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Name: Thomas Hills

Burial Number: 0316

Gender: Male

Occupation: Agricultural Labourer; Gardener; Head Gardener;

Born: //1825

Died: 5/4/1899

Buried: 08/04/1899


Thomas Hills began life as an agricultural labourer and progressed to being a gardener. He was born in 1825/6 in the Storrington area to Thomas Hills and Jane née Baker. His mother was a widow by the 1841 Census left with 6 children and described as a pauper in the 1851 Census.  Thomas and his sister, Jane , were the same age so perhaps were twins.

In 1856 he married Elizabeth (Gibbs) Penfold on 10 August at Storrington. They had at least 9 children and judging by where they were born  shows how frequently they moved house. Ellen was born in Washington, William in Ashington, George in Tarring, Lucy, Charlotte, Fanny and Frederick in Stoke, near Guildford, Surrey and Ernest in Worthing.

Thomas died on 5 April 1899 at 6, Heene Cottages, and was buried at Heene on 8 April leaving £78 6s, worth about £6,121 nowadays,  to Elizabeth.

Researcher: Angela Levy

The Grave

No headstone image available

Location in Cemetery

Area: NWS Row: 6 Plot: 12

Exact Location (what3words): window.gangs.behave

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



Buried under the headstone for Harriett and William Jillett


In ever loving of a devoted wife and mother Harriett Jilliett died 23rd Feb 1926 aged 52. Also of William Henry Jillett her husband died 21st January 1951 aged 82

Further Information


Name: Thomas Hills

Gender: Male

Born: //1825

Town: Storrington

County: Sussex

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: 10/8/1856

Spouse First Name: Elizabeth

Spouse Second Name: Gibbs

Spouse Last Name: Penfold

Town of Marriage: Storrington

County of Marriage: Sussex

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 5/4/1899

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Heene Cottages

Address line 2: 6

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £78 6 s d

Current value of effects: £6121

Census Information


Living at Storrington
Jane Hills, 45, charwoman; Elizabeth Hills, 20; Jane Hills, 15; Thomas Hills, 15 agricultural labourer; Mary Hills, 14; Henry Hills. 10; George Hills, 9; Ellen Hills, 6


Living at Bog Common, Storrington, Sussex
Jane Hills, 55, widow, pauper; Jane Hills, 27, daughter; Thomas Hills, 2?, son, agricultural labourer; Henry Hills, 21, son, agricultural labourer; Ellen Hills, 16, daughter, Sarah Jane Hills, 1, granddaughter


Living at Montpellier? Row, Washington, Sussex
Thomas Hills, 32, gardener/labourer; Elizabeth, 26, wife; Mary Ann Hills, 2, daughter;
Ellen Hills, 7 months


Living at Stoke Hill Cottage, Stoke, near Guilford, Surrey
Thomas Hills, 46, head, gardener; Elizabeth Hills, 36, wife; Mary Ann Hills, 12, daughter, scholar; Ellen Hills, 10. Daughter, Scholar; William Hills, 8, son, scholar; George Hills, 4, son, scholar; Luce (sic) Hills, 18 months


Living at Worthing House (gardener’s house), Worthing
Thomas Hills, 55, head, gardener; Elizabeth Hills, 46, wife, laundress; Ellen Hills, 21, daughter, helping at home; George A Hills, 14, son; Lucy Hills, 11, daughter, scholar; Charlotte Hills, 8, daughter, scholar ;Fanny Hills, 6, daughter, scholar; Frederick Hills, 4, son


Living at 6, Heene Cottages, Heene
Thomas Hills, 66, head, gardener; Elizabeth Hills, 55, wife; George Hills, 23, son, butcher’s assistant; Lottie (sic) Hills, 19, daughter, draper’s assistant; Fanny Hills, 17, daughter, helps mother; Frederick Hills , 14, son, scholar,Ernest Hills, 9, son, scholar

Miscellaneous Information

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