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The family are an important country family, of landowners and country gentlemen, who can be shown to have lived in Sussex for over 400 years. The earliest known mention of the name is that of John Humphrey of Linfield who married Anne daughter of Richard Gratwick, the marriage settlement being dated 6 Edward VI (1553). Despite this tradition, however, and the fact that the family apparently held arms, we are unable at this time to go back further than Henry, the first of line below, who is described as of "Pevensey". Any help will be appreciated!  Even with the knowledge of Henry's son William Henry's exact date of birth as 8th July 1799 and the knowledge of where the latter's elder and younger sisters were born (Westham, Sussex), William we have discovered was born in Hertford (Census 1861).

David B Audcent

Henry HUMPFREY alias HUMPHREY first known of line, b c 1771 died 1834 Willingdon, Sussex (aged 63 of Pevensey) m. Mary unknown  (herself b 20/5/1775 Canterbury, Kent, d 1859 Stable Lodge, Addington, the country seat of the Archbishops of Canterbury where she had been an out-sister and lodge keeper since before 1851), of their marriage they had issue of 3 known (and 1 possible child John):-