The Staceys are a large family and a common surname in England and, now, elsewhere. 'Our' Staceys origins are, like the Jefferies, uncertain but evidence suggests the area around the villages of Nutfield, Bletchingley, Godstone, and Merstham east of Redhill with links to villages further south such as Burstow in Surrey.
One of the descendants of the Ticheners and Staceys; Ernest George Titchener, 1889-1961, wrote an account of the early years of the Stacey, Titchener and related families in north west Kent around Chelsfield, ending in the joint marriage of John Stacey to Mary Wansbury and James Blundell to Ellen Wansbury on the 5th June 1879 at St Martin of Tours Church, Chelsfield. In this account, which has no references, he draws together all the familes related to the four persons, including my great-grandparents. When this was written is not known to me but I presume copies were shared around the families. Those parts of the story that can be confirmed with other sources are, broadly, correct and cast light on the occupations of family members and their relationships to one another and employers..
Edward Titchener's account has William Stacey and his wife Eleanor Streatfield moving from Merstham, north of Redhill, Surrey to Twitton, north of Sevenoaks, a distance of 24km/15 miles. The date is not given but it was well before 1840. However research shows that William and Eleanor were married in 1819 in Eynsford. Generally Edward Titchener's accound does suggest that the men, recorded as Agricultural Labourers on later census' moved jobs with some regularity especially if they were particularly skilled as shepherds, ploughmen or horsemen.
Research into the Stacey origins first suggested a link to the Stacey families from Godstone but this is not supported by other Stacey trees from that village. This, and other lines suggested by DNA matches, now suggest an origin in one of the other villages, for example Bletchingley; see HERE for the DNA page.
The Stacey family were skilled agricultural workers. William & Eleanor had 9 children, the eldest being Richard. It is his family that will be discussed in more detail.
Richard was born and baptised in Shoreham. We know he worked for several farmers in the area between Shoreham, Chelsfield and Orpington during his life. While the census' describe him as an Agricultural Labourer he won first prize in a ploughing contest in Chelsfield in October 1869 when he worked for Court Lodge Farm. Ernest Tithcener's account says Richard's first job was at Castle Farm, Lullingstone, 2 km north of Shoreham & 5 km to the east of Chelsfield, for Samuel Love, a tenant farmer. Here Richard met Ann Titchener, who worked there for the household.
Revised 30 July 2021