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William KITCHENHAM (1750-1829)

and Mary TESTER (1747-1825)

 

William Kitchenham and Mary Tester were my 5x Great Grandparents.  (Click here to see their place in my pedigree chart.)  They married by banns on Tuesday 8 April 1777 at the parish church of St. Mary the Virgin in Ticehurst, Sussex.  William signed his name whilst Mary made her X mark.  The witnesses were Sarah French (signed), Eliza Gawthrop (signed), Thomas Spice (signed) and John Kitchenham (mark).  They were married by the Vicar, C. Gawthrop.  The banns were published at Ticehurst on Sundays 9, 16 and 23 March 1777.

 

Signatures of the groom and witnesses from William and Mary's 1777 marriage entry.

 

William Kitchenham was baptised on Saturday 16 January 1750/1 in Wadhurst, Sussex.  He was the third child and eldest son of John Kitchenham (1712-1793) and Anne Baldwin (1716-1770) - an elder brother died as an infant.  William was a farmer.  He died aged 79 years and was buried on Saturday 23 May 1829 in Wadhurst.  I have not found a will for him at either the East Sussex Record Office or listed on The National Archives web site.  On 24 December 1779, William was a witness to the marriage of his brother-in-law Edward Tester to Elizabeth Leany.

Mary Tester was baptised on Tuesday 19 September 1747 in Burwash, Sussex.  She was the eldest daughter and child of Edward Tester (1723-1808) and Frances Monk (1722-1790).  She died aged 80 years and was buried on Saturday 5 November 1825 in Wadhurst.  The burial register recorded that she was the wife of William Kitchenham.

In the 1785 Land Tax assessment William Kitchenham was the occupier of land called Well's in the Week Quarter of Wadhurst, owned by Messrs Baldocks,  the rental value was 7.10s.  (Reference:  East Sussex Land Tax 1785, edited by Roger Davey. Sussex Record Society Vol. 77 . SRS 1991.)  In 1809  his name does not appear in the list of those required to pay a tax/tithe to the Church Wardens and he would then seem to have been in receipt of Parish Relief.

As has been noted, William was able to sign his name, whereas when his children married, they signed the marriage registers with their X marks.

 

William Kitchenham and Mary Tester had 6 known children and possibly 2 others:

  1. David Kitchenham may have been born about 1777.  (I don't know for certain he was a son of William and Mary.)  He may have died aged 48 years and have been buried on 8 November 1825 at St. Mary's in Eastbourne, Sussex.  David married Susan Vine on 17 June 1803 in Frant, Sussex.  The witnesses to the marriage were John Kitchenham and John Waghorn.  (Might John have been his brother?  John did name a son David.)  David and Susan had 1 known child and possibly another:

    1. John Kitchenham was baptised on 6 November 1803 in Waldron, Sussex.  Might he have married Eleanor Dicker by licence on 4 May 1828 at St. John sub Castro in Lewes, Sussex?  Their marriage licence was issued on 3 May 1828 by the Archdeaconry of Lewes and records that John was bachelor and they were both of the parish of St. John sub Castro.

    2. Susanna Kitchenham married John Haffenden on 9 April 1836 in Heathfield, Sussex.

  2. John Kitchenham was baptised on 19 August 1779 in Wadhurst.  He married Hannah sometime before or about 1815.  (They have their own page.)

  3. William Kitchenham may have been baptised on 8 July 1781 in Wadhurst and/or on 10 April 1783.  He married twice, firstly to Ann Baitup in 1801 and then to Mary Ann Mills in 1852.  (They have their own page.)

  4. Elizabeth Kitchenham may have been baptised on 10 April 1783 in Wadhurst, but the baptism register records that it was a son William who was baptised on that date.  Elizabeth married William Harmer by banns on 1 April 1804 in Wadhurst.  They were both of Wadhurst.  William signed his name and Elizabeth made her X mark.  The witnesses were (someone who made his mark, Wm ?nt) and John Cooper who signed his name.  They were married by the Curate, George Jenkins.  A William Harmer was a witnesses to the 1805 marriage of Edward Kitchenham and Hannah Durrant.

William's signature from his 1804 marriage entry.

Signature of witness William Harmer from the 1805 marriage entry of Edward Kitchenham.

  1. Edward Kitchenham was baptised on 10 April 1785 in Wadhurst.  He married Hannah Durrant in 1805.  (They have their own page.)

  2. Jesse Kitchenham was baptised in January 1787 in Wadhurst.  He married Elizabeth Worsop in 1813.  (They have their own page.)

  3. Mary Kitchingham was baptised on 16 August 1789 in Wadhurst.  She married Samuel Fryer by banns on 1 May 1808 in Wadhurst.  They were both of Wadhurst.  Samuel signed his name whilst Mary mad her X mark.  The witnesses were Edward Crouch and John Cooper.  They were married by the Vicar William Salmon.  Mary was a witness to the 1812 marriage of her sister Ann, at which time she signed her name.  Samuel was a witness to the 1813 marriage of Mary's brother Jesse.

Signatures from Samuel and Mary's 1808 marriage entry.  He seems to have signed as Fryar, whereas his surname was entered by the Vicar as Fryer.

Signatures of the witnesses from Samuel and Mary's 1808 marriage entry.

Mary's signature from her sister's 1812 marriage entry.

Samuel and Mary had 1 known daughter: 

  1. Alice Fryer was baptised on 8 January 1808 in Wadhurst.

  1. Ann Smith Kitchenham, my 4x Great Grandmother, was born on 18 March and baptised on 1 April 1792 in Wadhurst.  She married 5 91 Robert Dadswell in 1812.  (They have their own page.)

 

 

Notes

Thomas Spice (mentioned above) was a witness to the 1777 marriage of William Kitchenham and Mary Tester in Ticehurst.  He may have married Ann Ticehurst on 3 October 1768 in Mountfield, and/or Elizabeth Morley on 7 August 1792 in Salehurst.  Thomas and Elizabeth had 8 children baptised in Salehurst between 1793 and 1807.  I have yet to check whether Thomas and Ann had any children (none recorded in the IGI).

John Waghorn (mentioned above) was a witness to the 1803 marriage of David Kitchenham and Susan Vine in Frant.  There would seem to be 6 possible marriages for him:

  1. To Elizabeth Bates by licence on 1 April 1780 in Frant.  The witnesses to the marriage were Joseph Waghorn and John Waghorn.  Their marriage licence records that John was a 24 year old and upwards bachelor and pedlar of Frant.  Elizabeth was a 22 year old and upwards spinster of Frant.  Surety for the licence was provided by John himself and John Fisher a yeoman of Lewes.

  2. To Mary Clifton on 25 March 1781 in Frant.  The witnesses were John Norman and Mary Field.

  3. To Susan Nash on 15 July 1789 in Frant.  The witnesses were John Watkins and Ann Watkins.

  4. To Ann Avard by banns on 6 February 1800 in Wadhurst.  They were both of Wadhurst.

  5. To Ann Burgess by banns on 20 February 1813 in Ticehurst.  They were both of Ticehurst.  The witnesses were Thomas Read and Elizabeth Waghorn.

  6. To Mary Thomsett by banns on 24 March 1818 in Wadhurst.  They were both of Wadhurst.

Edward Crouch (mentioned above) was a witness to the 1808 marriage of Samuel Fryer and Mary Kitchenham in Wadhurst.  He may have married Mary Hallett by banns on 29 October 1811 in Wadhurst.  He was of Penshurt and she of  Wadhurst.  (At some point I will check the original entry to find who witnessed the marriage.)

 

KITCHENHAM          TESTER

This page was reviewed on 8 April 2012