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Nicholas BARHAM (1750-1807)

and Elizabeth STRICKLAND (1755-1803)


Nicholas Barham and Elizabeth Strickland were my 5x Great Grandparents.  (Click here to see their place in my pedigree chart.)  They married by banns on 28 July 1780 at the parish church of St. Peter and St. Paul in Wadhurst, Sussex.  They were both of Wadhurst.  The witnesses to the marriage were John Stickland and Thomas Cooper.  They all signed their names, and although Elizabeth's surname was recorded as Strickland, she signed as Stickland.  (John was Elizabeth's brother and Thomas was probably the church warden.)

Sparrows Green, Wadhurst - from Barham was born on 4 June and baptised on 2 July 1750 in Wadhurst.  He was the second son and child of Nicholas Barham (1721-1790) and Elizabeth Greagsby (1721-1789).  He died on 19 June 1807 and was buried on 23 June 1807 in Wadhurst.  (In 1993 I found his headstone propped up against a fence/wall with other discarded stones in the Wadhurst churchyard.)  Nicholas left a will in which he stated that he was a wheelwright of Sparrows Green in Wadhurst.  He appointed William Moreland a farmer of Wadhurst and Thomas Wallis a shopkeeper of Wadhurst as executors or his will.  (I have a copy of this document and will eventually transcribe it and include it in this site.)  Nicholas was appointed an overseer of his father-in-law's will.

Elizabeth Strickland was baptised on 28 February 1755 in Wadhurst.  She was the eldest daughter and second child of Robert Stickland (1731-1794) and Elizabeth Petit (1734-1816).  She died aged 48 years and was buried on 16 May 1803 in Wadhurst.  She died intestate and administration of her estate was granted to her son Nicholas Barham on 7 March 1817 .  See notes below to read my transcript of the Letters of Administration.  By the terms of her father's will, she was left a legacy of 100.

A cricket match was played in Wadhurst on 9 June 1788 - I wonder if Nicholas played or went along to watch?


Nicholas Barham and Elizabeth Strickland had 6 known children:

  1. Elizabeth Barham was baptised on 30 November 1780 in Ticehurst, Sussex.  She may have died before 1807 as she was not mentioned in her father's will.

  2. Philly Strickland Barham was baptised on 20 April 1783 in Wadhurst.  She married Samuel Wallis in 1808.  (They have their own page.)

  3. Nicholas Barham, my 4x Great Grandfather, was born on 22 April and baptised on 17 May 1785 in Wadhurst.  He married Elizabeth Moren in 1808.  (They have their own page.)

  4. Eastman Stickland Barham was born on 3 May and baptised on 21 June 1793 in Wadhurst.  He married Mary Jeffery in 1816.  (They have their own page.)

  5. Mary Barham was born on 30 March and baptised on 14 June 1799 in Wadhurst.  She was mentioned in her father's will.

    Mary may have married Thomas Hanbury by banns on 15 December 1818 in Wadhurst.  Thomas was a bachelor.  They were both of Wadhurst and both signed their names.  The witnesses were Nicholas Barham and John Cooper, who also both signed their names.

  6. Talitha-cumi Barham was born on 24 March and baptised on 5 June 1801 in Wadhurst.  She was mentioned in her father's will.  In 1823 she was a spinster living in Upper Tooting, Surrey.





Letters of Administration were granted to Nicholas Barham in respect of his mother:

On the seventh day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventeen the Reverend Edward Robert Rayners Clerk Archdeacon of Lewes Surrogate and so forth committed Administration of all and singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of Elizabeth Barham late of Wadhurst within the Deanery of Southmalling in the County of Sussex deceased (and wife of Nicholas Barham also deceased) intestate to Nicholas Barham of Wadhurst aforesaid Wheelwright one of the sons of the said Elizabeth Barham deceased He being first sworn well and faithfully to administer the same and so forth And that the said Goods &c were under the value of two hundred pounds

The said Nicholas Barham and Samuel Wallis of Wadhurst aforesaid Bricklayer and Joseph Ticehurst of Lewes in the said County of Sussex Innkeeper are respectively bound in this behalf in the penalty of four hundred pounds

The above is my transcript of an original document that can be found at the East Sussex Record Office on microfiche, reference SM/D11, page 479.


QUESTION:  Who was Joseph Ticehurst?



This page was reviewed on 8 April 2012