Ancestors of Mandy Willard
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and Hannah (c1787-1873)
John Kitchenham and Hannah may have married sometime before or
about 1815 and maybe as early as 1805, or there abouts. (They were not
my direct ancestors.)
John Kitchenham was baptised on 19 August 1779 in Wadhurst, Sussex.
He was the eldest son of
William Kitchenham (1750-1829) and
Mary Tester (1747-1825). John was buried on 19 July 1851 in
Wadhurst, aged 74 years, according to the burial register. The
National Archives web site records that a John Kitchingham born in
Wadhurst, service with the 50th Foot Regiment from 1799 until 1815 when he
was discharged at the age of 38 (document ref. WO 97/640/35 can be viewed at
the PRO, Kew).
Hannah was born about 1787/8 in Cork, Ireland. In 1861 she was
a widow and a nurse living alone in Durgates Road, Wadhurst. The
Wadhurst burial register records that Harriett Kitchenham aged 86
years and of the Ticehurst Union Workhouse, was buried on 11 January 1873.
At the time of the 1841 census the family were living in Sparrows Green,
Wadhurst and John was a labourer. When the 1851 census was recorded,
John, Hannah and their 4 unmarried sons were living in Sparrows Green.
At the time the family of
Henry Kitchenham, who had been born in 1806-9, was living 3 doors
away from John and Hannah.
Kitchenham and Hannah possibly had at least 8 children:
John Kitchenham was born about 1815. He died aged 1 year and
was buried on 15 March 1816 in Wadhurst.
John Kitchenham was born about 1817/8 in Wadhurst. In 1851 he
was unmarried and living with his parents in Sparrows Green, Wadhurst,
although he had not been with them when the 1841 census was recorded.
He died aged 36 years and was buried on 25 March 1853 in Wadhurst.
James Kitchenham was born about 1820 in Wadhurst. In 1851 he
was unmarried and living with his parents, although he had not been with
them when the 1841 census was recorded.
Frances Kitchenham may have been born about 1821 in Wadhurst.
When the 1841 census was recorded she was living with her parents and she
was a 20 year old dressmaker.
She had an illegitimate daughter:
Frances Kitchenham was born about November 1839. She died
aged 4 months and was buried on 26 February 1840 in Wadhurst.
Frances married Henry Towner on 8 November 1846 in Wadhurst.
He was then a bachelor and labourer of full age and made his marked.
She was a spinster of full age and signed her name. They were both
of Wadhurst. Her father was named as John Kitchenham a
labourer. The witnesses to the marriage were James Kitchenham
and Philadelphia Wallis who both made their marks. Henry or
James Henry Towner was born about 1817 Wadhurst and was the son of
John Towner a labourer. When the 1851 census was recorded the
couple were living in Little Durgates Cottage in Wadhurst and Henry was
then a Carter.
George Kitchenham may have been
born about 1822. He was living with his parents when the 1841 census
was recorded. He married Ann Freeman by banns on 12
November 1842 in Wadhurst. He was then a bachelor, minor and
labourer and able to sign his name. His father was named as John
Kitchenham, a labourer. Ann was a spinster of full age
and a dressmaker who was unable to sign her name. She was the
daughter of Samuel Freeman a shoemaker. The witnesses to the
marriage were Henry Gibbs and Thomas Cooper who both signed
their names. (Henry Gibbs had married George's cousin
Anne Kitchenham on 12 November 1839.) George and Ann may
have left Wadhurst before the 1851 census was recorded.
David Kitchenham was born about 1824 in Wadhurst. When the
1841 census was recorded he was living with his parents. He was also
unmarried in 1851 and living with his parents.
John, James and David do not seem to have been recorded in the 1861
Wadhurst census, and I have been unable to find them in the 1881 UK
Robert Kitchenham was born on 18 May and baptised on 17 June 1826
in Wadhurst. He died aged 44 years in 1872. He was living with
his parents when both the 1841 and 1851 census were recorded. Robert
married Mary Ann Spicer a widow on 23 February 1864 at St. Mary
Magdalen's, Bermondsey, Surrey. At the time of their marriage Robert
was a railway plate layer. She was previously Mary Ann Dunk
and had first married Edward Spicer. Mary Ann was baptised on
12 March 1826 in Brenchly, Kent and was the daughter of William Dunk
and Frances Russell. Robert and Mary may have had the
Ellen Kitchenham was born on 10 September 1864 (her birth was
registered in the Camberwell district). She had an illegitimate
Ethel Kitchenham was 2 months old when the 1881 census was
recorded. Ethel was adopted by John McAmond and his wife
Harriet Spicer. Harriet was the sister of Edward
Spicer, the first husband of Ellen's mother.
Ellen married Charles Sawyer on 26 June 1888 in
Accrington, Haslingden in Lancashire. He was born about 1868 in
Waltham Abbey, Essex. When the 1901 census was recorded the
family were living in Waltham Holy Cross in Essex where Charles was a
labourer at the Royal Gun Powder Factory. Also with the couple
were their 3 children:
John Sawyer was born about 1889 in Accrington.
Robert Sawyer was born about 1894 in Waltham Abbey.
Maud Sawyer was born about 1899 in Waltham Abbey.
George Kitchenham may have been born about 1864 in London.
His birth was not registered at the same time as Ellen's nor does he
seem to appear in the GRO birth registrations of 1864. He was a 17
year old man servant when the 1881 census was recorded, living in the
same household as Mary Kitchenham a widow of 54 years who was the
cook at 7 Park Lane, London.
Alice Kitchenham was born about 1866-1871 in London or Wadhurst.
When the 1881 census was recorded she was living at Lady's Meads in
Wadhurst, the home of her Uncle and Aunt, Henry Francis and his
wife Fanny. (Fanny may have been Francis Hobbs and
married Henry in the fourth quarter of 1842 in the Hackney registration
district.) In the 1881 census Alice was 15 years old and had been
born in London. In the 1901 census her age seems to have been
recorded as 30 years and that she was born in Wadhurst. As in
1881, she was probably living with her sister in 1901.
Emily Kitchenham was born about 1868-1873 in London or Wadhurst.
In 1881 she was also living in the home of her Uncle Henry Francis.
In that census her age was recorded as 13 years and born in London,
whereas by 1901 she was 28 and had been born in Wadhurst.
(Please note I don't for certain that George, Alice and Emily were
children of Robert and Mary Ann. Nor am I all that sure of the
details for Ellen and her daughter Ethel.)
Ellen Kitchenham was born on 24 January 1828 and baptised on 4
March 1828 in Wadhurst. She died aged 16 years and was buried on
11 June 1844 in Wadhurst.
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This page was reviewed on 8 April 2012