This is a brief history of my branch of the Luff /Grose/Thomas/Mayne family.

Web Page Updated:

Welcome, my web-site is being restructured at the moment but can still be used.



Michael Luff - the author of a history of the Luff/Grose/Thomas/Mayne family.

I have also included a history of other branches of my family.
These include the Grose family (originating in Cornwall); the Mayne family (originating in Farnham, Surrey); the Thomas family (originating in Devon).

If after reading this history you have any comments, questions or additions to the records, please e-mail me by clicking on the button below.





Introduction
Luff Family Tree Circa 1700 - 2011
Mayne Family History circa 1580 - 1802
Mayne Family Tree
Grose Family History

My research into the LUFF FAMILY shows that there was quite a large family of Luff's possibly also known as Luffe (this might have been the result of writing styles in the 17th & 18th centuries).
They lived and worked in Surrey and Sussex.

My research into the Grose, Thomas & Mayne families are detailed below.

Records show that in the 1774 Parliamemtary Elections there were 5 landowners who voted in Sussex, these were:
Andrew Luff - Freeholder at Stedham
Richard Luff - Freeholder at Easebourne
William Luff - Freeholder at Fernhurst
William Luff - Freeholder at Harting
filter: Richard Luff - Freeholder at Cocking

Voting in Surrey were:
William Luff - Freeholder at Witley
Thomas Luff - Freeholder at Egham (Chobham Parish)

On the question of my ancestors, I'm uncertain of the family link before circa 1700. I have evidence of two John Luff's who could have been the father of Stephen Luff, see next paragraph.
One John Luff was baptised in Farnham on 21st March, 1723 (his father was William Luff from Wrecclesham, near Farnham).
The other John Luff was baptised in Farnham on 28th April, 1728 (his father was John Luff from Farnham). I have assumed the latter to be my ancestor mainly on the basis of the date that the
children of John Luff were born. As this John Luff's father was named John I have assumed he was probably born circa 1700.

I have however included details of the ancestry of the Luff/Luffe family going back to circa 1520. It is entirely possible that this is my family tree.
I have proof in this history that Stephen Luff (1761 - 1851) is my Great, Great, Great, Great, Grandfather. Stephen Luff's father was John Luff.
I have evidence of the death of a John Luff who was buried in Farnham on 25th March, 1769. I cannot confirm which of the above John Luffs' this refers to, if either.

Although I have included records from 1544, my family history can only be verified from John Luff born circa 1700, to my father Frederick George Luff who died in March 2011.

I have also researched my extended family and have included information of ancestors that have died. I have information of living members but for security reasons have not included them on this web page.
To access these brief histories please click on the required name. The documents are pdf files.

Use this drop down list to select a history of the ancestor you wish see, then click on the name. Click "Go to History".
The name will appear at top of page, then click on that name to bring up history.



Also below is a photo gallery of Luff family pictures, to access each picture again please click on the required picture.

Photo Gallery
William Charles Luff, Army in India 1907 - 1913
William Charles Luff, Army football team India 1913
George Luff 1875 - 1955
William Charles Luff during 2nd World War
Frederick George Luff as a baby 1923
The Almshouses Castle Street Farnham
St Andrew's Church, Farnham


THE START OF THE LUFF FAMILY HISTORY

JOHN LUFF(e) circa 1520 - ?

There is a record of a John Luff(e) being baptised at St Andrew's Church, Farnham on 18th January, 1544. He was the son of John and Maude Luff(e). This makes the approximate date of birth of John Luff(e) senior as 1520. To see a brief history of John Luff(e) and his children, please click on required name.

A history of John Luff(e) born circa 1520

JOHN LUFF(e) 1544 - ?

A history of John Luff(e) baptised 18th January, 1544

JOHN LUFF(e) 1615 - ?

John Luff(e) was born circa 1615, he married Mary Bushell at St Andrew's Church, Farnham on 22nd October, 1637. Parish records show they had at least one child, John born circa 1638. To see a brief history of John Luff(e) and his children, please click on required name.

JOHN LUFF(e) 1638 - ?

John Luff(e) was born circa 1638, he married Mary Frauchin at Frensham, Farnham on 5th May, 1656. Parish records show they had at least one child, Richard born circa 1658. To see a brief history of John Luff(e) and his children, please click on required name.

RICHARD LUFF(e) circa 1658 - ?

Richard Luff(e) was born circa 1658, he married Mary Boxall in St Andrew's Church, Farnham on 27th January 1677.
The Parish Records show they had five recorded children. To see a brief history of Richard Luff(e) and his children, please click on required name.

The children of Richard Luff(e) & Mary Boxall

WILLIAM LUFF(e) 1694 - ?

William Luff(e) was baptised in St Andrew's Church, Farnham on 2nd February 1694.
The Parish Records show that William married Elizabeth Mason in St Andrew's Church, Farnham on 8th December, 1717. To see a brief history of William Luff(e) and his children, please click on required name.

The children of William Luff(e) & Elizabeth Mason

Return to top

JOHN LUFF 1724 - 1769

John Luff was baptised in St Andrew's Church, Farnham on 21st March 1724.
He married, wife's name unknown, and they had the following children, the baptisms of which are recorded in the Farnham Parish Records.
To see a brief history of the other children of John Luff (and siblings of Stephen Luff), please click on required name. John Luff died and was buried in St Andrews Church, Farnham on 25.2.1769.
A woman, who was buried in St Andrews Church on 13th February 1785, was recorded in the Parish Records as being "the wife of John Luff".

A history of John Luff 1724 - 1769: see below for children

The children of Elizabeth Luff & James Jones:

The children of William Luff & Mary Fry:

Stephen Luff 1761 - 1851 - see below for the history of Stephen Luff, the author's 3 x Great Grandfather.

The children of Sarah Luff & William Jones:

The children of Edward Luff & Sarah Bowers:

Return to top

STEPHEN LUFF 1761 - 1851

Stephen Luff was baptised on 2nd May 1761 (he puts his birth place as Aldershot - 1841 census).
He married Mary Maine (Mayne) on 28th December 1784. Mary Maine was born circa 1762 and died on 10th November, 1802.

The children of Stephen Luff & Mary Mayne:

Mary, Stephen's wife, died in Aldershot on 10th November 1802.

Stephen then remarried. His new wife was Sarah Patrick and they married in 1803. Sarah Patrick was born circa 1785 in Elstead, Surrey.
The marriage produced the following recorded children. The baptisms of which are recorded in Parish Records.
To see a brief history of other children of Stephen and Sarah Luff (and half brothers and sisters of William Luff 1785 - 1867), please click on required name.

In the 1841 census Stephen was living in Ash, which was part of Aldershot, together with his second wife Sarah and their two youngest children Robert and Emma. Stephen was recorded as being employed as an agricultural labourer.
The census of 1851 shows Stephen still employed as an agricultural labourer in his 90th year. Sarah was employed as a hop ground labourer. Stephen died in Aldershot on 13th November 1851. The death certificate records that he died from natural decay. Emma his daughter was present at his death. His wife Sarah died on 13th October, 1856. She died as a result of diarrhoea, which she had for 3 weeks. Present at her death was her youngest daughter, Emma.

Return to top


WILLIAM LUFF 1785 - 1867

William Luff was baptised in Aldershot on 13th March, 1785. He married Jane Gadd who was born in Hale, near Farnham circa 1785. The couple were married in Hale on 1st February 1806. The marriage produced the following recorded children. The baptisms of which are recorded in Parish Records.
To see a brief history of the children of William and Jane Luff, please click on required name.

The children of William Luff & Jane (aka Jenny) Gadd: