The Streatfeilds and Streatfields in this family history are from east Surrey, north Sussex, especially the Weald & north west Kent. The first reliable record for the families covered here is Robert Streatfeild of Chiddingstone, born in 1514. He was involved in the Wealdon Iron industry as were his sons, but then the family turned to farming and land acqusition. Recent research shows it likely that the Streatfields were in the area well before 1514 and had connections to families in Penhurst. There are strong connections to the Woodgates another local family with properties in Hever, Penshurst and Chiddingstone parishes.
All known descendants of Robert Streatfeild of Chiddingstone that were born up to the end of 1918 are on the companion website, The Streatfields, where one should go for other branchs of this particular family. Please remember there are other Streatfield families in Kent and others in Sussex as well as more widely. It is not established if these families share common roots with those descendants of Robert Streatfeild of Chiddingstone.
The family became prominent in the late 1700's after the marriage of Henry Streatfeild to Lady Anne Sidney, the natural daughter of Jocely, 7th Earl of Leicester and the inheritance of some of his estates. A number of his family became prominent soldiers and clergymen in the 19th century.
On this site are covered the male and female descendants of John Streatfeild, born in Leigh in 1740, to the present day. John appears to have moved from the ancestral family in the area around Chiddingstone and, after his marriage to the widow Mary Wilds, nee Gates, in Sevenoaks in 1772, he and family moved to the north and east to Farningham, Stansted and Halling and then beyond. This family has been very comprehensively researched by various descendants of John Streatfield of Leigh; especially Malcolm Streatfield, Trevor Gibbons & Ron Ellis.
NOTE:- The spelling of the surname is very variable and includes Strutfield, Stratfield, Streetfield as well as the two above. Some records record variants in official records but not all.