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Name: Isabella Chaffer

Burial Number: 1743

Gender: Female

Occupation: Dressmaker

Born: 00/00/1859

Died: 16/01/1942

Buried: 20/01/1942


Isabella Challen was born in Petworth, Sussex, June quarter, 1859. She was the daughter of William Challen, 27yrs, Policeman, and Elizabeth, 31yrs, nee Twine, both born in Arundel. Isabella had 2 siblings, Henry Edward, b.1867, and Edith Kate, b.1869. In 1871 the family had moved to Worthing, living at 6, Graham Road, where William was now a house painter/glazier. In 1881 they had moved to 32, Market Street, Worthing, and Isabella, 21yrs, was a dressmaker.

On 16th February 1885 Isabella, 26yrs, married Edward John Chaffer, 29yrs, a gardener, at St. Mary’s Church, Broadwater, Worthing. They had 6 children, Edward b.1887, Herbert b.1888, Mabel b.1890, Ernest b.1895 (died 1897) Harold b.1897, and Ronald b.1903. In 1891 Edward and Isabella were living in Gillingham, Kent, he was employed as a gardener, and in 1901 they had returned to Worthing where they lived at The Rosery, Mill Road, and Edward worked as a fruit grower. It was a successful business and in 1911 both their older sons were employed as his assistants.

Edward and Isabella moved to Brooklyn, Valencia Road, Worthing, where Edward died, aged 71yrs, on 29th June 1928. Isabella remained at this address until she died, aged 82yrs, on 16th January 1942. Probate was granted to her sons, Edward John and Herbert Sidney Chaffer, Fruit Growers, effects £2620 4s 1d. Value 2021 – £129K.

Researcher: Maggi Martin

The Grave

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Location in Cemetery

Area: SWS Row: 8 Plot: 9

Exact Location (what3words): rugs.begin.starts

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In loving memory of Edward John Chaffer died 29th June 1928 aged 71 years "Thy will be done" Also Isabella Chaffer who passed on Jan 16th 1942 aged 88 "Reunited"

Further Information


Name: Isabella Chaffer

Gender: Female

Born: 00/00/1859

Town: Petworth

County: Sussex

Country: England


Maiden Name:Challen

Marriage Date: 16/02/1885

Spouse First Name: Edward

Spouse Second Name: John

Spouse Last Name: Chaffer

Town of Marriage: Worthing

County of Marriage: Sussex

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 16/01/1942

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Brooklyn

Address line 3: Valencia Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


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Personal Effects

Money left to others: £2620 4 s 1 d

Current value of effects: £129000

Census Information


Living at North Street, Petworth, Sussex. William Challen, 29yrs, Policeman, wife, Elizabeth, 33yrs, daughter, Isabella, 1yr.


Living at 6, Graham Road, Broadwater, Worthing, Sussex. William Challen, 39yrs, House Painter and Glazier, wife, Elizabeth, 43yrs, 3 children, Isabella, 11yrs, Henry, 4yrs, Edith, 1yr, Lodger, George Alston, 25yrs, House Painter and Glazier.


Living at 32, Market Street, Broadwater, Worthing, Sussex. William Challen, 49yrs, Painter, wife, Elizabeth, 52yrs, 3 children, Isabella, 21yrs, Dressmaker, Henry, 14yrs, Carpenter, Edith, 11yrs, Lodger, John Tidey, 38yrs, Cabinet Maker.


Living at Cottage, Straw Lane, Gillingham, Kent. Edward Chaffer, Hd. 34yrs, Gardener, wife, Isabella, 30yrs, 3 children, Edward, 4yrs, Herbert, 3yrs, and Mabel, 11months.


Living at The Rosery, Mill Road, Worthing, Sussex. Edward Chaffer, 44yrs, Fruit Grower, wife, Isabella, 41yrs, 4 children, Edward, 14yrs, Herbert, 12yrs, Mabel, 10yrs, Harold, 3yrs, mother-in-law, Elizabeth Challen, 73yrs, widow.


Living at The Rosery, Mill Road, Worthing, Sussex. Edward Chaffer, 54yrs, Fruit Grower, wife, Isabella, 50yrs, 5 children, Edward John, 24yrs, Assistant in Business, Herbert Sidney, 22yrs, Assistant in Business, Mabel Edith, 20yrs, Harold, 13yrs, and Ronald, 7yrs.


Living at Brooklyn, Valencia Road, Worthing, Sussex.

Edward I Chaffer
Male 1856 65 Retired Fruit Grower
Isabella Chaffer
Female 1859 62 Home Duties
Herbert A Chaffer
Male 1889 32 Fruit Grower
Mabel E Chaffer
Female 1890 31 Home Duties
Ronald Chaffer
Male 1903 18 Engineering Student

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