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Jesse WEST (c1828-1896)

and Esther PETERS (1830-1898)

 

Jesse West and Esther Peters married in the second quarter of 1851 in the Brighton, Sussex registration district.  (A database at Ancestry records they married on 14 June 1851 at the Old Preston parish church.)

Jesse West was born about 1828 in Brighton.  (A database at Ancestry gives his date of birth as 15 September 1828.)  He was the son of William West (1796-?) and Elizabeth Amas (c1788-?).  He died aged 68 years and his death was registered in the fourth quarter of 1896 in Brighton.  (The same Ancestry database notes he died on 8 October 1896 at 29 Red Cross Street, Brighton.)  At the time of the 1841 census he was 12 years old and living with his parents and elder siblings at 10 St. George Street, Brighton.  When the 1851 census was recorded he was an unmarried 22 year old carpenter living with his parents at 10 St. George Street.  His father was also a carpenter.  Jessie was know in the family as 'the woodworker'.

Hesther Peters was baptised on 11 January 1830 in Upper Beeding, Sussex.  She was the daughter of James Peters and Anne Tomsett.  At the time of her baptism her father was a labourer.  She died aged 68 years and her death was registered in the first quarter of 1898 in Brighton.  When the 1841 census was recorded she was an 11 year old servant in the home of milkman William Tomsett and his wife Sarah in Oxford Street, Brighton.  (I assume William was her Uncle.)  In 1851 she was a 21 year old laundress and living at 30 Red Cross Street, Brighton, the home of the 26 year old carpenter Louis Snelling and his wife and child.

When the 1861 census was recorded the couple and 5 children were living at 18 Wellington Terrace in Brighton, along with the family John Pelling and his wife Jane and their 2 young children.  Jesse was then a 31 year old carpenter and joiner and Esther a 30 year old laundress.  In 1871 the couple and 7 children were living at 40 Cobden Road, Brighton.  The 1881 census strangely records his name as Joseph.  The couple and their 2 youngest daughters were still at 40 Cobden Road.  By 1891 Jesse and Esther were living alone at 40 Cobden Road.  He was a 62 year old carpenter and she a 61 year old laundress.

 

Jesse West and Esther Peters had 7 known children:

  1. William James West was born on 23 May 1852 in Brighton.  He died on 6 April 1920 at 7 Belmont Place, Exeter, Devon.  He was an 8 year old scholar in 1861.  In 1871 he was an 18 year old gas fitter and living at home.

    William married Clara Laker on 15 July 1873 at Christchurch, St. Marylebone, Middlesex.

    I have copied the photo on the right from a database at Ancestry and assume it is of William West and his wife Clara.

    Please see the Ward Family Tree for more details about William and Clara's family.

  2. David West was born about 1854 in Brighton.  (The Ward Family database gives his date of birth as 30 September 1853.)  He was a 7 year old scholar in 1861.  In 1871 he was a 17 year old stone mason and living at home.

  3. Mary Ann West was born about 1855 in Brighton.  (The Ward Family database notes she was born on 18 February 1855 and died on 12 June 1883.)  In 1861 she was a 6 year old scholar.  She was a 16 year old ironer in 1871.

    Mary Ann married Henry Fenoult.

    Henry and Mary Ann had the following children:

    1. William Fenoult

    2. Kate Fenoult

    3. Florence Fenoult

    4. Charlotte Fenoult

  4. Isaac West was born on 18 December 1857 at 33 Red Cross Street, Brighton.  He married Susan Back in 1880.  (They have their own page.)

  5. Jesse West was born about 1860 in Brighton.  (The Ward Family database notes he was born on 16 February 1860.)  He died on 26 March 1929.  At the time of the 1861 census he was a year old.  The 1871 census seems to have recorded him John West and he was then an 11 year old scholar.  He was a returned army officer.

    Jesse had the following children:

    1. Arthur West died on active service on 19 April 1916 in Mesopotamia.

    2. Bert West

    3. Maurice West

    4. Catherine West

  6. Kate West was born about 1865 in Brighton.  (The Ward Family database notes she was born on 31 August 1865.)  She died in January 1926  She was a 6 year old scholar in 1871.  In 1881 she was a 16 year old laundress.

    Kate married Henry Pyle.

    Henry died on 10 March 1926.

    Henry and Kate had the following children:

    1. Harry Pyle

    2. Daisy Pyle

    3. Nellie Pyle

  7. Elizabeth West was born about 1867 in Brighton.  (The Ward Family database notes she was born on 6 January 1867.)  She was a 4 year old scholar in 1871.  In 1881 she was a 14 year old ironer.

    Elizabeth married Arthur Hopkins.  They emigrated to South Africa.

    Arthur and Elizabeth had the following children:

    1. Harold Hopkins

    2. Louise Hopkins

    3. Lydia Hopkins

    4. Alice Hopkins

 

PETERS          WEST