John Sturges

Author: Christine Gambles
Date published: 21/06/2021

John Sturgess



John Sturges was born in Berkshire he was baptised in Kintbury Berkshire on the 25th August 1799 the son of William and Mary Sturges (nee Grove) who were married on the 22nd April 1782 in Kintbury.

William and Mary also had the following children baptised in Kintbury:

William Sturgess 19th April 1783

George Sturges 1st May 1785

Thomas Sturges 13th January 1788

Jane Sturges 23rd February 1790

Sarah Sturges 12th February 1792

Ann Sturges 4th May 1794

Harriet Sturges30th October 1796

Elizabeth Sturges 25th April 1802


John was an Agricultural Labourer and was married four times.

His 1st wife was a spinster, Eleanor Phillips they were married on the 24th December 1821 at St Mary’s Church Greenham Berkshire (John’s surname was recorded as Sturgess at the time of his marriage).

They had the following three children baptised at St Mary the Virgin Speen Berkshire:

Louisa Sturgess baptised 9th May 1824 (Abode: Shaw)

Charlotte Sturgess baptised 11th June 1826 (Abode: London Road)

Eliza Sturgess baptised 19th October 1828 (no abode recorded) (Eliza died aged 7 months, buried 17th May 1829 in Speen)

John was widowed in 1830 Eleanor Sturgess died aged 26 she was laid to rest on the 8th August in Speen

John remarried seven months later, his 2nd wife was Sarah Haines (a spinster), both were from Greenham but they married at St Mary’s Church Thatcham on the 6th March 1831. (John’s surname was recorded as Sturges and Sturgess on FMP and Stringer on Harwicke Marriage Index)

They had two children:

Sarah Sturgess (later known as Sarah Ann) baptised on the 25th September 1831 at St Mary the Virgin Speen (Abode: London Road)

John Sturgess (later known as John William) baptised on the 25th May 1834 at St Andrew Boxford

Sarah Sturgess died aged 22 in 1835 she was laid to rest on the 18th July at St Andrew Boxford. (Possible birth, Sarah Haines born 28th February 1813, baptised 9th March 1813 at Northbrook Street Wesleyan Newbury, daughter of Jno and Elizabeth Haines not proved)

John remarried the following year. His 3rd wife Hannah Green was also a spinster, they were married at St Andrew’s Church Boxford on the 24th September 1836

Hannah Sturgess died aged 35 in 1838 she was laid to rest on the 1st June at St Andrew Boxford


In 1841 John (46) (surname recorded as Stenger on Ancestry) was recorded living in Westbrook Boxford with his children, Louisa (17), Charlotte (15), Sarah (9) and John (7).

The 1851 census records John (50) (surname recorded as Stingley on ancestry) lodging in Wash Common Newbury Berkshire.

He married for the 4th time in 1855. His last wife was a widow, Mary Collins (nee Moss born c1814 in Newtown Hampshire. Previous husband James Collins married in 1846 in Newbury)

The 1861 census records John Sturgess (65), Mary (47) and Mary’s illegitimate daughter Fanny Moss (24) (recorded as Taney on Ancestry), living in West Field Newbury


John died (age at death recorded as 74) in 1862 he was laid to rest in the Newtown Road Cemetery on the 26th December

His widow Mary died aged 49 the following year she was laid to rest in the Newtown Road Cemetery on the 14th October 1863





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