a job" and that Thrower afterwards boasted he had murdered the old man and his granddaughter with the hammer and had thrown it in a pond near the old man's house. The pond was searched and the hammer was found. Upon Head's evidence corroborated as it was by the finding of the hammer and other circumstances Thrower was convicted hanged and gibbeted.
Roads with an asterisk have a location map in Street maps of Chatfield roads in UK. (not currently available)
Properties in England
North America and Canada
Z. DITCHLING, SUSSEX
AA. BEDYLES - or Bedales
Thomas Chatfield was reputed to be 'of Bedyles', however it did not come into the family until 1614 over a hundred years later. See the article in this section under 'CHATFIELD - Of Chailey etc.
According to Hilary Bourne of the Ditchling Museum in a letter dated 13th August 1990 to the secretary of the CFHS -
"There was a house called 'Bedales' which was demolished - now a field north of the last lane out of Burgess Hill called Cooper's Close - you can get to it via Valebridge Road across the railway line."
There is very interesting information on Ditchling at www.lewes.gov.uk/Files/plan_Ditchling_EUS_reportpg1to17.pdf
AB. CHATFIELD - Of Chailey, Westmeston, Chiltington and Ditchling.
(Compiled from original sources)
AC. In Horsfields' Sussex on page 234 of Volume I there appears the following 'Robert de Chatfield recovered Seisin against the two messuages with the appurtinancies in Westmiston. Exchequer records 15. Edward I anno domini 1287. (Westmeston Parish adjoins Ditchling.)
AD. The earliest notices of the name Chatfield in Street Hundred are Theobald de Chattefeld who occurs in an Otehall deed about the 13th century. Walter Cattesfelde and Stephen Chatefield, of Westmeston, appear in the Poll Tax for 2 Rich. II. (1378). Walter C. occurs in a Wivelsfield deed in 1502. John C., Sen. and Jun., pay to the Subsidy of 14 and 15 Hen. VIII. in Street Hundred, also Thomas C., Sen. and Jun., and Richard and William. In 1536 Stevyn Chatfeld, of Saddlescombe, in Newtimber (near Hassocks), makes his Will, and leaves 12d. to each of the High Altars of Newtimber and Hurst. He mentions his wife Alice and his sons Thomas, John, Stevyn, William and Edward, his daughters Agnes, Alice, Margaret and Eleanor. Thomas Luxford and Walter Dubbyll are the overseers of W. In the Subsidy for Street Hundred, 37 Hen. VIII., Robert C. (?of Westmeston) is taxed "for the stock of Robert C. the son of Robert C. for goods in his hands." In another Subsidy for same date (1545) Robert C., of Westmeston, occurs, and also Richard C., of Chailey. In Subsidy 5 Eliz., Robert C., Sen., appears under Lofeld, which was a township in south part of Chailey. In Subsidies for 13 and 18 Eliz. for Street Hundred, Robert C. (?Chailey) and Nicholas and Robert C. (? of Chiltington with Westmeston) occur. In Subsidies 43 Eliz. and 21 James, John C. of Chailey, John C. of Lofeld, Robert C. of Newick, and Robert C. of Ditchling, appear as landowners. Wills of these families from 1539 are at Probate Court, Lewes.
The pedigrees of "Chatfield of Bedyles in Ditchling" in the Herald's Visitations of Sussex, 1633 (Harl. and Add. MSS. in British Museum) and "Berry's Sussex Genealogies," are incorrect in stating that Thomas Chatfield and his son John and grandson Richard were "of Bedyles", as this property did not come into the Chatfield family till 1614, when Thomas Haslegrove, of Ditchling, left by Will (pd. 1615) "his freehold lands in Ditchling" (Manor Rolls for Ditchling give "Beadles") "to his grandson Robert C. son of his only daughter and heir Margerie relict of John Cowper of Ditchling and afterwards wife of Robert Chatfield 'of Beards' in Ditchling". Thomas Chatfield, the head of the Visitation Pedigree, was perhaps of Chailey, and therefore tenant under the Lord of the Manor of Ditchling, in which the south part of that parish was. In Harl. MS. 1562, fo. 2, which is the Visitation of Sussex by Benolte in 1530, the Arms of Chatfield are given but no pedigree. Neither is there one in the original Visitation for 1574. Harl. MS., 892, and Add. MS. 6346 (which give the pedigree as from the original in 1574) are only transcripts with additions of late date and are in error.
AE. ADD. MSS. 4121 20 February 1514 enfeoffment shows John Chatfield of Bedelles.
This record puts in doubt the above underlined statement by Comber leaving Berry as possibly correct. Perhaps the property went out of the family to Thomas Haslegrove and then back again.
