This page has been established to facilitate sharing of information with the A(c)(k)(e)hurst  One Name Study group: AKEHURSTer World

My Akehursts are from Hellingly in Sussex, England and I am a descendant of Jane BURGESS, an illegitimate daughter who was baptized on 1 October 1797 at Hellingly, Sussex, England. The parish register says that she is the daughter of John AKEHURST and Maria BURGESS who married one year later in 1798.

Researching the Akehursts of East Sussex (esp. at Hellingly) has posed some difficulties due to the common usage of the name John Akehurst. Anyone researching this name in Sussex should get a (free) copy of my book "The Akehurst Wills of East Sussex 1541-1858" which can be downloaded from this site (see Publications menu tab on the left). The family trees below have resulted from my research into the Akehurst family and have been numbered to be consistent with the trees given in the book. Those who left wills/admons are highlighted in yellow.

Note: Tree 6. has been removed and is now incorporated in Tree 3. (A consequence of new information).


These Akehurst familes have been pieced together through various wills in conjunction with the Sussex baptisms, marriage and burials indexes. As further information becomes available they may be able to be placed in some of the larger trees.