Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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Edward KITCHENHAM (1835-?)

and Ann WEAVER (1847-1924)


Edward Kitchenham and Ann Weaver married on 10 October 1863 in Horsmonden, Kent.  The witnesses to their marriage were William Wallis and Elizabeth Wallis.  (They were not my direct ancestors.)

Edward Kitchenham was born on 12 September 1835 in Wadhurst and his birth was registered at the Shover's Green Baptist Chapel.  He was the son of Henry Kitchenham (1808-1890) and Sabina Richardson (c1815-1876).  When the 1841 census was recorded he was with his parents in 1841, but in 1851 he was a servant/agricultural labourer at Little Durgate in Wadhurst, the home of William Tobett and his family.  In 1861 he was an unmarried 25 year old agricultural labourer lodging at the Balaclava Inn in Wadhurst.

Ann Weaver was born on 7 February 1847 in Tenterden, Kent.  She was the daughter of James Weaver and Frances Burgess.  Her father was a labourer.  Ann died aged 77 years in the third quarter of 1924.  When the 1851 census was recorded, Ann was living with her widowed mother in lodgings in Goudhurst.

When the 1881 census was recorded the family were living in Lightfoots Cottage in Leigh, Kent and Edward was an agricultural labourer.

In 1901 the couple were living in Tonbridge, Kent.


Edward Kitchenham and Ann Weaver had 4 known children:

  1. Kate Emily Kitchenham was born on 30 August 1865 at Small Bridge, Horsmonden and her birth was registered by her mother on 9 October.  Kate was baptised on 29 October 1865 in Horsmonden.  Her death was probably registered in the first quarter of 1866.  (Kate's birth was registered at the same time as that of Jane Emily Kitchenham, but she was the daughter of George Kitchenham, a labourer and Mary Anne Goldsmith.  Jane Emily was born on 15 September 1865 also at Small Bridge.)

  2. Henry John Kitchenham was born on 12 April 1867 at Bell Farm in Goudhurst, where his father was a farm labourer.  He was baptised on 26 May 1867 in Horsmonden.  He died aged 72 years in the first quarter of 1940.  Henry was a very tall and broad man.  In 1881 he was a 15 year old agricultural labourer living with his parents.

    Henry married twice.  Firstly to Elizabeth Stolton in the second quarter of 1887.

    Elizabeth was born in 1869 and was the daughter of Edward Stolton and Mary.

    Henry and Elizabeth had 4 known children:

    1. William Edward Kitchenham (1888-1846)William Edward Kitchenham was born in the second quarter of 1888 in Leigh, Kent.

      The photograph on the right is of William Edward and has been sent to me by his granddaughter Rosemary Jenner.  Rosemary tells me that the photo was taken outside his back garden in Nelson Avenue, Tonbridge next to the railway where he worked all his life.  He died of a brain tumour in Chartham Hospital aged 57 years in 1946.

      William married Annie Tapp in the third quarter of 1909 and they went on to have 6 children.  William fought in the First World War in the Royal West Kent Regiment.

    2. Henry Ernest Kitchenham was born on 20 December 1890 in Tonbridge, Kent, when his father was working as a labourer for the SE Railway.  He died aged 77 years on 2 January 1968.  Henry Ernest left Tonbridge for London at the age of 14, having been given 10 shillings and a watch, where he found work as a baker's labourer.

      Henry married Daisy Florence Memory in 1911.  The first of their eight children was born the following year and the rest followed at regular intervals.

      Henry joined the Royal Horse Artillery as a Gunner at the beginning of WW1, trained at Woolwich and fought in France for several years.  When the war ended, he worked as a baker's roundsman and then as a chauffeur.

    3. Kate Elizabeth Kitchenham was born in the second quarter of 1893 in Tonbridge.

      Kate probably married Mark F. Davis in the second quarter of 1917 and they emigrated to Australia where they lived for the rest of their lives.

    4. Jane Kitchenham's death aged 0 was registered along with her 30 year old mother in the first quarter of 1899.

    Henry's second marriage was to Mary Kate Payne in the third quarter of 1900.  She was a spinster of 30 years at the time and was the daughter of Alfred Payne, a labourer.  At the time of their marriage they were living at Bay Cottages in Hildenborough.

    Henry and Mary Kate possibly had 2 daughters:

    1. Gertrude Florence Kitchenham may have been born in 1905.

    2. Dorothy May Kitchenham was born in 1910.

  3. Ernest Edward Kitchenham was born in the second quarter of 1875 in Seal, Kent.  He was a 5 year old scholar when the 1881 census was recorded.

    Ernest married Kate Parker in 1898.

    Kate was born about 1880 in Tonbridge.

    When the 1901 census was recorded the couple were living in Tonbridge where Ernest was a cricket ball maker.  By then they had 1 son:

    1. Ernest Nevil Kitchenham was born in 1900 in Tonbridge.  He was 6 months old when the 1901 census was recorded.  He died in 1924.  During WW1 he was a Gunner in the Royal Field Artillery.

  4. Walter Kitchenham was born in the first quarter of 1877 in Seal.  He died aged 48 years in 1925.  Walter was a 4 year old scholar in 1881.  When the 1891 census was recorded he was lodging with his brother Henry John and his family, and was then working as a railway goods porter.

    Walter married Caroline Alberta Judd in the second quarter of 1900.  In 1901 Walter was a railway goods guard and the couple were living in Tonbridge along with their young son.

    Walter and Caroline may have had the following children:

    1. Hugh Douglas W Kitchenham was 2 months old when the 1901 census was recorded.

    2. Cecil Clarence Kitchenham was born in the second quarter of 1904.


Many thanks to the following for additions to this page:

Trudi Hutson          Evelyn Jenner          Rosemary Jenner


This page was reviewed on 8 April 2012