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Name: Ellen Haffenden

Burial Number: 1213

Gender: Female

Born: 19/05/1871

Died: 30/11/1925

Buried: 05/12/1925


Ellen Gift was born in Chiddingly, daughter of Robert and Sarah Russell (nee Thorpe), both from Chiddingly families.  Robert and Sarah married in 1846 in Hailsham, and were living in Whitesmith, Chiddingly  in 1861 with their first 5 children.

In 1871 Ellen was the 6th of their 8 (soon to be 9), children. Robert was an Agricultural Labourer and Farmer of 7 acres, and the family lived at the Bird in Hand, Whitesmith in Chiddingly.

10 years later, the family was still there, Ellen and 2 brothers with them, and Grandson Walter Thomas, aged 1.

Ellen married James Haffenden on 24th April 1886 in Chiddingly.

James was born in Hailsham, Sussex in 1861, son of Benjamin and Ann Elizabeth, (nee Croft).

In 1881, aged 20, James was a Stoker aboard HMS Euryalus, and was awarded medals for the Egyptian and Sudan campaigns, in 1882 and 1884.

In the 1891 census, James and Ellen were living in Tarring Street. He was a Blacksmith, and they had three sons, James, Ernest and Charles. Daughter Bertha was born later that year.

In 1901 the family was living in St Dunstan’s Road. James did ‘Shoeing’, and was a General Smith and Plumber, working from home.

By 1911, they were living in Heathfield House, Tarring Road, with sons Ernest and Charles. James was then a General Smith and Plumber, working from home.

All four of James and Ellen’s children then lived in Worthing.

In 1921, James and Ellen were living alone  together in Heathfield House, Tarring.

He was described as a Blacksmith and Plumber. She had ‘Household Duties’.

Ellen died in 1925.

In 1927, in the Worthing Gazette, this appeared:

HAFFENDEN In never fading memory of our dear mother, Ellen Gift, passed away November 30th, 1925.

“Gone from us but not forgotten,

Never shall her memory fade;

May our thoughts for ever linger

Around the grave where she is laid.’

Jim, Ern, Charlie and Bertha.

(It may be no coincidence that James remarried in 1927….)

Haffenden is an old Sussex name, apparently of Norse/Viking origin. ‘Denn’, in Norse, means farm and ‘hof’ was a church or temple – so the original Haffendens lived in a farm near a Church!

(It does look as if Ellen’s family had doubts about her age…she would have been nearer 60 than 50 in 1925)



Researcher: Liz Lane

The Grave

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Location in Cemetery

Area: NWS Row: 5 Plot: 14

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In loving memory of our dear mother Ellen Gift Haffenden passed away Nov 30th 1925 aged 59 also of our dear father James Haffenden passed away Jan 6th 1930 aged 68

Further Information


Name: Ellen Gift Haffenden

Gender: Female

Born: 19/05/1871

Town: Known

County: Surrey

Country: England


Maiden Name:Russell

Marriage Date: 24/4/1887

Spouse First Name: James

Spouse Last Name: Haffenden

Town of Marriage: Known

County of Marriage: Sussex

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 30/11/1925

Cause of death: Unknown

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


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Personal Effects

Money left to others: No value recorded

Current value of effects: Not calculated

Census Information


Living at Highlands Farm, Chiddingly – Robert Russell, 51yrs, Farmer of 7 acres and Agricultural Labourer; Sarah, 40yrs; Mary J, 19yrs; Harriett A, 17yrs, Domestic Servant unemployed; Sarah E, 15yrs, Domestic Servant unemployed; Ruth, 11yrs; Albert E, 7yrs: Ellen G, 4yrs; Gertrude Isabella Hannah, 1yr; Miller, 5mths;


Living at Bird in Hand, Chiddingly – Robert Russell, 61yrs, Agricultural Labourer; Sarah, 49yrs; Albert Edward, 16yrs, Agricultural Labourer; Ellen Gift, 14yrs; Gertrude I H, 11yrs; Walter Thomas, 1yr, Grandson;


Living in Tarring Street, Tarring – James Haffenden, 30yrs, Blacksmith; Ellen, 24yrs; James, 4yrs; Ernest, 2yrs; Charles, 1yr;


Living at Melbourne House, St Dunstan;s Road, Tarring – James Haffenden, 40yrs, Shoeing and General Smith, plumber and employer; Ellen G, 35yrs; James H, 14yrs, Plumbers Labourer; Ernest, 12yrs; Charles 11yrs; Bertha, 9yrs;


Living at Heathfield House, Tarring Road, Worthing – James Haffenden, 50yrs, General Smith and Plumber; Ellen Gift, 45yrs; Ernest, 22yrs, Bakers Assistant; Charles, 21yrs, Plumber;

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