Jonathan & Mary Douch of Westham
Jonathan Douch, a son of Richard and Mary, was born in Westham in about 1813.
Mary Catt, daughter of John and Philadelphia, was baptised in Willingdon on 9 May 1813.
Jonathan married Mary in East Blatchington on 25 October 1834. They had seven children in Westham:
|Jesse||1838||born 11 August|
Jonathan was an agricultural labourer and lived in Willingdon Drove in 1841 and in Friday Street in 1851, '61 and '71.
Jonathan hanged himself in a barn on 3 July 1874, aged 61, and was buried in Westham. There was an inquest at the Red Lion Inn and there were reports in the Eastbourne newspapers. From Jonathan's will it is apparent that he owned a cottage, 1 Norway Cottage, one of 16 on Seaside just opposite the Arlington Arms which was then in Willingdon parish and now part of Eastbourne. In 1871 it was occupied by Alfred Smith and his family.
By 1881 his widow, Mary, was a Cow Keeper on 20 acres at Friday Street employing one person, her son Andrew, who appears to have continued to manage the farm for a while after she died.
Mary died on 3 December 1888, aged 75. Headstones to Jonathan and Mary can still be seen in Westham churchyard.
Who Died July 3rd 1874
plagues and death around me fly
till he bids I cannot die
not a single shaft can hit
till the god of love sees fit
Who Departed This Life
December 3rd 1888
Aged 75 Years
when he giveth quietness
who then can make trouble?
Of their children:
- Naomi married Caleb Elphick and they lived in Friday Street. (See page for Caleb and Naomi).
- David started work as an agricultural labourer but by 1861 had joined the Royal Navy as a seaman. He married Eliza Parker (born ca.1840 in Farnham, Essex) in 1867 (registered in Eastbourne) and in 1871 he was a boatman in the Coast Guards stationed in Rye Harbour. In about 1875 he moved to Hastings and by 1881 he was stationed in Pevensey, still employed as a coastguard. David and Eliza are known to have had 6 children:
Florence Eleanor Q1 1868 Pett David Charles Edgar Q4 1869 Pett George Ernest Victor Q4 1873 Icklesham Lily Annie M Q2 1878 Hastings Albert William Parker Q2 1880 Hastings Ellen Maude H Q3 1882 St Leonards
Edith Grace Q4 1888 Pevensey Ethel Ella E Q1 1890 Lydd, Kent Frederic Arthur B Q4 1903 St Leonards
- Jesse is a mystery as although it is clear from his birth certificate that he was Jonathan and Mary’s child and born in 1838, he has only been found with them at the 1851 census. No other trace of him has been found.
- Samuel joined the Royal Navy and was recorded in Portsmouth harbour in 1861. In 1871 he was at home with his parents and recorded as a farm labourer but I have not found him in the 1881 or 1891 census records so I suspect he was again serving in the Navy. In 1901 he was an inmate in Eastbourne Union Workhouse and his occupation was given as Navy. He died in early 1911 aged 68.
- Grace was working as a housemaid for Mr Breton at Peelings Manor House in Westham in 1871. She married David French (born ca.1845 Wartling) in 1871 and they lived in Eastbourne with their children:
David John W 1874 Eastbourne Albert Charles ca. 1876 Eastbourne Herbert ca. 1881 Eastbourne Percy ca. 1890 Eastbourne
- Charles was described as a carriage builder in 1871 and in later census records as a wheelwright. In 1873 he married Emma Fanny Ward and they lived in Eastbourne with their children:
Alice ca. 1873 Alfriston Frederick ca. 1874 Westham Grace ca. 1876 Eastbourne Charles ca. 1878 Hellingly Mary Ann ca. 1880 Berwick Ellen ca. 1881 Eastbourne William Samson 1885 Eastbourne Georgina Florence 1887 Eastbourne Nelson Ernest ca. 1890 Eastbourne
- Andrew was an agricultural labourer and worked for his mother after his father died. In 1881 he married Ellen Kemp (born ca.1858 in Herstmonceux) and they had at least 3 children:
Ernest Jonathan Q3 1883 Westham Arthur James Q1 1886 Westham Alfred Leonard Q2 1887 Westham