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William KITCHENHAM (c1580-1625)

and Diana RUSSELL (1585-?)


William Kitchenham and Diana Russell married on 21 August 1614 at the parish church of St. Peter and St. Paul in Wadhurst, Sussex.

William Kitchenhamís date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me.  He was hanged for manslaughter, most probably in 1625 - see below for details.  On 8 April 1610 Nicholas Barham was called upon, with others, to value the estate of William Kitchenham who had drowned himself in John Barham's pit.  Might this William have been the father of c1580 William?

Diana Russell may have been baptised on 17 September 1585 in Burwash, Sussex and have been the daughter of Matthew Rusel.  As Dinah Kitchenham she married Alexander Loofe (Loose?) on 17 July 1626 in Wadhurst.


William Kitchenham and Diana Russell may have had 4 children:

  1. William Kitchenham was baptised on 30 March 1615/6 in Wadhurst.  Neither of his parent's names were recorded in the baptism register, so I don't know for certain that he was a son of William and Diana.

  2. Thomas Kitchenham was baptised on 8 February 1617/8 in Wadhurst.  Only his father's name was recorded in the baptism register.

  3. Ellen Kitchenham was baptised on 16 January 1619/20 in Wadhurst.  Only her father's name was recorded in the baptism register.

  4. Sarah Kitchenham was baptised on 19 May 1622 in Wadhurst.  Only her father's name was recorded in the baptism register.



The following has been taken from "Sussex Coroners' Inquest 1603-1688" by R.F. Hunnisett, item number 263, pages 65 and 66:

2 Dec 1624, Wadhurst

Thomas Houghton, gent., Loxfield Camden half-hundred coroner.  Jurors:  William Byran, gent., Thomas Lucke, Andrew Skynner, Peter Trice, David Pennyall, Richard Forde, Henry Warde, John Hawkyns, Christopher Wedd, James Valance, Thomas Baker, Thomas Bate, John Gilbert, Edward Cruttall, Peter Markwick.

About 4 p.m. on 26 Nov William Kitchenham of Wadhurst, 'collyer', feloniously killed Richard Longley late of Wadhurst, 'husbandman', at Wadhurst with 'a hedginge bill' worth 6d which he held in both hands, giving him a wound on the right side of the head 4 inches long and 1 inch deep of which he languished at Wadhurst until 28 Nov and then died.  At the time of the felony Kitchenham had no goods or chattels, lands or tenements to the jurors' knowledge.  ASSI 35/68/8, m 75.  [Calendared in CAR, no 794]

[Delivered with 258.  At the assizes a bill of indictment was preferred identical to the inquest verdict except that it charged Kitchenham with murder and omitted the last sentence.  The grand jury reduced the charge to manslaughter.  Kitchenham, who had been committed to gaol by Anthony Fowle, esq., JP, pleaded not guilty to the indictment as amended but was convicted; he had no chattels.  He then pleaded benefit of clergy but failed to read and was hanged.  ASSI 35/67/8, mm 61, 64, 75, 85, 87d; CAR, nos 780, 791, 794.]


Many thanks to Paul Kitchenham for unravelling the early Kitchenham families.


This page was reviewed on 8 April 2012