AF. Ditchling Subsidy Rolls
AG. Ditchling 1623 in lands
AH. Hundred of Strete 1523-4
AI. Hundred of Strete 1575 in lands
AJ. Ditchling Wills at Lewes 1541-1640
1603 Thomas Chatfield
AK. Knighthood offer to John Chatfield
In the reign of Charles I, John Chatfield, of Ditchling, declining the honour of knighthood, was fined £10.00, the usual sum demanded in those days as composition for knighthood.
AL. Rev. George Withall - minister of the Ditchling Chapel from 1832
"When I went there the families connected with the chapel included Mrs Chatfield."
AM. Rev. Mr Morgan, Rector of Street wrote of Ditchling in April 1780
"The Chatfields in this parish are people of good property, particularly Mr Michael Chatfield of Court Farm, but I believe of no family. Being Dissenters they are not entered in the Parish Register."
As the Chatfields "of Bedyles in Ditchlyng" entered a pedigree of five descents at the Visitation of Sussex in 1574, and as the Chatfields of Oving, on entering their pedigree in 1634, acknowledged the Chatfields of Ditchling descended from Richard (whom Berry in his "Sussex Genealogies" calls Nicholas) as the senior branch of the family, Mr Morgan's belief that they were of "no family" does not appear to have been the result of enquiry.
Of this ancient Ditchling family an early ancestor was Theobald de Chattefeld, who in 1279 was witness to a charter granting lands at Cuckfield to Lewes Priory.
AN. Schools in Ditchling
Extract from "Horsfield's History of Lewes and its Environs," published December 19th 1826, which informs us that:
"Two excellent schools, conducted on the Lancastrian plan and supported by voluntary contributions, are established in this town; much both in regard to the origin and success of these institutions is due to the benevolence of John and Robert Chatfield Esqrs., by the former of whom the boys schoolroom was built in 1815 and the girls by the latter in 1816. The gratuitous use of these rooms has been kindly continued up to the present time. We regret however, to state that the funds of this institution are by no means in a flourishing condition, owing, partly, to the pressure of the times, and somewhat to unworthy feelings and suspicions.
Let us, however, accord to the brothers John and Robert Chatfield, whom we may regard as the pioneers of education in Ditchling, all due honour for their efforts in this direction. The tombs of the two brothers will be found side by side in the chapel yard."
AO. St Margarets Church
AP. Churchwardens of St Margarets 1638-1750
AQ. Monumental Inscriptions
AR. In the south chancel of the church is a memorial to:-
"To the memory of Ann wife of Jas Wood of this parish who departed this life the 29th of September 1776 aged 76 years."
Ann was daughter of Robert Chatfield, of Handly, in Cuckfield, where she was baptised 3rd March 1700, and was married at Wivelsfield 10th April 1726. Her grandfather was Robert Chatfield, who migrated from Ditchling to Cuckfield.
AS. On the south side of the church are several altar tombs, on one is inscribed:-
"Here lyeth buried ye body of William Chatfield of Ditchling, youngest son of Robert Chatfield of Newick who departed this life Dec. 10th 1694 aged 76 years."
Two tombs which, from their proximity to the above, are probably those of other members of this family, are unreadable.
AT. The "Jernel" of a Ditchling Man.
Written by John Burgess of Ditchling from 1785 - 1815.
AU. He mentions 'The Rookery', where some of the Chatfields lived, a house no longer in existence, but the position may still (1901) be located, as the garden in which it stood and the gateway leading into the same still remain, but all trace of the house is gone, though it has been pulled down but a few years.
AV. In January 1786 he says: "Master Hallett and I did open a Steen Grave wherein Mrs Chatfield was buried in ye year 1766 she was 54 years of age, we took the coffin out and set it in the Meeting House all night, we opened it, nothing to be seen but a perfect skeleton, she was grandmother to Miss Sally Mott who is to be buried tomorrow."
On the following day he informs us that:- "Sally Mott was brought from The Rookery to be buried, that the service was performed by candle-light. There was a great many people. Snow in ye morning, freze in ye evening."
In July of the same year he "was assisting in opening a Steen grave in order to enlarge it for to put Mr Chatfield in, it was his father's grave and he had been buried fifty years, the coffin was very much decayed but not so much but we could see the Date etc."
On the following day he records that the funeral of Mr Chatfeild took place, and that "the meeting was very full of people."
Mrs Chatfield, buried in 1766, was Sarah, daughter of Joseph Looker, of Ditchling, and widow of Robert, elder son of Robert, the founder of the chapel, while the Mr Chatfeild buried in 1786 was Michael of Court Gardens.
AW. On November 9th 1787 he writes:- "Work in ye Meeting House, Mr Rowland made an end of setting up of Toombs. He and 2 of his men came last Thursday. Set 1 up for Looker Chatfield, 1 for Mrs Boadle, 1 for Mr Joseph Chatfield and Mrs his wife etc."
Looker Chatfield, son of Michael, of Court Gardens, by Lucy (daughter of Joseph) Looker his wife, died 30th March 1773 aged 21. Mr Joseph Chatfield (son of Robert and Sarah, formerly Looker his wife) died 12th February 1776 aged 38.
