The Staceys of Surrey and Kent
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.
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 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 Labourere on later census' moved jobs with some regularity especially if they were particurlarly 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.
Revised 3 July 2021