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William KITCHENHAM (1627-1677)

and Ann SEARES (c1630-1689)


William Kitchenham and Ann Seares were my 10x Great Grandparents.  They married on 25 May 1653 at the parish church of St. Peter and St. Paul in Wadhurst, Sussex.

William Kitchenham was baptised on 16 November 1627 in Wadhurst.  He was the son of William Kitchenham (c1600-1656) and 5 239 Judith Collier.  He may been buried in Wadhurst on 3 February 1676/7 when he was described as "old".  The William who was buried in 1677 left a will dated 30 November 1670, by which an annuity of twenty shillings on his lands called Sledenfields, later part of a farm called Foxes was charged.  Ten shillings was to be paid to the 'ancientest poor' or the parish and ten shillings to the vicar to preach a sermon on Ascension day.  (Ref. PAR498/24, William Kitchenham's Charity)  Only a fragment of his will survives.

Ann Seares's date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me.  She may have been the daughter of Stephen Seare and Mary Coxe who married in 1626 in Ticehurst, Sussex.  Ann may have been buried on 16 June 1689 in Wadhurst, but the burial register records that she was an old widow and I think she would only have been about 60 years old at that point.  She was alive in 1682, as she was mentioned in her brother-in-law's will, but not by name.

William's brother John left a will in 1682, in which he mentioned by name several children of his 2 sisters, but only John son of his brother William, although he did say William had 4 sons and daughters (I think these children were Mary, John, Stephen and Judith.)


William Kitchenham and Ann Seares had 5 known children:

  1. Mary Kitchenham was baptised on 23 April 1654 in Wadhurst.  Both her parent's names were recorded against her baptism.  She may have married Henry Madett on 30 April 1676 in Wadhurst.  But there was another Mary Kitchenham baptised in May 1653.

  2. Judith Kitchenham was born/baptised on 23 March 1657 in Wadhurst.  She was buried in Wadhurst on 3 August 1682.

  3. John Kitchenham, my 9x Great Grandfather, was baptised on 26 September 1660 in Wadhurst.  Only his father's name was recorded against his baptism.  He married twice, firstly to 5 231 Mary Baker (my 9x great grandmother) in 1681 and then to Susan Toopenny in 1688.  (They have their own page.)

  4. William Kitchenham was baptised on 27 December 1663 in Wadhurst.  However, his parent's were named as William and Elizabeth in the baptism register.  He may have been buried on 7 April 1668 in Wadhurst.  Or did he survive childhood and marry Joane Busse on 8 May 1692 in Wadhurst?

  5. Stephen Kitchenham was baptised on 17 March 1666/7 in Wadhurst.  Both his parent's names were recorded in the baptism register.  He was buried on 1 April 1720 in Wadhurst.

    Stephen may have married Avice Maynard on 29 November 1688 in Mayfield, Sussex.  However, there was a couple named Stephen Kitchenham and Dorothy Fowle who had children born between 1643 and 1656, although they had no known son named Stephen.

    Stephen and Avice had 4 known children:

    1. William Kitchenham was baptised on 17 October 1689 in Wadhurst.  A reference on the A2A web site records that on 3 April 1741, William Kitchenham aged 50, gave a deposition.  But there was another William Kitchenham baptised in April 1689.

    2. Stephen Kitchenham was baptised on 30 April 1693 in Wadhurst.  Might he have married Susanna Nookes on 9 December 1716 in Rainham, Kent?  (Wadhurst to Rainham is 37 miles by current day roads.)

    3. Avice Kitchenham was baptised on 2 August 1696 in Wadhurst.

    4. Jane Kitchenham was baptised on 14 July 1700 in Wadhurst.  Might she have married Richard Leopard on 16 October 1733 in the Fleet Prison, London?  Richard was then a bachelor and Labourer of "Bleachinley", Surrey and Jane a spinster of Frant.  However, there was another Jane Kitchenham baptised in July 1716.

    The A2A web site records that in a document dated 15 December 1697 a Stephen Kitchingham was occupying property North West of the Sparrows Green to Pell Green highway in Wadhurst, which had previously been in the hands of William Wenborne.  The same document also mentions that lands lately held by Stephen had passed to Moses Yeomans.  (ESRO ref. AMS5729/102).

  6. Judith Kitchenhamís birth/baptism is unknown but she was buried on 7 August 1682 in Wadhurst and both her parent's names were recorded in the burial register.


Many thanks to Paul Kitchenham for helping to unravel the early Kitchenham families.


This page was reviewed on 8 April 2012