AX. A note in the diary records:- "diging a grave to bury Mrs Wood in."
A monumental inscription in the burial ground is in memory of Lucy, daughter of Michael Chatfield, of Court Gardens, and wife or Mr Thomas Wood, of London, died 10th January 1788 aged 34.
AY. THE DITCHLING MEETING HOUSE
AZ. Resulting from the persecution of Nonconformists under The Clarendon Code in the reign of Charles II, the chapel was founded by Robert Chatfield of Streat as a common meeting place for worship for all the little groups who met in private houses in the surrounding villages. Together with an adjoining cottage, the northern end of which is probably older than the Meeting House, the chapel was bequeathed to the congregation in 1734. Some persecution followed and the blocked-up staircase to the cottage cellar was by tradition, an escape route. It was probably a General Baptist group and the baptistery was found when the floor was relaid in 1970. The door was originally in the north wall and traces can be seen from the exterior. There are original pews in the now unused gallery. The Trust Deed of 1740 is an open one requiring no confession of faith from any member. The words "Free Christian" remain in its title. The first Unitarian minister was appointed in 1790. There are frequent mentions of the Old Meeting House in John Burgess' "Jernel" of 1785-1794 which see elsewhere in this book.
Drawing of The Old Meeting House, Ditchling, Sussex.
The houses in East End Lane below the churchyard were reputed to be the Free School which taught children of all religious denominations. It was founded in 1814 by John and Robert Chatfield and William Campion, Rector of Westmeston (Minute Book 1814).
Coming to more modern times, Sir Adrian Boult, conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, was married in the chapel in 1933. G.K. Chesterton, overfilling the one armchair, addressed a literary meeting there about the same time.
BA. "This place is noted for dissenters of almost all denominations" wrote the Rev Mr Morgan in 1780. The dissenting place of worship, surrounded by its own burial ground, situated in East End Lane, Ditchling, and which has a history of at least three hundred years., and is probably one of the oldest, if not the oldest, of its kind in Sussex.
It appears from his will, dated 24th February, 1734-5, proved at Lewes 5th March, 1736, that Robert Chatfield, of Street, was founder of the Meeting House, for in it he makes the following bequest:-
"And whereas there is a house built belonging to me for the Baptist to Meeting and Land to bury their Dead in at Ditchling Town my will is that my son Robert Chatfield should make a good Title to the same to Thomas Backman, Thomas Wood, Stephen Asgate and Michael Marten at Fregbarrow when they shall demand it, and if he should refuse he is to pay the £150.00"
The testator, who was the son of John and Susan Chatfield, of Ditchling, baptised there 21st March 1675-6, married Sarah, daughter of Michael Marten, by whom he had two sons, Robert of Street and Michael of Court Gardens, in Ditchling. He died on the 24th January 1736 and his tomb among others are the earliest memorials in the burying ground, which contains several tombs of his descendants.
BB. "PEOPLE OF HIDDEN SUSSEX" by Warden Swiffen & David Arscott
See article elsewhere in this book.
BC. The neighbourhood of Ditchling
A short distance to the north-east is Chiltington, a small hamlet and chapelry of Westmeston, and should be visited, not only on account of its picturesque beauty, of which it possesses a considerable share, but from the fact that it contains two "decayed mansions", Stantons and Chapel House, which were for generations the residences of the Chatfields and Challoners.
Photograph of Ditchling
Children of ELI CHATFIELD 1860-1931 of Sussex.
Eli was a watchmaker born in Maresfield and died in Hawkhurst. He married Mary Ann Styles. Their fifteen children were:-
Chatfield is the 10,377th most popular last name (surname) in the United States; frequency is 0.001%; percentile is 71.500 [SourceCBN]
In an old Methodist Hymnal there is a hymn entitled "Lord Jesus Think On Me". It was translated by Alan Chatfield from Greek. It is a beautiful hymn. Unfortunately, that particular hymn doesn't appear in the current Methodist Hymnal.
Wincanton, Somerset Town Band
At one time there were 13 Chatfields or close relative performing in the band at the same time.
Holmthorpe Cricket Club
In the County of Surrey in the 1800's there was a cricket team of 11 men named Chatfield at Holmthorpe near Redhill made up of 11 Chatfields; Grandfather, Sons and Grandsons. They were named; Richard born 1813, his sons David, Thomas, Richard, Charles, John, Allan and William and three grandsons.
1934 film - Dangerous Corner written by JB Priestly
Chatfields' who lived the longest
Found on a genealogy forum from Patricia Heath (ID *****0328) Date: 9 Feb 2009.
My grandfather, Ralph Chatfield Preston was born in Kentucky. There seems to be debate as to whether it was in Johnson or Floyd County. But, as the story goes, his middle name comes from the Doctor that delivered him.
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