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Name: Nimshi Greenfield

Burial Number: 1870

Gender: Male

Occupation: Gardener.

Born: 16/10/1868

Died: 13/02/1956

Buried: 16/02/1956


Nimshi was born in Itchingfield, the son of William and Ellen. William was a farmer of 220 acres. By 1881 the family had moved to Woods Hill Farm at West Chiltington which was a larger property. In 1891, Nimshi and his brother Frank were working as gardeners and living with their sister Blanch and her husband Alan Charman at 7 Northbrook Cottages, Broadwater. In 1895, William Greenfield was found hanged in his barn at Woods Hill Farm. Nimshi married Eliza Kelsey, a housemaid originally from Chichester at Heene on 27 Apr 1899. The couple moved to 4 Western Place and by 1901, besides their daughter Edith, they also provided room for Eliza’s brother, nephew and niece. They also took in lodgers. In 1905, Nimshi was declared bankrupt. His occupation was given as jobbing gardener and lodging house keeper. The family moved to 22 Thorn Road and again took in lodgers. They also had two more children, Charles and Ellen. In 1931 Eliza died on 2 Apr. Nimshi was also fined for not having a dog licence that year. By 1939, he was living in a flat at 42 Rowlands Road. In 1956, Nimshi was living at Budgenor Lodge in Easebourne near Midhurst. This was originally the workhouse. In 1930 it became Budgenor Assistance Institution run by WSCC. Nimshi died on 13 Feb. He left no will.

Researcher: Carol Sullivan

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for Nimshi Greenfield

Location in Cemetery

Area: EB Row: 3 Plot: 42

Exact Location (what3words): belt.tries.smiles

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



No description of the headstone has been added.


Our beloved mother Eliza Greenfield fell asleep 2nd April 1931 aged 66 years "I know that I have believed" Our dear father Nimshi Greenfield fell asleep 13th Feb 1956 aged 88 "Until we meet again"

Further Information


Name: Nimshi Gilbert Greenfield

Gender: Male

Born: 16/10/1868

Town: Itchingfield

County: Sussex

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: 27/04/1899

Spouse First Name: Eliza

Spouse Last Name: Kelsey

Town of Marriage: Worthing

County of Marriage: Sussex

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 13/02/1956

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Budgenor Assistance Institution

Town: Easebourne

County: Sussex

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: No value recorded

Current value of effects: Not calculated

Census Information


Sharpenyhurst (now Sharpenhurst), Itchingfield, Sussex.

William aged 41, farmer of 220 acres employing 4 men and 1 boy. Ellen aged 41. Bernard aged 15. Blanch aged 12. Louisa aged 10. Hubert aged 9. Robert aged 7. Kate aged 6. Frank aged 4. Nimshi aged 2. Plus 2 servants.


Woods Hill Farm, West Chiltington, Sussex.

William aged 51, farmer of 300 acres employing 5 men and 1 boy. Ellen aged 50. William Edgar aged 22. Louisa aged 20. Robert aged 18. Frank aged 14. Nimshi aged 12.



7 Northbrook Cottages, Broadwater, Worthing, Sussex.

Nimshi aged 22, gardener. Frank aged 24, gardener. Living with their sister Blanch and her husband Alan Charman, gardener.


4 Western Place, Worthing.

Nimshi aged 32, gardener. Eliza aged 35. Edith aged 7 months. James Kelsey aged 45, brother-in-law, butler. Stuart Kelsey aged 18, nephew, tailor’s assistant. Nellie Charman aged 18, niece. Margaret Everard aged 40, visitor, own means. Bertha Larner aged 45, visitor, own means.


22 Thorn Road, Worthing.

Nimshi aged 42, jobbing gardener. Eliza aged 45. Edith aged 10. Charles William aged 9. Ellen Louisa aged 5. Harriet Haylor aged 25, lodger, laundry maid. John Fleming aged 35, lodger, waiter in hotel. Robert Lockhart aged 14, lodger, greengrocer’s assistant.


22 Thorn Road, Worthing, Sussex

First name(s) Last name Relationship to head Sex Birth year Age Birth place Occupation Employer
Nemshie Gilbert Greenfield
M 1868 52 Horsham, Sussex,  Gardener Own Account
Eliza Greenfield
F 1867 54 Chichester, Sussex Home Duties
Edith Elizabeth Greenfield
F 1900 20 Worthing, Sussex Grocers Assistant Worlds Stores Ltd
Charles William Greenfield
M 1902 19 Worthing, Sussex Taxi Cab Driver J Searle Garage Proprietor
Ellen Louisa Greenfield
F 1905 15 Worthing, Sussex Grocers Assistant Clarkes Grocery Stores
John Scarse
M 1849 72 Suffolk Dairyman Fuente Co Dairymen
John Giles Parsonage
M 1906 15 Lancaster, Lancashire Automobile Engineers Store Keeper Milne & Russell 1 Brighton Rd, Croydon
Phyllis Parsonage
F 1900 21 Lancaster, Lancashire Nurse Probationer M A B Queen Marys Hospital Carshalton Surrey
Alice Maud White
F 1900 20 Croydon, Surrey Nurse Probationer M A B Queen Marys Hospital Carshalton Surrey


Top Floor Flat, 42 Rowlands Road, Worthing.

Nimshi Greenfield: gardener. Edith Greenfield: Ellen Greenfield: Allen Ansell: house porter.

Miscellaneous Information

Death of Mr W. Greenfield – on Thursday Mr F.W. Butler held an inquest at Woodshill Farm, on the body of a farmer named William Greenfield, who had been found hanged in his barn that morning. – Frank Greenfield, son of the deceased, stated that he lived in a cottage at Woodshill Farm. About a quarter past twelve on the previous night he went in search of the deceased as he had not come home. In company with Mr Gardner he found the deceased hanging by the neck, dead. Deceased was 60 years of age. About three weeks ago deceased compained of having pleurisy, but refused to have a doctor. – Cecil Gardner, living at Woollet Farm, West Chiltington, corroberated as to the finding of the body, adding that it was cold and stiff. – Mary Ann Greenfield, wife of Frank Greenfield, saw the deceased about two in the afternoon on Tuesday , when he left a parcel at the house. It had since been opened, and was found to contain a note, £3.11s.1.5d in money, two old watches and some coins. She believed the farm business was a trouble to the deceased. – Ellen Greenfield, wido of the deceased, last saw him between two and three in the afternoon. He never told her much of his affairs, but she knew that he had been troubled about his payments – The Jury returned a verdict of “Suicide while temporarily insane”